rynne: (guitar talk)
So it's been about two and a half months since I updated. I think that might be the longest I've gone without updating. There's been a lot happening. The most significant of which is, I'm in Africa. I've been living in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, for the past month and a half, working at a human rights organization. I do like Kampala, and East Africa (a couple weeks ago I went to visit my younger sister in Tanzania), but I am sort of homesick. Living in a country's capital city is not quite the amount of culture shock as if I were in a rural area, but it is still very different. Mostly I'm at the point of appreciating the different while starting to really miss the familiar. Also, I am so done with all the mosquitoes, and I still have five weeks left here. I finished my first year of law school. I didn't do as well grade-wise second semester, but I honestly don't really care all that much. I'm mostly just looking forward to starting my second year, now that I'm taking classes I've actually chosen. I finally finished my [profile] ksbigbang fic. I wanted to have that done back in May, but it didn't really happen. It took me until now partly because of work and Africa, but also partly because I decided to see the Avengers before I left for Africa. Which might not have been a good choice. I have no urge to write any Avengers fic, and no urge to go read the comics, so I think it's not going to be a lasting fandom. Part of the reason I knew Doctor Who and Star Trek would be lasting fandoms was because I started going back and watching old episodes because I wanted to be familiar with the whole universe, not just the reboots. So far, with the Avengers, I've been fine with reading fic based on both the movies and comics universes, and picking up anything I need to know about the comics from context and Wikipedia. Also, Tony Stark is my guy. I probably could have predicted that -- I have a deep weakness for angsty genius. Also, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark as OTP, which I also could have predicted. I just love the complementary opposites, particularly if they're also best friends (as apparently they were in the comics, even if Joss Whedon decided to emulate JJ Abrams and STXI's K/S dynamic with RDJ's Tony and Chris Evans's Steve. What is it with reboots turning the best friends dynamic into antagonistic-until-forced-to-work-together?). I think those are all the things of significance right now.
rynne: (guitar talk)
I know I've not been posting much recently, but I promised myself I would post today. So have a big long update. :p

i. First, Remix! The fic I received was Full of Grace (the human wisdom remix) by NEStar, West Wing, a remix of "All Human Wisdom." It's Josh-centric and about his relationships with some of the women in his life, so of course I loved it. What's funny is that the person last year remixed the same fic, but in a very different way. It's really, really interesting to see what two different people will do with the same fic.

I wrote The Camera Steals Your Soul (The Leading by Example Remix), Narnia, Susan-centric Pevensie sibling gen. I really enjoyed remixing this one. I knew as soon as I read the fic how I would remix the story, and I ended up quite happy with it.

That was the only fic I wrote for Remix this year. I wasn't quick enough for a pinch hit and nothing in Remix Madness really called to me with the amount of time I really had. That week happened to be the week of my Legal Research and Writing final brief. Speaking of...

ii. Law school! It's exams season. My exams are all on Tuesday and Friday this week and next. I'm...sort of having a hard time caring? I mean, my first one this Tuesday is the only in-class exam -- all the others are take-homes where I'll have an extra five hours to spend on them. Of course I've been studying, but I'm not really stressing about it. I've been far more interested in making up a schedule for next year. XD

What really makes me excited is that I got into the legal clinic I wanted for next spring. It's called the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, and from what I understand, what I'll be doing is in-depth research on another country's laws regarding women, actually going to that country during spring break for fact-finding, and then writing a report on our findings. There might be some drafting legislation in there too. It's going to be so cool! And speaking of other countries...

iii. Uganda! I need to send in my visa application this week, but otherwise I'm pretty on track. I am so looking forward to this. I can't believe I'm going to be spending three months in Africa, working on human rights. Wow.

iv. Okay, so...how do people find places to live that are not student housing? XD I've only ever lived with my parents or in dorms, but I need to find a place for next year. It's complicated by me not being in the country for the summer, so my parents are on my case about doing it now. I've just never done it before, and don't really know how it works. Hmm. I think I might just check out one of the apartment complexes nearby.

v. Writing! I've been doing it. I finished another fic in the Start Infinity Again series -- the planned final fic, in fact. That means it's not going to see the light of day for a long time, and it's probably going to change a lot between now and when I can finally post it, but it's a big relief to have it done. It ended up about 9000 words, and I actually still quite like it. :p

Now this means that I only have two more stories I have to write in order for this to feel like a complete and coherent universe. Both stories are chaptered with plot, so I'm probably going to have to save writing them for this summer. I don't anticipate having regular internet access at home, so that will leave me with little to do but write. :p

Also, I signed up for [profile] ksbigbang. My second Big Bang! My story is fleshing itself out in my head more -- I know the basic plot trajectory of the story, and last night I thought up several key scenes. Once I've got all the scenes basically plotted out, I can start writing, and it will go a lot quicker.

Hmm, think that's about it for now. I'm...going to try to be better about updating. :p
rynne: (guitar talk)
Okay, so I have lots of news, and have actually had lots of news for a while, but never really felt like taking the time to update. So...here we go, in no particular order.

i. Today I went to see an argument at the Supreme Court. Law school in DC for the win! Also I never want to do appellate advocacy.

ii. I am going to New Orleans for spring break! I am excited. I've never been to New Orleans, and I've always wanted to go. It's for a school-sponsored trip, so I will actually be working at the public defender's office, but I will be in New Orleans and also gaining legal experience so awesome.

iii. Speaking of travel, I have a summer job already and I will be going to KAMPALA, UGANDA to work in human rights. I am also really excited about that for multiple reasons. I'd really like to work in international human rights after I graduate, so it will be great to get some experience. And also my younger sister is in Tanzania again and will still be there this summer and she's already said she'll come visit me. This means I'll actually get to see her before next winter break. :p

iv. I started volunteering for the OTW. As a first year law student, I feel rather out of my depth and like I don't have much to contribute right now, but it's really nice to see people doing actual legal work, particularly related to fandom. I think I'm going to learn a lot.

v. I finally edited the first sequel to Start Infinity Again, one of the ones I wrote last summer. Hopefully I can get that to my beta soon, but first there are some other fics (shorter fics) in the series I want to write. I keep being hesitant about posting my chaptered sequels because, while they're complete, I want the universe to also feel complete whenever I post something. The third fic especially needs more story to round out the universe, but the second also raises some questions I would like to answer before I let it see the light of day. I just really don't want to post another universe that feels incomplete.

vi. Every so often it hits me that I actually am at a religious school. First with the birth control debate (which has been of particular interest for many reasons, one of which is that I sort of know Sandra Fluke. Not well, but we're in some of the same organizations.), and then today people were walking around with dark marks on their foreheads and then I realized oh, it's Ash Wednesday.

vii. More probably (hopefully) later. :p
rynne: (four chillin')
I've been really sucking about updating. What's funny is that it's not because I'm too busy, or even that I don't have anything to say. Mostly I've been lazy. Though I also don't have as much to say. :p

Law school is actually going well, I think. I kept hearing horror stories, and then I get here and the workload isn't that much worse than college. Of course, I might be DOING IT WRONG, but I haven't had to spend more than a couple hours per class at the most, so I do actually have plenty of time for my own pursuits. I hadn't brought many of my own books from home because I thought I wouldn't have time to read them, but then the first week after classes I went and got a DC Public Library card.

But yes. I'm actually enjoying law school. My classes are interesting and I've made some friends and joined some clubs and am actually having a good time.

I did finally get a work-study job, so that's going to cut into my free time. I don't mind so much, though, since I really do have a lot of free time, and it's nice to be making money. I'm working in the special collections section at the library, which means, among other things, old rare books. So that's cool.

[livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang is going well. I'm just going through my second draft for typos and awkward sentences from the rewriting I did of the first draft. I can't really do anything else at this point, not until my beta gives me feedback on the second draft. (And don't worry, [livejournal.com profile] ansley15, I still don't have a posting date, so no pressure. Once I have a posting date, though... :p) I am really looking forward to seeing what my artist and mixer come up with, though!
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
Last night I finished that third fic -- 22,400 words. It actually feels very bare, though -- not a skeleton, but certainly a very gaunt body. I think there might be more to this story, but I also think I need either some distance, some help, or both, to bring it out.

I think that's it for the longer fics in this series, though! Everything else I have planned will be one-shots, and much shorter. There's only one that I think might pass 10,000, but that's still a might. That will make things much easier -- I can do one-shots. :p

But I also think I'm going to take a break from this universe. There are still things I want to write this summer, while I still have time, but those things have nothing to do with Kirk Prime. That will be nice. XD

In more real life news, my job finally decided to actually PAY ME. It's a stipend, but it applies retroactively to the entire time I've been there, so when I'm done in a couple weeks I will actually get a check. So totally awesome. :D

On the other hand, though, they did want me to start coming in an hour earlier. And I agreed, because I would like to be paid. But getting up an hour earlier is going to be hard until I get used to it. *sigh*

I only have less than a month left in Reno, though. In less than a month, I'll be in DC! But this does mean I have to finish the things I want to do before my life gets swallowed up by law school, and I just hope I can get to the things I most want. I think I might. This has pretty much been my most productive summer ever. :D

Oh! And in another awesome turn, there is actually going to be a sci-fi convention in Reno next month! Anyone coming to WorldCon? :D
rynne: (four chillin')
Of late I'm being a pretty one-trick pony. Or one-note song. Whatever.

I've got an outline of the third fic. I managed to actually come up with a plot for it, a plot that lets me hit a lot of things I wanted to address, so I'm pretty stoked. I think I'm going to start writing it tomorrow. I think it'll be shorter than the last one, but not too much. Maybe 15,000 to 25,000.

(Hah, watch me eat those words when I finish it. My initial estimates for the first fic were 40,000 to 50,000, and it ended up 77,000. But I at least have all the basic scenes for this new fic planned out, so all that remains is to actually write them.)

Note that right now I am also:

1. Working an office job. (Part-time, but still working.) This takes up my mornings.
2. Training for my online tutoring job. This takes up some of my evenings.
3. Taking a class at my local university. This takes up my afternoons.
4. Doing in-person basic literacy tutoring and also attending dance class. This takes up more of my evenings.

Ahahahaha well. Hopefully this is good practice for being really busy in the fall. Let's see how fast I actually manage to write, given my schedule.
rynne: (good grammar yay!)
Miscellaneous interesting things actually happening to me:

1. I...got a tumblr. I have no idea how this thing works. Mostly what I want is a place to post all the Kirk/Spock stuff I want to say that most of my flist doesn't care about. XD I...will figure it out? Maybe.

2. I've finally been offered a job with Smarthinking, which is an online tutoring position. I'm going to be a writing tutor, and I'm going to get paid for it. I applied back in December, but they didn't want anyone until the new school year, so only now do they offer me the job.

I am going to take it, since I'm pretty sure I can set my own hours. This is important because I have no idea how much time I'm going to have this fall. And I will already have a job, because Georgetown is giving me work study. Two jobs in my first year of law school...AHAHAHAHA WTF self? I'm an idiot. But I'm not going to turn down Smarthinking until I know how much time I'll have, since I'm pretty sure I can just do it when I have an hour to spare.

3. On Saturday I went to the Renaissance Faire at Lake Tahoe and got my hair done up in these awesome elaborate braids. I've left them in for days now, but I haven't been able to wash that part of my hair, so I think it's time for them to come out. I did, at least, get pictures.
rynne: (bookstack)
I downloaded the free trial for Scrivener and have been playing around with it. I did get my Big Bang all squared away in it, but earlier today I finished my preliminary editing of it, so there's not really much more I can do with it until I have a beta.

Mostly what I did was some outlining of the sequel. I have all the chapters for that planned out, and know basically what I want to have in my chapters, but I don't think I'm ready to start writing yet since I want to have more detail about each scene before I get that far. Still, I am pretty pleased with what I already have, since I only came up with this idea a few weeks ago. It's definitely going to be shorter than the Big Bang, but even if I think about it more, I still think I can get it done this summer. Which would be seriously awesome.

In other news, today I asked one of my supervisors if it might be possible for me to get paid. I mean, I love volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and I'd rather work there without money if the paying alternative is another job like the theater from the past two years, but...it would be nice to be paid to do work I actually enjoy. Unfortunately, she said it isn't likely. Non-profits are definitely feeling the economy.

Thank god I have supportive parents, really, though I would like to be more independent. *sigh* Well, once I'm in law school, things will probably change. I should enjoy what I have while it's nice and easy. XD
rynne: (laughing rose)
So I work at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and today I was helping with an end of the year party at one of the elementary schools who use our school-based program. And one of the girls, maybe ten years old, comes up to me, looks at me for like two seconds, and asks, "What's wrong with your eyes?"

Dude, that is an observant kid. Blunt, but observant. Most people don't realize there's something wrong with my eyes even after I tell them and they stare at them for awhile. I suppose it's easier to pick up that I'm cross-eyed, but most people don't even realize that.

So I tell the kid that I'm half-blind, and she's sad for me for maybe a minute before she has me cover my eyes so she can test my vision. XD Once she confirmed that I cannot, in fact, see anything out of my left eye, she said, "That's so awesome!" and went back to her table.

I was amused rather than offended, though.
rynne: (dork!)
Yesterday I finally heard from Columbia, formerly the holdout among my schools. I got a no, which I wasn't surprised about--I was only surprised that it took them so long. But considering I applied back in October, I guess it's something that they took this long to tell me no.

But this means I can finally make my decision! Or rather, confirm the decision I'd pretty much already made. Therefore...

Georgetown Law class of 2014! Three years in Washington DC!

Also, a couple things that amused me in a really geeky way:

1. My mom asked me to put Tangled in my Netflix queue because she hadn't seen it in theaters. I did, and enjoyed it enough that I'd already had it in my queue. Yesterday it came, and we watched it last night, and my mom had plenty to say about Disney Princesses -- and also story archetypes, with reference to Carl Jung.

Yes, academic-style analysis of random movies does run in the family. XD

(My mom also enjoyed Tangled a lot more than she was expecting to. I feel sort of vindicated, because while I don't think the movie is flawless, it's definitely one of my favorite Disney princess movies.)

2. At work today my coworkers kept bursting into laughter. Finally someone came to show me what it was they were laughing about -- an email from a government agency...with absolutely horrible grammar. I also burst out laughing.

I love my job. I may not be getting paid, but at least I'm working with kindred spirits. XD
rynne: (mighty pen)
Wow. I finally updated my website, for the first time in over two years. Two years! What has been added is...all six of the fics I wrote in the two years since I last updated. I think I only wrote one fic last year, which is a new low, and that was for Remix. I didn't even do Yuletide.

Well, at least my tally for this year will be better than last year, though that's not saying much. I've already posted a fic this year, and I've got Remix (which I need to get started on soon--I've got my idea and I know exactly what I'm doing with it, so now I just need to sit down and write), and I've got more Star Trek fics in my head. I just need to write them, and it definitely needs to be before September, because somehow I don't think I'll have time once I start law school. :p

Work has been going well. I've only been there a week, but I think I'm already impressing my supervisors. Let's hope things keep going well.
rynne: (scully the sleeping beauty)
Cornell offers a travel stipend for admitted students wanting to visit, so...I think I'm doing that. But it looks like it has to be on an admitted student day, and there's only one more of those, which is next week. I've been pretty focused on Georgetown, but that was before I got into a similarly-good school, so now I really think I need to see Cornell and Ithaca before I can make a good decision, and the travel stipend really helps.

So I guess I'm going to New York in a week. Definitely need to get moving on plane tickets and telling Cornell and so on. I am not looking forward to the flights, but I think it's important to take a look at the place, and this will be my best chance.

In other news, I just started work at Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am a volunteer and not getting paid for it, but I'm doing interesting work, not just being a receptionist and filing things. My supervisor wants me writing needs statements for grants and eventually maybe taking on more of the grant, so for the past couple days I've been reading a lot of old grants to get an idea of what I need to do. But omg, it's an actually interesting, useful job! I'm not standing on my feet serving popcorn seven hours a day! Looks like having a college degree is finally good for something.

Time for bed now though. *yawns*
rynne: (college)
Got my grades for my final semester and straight As, though it's three A- and an A. But dude, I got an A- in Theory of International Relations. I hadn't gotten better than a B+ on any of the papers I wrote this semester, so I thought I'd get a B or a B+ in the class, but my participation grade was great and then I got a 95% on my final paper. This would be an 18-page paper that I wrote in a day and a half, and I kicked so much ass on it that it kicked me over into the A- range. Considering how hard a grader my professor had been all semester, I am very proud of that.

So...now I'm trying to find something to do in between now and the new school year. Hopefully a job, but also hopefully a job that makes use of my shiny new BA. *snorts* Good luck to me. I'm trying for some online writing tutor positions, but we'll see how that goes.

Tomorrow, and actually in just over twelve hours, is my interview with an alumnus from Georgetown. I am nervous because I've never really had such an important interview before, but my parents helped out with questions I am most likely to be asked, and advised me to make notes of my talking points. It helps that it's a phone interview, so I can have all my notes on hand. I am still nervous, though. I do tend to be an articulate speaker, which is why I agreed to this interview even though it was optional. But still. Important. I am nervous. I really want to get into Georgetown!

Time to go make notes now.
rynne: (dance!)
I win! Mostly.

Today has been very busy because I have this paper due tomorrow and it took me until about 4pm today to think of a topic for it, because that thing just did not want to be written. But I did manage to write it, and take it to the writing center to get edited, so it's also been revised, and might actually be an all right paper. Whoo!

I also have a poem due tomorrow for my poetry class, so I wrote one about working at the movie theater and how people who leave their trash in the theater suck. :p

I do still have about thirty pages on international politics to read, plus the world section of the New York Times, because apparently I have a quiz on that tomorrow. (Gah, two papers and a quiz in one day? What is up with that?)

But I am still happy and full of win, because this week I applied for a copy editor position at the school newspaper, and today I got notice that I got it! *dances* And it's a paid job! Finally I have a paid job relating to what I want to do for a living when I get out of college that I can put on my resume as actual related experience! Okay, I don't really want to work with newspapers, and I'm sure it's not going to take long before I'm gnashing my teeth at how badly people use grammar, but OMG I FINALLY HAVE A REAL EDITING JOB! :D:D:D

This does mean that I have two jobs this semester, which sort of amuses me because this is actually the first semester where I've even had a job at all, and now I have two. But both are supposed to be about five hours a week, and one's daytime while the other is evenings, so I'm sure I'll be fine.

Damn, this semester is going really well for me so far. :D
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
I posted exactly once in August. Damn, that's a new low. But things have happened now! Lots of things!

i. Vegas trip was fun. Not quite as fun as last time because there were a few immature guys staying with us, but still fun.

ii. Green Day concert was AWESOME. So totally awesome. It was also nice spending time with my aunt and uncle, and also having lunch with [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man.

iii. Back at school now. I'm happy enough, but I'm going to miss the very little lazing around I managed this summer. XD

iv. I have a new job! One of my teachers from last semester got injured and needed an assistant for a class now, so I applied, and I got hired. It's only like five hours a week (if that), but it's about ten bucks an hour, so I'm making decent money for how much I'm working. Especially since it's a really easy job -- writing on the board, running errands, filing, that kind of thing.

v. I applied to graduate. Eep! I'm not graduating until next fall, but everyone who intends to graduate in 2010 has to apply these first few weeks of school. So I did. Graduation. From college. How did that happen?

vi. Last, but most definitely not least... I got accepted into the study abroad program I wanted.


rynne: (poker (nevada girl))
Wow, I suck at updating. Totally suck.

Not that much news. I quit my job--my last day was Wednesday. It feels pretty early since I still have two weeks before I go back to school, but tomorrow I'm going to Vegas for most of the week, and a few days after that, some time in Sacramento, so I had to leave this early.

Not that I really mind. It was nice making money, and I did like my coworkers very much, but it was a very monotonous, uninteresting job, and I'm not sorry I'm done with it.

So yes. Vegas tomorrow. [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals, I'll try to take notes of things that might be useful for the fic (even if we haven't really been writing much lately... XD). I'm not sure about what kind of internet access I'll have, though, if any. Usually when we're there we just mooch off unsecured neighbors, but that's really spotty.

...Yeah, that's about it for what I have to say, which is why I haven't been updating. I have to get up early tomorrow and I'm tired now, so I'll go to bed. If I don't have internet while in Vegas, it's not like anyone will notice. :p
rynne: (scully the sleeping beauty)
i. I feel like Roman numerals today.

ii. I am so ridiculously tired. Gah.

iii. I have to go back to work tomorrow. Bah. Through a reduction in hours and a quirk of scheduling, I got eight days off in a row. I got called in on one of them, but that still left me with a lot of time off when previously I'd been working basically full-time but never with more than one day off in a row. And it's nice to make more money, but I do love lazing around. :p

iv. Though speaking of work, this week I am going to give in my two weeks' notice! It feels odd to leave so soon because I'll have only worked there for two months by the time I leave, but I do have to go back to school.

v. Also, some friends and I are going to Vegas in mid-August. A few days in Vegas, and then we go to Sacramento for some concerts. Well, the friends are going to Warp Tour and Green Day, but Warp Tour's not my thing so I'm just going to Green Day. And I have family in Sacramento, so I don't have to worry about a place to stay or anything. So basically I'm going to be out of town August 16 through about the 25th, which is why I'm giving notice at work so soon though I'm not going back to school until like the 29th.

vi. My computer's power cord is crapping out. Again. After only like six months. Fortunately, though, that means it's still under warranty, so I do not need to pay $90 for a new one! On the other hand, apparently the Apple store requires me to even have a reservation to make an exchange, which is...whatever. But I couldn't do it today, so I made an appointment for right after work tomorrow. An appointment to make an exchange. *shakes head*

vii. I'm still so tired, and I have work early tomorrow. I'll answer comments later. Good night.
rynne: (pinky thinking)
[livejournal.com profile] remixredux09 is live!

My story is awesome. Mystery Remixer took one of my Harry Potter/Good Omens crossovers and wrote We Come and Go (The Angels in the Outfield Remix), and it's so funny. It's a remix of Karma, which I think might be my only Bring Back Black fic, and which had a fairly ridiculous premise (Crowley and Aziraphale getting Sirius out of Purgatory), but the remix is more focused on Good Omens than HP, and is so totally what happened behind the scenes of my fic. Awesome character voices, and tons of GO-style humor. Thank you, Mystery Remixer!

I wrote two fics, my assignment and a pinch hit. One of them, at least, is very, very obviously me. Anyone want a guess? *g*

But I had such a blast with Remix this year, despite working so much. This is why it's always my favorite ficathon--I end up writing things I never thought I would, and loving them. :D

Another good thing--I have to work today, but then I get four days off! In a row! I haven't had more than one day off in a row since I started work. So awesome.

I have to get ready for work now, but everyone should check out Remix!
rynne: (facepalm Mulan)
Urgh. Urgh urgh urgh.

I just came back from taking my dog for a walk. I don't really like walking the dog, but my parents are gone so they can't and I had to. So today I was just walking along, trying not to get too annoyed at the tumbleweeds, when I noticed something in my dog's mouth.

He'd picked up like half a dead squirrel and was chewing on it.

Gah. I tried to get it away from him, but he's strong. I was able to tear away the leg that was sticking out of his mouth, which is BIG FAT URGH all on its own, but I couldn't get the rest of it away. And then he ate it.

I washed my hands when I got back because URGH I TOUCHED DEAD SQUIRREL. But also, my dog ATE dead squirrel. Gah.

Another reason not to like walking the dog. *sigh*

In other news, I have not watched any new Torchwood yet. Yesterday I worked, and today I've been working on my Remix. First I finish Remix, then I can watch Torchwood.

My next day off is next Monday. Gah. I hate working basically full time for only seven bucks an hour... I mean, it does get me more money at even that measly wage, but it still feels like a lot of work for not much reward.

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