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Writing check-in (Wednesday-Wednesday): 5,210 words! Almost all of it weird GenKill stuff from prompts for the 'fest, but I'm pleased to say that I've written for four of the six days so far. This isn't what I expected to do this month - an unintentional GenKill renaissance, me? - but I'm enjoying it. I admit I'm a little less certain about what I have started for Day 5, mostly because of the logistics I'm going to have to figure out since it's not an AU, but we'll see. I also started Day 6 but it is 100% crack. :-D

[personal profile] anniejd11 and I are going to Vegas in January and we have now purchased all of our major items: hotel, flight, and tickets to the Golden Knights game. I haven't been to an NHL game in so long that the ticket price was total sticker shock, but I'm glad I looked and purchased this morning, because otherwise we'd be going to Vegas but not for the game, because tickets would be GONE. I did find a fairly decent airfare yesterday, at least. But we're all set to go, and we still have four months to pay off the credit card I put it all on before we even get on the plane.
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What's been happening since my last post? Let's see... well, not much. The problem with Dunkirk is that I vaguely want to write fic, but I overwhelmingly do not want to do the WW2 research, at least right now. So instead I read some niche pairing One Direction fic and called it a day: rec (SFW), rec (SFW), rec (NSFW), rec (probably NSFW), and rec (definitely NSFW).

Writing check-in for today. I wrote 2,444 in the past week, \o/. The end is now in sight for my The Nice Guys story - my goal for the month was to at minimum get it to 3k, which I sailed past yesterday once I finally maneuvered the characters into the right place to get it on, and I wrote the actual ending line so have only to finish the NSFW bit and it's done. Of course, I did that instead of watching Once a Thief, so Thursday I'll be getting caught up on that, and maybe Friday I'll go to Panera for dinner and write the rest of the NG story.


GOALS, I haz them, but IDK about motivation. (Actually, I'm excited to finish this fic and keep my Small Fandoms Summer rolling into Fall.)

Last week at work when we cleaned out an old storage closet, I claimed a bunch of investigation training materials from 70's, on the off-chance that I will write some sort of novel involving these ideas some day, and I just realized it might be useful for writing another The Nice Guys story eventually. Good job, past!me.

I slept so hard last night - presumably crashing after the stress of going to the dentist - that I didn't even hear my alarm and woke up ten minutes later than usual, but somehow made it to work exactly on time. My co-worker (who I'd warned I was running behind) was impressed. I have reached an age where I need to go to bed much earlier than I did in my (not wild, really boring) youth, and I'm annoyed at this but I'm still trying. So far this week I've got two nights of completely blowing past my bedtime and last night of getting to bed fifteen minutes early. Note to self: you can't stay up late just because you took a nap, or else you end up in a bad cycle of napping/staying up late/napping because of it.

Went to see Atomic Blonde over the weekend - did not realize Charlize's young German contact was Bill Skarsgaard until the end!! I always laugh when James McAvoy does his "they only cast me because I'm cheaper than Ewan McGregor" shtick, because he was great in that role.
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After seeing Dunkirk on Sunday I basically laid in bed instead of sleeping for the next two nights and thought about it, so I went again yesterday since it was $5 Tuesday and I could see it in the fancy DolbyAtmos theater - which, I have to say, was not any better sound than at the Regal I saw it at in Illinois, huh. The overall sound is still amazing, though, and that sound team deserves all the awards. I do want to know if the metronome was part of Zimmer's score or a Nolan thing or what - for almost all of Tommy's parts there's a ticking in the background (that the music in other parts still kind of carries on) and when he falls asleep on the train almost at the end, it stops. The first time I didn't notice it until it stopped, but this time I paid attention to how often it was used (a lot) and it's very effective. I will say that it helped to read the screenplay before seeing it again - there was some dialogue I couldn't make out the first time.

Award for best acting with just your eyeballs: Too bad this doesn't exist so they can give it to Tom Hardy.

Then I emailed myself a couple hundred words of fic, but it's painfully bad. (My original thoughts for this idea involve way more work than I want to do so I'm just going to email myself the bits I want to exist and wave my hand in an "I don't care about you" manner at the rest of it and if it never sees the light of AO3, whatever.)

Yesterday there was a crew doing some mudjacking outside the PD so there were random shirtless dudes with jackhammers and hoses here for about forty-five minutes and basically my entire department stopped what we were doing and watched.

Once a Thief rewatch: The pilot movie is exactly as cheezy and ridiculous as I remembered it. I also couldn't believe I remembered so much of it BUT I did watch it a lot in college. According to Wayback Machine, the one fic I wrote was sometime before 2003, and also it's in first person. Why, past Molly, why?

Tonight, Vertigo with my dad. And I think tomorrow I might go see A Ghost Story, since it doesn't seem to be moving to any other theaters and the only Friday night showtime is at 9:45 at night - no thanks. Then I have Friday off from work! One last vacation day before School Insanity Begins.
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Dunkirk (the Christopher Nolan remix). )

We did not make it to Atomic Blonde but maybe next weekend. Also out next weekend is The Dark Tower, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I am excite.

My dad and I have been watching ~classic~ movies on Wednesday nights since hockey ended - so far we've done The Conversation (Coppola), The Parallax View (Pakula), the Gus van Sant color remake of Psycho (not a classic but my dad wanted to see it - this wasn't our best choice), and Hitchcock's Torn Curtain and The Birds. (We went to see Baby Driver the week my sister was at sleep-away camp.) Oh man, The Birds. Where is the rewrite where Mitch dies saving Cathy (why is there such a huge age difference between these siblings? I HAVE QUESTIONS, HITCH) and Melanie gets together with Annie? I need it. I might ask for this for Yuletide and if I don't get it, I would possibly write it myself.
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Complete P*rnathon 2017: Extended Editions - some are longer versions of what was turned in for the challenge, others are as-is. I got better about writing things that fit in the word count requirements as the weeks went on! It was nice to challenge myself to write something small instead of epic for once and I enjoyed the experience.

After like two weeks of exhaustion I finally realized that I'm probably low on B12, and started taking it again on Friday. I basically just need to remember I don't really eat enough meat to provide what I probably need, and take the supplement. Then after trying to address my tiredness I had a really hard time falling asleep Sunday night and last night. C'mon, body, get with it.

Wrapping up July's writing goals: I need to add 330 words to my TFA story, and 345 and 595 words to two separate Admirals stories that I still haven't completely given up on, to make all of my (very minimal for these projects) word count goals for July.

August goals: I'm giving myself a break for August since we're doing the Once a Thief rewatch and putting only a few things on my to-do list, plus I figure I'll probably end up writing some OaT fic. And speaking of 90's fandoms, yesterday I very desperately wanted to rewrite the first few episodes of The X-Files with either genderswapped Fox and Samantha, or trade their places (which I know has been done as a comic), but I don't have time for those shenanigans right now. (I had to eat my hamburger and take a nap!)

Have yet to finish Daredevil, mostly because I got distracted reading a bunch of Jo Nesbo novels because I wanted to know spoilers for The Snowman, the trailer for which was too scary for me to see the movie without knowing the killer in advance. But it's only the 25th! I still have a few days to finish S1 at least. I remain forever delighted that Elden Henson is even in this show. (Long-time pals will likely remember he was The Beef's co-worker/friend/fellow war reenactor in The Battle of Shaker Heights.)
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This August, [personal profile] rsadelle and I are finally going to power through that 90's fan favorite: Once a Thief. Both of us purchased the DVD set when it was released, watched a few episodes, and never finished. (I'm sure we got distracted by other, more contemporary things? Possibly this was something I planned on finishing while I was on medical leave but then I just watched all of Futurama and half of Arrow instead. Speaking of: I need to finish Arrow one of these days, too.) Anyway, if you'd like to join us in watching Ivan Sergei be confused, Sandrine Holt by annoyed, and Nick Lea be grumpy, here's a tumblr post with details and a sign-up link.

So far no one has signed up but us buuuuuuuuuuuuut I remain optimistic.

Currently I'm watching Daredevil (the show) because I keep thinking that I want to write Matt/Foggy one of these days (or Matt/Foggy/Karen!), so I need to wrap that up before this OaT extravaganza starts.

Went to see Spiderman: Homecoming yesterday and it was delightful. I remain baffled by how much Tom Holland (still?) looks like Jamie Bell.
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There's only one dude in the whole movie and it's Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman bathes him for like ten minutes and then they kill him? SIGN ME UP. The Beguiled. )

I also went to see Baby Driver with my dad last week. It was fun but not 97% RT score great? SPOILERS. )

I came in to work at 4AM this morning - I got to bed really early, but then woke up around eleven and couldn't fall back asleep, and just laid there watching Midsomer Murders for a while - so I'm really dragging AND there's some fire alarm testing happening so shit keeps beeping, ugh.

There's no Tour de France today so I might just go watch more Midsomer Murders.
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Exciting tales from adulthood: my dad and I went to the new Meijer yesterday and there were some intriguing-looking vegetarian items that I want to try - but it was freakin' 92 degrees here yesterday and he wanted to go to Panera to eat afterward, so neither one of us got anything that couldn't sit in the car for a bit. Then I went home and looked at pictures of pro cyclists hugging each other until it was past my bedtime.

I'm trying to decide if I want to see The Beguiled tonight after work, or go tomorrow morning. I'm leaning towards tomorrow morning since I have to shuffle my sleep schedule enough this weekend that it's not hell when I have to roll into work at 4AM this coming Monday. I think tonight I'm just going to make an Indian curry of some sort with rice, watch some stuff, try to write a bit, and (hopefully) go to bed early.

Writing check-in for July so far: Ehh, got a little bit done but not much. I did downsize my July list to things I felt were most likely to get some words, although the Admirals stories are all larger projects about dudes who are now gone, so I'm :( about that.
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The Mummy wasn't the world's best cinema but it was a fairly decent summer action movie, and deserves better than the TIED RATING on Rotten Tomatoes with the terrible new Transformers movie. (The consensus on RT is that it "lacks the campy fun of the franchise's most recent entries". IT'S NOT THE SAME FRANCHISE!!!) Anyway, spoilers for those who care. )
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The Wilco show I went to was amazing: Not only did I have a great seat just in general, but the two rows in front of me stayed in their seats for everything but the final encore, so when everyone else stood up for the first encore, there was absolutely nothing obstructing my view of the whole stage. Except Jeff blocking my view of Glenn, but I could live with that because they kept smiling at each other and I love them.

This show was the first time I saw most of Wilco. It was supposed to be a Minus 5 show, and I'd gotten into them via REM - it was one of Peter Buck's side projects, and their most recent release was a collaboration with Wilco, so I at least knew who Jeff Tweedy was, but somehow wasn't expecting nearly the entire band to be playing this show. I went with my IRL popslash friend, who was definitely a Wilco fan, and we were both like, "Is that - Jeff Tweedy?", and we were close enough that there was some awkward eye contact. (We went to a a lot of concerts during those years, things I would have never gone to alone, and I will always be grateful for her friendship.) Several months later, she showed me I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, an A+ beautiful documentary about the making of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", and that hooked me. I remember wanting to run right out and buy my own copy, but it was Thanksgiving and everything was closed.

Anyway, I hadn't seen Wilco since I did all the Residency shows in 2008, so nearly ten years. I am just Too Tired to deal with General Admission shows that aren't guaranteed to be a very small audience (so like, the last time I saw Empires in Milwaukee where we basically ate pizza the whole time), so my concert attendance the last few years has decreased dramatically. Alas! Now I want pizza.

Going to see The Mummy tonight with Upstairs Lady, since no one else I know wants to see it, and I want to see Russell Crowe get all evil and Sofia Boutella destroy shit. I might take a nap first though, since it's a 7:30 show and I usually put my pajamas on at like five in the afternoon in anticipation of doing nothing until I finally make myself go to bed. (Dear self: Maybe you should be an adult and try going to sleep earlier at night, you might be less of a zombie in the mornings.)

ETA recent fanfictions:
how the heart bends (GenKill, Nate/Brad, NSFW.)
On the Board (Ocean's 11, Danny/Rusty, NSFW.)
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Visit with the dentist didn't go as bad as I was fearing it would - after not having gone for a very long time, I was a little worried I'd need a root canal or something, but I only have two cavities. And I do have to get the wisdom teeth removed eventually but they're cool with waiting until I can get on the better dental plan, as long as I can live with the occasional pain. I did figure out just in time what very basic dental plan I DO have, so the exam and the cleanings I'll be getting in August aren't going to cost me anything out of pocket.

One of my writing goals for 2017 was to try to write some shorter pieces, just to prove to myself that not everything has to be long and complicated, although I do love long and complicated. So far in the last two weeks I've finished three things under 2k! One was the shark story and the other two are the full pieces for [community profile] pornathon assignments, so one of those will go up next week and the other the week after, when voting closes.

Also finished the Texas Killing Fields threesome fic I've been working on since January: the age of the earth (4850 words, NC-17, Brian/Gwen/Mike) (That translates to Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Annabeth Gish, and Sam Worthington. It's not a very good movie but it's got a lovely cast - Mike's ex-wife is Jessica Chastain.)

As I have only 8k to go before I make my 2017 word count goal, I wonder if I should up the number. I also need to figure out what to work on for Camp NaNoWriMo - maybe I'll brainstorm while I'm waiting for the Wilco show to start tomorrow night. (There are seats! I don't have to arrive five hours early!)
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Back in Wisconsin and back at work, alas! Although I am leaving early today - to go to the dentist, where I have no insurance because apparently Humana split medical and dental in 2015 and I never got dental coverage somehow? I have no memory of HR/Humana ever telling us this was happening. So I guess I will pay whatever for the exam and then see what happens (and probably sign up for dental during this year's open enrollment). I would just wimp out and cancel but I can't keep putting off finding out whatever's up with my wisdom teeth (b/c I'm pretty sure that's what this issue is).

Monterey Bay Aquarium's live shark cam. Shaaaaaaaaaaaaark caaaaaaaaaam. There is actually a human manning it, because they just talked and I nearly jumped out of my chair.

Filling out my word count check-in for the last week, I wrote about 4500 words, which would be good except I skipped the first June check-in since I didn't write anything at all. But I finally finished the rough draft of the Texas Killing Fields story (it's a totally out of character threesome) while in CA - something like twelve pages longhand that was the entire endgame sex scene. It definitely needs editing and I'll have to re-watch the movie while I do that, so maybe part tonight and part tomorrow night. I got like 0 hours of sleep last night being worried about the dentist so tonight I might just go home and completely crash instead of doing anything at all.
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We're back at [personal profile] rsadelle's house and enjoying the not-doing-much portion of vacation (basically just enjoying not having to go to work). I finished the assignment for the porn-writing challenge I signed up for, although I have to snip out the actual porn to turn in since it ended up much longer than the word count maximum. I also wrote often found over sandy flats, in which Brad Colbert is a shark. This is all the aquarium's fault!

I just checked and apparently I've written GK fic every June for the last three years. Ah, forever fandom. Clearly what happens is: the Admirals' season ends and I go "What should I do now? Ah, GK."

Hopefully tomorrow I can write on the plane, and then just collapse in my bed with the cats when I get home. Wednesday need to go renew my driver's license, and Thursday I go back to work for a partial day before going to the dentist. Then this weekend I'm going to see Wilco, aaaaah! I haven't been to a Wilco show in almost ten years.
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Okay, so I'm never going to remember all the money I spent today, but I'll try: Vacation, Day 2! )
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Hello from California! Ruth and I are in Monterey, for beach-wandering and aquarium-going. We'll be here a few days and then we're road-trippin' back up north. (Well, "north" for California values of north.) I'm going to attempt to keep track of what I spend, just to compare for non-vacation times, and also to remind myself that I can never be a person who eats at restaurants all the time. Yesterday! )

So far on this trip, I need to recreate the tofu burrito and the roasted veggie salad for sure. I would eat that burrito again right now!!
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I lost like three hours of my life last Sunday night reading money diaries at Refinery29 and being like "What? Whaaaaat?" about quite a few of them. Then I figured I would keep track for a week, R29-style - which is a weird mash-up of food diary and money diary - and then you guys could shame me in the comments R29-style!

LET'S DO THIS. )
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Word count check-in for yesterday. Not great, Bob! But not bad or anything, considering I haven't written anything since Saturday. I do sort of want to write an Alien Covenant thing if I can determine whether these characters have official first names or not... searching the novelization has found me one! One.

Authors who write novelizations for movies like these are my heroes because 95% of the time none of the characters have given first names but hey here's a novelization where the character with no given first name has some internal dialogue but their POV is still credited with just the last name anyway! There was some other movie where I was like "I want to write fiiiiiiiic but no one has a naaaaaaaaaaaaame" and the novelization was all last names as well.

I have signed up for Pornathon this summer, which should be good for stretching my nsfw-writing brain muscles, even if it's a no-RPF fest. That should be good for me as well, really. I only have a laundry list a mile long of random movies I want to attempt to write something for.
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Good morning, I cannot believe some sweaty hockey dudes that I've seen play IRL - ten of them, even! - and even spoken to are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Whaaaaaaat. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. If Pontus and Freddy both get to play I might even cry a little.

Fandom5K reveals! I wrote love/be loved/beloved, some Sherlock Holmes (the RDJ movies) threesome. ♥ to my recipient for insisting that it’s actually in character. 5386 words, M for Mature - Sherlock/Mary/John, blindfolds, light bondage, vague Victorian clothing porn.

Started watching American Gods and I feel like it's clear Bryan Fuller looked at Starz and said, "Yesssssss, all the gore and nudity I couldn't actually get away with on Hannibal!". There is legit a dick pic, right there on the screen. I got through the first two episodes yesterday - Orlando Jones' boat speech was just as great as it was promised to be, and Ian McShane is perfect as Mr. Wednesday. I did wonder what they were going to do with Laura Moon to give Emily Browning second billing but apparently she gets at least one entire episode devoted to her. This show is also the perfect vehicle for Peter Stormare, who is the most Czernobog of Czernobogs, and Gillian Anderson has shown up to play Lucille Ball.

Going to see Alien: Covenant tonight with Upstairs Lady so I'll probably never sleep again. I should go read a few reviews so I'm at least somewhat prepared for what I'll be scared by. (The only scary movies I see in theaters are these and I mostly want to see it for the double Fassbender performance.)

Speaking of: The director’s devotion to Fassbender reaches such giddy and perverse heights that we very nearly get, in one delightfully bonkers scene, some cathartic Fassbender-on-Fassbender robot sex. Alas, Scott doesn’t quite submit to this natural temptation. Oh, no wonder one of my tumblr mutuals is 'shipping this.

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