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Okay, this bit of complaining is kind of complicated. Hang in there.

--> Almost three weeks ago now, I ordered two fairly expensive things: a new desk and a 30-day CTA pass, which cost about two hundred dollars combined.
--> By last Monday my credit card still hadn't been charged for the desk, so I called up the company and they went "Whups, sorry, getting on that, you should get tracking info in another day or two." And I never heard from them again.
--> The transit pass never showed up either; when I checked my confirmation email I discovered I had accidentally had it shipped to my billing address instead, which is a place I haven't lived since last June and have never bothered to change since I get all my bank alerts, etc. by email. This, at least, was my own error.
--> I called the furniture place again today, and discovered that it had been both shipped and delivered last week, and signed for by someone whose name I didn't recognize.
--> So, being irritated and needing a walk, I went down to campus to see if I could track down the envelope with my transit pass in it, and the lady in the mailroom said "Oh right, I remember your mail! It was an enormous box, we returned it to sender." And apparently the envelope from the CTA, too, but . . . what.
--> The furniture company apologizes profusely, and claims they're going to send me another desk. The Online Orders department at the CTA . . . went to voicemail.
--> Conclusion: I really need to change my billing address and start buying my transit passes in person at Jewel or somewhere; Chicago Drafting Furniture's shipping department is made of fail.
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OMG OMG GUUUYS.





I need this now.
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HERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE AWESOME.

1. You know that ridiculous crossover fic I've been nattering about since January 16? It just went off to beta, all nearly-29000-words-and-gonna-get-longer of it, so HA. FIC WILL APPEAR RELATIVELY SOONISH.

Of course, this now means that I no longer have an excuse not to actually reread the Series of Unfortunate Events books, or watch Star Trek, or-- most importantly-- stop looking at pictures of motorcycles and buckle down to write my [community profile] polybigbang. Oops.

2. So naturally I spent the rest of my evening torrenting Ken Burns' Baseball and watching the first inning. I haven't watched it since I was little and renting the videos with my dad! And I've failed at my New Years' resolution of keeping track of how the Cubs and the Mets are doing, same as I do every year, but oh my god baseball history is still so cool and I love it.

3. The Sisters Grimm series, by Michael Buckley. Block quotes under the cut. )

So yeah, these . . . may or may not have beat out Snow White: A Tale of Terror for my favorite fractured fairy tale, because I love that movie an awful lot, but they're coming awfully close. :DDDDDDDDDDDD

4. In celebration of the possibility of me finally actually posting fic: a WIP excerpt meme. This thing is always going around somewhere.

Three Link/Violet, one Doctor Who/Hot Fuzz, and the beginning of my polybigbang under the cut. )



5. I cleaned my laptop screen! The world looks so much brighter now :O
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I could swear writing fanfic used to be easier than this. This doesn't feel like dashing off a bunch of words, like it did in high school; it feels like making a movie, and needing all kinds of research consultants and production designers and God knows who else. Except I have no budget but a ton of time, so I get to be all my own research consultants and production designers and, oh right, screenwriters.

This might have to do with my recent inability to come up with simple fic ideas; it might be some kind of attitude problem brought about by two years of writing history papers. Either way, I seem to need to flip some switch in my brain back from research research research to write write write.
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Semester is over! I survived and everything, and I'm free until the first or second week of September now \o/

And now, have a ton of photos. I don't know if anyone wants to see them, but I want to post them, so there.

First of all, that set design project I spent a million hours on. )

In the interim here I also did a costume design assignment and a sound design assignment. Sound design I can't show pictures of, obviously, but it was a passage from World War Z read to Nine Inch Nails' "A Warm Place"; the costume design assignment was done on a second consecutive all-nighter while watching cartoons, so the idea is sound but the quality of the work was awful. You guys don't get to see that either.

Instead, have the costume designs I did for the group final. )

Apparently I not only survived the semester but got an A, but it's four years since I got through an academic semester without severe embarrassment and more than that since I got an A in a class I wasn't repeating, so chances are high that I will wake up soon into the real world where I flunked. In the meantime I'm relatively free for the next six weeks, so brb buying a tank of coffee and writing all the fanfiction in the world.
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Well, I was going to be up all night writing fic, but instead I was up all night reading the nominations for the Home Team Battle and contributing some of my own. Most are from kiddie fandoms and/or about really protective women! Nobody is surprised by this, I hope, but in any case there is a good thing going over there and you should all go nominate some awesome fictional women. Or second my nominations >______> there's a whole clump of them on page 10.

ETA: I signed up for polybigbang, finally. So you can all look forward to three months of freaking out over that! Hooray.
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Ahoy there, Internets! Check me out, taking a break from my tightly-packed schedule of work, school, cartoons, panic, and way too much sleep to actually come say hi to you. Did you miss me :D?

:(

Currently I'm trying to decide whether to write for [livejournal.com profile] polybigbang; luckily I found out about it reasonably soon and have till next weekend to sort this out. I had an OT3 fic I was thinking of writing anyway; the problem is that it would be set in a historical era that wasn't exactly known for coping well with diversity of any sort. Doing the fic right would involve an insane amount of difficulty-- in terms both of having to do a ton of research (I have eleven library books out just to help me decide whether to write it) and of having to write at least ten thousand words about how incredibly shitty people can be to other people. The fic would probably get written sooner or later, and I think I could pull it off; the question is whether I'm able and willing to get a draft of it finished in the next two and a half months.

So yeah! That's fun. Kind of. In a really depressing but oddly exciting way.

In the meantime, I'm still creaking away at a fic split between the 1970s and the 19mumbles, researching this potential [livejournal.com profile] polybigbang set in the 1950s, working on classical Greek costuming for a final for school, probably apping to [livejournal.com profile] butwhatwemake which is set in 2018, pondering returning to a couple of original things which are set in (entirely separate) far futures, and rereading Cryptonomicon, which is split between the 1940s and 1990s and has a trilogy of prequels set around the turn of the 18th century. I don't actually know how many separate time periods I can deal with intelligently at one time, but I guess I'm going to find out. Halp.

In conclusion: DO WANT.
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Today I returned a pair of shoes I'd bought and then decided were hideously ugly, bought two more pairs (for the same price) that are not hideously ugly, picked up Lemony Snicket's Unauthorized Autobiography and some actual useful domestic items, and came home. Successful shopping trips! They're a wonderful thing.

And then I actually opened the book I'd bought. DDDDDDD:

cut for a couple of scans and some flail )

Even the book I'm actually reading right now is talking about metamathematics and how some mathematical propositions have been proven unproveable, so we can't ever know whether they're true or not. So between that and all the fourth-wall warping going around, I'm not feeling too well right now. I think I might go lie down and quietly read something nice and soothing, like say a Stephen King novel.
spintheiryarns: (head in the clouds)
Yesterday it was lovely and sunny and I went and had a picnic lunch in the park; today it was drizzly and cold and I got a hot chocolate and went used-book shopping at the book festival downtown. Both very pleasant afternoons! But ftlog, weather, it is June and you should make up your mind.

I got four books for myself and one for my mom, though! So not a bad haul for seven dollars. And I ran into my ex-boss three times, but that wasn't terribly surprising given the venue. Honestly, the Powell's tent traumatized me much worse with . . . whatever the hell new editions of the Series of Unfortunate Events they had, which were garish and hideous and made me weep into my cocoa. Helquist's cover art for the later books makes me do that anyway (what the fuck is with Sunny's hair DDDDDDDDD:) but at least the cover design used to be good :(

In slightly more important news, I'm moving next week! Down the hall into a bigger bedroom, anyway, which means I get all the fun of moving with none of the annoyance of actually having to pack. This is going to be fantastic.

Oh and, um, I've been coughing for two weeks now and I'm getting pretty sick of it. Otherwise life is fun and good but not really all that interesting. I'm way behind on movie posts and should probably do something about that.
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! Three-day weekend, hooray! And then a really hectic four-day week. This thing where I'm actually operating on the same day-to-day schedule as the rest of the universe is weeeeeird.

@ So is the thing where I went out yesterday and spent a decent chunk of money on things to draw with. I am an actual paying committed art student aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

# [profile] ganymi is working on an RP comm that would be perfect for a character I thought up two years ago and never found a home for. I am actually tempted, despite not having RPed anything or wanted to in nearly a year, which means she is a terrible human being and I am never ever speaking to her again >:(

$ Three weeks until my roommate moves out and I can have her room! Which is bigger and has a closet what is this madness D: Though the moving-down-the-hall process should be interesting.

% Yes, I have seen Terminator, and a review will result eventually. I'm lazy, and also still sorting through what I want to say about it. I can assure you that my favorite pasttime of striding heroically around downtown Chicago with the TDK soundtrack on my headphones has suddenly gotten a lot weirder, thank you Mr. Bale.

^ So yeah, I was looking for a PB (not for actual RP purposes) for an older Link Larkin, right? and I ended up with Ian Somerhalder but I was :/-ing over his hair color. And then, and then, he turned out to be on a forthcoming TV show where he has black hair. Because I am just so awesome I can choose PBs based on what they will look like in the future.

I could not resist adding pictures here )

Oh, and there's something in there somewhere about vampires, but I AM A GODDESS OF PB-HUNTING. I DEMAND WORSHIP. OR COFFEE.
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I went to see Star Trek last night! Again. I intend to keep doing this until it leaves theaters or I get sick of it, which I expect to be never.

I was kind of disappointed, though, that the audience was so much less involved than when I went at midnight on the 8th; I mean, I expected that, but there was such a feeling of community at the midnight show. People laughed and cheered and applauded for things. Hardly anyone even laughed at things when I went last night; certainly no one cheered or applauded, not even for casting spoiler ) And I really missed that.

So I thought about actually going and looking into organized Star Trek fandom for the first time, the kind of fandom with fic and shipping and so on. Because I haven't really gotten into a fandom in ages and I don't really remember what being properly in a fandom feels like, and everyone else is getting into it these days and so on. And then I remembered that Trek fandom involves the kind of person who was all over the message boards a year ago when photos of filming at Starfleet Academy leaked, going "The girl cadets' skirts are all two inches too long! This movie will be an abomination! I'm not going!" (This isn't a generalization; I remember a specific person saying that he would not be seeing the movie because the uniform skirts appeared the wrong length in a couple of photos taken from a significant distance away.) Trek fandom, including the kind with fic and shipping and so on, includes the kind of people who go "Yeah, sure, the decision to cast a Korean as Sulu needs examining, but I think it's even worse that Kirk's eyes were the wrong color and Spock's earlobes aren't attached." (This, too, was a specific LJ comment I've seen, and incidentally I don't find John Cho's casting problematic but I think it's a substantially more worthy topic of discussion than Zach Quinto's earlobes.) That's what Trek fandom has the reputation for being like, and if it's going to continue being like that-- well, I've been a fan for eighteen years without involving myself much in the community and I can happily go right on doing it.

On the other hand, last night I really just had the sudden urge to be insanely geeky about everything. It was probably because I was at a geek movie prefaced by the trailers for half a dozen more geek movies, but I had this sudden rush of wanting to check out all the canons for everything ever, and just sit around the rest of my life watching things and reading things. Unfortunately this isn't really possible, so I decided to do the next best thing while I'm deciding what to do about Star Trek fandom, and the next best thing is that once I finish a draft of this fic I'm sick of kicking myself over I'm going to go straight through and watch all the TV shows. And all the movies, except that supposed tenth one that doesn't really exist because I won't let it.

You see what I did there? I came up with an astonishingly epic procrastination method five days before I start school. And then found a way to put that off. Self-sabotage harder, self, honestly.

So, yeah, going to watch a horrifying quantity of Star Trek over the next few months and possibly post about it, until I get sick of it (hopefully not) or until I run out, at which point I will then go running to the library for piles of tie-in novels. And when I run out of those it will be 2011 and the next movie will be coming out. I AM A GENIUS.

I also expect to be spending a ton of time on buses and trains, because I live right between school and work but have a decently sized commute to each, so I've got me a ton of Deadpool PDFs and I'm hunting down used copies of all the Series of Unfortunate Events books. I plan to be very, very geeky this summer. >:D
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I don't know what happened, but for days I couldn't sleep-- I kept waking up like every hour. And now I've got a similar but opposite problem, namely that when I wake up in the morning I blink and boom, I've slept another hour. What the god, body, stop this.

Speaking of my body hating me, I had a pretty epically shitty Monday. )
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So apparently Star Trek's sheer awesome gave me JJ Abrams burnout; I was going through Lost at a completely absurd rate, but I've taken a couple of days off to catch up on assorted British shows instead.

On the one hand, this means I probably won't be caught up on Lost in time for the seaso finale on Wednesday-- sad but true. On the other hand, I somehow managed to forget how ridiculously in love I am with Primeval and The Sarah Jane Adventures, so I'm pretty happy all around. I even finally watched "Journey's End" so I could catch up on the Doctor Who specials, which were also a lot of fun, but ;___________;

The one problem I have is that my ears have felt all stuffed up for the last couple of days; it sounds like I've got earplugs in-- probably is my fault for sleeping with plugs in every night-- and my computer sounds muffled even when turned all the way up, which can't be making my roommates happy. Grargh, body, why do you hate me >:(
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Oh, oh, oh. Oh my holy fucking god you guys they did it. They did it and they got everything right that needed to be right and oh, they fucking nailed it.

I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and find out it hasn't happened yet or it actually sucked, because I literally cannot believe that a movie this amazing happened to a canon I love this much. Oh, my heart.

I need to see this one or ten more times and write a coherent review of it and marry JJ Abrams and Bob Orci and Michael Giacchino and also the entire cast, not necessarily in that order, but right now I'm too busy being literally dizzy with happiness so I'll get back to you on that.

Holy shit. *_______________*

ETA: Okay, I lied, flist, talk to me. I want to talk about this movie so goddamn much and I'm not going to wait to be coherent about it.

Star Trek )

Trailer report:

* The only one tonight I hadn’t seen before was G.I. Joe. I know nothing about G.I. Joe whatsoever, but Christopher Eccleston is in it, so I’m there.
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine )

Trailer report:
* Re Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: OMG OMG OMG YOU GUYS. They bred Transformers with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and FILMED PART OF IT IN MY HOMETOWN. I am so excited for this, regardless of the actual quality of the movie, that I might explode before I ever get to actually see it.
* I never saw the first Night at the Museum movie, because I was working as a museum guard at the time and a few of the pieces I was seeing daily wigged me out badly enough all on their own. Battle of the Smithsonian looks hilarious and amazing, though, and I think maybe it's time I caught up.
* I will be going to Terminator Salvation, of course. I am still kind of wary of a Terminator movie that's about John instead of Sarah, but if there are cyborgs involved I'm there.
* Did I mention that Pandorum looks awesome? It really does.
* Away We Go looks ~*~quirkily indie~*~ enough for about five movies. Um, no thanks.
* The commercial about Jack the Rapper was replaced a few weeks ago with one about a chimpanzee. I am still mourning that there will never actually be a kids' movie called Jack the Rapper.

Star Trek tomorrow night. Eeeeeeeeeeeee. Also coming soon: The Brothers Bloom and Up.
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The Star Trek movie is currently rated 100% on RottenTomatoes. Which I figured meant three or four reviews so far, but no-- twenty-two critics loved it and none hated it, yet.

It'll probably go down, but eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I am so excited for this. Three more days, Internet!
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OKAY SO. Apparently I have a whole ton of people friended/subscribing/whatever you call it here that I don't on LJ and whom I possibly don't actually know at all, so perhaps I will crosspost after all while I'm getting myself sorted. I don't want to import my LJ, because there's five back years of teenage fail in there, but here's the short version:

I'm 21-- was born in NYC, grew up near Philadelphia, and currently live in Chicago with a lab tech, a math professor, and a giant orange cat. I was taking British history at U Chicago but hated it, dropped out, and am currently working for an online shoe store and looking into being an illustration major (and stage design minor) at an art school downtown.

I have no real specific fandoms any more, but the list of things I would love to read and/or write fic for is vast, and I love a good crossover-- I've got three separate ones on the brain right now. I get pretty OTP-ish and defensive about pairings, but I'll fall in love with a character or canon at the drop of a hat. As a general rule I like fictional(ized) newspapers, cyborgs, women who play with machinery, YA, non-comics-based superheroes, crime novels, and all kinds of cheesy ridiculousness. (My most recent addictions are Life, the BBC State of Play, Lost, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Zac Efron. If that helps.)

Tell me about yourselves :D? Even the socks and lurkers, if y'like, I'm curious who I'm talking to here. I'd offer lemonade but that doesn't work so well over the Internet.
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So hey, looks like I have a Dreamwidth. I have no idea what if anything I'm going to do with this thing; I just grabbed an invite code when I saw one and ran.

I might use this to post writing things; I might import my LJ and crosspost, though I don't quite see the point of that. I don't know, we'll see how it goes. I have no particular urge to ditch my old LJ, but I kind of like the feeling of starting fresh.

Half of Dreamwidth is probably making a post exactly like this, aren't they.

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