[sticky entry] Sticky: Books of 2014

Jan. 1st, 2014 02:23 pm
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 I'll be keeping track  of my books here as well as my Booklikes page. I just feel like having the extra security.

Currently Reading:
  • Beauty by Lisa Daily
  • Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons
Finished Books
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  • Write a minimum of 500 words a day.
  • Make CareBearsFamily the best damn Care Bear tumblr the world has ever seen.
  • Keep my other tumblr sideblogs updated regularly.
  • Write more fic (in conjunction with the 500 minimum)
  • Clean the house.
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Dear Writer of the Yuletide,

So, if you're here it means we've matched on a (or possibly more than one) fandom. Yay! It's nice to have you here.

If you're the kind of person who likes to get in the know about their assignment this journal might not be of much help. Feel free to take a peek at my tumblr if you want to learn anything more about me this letter can't give you.

I'm also dm21 at AO3 but again, not really reflective of me. All four of the fics I have uploaded are old and a bit of a ways away from the fandoms I'm in now.

I love all fandoms equally but some prompts come to me more easily than others so don't be intimidated if any requests seem wordier than others.

So, first off, some general stuff

Likes. Dislikes. Etc. )

So, here goes the good stuff. Fandoms ordered in alphabetical order.

Bates Motel
Characters – Norma Bates, Dylan Massett

The Request )

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Characters – Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow

The Request )

Fantasista Doll
Characters - Kiyomasi Komachi, Totori Kagami, Uno Uzume, Uzuki Manai

The Request )

Wake Up Girls
Characters - Nanase Yoshino, Shimada Mayu

The Request )

Witches of East End
Characters – Ingrid Beauchamp, Dash Gardiner

The Request )

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Dome dome dome dome dome dome dome dome fuck you.

Feel free to read that opening sentence in whatever beat you feel is appropriate.

You know what I really hate? Shows that introduce a character for a season and then proceed to kill them off by the end of the season. What's the point? It's a waste of my time getting interested in a character and it's a waste of the show's time in developing them. I especially hate it when these characters are women, persons of color, or both.

And I hate it even more when the characters they don't kill are ones that completely deserve to die.

This is why I left Supernatural (among other reasons) and this is why I completely skipped out on the Under the Dome finale. I pray to the networks this show gets canned because I don't want anyone to have to suffer through that crap anymore. Mike Vogel, your face is beautiful. May I find you soon on a better show.

And Junior? Double tap. Double. Freakin. Tap. Sit your ass down and watch Zombieland because those rules aren't just rules for the apocalypse they are rules for life.

But enough about that. Other things were on. Things like Gotham and Sleepy Hollow. And also Madame Secretary last night.

First off. Gotham? I liked it. It was a solid enough pilot, weak in some points and strong in others. There's much room for improvement which is the highest compliment I can give pilots. My favoritest part? Selina freakin Kyle because OF COURSE. This is a tumblr gifset I reblogged. Look at her. Isn't she adorable!?

And also Renee Montoya and the future Mrs. Gordon had a thing together? Sweet YES! Give me a bisexual character in anything and you have my love forever. I mean, as long as you don't try to pull that we don't wanna label things crap. (You were so, so close Arrow! Lucky for you, you earned my love in other ways.)

I'll probably be reblogging other things I like over at my tumblr.

Sleepy Hollow. My mother was confused by the opening. I was kind of able to put things together but I was still left a but confused until they cleared up the no we're still trapped in purgatory thing. They did have me worried a bit that they were going to kill off two major characters without warning but then, yay, they didn't. I mean, can you blame me for getting scared? I've been burned before. Scarred even.

I am a bit bummed I'm gonna have to sweep it off to the side for American Dad but AD was here first and it's only fair.

Madame Secretary was okay. I liked Tea Leoni's character. I think it's worthy of the three episode test and a check in along the way.
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 Wasn't I going to use this account more? Eh, anyway, here's what I'm watching this fall.


Bob's Burgers @ 7:30

It took me a while to hop on the bandwagon of this show but thanks to Adult Swim reruns I am here for the ride. Now that Fox has broken up the animation domination line-up and shuttled American Dad off to TBS, it's the only FOX cartoon I have left to watch. Oh, Family Guy, the bridges you have burned.

Once Upon A Time VS Madame Secretary @ 8

Oh, Once how I wish I could quit you. And I tried. I did try. I was ready to ragequit, throw in the towel, etc. Alas, the only way I think I can ever be free of this show is if it a.) gets cancelled or b.) Lana Parilla leaves the show forever. I don't think any of those will come soon so I guess I'm stuck here.

Madame Secretary premieres tomorrow and I'm going to check it out. I appreciate that they aren't hiding how Hilary-inspired the show is. I mean, Tea Leoni even kinda looks like Hilary, lol. CBS isn't always on top of things when it comes to online streaming so time will tell if I'll be able to keep up with it.

Mulaney @ 9:30

I'll confess that before this show I had no idea who John Mulaney was. I still don't really have an idea but I do know now that he's a stand up comedian and a former SNL writer. The show does seem to invite Seinfeld comparisons which is a tall order to fill but I'd like to give it a chance. And it also stars Martin Short who I love so much thanks to The Cat in the Hat (people looking to cast a new Cat in the Hat movie I beg you to not look too far) so maybe it'll be worth it.

Revenge @ 10

I've committed to ride and die for Revenge until the very end. Last year's cliffhanger was a big game changer and I'm interested to see where we go from here. Having Madeleine Stowe as a narrator is gonna take some getting used to though.


Gotham @ 8

A Batman TV show without Batman is apparently the TV Show I have been waiting for. Okay, so I guess Batman is sorta there in the shadows, lurking in the dark but he's like a wee baby Bruce Wayne so it doesn't really count.

Sleepy Hollow VS American Dad! @ 9

The premieres of SH and AD! are a month inbetween so it's not a problem now but come the 20th of October I will be off to TBS for the new "edgier" American Dad!, as they're calling it. I wasn't able to quite absorb myself in Sleepy Hollow as much as I'd like so I don't think I'll be missing it that much from my schedule. However, it's definitely a show I'll have to set aside for a marathon at some point.

The Blacklist @ 10

I kind of lost track sometime after the first half of the season because of my then sleeping schedule. I desperately need a catch up marathon which I hope to do soon but I probably won't be able to watch in real time for a while.


Selfie VS Flash @ 8

Why does ABC do this to me? This is the second time they've set up an Emily Kapnek show (Rest in Peace, Suburgatory) against a DC comic book property. Unfortunately, I must make a choice and that choice is for The Flash. Which means, yet again, I will be getting my Kapnek fix through Hulu.

Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. @ 9 (and that's the last time I'm typing out Shield like that)

It's not the strongest show but I was entertained throughout and I think there's a lot of room for improvement here. Also, I ship May/Coulson soooo I'm kinda interested to see if that goes anywhere. Shallow reason is shallow.


Arrow @ 8

The show return I'm most excited for. I'm mostly looking forward to Laurel Lance Action Girl, Daddy Diggle, and Team Arrow shenanigans.

South Park @ 10

Is there really anything left to say about South Park by this point?


A to Z @ 9:30

I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy which this seems to be in the vein of.

How to Get Away With Murder @ 10

I'm pretty much going in blind with this show. All I know is that Viola Davis plays a professor of law, murder is involved because duh, and Dean Thomas has left Hogwarts to study Muggle law. So this should be interesting.


Cristela @ 8

Female led comedy starring a Mexican American cast? I'm there.

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 So is putting together a fanfiction soundtrack mix for a fic you haven't finished and working on it until two in the morning. These are all great decisions and I am proud of myself for making them. But if I don't get these words out know I'll be in bed until who knows when turning them over and over in my head.

Camo Nanowrimo is once again well on its way for this month of July. I set up my project, held over from April, Care A Lot High, filled out my cabin preferences, and set up my word goal which I set as about double what I had written last April. Since the two, three-ish days since Camp started I have written exactly 0 words.

My reason for this is that I planned for myself to edit Care A Lot High as a good portion of the story was not quite up to the standards I have self-imposed on myself. Except for a few small tense changes here and there I have not done much.

I have two excuses for this: W2K and Depression Fog

W2K (a pun on the millennial phenomenon of Y2k) is the event of about a month ago where I wrote 2000 words (2000 pretty good words from my perspective) that took up most of the day and through a mishap of my own falterings managed to lose those same 2000 words. As one might expect this was a really big setback that resulted in me losing much of my enthusiasm for the story at the time. I have not quite one hundred percent recovered all that enthusiasm.

Depression Fog is self-explanatory but I will add that this started a short time before I graduated from high school. The fog only grew thicker since the W2K incident. Over time, the fog has cleared somewhat and the rest I'll have to slowly fight my way through.

As of this time, it's hard to tell when I'll feel better enough to give my full attention to CALHigh. I have a few other fics I also want to work on so I think maybe put most of my focus on them while leaving CALHigh as a thing to work on as a time filler.

It's been about 19 minutes since starting this post and my eyes are burning for some much needed sleep. I need to carve out some time to read my library books and write some stuff that doesn't completely stress me out.

dm21: garfield in cookie jar (garfield frustrated)
 The word document to the next chapter of Care A Lot High has been open on my desktop for the past hour and at the most I've only written a few sentences. I hate not being able to write anything without thinking about all the time I spent on a chapter that ended up getting eaten by my own stupidity
The desire to write is there but I keep getting bogged down by my thoughts.If I had lost those couple thousand words by computer error I think I could have handled it better but the fact that I lost them by my own hand is weighing down on me.
I tried writing other stories but I don't have quite the same fire with them as I do CAlHigh at the moment.
I don't know what to do because I really want to write this but my brain won't allow me.
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You do not need another fic idea. You do not need another fic idea. You do not need another fic idea.

You will come up with idea after idea but you will not follow through with any of them. You've had the Care Bear AU idea for well over a year and you've barely even just started that. You've had the idea for that pre-Zombie Island Scooby Doo fic for about just as long and you haven't done anything with that except maybe some plot related stuff. And let's not even mention those three drawerfics you know you'll never write but continue to think about constantly anyway.

So, no brain, this is definitely not the time to come up with a futurekids-fic for Saint Tail. Put that fic idea back where it came from or so help me . . .
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Well, my planned Elementary watch didn't go quite as planned. I was hoping to use Saturday to help me get through the episodes but the complications of having a shared computer popped up. I managed to have the computer to myself all day today and I got myself up to episode 21 so I have now reached the episodes of Elementary that I have not seen.

For some spoilerish stuff
Once Upon a Time )

Tomorrow's Monday which means I have to endure yet some more school. I'm contemplating talking to my counselor about my senior project. Guess I'll see how I'm feeling then.

Also on Monday will be the newest episode of The Blacklist. I must confess that I have still not watched last Monday's ep. This is because I was accidentally spoiled on the events occurring in the episode and have not been able to bring myself to watch it. I might just jump in with this next episode though I suppose I will have to come back to that episode sooner or later.
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 It's 10:38 on a Friday and I am already ready to go to bed. I consider this progress for myself.

Thanksgiving was spent at a Cousin's place. The gathering was rather small again. Thanksgiving doesn't have quite the family pull as it once did, especially now that most of family is spread out all across Washington State. I didn't eat much as I expected to. Though my appetite was rather ravenous in the days preceding thanks to dear old Mother Nature it had pretty much stalled by the time the Annual Day of Thanks made its arrival. I only ended up with a few scoopings of mashed potatoes and just some ham. I went home early because the good old anxiety started to kick in and I needed to get out.

After that, I finished watching Arc 3 of Ben 10 Omniverse. I was a little bored by the villain of choice throughout but I think by the end of the story line it managed to kick my interest. Now I just have to wait for Cartoon Network to finish airing the fourth arc so i can watch (in production order of course!)
When that was done I started my re-watching/catching up of Elementary. I finished episode 10 and will be continuing the rest of the weekend. After I finish that I just need to decide what I'm going to start next. I have a few options that I'll probably have a post about later.

The mom and I did a bit of Black Friday shopping. All regulated to pretty much DVD purchases since they usually end up the cheapest. As follows:
Arrow Season 1
Supernatural Season 7
Gossip Girl Season 1
Ice Age Continental Drift
Cinderella III A Twist in Time
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Dark Knight Rises

Well, now its almost eleven so I think I'll end the post now.

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 Places I will be when not on Dreamwidth

My Tumblr: I make gifs, usually of more obscure kind of stuff but I sometimes gif for my currently airing fandoms. A bit of real life talk slips in here but it's usually brief.

Goodreads: Sometimes a review pops up but I mostly just use this to keep track of what I'm reading. Might not use it as much after I move to:

BookLikes: I'm already planning for this to be a New Years Resolution. I figure a new year would be the best way to handle this and would give me a fresh start on the books front.

MyAnimelist: Meh, should hopefully be self-explanatory.
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 The answer is: Probably. It'd be nice to have someplace to collect my thoughts since tumblr doesn't provide me with much room for text talk. Let's start by talking about what I've been up to.

The Fannish Stuff

Last month, I started posting gifs of Ice Age to at least a little fanfare. I gif for fun, not notoriety but I admit it's nice when my work gets recognize. There's a very small amount of Ice Age fanpersons on there but most rebloggers have been the casual sort. I wish there were more people to talk about these films with because it really is the franchise of my heart. Small fandoms are fun but lack of communication can bring me down a bit.

Yesterday, I finished watching/reading a walkthrough of the first Hyperdimension Neptunia video game. I also started watching a walkthrough for the second game mk2. I can see why most people would prefer the sequels. The graphics look better (though still wonky for an independent game company), the storyline seems nice, and it looks like the gameplay has been vastly improved. It would seem the anime has taken more inspiration from the sequels than the first which I'm quite glad for. The first game reminds me a bit of the first few eps of the anime: no substance.
I'd love to play these games for myself but alas, I do not have a Playstation console nor have I reached that level of piracy yet. Though it's probably only a matter of time. It started with songs, continued to TV shows, and slowly drifted to movies (though I've scaled back on that things to a little scare this summer) so I assume it would only be a matter of time before downloading games becomes a thing for me. It's a like a gateway drug!

Of my returning shows, Arrow, Revenge, and Once Upon A Time have been great. My enjoyment of Supernatural seems to be fluctuating on a week by week basis. I'm in this more for characters not named Sam and Dean to be honest. I'm especially in love with Abbadon, whose had my heart since her first appearance and has somewhat helped ease the loss from original Demon of my Heart Meg.

Yesterday, I also caught up on Strike the Blood. I'm kinda conflicted on this show. I feel like there's something in my head that's blocking me from fully embracing the show. It is my first experience with ecchi elements so that might be it? But i think the two leads may also have something to do with that. I'll continue watching until it gets too much for me but until then I'll be fully enjoying any screen time with this character specifically.

Well, let's move on to:

Real World Stuff

It's almost halfway through my Senior Year and I fear I'm not quite succeeding as I should be. I haven't even started the paperwork for my Senior Project and I can't stop myself from procrastinating on everything. I feel like I'm watching myself drown and can't do anything about it. Hmm, I wish I was in a better mindset because the only thing really holding myself back is me.

For a bit of TMI: I started my period today and it hurts like hell. Also, I'm hungry as fuck but it hurts too much to move. Well, at least I didn't have to wait 77 days between cycles this time. Though of course, it would come around before Thanksgiving because stuff like this only happens to me before important dates. Well, at least the pain should be gone by them, hopefully.

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I started my second semester of junior year last Monday. I'm in the same French and History class so I only have to deal with two class changes. So my schedule for the next three months is as follows: French 2, Forensics, AP US History, and Pre-Calculus.

My French class is going to go much better now that a third of the annoying students have been weeded out. Now class is rather small and way less headache inducing. I can actually see the white board now without having to deal with someone's head in my way. Forensics is filled with people I don't usually interact with but hopefully in a few weeks everything will have sorted itself out. APUSH is more or less the same. A few students have been switched around but I'm with mostly the same people as the semester before. It’s kinda weird with the people who have been traded in. I guess you don't really get how weird your class interactions can be until there’s someone from the outside looking in. Pre-Calc is fine but I have to shift gears a bit. After spending a whole three months in the land of Statistics, doing actual math equations is weird. I just need some time to re-adjust.

Everything would be great if it weren’t for two little problems:

1. Lunch. I switched from the A Lunch to C Lunch. The cafeteria is packed. By the time I get from my class in the 400 hallway to the lunchroom the lines are a mile long. I don't really mind the lines. They're annoying but I can deal. The big disaster is there is no one I am close with who I can sit down and have lunch with. When I had A Lunch I had my own little table with Halie, her friend Daisy, and one or two other people. Now, I have no one. This Friday, I got my lunch and the promptly went to the library to sit in solitude. I ate my lunch during passing time because there is no food allowed in the library. The bad thing is, someone I know actually offered to let me sit with her and her friends. I would love to but I'd just fill so weird plopping myself down there.

My second problem is more of an inconvenience in itself. My final period is in the portables and is a long distance from the bus loop. I have to haul ass to the other side of the school building and since my bus is one of the firsts to leave by the time I get there it is packed. I don't get to sit in my favorite seat anymore, I am pretty unlikely to manage to get to a place where I can sit alone, and I usually end up in the back where I just feel really uncomfortable.

On a slightly brighter note, I went to a study group today. It's my first time in a new group and it didn’t go so bad. I felt kind of awkward because I was the "new girl" in the group but by the end of the meeting I think I was okay.

Tomorrow, I'll be having more social interactions outside of school. We are having a late family Christmas. The kids that couldn't be there during Christmas time are opening presents. I decided this year to join in on every family gathering in an attempt to curb my anxiety issues. This is going to be the first one this year that I'm participating in and here's hoping it all goes well.

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Thanks to my discovery of Goodreads, this will no longer be needed.
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 Well, livejournal has made a few changes to their systems that I'm not one hundred percent agreed with and when I saw dreamwidth was offering accounts without invite codes I decided to create one. I'm not going to make a full transition just yet as there are still communities over there that I'm on but if things keep up like this I just might.
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This post is inspired by a memory that suddenly struck me.

When I was in 8th grade our class had to do a classroom based assessment, or CBA, if you will. The topics presented for us were those among the grey areas like abortion or the death penalty. The teacher said that if we had a different topic idea then we could tell her.

I had decided that I would do my paper on gay marriage. I relayed this to my teacher when asked to say our topics out loud and couldn’t help but notice the snickers and giggles that came my way. This did not really bother me at the time even though it probably should have and it does now.

Some short while after that – we were still working on the CBAs – one of the kids in my algebra class began his routine homophobia act. He was never really prompted for these. He would just start with no real reason. Overhearing these always managed to make my skin crawl. He was never really quiet with these conversations. The teacher could probably say something if she cared to.

That day, I was just not content to sit idly by and let him basically trash talk my sexuality. So, I went up and I said to him, “[His Name], I just want you to know that I’m bisexual. I would really like it if you would stop.” I said this pretty clearly so the whole class could hear. This must have worked because I never heard a homophobic word from him again. I have no doubt that he still ranted on but at least I didn’t have to hear about it.

As with all high schools, this news went around. My whole algebra class knew so it was only natural that they should tell everyone they know. One of these girls who had heard second hand asked me if this rumor was true. I told her yes and she said something about my CBA topic making sense.

I would like to tell her now that my being bisexual would not have affected my decision to write about being for gay marriage. If I was straight, I still would have gone through with writing that paper.

My belief in the right for gay marriage does not stem from my sexuality. It stems from my belief that everyone, gay or straight, should have a right to marry the person they love. It comes from that part of me who sees marriage not as a straight privilege or a gay right, but a basic human right that belongs to everybody.


Nov. 27th, 2011 08:23 pm
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Why does school have to exist? I wish I could just say, "Hey, thanks for teaching me how to read," and then just bolt.

I have had four nice, calm, and laidback days of doing nothing but the things that bring me joy. I revived my Scooby Doo tumblr, I watched a new anime, and I've worked on my long neglected NaNoWriMo novel. Now, here comes school to take that away and replace it with boring and a lot of anxiety problems I would much rather avoid. Plus, money is tough these days and I barely have enough to make it through lunch.

I wish I had a different mindset.
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the anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. It was breathtaking and beautiful. I almost wanted to cry but I didn't. So, I'm going to recover from everything and then start on the sequel series tomorrow.

Well, it was Thanksgiving today. We were at my Aunt Lisa and Uncle Howard's house. I lasted about an hour and a half before I felt I had to get out. Mother made another antisocial comment.

My NaNoWriMo novel is so far at around 7 thousand words. Eh, I kinda slacked off after the first week. If I can hit ten thousand by the end of the month, I'll consider this a success.

Goodnight, LJ.
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 I, like, really need to talk about this show somewhere to someone. But since its summer and I don't know too many people who watch ABCFamily in real life, I have to go here. I seriously love this show and it didn't hit me until now exactly how much. This is really making me hate ABCFamily's way of splitting up seasons. Summer finales and waiting months for new episodes. I can't stand it.

In which we talk about feelings and shipping . . . )
 In other news, today I am going mini-golfing with a few friends I haven't seen in a while.
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 For the past few days, I've had trouble getting into a book long enough to want to finish reading it. Right now, I have four unfinished books to read. Three of them are library and due by the twenty-fifth. 

One of these is The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman. Like the problem I ran into with Super 8, the thing about this particular series of books is that they are in no doubt good but i find myself unable to get into it. For instance, when I read I can get sucked into a book and I won't want to stop reading. By the end of the book I can end up both mentally and physically exhausted. With the His Dark Materials I'm finding that it's hard for me to get this experience.

I mentioned Super 8, right? The movie was great. It deserves all the praise it get. Yet even being aware of all this I still found myself rather bored by it. The two movies I watched afterwards (Cars and Transformers 3) have been at the receiving end of some flak by critics and still I found them more entertaining than the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg/J.J Abrams suspense movie.
I read The Golden Compass once in early middle school. I can't remember what point I stopped but eventually I had to give up. I picked it up later as part of Mark Reads and was able to both finish and enjoy it. If I come back to The Subtle Knife again in a year or so, I hope I can read it to the end but for now I think it'll have to go back on the library shelf.

January 2015



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