truebluespark: (is totally innocent)
Dear My Yuletide Author,

Hi there! It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I go by Spark! I'm a dude in his early 30's who roleplays and writes fanfiction when he has the time and energy (which is a lot less often than I would like). Apologies for the late upload of this letter; it's been a rough week on this side of the screen.

This is my first time participating in Yuletide! I'm really excited, both to write fic for someone and to see what gets written for me. Below you'll find information on what I like, both general and specific for all four of my requested fandoms. Thanks so much for writing for me! I have no doubts that I'm going to love whatever you come up with. :D

General )

The rest of this post will contain spoilers for the four canons I've requested!

Undertale )

Cucumber Quest )

Star vs. the Forces of Evil )

WALL-E )


Whew, I think that about covers it! Thanks again, mystery author. I can't wait to see what you come up with! ♥
truebluespark: (is such a card)
This is my trading post for the online TCGs I'm a part of! Click on the images to go to my card posts for each game.

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If you'd like to trade cards with me in any of these games, just comment to this post and I'll get back to you as quickly as I can!
truebluespark: (is not happy with the world)
The last time I wrote anything here, Indigo and I had just picked out our new apartment. Now it's been over three months that I've lived in it with her. I know I say this every time, but I really need to make a better habit of keeping my journal up to date.

So for the most part, life down here has been pretty lovely. It's great to have finally taken the long-distance out of our relationship. Atlanta is a nice city, there's plenty to see and do and eat, and I'm enjoying the warm weather (plus our apartment's excellent AC so I can avoid the warmth when I need to). But the job search has been really rough. I haven't gotten one positive response so far, and I've sent out dozens of applications. My money reserve is getting pretty low as a result, although Mom and Dad sent me a check to help with bills and the like. It's also been a pain trying to get my state ID and learner's permit updated to Georgia. First we went to the wrong place, then we found out they weren't open on Mondays, then we arrived only to discover I didn't have any of the forms I needed on hand. That was a real facepalm moment. (At least we hadn't been waiting long when I realized.)

And last week I managed to set a pan full of oil on fire. Indigo asked me to fry up a couple of pork chops before dinner, and the recipe was vague enough about how long the oil needed to heat up that I accidentally left it too long. The next thing I knew, the smoke detector was buzzing and the apartment was full of smoke. I managed to remember that water was the wrong way to deal with an oil fire, but I couldn't remember what the right way was, and I ended up having to take the pan outside and dump it on the concrete outside our door. Came out of the whole ordeal with nothing worse than a pill-sized blister on one arm, but it shook me up pretty thoroughly.

Indigo's been nudging me to get this post written for a few days. Part of it is that she wants me to make better use of my support group, the people who care about me and want to cheer me on. Something was nagging at me about that, though, and I realized what it was tonight -- I haven't been very good support lately myself. I very rarely comment to other people's journals, nor do I often respond to people on Twitter or Plurk, even though those are easier and quicker than journal comments. I feel bad about that, but again, it's hard to get into that habit. Especially when there's so much else going on.

But I do want to say this: If you're reading this, thank you. I may not say it as often as I'd like to, but I really do appreciate the time you're giving me, and any support you ever have or ever will provide.
truebluespark: (is filled with glee)
Well, I suppose "one post every two months" is still an improvement on the previous status quo.

So today was my first full day back from a weekend spent down in Georgia with my girlfriend, and while I've mostly been a useless lump all day, I did manage to get this post written in between... lumping. I guess. It was a very eventful visit, so I think it's only right to keep everyone up to date.

Friday and Tuesday were both spent traveling and recovering from traveling, so I'll focus on the three full days I was down there. On Saturday we started out by meeting with an agent at Promove. I'd never heard of them before (which makes sense considering they only serve Atlanta and Dallas), but wow, I was really impressed with them. The guy we talked with gave us a massive stack of apartment places that he thought would be suitable, narrowed it down to six that were close to Indigo's work, and even gave us a map with all six marked off. I'd absolutely recommend them to anyone who's looking for a place to live in one of the aforementioned cities.

We'd gotten a late start that day, so we only had time to visit one complex before everyone's hours ended. We both really loved Seven Pines! It was a little high price-wise, but the apartment was gorgeous. Town home style with two floors and lots of space, fantastic amenities on the complex... But right after our tour, we found out that they aren't served by the TV/internet company that Indigo works with -- and therefore gets a huge discount with. To get the package she has at her current apartment with another company would have cost us at least $100/month. I was willing to take that trade-off, since I'm not really much of a TV watcher and wouldn't have minded a small downgrade, but Indigo wasn't certain about it, as much as she loved the apartment and the amenities. So we decided we'd give it more thought after we looked at some other places.

On Sunday we got an earlier start and saw four of the other five recommended apartments -- the last one wasn't open on Sundays. We saw two places managed by Alara whose full names I can't recall; they were nice, but relatively pricey. Still, I was very fond of the first one we saw. It only had one bathroom instead of two, but it was a very nice bathroom with a huge bathtub, and I felt like we were getting a pretty good deal overall. Plus the location was fantastic for Indigo's work commute. Next we saw Belcourt, which was okay enough, and the price was pretty good, but there wasn't much in the way of amenities and nothing really stood out to either of us.

And then we hit the last place we'd see that day, Jefferson at Champions Parkway. This place had a lot going for it too! A sizeable apartment for a pretty good price, good amenities, a location that wasn't quite as close to Indigo's work but still pretty close... It's literally walking distance from a little shopping center, too, which is pretty nice. So we went over to a friend's house and did some more thinking. I was initially still leaning toward the first Alara property, but the more I thought about it, the more Jefferson grew on me.

So on Monday, after talking it over a little more, we returned to Jefferson to look at another sample apartment, this one empty instead of furnished. Here are the photos I took of it! And we liked it enough that we soon took the big leap: the Signing of the Lease. There was a lot to sign -- I think I put my signature down more times in an hour than I had in the past year. But it's all locked down, and we just need to rustle up the initial rent/deposits for April when Indigo moves in. $831 a month plus utilities, for a 2-bed 2-bath with 1,185 square feet.

After that we went driving around the neighborhood, looking at stores that I could possibly transfer into. There are three to choose from very close to the new place! I didn't have much luck with them, what with two of the hiring managers not being in, but I'll work on it with my managers up here in Michigan. And finally we closed the night out with a celebratory dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. We shared a few appetizers, and then I had two pieces of cheesecake and zero regrets. (I didn't finish them until the next day, but it's the thought that counts, right?)

So that was my weekend. It felt way too short, but we got a lot accomplished and had a great time. Now I've got two months to get everything in order up here and actually move. (So probably that's when I'll post next at this rate??) I'm super excited and eager to get down there and take the long-distance out of our relationship.
truebluespark: (has a cool hat)
Did I really only post twice in all of 2011? Really? Wow. Yeah, this will not stand. Time to get back on the horse (or pony, perhaps, considering my most recently acquired fandom), and get back to a time where posts in this journal were, if not frequent, at least not wholly unexpected.

So, 2011. It... sure was a year. Lots of ups and downs, and I can't really say I wouldn't take a do-over if it were offered to me. But there were absolutely good points about it. Chief among them, of course, was the one thing I did get motivated enough to post about: my decision to finally set a time for moving down to Georgia to be with my girlfriend. Progress toward that has been slow, but I'm making it, a bit at a time. And in between my periods of failure in the realm of RP, there were periods of great enjoyment. I've made a lot of new friends thanks to my two games, both in and out of the casts my characters belong to.

What's in store for 2012? Haha, I wish I knew. I generally don't do the resolution thing, but I do have a few plans in mind. My creative side has been stagnant for a long while, and I want to get it sparked again. Whether it's art, fiction, music, code -- I want to create more. I want to return to school with a vengeance, and show my last two classes in Michigan exactly who's boss. I want to finally get my driver's license. I want to get more active in RP and play out some of the various things I've been wanting to do for ages. I want to move in with my girlfriend, the girl I know I'll be with for the rest of my life. I want to eat better and exercise more. I want to keep my apartment cleaner. I want to make more friends, and get closer to the friends I have now.

Whew, when I put it like that, I want a lot of things out of 2012. Well, there's only one way for me to get them.

Happy New Year, everyone. May 2012 treat us all well. If you're reading this, you deserve no less.
truebluespark: (Default)
Things are going well with me lately. Work's been up and down a lot, but I just got back from another fun weekend visit to the family. Got some good driving practice in; it may not be long before I can go take the test for my license! And I'm hopefully gonna jump back into roleplaying pretty soon. My characters have been left to languish for far too long.

The main point of this post, however, is to toss out a quick signal boost. My girlfriend, [livejournal.com profile] paradisacorbasi, is currently offering commissions! Stupid stuff with her health and bank and apartment complex etc. has put her in a bad spot, so she'd appreciate any commissions, big or small. If you haven't already seen it, go over and check her out! There's a few completed ones at the bottom already, so you can check out her work.
truebluespark: (overflows with passion)
It sure has been a while, once again. Hard to believe I actually used to post regularly in this journal. Indigo wants me to try to get back into the habit, though. She wants me to get more comfortable with "talking/self presentation", in her words. And it's true that I tend to be, well, really bad at that. So here's a post discussing one of the biggest things in my life lately: my plans to move.

"Where I am" has never been as important to me as "who I'm with". I don't dislike Michigan, but the only reason I'm here is because it's where I grew up. If I'd been born in a different state, I'd be there right now. And "who I'm with" has lately shrunk to encompass a single person. Just about everyone I consider a close friend, I keep in touch with mainly through the Internet. Heck, pretty much all my close friends these days, I met through the Internet. And as close as I am to my family, we only meet up occasionally these days, and parting from them more permanently would only be a slight stretch. So really the most important thing to me right now is being able to see my girlfriend.

And we haven't been able to do that very much lately. For the past two years, we've only been able to afford to meet at Dragon*Con. One meeting per year just isn't enough for me, or for her. For a while now, I've been planning to move down to Georgia with her... But until recently, it had been a long-term plan. I had intended to wait until I got my two-year degree at the local community college, to improve my chances of getting a job where she lives. But the degree is taking a lot longer to earn than I expected, considering I can only fit one or two classes in with my full-time job. And even more than that, I absolutely loathe the aforementioned job, and the thought of being there for over a year longer just makes me want to scream.

So the plan has been officially changed. I'm going to keep at it for about eight more months. Indigo's current lease ends in April, so she's going to find a new place then, and once the spring semester is over, I'm going to move down and join her in that new place. I'm looking at schools in Atlanta to transfer credits to; I may try to transfer to a [insert-current-workplace] store down there, or I may look for something different, more suited to my aimed-for accounting degree. Either way, I have a solid plan for when I'll be done with my miserable job and my empty apartment up here. That'll hopefully make things easier.

And once I'm down there with her, I know everything will be easier, because we'll be together to support each other.
truebluespark: (is not quite himself today)
I'm in a really lousy mood tonight. So in the interest of maybe doing something about that lousy mood, I'm reviving the old five good things meme I used to do semi-regularly.

1) I got a surprise day off from work, even if I didn't do much with it.
2) The trip out to work wasn't a complete loss: I was able to drop a check in the mail that needed to go out.
3) I got a bill paid and spent the Amazon certificate I got for Christmas.
4) I successfully cooked a pot of rice, and it only came out a little crunchy.
5) I cleaned all the dishes that got dirty today, rather than leaving them to sit out.
truebluespark: (is not quite himself today)
Wow, another post? And it hasn't been months since the last one? Shay, are you feeling alright?

Class is going okayish, work still stinks, and my apartment is a mess. And I'm still out of energy, so my RP hiatus is stretching past when I wanted it to. (Darn it, one of my characters at CFUD has gotten at least five new castmates in this weekend's app round. I need to get back in the game!)

So that's my current status. The main thrust of this post is to do another signal boost. Text borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] paradisacorbasi:

[livejournal.com profile] snowcoma's mental health and the fact that our health care is still not where it needs to be has resulted in her desperately needing money to avoid being placed in a mental hospital. So a community has been formed where LJers are donating items to be auctioned off in order to help her. [livejournal.com profile] savesnowssanity for more details.

Any help that you can manage will be appreciated, I'm certain.
truebluespark: (may fall asleep on his keybbbbbbbbbbbbbb)
Just a quick update on the class situation: doing much better than I was before. I got the last two assignments in with full points (10 + 3 extra), and on Tuesday the group I was in earned 4 extra points for tying for first place on a set of multiple-choice questions. So things are looking up. :)

But now things are looking bed. Night, all.
truebluespark: (is not quite himself today)
So, I'm taking another class this fall semester. It should have been two, but one of them was canceled due to low attendance. Of course, considering how I've been doing so far, maybe it's best I'm only in one class.

It's Accounting 220, "Intermediate Accounting I". So far it seems to be mainly going more in-depth on what we learned the basics of in previous classes. We had our first exam on Tuesday, and at the time I felt like I absolutely bombed it. Turned out I got 72 out of 100. Not good, but still possible to salvage. If I really crack down and stop procrastinating, I can make up the lost ground.

So that's exactly what I'm going to do. "If you state your intentions in public, you're more likely to stick to them." With that thought of Indigo's in mind, I'm setting forth my plans for the rest of the semester:

* Study/work on homework for at least one hour every day. Days I actually have class are exempt.
* Complete all available homework and all possible extra credit points.
* ...That's pretty much it, really.

Day 1 has met with success! I read through this week's chapter and finished one of the in-class problems on the homework, which counts as 3 of the 13 points I need. So hopefully the habit will continue on.
truebluespark: (is not happy with the world)
Just a quick signal-boost, passing on a link at the request of [livejournal.com profile] paradisacorbasi. Via [livejournal.com profile] naamah_darling: An Indiana hospital ridiculed and ignored a transgender patient who was coughing up blood, in front of her wife and child. It's things like this that remind me the fight for equality is never won, never ended. Can't ever stop working at it.

As long as I'm posting, how are things going with me? Ups and downs. Got my final grades back for the summer class: My grand point total was 578/600, which was well above the cutoff for a 4.0. But work today was absolutely awful, so I'm feeling drained and exhausted even more so than usual tonight. Continuing to get around 20,000 steps a day on the Pokéwalker, though today was only 18,000 or so. (Odd that a really bad day would have less walking around. Well, it wasn't the walking that I hated.) Doing some roleplaying; I still plan to post about that in a bit, after I get one more app finished. By which I mean "started". Sigh.

And that's pretty much it. Later, folks.
truebluespark: (is motion-sensitive)
I get down on myself a lot for being so tired all the time. Especially on days that I work, I'm invariably exhausted by the time I get home. Today, I think I figured out why.

See, I bought a new video game this week. Pokémon Soul Silver, which (along with its partner game, Heart Gold) is the latest Pokémon game for the Nintendo DS. I've been feeling like getting into Pokémon lately, since I've been looking at a Pokémon-themed LJ RP (more on that in a later post), but the last one I played was Pokémon Blue for the original Game Boy. And I never even got very far in it. So I asked my colleagues over at [livejournal.com profile] campfuckudie, and they advised me that HG/SS (being a much-improved remake of the second generation games) was probably the best starting point for a total newbie like me.

Thus I ordered Soul Silver, and it arrived just yesterday! The game comes with a Pokéwalker, which is basically a cute little pedometer; you can put one of your Pokémon into it and walk around with them, finding items and playing mini-games. I put one of my Pokémon into it (a Weedle named Stiny, if you care), and this morning I put it on right before I left for work.

Guess how many steps I accumulated over the course of my 8½ hour shift? If you answered twenty-freaking-thousand, you are correct! 20,306 was the exact count when I sat down at the bus stop at 3:30. And adding in the walking to and from class, it totalled up to 22,164 by the time I got back to the apartment. As I said to Indigo, "I am officially never again getting down on myself for being tired after work." I knew I moved around a lot, but I didn't realize it was that much!

So that's what's been up with me today. Oh, and speaking of class, today was the last day of my summer course! It seems the last time I posted was before I started this one, so I'll just summarize: Accounting Systems, four hours a day Tues/Thurs, working in a group and learning how to use programs like Peachtree, Access, and Excel. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot! It was low on lecturing and high on working.
truebluespark: (is not quite himself today)
Another four-month break between posts. I'm a little annoyed with myself. Well, nothing to do about it but write. I'll start small and mention one good thing about the day:

We had a test in my cost accounting class today. I felt like I did fairly well, and the teacher e-mailing us the answer sheet afterward confirmed my suspicions. I got 18/24 of the multiple choice and 15/16 of the problems correct. Not sure how they're weighted, but it should be a respectable end grade either way.

So there we go, starting small. Tomorrow we'll see if I come up with something more detailed to say.
truebluespark: (is another of Santa's helpers)
Well, I'm relaxing back at my apartment after five days spent with my family for Christmas celebration. Tomorrow marks the return to normality and to work, and I assure you I'm not looking forward to it. But you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

Now, it's traditional in this journal for me to list off my yearly haul. So without further ado, here we go. The gifts I was given, as well as a few things I bought with money or gift cards given to me.

No photo this year, sorry. )

Aaaaand I can't think of a good closing line, so... good night.

truebluespark: (is such a card)
I'm a bit too sleepy to come up with a clever title tonight.

So I'm relaxing at my parents' house with said parents and my brother Kipp, all of us winding down in preparation for the morning. Yesterday Kipp picked me up from my apartment and brought me down here, where we had the party with Mom's side of the family. And tonight we just returned from dinner with my grandmother on Dad's side. So it's been a nice couple of days, and I'm free to stay here until Sunday. (Got W-F off from work, and my next shift isn't until Monday.)

Now, since Indigo reminded me I hadn't posted about this, I thought I'd share the current news on my schooling. Still working on that accounting degree; I only managed to register for two credits this past semester, because I left registration until late. But I made it through that 2-credit course with a solid 4.0. And I've got 8 credits to look forward to in the winter/spring semester: Cost/Managerial Accounting I and Federal Income Tax I. Plus I was approved for some financial aid! The need-based grant I got will cover the school year's total tuition and then some, which is great news to hear.

With that all recorded, it's off to bed with me. I know, I know, but no matter how old I get I will never stop being excited about this night. Kipp commented during the party Wednesday that my eyes lit up when we were getting to the present-opening time, and you know what? I'm proud of that and I refuse to outgrow it. |D Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone. ♥

...

I just realized, all my sleeping clothes are in the wash. Shay, I don't think you thought your cunning plan all the way through.
truebluespark: (is weird for weirdness' sake)
So yeah, it's been five months. I've been tweeting sparsely, though I shut off the tweet archival after only a few days of it. The super-basic rundown is "Work still sucks; school's going well." I do intend to go into a little more detail than that at some point. But for tonight, please enjoy the contents of a card I gave to my mother in the fall of 1988.

DEAR  MOM,
I LOVE SPACE AND YOU.
I LOVE YOU 100 %
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
CAN WE GO TO THE PLAYGROUND?
THANKS FOR YES.
I JUST LOVE YES.
I LIKE 100.
I LOVE DAD TOO.
AND DAD LOVES ME.
I LOVE DAD 99%
$1.00 I LOVE.
A TO Z. I LOVE THAT.

    TRUELY YOURS,
     SHAY
truebluespark: (is... er... where did he go?)
<ShayCaron> Okay, so maybe work was terrible from start to finish. But that doesn't mean the whole day has to be.
<ShayCaron> I'm going to get some things done tonight. Start getting back on track.
* ShayCaron gets home.
* ShayCaron sleeps for three hours.
<ShayCaron> ...god DAMN it

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