Meme time

Nov. 12th, 2011 09:11 pm
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 Because I'm still procrastinating, clearly.

MEMES!

Reply with "and while we're at it, SANDIES ISN'T A NUDE BEACH EITHER" and I'll give you four fandoms.
Write about your favourite character from each fandom.

Merlin, The Social Network, The Demon's Lexicon and Doctor Who )

 

Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your LJ (or just add a reply back to me). Other people (including me) can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

mizzy2k gave me


Ramblings

Mar. 9th, 2010 08:50 pm
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 You guys, the last few weeks, well the last few months, in my RL have been some of the most irrationally bad and confusing of my life. Boys are confusing, friends are undependable, I'm spending money insanely. I've been so confused, and angry, and hurt, and lonely. 

I've been reckless, and incredibly self destructive. I don't think I've ever been this self destructive ever before, actively destroying and destroying. Refusing to do things that make me happy, that make me well, and going out of my way to hurt and upset myself. And I think its a very strange method of defence - if I destroy myself, then nothing else can have done it. If I'm hurting, at least if I did it, if I caused the damage, I haven't been vulnerable to other things, other people.

I think I'm going to stop now.

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You guys should watch Make It or Break It, because I really need to squee about it. It is about teen gymnasts that want to get to the Olympics. It is full of cliches and drama. It is amazing. It keeps doing this thing to me, where I think, jesus this is predictable, and then bam! Something tugs on my heartstrings so so much. At first, I didn't care about any of the characters, but they are well developed and somehow not anywhere as annoying as you would expect them to be. The way the latest episode ended made me woop out loud. 

If you guys like Glee, then you should totally give this a chance, since it also features stereotypical, predictable scenarios with characters that should be 2d and ridiculous that surprisingly grab you and make you actually give a damn. Only, instead of breaking into song, there is inspirational gymnastics routines set to totally cliche music.

Also, if you like omnishipping or situations where the characters don't have one person they are clearly meant for and where after getting their heart broken people are actually upset for more than one episode, watch this show. Seriously, there are moments that are so cringey and obvious and bad, where I want to shake and slap some of the characters for being utter morons. And god, can it be trite. But then, there are moments when I am like, DUDE, this is suddenly good.  How did this suddenly get so perfect?!

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 In the library the other day, I was waiting for my friend, and absent mindedly wrote a brief outline for that vampire story I am absolutely not thinking about. Oops. Need to remember: witches first, warlocks second, then maybe vampires, self. Silly. But I had just come out of a mildly rage inducing lecture on, amongst other things, feminist opinions on some women in the Old Testament, and I was all pissy and needing to rant, but I couldn't because I was in the library and with a friend that was not at all angry, which just made me more angry. So, I directed the energy to feminist vampires. Because that, apparently, is how I roll.


Today, I booked my flights to Montreal for the summer. I am so so excited! :D :D :D

But, the way I spend money is totally messed up, seriously. Some things I value highly, and some things I somehow don't. Or maybe I just estimate stuff oddly? Like, the flights to Montreal are the most money I've ever spent on anything, and that trip is only ten days or so. Whereas the vague figure I thought I would spend on interrailing, a 22 day trip, needs to be seriously be revised upwards, because I basically have no clue how much staying anywhere should cost. Because I have no experience of paying to stay in places really. Which is odd when I type it, a sign of my upbringing I suppose. Like, I really hope to go back to Dinard this summer, and compared to, well to anything else really, it's insanely cheap. I've spent more on single shopping trips than I have budgetted toward a week in Dinard.

Oh god, I need to shop less.

Maybe my brain just doesn't like maths? Because a set of perfectly sensible, or actually necessary, or kinda necessary in a I MUST HAVE IT way (ie, the buying of Flight of the Conchords tickets were non negotiable) expenditures add up to these scary big numbers on my bank statement. And I kinda wish they just... wouldn't. 

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I have a kinda cut thing, not quite an ulcer, on the inside of my lip. It irritates and pains me, and doesn't like acid. I wish it would go away. My lips are so sensitive at the moment. 

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Would love some music recs. I have to dress up as a song on Thursday. I'm thinking "Starry Eyed" by Ellie Goulding, because I can just draw stars near my eyes, and people have probably heard of that song and might get it. But would love some new music recs, any style as long as its awesome. Pop and rock should be sassy, anything else should be beautiful. Maybe I'll check out some of the Russian singers Johnny Weir recommends, since I do like most of the stuff he likes that I have heard of...

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I'm naming a magician for The Demon's Talisman! Just an extra I expect, they'll probably be mentioned once and get killed. But still, how cool is that? Pretty damn cool :)

Somehow chat on this point turned into pitching what should ideally be a webcomic I feel, called "The Improbable Adventures of Scarlett Chemise and Jean DeNim." Who are hot lesbians that fight crime and fashion disasters. Or something.

ARGH

Sep. 6th, 2009 08:23 am
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I just had a major scare, where I think virus fake anti-virus thing installed itself, told me I had loads of crap, tried to force me to give it credit card details, then I couldn't turn it off, I couldn't delete it, it took over the background of my desktop, it was trying to intimidate me... ARGH.

I restored the system and I think its ok now. But I was seriously panicking. My beautiful baby in trouble! It seriously freaked me out.

In other news...

I bought my Hebrew textbook, and have started to learn the alphabet. Alphabets should not be complicated. But this alphabet-- well. There are no vowels. I don't even know how to begin to learn to pronounce a language which HAS NO VOWELS. Perhaps I can think about it like txtspk, maybe that will help. There are three different s s s. And some of the letter look pretty similar. Oh, and I know they have this in Greek as well, but when people do this ' and expect me to know what that sounds like... well, I'm sorry, but I don't.

I mean, I know I'll get it if I just focus and then when I get to Cambridge I'll probably wish to be learning something as ridculously simple. But still. I already know the Greek alphabet. And absolutely everyone else in the appropriate facebook group is taking Greek. And I dunno, I kinda wonder why I picked Hebrew in the first place, am I just making life more difficult for no particular reason? Originally, I had my heart set on learning Arabic and reading the Koran and wouldn't that be awesome? But then I was concerned that Arabic doesn't seem to have any supervisions, plus no Qu'ranic study modules until next year, whereas I am taking both the OT and NT modules available this year. But again, why exactly have I turned away from Greek? I mean, I think I thought Greek was boring. But now, I'm starting to think, well, maybe I'd rather read the NT than the OT anyway. Hebrew??? Sounds really cool, but honestly - why???

*sigh* Maybe all this will come to nothing. Clearly I like double guessing myself.

I got another big pack of stuff from Pembroke, but as of yet nothing fun - it was serious stuff outlining bills and rules and stuff. But at least I now know my room number and my rent etc, so I then spent a while making an accounts spreadsheet trying to figure out budgets and estimate how much I might need for food etc, try to see how much I'll have at the end of the year.

Oh and also, Sarah Rees Brennan wrote another part of her Big Idea stories, which give back story for characters from her debut The Demon's Lexicon. This one is about Marie, Daniel and Olivia, who I particularly adore. Some people in the fandom expressed less than love for Olivia, but to me I find her extraodrinary, amazing; I adore her as a character and kinda would love to have a chat with her as a person. I mean, I have much love for Daniel and Marie as well, of course. I mean, clearly I adore every single character Sarah writes. (OMG I love Seb McFarlane SO MUCH he is utterly wonderful and excellent). I really can't help this. They are so beautiful, and I don't mean physically. Beautiful and rounded and whole. And so I adore them.

Anyway. There are no spoilers for The Demon's Lexicon, and this stands alone. So anyone that has maybe seen me raving about it should read it, get a feel for sarah's writing and beautiful character crafting, and then if they like it they should definitely read The Demon's Lexicon. It is The Arundel Tomb and everyone should read it.
 

So yes. Everybody read that. Because it rocks, Olivia rocks (Seb McFarlane rocks), Sarah rocks.
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You guys, I totally went to the gym today. FINALLY. And I was awesome. I used the cross ramp, the hand pedals thing, the cycling machine and the treadmill, and also managed 50 sit-ups. I was actively exercising for 2 ½ hours, which for me is really excellent. And it felt great! Now I feel pleasantly tired, and reckon I’ll sleep well later. Am proud of myself :D 

Of course, the first thing that happens when I get home is that I am offered chocolate cake. OM NOM NOM. Sooo not in danger of losing weight.

Progress toward uni: I’ve written to tell Cambridge my individual scores for each paper I took, and today I received my options for papers to take this year and am about to look up my eading list! OMG actual studying! I also received a letter detailing my loan payments and when exactly I’ll receive them. Money! Joy! I can start thinking about a tentative budget. I’ll blatantly keep revising it, but whatever. It’s really happening!

AND I ORDERED MY NETBOOK. Order definitely went though this time, and its current status is ‘Dispatched’ so I expect I will receive it soooon. Maybe even tomorrow. YAY!!!

A moan: I don’t want TDL to get a different name… Not that that stopped me making suggestions. But still.

To finish – I have got such a thing for cheekbones. Oh god, Colin Morgan… So gorgeous. I mean, he as a whole is a very beautiful talented human being, but I keep staring at the Merlin series 2 promo pics and dear god, his cheekbones… gah. Also, his collar bone and throat. But yeah. Bradley hardly even distracts a glance in this crop of pics.

Tomorrow I am going to the zoo. I am pretty excited.
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A little summary:

~ I spent a week in a house in Dinard, Brittany, France, Europe, Earth with four friends.

~ It was wonderful.

~ We went on two day trips, to St Malo by boat and to Dinan by bus; we had sun and sand and the sea; we played frisbee and mini golf and articulate; we understood and spoke French (to varying degrees); we made cocktails and invented cocktails and drank cocktails; we read books and wrote books and wrote poetry; we saw cute guys and talked about cute guys and wondered why we kept seeing that one weird ginger guy like every single day… It was all just so much fun!

~ I got sunburnt. Then it got a bit better. Then I got a bit more sunburnt. But its this morning I woke up and my shoulders weren’t red, the were a tiny bit brown. So, win.

~ I now officially like soy sauce, brie and coffee. Mmmm.

~ Somewhere between me adjusting my order because I was in France and, I suspect, they adjusting their cooking because we were English, I managed to eat a steak that was slightly more done than I would have preferred, despite, as previously mentioned, being in France. Weird. The scallops were FREAKING AMAZING though. C’etait parfait.

~ Couple of possible TDL converts, lots of ideas for TDL fanfic, plus once again seriously contemplating picking up LFA again. Tempted. Very tempted. But I also...

~ Started writing a new book. I know, I know. Now totally conflicted on how much time and energy to put into Imlie’s Garden and all its trimmings when I have shiny new characters to think about. Damn. And yet, I am so so excited about them, I just want to tell everyone. And dance and sing and laugh and write and write and write.

I expect I’ll post more about all of these things later on. But now, must go shopping, as all the food that is still in the house should have been thrown away and I currently have only fresh milk on which to subsist. Must get chocolate. And maybe some brie…

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I was intending to make a general post about my life, but there has been so much SRB stuff recently I thought I'd just give it a whole post of its own :D

I said this fandom was gonna rock! )
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I was intending to make a general post about my life, but there has been so much SRB stuff recently I thought Id just give it a whole post of its own :D

I said this fandom was going to rock! )

altogetherisi: (murdered by lunatics)
Believe me, there will be many.

This is the incoherent, and thus spoiler free one. I imagine there will be at least one that is more coherent without spoilers and at least one with muchly spoilers, when we are allowed to do such things. Fellow fish, is there actually a date people agreed that we are allowed? Have I imagined that we aren't meant to? Whatever, that isn't this post. This post is the one where I say

OH.

MY.

GOD.



IT'S FREAKING AMAZING.

Literally. I am amazed. I am stunned. I am dazzled. I am enchanted. I am addicted.

When I say all I've done since Monday is read it, and then read it again, and then read it some more, I am not kidding. You guys, just

EEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

Words are, quite literally, failing me. But, Sarah so so so did not fail. At alll. In any sense.

It is VERY HIGH QUALITY WIN. Brilliant, marvelous, gorgeous.

I've said for a while now that I wanted to marry the Finnish cover of this book, and I do, but now I can say that, not judging the book by its cover guys, I really love this book frantically, desperately, deeply. I don't think there was one single thing I didn't like. I read ever single word in the correct order, and I adored each and every one and the simply superb whole they formed. Genuinely, I can't think of anything, any character, any plot point, that I didn't like. Seriously good.

Fish, our fandom is gonna to rock so so much.

And, just for the record, I would like to say that I did see the big twist everyone has talked about coming. I don't think it reduced its sheer emotional impact any, though I suppose technically I couldn't know that. It was like knowing it was coming, I could feel it coming, and I kept wanting not to be right, but I was and just oh. The pain and the beauty.

God, I love Sarah so much.

I carry it around the house with me. I sleep with it next to me. I CAN'T STOP READING IT.

I keep saying I'm meant to be revising, but seriously, since I bought this book on Monday, I've done maybe two hours of revision. Which is ridiculous, and foolish; I'm going to fail all my exams and never make anything of myself and I'm going to spend the rest of my life (and any benefits money) on books, Sarah's books, this book in particular, and I DON'T CARE, its a totally valid lifestyle choice you guys, ok?!

Ack, I'm meant to be going to see Star Trek again later, but I have no idea which squeefest will hold my attention. I just.

So, so good.
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I HAVE A COPY OF THE DEMON'S LEXICON!!!

For those that do not know, The Demon's Lexicon is YA fantasy, the debut novel of Sarah Rees Brennan, who wrote quite a few HP fics and is generally a wonderful and hilarious person. She got a publishing deal about a year and a half ago I think, and this book has been teased with cookies and giveaways and everyone should get it. I am a big big fan, and in recent months in particular she has become my hero and inspiration. There isn't much more that I want in my life than to rent a castle and have novel writing adventures within it. She is also the reason I looked into going to Hay on Wye festival this year, which I am definitely doing now, and I am going to go to her first boook signing/meet and greet in about two weeks. 

Anyway, it was meant to come out in a week on June 2nd, but yesterday somebody mentioned they had unexpectedly been able to buy it in London, and someone else commented they had been able to buy it from a shop in Oxford. At which, I freaked. This was lateish yesterday, and I was going to go down town like as soon as I woke up but I had to do some revision or today would be lost for study entirely. As it is about to be now.

So, I waited until after lunch, having done a tiny amount of work this morning, then went to town, so so excited. I went straight to the teenager section and-- I couldn't find it. I tried to remain calm. I looked under B for Brennan, I looked under R for Rees. I began to freak, for all the wrong reasons, because it simply wasn't there. I was gearing up to speak to the sales assistant, which wouldn't normally be a big deal but I didn't want them to look te book up and see it wasn't meant to be out yet. And, I was just feeling so rubbish, that I had become so excited for nothing, so disappointed. And I was trying to remain composed, and not start screaming or hyperventilating.

Then, turning away dispirited and losing all hope, my eye is caught by a new cover/edition of The Doomspell by Cliff McNish, which I haven't read for, wow, at least five years, and I smile at it, because I loved those books, and wander to look at that display. And then I start automatically scanning every book on this display. Just. In. Case. And then I walk around to the other side. And then my breath catches.

There it is. Paperback, UK cover, and I've seen it on screen so many times but there's something about it being real. Seriously, I snatched it off the table and then looked around to see whether anyone had noticed or were noticing that I was practically cradling it. Underneath it was a pile of a totally different book. It was the only one there. I couldn't see another one anywhere else. So unless there was an entire pile somewhere else unexpected, and some foolish foolish person had picked it up and then discarded it. Well. There was no way in hell I was putting it down. I actually hugged it to myself, totally happy and excited and nearly squealing but still trying not to make a scene. But, I was so so elated. And no one else around me would have understood why or had any sympathy, but it is their loss.

But even now, with it sitting right next to me, I can hardly believe it. In the shop I had to keep checking it was a right, a real book, reading the blurb, checking there were actual words inside. I reread the first chapter on the bus home, and I got to the end of that first chapter just in time to get off the bus. This is clearly an omen of some sort.

So. I am now going to blow off revision to read it, obviously. I'm not even sorry.

I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!

:D 

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