popkin16: (no oogling)
Sorry for the lack of daily McShep. I've been struggling lately with being interested in...anything. I've mostly just been devouring fic, because I haven't felt up to much more than that. I was sick a week ago with a touch fo the flu *sigh*

We hit a deer the other day with our car. We're okay! And the car still runs, but it completely broke the driver's side headlight. We have to replace the whole assembly too and none of the local stores seem to carry what we need, so I'm resorting to looking online. I have to be quick because I work late some nights and we'll get pulled over for not having a working headlight.

I also got my medical bills for my incident back in November, and - if I'm understanding this right - the hospital wants me to pay $10k, and the individual doctors want me to pay about $1300. I didn't have insurance at the time so it has to be paid out of pocket and it's like HAHA STRESS.

Luckily, it looks like I'll be participating in a mini-squee in Cleveland at the end of May. A desperately needed break - some days it feels like I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth. It's making me worry a bit about money - do I have enough PTO for this and for October without shorting myself on bill money, etc.

I'm working on getting the next werewolf au chapter out so I can start working on my fic for the [community profile] atlantisfilmfestival. But as with everything lately, it's been a struggle, and I find myself turning to fic to disappear for a while.

Joe posted to instagram, which inspired [personal profile] brumeier  to write a cute little fic. I keep giggling at how skinny Joe's legs are.


I'm going to post this before I bring myself down any further and go read some McShep fic. And maybe redesign a house for sim!John-and-Rodney. And try to write, lol. I promise to post McShep stuff to [community profile] mcsheppers tonight!
popkin16: (hugs!)
Hey guys! [community profile] atlantisfilmfestival is now open for posting. The minimum word count for a movie fusion is only 1k ;) There's even an ao3 collection :D This is a low-key festival, no sign ups or anything required. If you're inspired, write and post~ I know what I'd like to get done (mcshep Practical Magic au)!

After three years, my job has switched me from second shift to mostly first (with a couple second shifts thrown in). It's been a difficult transition for me. I've never been much of a morning person. Working second shift meant I could stay up a little later and sleep in more, which I haven't been able to do lately. I'm tired all the time. I haven't written anything in ages, and what I have written feels flat. Mostly I've just been reading...

I'm hoping I can force myself to finish the next chapter of my werewolf AU (which I already have a start on) and, if I finish quickly enough, maybe get something done for the Atlantis Film Festival. No promises though, given how dull I've been feeling lately.

popkin16: (peep show)
I'm still plucking away at my [community profile] romancingmcshep fic. It's slow going, and not helped that I stupidly opened up Sims 4 two nights in a row - and thus lost two nights to it. But not this tonight!

I really wanted to cut out all the David & Patrick scenes from Schitt's Creek and create compilation videos to share the love. But vimeo only lets you upload so much, and youtube went "Copyrighted!" when I tried. I might just stick them in my dropbox and link to them, because David & Patrick are The Cutest. You can see some giftsets and such here on my tumblr. I even have a fic idea for them! A sentinel AU, because every fandom should have one.

Also, if you're not following [community profile] mcsheppers, you should be. I thought it wasn't fair that people who don't care for tumblr can't experience a steady stream of McShep stuff, so I've started crossposting. My McShep-Everyday tumblr posts 4 times a day. At the end of the day (because that's when I get out of work), I take the 4 posts and make sure they end up on dreamwidth and pillowfort. It does mean you get a sudden end-of-day McShep rush, but that's better than no rush at all. Also, it's like 95% screenshots. Still: their FACES amirite?

Birthday!

Feb. 14th, 2019 03:23 am
popkin16: (rodney loves john)
Happy birthday [personal profile] wanted_a_pony! Your support and enthusiasm for McShep never fails to make me smile. I hope you have a FABULOUS day :D
popkin16: (Default)
[personal profile] esteefee was generous and got me the Perfect Patio pack, which came with a hot tub. The deal was that I'd provide screenshots of Rodney using it. Sim!John joined Rodney without prompting, which lead to some very cute pics.

Cut for 6 pics )

popkin16: (hugs!)
Not too long ago, a friend on tumblr started posting about their adventures in The Sims 3, where they've created John & Rodney characters and are creating a storyline where they fall in love. You can read the posts here, they're adorable and fun.

Around the same time, my friend introduced me to this darkly hilarious Sims 4 youtube series. It starts off following a different character, then switches to one named Jim Pickens. He wants to romance the Grim Reaper, and takes to killing sims to get Grim to visit. And then he starts a cult. Dark subjects, I know, but the nature of Sims makes it absurd.

The final nail in the coffee is that Sims 4 is on sale 75% off, bringing it down to $10.

I bought the game. I can't stop playing the game now.

blah blah )
popkin16: ("john")
Happy birthday, velocitygrass! At least, according to LJ it is. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, full of only happiness and good times.
popkin16: (team badass)

(beautiful banner created by the talented [personal profile] seleneheart !)

Love movie fusions? Have we got a challenge for you :D

[community profile] atlantisfilmfestival is a challenge that runs from March to June, which puts it between [community profile] romancingmcshep / [community profile] sga_saturday 's Romancing SGA and the [community profile] sgareversebang. All types of fanworks are welcome, featuring all ships - or no ships, if gen is where your heart lives. The minimum word count is 1,000 words.

We are currently open for prompts! Have a movie you've always wanted to read play out with SGA characters? Or looking for something to write? Leave a prompt or check out the suggestions.

Podcasts

Dec. 29th, 2018 02:49 am
popkin16: (oh. bitchcakes)
Hello, my name is Melissa and I have a podcast problem. The list of podcasts I'm in the middle of is large, but my list of ones to listen to is even larger. And itunes keeps deleting the podcasts I haven't started (I tend to download the first episode of interesting ones for later listening). So I'm putting my list here on dreamwidth. Feel free to ignore - this is mostly just for me, and it's going to be HUGE.

Cut For Podcasts & Descriptions )
popkin16: (Default)

I updated my werewolf au.

It wouldn’t be anywhere near as coherent without the wonderful [personal profile] respoftw looking it over AND talking me down from the ledge (AGAIN). Seriously, guys. She puts up with so much.

I've got the next 'stage' of the fic planned. Hopefully I can do it justice re: Rodney's emotional growth and attachment to John & the pack.
popkin16: (kisses)
It turns on, it'll go for longer than 5 minutes before dying. We have heat (thank god, because the next three days are in the 30s).

I can't put into words how less stressed I am with that taken care of. God.

popkin16: (oh. bitchcakes)
As you know, a week ago I was in the hospital for having a seizure. I was released on Saturday, and on Sunday I returned to work.

On Monday, I walked out of work to find our car wouldn't start. My dad figured it was the battery, so I went back inside and bought one for $100. Meanwhile, our family friend, Junior, came out to give us a jump. We were going to follow Junior to his house and switch the old battery for the new one, but we never made it. The lights in the car grew dim, as did our head & tail lights, so we pulled into a 7-11 and switched the batteries out there. Our car turned on, though the clock, radio, and our heater wouldn't work. As we pulled into our parking space at home, the headlights visibly dimmed and flickered.

We were just trying to hold on until I get my next check.

Then, today. We're on our way home from Thanksgiving dinner with my sister-in-law and her family. At one point, our speedometer  went to 0, even though we were still moving. And then the car died, completely, right there in the road, five minutes from home. Thank god we were on a back road. My sister-in-law and her family came out and gave us another jump, and we made it another 3 minutes before the car died again. We abandoned it at the side of the road.

I got a ride to/from work today, and my sister-in-law's brother towed the car to the front of our trailer. Then he pushed it into our parking spot, with me steering. And now it's in front of our trailer, but it's making this weird, non-stop groaning/screeching noise. The car is off and in park.

I don't know what to do. Dad thinks it's the alternator. Others have suggested the starter, and maybe there's a short (and that's why the radio/clock/heater won't work). If I take my $300 bonus next check and the $300 I was going to use to take the dog to the vet, I can scrape together $600. Do we take it in and hope it IS the alternator and they can fix it? Or should we just try to buy a new car, which might come with a new set of problems?

And even if we DO decide to take it in, how do we get it to the auto shop? It's illegal to tow it yourself. We could do it to save some money and hope no police catch us, or we could have it towed by a towing service and take on another large bill.

I am so stressed and just so fucking DONE. That's it. I want to stop existing now, please.

Oh, Joe.

Nov. 11th, 2018 11:09 pm
popkin16: (john surprised)
So, I don't know if any of you are aware, but Joe lost his house in the California fires. He's been posting a lot on his instagram.

I am so sad for him, even though I know he's in a better position than most to rebuild and continue on. Still, he lost things of sentimental value no doubt.

But? I am so fucking proud of him. He was stopped by a reporter for a local news station and interviewed. He was bringing water and supplies to help out his neighbors. What a good fucking man.

Tweet / Tweet / Tweet / David's reaction tweet
popkin16: (rodney loves john)
Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Read more... )

You should buy it: Dreamspinner // Amazon

Life

Oct. 24th, 2018 11:54 am
popkin16: (no oogling)
This weekend my mom had another seizure and dislocated her shoulder. This is the second seizure in a month or so, which means her meds probably aren't working. It's been six years, and it's awful to be back in the mode of constant fear that she'll have one and hit her head. I get nervous when she's in the bathroom too long.

It's hard for her too. She's in a sling. She can't clean, she can't bathe herself (well, she can sponge bathe herself, but getting in and out of the tub is a no). So we're picking up the slack, helping her out, and we don't mind but it bothers her.

Work has been stressful on top of all of this, so when I get home I usually end up going to bed early or just disappearing into a book/fic. I'm tired all the time, lol.

BUT, it hasn't been all bad. I finished reading this really awesome book recently, which I'm going to post about when I get home from work~

Gifs!

Sep. 23rd, 2018 09:42 pm
popkin16: (kisses)
I made some gifs after so long~


Ugh.

Sep. 23rd, 2018 01:43 pm
popkin16: (john surprised)
Gmail has been hiding comments from me - marking them as spam, good one - so if I haven't responded to a comment you left, it's probably because I didn't see it. I apologize to everyone!
popkin16: (so doing it)
Good news, guys! There is now an [community profile] sga_secretsanta on DW! I know some of you are wary of livejournal and aren't on tumblr, so you'd have to be following my or [personal profile] squidgiepdx's personal accounts to get any announcements, which isn't fair. Especially if you aren't a McShep shipper.

If you're interested in signing up for the fest - the more the merrier! - then click this link. Squidgie is a magician and created the sign-up page and collection because he is amazing and brimming with talent.

SGA Santa

Sep. 15th, 2018 12:20 am
popkin16: (Default)
I messaged the previous mod of the SGA Secret Santa a long time ago about taking over for them, because I'd hate to see yet another SGA fest close up shop. I've been given control of the community, but I've never actually ran any kind of fest before, so my clueless-ness is boundless.

So: when should I start making posts for sign-ups? Do you think it's too late? I have no idea what I'm doing here. Maybe open up sign-ups now, give people a couple months to write a fic, and then posting period?

Help?

oh man

Sep. 6th, 2018 01:27 am
popkin16: (Default)
This lady tweeted David a picture of herself wearing a really awesome SGA hoodie that looks just like his season 1 jacket. And you know what? THEY'RE NOT THAT EXPENSIVE.

I'm going to save up to buy one *____*

nihilvanum's words:

my dear
the problem is that
you love him so much
you would allow him
to drag you all the way to hell
if it meant you could
hold his hand
on the way down

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