OSM!

Aug. 4th, 2009 04:03 pm
azurite: (back to the future - save the clock towe)
So, I'm chilling here at SFO (San Francisco International Airport, for those that don't speak airport code). I shelled out $7.99 for a T-Mobile Hotspot Day Pass, because even though I don't visit airports (or Starbucks, or even Borders) quite often enough to get a Hotspot account/shell out $40 a month, sitting here for 3 hours nursing a Coca-Cola and reading the August issue of Wired just doesn't cut it for me. I need to be connected, which is kind of sad. I sort of miss my childhood. :P

Tech jargon )

More win and OSM )

I'm actually somewhat looking forward to going home, if just to sleep on my own bed (though the AeroBed Mom got was pretty damn comfortable, no matter what Eva said about it being too soft) and have steady Wi-Fi in all my usual haunts. Also, MAIL! And money. And work for a week, until I have to get my butt to DC. And in-between all that, family visits and the Orange County Fair. Should be fun.

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's "Beat It" is stuck in my head, along with a plotbunny for a multichapter Sailor Moon fic I meant to write for [livejournal.com profile] sm_monthly and never got around to. I mean really, ANOTHER multichapter? I wish I could churn stuff out as fast as [livejournal.com profile] moodwriter, with her "Hate, Prejudice and Secret Intentions" (I think I got that title right) Dramione fic that I've been reading lately. Good stuff! I've also got to catch up on Stargirl's "Tsuki no Namida," an AR of the Silver Millennium, since the latest chapter is up for critiquing on one of [livejournal.com profile] the_circlet communities. I'm not a big fan of walking into a long-ish multi-chapter fic blind, so I'll start with the beginning and go from there. So far, it's got an interesting premise but some grammar issues that irk me. But hey, SAILOR MOON FIC. I ought to get writing!

Big Bad

May. 12th, 2009 11:08 pm
azurite: (fiction - have written)
Eek, big bad final exam tomorrow.

Still haven't finished my Shakespeare essay. Maybe once I get public relations stuff out of my brain, Shakespeare will come to me easier. And then when THAT'S out of my brain, I can finish my belated Fanswap assignment (I got an extension/excuse, so participants don't have to worry about me just being one of those evil non-submitters).

Mac OS X updated to 10.5.7 today. I guess I'm one of those folks who doesn't mind upgrading, because if it's from Apple, I typically trust that it's an update for a good reason. Of course, I read the "What's Changed in this Version" notes for any updates to ANY software I get, which might make me a bit unusual...anyway, I found this rather amusing tidbit:



They changed the Energy Saver icon in the System Preferences to a CFC bulb! HA! Cute, Apple, real cute.

Also, the plotbunny I've been tending to--the one that's the trans-dimensional offspring of the second daughter of WDKY (a.k.a. the spin-off of the third story in the WDKY series)--has gotten a lot larger. I suddenly thought of TWO FULL ARCS for it, meaning the story (which only exists in note-form) is now at least 16 chapters long. And I suddenly thought of a socio-politcal twist to it (that's been happening a lot with my fic ideas lately. I wonder why?). I wonder if this is what happened to JKR when she was writing "Harry Potter?" The idea sounds cool and you fiddle for it with a while and then of a sudden: IDEASPLOSION! Of course, "Harry Potter" was an original series and this is a fanfic that won't see the light of day for some time now, so it puts me in quite the pickle.

That's my new catchphrase as of late: "in a pickle." Hm. Pickles.
azurite: (twilight - literary syphilis)
So I was reading [livejournal.com profile] fanthropology when I stumbled across this little gem comparing the "Twilight" series to the "Harry Potter" series. In there is the exact reason why I like HP (and JKR) more than "Twilight" and SMeyer:

Twilight fans can criticize Potter for the plethora of deaths, but I'd rather have sadness that makes you grow and develop and completes a story than to completely stagnate the story so that nothing bad happens to the characters. SM could have given Edward and Bella and even Jacob a happy ending without resorting to the ridiculous.

And also, something that got me thinking about "style," and why certain books or authors with their particular style of writing, are "addictive" in nature, like you can't stop reading/can't put the book down:

Small details, minute details from the first few books became vitally important in the last several.

I like doing that with my own writing. I try and think of my stories as spiderwebs, where I'll drop a detail here, a detail there, and you won't know if it's important or not until later-- maybe not even until the next story. But I wouldn't include it if it WASN'T important, because that's a personal policy of mine. Why include extraneous stuff anyway, when it can just distract or detract from the overarching story?

Problem is, because I tend to write longer stuff, when I try and limit myself to one-shots or fluffy pieces (these days), it's difficult-- I can't make a complex "spiderweb" story with a one-shot! It's probably why I'm having such issues with ILB's fic-- the idea's all there, but when I try and translate the idea into prose, I don't know how to put it.

With WDKY26, it's similar, but not the same: see, I have the idea completely mapped out, I even have plenty of scenes written or at least vividly imagined, but I tend to think of scenes for the WDKY series out-of-order, and when I have to write in one of those scenes where the other scenes (that come before and after the scene in question) are already done, I worry about "Is the style going to be the same?" and "Is it going to read out of place?" It's not so much a matter of the scene not really being important, or me not knowing what details to drop-- often it's a choice between a lot and a little, not all or nothing. So I wonder if I should drop Detail A or Detail B here, or maybe both? How to do it? And then I get to thinking "WHY is Detail A or Detail B so important anyway? Is it worth including here when it won't get explored fully until # chapters later?"

Back to that article, I'm shocked by how many people misspelled "Stephenie Meyer" or various other elements of the "Twilight" series, e.g. "Cullen's" when they're talking about the whole family, and not a particular character's possession of something. I wonder if bad fiction breeds bad spelling?

That said, I think all the people that believe that "Twilight" is a richer/more complex plot than the "Harry Potter" series are living under a rock. Yes, the "Harry Potter" books are long, and there are many more of them than "Twilight" books, but it's the HP books that are still being discussed and examined; it's the HP books that have little details that spring up to great importance later on in the stories.

Not so with "Twilight," where Meyer takes the details she establishes in the first book and throws it away in the second or third or fourth one. And the Volturi are evil, not good, not different. They EAT CROWDS OF TOURISTS. They see themselves as the god-overseers of all vampires! WTF!? People are trying to say Voldemort is a wooden, stereotypical villain character because he kills and likes to kill, but how is that any different from the Volturi? Besides, at least Voldemort had follow-through; the Volturi in "Twilight" were like neutered vampires-- all this build-up of them being so scary and fearsome, but in the end, Bella just stood there and stared them down and THAT WAS IT. The decision to do that rather than having an epic fight only did two things: it made the Volturi look pathetic, and it made Bella even more of a Sue.

It goes on. )

But I'm still questing to find out what my "style" is. I think you can only "learn" to write (well) by reading a lot, and so I am. I'm examining a lot of what I've read and trying to figure out what I liked and why. Fiction, non-fiction, fanfiction... anything goes.

I like JKR's writing because she makes every detail vital. Even heroes aren't perfect and don't try to pass themselves off as such, not even to their mentors, classmates, friends, etc. In the end, you have to know what really matters most: those people you cherish. You only have one life to live, and it's worth living to the fullest because of that.

I'd like to think that in my writing, my heroes and heroines have similar attitudes and personalities in that they come across as human and therefore relatable. Not just "I want to be him/her! OMG!" Even in series with a fantasy-twist, I've always liked exploring the more "human" element: the drama and the angst, the romance and the comedy that come as part of everyday life, the life without the magic.

Life is a great story just waiting to be told, isn't it?

 Cleric Preston by Klaus Badelt from Equilibrium (Rating: 0)
azurite: (hp - hogwart's crest)
Still writing that "Dumbledore is gay" opinion piece for the Daily Sundial. But despite it being an opinion piece, I'd really like the opinions of other fans, whether you consider yourself a fan of Harry Potter or not.

If you're interested in participating, please comment to this post with your thoughts about what's going on, and PLEASE leave your:
* Real name (you can use your first initial and last name, or first name and last initial, or your full name, whatever you're comfortable with JUST NO ALIASES OR LJ USERNAMES)
* Where you're from (city, state if from the USA, country if from elsewhere)

Aside from the obvious "What do you think about J.K. Rowling revealing that Dumbledore is gay?" think about some of these questions:

* Do you think Rowling had any ulterior motive for revealing that Dumbledore was gay, e.g. for the attention, for the scandal, etc? If she did it to continue to "preach her message of tolerance," do you think she went about it the right way? Is there anything you think that helped or harmed her efforts? What could she have done differently, if anything?

* Do you think it matters whether or not Dumbledore's sexuality was stated in the books or not? Do you think something MUST be stated unequivocally (e.g. in the text, it would say "Dumbledore is gay" or similar?) for it to be considered canon?

* Do you think it makes a difference that we're talking about a fictional character? What about a character in what is widely considered to be a children's fantasy series?

Comments are screened!
azurite: (hp - hogwart's crest)
I go to the AIDS Walk, and meanwhile Southern California catches on fire and Dumbledore is outed.

...Why is it when I do one thing, a million other newsworthy things happen at the same time, and I'm left with this "What did I miss?" feeling?

Anyway, the Opinion Editor at the Sundial asked if I might be interested in writing an opinion piece about Dumbledore being outed as gay. Considering all the talk that's already circulating throughout fandom, if I do write it, it'll certainly be interesting.

Though I found it a bit funny that people were doubting the veracity of NEWSWEEK, for Pete's sake. Why not just say "Oh, AP wrote it, it CAN'T be true!" Then just disregard half of all the news in major newspapers around the world.
azurite: (hp - chuck norris ships d/hr)
More HP7 stuff, spoilers everywhere, yadda yadda... )
azurite: (hp - hogwart's crest)
At last, I have finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." And now that I've read it, I don't quite hate the title as much as I did when it was first announced. I'm simply thrilled that now I'll get to read all the spoiler-filled posts both here on LJ and on JournalFen, though.

Wotcher! )

Finally, the wank: not as strong as I expected it to be. A few fun tidbits here and there, but nothing that's got me in stitches... yet. People, please point me to the GOOD STUFF!

And that, as they say, is that.
azurite: (pharaoh = porkchop)
I believe I've mentioned on a few occasions my disappointment with big-name anybodys or anythings. Many of my friends recall how I detested anything related to Harry Potter, until one day [livejournal.com profile] katiat325 invited me to a free screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The whole time, she and [livejournal.com profile] schmollieollie were chatting about the things different from the book, the scenes left out, the characterizations-- and they wouldn't repeat a word of it to me, the outsider who hadn't even read the books.

So I read the books-- actually borrowed from my mother. By the time I was leaving to go to CSUN, I was engrossed in the world, and Stephanie got me Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as a going-away present. Now that the final book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) is upon us (July 21, 2007), I'm looking back on a lot of books that have been hype or tripe. Some books deserve their hype; others (especially those from a famous author or in a long-standing series) don't really deserve the hype they get just because of the name attached.

For example, Harry Potter --both the books and the fandom as a whole-- has disappointed me over the years, because what I originally found fascinating or enchanting is now predictable or pathetic. But JKR is not a poor writer by any stretch of the imagination, and AS a writer myself, I hardly think that a writer SHOULD pander to her audience, even if said audience "pays the bills."

So then I wonder about another famous author: Danielle Steel. Before I left for Japan last year, I picked up her (then) newest book, Coming Out. It sounded different from the steamy romances I'd read from her in high school (I can't remember the exact title, but it was about a Japanese woman in an internment camp in America during World War 2). But then again, in high school, I had a lot lower standards. -_- I remember trying my hardest to read "Coming Out" but it just read like a flat, predictable piece of drivel. It's funny, because when I mentioned something similar to this (though I believe on another comm. or in another post somewhere), someone said that many of her stories have the same PLOT over and over, with the characters merely renamed. That wasn't the case with "Coming Out" at all, and in fact, had some very interesting characters and what I thought was a very interesting plot-- but it's like taking a bunch of baking ingredients and making something terrible tasting with them. There was SO much potential, but...

I ended up returning "Coming Out" and using the money I got in return to buy 3 Yu-Gi-Oh manga. Sure, I don't like what Viz does with the manga (namely their horrid design skills, and how they can't even position a rounded rectangle block of text into a bubble properly), but I still buy from them because I support them bringing Yu-Gi-Oh's original manga to English audiences in the first place. All the scanlation groups that have tried up to this point are sub-par, really. Companies like Viz have the time and money to create something truly incredible, but as with my previous analogy, I think they're taking something with potential and not doing the best they can with it. But rather than creating something "horrible tasting" with the "ingredient" that is the original Yu-Gi-Oh manga, I think they've just made something that's a bit bitter and a touch bit moldy in places. I would one day like to work for Viz, instead of writing them letters over and over ("Are you guys going to do a second edition of XYZ manga where page 10 ISN'T a duplicate of page 5?"), so I'm trying to keep that goal in mind.

Anyway, because of my disappointment with Steel, I have next to no interest in reading her NEWEST new novel, Sisters. It, too, sounds vaguely interesting, based on the description. And people always love to hype Danielle Steel for being such a "prolific" writer, for churning out as many novels as she has, for being best-selling. But what the hell does best-selling mean if not "robbed a bunch of people's wallets?" I mean, it says nothing for the actual quality of the book, only the fact that it sold. You might as well say that the In-Crowd back in high school were model students, representatives of the school or teenagers as a whole.

Yeah, right, and I'm Angelina Jolie. [/sarcasm]

I can't stand two forms of book summaries:
* the non-existent kind (i.e. you go to the back of a book, or the inside flap of a hardcover, and there is no summary-- only a photo of the author, or a short bio, or WORSE, a description of some OTHER book they wrote!)
* the obvious kind ("will so-and-so find true love amidst her family crumbling before her eyes!?")

Steel's fall into the second category, though I have seen a few of her books fall into the first, as well. And I'm sorry, but every time I see the cover art of "Toxic Bachelors" I want to cringe. WHO THE HELL DESIGNED THAT COVER!? My grandmother (Baba) has HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of romance novels. I have seen every possible cover design out there, from the stereotypical (hot, Fabio-like man with his shirt half-torn open, groping or reaching for the woman with her bared shoulders and/or thighs and her hair flowing out behind her) to the tasteful (embossed, shiny text over a simple background, like a lace print, silk, jewels, etc). But the cover of that book just makes me want to cringe. I'm not even a well-versed student in the art of design (that's what my JOUR 331 - Graphics class is supposed to be about), but even I can see-- that's a stupid cover. And like the summary, the cover is what sells. If I see an interesting title or a cool-looking cover, I might just pick up that book! If the summary sounds interesting, I might just flip it open to check out the first page. If I like what I read, I MAY BUY IT!

I wish more people kept this in mind with their writing, even if it's not sold writing like Steel's drivel. I mean, is she like Anne Rice without vampires-- no one questions her authority anymore, she has no editor, no one stands against her? Or do you really have to hunt for the one gem amongst all her crap? I'm sure she has good stuff written somewhere. I hope, anyway.

Anyway, speaking of design... )

I had a series of weird dreams last night, but as soon as I woke up, I couldn't really remember many specifics, only a few impressions. I remembered dreaming that I'd found my PS2 memory card (*wail*), but I also remember dreaming about some BAD things, because I was feeling very freaked out and vaguely "sick in the head" when I woke up. But I think I've managed to recover okay, I just have to watch out and not get stressed. Even though Tuesday is my longest day, I don't have work on Tuesdays, and so far I've been able to handle the workload and even the teachers.

My Media Law teacher doesn't mind me taking notes on the laptop (which is great, because I can type faster than I can write!), and so far I've been able to keep up with my usual pace and style in Japanese class (by the way, Todd and I'm presuming Daniel and/or John returned from Japan today, and Todd stopped into my Japanese class to promote the Tokiwa program... that was kind of funny). Plus I got out of Media Law at 4:00 or so today, and my next class doesn't start until 6pm, so I have about an hour to chill and do whatever I like. :)

Notes:
* Need to get Death Notes vols. 6-10
* Need to watch Hana Yori Dango 2 episode 5 *AS SOON AS IT IS SUBBED* because dayum was Episode 4 good! And the teaser-trailer! :O!!!! Ah, HYD, how I MISSED you!

And to close, a rather random question: at what point did the Stormtroopers stop being clones of Jango Fett? I wonder, because a new Star Wars novel (Allegiance, taking place between episodes IV and V) features a Stormtrooper with his own unique name... though that doesn't necessarily mean he's NOT a clone, I wonder if the Empire would have kept up production of the clone troopers after the Clone Wars. Further, did they bother identifying the clones by name, as a part of their "conditioning," or were they just given numbers (TK-421, why aren't you at your post)? I wonder...
azurite: (tokyo map)
I'm sorry, but "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"...? What kind of title is that? I know JKR said she was juggling between two really GOOD titles, but this title... er, well... it's just not as catchy. Not as interesting. What the heck is a "deathly hallow" anyway?

I actually bothered to check out the JKR site last night (in both my browsers), but all the tricks I kept reading about -you know, stirring the teacup, or picking up these potion ingredients- I couldn't do them. I thought maybe it was my browser, since my Flash is up to date, but even when I had Safari imitate IE 6.0, it didn't work. Maybe the tricks are limited? But if that's so, why keep the same things (the teacup, the pen you can break, the picture of the lightning bolt that Peeves reveals when he blows through) in the room, if you can't do anything with them? That bums me out. I hate IE-only compliant pages, even if that wasn't the case.

Anyway, I *JUST* got back from the Intl. Center, where I spent the last SEVERAL hours making Nengajou, or New Year's Cards. I had to make 7 for my tutors and roommates, plus one for the Umegaoka Elementary school. Writing all that kanji, designing the card drawings, painting everything... it took a while. And earlier today, I ended up choosing between "shower" or "breakfast" (bad idea; I'd rather go to class smelly than starving), so now I'm hungry as hell, having not eaten anything today except some cookies Misato (one of my tutors) made and a small Hershey's cookies and cream thing Christine gave me.

So I'm going to try making a quick lunch, starting a load of laundry (including my current pair of pants...), and then head out to the post office to mail things. Then at Mito Eki, I'm going to buy the Disney Passports for Tokyo Disney and Disney Sea for [livejournal.com profile] baine and I... AND THEN when I get back I will pack, and finish planning the rest of the Tokyo time (figuring out how much I need for where, and so on).

Busy, busy, busy...
azurite: (anzu & kaiba play the bondage game)
Happy Birthday Shelli!



"If you really want to have a sex scene and yet don’t feel comfortable writing about it from the POV of any of the parties involved, there’s always another solution: write it from the head of someone outside the action entirely. And no, you don’t have to use a voyeur, either. Use a completely neutral party. I like the idea of the evil wizard’s spy-raven watching the hero and heroine thrashing on the grass below, knowing what they’re doing, but not really caring about anything other than the fact that these people aren’t quite dead enough for it to eat yet."

(emphasis mine, for contextual purposes of the following...)

...I blame [livejournal.com profile] a_white_rain for inadvertently conjuring the image of Harry and Hermione doing the thrashing while a non-existent spy-raven belonging to Voldemort spies on them.

I'm not even a H/Hr shipper! I mean they're cute and all, but D/Hr all the way for me! AWR, what have you done to my brain????

(It seems to be working better, can I keep it?)

Oh, that snippet came from here, a rather useful resource on sex in fanfiction, especially for those of us that can't seem to bring ourselves to... well, "do it." DO EET! DO EET NOW!
azurite: (what the shit is this!?)
zOMG. Crazy-ass idea.

Sailormoon: Pharaoh 90
Yu-Gi-Oh: Pharaoh Atemu.

Come on.

It's just asking to be fic'd. Somebody. Something. I need to make this idea more coherent. But damn. Why didn't I see it before?

Oh, and in case you missed my earlier voice post, here's a run-through of what's what... )

Anybody subscribed to my FFnet alerts will now know that I have written my first-ever Harry Potter fic; it was for the [livejournal.com profile] dmhgficexchange, and is titled "Secret of the Shrieking Shack." If the community name wasn't a dead-giveaway, it's a Draco/Hermione fic, but there's very little actual romance between them; more like snark and action. :) Go read it and tell me what you think of my first foray into HP-ficdom. I should probably post it at FictionAlley, [livejournal.com profile] dramione, and MMorg while I'm at it. o_o

Heh, [livejournal.com profile] mmagnet_ff, "cinemanga" sounds like cinnamon-flavored manga. o_o

HEY! So who wants to help beta WDKY23? I might as well just ask for chapter-by-chapter commitment, instead of general WDKY editors. I'm especially open to people who want to exchange one thing for another; that is, I'll beta for you if you beta for me. If you're stuck with an idea, want a grammar Nazi to clean up your narrative, or just want someone to bounce ideas off of, I'm your girl! I'm open to the usual fandoms, but my squick is slash-- I don't do it. So feel free to let me know. :)

I've worked a bit more on my [livejournal.com profile] iconfiend100 claim for Seto x Anzu, and so far, I have 14/100 done. It's a pathetic amount, considering how long I've had the claim, but I went for a very long while with NO iconspiration. Lately, it's been fic, fic, all the time, and even now, that's hard, because I don't want to disappoint with Ch. 24. I might be a bit overeager to get to 25+ (for reasons that must remain confidential), but I still want to make WDKY as a whole the best fic it can be.

Back to the icons... I'll work on some more as I get inspired and find source art (be it anime, manga, or fanart). I've got 49 ACs left, and the following themes: forgiveness (I wanted to find an image of Seto from the Battle City/Noa's World arc, when he's on his knees in front of Anzu. Anyone have said image?), soft (Romeo & Juliet, much?), loneliness, working, abandoned, hug, smile (Myco's song?), tears, sunshine (Mamono, how'd you do that effect on my WDKY icon, anyway?), innocence, so far away, stars (DMG!Anzu? But how would Seto work into that?), in the moonlight, tickle, sweet dreams, blue, honorable, walls, happiness, food, over the rainbow (the song, duh), sugar + spice, holiday, beginner's luck, forgotten, misery loves company (that Kysra art of drill sergeant!Seto making Téa do pushups...?), candy, present, starving, joy, heaven, 31 flavors, silk, keeping a secret, open doors, lace, forever and a day. Any input is appreciated!
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Celebrate the Season fic request for Pezi

Title: Secret of the Shrieking Shack
Rating: PG (sorry, I couldn't find to make an R-rating with your requested things without being downright weird/gruesome... and I can't really write those things.)
Disclaimer: All I own are dreams.
Author's Notes: Ah, this is my first HP fic. Ever. ;_; But I've been a Dramione shipper since... er, Prisoner of Azkaban's movie came out (I ended up reading the whole series after that, and getting hooked!). BUT! I have been writing fics for over 10 years now, and I sincerely hope I do Pezi's request justice. I don't think I can necessarily kick the rating up to R without having my first DM/HG fic ever end up like a sad attempt at a Food Network flambé, but... well, you get the drift.
Spoilers? Spoilers up to Prisoner of Azkaban. This takes place during some unspecified time (either in 4th or 5th year), not exactly following canon continuity of those years.
Beta'd by:
Summary: An enchantment at the Shrieking Shack goes awry, and Draco Malfoy is turned into a helpless puppy. Hermione might be the only one who can help him change back-- if they can attempt to get along. Dogs might be a man's best friend, but not a witch's!

Secret of the Shrieking Shack )

Thank-you for Celebrating the Season with Draco and Hermione!
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Yesterday I spent more money than I should have. And I still didn't buy all the manga I wanted. I read through Hot Gimmick #10-- and augh! Damn you, Miki Aihara! I haven't even touched Tokyo Boys and Girls, and who knows what happened with So Bad! and Teacher's Pet? And hasn't she released another one just recently?

I ended up buying "Geisha, A Life", as per a recommendation ^^, Tarot Cafe 3 & 4, and DeathNote 1. So who was it on this FL that did [livejournal.com profile] 30_kisses for DeathNote? I didn't think I'd get so into it! ^^ It's a very cool series... and it prompted an interesting train of thought. It seems almost all the anime/manga I'm into have a protagonist with an Object/Item of Power. Think about it:
* Sailormoon - We've got the transforming lockets/pens/wands, the Ginzuishou, the power-wands/talismans, the dream mirrors, pure hearts, sailor crystals... so many Items of Power!
* Yu-Gi-Oh - Millennium Items, much? Even the cards could be construed as Items of Power.
* DeathNote - The DeathNote, duh.
Only the more realistic (albeit super-drama) ones that I like lack Items of Power. These series include Peach Girl, Hana Yori Dango, and Hot Gimmick.

I also splurged on a Christmas present for Scott, but with the way my funds look at the moment, I don't think I'll be able to send it to him on time for Christmas, unless Mom helps. >_> Ehe, I had plenty of money when I got here two days ago; I went crazy by myself (see, this is why I need to go shopping WITH FRIENDS! They stop me from buying stupid things!) and now with the iPod skin, PayPal Transfer, and a movie ticket from last night, I'm just about broke. Actually, the bus fare has been getting me; $1.50/ride really adds up, you know! I wish I had a Fast Pass... (no, I'm not going to/can't afford one!)

Oh yeah, I saw "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" last night. I finished reading The Magician's Nephew and TLTWATW the night before that, and I have to say, the movie did NOT disappoint. Spectacular special effects, decent acting, FANTASTIC music, and *drool* Liam Neeson makes such a wonderful Aslan. I hope they do the other movies...! Book --> Movie-wise, this was probably the best adaptation I've ever seen. Sure, they changed some things, but nothing drastically important like they tend to do in the Harry Potter movies. Nothing to make you go "Hey! WTF!?" And of course, it's one of those rare movies where if you've read The Magician's Newphew first, it makes SOOOO much more sense. :)

I'm gettng closer to being finished with one of my fics for this dramione (HP) fic exchange, and one of the requirements is that I get a beta. Any volunteers? Otherwise I'll have to go through the community itself, in which case it might take longer... and the deadline was yesterday. 'Net access is pretty lousy, and as you know, I hate 56K.

I had to register for my classes yesterday too, )

And then there's New Years. Seems Scott would like it if I could find a way to San Diego, but I can't think of any way of convincing Dad to drive down there (what reason would he have to go?) so I'd basically have to find my own way down there somehow. I doubt I will have gotten my financial aid check, and I don't even start work until the 9th. All of that compounded with the fact that I can't ask Baba and Grandpa for money, and it's sadly unlikely that I'll be able to go down there, whether it's cheaply (by bus) or nicely (by train).

Ugggh. I hate money.
azurite: (fiction and reality)
Truthfully, I don't use my laptop much. As it turns out, I don't really need it. So I wasted over $1000 on something I don't need and pretty much can't use. Yes, it's nice having my own computer when relatives visit, or when I go to school and the Collaboratory comps are all being used, but it doesn't help me when I need to print, or other things. It was nice saying I had this cool piece of technology that was all my own, but... it doesn't work.

I've done a clean install about 3 times now. I've bought and downloaded the best of the best software, only to have it not work. I have tried calling three different customer support numbers, only to be told as I follow the menu options that the number I have reached is out-of-service. I have emailed the return form, only to have my order number (as it is listed on my account page) to be rejected. Remember when I kept calling Dell, and one week after the other, they said they'd send this CD to fix all my computer's ills? And then it turned out... they forgot to send it, they weren't authorized to send it, I had to call this department, and then I had to pay $250 for it!? WHAT. THE. FUCK!?

All that time I spent ended up "expiring" my 21-day return policy. What the hell is the point of having a 90-day warranty (expires in 12 days, shit shit shit) if the return policy doesn't last for the length of the warranty? Besides, in those 3 months, I've hardly used the damn thing, because I've spent so much time trying to FIX it! And now if I can't get ahold of Dell within the next two weeks, I don't know what I'll do. I hate calling tech support, but I hate thinking that I've spent $1300+ (that includes the leather case, the Windows XP Pro, the snap-on cover, and Office 2003 Pro) on a piece of shit. This happened with Dad and the Vaio-clone several years back, and that's still a piece of shit sitting in my closet back in SF.

I wonder if I can go to Fry's and assemble an all-new computer from the craptacular parts that Dell has... I mean, the CD+/-RW drive can't be bad, or the 40GB hard drive, right? And what about my 1GB Kingston Memory Card, and the rather nice monitor? I don't know, [livejournal.com profile] god_101, you've put comps together from scratch, is it possible to do that?

...Needless to say, this whole idea of being pressured for time and not having any options is stressing me out a bit. A review of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will come later. Right now, I'm exhausted... and by 7pm I have to be ready to go to King Tut. I still have to find time this weekend to do a smidgen of Japanese homework, BS at least part of my byline clip project, polish my study abroad essays and application(s), work on my VComm presentation for the 30th, AND work on Scott's birthday "present/card" for the 21st (MONDAY!!).

I feel like crying, but even my eyes are too tired.
azurite: (hogwart's crest)
Hana Yori Dango episode 2: "What is this... Harry Potter!?"
Tsukushi's trying to find her uniform in Domoyouji's mansion (after she's just verbally pwned him AGAIN), and she stumbles on a room that looks strangely like the Great Hall at Hogwarts. She actually said the above line. LOLz.

:P Okay, I'm done with the stupid now, I just had to get that out of my system. Ehehe. Heh. Heh.
azurite: (bad grammar. no cookie!)
Well, I had a great night's sleep. I went to bed much earlier than usual, and I slept straight through. I got dressed and ready pretty quick, and still had time to wolf down my breakfast and finish an analysis for Creative Writing class.

The weather's improved a bit; it's still wet outside, but at least it's not raining. I actually like this kind of weather, because it's not foggy enough to make my hair frizz, it's not cold enough to make me freeze, and it's not wet enough to get me soaked. It's also not windy, which is always a bonus. ^_^

Scott called last night and asked me if I could help him with a shoot tomorrow morning, which I'm more than glad to do on a free Friday. In the afternoon I have my first driver's ed lesson (I'm excited and scared), and then in the evening IF I FEEL LIKE IT, there's anime club. I have to do Japanese listening comprehension, write a short skit, and memorize a new dialogue all for Monday, because on Tuesday there's the JET Programme orientation in the USU during class time.

I'm zooming through GOF pretty fast, as I may have mentioned before, and it seems the eagerness to see the movie is spreading-- two girls in my Japanese class are pretty eager to see it, too! ^_^ I guess I better start making plans... though I'd love to see it in IMAX or at a big theatre (the ArcLight, maybe?), I'm leaning toward the cheaper and physically possible-- whichever of the PacTheatres in the area ends up having tickets for a midnight show. This assumes I don't go with Scott, because we might be able to go to a nicer theatre or to the PacTheatres in Sherman Oaks if he treats (I'd feel bad about it, but who am I to argue?).

Speaking of Scott though, he made this really weird suggestion last night. There was an ad in our campus paper about this "Campus Night Safety Walk", which Scott said he thought I'd be interested in. I took a look at the ad and wondered WHY in the seven hells he would have thought of me when looking at that. Hey, I'm never one to argue with free pizza and soda, but... come on? It's a night safety walk. It doesn't sound very exciting or even social. What is he trying to say here?

Meh, I think I'll catch up on some journals for the next hour or so before class.

Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] cyperian! Sorry I can't do the rainbow-colored font thing, I'm not at home where the font colorizer is... ;_;
azurite: (seto needs a hug)
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Uggggh, Mer doesn't feel well. Frozen over ravioli with badly melted Parmesan = not happy. Oh, that and four hours of sleep. But yay to the fact that:
a) all of the governator's propositions were soundly defeated, with the majority of my hometown (San Fran!) doing the dirty work! Yay for the Bay!
b) I got an A on my last story; 4 more points than the highest I scored on my other stories with A-'s.
c) I got a ride home from a grateful Esmeralda, who got an A- with our work!
d) I'm 2/3 done with HP4: GOF. I'm reading faster than I should, but it is my favorite book, and I LUBS IT!
e) after tomorrow, I will have a one day break... Friday I might get to sleep in a tad, but then I'm helping Scott with a shoot, then I have my driving lessons from 3-5, and I'll probably go to anime club out of sheer boredom (unless I can significantly distract myself by trying to beat Via Infinitio again)
f) Saturday: KING TUT! I don't know where I'm going to get the money from, so I guess it's time to sweet talk the Grandparents. Needless to say, I hate borrowing money from anyone, so I'm hoping that on Nov. 15 I get that job at Red Robin and paychecks start coming my way. I won't get my FinAid check till the middle of January at the earliest. Boo! How am I going to get anyone Christmas presents!?
g) I planned out the rest of my classes according to what I can actually take and what actually works for my GEs, plus or minus a few courses for 80/65, and the upper division GEs rule. But I have several semesters worth of classes planned out, so yay.
h) I got someone to critique my essays for Study Abroad! Now to make the changes and pester more people to check them out (I posted them here on LJ... help me out by reading them, please!)

*yawn* I am tired. I am going to bed. I will do the critiques for Creative Writing tomorrow morning, before school. And I will likely eat Maple Pecan Crunch again, because I LIKE IT.
azurite: (Anzu's Future)
So I'm a dweeb. I joined [livejournal.com profile] 4husorting and now I'm letting people dissect my character and determine if I'm a Ravendor, a Slytherpuff, or some other bizarre combination thereof of the houses. So far, people seem to think I'm a Gryffinpuff! Sad thing is, I thought each of the 6 house combinations would have one of the four main houses in the "first" position:
Huffle(puff)
Gryffin(dor)
Raven(claw)
Slyth(erin)

But the houses are as follows:
Ravendor (Ravenclaw + Gryffindor)
Gryffinpuff (Gryffindor + Hufflepuff)
Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw + Hufflepuff)
Slytherclaw (Slytherin + Ravenclaw)
Slytherpuff (Slytherin + Hufflepuff)
Slytheriffin (Slytherin + Gryffindor)

So as you can see, Ravenclaw has 2 houses (which is okay), Slytherin has 3 (hey!) Gryffindor has one (one shrot), and Hufflepuff has NONE! Not that I don't like the names or anything, but...

Slytheriffin should be changed to Gryfferin or something. And if you wanted to be fair, each house would get 1 name, and two major houses (for the sake of the HP verse, we'll say Gryffindor and Slytherin) would have an additional 2:
* Ravenpuff (Ravenclaw main - Ravenclaw + Hufflepuff)
* Gryffinpuff (Gryffindor main - Gryffindor + Hufflepuff)
* Slytherclaw (Slytherin main - Slytherin + Ravenclaw)
* Hufflerin (Hufflepuff main - Hufflepuff + Slytherin, though admittedly Slytherpuff sounds cooler)
* Slytheriffin (Slytherin main - Slytherin + Gryffindor)
* Gryffinclaw (Gryffindor main - Gryffindor + Ravenclaw)

Hee.

Anyway, so I manged to transfer almost ALL of my files to my laptop -teh yay! But alas, I still can't get LimeWire or iTunes to work, and I don't know why! I'm praying for the Device & Drivers CD, and maybe I can afford to splurge on a 1 GB Memory Card... the question is $159 from Dell Direct, or possibly more expensive for a name brand? BestBuy.com didn't even carry cards for my laptop!

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day! ARGH!

It be Joe's birthday! Happy birthday, matey! (I would do the giant text rainbow color thing, but I'm at school, so I don't have the prog. that does that.)

Also, I was thinking (completely randomly) to make some HBP banners that say (all sophisticated-like) "JKR sunk my 'ship. But I'm still writing. That's the power of my OTP/OT3/whatever." Anyone want?

And finally, because I love having an excuse OTHER than fanfiction to annoy [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody_dragon I propose this question to her and all of you on my FL, because I love getting opinions and arguing/debating, or just learning about fresh perspectives...

What do you think of shock advertising? By shock advertising, I mean things like the United Colors of Benetton using the picture of a man dying of AIDS on his deathbed, and sticking their logo in the corner. I mean the same company using the nude torso of a male model and stamping his forearm with a Holocaust-like tattoo reading "HIV positive." What do ads like these do to you, make you think about the company advertising, the magazine/newspaper they appear in, the photographer, or the models/people pictured? Why? Is anyone justified using shock advertising, and if so, for what reasons? (For example, does donating to a charity for AIDS relief justify using the image described above for an ad for clothing?)

See the first image here: http://webquiz.ilrn.com/books/levc04q/levc04.06.01.02.png

Time to go to mythology class (Mr. Adams calls it My-thologee)!

Whoot!

Sep. 18th, 2005 09:58 pm
azurite: (kaiba's a ddr freak)
Okay, so my genius has nothing to do with a damn Geek Squad cable, which I have every intent of returning as soon as possible.

All I had to do was type in \\my.ip.ad.dr.es.s into Windows Explorer and it worked! YAY! Of course, it's taking forever because of all the Podcasts (which I never listen to, and for some reason, I have a Reggae podcast I never subscribed for) and music, plus episode 1 of Trick (wanna download the rest of Season 1, but I forgot where to go!).

I also successfully installed iTunes on my laptop, but it never shows up on my screen when I click the icon. I've agreed to the License Agreement, but still, nothing happens. *blink* Whar? I'm a bit relieved to know I'm not the only one who had such difficulties with updating to iTunes 5, though-- it goes to show not even Apple is infallible.

I'm also going to work more on my icon claims for [livejournal.com profile] iconfiend100 and [livejournal.com profile] 7sinsvirtues, especially the latter since 14 icons would be a snap for me. ^^; Note that the icons WILL NOT overlap, so there will be over 114 SxA icons on the web, courtesy of yours truly. I think I ought to start up a gallery of them over at BEA!

I need a smaller size version of the banner I just posted over at [livejournal.com profile] betasquad. It needs to be about 200 x 150 or so, GIF format. Any takers?

zOMGHOLYFUCKINGBATMANS!

I just saw the newest Harry Potter trailer, and WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

October + November = THE SHIZNIT!

That is all.
azurite: (hales371 - Anzu kicks ass)
I saw "March of the Penguins" tonight with David and Erin. It was SOOOOO squee-worthy, and I love anything narrated by Morgan Freeman, because he has such an amazing voice. But what I really wanted to post was this: I saw the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire preview. And damn it looks good. :)
azurite: (the_sweet - I'm a Maiko!)
Okay, so I just finished reading "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" a few minutes ago, and considering how my brain works, I decided to hop on here and just write my impressions of it. So... yeah, spoilers, chock-full of them. Eventually I'll be looking forward to discussions about what happened and the whole "new" canon, but in the meantime... listen to the Phoenix song. )

Oh, and finally:

Which HP Kid Are You?
Bwaha, I knew it.
azurite: (rhapsody_dragon - ctrl-z!)
Ugh, I'm an idiot. The official Idiot, the Captain of the Idiots, the Mascot... ugh. See, I got all excited and hyped up about two measly things this week: one, the possibility of spending more time with Scott by going to Disneyland/Magic Mountain on the opening day. That idea fizzled out pretty quickly, seeing as Scott not only said he wasn't much of a Disney person on July 4th, but the closer we got to the date in question, the less likely I'd be able to switch shifts with anyone who got the day off. So I let it go. This does NOT imply that I wanted to work more than I wanted to be with him... rather, I'd spend more time with Scott if I could and he WOULD try... but like I said before, I'm past the point where I want to make all the efforts.

The other thing was the Harry Potter party. I've never been-- it sounded fun, if a little geeky, but a chance to meet new people. I guess Scott, Baba, and my own inner nag's voices have all got through to me,  because more often than not, I feel pretty lonely without someone to talk to in person about stuff. And my co-workers have proven to be less than companionable, for the most part: J (most likely in jest, but still, it kinda hurt that he said it) said of my reasons for wanting to get off work early today and go to the HP Party (which I stupidly did NOT realize was last night...) -- "Wow! You're a freak!" Maybe it was just a painful reminder of my school (mandatory) years.

Well yeah, so I'm pretty bummed about missing the premiere party (I have good reason for thinking it was supposed to be tonight/last night, and not FRIDAY night; all the Borders emails and such I got indicated July 16-17, not *ANYTHING* about July 15), especially when I had this whole opportunity to dress up/cosplay and maybe even look decently LIKE a character. Instead I came home with HPB (now about 1/4 of the way done) and read for a bit, and promptly passed out after I got upstairs (to read in a "more comfortable" place). There are some biggies-- but not like OMG!!! JKR, HOW COULD YOU!!??!? Not yet, anyway. But the book review in the Daily News said "I haven't cried this much since Charlotte the spider (of Charlotte's Web) died." So I'm steeling myself for all the possibilities.

I've got some banners done for [livejournal.com profile] ygo_verse #15's winners, but I missed my own challenge at [livejournal.com profile] ygo_awards and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to do the posting of the votes (I think I am, as I'm probably the only one who can see the screened comments, right?) or not. I've got to do some for [livejournal.com profile] ygo_offtopicon this week, just because I have some great ideas, and I refuse to come up with 2 fantastic ideas for challenges (last week was "Indiana Jones") and not participate.

Not sure how 'Net will be in SF, though-- 56K, if I'm lucky.

Anyway, I have work tomorrow (er, today) at 9:30, so I'm going to head off now.
azurite: (karribuhater59 - King of Sex)
For some bizarre reason (perhaps blame it on my Jamba card that I found) I've been obsessed with cherries lately. I wanted to make a cherry layout for one site or another, and attempted to scan my Jamba card and make it into a seamless background-- that didn't work. I tried finding web graphics places with cherry backgrounds or cherry-themed layouts... note, the FRUIT, not the flower! So irritating... And I also wanted to find more "jewel" like layouts, but it looks like Moyra's was the first, last, and best of them. Other than that, I'm stuck making my own... :P

I haven't been much in the mood for writing or photoshopping today; it might be due to this weird loneliness I've got. I'm kind of feeling sulky and unwilling to stick with any one thing for an extended period. I still have lots to do, though, so I'll take tomorrow (er, today?) to do it. I was working earlier today even though I didn't have to -damn my conscience! Apparently one of my co-workers busted up her finger and had an allergic reaction to the Epsom salt she put it in, so... o_O Wait, didn't I already say all this?

I spent the last hour or so on JK Rowling's official site hunting down "easter eggs." It was fun! There's much stuff to be found and cool things to learn! I'm looking forward to the upcoming release and party at Border's... and as for my Myrtle costume:
(1) No robes, no biggie-- it's a good 80 degrees here with high humidity AT NIGHT, so I don't think people will whine if I don't have them... right? And if they do, I can throw a hissy fit-- I'll moan and mope and be Myrtle!
(2) Collared shirt (preferably a T-shirt, got that... I do have a collared white long-sleeved shirt, too) and a tie, and some kind of solid, dark-colored skirt (I have gray, a long black one, and some "swishy" black ones too-- but the only pleated skirt I have is black-and-white plaid). Also a black vest (check).
(3) High socks (check) and shoes (???)
(4) Pigtails (easy) glasses (check) and a perfect pout (double-check)

...Dude, the actress who plays her in the movies (Shirley Henderson) is 38. 3-8! OMGWTFBBQ.

The party goes from 9pm to 1am, as far as I've heard, and I get off at 7:45pm. I live about 15 minutes away from Border's, so it works out perfectly, ne?

Ah, and as I'm reading all these FAQs, the Dramione-shipper in me weeps. JKR has killed off any possibility of Hermione and Draco "getting together," but that won't stop fangirls from me from theorizing once she ends the saga. (By the way, what do you call a 7-part series? I mean if a 3 parter is a trilogy, then what is a 7-parter? A septagogy?) And she's said SOOO many things (from both the literary and journalistic perspective) that incriminate certain events as happening or not happening. Most of you might know what I mean. *wails* I'm going to start crying now... break out the Kleenex and whip out your currency... I think I know who's gonna die in this book...

Oh did I mention Scott and I saw "The Fantastic Four" the other night? It was cheeseball, and as Scott said, 100% predictable, but I loved it. And whee for the actor who played Dr. Doom whose name escapes me at the moment-- he makes such a kick-ass enemy!

Hm, so I'm tinkering with other possible pairings for my other 30kisses pairing, since I will eventually (sometime soon, though not like, in a week or anything) be done with Seto x Anzu, and I'm not too into re-hashing and trying any of my other YGO pairings/triangles. So...
* Draco x Hermione
* Lois x Clark
Mm, choices, choices! With DxH, I could totally fulfill [livejournal.com profile] a_white_rain's request and do a bunch of time-traveling fics. I love time-traveling!

Ugh, I forgot/was a bit busy and neglected to post the new challenge #5 at YOT. Doing that now. Buh-bye.

I need icons:
* Harry Potter
* Sailor Moon (live action + anime + manga)
* Any of the other anime/manga/video games I like
azurite: (ashton - plz die kthx)
I *just* woke up. Yeah, it's after 12 noon here, and yeah, it's lunchtime but I'm eating cereal... but already, today sucks. Why? Because five minutes after I woke up, someone from work called and asked me to come in. Sure, they had a very compelling reason (smashed up their finger, allergic to the Epsom salt they put it in, need to go to emergency room) but... ugh, this happens to me EVERY DAMN TIME I HAVE A DAY OFF! ;_; Why can't people just leave me alone? Worse, whenever they call the house phone, Baba and Grandpa never hesitate to give me the phone-- they don't ask who it is, where they're from, or what they want... and they don't care if I'm sleeping! -_- That ends NOW! If I don't recognize the phone number, I am NOT going to answer the phone. Pisses me off. Anyway, I took the shift, so I'm all rushing around trying to get everything done... and ow, my ankle is killing me. And it's a bloody 5 hour shift. Augh, why did I agree to this!?

On top of that, I had a weird dream. There was just me, Scott, and some other guy (maybe James? He's the son of an old friend of the family-- one of my dad's friend's sons) were in the house. Scott was down in the kitchen (topless, though I can't see why that's relevant) in front of the fridge, which for some reason, had an assortment of plastic card-holders (like the kinds you put pamphlets or postcards in) on the fridge door, instead of all these photos and magnets. Scott finished eating a banana, and just TOSSED the peel on the floor. For some reason, that really pissed me off, and I grabbed Scott by the arm and literally shoved him outside, and I slammed the door in his face. James (?) was in the den, fiddling with something that I thought was an X-Box, playing a game that looked like a mish-mash between two games, or half of a level from one game I'd played before (but not in the recent past). He said something about me being pretty vicious, but he was grinning, so I wasn't mad at him. Meanwhile, Scott seemed pretty upset and embarrassed to be outside, because some guys (one had a mustard yellow van with those old-school white gemtops) were unloading equipment and watching topless-Scott squirm outside... and I was under the impression they were filming something important. And then I woke up.

Gwuh? What does all that mean?

Well, work-wise... yesterday kind of stank. JF (the girl that C likes), C, J, and I were *all* working together. C and JF got off at the same time, and as far as I know, left together. I should be happy-- "good on them" and all that, because I told JF what I heard that night when C, J, and I closed. And I even went so far as to give C a small note saying I was sorry he took my words to heart (JF told me that C approached her and said "So, you think I'm a womanizer, do you?" K made me think that C wouldn't care, but apparently he did, especially if he brought it up 2 days later.) and that I had no right to say what I said, I was sorry and felt lousy, and if he really liked JF, he ought to go after her-- and me saying mean things because I was jealous for not getting his attention anymore (this all ends up tying back to Scott "not having enough time" to pay attention to me, otherwise I probably wouldn't even think about what C thinks of me). Well, I don't know if he even read the note, much less thought about it. So that kind of bummed me out, because he didn't even SAY anything to me. I was in a funk for the rest of the night-- I even agreed to do dishes. Sad thing is, I think I'm coming off as more and more of a bitch to my co-workers. What I think is me being enthusiastic, others might think is being too forthright or loud or something. *sigh* ;_;

The good news? I finished reading Order of the Phoenix, things that I forgot about make sense, and I'm all ready for the Half-Blood Prince. Plus I managed to switch shifts with Simon so I can get off in time to go home, throw together a Moaning Myrtle outfit (I lack robes-- too bad I didn't bring my old graduation gown with me- but then again, those are either red or white-- only the boys are black!) and head off to the Midnight Magic party. If Seattle's Best is open, I'll treat myself to a Chocolate Trio (and maybe some Fizzing Whizbees).
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Whoo-hoo! Okay, so Mamono's gotten back to me with WDKY17, and [livejournal.com profile] guardian_kysra says she'll get back to me with it tomorrow (meaning today) and even [livejournal.com profile] nekokilala, our newest member of [livejournal.com profile] betasquad said she'd give it a look-see! Yayness!

News you can use:
I have updated my FFnet profile to include a comprehensive list of all 82 of my fics posted this far... and which ones are Oneshots, which ones are Works in Progress, and which ones are Multi-Chapter Completed Stories. As I JUST posted a new fic "Lover Alone" on [livejournal.com profile] 30kisses and [livejournal.com profile] ygo_lyricwheel, this FFnet list is subject to change whenever I upload a new story/chapter. So keep your eyes peeled. New information on the profile includes "expected number of chapters," which some people might be interested in knowing.

I finished downloading ALL of PGSM! Yay! I have to start burning the CDs... but I'm still burning Rochelle's Inuyasha (which was being a pain today and refusing to let me burn CDs and then not letting me know about it or why), so I don't even know if I'll have enough. Keep in mind that I bought 100 CDs about a month ago. -_- I'm just excited to finally be up to Act 20! I wanna throttle Mamoru, though!

In Jamba news... well, I think I made a bit of a discovery. It's 50/50 when it comes to being "good" or "bad." Remember "C" the co-worker who's younger than me, cute, and I kinda had a bitty-size crush on him? Well a) the other day he joked about my age... I kicked him (not hard) and told him how old I REALLY was (20) and he seemed surprised! I felt bad about kicking him though, and ironically enough, we both apologized at the same time; b) we both closed together, along with "J" who I suspect likes me. I like him as a friend --he's cheered me up when I've needed it, and he does seem to care, but that particular night, not only was I on my rag, but I was thinking about how it's 10 days from the date when it'll have been 10 years since my sister died. So I was kind of quiet. Why do guys make a fuss when girls are bitchy on their period, but if they're quiet and moody instead of yelling and screaming, they seem to get more paranoid? *shrug*

Anyway, I finally made this comment about C being a womanizer, and he actually persisted in knowing who (of the female coworkers) agreed with me. When I named one particular girl, it seemed to get to him, and I deduced that he liked her. Or he at least cares a lot about her opinion... so, womanizer or no, it's not as if I have any reason to be jealous [I already have a boyfriend, I don't date younger guys, and wanting attention from a guy just because other girls were getting it is NOT a good reason to go after someone] and I'm trying to figure out what to do. I intended to tell C that he shouldn't change who he is, I'm sorry for what I said, and that he can and should go after this girl if he wants to-- but he should lay off the flirting with other female co-workers, because as I said, I'm not the only one who's noticed (and been on the receiving end of it).

For the most part, we had an amicable relationship today, but he left pretty quickly (again, without giving me the chance to say anything to him). I felt kind of sour and sad about it for the remainder of my shift, because I kept thinking there was something I could have said, but if he really cared about it, he wouldn't have acted the way he did. "K," the nice lead that's been closing with us these past few nights, is one of the girls C kind of flirted with (even though she's 6 years his senior!) said C probably didn't care. I don't know whether to believe her or not.

I was also thinking about what "J" asked while we were closing-- if I could date anyone in the store, who would it be. J already knows I kind of liked C, so I wondered if he was just asking to get me to admit it. I dodged around the answer, saying I wouldn't take the risk-- and then later saying I just didn't take risks in the summer (people DYING and all). C ended up being the first co-worker I told the truth to about Michelle. He didn't react in any special way, which I guess is what makes it so memorable-- he didn't say "I'm sorry" or "What happened?" or anything. I think he might have said "Oh." I can't be upset or happy about that one way or another.

I wanted to tell C, when we were alone, that I lied to J (augh, now I feel bad about that) and that yeah, I would have gone out with C, if I had the chance. But I neglected to mention that I couldn't and wouldn't cheat on my boyfriend, whom I love very much, crushes and silly things like that aside. "S" and "K" both know I have a boyfriend, I don't think J and C do, though. I wanted to tell C that I did like him a lot initially, but a lot of that feeling has faded, and frankly, the whole "womanizer" thing came from me being jealous that he'd been so nice to me at first, but then he started flirting with other girls and downright ignoring me (ignoring totally, not just ignoring-as-flirt-material). I wanted to say I kind of badgered that girl into agreeing with me that he's a womanizer (she didn't outright disagree with me; she sort of treated the whole thing as a joke) and that if he genuinely liked her, he should say so. I just didn't want to hear it from his lips.

And I worked with that girl today, but I couldn't bring myself to tell HER what I suspect about C, either.

At least all this stuff about fics and things have distracted me enough (until now) where I'm not thinking about it.

But what I am thinking about is Harry Potter, and all these weird questions that have been bubbling in my head since I started reading "Order of the Phoenix" for the second time. So here are my questions under an LJ-CUT... Answer if you can/dare. Wiggle those extendable ears! )
azurite: (fox-dream.com - RoD smart is sexy)
Ah, sometimes Scott has excellent ideas. After discovering that my precious rec room is infested with ants (going across all 14 or so feet of the entire ceiling, no less) and spiders (!!!!!!!!) Scott pulled me away and took me to Borders for an hour and a half or so. It was good. I grabbed the volumes of Boys Over Flowers/Hana Yori Dango that I was missing (8, 9, 11) -- but sadly, they're lacking in the Hot Gimmick (7, 9) department. Guess I'll have to order those online. I also looked for the Harry Potter books 1-4 boxed set... out-of-print! I was going to get 1-5 and just give Book 5 to Mom, since she OWNS 1-4, but not 5... but alas! It was not in store, despite the catalog saying it was. So anyway, I bought 4 differently-sized copies of 1-4, and I think I saved money.

I also caught sight of the new Entertainment Weekly and...
(1) "Superman Returns" looks like it's going to be terrible. Sorry, but Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane? I don't see it. That and, despite "not being a sequel," it takes place after the events of Chris Reeve's Superman 2, which means people that WERE NOT alive and part of the fandom when said movie came out will probably have to rewatch it for it to make any sense. This is NOT a good way to start out a franchise with so much possibility and weight on it. The guy playing Clark/Superman looks okay, but... Well, he's no Chris Reeves, and he sure as hell isn't Dean Cain. Tom Welling wasn't even asked to play the role, because they would have had to cancel "Smallville" for him to do it. Oh, and did you know that the 'S' on Superman's chest is really made out of thousands of little crystals with S's on them! Supe's a pimp loaded with bling-bling!

(2) CILLIAN MURPHY! Okay, it's just a one-paragraph blurb, but a pretty hot pic of him, and [livejournal.com profile] shadow_reality, I thought you'd wanna know. ^_~

(3) Ralph Fiennes = Voldemort!? o_O... Uh, yeah, this is the guy that went after J.Lo in "The Wedding Planner," right? And now he's the epitome of all evil? Hmm.....

Harry Potter die-hard fans have way too much time on their hands. I wish I had that kind of time on my hands. I mean, I looked at all these unofficial guides and things, and they bring up so many points I never even thought of! I mean, I might have thought of them once or twice while reading the books and making my usual faces, but these people turned them into full-fledged discussions. Once I re-read the series, I might be able to chat with the best of them.

Seattle's Best coffee really has the best... hot cocoa. This delish little thing called the Cocoa Trio. It was yummy last winter in Seattle, and it's yummy now in summer in Los Angeles. Really, I love it. It made my night.

I've gotten a lot of (mixed) reviews for all the oneshots I posted to FFnet, but because most of them were ficlets/drabbles, I used lots of ellipses (...) in them... and QuickEdit (the bane of my existence) liked to edit them out, and make me into some female e.e. cummings with my own sense of grammar. Sorry, no, I'm not that quite sure of myself just yet... I fixed "Silhouette" and "Miss Match," but I don't know if any of the others have screwed up the appearance of my fics royally. I'm going through all the reviews and trying to make sure. Let me know if I don't fix an error within the week!

Note: One of my loyal reviewers, Amazoness Archer, has requested I do a Yami x Anzu fic. Someone better hold me to it. Better yet, be more specific and write a theme/challenge element for me to follow. I seem to be good at doing those lately.

ChibiChib said (of "This Is All Your Fault") -- "I don't get it." o_O Well, she's not the only one making that face. What's not to get? *shrug* Do you really have to know about the Kaibaman card (the one created by Konami, and a legit Duel Monsters card) to understand the fic? I don't think so... Other people seemed to get it, and they said it was funny. Is there anything in there that doesn't make sense?

Any votes for lengthening "First Impression" into a miniseries? Yeah, one so far-- okay, two if you count [livejournal.com profile] atlantian_magic's original vote. Anyone else think so? But I need a direction to go-- obviously one of them (Seto or Anzu) would start to remember their REAL first meeting... but how, when, and why? Which one of them? Would the other person need a "push" to remember? If so, from who?

Re: "The Darkness Within" -- remember, it's a Kaiba introspective fic. He thinks if he got too close to Anzu, she'd become like him, dark and rotted and not the person he cares for. This might not be true, but it's what Kaiba thinks, and Kaiba never doubts himself.

Not so many reviews for "World Champion," even though that one is pure fluff (more so than "S'More" I think) -- and the one review I got for "One Of These Days" was someone demanding to know whether it was Kaiba. My answer: Sore wa hi-mi-tsu desu! (It is a sec-ret!) And for S'More-- one person thought Kaiba was being a "stuck-up jackass" ... eh!? He was!? ^^;

I got the wrong idea from this review: At first I thought it was Seto because he always has to be on the top but I guess Anzu is sort of like that too.

This reminds me of a line from Lois and Clark: "You like to be on top. Got it." *snickers* Though Kaiba = Clark Kent... NO WAY!

I've also been contemplating more of WDKY-- sadly, I had no time to work on it tonight, but I got an idea for a relatively plot-sized revision involing You-Know-Who and the rest of the You-Know-Whats. And if you don't know, sorry, I won't tell you until Chapter 22 or thereabouts-- you oughta know by now! ^_~ I don't foreshadow for nothing, you know!

Oh yeah, [livejournal.com profile] seeshellirun, I watched "Confessions of a White Collar Cop." It's... o_O <-- my face. It's funny but weird, sometimes shocking, but still acceptable (to watch-- I mean everyone's got lines they draw for various genres; this was never too stupid or too violent for me to click away). But which one were you? The ninja? The clown? Someone else? The confessions were pretty freakin' funny, though. *smirk*

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