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Further proof that I will always be 13 [Oct. 8th, 2011|03:02 am]
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Oh my god I watched the Scorsese George Harrison thing. I only cried a little bit in the first half, but by the end of the second one it was like a non-stop bawl-fest. We have PLANS to go to the store tomorrow (oh thank god because we have nothing to eat) and my face is gonna be so fuckin puffy argh.

I can't even talk about it I'm so super emo kid right now. Fuck! Ringo says at the end of his interview once he's crying, "It's like Barbara Fucking Walters in here, isn't it?"

Yes. Yes it is. OMG I can't stop!!!11!one!!1!!

Uh, also, Dhani Harrison is pretty much the hottest man in the world. Possibly because he looks and sounds exactly like his dad, but, like, hotter. WHICH SHOULD NOT BE HUMANLY POSSIBLE.
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I have been patient so long//that I have forgotten everything [Oct. 9th, 2010|02:12 am]
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1. Yep.
2. This is my new favorite old poem.
3. Fuck being 17 man. Oh my god, I love being 30 so hard.
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rock n roll is our epiphany [Oct. 8th, 2009|10:04 am]
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[Current Location |new york, ny]
[Current Mood | happy]

Let's see if I can get this to work from my phone...

Webster Hall!!1! #manics on Twitpic Nicky. F#$kin. Wire. Epic show. Gah. on Twitpic

There! I took a few more but those are the ones I twittered. Dude. So happy.

Right, supposed to be working this morning-- I wrote a huge chunk of my watchmaker story yesterday on the train because it's been gnawing on my brain. However, in spite of this fine fucking cafe Americano, my brain is still in sleep state. Therefore reading now. Work later.

Also, Manics. Did I mention the Manics and how brilliant they are? Because, Manics!!1!!!one!
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probably just think you can [Feb. 5th, 2009|04:24 pm]
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Okay, we all knew Franz Liszt was 4Real. But reading through some of his letters today to amuse myself (yes, shut up, I think this is fun) I came across immediate proof. Oh god, this is so hilarious and awesome, 21 year old Liszt in the throes of post-Paganini-concert joy, writing to some friend of his:

Paris, May 2nd [1832]

Here is a whole fortnight that my mind and fingers have been working like two lost spirits, Homer, the Bible, Plato, Locke, Byron, Hugo, Lamartine, Chateaubriand, Beethoven, Bach, Hummel, Mozart, Weber, are all around me. I study them, meditate on them, devour them with fury; besides this I practice four to five hours of exercises (3rds, 6ths, 8ths, tremolos, repetition of notes, cadences, etc., etc.). Ah! provided I don't go mad, you will find an artist in me! Yes, an artist such as you desire, such as is required nowadays!

"And I too am a painter!" cried Michael Angelo the first time he beheld a chef d'oeuvre...Though insignificant and poor, your friend cannot leave off repeating those words of the great man ever since Paganini's last performance. Rene, what a man, what a violin, what an artist! Heavens! what sufferings, what misery, what tortures in those four strings!

Here are a few of his characteristics:--

[Figure: Liszt here writes down several tiny excerpts from musical scores of Paganini's violin music, such as his famous "Caprices"]

As to his expression, his manner of phrasing, his very soul in fact!----

At which point he breaks off and returns to the letter six days later. Ha! Oh you...

click me for an extremely Romantic picture of the culprit )

Shinyhair and TORTURES. Wow. So 4Real, dude.

God, that made my day. Proving once more that all it takes is a little Franz. Whichever Franz! It's all good!

He's so my dead boyfriend. You don't even know. And it just gets better from there. These letters are MADE OF WIN. There are some written with Chopin (hilarious!) and to Berlioz, Schumann, etc., and... oh sweet Jesus. Seriously.

(Also: I love all the shit he did with Paganini's Caprices. That made the above-quoted letter extra awesome.)
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I've a little money and a take-away curry [Jan. 8th, 2009|03:02 pm]
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Okay, I'm trying not to tweak over how many bookmarks I lost somewhere in the deep dark places of this journal. I found the ones I needed for the worldbuilding (got distracted sorting new things into the timeline from hell, gah!), I found the Wolfton sequel post, and I found the short story list. And I can't remember what else I had. I think there was an important one for the DC crack somewhere in there too, but... grah.

Distraction. Normal service shall resume tomorrow.


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DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Definitely not. Oh wait, I mean yes, they say that I'm a fucking genius, I'll bet! (See Irony Icon for reference.)
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: X-Men, no doubt-- or at least Marvelverse
AND THE SECOND MOST: Does rock n roll count?
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Weird story: I don't seem to have any actual ship icons. Pietro probably counts as one all his own, but he's sort of the closest I have to JP/Pietro, which is clearly my weird little equivalent of an OTP. (Evo-verse, anyhow. *shudder*) I do have one of Liam and G, but that's as close as I got. Fuck, I need to dig up some old JP/P ones!
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Yeah! I have lots by [info]fantastisucks and [info]tootsietoo, actually. Plus random people I don't know.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Really fucking annoying... but oftentimes hilariously awesome enough to make up for it.

Coding can be found here

Dude I have like NO sexy icons. WTF is going on?! (Though I just changed it to Liszt, because I realized that's the closest thing I have, after all. Forgot he was there!) And really, that one of Nicky and Richey isn't the best textless one I have. It's just that it's very them, so I love it. I'm also very in love with my newest one, which is one of Caravaggio's John the Baptist paintings. He looks like someone I'd write.

(ETA: On second glance, he looks like Liam the Vampire, just with slightly darker hair. Like exactly. Fuck, I just noticed that!)
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looking through the bent glass tulip [Dec. 28th, 2008|10:57 pm]
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I like to do my bit for humanity. I'm really just an altruistic* soul**.

It's been a while since I did anything nice for you guys, so I thought I'd let everyone know that Daniel Craig is fucking hot. Because I love mankind like that.

*Writer does not actually pretend to believe in such a thing as altruism.
**Writer definitely does not believe in such a thing as a soul.
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the little-death that brings total obliteration [Nov. 20th, 2008|02:19 am]
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I'm actually not sure if I know anyone into Dune enough to care, but just in case I really need to share this. Somethingawful has this one writer who is genuinely funny almost all the time, and has been there forever. Last week he did what amounts to Dune Fanfiction-- hilarious, short Dune Fanfiction.

Blue Stripe - The Life and Times of a Harkonnen Florist

It seems young master Feyd-Rautha is going to be attending a formal slave mixer tonight in the flesh pits and he wants a flower for his jacket.

"It has to be very Harkonneny," Louise [Feyd's assistant, ha!] relates to me. "He specified red and, if possible, skull shaped."

A simple thing! No problem, Louise! I keep "very Harkonneny, red, skull-shaped flowers" in the cooler behind me. I can just pop one out and- you know, actually, that's not a bad idea.

The first page might seem a little watery and juvenile (but, uh, it's somethingawful so... decidedly not-PC), but if you click on the second one it's amazing in its simultaneous mockery and fanboyishness. The very last paragraph almost killed me.

Man, now I want to re-read the first two books. And then I'll want to write vampires.

Nope! Not gonna do it!

... might watch the mini-series though. Both of them. Just saying.

Also: I need Duncan and/or Alia icons. Why do I have none? What the fuck is going on here? When I bought the perma-account I was sure I'd never use even 100 icons. I'm at 120 now apparently.

It's a hard life, being a fangirl.
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Self-evident, motherfucker. Self-evident. [Nov. 16th, 2008|01:33 pm]
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Oh dude. HBO is making a miniseries of 1776 now.

Whoa. Total fangirl meltdown over here. That book is fucking awesome, seriously, (also fucking depressing, since 1776 was kind of a shit year for the baby USA in many ways) and if they do it half as well as they did John Adams...

Seriously. Fangirl. Yay history!

In celebration, allow me to present to you a clip from John Adams-- the first time Jefferson presented his newly-penned Declaration of Independence to John Adams and Ben Franklin. Why should you subject yourself to this boring nonsense? Well, it's not boring, and McCullough's scholarship fucking rules, so at least it's not nonsense either! But it's worth it just to hear Franklin say the words: "We hold these truths sacred and undeniable... hm, sacred and undeniable. Smacks of the pulpit."

1. $50 says that was TOTALLY what Jefferson meant, the dodgy bastard. Gotta love two abolitionists facing down a slave-owner and trying to be polite about it. <3 Ben!
2. Now you see why Jefferson's my poster child for Founding Father Emotasticness. "Waaa but I chose those words carefully... ohhhh okay..." (No seriously, he was dodgy, but the man could write.)
3. How cool was the casting in this miniseries? Seriously.

I am so getting it for Christmas.
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there is no true love, just a finely tuned jealousy [Nov. 12th, 2008|01:16 am]
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A non f-locked update! Not a lot of those this week since I'm Nano obsessing, and pretty much nothing else goes on when I'm drafting. Well, nothing goes on ever. But still. In random news:

Musical rant of the day:

I was pretty proud of my tracklisting for my Nano novel not having any Manic Street Preachers songs on it-- I think that must be a first.

Then I was writing this one really winding-down bit today, and listened to them all day long, and realized that was just wishful thinking. Then I found a video on you tube of Life Becoming a Landslide and tried to laugh at how crappy it was (random Japanese girls singing along, Richey mouthing the words and looking like he has no idea how to play his guitar-- which according to Nicky he did not). Instead I just ended up fangirling to myself, thinking that they look really young and silly, Nicky Wire is really godly in the nerdiest possible way, and James Dean Bradfield could sing me Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I'd be at rapt attention the entire time because dude.


(Richey is 4 Real and Sean never opens his mouth, but we can take those for granted.)

Sometimes I think they're the best band ever. Definitely the best band that has been in existence (in any relevant way) since I've been around and listening to music-- though I missed their earliest years. Seeing as I was 12 when they started, and all. So I updated my profile page with the Culture Slut picture, so the title of this journal might make a little more sense, while I was in the mood.

And I've still never seen them :/ I'm going to have to align my eventual visit to the UK with a tour of theirs, obviously.

Today, my Nano word count hit the 72% mark. It's coming along swimmingly, thanks!

Tonight I obsessively edited a short story that I like, but have no idea where to send. I've managed to place four stories in the past couple of months, largely thanks to [info]kalenodonnell tempting me to take the plunge and look at duotrope.com. So I'd like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to go there and find a place for their babies, or ideas for some. Poetry-Novel length, it can find a home there. (Or on Ralan.com, which I confess to not using very much because it's ugly by comparison. I'm such a shallow cunt like that.)

I've been hoping to place some stuff with some online zines in the next few months. I like the visibility, and the fact that I don't have to try and convince my friends to drop $15 on something just because my story is in it. That's cool once, but after that it's a bit silly, isn't it? So wish me luck on that new venture-- only just begun with a submission (that was rejected!) a week and a half ago.

My mom just bought a bright red Pontiac V6. She's hilarious and awesome.

My brother will have his first day as a substitute teacher in Brooke County tomorrow morning. As the band director to my dad's choir director.


Song of Ice and Fire fans (like ME!!), winter is (finally) coming to HBO.

Fuck yeah!!

In that spirit, [info]etcetera_cat posted this awesome link to hilariously photoshopped fantasy/skiffy bookcovers from Mighty God King over in [info]cat_mcdougall's journal. Possibly NSFW due to swearing in large print, but my god. Everyone I know will find these amazing.

Check the bottom of the page for links to the second and third editions, which are no less hilarious.

Many of them almost made me hurt, I laughed so hard. Knights Who Say Fuck ftw!
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the kids all dream of making it (whatever that means) [Sep. 27th, 2008|04:17 pm]
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Tired, more later.

But for now: I just saw Neil Gaiman! Like real and in person and reading and talking to... well a large crowd of which I was a part!

Yay! *dance*

The only bad part was that they had three-day-early copies of The Graveyard Book and I missed the last one selling by like 10 minutes. Pfffft!

Hey, three days. I'll survive. :D
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come on baby blue [Sep. 16th, 2008|01:05 pm]
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Fangirl madness, thy name is Katey.

I actually PRE ORDERED a fucking issue of NME. I've not bought that paper since I was 16. But! Oasis stuff! Songs! Sheet music! Gallaghers with their worst hair EVER!

Yeah, as soon as I get my money from Graveside, I'm so buying the special edition Dig Out Your Soul, with the book and the DVD and the box and the overpriced-ness.

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she knows it's too late as she's walking on by [Sep. 13th, 2008|01:08 pm]
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Tara's best quotes from V Fest:

1. "I might end up humping your butt by the time Oasis comes on."
A double-whammy. We were in a crowd that was shoving us up against each other, and she was right behind me. But in context, and considering that her thing for Noel Gallagher makes me look like a fangirl wannabe, it was extra awesome.

2. "Everything you do is so exciting because you have EARS!"
Probably because I was wearing this )

My stomach hurt a lot from laughing the next day. And maybe from jumping up and down a lot too.
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and try to put a word in for me [Sep. 11th, 2008|06:43 pm]
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[Current Music |Oasis - Bring It On Down (Live)]

Man. I just got the coolest thing ever in the mail, a combo birthday/congratz gift from Bec. It's a pen engraved with my pen name, and it has a little base that's a star with the name of my first story ever sold and the date on it.

How cute is she?

ETA: More Oasis hilarity, this time via [info]fuzzybluelogic:

...it doesn't matter how many times you watch the film version of Tommy, the only good bits are a) Ann Margaret swimming in a sea of fucking baked beans and b) there are no other fucking decent bits.

Scarily enough, you can actually hear him saying it if you think hard enough.

Wait. Maybe that's just me. Me and the crazy motherfucker who wrote this. Ha!
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and would you like it if I put you into my world? [Sep. 9th, 2008|10:11 pm]
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In the comments on the last entry, the wonderful Fredericks showed me How To Punch Oasis In The Face. Lazy Canadians can't do anything properly. Need instruction!

(Then again, maybe the dude was British. Either way... HAHAHAHAHA!)
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goodbye I'm going home [Sep. 9th, 2008|01:21 am]
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Hey, I was TOTALLY in Canada for like four days! Hey buddy, bet you didn't know that

(Haha, buddy is the best word ever, Jen and Dave taught me that! Canada rules!)

Weirdest fucking week continued in a mostly weird-but-good fashion. Except that Noel Gallagher ended up in the hospital, which made me want to stab someone in particular whose name he'd better hope doesn't get released ever lest Toronto attack him. Other than that, though, yay.

Allow me to explain, for the sake of posterity, since I'm pretty fucking sure this won't be happening again any time soon. Even though I've had several Jameson since our post 10pm arrival, after our 12 hour journey today! Hey, maybe I'll be sober by the time I finish, and I can fucking GO TO BED.

Virgin Festival of Occasionally Violent Yet Very Fun Times -- Illustrated Edition. Featuring: Spiritualized, the Fratellis, the Kooks, Foo Fighters, Stereophonics, Paul Weller, and the Weird of Oasis )

Right, just needed to get that out before it left me. Tomorrow might suck a little. I plan on being totally useless. God that was a long ass weekend. Good, but dude.


PS: Yeah, those are all our pictures-- Matt, Tara, or I took them.
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turn it up for everyone [Aug. 21st, 2008|05:18 pm]
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[Current Music |Bach - Cello Suite #1 in G]

Okay another nerdgasm for today. An even bigger awesomer one.

There's going to be a Song of Ice and Fire calendar for next year, by the INSANELY BADASS Michael Komarck and in the tradition of those LotR calendars that gave me so many awesome visuals (and started my love affair with the Hildebrandt brothers) as a kid. And they're already selling the limited editions online! You can apparently get the normal ones once they come out in the store and on the site but...

Dude! The limited edition has concept art in it! CONCEPT ART!! WAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!!

Also: Jon Snow Cover FTW. Dude. JON SNOW!! And he looks PERFECT!! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!11!111one!

Yeah. I totally just ordered one.

(Not the signed one though. I mean, a calender isn't that useful if I can't mark off when to give the cat her Revolution in it without thinking "I just wasted 50 bucks", you know?)

I gotta get me a Lannister icon, clearly.
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The summer sun it blows my mind [Aug. 15th, 2008|01:53 am]
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Stages of my misguided attempts to quell Fangirl Nonsense:

Stage One: A few days ago, I see that Oasis has announced a new album and single. "About fucking time," I say. I'm pleased but I'll believe it when I see it.

Stage Two: I see my tickets for V Fest on the fridge, and realize it's in like three weeks. "God, I get to see them again... how many times is this, and why do I still care?" I get a little excited, but tell myself to stop being a jackass.

Stage Three: I realize the new Album will be called Dig Out Your Soul. All I can think is "Bring out your dead!" (Alternatively: that it sounds like the name of a story I'd write, neither of which bode well) and brace myself for another Be Here Now.

Stage Four: I get an email today-- Oasis site redesigned. Hmm, not bad, so I go and watch the little trailer for the new single. Loads of good old footage and stuff, and the snippet of the new track sounds pretty good. I figure, wtf, I'll go and pre-order it. Later. Am less frightened.

Stage Five: Just now, I go and do the pre-order and get the instant download gratification of one of the new tracks, Falling Down, as remixed by the Chemical Brothers.

Noel sings it. Now, it's hard to tell with all that Chemical Brothers noise over it, don't get me wrong. But Christ he sounds good, and the track is really quite decent. I'm going to stand there at that show and smile my fucking head off (because you know, I can't scream), aren't I?

It might as well be 1995. I'm going to go listen to (What's the Story) Morning Glory? BECAUSE I WANT TO.
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without looking out of your door you can know all things on earth [Aug. 14th, 2008|12:18 pm]
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Neil Gaiman on his preparations for his China Trip:

This morning I went out and bought lots of lightweight, quick-drying clothes and other useful travel things, with my assistant Lorraine. (At one point during the clothes-buying part of things Lorraine helpfully said, "Boss, you're still wearing their pants. Why don't you go and change back into your own?" Which seemed like a sensible idea, so I grabbed my jeans and headed back to the changing room, overhearing the sales lady saying, "Is he a professor?" and Lorraine's reply of, "He's a writer. It's the same thing.")

Too bad he'll be "on foot in rural China" for the next little while and we'll miss out on gems like this.

In other news: I want to be on foot in rural China! (Well, not in Tibet. Been there done that almost had to buy my way out of the military checkpoint. And NO I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT, shut up! But you know. Parts of China that are actually Chinese, instead of just randomly annexed.)

Guess I'll have to settle for Shanghai next year. I wonder if I can convince Balaji to take off an extra week and go somewhere cool... either way, I'm gonna be ALL OVER that city while he's in his silly classes.

Also: The first of many travel plans for the next year and a half is almost finalized. He's going to Delhi for his first week-long international session in January, and of course I'm going too, wooo! So I'm going to try and see what I can on my own, which won't be TOO hard since they're used to stupid tourists who only understand twenty-five words of Hindi, and all speak better English than I do anyhow. And then we'll go down to Madras, where I've been promised a day trip to Mamallapuram AT LEAST. There is also talk of Pondicherry, which Balaji says has the best food in Tamil Nadu, but I don't see it happening. After Mamallapuram (which is non-negotiable, like the MUCH FARTHER AWAY Madurai was last time... I'm going easy on him this time!) he's going to want to sit on the couch and watch cricket for five days before we go home. But maybe I can convince my sister-in-law to take me places! ALLIES!

So we think we found tickets, anyhow. Balaji's stuff is all paid for (oh believe me, we pay Duke for it, so it's not free), so mine is the only concern. So... yay! I totally get something out of this MBA thing too!

Oh you know, apart from the happiness of my husband. (Even though this won't and doesn't make him happy, and he's just doing it because it's the done thing. Poor confused baby!)
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