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Except, Mikey's texting, fingers and thumbs flying, chin on his chest and reflected words flashing up on his glasses. He's also smiling, the smallest, barest twitch of a smile. Frank crosses his arms across his chest and announces, "You ate my food."

Mikey doesn't look up as he says, "The canon needed ammo."

"You did that without me?" Frank protests, and then catches himself, because his oranges. Though, that doesn't explain the fake bacon.

"We experimented with aerodynamics, to see if a tail made a difference," Mikey says, as if he's tapped into Frank's thoughts. Hell, maybe he has. Deciding to test that theory, Frank starts to think about Gerard - in detail and glorious close-up. Mikey stops texting, looking thoughtful. "We're trying real bacon next time, to see if density makes a difference. And that's fucking disgusting."

"What is?" Gerard asks, stumbling into the lounge. He's pulled on yesterday's - last week's - last month's - outfit and is scratching at his balls through his jeans, his eyes mostly closed.

"Frank was thinking about you naked," Mikey says, going back to his frantic texting, and then, "Pete says next time think harder."


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Week sixteen

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Two this week and I am so sorry for the delay in updating.

Real life is more of a challenge than I expected. I think I will update again with a final round up once BBB has posted? If that’s okay with everyone?

Anyway, this week we have:

Exposed by darkrosaleen, FOB/Gym Class Heroes, Patrick/Travie, prompt: vulnerability

Bandom Half-Blood AU by whisperfade, FOB, Andy Hurley/Joe Trohman, Mikey Way/Pete Wentz, William Beckett/Gabe Saporta, Frank Iero/Gerard Way, prompt: tbc

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Aug. 20th, 2017 05:21 pm
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I've had mail from [personal profile] dine and [personal profile] sperrywink lately. Thank you both so very much!

We had plans last Monday. For the first time in a while we had nearly a full day to ourselves, the only thing planned was a meet up with Corey, have dinner and then go pay the bond for his new place. Then James got sick. He's got a chest infection, so the bond got paid over the phone and he's pretty much slept since then. He's on antibiotics and an inhaler, so hopefully will start feeling better soon.

Then mam also got a chest infection, but of course with her it was much more serious and she barely escaped being sent to hospital again.

The gym is still going well. The attendant told me last week weekend afternoons tended to be really quiet, and she was right as last Sunday I pretty much had the place to myself. Which meant I got to try out new machines that I wasn't confident about. The rowers were hard, though I think my technique could have been at fault there. I'm very dubious about the cross trainer as it felt like I was going to be thrown off, and the stair climber kills me! But I've used the later two a few more times since then, though I haven't tried the rower again.

James has been nominated for an award at work, so we have invites to a glitzy do at the end of October. Which is great, but we both need evening dress. I don't have evening dress. Sigh.

Game of Thrones is making me happy this season. Also concerned as I get the horrible feeling bad things are going to happen -- because it's Game of Thrones and bad things always happen. cut for spoilers )

I'm also continuing to love Killjoys and last week Masterchef Australia started, episode 1 of no doubt 7076720 and the start of the slow slide into autumn and winter, when the winner will finally be revealed. What with that, the Strictly celebs being announced and Bake Off being advertised it really does feel like the media autumn is within touching distance. I still don't like Bake Off in on C4, though. That is so wrong.

I've been to see Everything, Everything and The Dark Tower recently. The first was okay, the second. Well, that's a few hours of my life I'll never get back.

I'm off to a party tonight, but hopefully will catch up on reading/comments tomorrow.
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I felt a bit at loose ends this week - I'd finished all the "big" books I'd been looking forward to (The Harbors of the Sun, The Bedlam Stacks, A Tyranny of Queens) and wasn't at all sure what to pick up next. But I came across some unexpected winners, wow!

What I Just Finished Reading

Lhind the Thief, by Sherwood Smith, which I had as part of the Light in the Darkness collection. Lots of really unusual worldbuilding, and great characterization.

Jackalope Wives and Other Stories, by T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon). In addition to the award-winning "Jackalope Wives" and "The Tomato Thief", there were lots of other delightful stories here. I loved the bird ones (of course.) $3.99 on Kindle today, and worth every penny!

What I Am Currently Reading

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan, which I saw recommended by Martha Wells yesterday, and checked out on a whim. I have not laughed so hard in ages! Every single YA portal-fantasy trope is sliced and diced with consummate skill. I am very much looking forward to settling in to finish it this afternoon.

What I Am Reading Next

My hold of Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford, has finally come in! I have been waiting to dig in to this.

Question of the day: What books/movies/TV shows are you looking forward to right now?
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She's not scared, though.

Everyone's fine except Poison, and Ray tells her he's had worse.

So there's really nothing to be scared about, and she's not.

She's seven now, probably, or close enough that she's too old to be scared of stupid stuff like that. Definitely too old to be scared of the dark. Ray doesn't say anything when she creeps into his room that night, though - just scoots over on the mattress and tucks his hair behind him so it's not taking up the whole pillow.

When Poison finally wakes up the next afternoon, wrecked and pale, the first thing he says is: "Shitfucking cocksucker."

The second thing, after Kobra tells him what happened, is: "We gotta teach the kid how to drive."


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Aug. 11th, 2017 04:41 pm
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To update on the gym situation. I went to the induction yesterday and everything went very well.

Not that it got to a good start as we weren't booked on the system, but one of the men who worked in the gym was there and happy to give us the tour and work on our goals and memberships.

In all that took around 3 hours, and he was great. He did have some extreme views about nutrition and how often that could help when medicine can't. But, at the same time, he admitted that the views were extreme, and kept saying we had to research everything and not take his -- or anyone's -- word as gospel.

He made me feel really relaxed and worked out a programme for both me and James based on what he thought we could manage. Mine includes the recumbent bike, the treadmill, and leg strength work on the weight machines. When he was showing us the equipment he said he could tell I'd relaxed because when I was on the bike I was smiling, and I was. No one was looking, no one gave a damn that I was sitting there and doing exercise in a gym. It was just good and achievable and I felt a foot taller when leaving.

Then later we called into the local gym I'm going to be using -- the induction was done at the bigger one the next town over -- and I gave my workout a try. I also checked out where the lockers were, the changing room situation, doing those little things that had been worrying me, like starting machines off on my own.

Then this morning I walked down on my own and spent a good hour doing my own thing. And again, no one was laughing or looking and I just got on with things. I even tried out the arm weight machines and felt comfortable and happy as I moved to each new thing. I bought myself a water bottle but must remember a small towel next time because I had to keep wiping the seats off with the edge of my t-shirt which really wasn't a good look.

But I did it, and am chuffed at myself.

Thank you to everyone who gave advice and encouragement in my last post. Yesterday was the first time I'd ever stepped foot in a gym, and it was hard and scary. But today it wasn't at all, and I'd have never have got to that point without all of your help.

Oh, and this is the outfit I went with in the end. Modelled just after I'd left the blood donation place.

Finally, Wednesday reading!

Aug. 9th, 2017 09:15 pm
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I didn’t do this last week, but I don’t recall why as I actually had some reading progress to report. Oh well, here we go!

What are you currently reading?

I’ve been plugging away at Dubliners, which has really caught my interest. I didn’t really like the first story, but everything else has been great. I love the feeling of longing and isolation that exists throughout all of the stories, and I enjoy the way that each one moves onto later stages of life. Even though many of the characters are much younger or older than I am, I feel like I can relate to most of them in some way. I love how the stories end abruptly without resolution or have ambiguous ending as well. The way that these stories make me feel reminds me fondly of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, so if this is what a lot of early 20th-century literary fiction is like, I’m all for it. The last story that I finished was “A Painful Case,” and I started the next one. I probably should have finished this collection by now since it’s short, but I just haven’t been in the mood for reading. Whenever I have been in the mood, there is always something else happening to get in the way.

I also started Enchantress from the Stars since my last post, but I haven’t really got anywhere with it. *shrugs* I think that I just forgot about it…. Oops.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell. My tired mind is trying to gather thoughts about it right now, but it is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in the existentialists or philosophy. I loved how it mixed philosophical ideas with the biographies of the different existentialists. I’ve been interested in Sartre since I encountered his essay “For Whom Does One Write?” in a critical thinking course, so this satisfied some of my curiosity. I still would like to read some of his philosophical works in full, but I don’t know when that will happen. I definitely want to read No Exit sometime soon.

What do you think you'll read next?

Aside from what I am reading, I don’t know. I had some things in mind, but I have already forgotten them. -_-;

OMG So tired

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:18 pm
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There are updates for the bingo but I have had dance things and Nine Worlds and work and I could update now but I am going to bed instead.

Will post when I get home from belly dancing summer school.

Forgive me please x

A slightly better day

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Today was better than yesterday, but I'm still staying up too late and sleeping in too late. I woke up around 10 this morning, and I was feeling pretty good until the afternoon. I did what I wasn't supposed to do, which is take a nap around 3 o'clock. I woke up around 10 or 15 minutes before 5. Then, I started to have some stomach pain for no discernible reason.

I decided to go ahead with my daily writing goals, but I'm doing something controversial in counting what I write in my journal entries toward my goals. Sure, it's not fanfic, original fic, or poetry, but journaling is often a recommended tool for writers. It's a way to keep the ball rolling, and I hope to write more fiction/poetry as time goes on. Besides, I will be taking a creative non-fiction class this semester, so this can be practice for that. I feel that just putting any kind of words on the screen is beneficial, and I believe that keeping a journal has helped me find my voice over the years. Fiction, poetry, non-fiction, blogging: it's all one to me.

I finished my [community profile] stageoffools letter tonight. It still needs tweaking in order to be easy to read, but it's essentially done. This was accompanied by watching the 2016 Russell T. Davies version of A Midsummer Night's Dream because I wanted to refresh myself on the details. That was probably not the best idea as this version had some obvious changes. The most obvious was that Spoilers ) This was more of a reinterpretation, but I enjoyed the changes and they made me look at the play in a slightly different way.

Activity

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:06 pm
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I've been really tired today, and I haven't really done anything all day. I started out by organizing and messing around with my Spotify playlists. There are a lot of good albums that I never listen to, so I have started dumping the albums that I remember liking into playlists separated by decades. Depending on how many albums I can recall, these playlists could end up being massive. This is still better than my old organizational system, which is basically nonexistent. I will probably try to make some genre playlists, but that will have to wait. I'm not sure if I should put Broadway cast recordings in the individual decade playlists or put them into one giant, all-consuming Broadway playlist. I'm leaning toward the latter because of the amount of tracks on albums and the fact that revivals can feature music from decades earlier than when they were recorded.

Organizing music on Spotify is a big thing for me because I own very little music myself. When I was growing up, I bought almost no music aside from anime CDs. I listened to Japanese music almost exclusively until I was about 15, except for when I was listening to the radio in the car. By the time that I started listening to English music more often, I had already discovered the joys of music piracy and downloading. I built up and lost my mp3 collection several times over because I never backed anything up. Eventually, I stopped downloading mp3s and switched to streaming via... Last.fm in 2006, I think? Now that I think of it, I think I started listening to Yahoo's Launchcast personalized radio first... does anyone remember that? I always thought I would re-download my old collection from iTunes, but based on the volume of music that I had listened to over the years as well as my changing tastes, I never did. So, basically, I'm trying to get together all the new and old music that I've ever loved and can still enjoy in one place.

Anyway, I got really tired after that. I blame it on waking up several times during the night and having a dream about turning into an evil witch with my best friend from elementary school. I don't know where exactly that came from, but it felt pretty vivid at the time. I have taken to listening to audio books and podcasts while I'm trying to fall asleep, and I frequently fall asleep with them still playing. I was listening to the Welcome to Night Vale novel last night, so maybe that is to blame.

The only other thing that I can blame for being exhausted today is that I have been active more often than usual in the past two weeks. It all started with Portland. The week before last, I was in Portland for a few days. That involved a lot of walking and getting lost on public transportation. I walked 4+ miles each day, and I was able to eat at a cool British pub called The Raven and the Rose, so I was pretty happy.

On Thursday of last week, I went to Catalina for my grandma's birthday because they offer free boat trips to the island for people celebrating their birthdays as well as one guest. It felt like I spent most of my time riding around on the back of a golf cart and listening to music, but I did end up walking 3.3 miles. I also bought a unicorn necklace because I am clearly an eleven year old girl on the inside. XD; Altogether, it was a good day, and I spent the ride home out on deck to experience the wind and sea spray while staring at the sea and darkening sky. It has been so long since I've been out to sea like that, so I regret nothing.

On Friday, I stayed home for most of the day, but I went to Fullerton in the evening to get coffee at the Night Owl. Then, I found out that my aunt was making tacos, so we went over there for dinner.

On Saturday, I went back to Fullerton to try a pizza place called Fuoco. It was good but way more authentic than I am used to. Then, I went to the Tranquil Tea Lounge where I ordered a white tea and mochi ice cream. It was the first time I had mochi ice cream before, and I loved it. Overall, I walked 1.5 miles that day.

On Sunday, I went to Torrance with my family to visit an old neighbor of theirs. I used it as an excuse to stop by Mitsuwa for the first time. I did not realize that that place was so big! I wish I had more time to spend there, but I did get some snacks as well as a discounted tea set. I want to visit the one in Costa Mesa since it is about the same distance as the one in Torrance. Overall, I walked 1.3 miles that day.

So, it's probably not the walking that has made me tired because I've actually felt better on days that I've walked more. I'm guessing that it is the social interaction and maybe just being out. I think that this is the same thing that makes me feel so exhausted during the semester because I can be out for only a few hours and feel drained. That is why it is so hard to balance my classes with anything else. I don't interact with people a lot, but just being there can make me feel self-conscious and nervous... it is not fun. It is worst at the beginning of the semester, especially if I don't know the professor. Usually, it gets better after a month or so, but I still carry a lot of stress and tension with me which can be very draining.

Last but not least, I did not start my new writing goals because I have felt tired and distracted. I decided that I should get started on a day when I actually feel good, but maybe that's just an excuse. It's so hard to start things and find motivation.
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