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Taxes... ugh

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 22, 2015, 5:54 PM
So, as part of a promise to myself, I started doing my taxes tonight. The results are not what I expected.

2014 was the first full year that I worked as a contract employee. As such, I have to pay my own taxes, and the hours and pay were less than stellar last year. I still made enough for food and bills and some fun things, but due to circumstances beyond my control I wasn't able to put any money aside for paying 2014 taxes.

I think I need to have a licensed tax professional take a look at my taxes and help me, since there is no way in hello-kitty that I owe $3100 (no, I did not miss a decimal point. That is thirty-one-hundred dollars). Right now I'm feeling just a bit anxious.

Fuck it. I'm a bit scared.

Since the beginning of 2015 I've been trying to save around $200 per paycheck, which is good... but not nearly enough.

As AJ reminds me, we will get through this, and I shouldn't worry. But he isn't home tonight, and I am worried and running out of time.

  • Mood: Worried
  • Reading: Castle Roogna
  • Playing: Pokemon Black
  • Drinking: water

Frustrated!!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 18, 2015, 6:09 PM
Yeah... that about sums up what I'm feeling right now.

I have no idea how someone so brilliant can be so dense sometimes >_<

  • Mood: Irritated
  • Reading: Castle Roogna
  • Playing: Pokemon Black
  • Drinking: water
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Battle Force 5 - Aftermath ReBOOTED Extra Boss - Finale
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['Stronger Than You' is from the Steven Universe episode 'Jailbreak']
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Flames flared up around Vert's body, melting away the remains of his clothing while blanketing him in red light. Clenching his hands into fists, he punched the air with his right hand, flames siwrling around his hands to created his gloves. Throwing his head back and his hands down to his sides, the flames melted over his body to create a red and gold suit of armor. Tapping his heels together created a pair of knee-high boots with red-gold armor over the shins.

Drawing his sword, he snapped the blade at Adonis, a wave of fire pushing the cyborg away from the now recovering Irishman. "Rook, I believe you have something you wish to say," their leader said, preparing for anything that Adonis could throw at him.

Rook nodded and clasped his hands together, red-gold light flowing around his feet as a magic circle / sigil flared into existence. "Rebirth Flame!"

Red-gold flames and feathers of the same color swept across the battlefield, Rook's pact with the Phoenix pulling Lightning, Gem, and Blink back from the brink of death. The same light swirled around each member of the team, healing their wounds while revitalizing them. Rook cracked his knuckles, a set of kickboxing gloves forming around his hands. Beside him Lightning brought the knuckles of his hands together, a second gauntlet forming around his left hand.

"How on earth?" Adonis gasped as he recovered from Vert's flame strike. Clapping the dust from his hands, he snorted. "No matter. I know what you both are, so quit embarrassing yourselves."

Lightning and Rook shared a look before nodding to one another.

/This is Garnet
Back together.
And I'm never goin' down at the hands of the likes of
you, because I'm so much better.
And every part of me is saying, "Go get her."/


"The two of us ain't gonna follow your rules," Rook sang as he launched himself at Adonis, green light flaring up around his fists. He ducked Adonis' punch and slid between his foe's legs. "Come at me without any of your fancy tools.

"Let's go, just me and you," Lightning sang, the pitch of his voice and intonation matching Rook's. He hopped up onto Adonis's extended arm and delivered a kick to their foe's face before flipping backward as Adonis moved to strike him. Landing in a crouch beside Rook, he added, "Let's go, just one on two."

"Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able," the pair of Lightning and Rook sang as they dodged Adonis' strikes, each combatant landing several blows before being caught by their foe. Adonis threw them into the ground, both fighters bouncing before rolling back to their feet. "Can't you see that my relationship is stable? I can see you hate the way we intermingle," they added, giving one another a high-five before kicking Adonis in the head. Flipping back to their feet, they added, "but I think you're just mad 'cause you're single."

/And you're not gonna stop what we've made together
We are gonna stay like this forever.
If you break us apart, we'll just come back newer.
And we'll always be twice the gem that you are./


"I am made o-o-o-of," Rook sang as he delivered a crushing blow to Adonis' midsection, sending their cybernetic foe reeling.

"Lo-o-o-ove," Lightning sang, driving both of his fists into Adonis' back. He released an EMP burst, temporarily shorting out their foe's cybernetics.

"O-o-o-of/ Lo-o-o-ove / Lo-o-o-ove / Lo-o-o-ove," they sang in unison as they charged and delivered twin uppercuts to Adonis, propelling him skyward.

Adonis righted himself in midair and dove, pressing Lightning and Rook into the ground. He pulled himself to his feet in time to see Rook helping Lightning to stand.

"This is who we are," Lightning sang.

"This is who I am," Rook added.

The duo charged, both vanishing from sight. Adonis recoiled as he was struck several times by a duo who moved at the speed of lightning.

"If you think you can stop me, then you need to think again, because I am a feeling, and I will never end."

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Aelita stared at the static-filled screen before turning her attention to the vital signs of the five combatants. "It looks like A-Squad is back on their feet," she said as Spinner and Odd shared a high-five behind her.

"I can't believe we're missing the battle, though," Odd said, growing serious as he waited for the screens to clear. They'd lost video several times during the combat situation, but this time they had lost audio as well.

"Don't give up on them yet," Reeve said, "I know they'll pull a victory from the jaws of defeat."

"Speaking of victory," Sage said as she set her phone to speaker. "Would you mind repeating that Jazzy?"

"We found their hideout," Jazzy reported. There was some background chatter as she spoke with someone in her squad. There was additional background noise before everyone in the command center could hear Jazzy say, in a very authorotative tone, "Artemis Skye, you have the right to remain silent!"

A cheer rose in the command center as Adonis' external assistance was cut off. "Firewalls are down," Kanako reported.

"Secondary systems are offline," Beiko and Emiko reported in unison. "Their backup has been blocked and flatlined."

"All systems are back to green status," Sephy and Mamoru reported, their avatars giving high-fives.

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Gem shuddered as energy coursed through her body. She felt Vert's arms wrap around her shoulders, and looked up into the blonde's eyes. "I'm fine," she replied to his unasked question. "Better than fine," she added a moment later, "First time I've felt right since he leveled up to G-rank."

They looked across the battlefield to where Lightning and Rook were still fighting Adonis. Sparks were visible from every part of his cybernetic frame.

"I won't let you hurt my planet," Rook and Lightning sang as their fists collided with Adonis' own heavily armored hands. Cracks formed the length of gloves on both sides of the battle. "And I won't let you hurt my friends," the duo added, both flipping away as one of Adonis' gloves exploded. Landing in crouches, they resummoned their weapons, Lightning's gauntlets sparking golden as they drew upon Rook's Phoenix power. Charging at their foe, they sang, "Go ahead and try and hit me if you're able. Can't you see that my relationship is stable?"

"I know you think I'm not something you're afraid of," Rook sang, slamming his glowing fists into both sides of Adonis' face, shattering his visor.

"Cause you think that you've seen what I'm made of," Lightning continued, discharging an EMP burst directly into Adonis' chest.

"But I am even more than the two of them," the duo sang in unison as they linked hands, Phoenix energy melding with raw electricity. "Everything they care about is what I am."

"I am their fury..."

"I am their patience...."

"I am a conversation."

/I am made
O-o-o-o-of
Lo-o-o-ove

O-o-o-of.
And it's stronger than you.
Lo-o-o-ove.
O-o-o-of

Lo-o-o-ove
And it's stronger than you/


Lightning and Rook cried out as they unleashed their combined attack, the pooled power slamming into Adonis' chest before detonating. One cybernetic arm spiraled through the air before crashing down behind them. The duo dropped to their knees, their energy more or less spent. Amid the dust came maniacal cackling, blue light visible as Adonis prepared for a near fatal assault.

Gem and Vert stepped forward, Gem preparing her bow while Vert steadied her. They both took a deep breath, their energies synchronzing and harmonizing as they felt the power of Lightning's and Rook's song.

"Two hearts beating as one," Gem and Vert said in unison, the former thief drawing her bowstring back while the crimson one set his hands on her shoulders. A glowing golden arrow formed, tongues of flame surrounding the arrowhead. "Duel strike - Heart of Flames!"

Gem released the arrow, a trail of golden light shining in its wake before it punched through the temporary barrier formed by the energy pooling in Adonis' chest. The arrow continued through the accumulated energy, the attack destabilizing as the arrow dissipated. Electricity crackled around the cyborg as his own attack began to eat away at him from the inside.

/O-o-o-of
Lo-o-o-ove
Lo-o-o-ove./


Rook punched his fist into the ground, an energy dome forming around his team as Adonis detonated, the countryside receiving a facelift. As everything faded to white, five voices shouted, "LOG OUT!"

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Silence fell over the command center as the system confirmed that five people had logged out of the server. In the background the familiar tune of a victorious battle from the Final Fantasy game series began to play from someone's cell phone. Sage answered the call, Jazzy's voice announcing that they had also taken Andre into custody giving everyone some peace of mind.

After Sapphire pouncing on Vert and crying into his shoulder; following the revealation that someone who wasn't Lex had granted Vert a rebirth; and the crimson one deciding that he was rather hungry, a collective sigh of relief was exhalted throughout the various levels of the Hub.

"Would someone be kind enough to bring me some takeout from Zeke's?" Spinner asked as he pulled up several screens worth of data and computer code. "Large BLT pizza and a medium smoothie."

"For me too, please," Aelita added, "a garden salad, though. And a smoothie as well."

"You're not going to join the victory celebration?" Odd asked.

Spinner and Aelita shook their heads, "We need to beef up security to the Aftermath system," Spinner replied

Odd nodded. "Roger that," he said, "your food will be here in thirty minutes or it's free."

Spinner cracked his knuckles. "Ready for some heavy-duty coding, princess?"

Aelita smirked. "But of course, kind sir," she replied as she pulled up some music on her phone. "I even mixed some music for such an occasion."

Spinner bobbed his head before he set to work, the sound of clicking computer keys mixing seamlessly with the beats of Aelita's music. It promised to be a long night to make sure that the Aftermath server and system would remain secure.

-End
BF Aftermath ReBOOTED - Extra Boss - Part 3
Jumping a bit ahead, since I still have yet to properly finish part 2 of this mini series.

I was inspired to write this combat scene following the Steven Universe episode 'Jailbreak', in which Garnet sings while fighting another gem.

More information, as well as a couple decent versions of the song, can be found here: steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki…

All FCs are property of their respective owners. I only own Lex / Rook and Andre / Adonis.

Part 2 is still in progress, and should be finished sometime soon-ish.
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[BGM: 'Immortals ' -Fall Out Boy]

"Fortune should be just ahead of you," Leon reported via DS's PDA as the guardian in training dashed through the darkened city streets.

DS quelled the urge to roll his eyes as the shadows cast by the streetlights began to undulate. Skidding to a stop, he slipped the PDA into the breast pocket of his vest before summoning his hammer. "I've got more pressing matters at the moment," he replied, the head of his hammer shining with golden light.

The undulating darkness quickly transformed into a small army of lesser Heartless. The Heartless quickly surrounded him and wasted no time in becoming one giant pain in the rear. He narrowed his eyes at his foes as he assumed one of the combat stances taught to him by Leon and Cid. "I seriously don't have time for this right now," he explained to the amassed Heartless, "so I hope you'll all forgive me if I...."

He was cut off as a large burst of dark energy sailed over his head. Looking up, he whistled in surprise when he spotted a higher level Heartless in the shape of a dragon bearing down on his position. "I see," he remarked as he began to spin his hammer around in his right hand, the weapon whistling as the rotational speed increased. Shifting his weight to his left foot, a smirk crossed his lips as he launched himself into the crowd of Heartless before him.

Valkyrian sang as he mowed through the mob, Heartless flying through the air before exploding into showers of dust. Larger and stronger Heartless began to emerge from the shadows as their flying forces amassed and commenced a strafing run. DS hurled his hammer through the air before performing a rapid series of cartwheels and flips out of the path of fire. He used a rather large Heartless as a stepping stone to launch himself into the air, where he caught his weapon. Holding the hammer head to the sky, silver and golden light swirled around the weapon as he cried out, "JUDGEMENT!"

Bolts of silver and gold light rained down upon the battlefield, Heartless of all levels bursting into showers of glitter from the attack. He flipped backward as gravity asserted itself and launched his weapon at the airborne Heartless before clapping his hands together, blue light flowing around his fingertips. "Freeze," he whispered as he launched his spell at Valkyrian, the spinning hammer absorbing and amplifying his magical energies.

Blue light filled the area as a Blizzaga spell was transformed into a Diamond Dust attack, the airborne Heartless quickly realizing that they were about to be grounded. DS landed in a crouch, his weapon returning to his hand. In one graceful motion he rose to his feet, spun around, and drove his weapon into the ground, bolts of white light Cris-crossing up the street before detonating beneath the intended targets.

Light quickly returned to the street as DS resumed running. "Can I get a sit-rep?" he asked as he rounded a corner into an alley, where he quickly scaled the walls with a series of jumps.

"You're almost there," Leon replied, "One block to go."

'Hang on Fortune,' DS thought as he jumped the gap between two rooftops, 'Backup is almost there.'
Page Turner - Backup
I live.

Fortune belongs to :iconlove-in-belle:

DS belongs to me.

The Kingdom Hearts series belongs to Square Enix
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So It's Been One of *those* days

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 12, 2015, 5:39 PM


Apparently Mercury popped out of retrograde yesterday morning, which could explain some of the issues that I have been having with my work laptop as well as my personal laptop of late.

This morning I ran a full system scan of my personal laptop and found out that I had some rather nasty drive issues. Taking care of that took me a good chunk of an hour or so.

Opening my work laptop this morning revealed that it had suffered from the blue screen of death when I put it to sleep last night, and that it had been on in this manner *all* night. Managed to get it started, but the system scanner software I use kept crashing when I tried to start it.

Finally got both work laptop and personal laptop back in proper working shape after dinner tonight, so that's all good.

And some really good things happened today too.

*my paycheck arrived earlier than I had anticipated, so I have money in my accounts. Woohoo
*My friend :iconlove-in-belle: extended my premium membership. Yay!! Thank you homegirl.
*I made blueberry pancakes for dinner, and we had those with new maple syrup.
*AJ and I discovered the playful side of my cat, and that she has a favorite toy - a catnip banana. There is a video of my kitty being playful on my Facebook page.

  • Mood: Astonished
  • Listening to: 'Magical Starsign' battle BGM
  • Reading: Castle Roogna
  • Playing: Pokemon Black
  • Drinking: water

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I'm a self proclaimed anime / gaming / manga / sci fi geek who started drawing back in Y2K. Finally, a place where I can pull all of my artwork together and organize it for fans who are like me and somewhat bummed when they can't find fanart of a favorite character.

Favourite genre of music: techno, pop, dance
Favorite style of art: shojo
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Personal Quote: chaos, panic, disorder - my work here is done.
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Taxes... ugh

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 22, 2015, 5:54 PM
So, as part of a promise to myself, I started doing my taxes tonight. The results are not what I expected.

2014 was the first full year that I worked as a contract employee. As such, I have to pay my own taxes, and the hours and pay were less than stellar last year. I still made enough for food and bills and some fun things, but due to circumstances beyond my control I wasn't able to put any money aside for paying 2014 taxes.

I think I need to have a licensed tax professional take a look at my taxes and help me, since there is no way in hello-kitty that I owe $3100 (no, I did not miss a decimal point. That is thirty-one-hundred dollars). Right now I'm feeling just a bit anxious.

Fuck it. I'm a bit scared.

Since the beginning of 2015 I've been trying to save around $200 per paycheck, which is good... but not nearly enough.

As AJ reminds me, we will get through this, and I shouldn't worry. But he isn't home tonight, and I am worried and running out of time.

  • Mood: Worried
  • Reading: Castle Roogna
  • Playing: Pokemon Black
  • Drinking: water

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:iconlove-in-belle:
Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Another realization. All the great shipping names are taken or being used by someone else.
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
ruh-roh.
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:iconlove-in-belle:
Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
I'm honestly running out of ideas for Sapphire's two ships...the ones I've got are CrystalPromiseShipping (Yugi/Sapphire) and Sage'sStoneShipping (Yami/Sapphire).

...I really want this to be good when she fully comes in...
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I like the names of your ships.

Have you looked into gemology and the meaning of various gems?

www.gemselect.com/gem-info/sap…

Might give you a few ideas?
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Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe I'm just stressing out too much lately...
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
that is possible.

With the nicer weather, though, it may help your headaches if you get out and take a walk.

Also, blueberries are a good thing to eat when you're stressed.
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Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, well...I want to do something dark for "Thieving Duelist". It's set after Yugi has been out of the hospital for a few days. It's either going to be Sapphire or Yami who's going to fall to darkness and serve Dark Lucius temporarily.

Got this to help out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aUfuO…
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Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe...hmm...
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Dragonstar78 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
nanda kurewa?
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Love-In-Belle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Like I said in the journal entry...too many ideas, too big of a headache.
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