( Oct. 26th, 2010 07:59 pm)
Bad news: ill effects from yesterday turned out to be strep throat (probably, waiting on the lab to confirm). I got an hour's wait in health services, and a bottle of antibiotics for my trouble. Also, a note excusing me from all classes today and tomorrow (woo! Catch up on work/sleep until my brain functions again day!).

Also, I went to see Catherine. She was ecstatic when I showed her my gnome book. She wrote down the title and author and everything. So I guess, today wasn't a total loss.

*floats off to pain reliever land*
( Oct. 25th, 2010 03:16 pm)
I'm having a bad day, so I'm going to post about everything that's gone wrong and then put it under a cut and focus upon the good, in the hopes that this will help me get over things.

7 things that made today bad )

Good things! Let's talk about good things.

This weekend was good. My roommate went out of town, and I got out and met some people. I went to the science fair on the mall with a friend of mine, meeting her other friends (who were interesting to be sure. Their method of getting to know people involves mostly interrogation: Where are you from, what are you studying, what do you do in your free time, what's your favorite book/movie/food, do you have any allergies, what's your family like? I'm not even exaggerating, but it was amusing, at least). Also I went shopping in Georgetown and found a store called Second Time Around. It's a consignment shop, and at first everything seemed really expensive, but I walked out with three shirts and a pair of jeans for about $33. A good deal! I also gave in and bought How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack from Barnes & Noble, and it has proved hilarious.

As for my costume- I'm going as a dragon this Halloween. I'm three fourths of the way done with the wings (have the fabric and the frame finished, just need to get straps for them, and I have the rest of the outfit planned out (though I still need to work on painting the tail on the jeans). I'm pretty excited, because it's been cheap and isn't too terribly dorky, and I can feel pretty and sexy without dressing up like a slut. Woo!

Also, I'd been putting off making an appointment with my academic adviser (for no particular reason) and I finally got that scheduled today. Plus, I'm meeting with Catherine tomorrow! So hooray! AND THERE'S MORE: Upon seeing my fb status one of my suite-mates (the nice one. >.< ) immediately invited me over to her room for a cupcake. :)

And I've been meaning to share for several days, for you Sherlock lovers- my birth control is produced by Watson Labs. It says so on every pill and it kind of makes my day.
Erm. You know how sometimes you just need to feel sad, and there's something good that comes of that sadness. Almost as though it's cathartic? I watched a movie tonight- "A Single Man." It's based off of a novel.

Movie rec and book rec... )

And then there was lesbian drama )

My Italian class for tomorrow got canceled, so I just have Tai Chi in the morning. This is good, because I have errands I really need to run, and a paper to revise for Friday. I have definitely skipped dinner two nights in a row now. :/ I eat, I just end up eating a couple of pieces of candy and (like tonight) three cups of popcorn. Gotta work on that...
( Jul. 16th, 2010 07:45 pm)
I finished the important things on my list and even made a new list, half of which I managed to get done. I named my laptop Mohinder and decided that Mo and I are going to write a great novel. For sure we'll edit a few lj worthy stories, but we're also going to write a novel that I'm proud of all the way, the first time through. Everybody's life needs meaning, right? Well now Mohinder's does as well.

Aside from trip preparations- and getting up earlier everyday to adjust for the upcoming time change- I did a bit of shopping and bought my own copies of Good Omens and American Gods. I find it to be one of the permanently unfair truths of the world that a person can put hours upon hours upon days upon years into producing a piece of truly riveting and fantastic literature only to have it sell for $7.50 a pop. In fact, it's a little bit horrible. Regardless, I bought those as well as Shadow's Return of the Nightrunner series, which I read all of today. I really enjoyed it, despite some of the reviews I've seen from other fans. It was both enlightening, horrifying, and enjoyable. Getting up at five o'clock in the morning when you have nothing pressing to attend to is both disorienting and boring. Nothing opens until nine or ten, so you can't go shopping and it's still dark outside. Fortunately at least, it gave me time to read.

Work on Tango is going pretty well. Instead of rewriting the first four chapters I've just cut them out. A bit of reorganization and a little twisting to accommodate the change leaves the story better. It's really rather exciting. I'll post the first chapter sometime in the next month or so- I plan not to do any writing while I'm in London, at least of the fictional sort, because I think focusing on that will detract from this awesome opportunity I have to see a wonderful city and spend time with my family.

On that note, July 30th I'll be running around Cardiff, unguided and entirely on my own. This realization both intimidates and excites me. I'm terrified I'll get lost. >.< In any case, I'll probably be scarce around lj until the first week of August. The plane leaves tomorrow around two. (And yes, now I am properly psyched for this trip!)
( Jul. 6th, 2010 01:45 am)
The only reason I'm awake right now is because I went to bed 2.5 hours ago only to have increasingly creepy dreams. Normally I would get rid of them by reading, but I'm currently reading a book that has kind of dark undertones, and a different book about gendercide- involving sex slavery/trafficking, etc. Neither of which would really lighten the mood.

My subconscious is so weird. I knew when we watched the episode of Supernatural where the wishes from the wishing well turned bad and the girl's teddy bear turned into a mascot like "real" bear who was depressed and tried to commit suicide, that I would have nightmares about that. Yes. Of all the creepy things on that show, I knew the 'real bear' was going to get me. And it did, except there were loads of them and they were after me. This sounds way less terrifying on paper, but it also involved malfunctioning elevators and a swimming pool (I never have good dreams about pools) so believe me, it was scary.

There was a paragraph in the deconstructionist essay that talked about how fiction will never be read the same way by two people- never have the same impact or influence- in the same way that relating a dream to someone is not as accurate in conveying emotion or action as actually having the dream. It was actually fascinating but I'm not going to recount the other interesting/relevant bits.

Also fascinating is the summer reading assignment I've gotten. My freshman class is reading Half the Sky, by  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It's very interesting and moving. I like the even handed way they report the story of the ongoing oppression of women throughout the world. I'll probably tell you all more about it later. I think I'm going to go read some of SoT now. Night all.
Having heard (and read) so many good things about the authors of Will Grayson, Will Grayson I asked to borrow the book from a friend. I'm a pretty big David Levithan fan, and though I haven't read anything specifically by John Green, he's received several resounding recommendations from my friends.

unfortunately every other chapter of the book was written like this. i couldn't read it. this style of writing without proper punctuation and capitalization when set up with paragraph upon paragraph of no properly formatted dialogue made me cross eyed.

me: i want to claw my eyes out.

Which is seriously unfortunate, I think, because the story seemed interesting to begin with. It's an interesting pretense. After a bit of digging I came across this article, which says something interesting about why David Levithan chose to write 'the gay' Will Grayson in that format. It fits in the age of teenage communication and 'his' Will Grayson 'sees himself as lowercase.'

Okay, I get that. It's very artsy and deep, etc. It does not remedy the fact that I read chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 while skimming through the chapters in between, before giving up entirely (not even halfway in). I am kind of disappointed. I wanted it to be so good, and I'd love to be able to commend Levithan for everything he's ever written... but I can't.

I will have to look up John Green though, once I finish the current stack of books on my shelf. Also, in slightly related news, I went out and bought a copy of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. We aren't reading it in class this year and I have a couple of friends who are absolutely ecstatic about the thing.
( Mar. 17th, 2010 01:42 pm)
Thirty-seven pages to ruin the good thing that was going on.

Oh, 'Lendel.

I'd forgotten what it was like to cry over a novel. I'm afraid to start Chapter Nine.

EDIT: I'm buying the next one tomorrow. Maybe the next two, if I have cash.
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( Jul. 23rd, 2009 03:55 pm)
Well, I've shaped up my reading list, completing or giving up on all the books I was working on. Then I went out and bought Wish You Were Here: the Official Douglas Adams Biography by Nick Webb because I found it at Big Lots, and added it to the stack of "books I have read that I liked and might conceivably want to read again in the future", because obviously I couldn't find anything else expensive or space consuming to collect. >.<

On top of that, I updated the list of things I've read, where I'm tallying the pages and comparing them to what I accomplished last year. Last year I read 12663 pages. Right now, over halfway through the year- I'm at 3657. Not so impressive, unless I count all the things I've found online, and read via the interweb before I realized they were also available in print. Those weren't in my original tally! Which means, Shadow of the Templar (the entire series- which is on my list of things I want, but will never ask my parents for and will probably buy my fresh. year of college) gets tacked on, as well as The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek, which I read all of between yesterday afternoon and this morning. It was a brilliant mix of fantasy, adventure and western (gay) romance; my heart is still pounding. All of you should go read and/or buy it now.

So, that brings my total up to a slightly more respectable 5610. It's amazing how I can read the equivalent of 450 pages of fiction online in less than 24 hours, but still haven't managed to start my summer reading, which is shorter than that by far.
What I've been up to, as well as a bit of poetry, loneliness and some google.docs hating... )

On an entirely different note- because hey, if I'm going to make a long post, I might as well make it worth it- I am beating myself over the head in an attempt to convince my muses that NaNo is an entirely unthinkable obligation to make this year. What with college apps, AP classes, my creative writing class, youth council obligations, club duties and marching band stuff, I seriously do not have time for it this year. But on the off-chance that I make time, I have a brilliant plot involving adventure, thievery, corruption, and possibly romance and the most endearing characters/muses ever. Also I have basically the whole plot, just waiting to be committed to an outline.

Can anyone else see that this will not be a good thing, whichever way it goes?


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