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08 November 2012 @ 12:15 pm
+ Les Miserables. I am so, so excited about the Les Mis movie. The second full trailer was just released today, and it gives me emotions. I kind of love what they're doing with the soundtrack, relying on live singing for each take and really roughing up the overall pitch and sound. Anne Hathaway's "I Dreamed A Dream" sounds a mess, and I get chills every single time I watch the clips. I think it's just going to be so powerful. The part of the trailer that really kills me is when they start on "Do You Hear The People Sing" because that's just... the musical equivalent of the St. Crispin's speech from Henry V, and I just want to join in. Not literally join them on the barricades because I know how this ends, but the whole banding together with the rest of humanity and recognizing each other as real people is such a central theme of the show.

I'm just going to be a mess in the theater. I probably won't see it Christmas Day. The day after Christmas is my brother's birthday, but he loves Les Mis, too, so maybe he'll want to see it then.

+ TV. So one of my favorite new shows is Nashville, which is such a delightfully dramatic musical. Even when the plots themselves veer toward melodrama, the characters are so grounded and realistically portrayed that I just get more and more invested in them. I love the political atmosphere--the underhanded embezzlement deals, the emerging rivalry between old family friends, the political giant that is Lamar Wyatt. I love Juliette's struggle to define herself as a serious musician, I love her difficult relationship with her mother, I love the fact that she made Deacon her conquest and now they are building a genuine friendship. I love the relationship between Rayna and Deacon. I love that Deacon is Chip Esten from Whose Line, and I'm amazed by what a great singer/actor he is. Probably most of all, I love Scarlett and Gunnar (and Avery--who remains incredibly likable even at his worst moments). Their scenes, individually or separately, are just phenomenal. Seriously can't stop grinning every time Gunnar is onscreen because I just feel like swooning. I think this show has a slight edge over Smash, which sometimes feels unfocused and manic in the way they incorporate their musical numbers, and I think the plots on Smash sometimes veer into unbelievability. It could just be that the acting is more compelling on Nashville, but I also think the writing is just a bit better. Yes, the plot is sometimes predictable and dramatic, but the writers allow themselves to linger on scenes that really pull at the character dynamics and allow them to develop naturally. As long as the focus remains on the authentic growth of the characters, then I will follow this show into the dark. (And I am looking forward to the return of Smash, as they've made some changes that look promising. I'm miffed that they're apparently just going to write off Julia's husband, but you know, those plots just weren't working, and maybe a clean slate will just be more enjoyable.)

I meant to talk about Elementary a little bit, but all you need to know about that is that it's wonderful.

+ College. We have a big football game tonight, which means that I will get hours to watch TV in my room uninterrupted. This also means that my late classes are cancelled, so I'll be spending the rest of the day working on a short story revision that I need to turn in tomorrow. It'll be difficult. I don't feel very strongly about this story, but at least it's short, so I just have to make sure I'm moving it in a quick, strong arc. Once I'm finished with that, my application portfolio for grad schools will be pretty much done. AH. I kind of don't want to think about it.
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06 July 2010 @ 10:42 pm
+ Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name. Another day, another excuse to throw money at Tessa Stone. It's just... the 4DE books are so cheap, and Chapter One has a new cover and extra shiz to make it worth buying again. :D Plus, I was already planning on getting the poster and a button, anyway, so... all of that would only add up to about $20 or so, plus shipping, and last time, I bought two chapters for around $50. IT'S A BARGAIN. XD

+ Procrastination. I finally got in contact with the library today. Thankfully, my insane procrastination probably won't hurt me too much. They've only had one summer reading event so far, so I should be able to help out at most of the other ones. Basically, I just want to get some experience working (no idea what they'll need me to do yet) and also get a sense of what programs they have already. And then I want to make up something new for them to add and get that going over the next couple of years. And in exchange, I get a full ride to college. Life is sweet.

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23 April 2010 @ 10:34 am
I went to the dentist (finally) today to talk about the bump on my gums, after getting totally lame advice from the student health center. It actually took me forever to find it, and I had to walk around for a good hour to get there, but whatever.

So after looking at me for five seconds (like, literally while I was still in the waiting room), Dr. Thompson told me the swelling was there because I had a damaged nerve. This was obvious because my left front tooth is discolored. It's always been slightly grayer than my other teeth because my little brother knocked the baby tooth out too early. (WITH HIS HEAD.) I already knew the nerve inside the tooth had died, but I didn't think it would actually cause any problems beyond the weird coloring.

But apparently it did, and even though the bump isn't right above that tooth, it's close enough to be caused by it. So he did an X-ray, and sure enough, I have an abscess. Which means I have to have a root canal. Luckily, he said I could hold off on it until the end of the semester, especially since it's not hurting me at all. The infection just kind of wormed its way out and onto my gum to release some of the nastiness. But once they root canal it, it should be mostly okay.

So, little brother, here are your offenses.

By knocking out my baby tooth too early with your giant head (he was trying to crawl into my lap, that little skank):
- You made me have to have braces because the adult tooth grew in crooked.
- You made me have an ugly gray tooth that cannot be whitened by ordinary means.
- You made me have a disgusting gum pimple that won't go away.
- You made me have a root canal.
- (Oh, and also remember that time when you threw a plastic sword at me and actually made my gum recede? Good times.)

I know you've told me before to let this go, but really, little brother. This is just too much. Ten years later, and I've still got a mess of problems. Thanks. Thanks a lot.


So, that's that. Now I'm going off to watch my Thursday night shows, so I'll update about them once I've watched them. :)
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Today, my creative writing class "performed" the short (very short) play I wrote for our drama section. For some reason, I was the most nervous about this one because I wasn't planning on writing drama, just for the sake of not stressing myself out, but then I got an idea and a theme and awesome characters, and I just went for it.

And so, we read it, and it went pretty well, and then my professor asked me to stay after class.

And she basically told me I was a fantastic writer and needed to take more creative writing classes because your writing is *really* good and you should really focus on fiction because it's so rare to have someone who's good at it and I was like, :D

So huzzah for building confidence! This was a good day for her to tell me this because I was just starting to go into a spiral of oh God none of my novel ideas are ever going to work why do I bother? As I do. Not that I think I'm ready to publish or anything, but my professor said I had a unique voice. ^^ I like it.

I think my cold is getting better, so this is a plus! But my printer is running out of ink! Richard is such a skank.

My dorm room is such a hovel. There's trash EVERYWHERE. :/

Um. Yeah, okay.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
20 April 2010 @ 12:30 am
+ Twilight. I just want you guys to behold likeameteor, a comm for low-key Twilight fans. Their mission statement is basically no drama. I... is the pre-movie fandom back? Can this be? IT WILL BE HERE.

Also, kind of looking forward to the new trailer this Friday. :)

+ Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name. My new favorite fandom. :) Inspiring on every level. I'm kind of in awe of Tessa's ability to make such distinct, wholly lovable and realistic characters. And I've already made a note to buy the chapters in print form as soon as she starts selling them again. That's another thing I don't understand. She could and should be making a crapton of money off of this, but it's all free. That might be what makes the fandom so nice--the author is completely accessible and the fans react as the comic is created. Even so, I think her story, the characters, and the art are all superb and definitely of professional quality. And she's selling the chapters in limited quantities for $3. Only $3! O_O

+ Health. I've had a cough for the past week that won't go away. Not sure if it's a really long cold or some nasty infection or what, but I feel like I can't be bothered to check it out. I can't stomach cough medicine, either, so I'm getting by with cough drops. Also, I got an appointment for a dentist here in town that can look at my gums and might give me some antibiotics to get the bump away. I feel like antibiotics might fix everything that's wrong with me. Oh, immune system, why must you collapse under stress?

+ School. I just want it to end. I want to go home and get rid of all my sickness and stress and watch cartoons 'til I'm silly. It's so funny because I'm not even that stressed. I'm way ahead on my final papers and junk. I'm just tired of being here. And moving out will be such a pain.

+ Writing. Well, since my creative writing class is winding down, I'll probably post some of the stuff here, once I've revised it for my final portfolio. And then this summer, I'm going to work as hard as I can to get together a first draft of Kiss of Death, acknowledging the fact that it isn't going to work the way I want it to, and that I am free to make as many creative changes as I feel like, and that I am in no way bound by what I have already written. I know I definitely need to pick a consistent tone, because now it goes from quirky humor to like... EXTREME MELODRAMA. All over the place. But it doesn't matter, because I need to hash out the plot before I can get to that.

+ Dose of Random. Have you ever heard of Cthulhu? Me neither. Browse the Wiki article and then listen to this song, which I find so incredibly nerdy that it's irresistible.

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18 April 2010 @ 03:38 pm
I am so ready for this semester to be over. Just three more weeks.

I am so bored, you guys. Let's talk about random things, please?

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17 April 2010 @ 07:40 pm
+ Roller Skating! So today, six of us went to a roller skating rink in the next town over. We took the most convoluted bus route imaginable (but one of the drivers gave us free candy, so... whatever), and we ended up having to skid down dirt hills, parkour through trailer parks, and dash across a four-lane highway to get there. But we made it! And we skated, and it was awesome. :)

+ Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name.

I finally started reading this web comic yesterday, and ffffffffffffffff, it is amazing. There are so many things to love about it--the art style, the completely fleshed-out, amazing characters, the humor, the supernatural action... Overall, the story just sucked me in, and I'm already in love with every character (especially Hanna and Conrad). Please take the time to read it. It's seriously epic, and it's kind of been a while since I've been this into something. I want an animated series or something.

Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name. Read it! Just so you can see for yourself what a totally adorable babe Hanna is.
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14 April 2010 @ 12:44 am
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12 April 2010 @ 12:21 am
I'll try to intersperse this entry with some pictures of pretty to keep from boring everyone.

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09 April 2010 @ 10:55 pm
+ The Vampire Diaries. So I didn't care all that much for this episode. For whatever reason, I couldn't stand Stefan in it. I was laughing so hard at the very end, when Damon walks in on him slurping juicy juicy blood. It was hilarious. Oh, and the other reason I didn't love it was that Damon was kind of... one-note? Now, don't get me wrong--I love evil Damon, but... killing the housekeeper? Really? :( *sulks*

But whatever because it's clear that Damon only cared about protecting Elena because he likes her. In a platonic way. Enough to not let her risk her life. Aaaaand, he's a good brother. No matter how much Stefan hates him. Boo.

Also, Jeremy is slowly but surely becoming Bella Swan. O_O Except he barely even has a reason. Anna is awesome. Matt/Caroline are FABULOUS except for the fact that he had to go and hug Elena. I get it, I totally do, because he's known her longer and they're BFFs, but right in front of Caroline? Seriously? :(

I miss Bonnie. Get out of mourning already. You're missing everything.

+ Scholarships. Had an interview for my big scholarship today. I think it went pretty well. I never really fumbled for words, and I think I gave a pretty clear image of how passionate I am about the potential project and... whatever. And one of the interviews asked me about the book I was writing. So I got to fangirl about Kiss of Death for a second. I was like, "It's a quirky love story about a girl who comes back from the dead to be a soul reaper!" And they were like, "O_O OH I SEE." It was awesome.

+ Relay for Life. Uhhh yeah, I was supposed to attend this massive rally they're having ALL NIGHT LONG on campus to support the cure for cancer, but I just... didn't go. I was kind of excited about it, but... such is the nature of my personality. I spent a lot of time helping out with it yesterday, so I feel like that's enough. And I just really don't want to do anything right now, even something that's fun. Wah.

Boring post is boooooring. I'm working on a Sonny/Poppy fanart for the HI art contest now. Woo.
07 April 2010 @ 04:15 pm
Today, Governor Bob McDonnell, the Republican governor of Virginia, declared April to be Confederate History Month, as a way of increasing tourism to the state, especially since it's kind of the 150th anniversary since the beginning of the Civil War. (Technically.)

My First Reaction: OMG SQUEE. I'm a huge Civil War buff, especially when it comes to the Confederacy. It's fascinating to study how a few big personalities and an utter conviction that they were fighting for the true ideals of liberty kept the Confederacy going long after it should have collapsed. So, yeah, I love geeking out over it. Plus, my dad loves it, too, and he's thinking about cruising around Virginia for our vacation this year so me and him can go to all the battlefields. SQUEEEEEEEEE.

The PC Reaction: Apparently, April used to always be Confederate History Month in Virginia, but the last two governors, both Democrats, stopped the practice. And it seems like now that McDonnell has revived it, a lot of NAACP groups and their affiliates are up in arms about it, claiming that the official proclamation didn't mention slavery and therefore downplayed the unjust system that the war was originally fought over.

My Reaction to the PC Reaction: Alright, guys. Slavery was wrong. We all know this. Southern civilians were really racist. Yeah. But their economy was so inextricably tied to slavery, that they felt like they had few options other than to protect it. I mean, they couldn't even FUND THEIR GOVERNMENT because all their wealth was in land and slaves. They didn't have any cash. So, there's that.

And then there's the fact that so many people completely disregard the fact that the North was just as racist, if not more so, than the South. They were not all fighting for abolition. In fact, when Lincoln released the Emancipation Proclamation, thus shifting the war aims to abolition of slaves, many Union soldiers deserted because they were not willing to fight for the slaves. In New York, draft riots broke out to protest the unfair conscription laws that Lincoln had enacted, and it turned into a massacre based entirely on racial lines. The North feared minorities, especially blacks, all the more because they were convinced they would take their jobs. (Oo, sound familiar?) Even allowing blacks into the army was met with intense resistance. After black regiments got to prove themselves, sentiments shifted a great deal, but many Union civilians still thought that they were inferior.

That's the sad truth. The Civil War was a war fought during an incredibly racist period in our history with slavery as the driving issue. But it was only one issue. The North didn't want slavery to spread because they wanted the western states to be territory where white men could get more jobs. Not because they all believed slavery was a moral wrong. Some of them did, but nowhere near a majority.

So... don't blame it on the South. They had convictions, too. And the fascinating part is studying those convictions to see where they were getting their logic. To see how both the Union and the Confederacy justified some of the things they did during the war. But I don't think you can say that the Confederates don't deserve to be honored in some way... because ultimately, they were fighting for liberty just as much as the Union was. It was just a different definition of it. Was slavery a contradiction to their view of liberty? Yes, absolutely. But the Union had just as many skeletons in the closet. :)

Lol, just don't be hatin' on my Rebs unless you're willing to say the same things about the Union. That's all. Pro-Confederate DOES NOT EQUAL racist. Because everyone in that time period was.

PSA announcement on the value of history is now over. :) EXCEPT FOR ONE MORE PICTURE OF HOW HORRIFYING GENERAL SHERMAN WAS.

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06 April 2010 @ 11:31 am
I'm declaring today a day of rest. I seriously cannot go on right now. I just finished my last major exam until finals. My back hurts, I have a cyst in my gums (or something), my entire stomach is seizing up from stress, and I am not lifting a finger today. (Except maybe to read some Yeats and jot out a page on Pride & Prejudice. But that's IT.)

So right now I'm watching Supernatural on TNT. It's the episode where Sam and Dean discover the Supernatural fandom. I think I'd heard of this episode before, but I didn't understand how they pulled that off. But OMG SO HILARIOUS. "What are slash fans?" "They do know we're brothers, right?" I LOL'D SO HARD. Wincesters, you are the reason I'm afraid to become a part of your fandom. Delusional creepos. XD

My stress, let me talk to you about it.

When I get really stressed, my body knows it much faster than I do. Like now, for instance. I just finished my test, the one I've been studying for for two weeks solid now. I know I got an A on it. It's over, it's done. But I can't stop thinking about all the other stuff I have to do by the end of the semester, which is really just two papers and two more finals. It's NOT THAT MUCH. But I am just so tired that I can't even fathom doing it right now.

So, since I am apparently stressed without realizing it, my entire stomach is knotted in pain. I've had some pretty bad stress-related spells before. When I was in forensics, the night before I went to the state competition, without fail, my body nearly collapsed. One year, I completely lost my voice in a single day. Like... I had had a cold, but all of a sudden it got ten times worse, and I literally couldn't croak out a word. The next year, I woke up in the middle of the night with a tearing, twisting sensation in my stomach, which is acutely what I'm feeling now. The day of the competition, I was always totally fine. It was just the moments up to that that sucked.

Oh, and then when I had my AP class, my entire neck tensed up all day. That sucked.

So... this is why I need a free day.
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04 April 2010 @ 02:34 pm

Bless y'all. Hope everyone has a happy Easter!


Also, I've finally opened an icon journal, so if you'd like to see my icon updates, you'll have to watch me over there. I'm posting a batch of Princess and the Frog icons today, so watch for those!


It's a mouthful, I know, but it's a reference to the book version of The Phantom of the Opera. Whee. I'm also putting all the icons in this journal over there in one big post, so hopefully at some point, I can clean out this journal's tags again. I'm so OCD. Anyway, watch me!
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03 April 2010 @ 10:42 am
Warning: health-related entry.

There"s this huge... boil on my upper gum.Collapse )

Entry for research and documentation, so you can skip over it. Unless you've had something similar and feel like making any theories.

Happier Thoughts:
Baby-sitters Club Prequel Just Came Out! I kind of want to read it. Hey, Ann M. Martin, I read The Thirteenth Tale, too! Pretty good.

Lol, that's all I got. I'll be studying today.
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02 April 2010 @ 04:44 pm
I'm posting this here for... reasons. XD Just the first chapter. *fanfare* Lol, let me have my fun.


91 Steps
A Sonny Joon/Poppy Dada Fanfic

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01 April 2010 @ 11:42 pm
[18] movies. eclipse. new moon. marie antoinette.
[22] tv. the vampire diaries.


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