cerulean_sky: ([kc] carry on)
• It's been a little over two years since I last wrote. Which means there's quite a lot to catch up on here... but I think I'm just going to skip over that. Most people reading this journal also follow me on Twitter or are also friends on Facebook, so they would have gotten little tidbits of it there. Still, I'm feeling the need for a more long-form way of telling the world what's been going on in my life, so here we are.

• At the end of September, boyfriend and I are going to pack up and move to Fort Collins, Colorado. Ok, technically I'll be living in Loveland, but I've come to think of that as part of the Fort Collins Greater Metropolitan Area, and I'll be working in Fort Collins. Because, oh yeah, I landed a job there. I'll be starting mid October. We have a really great little apartment, too, in a really great location. With both of those things taken care of, I'm free to go back to worrying about the actual move itself and living in a new and unfamiliar place. But I'm sure that will pass. And I'm excited to be starting a new adventure.

• I've been trying to read more this year. With the sole exception of July, during which I finished one book (which I had started at the end of June) and then continued to read one other (which I then finished on the 1st of August), I've been doing pretty good. This year's spread sheet has color coding for the gender of authors (because I'm curious) as well as different coding for things that are re-reads (aka comfort reading) and things that will end up on my "Best Books I Read in 2016" list at the end of the year. I'm having fun with it, and also enjoying reading—which was the whole point of this endeavor.

• Related: If you haven't read [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's Every Heart A Doorway, do so. It's short and won't take you very long, and you'll be happy you did. And if you haven't read Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers series, definitely do that too. The third book, No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished came out last week, you should do that too. I mean, start with the first two if you also haven't read those, but then definitely read #3 because it's so so so good.

• This morning I woke from a dream in which I had agreed to be a gangster boss's mistress, in a time when cars and horses were on the streets together. It considering that it was mostly the two of us talking, and me realizing that he was really a nice guy who missed his dead wife terribly and really wanted to build this beautiful house... it was a pretty nice dream. This dream also featured FAO Schwarz, but some weird version of it, and me cryptically saying that it looked different than the last time I'd seen it, because I was also, apparently, a time traveller. Sometimes I really love my brain.

That's it for now. More things as I think of them, I suppose.
cerulean_sky: ([yv] the kingdom before us)
When last we saw our intrepid heroine... on June 18th wtf, self, you were supposed to be getting better at this...

• I changed jobs. The part time gig was good and all, but now I have a full time gig that I like and I like the people I work with and the people seem to like me too. It's better all around, not to mention the fact that I will likely be able to actually pay my bills a little easier and maybe even save some money. And, since I'm now working at a Japanese Spa, I get all kinds of awesome benefits, like discounts and gift cards and such. This job is pretty awesome, guys.

• I also got a new tattoo on Saturday. I got the "Not all those who wander are lost" part of Strider's riddle, translated into Quenya, on my back. I'm happy with it, although it does make putting on jackets, reaching for things up high at work, and sleeping occasionally interesting. I am also considering getting something while I'm in Ireland. We shall see.

• Only about a week til my UK trip! I decided to take a little trip to Glasgow between London and Dublin, and I might use one of the three days I'm there to take a day trip to Edinburgh as well. I'm also considering a day trip up to Belfast from Dublin, as well as trekking out from London for an evening to see my favorite band at a festival they're playing at. I have all these options!

• It's chilly and rainy out, which means I am eating warm things to keep a little on the warmer side. I'd have considered staying late at work for free hot tub soaking, but lightning. And I wanted to come home and read my book.

That's about it, in terms of news.
cerulean_sky: ([erik] burn this world)
Aw yis, keeping to a vague posting schedule. Go me.

• Job still and unsurprisingly continues. I will likely apply to another thing as my current gig is just part time, and then we'll see how that could work.

• Actual planning for August travel to London and Dublin has commenced! I am very excited. There might be a day in Amsterdam with my mom and stepdude if they have the time. Which would be very neat. And if not, I will still have been to London and Dublin, so it will have been awesome.

• I haven't posted to my new blog since the Maleficent reaction, but there's a post coming on Friday that I am very pleased with. So you all should keep an eye out for it. c:

• My feet hurt. Always and forever with this job, apparently.

• Guys, I still haven't gotten over X-Men: Days of Future Past and I think I need to see it again this weekend. So that I can take notes. And allow Erik Lehnsherr further into my head. Because he's there, and he's angry and loud and amazing, and I sort of need to see that airplane scene again.

And that's the State of Sky for the week. c:
cerulean_sky: ([jww] heart in chains)
Whoops. I forgot to post in the first week of June. Darn.

• Job continues. I'm learning quickly and starting to feel like I know how to do things. Which is nice. Management has decided that I'm good for closing shifts, which is... not my preferred shift. But it's money. Hopefully the week after next I'll have some shifts that aren't closing.

• I started a blog as a "professional" type presence. Already I've posted about Amazon and Hachette, as well as my reaction to seeing Maleficent last night. :) More things to come as they happen or as I think of them.

• Also I saw Maleficent and it was awesome. Badass fairy lady.

• I've been wavering between being mostly satisfied with the things I have right now as a means of moving forward, and being impatient to do something else, be someplace else. I have this vague idea of a thing I'd like to do, and sort of no idea how to get there, or if I'd like where that would physically take me, or if people are going to just laugh at me if I try to apply for new things. It's definitely scary. And it requires some thinking about, I guess.

• In less frustrating and sad news...

Nope. I got nothing. That was all my news.
cerulean_sky: ([death] um-bre-lla!)
• So. That job that I hadn't exactly applied for but was probably qualified for anyway? I got it. I am employed, at least part time. It's nothing fancy, nothing I'm actually using my degree at all for—but that's what I wanted, so I'm satisfied with that—I'm just a tiny bit player in a massive conglomerate chain store. (Although I did proofread an email for a coworker, so that's sort of using my degree.) I was scheduled for three days of training videos and interactive powerpoints, but got everything done in one 7-hour shift yesterday and an hour and a half this morning. So I ended up actually working a whole shift today. And now my feets hurt. I got myself some gel insets for my shoes on the way home, for my whole shift tomorrow. Also black pants. Because I didn't own any.

• Wooo employment!

• Bonus: work is only about 4-5 blocks from where I live, so I've just been walking. It's been pretty consistently warm so it's been a pretty nice walk. (It was supposed to rain today, but didn't. Just to be on the safe side, I bought myself an umbrella when I was getting pants and gel inserts. Because I didn't actually own one, or really own anything that had a hood. And now I'll have an umbrella for when I'm in the UK this summer.) Yay minimal exercise!

• Ow ow ow ow feet.

• I'm maybe reading again? I mean, I didn't really stop reading entirely, I just stopped reading things that Goodreads counts towards my 2014 challenge. I reread a whole bunch of Tamora Pierce, and I reread Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and I reread some Nora Roberts. Now I'm reading a book I've never read before. I read while I scarfed down a lunch sandwich at Panera (because it's just across the parking lot from work), and I'll probably read some more tonight. The new Merry Gentry book is coming out on Tuesday next, which will be the first new Laurel K. Hamilton book I've actually been interested in reading in a while.

And there's your weekly summer dose of Sky's life.
cerulean_sky: ([x] listen to me very carefully)
Just what it says on the tin.

Before I get into anything that might be spoilery, I will say that I liked the movie! I thought it was full of cool things, and interesting plot devices. Also: Michael Fassbender. He makes a movie worth it for me. James McAvoy was good too—although that hair, yikes—and obviously so was Hugh Jackman. I recommend the movie to anyone who likes this sort of thing. You'll probably like this one too.

Now. Spoilery things. This is your last warning.

Spoilers behind the cut! )

Yeah, that's all I got. It was good. Michael Fassbender still gets me all hot and bothered.

[x-posted to my Tumblr.]
cerulean_sky: ([x] listen to me very carefully)
I'm going to try posting more like once a week for a while, and see how that goes? It's been a week-ish since my last post, so here we go.

• I did the graduation thing, and actually had a pretty good time. I had no idea who was going to be speaking, but they got a local artist to do the commencement speech, and I thought it was pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a student speaker who was a student I'd literally never heard of or met, but that's not surprising. Since I never lived in the dorms, I was never really forced to mingle with students from other programs. I only knew the few who had been in various classes for Core requirements. Anyway, it was a nice ceremony, shorter than I thought it would be which was nice, and it felt like a good conclusion to my time at the university.

• My grandparents (father's side) came, as did my mom and stepdude. There was some shuffling around and seeing one group for lunch and then the other group for dinner, but it worked out well and went much smoother than I thought it would. For four days I ate really well, and much more diversely than I generally feed myself. (I don't eat badly, really, but I will happily eat fruit for breakfast and then salad for dinner four days in a row. So.)

• I got an entirely unexpected, and extremely generous Amazon gift card from a friend of my mother's, and I already went and spent about half of it. With my Prime membership I get free 2-day shipping, so the first installment just got here. I got:
→ Books 5-7 of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's October Daye series, although book 7 is the one book that will be getting here tomorrow. I have all the books on my Kindle, but I need them in hard copy. (More on that in a moment.) No, I don't already own books 1-4. I got the ones I like best first, and I'll get the rest soon.
→ Books 5-7 of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I do actually own books 1 and 2, but again I got the ones I like best first, and I will fill in the series later.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because I super loved it. And also because it has art by Noelle Stevenson ([tumblr.com profile] gingerhaze) for the cover. And because... I just... it spoke to me, okay?

• I also got my trip to England and Ireland in August as a graduation present from my mom and stepdude. Pardon me if I seem somewhat sedate when I say that, I just don't know how to accurately express the levels of excitement I'm feeling in text. But yeah. I am SO. EXCITED. I'll be going to WorldCon in London and then ShamroKon in Dublin, both of which will be attended by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire, hence the need for books she can actually sign. Patricia Briggs will also be there, so I will get some of those books signed too. (Note to Self: Figure out how many books I can actually take with me.) I've already started looking at some things I can do in London and Dublin while I'm there, and I think it's going to be a good time!

• This one isn't really a graduation present, but it coincided with graduating anyway: I saw Journey in concert last night! It was awesome! (It was actually Tower of Power -> The Steve Miller Band -> Journey, and even Steve Miller was pretty awesome. You know, Fly Like An Eagle and all.) I didn't actually scream myself hoarse, but my throat is a little sore and scratchy today. It was interesting to watch Journey play with their replacement lead singer, who they found on YouTube. Imagine being asked by a band you really like to come sing with them. And not just sing with them once, but come sing with them all the time! There's not a good writerly analogy for that, but I guess it would be kind of like if my favorite author decided they didn't want to keep writing their series and would I please take over. Anyway. It was interesting.

• I'm not currently wearing my Journey t-shirt that I got last night. It's white, and it seems like it might rain. Not that I'm planning on leaving the house. But, you know, better safe than inadvertently winning a wet t-shirt contest that I'm the only contestant of.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out at the end of this week, and I have tentative plans to see it next week, I think. I am really looking forward to more James McAvoy (terrible hair and all) and Michael Fassbender. Oh yes. And all those other people too. And Hugh Jackman. Can't forget about him.

Yeah, I think that's all for today. More next week, I guess.
cerulean_sky: ([death] um-bre-lla!)
• Today it's cold and lazily snowing here in Santa Fe. That's right. It's May 13th, and it's snowing. This place has the weirdest weather.

• This Saturday I'm going to put on a cap and gown and do the whole walking/shaking hands/accepting my "diploma" thing. (The school already mailed me my diploma since I actually finished my course work and all that in Dec. I think it's sort of hilarious that I'm doing this all now, but it is what it is.) Various family is coming, and there will be some juggling of time, but I think it will be a nice time all around. Certainly I'm looking forward to being done with everything concerned with this college.

• I had a job interview today, for a position I'm not entirely sure I applied for but that I'm probably qualified for and which seems like it might be more interesting (and in some ways less anxiety-inducing for me) than the position I think I actually did apply for. I'm pretty sure the people liked me, and I'm pretty sure the interview went well. Think good thoughts for me, internet peoples. I really need something that's going to bring in some money.

• This is the week of season finales on TV. Once Upon A Time ended on Sunday, and had about three minutes of everyone being happy and me crying because it was so beautiful and amazing before all that happiness got stabbed in the face and everything was terrible again. I mean, it was wonderful, but I'm pretty sure my cat is concerned for my well-being now, since I actually screeched in horror. The current seasons of Castle and The Blacklist both ended last night, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will end tonight. Elementary will end this Thursday.

• On the other hand, Game of Thrones is currently in the middle of it's current season, and Da Vinci's Demon's just passed the halfway mark. Plus, Penny Dreadful just started, and Crossbones will begin at the end of the month, so it's not like I won't have anything to watch.

• I'm currently rereading various of the Tortall books by Tamora Pierce. I really love these books. If I ever write YA stuff, I want it to be like these amazing stories, and not have some of the weird tropes that show up in YA these days.

Well, that might be it for now. I need to do some cleaning around my apartment, and I should maybe do that while there's daylight.
cerulean_sky: ([lotr] lady in the moon)
• I watched the entire first season of Arrow in 3 days, all so I can get to the two episodes in the second season with Grant Gustin. Lookit me, waving my nerd flag! All joking aside, it was pretty good. When the second season ends, I'll get my hands on the whole thing and then marathon that, too.

• Other TV I'm currently watching and enjoying for the curious: Once Upon A Time, Game of Thrones, Elementary, Vikings, Da Vinci's Demons, and of course Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

• Stiiiiiiiill looking for a job. I finally got an interview somewhere, and it was a good interview, but I'm genuinely not sure what my chances are? And the guy said he would probably know by Friday (that is, two days ago) so I should probably hear back one way or the other tomorrow. Fingers and other appropriate appendages crossed.

• (If I get a job I can finally get a blu ray player, and then I can actually watch some of the movies I bought when I was with someone who had a PS3.)

• I bought a basil plant from Trader Joe's the other day just so I could have fresh pesto in my life again. I whipped up a batch and it was totally amazing. And the plant is recovering from the fact that I took most of its leaves to make that batch. It's sort of amazing how quickly this plant is growing, actually.

• Speaking of which: it's a really good thing I've kept the plant inside my house, because last night and this morning it fucking snowed. Even though we'd been having nice weather in the 70's, and then BAM! Snow. Weird ass New Mexico weather.
cerulean_sky: ([lotr] king and queen)
Oh yeah, posting when only a little over a month has passed. Getting better at this. Go me.

• I'm back from Israel. It was pretty awesome. I took 300+ pictures, but I'm not that great of a photographer. Some are good, though. I'll probably post those on Facebook (at some point...) so if we're friends there, keep an eye out for them. I definitely enjoyed the food though, and I'm definitely going to have to try my hand at making some of it. Like falafel, which is actually really easy. There are opportunities for me to go back to Israel, but I don't know that that's a thing I necessarily feel the need to do. But we'll see where life takes me, I guess.

• I also moved! I am in my own little one bedroom/one bathroom apartment now. It's the perfect size for me and my cat, though there are things that I don't have still. My last place was big enough and had enough extra floor space thatI could just store things on the floor if there wasn't a place for them. This place is smaller, so that's not really an option. It does have way more closet space, though. So that's helping.

• Work! I have a job interview in an hour. I'm not entirely clear on what I'd be doing in the job, but the job ad requested someone creative, intuitive, well-organized, internet savvy, reliable, optimistic, and "interested in exploring a wide variety of projects in the worlds of Art, Cultural Awareness, and the Environment." So fingers crossed. I think I'm a pretty good interviewee, but I could still use some luck and good vibes.

I don't really know what to say here these days. So I guess that's it.
cerulean_sky: ([sin] danger kitty)
Whoa, I haven't posted since my birthday.

• I'm leaving for NYC tomorrow, which is a stopover on my way to Israel. I'm going to Israel!! I leave on Sunday, have an overnight flight, and then I get to be trotted around to see various touristy things, and eat good food. The food part is paramount, as the trip I'm going on is a Culinary trip. Among the first things we do is go to brunch at a dairy farm and try "boutique cheeses." Nomnomnom. I'm going to eat all the food and take all the pictures.

• I'm also moving at the end of the month. I get back from Israel on the 20th, then get back home from NYC on the 24th, and then my lease is up on the 28th. Which means I feel like I'm running around a lot like a chicken without a head. Yipes.

• I read 8 books in January! And none yet so far this month. I'm not sure that's likely to change, although I suppose there will be travel time in which to read (first airplanes and then buses and then more airplanes). Still, I think I will be able to meet my original goal of 50 books read for this year, and perhaps surpass it! Go go go me!

• I don't have a travel icon! I'll fix this eventually. In the meantime, have a hungry kitty.

That's really all the news there is of my life. Aaaand crap, I really need to finish packing.
cerulean_sky: ([sin] danger kitty)
It's my birthday! Which means my traditional breakfast of blintzes and then dinner of homemade spaghetti sauce. My dad made the sauce yesterday, but as soon as he loads and starts his dishwasher, we'll start making the blintzes. Both of these are made using my grandmother's recipes, and have been my preferred birthday food for many years.

It ought to be noted that the spaghetti sauce is not, by any means, a traditional Italian recipe. We're Russian/German jews, not Italian jews. But it's super yummy. I generally think that it should be eaten without noodles, in a sort of open-face sandwich on garlic bread. Because it's just that good.

Jeez. Even just writing about all that has made me hungry.

It's going to be a good, happy, relaxing day.

Maybe I'll even write a little.
cerulean_sky: ([lotr] the shire)
• First things first: the Monday before Thanksgiving, The Boyfriend and I broke up. I'm not going to get into it here because I'm pretty much done thinking about the whys and whens and all of that. Suffice to say that I'm okay and I think it was the right decision to make.

• School is done, which means I am reading tons, hanging out with my dad, playing lots of Guild Wars 2, watching movies, applying to jobs, writing in my journal, and considering which project I was to write next. I'm taking some time to be on "winter break" but then I will need to find a job and make some money and be a productive part of society (and also start paying off student loans, yikes).

• Writing-wise, I'm not doing a whole lot. I'm taking a little break. But I'm starting to think about what I want to do next. There are two things that I like and want to tinker with, but I don't think either of them is ready to start writing. But I might have an idea for something else. So yeah. And I'll probably start revisions/rewrites on the novel I wrote over the summer soon, too. There's at least one major narrative line that needs to be totally redone. So. That's sort of an exciting prospect.

• I'm really, really sad that all of the (appealing to me) fandom blends from Adagio Tea seem to have caffeine in them. Except, oddly, the Loki blend. When I have money, maybe I'll get myself some of that.

• I haven't yet seen The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug because the plan was to go with ex-boyfriend before he was ex. But now that he's not around, I don't really have anyone who I think would be interested in going to see it. Or at least, no one I'm close with or who comes immediately to mind. So that's sad. I really, really want to see it.

Yeah, that's about all I have to say at the moment.
cerulean_sky: ([kc] freak the fuck out)
I have turned in all three final projects, one for each of my three classes, which means that (other than the class I have to show up for tomorrow afternoon for someone else's final presentation) I am done with this bullshit forevermore.

Also, it turns out that, if you graduate in Dec. when there's no commencement ceremony, the exit procedures for this school entirely consist of, "Congrats! You're done! Now go away and don't come back." Which, yeah, basically that was my plan, but it's sort of nice to know that's what I'm supposed to do.

P.S. Yes, I will probably end up walking in next May's ceremony. Cap and gown and all.

P.P.S. Appropriate icon is appropriate. Unless you're seeing this via LJ, in which case you get nothing.
cerulean_sky: ([mer] bamf morgana)
• I survived the doctor's appointment! The nurse took my blood pressure and heart rate and all that before the doctor actually came in, and noted that my heart rate was up. Yeah, duh, of course it's up. I'm in a doctor's office and quietly (internally) freaking out.

• Then, even though the nurse didn't think that I would have to be jabbed with any needles (this time), the doctor ended up recommending that I get a tetanus shot before going to Israel. Totally reasonable. Thing I Learned Today: shots actually hurt more than tattoos (for me) because of how much deeper the needle goes into you. I did not burst into tears like the last time I had to get a shot (about 10 years ago, that time at the dentist doesn't count because I was huffing happy gas), I was very calm about it, even to the point of calmly saying, "Ow." I did lay down though. Since I didn't know what my reaction was going to be, I didn't want to faint or something.

• Bonus: they did a pregnancy test before the shot and yay! Not pregnant!

• And the doctor filled out the doctor's note for my Israel trip, so now I have gotten the people all the paperwork they've asked me for and I am just waiting to hear about which group I will be put in, and for my flight assignments. (Which, apparently, will be sent out at the beginning of December for an early February trip. You'd think they would be a little bit more considerate about timing, since people going on the trips are responsible for getting to the city of departure on their own. I guess two months is an ok amount of time to find a flight, but more notice means a cheaper flight. So.)

• I will likely have to go back to the doctor sometime soon for a full workup—today was mostly about the doctor's note and establishing primary care. Which means blood work will be done and also a Lady Exam. All of which are good things, even if being anywhere near doctors sort of scares the shit out of me.

• I have a long weekend this weekend. I always have Fridays off, but my Thursday class was cancelled because the teacher will be out of town. Woo! Freedom!

• Long weekend means some time to do writing and planning for writing. I really need to start the rough drafts of the Myth, Archetype, & Fairy Tale collection I'm writing, and also I ought to get things together for NaNoWriMo this year. So that's what my weekend will be all about. Homework, homework writing, and writing.

• Oh, also, baseball. My weekend will be full of baseball. My team didn't make it to the World Series—but they got closer this year than they've gotten in my memory, and they've been steadily improving for the last few years, so I've got my fingers crossed for a World Series in their close future. (Fun fact: the last time they won a World Series—which was also the last time they even went to the World Series—was the years I was born.)

I guess that's it. I'm trying to update a little more regularly here. We'll see if that happens.
cerulean_sky: ([da] mary mary quite contrary)
Argh, more than a month has gone by since I last posted. I was going to be better than this! So, lessee, what's new this month?

• School still goes. So that's not exactly new. I was feeling like I was drowning in homework and work in general last week (and possibly the week before), but I seem to have gotten my head above the water again. I am so incredibly thankful that this is my last semester.

Myth, Archetype, & Fairy Tale is still by far the best and most awesome class. We all have to do a final project, and since the class is mostly filled with Writing Majors most of us are writing. I'm going to be writing a small collection of retold tales. Red Riding Hood the Werewolf Slayer, Maleficent's Curse, the Love Story of Hades & Persephone, Cassandra of Troy: Modern Day Prophetess are all the things that I've sort of got a handle on so far. I want to do something with Captain Hook but I'm not sure what yet. So we'll see. I'm pretty excited.

• J and I moved furniture around the house last week, putting the TV, Wii and cable box in the bedroom and making space for a small desk/work nook in the corner of the living room for me. Both of these changes have made life much easier and more enjoyable in this teensy apartment we call home. Plus, watching movies (like The Lone Ranger, LOL) in our bedroom on the big TV is much nicer.

• I have a doctor's appointment a week from tomorrow! This will be the first time I've seen a doctor (other than the dentist or my optometrist) in much too long. I'm definitely not looking forward to having bloodwork done—tattoos have not exactly made me fond of needles, but I think I might be past the post of spontaneously bursting into tears at even the sight of a syringe—but I am looking forward to having a reliable someone to prescribe birth control (rather than my school nurse) and possible someone to prescribe sleeping pills. This sleeping-poorly bullshit has got to stop.

• Plus, also, I need a doctor's note in order to go to Israel this February. Free trip to Israel because I'm Jewish, woo! I've gotten them everything they need except the doctor's note (because I don't currently have a doctor, whoops) and I really, really hope that the Culinary trip hasn't been filled by the time I get it to them because it seems like that might be one of the only trips I would really enjoy. So, fingers crossed and all that.

• This fall's TV is so far awesome. I'm watching Sleepy Hollow (and hiding from all the scary parts behind my hands), Downton Abbey (how much do I love Mary? a lot!), Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I am really loving to bits and pieces), Once Upon A Time (which continues to be full of awesomeness and their Peter Pan is my new favorite), Castle (because I can't give up on it now), Masters of Sex (which I am watching entirely because of Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan) and Elementary (because, Sherlock Holmes. duh.)

• On a totally different note: I really dislike how DW's tagging works, in that I really like it when LJ will show you all the tags you have that start with L if you type that in. DW only shows you one option, and since I don't remember all my tags, it's less useful to me. I always have to cross check my tags with LJ when I post here.

ETA: Oh oh oh! One more thing!

• J and I are going to the east coast for the weekend after Thanksgiving! (Which is when my mother's family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving, since there are six of them, and they all have significant others so they go their separate ways on the actual holiday.) This is exciting because it's going to give us Friday evening and some of Sunday in NYC together. He's going to bring his camera and I'm going to take him to some touristy places and feed him real bagels and real (fake) Chinese food and real pizza. And maybe a falafel sandwich from a cart. And he'll get to meet Aaron on Sunday, and maybe Mira and Em depending on what those two are up to around then. So that's exciting too!

It's a shame y'all over at LJ can't see my awesome Mary/Downton Abbey icon. :p
cerulean_sky: (Default)
Well hey, lookit this. An update!

• It's Friday the 13th! (/makes spooky noises) Yeah, whatever. I don't actually think that this day is cursed or bad luck or what-have-you. 13 is a perfectly nice number, and considering that the 10th of this month is my divorced parents' anniversary and then the 11th is, well, September 11th, 13 is a nice change.

• School continues apace. Classes are going well so far. I have a bunch of homework for this weekend, which probably means less video gaming. Oh well. I don't want to fall behind in this, my last semester. Gaming can continue one I have a degree in my hand.

• Still haven't re-upped my DW paid account, but I'm totally going to. But speaking of that, though, where do I find icons these days? It used to be that if you wanted icons, you went and searched for communities for that thing on LJ and there would be tons of icons. Not so much anymore. I want to swap some icons out when I re-up my paid account, but this (of course, duh) will mean getting new icons that match my current interests. But now I have no idea where to find icons.

• J is in a job flux at the moment. It's actually nice. We're not stressed about money (for now) so I'm hoping he'll be able to find something that he enjoys doing, rather than working at GameStop and being stressed out because, oh yeah, they keep getting robbed at gunpoint.

• Other than school things, no writing is happening in my life at the moment. It's a little bit annoying. It would probably be more annoying, except that I keep having good ideas for a novel that's been percolating in my head for a while now, and they mostly mean I'm going to have to do some research for the form of the novel before I can even begin to put words down on the page. And then, because my head is sort of in that novel's space, I can't seem to get it to focus on anything else that I might be able to write. Something needs to be done about this.

I guess that's about it.
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• So, school started again. Yesterday. That's a thing. I am reservedly excited, or perhaps just content, with my schedule and classes for this (MY LAST) semester. It's light enough to allow me a life outside school, but involved enough and interesting enough to keep me entertained enough to get through it with relative ease. Or at least, that's the working theory. Classes this semester are:
» Myth, Archetype, & Fairy Tale: By far my most exciting class (for me). Also, I seem to be my teacher's go-to person to answer things she can't remember well enough to explain. Which is to say, I explained the plot of Reign of Fire, Elektra's actual role in Greek myth and why "Elektra Complex" is inaccurate mythologically speaking, what the Greek word eidos means, and what little I knew of Mithraism. This is my field, okay? I have feelings, and I will not be ashamed.

» The Writer in the World: Didn't know what this class was until this morning, but I guess it's sort of just about exploring our writing, and what writing can be, and where writing (and language) came from and how it effects us as writers. I guess. Idk. It's an interesting group of people (about 10 I think, of which I am one of four fiction writers, that's so weird to me) and a fun teacher, so it should be interesting and fun at the very least.

» Intermediate Poetry: I don't know if I ever mentioned, but my academic advisor used to really annoy the crap out of me. I wouldn't get complete answers from her or she would send me form emails that 99% didn't apply to me, numbers (like, this one time, how many credits I would need to graduate) would change, and I once had to give her the same answer three times in a row before it seemed to penetrate that the words I was saying were actually an answer to her question. All of this is to say that this advisor (who is no longer with the school, gee I wonder why) failed to mention that my last four credits not only needed to be an Upper Division course, but they also needed to be in a writing genre that wasn't one of the two I had chosen to "specialize" in. So that's how I ended up in this class. Same teacher as Writer in the World so I'm hoping that I will be able to deal with poetry (and, let's face it, my fear of it) because he's awesome and fun.
• Every time I read a school book on my Kindle I love it a little bit more. I recently swapped my mom my Kindle (the one with the keyboard) for a Paperwhite, and I love it a lot. Like, "I want to keep it at my side and in sight at all times just in case" a lot.

• General writing wisdom tells the writer to put a draft away for a bit (if the writer has the time and isn't being crushed by a deadline) before coming back to revise it, in order to get fresh(er) eyes. I think this sounds like a great idea. So the rough draft is with some readers, and now I am thinking about what I want to write for the next little while.

• Read: I'll be starting the next novel sometime soon. Ideally sometime this week. Idk what it is, yet, but I'm definitely starting it.

• If you haven't been watching HBO's The Newsroom, you should totally get on that. Because even though this season's plot is sort of meh, the writing and the characters are amazing. (It's Aaron Sorkin, and I know you all know that I worship at the altar that is Aaron's Sorkin's TV writing, but seriously. Watch the damn show. P.S. Sloan Sabbith.)

• I made almond milk and cashew milk last week. Tasty and easy and, particularly, dairy free. I'm going to try making my own coconut milk this week, and here's hoping it's just as tasty and easy because shredded coconut is actually cheaper than almonds and cashews. By a lot. I'm also going to try making my own granola bars, since it is apparently easy and could produce a healthier and cheaper alternative to the store bought ones. (And bulk rolled oats are like 69¢/lb at the store. Super cheap.)

• I've been having a weird breathing/swallowing issue today. Which I have been ignoring because doctors what are those. (But if it gets any worse or weirder I'll totally go to the school nurse.) Mostly I think it's just because my body isn't used to getting up before noon anymore and it's protesting. And my ankle was aching today after I got home. I might have pulled something in it a little yesterday. My body is falling apart. Seriously. I'm too young for this crap.

• Huh. DW paid account expired... sometime. I'll re-up it sometime in the coming month for all the icons that I love and can't do without.
cerulean_sky: ([b] follow your heart)
Weighing in at 132 pages, 40,504 words: the (extremely rough) finished first draft of my novel.

cerulean_sky: ([c&d] this is embarrassing)
Less than a month has gone by and I'm posting again already? Is the world ending? What's going on?

Nah, it's just me and time on my hands.

• I gave my LJ a new look. I like it, though the names on my friends list are light gray and really hard to read, so idk about that. Still, it's pretty and summery. So I am satisfied.

• To use a horse racing metaphor: I’m rounding the far turn and coming into the home stretch down towards the wire. That is, I've hit the climax, so now I just have to resolve it all, and then finish things. Actually, I should be done (by which I mean the whole plot will be laid in, even if there will be extensive revisions) by the end of this month. Which is exciting! I've never finished a novel before! Short stories, yes, though those are few and far between.

• And once I finish with the first draft, I'm going to start revisions. Part of my Independent Study this summer is revisions, which makes sense. The way I've always written my academic papers was to just start writing and write through the end, then once I was done go back to the beginning and make the beginning jive to how the paper ended. Which is similar to how this book is turning out.

• At least it's working, though! Writing novels! Funtimes.

• I'm catching up on TV shows, podcasts, movies, and audiobooks. I can knit while I do all these things, which I haven't been doing much of lately. Not for any real reason except that so many of the things I do can't be done at the same time as anything else. Like... I can't write (either on the computer (typing) or in a notebook) and knit at the same time. I would need four arms. And I can't read and listen to a podcast at the same time and pay attention to both.

• Speaking of audiobooks: I finished Fellowship of the Ring recently and started Two Towers. It's an interesting exercise. And I would watch Fellowship of the Ring in pretty pretty Blu Ray, but we got rid of our PS3 (because we never used it unless I was watching a movie that wasn't on my computer) and we haven't replaced it yet with a Blu Ray player. But we will! And then all the prettiness will be mine.

Lol, that awkward moment when you find a window hiding behind the one you've been using and find a finished but unposted journal entry. It's easily been 4 hours since I wrote this. I think I'm done now.