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Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Huh, three years?

October 23rd, 2013 (08:04 pm)

Wow, three years since I last wrote on this thing. O_o I have a lot of work to do with it involving going back and making the whole thing friends only, I suppose. So much has happened since I last updated.

My former boss was let go and we got a new one in. I participated in NaNoWriMo and became an Indie Author. My first book is available at amazon and B and N, just look up "Collide Kent" if you're interested. If not, no worries.

I had to put my beloved horse and best friend of 21 years down due to cancer a little under a month ago. I miss him terribly.

I'm hard at work on Book Two, but also taking a look back at one of my old Trigun works and am actually revising the first six chapters again and plan to write more on "Homecoming" for NaNo. That's my goal, anyway. I'm on a major nostalgia kick and have been rereading a lot of my old favorites that I can actually find, and missing the authors that I used to know. I've also found a few new folk that I'm following like crazy, because they're just awesome.

I've basically quit drawing, though I might pick it back up randomly here and there because I do like to keep busy.

Hope everyone is well. :)

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

June 22nd, 2010 (08:46 pm)
distressed

current mood: distressed

I broke at work today, mentally, emotionally, and now I'm physically exhausted.

Long story, but one that's been brewing for two years or so. Unfortunately, a VERY large red button of mine was pushed extremely hard today, and out of all of the buttons I have, it's the only one that will send me into an uncontrollable rage followed by uncontrollable hysterics.

Yep, sobbing, the works.

Thankfully the guy I was screaming, "I quit!" at decided to not hear that part of everything else I was sobbing out.

Not a good day, and now I'm just . . . numb. Still crying on and off (and those who know me personally know that I HAAAAAAATE to do that) and have reached a point where I kind of don't care anymore.

Sad.

In other news, I'm joining this. It just . . . it describes me and my thoughts about religion without being disrespectful. And if it IS disrespectful to anyone, I apologize

I REFUSE TO CHOOSE

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Something interesting.

May 25th, 2010 (10:57 am)
awake

current mood: awake

A little while back, I ranted on my DevArt journal about an ad that was causing my computer to freeze completely, and it was driving me crazy. I very emphatically stated that I don't mind the ads in general, as they tend to just be "extras" that my eyes ghost over as long as they don't pop up and take over my entire screen. Anyway, one of the main reasons why I like the ads is because without them, I never would have found out about Vimeo's "The Story Behind the Still" contest that's going on.

Taken from the website itself, "It's the first ever user-generated HD Video Contest where photographers become filmmakers, and we all see beyond the still."

It started out with a picture of a Teddy Bear laying on the sidewalk next to a busy road, which was then incorporated into a short film detailing what happened after the picture was taken that then ends with a "still", or a snapshot of something that the next chapter is to be based off of. I've really been enjoying watching the story unfold and seeing everyone's take on each chapter (though I'm going to wait to watch ALL the videos and not just the winners once the story is complete) as the story progresses. For something that's only a few minutes long, it has quite a tense storyline. There's been a kidnapping, questions, murder, and even something that could be considered paranormal activity. I can't wait for the rest of the story to unfold, because I want to see what happens next.

This is the link to the website, where they have all the chapters posted so far. http://vimeo.com/groups/beyondthestill Makes me want one of these cameras, too, which I know is why they're doing this.

It's working. :XD:

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

For those involved with customer service . . .

May 22nd, 2010 (11:47 am)
exhausted

current mood: exhausted

I thought ya'll might enjoy this article. I know it's for retail people, but I figure it could also double for Librarians, as well. I certainly remember running into almost everyone but the dog owners (because they knew better) on this particular list. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2996868/what_is_your_store_clerk_really_thinking.html?cat=46

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Oh, for . . . arugh!

May 21st, 2010 (08:07 am)
pissed off

current mood: pissed off

So, Sherrilyn Kenyon has now joined the throng of popular adult novelists who are invading the teen genre, and she's dragging her Dark Hunter's along for the ride. Good job, Sherrilyn, get the interested in Nick and the Dark hunters, then have them read those racy adult books of yours and watch how Nick turns into a "bad guy", not to mention the annoyance that is your largest book in the series, "Acheron". There's a reason I stopped reading you. You got dark, I got bored, and you TOTALLY screwed over the character of one of my favorite Greek Goddesses. Poor Artemis, goes from the Goddess of the Hunt and virginity to a sex starved, flame haired, manipulative BITCH. I have a hard time picturing the goddess who turned a man into a stag for spying on her bathing as a sex craved maniac. The manipulativeness, yes, she is a Greek Goddess, after all.

Still, I'm tired of the adult best sellers crossing genre! I don't care if they write well or not (and quite frankly, not all of them can write a teen book well. And I think it's annoying when an author drags their already adult characters into the genre, as well. I know it's a hook to get them reading their adult series, but damn, if they're interested, they'll read it.

Not like they need the sales, anyway. >.<

Sorry, just venting, it's morning and my head hurts.

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Writer's Block: Sheldon and Penny 4ever!

May 12th, 2010 (09:42 pm)

Fanfiction: Do you love it or hate it, or are you totally indifferent? Why?


I adore fanfiction, because I believe that it allows the fans (both writers and readers) to explore different avenues and "what if" scenarios that will never be touched upon in the show/book/movie. "What if so and so had survived? What if so and so had only waited five more minutes before leaving? What if so and so hadn't walked in at the very moment? What would have happened and how would things have changed?" I think it also allows people to explore different aspect of a character's personality that may not be seen in the show itself.

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Huh, who knew.

May 8th, 2010 (12:23 pm)
apathetic

current mood: apathetic

Ok, I'm not that big of a believer in astrology despite the fact that I grew up with it thanks to my grandmother being a certified astrologer (and she was very good at it, too). About the ONLY thing I pay attention to, really, is Mercury going retrograde because that tends to make life a lot more obnoxious for the three weeks it's happily moving backwards across the astrological cosmos.

But I've noticed a bit of a change in myself over the last two or three months, and it's only gotten much more pronounced since my birthday. I've been a lot more argumentative, a lot angrier and more likely to snap or comment when something irritates me. I chalked it up to just finally reaching that point where I have Had Enough and don't care if I piss off everyone around me, but if I'm reading what my May astrological horoscope is saying correctly, then it's not just general unhappiness that's making me lash out more. Supposedly, Uranus is making a move on my Sun Sign which is going to cause things to shake up in interesting ways (if it means I'm getting extra help from the Universe, I'll be happy, though I still think it should go bugger itself), but that's not to be until next year. Currently, though, I'm getting a "preview" of what's to come, and I have to say, if I'm stuck here the entire time this astrological whatever is going on, I'm going to be MISERABLE.

"You'll soon enter an unforgettable seven-year stretch that will change others' view of you as well as your own view of yourself. You are capable of more, and Uranus will reveal this to you easily. If anyone has hemmed you in, held you back, or driven you to distraction, they will be sorry - you are about to break free of any and all debilitating situations in very dramatic fashion. Uranus was already edging close enough to Aries (over the past weeks), so you may have already experienced some of the rebelliousness and need to exert independence that is the trademark of Uranus."

Yay, seven years of wanting to sneak into someone house and shove a sharp, pointy object down their throat, or just another seven years of me taking my anger and frustration out on inanimate objects around me. Yay, I'm thrilled. It does kind of explain some of the switching around in my thinking in terms of what I want, though. Up until this past year, I've been content not really having things of my own as far as a house and the grounds that I live on are concerned. But now I find myself wanting a home of my own, with my own garden to kill and no worries about the fact that I shoved holes in the walls of the house I occupy. I want to be able to decorate with paint and colors that I like, not the plain white that the kitchen is and the fake wood (that freaks me out sometimes) that the rest of the house contains. I want a garbage disposal and a dish washer and front load washing machines that conserve water. I want an insanely deep, claw footed garden tub that I can SWIM in if I want to, damnit. Of course, my habit of taking naps in the bath might have to stop because I'll likely drown, but it would be worth it. I want a room that has nothing but my books and art supplies in them (Ok, make that a separate building for the books) and enough room for my cats to be able to get around without constantly crashing into each other. And a kitty door. A kitty door would be very nice.

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Blargh.

May 7th, 2010 (10:04 pm)
apathetic

current mood: apathetic

Just got a very nice rejection letter from Edward Jones stating that the position had been filled. At least these people were nice (and PROFESSIONAL) enough to send me an email letting me know, even if it was computer generated. Still haven't heard a thing from anywhere else, though. I'll never get out of here.

LJ cut for short f-bomb.Collapse )

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Yipes.

May 3rd, 2010 (11:50 am)
anxious

current mood: anxious

Soooo, applied for two jobs with Edward Jones, though both applications were for the same position, just different locations. Thing is, both locations are within 30 miles of the Asheville area, so I could technically still LIVE in or near Asheville, and work elsewhere. And I know I'll be a kick ass Branch Office Administrator, I'm a LIBRARIAN, for cripes sake, and there's no one who's more customer service oriented than us. "A Librarian meets the needs of the user" was the phrase that was branded into our brains with hot irons and sledgehammers. And, not to toot my own horn, I'm extremely personable and can turn on the charm when needed. *bats eyelashes*

In other news, you can tell we're coming to the end of the school year here, because the food is getting shitty again. Not that it's always that great to start with, but it tends to go into "rank" mode around this time. Maybe I'll finally lose some weight, because the McDonald's down the street was torn down so they can rebuild, and there really isn't that much of a fast food area that I like within easy driving distance. Yay!

I've also gone bonkers in the crystals department. Starting to study up on crystal healing, gemstones, picked up some things online that I really like (my favorite is my phantom quartz point and ametrine sphere, which looks like a giant marble but is really pretty) and just exploring and fueling my curiosity and desire to add in authentic skills to my primary and secondary characters. See, this is what happens when I'm stressed and unhappy. I go bonkers and start throwing money at things (though the books are ALWAYS a good investment) and then I wonder what happened. ^^;; Oh well, it's fun. XD

Alyson Metallium [userpic]

Writer's Block: Pet central

May 3rd, 2010 (11:14 am)

Some animal rights activists are fighting to replace the term 'owner' with 'guardian' to convey a more balanced relationship between a person and her or his pet. Do you agree or disagree with the importance of this mission?
Serious? Do people not have more important things to argue and worry about than whether or not I'm an "owner" or a "guardian" in regards to my pets? Political Correctness to the extreme much?

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