rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
Happy Glorious 25th of May! Long live the People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably-priced love! And a hard-boiled egg! I am not wearing lilac the flower, but I am wearing lilac the color. It was completely by accident, but I'm still wearing it.

I promise that after this I'm not going to talk about my Big Bang progress so much, but I couldn't let this milestone pass by without remarking on it. I've passed 41,000 words, which is significant because 41,000 words is the length of my current longest complete fic. I do not think that fic is going to hold that title for much longer. :D

Also, I wrote all 41,000 of those words in two and a half weeks. Two and a half weeks! That is also a new record. Not by much -- the other long fic I wrote in three weeks -- but still, it broke my record. I think I wrote 20,000 in one week alone, and I'm not even done for the night.

Okay. Done marveling over my milestone now. Carry on. :)
rynne: (bookstack)
I have to read the first half of Great Expectations...sometime before Monday. Gah. I "read" (for a given value of read, meaning a few chapters here and there) it my senior year of high school and didn't like what I read, so I've been putting it off and putting it off. But I'm going to actually try and read it this time.

In my theatre class we've been reading Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, which has been interesting. My only previous exposure to the Faust myth was actually the Wishbone episode about Faust, so I've been getting all nostalgic about Wishbone. Ah, Wishbone. Half my exposure to great literature like Faust or Cyrano de Bergerac or Red Badge of Courage has been through Wishbone. That was such a great show.

This Friday the entire group is going to Birmingham, mostly for the Cadbury's factory. God, I hope the entire place doesn't smell like chocolate. We're supposed to spend several hours there, and I might well be sick if I have to spend hours in a place that smells like chocolate. Ugh. Everyone else is talking about eating themselves sick, but if I do get sick, it will be because I find the smell of chocolate nauseating.
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
Heh. Last year I brought a lot of books with me (well, relatively--maybe 50 or so) to school, but I was busy enough, or doing other things enough, that I didn't read more than half of them. So this year I figured I'd bring fewer, so now I only have maybe 20 or 25 of my own books.

So of course I immediately start craving some of the books I left at home. XD A few days ago I went to the library and checked out sixteen books, and I've already read seven of them. I...am probably going to spend a lot more time at the public library this semester.

In other, more important news, I have a bit of a dilemma as regards study abroad and graduation. I'm supposed to leave London on May 15th. Graduation is the 16th. So the question is, do I want to graduate the day after a very long flight, or do I want to spend a bit more time in Europe after the program is over, and graduate in 2011?

I'm going to be done with my degree Fall 2010, but the school doesn't have ceremonies in the fall, only in the spring. If I'm going to make it to a ceremony (and my parents will be extremely disappointed if I don't, and of course I want to), then it will either be after a long flight and cutting me off from more time in Europe ([livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man, I was thinking after my program is over might be a good time to go to Germany), or it will be half a year after I'm done with school.

Right now I'm leaning more towards the ceremony in 2011, but I'm not sure. Well, at least I have plenty of time to think about it.
rynne: (love life)
I had a very full day. Very much fun.

A couple friends and I went downtown to hang around the river since it was nice outside. Apparently everyone else in the city agrees, because it was packed there. And there were lots of people with tattoos, including one guy with one on his throat. Dude, I cannot even imagine getting a tattoo there.

We also went into this antique store, and I? Found a first edition Goblet of Fire, wand order mistake included. This made me ridiculously happy because GoF had been the only HP book where I didn't have the first edition hardcover. I used to have one, but then my younger sister lost it several years ago and eventually I bought a paperback version of GoF, but I had always been very sad because it rather ruined things. But now I have a complete set of first edition hardcover Harry Potter books, so go me!

Then we hung around Borders for awhile, because that is what my friends and I do: hang around bookstores for fun. But there was nothing new that I wanted, so I was sad, except not really because first edition GoF! Then we went to World Market, which is hiring! For some position having to do with wine! If I have to work, I'd love to have a job working in World Market with wines.

We went out to sushi for dinner, and mmmmm, sushi. I love sushi.

And then we watched Star Trek.

Some spoilers for Star Trek )

Also, I applied to work at the theater. Since one of the managers is my best friend's boyfriend, and I've known him for like eight years, I'm hoping I have an edge. Though it was sorta weird, 'cause it was a computer application that I did right in the theater. They didn't ask me for any references, and also on the page with school, apparently they were just asking for high school because they wanted to know my last completed grade and only accepted numbers, so I could only tell them that I'd graduated high school, not that I was now a senior in college. They apparently didn't want to know about college at all. Very odd.

It is also the Glorious 25th of May, which is quite appropriate for being Memorial Day. I need to go reread Night Watch now.
rynne: (inspiration!)
I've finished the third of the three papers I had due this week. I've paid up on all the auction fics I won (which took more than half of the current contents of my bank account, gah). I've heard from the person who won me, and I have an idea I like for the fic I'm going to write. I've answered comments.

I feel very accomplished right now, so to celebrate, I'm going to READ A BOOK FOR PLEASURE OMG. Yay for having time to read fun stuff!
rynne: (smile)
Today I slept in, played a lot of computer backgammon (which is somehow SO ADDICTIVE), and then watched Return of the King, the extended edition.

First, the extended edition is effing long. I've never watched it all the way through before. Wow.

But that didn't matter because oh I love it. When the movies first started being made I was dubious, and when I watched them the first time I kept nitpicking at the things they changed, but now when I rewatch I'm still aware of the changes but I don't really care because I still see the spirit of my books here.

I love Lord of the Rings so much. SO MUCH. As in, I am so completely satisfied with it that I have no interest in the fandom. There is no way that these books could be improved for me, and I can't think of anything else I can say that about. Oh, Tolkien.



Also? It's made things even better because I am now inspired to write more in the "With a Little Help from My Friends" universe.

So now I'm going to go do that.
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
I have something over 400 books in my room and it feels like I've read them all too many times to want to read them again right now. *sigh* I have books from the library, but I'm saving them for the trip to see family when I likely won't have internet.

(Though on that note--lovely [livejournal.com profile] yuletide writer, if I don't comment right away, it's not because I don't like it. I'm going to be gone from the 24th to the 27th with most likely no internet access. I will comment when I get back.)

Anyway. I don't want to read my books right now--or rather, I want to read books, but not the ones I have. So instead I'm watching The West Wing. Gaza and Memorial Day, because I have the fifth season here and I love those episodes. Especially Josh. I have a big thing for guys who do major things for the ones they love. Like rushing to Germany despite the international crisis and being supposed to advise the president on it. Or like burning up a sun just to say goodbye. *g*

Also like yelling about how you want to kill everyone who had a hand in it, despite being a total pacifist who feels faint at the sight of blood. Or being proud of Rose for joining Torchwood and trying to find a way to blast through universes and have no problems with her gun, despite being very unhappy with everyone else who does these things.

Ah, I have such a weakness for relationships like these. :D

So, speaking of the kind of relationship I love, and also the fact that I am bored with my books--anyone have any recommendations? Books especially, but also shows and movies and so on.

Also, fic writing meme:

If you could force me to write anything, what would it be?

Please answer--I'm really quite interested. :D
rynne: (mighty pen)
Today has been a somewhat shippy day. I decided to check out the local Borders and see if there was anything new, but what I actually found was a nice collection of Doctor Who books--including The Stone Rose, which I couldn't find in any store in Reno. So now I have that, hurrah!

Then this evening [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man and I watched Rise of the Cybermen through The Satan Pit. I love TIP/TSP so much. So much. ♥ There were a few little squees at the mortgage conversation and "Oh, she knows" and "I believe in her". :D

I...have technically signed up for NaNoWriMo, but I don't think I'll be doing much with it. I'd originally decided to just write a fic every day of November rather than trying to get to 50,000 words, but I'm not sure it's going to happen. I haven't done today, and I'm not sure I feel like writing.

I suppose I can still try, though. I've still got half an hour left, and more if I set my clock back right now. I have been wanting to write more often.

*gets to work*

ETA: So I wrote something that could probably stand alone but feels more like the first chapter of a short chaptered fic. I'm a bit eh because it's only about 1100 words and normally I like chapters that are much longer, but it still feels complete. And like a chapter. So I think for my fic tomorrow I'll write the second part of this, which will probably be longer.
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
I am in a very good mood today. Last night I was feeling off, but then [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man and I went for coffee (well, so to speak, since she didn't actually get anything and neither of us drink coffee) and we talked for a couple hours. That was great, and I felt much better at the end.

Tomorrow I have two fairly biggish assignments due, and I did those today, and I think they're fairly good. I'm pleased with them, at least. :)

But mostly I am still full of COMPLETE GLEE because today I read Busman's Honeymoon, one of Dorothy L. Sayers's Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane books, and I just ADORED it. It's almost exactly what I want to read in a story. :D

Spoilers )

So yes. I loved that book enough that I really need to buy it now. And also find fanfic, of course. XD [livejournal.com profile] yuletide has some good ones, and surprisingly so does ff.net, but neither really has that many. This is probably just a tiny fandom. *sigh*
rynne: (laughing rose)
I just got back from seeing Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

OMG SO BRILLIANT. Just, absolutely hilarious. I kept hurting from all the laughing. :D

I have a bunch of homework to do this weekend (not all of it due Monday, but extensive enough that I shouldn't just start the night before), but today I went to the library. I remembered [livejournal.com profile] mrv3000's brilliant fic with Doctor/Rose in the style of Dorothy L. Sayers, which piqued my interest enough to check a few of her books out. I started Gaudy Night today, and Lord Peter's interactions with Harriet keep making me go AWWW. :D

Haven't finished it yet, though, because then [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man came over and we watched The Unquiet Dead and Aliens of London/World War III. That was fun, and she didn't seem to object to my squeeing over how cute Nine and Rose were together. XD

So today was a good day, and now I'm going to finish the book. :D
rynne: (bookstack)
So apparently I forgot the power cord for my old computer, which means I can't use it or its dial-up access at the house, and have to go to the local coffeeshop for the WiFi. Which is where I am now, since I was getting antsy without the internet. XD

But my friend didn't come with me, and I don't like prioritizing internet over being a host for long (especially now that I've finished checking my mail and my flist), so I'm not going to stick around much longer. I just wanted to say that I have less access than I was thinking, so I'll be around less than I anticipated.

In other news, I'm now not sure if I want to read Breaking Dawn. I actually like the Twilight series (even though I recognize how mockable it is), but a few of the things I've heard about it are making even me go o.O. I mostly want to read it, but I haven't seen any reviews from people I know like the books yet. Maybe I'll just wait until it gets in the library.

Okay, now I'm going to go. I'll be back on Saturday, though possibly before, if I get ansty again. :p
rynne: (four chillin')
Sorry I disappeared for a bit. I got some books I've never read before from the library, which will pretty much always hold my attention until I finish them. :p I am finally getting around to answering all my backlog of comments, though.

I'm watching The Two Doctors right now. Currently I'm amused at Six's confusion with pronouns. Also the plot is revolving around the Doctor's relationship with the TARDIS, described as symbiotic, which is cool. And I'm still fond of Two/Jamie. *g*

OMG Two just said "Oh, crumbs." OH CRUMBS. I am so going to incorporate this into my vocabulary! I am so totally in love with the Doctor's idiosyncrasies, no matter what they are. Including Six's clothes. :p

Though I have spent the past several days reading new books, I also haven't posted because I haven't had much to say. So... goodnight. XD

ETA: Six: When you travel around as much as I do, it's almost inevitable that you run into yourself at some point.

Good justification for more multi-Doctor fics, y/y? That's one of my favorite genres, and I am always on the lookout for good multi-Doctor stories.
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
That book meme. :)

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Strike out the books you have no intention of ever reading, or were forced to read at school and hated.
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

100 books )

Am watching Ruby in the Smoke right now. It is totally reminding me of how much I love the Sally Lockhart books, and Sally herself. This was my first exposure to Philip Pullman, not His Dark Materials (though I love that as well), though it doesn't seem like that many people have really heard of them, especially not compared to the success of HDM. I need to read these books again.

ETA: Oh, Fred! Yay for Fred. I love Fred. He was totally one of my first literary crushes, and I'm really reminded of that now.
rynne: (bookstack)
Today I read The Time Traveler's Wife. I don't have that many thoughts, except that it was an awesome book, with a really neat idea. Also, it rather reminded of me of At Swim, Two Boys, though more in general tone than any specifics.

Now, have some predictions for tomorrow's Doctor Who. :p

Serious predictions )

Now for some not-so-serious predictions. I was going to say "I mock because I love", but given that it's Moffat, that's...not really true. :p But I'd rather mock than be nervous, so.

Not-so-serious predictions )

Anyone else have any predictions, serious or not, that you'd like to share?
rynne: (the tenth doctor)
Ah, the Glorious 25th of May. I have no idea where my copy of Night Watch is--which is not unusual considering the several hundred books I've got scattered around my room--but alas, that means I can't reread it. Very sad. I hope everyone is still able to find Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably-Priced Love, and a Hard-Boiled Egg. *g*

Now to talk about DW again, because apparently I just can't shut up about this show. I have some Thoughts, and now I'm going to try and work them out and see if I can get them to make sense.

I think I'm becoming more reconciled to Girl in the Fireplace )
rynne: (the tenth doctor)
I bought The Stone Rose audiobook from iTunes.

This is a bit odd for me, because normally I hate audiobooks. Seriously, I hate them. My reading comprehension is so far above my listening comprehension that it's not even funny. I am not a fan of all-lecture classes, but when I do have them, I have to take copious notes to make sure information doesn't fly in one ear and out the other. And with books I read for fun, I'm always wanting to go back and reread parts and linger over my favorite bits and imagine my own voices for the characters and all that stuff.

But I still bought this audiobook. Part of it is because I can't get a hold of a paper copy of it. :p There are no Doctor Who books in my library system, and I've only found four in the bookstores, one of which is an Eight book and the others are Ten and Martha. I am sort of perplexed that Reno has a B&N warehouse and yet it has not a single Doctor Who book. Why are British things so difficult to find in America? Gah. And I really wanted to read this book because I've heard it's fairly Doctor/Rose shippy, which makes me...shallow, but consistent in my shippiness. :p

The other part of me buying this book is that David Tennant is narrating it. *g* I may not be a fan of audiobooks, but I could totally listen to David Tennant talk for two and a half hours. TOTALLY. Especially since the actual narrative is in his native accent, which is...pure guh.
rynne: (rain on me)
Yesterday it rained so much that there was actual flooding, though only bad enough that a few streets were closed. Then I watch the news tonight and it says people in Fernley, which is only an hour away, had to be evacuated, and levees failed, etc. Dude, this is Nevada. I can't remember the last time there was so much rain.

And today it snowed a lot. Not as much as two years ago--yet--but there's still several inches on the ground. I still have a few weeks before school starts, so I hopefully don't have to go out in it until at least it's cleared off the roads. Ugh. I hate snow.

Twin and I are almost done with Doctor Who S2. All that's left is the season finale, which Twin spoiled for me (at least what happens to Rose), but I asked her, so that's all right. Well, relatively. I'm going to miss Rose. Unsurprisingly, I need to hunt up some good fanfic. Especially Doctor/Rose, 'cause...dude!

Oh! I just remembered something I wanted to ask. I know there are people on my flist who've read Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising sequence. I'm curious, and I'd like to read them too, but...what order do they go in? I looked at a few of them in the library, but somehow they never made it quite clear.
rynne: (you're a star)
Happy New Year!

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide authors have been revealed, and I can finally claim the three stories I wrote. I'll post them here later, but for now, here's what I wrote. All of them are rated G, and I have no idea how that happened. :p

Shards of Truth, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. This was my assignment, and I loved it, though I didn't/don't expect much feedback, considering it's a video game.

Homecoming, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. My first stocking stuffer, and I'm fond of it, though other HDM fic totally outshone it.

Merry Meet Again, Stardust. The other stocking stuffer. I did like it, but I was surprised by how much feedback it got, especially compared to the other two. :p
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
I have yarn! And books! *glee* I got gift cards to Barnes and Noble and Michaels for Christmas--both were $25, and I've already used up the B&N one, of course, though I still have a bit left of the Michaels. I just wanted a bunch of yarn so I could experiment with crochet projects.

Tomorrow I'm going to Santa Cruz until New Year's Eve. I'm not bringing my old laptop, which is the one that connects to the internet there (dial-up only, ugh, and I don't feel like figuring out how to do it with my Mac), but I am bringing the Mac. Without the distraction of the internet, I intend to write. Of course, I also have new books I've never read before (just bought Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and New Moon, since I've heard good things, and they looked good in the store), and a new video game I've never played before, and things to crochet, so who knows if I'll actually manage to write anything. :p

But given the lack of internet time, I probably won't get to do my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide recs until after authors are revealed, which is probably just as well.

Twin told me she ordered seasons two and three of Doctor Who, and that they're supposed to come in five to nine business days. As long as they get here before she has to go back to school, I'm happy.

Now, considering I will soon be internet-less for the next few days, I'm going to back to reading fic. :p
rynne: (can't be too fond of books)
1. I've been getting House from Netflix. Such a good show! Does anyone have any fic recs? I love House, though I have no pairing preferences, and het, slash, and gen are all great. :D

2. In a few days, I'll probably be posting Kingdom Hearts fic of a pairing I have depressingly never seen yet: Mickey/Minnie! Poor Disney characters, doomed to fandom obscurity despite kicking ass.... Also, I want to write fic with Goofy and Max in Disney Castle, except it's been so long since I've seen Goof Troop that I don't remember many details apart from basic personality. (Like, what happened to Goofy's wife/Max's mother, etc. Also, the name of Pete's kid.)

3. Last night, [livejournal.com profile] velesia and I organized my books. I have a lot, and they weren't very organized, so it took two and a half hours. :p Also, I didn't find a few books I was hoping to, so a trip to the bookstore is probably in order. Though where The Amber Spyglass could have gotten, I don't know...especially since I wanted to write post-AS fic, about Lyra. Wanted to make sure of details.

4. Huge-ass meme, most recently seen on [livejournal.com profile] krabapple's LJ. *shrugs* What can I say? I'm a sheep.

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
I wear glasses or contact lenses. I love to play video games. × I've tried marijuana.
× I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes. × I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on... )

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