aderam: (Hat)
Hey all. It's May. Which means it's getting close to decision time.

I still haven't heard from anyone official at the archaeology firm yet, but M says that things are starting up and they'll be needing new hires soon. I'll send a polite email sometime around Monday if I haven't heard anything by then.

Still trying to feel optimistic, but I'm going to have to start making plans to move into my brother's basement soon whether I hear back or not.

I've given notice at work. So May 14th is going to be my last day.

I've started organizing books, and yarn, and clothes. And I'm getting boxes together to send to long term storage in my Mother's basement (despite having just cleared everything out of there this past summer).

And I should have gotten more accomplished today, but instead I finished reading The Silvered by Tanya Huff because I just couldn't put it down. Werewolves and mages and badass womenfolk and an Empire like the Romans in a time period more similar to the Napoleonic wars. It was awesome. Highly recommend. But that's not exactly surprising since it's Tanya Huff.

Anyway. Life is hard right now. But I'm working through it. And hopefully I'll hear something good really soon. If not I'll be heading east toward family. Which is also good.

And in the meantime we're getting Iron Man 3 at my work and we're probably going to have a staff screening either tonight or tomorrow morning. So I'm finally going to get the chance to see a new movie before everyone else! Perks of the job. :)

!!!

Mar. 5th, 2013 04:11 pm
aderam: (Feed Scotty)
I have a phone interview with an(other) archaeology firm tomorrow. (!!!) I have already quizzed M (who works there) about what I should be saying and what I should expect (both from the interview and the type of work they do). I'm optimistically terrified. So think good thoughts for me tomorrow afternoon (PST)!

Some other thoughts to keep myself from brooding:

- I don't like the latest update of iTunes. The reason I started using iTunes was that I found it really intuitive, and the way they changed things around this update has ballsed it up (IMO). So I thinking about switching over to using Zune more, since I have to use it for my phone too. But figuring out new software is annoying. And I do still have an iPod. Blagh.

- I need a book to bring with me to work. I want to read Tanya Huff's The Silvered because I got it for Christmas and haven't started it yet. But I don't want it to get any butter on it. Because it is a nice book and a massive hardcover. I wish it was out in paperback so I could just grab a cheap copy. Bah.

Also, picking books for reading at work is hard because it has to be something I actually want to read, but also something that I don't feel weird reading in front of co-workers. - This might be lingering issues from that awful summer job I had where my coworkers were rude and bullied me about reading Stranger in a Strange Land because it was an old '70s SciFi cover so it looked really wacky.

- I went to yoga yesterday for the first time in a while. And it felt really good, although my muscles know I was working them today. I was sure that I would need to spend most of the class in child's pose (resting), but turns out that I'm not in as bad shape as I thought I was. I have been playing hockey though, and it's interesting that I can feel which muscles are hockey muscles because those poses are much easier for me than even some of the "easier" poses that don't use hockey muscles.

- I really want to do more writing, but I'm terrible without deadlines. I've figured out that I need to finish my Teen Wolf fic before Season 3 starts in June because it's a pre-series story and I know from spoilers that they're doing a flashback episode. I'm torn between being super excited to see the canon Hale family and a little sad that they aren't going to be the same as the Hale family that's been hanging out in my head for the past few months.

And the other day I picked up a Star Trek XI fic I started years ago and wrote a couple of scenes because they were just in my head. I have no idea why since, while I'm excited for the new movie, I haven't been reading any fic or even watching any of the other Treks. Whatever, as long as I'm writing I don't really care.
aderam: (Smiley Allison)
Some friends recently told me that I should watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and since I'd already heard the name bouncing around the internet I got curious.

What are The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? you ask. (Or maybe you don't, because unlike me you actually manage to keep up with the cool things that are happening on the internet.) - Well. It's a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (as you might expect) that is being told on the internet through Elizabeth Bennet's video blog (and some sidebar video blogs by other characters).

And it shows exactly why I tend to like modern retellings of classic stories, sometimes better than the original.

Classic stories are classic for a reason. They're really good. And usually they're also really old. The really old part is where problems come in. Because writing styles, and laws, and values change a lot over time. So P&P is a great story but when I read (or watch a good historical adaptation - like the BBC mini series) it's also a mental exercise - like reading tough Sci Fi - because I have to try and understand what the fuck the characters are thinking. When you read P&P you have to remember that women are not as important as men, that there aren't that many men around because there's a war on (this is the hardest to remember because Austen doesn't really mention it), and that Mrs. Bennet is not as crazy as you think - sure she's weird, but she's putting all her efforts into making sure her daughters are alright, which is quite noble even if her methods are suspect. (This is a point I have a hard time remembering.)

But modern retellings, when done well, take all the good story bits and make them easier to understand. And you can wallow in the characters and the plot without having to stop and retrospectively seethe for all the women in that time period who weren't allowed to be people.

But I digress.

The point of this post is that The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is AWESOME. And I love the way they tell the story because I feel like it shows off the characters better. I mainlined all the episodes they have so far yesterday, they're not quite done the story yet but they've gotten to the story equivalent of Lydia living unwed with Wickham (I won't tell you how they do it for modern day - spoilers!). And here are the things that I liked:

- Even though they're Lizzie's video blogs her faults and the narrowness of her views and opinions are extremely clear. Her portrayals of the other characters are so hilarious and over the top and the way that the other characters actually appear occasionally on the blog makes so much sense.
- Charlotte has real character development and is awesome! - And the way they do the Mr. Collins storyline is brilliant. BRILLIANT.
- Darcy is a Hipster!
- Everything about Lydia is amazing. Her whole storyline is so well done, with a great hint of meta. Because Lydia is awesome and she's talking about how she deserves what is happening to her ("and that's what everyone's saying, right?") which I think is how Lydia the character in the book is treated. Hell, that's kinda how I felt about her. It's so awesome to be called out about your opinions about a character!
- Lizzie is a Grad Student. Of course she is!
- Somehow this weird format went from hilarious joking into deep emotional stuff without skipping a beat. My Heart!
- Bingley is actually a Med Student named Bing Lee. Which means that he's Asian. But also that his first name is Bing. Which is phenomenal for making jokes.

I feel like this only works in part because we know the story so well. Classics are classic for a reason and being able to have a whole video of Lizzie ranting mostly incoherently about what a dick Darcy is with very little hints to the context is a luxury that the producers can afford because we already know what happened at the ball when the Bennets first meet Bingley and Darcy. Instead of being confusing it's amusing and tantalizing because we want to know more about how it turned out in this version.

So yeah. It's weird because I'm pretty sure I like this better than I do P&P, but The Lizzie Bennet Diaries couldn't exist without P&P. I think this is part of why I like fanfic and comic book movies and rebooting franchises (although I generally prefer new stories to retelling the same one over again). Because all of the story and tradition behind the new work helps shape it and make it bigger and more substantial. It's like how every retelling of the Iliad says more about the time of the retelling than it does about the fall of Troy or the Dark Ages of Greece when Homer wrote down the story.

This got thinky. Sorry. I haven't been a Grad Student in over a semester - I think my analytical brain has recovered.

BUT the point is that if you like P&P and modern stories told in new and fun ways then you should watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. You can find the videos here.

(That link has all the videos in chronological order. I've only watched the youtube playlist with just Lizzie's videos so far because the biggest problem with this series is that through striving for verisimilitude it took me a while to find where to watch everything and not just Lizzie's perspective. To be fair I was also distracted.)

Episode 1!
aderam: (Sometimes the Dragon Wins)
(And I love redundancy. *grin*)

Encouraged by the recent swath of movies, downloading and watching almost all of the animated X-Men, the fact that I've always wanted to get into comics and didn't know where to start, and that my roommate is also starting to read comics and is a Good Influence on me - I'm reading Marvel Comics. And I love it. :)

I've mostly been reading X-Men, but a few Avengers bits and pieces have worked their way in as well. And most recently I read Neil Gaiman's Marvel 1602 - which is Amazing.

The art is gorgeous! The story is well done. And how could you not love the Marvel characters in the Elizabethan Period? - Especially when they're made to fit in there so well?

My roommate got it out of the library and I'm super glad she did (see? Good Influence!). It's really cool to see how the characters are different and how they are the same. It's a canon AU! And it does it well!

Also it's Neil Gaiman.

But for my own sake I'm transcribing a bit from Sir Reed Richards, Natural Philosopher, because I agree whole heartedly.

Sue Storm: So what are these fundamental principles, if they are not atoms?
Sir Reed Richards: Stories. And they give me hope. We are a boatful of monsters and miracles, hoping that, somehow, we can survive a world in which all hands are against us. A world which, by all evidence, will end extremely soon. Yet I posit we are in a universe which favours stories. A universe in which no story can ever truly end; in which there can only be continuances. If we are in such a universe, as I hope, then we may have a chance.
...
The Thing: Reed -- you spoke of transmutations. Can you restore me to my humanity? I have been a monster too long.
Sir Reed Richards: In truth I do not know, my friend. The natural sciences say yes, a cure is possible. But the laws of a story would suggest that no cure can last for very long, Benjamin. For in the end, alas, you are so much more interesting and satisfying as you are.


So... now I need some comics icons. I'll get on that.
aderam: (Elizabeth Grin)
Had an absolutely ridiculous thought as I was on the bus coming home today. There's probably not enough cross-over of people around these parts who know both Swallows and Amazons and Sanctuary - but I'm writing it down anyway.

Nancy Blackett and Helen Magnus.

Look out world! I have all faith that the two of them together could do anything they set their minds to - and the rest of the world better get out of their way! (Or help.)
aderam: (Humbug)
HI! Thanks for offering one of my requests! I'm super stoked for this year's Yuletide, especially since all of my requests this year are very rare - 2 only have one fic on the AO3! So naturally this means that pretty much anything you write will make me super happy!

I've been doing Yuletide for many years now. And it's actually one of the only places where I end up finishing (rather than just starting) fic. So you can find the stuff that I've written over at the AO3 or at the old Yuletide Archive. You can also check out my previous Dear Yuletide Letters and various other complaints, squee etc at my Yuletide tag.

In terms of my general likes and dislikes in fic - I'm pretty eclectic. I usually prefer happy endings and generally joyful works with a lot of humour, but sad and angsty stuff can also be super awesome. Mostly I just like fic which is good (well, duh...) so if your strength is writing something a little more bittersweet, please do that!

Mostly I'm looking for something on a similar level of joyous/adorableness/happiness/snarkiness/banter to each canon, but I acknowledge that two of the three are actually set during war (and the third in the inter-war years), so life is not exactly a bucket of teddy bears. I hope that gives you an idea of what kind of tone I'd enjoy. If not please feel free to ignore all this.

Fandom Specific Info )

I hope that was helpful and didn't confuse you further. If you need any clarification I'm sure [personal profile] hobbitbabe would be willing to act as a go between.

THANKS SO MUCH!
aderam: (Horizon)
One of the great things about living with M is that we have pretty much the same taste in books, and certainly the same attitude toward them. In any case we've had loads of conversations about different books (and TV, and movies and things) that we remember from our childhoods (and since). It was in one of these that I remembered about Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome. I've only read a few of them myself, but Mum read all of them to me and my brother as we were growing up and they are brilliant. I've started rereading them now - although completely out of order. I'm starting with Pigeon Post - which is probably number 6 or so in the series.

This is definitely one of those rare occasions where the book is actually better than I remember it being. It's a series about two (later three) families of children who sail dinghies while on holiday in the Lake Country in England in the '30s, and it was written during this time too. So it could quite easily be filled with bad stereotypes, racism, sexism, etc. But it's not! And Nancy is a considerably stronger female character than most of the characters we get on modern TV (not to nay-say the other girls in the books - it's just that Nancy is so very much in charge of everyone). Yes, it's one of those series of kids adventure books where the eldest in the family is a boy named John (a good alternative to Peter), and the second is a girl named Susan who is practical. But there is no stereotypical explanation for the Blackett sisters. And I love how even though John, as Captain of the Swallow, manages to win in the competition to be the flagship of their tiny fleet, Nancy who is Captain of the Amazon is still very clearly in charge whenever they are doing anything.

But the best thing about these books for me is the imagination.
- Nancy, who's real name is Ruth, refuses to answer to it because pirates are ruthless
- bananas being tied to trees to make banana-trees
- renaming the local village and all the different landmarks to be more exciting - Wild Cat Island, the great hill of Kanchenjunga, Rio, the North Pole etc
- being forced to interact with the Natives (locals and family members left behind on land)
- and endless battles both against and alongside Captain Flint aka Nancy and Peggy's Uncle Jim, who lives in a houseboat

I love them because all of the things that the Swallows (John, Susan, Titty and Roger), Amazons (Nancy and Peggy) and Ds (Dick and Dorothea) do in these books are perfectly normal things for kids their ages to do. They have all properly learned how to sail, or are learning from the older siblings, they are more than capable of cooking for and looking after themselves. And they're also never too far from their parents - who are responsible, loving adults. Who are in no way neglectful and are quite encouraging of their children's insanity so long as they aren't being idiots or unsafe. I think too many of these type of adventure books end up with kids doing things that kids should never have to do. And there are always moments when I wonder where their parents are and what they were thinking. But Swallows and Amazons describes the type of things that my brother and I either did or would have done if we'd been able to spend our holidays on a peaceful lake with easy access to a farm for our morning milk.

(Slight Digression - I love how camping in Mrs Tyson's orchard in Pigeon Post is much too close to civilization, but after they move camp they still send someone all the way down the hill every morning to get fresh milk for their tea. Certain definitions of "wilderness" apply.)

And the sailing is great too. I learned a lot of my first principles of sailing from these books - right off the get go with Roger tacking up and down the field with the telegram in the first chapter of Swallows and Amazons. It kinda makes me miss being out on the water - even though I really can't stand sailing in dinghies (I'm much too big for them).

Of course now I'm imagining the St. Lawrence II (the sail training vessel where I spent my high school summers - she's a brigantine, a tall ship) crewed by Swallows, Amazons and Ds. It would be awesome.

So thank you Arthur Ransome for being more awesome than your time period called for. For having awesome characters of both genders doing amazing and credible things. And for providing such good stories to fuel my imagination during my formative years. I wonder if when you wrote these books you ever thought that a 24-year-old in 2011 would read them as a means of sanity preservation while working on finishing her MA?

(And it's totally related to my Classics degree. The first homing pigeon was named Homer, so naturally the next two were also named for Greek poets. Thus: Sappho and Sophocles.)
aderam: (Classics Books)
Dearest Friends,

I got myself a kindle a while back, but I find myself only now (with the end of term come and gone) having time for much reading. So I want some book recommendations!

I like urban fantasy, science fiction, anything about space marines. Tanya Huff is probably my favourite author because her characters are fabulous and she has the same sense of humour as me. I've been wanted to read some good mystery novels lately. I rather enjoy Reginald Hill and I recently read Heat Wave by "Richard Castle" which was actually quite good - better I think if you know the show.

Also I've been meaning to read the Ian Rankin Rebus books for years. (My parents have forgotten the fact that I haven't read them several times. As a result I have a few random copies of whatever Rebus book was new when my birthday/Christmas rolled around - naturally they're in storage somewhere.) Do I have to start at the beginning of the series? If not where should I start?

At the moment I don't want books written in the 1st person. I don't mind it too much (and some are superb) but at the moment I really just want some good old fashioned 3rd person limited.

For me the most important part of a novel is the characters. If the characters are awesome then the plot doesn't matter as much (it still matters, but it doesn't have to be original or surprising in any way). Likewise if the plot is fantastic but the characters are dull I will not enjoy it. (I once tried to read Snow Crash because a lot of my friends recommended it to me - I thought it was awful and I didn't finish it because it was entirely world-building - at least at the beginning - and no character.)

So what have you been reading lately? Do you have any recommendations for me?

For your time, some books I've enjoyed in the recent past:

Norse Code by Greg Van Eekhout - which is about Norse Mythology and Ragnarok set in modern times. It's awesome and it uses the mythology so well and plays on fate and all kinds of goodness. Much fun.

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews - set in the future when magic is having a resurgence and technology is becoming useless, our spunky female narrator has to investigate a murder. I liked this because it showed her getting in too deep in a completely believable way. Also it set up the series really well (although I haven't read the rest of them yet - the fifth is apparently out soon) because she's a first person narrator and is definitely holding things back from the audience, which makes me want to read the other books to find out what's going on. A cool world.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock - M actually got this out of the library and finished it within two days. It's a young adult novel about a high school girl on a dairy farm who loves football. It didn't really sound like something I wanted to read either, but the narrative voice is fabulous and I'm already half-way through it.


I'm also trying to decide whether or not to buy the kindle edition of the new Tanya Huff Valour's Choice series. I love that series a lot but the kindle file is still about $15 and it's already come out in paperback. What is with this tomfoolery?


And the Canucks won last night! The game was scoreless until the last 19 seconds when Kesler and Hansen set up Raffi Torres for a nice goal. It was ridiculous! Possibly my ears are still ringing from the bar. Also a really exciting game. But several heart attacks later - the good guys have prevailed!
aderam: (I Say Jeeves! - 50thousandtearz)
Yesterday at work was one of those free stuff days that happen every now and again when you work in a hotel-ish-type-place. We just had a huge group in for a conference that took up the entire building, and most of them left yesterday. I was working a desk shift, and I stripped a bunch of rooms because there was literally nothing going on.

The end result: three unopened Bacardi Breezers and a paperback copy of Death Comes for the Fat Man by Reginald Hill.

*Buster voice* Wicked.

I'm not a huge fan of coolers (ack! Sweetness!) but I can't say no to free alcohol. Also last night was L's birthday party and since I didn't get off work until midnight I figured I'd end up meeting them downtown for dancing post-the party at my place, and thus didn't buy any alcohol ahead of time. Three coolers is not nearly enough to get me drunk, but there were tons of great people around and we didn't end up going downtown for dancing. I also got made fun of a bunch for them (quite rightly) until I told them I got them for free. We're students, we understand the value of free alcohol.

Anyway, I think I might not put on clothes today and just lounge about in my pyjamas. I'm also going to try and watch Baseball. I have no idea why, but I kinda want to give the sport a try. And CBC is playing a Blue Jays - Oreols (sp?) game this afternoon. E used to follow baseball when she was younger, so she might join me for some of it.

Also, any of you people who read the Daziel-Pascoe books by Reginald Hill (and for those of you who don't - why aren't you? British cop novels = wicked) can I read Death Comes for the Fat Man before Death's Jest Book and Good Morning Midnight? Or should I read those first? I know he's become a bit more sequential lately, but I don't know how sequential.

Fuk Yeah.

May. 27th, 2008 09:00 pm
aderam: (Marvin - awakencordy)
Currently reading The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff.

"Bring 'em on, Staff!" Pfc di'Benti Orla was on her feet. "I could do two thousand sailors myself before breakfast!"

One of the humans, Corporal Harrop, snickered. "Yeah, I've heard that about you."

Orla flipped him the finger, a human gesture the di'Taykan had adopted wholeheartedly. "Fuk you!"

"After breakfast."

"Deal."

When Harrop looked startled, Torin grinned and shook her head. "You have served with di'Taykan before, Corporal?"

"Sure, Staff. Hundreds."

"Then stop looking so damned surprised."



For the record, there is nothing I love more than Space Marines. Space Marines = LOVE.

That is all.
aderam: (Books - aderam)
I just got my abridged copy of the Liddel and Scott Greek-English Lexicon.

The Little Liddel.

I am so happy.

I am such a nerd.

Yay!!!!!
aderam: (Books - aderam)
Taken from everyone and their goat on my friends list. Seriously I had about four of these in a row when I checked it just now.

Here are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but [did]n't finish (I changed "couldn't" to "didn't" because it's not always that I stop reading them on purpose), and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.


BOOKS! )
BOOKS! )

HA ha!

Jun. 19th, 2007 12:35 am
aderam: (Default)
Once again staying up reading Tam Lin.

They're discussing whether there're any plays they want to go and see, the question: what's the senior play this year?

the answer:

"Something awfully modern with a long title." Molly got up and rummaged in her desk. "Here. The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Preformed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. Yuck," said Molly, emphatically.
"Well, let's go anyway."


Ha!

The KTS put that on this year. It was quite good. Creepy beyond all reason, but quite good. I can't remember whether or not they go to see it in the book, but I hope they do because Pamela Dean is always really good at describing characters' reactions to books and plays without it becoming a tedious diversion from the main storyline. (Case in point - the reading of Julius Caesar in Juniper, Gentian and Rosemary, another of her books that I should re-read.)

Anyway... moving on...

ETA: Alas, no description of them going to see the play, but that was made up for by fun references to Greek grammar that I now understand. Mmmmm Genitive Absolutes... (but I still miss the Ablative in Greek. Ablative's my favourite in Latin because it's so weird. Moments in time, points in space, and agency in action.... Mmmmm Ablative...)
aderam: (Unfocused Existence - aderam)
I'm re-reading Tam Lin by Pamela Dean and it's great because I'm catching so many more things than I did the first time through. Mostly because 1) I'm now a university student, and a Classics student at that! and 2) I've since read a substantial portion of the works she mentions.

It's still a lovely book. Which is why I'm reading it right now instead of going to bed like a sensible person (no one has ever accused me of being too sensible).

Anyway this paragraph sort of jumped out at me as I read it, because this is what's going on with me right now.

Janet found in her mind the words of some of Tolkien's people, discussing the story they were in and how they might end it. Bilbo had thought of, "And they all lived happily ever after until they died. It is a good ending," he had said, "and none the worse for having been used before." "Ah!" said Sam, "but where will they live. That's what I often wonder." Janet wondered, too. For four years they would live here. After that, unless somebody made a prodigious and possibly miraculous effort, they would scatter to the four corners of the world, their fellowship broken, and do what all of them had done to be here in this room now: find new friends. It seemed wasteful. Perhaps they could buy an island somewhere.

It makes me actually want to get that White Hart tattoo we've been talking about. So that at least one part of this time will be permanent. Silly, I know, but somehow I doubt we'll be buying an island any time soon.
aderam: (Penguin Mounties - troyswann)
I actually knew what to write... over the past few days I kept thinking of things that I wanted to post in the good ol' LJ, but of course now I can't think of any of them really.

Sufficeth to say that I've gone and got myself a busy life. Things and people are being moved back and forth. Bits are being renovated of our house (which is crazy). Work has started and things seem to be going well (we just had training today, which always makes things seem more intense because we have to go over all of the emergency situations). And the second round of the play-offs is going strong. Vancouver and Ottawa are both in the second round and they keep playing on alternate nights so I end up watching a lot of hockey to keep up with what's going on.

Speaking of hockey I've had this craving to be reading stories about hockey lately (either fanfic or regular fic) but the only ones that I can think of are the Screech Owls. And I love them, but at the same time I kinda want something a little more grown up (to read along-side them, of course, I'll still be reading the SOs). Do any of you folks have any suggestions for good books or fic about hockey? (P.S. RPF freaks me the hell out.) There's gotta be a bunch of books about hockey teams and the like. I mean the dynamic of a sports team (and hockey teams in particular) are pretty cool. Or is it strictly a "young adult" and "kids" book phenomena? (Even if that's the case I still want to hear about other good hockey books. I don't subscribe to that agist philosophy.)

And speaking of books I got myself half a bag-full of used books from the Mall for a dollar on Sunday. I got a book of poetry by Yeats (it was still National Poetry Month on Sunday, points to [livejournal.com profile] kuwdora for that bit of information), a book on Pompeii and a book on the Ancient Near East that both may, or may not, be any good, and two books about Arctic expeditions. The books on the Arctic expeditions look fascinating to me. One of them is a novel with real historical figures as the background characters, which may, or may not, be interesting, but the other is a more academic book describing the Greenly Expedition up to Lady Franklin Bay (near Alert, on Ellesmere Island) and how it failed completely. It looks really cool. The guy who writes it has a good style and the whole thing makes me want to read up on the British expeditions, especially Franklin's, beacause disappearance! and Stan Rodgers!, and Frobishur's, because that's the name of my teddy bear (thanks Mum!).

Tomorrow I have the day off work and I'm going to go grocery shopping (my life is non-stop excitement!) and go and buy some yarn for some various mysterious projets I'm thinking of (Okay, yeah, maybe it is excitement!).

And now, off to watch the Canucks game!

*blink*

Jul. 7th, 2006 12:45 pm
aderam: (ex-nay on the ecaf-day - allisnow)
I stayed up way tooo late last night and am going through work in a fog. This seems to be becoming a trend for my life. Also three of us are on today and it's not that busy, so it's not too much of a problem. Although I do have to deal with both co-workers at once, which always leaves me feeling like they're joining together in a joke at my expense, even though I know they're probably not.

On the upside I went to see Superman Returns with D the other day. It was better than I thought it would be, by a whole lot. I left the theatre humming the theme. Clark was adorkable, Lois' new man was cool rather than being an idiot or an ass, and Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor made me squeel with fangirlish joy. :)

Also last night I went to N's Aunt's book launch, which was really cool. It was the first time that I actually got to meet her in a place where I could remember who she is, instead of one of N's family's big Christmas parties. So I got her to sign my copy and I started reading it today and it's really good. Allow me now to take this moment and pimp The Mirror Prince by Violette Malan. It's fantasy, and deals with intense (like camping) cool faeries, and memory stuff and Trolls that look like small children to fool their prey. *pimps some more.*

I also hand a big long conversation with Tanya Huff who is friends with Violette and as much of a fangirl as I am, so it turns out. We talked about how TV on DVD was a glorious thing and the wonders of bit torrent and good books and filking (which she does). And she complained that her flist hadn't told her yet that SG-1 Season 10 spoiler ). I also accidentally made her buy the His Dark Materials Triology. Being in a bookstore is a dangerous thing. I walked out of there with three books (thank the gods for the Friends of the Malans' discount): Violette's, Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (N's suggestion), and The Golden Sword by Fiona Patton ("Yes," says Tanya, "Buy Fiona's books, because it all goes in the same pot and we need a new car."). Another cool thing is that Tanya's Blood Books are being turned into a Canadian TV series. The contracts for the three leads are almost signed and she's really pleased with the people, alhtough she can't tell anyone on pain of death because the contracts aren't signed YET. *is excited. and a huge fangirl. but we already knew that.*

R and I were somehow talked into going to the Midnight showing of Pirates of the Carribean. How Zar managed to do that without saying almost anything and with the two of us being reluctant since we both have to work today (R with noxious chemicals), I'll never know. But in any case it worked out because when we arrived at eleven it was sold out (not entirely unexpected), so we went back to my place to watch Crusade. R is now also in love with Galen because he is the awesomeness. She gets him on odd days and I get him on even days. Somehow I don't think that'll work out too well though, since he does have this habit of flitting away whenever the mood takes him.

*Is in a happy, but really tired space*

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