Infinity's Daylight, Chapter 2

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:56 pm
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Chapter Two

From the Eyes of the Father


I had been devastated when they told me that my back had been broken, that I likely would never walk again. I was the Fated Child. This couldn’t be happening to me. I had lost my beloved, my health, and my ability to walk in one fell swoop.


But I was never good at doing what I was told. That may have been why Mika told me that it would be in my best interests to learn diplomacy and husbandry and all the other things I had been avoiding for the last three years. We had no idea if the people would accept a crippled king. It was in all of our best interests for me to start proving myself a competent ruler, so that the nobles and Council would start to accept me.


Again.


But one thing I refused to accept was the idea that I would never walk again. I had feeling in my legs. That meant I could train myself to walk again, and train myself I did. In the meantime, I studied to be a doctor. I had a talent for healing, and I had already had quite a bit of training from my friend, Marissa. I had little else to do in those long, lonely days of immobility. Besides, I could be of use doing this. My grandfather, the King of Draeger, was ill.


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Zoooooo

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:47 pm
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Went to the zoo today! It was a beautiful day. I didn't get any pictures because my ipod's camera sucks in the light, but Cal got lots of pictures. He'll post them on Facebook and then I'll download them and try to share them here.

I did not get a picture of the red panda. She wasn't feeling social today. I DID get a postcard of her. As I told the clerk in the gift shop, I was GOING to get a picture of a red panda one way or another.

I'm thinking about adopting an animal in Cal's name for Christmas or something. Need to think about it.

We went to an Irish pub for dinner. It was WORLDS better than the place we were at last night. I saw an advert for an Irish restaurant on the boardwalk and really, really wanted to go to an Irish restaurant instead of McDonald's. So we did. We went to an Irish pub. And then I ordered an Asian salad.

Chapter to follow. 

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Oct. 21st, 2017 06:02 pm
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Cordelia came home from school, did her homework, and then crashed in our room until we roused her at about 9:45 to get her into her own bed (Scott and I both using c-PAPs makes relocating for the night more difficult). She got up about 9:00 this morning after sleeping straight through.

Scott commented that he hadn't realized that getting less that four hours of sleep would hit her that heavily and that he wouldn't have insisted that she go to school if he'd known. I gave him a look of utter disbelief because I find it weird that he'd think that she wouldn't feel it. Also, he leaves an hour before Cordelia does, and I was prepared to overrule him on that if I thought she couldn't do it. If it hadn't been Friday, I probably wouldn't have sent her. Knowing that she didn't have to be anywhere before 5 p.m. today was a major factor in my decision.

I took down and washed the shower curtain because it had gotten to the point of being really nasty. I think we need to replace the bath mat, too. I've wanted to do that for a very long time, but Scott paid a lot of money for-- of all things-- a memory foam bath mat. I have no idea why he wanted that. It's not as if anyone stands there for long enough that it matters. Mainly, what the memory foam means is that it sucks in water and takes forever to dry. At this point, it's starting to smell, so I think I can get away with pitching it. It's really not washable unless I want to do it by hand somehow. Given that I hate the dratted thing... Well, it's not happening.

I'm kind of surprised that it didn't get to this point sooner. I think we've had it about three years. I just loathe it because the area in front of the tub is also the area in front of the sink. I despise having the wet squish under my feet when I go to wash my hands or brush my teeth or do anything that requires the sink. I've asked Scott to dry off in the tub so that the mat doesn't get that soaked, but it's apparently not something he can remember to do.

I posted another story in the House of Sulfur and Mercury sequence yesterday. It's short, just something I kind of dashed off that's set about thirty years after the end of We Are Where We Began. It will make zero sense without reading the earlier stories in the arc.

I haven't been doing formal announcement posts for most stories in this arc because I figure there's not a lot of overlap between between people reading here and people following that story. Am I wrong? Then again, I'm not sure how big an overlap there is between people reading here and people interested in any of the fic that I do formally announce.

I wrote between 800 and 900 words yesterday, some of it was the Amber story I mentioned above and some of it was a Weiss Kreuz story that I'm really hoping is near done. It's a one shot smut thing that's been in progress for years. I just wasn't sufficiently motivated before to really look at it and get it done. I think that right now I'm going to focus as much as I can on finishing some of the shorter WIP that are sitting on my hard drive. Of course, some of them are sitting because I have a suspicion that they want to grow into novels or even more than that in length. Others are sitting because I know there's something broken in what I've written so far but can't quite tell what.

The three stories I still might finish for [community profile] weissvsaiyuki all have their own difficulties. One needs massive amounts of description. One needs at least another 5000 words and has characterization problems in the parts already written. The third is the one I'm working on right now, and that... I'm concerned that the characterization is too far from canon. Then I remind myself that, working just from the anime, Schwarz doesn't actually have that much canon. There's a good bit pulled from other sources, but I can't always tell that from fanon, and, well, I tend toward divergent AUs anyway, so I probably shouldn't fuss about it. People don't read my WK fanfic for accuracy of canon voice and/or details. At least, I'd be very surprised if anyone does.

I try to be canon accurate when writing for exchanges but often play with backstory and characterization and such while writing for other purposes.

So I made a thing

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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... mainly because I never can quite stop myself, even when I remind myself how many comms I already have:

[community profile] mystery_mansion






It is a comm for all things mystery, crime and detective-related! News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc. You know the drill. (Fictionally speaking, whether TV, book or other.)

I wondered if there was one when I wrote my Daisy Dalrymple ficlet and went looking, and found that, technically yes, but not only had it not been updated in 4 years, it had rules that didn't make it clear what it did and didn't cover, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a (hopefully) more general and open one anyway.

I will promote it presently. In the meantime you can feel free to join, and also please tell me obvious authors/detectives/shows I left off the profile (although I can't have them all). Also above is a handy banner for promoting in your own journals and communities (as appropriate).

If anyone is interesting in co-modding, that would be great.


Also there is a new prompt up at [community profile] b7friday! It is the inevitable spooky one, but spooky is good, right?

Infinity's Daylight, Chapter 1

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:16 pm
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Chapter One

From the Eyes of the Son


“-and you have no idea how I feel about this, Mom. You know where my father’s at!”


“Yes, I do.” She was still calm, as she always was when I was this angry. It infuriated me. “Gareth, this isn’t the right way to handle anything. If you wish to see your father this badly, I’ll see what I can do, but you’re having a temper tantrum now. I’m not taking you anywhere when you’re like this.”


I couldn’t remember what had sparked this argument. It was something that came up with fair frequency now, especially when Rae, my foster father, did something to anger or hurt me. I knew he loved me and didn’t do these things on purpose. But neither he nor my mother ever made any attempt to hide the fact that he wasn’t my father, and it was beginning to become unbearable. “I don’t understand why,” I growled, trying to force myself to calm down, “you haven’t taken me to see him yet. I am fifteen years old, Mother. I have a right to know my own family!”


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Well...

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:05 pm
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We're in Wildwood. We're in our hotel room.

...

... actually, glorified walk-in closet. It has no climate control but a window-mounted AC unit and a space heater. The bed has a Mohs hardness of a diamond and the deadbolt doesn't work. If we were going to be here longer than two nights we would've raised holy hell but neither of us particularly wants to deal with that.

Zoo tomorrow, whee.

We went to a "pub" for dinner. I had "Blackened sea scallops with bleu cheese and raspberry vinaigrette" and upon seeing that went, "Oh, I've gotta see this." I wish I hadn't. I have the desire to call Gordon Ramsay on them now.

Next chapter of Infinity's Daylight to come. I'll post one a day until I've caught up with Tumblr then follow the same posting schedule as for Tumblr.

mostly just idle drawing

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:26 pm
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Cutting (overly shaded ^^;) peaches. Drawn back in September in a waiting room while we were still enjoying the ‘these peaches are so great!’ time of year.

And then other mostly small and/or b/w drawings. )

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Oct. 20th, 2017 01:54 pm
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Cordelia got home about 1 a.m. I think she enjoyed the concert (Imagine Dragons) in spite of several anxiety spikes. It means that she and I each only got about three and a half hours of sleep. I let her go to bed without even brushing her teeth. My impression is that they'd have been back here a good bit earlier, but they got stuck in the parking structure for more than half an hour after the concert.

I went back to bed after Cordelia left for school. I slept another three or four hours (not sure when I actually fell asleep). I still want more sleep, but Cordelia will be home in an hour.

Rumors where Scott works are that there may be an opening for a supervisor on third shift. If there is, he wants to apply and thinks he has a good chance of getting it. Both of us have mixed feelings about it, but getting a supervisory slot on either second or third shift is the only path to advancement from where he is. The times he's applied for jobs off the factory floor, the decision has always come down to him and one other person who has supervisory experience. Even when supervisory experience isn't relevant for the position, it matters. The fact that supervisors make more money matters, too, but they get more mandatory overtime to go with it because there has to be a supervisor there if anybody's working.

It would mean that he and I would never sleep at the same time and that he'd no longer see Cordelia for that little bit of time before school (he never used to when she was getting up for a later start time). Another downside is that he and I wouldn't intersect for meals very often-- I'd eat breakfast before he got home and both lunch and dinner while he was asleep. I'd need to alter my daytime activities a lot so as not to wake him when playing music or watching DVDs. He thinks that I can do more than I did while he was on that shift temporarily, but we'd have to experiment a bit to find the parameters.

He did tend to get more sleep when he was (temporarily) on third shift and so would be more awake/energetic in the evenings, and it meant being able to deal with his medical appointments without taking time off.

Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.

Fic Roundup

Oct. 20th, 2017 08:48 pm
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I'm behind about a year rounding up all my fic. Looking back, I guess my fandom interests have been all of over the place. Also, lol, I wrote fic for the kinda embarrassing swimming!anime that no one cares about anymore.  Granted, I haven't posted much since I moved to Japan, but here we are:

In Need (FFVII, Reeve & Rufus, Turks, Bonus!Yuffie, T)
Reeve, Rufus, and the specter of the city behind them.
AO3 | DW

against the years (Naruto, Shino/Naruto, M)
Years pass, and Naruto can only love Shino more.
AO3 | DW

we all get there eventually (Free!, Sousuke & Haru, G)
Sousuke is rescued when he gets lost on the way to Makoto's birthday party. Tokyo isn't as scary in pairs.
AO3 | DW

Labor of Love (Free!, Makoto, Haru, Rin, Sousuke, G)
Five people who tried to teach Makoto to cook. (Or: Makoto has always been better at taking care of other people than himself.)
AO3 | DW

without subject (Free!, Sousuke, G)
In junior high, Sousuke has to make a self-portrait during art class. He hates it about as much as you'd expect.
AO3 | DW

a touch of memory (FFXV, Monica & Prompto, T)
When the Prince feels Monica up, it’s really just the start of her problems.
Or: Monica switches bodies with that Argentum kid the Prince likes so much and takes the opportunity to gather plenty of intel.
AO3 | DW

The City (FFXV, ensemble, M)
The City across ten years of Scourge. The taint doesn't come from without, but from within.
AO3 | DW

Due (FFXV, Noctis, G)
The Astrals and the Crystal find Noctis worthy. It begs the question.
AO3 | DW

Ghost, (FFXV, Cor/Iris, M *no underage*)
M. E. 762. Cor and Iris's first time isn't exactly what dreams are made of.
AO3 | DW

Fic or Treat!

Oct. 20th, 2017 12:12 pm
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[community profile] monthlysupergo

MikoGalatea's Door


DW username: [personal profile] mikogalatea
Tumblr: [tumblr.com profile] yomigaere
Fanfic journal: [community profile] flybycontact
FF.N profile: MikoGalatea

You may get: It'll most likely be short fic.

Please leave me: Comment with a fandom I know, character/ship, and some kind of prompt -- or if you're fine with anything, just say "Fic or treat!" and I'll come up with something based on your fandom interests. :3

Light is on for: Pretty much anyone -- monthlysupergoers, my DW circle, random passers-by, you name it. No need to have a door of your own, either!

Fandoms, etc.: I can write for Revolutionary Girl Utena, Dangan Ronpa (first game, SDR2, DR3, can have a go at NDRV3), Fire Emblem (7, 8, 13, 14) and Tokyo Xanadu. My full fandom list is right over here.

Other info: I suck at writing NSFW stuff, but I'm more than happy to receive it in treat form. I'm also not confident in writing crossovers. Flat-out DNWs include pregnancy, kidfic and omegaverse. If there's anything you're not sure about, feel free to ask.

I still won't tank in dungeons

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:58 am
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But the Headless Horseman? Oh, yes, I will take those instantly-popping queues tanks get, thank you VERY much.

20 minutes for Team Hunter (aka DPSx2) to get in to kill the Horseman. Instant for Team Monk (aka tank+healer) and Team Baby Monk (aka level 107 tank and 105 healer).

And then I keybound my insta-cast flying mount and took my max level tank out to Undercity, prepared to die for the honor of the Alliance as I doused the Horde wickerman while PVP flagged...and there was no one there. I can't remember another Hallow's End where the Horde weren't lying in wait for people who came to douse the wickerman. Most years, it's been a matter of creeping around as a ghost trying to find a spot where I wouldn't be noticed until dousing fluid was thrown and then corpse running my way out, but this year...nothing.

Guess everyone is on Argus.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 09:48 pm
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I went downtown yesterday early enough to have time to return things to the library and to pick up my holds. I had a little more than forty minutes before the bus I needed to take to get to Skyline. I got out to the school about fifteen minutes before the final bell. Cordelia was a little worried about where to meet because I wanted to give her geometry teacher some Puffs as a donation (the district no longer provides tissues for teachers to put out for the kids who have colds/allergies).

The fundraiser stuff was in two smallish boxes, one of which only contained a beef sausage thingy and so didn't weigh very much. I told the cab dispatcher where we'd be waiting, but he neglected to tell the cabbie. Fortunately, he guessed the front entrance, and we'd positioned ourselves where we could see cars on both loops approaching that (there's one for buses and one for parents dropping off/picking up, but when there aren't buses there, cars can use either).

We had friends over to play games last night. We played a cooperative game called Star Trek Five Year Mission that Scott's planning to run at UCon. We missed a lot of details the first time through. I didn't play the second game because they wanted to do the timed version. I didn't want to deal with that. Instead, I took a short walk and recaptured the Ingress portal down the street. I managed to get a silver (second level out of five) badge for making fields.

I had intended to go out this morning, but Scott's sister texted me with an invitation for Cordelia to go out to a concert this evening, and I spent quite a long time trying to coordinate that (including reaching Cordelia to make sure she even wanted to go). I can only assume that my niece intended to take a friend and had that friend cancel at the last minute. I didn't ask.

I've written 1200 words today, just not on any of my established WIP. Because I needed a new, half completed story. Really, I did.
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I figured I better get this going right away before I lose my drive to do it. Comments are more than desired.

Edit: AHAHAHA! I have no idea what I'm doing. How do I get the text to show up as white. Aaaaah...

Son of Edit: Okay, whew. That's solved.

Prologue

The Paladin’s Tale


I had been there since they’d brought Drake back from Sylpheed City.

Prince Drake Draeger, my youngest half-brother, was now lying in his bed, clinging desperately to life. And over a misunderstanding, at worst. He had fallen from a balcony in Sylpheed palace during an argument with his betrothed. The railing he had been leaning against had splintered beneath his weight. I sighed as I ran a hand through my pitch dark hair, waiting anxiously for our healer to return. She’d seen the Princess of Sylpheed off, back to her own nation.

Back to her own nation, because my little brother refused to believe that she hadn’t betrayed him. I believed her because I understood the politics behind her choices. They loved each other, truly, but the engagement had been allowed to continue because Drake was the Prince of a redeveloping nation and she was the Princess of a nation who would be our allies. Drake had not spent his life learning proper husbandry and diplomacy. She had, and so had I. There was little to no chance that a Princess in her standing would jeopardize a political marriage of this caliber- especially one that she’d wanted. Princess Aninala knew better. The problem was that Prince Drake did not.

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Hi. Sorry I vanished. I kind of... just... had life destroy me for a long while.

I'm actually posting here for a specific purpose. I'm going to try to post daily updates, but I also want to post the novel I'm working on. I'm posting it over on tumblr (joshuaorrizonte over there too, it's where I live, lol... sob...) but I'm not getting any feedback there and I desperately want feedback, so I'm going to post it here, too.

In terms of life, I've been on and off temp jobs since I was laid off my job of 13.5 year... Hoping desperately for a permanent job soon. I need benefits and sick time. For example, I just missed 2 days of last week due to severe pink eye, and a day and a half to the allergic reaction I had to the antibiotic for the pink eye. (That was NOT a fun two weeks, but my eyes are almost finally back to normal! Steroids are my friends...)

I'm also going on vacation tomorrow. Gonna go to Cape May. Gonna go to Cape May Zoo. Gonna see red pandas. And if I can figure out how to DO it, gonna post pictures of said red pandas.

Sorry for disappearing for so long. I mean it. Hopefully I didn't burn any bridges by doing so.

b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )


* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?

Fests and Cons

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:40 pm
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I’ve decided to sit out Yuletide this year unless a compelling pinch hit comes up. The excitement just wasn’t there.

The same is not true for Shortcuts. I signed up for that, and now have a wonderful assignment in hand!

Meanwhile, I’m counting down to the Highlander Worldwide convention this weekend. To make things even better, a surprise, retroactive raise at my second job meant I could afford to take Stan Kirsch’s Masterclass.

What are you up to?

I have a narrative "thing"

Oct. 18th, 2017 06:02 pm
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For tank/DPS combos*. This grows more obvious the more I try to brainstorm this years NaNoWriMo project.

Also, if I didn't hate the mechanics/stats side of it, I would totally write litRPG. But even in my gaming, I want less fussing with stats, not MORE.



*I blame [personal profile] darthneko and I swapping to monk mains this expac. One brewmaster plus one windwalker will rip through anything, including heroic dungeons. Sadly, we can't yet duo current-content raids, or the bullshit quests that keep sending me to Emerald Nightmare would be done already.

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