walkwithheroes: [Random] (Random Panda)
Name: Nichole
Story: Surely Someday
Piece Title: Everything Has Changed: Story 5, Part 2
Colors: Heart Gold: 20. Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. - Robert Frost; TARDIS Blue: 24. Courage isn't just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.
Supplies and Materials: none
Word Count: 4,182
Rating: PG
Warnings: slight claustrophobia warning - no major details of the space
Summary: Simon rents a moving van to bring Maggie on the family trip. At the cottage, Maggie sees the outside world for the first time in over a hundred years. Andrews returns home to find it empty.
Author's Note: Comments are lovely and I'm always grateful for them. Continuing on from: http://rainbowfic.dreamwidth.org/511515.html?mode=reply

But, there are other werewolves out there. Probably people or things who know about stone boxes, too. With Andrews always wanting you two away from others, you never got a catch. I’m saying now, maybe you could get answers I can’t give. )
walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
The lovely website tvtropes is often a time suck. And by that I mean you can spend hours on it and not even noticed that you've wasted half your day. There is also a lovely thing on Tumblr, where you find tropes to describe your favorite fictional characters and make a picture/gif set with them. I thought I'd try it with my stories.

Third up: Simon Turner from Surely Someday. Come get to know (and see!) her.


Who is Simon? )

ALT TEXT

Simon really doesn't think you'll bother to read this.
walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
Let me start off by saying four things:

01. This book (and the series as a whole) is a favorite of both my dad and my younger sister. They are both in love with the story and its characters; they could fan over it for hours. My dad isn't much of a reader, but he stuck with these books. My younger sister reads everything and proclaims this to be her favorite novel, ever. They both plan of seeing the film.
02. I am painfully aware of Mr. Card's prejudices and pass statements in regard to the LGBTQIA community, marriage equality, and even minorities. However, I was determined to try and not let my disagreements with his views cloud my judgement on the novel.
03. I am aware that this novel has won several awards and is considered a classic and a favorite by many. I'm also aware that those that disagree with the praise the novel has received are often called names and told they are 'closed minded' and 'not seeing the big picture', among other things. I disagree with that: you are allowed to not like something, even if you understand it.
04. I listened to the audio book of this, which was recorded in 2004/2005. One of the things I found most interesting about it, was the last forty-fifty minutes of the recording. It was Mr. Card (or maybe someone reading his afterward from the novel) discussing how Ender's Game started as a short story in the late 1970s and how he had to go and back a novel out of it, so he could do as he wished with the second novel in the series. He also mentioned something that I think is interesting: he cleaned up the language in the novel, because he wanted it to be read by children his son's age. (9-15 year olds) Despite so many claiming that Ender's Game is an adult novel, it seems Mr. Card envisioned it as a novel for preteens and teens.


Now on to my spoiler-filled thoughts/review:

So Ender is Jesus? )

So how do I rate it?

rating )
walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
I'm sure a lot of people have given up on me ever returning to this journal or ever writing again. The truth is, I just haven't had the time. Yes, I've caught up on dramas and reading, but I haven't had the energy or the time to really sit down and read rainbowfic or write my own stuff. My personal life has been crazy, to say the least.

My Dad has started his treatments. It's two hours away and the treatments have bad side effects. He started the treatments in the middle of June and has had two treatments (with a week break in between). He now gets a four week break, and he'll have to do some tests to see if he can continue on with the treatments. Meanwhile, my 82 year old grandmother has been growing weaker by the week. On the 4th of July, she was rushed to the ER. (For the third time in as many weeks) It's not 100% confirmed at the moment, but it seems she has congestive heart failure and is being sent to hospital rehab.

So yes, things have been crazy here for the last couple of months. It's trying, because my grandmother lives an hour away, too. So, it's a lot of traveling and long waits in hospital wait rooms/private rooms. I want to get back into the swing of things and if all goes well. . .I'll be doing that within the next couple of weeks. Wish me luck and please do keep my Dad and Grandmother in your thoughts.
walkwithheroes: [Community] (Blanket Fort Love)
You're the Best Lee Soon Shin is a Korean family drama, focusing on the lives of the three Lee sisters and their mother. The drama pays special attention to youngest sister Lee Soon Shin (singer IU) as she struggles to make it in the acting world. Meanwhile her oldest sister Hye Shin (Son Tae Young) returns home from Hong Kong - daughter and secrets along for the ride. And second sister Yoo Shin (Yoo In Na) deals with work and her love-hate relationship with the boy next door, Dr. Park Chan Woo (Ko Joo Won). There is also Shin Joon Ho (Jo Jung Suk), owner of an up and coming talent agency, who takes Soon Shin on. He bets his ex-girlfriend that he can make Soon Shin a star in less than a year. Oh, and there's a birth secret.


How do I explain this drama? I decided I wanted to watch it because I really have enjoyed Jo Jung Suk in his past two dramas, What's Up? and The King 2 Hearts. I also have soft spots for IU (thanks to Dream High), Yoo In Na, Son Tae Young, and Lee Mi Sook. Plus, I really liked the idea of a family drama focusing on the three daughters (ages 34-24) and their struggles in modern day Korea. It also didn't hurt that Writer Jung Yoo Kyung (What Star Did You Come From?) was behind the drama.

Then I started watching the drama, and I quickly realized something: most of the drama comes from the birth secret. Which is, in a way, a good thing. Get that out earlier and deal with it for the whole of the drama. I do hate when secrets in Korean dramas drag. But, it was bad in another way: it made several characters unlikable. And while they were being unlikable due to the secrets of Lee Soon Shin's birth - other characters were just plain unlikable or just had no story. I know they have 50 episodes (well, 34 episodes left at this point; unless they get more episodes, which is likely with the high ratings) but the pacing feels off.


Character and Story Thoughts. Major Spoilers! )


There you have it. After sixteen episodes, one romance is moving along and the birth secret is moving (though mostly in a circle). Everything else is going rather slow, even for a 50 episode family drama. So, am I still going to watch? Yeah, but I think I'll fast forward through most of it and rely of drambeans to fill in the gaps. At least for most of the drama; I do think it could pick up in the 30s. Would I rec this drama? Maybe. But, it certainly feels like a drama you'd marathon over a month or two rather than one you'd watch over 25 weeks. I think, if anything, I'm watching for the interactions between the three Lee sisters and their respective romantic interests.
walkwithheroes: [Doctor Who] (Rose Tyler: Defender of Earth)
It's been ages since I've discussed Doctor Who, but I have kept up with season/series seven of the show. I'll give some brief thoughts about episodes three-six and than discuss episode seven.

last three Pond episodes. . .until the 50 year union special )

I would say that I liked the first, fourth, and fifth episodes of the first half of S7. I didn't love any of them, but they were enjoyable and Matt, Karen, and Arthur had great chemistry. Plus, Amy/Rory will always be one of my OTPs for Doctor Who.

Now, let us discuss the Christmas Special: "The Snowmen" aka episode 7.6.

Sir Ian McKellen is in it! )

Now we have "The Bells of Saint John" aka episode seven of series seven.

I already ship Clara/Eleven. I'm doomed )

I honestly think that Matt and Jenna have amazing chemistry and play really well off one another. I just wish someone else was in charge of their overall story. I just have a horrible feeling that Moffat will screw it up in favor of River Song or a dramatic ending or something. So help me, I'm 'shipping Eleven/Clara.

This series has been extra long, and it really does feel like we're just getting to know Clara. And explore the new dynamic between the Eleventh Doctor and his very mysterious Companion.

Today I'll be voicing my thoughts on episodes seven, eight, nine, and ten. S7 is 13 episodes, btw.

The Rings of Akhaten )


Cold War )


Hide )


journey to the centre of the TARDIS )


So, what do we have to look forward to during the next three episodes?

Spoilers for rest of S7 )
walkwithheroes: [Tangled] (Healing Hair)
The lovely website tvtropes is often a time suck. And by that I mean you can spend hours on it and not even noticed that you've wasted half your day. There is also a lovely thing on Tumblr, where you find tropes to describe your favorite fictional characters and make a picture/gif set with them. I thought I'd try it with my stories.

Second up: Henry Harker from Surely Someday. Come get to know (and see!) her.


Who is Henry Harker? )

ALT TEXT

Henry thanks you for your time.
walkwithheroes: [Random] (Random Panda)
The lovely website tvtropes is often a time suck. And by that I mean you can spend hours on it and not even noticed that you've wasted half your day. There is also a lovely thing on Tumblr, where you find tropes to describe your favorite fictional characters and make a picture/gif set with them. I thought I'd try it with my stories.

First up: Douglas Andrews from Surely Someday. Come get to know (and see!) him.


Who is Douglas Andrews? )

ALT TEXT

Andrews thanks you for your time.
walkwithheroes: [Random] (Random Panda)
As you may (or may not) know I've been having some medical issues lately. Seizures. I have them. And during the months of Feb-March I had five. One of which was a grand mal or tonic; it was huge. The largest I've ever had - completely with peeing on myself and forty minutes of memory loss. It was also followed by a small partial seizure, in which I sobbed for five minutes. Thankfully it happened at home. Though it did happen in the early morning hours and I'm so lucky I wasn't alone. (Apparently I thought people were after me and stumbling around.)

It's most likely an issue related to my new anti-seizure meds. (Which I already hate because they have terrible side effects) But, we did an MRI to be safe. I have some issues with small spaces and actually had a panic attack in the open air MRI. (Hey, the top is right at my nose and they strapped my head into a box.) Not sure if it came out okay, but since I haven't heard from my doctor - they either didn't come out or there is nothing wrong.

In the meantime, it's time to write. Seriously need to get back into it. I miss it. It's like a part of me is missing when I'm not writing something. I have the next part of Surely Someday in the works. Just working out some stuff with Henry and Andrews getting to the cottage. But, I have some lovely bonding planned for the other three. Warren and Simon fighting over which animal would win in a fight; Maggie offering to be with Simon when he transforms. I'm already planning Set 2 of the story and Set 1 ends in the best cliffhanger, you guys.

On a side note, I sort of (maybe down the road or maybe sooner. I already have too much! Stop getting ideas!) have a spin-off of Surely Someday in my head. It would explore the supernatural elements more and how the supernaturals get on together in the 'real world' and involve the Men in the Black Coats/Cloaks. And I have a really basic plot and some rough outlines of characters. Does anybody want to know more about it?
walkwithheroes: [Tangled] (Healing Hair)
Name: Nichole
Story: Surely Someday
Piece Title: Everything Has Changed: Story 5, Part 1
Colors: Faded Blue: 12. Bells to be rung and a wonderful spring to be sprung; Heart Gold:
19. It is best to love wisely, no doubt; but to love foolishly is better than not to be able to love at all. - William Thackeray
Supplies and Materials: Novelty Beads from [personal profile] shipwreck_light
Word Count: 2,764
Rating: PG
Warnings: Possible trigger: violence; if you see anything - let me know
Summary: Maggie makes Warren promise to tell no one about her spitting up blood. She confesses that Andrews had been gone a lot the past month and she’s feeling weaker. Simon rents a moving van to bring Maggie on the family trip
Author's Note: Comments are lovely and I'm always grateful for them.


when impossible girls starting doing impossible things, that was cause for worry )
walkwithheroes: [Random] (Random Panda)
I sent the next part to my beta a week or so ago. So, it should be up in a week or so. Then. . .I'm writing this weekend.
walkwithheroes: [Tangled] (Healing Hair)
When I first posted about my new (and first official!) job, I discussed what a hard time I was having with my co-workers and the way things were run at the office. Well, I've now been at the job for nearly two months (it will be two months on the 18th) and things have actually gotten worse.

What is happening and questions on what I can do )


I'm just really confused:

- Being blamed for things I never did

- Being told different things daily and then either the office manger/doctors changing their minds or the others acting like they never told me Ex: I'm told people are new patients after two years. so, when some woman calls and says her teen has been sick for two weeks and hasn't been seen it two years, I say we can see her two days later (I take responsibility for that mistake. I should have asked the doctor to double book her in. The woman angrily hangs up) Later, the woman - a friend of the doctor - calls and complains that I didn't make a same-day appointment and I'm told by a whole room (at the same time!): "No, it's three years."

- Being given other peoples duties so they can text with their friends or check their OK!Cupid profile

- Being told to do five things at once (that must be done by a certain time, like before lunch) and then being told I "take on too much at once" when I fall behind, etc is all a bit much.


I'm stressed. I'm not enjoying my work. Or my days. I'm becoming ill. Maybe this is the way all offices work. Maybe coworkers are mean and maybe the newbie does get all the work. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. I'd like to know others thoughts. I've spoken with some people (both online and in my personal life) and they think it is a toxic and clicky work place. Most say I should quit, but I'm not sure I can because of the way I got the job (via Goodwill and a government work program - they keep mentioning 90 days! and me staying forever. 'First job, last job.' is their favorite sentence) I'm just not sure. Is it me? Honestly I feel like it is all my fault/in my head. I just don't know how to fix it.

Seizures

Feb. 8th, 2013 08:36 pm
walkwithheroes: [Random] (Random Panda)
I had a somewhat small seizure Wednesday (around 11:30). It was odd. I haven't had a noticeable seizure (like not partial and small) in three years or so. Usually my seizures are at night and more often than not they are grand mal. But, on Wednesday: I suddenly felt like I might be ill, so I told my co-workers I was going to the back for a moment and they asked what was wrong. I just suddenly started sobbing and said I thought I was having a seizure. I felt like I was shaking and went on sobbing for several minutes. Several coworkers were very kind about it, and my mother came and got me. On Thursday I was ready to get back to work, when I felt my legs and arms shaking - only they weren't moving. I also stared off for several moments three times that morning. I think they were 'after shocks' of the other seizure. Today I'm very sleepy and a bit confused - I can barely recall Wednesday and have been told I said a few 'weird' things this morning. (Not even asking what I said. I know a guy who asks for a tomato after his seizures.)

I have an appointment with my doctor on the 20th. I spoke with his NP on Wednesday and was basically told: "You should have gone to the ER. Just take your meds. He may want to up your dosage." Dude! I take 1,200 MGs of this drug a day. I've been taking it for eight years. I haven't had blood work in five. I've never had a seizure like this before. (Three years ago, I was found crying in the bathroom around 2 in the morning - three weeks later I had a grand mal at night; I was alone and was very lucky I didn't do more than break a closet door and bruise my leg (a fan fell on it))Because it was during the day (haven't had that in 11 years) and because it was so odd - uncontrollable sobbing and my body felt like it was shaking and there was an unsteady balance and some confusion - I'd really love blood tests and even an EKG.

But the worst part? It's a bit of a waiting game for me. I need to know why it happened. Was it because I skipped two pills with in a week? Am I growing immune to the meds? The stress of the job? Or something worse. And when will the next one happen, because with me - it always comes in twos, usually three weeks to a month apart.
walkwithheroes: [Tangled] (Healing Hair)
I know that every Sunday I'm supposed to post six sentences from my newest work, but this Sunday will have to be a pass. Why? I ended up writing a short prequel to Set/Arc 2 of Surely Someday that would give away too much. It may also end up being a spin off one day, so I'm keeping it under-wraps until Set/Arc 1 is finished. At that rate I'm going, that will be sometime around June. I also need/want to start writing my other two stories, but I'm a bit lost as to were to go with them; so, they are on 'pause' at this time. (In the mean time, I am reading - even if I forget to comment. Most of the reading is quick, like at lunch or late at night before bed)

I'm still at my job, and it has actually gotten worse since the Holidays. I'd like to go into details, but I don't really want to bring anyone down or get into it at the moment. My one regret is that I took the job, but the interview was so great and they were so nice! Now, I feel like an outsider and have literally cried in the bathroom. I'd love another job, but let us be real, there are none. It took me a year to find this one. I can't leave unless I have something else lined up. I've started looking this afternoon and have already applied to four jobs. I hope to be out of this unhealthy environment (seriously I'm sick) within the next two months.
walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, submitted, in progress, for your cat — whatever.


Surely Someday, Story 5

At last count Andrews noticed five voice messages from Simon. He knew that he should check them, maybe even call the younger man back, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do it. Not after the way Simon had acted earlier. Andrews didn’t much like the idea of Simon accusing him of wanting out of his responsibilities toward Maggie. Nor was he very fond of Simon trying to suggest that the sedatives wouldn’t work properly. As far as Andrews had been able to figure out, the only way to get Maggie out of their home was by sedation or coffin. And he had promised her long ago that he would never put her in another coffin.
walkwithheroes: [Being Human] (Giddy Dorks)
I've figured out that if I save a certain amount of money per month, I'll be able to make a dream come true and visit Europe at the end of '13/start of '14. The questions I must ask are:

01. What are some awesome cities/towns I should visit and not miss?
02. Any attractions I should see?
03. It is possible I'll be traveling alone - any tips?
04. Best travel sites to buy tickets/ vacation packages? (I've used Expedia for a trip to visit my sister in Florida; it was okay.)
05. If I plan on traveling for a week/week and a half, what is the minimum amount I should have for hotels/hostels/inns/shopping/eating/etc. I thought $2,000 U.S. (in different forms, of course).
walkwithheroes: [Secret Dairy] (Only Just Begun)
Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, submitted, in progress, for your cat — whatever.


From Surely Someday, Story 5

She stared at him for a long moment, seriously giving it some thought. There was a large part of her that like that idea. Yet, Maggie knew it would never work. Things were better off the way they were, even if she didn’t always like them. “It’s a nice fantasy, but it would never work. I can’t have them living just for me. I would hate myself if I made them be that far away from society. It’s maddening never seeing anyone. Humans need interaction. We should stay as we are.”
walkwithheroes: [Once Upon a Time] (True Love's First Kiss)
Once Upon a Time is back! The first nine episodes of the season were very much a set up for this seasons villains: Cora and Hook. They also set up the redemption arc with Regina, as well as a few other key story lines that will probably reappear in the later part of S2. I was very excited to see where this episode took us, and you know what? It was more freaking set up! (It also made me slightly annoyed, but more on that in a bit)


Fairy Tale characters ignore real world laws )



And can we briefly talk about the promo for "The Outsider"? It looks amazing! I'm so excited!
walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
 Each Sunday, post six sentences from a writing project — published, submitted, in progress, for your cat — whatever.



Charlie said they were stars, the messy yellow blobs that he had painted on the bedroom ceiling. In actuality she thought they looked like large dots or splashes of paint, but she wouldn't say anything. When she had told him that she had wanted to see stars, Charlie had gotten right on it, buying a ladder and paint. He had spent a whole day locked in his bedroom, only coming out for a wine bottle around noon.  Anything for his Lennie. He wanted to give her the moon, but he’d settle for giving her the stars. 

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