roily_rogue: (Default)
( Apr. 12th, 2011 02:58 pm)
I baked cookies! They are delicious.

Here's how my cooking experiments turned out:

Shredded carrots lightly fried up with ginger, sweet chili sauce and some cream and served with chorizo: good. There was something a little lacking, though. Maybe I should have used fresh ginger instead of dry. Maybe I should have added something more. I will work on it.

Shrimp salad with turnips: meh. Not because shrimp and turnips isn't a smashing combination, because it is. But with "salad", I mean the kind that has a mayonnaise-and-sour cream base, and it tasted bland despite the addition of tabasco and sriracha, up until I finally got the kick I needed by adding lemon juice. Problem was that I couldn't taste the turnips after that. So maybe I should just shred turnips over a regular salad with shrimp on it? There must be a way!

Fennel- and pear salad: good! Just a little bit dry, because I just added the fennel and pear to spinach.  I love the fennel-pear combination, though. It's light and fresh. I just need to think of some kind of dressing that won't overpower it.

Ground beef fried up with peanuts, peas and sourcream (with sweet chili sauce and sriracha added for kick) : heck yes! Too bad it's not my idea, though - My dad used to make it.

Tilapia baked with tomatoes, onions, tarragon and cream: good, but I think my hubby wanted a little more flavor to it. I come from the land of bland food, I'm afraid.

Potatoes and onions fried up with dijon mustard and served with roast beef: YES! Sometimes it doesn't need to be more complicated than that.


I'm trying to start another fic, but don't know what to write about. I do know that I want it to be a continuation of The Quiet House, exploring where their relationship goes after that, but I can't have it be just about their relationship or I will bore myself writing it (I'm not sure why, but there's quite a gap between what I like to read and what I like to write). There needs to be a plot, I'm afraid. And I'm kind of no good at plot.

roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Apr. 6th, 2011 11:17 pm)
So, after finishing the fic, I kind of...dropped. I didn't want to write anything at all, really, so I just curled up in my shell with a bunch of chocolate and games. I've had worse weeks.

Hubby will be too occupied to cook the coming week, so it will be up to me! Meaning, lots of vegetables. I have so much I want to try! I fried up some carrots with ginger, sweet chili sauce and some cream the other day and had it with Polish sausage. Yesterday I discovered that turnips go well with shrimp. I want to make a fennel salad with pears and...something! Green beans with something lemony! Bake tilapia with tomatoes and onions and cream! Make these mashed potatoes! I want everything to be magnificent!

Also: I got a 25 cent raise and a very good work review! The standard raise is apparently 20 cents. I called hubby and he greeted me with flowers after work, as well as two napoleon pastries and strawberries covered in chocolate.<33


roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Mar. 31st, 2011 12:47 am)
It is done. I have earned cheesecake.

The Quiet House
Characters: Arthur, Eames, a few OCs.
Genre: Gen, Drama, Angst
Rating: PG-13 for violence.
Word Count: 8504
Warnings: Death of a parent. Someone has a stroke. Also, some violence.
Summary: Arthur has a very good reason to be back in his hometown. He has a very good reason for inviting Eames there, too. Probably.
Author's Note: Post-Inception. A friendship fic, disguised as a background fic for Arthur.

The Quiet House. )

Message not to self:

I have today off, y'all. It will be spent right here, in a haze of caffeine-induced creativity. 

Also, I bought a watch at work yesterday for $4. A co-worker deemed it "badass". It is.
roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Mar. 17th, 2011 09:35 pm)
Today I frown upon, where you can no longer buy individual e-cards for 99 cents. Instead, you HAVE to buy a subscription for $12 or stick with the few, crappy freebies. "Only $1 a month!" they hoot. Great if you actually tend to send more than 12 e-cards per year. A COMPLETE RIPOFF if you don't. *waves fist* I wanted to send my dad a Hoops & Yoyo card.:(

Had a bit of a nervous breakdown the other day, inspired by a leak in the garage ("leak" might not be the word, actually - water is welling up from this...thing sticking out of the floor, whenever it rains heavily), complete with wailing and crying and clinging to hubby while saying melodramatic things. A little odd, but then the thunder broke out and it all became clear. I am so in touch with nature that I always get cranky during thunderstorms. Special, huh?
Maybe that's why I don't find this soothing at all.

Anyway, the fic. It's...*sigh*...almost done. The question is how long it's going to keep being "almost done". I keep finding faults with it. The prose is just MORPHING before my eyes, reading as awkward one moment and flowing the next. I change one detail and then realize that just rendered another scene, or piece of dialogue, implausible. I'm not sure when to describe and when to just hint. This is why I so rarely write or draw or do anything creative, OK? I never get to the point when I can say "It's done" and just put it out there. Even after my hubby's beta round, I keep finding errors or things that seem like errors and they all sting. God.
The devil's in the details, I guess. Maybe I should just put it out there and edit it afterwards, if needed. Maybe? That's the perk of the Internet, after all.
roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Mar. 4th, 2011 04:43 pm)
My hubby finally finished betaing my fic! I should read his comments. I really should. Yes sir. There's no reason to be NERVOUS.
roily_rogue: (Joe the Saint)
( Feb. 8th, 2011 05:36 pm)
Well! The cold was false alarm, but I cuddled up in my shell anyway, because there's just not much going on at the moment. Oh, except that I was called to take a test re: that place I applied for a job at and if I didn't flunk too bad, they'll call me up for an interview. I don't know if I'd look forward to working there - the place seems kind of stiff - but it would be more money, and it's always all about money.

My hubby will look over my fic. This freaks me out a little, because while it's gen and I've tried not to make it very schmoopy, it's still...fangirl material and he's a guy with a guy-ish point of view and while he's promised not to snicker even on the inside, some reactions just can't be helped. But I've reached a point where I CAN'T proceed with the fic until I have someone else's input, so it must happen.

I would have thought that, at this age, I would have been more secure and confident in myself, steady as a rock and completely comfortable with who I am and what I do. But I almost feel more insecure now than I was as a teenager. It's baffling.
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( Feb. 1st, 2011 12:55 am)
"Hon, this is not a BOOK you're writing. You are going overboard. It's just a fic. It will not nudge the universe in any direction. It is not going to be perfect and there is no need for all this micromanaging. Just get it DONE and post it and move on with your life."

And then I'm like "But. I mean. Syntax! Logic! Spelling! Characterization! *wrings hands* "

I'm going to need a beta sometime soon. Uhm. Any spontaneous volunteers?
roily_rogue: (Default)
( Jan. 28th, 2011 09:16 pm)
...those moments when you realize that the thing you've been writing, plotting and fussing over for ages is actually complete and utter shit?
roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Jan. 24th, 2011 04:01 pm)
I must immediately cease looking through the blog of Color me Katie and her adorable cat and start editing!
roily_rogue: (Tom is swell.)
( Jan. 23rd, 2011 04:29 am)
Know what word I just wrote? FIN.

Know what that means? A heck of a lot of editing, but also: the story is pretty much DONE.

*screams mindlessly*

I am very happy to have managed to work both corpses and cookies into the epilogue.

It might be time for bed.

Oh yeah. Also: I applied for a second job.
roily_rogue: (Smirk!)
( Jan. 18th, 2011 04:06 am)
6684 words so far. More to be typed. But now: sleep.
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( Jan. 17th, 2011 04:14 am)
So, I don't know how it ended up 4:15AM here, but it happened. I guess it's time to wrap up.

Fic status: Not done. The raw bulk of it is down, but heavy editing is still required on the finale, lighter editing on the rest. I'm worried about my uneducated ESL prose. Fic now has a title, though: "The Quiet House". Nifty?

Need to go to bed.
roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Jan. 14th, 2011 05:18 pm)
HOW is this behemoth that I've been writing for ages now only 3581 words?? I mean, seriously. OK, I've got more left on it and I've cut it down plenty, but...WHAT.
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( Jan. 14th, 2011 04:56 pm)
I'm writing! I'm writing like a crazy person! I'm having coffee and I'm WRITING. *happytear*
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( Jan. 9th, 2011 03:34 pm)
By the end of next week, the fic must be finished. That's my deadline now, and I'm writing it down here, so that I may be publicly humiliated if I break it. Get your rotten fruit ready.
I have been cranky and tired and thus stayed away, but today is my day off and we just bought a Christmas tree!<333 Lugged it home in the rain and everything!

Work has been hectic, but I haven't minded TOO much, because they have been kind enough to keep me off the register. By giving me the most nightmarish section to recover every night, naturally, but still - I'll take stressful recovery over stressful cashiering any day, thank you.
Yesterday, there was a girl walking around crying at work. It was hard to tell what age she was - she looked like early teens, but carried herself like someone younger. Had I been any shade of decent human being, I would have asked what was wrong, if she was  looking for someone, etc, but I was stressed and instead I just got annoyed and avoided her. Go Christmas spirit.

The fic...I...just...I...I don't know! It needs to be simplified, I think. It grew too many heads. This is an awful lot of effort for something that will probably be read by five people at most, but I can't help but enjoy the process, as much as I sulk and want to tear my hair out about it.

Today was Lucia Day in Sweden. It's very strange, because it's a Catholic tradition celebrating an Italian saint and IIRC, Sweden is not very Catholic, nor terribly Italian. I think it's just an excuse to light up the darkness a bit, fire hazard notwithstanding. Oh, and to humiliate boys by putting them in white dresses and silly hats. *points and laughs*
Pretty much every town, school, church (yes, even the non-Catholic ones!) and congregation of note has their own Lucia with accompanying "train". Sweden's official Lucia is voted for by the public - it's basically a beauty contest - and the winner gets the honor of walking and standing stiffly for an hour or so, with a crown of fire on her head. Why is it always girls who have to go through stuff like that?

Now: cheese sandwich and writing.

roily_rogue: (Hug!)
( Dec. 8th, 2010 06:51 pm)

It has been my day off and I woke up at 4PM.
Because I got to sleep at 8AM.
Because I was wound up because I have my PERIOD. No, I'm not censoring that. I'd post pictures if I had the energy. I'm in that kind of mood.

I thought I'd get some Christmas spirit going by treating my husband to the Swedish version of O Holy Night, but hadn't counted on him getting distracted by the rousing "Oh HELL" of the chorus. Sigh.  But here you guys go, anyway. Try not to snicker too much?

I re-wrote the beginning of my fic for the third time and I think it's coming together a little better in my head now!

And now I need to write more before I get too groggy.

roily_rogue: (Icon of Disapproval)
( Dec. 5th, 2010 11:54 pm)
My fic! It's morphing into two stories! It's a monster! So I need to connect them, right? And I know the pure logistics of how, but the two stories have completely different tones! Gah!
Besides, I hate my prose. It feels clunky and pedestrian.

Bob struck again last night! I'm too tired to talk about it, but I will later! Christmas is killing us all!

roily_rogue: (Hug!)


( Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:51 pm)
[personal profile] kyrenekyorl ! I think my current writing spree is because of your writing spree! You're inspiring! Thank you!
roily_rogue: (Dude!)
( Nov. 14th, 2010 10:12 pm)
I just finished the raw bones of my fic's fight scene - the most dreaded part. Not really looking forward to editing it and do research and try to get it to actually make sense, not to mention read well. Ew.

roily_rogue: (wag)
( Sep. 13th, 2010 09:18 pm)
Fandom: Inception
Characters: Arthur, Cobb
Rating: PG-13 for one potentially disturbing description of violence.
Disclaimer: These characters do not belong to me and I make no profit off of borrowing them.

From this prompt:

Nothing like the first time. )


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