Now! The good stuff. How about an impromptu update in general? Shigoto is first, since that's what most of you are really interested in:
( Shigoto, original manga, and fanfic updates! )
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( I've said it once, I'll say it again...sometimes, I really hate tone. :P )
( Non-work ramblings involving Dattebayo's Shippuuden sub, my original manga, artwork, and my fanfic story DaaGB. )
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrated!! I hope you didn't eat too much. ^^ I gave myself the day off from calorie counting and enjoyed a yummy meal or two. :9
I'm about half-way through Captive 4. Honey 10 is coming along. I'm very glad I have so much time on this final volume, since as previously mentioned the Umino Chika-sensei cut loose and went crazy in the 2nd half. *wince* I just started Nana 17. I'm printing Nana again! Yay! I'm about a fourth of the way into Skip 19. My Japanese tanko for Skip 20 came a few days ago, and my freebie copies of Eng vol 16. Heeeeeeee. I <3 Skip!!!!!! I'm behind on my Skip anime watching, though.
ETA: I'm jumping on the new icon bandwagon and plan on using all 40 of my alloted icons. Meet Hassan, from Vampirates. Heeeeee. DANCE!! DANCE FOR ME, HASSAN!!! <3 <3 <3
That's it for now, I guess. Back to work!
For some reason, I'm a zombie today. I did letter several extra pages yesterday, burned lots of adrenalin when I was swept up in a great new (for me) Potter fic, and ended up very very woozy when I was a couple hours late eating...I guess all those lttle straws added up to zombie!s2m. Okay....I'm staying awake long enough to type this post though. :P
Due to events last week, things are rather interesting. We're all stressed out, the Giftmas tree is barely half-decorated, none of the other usual decorations are up, and I've barely bought any presents. I'm behind with work by 14 pages, assuming I can make today's quota. I used up one of my precious days off from all 4 titles yesterday, so at least I'm not 26 pages behind.
Naruto corrections for 32.1 are still waiting for me to finish. I've done all the easy text changes, what's left are FX tweaks (including one really bad page where they changed the actual FX words...O.o) and a ton of Tsunade wardrobe malfunction pre-emptive strikes. (Fear not, Tsunade's more-surface-area kimono top will be in the magazine only. The book version will be unchanged. ) The 2nd half of Naruto 32 corrections should arrive any day now. I have no idea when New Title 2's corrections will arrive. Perhaps after Giftmas. Honey 5.2 corrections are already here, but they aren't due till after New Years. Yay.
I've been rather out of sorts for the past week and a half, so it will be very good to get back on track. I'm exercising today, no matter how much I should work instead. I'm feeling rather tubby since I haven't exercised in a week. I don't care how cold or nasty it is outside, I'll risk getting sick tomorrow for some peace of mind today.
I've been editing DaaGB 5 on paper in my spare non-computer moments, and am almost finished. I've started the final round of computer polishing as well. With some serious luck, I'l lhave it ready to beta in a few days.
And on that positive note, I shall depart. Sorry I'm not full of holiday cheer for you all. I hope everyone is enjoying your own holiday. ^^
First up, thanks to everyone who voted in my previous post's poll. If any of you have not yet done so, please vote soon! I am honestly interested in your feedback. ^^
A few big things happened while I was staying away from LJ.
That's it for now, minna. It's good to be back!
Instead of reading a chapter of manga or watching some anime on Utena while I worked on Tsukushi, tonight I decided to type on DaaGB part 4 instead. This was brought on by my previous post, and how much I want to write those other stories. I promised myself I wouldn't touch them until I finished DaaGB...but I don't know if I'm going to make it.
Tonight I did at least finish part 4. I'll read it over several more times before I ask Star-chan to beta it for me. But hopefully, part 4 will be up in two weeks or so. This chapter didn't bring me to tears like part 3 did, though I did hold my breath and snicker a few times. I included two scenes I'd envisioned back at the beginning, so yay. ^^ And I have a killer cliffhanger than can be interpreted several different ways. *evil villainess laugh* But...I'm surprised at how long it is. When I began, I figured DaaGB would be 4 or 5 chapters at the most. Now the rough version of part 4 is done, and I'm nowhere near the end. Even at 10,000 words/20 pages. Granted, I could stop relating every little moment of time to speed things up, but I hate it when writers or artists obviously hit the fast-forward button to reach the end/the fun stuff. But I guess this is a debate to save for later. Who knows, I could probably work things to keep my current play-by-play style and still end DaaGB with part 5. We'll see.
Anyway, like I said, I don't know if I'll be able to keep that promise to myself. I doubt I could achieve what Star-chan does, and write 50 different things at once, but I could probably manage two. Switch back and forth, depending on my mood. Hmmmm.
I bought the Harry movie 5 soundtrack yesterday. I love the opening song. The electric guitar is an awesome touch. XD
I had planned to jog outside today, but the rain decided to pay another long visit, so I would have had to run up and down our concrete front porch. But with a third of it ripped up or covered with mud from the construction, it was only a few feet longer than running up and down the long central hallway inside the house. Hmmm....air conditioning vs humidity and mosquitoes??? Tough call....
So yeah, I ran inside. Anyway, whilst I ran, I decided to consider part four of my Naruto fic, DaaGB. I kept a sheet of paper and pen on the table for notes scribbling whenever I jogged past. Mostly I thought about what would happen in part 4, and the mindset of the characters. I also debated deep philosophical questions such as "How would Gaara open the bathroom door in character???" (And yes, I actually debated this, and even opened a door several times in different ways to experiment. I take my fiction seriously.) The end result of my musings and conversation with myself (yes, I also talk aloud to myself when debating) were several good points and realizations that will hopefully maintain the standards of my fic. For example, I needed to realize that the main character should probably wash up a bit and change clothes before she tries to cook anything. Yes, that would be a good thing to keep in mind. No one wants mud or twigs in their food! :B
But enough about my fanfic. The main point of today's post is...*drumroll* s2m in the flesh, with her candy-apple red hair!! Yes!! Hide your mirrors lest they crack from accidentaly reflecting my visage from your monitor! Conservatives, avert your eyes! I mean, unnaturally red hair is morally wrooooong!!! At least, according to the glare of the eldery man I smiled and walked past in the grocery store last weekend.
Hey, this is the first time most of you will have ever seen me! I kept the Photoshopping to a minimum, only tweaking my demonic eyes, oh and a little smoothing of skintone on two pics. Just a little bit. ^^V
If I can't be a VK-style Vamp, then I chose an Anne Rice vamp. If that's out as well, I have to go with Hellsing vamp. Buffy vamp is last b/c I don't like what happens to their faces. >< So why am I going on about vampires??
It seems I've reverted to my summer schedule, where I wake up around 1:30 PM and go to sleep around 6 AM. I've always been a night owl, for as long as my parents stopped forcing bedtime on me way back when. I don't mind my schedule too much, except when it clashes with those of others. "Hey, s2m! Want to go shopping with us? We plan to leave at 9 in the morning!" "Err....as long as I don't have to drive." I had been avoiding this reversion since I broke the habit back in August. But thanks to the Night of Fury, it's back. Perhaps this week I'll try to break it. :P
I posted the first chapter of my fanfic at a small fanfic site, Lunaescence!
I should post again later day, since this was meant to go up yesterday. Matta ne!
Ahhh...nothing says stress relief like a trashy romance novel. Yes! Complete with the tacky title ("Tender Rebel"), the embarrassingly luscious oil painting cover where the woman's breasts are almost falling out of her dress and the man's shirt is gaping, and those contrived plot devices like having to get married to stave off the evil money-grubbing distant relations! Yes!!! Ahhhh, but it's still so much fun to read precisely because it IS cheesy and over-the-top and brainless entertainment. ^^ Besides, I wanted something light to perk me up in the face of Clay.
Clare, stop playing with the Awakened Beings and go find Raki!! (highlight the blank space if you don't care about Clay v6+ spoilers)
What's fun about this particular trashy romance novel is that it was part of a Christmas gift of books from my 'nee-chan. When I saw it in the box, amid the fantasy novels I had also asked for, I gave my sister an evil grin and asked her just how embarrassed she was to have ventured into the romance section to find it, AND to be witnessed paying for it at the counter. She blushed and replied "VERY embarrassed!" Mwa hahahaha!! *is most definitely evil* I'm impressed she had the guts to do it!! Even *I* am self-conscious when I wander into the romance section, but for my sister to brave it borders on miraculous. Yay, oneechan!! You're finally lightening up and not being quite such a prude!!!!! Maybe one day, I'll even convince her to read one. *evil anime villainess laugh, complete with posed hand at mouth* Actually, as romance novels go, this one isn't half-bad. I'll probably keep it. ^^
I've been fighting the urge to write on my fanfic for the past 4 hours. Unlike reading or watching fansubs, I can't write in short 30 second to 2 minute bursts while saving/printing/processing commands. I have to focus everything on what I'm writing. But I shouldn't spare the time that would be needed for the fanfic. !!! Oh my. A few days ago I changed the name of my fanfic to "Distracting and a Great Bother". How incredibly appropriate. *more insane laughter*
I reeeeeeeally want to write on it.....why don't I ever feel this way about animation? Probably b/c writing is
almost always easy for me, and animation is almost always not. I realized a few months ago that's why I'm an artist and not a writer. Writing takes so little effort from me, but animating is a completely different story. I have WORK to be a good artist/animator, thus it's a challenge, thus I stubbornly want to succeed. Isn't that twisted?? Yet here I am, longing to write instead of being a good girl and working on Clay until it's time for sleep. Or even longing to work on my sad, neglected animation skills. Omoshiroi. Perhaps I'll make a deal with myself. If I'm still awake and coherent by 4, then I can switch to the fanfic. I wonder if I'll make it...I'd like to have a chunk of chapter 3 at least outlined before I post chapter 2. That way if I need to tweak parts of chapt 2 b/c of events in chapt 3, I don't have to go through the "replace chapter" process at ff.net, which is rather tedious. I want to use Gaara's shoes later in the storyline, after the current plot ends. You know, in a sequel. But I'm not sure if throwing them into chapt 3 alone is enough...*searches for word*...mentioning...for it to work. I might need to bring the shoes up in chapt 2 first. And yes, his shoes will be a point in a sequel. It'll work, and I'm quite sure it will be fabulous. ^^V (Oooooh, such hubris!!!)
The hard part on my forthcoming chapter 3 and subsequent chapters (however many I end up with) is that so much of the ending is already written, back when I first was outlining the entire story. I was outlining along when suddenly the scene became visualized in my head and I leaped into prose. Then JAN! The ending was written. Only now that so much comedy has appeared in chapters one and two, I'll need to do some massive tweaking to make the ending match. *drums fingers* Not to mention that in the original, Minami wasn't frightened by Gaara until he was actually in her house and out of the shower
ZOMG! The shower! And since she wasn't afraid of him, she didn't feel attracted to him until then, either. (BTW, I've surprised myself at how much I've written in the woman's lust for him. When I was outlining events many moons ago, I was embarrassed simply summarizing the lust and never imagined I've have the nerve to really write it out. Heh. Now who's the prude??!) Who knows if I'll ever write/draw/animate a real sex scene. Not that this fic will become shota, since that makes me squirm a bit! I deal with the age difference (at least 10 years, though I'm deliberately not stating her age for the same reason I'm not describing her appearance) in Minami's head in chapter 2. It's actually another unexpected humorous moment. *giggles* I'm silly...
And I'm typing this instead of working on Clay. Bad slr2moons!! *checks clock* Oooh...only 15 minutes until 4....Mwa hahaha!!