A Difference of Visions, Revised Chapter 14
A Difference of Visions, Revised Chapter 14
I hate that the doctor said I have the stomach flu.
I hate feeling miserable.
I hate that I can't eat anything without it coming all back up.
I hate that I can't bring myself to eat anything.
I hate feeling like I have no energy.
I hate that I can barely concentrate on anything.
I hate that I don't even feel like writing.
I hate pretty much everything about my life today.
Online TV on Yahoo!
UPDATE: It appears that this list is only viewable in North America. Grrr...Argh...
I think my brain is playing tricks on me. I could have sworn I wrote several scenes yesterday. I can visualize them, I can remember myself writing them, I remember the details, but I can't find them anywhere. Was I dreaming that I wrote them?
Has anyone else had this happen before? At least I remember them well enough to write them again. But it is strange...
This email was going around the office here and I just had to share it. I nearly did a double-take when I read it. Either Avon is working surreptitiously here somewhere or the one in my head has managed to access my keyboard while I wasn't looking and is emailing all my colleagues....and the response has been very enthusiastic. He has definitely hit a nerve.
( (Avon's) Rules for Work )
Except there's a snowstorm!!!! Grrr. Took twice the time to get into work this morning. Grrr. Some people too over two hours to drive in this morning. It'll be worse when we leave tonight. Grrrooowwwllll
Did I say that I hate the cold? Day two of a three day deep freeze. -19 but in the -30s with the windchill. Lot's of accidents due to black ice and people not realizing the road salt is no longer effective.
Don't want to step outside. Fortunately I've arranged to work from home today.
My sister had said that it's been really cold in Regina but that it will warm up considerably while I am here. That means that it was -40 celcius last week but it will only be in the -20s this week =P Suffice it to say, I won't be spending much time standing outdoors while I'm here.
They have wireless internet access and I brought my laptop so I will be connected on and off.
I got a nice Christmas card today from entropy_house . Thank you!
Went to a pre-holiday Christmas dinner with a couple of colleagues from work. A nice buffet restaurant with lots of good food. It was packed. I guess people are getting into the holiday spirits already and there's some early celebrating going on. We have a project team Christmas lunch tomorrow. The pounds are going on early this year.
The only really down part is lots of snow is expected for the rest of the week.
The writing is going well. Working on a final birthday fic.
The PGP story is progressing at an extremely fast clip. It feels like I'm reaching the end of the story but there's still a lot left to cover. Thinking of pushing some of the materials to the next story. The frustrating part is not being able to settle on an idea for the lighter story that I like and feel comfortable developing. Really don't want to make it an angsty story but I keep turning in that direction even though it's supposed to be a light one. It may be because Avon is breathing down my neck at the moment. Sigh. Vila and Corinne prefer doing light stuff when they're together. Sigh. Corinne keeps threatening to misbehave if I do something more serious. And Vila is no help at all there. As for Argus and Reya. Well they want Sester to move to a bed somewhere else (Argus says preferably in the next galaxy) but he refuses to budge.
It's been cold here. With the windchill it's in the -20s. Brrr. I don't think I will ever like the cold. To look at maybe. To be out in for a few minutes. But not as a long term condition.
Work is going. I just wish it would go somewhere else. I guess I should be grateful that I have a fairly stable job in these uncertain times. I am thankful for that.
For once, Canadian politics isn't boring. But aggravating and irritating is not my preference of options. At a time when the economy should be the most important focus, why are these people 'playing politics' and wasting taxpayers time and money? It boggles the mind.
At least writing is going well. Well, going well is a relative term. It means I am finishing chapters but 'how' is another matter that would require a psychiatrist and at least a bazooka. Yes, strong medication and maybe a rubber room is strongly indicated (for proof, refer to following Character Dialogues addendum).
I have not come up with the next light story yet. Fortunately the current one isn't over with yet.
( Where I lose my mind... )
Now that Pico is over, I'm still inundated with writing tasks to be completed. I will finish The Name is Avon at some point but that is on the back burner at the moment. I've managed to complete one of the birthday fics (yes it is about Anna the Kitten). I have yet to start the other one. Or rather the ideas for that one haven't even started yet.
I've completed the next chapter of my ongoing PGP fic but still haven't come up with a satisfying idea for the next lighter story. I thought it might be easier with input from everyone, and in a way it is. It helps me focus on specific types of stories but I'm still trying to come up with a good and fresh way of doing it that will capture my imagination.
Plus someone asked me to write up a summary of all of the ongoing stories so far. I tried doing the first one and I'm already at two pages and counting. Argh. I don't think that's what she meant.
Vila and Corinne have also taken up permanent residence in my head, which is making it extremely crowded since Avon, Argus, Cally and Reya are already making enough noise, not to mention with asides from Servalan, although she has been quiet of late, which in itself is quite worrying. *sigh* I may never have peace again. I guess I'd better check that Avon is alright.
EDIT: Avon is fine. Now. Seems Servalan saw the "Avon in a net" pic done by astrogirl2 for crycraven and had some ideas of her own. Bad Servalan.
EDIT: Avon wants the net. He refuses to say what it's for.
Avon is really starting to complain that he never has any fun. Argus flatly refuses to be shot again, at least for the next few stories. Cally wants to spend a story where she doesn't have to constantly worry about Avon. Vila thinks that a story where he doesn't have to be scared would be very nice. And Reya does not think it was funny that I made Argus sleep in the gym. Apparently everyone's a critic.
Sooo...for the couple of people who are interested, I am considering postponing the Perceptions story arc and writing a much lighter story next. That means that it will not be like the Sevisia story where only the first third was light. Maybe a more holiday-oriented one as we are approaching the season.
Any suggestions or ideas would be welcome.
Since this is not a planned story, that means that I don't have any ideas at the moment other than a very vague one that sort of combines Christmas (though it will not be a Christmas story per se) and Halloween. And on that note, you can see why I am asking for suggestions. Without help, this can rapidly deteriorating into something not very light.
Why is it that when you walk outside in the stuff, it always seems like much more has fallen then they declare on the radio? 5 centimeters in meteorological terms translates to 10 centimeters in RL? Or just where I'm walking? Grrr.
Fortunately, I live in a condo now and don't have the hassle of having to shovel the snow or clearing it off my car. It does look nice from my window. Frosty trees and all those cars trying to inch through traffic. Oh wait, I have to be out there soon too... Why oh why didn't I ask if I could work from home today?
Yes, I'm a wimp when it comes to weather. Seriously though, it wasn't that bad this morning. The drive in only took an extra 10 minutes. I got in safely to work and didn't see any accidents on the road. A lot of desks are empty. So either they are still stuck in the winter traffic or they were the smart ones that did ask to work from home today!
Not sure how my mood will affect my writing today...I'm in a very strange mood.
Once reaching Guilin, we only had time to visit the Flute Reed Caves. The reeds in this area are used to make...flutes.
( Day 5, Guilin )
It is estimated that there will be 8,000 such figures once the entire site is excavated. So far only a small percentage has been unearthed. The majority still lie buried and will likely remain so until the technology to preserve them becomes more advanced. Once the figures are dug up, the colouring and other features decay and are lost. The main tomb for the Qin Emperor has also been left unopened in order to preserve it.
( Onto the pictures... )
Then we flew to Xian, which was the ancient capital of China for 13 dynasties. The main attraction that we're all looking forward to, is seeing the dig site for the terra cotta warriors. But that's tomorrow, Day 4.
One disadvantage of flying between the cities is the luggage restrictions for the domestic flights. Only one checked-in baggage (44 lbs) and one carry-on.
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( Onto the pics... )