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May 29th, 2011
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so yeah, making it all official and stuff...
Just a general public service announcement since it's been a long time since I've posted anything fic-like here (as opposed to communities), and it's probably going to be a while longer before I get back to anything fic-like:

a) I aten't dead. :D

b) Anyone who posts here to whine about lack of fic updates will be baleeted with extreme prejudice.

c) Life-life is looking up a little...
  • The heart arrhythmia's largely under control, thank goodness
  • I actually have a serious lead on a potential housemate for this fall! (Kittyfuzz I love you to bits but I want to come home and talk to someone who can (a) speak English and (b) share the housework, because...)
  • I'm taking the plunge and seriously working on finishing off a masters in information science, since getting classes for free is one of the few benefits that hasn't been taken away or gutted in the past few months.

    d) Work-life is not looking up so much...
  • I won't even get started on how and why we've lost 85% of the employees in my workgroup over the past year, including 2 more in the past 2 weeks
  • I've really had it with inheriting everyone else's jobs as they leave
  • Nobody without a master's has even gotten an interview for longer than I can remember
  • Time to get my master's while it's still paid for so I can actually seriously look and have a chance of getting hired elsewhere.

    So given D as a motivator for the masters degree part of C, fic stuff can't be my free-time writing priority for the foreseeable future.

    I'll be ficcing and posting what I can when & where I can, but for approximately the next 2-3 years, degree work and work-work are likely to eat most of my concentration...
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    From:raisedbymoogles
    Date:May 29th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
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    You aten't dead! :DDD
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 29th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
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    I know! Some days I'm amazed by that too! ^^;;;;

    I am totally not giving up on Aeos; I've got like 75-100 pages of plot and scenes outlined, but the joins aren't there yet. I'd been hoping to be able to finish a big chunk of those joins either at ACen or this weekend, so I'd have a biiiig stash of fic that I could post in smaller chunks for weeks/months, but life keeps having different opinions on how much I can multitask! *headdesk*
    From:raisedbymoogles
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
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    Believe me, I know the feeling. It's been far too long since I've worked on some of my big projects myself, so I really have no right to poke. *hugs and gives backrub instead*
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
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    *kitty bats at moogle-pompon* :3

    I have to get some prerequisite studying done for this class this weekend, but I am sekritly hoping to get one more post done for something on the meme before the weekend escapes me. :D
    From:raisedbymoogles
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
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    *giggles* *waggles pompon, wigglewaggle!*

    *encourages! Encourages! Magical encouraging moogle sparkles!*
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
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    XD you tooooootally know how to lure a cat! Esp. my cat. The acrobatics when a firefly gets into the house put Cirque du Soleil to shame.

    If I didn't feel so bad for the fireflies when he catches 'em I'd be tempted to try to bring one in to get video, but I couldn't actually do that to one of 'em. But when one gets in on its own, there is just no way I am going to be able to catch it before Bunter does, what with the flying leaps across the room six to seven feet off the ground from any launch pad in existence. I need to have a faster trigger finger on the flipcam... :D
    From:raisedbymoogles
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:55 am (UTC)
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    .....perhaps I should stop waggling my pompon. o_O
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    From:askerian
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
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    *tacklepounce* *loves upon*

    Urgh real-life. I hope the housemate works out. D: it's the only thing that doesn't seem to be guarantee exhaustion from the get-go. urgh, poor you.
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
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    I hope it works too! She wants to meet up for dinner and talk finalizing stuff, so fingers crossed!

    I keep telling myself "one class a semester, you'll be done in 3 years, just get it over with and you won't have to do it again..."
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    From:bard_linn
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
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    Glad to hear you're okay. Wish you the best of luck!
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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    Thank you! Good luck to you too - I hope you have substantially better luck with the house you buy than I've had with mine! XD
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    From:lady_caterina
    Date:May 29th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
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    Good luck with all that! I graduated the first Saturday of this month, finally, even though the date on my diploma is totally wrong - so I might still be ok for MLIS classes this fall. We'll see.

    We're currently house-hunting. Hopefully, will have something positive to tell you about that soon. OMG what they want for these things is pure insanity! Did you know that 100k won't even get you a house that isn't falling apart ? :P
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
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    Oh man, yeah, unfortunately I found that out through painful experience myself. Mine cost me $133K and it clearly did not get far enough up the price scale to make it into the "not falling apart" category! ^^;;;;

    Have you tried checking around the foreclosure sites? At least folks who are trying to buy now have got foreclosures to bring some of the prices somewhere back around sane; I picked apparently the absolute worst time in history to buy my house in '06. But hopefully things won't keep dropping any further once you get a place (knock on wood)...

    *long distance high five for fellow LIS student-ing!*
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    From:lady_caterina
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
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    I didn't know there were foreclosure sites! Will look into that!
    I found my dream house Thursday but someone else bought it while I was looking at it - literally. :( They have a week to decide but they would be insane to not take it.
    We are looking at another that is a foreclosure that is pretty nice except for one thing: The entire downstairs will have to have the floor redone because someone didn't know what they were doing and put down the wrong kind of floor which has since buckled up and you can't really walk across it without a problem. Maybe we can get it pretty cheap for that, though. Maybe.

    How is Bunterkitty?

    We brought a bettafish home with us last night. He is named Alucard :P
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
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    oh jeez. @_@ Sorry to hear about the timing! Was it the floor plan, the location, the decor, or all of the above? (Floor plan is possibly easiest to duplicate; even my pre-WWII-building-boom house has got dozens and dozens of clones of itself in the area.)

    Bunterkitty is very cranky about something I am very happy about - they are finally tearing up the street in front of my house to replace the 1931 crumbling sewer system with something much bigger and better able to handle floodrains! So after all that racket and thunking is done, both Bunter and I will be much happier campers and I can give more serious thought to actually doing something with the Basement of Doom.

    ...XD and Bunter has just caught himself the first moth of the season. Apparently everything is better once you have a pawful (though not a mouthful) of moth. Go figure.
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    From:lady_caterina
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)
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    Well, it was pretty much all of those things. It was in a good neighborhood, closeish to work, an older house that had been completely remodeled, with a nice yard and a garage and a workshop. Ah well.

    Yay for redone sewer systems; those are never to be underestimated!

    We have fuzzy babies under our back porch! A wild mamakitty has three cute stripey babies living there. And sometimes they sleep under our bikes!
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    From:niyazi_a
    Date:May 29th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
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    C-can I just whine that you're not around more? Because you seem like a really cool person I'd like to know more about?

    /cringes under baleetion threat!!!

    Eurgh, sounds rough! Honestly, as as complicit as my job is in some of this education-ass-hattery, I hate this stupid idea that a piece of paper from some dinky school somehow becomes all or nothing compared to intelligence, drive, and on the job experience.

    I could rant, but I won't.

    Take care of yourself!!

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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
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    I'm sorry! ;__; I'm going to try not to completely vanish off the face of the earth; I've always done more lurking-and-commenting-on-other-journals/communities than posting here. But everyone tells me how crazy tough grad school is, and when I do the mental math of grad school plus complete insanity at work, I can't be too terribly sanguine about how much fic reading-or-writing time I'm going to have.

    I'm caught on the mental seesaw of "scared it's going to be brain-frying" and "hoping it'll be easier than I fear" and here's hoping for the latter! Just can't say much for sure yet since I haven't gotten a taste of the new schedule yet.

    *looks around for wood*

    *knocks on head since surely that is made of enough wood to qualify*
    From:cherokee1
    Date:June 4th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
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    Hi, you don't know me, I am a lurker for fic, and enjoy yours very much.
    Coming out of the darkness to reassure you that grad school is actually easier and more fun than the
    4 year it takes to get there.
    It goes very fast, and if you choose to continue year round, you will be done before you know it.
    The best part is that if you want another masters, or decide to go for a Piled Higher and Deeper, most of the class work and seminar stuff you already have.
    Good luck!
    C
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    From:sesshiyuki
    Date:May 29th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
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    Yay that you're still alive! yay :D I hope your job situation improves sometime in the near distant future, and the new housemate works out (and isn't allergic to cats and dusting?)
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
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    Thank you! She seems pretty cool so far, is quite enthusiastic about the cat (more so than the cat is about her so far; it usually takes the big scaredycat a few weeks to decide that any new person is not a cat-devourer), and I'm looking forward to having someone around to help divide up house stuff with because it'll be really nice not to have to do EVERYTHING myself when I'm also diving into grad school! *fingers crossed!*
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    From:maureenlycaon
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
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    Good luck!
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:May 30th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
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    Thank you! I have a feeling I'm gonna need it. XD
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    From:peacewish
    Date:May 30th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
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    Good for you, preemptively taking action to ensure your own career stability, instead of just waiting for the hammer to fall like your fired coworkers. It's not their fault, of course, but real life just happens and it's the people that plan ahead who survive the Happens part. I admire you very much. I personally can't even face the thought of grad school, even though I've been in and out of unemployment for 5 years and my family has begged me to do it. I just can't. I hate the thought of going back to being a student, instead of working to contribute to the GDP. All I want to do is work, and the world spits on me because I only have a bachelors degree. The college-degree job market has become overcrowded with us, and that's why only masters people get interviews. It's frustrating and unnecessary, but a couple decades of politicians insisting that 'everyone' deserves a college education and cheap publicly financed colleges have resulted in a glut of interviewees. Here in Austin, a university town, doctoral candidates are still waiting tables.

    I'm not trying to discourage you in the least, by the way, though it may seem so. I'm very happy you have the means to pursue a higher degree and the sense that it's the only guarantee you have for steady work, I just resent the hell out of the fact that you have to. You're right that you won't have much free time for the fun stuff. But it's like exercise - once you get it over with, you'll feel much better and be glad you did it. How Aeos will play into this, I don't know. Maybe you'll update, and maybe you won't. But you can't let a fanfic distract you from a pressing demand to work and pay for your home, food, and kitty litter. Reviews gush and praise and make us feel great, but they don't balance the bank book. Something you can point out to the next thirteen year-old whining about your lack of updates (on the iphone her parents bought her). Anybody who bitches about slow updates should try their own hand at a full-time job/family/classes and political activism before casting stones.

    Good luck!
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:June 1st, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
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    I am right there with you on being mad that I have to. I'm really not doing this through any great passion for the subject. I'm doing this for the cold hard bottom line, which makes me feel a bit like a sell-out. (I was the starry-eyed gonna-be-novelist in college the first time around, before I learned that no one actually makes a living writing fiction and if you want to make a living writing, you do it with what other people will pay you money to write for them, which is nonfiction.)

    I wish I was still enough of a dreamer to go to school for what I'd really love to study, rather than for what I hope I'll be able to use to get a better job after studying. I also wish I was nervy enough to quit my current job and go back to school full time and be able to get it over with faster! But as it is, I've still got my full-time-plus job and I'm going to be adding the master's degree program work on top of it. I'm not sure whether the word for that is "pessimistic," "masochistic," or just plain "insane." ^^;;;

    But right now the state's talking about slashing every last one of our job benefits, including health insurance, the joke of a pension system that we've had to pay into out of every paycheck but they haven't contributed their part to for 30+ years (so I'm basically throwing my retirement money into a black hole that will default before I have any chance of retiring myself), and now there are rumblings about not letting employees take classes anymore. That's on top of not having had a raise for most of a decade and having furlough days assigned so they can take money back. So I'd better get the masters' courses as much out of the way as possible while they're still offered... sigh.

    Thanks for the luck! I have a feeling I'm going to need all the luck I can get! ^^;;;;
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    From:fer_de_lance
    Date:May 30th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
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    The heart arrhythmia's largely under control, thank goodness

    I actually have a serious lead on a potential housemate for this fall!

    I'm taking the plunge and seriously working on finishing off a masters in information science


    Whoa, that's a whole lot of good news/awesomeness! So glad to hear it! :D (Not so much the inheriting jobs thing, though. Bah.)
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:June 1st, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
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    Yep! Yay for some impending awesome! (And the possible roommate has turned into a definite roommate, woot! She's working on a postdoc in molecular biology and she's several years younger than I am. I am impressed and intimidated. Now I just need to convince my cat that she is not a carnivore... or at least not a cat-hunting carnivore, though I've seen her eat chicken. I probably should not mention that to my fraidycat. As far as I can tell, he pretty much thinks meat is meat.)
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    From:chibirisuchan
    Date:June 1st, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
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    Thank you! Yeah, it'd be a 2 years masters program if I was doing full time classes, but I'm sticking with my more-than-full-time job and trying to find some more hours to stuff masters classes into on the side. XD;;; I guess this proves I am certifiable as well as diploma-able...
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    From:yvmora
    Date:June 1st, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)

    Yay! You're alive.

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    Best wishes!
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    From:xianghua
    Date:June 4th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
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    I'm glad you are still around and even if you're not posting, I still look forward to reading more of Aeos!

    Have a cupcake!
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    From:cheshire_sith
    Date:June 5th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
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    So you don't know me per se, but a) good luck with everything on your plate and b) I've immensely enjoyed your stories but wouldn't want you to feel the slightest amount of pressure on that count. Seriously, hope that degree-work and work-work behave themselves for you and that things start looking/keep looking up, as the case may be.
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    From:shadowkyne
    Date:June 8th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC)
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    Long time lurker, here; very glad to see you aren't dead yet! Was starting to worry, but since there's naught I can do to really help out I'm just very glad to hear that things are mostly taking a swing into good news.

    Yay for new sewer/flooding pipes! May they be installed with few hassles and work wonderfully for you. Also, tons of luck with the Masters and full-time-plus job combo; don't forget to take food/tea breaks? Since I've got a bad habit of sometimes forgetting to eat when swamped with work, I've found it much better to share the reminders to eat.

    Anyway, glad to hear from you at all, and best of luck to you!
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    From:razziecat
    Date:June 13th, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
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    Hi, I'm another fan (I don't care for the term lurker, it just sounds so...I dunno, scary...or maybe that's just my goofiness;) Anyway I wanted to say Go You! Do what you gotta do and I hope your health will be good from here on. I have nothing but respect for people who can get through everything you have to do to get a Master's.

    I love your FFVII fic, it's among the best I've come across, absolutely amazing characterization, but I'm telling you this only because you deserve to hear it! Not to pressure you in any way. Good luck with everything you have going on! Peace! :)
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    From:hakainokami
    Date:June 13th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
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    Wow you have a lot on your plate! Good luck with grad school! and I hope your job does not get anymore crazy while you're at it.
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    From:Cynthia Glass
    Date:September 8th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)

    Keep up the good work!

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    I followed you over from Fanfiction.net to make sure you were still alive (no really) and once you get your masters if you still can't find a job you like There is a way to make a ton of money teaching English in the Asia or the Middle East. I am going to be teaching in Peru next year but I am on the low end Education wise. You make more money in the Middle East but I think Asia is so much cooler... lol :D If you are ever interested check out the International TEFL Academy or GoAbroad.com. Just thought I would share this tibit :D Good luck and I hope everything works out
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