argurotoxos: fanart of Lady Loki amused (Lady Loki - snerk | by etrangere)
Today I:

-Got up around 9 AM and drove over to have breakfast, go on a morning walk, and talk with one of my closest friends. (A few days ago, we went on an 11-mile bike ride together.)

-Stopped at the doctor's office to pick up a script for my mom and make my annual physical appointment. One of the receptionists actually gave me a printed copy of my immunization record at no cost. (The last time I'd tried to get it, I was told they would have to print my whole medical record and charge me almost $40. It's still crazy to me that I can't get my whole medical record without paying for it, or even read it myself at the office, but having the immunization list is a start.)

-Went to my bank's ATM for more cash.

-Bought a second watering can (for the back porch plants), another bottle of sunscreen, and some cheap, scented bubble bath at Walmart.

-Returned some of my and my mom's books at the library. I normally never eat while reading physical books, especially library books, but did one day at work when no one else was on to have lunch with and, sure enough, I spilled some food on it. It doesn't look that bad, but it's an interlibrary loan book, so it's up to the original library to decide if they just want to note the condition or if they want me to pay for a new copy. I also checked out a number of audio CDs and a few new books for Maine and the car drive. (CDs -- The Music Rough Guides to the Himalayas, Japan, Turkish Cafe, and Scandinavia; The Art of Seduction: Gypsy Nights - Belly Dance Music of the Balkans; books -- Belly Dancing Basics by Laura A. Cooper, Funny Misshapen Body by Jeffrey Brown, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera, The Zen Path through Depression by Philip Martin. I'm still reading The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo.)

-Picked up my mom's prescriptions at CVS.

-Had a quick lunch (thai curry TV dinner) while reading the newest chapter of one of my current favourite fanfics (A Week is a Long Time in Vanaheim by Hermaline75, Loki/Thor, pre-MCU, explicit, WIP).

-Put on some sunscreen and worked outside. Watered the flowers. Planted some creeping thyme in my small front garden. Moved one of my marigolds that was started to wilt from a clay pot into the soil near the thyme. Swept off the front steps. My plants: two marigolds in clay pots and one amaryllis in my bedroom; cactus and regular zinnia, thyme, and one marigold up front; one marigold, one amaryllis, and two pots of three morning glories each on the back porch.

-Helped my dad check the fluid levels and air conditioning system in my car. He checked the other two cars while I had a short dinner and changed.

-Went to the first class of a new belly dance session half an hour away. The drive wasn't as bad as I'd expected, and the place was easy to find. There were almost 30 people there, some who had taken prior classes with the instructor and some who were completely new, ranging from late teens to 60s! Most people did have their own hip scarfs, though. The studio was an actual dance studio with wooden floors, a barre, and full-length mirrors across one wall. Oh, what a beautiful sight! The mirrors really do help, and I found myself automatically going into ballet warm-ups. It was quite a difference from my experience with the nearby belly dance class, where I was the only one there and the studio was designed primarily as a yoga studio, with no mirrors or barre and just painted concrete. Even though I enjoyed having more people in the class, I also found myself feeling very self-conscious and had a hard time relaxing. The instructor seemed much more knowledgeable, gregarious, and willing to give constructive criticism than the local one, although also a bit absent-minded. I'll be in Maine next week, but signed up for the rest of the session, which will be every Thursday night at 6 PM through 17 July. To my surprise, the instructor said she might even cover veil and zill (finger cymbal) use even though it's a beginner class.

-Came home and ate some fried rice with my parents.

-I might burn some music CDs for Maine after finishing this.

I work tomorrow 7:30 AM - 4:15 PM, Saturday 8 AM - noon (in theory; it might change). If we don't leave for Maine on Sunday, I might go to my close friend's house; he's off that day and their pool might be open.
argurotoxos: Midnighter and Apollo smiling and laughing (Midnighter/Apollo - laugh | by cassshan)
-I've set aside S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, The Dark Mod, and System Shock for now and am playing some of my enormous (300+ missions) backlog of Thief 2 fan missions with NewDark. My most recent was The Night Before Christmas by DarkShadow, a fun and beautiful Christmas mission.

-Still reading Loki/Thor fanfiction. I've become even fonder of Jotun!Loki AUs, especially stories with arranged marriages, intersex Loki, and/or lots of world building. The story I'm most looking forward to - and that happens to have everything I mentioned - is the next chapter of amberfox17's Wild Ambition Fortune's Ice Prefers.

-I hadn't looked at the Stormwatch preview pages in months when I heard the series is ending soon, and with it goes what little interest I had left in DC Comics. (And, of course, the last issue preview has the best Midnighter and Apollo art I've seen since the DC reboot started.) I still love Midnighter, Apollo, Jenny Sparks (and Quantum), Angie, Shen, the Doctor, and Jack, but never adjusted to their characterisation in the DC reboot, among other things. There are still a few older Authority issues I've never read, but other than that, it's just re-reading my favourite trades for me. Good times. RIP (again) Wildstorm.

(How weird is it that Apollo and Midnighter were married in the comics before same-sex marriage was legal anywhere in the US, but now that it's legal in over 15 states [including Utah of all places], they aren't married?)
argurotoxos: Midnighter holding balloons, waiting for his husband (Default)
Title: A Peaceful Hitchcock
Author: Armadei/[profile] alchemy_hisoka
Fandom: Hunter x Hunter
Rating: G
Pairing: Implied Gon x Killua
Disclaimer: Hunter x Hunter and all of its characters are not mine; they belong to Togashi Yoshihiro and Shueisha.
Notes: This is a drabble [exactly 100 words] meant to be an environment study based on my experience in Regent's Park. The title is a reference to Hitchcock's film The Birds. Finally, I'm not sure why I like writing Killua in second person so much.

Everywhere you look, there are birds. )
argurotoxos: Midnighter holding balloons, waiting for his husband (Default)
Title: Orphean
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alchemy_hisoka
Fandom: Hunter x Hunter
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Killua x Gon
Disclaimer: Hunter x Hunter and all of its characters are not mine; they belong to Togashi Yoshihiro and Shueisha.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] lady_noremon, who asked for a Gon and Killua fic that included 'something with chocolate' as one of her Christmas presents, though the fic I ended up with went in a completely different direction from where I was originally going. This fic was also influenced by one of the criticisms I've read of Killua in NGL arc, namely, that staying with Gon weakens him as a character and turns him into merely a follower. The writing style used here is strange even for me and was influenced by Mary Renault and this Alexander/Hephaistion story. Finally, inspiration for both the title and the icon I'm using for this post go to The Crüxshadows for their song 'Orphean Wing'.


. . . i see we flow like the ocean. )
argurotoxos: Midnighter holding balloons, waiting for his husband (Default)
Title: Sunburn
Author: [profile] alchemy_hisoka
Fandom: Hunter x Hunter
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Killua x Gon
Disclaimer: Hunter x Hunter and all of its characters are not mine; they belong to Togashi Yoshihiro and Shueisha.
Notes: Not quite satisfied with this, but it came to me after getting sunburned myself from swinging for hours in the sun without any lotion. The writing style is also off as I was reading The Iliad and Mary Renault.

Their )
argurotoxos: Midnighter holding balloons, waiting for his husband (Default)
Title: 10 Themes
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alchemy_hisoka
Fandom: Hunter x Hunter
Rating: G to PG-13
Characters: Various, but all pairing work is Killua x Gon.
Disclaimer: Hunter x Hunter and all of its characters are not mine; they belong to Togashi Yoshihiro and Shueisha.
Dedication: To [livejournal.com profile] kyokiru. And to [livejournal.com profile] sage_3, without whom the ninth theme would have been very different. This one is for you and only you.
Notes: It's been over a year since I've written any fanfiction. So earlier this week, I finally sat myself down, put my WMP playlist on random, wrote down the first ten song titles that came up, and challenged myself to write a short Hunter x Hunter fic based on each of them. This is the result.

The themes:

01 - Something To Sing About (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) -- Killua
02 - Edge of the World (The Crüxshadows) -- Kuroro
03 - The Last Day (Evanescence) -- Mito
04 - I'll Be The One (Hikaru no Go) -- Killua x Gon
05 - Papercut (Linkin Park) -- Karuto
06 - Sleepwalker (Nightwish) -- Illumi
07 - Ich Will/I Want (Rammstein) -- random Ryuuseigai resident
08 - Amethyst remembrance (Yami no Matsuei) -- Kurapica
09 - Genki no SHAWAA/Energy Shower (Yu-Gi-Oh) -- Gon x Killua
10 - Ocean Soul (Nightwish) -- Killua x Gon

[Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] ore_ga_inakya]

'Walk within my poetry, this dying music.' )

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