Hi, guys. Lots of things have happened. In sum:

Still don't have a job. I am okay with this.

Gaming a lot, writing a lot, RPing like a boss, doing well in my studies, dealing with stupid classmates.

Switched ISPs to something faster. This is about the only reason why I'm finally doing personal LJ things - my old connection just couldn't load all the stuff going on on my flist, and I couldn't download doujin/anime anyway, so there wasn't a point. Coming back now that I have the means.

Feeling better about myself and the direction I'm going in, overall. Things will only get better from here on, with luck.

How have all of you been? Apologies: I suck at keeping up with you folks these days. You're welcome to scold me through the usual means. As a sort of peace offering, have some fics:


GINTAMA. // A lover as faithful as guilt.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Fate could create you and I.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Open up and let me inside.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Errands and affairs.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Deny, deny, deny.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Regarder la lumiere
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Nautical dawn.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: I will be the water for your thirst.
GINTAMA. // Something's Burning: Epilogue.




Fandom bias, thy name is Gintama.
I set this up a few days ago.


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Join it, or stalk it. Whatever goes, goes. ♥




Quick real life updates and good news: school is nearly out, and since ADMU seized the UAAP cup for the third time, I've a surprise long weekend.

Lit 13 pups are enjoying Heavy Rain immensely, now that they've gotten a hang of the controls. We've got people peeking in from the other classes too, marveling at the fact that there's a class full of lucky bastards who get to idle out their last two weeks of lessons on a PS3 game.

Managed to get accepted to a conference that'll take place in Singapore in December. [livejournal.com profile] khursten will be with me, and we are both very excited at the prospect of molesting [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika lollygagging in good company.

Birth By Sleep should be eating up my spare time, cept my copy is fucked up. Cables for my PS3 have been eaten by my house too, so I'll have to go to Greenhills very soon and solve BOTH those problems, from the looks of it.

One more paper to write, then papers to check, then we're free to roll right down to the fun stuff.
Our PLDT DSL line appears to have completely killed itself - it just died overnight a few days back, and hasn't come on again. I tried calling them up, and they said they'd get back to me and file a report.

They haven't gotten back to me, and I doubt that they ever filed anything.

Philippine Internet: Made of Fail.

Currently running on smartBRO - I've been meaning to get a prepaid dongle thing for myself for quite some time now, so I guess this is all right.

If there is one good thing, though, about not having a fast and stable connection that I can keep on for ages, it's that I can let my brain idle more. For one, I usually hit the PC right after I roll out of bed and check things/tag around THEN end up rushing to get ready to go. Now I wake up, roll around, eat a proper brunch and prepare my things at my leisure, since I get lazy at the thought of setting up my laptop just to connect.

Speaking of brain idling: I'm not sure if it's a sign of age or exhaustion. I was totally internetless on Friday night, which left me with so many options on what to do. I ended up doing nothing but flop around in bed. It was oddly nice. o_o

Maybe I should take that as a sign and start shaving away at the the things I think I need to do or think about but actually don't.




Last full month of the semester has arrived, and not too much has changed. Students are a little less annoying, although I'm still having some trouble with the usuals. I'll write a longer entry on them sometime soonish, or maybe tell whoever wants to hear about it.

I was supposed to review the entire set of Philippine Speculative Fiction novels for the POC Review, but the project ended up falling through.

...sob, all of my effort. I suppose I can use it for something else...

Grad studies class is picking up again, since we haven't been able to meet each other nearly as much as we're supposed to. Got a report on Paradise Lost, which isn't really coincidental - my professor knows that I used the epic poem for my undergrad thesis. I've brought home the book I used as my primary source, and will be rifling through my notecards before I read through the whole thing to see if there's anything that I can use.

On that note, I've been meaning to go over my undergrad thesis and see if I can revise it and make it conference-paper or journal-worthy. Might as well: it'd actually be a waste to let all of that research gather dust.




I occasionally get worried that I might be going too slow with my scholarly shenanigans.

Then I remember that I intend to do this my whole life anyway, along with whatever else I can manage to get done. Should stop belittling my own achievements too - that's always good for one's self-esteem.

Why society is so obsessed with people hitting "success" at a young age is beyond me. Sure, some of us don't have a choice, but let's admit it - most of us do, and just pretend that we don't. Seriously, guys: if you end up killing yourself in pursuit of your goals, there doesn't seem to be a point to it.




This weekend was pretty nice, since I got to watch some sophomore Asian History sections duke it out in Bel Field via Kibasen, and I got to roll around with [livejournal.com profile] khursten even if she turned me into her slave labor at her office. Sunday was fun, too - went to the Esteban household for my cousin Jonat's birthday, and it's been a while since I've spoken to him and his siblings.

I now kind of want to invest in an iTouch or something like it, though. MUST RESIST AND SAVE UP FOR SPEAKERS/MONITOR/EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE/WINDOWS 7. ;A;




RP eats up a crap load of my time, yes, and is sometimes more stressful than it is worth. I've met a lot of people through it, though, and nothing beats being able to log with and plot with people who truly matter to me. Plus, I've got to admit it: I RP for the game, not for the company. Anything can be done if it means pushing the game forward.

Still, I should strike a balance between the roleplay and my writing. I haven't been writing all that much these days.

...Which might actually be less of a problem created by RP, and more because of RL. This year was even crazier than last year, now that I think about it. I'm often too tired or washed out to do anything with myself at the end of each day.

Interestingly enough, though, I have started on several short stories. I didn't used to do short stories, as some of you know. Let's just see how things turn out. o3o




Livejournal staff people have to stop breaking things that work just fine.




Note to self: check your flist more often.
Been meaning to update for a while, but it's become a real effort to check any of the usual internet haunts these days. My shitty connection is one of the main reasons, followed by a few other things that happened this month. Thankfully, the personal storms have died down (thank god for friends who choose to stick by you in spite of everything), so I'm slowly crawling back to being around on the virtual sphere.

The connection hasn't really improved at all, though.




At the moment of my writing this, I've finished checking all of the student works that have accumulated over... well, the past month. Maybe more. I'll be heading on campus for the last time this school year tomorrow, to give my final exam for the Lit 14 kids under me, and to get the last batch of student submissions that I'll need in order to compute for their grades.

This year has been pretty instructive, on the teacher front. I'm going to put my money where my mouth is and work on a complete overhaul of my curriculi - like, schedule everything in an orderly fashion, and add extra modules that'll hopefully improve the cailber of the students who end up getting me as their teacher next year.

Got to look for schools, too. I've decided to finish my MA degree in ADMU rather than abort it mid-sem to go elsewhere, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't prepare all the same.

Speaking of school: the paper I mentioned in the last post? I managed to get my topic of choice - that is, proving the theatricality of tabletop and play-by-post RPGs - approved. I also managed to submit it in time, although my professor will be out of town until the 26th. Grades are due on the 30th... I do hope she'll be able to check it in time.




There is something grim yet beautiful about measuring your life through the pills you pop at night.

Conversely, there is something amusing but perfect about having a cat who's ridiculously attached to you. Gouto has a MOM MOM MOM meow. She uses it often, especially when I leave her behind in the room.




As the plurk list knows, I've been tripping out on Final Fantasy 13 and the Ace Attorney series. At Chapter 11 for FF13 - taking my sweet time because I want to complete a lot of the quests.

(Which reminds me: does ANYONE know how to do Mission 27? I have no clue how to reach the mark when it's at the center of a circle that I can't walk to.)

Finished the Wright and Justice games, and I've just started Edgeypoo's game. It's good stuff, although I do think they could've afforded to expand on a few things a little more.

I don't think I've gamed this much in a while. It's one of the many things that I've yearned to go back to for a while, I realize. Writing, archiving, marathoning series I follow, fixing my music, mixing and doing my icons are a few of the others too.




Completed my usual Lenten ritual, which involves me somehow getting struck with the odd urge to read through one of my older works. This time, it was Gravity Attack.

I'll probably flail about this in another entry, when I'm more in a mood to spazz at length.




And I still owe everyone photos.
izkariote: (productivity.)
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( Nov. 15th, 2009 09:16 pm)


30275 / 50000 words. 61% done!

Official report with excerpt is here. Click if you love Shamal and his DOM tendencies.




I had this long-ass, thought out entry on how this week has been, but since my internet connection died for most of the day, you're all going to have to settle for pseudo-bullet points and weird rambling! \o/

MONDAY: NEW SCHEDULE SORTA on the driver's (my little brother) end, since he's got earlier classes. Cue me bouncing around like a madwoman, bugging [livejournal.com profile] khursten and other unfortunates until it was time to go back to my classes. Received the equivalent of a standing ovation from one class and hurrahs all around from the other two. Suchacute, freshmen. X3

Flailing over Poetry and English 12. That is all.

TUESDAY: I think this is where I started romping about, catching up on RP things and generating tags for me to occupy myself. I don't actually remember anymore. o_o

WEDNESDAY: TRUFAX LONGEST DAY saldkgh;kshdgh had a lunch meeting, did school things, did classes, flailed a lot, dragged feet over to an interesting faculty meeting, then zipped off to a reunion with my high school classmates.

A reunion's a reunion. Nuff said.

THURSDAY: ...More tagging. Also getting pissed off because the graduate studies class I fought for dissolved and everyone thought that it'd be a Smrt Idea to tell no one until the day itself. Am yet to find out if I'll end up having a class at all this semester.

If I don't, though, then I'll take it as a sign and maximize my break.

FRIDAY: FREEDOM. And tagging. Yes, there is a pattern. OH AND I HAVE A NEW KITTEN WHO IS WHITE AND STUPID AND SPUNKY and I have named him Gintoki.

Truly, I am Takasugi now. :D

SATURDAY: WE PLANNED ON WATCHING ASTRO BOY ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT IT'S NO LONGER SHOWING IN GLORIETTA OR GREENBELT. So me, [livejournal.com profile] kye_kestrel and [livejournal.com profile] khursten ended up dragging [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu around lady stores because she made the mistake of mentioning that she needed a dress.

We have pictures. 8)

Also: I WANT CLOTHES.

SUNDAY: Yeah, that'd be today. Posting much later than originally planned because wtaf, my connection went down for all of Saturday evening and most of today! I popped in briefly at Kourtyard to fap at do some logs with the usual suspects and make sure my karma doesn't hit rock bottom poke around with more of the same!


Been loading up on Poetry in my spare time, but I'm honestly, honestly lazy. Here's hoping I'll truly be in teacher mode soon. orz



EDIT: And before I could post this, the net died again. FML.
This week has been absolutely lovely so far, with all these meets with friends~ it's just too bad that I wasn't able to go out with [livejournal.com profile] mlina. That would have made it even lovelier. :<

Also: Red Cliff was absolute win. HORSE PUNCHING, GET.

It's been a nice and quiet day at home for me, just like yesterday. Beautician came over to do my nails and some waxing (yeah, I'm preparing for Singapore, bite me), and I got to roll around and poke people that I don't often get to poke on IM ([livejournal.com profile] signifies, I'm looking at you). I also got to enable a lot of people to do a lot of shiny things, so that is always cool! Am also still on my jazz trip, since I'm working my way through the huge set of songs that [livejournal.com profile] khursten gave me. Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald are pure ♥, always and ever.

...Speaking of music. Let me tell you, flist, that the section of my external HD that I devote to my music finally ran out of space yesterday. Cue me madly scrambling around to distribute files to the laptop and less congested drives on my main PC.

This must be a sign. Guess I'm bringing home a new external HD and possibly a DS from my trip next week.




Since I literally tore myself away from playing more Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, have a fic dump:


+ Tempting me into the garden; KHR!, 8018, for [livejournal.com profile] questofdreams
+ I'll tap into your strength; Suikoden Tierkreis, Jale & Sieg, for [livejournal.com profile] mienaihoshi
+ The aftertaste is gonna break your heart; [livejournal.com profile] theskytides, Roy & Rou, for [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika
+ Another grey day in the deep blue world; Persona 3, Shinji & Aki, for [livejournal.com profile] tasogareika
+ Above the thunder; Air Gear, Rika, for [livejournal.com profile] annotate
+ Bring me lasting light; Gintama, Gintoki, for [livejournal.com profile] khursten
+ In between the moon and you; Bleach meets Devil Summoner, Byakuya & Raidou + Ichigo, for [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_jade
+ Hell's bells
+
Splintering the night; FF7 meets FFT, Ramza & Cloud + Sephiroth, for [livejournal.com profile] kitsune_jade


And my belated birthday set for [livejournal.com profile] starkissed:

+ Necromancy; [livejournal.com profile] soul_campaign, Mukuro & Sakura
+ A playfully dangerous stranger; XXXHOLiC, Doumeki & Watanuki
+ How fire took water to wife; XXXHOLiC, Clow & Yuuko
+ Our time is running out; X, Sorata & Arashi
+ Hide-and-seek among the tea flowers; Yuuto & Karen
+ Rose, oh pure contradiction; KHR!, Hibari & Kyoko + Kusakabe
+ Private star systems; KHR!, Hibari & Kyoko
+ The heart of your gesture; Hibari & Kyoko


Pimped some of these on comms already, so you've prolly seen a few of them. Or you've already seen all of them, if you're following my fic journal. o_o
Written earlier, at around 10:45 AM.

I'm typing this as I sit in the lobby just outside of my doctor's office in Medical City, kicking around until my mother and my brother finish up with their own consultation. We've just talked about possible options regarding The Possible Cancer Case that is my thyroid gland. It's nothing that I haven't heard before, and I still haven't made a decision.

One thing's for sure, though: I do not, in as much as possible, want to go under the knife again. The writer in me keeps telling me that it ought to be an interesting experience, but the rest of me says that we could do well without "interesting", given how things usually are.

So. What does that leave me with? It's either I keep monitoring and hanging on and waiting, or I take a radioactive substance (can anyone say, 'Spiderman'?), kill my thyroid, get a scan and hopefully be done with it. Hopefully. But, at least, it'll be immediate. The results, I mean. And possibly the surgery, if it's even needed after the gland's gone.

I've got a few more months to consider it, and oddly, something tells me that my dad is going to be angrier about this and whatever decision I'll make than I am.




To Do List, on the Writing Front


  • The Arcana Set of Fiction, for [livejournal.com profile] psychoshoujo. Bb, might I ask if it's all right if I move past the fandoms you wanted? Been thinking on my approach, and I can't, in good conscience, ignore how perfect some of the ideas that I have for other fandoms fit into the themes. I keep forgetting to bring it up with you.
  • TST!cousin shenanigans, for [livejournal.com profile] fushimiru. I WILL DO IT, I SWEAR TO GOD. DUN KILL ME! OTL
  • Xanxus and Squalo something-or-the-other, for [livejournal.com profile] desumethis.
  • That Gintama idea I had, for Jooi shenanigans.
  • Part II of my minibang. Even if I won't get to post it just yet. Since. Y'know. Minibang. orz
  • KHR Undercover project, whatever it may end up being. Had a nice idea involving the daddies in the troop back when I signed up. Might be good to go with that.
  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT. I'm going to have to backpedal on my notes and see what I can adjust and oh god I sure hope I can still finish this because I really really want to and -- right. Shutting up now. orz
  • 6927 ficcage, going for the whole Altor possibility of reincarnations and past loves and whatnot! THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME OF THIS, LYN.


If for anything, I have learned that these days? I suck at keeping deadlines.

People who have recently celebrated their birthdays but got nothing from me: please, comment here and let me know what I can do you for? I can't promise immediate results just yet, but I WILL put out. Eventually.

Also: may be making an open call for prompts REALLY soon, using the 31 Days and all that jazz.




I did say that I was going to post about my Amajing Weekend, so here we are. It technically started with me sleeping hellafuckinglate (the things you do to me, [livejournal.com profile] theskytides), and waking up maybe 7-8 hours later, just a few minutes before [livejournal.com profile] khursten and [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu arrived at my doorstep. They watched me eat breakfast and wake up before we zipped over to ADMU, where Khursten needed to do some errands.

Lunch was spent with [livejournal.com profile] starkissed and Iso, where we fangirled/attempted to enable each other and generally chilled out at Kourtyard. They dropped me off at ADMU in time for my class, which finished two hours early since we just had our little introduction spiel. There are only four of us in the class, plus the professor. ...I'm not sure how to feel about that.

Also: one of them is my upperclassman from way-back-when. Didn't recognize her at all. She's changed a lot!

Hooked up with Khursten and Yukeh again once I was out, and we headed for Greenhills for some retail therapy - or more like, Khursten's retail therapy and me and Yukeh tagging along, wishing we could buy stuff (although Yukeh DID get the R4s that Drae was asking for way back). My shopping list is up on my previous post, for the interested, and I am seriously going to cross shit out from there and add to it as I go along, if I remember to./

On that note, does anyone know whether there's going to be a limited edition something-or-the-other in time for any big game release? I'm considering the new versions of the PSP and DS, and I figure that I might as well make my buys spiffy if I'm even going to get them in the first place.




The first week was pretty crazy, but I do feel rather blessed. For one, I've got a much more manaegable schedule (Berchman-Belarmine 10-minute sprint aside), and for another, my classes are amazingly energetic and attentive, given the timeslot. Top all of that off with the fact that Peter is driving (with a Faculty Sticker, mind you), and it's been amazing, cool and otherwise just fine, as first weeks ought to go.

I still feel a little strange, teaching the batch of my younger brother, and knowing that people KNOW we're related. I'm also a little worried, since a lot of changes have been implemented in the curriculums of the subjects I teach (and if they HAVEN'T been just yet, they will be VERY soon). Let's not forget the fact that half of my brain is still in Vacation Mode. Overall, though, it's been good so far.

...Now if I could just get back to marathoning and writing. ._.


EDIT, written during my second English 11 class: ...Yeah, I'm the idiot who only figured out how to pack her mouse up properly now. orz INTELLIGENCE, I CAN HAS EET.
GETTING THIS IN BEFORE TAG RAPE ENSUES YET AGAIN.

Petrik celebrated his birthday with the rest of the Punzalan kids on the 9th with a delishus lunch in the office! It's kind of lulzy how half my family has birthdays this month, with me being one of them. ANYWAY, it was really nice, lounging around and talking with the bros that I don't usually get to see around~

After that, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] khursten and [livejournal.com profile] yukitsu in order to check up on B. My prayers still go out to her - she's had a rough time as of late, and that, for those of you who do know what's up, is a dire understatement.

Slept late into the next morning due to srs plottage for [livejournal.com profile] theskytides and [livejournal.com profile] yescomrade museboxing, and then zoomed off to ADMU after I woke up from sleeping like a total rock! I've gotten most of my pre-sem teacher stuff out of the way, and I got to catch up with my colleagues in the English Department, which is always cool.

Best part about yesterday, though, was hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] lainewell, [livejournal.com profile] dark_profanity and their friend Viktor after I gave up on finishing my registration! MUCH INSANITY ENSUED.

I'm currently chillaxing at home - I feel the need to rest, since my hours have been odd lately. Enjoying the shiny laptop speakers that my dad has loaned to me indefinitely, along with the fact that we seem to have fixed our internet connection (with no thanks to PLDT). See, my dad figured that some of our defective phones might be bleeding into the connection, since we're all still using one line... now we're thinking of getting a direct line for the net from the box in order to improve it further. When we all have the time to get someone to do it for us. IN THE MEANTIME, THOUGH, IT IS GOOD ENOUGH. *w*

And on other random things:


  • [livejournal.com profile] signifies and [livejournal.com profile] g3ssh0ku, ILU both. ♥
  • Nnnn school coming up next week. I don't want it but I kind of do!
  • My little brother is a man now. I feel so proud, watching him drive. ;w;
  • ...Why am I considering apping at other RPs again.



Yeah okay, back to tag rape. orz


EDIT - Tried and tested: every single time I praise my connection, it hiccups.
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