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Current Mood: gigglygiggly
15 November 2011 @ 05:03 pm
So I started the new computer tech job this week. I've already been exposed to a ton of information, precious little I've retained so far, but my boss keeps reassuring me that it's a slow learning process and that they don't expect me to learn everything immediately. Which is good, cause I won't. But I have learned a few things the past few days, and the schedule is so laid back compared to what I was doing before. The boss even told me to duck out a few minutes early because of weather (it's been raining all day) which my old one NEVER would have done. So yeah, I'm a lot happier work-wise already. 
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
03 November 2011 @ 07:58 am
+ I got that job I applied for! It was actually offered to me a few hours after the interview which is a first for me, but I"ll take it. I'm still with the library, but I'll be working on the computer network there instead of waiting on patrons. I have a job title now, and a decent raise, and I'm super, super excited and stuff. 

+ I was also able to purchase an iPad through my job (they bought it actually, and then I pay them back through future paychecks. It's how I got my laptop a few years ago, basically a non-interest loan.) and I'm already in love with it. I had one of the discontinued HP touchpads before, so I gave that to my older sister Hope as an early birthday present. So she's happy, I'm happy, and the only one still wanting a touchpad in the immediate family is Mom (yep. I can't believe it either). 

+ So I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year. Um, yeah. I've never written something original without the plot already mapped out. It's kind of terrifying, but a little relaxing at the same time. Also, not writing for an audience in mind is wonderful, I should've done THAT ages ago. 

+ I've lost 10lbs since August. Yay me!

+ I don't have a paid LJ account for the first time in years and I'm okay with that? It feels more appropriate for the amount of time I spend here, which I am still here, just not as active as I used to be. Fandom has run me off a bit, I still enjoy it in theory but practice gives me hives. 

+ I wanna kiss Brian Michael Bendis for creating Miles Morales. Not only am I finally reading a Spiderman comic, its one of the best ongoings I've picked up this year. I'm also tearing my way through The Walking Dead comics after catching up with the show and yeah, I'll take those over the slow ass AMC version, sorry. I'm still watching, but...not enjoying as much as I should be. I am glad that Frank  Darabont is gone, that man hates plot development and I can't forgive him for that. 

+ TVD is on tonight. Pray for me. 
21 October 2011 @ 12:10 pm
+ So I posted a longer than usual rant on Tumblr about the last TVD episode. I think my interest in this show is part academic and part Bonnie stan at this point, so it's pretty much all about her. It times like this that I remember why I'm so into Brit TV right now, and why the idea of an American remake of The Misfits makes me feel like crying. 

+ My sister is better. Thank you guys so much for the well wishes, it helped me calm the hell down and get through the day. 

+ I have an interview for a job next week that I'm totally not qualified for, but heard there might be a good chance I could actually get it. It would be a 5K bump in salary and I wouldn't have to work for my current (slightly racist, a little misogynistic) boss anymore, soooo....

+ The only show I'm enjoying in its entirety right now is Prime Suspect. Which is shocking, because I just complained about American remakes, and the original version is one of my favorite shows of all time. NBC's take is a completely different show though, so much that I honestly wish they'd have called it something else. I'm sure it would've gotten better reviews if they had.

+ Back to TVD: I'm gonna channel my anger about the show and Bonnie into a formal academic essay and start submitting it to conferences this year. It's been ages since I've done that, and a long with fiction writing, I've felt a bit at sea without doing it.

+  I hope everyone's doing well. I'm kinda getting excited about the holiday season coming up, it's always been my favorite time to be on LJ. :) 
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
30 September 2011 @ 11:00 am
So I have been at the hospital for over four hours waiting for my sister (the older one, not blackma)  to have gallbladder surgery. I'm actually sitting by her bedside as I type this (she'd sleeping) and I'm having thoughts like I really hope everything's as routine as they say it will be. I'm worried about her kids worrying about her and not being able to be here when I know they want to. I know that I want to do everything I possibly can to make her more comfortable (she's been in a lot of pain for over a week now) and I know that I want to take better care of my own health so my current and future family members won't feel the way I'm feeling right now. I wish our mom was here (she can't come until Sunday) and I wish this was all over with and we were talking about recovery times and what shows and movies she might watch while she's laid up getting better. 

So anyway, that's where I am right now. I guess I'm posting this to say take care of yourself. Do the stuff you know is good for you and try to cut out as much as you can of the stuff that isn't. It might not seem that big a deal right now, but it is. And to those of you who doubt it, whatever you're going through mentally or physically is manageable, worth it, and precious. I'm still figuring that part out myself tbh. 
Current Mood: worriedworried
16 September 2011 @ 01:23 pm
1. What was the last book you read, and what is your opinion of it?
The last book I finished was The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas. It’s kind of amazing, though there’s quite a bit of racism and man-focused sex that didn’t bother me quite so much because it felt true to the characters, but could understandably turn some folks off. It’s multi-viewpoint, which is a favorite of mine and the plot is pretty tight for almost the entire book (the last few chapters are a bit more rambly, but I didn’t mind, because they feature two of the best characters). But yeah, highly recommended, especially if you’ve burned through everything by Laura Lippman and Kate Atkinson (like I almost have). I read it's gonna be a mini-series soon too.

2. What was the last movie you saw, and what is your opinion of it?
Dinner for Schmucks. Yeah, I don’t know why either.

3. What was the last TV show you saw, and what is your opinion of it?
Top Chef: Just Desserts. I don’t watch a lot of reality TV, but cooking competitions are my favorite “I don’t feel like thinking tonight so I’m gonna turn this on and have a glass of wine” type viewing. I like this one especially because A: DESSERTS. So much sugary goodness. And B: I’d like to fuck/marry/kill Johnny Iuzzini.

4. What was the last album you bought / downloaded, and what is your opinion of it?
I’m With You by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Two Thumbs Up.

5. What was the last meal you cooked, and how did it turn out?
I made a chickpea, spinach, tomato salad that was pretty damn good. It was one of those I’m broke, lets see what’s in the kitchen kind of meals that I ate on for two days straight.
Current Mood: boredbored
08 September 2011 @ 08:09 am
I've been doing weekly book displays at work (I work at a library for any new friends who aren't aware) and I decided to make one celebrating hip hop and the history of rap on the non-fiction floor. Fast-forward a couple of hours and my boss asks how long it's been up, mentions people are browsing but not checking the books out, etc. etc.

This wouldn't have been quite as noticeable if she had acknowledged any of the countless other displays I've put up that weren't very popular (Betty Ford didn't exactly move books either and my "green planet" display was met with overwhelming apathy.) Before now, I wasn't sure if she was even aware when I switched them, so..um...yeah.

Sigh. I probably need a new job, don't I?
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
01 September 2011 @ 05:11 pm
I have this unfortunate habit of avoiding my journal when I have unfinished fic prompts to write. Especially really good ones that I plan to finish this lovely holiday weekend. This post is me NOT doing that again.

So I'm doing yoga now. Correction, I'm doing a few yoga poses in the morning and wishing I could afford to take an actual class. I'm liking it so far. I've also started cooking again, for real this time, and slowly discovering how relaxing it can be after a long day at work.

I'm guess I'm kinda in a self-improvement stage that I hope will finally take this time. :/
I need to write you guys. Like on a regular basis, and not a snippet here or there every two weeks. I miss it terribly so I'm gonna give this meme a try and hope for the best.

1. Give me a pairing (or character, or the name of a show) and a prompt (a word, a phrase, a situation, an emotion, a few lines from a song or, hell, even an entire song) and I will do my best to write you a snippet based on your request.

2. Post to your own little corner of LJ offering to write snippets for people, thus spreading the joys of comment porn.

3. Sit back, relax and enjoy the porny goodness. \o/

* You don’t have to offer to write snippets for other people if you leave a request, but it would be fun if you do.

** Snippets don’t necessarily have to be porny, comment fic is just as much fun. As is a rambling stream of consciousness type thing about how character x and character y meet and why they would get on like a house on fire – whatever comes bouncing into your brain is a-okay.

*** If you’re one of those people who have a big old ‘friend of’ list then you might want to put a limit on the number of requests you’re willing to write.

Fandoms I'll write: Suits, Law and Order: UK, Eureka, The Vampire Diaries, Doctor Who, Franklin and Bash, Rizzoli and Isles, Lost, Heroes, Misfits, Game of Thrones, Merlin, Supernatural (no Dean prompts please), DC Comics, Y: The Last Man.
13 August 2011 @ 10:31 am
I'm still sorting through all my pictures and recovering from lack of sleep, but I had loads of fun and didn't want it to end. I think I'll make a picture commentary post about it soon, once I've photo shopped them a little and made them all pretty. :) I GOT TO VISIT DC COMICS!!!!! A college friend in Virginia knew someone that worked there, and after a conversation about comics she offered to set up a tour. Which happened! And was awesome, got tons of freebies and met editors and stuff. There were quite a few women working there, which was unexpected considering the 52 lineup issues.

I also finished A Dance with Dragons.

So I’ve never been crazy about George R.R. Martin as a writer, and this book didn’t really change my opinion very much. He rambles. A lot. He describes things that aren’t important to the narrative, and skims over things that kinda are and its all very stream of consciousness, I didn’t know what I was going to write here but this happened and oh look, I kinda liked that so I think I’ll keep it, etc. etc. There’s nothing tight about this book, and it was really obvious where the rest of A Feast of Crows began and ended. Jon, Dany, and Tyrion dominated the book until they didn’t, and important characters got one or two (or no) chapters. That was frustrating and what kept me from really enjoying what was overall a pretty decent entry to the series, if not a particularly important, revelatory one.

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