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-Been working five days a week at my bookshop since last month. Business has been okay. I managed to sell some books, along with receiving some really nice other ones over the weekend. Hey, do any of you remember Jim Varney's character, Ernest? One of the books I got is Ernest's "Book of Knowledge" that came out sometime in the 80's. I glanced through some of it already. This book gave some chuckles.

The donator also gave me some nice parrot care paperbacks. Interesting, since my mom had watched a rerun documentary about parrots. I sort of watched it again with her.

I also put away some mystery novels and some more humor books... The lady (who had bought Nora Roberts paperbacks from me more than once, I sort of recognized her) happened to forget that I don't take Reader's Digest Condensed books, because they just don't sell. There are 7 tote bags and a box full of them inside the store now. On Friday, after I get off work, Mom and I will take some of those to the dump. Really, no one in my shop bought them, not ever. I don't want them taking up space and collecting dust, so I'm planning to get rid of them all ASAP.

Almost all the potted plants I intend to sell this spring and summer are growing back! I sold four strawberry plants so far, and the four I still have are flowering. Unlike the day lilies, they grow fast! In the next few weeks, the flowers will turn into berries.

- I have been on an A:tLA fanfic kick for a while now, and I found this really interesting one on WattPad, called Art of War. Summary: "Mike and Bryan, creators of Nickelodeon's beloved, cartoon show, "Avatar the Last Airbender" see their universe come to life when the imperial Fire Nation appears from the middle of the Pacific Ocean and starts global mayhem." (Link: http://www.wattpad.com/story/23906260-art-of-war)

I think I ought to get myself an account on this site because LOOK, there are pics and videos you can upload along with the content of your chapters. Awesome! I know I listen to loads of music, and some songs and instrumentals remind me of certain characters and fandoms...

-I put together two more ATLA fan-mixes (another for Sokka, and one for Toph), and will hopefully post them in an entry sometime this week!

-Last Thursday, Mom and I watched Disney's Maleficent, because she rented the DVD from the library. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't something we would want to own. Honestly, I like the Maleficent from the old Sleeping Beauty animated film, who's also in the Kingdom Hearts games. I like that version of her best. ...I love the Honest Trailer Screen Junkies did for it on YouTube. I've seen it twice, before I saw the actual movie. ("Male Efficient!" XD)

Haha, I also love the Honest Trailer they did for the 1950's animated classic of Cinderella...

-My mom and I did quite a bit of board gaming fun on Friday and Saturday night. There's this game she bought for a buck at this thrift store, where we have found some great games for a bargain. Usually little to nothing is missing from them! Anyway, this game is called Last Word. It's a little like the game Scrabble, but there's a grid with letter tiles in which you move your color pawn over the letters to spell words. It's easy to learn, but it's a little challenging to play! You play until you can't move to spell words anymore. It's a really interesting elimination kind of game. Whoever has the most letter tiles at the end of the game (they're a point each) wins. When more than two players are playing, there are extra points that go toward whoever isolates another opponent at the end.

Mom and I like this game. We played 3 rounds of it, after a warm-up game of Splendor. I won at Splendor and one game of Last Word. :)

Unfortunately, we didn't get to play that over at our friend Bob's house. Last Word plays up to 2-4 players, and there were 7 of us altogether, including this new guy that came over. We ended up playing 2 games of this other game Mom and I recently found at this bead store, called Ugh. A lot of those we game with love it. This one's a press your luck type of card game with adorably funny cartoon artwork on the cards.

We played two rounds of Ugh. I won the first, and Bob won the second. We also played Spinners dominoes, and Quiddler! I also won at Quiddler.

-My fanfiction writing in general been going at the pace of a crawl, but it's better than nothing! The music hasn't completely taken over, though I'm still loving this Darius Twin remix project. I'm almost 40% done with it now. I have quite a bit more planned to insert in there.

This remix is HUGE for me. I've been putting a lot of time and effort towards this, and I'm picky about getting it right, to sound really good. The individual melody parts I've put together separately--I want to use them all!

After I get that finished, I'll try to get back into RP stuff for a while.
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I even designed my own cover this time! (My RP/writing muse of Sokka approves of what I picked. I know he does!)

Click here to see, along with the track list! )

What can I say? I've been in such a music kick lately. XD I'm on a roll, and I'll want to do a mix for Toph sometime later!
no_apologies: (Sokka. Cactus juice. It's the quenchiest)
You can easily put together your own fan-mix playlists on it and share it with others! You choose a picture for the cover and choose what to put into the Annotations section too.

Playlists, they're great! I kind of want to start another one soon. Either Death Note or another mix towards another ATLA character. (I know of some songs I know that are Sokka-like!)

I feel sooo accomplished, after finishing putting the ultimate Zuko fan-mix soundtrack together! It's mostly songs, with a few great instrumentals that fit this character so, so well. I inserted 46 tracks (there's just a lot of great, fitting songs), and this is almost 3 hours of music, so it's something to listen to while surfing online for a good long while? XD There's a wide variety of songs I picked that represents different parts to Zuko's personality, his troubles, and his journey.


The Fight Inside from SilverFox Jams on 8tracks Radio.



Would you like to see the entire track list? )

I go on about a few of the songs I've discovered and put into that mix here... )

Aside from that, I've been writing some fan fic bit by bit. One of them has a quite complicated part, and there are little plot bunnies from different points in time that make me want to write those parts out. I know there will be more than one story here. The first I've already titled as Treading Carefully Between Sides, since one OC of mine will be traveling with Zuko, Iroh, and their crew. Her best friend will be with Aang, Sokka, and Katara. The bond of their friendship will be one of the things that change and make this something AU. Also, there will be these bad, nasty creatures...

I'm almost a quarter way done on my Darius Twin remix. It sounds awesome, and some of the time I've been breezing through this. Still, I know I'm going to be picking the hell out of it until it's as great as it's going to be.
no_apologies: (Damn flying monkeys)
There's quite a bit to mention over the past week. Prepare yourself... for summarizing... No, this does not involve Ludacris Speed, and going plaid. (I should watch SpaceBalls again. It's been a long while since I last watched that movie. It's one of my favorite Mel Brooks films.)

- My cold has been almost all gone, still. All that's left is a bit of a cough. It's so annoying... I've had to cough up a bit of yuck today. I think my dad has caught what I had. His immune system's not as great as mine, and I send him speedy recovery wishes as I update.

-For the most part online for over the past week, I've read some of the lengthy and well written Avatar: The Last Airbender fan fictions. Happy Endings, Book 1! That one...! The writer blends the action and the psychological content of a teenaged girl who's been a victim of domestic violence well! It inspires me for my two Avatar stories. (It's a second interesting one in case the first story idea gets to be a pain.)

-My Easter was kinda nice. My mom and I had free Starz and HBO On Demand. Finally got to see Guardians of the Galaxy. We want that on DVD. It's so awesome. (Rocket, Peter Quill, and Groot, those three are my favorite characters.) Alexander's Horrible No Good Very Bad Day is hilarious. We want that one too! Also, we've had a bunch of Peeps, and some Starburst jelly beans. :D The jelly beans happen to be nearby where I'm sitting, and I just snagged some. I love the Starburst kind just as much as the gourmet kind!

-Earlier, as I was watching AFV, I saw this hilariously cute video of a Chihuahua trying again and again to get the ball in the mirror. The real ball was behind that adorable dog the whole time. Oh, and there was this other amazing dog who was barking parts of Beethoven's 5th. I've never seen anything like that. One smart pooch! I think the Beethoven dog was a pit bull...

-I finally, FINALLY gotten around to starting over again on the Darius Twin Boss Theme remix. I don't remember mentioning this on my blog, but a while back I found out that almost all my files were encrypted. Some idiot thought I would be swayed into doing their bidding for this Bit Coin thing. I've had to refresh the laptop, and pretty much I got all my apps back... Today, I put together a few beat loops and they're really good. I've felt very accomplished. I've gotten so much better at making custom drum loops! Tonight, after TV shows are over, I'm going to do a bit of recording off my VST. (After that, I hope to get into some RP stuff. I am breaking away from fan fic tonight.)

-There's a hilarious Avatar series I've seen on YouTube called Avatar: The Last Airbender Abridged. Whiny Zuko. Enough said. Of course as whole it's funny but the guy's voice for Zuko is what I love most. XD
no_apologies: (Sokka. Cactus juice. It's the quenchiest)
I thought about putting this post up earlier and I forgot. I found some awesome things and I want to share them.

Some Excellent Videos from a playlist I have on YouTube:





That one's an epic fan-made trailer of the whole series. Great cinematic score to it!

More under the cut! )

Okay that's enough... Seriously. If you'd like to see my whole playlist go here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa5nY8h7DDUHiQ3aCu-opgMfVyQXPCT0a

Fan Fiction

Change the World by Princess Kassie

Water: Twist of Fate and Earth: Bring it Down by Sapphire Raindrop

So well written, and the ideas put into them gave me fic writing ideas. :)


Oh damn I gotta start cooking dinner. I'll show fabulous fanart and funny pics sometime later on!
no_apologies: (Sark - go die in a fire!)
I think my nose has been sniffly in addition to a cough for just over a week now. I start working 5 days a week again, starting tomorrow. The temperature will be climbing up to the 50's by then. Spring is finally here.

I'll catch up with you on my friends list once I'm feeling much, much better.

Avatar: Last Airbender fandom related )

Not a whole lot has been going on. My mom and I still love going to see our friends and play board games with them on every other Friday night. There's this really good 2 to 4 player tile game that's a cross between the Uno card game and this rummy style tile game I've played called Rummikub. In Rummikub, if someone's placed 4 in a set, you can arrange someone's set (without breaking it) to make a set of your own. In Uno Rummy-Up, you get to do the same thing, but there are tiles that allow you to take extra turns. (The wild tile is the cruelest towards the opponents since when that comes into play, the person selected has to draw four tiles, mwahahaha...)

Two friends, Mom, and myself have played Uno Rummy-Up and we love it. Our friend Allan introduced Rummikub, and I believe he would enjoy this game that's similar to it.

Haha, on a random note, in the Sonic Adventure 2 Battle video game you get to raise these creatures called Chaos. I have a yellow one and I named it after Alan since he usually picks yellow as a playable color if it's available in board games. (I've yet to mention to this to Alan. Maybe I should take a picture of this on my TV and show it to him, lol.)

It's an on-going thing, teasing him because he always prefers yellow as his color. It's hilarious because he's hilarious. He's very witty. Sometimes some of us joke that around him that if he goes traveling to see friends or family that we'll have a party and paint over all the yellow pieces in his games...

Since April Fool's Day is coming up, I think I'll write about the time in which Mom and I really got Alan good, some years ago. It's a memory that still gets me chuckling when thinking back on it. I think we've been in this meetup group for over six to seven years now, whoa! Time sure does fly!

The game that's one of his all time favorites is one called Cosmic Encounters. I never got a chance to play it yet and kind of forget what it's about, other than the players choosing to play a single type of alien race with their own abilities. (I think it's 2-4 players, and because there's usually five to six who show up at the meetups, I never got the chance to play this game yet. It seems really interesting. D:)

Mom came up with the idea I went along with of printing out a fake Amazon.com page about a sequel game in which you can play with your pet cat(s)--because Allan is also a cat person. He has two beautiful ones named Prince and Posh.

Alan was genuinely convinced "Cosmic Encounters 2" was real! I wasn't expecting that to happen. Mom's not a computer expert exactly. I'm not either, and I thought he would've found out it was fake. That he would have spotted something off while looking through what we handed to him--but it didn't happen. We actually told him it was fake long after showing him the pages.

He was such good sport about this, too. He was both surprised and amused! I remember Mom and I laughing so much after talking about it on the way home. I also remember cracking up while telling Dad that our little prank was a success. I had to stop and wait for my laughing to die down so he could hear me clearly.
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I'm currently feeling a teeny bit icky, but it's nothing really serious. Definitely not as awful as to how it was when I got up in the morning. Something I ate for dinner last night, scalloped parmesan potatoes or something like that, just did not sit well at all in my tummy.

I'm wondering if my digestive system's becoming a little sensitive. I guess it's something that happens when your body's aging a bit at a time.

For example, there are two fast food places I know I can't order food from anymore because it makes me ill. Checkers food I used to eat without a problem. It's been about two years since I last had any of their food. I don't know what it is, but something in their sandwiches the past couple of times I ordered made me feel really sick. So sick that I couldn't eat any solid foods until my stomach settled down a significant amount.

Nope! Can't go over there anymore--even though their curly fries are awesome. I liked their milkshakes, too.

My mom and I both had bad gas the next morning after we ordered some food at a Sonic once on a Friday night, on our way to board game meetup. Once and never again, because the onions in our burgers were too dry...

All I had for breakfast was fruit juice, because my stomach was hurting for a while after I had to hurry up to the bathroom to puke. This was sometime early in the morning, and I only had to puke once. Good. I did have lunch, a PB&J sandwich once I was all caught up on TV shows and finished rewatching some Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes. My stomach pain went away as I was sleepy while watching Avatar, so I'll rewatch certain episodes again later this week.

Incoming Lengthiness involving more than one fandom! )

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