starzki: (NS dorking)
Two prompt tables, 'cause I'm feeling ambitious.



Table 1
sterling silver
wind
shiver
quickly
sturdy
Progress: 3/5



Table 3
teal green
water
swing
directly
bittersweet
Progress: 2/5

starzki: (XF WTF)
I've been horrible about writing and keeping up with my WIP fic. As it is, I don't even know if I'll finish [personal profile] luxken27's drabble table I set up for myself. (I think I will, but "The Sickness" table I set up is going to fail.) I decided to just wait until I feel like writing again. I'm sure it will come back; it always does. But I just didn't have it in me this last month.

Instead, [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have been mainlining anime. And that's what I'm here to talk about. The good and the... well... gruesome. Some spoilers ahead:
Read more... )







starzki: (FMP MK flirting)
Title: War Paint
Fandom: Full Metal Panic!
Author: Starzki
Characters: Melissa, Sousuke, Kurz; implied Kurz/Melissa
Words: 100
Rating: K+
Summary: Melissa called it "putting on her war paint."
Warnings: None
Linksff.net

NOTES:

I don't have a lot to say about this little drabble.  I just loved the idea of Kurz being brought to his knees by a sexy Melissa.

With the teall green prompt, I was mostly inspired by [personal profile] luxken27's posts on nail polish.  I originally even thought I'd have Melissa painting her nails, but I think the eye shadow makes a little more sense and is easier to wash off at the end of the day.

Drabbling is fun!

starzki: (FMP only one I trust)
Title: The Sickness, Chapter 5: Didn't Know it Was a Devil Town
Author: Starzki
Word Count: 5599
Genre: Horror/Action/Romance
Rating: T
Story Summary: Alternate Universe. Sousuke Sagara is the long standing, long suffering bodyguard of Lady Kaname, the only daughter in a wealthy family. She has recently been married off to a distant cousin in the hopes that she produce an heir and will never be forced to leave her home. No one expected the zombie apocalypse. In time, it’s only Sousuke and Kaname fighting for survival and just hoping not to get bitten in this strange, new world.
Chapter Summary: Confronted by the streets he grew up on, Sousuke shares his past with Kaname.
WARNINGS: Mention of forced prostitution and child prostitution. Also, a slightly off-color story at the end.
Links: ff.net, AO3

NOTES: )
starzki: (IY MirSan embrace)
Title: Fidelity
Author: [personal profile] starzki 
Fandom: Inuyasha
Characters/Pairings: Miroku/Sango
Genre: Romance
Rating: K+
Word Count: 100
Summary: Miroku thought he knew himself so well.
Link: ff.net

NOTES: )

starzki: (FMP protect)
Title: The Sickness, Chapter 4: Dig Through the Ditches and Burn Through the Witches
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Genre: Horror/Action/Romance
Rating:
T
Word Count: 3851
Warnings: Violence/Character Death
Story Summary: Alternate Universe. Sousuke Sagara is the long standing, long suffering bodyguard of Lady Kaname, the only daughter in a wealthy family. She has recently been married off to a distant cousin in the hopes that she produce an heir and will never be forced to leave her home. No one expected the zombie apocalypse. In time, it’s only Sousuke and Kaname fighting for survival and just hoping not to get bitten in this strange, new world.
Chapter Summary: Aftermath. Sousuke and Kaname meet other survivors.
LINKS: ff.net, AO3

NOTES )

starzki: (FMP Sunset)
Title: The Sickness, Chapter 3: You Must Learn to Stand Up For Yourself 'Cause I Can't Always Be Around
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Genre: Horror/Action/Romance
Rating:
M Word Count: 5165
Warnings: Violence/Character Death
Story Summary: Alternate Universe. Sousuke Sagara is the long standing, long suffering bodyguard of Lady Kaname, the only daughter in a wealthy family. She has recently been married off to a distant cousin in the hopes that she produce an heir and will never be forced to leave her home. No one expected the zombie apocalypse. In time, it’s only Sousuke and Kaname fighting for survival and just hoping not to get bitten in this strange, new world.
Chapter Summary: Kaname, her father, and Sousuke leave the safe room and confront the changes in their lives and in the world.
LINKS: ff.net, AO3

NOTES )
starzki: (FMP protect)
Title: The Sickness, Chapter 2: You've Arrived at Panic Station
Author: [personal profile] starzki 
Genre: Horror/Action/Romance
Rating: M
Word Count: 4922
Warnings: Violence
Story Summary: Alternate Universe. Sousuke Sagara is the long standing, long suffering bodyguard of Lady Kaname, the only daughter in a wealthy family. She has recently been married off to a distant cousin in the hopes that she produce an heir and will never be forced to leave her home. If anyone expected the zombie apocalypse, they're not in this story. In time, it’s only Sousuke and Kaname fighting for survival and just hoping not to get bitten in this strange, new world.
Chapter Summary: Sousuke has to keep Kaname and her father safe in a house full of the walking dead.
Links: ff.net, AO3

NOTES: )
starzki: (FMP Awkward Situation)

Title: Voyeur
Fandom: Full Metal Panic!
Author: [personal profile] starzki 
Words: 219
Rating: T
Summary: Kyouko stumbles onto a private moment between Kaname and Sousuke.
Warnings: None
Linkff.net

NOTES: )


starzki: (FMP Sunset)
Title: The Sickness, Chapter 1: This is It: The Apocalypse
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Genre: Horror/Action/Romance
Rating: M
Word Count: 4163
Warnings: Violence
Story Summary: Alternate Universe. Sousuke Sagara is the long standing, long suffering bodyguard of Lady Kaname, the only daughter in a wealthy family. She has recently been married off to a distant cousin in the hopes that she produce an heir and will never be forced to leave her home. No one expected the zombie apocalypse. In time, it’s only Sousuke and Kaname fighting for survival and just hoping not to get bitten in this strange, new world.
Chapter Summary: The day it all began started out like any other day. In the middle of Kaname sharing good news with her family, tragedy, in the form of a zombie apocalypse, strikes.
Links: ff.net, AO3

NOTES: )
starzki: (orchid)
Now that I'm back down to teaching only two classes, both of which are online, one of which I've taught the last four semesters straight, I feel like I have a ton of time on my hands.  So I'm going to post today. :)

I think I finally might be done with the class I taught at the other school.  The student who got an incomplete because of a family emergency the day of the final has taken the makeup test and I've scored it.  I've just mailed off the paperwork, so that should be it for me for that class, barring any issues that may pop up (no whammies, no whammies, no whammies...).

I'm teaching a new grad class (which is what I'm procrastinating on right now) that I'm trying to make more interesting.  I'm trying to have weekly webclass sessions that are like chatrooms for students that I lead.  They've been going terribly so far.  There's a learning curve for people using new or updating technology and not everyone is on the same page yet.  I will try to make it work though and it should be kind of fun. Maybe?  It's a great class, though, if I do say so myself.

In fandom news, I'm apparently going to post the first chapter of my new zombie FMP fic by the end of the week.  I really, really struggled to get this chapter out.  All of the exposition explaining the AU nature of the story was clunky and awful to write.  But it's all out.  Now I just need to rework it and make it interesting to read instead of it just being an information dump.  Plus, I forgot some key plot points that I'll have to mention.  I will say that the end of the chapter started getting much more smooth in terms of writing and I think I found my chapter 1 focus that isn't all about explaining my AU.   There's a small plot hole to fill that's not quite right to handwave, but I'll give myself until Saturday to fix it. (Okay, never mind, just thought of a solution.  Will write it later.) Zombie casualty rate: 2 (this will increase).

I also have to think about running today.  All of those calories I consumed and didn't regret when I was visiting family are letting me know I should probably take care of them now before I have to start fitting back into my summer clothes.  But at least I have my Zombies! Run game to make it interesting. :D
starzki: (royai1)
Title: Taking Care
Author: [personal profile] starzki 
Rating: K+
Word count: 1984
Summary: An influenza epidemic has hit East City. Colonel Mustang helps Lieutenant Hawkeye feel a little better.
Links: ff.net, ao3
 
Notes )

Madness

Mar. 29th, 2013 11:25 pm
starzki: (MM Peggy Joan phone)
Oh, this week.  I have a couple of things to get in to, but let me start with Mad Men.

[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have been about 2 seasons behind since we watch the show on Netflix.  Well, we caught up to only one season behind not too long ago and the new season is out on April 7.  Then, great news happened.  We discovered that Comcast is doing a thing where they're giving away seasons of episodes for free to advertise a particular service this week.  One of the shows of which they were giving away seasons is Mad Men[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have been mainlining at least 2 episodes a night to catch up before the promotion is out and before the new season starts.  We'll soon be caught up.

Well, I don't know if it's because I couldn't handle the awesomeness or what, but the last episode we watched tonight, "The Other Woman" (Season 5, episode 11) just wrecked me.  I watched the end completely sobbing.  It helped that my two favorite characters, Joan and Peggy were featured and it showed how Don can be a dick, but still do right by them.  Oh, my girls.  Tonight they both broke my heart.

Joanie is just gorgeous and Christina Hendricks who plays her with such integrity (when she could so easily be played as a dumb cliche).  Her decision in this ep (I won't spoil it) annihilated me.  She did what she had to do, and it may be for the best, but still.  My Joanie.  I love you and you shouldn't have done it.  You deserve so much more.

And Peggy.  I feel like I could have been her in the early 1960s.  Her non-romantic "break up" with Don was far and away the saddest, most touching moment I've seen on this show where numerous marriages and friendships have dissolved.  She was so brave, though.  And I don't think I could have done what she did in spreading her wings.  Like Joanie, she deserves so much more, but she's actually going out and getting it.  Part of my sadness, and Don's I'm sure, is that I don't know when I'll be able to see her again.

This show.  Ugh.  It's a kind of perfection you rarely see on television anymore.  I am looking forward to next season like I cannot even explain.

*collects myself*

In other news, the college I interviewed at last week told me that they'd make a decision this week.  I haven't heard anything.  The chances of me working there are slim (their pay scale is not what I had hoped for), but I was still expecting to at least be able to try and negotiate.  Now I'm wondering if they're going with another candidate.  I was so sure I had this offer.  Again, not that I would take it (it's not quite right, in any case), but I still wanted to be asked.

Now, I think I'll go wreck myself with some more television series pathos.  Maybe I'll watch the commentary on FMA episodes. :)

starzki: (Now Dr. Horrible is here)
[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have officially relocated about 20 miles down the road.  Moving sucks!

We're not very happy about the move, but it was necessary.  Scribe's commute was terrible and this will save him about two hours of driving a day.  He had to suffer through rush hours of two difference metro hubs, and now he only kind of has one.

But this move does mean that we're living in a slightly smaller apartment that's slightly more expensive.  I had to say goodbye to the walk-in closet (*sniff*).  I also have to figure out where all of the stores, vets, doctor offices, and gyms are in this new area that I've only ever driven by in the past.  That's a pain.  Finally, and most sadly of all, we had to say goodbye to our neighbors.  We had a good set at our last apartment building and we all really looked out for one another.  Even the "weird" guys in the building, though... off, stayed to themselves and were incredibly quiet.  (One would even hide from me if he saw me coming.)

The move itself was about the nightmare we expected.  Hard, hard work.  My thighs are a-burning today after all of those stairs.  We even hired movers that were expensive, but worth every penny.  We've started making the place look like "ours" again, which is nice, but it's currently almost 2PM and we've not delved into a single box yet, today.  Oh well.

Also, Comcast is the suck.  It took 5 service calls and roughly 2 hours on the phone for them to figure out the cable box they sent us does not work for our zip code. *headdesk*  So we'll have cable tv... probably never, the way things seem to be going.

Okay, enough complaining.  Now is the time for more procrastinating on my work before the school year begins (on Tuesday)! Yay!
starzki: (FMP: Sousuke and Kaname)
Title: Overwhelmed: Chapter 9: Epilogue: Love
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Rating:
MA
Genre:
Romance
Word Count: 407
Summary
: Kaname and Sousuke finally have all the time they need to come together and explore their feelings for one another. Spoilers for the series. Post Always Stand by Me, Part 2. Chapter 9: Epilogue: Love: The morning after.
LINK:  ff.net
NOTES: )

starzki: (FMP: Only one I trust)
Title: Overwhelmed: Chapter 8: Oblivion
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Rating:
MA
Genre:
Romance
Word Count: 2131
Summary
: Kaname and Sousuke finally have all the time they need to come together and explore their feelings for one another. Spoilers for the series. Post Always Stand by Me, Part 2. Chapter 8: Oblivion: Kaname and Sousuke lose themselves in one another.
LINK:  ff.net

NOTES: )

starzki: (FMP: Kaname D:)
God I'm so tired.

Last day of classes. yay.

'Tis the season and I just have to get this off of my chest.

I really don't like Christmas and all of December is pretty much the worst.  I hate shopping, crowds, (most) holiday music, and travel.  And grading, but at least I get paid to do that.

I've come to realize that since 1992, there have only been four Christmases (when I was in college) where I didn't travel more than 800 miles to be with family.  Generally I travel anywhere between 12 and 20 hours (one way) to see family during Christmas.  This is extremely stressful and I DO IT EVERY YEAR!  This year is no exception. (Yes, I'm thankful for loving family who wants to see me during Christmas, but traveling during this time of the year is awful.)

This truly makes me dread Christmas every year.  I seriously have almost never looked forward to it in the last 20 years.

I try not to be a Grinch and rain on everyone's Christmas parade, but dear God, I really, really, really hate Christmas.

I had to get that off my chest.  I'll be happier about Christmas when I've done more grading and gotten other shit taken care of.

Carry on.

Busy day

Nov. 29th, 2012 05:33 pm
starzki: (NS: Auryn)
So this is kind of the calm before the grading storm.  :(  Next week starts the avalanche of papers, tests, then more papers for grading.  But then I'm done until January!  Woot!  I'll only need to worry about moving, then.  Bleck.

Today I had yoga, then had to make a quick stop into the pharmacy to get an ankle stable-izer for running to help me from injuring it too much further.  Then I had to quick shower, walk the dogs, then take the dogs to the vet to prepare for taking them on the long Christmas trip that we always seem to have to take. :(

They're all good with their shots and meds.  I came home, did some work for my grad class and now I'm doing pretty good!

And, [personal profile] luxken27 ! Look what I found at the pharmacy!picture )
starzki: (FMP: Only one I trust)
Title: Overwhelmed: Chapter 7: Curiosity
Author: [personal profile] starzki
Rating:
MA
Genre:
Romance
Word Count: 1952
Summary
: Kaname and Sousuke finally have all the time they need to come together and explore their feelings for one another. Spoilers for the series. Post Always Stand by Me, Part 2. Chapter 7: Curiosity: Kaname turns the tables on Sousuke.
LINK: ff.net

NOTES: )
starzki: (FMP: Danger!)
Don't mind me.  I'm navel-gazing again.

Yesterday, while walking the pups with [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro, I twisted my ankle.  It sucked.  It hurt really bad, I let out a string of hideous expletives, and sat on the ground for a moment.

I used to play soccer.  I've hurt an ankle before.  Hell, I've broken an ankle before.  This time it was my right ankle instead of my left (my weak one), but it's really all the same kind of pain.

I no longer play soccer (at least right now), but my first instinct was to insist it was okay and that I could walk (or run, or kick, or jump) on it no problem.

This is a kind of habit.  Way back when I was a senior in college and had two weeks (and 5 games) left in the season, a teammate of mine broke my ankle in practice.  This was not the way I wanted to end my soccer career.  So I insisted it was fine, taped the shit out of it for practices and games, and played the next two weeks on a broken ankle.  I remember a year to the day later and my ankle still hurt when I woke up in the mornings.

I don't have a lot of perspective on ankle pain.  Everything just seems not-that-bad in comparison to those two weeks.

So yeah.  I twisted my ankle last night and woke up and it was slightly swollen.  It just looked so cute next to my memories of my horribly distorted foot and ankle that turned suck pretty colors way back in college.  But I'm trying to keep some kind of perspective.  I did decide not to run on it today.  I can't promise I'll make the same decision about staying off of it tomorrow.

I'm don't have high tolerance for pain.  But I just never really know what to do with ankle pain when my instinct is to insist it's completely fine and to ignore how much it hurts me.

That's what's up with me right now.

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