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I swear I need a part time job that pays $20,000 per month just to sit around and write fanfiction all day. That'd be perfect...

...except for how 90% of me "writing" involves yelling at the blinking cursor on the blank Word document for mocking me. Hm.

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"So little done, so much to do..." -- Cecil Rhodes

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Cheers.

P.S. Remember, kids, the next episode of the rewatch at [livejournal.com profile] generation_kill is tonight!
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Ugh, I keep forgetting to go to the GK rewatch OR I wind up being out of the house at the time, and I feel bad because it's so quiet there this time around and it's something I really want to do :( I swear I fail so hard at life sometimes.

On the bright side, I've been writing some more (not finished yet) and it doesn't suck! \o/ Also I get to go to my very first hockey game ever this coming November (Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars)! I'm broke as fuck after paying PTA school tuition and buying textbooks so affording the road trip to Dallas is going to be interesting, but WOOOOO nonetheless.

Also I may or may not be completely obsessed with Pacific Rim and it's all Tumblr's fault (well, that and the movie is awesome, but still). And certain people who shall remain nameless bunnied me with a GK Pacific Rim AU and GOD DAMN IT I'M GOING TO HAVE A MILLION WIPS FOREVER AREN'T I? FUCK.

Ahem. That's all I've got for now, I hope all's well with y'all :)
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"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Title: Learn to Block
Author: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies
Pairing: Pre-/Implied Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews (depending on how you look at it)
Rating: PG
Summary: In which a bad night against the Blues shows Kaner and Jonny rather unexpected sides of each other.
A/N: For [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris, my favorite enabler, who talked me into writing this in the first place and graciously helped me tease a germ of an idea into...this. I'm still a newbie to hockey fandom and to hockey in general, so this is probably hand-wavey as fuck and all dents and dings are definitely mine.

Jonny's not normally one to believe in conspiracies most of the time... )

(For non-hockey fans who are curious, this is Patrick Kane and this is Jonathan Toews and behavior like this is why I wrote something I didn't totally hate for the first time in several months).

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"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.
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Okay, so, can we please skip how hilariously awful I am at updating and talk about how the GK boys (sans ASkars *sadface*) went to see Stark in Kinky Boots and generally bro around just like old times? God, I miss them and I miss how fandom was before it got all quiet around here and just...ARGH...feelings.

In real life news, I got into physical therapy assistant school! (Which I'll be using to pay for a Master's degree later and so on). I start in August and it's going to be a full time program so there's really no point in me looking for a full-time job anymore, so that's been a big load off of my otherwise towering mountain of anxiety about the general state of my life. Also I'm pretty sure part of why this feels so good is because I've spent basically my whole life being a student and I feel like I'm not very good at being anything else, but still, yay for not failing at life!

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"The loving are the daring..." -- Bayard Taylor

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Cheers.

P.S. - God damn it, Stark looks like he's 18 again, HOW IS LIFE THIS GODDAMN UNFAIR?

P.P.S. - IS ANYONE ELSE AS EXCITED AS I AM ABOUT THE GK REWATCH? :D
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So, after ages and ages of pressure from certain internet friends who shall remain nameless (but know who they are), I finally caved and poked my head into the hockey fandom...and then promptly jumped into it with both feet. It's where half the GK fandom went and I really missed them and also I was plied with pictures of ridiculously good-looking hockey players. It's been a nice little morale booster and the fic is awesome and ideas for my own fics have been stirring in my head since I gave hockey fandom a try, so, all things considered, I'm sorry I didn't try it sooner.

How's things over on LJ?

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"Life is a zoo in a jungle..." -- Peter De Vries

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So I saw The Host with Le Boyfriend yesterday (bless him for going along to some terrible movies just so I can fangirl) and…wow. I have a truly astonishing streak of masochism when it comes to fangirling actors I like (but we know this already). Max Irons was kind of disappointing, but Jake Abel was pretty good in spite of the crappy material and looks like a really good kisser and Saiorse Ronan did the best she could, but the whole thing was kind of a hilarious mess of random punching and even more random making out. Worth renting just for a cute guy fix and for the lolz, if anything.

(Side note: People who still watch SPN, is Adam/Michael still languishing down in Hell? I might be persuaded to pick it up again if he comes back…)

In real world news, I still don't have a job yet but one of my RL friends is going to try to pull some strings for me, so we'll see how that turns out. In the mean time, I interviewed for PTA school a couple of days ago and feel pretty good about it, so I get to spend the next couple of weeks doing jury duty and waiting to find out if I got in or not IN ADDITION to hoping I can finally get a job. I guess this is where the frantic praying and nursing of ulcers comes in?

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"Our ideals are our better selves…" -- Amos Bronson Alcott

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Cheers.
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H'OKAY, so, internets, I've finally managed to catch up on some of the shows I used to talk about on here! I'm not sure if I'm quite up to doing reaction posts again or anything like that, but I feel even this is progress given the titanic funk I've been in lately.

Hart of Dixie )

Glee )

There are probably more shows that I should be catching up on but I can't remember them at the moment (did I ever talk about Sons of Anarchy? I'm still behind on that…). In the mean time, I'll just be over here re-reading some of my Marine books so that I can finally get Tunny through boot camp/SOI/Recon training and into Iraq so that this fucking crossover will stop making me feel like such a failboat. Ta!

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"Impropriety is the soul of wit." -- W. Somerset Maugham

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You guys, I was catching up on Hart of Dixie last night and, by grave misfortune, I wound up watching this part at five in the morning and almost suffocated from trying to laugh quietly.

I desperately need gifs of the first 35 seconds of this video in my life. DESPERATELY. )

It brightened my day and keeps brightening my day, which is important because my days are in thundering need of some serious brightening lately. It's high-larious and also treats me to the delectable view of Scott Porter's upper body practically Hulking out of his suit jacket.

Also I would sell at least two limbs to see Stark do this. I'm just saying.

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"Freedom lies in being bold..." -- Robert Frost

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Cheers.
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So, for those who haven't seen my Twitter, I got fired this past Friday. I was given an extremely vague and unhelpful warning during a mini-performance review (a few weeks before) saying that I needed to back off and not ask so many questions, so I did, and then this past Friday I was told that "people still had concerns" (it never got more specific than that) and that it just wasn't working out in general. In short, as best I can understand it, I got fired because I was too new, not learning the ropes fast enough, and everyone was supposedly too busy to train me properly.

I think my favorite part of this, however, is the fact that it happened four days before I would have been legally eligible for unemployment benefits and, subsequently, my (ex) boss would have been forced to provide a detailed explanation for why I was fired.

I consider myself a fairly tough person and I've made it through my fair share of setbacks -- hell, I'll probably make it through this one too -- but really, a person can only handle so many disappointments at one time. How the fuck am I supposed to pay for PTA school or graduate school now? :/

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"There is no wealth but life..." -- John Ruskin

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Cheers.

Ta-daaaa!

Nov. 10th, 2012 12:58 pm
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Title: Clean Cut All-American (Really Ain't So Clean) (Part 6/6)
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies and [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n
Summary: In which Alex calls Stark's bluff and both boys lay their cards on the table.

Alex wakes up around ten o'clock the next morning… )

I did my best to hammer out any dents and dings, but I'm unbelievably rusty at this whole crazy writing thing so my apologies in advance if the end came out sounding a little blah (I was trying to leave the ending open to multiple interpretations). Enjoy!

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"Beauty without expression is boring…" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Internets, I swear by the shiny metallic savior that I'm going to rupture something if the news calls Sandy a "historic/record breaking storm" one more time.

To the best of my recollection, news outlets all over everywhere didn't freak out this badly when Ike or Rita hit the Gulf coast (with much higher winds, mind you), but it's clearly the end of American civilization as we know it when the East coast gets some 70ish mph gusts. On the bright side, maybe this will shut up whoever wrote an op ed piece I read once about how the federal government should make us poor uneducated rubes in the South move somewhere else since we keep getting expensively pasted by hurricanes. I'm not even making this shit up.

All bitterness aside, I do hope all my flisties out in Yankeeland stay safe and take some courage from someone who knows how to hurricane; y'all are gonna be just fine. If we backwater country bumpkins can make it, then so can you.

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"Adversity is the first path to truth…" -- Lord Byron

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Cheers.
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It freaking figures that the one time I agree to beta someone's fic is the same time my brain chemistry starts to go out of whack again AND people keep asking me to do things IRL. Said wacky brain chemistry, among other things, makes running basic errands, doing requisite amounts of socializing, and other things expected of a functioning adult suddenly become utterly exhausting -- especially things that fill me with crushing anxiety anyway, like my continuing job hunt. Things like job hunting tend to be exhausting for someone who views making phone calls to strangers with a level of crushing anxiety typically reserved for public speaking and exceptionally large insects.

The only bright side is that, through unbelievable stubbornness, I'm making slow but steady headway on said beta work in spite of the whirling tempest of suck going on in my head. There may be some hope for me yet, internets.

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"Courage is found in unlikely places…" -- J. R. R. Tolkien

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Cheers.

P.S. - I've seen Resident Evil: Retribution, House at the End of the Street (twice), and End of Watch recently, and might even write reviews of them someday when my brain unfucks itself.

P.P.S. - La Famille has gotten me into watching Treme, which is just as horribly addicting as pretty much every other show HBO produces

P.P.P.S. - …still unemployed. Fuck.
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So I had a job interview (FINALLY) at a local hospital this morning! I was given a tour, made the usual chitchat, talked about experience and where I want to go and all that good stuff and, on the whole, I can tentatively say that it went at least okay if not well. Apparently one more person is coming in to interview next week and then they'll make a decision shortly after that.

Oh god, you guys, I want this job so hard it's not even funny. I am sick to DEATH of being unemployed, especially of being stuck in my house all day while everyone else is busy with work, school, and other stuff that accompanies a life that's actually going somewhere. Most of all, I have this theory that getting a job will distract my brain enough that maybe my muse will wake back up again.

In any case, fingers crossed, right? …right?

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"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world…" -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.
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Things I have learned(/relearned) recently:

1) Who you know really does matter more than what you can do (especially in the job world)*
2) "Qwerty" counts in Words with Friends
3) As does "whitey"
4) Netflix is Raptor Jesus's gift to the unemployed

I would have included a Chris Evans gif or something but Photobucket is being difficult. How are you guys?

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"Make the iron hot by striking it…." -- Rita Mae Brown

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Cheers.

* - I haven't been called back for an interview yet, but the friend's mom who's been helping me said that she's passed my resumé on to a couple more people, and I contacted a physical therapist who's looked after members of my family before who said that he'd call the HR people at his hospital on my behalf very soon. Slow but steady progress, in other words.
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God damn it, I need to start balancing out how active I am on Twitter vs. how active I am on LJ so not posting for almost two weeks doesn't happen again. In my defense, a few days of inactivity were due to coming back from the family vacation in Colorado (we drove and 3G reception isn't so great on the highway), but the rest has just been due to life being Earth-shatteringly boring. HOWEVER, something amusing did happen to me yesterday! Taken from what I jotted down in my phone shortly after the fact:

"While browsing the bins at a closing Blockbuster earlier, I observed a pair of thirtysomethings heading toward the register; the woman was wearing a "Team Edward" shirt and the man was holding all of the Twilight movies on DVD. I was far from the only customer staring at them in horrified sympathy, but I think the teenaged boy nearby who solemnly removed his hat as the couple passed said it better than all of us; Godspeed, you poor whipped bastard."

I fully intend to save this story for any time guys I know complain about their girlfriends as a reminder that it could always be much, MUCH worse.

And now, off to catch up on True Blood and Newsroom by internets since I don't have the wicked awesome HBO hookup anymore.

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"Happiness depends upon ourselves…" -- Aristotle

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Cheers.

P.S. - Was I the only one thoroughly unimpressed by Total Recall? Among other things, it was just asking too much by expecting me to suspend my disbelief enough to buy that Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale would catfight that hard over Colin Farrell.

P.P.S. - LJ at large has been remarkably quiet lately; either everyone else can't think of anything to say either or everyone moved off to the Teen Wolf fandom while I wasn't looking. What gives? Is it just me?

P.P.P.S. (*facepalm*) - I would also like to state for the record that [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris is a horrible filthy enabler for putting me on the world's worst Chris Evans kick. Again. I've watched some pretty awful movies for fangirling in my day, but he has me watching chick flicks, y'all. UNIRONICALLY.
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Hey, look at that, I managed not to go a week without posting this time, maybe I'm not the worst LJ friend ever!

Cut for a long, long ramble about #feelingz and what a sadsack I am )

On the bright side, at least I'm on a nice vacation with a nice cable package that lets me stay caught up on Newsroom, True Blood, and Breaking Bad. It's the little things, right?

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"Storms make trees take deeper roots…" -- Dolly Parton

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Cheers.
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Sacraments and Cigarettes by indigostohelit (on AO3) - St. Jimmy/Johnny, Johnny/Whatsername (Warning for character death) - Y'all, this is probably the best American Idiot fic I think I've ever read (if not, then easily one of the top 3). Reading it made me feel like I was back at the show again and I had to read it a couple of times to make sure I absorbed it all, it's just surreal.

Don't You Shake Alone by dsudis (on AO3) - Brad/Nate kid!fic - I don't normally go for kid!fic very often, but [livejournal.com profile] looleebelle gave it a glowing recommendation so I gave it a shot. Not only did it break my heart and bring embarrassing squeaky noises of glee out of me by turns, but it's also quite an apt depiction of PTSD. I read it all without taking a break, and I have a hunch that y'all will do the same thing.

Aaaand back to pondering my AI Will/Tunny road trip fic.

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"Fear makes us feel our humanity…" -- Benjamin Disraeli

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Cheers.
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I can't think of a way to even begin to organize everything into a coherent post, so I'm just gonna do this as a list.

1) I finished Breaking Bad a while back and just finished watching the Season 5 premiere, and I have to say it's pretty weird to see Bryan Cranston being unbelievably scary when I'm used to him being the hapless but good-hearted dad from Malcolm in the Middle. Also, the show has warped my brain so that I will now instinctively view every RV I ever clap eyes on for the rest of time as a secret rolling meth lab.

2) I'm really spectacularly awful at staying caught up on True Blood, but my aunt's vacation house in Colorado (in which I will be spending the next two weeks) has HBO, so I intend to remedy this problem forthwith.

3) I'm also really awful at staying caught up on The Newsroom, but I can solve this one too since I now have HBO that I don't have to wrestle out of the deepest darkest corners of the internet. I hear JGJr keeps getting more and more impossibly adorable and perfect though.

4) I realized an important perk of vacationing in a small mountain town today: I'll be able to go to the midnight showing of TDKR and very possibly have the whole theater to myself.

5) I HAD THE GERMINATIONS OF WORDS WHILE WE WERE ON THE ROAD TO GET HERE! Amusingly, it's shaping up to be a Will/Tunny road trip thing (like I do) which somehow came about when I was contemplating Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Motorcycle Diaries at about 2:30 in the morning. Idek, y'all, I'm just happy to have had a brief creative spark.

Other than that, there ain't much happening in my life these days. How's things out there in internetland?

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"Fortune and love favor the brave…" -- Ovid

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Cheers.
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So, for the Sons of Anarchy fans out there, a girl I went to high school with (but never spoke to all that much) went into acting after she graduated and recently landed an upcoming role on the show. She posted this on her Facebook today:

"wardrobe: "do you have any tattoos? we might need to cover for tomorrow?"
me: "two very small ones on my wrist."
wardrobe: "oh the shackles might cover that."

...stay tuned"

…I have so many questions. So many, many questions.

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"Normal is in the eye of the beholder…" -- Whoopi Goldberg

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