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This ) is what I saw every time I looked down today. And everytime I did, I thought HEY I AM WEARING PURPLE STOCKINGS. AND THEY ARE AWESOME. I love how sometimes the clothes you wear make you go :D.

Am enjoying the new job. Everyone seems friendly, and the work is varied enough to be interesting, and there is an awesome coffee machine and free fruit and just, yeah, it's pretty good. Also I got paid today, and that was VERY SHINY INDEED.

So yes. Things are good. Also, I am super excited that [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder starts posting in like two days. I feel like a kid at Christmas. I know I am harping on about that, but it's just my favourite (oh btw mod if you're feeling very nice you can post my fic on my birthday y/y? *g*).

I've been reading all this meta on Mary Sues that's going around lately, and it's really interesting. I said something similar myself quite a while ago - about Mary Sues not being that bad, really - and got shouted down by random people. Possibly because I wasn't as eloquent as most of the people posting now, for sure, but it's interesting to see how fandom's attitude changes. As far as I see it, yes, Mary Sues can be annoying, but good god that word gets bandied about far too often, and seriously, leave people to their fantasies. If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. Also the discussion gives me bunnies for a fic I had the idea for like three years ago, but never wrote. Perhaps I shall try my hand at writing it.

w00t

Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:33 pm
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i. My Beholder fic is finished, edited, HAS A TITLE (wtf, hardest part this time) and is sent off to the Mod. Yaye! Thanks to my fabulous beta (you know who you are) for all your suggestions :). Now, just two weeks until posting starts. Longest two weeks ever? I can't wait! My favourite exchange! :D

ii. Worked my last contracted shift at Woolworths on Thursday. It was hell on earth. Seriously, you'd think Good Friday was the bloody apocalypse, instead of just ONE WHOLE DAY WE WERE SHUT. Dear customers, You won't starve in one day. Really. No love, me. So yes, it was wonderful to get away from there (at 2AM omg wtf). I am staying on casual, maybe to do one shift a month or so, just to keep in contact with everyone, but I can't do a shift for like three and a half weeks (until my annual leave is paid out in hours), so that will give me a few weeks to settle into my new job without having to concern myself with Woolies at all.

iii. New job starting on Wednesday. omfg ahsahjahjakkaa. I'm kind of excited and kind of nervous and scared of change all at the same time. One thing I do know is that my routine is going to change dramatically. No more sleeping from 3am-11am for me. Am working on that over the long weekend.

iv. I think I'm going to participate in [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest this year. Prompts are now open. I will submit some today, or maybe tomorrow. It sounds fun. I'm feeling the Minerva love lately - remembering all my mad affection for the older ladies of HP canon - and I think I would like to write her again.

v. Speaking of Minerva love, check out this hilarious post over at [livejournal.com profile] chickfight. I don't follow the community - I think it's just some kind of 'who would win the hypothetical fight' type comm, with one eventual champion, but I saw Minerva's fight pimped in [livejournal.com profile] potter_women the other day, and went over to take a look. Min didn't win :( - the poll was already closed by the time I got there - but the thread is worth reading just for all the Minerva love in the comments. My favourite snippet: "In short, cross Professor Minerva McGonagall and she will fuck. you. up." Hell yeah.

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I keep having this weird epiphany. I'm writing tags at BL, very slowly, and I'm kind of okay with that right now (I'm sorry if the people I'm playing with aren't, but y'know). I'm watching Things With Jane Curtin in Them and I'm feeling, right at this moment, like I'm kind of over HP.

I'm kind of over HP. Maybe this is a temporary thing while I enjoy new and shiny, but I have been enjoying new and shiny a lot more now than I used to, and I'm kind of okay with that. It's strange to me that I would ever be okay with being kind of over HP, but I feel like that's the way I'm going.

It's kind of freeing, actually, to think wow, I don't have HP fic bunnies so I might be able to try writing some original stuff again. I'm less obsessed with RP so I can enjoy other things (because god knows doing lots of RP takes up so much time). And maybe being less actively fannish will mean I'll start seeking out more RL social interaction?

I don't know. It's kind of weird. I've been feeling kind of stuck in fandom but so desperately attached to it for quite a while, and it's kind of nice to be feeling okay about letting go a bit.

It feels like a good time to start making some changes in my life.
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i. I bought a car today! It is lovely and I am in love and yaye omg a car that is reliable and shiny and jesusfuck I will have to take care of this one better than I did my first car!

ii. Saw Pink in concert on Friday night. She is absolutely awesomely amazing. So, so glad I went! I thought it might be awkward with my Mum and Ken and two of their friends, but it wasn't at all. Almost an entire jug of sangria at dinner probably helped with that XD.

iii. Laptop is at the repair place again, which is ANNOYING and STUPID. Hopefully I will get it back sometime this week. For now I am stuck out in the back room the PC and IT IS COLD OUT HERE. Seriously, I have the air con on but it doesn't do a lot in this room, so am also wearing my dressing gown over my trackies and jumper, have a blanket over my knees, and am wearing fingerless hobo gloves for typing. All this is possibly overkill, but I am not too warm so I DON'T CARE.

iv. I picked up Augusta Longbottom at Bloodlines! She is fun so far, but at the moment I only have three icons because with laptop dying the day after journal was made I didn't have a chance to make screencaps and make more icons. Another reason for wanting laptop back.

v. For anyone who might be interested, [livejournal.com profile] miss_bowtruckle and I recently wrote a mildly incestuous (by wizarding standards), epically cross-gen thread of George/Auntie Muriel smutness. It was so much fun and turned out hotter than it had any right to be. We will be writing moar.

vi. Saw HBP opening night. LOVE. So funny, and so powerful. Severus, please killed me possibly even more on screen than it did in the books, and I seriously gasped aloud, probably because I'd been sitting there with my nails digging into my palms knowing it was coming for about half an hour. Not going to give a huge reviews since everyone and their dog is doing it, but I want to say: yay for the return of Gemma Jones as Madam Pomfrey! I hadn't known she was going to be there, and it was a pleasant surprise even if she didn't have any lines! Baby steps, I suppose. Perhaps she'll get to be awesome and pwn some DEs in the final DH battle, since Emma Thompson is not returning to hurl crystal balls at people?

vii. With all the RP madness, I never did end up updating about meeting French and Saunders, did I? It was fantastic! The show was absolutely epic, and then I waited at the stage door with my Mum (who would make the worst obsessive fan ever - she was restless after standing there for like five minutes). They emerged after maybe twenty or so? W/E, I would've waited all night, and Mum was gushing afterward, too. Got my program signed, and gave them little gift bags with chocolates - surprised smiles from people who are only expecting to be asked to GIVE MORE in the form of autographs and photos is always :D. They were really gracious about the pictures, which made me wish I had told Mum to bring the camera (I didn't want to when she suggested it). There's a grainy one of me and Jen on Mum's mobile, but it's hardly worth uploading). Doesn't matter, though. I SHALL REMEMBER how awesome and gorgeous they were :D.

viii. Does anyone else think 'Luna Lovegood' like crazy when they listen to Regina Spektor? This song on her new album makes me think it especially.
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In RL:

My parents bought a house today. Or, you know, agreed to buy one. We went to see it this afternoon, and it's lovely. Really lovely. Split-level with a sunken loungeroom, huge bedrooms, a big rumpus room downstairs, green backyard (small, but we don't need a big one). So, providing everything goes right and we can sell our place, we'll be moving! I'm trying not to get too excited until it's certain, but the prospect of being able to decorate a whole new bedroom and the downstairs room, which will be a space for my brother and I so I want it to look like US rather than the parentals, is quite exciting. It's only about five minutes from where we live now, too, which is nice.

In Fandom:

Fic rec! This is wonderful, and you should all go and read it.

Title: Source
Author: [livejournal.com profile] holyfant
Pairing: Arthur/Rita
Rating: PG-13
Warning: Infedility
Summary: Rita Skeeter knows how to handle her sources.

Source.
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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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You guys may or may not know that over the last few months, I've been sending out quite a few applications for full time jobs. I haven't been going crazy with it or anything, because I am pretty damn lazy, but I have sent out a large number of the things. As yet, I have heard nothing yet. Not an interview, not a phone call.

Today, I found an ad for a job that sounds really awesome, and that I would really love to get. Trouble is, I don't actually have any media experience, so my resume probably isn't that impressive. I'm sick and tired of writing boring, take-myself-seriously cover letters, too, so this time I decided to go for something different - honesty. Hopefully, the letter I sent off for this job might actually catch the HR person's attention - maybe even make them smile.

This is it:

Dear potential employer, I'm really not a boring drone )

What do you think? Would you call me? I figured it was worth a shot to try it once.
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Mum solved the mystery of the randomly appearing, gross white maggoty-larvae thingers. They weren't hornets.

It's a bit gross, so it's going under a cut for the benefit of people who are eating )
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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 just handed in my final uni assignment. EVER.

Have bottle of Frangelico and Stephen Poliakoff film. Ahhhhh, yes.
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Wow. Once again I have failed to update my journal for over a month. And I'm doing so now that I have a print media piece due tomorrow. I'm attempting to write a travel piece about being in Belfast over Easter last year. It's happening, if slowly. Mostly, it's making me pine terribly for being overseas again. I realised the other night that I could actually look up Norwich on googlemaps and view the place on the satellite. I could actually trace the path I walked from uni to village on a daily basis, and see the building that contained my flat.

I have a few weeks left of my degree. Then I start looking for a real job. I really, really want to be back there. In England. Free and having fun and living my life like I did for those 6 months. At this point, though, I haven't got enough money. I guess I'll have to work here for a year or so before I can start looking for wok over there. Get some experience in the industry I want to work in, anyway, rather than being a supermarket checkout chick. I decided against the honours year, because it just looked like far too much effort, and too much of an excuse to avoid change.

In online life, I've joined [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead RPG. This time, I'm trying my hand at muggleborn!Ravenclaw Rita, because the concept of playing her muggleborn is fascinating after DH in a way it never was before. I haven't been hugely active yet, because blargh uni, but I'm having fun so far, and I'm loving reading everyone else's stuff. It's been so intense and so sad these past few weeks, because of all the funerals (the Weasleys in this game are absolutely amazing). It's been overwhelming just reading.

[livejournal.com profile] wizardwatch has only one week left. Rita has made it right through to the end. I've taken over modding there, too, which is easy enough but time consuming omg.

Rita and Neville have been at it again. In this one, Rita is bored and horny, and Neville has been ill and takes a nap in her bed, and she comes in and just... convinces him to sleep with her. It was very fun and interesting to play, like that - knowing what we wanted but just putting the two of them in the room together and seeing where they took us. Go read, if you are so inclined, and tell me/us what you think. The game has precious few watchers these days and I am a complete whore for reviews ;).

I'm in love with Ill Will Press Little iLLs, and I'm currently bidding on one of the glow in the dark ones. So cool. It's getting really expensive, and the auction ends at 10am tomorrow, so I don't know if I'll get it, but I'm hoping. There's another one I love as well, though, so I won't be heartbroken if I don't win this one.

All of you should go and watch Albus Dumbledore: The Only Gay At Hogwarts - with music from Little Britain. It's absolute brilliance.

Also, since I haven't posted about it: YEY for teh gay. And absolute fail to those fans that I saw going 'suck why couldn't she have made one of the hotter characters gay'. Because yeah. Um. I think it's far more awesome that a generation of kids have realised that one of the most respected characters in their favourite book series preferred men than the fact that you can now write slashy Albus porn with Jo's blessing.

That is all. I'll go back to my travel piece now.
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i. I am off work sick. I have a chest infection. I have antibiotics and cough medicine and nicotine patches. Again. Maybe I can quit permanently this time. Of course, the cloves I ordered from Ebay arrived today. *sigh*. Maybe I'll just send them on to people I know who'll like em.

ii. Jim Broadbent has been cast as Slughorn! Omfg! sjdgjdhhdghdgdfd YAYE!! :D He'll be so, so, so perfect.

iii. I have been meaning to pimp this for a while, but haven't got around to it. At [livejournal.com profile] wizardwatch, Rita and Neville have a 'treasure hunt' during games week, in the garden. As a dare, Rita tells Neville to eat a piece of fruit fallen from a tree she does not recognise, which is actually 'passion fruit', a potent aphrodisiac. He fixates on her, and she's far too hedonist to think about what will happen later. I am so insanely proud of how this thread turned out - completely unplanned - and am in awe of [livejournal.com profile] regasssa's fabulous Neville, and her writing in this thread. I believe the line that kills me the most is a lion made of sunbeams. Beautiful. Things have been amazingly strange and awkward between our charries ever since, which is a very fun dynamic to play.

iv. In SHH news and pimps, Kingsley and Rita have a moment on the dance floor at a function. Guh. Ollivander has certainly mellowed my girl considerably, and Kingsley is more mellow lately too, but it's still ahdghsghshsghs. If my girl ever has to make an IC choice between her two 'interests', it's going to kill me. Seriously.

v. Thanks to all who commented recently on my print media post. I didn't quite know what to say to all the hugs and love, but I really appreciate your words, and thank you so much for the support ♥

vi. I got an email today - a generic one obviously sent to anyone with the right GPA, but still - about doing an Honours year, and I'm really, really tempted. The thing about screenwriting seems to be that it's not what you know but who, and really, where better to 'know' the right people that at uni, where several of my lecturers/tutors are film makers themselves? I'm also not sure I want to leave the uni experience behind just yet. Part of me just wants to be out making money and thinks I could do postgrad later, but another part of me doesn't think I ever *will*, and if I want to the best time to go for it would be now. Despite the lack of time I have this semester with so much work, I'm actually really enjoying my time on campus and everything I'm learning. I feel more productive than I have for a while. Perhaps that's because it's my last semester.

vii. Ordered Provoked and The Night And The Moment from amazon today. Yaye Miranda! Nothing like retail therapy to make one feel better. Also watched Snow White again, which is really not a very good movie, but better than the Disney one, and Miranda's insanely hot Elspeth makes it worth it.

viii. FINALLY found something about vista that I like. It's called 'snipping tool' and it's a built in utility that takes screencaps - of both normal screens and DVDs! Huzzah! Finally something that's not slightly cool yet completely useless and actually functionally awesome about this platform. Anyone with Vista who wants to find it, just click start and type snipping tool into the search. Ahh, thank god. I was so worried that I'd have no way of capping my DVDs. The horror!

This post brought to you by Angie finally having time to do nothing (extension on screenwriting til Monday yaye thank god), and the nice mixture of drugs I am on.
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I just did the exercise for my media class tomorrow and it feels like I tore out a part of my soul. I have no idea how I'm going to read this tomorrow, or let other people read it.

Write about someone you love. Be honest and detailed.

The events in this happened in the last two weeks, and it hurts to put it down, but it needed to come out. I'm crying like a baby still. Only just finished it.

here )

:D

Apr. 26th, 2007 12:51 pm
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I'm a bit YAY right now.

Firstly.

A. Thank all of you lovely people who wished me a happy birthday! I had a great day, and a big chocolate cake, and it was rather cool. I knew in advance that I couldn't possibly hope to beat last year's birthday (Judi Dench liek omg, and then shopping at Harrods with [livejournal.com profile] princesslucia and eating La Duree macaroons and wandering up and down Charing Cross Rd), so I didn't try, but it was still very awesome.

Also, I got these flowers, which I am putting behind a cut because I have no idea how large the picture is )

They're really awesome.

B. I am not going to let myself get excited until I have flights booked and passport and visa in hand, but I think I shall be coming over to your neck of the woods (your = a great many people on my flist). My Dad has agreed to pay for the flight (as the 21st gift), and I shall hopefully be visiting [livejournal.com profile] ooh_blah_blah (and maybe [livejournal.com profile] doesnotlikethis and/or [livejournal.com profile] dfmovieman?) in Seattle in the summer! Hopefully, the money will extend to allow me to go and stay a few days with [livejournal.com profile] cocohufflepuffs and [livejournal.com profile] chibitoaster who will be visiting together for the release of DH. I wish I could stay for a YEAR, and visit about 463553 more of you, but your country is freakin' huge, and my uni break (and my wallet) will only let me do so much.

*flails a bit, despite resolve not to get excited yet*

C. Also, a few recs:

So Much Potential by [livejournal.com profile] florahart. Rita/um, a beetle. This is the BEST sort of crack. Nearly killed me. Go read.

Barking At The Moon by [livejournal.com profile] rinsbane. Petunia/Snape. This is an absolutely amazing piece of writing. Powerful and understated, beautiful and heart-wrenching. Even if you've never read/considered the pairing, go and take a look.


I'm sure there was more I wanted to say. Gah. I can't think of it now. Oh, well, that'll do
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The two words in meme are 'me' and 'me', hence why this gratuitous time-waster is going behind a cut )

Also, sign #2 you're far too obsessed with Rita Skeeter: you don't like tequila, but you buy a tequila based cocktail simply because it is called a 'Rose Rita'. No, really. Thankfully, said cocktail is good. And you also win $18 on pokies a little later, which pays for it :D.

Also?

Dear Customers,

We close at 4:30pm on Sunday. That means I am rostered until 5. When you don't LEAVE until 5:15pm, do you even consider the fact that I want to go home? Why must you skank in the exit doors after close? Why do your children need toys 2 weeks after Christmas? What is with your overwhelming need to consume?

No love,

Me.


That is all.

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