tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
So I didn't realize "The Thief" was actually a children's book and spent 15 minutes searching through YA before I finally learned the truth and had the super-fun experience of crawling around on my hands and knees while trying to find it in the shelves. Note to self, get Thief series on Kindle next time. I wanted to pick up "The Broken Kingdoms," but it wasn't there so I went with "The Giver" since I've never read it and the last of the "Shadows" series by Brent Weeks. I have to decide whether I want to stick "Firestar's Quest" somewhere in there, possibly after the Weeks book to give me something easier to read. The first two should be a breeze after all.

Oh, a coworker also gave me the "How to Train Your Dragon" artbook, which is lovely, and the Justice League, which I need to get around to watching. Probably I'll start on that today. CFUW kind of devoured my time yesterday. [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life and I spent the other week watching "Batman/Superman:Apocalypse," which terrified me with the realization that the old man I spent the entirely movie wanting to go away was actually Granny Goodness (shudder) and "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths," which was just fun because poor Batman. I also discovered Amazon gives me Buffy episodes for a buck and might have spent at least $10 on that this week. I won't be doing that anymore since I have $400 dollars on my checking account, which I shouldn't, and I don't want to mess with that money unless I need it for gas and food. Ugh, I have to call and sort that out.

Also, I miss the Geass recap chats. What happened? People weren't around on the holidays, and I haven't seen them since. I'd post them myself, but I'm super lazy about doing screeshots and summaries; I just like to talk.
tempestuously: ([wolf] guardian)
Lol I have to live this week on $25. Wish me luck on that.

I am frustrated with "The Passage" because it has such great ideas, but since it did its time skip it hasn't managed one character that I give a damn about. I loved Carter and I loved Wolgast, but everyone since then has been rather dry. That said, I feel compelled to read it because I want to know what the hell is going on. I don't actually care about anyone, but I just want to know why everything means and why that little girl is so important. Honestly, I think the book would be better if it were told through the perspective of the little girl. The small snippet of a section where we got to see things through her eyes was really interesting, and I want more of it. Much more so than Peter or Sarah or Michael. Triple bleh. Why can't men write good characters?

I'm equally frustrated at the stupidity of one segment of the Vampire Knight fandom. Actually, sickened would probably be the better word because the word-vomit they left in SGK's journal is something they should be embarrassed of. Random speculations about her personal life, rabid fights over translations, declarations about how they couldn't enjoy the series without her overview on the chapters, the creepiest white-knighting I've ever seen and just general rude, whiney, needy entitlement behavior. It's shameful. And no, I won't link to it here. I just want to bitch about it. Yes, I did leave a comment on the journal itself. To SGK herself. I don't feel bad calling out a bunch of fans who should have better self-control, regardless of their age.

Oh, and all I have to say about the LJ mess is I'm glad they're doing SOMETHING. Because if I have to ditch LJ, I'm going to blogspot. I'm not interested in not-quite-LJs.

I was going to write something on people turning 9/11 into a political event and my thing about blaming the media, but I'm more in a vegging mood for the day since I've been taxing my brain hard with AMAZING and fun RP threads. But downtime is good too.

I've also been enjoying the LPs of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The guy I'm watching isn't that great a player, but boy is he entertaining. Him screaming after getting spotted, chased down and then killed by a creature was HILARIOUS. Though I admit that LP made me jump too. That is a damn scary game. Great atmosphere. I regret I can't play because I suck at survival horror and first-person games.

I also finally fixed my slow Internet issues, with help from [livejournal.com profile] jdiam and the actual use of my brain. It was funny to realize I was running Firefox 3.0 when I think we're on 3.7 by now. Also, my multiple-opened windows plus multiple tags probably wasn't the best of ideas. Things have been running much better now! But I haven't tried streaming anything yet. That will be the real test.

Ok, I'm done rambling. Time to track down True Blood and return to my book.
tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
I am truly loving Mockingjay. I always appreciate how well Collins captures suspense in her writing. She always makes it such a torture for me to put the book down. Oh and as a note, IF YOU REPLY TO THIS WITH SPOILERS I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN. :)

I want the fact that I'm constantly shoving meds down my cat's throat to start having some visible result soon or I'm going to have to call the vet again. At least she's tolerant about it and hasn't scratched or bitten me yet.

Now that I'm no longer hating on myself, I should do my SOTUs since I really have enjoyed the RP pieces I've been involved in over the past two weeks or so. I like doing against the grain stuff, even if I'm not actually certain of my success ratio. Ah well, as long as my partners enjoy, I guess.

Man, I don't want to go back to work in an hour. And I want to go to D.C. this weekend but Beck and his contingent are going to be there and I'm not so sure how well we'll be able to coexist...
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
I am filled with rage that Airbender exceeded expectations this weekend. I do hope it dies on the re-watch scale. I don't want to hold it against anyone for going to see it but well, I will possibly be more critical should profits green-light a sequel.

In positive Avatar news, my brother and I discovered Avatar Extras on NickToons the other night and annoyed the hell out of my father by reciting all of the random pop-ups.

I am still failing at journal-swapping because I possibly have hoarder mentality. Over a username! There are no words.

I am totally geeking out over We Are the Fallen. It's my new guilty pleasure. Fake Evanescence is awesome!

I realize I forgot to mention that my writing meme was courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] catystorm.

30 Days of Writing Meme )

8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I guess I'm a fantasy writer at heart, although my style is more anime-influenced than traditional-fantasy influenced. I'm more about the characters than the world. (I should probably care more about world-building, as I'm starting to realize my rules/setting make no damn sense. Sob.) My writing falls within the realistic fantasy realm, where it's mostly real world rules, but then magic also exists. I would also say I'm a slash writer, except I don't want my writing defined by the relationships I write but rather by the story itself. Thus, fantasy. My reading preferences also trend toward fantasy, although I tend to loathe series with intensive world-building.
tempestuously: (Default)
Finished "Hundred Thousand Kingdoms." I wasn't crazy about the ending, but that's because I think in order for it to really work, you had to feel something sincere for Yeine. I didn't. It's not that she was a bad character; it was just that she was so much a creature of fate and didn't have as much agency as the book seemed to promise. I am curious to see where the next book takes us. I would love to read "Name of the Wind" soon since the reviews call it THE BEST FANTASY BOOK OF THE DECADE, but I will probably end up reading more Temeraire since chances of a book I want actually being at my library when I want it are slim to none.

Anyways, I saw a writing meme and I so want in!

30 Days of Writing meme. )

1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.

This is two questions so I will take each separately. As to my favorite writing project, that is without a doubt "Psychosis" because it gives me the chance to poke at my favorite trope in fiction: insanity. Most of the major characters in "Psychosis" suffer from some form of insanity, although some hide it better than others. Insanity can range from danger addiction to violent behavior to power obsession to inferiority complexes. "Psychosis" is all about exploring what makes a person the way they are, how it affects those around them and how such character flaws might be changed. It is meant to be a manic story, with character emotions in constant flux. But at its heart is the nature of human connection.

My favorite universe is the one for my unwritten angel story. I like it because I like fallen angels and wandering demons, caught amid a simple rural town with a nice coffee shop. I think most of the story takes place around this coffee shop, where the main characters enjoy eating lemon poppyseed muffins. I have no idea if I will ever start this one.

I will also add Gabi and mine's Geass vampire AUverse because it just keeps getting more and more amazing. We have since decided that V.V. and the rest of the cult are faeries and that C.C. is a kitsune who is vaguely related to Marianne, a former faerie who's been turned into a vampire. Good times.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
I meant to return to the Internet last night, but the heat forced me to lie down, whereupon I passed out. Sorry guys. I will be on tonight though. I'm also moody that my plans for posting Wednesday are defunct due to some event I have to attend in the evening.

I had a good weekend though, spending time with Gabi and Sue again. We got lost in D.C., complained that the Thai restaurant lacked bread and manga lassi (which we realize is Indian), discussed the geopolitical situation of the end of Geass while the Thai lady kept looking at us and marathoned some True Blood Season 2.

Gabi and I finished that marathon the next day. I'm not crazy about the way Sookie is portrayed in the series, as she seems to want to make everything about her in the most aggravating way possible. But I did love Godric and Eric. The writing is also way ham-fisted and outright ridiculous at times. I forgive because it has some characters I absolutely adore like the aforementioned, as well as Sam, Jessica (such a teenager) and Lafayette. I also like Bill off and on, but I have to say that I'm a major Eric/Sookie shipper because it's just much more interesting. Eric completely steals the show whenever he's around. I will have to catch up with Season 3 now.

We also watched our usual chunk of DRRR and found out the mysteries behind Anri and Kida. Gabi kept comparing Saika to Nanatsusaya from Angel Sanctuary, which I have to agree on. I want to see more episodes with Shizuo's brother like the OP promises. But I am enjoying this war Izaya is setting up. So evil. Kida and he are still my faves.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
As I had next to no interest in playing the same ole same ole UST threads last night, Gabi and I marathoned Berserk: The Abridged Series, which is awesome and quite possibly an equal to LittleKuriboh's Yugioh series. I wish there was a CG version this good. Then because the Abridged Series gives the series a happy ending because it's pretty much impossible to parody the sheer horror that is the final episode, we watched the end episode. Part of me wants to pick up the manga, but then part of me opposes extreme nudity and constant rape. Also, I'm not a big fan of Guts, and if Griffith is evil, it's unlikely we're going to be seeing too much of him. But it was still great fun!

I am stalling on cleaning my kitties and then I get to go home for the weekend for Mother's Day. I am still not sure how I feel about visiting my mother's grave for Mother's Day, but I think it's cathartic for my father so I do it anyway.

I should start on my app thingie.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
I feel really boring.

Hopefully, this will pass.

Also, lol Athena is pretty amazing in "Gods Behaving Badly." Having her be so smart that nobody else could keep up with her and speaking uber-intellectual was a fun touch.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
I am praying for Bret Michaels.

I am also loving "Gods Behaving Badly." I feel so bad for Artemis and even worse for Eros. His fanboy crush on Jesus is so adorable. I just love the tongue-in-check nature of the whole thing, even though I worry whether the mortals will actually be interesting.

These are some of the greatest Terra e ficlets I've ever read and make me embarrassed to recall my own RPing of Keith. I WAS SO BAD. This writer really gets inside Keith's head in a way that's simply beautiful.

I still think Sunrise are douches for bookending absolute crack with absolute depression, even if the final messages were sweet. I love the conflict of Suzaku's.

Now that I have puppies, I am fully prepared to recommend "Wolf" to any animal fans. It is a simulation game that has yet to be fully duplicated. And although it's from 1995, the graphics hold up remarkably well. The main reason I love it though is because it's possibly the only sim I've ever seen where you really do connect with your avatar. When the wolf gets shot, you actually wince. That and it's just fun to use all your senses to hunt and survive. I still contend that the time flow mechanism sucks balls.

I am too lazy to fully recount my roomie story for today so we'll just finish with me saying I talked my father out of buying "Avatar" by convincing him Cameron is a money-grubbing asshole. Disclaimer! I like Avatar. I just refuse to give money to someone who plans to release the damn thing at least four times and bitches about how the lack of available 3-D screens cheated him out of MORE MONEY. Also, yay to "How to Train Your Dragon" for easily topping the box office charts again, something no movie has accomplished since 2004.

I need to watch more "Deadly Premonitions." Michael is cracking me up.

In RP news, I'm still waffling over apping at Sabra.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
Wow, I totally zoned last night, probably due to staying up until 4 am the night before reading Batman. I want to find more trades with Talia. She's my favorite. I remember her from the Animated Series. I am a bit moody that my sucking probably destroyed any chances I had of playing the CFUW game, but then again, with me being gone all weekend, it probably wasn't going to work out. But that's ok since I get to hang with [livejournal.com profile] ichinichinemasu and that'll be awesome.

Nayami is in a bad mood. )

In the meantime, a Tea Party member tried to talk to me the other day and I managed not to cuss my head off by simply asking: "Don't you have anything better to do?"
tempestuously: ([wolf] how about a taste of my fangs?)
My interview took much longer than it was supposed to, meaning that I had to drive through holiday traffic bleh. In happy news, CG's latest whoring technique makes me giggle. I love whenever the comm discusses whether Lelouch is asexual. Boy is so fail.

I want to be delighted that the abomination known as "Clash of Titans" is striking out with the critics, but since it promises OMGACTION and is 3D, it will probably make top marks in the box office either way. I hate this movie's existence. I am used to being on the outskirts with most people on the Internet so I just wanted to drive home my fury at them CGI-whoring the creatures that Ray Harryhausen put his heart and soul into creating. Ray's stop-motion scorpions and Pegasus will forever be infinitely better than the computer-vomit that I've seen in trailers. Also, I prefer the original kracken. The only things this disaster has going for it are Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes as gods and maybe the hilarity of someone apping Perseus because lol mindfuck. Other than that, ugh I hate this movie. Burn in hell, "Clash of the Titans 2010."

I didn't get to read today, but my goal is to finish "Throne of Jade" before the weekend is out. I also want to make something involving egg whites. I'm leaning toward chocolate mousse since meringue is really hard to judge. I also want to essay on Bold in "Farthing Wood" because I really hate Whisper.

[livejournal.com profile] ichinichinemasu and [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life have made my nights truly awesome and snuggly lately. ♥
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
My Irish contribution. It has the Pogues ooooh.

Also, I am with those who are a bit worn on the LJ bitching. I don't think half of the things LJ does wrong are done with malice so much as, for lack of better word, ignorance. As in ignorant to the big picture impact. It's a business after all. As I've said before, I only desire one thing from LJ and one thing alone. FOR THEM TO GIVE ME MY COMMENT NOTIFS WITHIN TEN MINUTES OF RECEIVING A TAG. This is not an insane requirement. :\

In book news, I really want more about Levitas. I will feel majorly cheated if his story is unresolved. I want to give the little dragon a hug. That and I think Roland is a cursed name. And for heaven's sake, Novik, pick ONE name for characters and stick with. I get that people have first and last names and that CHARACTERS might refer to them as either, but as your book is in third-person, YOU should stick with one. I have no idea who anyone is in this book half the time. ONE NAME.

I dislike the hate sent toward the RPer who admitted she didn't use the HMD meme because she didn't care what anyone else thought. Yeah, part of it had to do with the snarky wording, but the rest... I didn't see where every player should have to subject themselves to a critique or that they are a lesser person for not doing so. Sure, it might hurt to know that your BURNING OPINION is considered meaningless to someone who just wants to have fun, but hey that's life. Join the Redskins fans.

I just like violence. And I'm still undecided on how I feel about the episode overall.


And yay, my Irish brown bread making was a success! Now to send it.
tempestuously: ([hg] come to finish me off sweetheart?)
Well, I marathoned the end of my book. Then things came up and I apologize to anyone I was talking to for anything I might have delayed. I just wasn't with it last night. I'm going to read more Knight at work today and try to pick up the first Temeraire book at the library this weekend. That shall be my next series.

I also has me a Hunger Games icon. Yippee! Also, note to self, never peruse series fandom again. Never.

I also love how true Graham's joke to me is the only time I enjoy romance is when I know it's not really possible. I guess I like getting jerked around. But more than anything, I love the one who loves, knowing that he/she can't win, so he/she just does their best to make their loved one's wishes come true. It's just so tragically beautiful. My favorite trope in fiction. And this is why I don't date. Can you imagine what would happen if I dated?
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
I think I'm slumping again. Overall, it just has not been a good week. I am dissatisfied with my approach to many things and learning that said dissatisfaction is not an invalid concern. I am without reading material again and just feeling frustrated amid all my talks again; this reflects little on who I'm talking to and more on my "out to screw me" mentality. I'm hoping my trip back home this weekend will sort this out. Or maybe a nice talk with Gabi. I do hate when I'm in moods.

This post is mostly just a warning/explanation for people that I may seem short with.
tempestuously: ([not!kamui] what fools these mortals be)
In my brilliance, I realize that I forgot to send in my logs. I guess that settles the apping debate for me. But I wasn't really feeling it this round anyway.

I am so tired of people bitching at the WaPo for putting Olympic winners on its front page. I'm sorry people, but the news is not a spoiler. This isn't some scripted entertainment (mostly); this is sports. You don't hold sports news just because a network won't get to air it until later in the day. NBC's failing is not the newspapers' responsibility.

I shall do my Percy Jackson overview in two parts, one dealing with the final book and the other dealing with my issues of Luke as a character and why I feel that Riordan failed him terribly.

Ending of The Last Olympian. )

How do you solve a problem like Luke? )
tempestuously: ([wolf] how about a taste of my fangs?)
I'm miffed that my night was ruined due to LJ maintenance and then to horrible eye problems. And to make matters worse, Lifetime has not put up its second episode of Runway and has instead linked the exit interviews (while calling them Episode 2). Gee, thanks, Lifetime. I feel bad that I missed the first two episodes anyway because I don't pay attention, nobody on my FL talks about Runway and I never watch TV. So far the new season looks better and has some actual talent. Nina and Michael don't hurt either. Though I want to slap Anthony, who really needs to learn how to shut up.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
I just wanted to say that after my longer than expected hiatus, last night's post hijinks totally improved my mood. Thanks, Geasscast.

Also, poor Pie being subjected to my VampChron lovings for daring to know about the existence of the musical.
tempestuously: ([tutu] a sorta fairytale)
I am in a Christmas mood because, despite appearances, I actually love Christmas, mostly because I like seeing people happy with things I give them. So today I shall do my usual list of xmas songs I love and those that make me take a pick-axe to my radio. Also, this movement for a svelte Santa needs to die a painful death. Oh and I like sappy Christmas music or things that sound cool so don't recommend any edgy Christmas songs because chances are, I won't like it. The List )

My random AU RP has made me want to switch my non-hybrid werewolves in Heritage into vampires since I do so little with the werewolf elements for the non-hybrids. That and I like the werewolf/vampire not!romance idea it would induce. I'll have to debate.

Also, I might be a little late on this, but man Michael Jordan was a douche in his Hall of Fame speech. I came across this story while hearing about Jordan sueing Jewel for using his sneakers in some add.

In random non-sequitors, reading various things in various places reminded me of something. I like to say things on this journal. Many of the things I say are very political and welcome to debate. Personal things (such as my moods and why) ... not so much. I say things to get them off my chest. I neither want sympathy or someone to tell me their take on said personal things. It's a little thing but I thought it should be clarified.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
Ack! Surprise cat + christmas tree crisis! 'Twas adverted though. And now I get to go see Disney!

Also, I don't think I've mentioned enough lately that I AM SUPER EXTREMELY HAPPY. :DDD
tempestuously: ([vk] the art of topping)
I spent most of day making Sis feel better. I think it was effective, even if our trip to Ruby Tuesday produced the worst crabcake known to man. I actually felt violated. Then we played Guitar Hero with controllers instead of guitars, which was LAME but it made her happy so I humored her. This was probably for the best since my attempt to sing the AC/DC Rock Band was whole new levels of sad. All in all, I say the day was productive. Until Sis fell asleep at 7-something and I was left on my lonesome.

I also feel humored lately and this has me mrr. Really, I'd rather not be spoken to at all than be humored, especially on things I post. It only makes me much more angry in the long run. Just saying.

In other news: I should get over my aversion to RPing movie charas vs. series charas. This is why abstaining works for me.

ETA: Why is there a show called Bibleman?

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