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Holy crap



One of these days I am going to write an essay about how the writing in season two has been the most amazing ever and all the relationships are just utterly fascinating x 10, but I have about 1000 other things that need to get done so for now I'm just going to keep shrieking.

Just. Oh my God, you guys, if Margo Martindale doesn't win an Emmy I will storm the castle. Mags Bennett is one of the most interesting, charismatic, absolutely terrifying villains I've ever seen on TV.

Also, someone could write an entire academic paper about all the parent-child relationships in this show. (And judging by the promo, I am even more convinced that Art is surrogate-daddy. "You just keep doing what you're doing, and I'll just keep cleaning up after you.")

Also also, I would like some kind of spin-off in which Raylan teaches Loretta how to fight crime.

Also also also, "The only thing we're on the same side of is, like, THIS CAR."

In conclusion, Boyd Crowder.

(Is anyone else watching this show? Do you like well-written noir Westerns with a twisted sense of humor? WHAT ARE YOU STILL DOING HERE? GO WATCH!)
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So while I am sitting here, basking in the glow of an amazing day in St. Augustine with Mom, I figure that now is the best time to write up my 2010 in review post!

2010: if you try sometimes, you just might find... )

All right. Resolutions!

1. Finish The Hungry Ground. I have to be better about writing on weeknights as well as weekends, even if work knocks me on my ass. I'm aiming to finish in the summer: hopefully will have a first draft by June or July in order to start querying in August or September, so as to avoid the writing convention crunch. I have a list of top agents, and I have what I think is a more salable story, and I am ready to go. Maybe this time I'll get that agent.

2. Work on confidence, as always. I get better every year, but it's an ongoing process!

3. Continue to be fiscally responsible. I've been good at budgeting and I don't want to change that! And since I'm fortunate enough to have a job that leaves me with some extra cash, I want to give more to charity this year.

4. Spend more time with you guys! Due to being crazy-busy, I have fallen off the face of the earth, and I miss y'all. Any one of you should feel free to AIM me at insomniacF3 if you see me online - I don't bite!

5. Be more healthy. Not because I'm unhappy with the way I look, but because my arteries will thank me. Besides upholding my workout schedule, I need to learn some healthier recipes.

6. Most of all, I want to be sitting here in my parents' house next year, just like this, and know that the people I love are happy and safe. That's not really a resolution, though. That's just my hope.

Happy New Year! ♥ I love you all!
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I say Accessory-mas because many of my gifts were, in fact, accessories! Two scarves, two headbands, a bracelet from Dad, and a sorely needed new handbag. Other than that, I got a new wool sweater, a lovely hand-knit vest/shrug from Etsy, an apron, a little contact grill, a dish set perfect for Japanese cuisine, the first season of Community, two PS3 games (Folklore and Devil May Cry 4), two new books, and the softest bathrobe and softest throw blanket IN THE WORLD. Mom was pretty excited because, apparently, almost all of that was on sale.

She also gave me something very lovely and unique: she took some gorgeous official art postcards that came with my Mushishi DVDs and had them framed very beautifully together. It was hands-down my classiest gift.

Least classy gift: Dad wrapped a bottle of beer and put it under the tree. It was sort of the best thing ever. We are so Irish you guys.

And, of course, YUUULETIDE! I got not one, not two, but THREE How to Train Your Dragon fics! I will write more detailed recs in an unlocked post on [ profile] yuletide later, but they are all well-written and totally cute. The first two follow my original prompt for a post-movie fic showing Hiccup doing the genius engineer thing relating to the spoilery plot development. The third fic was gifted to another person besides me, and I suspect it's closer to that person's prompt, but I will never, ever object to adorable Stoick and Toothless bonding. Needless to say, all of these are chock full of SPOILERS.

If you'd like to guess my fic, by all means! I will make it easy-ish:
- It is over 5000 words long.
- This is the third fic in this fandom that I've written for Yuletide, but the first two were treats.
- Not a lot of you have watched this canon, but one of you has already commented on the fic.

More Yuletide recs later, plus a detailed review of one of the books I got for Christmas! I read it all in one afternoon, which should tell you how I liked it.
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I will have to do a real write-up at some point, but I am completely dead right now. My feet are in agony even though I'm lying down (should have worn shoes with better support!) and I was feeling very woozy until I had a protein shake. But I concluded a hectic and incredibly social week with the Stewart/Colbert rally, and I'm so glad I was among the 250,000+ people there.


- I went with a few Embassy coworkers and we got ourselves a decent spot. I could see the stage if I jumped up and down, and I was able to see the TV screens most of the time. I almost lost my spot (and my friends) when I had to find a bathroom, but I got back to them despite some very pissed-off people who didn't want to let me past.

- The guest stars! OMG! I had several joy-related aneurysms: the first was, of course, when Adam and Jaime, aka the Mythbusters, showed up to warm up the crowd. The next one was when Sam Waterson aka JACK FREAKING MCCOY read Colbert's masterpiece poem about all the things we should be afraid of. And then when the poem concluded with the Law and Order CHUNG CHUNG, I shrieked. By the time the former Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) showed up, I was in heaven.

- All the different bits were great. Loved the crack about how there were "at least ten million" people there, Stephen's Chilean miners entrance, the epic debate with Fearzilla (and John Oliver's part was hysterical), and generally all of it.

- John and Stephen also presented the Reasonableness and Fear awards. Reasonableness awards went to people like a woman who was critical but extremely respectful to Obama at a town hall meeting, and the "And I was like, dude, you have no Koran" guy. Stephen's Fear awards went to Anderson Cooper's tiny black T-shirt of disaster and Mark Zuckerberg.

- I wouldn't say the crowd was equal parts liberal and conservative, but there was a mix for sure. And the humor was political but not partisan. I don't think Jon and Stephen made fun of any politicians: their key aim was to satirize the media for overblowing fears and exaggerating our differences, which, I think, is something almost everyone can agree on. Except the media.

- Jon's final speech was sincere and really lovely: I think he's right that a not-insignificant amount of regular people are willing to work together, and do so every day in their own ways. I hope that's something people take to heart. ♥

- Oh, by the way, best costume was four lovely ladies showing everyone what "Muslim garb" looked like: they were in Ninja Turtles outfits with matching hijab. It was freaking awesome.

In conclusion: dude, you have no Koran.


Oct. 13th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Yuletide has come! And my nominated fandoms are:

Natsume Yuujinchou
The Thief of Eddis books
Prince of Persia 2008
and How to Train Your Dragon!

Quite a mix I've got here. A couple mainstays and a couple new fandoms! And thankfully none of them have that many fics on AO3, since they would be disqualified under the new arbitrary rule if they did. SIGH. Oh well. I always look forward to Yuletide, and I'm not going to let anyone ruin it - even if I have to ignore the comm for everything except deadlines!

Oh, but one more complaint: people are actually nominating things like Inception, Sherlock, and Supernatural? SERIOUSLY, GUYS? Would you like me to explain this to you? And l-lol, someone nominated Due South. I'm pretty sure the massive fandom's got you covered, dude. But if you want, I can arrange the first annual ADHFKS NO REALLY WHAT IS THIS SHOW Fic Exchange.

I was, however, very happy to see that people were ahead of me in nominating Slings and Arrows, the Smoke books, Onmyouji, and other such fantabulous things. It's going to be hard to decide what I want to request!
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This week was much busier than last week, but now I'm rested and ready to chill out. I made an omelette this morning! And I'm going to make actual real dinner tonight! But first I'm going to go on a journey to buy a wireless router and some work clothes! And then tonight I am going to CLEAN ALL THE THINGS and make my apartment pretty. ♥

And most importantly! I GOT A NETFLIX ACCOUNT, FINALLY. And I require some recs for movies and TV shows to rent. Suggestions~?

Have a great holiday, everyone!
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Two words: THE CLAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! (I shrieked. And then I applauded like a crazy person.)

Loved it.

Loved it loved it loved it.

I think it's actually my favorite of the three.

This coming from someone who didn't really think a third movie was necessary! Mea culpa, Pixar. I should have trusted your brilliance.

But basically, it was one part prison escape caper, two parts Brave Little Toaster homage, and three parts concentrated Pixar awesome. I think I laughed at least twice as hard as any of the kids in the theater. (Chuckles the clown! Every scene Ken was in! Timothy Dalton as the classically-trained porcupine plushie! Bonnie! Barbie being really freaking awesome! Spanish Buzz's DANCING oh my god. DYING.)

And yep, I was definitely crying at the end. As someone who graduated recently, the themes hit me right in the heart. But it was a fantastic, perfect ending and I'd watch the movie again in a second.

Also, um. I think that Woody and Buzz and Jessie may be the writers' OT3. I can't bring myself to ship it (mostly because, well, they're toys), but I'm glad the love triangle was so epically averted.

All in all, it was definitely a love story to our generation, the people who were kids when the first Toy Story came out. And it was a nice reminder that even though we're growing up, we'll never grow out of their movies.

And now I want to have a Pixar marathon. ♥


May. 31st, 2010 03:07 pm
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So with the money my relatives gave me for graduation, I got myself a PS3, Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed II, and Final Fantasy 13. And I'mma buy Flower, too.

Finally. FINALLY. ♥
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Exams and such are over! I will probably still be scarce until the week after next, because now the long goodbye begins. Graduation is on the 23rd, and until then, I'll probably be spending as much time with my college friends as possible - I don't know when I'll see them again, after all.

But right now, I'm in the apartment alone and have some time to kill, and this meme looks fun. In the comments, I'm going to post 100 things that make me happy!
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I have only one word:


omg omg omg omg so cuuuuuuuuuuuuute

So cute it goes on my list of "Movies so cute I almost expired while watching them." That list is mostly composed to Pixar movies, so that's saying something. It is so full of love that not even the rejection I got when I returned home was enough to dampen the love.

(omg Hiccup and Toothless and Astrid and EVERYONE omg)

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/is a year older

Thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes, guys. ♥ My birthday was nice and quiet, though I could have done without the rain. And best of all, I didn't get any rejection letters! It's nice when your birthday is heartbreak-free.

Tomorrow I begin 22-year-old life with a Japanese presentation, a few important meetings, and hopefully some WRITING, dammit.

October 2013



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