brilligspoons: (i hate everyone)
The bad news is, my vacation is over and I'm back at work. The good news is, I've gotten myself addicted to Castle and ship Beckett/Castle like burning, and now I need fic recs. :D?

It was really nice to be home (mostly) for the last week. I slept and watched TV a lot and read a little, and while I didn't get as much writing done as I'd hoped, I feel as though I've recharged my batteries enough to get me through the next couple of weeks. [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I hung out on the 4th; Cathy came up Friday afternoon and stayed through Sunday morning, and we went down to Connecticut to visit John, Jen, and Evan for a few hours on Saturday. Other than that I was on my own. I meant to go down to Cape Cod with [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green on Monday, but I started feeling gross and peopled-out over the weekend, so we'll have to go some other time.

Currently slogging my way through 1Q84. I'm enjoying it, it's just...really dense. Like, ridiculously so. I've taken to playing it out in my head as an anime series, which is helping me get into the rhythm of the dialogue and the characters' thoughts (sometimes I have trouble reading novels in translation. See: every Russian novel and play I have ever attempted to get through. Manga and foreign comic books are easier because there are pictures to go along with the dialogue). Still, I'm probably not going to be able to finish it before it's due on Friday, so I'll just take a break before requesting it again.

Joni and I went to see The Heat on Thursday, and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it, guys. I basically want to cross-stitch samplers of everything Melissa McCarthy said in the movie. There need to be a million more female-led buddy cop movies.

Teen Wolf )

The Almighty Johnsons )

More on Welcome to Night Vale: [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash linked to where you can find the episodes (they're all available for free!) here, so I'll just reiterate - they're really great! If podcasts aren't your thing, some lovely person is in the process of transcribing the episodes here! There's an emerging fandom that's produced some wonderful fanart and excellent fic already, too. I have some fic recs, if anyone's interested. Knowledge of events from episodes 19a, 19b, and 25 is kind of important, so. Get on that. :D!

*The Rat and the Ruby Slippers (Carlos/Cecil) [Carlos is having the strangest dreams, and the strangest headaches, like there's something he's supposed to be remembering. Not to mention the intern's wedding coming up, and that new chemical StrexCorp wants him to develop. It's going to be a busy week.]

*The Knowable Universe (Carlos/Cecil) [“Let us approach a much more modest question: not whether we can know the universe or the Milky Way Galaxy or a star or a world. Can we know, ultimately and in detail, a grain of salt?” – Carl Sagan // or, Immediately following the events of Episode 25, Carlos realizes he’s been asking the wrong questions.]

*Somewhere a Band is Playing (Carlos/Cecil) [Cecil and Carlos deal with life, sex, pancakes, and possibly being anthropomorphic personifications. Also, Night Vale history as told by Night Vale, and a step-by-step guide to defying Death. Today's weather is by Ray Bradbury.]

*The Voice of Night Vale (Carlos/Cecil) [Cecil is, at worst, not much longer for this world. (And at best, a bit high-maintenance.)]

There's a decent amount of good stories for WTNV on AO3; these are just a few of my favorites.

Alright, I have work to catch up on. Later.
brilligspoons: (lydia)
Officially moved into the new office. Nothing about this situation is truly ideal, but I have my own cubicle (no sharing a double-wide with [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash) and no one can sneak up on me? And there's not much room in the cube for more bodies, so theoretically people won't insert themselves into my space quite as much. So there's that. \o? I have a ton of work-stuff to get done this week that I maybe put off during the packing process, and I need to get on that before the VP has my head. My vacation starts next week, too, so I should probably get all my ducks in a row before then.

The original plan for vacation was a trip down to Jersey, but I'm going to spend it in Boston instead. I'm probably going to sleep a lot, try to finish my big bang, and read some more books. If I can figure out the Cape Flyer thing, I may take a day trip down to the Cape and spend some time on a beach. I feel pretty good about this.

In reading news: I finished Cloud Atlas last night. AMAZING. I had no expectations going into it, just that the movie previews made it sound interesting, and I was utterly floored. I may need to buy a copy to keep forever (I'd borrowed the ebook from BPL). Started Rivers of London (Midnight Riot, whatever) and am pretty in love with Peter Grant so far. It reminds me a lot of the Dresden books (urban fantasy with mystery/detective storytelling), and I've been told that it does certain things better? We'll see.

Hannibal ended, and I can't really deal with that finale. [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I started Orphan Black, which is just fantastic, and I'm eagerly awaiting the start of the third Almighty Johnsons series. Teen wolf is...well, it's Teen Wolf. I'm pleased with a lot of things that have been happening, but I've also been severely disappointed with some things. And I need to stay in my corner of the fandom, which is mainly just Joni and me at this point. At least the company is good.

I'm hungry, and I can't remember if the microwaves came with us or not, and I forgot to make a sandwich this morning. :\
brilligspoons: (tea time with reid)
Blegh. What a world.

Meme time!

How this works: Comment with your favorite color and I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better. Update your journal with the answers to the questions. Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[livejournal.com profile] lilithnaamah gave me these!

1. What are two things on your bucket list?

I have skydiving on there for some reason. Also, I'd like to visit all of the states I haven't already. I've been to 19 (+1 for D.C., so 20, I guess) so far. Maybe next time I own a car I'll do some road trips.

2. What were your favorite books you've read in the past year?

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Etiquette & Espionage, and Timeless. The Weird Sisters was okay, too. I didn't read that much last year, unfortunately, and a lot of what I did read wasn't that great. /shrug

3. If you could quit your job tomorrow and not worry about money, what would you do?

At first I would just sleep a lot, and then I'd move on to reading everything I've been meaning to for the last few years. Once I got bored with that, I'd probably start traveling as much as I could and spend a lot of time in places with beaches and tropical weather and fruity alcoholic drinks. Also I'd play more video games. And maybe write more.

4. You're so into the various comic fandoms nowadays. I can only sit back and watch with curiosity, and no understanding. What's your favorite fandom now and why?

Oh god, there are so MANY fandoms I'm involved with at the moment, I don't even know where to begin. I'm only nominally in comics fandom right now for reasons (one of which being certain people who drive me up a fucking wall, but whatever), and most of the others I'm in are TV- or movie-based. I guess my favorite fandom is Teen Wolf? Like, the show is a hot mess 98% of the time, and I really question whether all of us are actually watching the same material, but there's been some amazing fannish output in the last six months. Also I just really love werewolves.

(I've been reading a lot of Hobbit fic lately, though. It's movie fever, I can't help it.)

5. In case of the zombie apocalypse, what are your must have supplies?

Generators. Tall barbed wire fences. Canned and dried foods and bottled water. Books. Guns and bullets and machetes (and maybe an axe or two).
brilligspoons: (macbeth got screwed)
Ahhh, there goes 2012. Kind of feels like the year flew by - what did I even do? Who the fuck knows.

Actually I wrote a lot. I did my final checkin for GYWO a little while ago, and I managed to write 116,545 words this year, which. That's huge, for me, regardless of the fact that I didn't make the pledge total. Whatever, I'm super pleased with myself right now. Oh, and for shits and giggles I checked my 2012 stats on AO3, and apparently I posted 58,258 words. WEIRD. It's like I don't even know myself anymore. :D!

I pledged 150k again for 2013, but I'm making my personal (much more realistic) goal to write 10k per month. I think this will work out nicely. And speaking of GYWO...


GetYourWordsOut: One Last Time (Probably)!
Pledges & Requirements | GYWO.net


It's possibly the last year [livejournal.com profile] theemdash and her cohort are running this, so if any of you need the extra encouragement (or whatever), think about pledging!

In other 2013 resolutions news: man, I really suck at reading. Even my unread comics pile is giving me nightmares right now. In the interest of not sucking anymore (and because I have SO MANY NOVELS I want to read and reread), I've decided that my monthly reading goal for the year will be two new-to-me books and one old-to-me book. I'm capable of more, but my brain WILL rebel if I try to force more on it right off the bat. Stupid attention span, nobody asked you. Anyway, I'm going to reread The Hobbit (shhhh) in January, and I also have Liar (Justine Larbalestier) to read. Any suggestions for another new-to-me book, friends?

I'm not even going to pretend to make other resolutions. :D

Spending the rest of the day reading fic, and then the evening with [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery and [livejournal.com profile] metonymy! Happy New Year! <3
brilligspoons: (how to be normal)
Vacation was glorious. I had a hard time last night, both because I knew I had to go into work today and because my niece had an emotional breakdown over me leaving, but it's also nice to be back in Boston and in my apartment, so. Yeah. Am adjusting back to life with mass transportation and no car (sort of strange how quickly I got used to driving again). I went to the beach twice and am tan/sunburned. We also went to Jenkinson's on Friday night, and I have bruises in weird places from going on rides that were not made for adults. Ahh, the things I do for my nephew. (Look, there is even pictorial evidence that I had fun.)

Mostly I spent the week reading/sleeping/watching TV/playing Wii sports with the kids. Mom was in the hospital for several days with a heart problem (she's fine now!), so we had dinner on Wednesday at Julia's instead of the parents' and went to fireworks after that. I saw Spider-man on Tuesday with Ashley and hung out with Loretta and Jay on Saturday night. Did some writing but not much. Cathy and I saw Moonrise Kingdom and loved it. Basically all was well in my world.

And I feel like I need another vacation to recover from it. *flops*

I managed to read 4 books and start a 5th this week! It's the most I've read in quite a while. I enjoyed all of them in varying degrees, so have a quick overview:

1. Touch of Frost (Jennifer Estep) - There are 2 strikes against this novel, one being the overuse of epithets, the other being the main character's tendency to slut-shame every couple of pages. Uh, other than those, I really enjoyed it? Like, it's a really awesome idea for a story, and I liked Gwen a lot when she wasn't judging these 2 or 3 other girls who happened to have slept with a couple boys. If you're able to ignore these things, I recommend at least trying it. I've put the second story on hold - we'll see if the author tones the stupid shit down at all.

2. After Midnight (Teresa Madeiros) - Basically this is a typical period romance novel but with vampires and vampire hunters. It was enjoyable, and the heroine was pretty awesome. Ta-da!

3. The Night Tourist (Katherine Marsh) - [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green recommended this to me, and it only took me until the end of the fourth page to understand why she liked it (Jack, the main character, agonizes over which meaning of the word occidit to use in his translation of Book Ten of the Metamorphoses). Overall it was super charming! I think it dragged a bit in places, and it waited too long to reveal some plot points, but I liked it a lot.

4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Aimee Bender) - I. Love. This. Book. It's beautifully written, and the concept is SO interesting. I highly recommend it. Love love love love love. :D

I started reading Angelmaker (Nick Harkaway), but it's boring, so I'm probably going to drop it soon. Also started Joy for Beginners (Erica Bauermeister), but I haven't read enough to form an opinion yet.

Anyway. How are you, friends? Do anything exciting last week? :D?
brilligspoons: (macbeth got screwed)
Last night I stopped at the library to pay a fine and pick up some holds, one of which was All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman. It was a lot shorter than I thought it'd be - 108 pages, I think? - so it only took me an hour or so to start and finish it. It's an interesting book, though the main story itself is equal parts confusing and bland. (Uh, I say 'main story' because there are sections where Kaufman gives little blurbs about the side characters he mentions and what their powers are and how they got them, just to illustrate how that all works in this world.) I'd say I was 90% bored and 10% blown away by bits here and there.

I mean, I get what Kaufman was going for, I really do, but I could barely follow the main character's train of thought most of the time. I don't think subtracting any of the details would make it better, but maybe if he'd structured the story differently, it would've been a lot clearer? Regardless, there's some pretty cool stuff going on, so it's not completely terrible.

Two pieces I especially liked:

‘I don’t remember a single monster before I met you,’ he’d told the Amphibian. ‘Now they seem to be all over the place.’
‘You mean there wasn’t anything you were afraid of?’ the Amphibian had asked him.
‘Lots.’
‘What did they look like?’
It was a funny question.
‘They didn’t look like anything. They were ideas,’ Tom told him. ‘Like not being able to pay rent, or being lonely.’
‘That’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever heard,’ the Amphibian replied.


and

The final stage of finding your superhero name is accepting how little difference it really makes. Okay, there’s this thing you can do, a thing you can do like no other person on the planet. That makes you special, but being special really doesn’t mean anything. You still have to get dressed in the morning. Your shoelaces still break. Your lover will still leave you if you don’t treat her right.


I gave up on Forbidden completely - it's been renewed 4 times, and I thought I should just admit that I'm never getting back to it. I cannot for the life of me figure out how this author managed to make a topic like incest so BORING. Ugh, whatever, it's going back to the library ASAP. Trying to decide whether I want to start Room next, or if I should tackle The Deed of Paksenarrion. Lit fiction, or fantasy with a (supposedly) asexual main character? Decisions, decisions.

Oh, I also borrowed Tropic Thunder while I was there yesterday. Has anyone here seen it? Am I going to hate or love it?
brilligspoons: (eyebrows...right)
EDIT: There might also be spoilers for Timeless in the comments, so if you're really adamant about not having the plot ruined for you, you might want to skip this entry for a while. <333

Oh right, I've been doing some reading lately.

Haven't made any headway into Forbidden because I got distracted by the arrival of the Soulless manga (which was adorable! I loved it!) and Timeless. GUYS. SUCH A GREAT END TO THE SERIES. I mean, I wish it wasn't the end and all, but I thought Carriger tied everything up rather nicely. PLUS PLUS PLUS SPOILERS )

*flail* Yes. Some of that.

Right now I'm rereading Emerald House Rising by Peg Kerr, which you may remember from that day I went slightly insane trying to find it. I'm pleased to say that my memories of loving it were spot-on: it's really good! bb!Margaret apparently had decent taste in fantasy novels. What I love now, though, and had forgotten along with most of the details of the book was the way magic works in this world. Instead of relying on, say, energy or the elements or whatever, Kerr uses possibilities - so a magician is a person who has the ability to see a possible course of action and then influence the environment to either encourage or discourage events that would lead up to that end. Early on in the novel, a magician explains to the main character that a long, violent war was caused by a wizard who asked the question, "Can I take the throne?" and set into motion things that would lead directly to yes, I can. He then explains that the question should have been, "SHOULD I take the throne? What are the consequences of me attempting this?" Etc. Uh. It just fascinates me, is all.

Next I plan to reread the Dalemark Quartet, and then I still have the second Skulduggery Pleasant book to get to. >.> It's been sitting on my shelf in my room for a while, I just keep forgetting to pick it up. Also have to finish the Batwoman trade I borrowed from Kait, as well as God Loves, Man Kills. And Lovecraft Unbound.

...I should maybe stay away from the library for a while. :D?
brilligspoons: (bookgasm!)
EMERALD HOUSE RISING BY PEG KERR, GUYS. THAT'S THE BOOK I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. And soon it will be in my possession, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green's librarianing skills and Amazon. (That's half of this morning spent on searching/making other people search for it. I feel like this is an excellent waste use of mine and others' time.) I think [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash is joking/being a jerk when she says my whole life has now been validated by this find, but I seriously feel so much better, so whatever.

VICTORY OVER MY SHITE MEMORY. BOO-YA.

(In case you're wondering - I joined Goodreads yesterday (find me here!) and have spent most of the last 18 hours or so adding all the books ever to my read and to-read lists. I sifted through Patricia C. Wrede and found a TON of novels by her that I know I'd read once upon a time but had forgotten until now, and as I was doing that, I was like WAIT. THERE WAS THAT ONE - UGH, WHAT WAS IT - I READ IT A MILLION TIMES WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME. So, yeah. Woohoo!)

Aaaaaand that happened.

Tonight I'm going to the gym after a week's recovery period (oh, hey, I can move without my muscles crying out in anguish!). I have approximately a million words to write before midnight to make the monthly minimum for GYWO. And I should probably, you know, actually do work. :D?

Happy Tuesday, all!

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brilligspoons: (seamen)
I finally got around to ordering Snow Leopard on Sunday, and apparently it's already waiting for me at home! \o/ I can't wait for my baby to be all updated and shiny again. Also: Chrome! and the most recent version of iTunes! It's gonna be super sweet, you don't even know. (Of course, it's going to have to wait until late tonight since I'm meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] max_n_leo for dinner before she heads back down to Virginia. Social life, bah. Who needs it.)

BUT IN MORE EXCITING NEWS I HIT LEVEL 85 LAST NIGHT RAH RAH RAH \O\ *\O/* /O/

Very carefully kept tally of where I was with XP and how much I'd get for completing dailies/quests, etc. until I figured out what it would take to trip it. I ended up playing for longer than I probably should have, but it was totally worth it to see Alundi go all shiny for a few seconds and the achievement to come up. The only thing that's weird now is not seeing the blue/purple progress bar above my spells. But whatever! I made the cap! A year(ish) before the new expansion is due out even!

*bouncy bouncy*

Still plugging away at various fic projects to varying degrees of success. I haven't been reading much in any of my fandoms recently. It's a combination of not being interested in most things that have been posted in the last few weeks (with a few exceptions), and being a lot burned out and annoyed by people in fandom at large. *shrug* Think I just need to ignore it all and concentrate on writing for a while. This is a good plan, y/y?

Anyway. That's the State of the Margaret, except for how I'm making my way through all the free shitty sci-fi novels Amazon offers, and that is a story for another time. (Oh my god, though. So shitty, you guys. But, you know, the one I finished last night was bad* AND YET I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT TWO BOOKS. WHICH ARE NOT FREE. THIS IS HOW THE DESCENT INTO MADNESS BEGINS, ISN'T IT.)

Uh, right. Happy Thursday, all!

*For one, I feel like a person who grew up on an Earth where all animal species died out/were hunted into extinction and the oceans were practically dry wouldn't know what shark skin felt like to the touch. But maybe that's just me.
brilligspoons: (nosferatu!)
Guys, I noticed a lot of reposts of that #yesGayYA message going around today. I'm just going to leave [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda's post about it here. Please read it - it has both sides of the story complete with links and citations, and it's pretty interesting. I'm just saying.

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