Update

Feb. 23rd, 2013 08:43 pm
rhienelleth: (mass effect shepard)
Hi LJ! Long time no talk. :) I've missed you.

Lately, I've really been missing livejournal, and posting here, and the feeling of writing down things that are somehow important to me in the moment and sending them our into the ether, and reading my f-list and...well, you get the idea.

So, lately some things have been happening that I'm pretty excited about. Bullet list update, I think.

~ I am about halfway through my Masters program. God, I am so tired of school. But at the same time, uber excited about applying to a second Masters in Popular Fiction, so I can get back to my one true love: writing popular fiction.

~ Our pellet grill of awesome continues to be awesome. We are going to build a permanent shelter onto our deck for it for next year, that's how much we love it. Because it rains a LOT here, and we do not want to give up year round grilling. I am cooking filet mignon and lobster tails on it tonight, because the grocery store had a post-Valentine's Day sale. It just doesn't get any better than that.

~ In approximately three weeks I'm going to be in Disneyland!!! I am so excited, I am obsessing about it. I dreamt about it last night. I cannot WAIT to be there. We are buying annual passes, because this Christmas, we are going back with family. Yes, Rhien will be spending Christmas in Disneyland. :D

~ I may have a job soon. TA-ing online. My first job requiring the BA. The pay is not great, but that does not seem to diminish my excitement. Maybe it's just the idea of actually earning money again? I should find out in the next few weeks, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

~ I am possibly having too much prosecco tonight. Is an entire bottle too much? I suppose I will find out in the morning.
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Because that's what life seems to be reduced to lately!

~ We are adding an upstairs to our house, and everything is crazy and chaos. All of our stuff is sandwiched into half our house, with these little paths for us to move around and exist through it, like a maze. The rest of the house doesn't have a roof, but the second story is beginning to go up, and they are sheathing the roof today, so it should have roofing on it by the end of the weekend. 

This is both very exciting, and stressful. However, I will have my own jewelry studio when it's done, which is nothing short of AWESOME.

~ Legend of Korra got picked up for a total of 52 episodes! How awesome is that??

~ My graduate program is kicking my ass. Okay, so it probably wouldn't be as bad if we weren't doing the remodel at the same time. I have two more weeks of my current class, and then I'm taking two weeks off.

~ Summer shows are back, which means Covert Affairs, White Collar, Suits, Rizzoli & Isles...I am enjoying them all, but having trouble just keeping up with them, much less posting about them. 

~ Mark and I have added a Disney vacation to the schedule for March, with some friends we've gone with before. Right now, I wish I was in Disneyland. We will need the vacation for sure after finishing this project. Too bad it is so far away!

~ I am considering applying to a graduate program for a Masters in Popular Fiction, in which you basically write a novel for it, with mentoring by industry people who participate. At this point, why not make school work FOR my writing, instead of keeping me from it?? We'll see. I haven't fully decided yet, but I'm definitely seriously considering. 

~ Jewelry business is going pretty well. I'm getting more and more orders for engagement/wedding rings, which is both exciting, and nerve wracking. I mean, if any piece of jewelry needs to be perfect, it's a wedding ring! 

And that's the current state of Rhien. How is everyone else?? Are people still around and posting? 
rhienelleth: (mass effect shepard)
It's been a bit since I posted! That means, time for a bullet list update!

Things I have been up to, or whatever:

~ I am just seven short weeks from being DONE with school. I've started dreaming about writing fiction again, instead of academic papers. No lie.

~ Mass Effect 3. 6 DAYS, BABY!! In the meantime, I have been playing the demo, which is shockingly AWESOME. Maybe I should explain that statement, since I've obviously been anticipating 'awesome' with this game for quite some time. So, the demo is a couple of very short excerpts from the campaign, and then two multiplayer maps to play coop with up to four people. Honestly, I thought I would dislike the multiplayer aspect, or at the very least be completely intimidated and/or bored by it. I mean, I've watched the husband play games online for years. Running around in a party and killing things for hours on end seems REALLY BORING to me. Where's the story? I play games for story and characters and escapism. Shooting things is just...shooting things. But then I finished the small campaign sections and wanted MORE, so I went and ahead and checked out multiplayer, you know, just for fun...and I totally LOVE IT. I don't know if it's because it's Mass Effect, and I'm already predisposed to love the world and the different classes and abilities, or what, but I totally freaking love it. I have several male friends who play, all of whom are veterans of the very similar multiplayer/combat style of the Gears of War franchise, not to mention many, MANY FPS games, and they were all very kind about my first few maps, wherein they would all earn our group TONS of XP, and then there was me, with like, 2k if I was really, really lucky. And I died a lot and they had to revive me. But then, I discovered the sniper rifle, and I started racking up the kills, and gaining experience, and one time I even managed to be the top most earning player on our team!! It was an exciting moment for me. 

Anyway, I actually understand the husband's obsession with online play for the first time. It's not like I ever gave him any crud about it or anything. I'm not one of those wives who begrudges her husband xbox time. I just thought "not my cuppa". BUT, I kinda get it now. Plus, I get to play other races. I totally forgot how fun that small section was in ME2 where you very briefly play a Krogan. I'm leveling up a Krogan soldier right now and it's awesome! He says all of these Krogan-gruff things, and in melee he head-butts the enemy to death, because he's just that badass. What I REALLY want to unlock, though, is the Asari adept class. I can't seem to do it, but I WANT TO so badly! Statis! Plus, playing an Asari! Just super cool. 

Anyway, I have been counting down the days for ME3's release. I cannot wait. I have no doubt after playing the demo, that the game will live up to and possibly exceed all of my expectations. The Kinect controls are freaking cool - "Garrus, concussive shot" "Liara, Singularity". Saying it, and having your squad mates act is a very nice feature. I'm a little "meh" about the Vega character. I'm kind of like "why the hell do we need another human soldier-type?" We already have Kaidan and presumably Jacob. And in the demo, it seems like we start the game with Vega and Shepard already being fast friends. IDK, I feel kind of like he's being forced on us, and I don't really care about him. I care about characters I've already played with and love. 

Speaking of love, I read somewhere that something like 70% of players were not true to their ME1 romance, and stepped out with someone else in ME2, which is supposed to have consequences in ME3. (I was true to Kaidan, which is supposed to have a big payoff in ME3. Honestly, I was mad enough about how they handled him in ME2 that I totally intended to cheat. And then somehow got to the end of the game and hadn't...) Anyway, I read this interview with the head writer for ME3, where the (female) interviewer commented that she romanced Kaidan in ME1, but Thane in ME2, and she asked how that was going to affect her gameplay in ME3, and his comment was basically "Good luck with that." He was a little nicer, but really that's pretty much what he said. Now I kind of wish I had another playthrough I could import where I had been with Thane, and I could see what happens. I'm guessing that the two romances will make Shepard choose, but with Bioware there could easily be something much more cruel up their collective sleeve. Like...choosing which one lives!

Wow, so I should really shut up now and move on to something non-Mass Effect related. Suffice to say, I am VERY EXCITED about this coming Tuesday!

~ Um...where was I? Oh, right. So, apparently we are supposed to get snow tonight. It's been like an earl spring here, and now, tonight it's supposed to freeze and snow. We shall see.

~ Pet updates: Zoey's kink in her neck has stopped hurting her, but she has developed a totally severe front leg limp. I even took her to a dog chiropractor at the local dog show last weekend, who confirmed she has a neck issue and that could easily be causing the limp. She worked on her, and we'll see, but she may have to go back to the vet. We are out of pain pills/muscle relaxers, and the problem is still there. 

As for Julius, the vet did the promised follow-up look at his bottom two fangs, which were uncomfortably rubbing his upper lip after his previous dental surgery, and reluctantly concluded the only thing to do for his comfort was to pull them. VERY graciously, the vet did this FOR FREE. I know. Super nice. I am going to bake cinnamon rolls as a thank you and bring them in next week. Anyway, he gets sent home, no cone of shame this time, and a couple of days later there is this horrible smell on him. Like, we think maybe he got some litter box leavings rubbed into his coat. Only I gave him a bath (much to both his and my dismay), and the smell was still there. And suddenly he starts acting all lethargic, and it dawns on me, the smell is an indication of infection! So I get some antibiotics from the vet, and now he is doing much, much better. The horrible smell is gone, and he is starting to act like his old self again. Hopefully he'll be a healthy cat for a long, long time now!

~ Um, I think that's it for now. New jewelry photos coming sometime soon. 
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~ I am officially on break from school...whoo-hoo! Writing time? I am a little afraid, which is dumb, but also excited. Space pirates, oh how I have missed you!

~ Christmas, I am SO ready for you! Except for the wrapping part. and the cooking part. Okay, maybe I am not as ready as I thought. Oh, and I still have to sew the cloth napkins for my mom's present box. But I'm mostly ready.

~ HDTV is SO FREAKING AWESOME! Is it silly how much I love watching my shows in beautiful high definition? I'm watching a Criminal Minds repeat right now, and marveling at the detailing of Garcia's necklace. Once Upon a Time is beautiful in HD, although the horrible black wig Snow wears in Fairytale-land is even more horrible. I mean, really. They couldn't have found a decent wig?? Anyway, the rest of the show is very pretty. The Tivo still stands as best Xmas present this year. Even the husband thinks so, and he is not the TV fan I am.

~ The mid-season finale to Terra Nova was actually kind of awesome. I think the show is starting to hit its stride...I almost have the urge to write fic!

~ Funny husband story: he and his brother, who is visiting for the holidays, stayed up ALL NIGHT last night, just so they could finish Gears of War 3 on insane, and get some kind of special ghost protocol skin for their weapons....which, after they got it at 6:30 this morning, after an entire night of playing, they admitted looked pretty awful. But they're using it anyway, because, you know...15 straight hours on insane! Poor boys. Mark even had me make him coffee, and he hates coffee. Silly man.

~ I am drinking the champagne my Mom got us last year for Xmas, because Mark doesn't like champagne, and I happen to like those drinks I can't remember the name of, that mix peach puree and champagne together...so I am happily buzzed, with no homework to do, and no jewelry to make. Well, I am making earrings for Mark's Aunts for Xmas, but I'm waiting on an order of settings to get here. Which is also why I haven't done the drawing for the pairs I'm giving away yet. Should be in the next couple of days.

~ Mmmm. I'm off for more champagne. Night everyone! Happy Christmas.


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 ~ Sick. Throwing up, headache, dizzy spells. Blech. Mostly past it, but still not at 100%

~ Adopting a rescued stray kitten, who may have bengal blood. Her tabby markings match all specifically bengal characteristics, in fact, they are very nearly identical to our bengal, Julius. Who is not entirely sure how he feels about this interloper. But little Nimue will no longer be terrorized by the pack of kids who used to chase her up trees and under cars on a daily, if not hourly basis. She is ten weeks old, and adorable. I need to take some pics so I can post them.

~ I have made several more pairs of stud earrings, which are listed in my Etsy shop. I have also updated my packaging, so now jewelry bought from me will ship in something like this:



I made the earring cards myself, and I confess I am rather pleased with how they turned out. :)
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 ~ What is with all the damn LJ comment spam these days? Aaaargh.

~ Saw Transformers 3. It was, IMO, the best of the three, and it was definitely leagues better than the second. The model who replaced Megan Fox was a better actress, thank goodness, and the stupid humor was kept to a minimum. 

~ Why, On Demand, why?? Why have only the first two episode of Rizzoli & Isles, instead of the whole first season?? This is a great show! I want to catch up, and your "past season catch up" section sucks. *pouting*

~ Mark is back from Japan, and his jet lag is proceeding as normal. Meaning he can't sleep until the wee hours of the morning, and is groggy and tired when he gets up around 11:00, needs a nap by 3:00, and then is wide awake until it starts all over again. Poor guy.

~ While he was gone this year, I spent five days up in Seattle, and we went to this great small zoo and got to take some pictures of tigers from, like, four feet away. Maybe less. There was a piece of plexiglass between us, and that was it. I'm still processing all of the photos, but here's a sample. You can see a jeans-clad leg reflected in the plexiglass if you look closely at the bottom, showing just how close we were. No zoom, just a 50mm prime lens, which is called "the natural lens" for a reason - you photo very close to the world as you actually see it. This is Taj, a beautiful and rare golden tiger:



And Almos, a still rare, but not quite as rare as the golden, white tiger:



When I get done uploading them to my flickr account, I'll post a link.



Hello hello

Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:07 am
rhienelleth: (Default)
 I know, I know.  I said I was going to be better about posting regularly.  Writing for school is eating my brain, mostly because I hate my current class, and thus writing for it takes WAY too much energy and effort.  And if I'm not writing for school, I'd like to be writing, you know?  I miss writing my fiction stuff when I'm not, more than I can possibly express, which puts LJ at a very sad third on the writing priority list.  

On the good front, not being able to work on the book means I spend more time thinking about it, and I've worked out some things that (I think) put all the final pieces together, in some ways for the whole series, but most especially for how everything works together in Nemesis.  (Right - that's what I should have been doing with the villain(s) all along!)   So...maybe this rewrite will be the last!

For now, anyway.

And to think, I used to privately laugh at those authors who talked of doing three, four, or God forbid a dozen rewrites.  *wipes tear from eye*  I crack myself up.  You know, once upon a time, I couldn't move on from a book.  It's a classic blunder - write a book that is in some way broken, or just not there yet, probably because you as the writer are still learning your craft and just not there yet, and then keep rewriting it and never actually working on anything new, ad nauseum, never submit it, and thus never really have a chance at publication.  I used to be that writer.  And then a bunch of things happened that kicked me out of that horrid cycle, I wrote a couple of new books, stopped rewriting altogether, and now I find myself come full circle, back to multiple rewriting.  Except it's different.  I don't know how to adequately explain it.  And right now, at almost 3:00 in the morning, I'm too tired to try.

I think it comes down to, these rewrites have a purpose.  The first one I did because someone in the business, someone who looked at it and said "this is good, but it could be so much better, and here's how" advised me to.  I did it thinking I understood, and knew what I needed to do.  But I didn't actually.  I fixed some things that needed fixing, but the core problem, the one that really needed addressing, escaped me until a beta reader came back from the rewrite saying almost exactly the same thing that earlier person had.  Only this time, it clicked.  I got it.  It was a forehead slapping moment for me.  So, yeah, now the rewrite is about fixing that core problem.  If I could just find extra energy from writing academic papers (ugh!) to work on it.  I asked my beta readers to kick me the other day, and they did, but it didn't work.  It wasn't enough.  Now, increasingly, I find myself angry at my own lack of personal writing time.  Is it important I finish my degree?  Yes.  But it is, if anything, vastly more important to me to finish Nemesis, but good.  So I need to find a way to balance it out and make it happen.  

That means I will probably remain somewhat scarce around here.  Still lurking, but not posting as often as I once did.  We'll see.  I miss it.  I miss the community here, and the daily updating.  So here's a brief bullet list:

Things Currently Happening in My Life (other than school):

~ Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 3 is so far as awesome as I expected it to be!

~ That Criminal Minds ep saying good-bye to JJ was totally ironic, am I right?  Like, the writers were making some very not-subtle parallels there.  Damn if they didn't do it well, even if I am still angry about it.

~ Does it mean something, that I have visited the Dragon Age II website often enough for it to be a permanent fixture on my Safari homepage?  You know, the one made up of all your most frequently visited websites.  Google...and Dragon Age!  Ha!

~ My sloth is not just limited to writing!  We had out of town guests recently, and when thoughts turned to snacks whilst we watched some DVDs, I dug into my pantry and served....stale girl scout cookies!  Because I am just that awesome of a hostess.  You totally want to come visit me now, right?  On the other hand, I did provide some very nice alcoholic beverages, if I say so myself. :)

~ Guardians of whatever-it's-called, aka "that owl movie" was very, very pretty!  It is every epic fantasy story ever written, and thus extremely predictable, but still enjoyable and well done.  


It took me four tries to properly spell 'guardians', so I think it's off to bed for me, finally.  I blame Seanan McGuire for keeping me up.  Not only am I behind on my writing, but I am hopelessly behind on my reading.  I had no idea the new October Daye book was out until about 10:00pm tonight.  "I'll just stay up a couple of hours and read", i thought.  Yes, well you see the time.  I stayed up until I was done reading.  Haven't done that in...since I can't remember.  I do have one very vaguely spoilery thought on the book at this sort of sleep deprived, punch drunk juncture: click! )Okay, now I really am going off to bed.  I have officially turned into a pumpkin. Night!
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*I started this post this morning, but wasn't able to finish it until this evening.  Ah, life.

Fannish: 

Picked up Dexter S4 at Best Buy yesterday on blu-ray.  It's one of the handful of shows the husband and I actually watch together, so after jam making, we mainlined the first disc last night ("date night" for us this weekend).  How is this show seriously still so awesome four seasons in?  Also, they so love to suck you in to the next episode by ending on shocking cliffhangers.  It's a good strategy.

Writing:

This is me, officially asking my beta readers to poke me and pester me about getting on with the damn rewrite.  Cause books don't write themselves, and I'm well over the surgery now.  Maybe instead of being poked, I need to be beaten with a stick at this point.  It's too easy to let me hobbies distract me, damn it.  

Life:

Today is my niece's first birthday.  We got her a rocking horse. :)  We'll be leaving shortly to go eat cupcakes and watch her be cute. 

*takes deep breath*

So, the husband and I have decided to explore adoption.  It's been a really difficult decision to make.  I have issues with adoption that spring from a bad childhood experience.  My parents adopted a five year old little boy that had attachment disorder.  No one knew what it was back then, and no one told my parents about the series of abusive foster homes he went through.  It was a nightmare I don't even care to go into.  I'll say this:  I used to have nightmares about him killing my family in our sleep.  Yes, that's how bad it got.  

So, you should have some small idea of how hard it was for me to even come around to this.  But I just don't think I can do the donor egg and in vitro thing.  I don't think I can go through that emotional roller coaster, pay all that money, and then what if it doesn't work?  I don't think I can take another crushing disappointment like that.  Mark and I talked, and we both thought about it, and we've decided to look into adopting a baby.  Yes, I know this could take a long time, and I know it's expensive.  But it's either a baby, or nothing.  I won't risk another situation like the one I grew up with.

So, yeah.  That's kind of where stuff is at right now.  Time to actually post this and think about making dinner.

Kick me!

Aug. 4th, 2009 04:13 pm
rhienelleth: (Default)
So, possibly writing 30,000 words plus a synopsis in two weeks' time was a tad ambitious. I mean, I've done it before, when the 30K was part of a book.

I'm at the point right now where I want to bang my head against the nearest brick wall, and ask myself WTH I'm doing, and why, exactly, I thought this was such a great idea. Part of me wants to give up. But another part of me is all "Nooooooooooo! There is still time! You have until Monday, Rhien, just keep writing." (I'm not sure until when on Monday, mind, as the site just says "Monday, August 10th" - does that mean midnight on August 10th? 9pm? EST, or PST? Enquiring minds lunatic authors who are going to be writing until very possibly the last minute want to know!)

Right now, this very second, I have to write 3K words a day tomorrow-Sunday. Not including revising and the synopsis, which would be whatever time I have leftover, and Monday. Now, the actual writing part, that's doable on that schedule. But it sure doesn't leave me much for that two page synopsis, and we all know how much I loathe love synopsis writing. It also doesn't leave my betas any real read-and-response time. So the real truth is, I need to finish this thing faster. I'm working on it tonight as late as I can, and we'll see where I stand tomorrow.

I need some encouraging words swift kicks to keep me moving here.

I can do this.

Oh, yeah - did I mention that I leave Friday for a weekend on the coast with my nephews and literally a house full of people - fourteen to be exact?? I have to carve out writing time each day. Minimum four hours. No problem.

Where's that brick wall again?

~Very brief snippet~ )

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