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Gah, I'm ill.

Chest infection, ear infection, among other fun things, At least the fever seems to be gone now.

Have you ever noticed how goddam BORING it is so be home sick? I mean, I'm doing, these last few days, the same things I usually do on my days off, but it's just like... I don't know. Probably it's bring because I can't do anything else. Also it's too hot to even sit out the back, so I'm stuck in the house.

I've read 'Stardust' and am about three quarters of the way through James McGee's 'Ressurectionist'. Seriously, the Matthew Hawkwood series needs to be made into films. It's very filmic, and the kind of story fangirls would probably cream their pants over. Hawkwood is a Runner in Regency era London, he is ex-military and gruff, has a scar under one eye and his hair in a ponytail and he wears long coats and steps on people's toes, and seriously more people should read this series, because it's very enjoyable and easy to read, even if occasionally predictable and/or amusing because Hawkwood is so badass.

Also I've watched rather a lot of Charmed, which I rcecently decided I felt like revisiting. Yet to see whether I'll go past the fourth season, though, because that was when I stopped watching it because it started to get crap.

Annd that's about all, aside from the intermittent coughing fits. Are you people doing exciting things?

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So. An update. It's been a while since I made a real one.

i. [livejournal.com profile] stoatshead_hill is now closed, and I finished my final thread there a few days ago. Rita and Kingsley have their complicated fading off into the sunset, and Ollivander departed on the next great adventure. Which made me cry. A lot. I'm sad we're done there, but at the same time I'm glad it happened when it did, while we all cared enough to post our characters' final on-screen moments and draw their stories to a close. It was a fun game, and I met so many amazing people playing in it, and those frienships won't fade.

ii. [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead is stronger than ever. The upheaval there must be like a month ago now, but it's actually been really awesome for the game as a whole. The cast is smaller now (but not too small) and it feels sort of homey and everyone-knows-everyone. I like it. There have been two giant parties this month, one which Rita really enjoyed (with her boy toy on her arm and getting looks from people and making them wonder. Being surprising is what she loves most in the world) and one which I enjoyed but she was sort of meh about. I'm still not entirely comfortable with the whole muggleborn!Ravenclaw Rita thing, but I'm enjoying her and she's an interesting challenge. I think my personal canon for her will always be as a pureblood Slytherin.

ii. Working on my hp_beholder fic, which will definitely be finished by the deadline, and hoping to finish my claim for the [livejournal.com profile] erotic_elves challenge as well, though I am more concerned about the exchange fic that is for someone. I really shouldn't sign up for things, but I do love the beholder assignment. On that note: has anyone on my flist been to Eastern Europe? I'd like an opinion on, er, something. Leave a comment? *hopeful smile*

iii. Still working at the supermarket and doing little else. Looking for more work. Am thinking I shall have to do work experience for free, because no one seems to want me on a degree and four years retail experience. Giving it another few weeeks before I start making enquiries. Also I have a stupid crush on someone I work with, who is very much a straight married woman and why, brain, why do you do this to me? I'll probably get over it in a few weeks like I did the crush I had on another straight married woman who works there, but god, wtf. There are plenty of hot young men working there too, and I am very appreciative of and sometimes interested in them, but I get these stupid crushes on completely unavailable women. Seriously, WHY?

Some stories of the supermarket )

iv. I always have a bajillion things to say when I'm not updating, but then the text box comes up and I can't think of anything. I should just update whenever I think of things and not plan to do it later. But then what kind of procrastinator would I be?

v. Wicked was fabulous. I really want to see the show now, even if it is different. I've probably never mentioned to anyone here that I was seriously, seriously obsessed with the Wicked Witch of the West as a child. No, really. I wrote was was probably fanfiction about her for like an entire year. I remember my year one teacher asking me if there was anything else I'd like to write about, anything. Someone knitted me a witch with a green face. I still have her. So that story was like, just... wow, and I'm so glad I finally read it.

vi. I am now reading 'Helen Mirren - In the Frame - My Life in Words and Pictures', which is fabulous. I got it for Christmas but only picked it up properly the other day. I have so far read about her family and childhood and her younger years in the RSC and travelling across Africa and living the Boheme actress lifestyle. God, I'd love to do that - give up all my things and just go and make wonderful art in strange places. I wonder if the world she travelled in still exists at all in the way it did when she explored it. My instinct tells me it doesn't, that the 60s and 70s are gone now and it would be impossible to live the same life now, but then that could just be the stories the media tell and the brainwashing of the capitalist consumer system to make us think that we have work and earn and buy and borrow in order to live.

vii. There are weird white larvae things falling out of our kitchen air conditioning duct. I looked up hornet larvae on google, and found pictures that are disturbingly similar. We have a nest of hornets out the back and their nest is in the wall cavity behind my bedroom. Seriously, if we start getting hornets inside the house, I'm fucking moving out.

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I fail so hard at updating my LJ. But here is one now!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/New Year/everything else, and that you are now enjoying the appearance of Easter Eggs in stores way before they need to be there (mmmm, Cadbury Creme Eggs, although I have to say that my supermarket having eggs now makes Easter less special because I will already have eaten 3645353 of them by the time the day rolls around).

Things that have been happening in the land of Angie:

i. Rita and Kingsley! They have finally got their act together and are enjoying each other's company, which of course makes me all sorts of happy, but at the same time is kind of bittersweet because there's Ollivander too, and Rita seems to have decided to finally grow up and not keep them both.

ii. [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead. I'm enjoying playing there - my muggleborn!Ravenclaw Rita is most certainly talking to me now, and also to others. She's writing an article about the war and planning a paper about the history of dark magic and having tea and attending Quidditch games with Sybill Trelawney (and Pomona Sprout, in the latter thread) and generally recovering her equilibrium and having a good time. The game is fantastic, but we need more of the older generation! If anyone is interested in playing an older generation character (game would dearly love a Kingsley Shacklebolt and a Gawain Robards, because they'd have a lot to do in the plot), go take a look. We especially need older generation men, because there are a number of women running around but no men, and it is a bit odd. Right now it feels like more of a younger generation game, but I know there are people out there who enjoy the older characters, and the more of them there are the more opportunities we'd all have to play :). Go look!

iii. [livejournal.com profile] quills_pbs I don't know how long this new fad of 'making icons of completely random people' will last, but that is my RP PB icon comm! There are currently only a few sets - Tarja Turunen, Mika, Peter O'Brien, Barbara Streisand - but I find random people intriguing for icons fairly often, so there will be more.

iv. I have been reading a lot since Christmas, when I went out and spent my gift-money on a rather thick pile of books. I think I would like to ramble about them:

In which Angie rambles about books )

v. I am also working on fic, since I realised what a poor effort I made last year in that department (fic year-end post thingy to be made separately, although there is little point in doing it at all). So hopefully I will have some fic up soon!

Peace out!


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