Jun. 20th, 2010

Portland

I'm here, so I'm slowly getting back. Cassie and Heather have wireless internet, so it's fine to hang around with the laptop, writing or goofing off as Heather translates cheesy Japanese dating games for practice. Makes me want to adapt my longer stories as visual novels or something, though I'd like to know more coding to do something like Ace Attorney Investigations. I can get Ren.py* to run on my computer, but something like RPGMaker won't run unless I get a windows emulator. There's ways to integrate ren.py with other Python codes, but I don't know Python. (Not that I couldn't learn Python...)

Speaking of stories, I have about 7,000 words on my current work. Here's what I have to do writing wise:

Big Projects
-- In the Shadow of the Flames for [livejournal.com profile] scifibigbang, due by the end of July.
-- Some work on the Untitled Firefly story for the Finish-a-thon, due mid-August. Which means I need to rewatch Serenity at least, and maybe another couple of Firefly episodes.
-- Something for the [livejournal.com profile] fantasybigbang. Signups close at the end of July, and the writing period is 10,000 words due at the end of October.**
-- NaNo, but that's not til November.
-- I want to finally get my old webcomic down as serial fiction. Someday...

Small Projects
-- Short stories (or fanart!) for [info]areyougame, which is running in July.
-- Short stories for [community profile] no_true_pair, which is running in August.

* Ren.Py or RenPy is a set of Python code to write visual novels. (Ace Attorney is the most common series outside of Japan.)

** I like Big Bangs for letting me stab at my to-do list. Which is too long.

Jul. 9th, 2008

Yesterday was a good day (mostly)

Work was fine yesterday. I'm a bit stuck, so I need to go bother my boss again. Mostly I'm trying to model some data I got, and I'm getting answers that indicate I shouldn't be seeing anything, and that it won't be as simple as I thought. On the other hand, I'm getting the hang of the problem, which is good. I had a nice grilled cheese sandwich and fries for lunch at one of the campus dining halls, because I had forgotten to bring lunch (again) -- they finally decided to get rid of the darn 'coated fries', which mostly tasted like grease and salt. (I like my fries and chips to have some resemblance to potatoes).

Read more... )

Mar. 18th, 2008

State of the Becky

Sorry I haven't posted much.

News here: I got a new computer. It is very shiny. The monitor is also bigger than my TV screen (this is not really an achievement) and it can run Photoshop without making weird fan sounds. (Unlike my laptop) I also got Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and a copy of Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced, which is going back to the store, since it doesn't work quite right. I need to actually play the games I own, though -- recently it's mostly been mindless Harvest Moon playing. (Damn it, I have Phoenix Wright games I should be playing.)

I also might be going to my first conference as a grad student -- the deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, and my advisor has me working on one. I have the second draft open now. I also need to renew my membership to the American Astronomical Society, and get travel arrangements to the conference. It's in Boulder, Colorado, BTW.

I'm starting to think I need to be like [info]limyaael and make a Things I Did Today post to remind myself that I work harder than I think I do.

Jan. 25th, 2008

State of the Becca

So, my advisor is away. I feel proud of myself that not only did I get the most recent draft of my working report to him, but that I also have kept working on stuff after he was on the other side of the world. (Working without someone checking up on me! Hooray!) That and there's something really effing promising about one of my projects that I can't wait to show him. Mostly so he can suggest about five different mundane explanations that I didn't think about.

Now, if only a collaborator would get the data that I've been asking him for since the beginning of last semester. -_- Need to bug him about it in person during Planetary Lunch, since my emails seem to be going unread.

A Dialog Concerning Becca's Spending Habits: In Three Acts )

That was mostly just a long excuse to say that I now have Zelda games. Go me!

I need to draw something. My writing's going fine, but I don't feel motivated to draw. Which means I need to dig out my sketchpad and do it anyway.

Jan. 10th, 2008

Long Post is Long

I am back in New York. I apologize for not updating, but it's hard to do on a dialup connection with an ancient HP machine* -- it finally occurred to me to use a journaling client my last week there. Yeah, I know, but Mom always complains I break the computer when I visit, or infest it with spyware. This time, though, I only visited journaling sites, gmail, Gaia, and Yuletide's site. So we know who to blame if I broke my mother's computer.

* If a Moore's Law turnover time is a generation, this thing would not only be giving 'back in the day' speeches, but would be complaining that the 'young whippersnappers'' 'back in the day' speeches weren't as good as its 'back in the day' speeches. My comparison, my laptop is approaching its midlife crisis, which probably explains all its duct-tape repairs, and the fact that it needs a new battery. Working for me is apparently the equivalent of a career as an NFL linebacker for a computer. (Maybe naming it 'Fullmetal-Alchemist' was not the best idea, even though it is silver and wee**.)

** "Who are you calling knee-high to an iPod?"

Long Ramble on my life, books I've read, fairies, and New Years )

Crud, it's work time. I better go get dressed and make my lunch. Expect Fanfic Rambles after work.

Jun. 13th, 2007

I am a Pokémon Master!

I just beat the Elite Four and Cynthia in Pokémon Diamond! Go me!