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26 August 2012 @ 12:25 am
I have officially started writing fic again.  And as of now I have 5,000 words of a Bane/John Blake fic. 

I am really excited about this. 

But... it's gonna take a while to finish this because apparently I'm incapable of writing anything short, so this is gonna be big bang length.  Because it's Bane/Blake and those two deserve some character exploration and angst and just a little bit (or a lot) of romance that's deserved instead of out of character and forced upon them and whatnot. 

And I love this pairing, but I'm not into dubcon or noncon, and sadly, with this pairing that seems to be common in fic with Bane's size and strength and agenda (although there's some great fic out there that doesn't include that, like this fic here which is adorable beyond belief and yet realistic for these two). But!  Since I don't like that stuff, this fic won't include that dubcon sex stuff, and I think I've found a realistic way that their relationship can develop without anything like that.  (Think about it, Bane's broken after his failed mission, Blake is trying to step into Batman's shoes without any experience whatsoever, and both of them have a shitty past.  Bonding is sure to happen.)

So yeah.  I'm excited.  These characters are fascinating and I needed something to keep me busy in my free time, and I feel like this fandom is new enough where I don't feel odd trying to break into it with new fic.  Plus, I just really want to write this.  So yeah!

Any Bane/Blake fans out there?  Y/Y?  Please? :D

And just for fun...

Poll #1862452 Bane/John Blake

Are you a fan of Bane/John Blake?

Fuck yeah! I love them!
Yeah, sure, they're cool enough.
I never really thought about it... but I might give it a shot.
Ehhhh.... not really...
Are you crazy? That's... No.

Would you read a ridiculously long Bane/John Blake fic?


16 June 2012 @ 02:49 pm
So last weekend I went to the Stanley Hotel in Colorado.  It was AMAZING.  Anyone who likes haunted places or beautiful mountains and hiking grounds, go.  Immediately.  The Hotel was beautiful and was a wonderful mix of history and some ghost tales.  The scenery was beautiful and the place just felt wonderful (open skies, no humidity, lovely).

The first day was a lot of travel (up super early at 4:30am to catch our 8am flight), but we got into CO around 11ish and were at our hotel by 1:30pm, so we still had time to get settled and walk around and explore before we took a ghost and history tour.  That was really cool, because it gave us lots of information on the history of the Stanley Hotel, Stanley's as the people who built it, and information on the different reports of hauntings that go on in the hotel.  So it was a nice base and informative.  After that it was dinner (which was nice) and some drinks and then my friend and I went back to our room to chill for a bit.  Then we got up around midnight and wandered around the  grounds until around 2 am.  It was very cool to see things when there weren't people around, and everything was calm.  Plus, I just like it outside at night, and you could see the mountains when they were dark and everything.

Then Saturday we ordered room service for breakfast (lol), and went to a Concert Hall tour.  It was beautiful there and it's supposed to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.  When we were in the basement checking out the area there, our tourguide was talking about one entity in the building they call "Lucy."  They've picked up EVPs of a female voice in her room before, and the door to the room closes at odd times for no reason.  So the guide was talking for less than a minute about Lucy when a loud crack sounded.  The guide looked to the door and froze and said, "Is that you, Lucy?"  And when nothing happened, he just stayed there, looking at the door.  My first reaction was "No, it's nothing, just the room settling.  C'mon, continue with your story."  But then a girl sitting by the door was like, "Is that...?"  And the guide nodded and was like, "Yeah, you can see the door moving very slowly."

And I was like, "No. You can't."  But when I looked closer you could.  The door was moving oh so slowly, and then you could hear it scrape over the bump in the floor and over carpet, and it steadily moved until it closed all the way and clicked shut.  And I was just like O.O  Did that just happen?  We tried to debunk it--banging the wall and floor, creating a draft opposite the door with the closet that was nearby, trying to slam the door shut--but the door just didn't shut on it's own.  Nothing would move it over the bump in the floor, something we clearly heard the door scraping over when it closed on its own.  So I was surprised, but super happy.  I'm a bit of a skeptic... I enjoy ghost stories and haunted places, but I'm realistic about it.  Most things can be explained away.  I didn't believe the door was moving at first, and if it was it could be explained.  And when we went to the Hotel, I thought it would be cool if something happened, but expected nothing to happen.

But apparently something did happen!  So I was, and still am, super happy about that.

Anyway, the rest of the day was spent walking to the tram that was close by via a river walk and taking that up to the highest peak in the area, where we hiked around for the rest of the afternoon.  I got a bit of a sunburn, but it was worth it.

Then the night was just dinner, some drinks, and then staying in room 407, which is supposed to be one of the most haunted rooms there.  It was cool, but nothing really happened.  I felt a pressure on my hip in the early hours of the morning, but that might be able to be explained away with the sheets being pulls across my hip.  So yeah.  Inconclusive, and it can be explained away.

Sunday we saw the "resident physic" in the morning, then hiked around the hotel in the afternoon.

In all, it was a great trip.  I was nice and relaxed for the most part, and it was great to get away and into the mountains.  I love mountains, and hiking, and green things.  So it was wonderful. 
Current Location: bed
Current Mood: crappycrappy
Current Music: Top Gear
30 May 2012 @ 06:09 pm
The highlight of my day so far: Pulling a crow's foot out of a dog's mouth. 

Yeah, super fun.  I was walking the little lhasa apso I usually walk this morning, and usually she runs through the high grasses near her house when we get outside. And today she came out with something in her mouth. At first I was like "That's a really gross piece of wood."  Then was like "Oh shit no."  So yeah.  Crow's foot.  Lovelyyy.

In other news I've started reading Game of Thrones.  I love the tv series so wanted to see what the novels were like, since I've heard some mixed reviews.  So far I'm liking it, but I'm only about 100 pages in and have just been reading the fun stuff.  I have yet to get to the nitty gritty, so we'll see if I'm still liking it later lol. 

I've been staying away from the internet lately, just because and then I need a break from some things before I really start hating them. (Also, lol what is fandom anymore?  I feel like it's just disappeared for the things I care about.  So depressing, but whatever... I'll find entertainment somewhere else I guess).  So I've had more time to read.  So I finally finished Cotton Song, and now it's Game of Thrones.  And hopefully I can speed through it and start really getting through the long To Read list I've written up.

Also, yoga tonight!  I'm excited, because I need it badly.  But it should be interesting.  My sister and two friends are coming with me, and none of them have spent more than a few minutes together, or even met in one case, so I'm wondering how it's all gonna go down lol.  But I'm excited nonetheless.  

So yes, good times.
20 May 2012 @ 05:35 pm
My goal for the next few weeks is to try to start reading more.  Now that grad school and my thesis is done, and the Once Upon A Time season finale has marked the end of the shows I keep up with now, I find myself at a loss sometimes for what to do.  And I have a TON  of books I've been wanting to read.  So I'm trying to get back in the habit of reading instead of watching tv or getting sucked into tumblr.  I used to read all the time, and i miss it. 

So I joined Goodreads a few weeks ago, and thought I'd post the link to my profile here if anyone was on there and wanted to look me up

I really still have to get a feel for the site, but at least it'll provide recs and keep a record of how I'm doing, yeah?  And maybe offer some book community stuff.  Who knows. 

So yes.  And if anyone has any book recs, I'm all ears! :)  I'll do a book rec post soon... as soon as I read a bit more and organize my thoughts lol.  But for now, The Hunger Games (yeah, everyone's reccing it, but I avoided these book for SO LONG, and trust me I now love them to freakin death), anything by Juliet Marillier, and His Dark Materials trilogy are all the favs that come to mind immediately.  I'll organize my favorites bookshelf on goodreads when I get the chance, which will be another rec source :P

19 May 2012 @ 02:49 pm
Howdy howdy!

Okay, so I want to do a headcount.  Who on my flist loves Inception?  And Arthur/Eames?  I feel like it's been a while since I did a lot of fandom stuff here (or anywhere lol), and Arthur/Eames is just on my brain a helluva lot lately.  So I want to see if anyone on my flist is an Arthur/Eames fan so I'm not just flailing to myself on here :P  So anyone?  Anyone? 

So yeah, I kinda love Arthur/Eames.  And dorkle_07 was kind enough to let me steal lots of new music from her and so I had a major flail session for new OTP songs the other day.  And I'm finally posting my flail here so I can share it.

So this song... Fear and Loathing by Marina and the Diamonds.  SUCH AN ARTHUR/EAMES SONG.  I fell in love instantly and it fits perfectly and GAHHH!

So yes, here.  Enjoy: 

Also!  Gun Shot by Nicki Minaj!  Don't understand some of what's being said (lol I need to concentrate one day instead of just flailing when I hear it), but what I do understand fits and just the general feel of the song.  And Idk, my brain just puts this and Arthur/Eames together.  And I'm like EAMES WOULD PLAY THIS SONG TO ARTHUR AND ASKLDFJSLDJ. 

It might just be a chav!Eames song?  idk idk.  But enjoy: 

So yes.  That's my flailing for today.  Had to flail about this somewhere. 

And if you're not into Arthur/Eames, well, they're just great songs anyway.  So win-win all around!
Current Location: desk
19 April 2012 @ 10:03 pm

In other words, I HAVE MY MASTER'S DEGREE!!!!

I guess I technically have to wait for the actually degree, and the dean of graduate studies to deem the margins and paper quality of the thesis correct, but whatever.  I've passed all the hard stuff.  And my professors have signed me off and all that good stuff. 

The defense went really well.  My chair and reader seemed really interested in my novel and really impressed with my writing, which was really great and nice and exciting to hear.  And what questions I had about some things (like if the mother in the novel seemed like too dramatic a character or whatever) we were able to talk through, and then we talked about the writing process and the good and bad points of writing a synopsis and some themes of the novel. 

So it was really nice.  And then we discussed the next steps of this entire writing process.  They both want me to continue with writing the novel and then find an agent to get it published.  And DeWitt (my chair, who also was my prof for a short story course) said I should send some of my short stories to journals to get published, so that'll hopefully draw the eye of some agents so they'll come looking for me. 

So ah!  Lots more to think about now.  But I'm done for now, and it feels so freakin good.  I do want to continue writing this novel, and I think it'll actually be easier now without a deadline and this degree hanging over me.  My prof said that I should just continue writing over the next year, and get it done in that time. So it's something to aim for. 

And I know nothing is gaurunteed.  I could still do all this work and have nothing eventually published.  But it was good to hear that they thought I could actually get it done.  So yes.  I am happy.  :D

The rest of the trip has gone well.  I was up at 5 this morning, and my train into NYC was delayed, but I got on the bus with extra time (yay for taking an early train!) and the trip went well (despite the kinda crazy bus driver :P).  I got a calzone from one of my favorite restaurants here for dinner, and now I'm just chilling in my hotel room after a nice relaxing shower.  I actually like staying in hotel rooms, so it's a nice treat :P

And tomorrow I might treat myself and get room service for breakfast.  Then it's just to the print shop to get my thesis printed and then hand it in, and then wander around until 4 when my bus leaves.  So yes!  Things are going well.  Hopefully they'll continue to do so :)
Current Location: hotel
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Current Music: Along Came Polly
06 April 2012 @ 04:33 pm
Catching Fire and Mockingjay arrived today!!

Also, Game of Thrones season one and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy :D :D

I am super excited to start everything.  The only problem now is I don't know what to start first :P  At first I was like "I should hold off on reading the rest of the Hunger Games, save it as a reward for when I'm done with my thesis defense."  But then I realized that's two weeks away, so no.  I should finish reading Cotton Song (which I put on hold to read The Hunger games), and then maybe start them. 

I'll probably start watching Game of Thrones this weekend.  Maybe Sunday night, when family things have calmed down. 

Oh man.  I'm excited to start everything.  Something clicked over the past two days, and I've been in a lot better mood.  So yay!  Good things :D
Current Mood: excitedexcited
01 April 2012 @ 12:22 pm
I have finished my thesis.


I still have my thesis defense to go through, but I have until April 19th for that.  In the meantime, I'll just read and try to relax.  Even though I can't do anything concerning my thesis anymore (my professors are reading it now, and i won't be able to do anything if something's needed until the 19th), I'm still nervous.  It's stupid, but not something I can really stop.  So I'll just try to distract myself until then. 

I wanted to go out and do something to kinda celebrate being done with my thesis, but I don't think that's gonna happen.  I guess I shouldn't do anything until after the 19th anyway, or else I'll end up jinxing it.  So maybe it's a blessing in disguise. 

I saw The Hunger Games on Friday and it was amazing.  I loved it.  I didn't expect to really love it... I expected it to be good, but the idea of kids killing kids isn't really appealing to me. 

But omg... I'm in love.  I started reading the book the night I came home.  But even without reading the book. you still get everything when you watch the movie.  (I actually liked not reading the book before I saw the movie.  It was exciting, and I didn't feel the pressure of comparing the movie to the book.)  I think seeing the movie without reading the book proved what a good movie The Hunger Games is... For example, when you compare it to the Harry Potter films.  My dad hasn't read the books and he felt lost during some of the movies.  So while the movies might be a good supplement to the book, they can be a little confusing if you haven't read the series.  They're entertaining, but not really excellent movies.  The Hunger Games, however, is a fantastic movie in and of itself. 

And the violence is balanced really well.  The violence still makes a point, and it's not down-played which would have trivialized the book/issue/what's going on.  And you see it.  But it's not grotesque and gratuitous or over the top.  I was extremely impressed with how the issue of kids killing kids was handled.  So kudos to the filmmakers and the actors for pulling it off.   

So yeah, that was one good thing that happened after my thesis was turned in.  So I'll continue to read the first book, and then I'll probs order the second and third.  I'm excited. 

But that's about it.  So yeah. Yay!
Current Mood: lonelylonely
25 March 2012 @ 12:29 pm

I officially have a week until my master's thesis is due.  Eep!

I've edited the first half, and today's project is editing the second half.  Then tomorrow I'll write my 10 page synopsis, then see where I am with page count.  If I have to write a little more that'll be Tuesday and some of Wednesday, then editing that on Wednesday.  Then a readthrough of everything on Thursday and making last minute changes.  I want to actually get this thing out to my professors on Friday morning, so they can have it for an extra weekend. 

So yeah, hopefully I'll be done with this thing by Friday. *crosses fingers*

It'll be a huge relief.  I've been stressed out by so many things lately, so this'll be one thing that's off my plate.  At least for 2 weeks until my thesis defense.  But there's not much I can do in that time, so I plan to just read the novels and authors my prof recommended I read so I can actually talk about land and land ownership and the intricate workings of small town politics in reference to other authors like my professor said might come up in my thesis defense.  So yeah.  That's the plan. 

And then after this... freedom! :P  I have so many things I want to do when I'm done with this thesis.  I want to read The Hunger Games (which I ordered, the first book), and read Game of Thrones, and watch Game of Thrones, and catch up on Supernatural, and finish True Blood season 1, and read some fic, etc etc.  There's probs lots in there I'm forgetting. 

Also, I want to actually go out and do things.  It seems like everyone is planning trips or outtings somewhere, and I'm tired of staying at home while everyone else has fun.  And it's not like I can turn to my family when everyone else is already doing something or can't do something, because they never want to do anything whenever I ask (and I ask quite a lot).  So even if I end up doing things by myself, I'm gonna do them. 

And it's not even like they have to be expensive trips/activities.  Yes, I'd like to go into NY and see a play or a concert or something, but I've been wanting to drive over to Peddlar's Village in PA and just walk around the stores and enjoy the easy-going atmosphere.  I don't even have to buy anything.  Or go for a picnic when the weather gets nice and just eat whatever I can carry from my fridge.  Or go hiking.  Or go to the beach for a day trip when the weather gets nice.  Or take a ride out to rural NJ to see the farms (which I need to do at some point for my novel anyway).  And I want to go to the greenhouse and buy a cheap cactus or an African violet. 

So yeah, so many things I want to do.  And I'll finally have time to do them when this thesis is over.  Finding someone to come with me might be a little difficult, but whatever.  I'll ask people, and if they don't want to come then I'll just do things by myself.  I'm tired of waiting around and sitting at home and doing nothing. 

So yes, lots of plans. :)

Current Location: dining room table