July 31st, 2008
|11:36 am - Study|
So. I'm back at University (hence lack of commentage in other people's journal).
It's hard work, as expected; high amounts of readings, essays due in a couple of weeks. But I'm comfortable with it. The subject itself is interesting and I find the concepts both easy to grasp and extrapolate on. As long as I effectively research my essays, I'll do well on them, and study should certainly see to the exams, despite how much I dislike exams.
Overall, it's looking positive.
In other news, I'm going down to Ohakune next week for the Centenary of the North Island Main Trunk Line; we got the L-Class train done, and she's looking really swish. Hopefully you'll see her on TV when the Parlimentary Special goes through. Got an Edwardian outfit in progress, including massive hat.
Sarah's birthday went off really well, and everyone had heaps of fun. Nishiki once again did extremely well with lovely Japanese cuisine, and I scored myself some lovely sake to take home.
Saw The Mordavian Truth on Monday; it was really well-done, and I like the positive perspective taken. Somewhat pleased with my own appearances, but I could have tried to sound less retarded at one particular point... :P
For those who don't already know, Whiskey (one of our cats) was run over on Monday night. We think/hope it was quick.
Current Mood: optimistic
June 28th, 2007
|12:54 am - Midnight Musings|
So, I was thinking about work/career/job stuff.
I know that the job I'm in right now is a 'placeholder', but the question is, where to go after. There are a few options: Uni, another career path, or continue while seeking something else, or just continue.
Uni right now I have no stomach for. The long hours, the constant brain-strain for a subject I still like but don't love any more... it's hard. And I'm having real trouble adjusting to the idea of continuing on in constant lab-work... indoors all day, doing something repetitive - and yes, lab-work is that, very much so. I'm having trouble right now imagining continuing at all. I'll see what I'm feeling like when it comes to decision-time.
Another career path... yes, this has occurred to me numerous times. The one in particular I'm looking at right now is (and laugh all you like) the Armed Forces - Air Force in particular. I've always loved flight, always dreamed of it, and it's a job I'd love. Being in uniform has, to me, always seemed something that was... right. Something that 'worked' for me. Yes, wisecracks about the fact that we really don't have one will be accepted, but I am so not built to be a groundpounder, and while the Navy is doable, it's the long trips out to sea that I'd have trouble with.
To continue while seeking something else: with the publication of a short story I wrote in an anthology, writing is beginning to look like a viable option. Yes, I'm getting published: The Maker's Mark: Remnants is an anthology that is releasing on September 15th this year. I'm not allowed to release further details right now, but needless to say, it's going to be great! Now, as I was saying, I could continue in the callcentre job while writing. It just needs some concentrated effort from me to actually get my ideas down on paper - electronic or otherwise. It's interesting, a Tarot I did recently indicated that I needed to open my creative side more and pursue a dream that I've had for a long time; this is just such a dream.
Just continuing isn't really a viable option in the long-term, but right now, while I'm deciding and choosing and thinking, this is the right thing for me. Something I'm not attached to, something I can just do and get funds from while I choose what I'm going to do.
A lot of thinking, praying and talking is going into this, and I'm exploring all my options fully: this is, after all, very important.
Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Music: Boy George and Culture Club - You Spin Me
November 13th, 2006
|12:22 pm - WOOOOOOOOOOTS!|
*grin* Flew through the 310 exam - I knew I was going to find it better than the others. Kind of ironic given 210 was a stone-cold bitch. But anyway, it's done, it's over, no more worrying (until I get the results back).
I'm going to go home, drink coffee, cuddle the David, eat chocolate, maybe write some more of Reflections, and just generally be holiday-ish. :)
Gods, I'm so glad it's over. *big grin*
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: Harold Faltermeyer - Top Gun Anthem
November 11th, 2006
|12:36 pm - It's Over.|
230, I mean. It wasn't too horrible. Just lots and lots of reactions I had very little clue about. Yay for V, for it doth push one through boring exams.
Woots. *distinctly unimpressed tone*
Oh well. Only one more to go...
Current Mood: depressed
Current Music: Holding Out For A Hero
November 9th, 2006
|09:45 pm - Exams|
Exams doth suck mighty amounts of ass.
270 (already failed) is over, 210 is done (maybe failed, but that exam is not giving me hope), just got 230 and 310 to go. Saturday and Monday mornings. Can there be worse timing? No, no there cannot.
Anyhoozle, they shall be over by Monday afternoon, and I should be sane again.
And on another note: NaNoWriMo goes good! The plot just keeps flowing, the characters are growing to life, even the minor characters, and the scenes are flowing. Currently I'm at Chapter 3, and the way it's going, it'll be rather longer than 50,000 words... not that this is a bad thing. :)
Current Mood: aggravated
Current Music: E Nomine - Deine Welt
November 3rd, 2006
|09:10 pm - An' More Madness|
I'm going to be cheerful about NaNoWriMo, because there is little else to be cheerful about right now. So lo, there is county-iconny-ness:
First exam is on Monday 6th, second is on the 9th, then 11th and 13th. First is CHEM270 (which I'm going to fail anyway), then more horror.
Hence why I've got the word count up now, so that I don't have to worry about it later.
Current Mood: worried
Current Music: E Nomine - Im Zeichen Des Zodiak
October 19th, 2006
|12:12 am - Stream of Consciousness|
Well, I thought that I'd just post a stream of random thoughts as they came to me. Nothing much has happened today, except for a long talk with Tania (productive), and lectures (less productive).
Right. Off to the Forums to see what the hell that PM Turb sent me was about. I get teased even on the internet... *poots* Oh, just about the art. And Sword of Morrow. Gods, when's he going to update?
May as well check email while I'm at it... Gmail first...
OMGWTFBBQ?!!!!! Gene, you gotta be kidding. Salmon cooked in a dishwasher? Schyeah right.
Okay... I'm a believer. Though I really want to see it done, just to see... Call me a sceptic, but hey...
Damn, wish that light would stop flickering! It's getting annoying now. Windows Media Player going would be nice too, but then, Uni computers tend to suck.
OOoohh. Pit did more of the drawing of Sorscha! It's so lifelike, it's scary.
Speaking of lifelike, need to do more of the drawings of the Girls of the IK. Ye gods, I really should have put clothes on some of them... But hey, I can always put up warnings. Should also do more of the Guys of Warmachine claendar, but I'm somewhat disinclined to do that right now.
Things I am inclined to do... write more of Moonlight Serenade. It's really bugging me now - I want to finish it, and yet, I don't know how to. Maybe David was right when he said that I should just leave it be for now - but I need to resolve some issues there for Kas, so I should do it. And I need to find a title and finish the battle plan for the Journeyman story. Any suggestions?
Should do more of the Neverending Story. It seems to have gone quiet temporarily, I should get the battle more underway, so that people can get back to the fun bits of interaction-stuff. I'm not going to let it die.
There. Good. More battle-age. It's kind of difficult, given it's just me pushing the battle again. But at least it's happening.
Hum. Should go home. I'm tired. Good thing it's last week of lectures.
Current Mood: thoughtful
October 4th, 2006
|09:18 am - In which far too many PP products are mentioned|
Well, t3h Erins is feeling rather cheerful this morning. Apart from an early start, making for a somewhat grumpy Erin until coffee was bestowed upon me by that wonderful man I live with, David, it is good. I really shouldn't stay up late posting to the Neverending Story, but I do... *mehshrug*
Sunday was... interesting. I headed out to City Guard, met a couple of WM/H players, got beaten horribly by someone-I-think-his-name-was-Ian's Trollbloods (note to self: Subdue is a good animus), drew half a picture of Magnus, and came home. Unfortunately in the process I got totally soaked - it was absolutely pelting down, and silly Erin forgot to take a raincoat. My art folder was somewhat wet around the edges (a thing of much badness), my Skorne boxcover is now in two pieces, and worst of all... Primal got wet! It is now curling about the edges, and looking somewhat damp. *sobs*
Monday sucketh ass, as per usual, less said about the better. Had to leave nice warm home to go to Uni. Grr.
Tuesday was better, apart from the fact that I missed the train and had to wait for the bus (wet, again. Gods, the weather sucks this week), and I came in late to lab. *sigh* The day cheered up after that, what with game being on. I kinda skipped - okay, I just skipped - my CHEM270 lecture at 4pm, and went down to Vagabonds with David. He got the Skorne warpack, two boxes of Praetorians, Makeda, the Hordes templates (yay, no more cardboard), and a blister of Hammerfall High Shields for a character model. I got Cataphract Arcuarii, an Ironclad (henceforth to be called Bryndis), and a Hunter (henceforth Whiteaxe). I think we just made them a profit for the entire week. *wince* But it's worth it, we now have over 500pts worth of Skorne, and finally that extra Hunter I've been wanting to put in my Allister army for Morrow-knows-how-long.
Then on to the Tuesday night game! Wooks, for it did go massively well. The boat from the Satyxis that the party took on last week (smart players, they hid in the forest and shot at them until they were unconscious from it) was discovered, with two dead bodies that bore all the markings of Satyx ritual blood sacrifices and divination. Unsurprisingly enough, it got sunk. Then they sailed across the Thornmere lake, and got intercepted by a ship sailing no flag. On board was a Menite Scrutator, who was looking for the Scrutator's Mask the players had left on an Inn floor in Five Fingers... no discoveries there, but the Scrutator knows who they are now. *evil grin* And then, on the shore, necrotite fumes were seen, and a small ship cast off and gave chase - and the black sails and green glow below them gave more than enough information to let the players know that it was Cryxian.
So they hauled up a cannon from belowdecks, tackled it to the poop rail, and sent off a couple of shots - nicely aimed, taking out one of the main booms, and doing an excellent raking (the gunners rolled bloody brilliantly). A reply from the Cryxian, and then Captain Coleman has a bright idea... is there any limit to the size of an arcane bullet? No... fifteen minutes of frantic etching and a melted gold coin later, one arcane cannon shell. Meanwhile, the Cryxian has banged off another couple of shots, one skipping past and another holing a sail. Boom! Off goes the arcane shot in a blast of blue fire, and skips across the waves to drop perfectly below the waterline and hole her. The Cryxian heels over, obviously taking on water, and then turns broadside. The three cannons at her side explode in a broadside, and whizz, one through a sail, one to the side, and one straight through the captain's cabin. The players go down to the gundeck to see a bloody mess - literally. Splinters everywhere, and four men are literally in pieces. Ten others wounded to varying severity, and they are quickly healed by the ship's alchemist. The players seemed to like it, despite not really understanding the chaos a cannonball can cause in a gundeck. Oh well. The first naval combat in the IK that I've seen.
And now the three major villains of the piece are introduced. Hm. I just hope it continues to go as well as it has.
So now it's Wednesday, and I have nothing to do until 1pm.
Hm. I must go and get that other Alt. Haley Sculpt from Urban Warfare. I've got one already, which is going into the JWC!Kasmira figure, and the other, I'm sure, can be used very well... *grin* I've got an idea for stats for Warcaster!Kasmira... Must post up the piccies of the Mechanik!Kasmira figure I've got going. I've done up Kasmira's stat card on the IKWiki, too.
Looking forward to the weekend. Stargate LARP. :)
Current Mood: content
Current Music: Falco - Rock Me Amadeus
September 27th, 2006
|09:22 pm - Updatage!|
Well, I suppose I'd better say summat about everythin'.
Mordavia: Sanctuary was a great deal of fun, despite the fact that I got coerced into a DRESS. I got told I 'caused an affray' to the Prince when I went off shrieking that I had to wear one, *laughs* which was amusing. I really can't be bothered doing a run-down now, so I shall linkage the page of reminisces and photos.
It was really rather frustrating that I didn't end up in any of the photos, given that I put so much effort into my costumes, but... well, I suppose that's life. *sigh*
Uni is depressing. Let me say no more.
IK stuff is going well: I now have the gorgeous Epic Allister *fangirlish squeeing*, and my basic IK outfit is almost done! It just requires a pair of shoulderplates on the shirt, and kneepads. Finally got it photoed today, in order to get it up on the Forums for the Biweekly Fanart Contest. The theme was 'Yourself in the Iron Kingdoms, and I couldn't resist. Have a squiz at progress!
I've been drawing and doing more picturage lately, since I have the inspiration, and I'm certainly getting better. Admittedly, it's a bit of a toll on my Photobucket account, but it's worth it. *shrugs*
Anyhoozles, off to bed with me, just wanted to let you know that all was right with the world of Erin. :)
Current Mood: sleepy
Current Music: Hymn To Red October
September 13th, 2006
|08:43 am - Dum-de-doozle.|
Well, lecture finished somewhat early (joys), so I've got nuffink to do until 1pm. If I'm lucky, David'll be coming into town, and I'll get to see him, but other than that...
Hang on a sec'. Lab writeup. *poots* Damn, why do I have to remember such inconvenient things. Oh well, it'll take an hour or so.
And then I have nothing to do.
Hang on a sec'. The leather cap for Ed. Needs to be patterned out so it can be done before Sanctuary. Can be done in an hour or so, I think, including the walk to Emily Place and back... Note to self: get blue material for dress, and hacksaw to finish the Tharn conversion.
And then I have nothing to do...
Hm. Possibly those character sketches that were on Fan Art, madderkayne doesn't seem to be doing them... oh, and I have to check King of Cards for the Prime Haley Alternate Sculpt for that model of Kasmira as a warcaster... and a Guardian 'jack, and a Trencher, so I can do Watson and Thardis... and I need to find a model that's suitable for conversion to Indre... and finishing that short, Somewhere I Belong, is probably a good idea, I've been wanting to do that for ages...
Maybe I have something to do... :D
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong