cicer: (O hai)
Ugh. I cannot believe it took me ten-effing-months to finish this [community profile] help_japan fic. [profile] mainekosama, thank you so much for your enduring patience as I thrashed through real-life drama and major writer’s block. And thank you very, very much for your generous donation!

In recompense, here is a little tale, wherein Gojyo is hot for teacher, and gets felt up on a subway car.

Warnings: Student/teacher shenanigans. Mild underage. Dub-con, depending on your interpretation. Um. I think that’s it.

Gojyo leaned against the subway pole and stared out the window. )
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Oh, okay. Forgot I hadn't actually mentioned this here, whoops.

I can haz a tumblr! Mostly it's all just Sherlock stuff over there right now, along with a heavy dose of Avengers stuff, 'cause I am absolutely dying to see the movie. But, uh, if that sounds interesting to you, there it is! I'm kind of posting all my Sherlock feelings over there as they come to me, so if you care to read any of that babbling, that's where you'll find it.

If any of you have a tumblr, tell me what it is so I can follow you!
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I object!

Jan. 6th, 2012 12:04 am
cicer: (O hai)
In 2012, cicer resolves to...
Put fifty good omens a month into my savings account.
Ask my boss for a vassalord.
Drink four glasses of fanfiction every day.
Eat more louiseluxs.
Keep my yaoi clean.
Apply for a new inception.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

OMG NO! [personal profile] louiselux is not for eating!

Also, if your yaoi is clean, you're doing it wrong.

And if my (hypothetical, nonexistant) boss gave me a new issue of Vassalord, I would be so happy. It's been ages since the last one came out. Need moar gay vampires!
cicer: (O hai)
Just watched the first episode of the new season of Sherlock.

I need. To lie down with a cold cloth on my head. And possibly a cigaratte.

Also, I might word-vomit all over the place about My Thoughts on Sherlock's Sexuality in the next few days. So. There's...that.

I. Seriously, I am kind of incoherent here. Someone please come flail with me.
cicer: (Wondering)
First term of grad school: completed

Sanity: intact (mostly)

Physical status: exhausted

I had a wonderful time this semester, but I am pooped. I get the next three weeks off, thankfully, but then it's right back into the madness. Things are going well, though. I'm enjoying my program. Like my classmates and professors. It's all good. I also (somehow) managed to do NaNoWriMo last month, so that was pleasing. Another 50k words added to one of my novels-in-progress!

I'm making real progress with one particular novel. I think I'll devote 2012 to really wrangling that sucker into shape. Part of the winner's goodies for NaNoWriMo included a code for some free printings of your manuscript over at CreateSpace, so if I can get a good solid draft finished by June, I'll get to see what my novel might look like all printed up all nice and shiny. That would certainly be good motivation to keep working at it and eventually looking for an agent/publisher. I'm learning a lot about all of that through my MFA program anyway, so it's all extremely helpful and encouraging.

...Eeesh. I keep feeling like there was something (undoubtedly many somethings!) I was trying to remember to post about, but damned if I can remember any of it now. I swear grad school has somehow lowered my IQ. Ack.

Hope you are all doing well and looking forward to whatever holidays you might happen to celebrate! Any news I should be aware of? Everybody OK?

Ant update

Oct. 6th, 2011 10:52 pm
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'Cause I know you were all just dying to know what happened with the ants in my bedroom.

The pest dude came yesterday, declared that we have rover ants, and busted out the Terro traps. He warned us that thing would seem to get worse before they got better, and not to freak out if we had a steady stream of ants going to and from the bait trap for the next couple of days. Good thing he warned us, because, um. Wow. Those little suckers REALLY like the trap.

There is a steady enough stream of them that I can even identify where they're getting in. Contrary to what I thought, they are NOT slipping in through the window. There is a teensy weensy crack along the floor tiles, right where the tiling meets the wall. Once we're rid of the ants, I'll definitely be filling that in. But for now, the ants are having a gay old time with their new supply of delicious poison.

It's actually fairly entertaining, watching them go to and fro, occasionally stopping to rub up against each other before passing along. I feel a little bit bad about the fact that I'm helping them poison their whole family. But the ants have gotta go, one way or another. So that's that.

Most of the Terro-trap reviews say that the ants usually disappear a day or two after they initially swarm the trap. So, fingers are crossed.
cicer: (My life is pain)
Dear ants on my bedside table: Where the fuck are you coming from? And what do you want?!

I discovered a small crop of ants lurking there yesterday. Since my bedside table (and my bed) are jammed up underneath the window, I wasn't too puzzled about how they were getting in. The window, right? I mean, it hasn't been opened in about six months, but whatever. It's still a window, and the little bastards are sneaking in somehow. Even though I couldn't see any ants on the actual sill (inside or out) I Raid-ed the fuck out of area, and considered the job well done.

Except, nope, another little batch of a half-dozen or so turned up on the bedside table today. Again, no sign of ants on the sill.

OK, but clearly they are after something in the nightstand. My habit of keeping candy and cookies in there has caught up with me, I assume. I pull out the packages of sweets, prepared to find an orgy of ants glutting themselves, and find...nothing. No trace of ants on the cookies, or the candies (neither of which were well wrapped). No ants on the crumbs that have migrated to the corners of the drawers. Nada. In fact, there are no ants on the floor around the table, on the sides or back of the table, or (thank God) on my bed. Just...nothing. Apparently, the ants were solely containing themselves to the top of the table.

Are they after the glass of water I always keep there? Nope. The leaking bottle of cough syrup? Also no.

So apparently, the ants' master plan is thus:

Step One: Infiltrate enemy camp by means unknown.

Step Two: Take up position on the bedside table, and absolutely nowhere else.

Step Three: ???

Step Four: PROFIT.


Also, I keep thinking I feel something crawling on me, but then there is nothing. Oh God, what is happening.
cicer: (Eeee! ♥)
They've fixed almost everything that got fucked up during the Delicious management switcheroo! I can actually use the site again! My bookmarks are intact! *weeps with joy*

You guys, I don't even want to admit how distraught I was when I thought Delicious might've been fucked up for good. I mean, if Delicious went away, where would I find new porn? Thank god it's back!
cicer: (My virgin eyes!)
Just got the reading list for my first term of grad school.

...Oh God.
cicer: (O hai)
Oh, look, it's a [ profile] help_japan fic! And it only took me, oh, five months to finish it. *facepalm*

As you might guess, this story gave me absolute fits. I ended up drafting about a bajillion words of backstory for this thing. None of it really had nothing to do with the actual story at hand, but for some reason I couldn't resist sketching out tons of stuff about this universe, and then it turned out that none of that stuff actually made it into the fic. Wah.

Also, I wanted this to be porn-y, and then it...wasn't. It's not even Hakkai/Gojyo, exactly. Face. Palm. It is, however, what [ profile] wk_recomend asked for: a mashup of Saiyuki and Inception, and I really had fun playing around with ways to combine the two universes.

[ profile] wk_recomend, you are a goddess for having so much patience with me as I thrashed this thing into submission. I hope it satisfies, and thank you again for your donation!

This is how it starts. )
cicer: (O hai)

  • Watched Merlin. After hearing people on my flist talk about this show for the past, oh, three or four years, I finally tracked down a website where I could stream some of the episodes. So far, I've watched the first five episodes. It's quite a cute show, and Colin Morgan and Bradley James have very funny, very adorable facial expressions.

    For those of you who have seen the series, do you have any recommendations of episodes that I absolutely must watch ASAP? Conversely, any episodes I ought to skip? I tend to watch shows chronologically, and I'll probably watch the whole series sooner or later, but since there are quite a few episodes of this show, I don't mind watching the best ones first. Don't worry about spoiling me, I've already read up on all the major plot points.

    Also, since I can't watch a show without immediately delving into a new fandom, I've also been...

  • Reading Merlin fanfiction. ...Yep. OK, I think I'm a little bit of an addict when it comes to fic. Seriously. When I finish watching a show, or seeing a movie, or reading a book, my first thought is always, NOW I MUST READ SOME FANFIC FOR THIS. Then I run to my computer so fast that I leave trails of smoke behind. that normal? Please tell me it is.

  • Worked on my [ profile] help_japan fics. Which...are spriraling wildly out of control, sob. They were only supposed to be 1k and 5k words, respectively, but apparently I am no longer able to write anything longer than, like, ten thousands words. Ever. Sob. I know it's taking me for-freakin'-ever to finish these danged things, but if you can bear with me a while longer, dear recipients, I promise you will get more bang for your buck! Mea culpa, dudes. :/

So, what's up with y'all?
cicer: (Oops)
I don't often cut myself while shaving...but when I do, I really fucking gouge myself. Oh, my lord.

I think part of the problem is that I'm too used to shaving with old razors. So when I finally get off my butt and buy a fresh one, I just start digging in as if I'm working with a rusty spoon. Boom: instant fail. Also, I have a high pain tolerance, so I don't realize I've cut myself until I rinse off the shampoo and see blood everywhere.

This is not the first time I've made a total hash of my attempts to remove body hair, but this is the first time I've injured myself so splendidly. I sliced up both my shins, and my right elbow. Awesome! Also, I discovered too late that my first-aid kit is basically empty, so I ended up hopping around, dripping blood everywhere, trying to find some gauze and tape so I could MacGyver up a band-aid.

I'm thinking about switching to waxing, but man. I'd probably give myself second-degree burns. I am feeling sadly inept right now...
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I saw Thor! Vague spoilers are vague, but I'll cut them anyway. )

Also, I had the joy of coming home and looking up Thor fanfiction on the internets (because I am a slutty fandom slut who is always looking for new pronz to read) and discovering that there is already buckets of fanfic for this movie. Even a motherfucking kink meme. Oh, fandom. You never disappoint me! ♥
cicer: (Oops)
Bleehhh. It's allergy season, so I'm going through my yearly round of "I can't breathe and consequently I can't sleep, and the lack of sleep/breathing is making me really depressed and anxious". At least I've figured out that this is a yearly thing my body does, which means that this too shall pass, and one day I shall be able to breathe through my nose and sleep though the night without the aid of multiple pharmaceuticals.

Speaking of multiple pharmaceuticals...I asked my mom to pick my up some Sudafed at the drug store the other day: specifically, the good kind of Sudafed, the kind you have to show an ID to buy because so many people around here apparently enjoy a little meth-producing as a side career. She came back from the pharmacy clutching a bulging bag full of my Sudafed and Midol, along with her (multiple, heavy-duty) migraine medications.

"I think they think I'm some kind of drug lord!" she whispered to me anxiously, as she passed me my share of the loot. She's probably not altogether wrong. Our family get SO MANY prescriptions, it's kind of embarrassing. They actually know us by name and sight at the pharmacy, and this is not a small little neighborhood drugstore. It's one of a big, impersonal chain. Still, I can go into the pharmacy, and any one of the five or so pharmacists on duty will be like, "LOL YOU AGAIN. Here, let me get your stuff for you!" Awkward.

...I don't remember where I was going with this little anecdote, probably because I'm super drugged up. Um.

Wait, no, I remember! I was going to say that, given my current zombie-like state, I've been slow responding to comments and emails and whatnot. I've been particularly slow in finishing up my [ profile] help_japan fics, and I'm super sorry about that. Jeez. Please forgive me, [ profile] wk_recomend and [ profile] mainekosama! I promise I haven't forgotten about you! I'm workin' on it, I swear!

...I think there was something else I was meaning to mention here, but I've forgotten it. lol allergy meds. I think I better do what they say and avoid operating heavy machinery for a while...
cicer: (Mad bad and dangerous to know)
I keep meaning to post some poems for National Poetry Month, and I keep forgetting! Argh! So here are a few of my favorites, before I forget again.

Erm. It just so happens that the poems I picked this time 'round are a bit...gritty. I think all of these poems are brilliant, and prfoundly beautiful, but I think they exemplify the sort of poetry that is...decidedly not of the flowers-love-and-sonnets school of poetry! So if you're a bit icked out by poems about bestiality, suicide, and teaching young girls to use contraceptives, perhaps these are not the poems for you. y'all know what you're getting into. :D?

The Sheep Child, by James L. Dickey )

Nothing but Color, by Ai )

Thetis, by Olga Broumas )
cicer: (It was a nice day)
Title meme!

1. Find a title.
Any title, be it hauntingly, lyrically beautiful, irresistably quirky or awe-inspiringly insipid.

2. Share it!
Leave the title in the comments.

3. Let me find the story your title should have.
I'll tell you a little bit about the story that I feel fits your title (which may or may not be the story I would have written for the title in question).

4. If you want, post this in your own LJ.
Find stories for other people's titles!
cicer: (O hai)
Oof, classes. Ever the glutton for punishment, I decided to fill the time between finishing college (last December) and starting grad school (this September) with getting a TESOL/TEFL certification. Evidently most people do the program over the course of four quarters/1 year, but I decided to do it in half that, because why not. Ha...ha? The things I do to myself.

Seriously, though, I can't complain. The classes are extremely interesting, and I've gotten to do a lot of readings on different cultures, which is something that very much interests me. If I'd done a minor (or a double major) in college, I probably would have wanted to do it in sociology or cultural anthropology, so this is definitely up my alley. Also, when I finish the program, I'll be considered (generally!) qualified to teach English abroad, which of course would be an absolutely blast. So I'm having a good time.

I'm also working in fits and starts on my [ profile] help_japan fics, and hope to wrap them both up within the next week or two. I understand that all together [ profile] help_japan raised over $45,000 which is just...utterly awesome. It's one of those things that makes me hugely proud of fandom in general. We are a mighty force for good in the world! Kudos aplenty to everybody who bidded or donated. I hope they decide to do another full round of auctions, as I missed my chance to bid on the first one. I'm definitely gonna nab me some goodies the next time around.

Meanwhile, I've been wasting entirely too much of my time looking and lolarious videos on YouTube, so please allow me to suck you into the world of time-wasting videos as well! :D

Cut for embedded vids! )

Do you have any amusing videos you've been procrastinating with lately? If you do, plz to be sharing the links. My supply is running a bit low, and if I run out entirely, I will be forced to do productive things. Horrors!

Also, happy holiday week(end) to those of you who are celebrating Passover/Easter/Earth Day/Fuck-yes-chocolate-bunnies Day! Go forth and be merry!
cicer: (Oops)

cicer: (Sea bird)
Contributing to the deluge of [ profile] help_japan posts that are no doubt flooding everybody's flists right now...

I'm auctioning off two fics, one at least 1,000 words and the other at least 5,000. Knowing my tendency to get carried away with stories, I could end up writing considerably more. So this could be a bargain!

You can find my auction listings here and here. If you have questions about whether I'd be willing to write anything specific, feel free to ask! (The answer is probably yes!)
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