Huh

Mar. 26th, 2016 11:29 pm
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Apparently, we stand to get money out of yet another Bank of America class action suit. We’re still getting the occasional cheque from the last lawsuit against those weasels. I wonder how much we’ll get this time. 

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There’s so much stuff that I want to do, and that I need to do, which I’m not actually able to do, and it’s driving me insane. I have not been this bored and this stir-crazy for a very long time.  I tried to get a bit of work done last night, and then again this morning, and barely managed an hour each time.  I’d be feeling fine when I got started, and then the decline was so rapid that by the end, I’d be nearly in tears.

I got something in the mail from Kaiser today, but it was just a printed copy of my X-ray results from the website.  No signs of anything there, so I’m still waiting on my doctor to go over the lab results and work out what they mean.  If he doesn’t call me today, I’m gonna call back on Monday and see if I can schedule a follow-up for at least some pain management or something, because Christ, this is awful.  It’s so bad, I’ve been sleeping out on the lumpy new sofa bed, because it’s the only place with enough room for me to get my arms up and out of the way so they don’t go numb.  It definitely feels like a blood flow thing, and that it’s in both arms is just alarming.  

To keep myself busy, I’ve grabbed a few prompt tables and put them up on Dreamwidth (no matter what I did with WP, the formatting just kept breaking).  I’m going to aim for filling one a day, but I guess that will depend on my energy levels.  I’m bored enough that I’m thinking of walking down to Goodwill to see if I can get a bowl for in the fridge or something.  I keep saying I don’t want a TV in here, but I’m so bored, I’m thinking about having Robin Hood bring the old one and the Nintendo up here, just so I can play some Mario or something.  But anything I want to do is just going to make things worse, and I’m so annoyed about it.  I think the boredom is actually the worst part of it.

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:o

Mar. 25th, 2016 06:39 pm
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I was in the kitchen, pouring myself some Froot Loops, and I saw this!
  My potato is sprouting!  I honestly didn’t expect that.  I just tossed it into the pot for the lulz, and here it is!  I’m going to need to get a much bigger pot for it, so it can actually potato properly.

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Since the HTML keeps breaking inexplicably on WordPress, I'm putting my prompt tables here.

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I believe I’ve found everything from before, and have re-uploaded it all to AO3.  There were some fandoms I didn’t even remember writing for in there.  Also, of the almost 200 fics, about 50 of them were unfinished WIPs or art posts, neither of which I wanted to upload.  Had I uploaded the WIPs, I probably could have actually topped 1,000,000 words, but I didn’t want a whole bunch of abandoned WIPs up there, especially since I have so many I’m trying to finish as it is.

 

902,870 / 1,000,000
(90.29%)

 

But that’s where I’m at now! SO CLOSE!  It doesn’t count anything that’s not been posted to AO3 yet, so the new chapters of Midgard Legends and When The Dust Settles will probably bump that to within spitting distance.  I’m definitely going to reach it this year though.  Barring something catastrophic, anyway.

 

But as far as I can tell, I’ve got no more backdated works to post.  If I ever do decide to finish any of these WIPs, they won’t be backdated, since it’s slightly obnoxious to keep doing that.  Also, apparently I lost two user subscriptions this week.  lol I guess they really hate Hot Fuzz or Sherlock.  That, or my old stuff from high school really offended them.

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So, I spent the day yesterday getting poked and bled and x-rayed and everything else, and my doctor put a rush through on all the results.  I’ve got most of them back, it looks like, and while the x-ray and the first few tests were clear, the ones that came in over night were… not.  There’s a lot of high and abnormal values, which I’m not sure I understand.  I was starting to get kind of annoyed last night looking at all the clear tests, because it was pretty much putting me back to “what the fuck is going on, then?”  Of course, now I’m at “well what the fuck does that mean?”

Here’s hoping he calls me back soon, once he’s had a time to look at everything.  The clinic’s only about 10 blocks away, so I’ll walk down there if I have to, since Robin Hood goes back to work today.

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Intro Post

Mar. 23rd, 2016 11:04 pm
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I’ve friended a lot of people lately, so I guess I should probably do an intro post. You’d think after 12 years, I’d have figured out how to do these things, but I never have got the hang of it.

My name’s Miles.  I’m 30.  I’m getting fat because I like to cook.  I post a lot of food on my Instagram, if you like that kind of thing.  I’m married, I have a pet shark that’s against the terms of my lease, and I run an Etsy shop for embroidery.

You’re probably going to find a fairly even blend (I think) of fandom bullshit and personal stuff on here.  Fandom-wise, I’m only really active in the MCU/Marvel comics.  I write fic, but every now and then I’ll post artwork as well.  Mostly, I stick to the Thor side of things.  Outside of comics and Marvel movies, my primary entertainment source is YouTube.  I watch a lot of channels where professional video game players play games they don’t know how to play.  I really like the Yogscast, and I like the Game Grumps, and have a few others sprinkled in there.  I also watch some really odd channels that basically boil down to people having more irritating hobbies than mine.  Ashens and My Virgin Kitchen are favourites.  331Erock and PelleK are fun, and I watch this silent survivalist and a guy who does horrible things to CDs with a lathe.  I live for the December Jingle Jam.  I took actual time off work to watch parts of that last year.

The embroidery that I do probably can’t be called traditional by any stretch of the imagination.  I haven’t been doing much at all this month, because of convoluted health reasons, but I like to do complicated tapestry projects.

Things like this.  This was fun.  I’ve always got about 4000 things going at once, which means nothing ever gets finished. It’s a habit I’m trying to break.  I tried to take a picture of my shark, but he’s hiding and won’t come out.  And I lost a bunch of my pictures recently, because of an iCloud cock-up.  I am le sad about that.

The stuff I like to cook is many and varied.  Lots of Scandinavian stuff.  Goat cheese is great with everything.  Lots of soups and stews and pastas.  If it looks fun and interesting, I’ll try it.  I had to learn to cook out of necessity, since I’ve got food allergies of a sort that make nearly anything pre-processed kind of deathy.  It makes going out to eat a particular adventure, especially after moving to a new area.  Because then, we have to go on a restaurant tour of the entire area while I find which restaurants are actually safe, and which items on the menu are safe.  Considering I was recently nearly killed by macaroni and cheese, this is not a fun process.  It also means that going on vacation pretty much limits me to finding somewhere that does like, fish and chips or something, since you have to have your head pretty far up your ass to over-complicate that to the point that it becomes a risk for me.

I complain.  A lot.  Mostly about how much I hurt.  Just a heads up there, since I hurt a lot, which is why I complain a lot.  I’ve got back and knee problems, And when I was living in Portland, would fairly regularly run into people who tried to kick me out of my seat on the bus because they only saw a young person, and didn’t see the cane I was holding.  There’s a special place in hell for those people.  It’s the place where all the chairs are covered in very sharp needles.

Uh.  Not sure what else to put here.  But hello to all my new followers!  I look forward to getting to know you!

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I woke up this morning, and realised I had accidentally ruined my last few tootsie pops by accidentally dropping the bag they’re in into my water when I went to bed.  Kind of annoying, but they’re like, twenty cents each down at Winco.  I buy them by the pound.  But I was making noise about it, and Robin Hood made this big, dramatic frown at me, and said that if I’m good at my doctor’s appointment, he’ll buy me a new one.  What an ass.

But my appointment’s in a few hours.  I was worried that with the huge wait, by the time I got to my appointment, that the problem would have gone away on its own.  My lymph nodes went away for a while, but they came back last night.  And my left arm in particular is numb as fuck today.  It’s weird to be glad that a problem is persisting, but at least I actually have a valid complaint, instead of “well, it was bugging me last week…”  

I’ve got a stack of stuff I need to send out today, which I should have done yesterday, but sleep deprivation from this whole thing is making it really hard to concentrate.  And doing orders isn’t really something one should be doing on half a brain.  Bah.

In other, less doomsdayish news, Marvel Bang is starting up soon.  I’ve participated in the past as an artist, but I think this year, I want to do it as an author.  I know, I’ve got so many other WIPs going right now, but Midgard Legends might actually finish before artist claiming even starts for WIP Big Bang, the way I’m going with that, and I’m working on When the Dust Settles on the side.  Having a WIP that’s not being posted probably won’t really affect anything.  The problem is I’m not sure what I’ll actually do.  There’s a Thorki arranged marriage idea I’ve had for a while, and I’ve also got something I want to do with Justin Hammer, which probably won’t be long enough for a big bang.  IDK, what is the length requirement for Marvel Big Bang?  Does anyone know?  I’ll probably still do the arranged marriage one, just because it’s most likely to annoy people, and therefore most likely to be the one I have more fun with.  

I’ve missed doing Big Bangs.  WIP Big Bang just made a post last night, showing all the different fandoms and pairings involved this year, and there were a hell of a lot of sign-ups.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the list looks like once everyone’s signed up.  But yeah, I want to get that fic done as soon as I can.  Which will be a lot easier if my arms don’t fall off, so here’s hoping.

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Jesus fucking Christ, I don’t like doing anything with actual children.  Online gaming, especially.  hur hur, so funny, let’s spawn camp you so the mobs don’t despawn, and then ClearLag deletes all your shit that you keep dropping because there are 80000 skeletons in your front yard.

Between that, and the server being hilariously unbalanced, that was the least fun I’ve ever had trying to play a game.  I spent the entire time running back from spawn, because there was no /back command, so I could never remember where I died.  By the time I did set up a base (right outside of spawn so I could fucking find it again), some little 12 year old cunt stole all my shit and then sat on my roof, throwing snowballs at me.

Goddamn, there really are no good Vanilla Minecraft servers anymore.  And now I’m angry over a stupid game.

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Ow Ow Ow

Mar. 22nd, 2016 04:59 am
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I shouldn’t be left alone!  Yay!  I just broke my toe trying to take a bath!  Yay!

wtf.

Tried making home-made ravioli today.  I’ve never made my own pasta, but it turned out pretty good.  It turns out making pasta is almost exactly like making lefse, right down to the stupid, vague-ass instructions.  “Do this until it feels done.”  Okay!  What does done feel like?  And then when you’ve added enough stuff to the flour (be it egg or mashed potato), you gotta roll that shit out paper thin.  Paaaaaaper thin.  And you wonder, is this thin enough?  And it isn’t.  Keep going, loser.  

Pretty much that’s the only point at which it becomes a different process.  The lefse is thrown on the griddle and cooked right there.  The ravioli is cut up and stuffed and glued together with egg, and then boiled.  But everything before?  Totes lefse.  I definitely want to start making my own pasta more often, though.  Maybe not, like, all the time, but more often.  It was fun, and took for fucking ever, and it turns out that a pound of beef was way too much, so now we’ve got some browned, eggy, garlicy, cheesy mince in the fridge, and trying to figure out what to do with it.  

My appointment with the doctor is on Wednesday, and Kaiser has been calling and emailing and texting me pretty much non-stop since I set it up.  Kaiser REALLY wants to talk to me, apparently.  Also, I got a bill this week from my ER visit back in January, so that’s something I get to deal with now.  It’s only $400, but it’s kind of $400 I don’t just have available.  I should be able to do it in pieces, though.  Or at least, that’s how they’re getting it from me, whether they like it or not.  I’m still trying to get my credit cards paid down from having to max them out when we moved, and auuugh.  And I’ll have to pay for this visit on Wednesday, and at least my cards are paid down enough that I can use them.  Augh.

Also, my toe really fucking hurts, and Robin Hood’s kind of put out that I’ve been kicking him out of bed as it is, because I can’t sleep on account of my arms falling asleep almost as soon as I relax at all.  I’m gonna try the sofa bed tonight, and see if the slightly sitting up position helps any.

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You can find a link to the fic in the sidebar to the right.  There’ll be a brief delay between this post going up, and the fic being updated.

So, I hadn’t planned on having them spend this long in quarantine, but I have a feeling this is going to turn into a huge beast of a fic if I’m four chapters in already and still at the CDC.  Nothing’s going well for anybody, and everything sucks.  

I don’t usually like to do rotating POV fics, because something about them tends to drive me nuts.  I think it’s the inherent contradictions you get between narrators.  The way Coulson sees things isn’t the way Jane sees things.  It’s often hard to get across that this is intentional, and I feel like if they’re missing, there’s really no point in using rotating POVs, and you might as well just be straight out third omniscient.  So, that’s where I am with that.  I feel like any third limited narrator is going to be unreliable by default, and some of these narrators are going to be more unreliable than others.

Loki especially is going to be the most unreliable of all of them, but that should be a foregone conclusion.  I’m considering adding a few more names to my list of POV characters, including Sitwell and Roz, but I’m not sure.  I have five right now, and that feels like enough?  At the same time, more characters will be coming and going, so adding more to the list will probably happen regardless.

But about Loki in particular, this fic is going to wind up just a massive pile of tropey id-scratchings from his POV, I think.  His is actually the most cohesive story of the five so far, partially because I am just letting myself run wild with the tropes this time.  What I have so far of Thor’s is kind of all over the place, and full of douchebag!Thor, so that’ll be fun as well.  f

Also, one thing I’m doing now, in posting stuff here first before it ever goes to AO3 or FFN, is sort of putting up a first preview.  Chapters will have gone through at least an initial first-pass, but I’m a lot more open to changing stuff that needs to be changed at this point.  The problem with changing it after it’s gone up is that I like the versions to be the same between AO3 and FFN, and it’s a massive ballache to edit anything on FFN once it’s been posted, so I just never bother.  There’s a typo on page 247?  Welp.  It’s not worth fixing that on FFN, so it’s part of the fic’s ultimate design now.  And this keyboard typos a lot.  It has a serious vendetta against W in particular.

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I got about 40 fics up (thought it looked like more in the emails, because a lot of them were multi-chapter), before I reached the point where it started to feel like my arms were gonna fall off.  Which is a thing that’s happening these days.  So I shut everything down and got dinner in the oven.  Not sure what I’m gonna do tonight.  Might read a bit, or maybe work on fic.  Not sure.  

I looked into getting more channels unlocked from the cable company, but I’m not sure if I can do that without also including actual television service.  Which, uh.  I don’t have a television.  I just want to watch on my iPad.  I’ll call about that tomorrow, I guess.

My doctor appointment’s on Wednesday.  I’m looking forward to it, but also really nervous.  The thing with my arms trying to fall off is getting worrysome.  And irritating.  

I’ve got a bunch of stuff that needs to go out tomorrow.  In addition to that, I want to try some home made ravioli some time this week.  Which, I have a feeling I’m going to need Robin Hood’s help for, given the state of my arms.  Making the dough is probably going to hurt a lot.  Just sitting in bed hurts, but sitting up at my desk was starting to kill my back, so yay.  Nothing is nice.

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Not for here, but if you subscribe to me on AO3.  I’m going to be going through and re-uploading everything I’ve ever done (if I still have it, that is).  Fic will probably go back about ten years.  I don’t think I’ll upload any unfinished WIPs, and I don’t think I still have anything saved from before I started posting fic on LJ.

 

There is a LOT of it, though.  According to my email, almost 200 deleted fics from AO3.  Why did I delete them?  No idea.  But they’re coming back.  Even the really embarrassing ones.

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Mar. 20th, 2016 03:03 am
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#pizza #dinner in ten minutes. #food from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1T2h9pm

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Mar. 20th, 2016 03:03 am
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Mushroom and goat cheese #pizza ready for the oven. #food #dinner from Instagram: http://ift.tt/21BfeZp

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Mar. 20th, 2016 03:03 am
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And breadsticks ready for the oven. #dinner #food from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1pTWdFF

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This may be a poor idea, but it seems like something worth trying.  But I’ve just started a Fanfic Book Club on GoodReads.  Why GoodReads?  Because it’s already big and established, so there’s no worry that it will suddenly disappear one day, and the message-board format easily lends to multiple discussions at once.  I considered sticking this up on DW, but it seemed like it might have the potential to get really spammy, if this takes off, given the multi-fandom nature of it.

Check it out, start up a club, invite your friends.  I’ll probably be starting up one soon, as soon as I find something to read.

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Mar. 18th, 2016 11:16 pm
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I’ve had this sanding block all over 20 minutes. from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1pRytlK

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Mar. 18th, 2016 10:02 pm
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This duck has an ear. I don’t like it. from Instagram: http://ift.tt/1MsmeAD

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Ambitions

Mar. 18th, 2016 07:36 pm
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Today, I am going to try to finish two one-shots: one which I’m writing for someone, and one for Trope Bingo.  I really need to get going on Trope Bingo, if I’m to have any chance of making it on time.

Kaiser called today to let me know a bunch of stuff about my upcoming appointment.  They’ve got this neat co-pay calculator, so it looks like I can expect to pay $15-25 next week.  Unless they order a specific test, which I feel like they might?  Then it will be $600, which is not really reasonable at all.  I don’t know how anybody is expected to pay for this stuff.

But I’m just going to pretty much ignore everything but fic today, and then spend the weekend dying floss.  That seems like the best use of time right now.

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How to Train Your Norse Trickster God

Tasertricks. Darcy's Stockholm syndrome adventure.

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When the Dust Settles

Thor and Loki are both banished to Midgard.

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I've set myself a goal of 365,000 words for 2016, either fanfic or original fic. I'll update this as I think to.

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902,870 / 1,000,000
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