karriezai: ([asoiaf] wolfgirl)

I realized yesterday that Danny and my four-year anniversary is in less than two weeks. So we talked about what we wanted to do. It's too cold for anything major like sky diving, which we've mentioned wanting to do for a long time. And hot air ballooning is, um, stupid expensive. Of course I try to go overboard :)

So Danny suggested that we just have a nice night out and stay in a hotel. And we decided to stay at the hotel closest to Fur nightclub in DC. I booked the night already last night on Expedia. Wasn't even that expensive! $99 at the Courtyard Marriot. If we want to park there it'll be $30, but it's also close to Metro--that'll be a game day decision.

I'm super behind on NaNo. I don't want to give up, but being this behind with my crazy schedule doesn't look good. Especially with all the homework I have to do. I'm not even sure what's due this week. I haven't looked, which is bad considering my internship days are already through so if I had to do anything there, that ship has sailed. OH, plus, my story idea for Mirage Games is due... I think next Friday, and that's 5,000 words minimum by itself. Need to start on that one soon.

Went to the zoo yesterday morning for math methods. It was kind of lame. I thought we'd be basically imitating some sort of math project you can get kids to do as they explore the zoo, but we spent the whole time pent up in a classroom in the visitor's center getting a presentation on educational aids the zoo has to offer teachers and schools. A woman from Bridging the Americas showed us a bunch of dead stuffed birds. Blah.

So I have this idea... )
karriezai: ([kh] &nobody)
Stuff to remember to do. Figure out about my license plates; they only gave me a temp sticker but they didn't say when/how I'd get permanent ones. Buy books for my next set of summer classes, which start Monday. Mail mom's license plate back to her. Figure out car insurance. Get a new nipple piercing; one fell out and I shoved a tongue barbell through to hold it open.

I think that's it.

I put together Stories. Now I'm trying to advertise it. I want to put up an ad on RPG-D but you have to have at least 15 "meaningful" posts there before you can submit an ad, and of course I'm following the rule to the letter. It's hard to respond with meaningful posts, though, on a site centered around roleplaying when I haven't been on the roleplaying scene in over a year.

I am, however, thinking of starting up my own RPG. Perhaps not wise since I'm not "in the know" anymore about these things, but someone threw out an idea for anyone else to pick up--a nittier, grittier retelling of Kingdom Hearts--and I absolutely adore it. I was going to try joining an RPG that interests me to get a feel for it again first, but I can't find one that I'm really drawn to.

I'm considering it. I think I'll set it up just on my computer first to see how it would work, and then decide.

The lies we live will always be confessed in the stories that we tell.
- Orson Scott Card

A story may be crafted out of lies, but it can tell deep truths about human nature. Throughout history mankind has been a race of story-tellers, and this is a fact that hasn't changed, though many people tell stories now in different media. But there is something beautiful about crafting a story simply out of words and yet creating a scene that the reader or listener can see. We at Stories are of the opinion that there are too few refuges on the internet these days for story-tellers who still prefer the medium of words.

Stories is a home for writers. We welcome poets, roleplayers, and authors of fanfiction and original fiction--anyone with a passion for exercising their imagination through writing. With your help, we hope to create a community in which writers can find support, encouragement, advice, and (perhaps especially) other writers who share their tastes. We want members to be able to form lasting relationships with other story-tellers. We also hope to add more features as we grow, developing in areas where members show more interest.
karriezai: ([kh] [riku] will i lose my dignity?)
Old cravings are resurfacing. I've given up on the idea of starting a website based around web design or anything that needs members; I just can't stick to it. Either I get bored very quickly and give up, or I work really hard only to get disheartened by not attracting any active members and then give up.

But I'm getting that "must-design-a-website" itch again. I'm just going to toy with the idea for now. It would be something more personal. Something like this journal, but able to do more. Like I'm thinking of keeping a schedule on there for myself and recording things like exercise, missing classes, when big assignments are due, etc so that I can look back and see when I'm starting to slack. Sort of like nanowrimo, how they have the calendar with light green or light red for days when you do pretty well or slack off a little, and then deep green when you exceed expectations and deep red when you suck the crap out of life. I think I would just have one color for when I do something bad school related and one color for when I do something bad exercise related.

But um. Yes. If I decide to do something like that, I think I'll start on freewebs to see if I stick to it, and if it goes somewhere then look into other options. The good news is that now would be an ideal time; winter break will give me ample time to set something up and be obsessive.

Also, looks like I'll get a B in Writers' House, wth. I didn't comment on three submissions and it subtracted 11.5 points from my grade. Out of 100. Auto-B. Stupid me.

ETA: Thinking about it, maybe I'll just buy a good planner?
karriezai: ([kh] [roxas])
I'm trying to write. I took my last attempt at starting on Names (aerlun.doc) and just continued. I'm sure it's pretty crappy, but what I really need is to get back into it, get a flow going, until I hit my rhythm and the writing falls into place. It's really slow going at the moment, but if I just refuse to start over this time hopefully it'll pick up. Right now writing anything substantial would be a blessing, even fanfiction, so if a plot bunny pops up I'm going to go with it, no matter what it is.

Matter of fact, I need a morale boost. I'm going to dig up anything I've finished or written substantially on, and then I'm going to list it here. Once I'm done with the rest of my update, that is.

I'm going to start a writing community once I get back into the flow of writing. I was going to do something slightly similar to [livejournal.com profile] the_dead_muse, but I decided against it. That isn't what helps me most. Throughout my life, I've done the most productive, regular writing is when I have someone actively reading my work as I write, giving me encouragement... and just generally excited to read the rest of my story. So I decided that something along this premise would be the best basis for a writing community if I'm going to run one. I'm going to be calling it [livejournal.com profile] wisereaders, the name being derived from Orson Scott Card's 'wise reader,' which is like a more general beta reader. A wise reader doesn't necessarily critique; she reads your work and tells you which parts she enjoyed and which were less enjoyable for whatever reason. Membership is closed at the moment since I'm not ready to work on it actively, but I made it to preserve the name.

Danny bought me Twilight today, but I'm not going to start reading it just yet. He still has Deathly Hallows to get through on audiobook before starting Twilight, and I don't want to be too far ahead. I can finish the book before he starts as long as it's only a day or two before, I suppose, but if I start now I'll be done at least a week before he even starts the book. So I'm going to try finishing A Feast for Crows, which I stopped rereading partway through because schoolwork intensified.

Now to list my writing accomplishments. )

Justin has me watching Princess Mononoke. I've seen two other Miyazaki movies, Spirited Away and Nausica. I'm not as big a fan as he is, but I do appreciate them. I'm half-distracted so I may not get the true impact, but the same was true with Spirited Away and I liked it well enough. The tree spirits are freaky man.

Lessee. I also updated my profile a tad with codes stolen from one of my older profiles. And that's about it.
karriezai: ([misc] [scar] omgwtf?)
Christ there's a lot going on. I have a paper due next week, and then at the beginning of May I have to give some sort of report on some sort of project on these two books by a Japanese author for The Retarded Teacher (she never gave us a rubric or any indication of what sort of project she's looking for), then May 16th some sort of paper is due on two Japanese exhibits which I have yet to go see... I haven't read the two books yet either. And within the next two weeks I'll have a paper for HONR267. And I'm still working on maintaining in-state tuition -- we gave her all this paperwork that implied proof that my dad's military but it wasn't explicit so she wouldn't take it.

I've started planning for the project I want to start, but I need for stuff to calm down first, and it doesn't look like it will until after finals, which start on May 15th. I also decided I need to participate actively in other communities (like [livejournal.com profile] the_dead_muse) before starting my own. I mean actually writing. I read, comment, and vote actively for the aforementioned comm, but I've skipped entering two challenges since the first one I entered. I blame the craziness, but it's also just not knowing what to write, which is a pathetic excuse.

Danny stuff... )

Tomorrow I have to go to room selections for Writers' House at 4pm in the... Stamp Colony Ballroom I believe. I'm looking forward to it! Will I get to know who my roommates will be already? I don't know, I've never been to a room selection before. All I know is I plan to request a triple. It's less money. Then next Wednesday I'll be attending open interviews to work at the gym... and the Wednesday after that is orientation and Litfest for Writer's House.

There has also been craziness at work, but I don't feel like going into it. Suffice to say, Ibrahim is leaving us D=
karriezai: ([house] cameron's hitting that)
As title states, I want a project. I guess I don't really have time to start one right now with the end of the semester threatening. Exams are coming up, papers are coming due, I still have two books to read and two exhibits to see for the class with the retarded teacher...

But I really want a project. A writing community. I guess it's good that I can't afford to start one now since I should really get on top of my own writing before trying to inspire others, right? I like the look of the contest for [livejournal.com profile] the_dead_muse this week. It's about writing from a villain's perspective. There's not much I could do in Aerlun's world without coming up with a 'bad guy' on the spot... and anyway it might be more fun (or at least more entertaining for others) to write from a known villain's eyes. Like Scar! Or Maleficent! Chee =D Or maybe not a Disney villain. We'll see. I have to write it by Sunday though, that's the close on this one. I didn't enter the last one -- it was basing a fic on a song, using the lyrics in some way, and nothing ended up working for me.

I think I'll plan a project anyway. On paper. I can't really start it until I get a good image manipulation program for Mac anyway. Danny's downloading one for me, but it could take a few days. Or weeks. Or whatever. You might wonder why photoshop or some equivalent is necessary for a writing community... but there have to be prizes of some sort. And while I'm willing to spend actual money once in a while for big contests, I'm more willing to create image awards. Besides, I'm thinking that, should my project ever get big enough, cafepress could offer something interesting to add to the community... but to design clothes etc. there you need to upload images, and I'd need to make them somewhere.

I wish TV would go back to normal. The writer's guild strike really messed up my entertainment. I miss House and How I Met Your Mother and Smallville updating regularly. They have been showing new episodes sporadically... but still. And House hasn't been new in ages. Since what, the week after the Superbowl?
karriezai: ([mine] [hp] whoa incoming)
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karriezai: ([hp] avada kedavra)
Wow. Okay so, here's the short version of what's been keeping me busy:

x Danny, as always
x Transformers
x building a new website
x college orientation (go Terps!)
x HP: OotP

I guess that's mostly it.

So. Transformers was really good, fun to watch, and the most memorable part for me is how much of a little pervert Bumblebee was. I loved that he couldn't talk for most of the movie, the radio thing added a unique little element. And that preview before the movie, the one they aren't giving a title to, only a release date of 1-18-08 -- it's driving me up the wall. People are saying it's Voltron, but it seems like they're going to too much effort to be sneaky about what it's about for it to be another movie based off a show or comic or whatever. It's such a publicity stunt, but hey, it's working.

The website. Alicia and I are building an art website, mainly for writing but with niches for drawing and photography and what have you. The Afterglow should be up and running as soon as we have a decent number of members. I've been really erratic with websites in the past, letting them die and such, but I'm hoping to keep this one running if only as a project that might come in handy in college. It could look really good for me, you know? It's not just that, though. I'm sick of just letting my projects drop. Usually it's because I get bored with them, and usually it's because it becomes more about making a fancy website than art and challenges. The purpose of this site is a community for artists, perhaps especially for writers, to share their talent and both issue and respond to challenges. There's going to be a monthly literary ezine and things like that. Guides with tips and tricks to improve your writing. So we'll see how it works out. The website's built; now I just need members.

Soo, I spent Monday and Tuesday at orientation for Maryland. I got my university ID, which is infinitely better than my highschool ID (in which I looked like a strung out hooker). I also set up my schedule. I have no classes on Fridays, nearly nothing on Wednesdays... and even though I'm getting a lot of classes I probably won't like out of the way first semester, I'm also taking at least one course that'll be both fun and fill a requirement for my major. I met two people who I really talked to while I was there, they were both cool. One I may never see again since I met him by coincidence and we have very different majors. The other I'll have at least one class with next year... though that class may be one of the huge ones, haha.

Um. HP: OotP. It was a great movie, much better than GoF was. Of course there were things that were missed and even changed a little, but nothing too upsetting, really. (Don't read further if you don't want to know what was left out or changed.) There were a couple of things that were big speculation points in the books that were left out in the movie, though, and it kind of disappoints me since it seems like if it was all that important, JK would have made sure it was in the movie. Like the locket at Grimmauld Place, and the mirror Sirius gave Harry, and the way Sirius was hit by a red spell in the book and just knocked through the veil -- but actually hit by Avada Kedavra in the movie.

/HP: OotP. Begin sixth/seventh book speculation.

I've been debating with Danny over whether Snape's good or evil and stuff like that. First off, I remember the books much better. He's 'read' them once, two years or so ago, and that was on audiobook (hence the quotes around 'read'). Anyway, he's in the camp that simply thinks Snape can't kill Dumbledore and still be good. One thing he said was that even if that was the position, someone loyal to his leader would sacrifice himself before killing the leader or allowing the leader to die. Personally, I think Snape is good. I think he was in love with Lily. So does Danny, for that matter, but he thought it actually said so in the books. He was convinced that the books said Snape was edging in on Lily and that's why the Marauders gave him so much grief. Haha, I'm glad to see our intuition is the same on the situation, but it says nothing of the sort in the books.

Anyway, I think Snape was in love with Lily and it made him hate James worse than ever. I think he hates Harry so much because he's part James' child and reminds him so much of James, but I think he protects Harry despite it because he is Lily's child. If she died to save him... he can't let her sacrifice be in vain, I suppose. And he can't forgive Voldemort for killing her.

I think when he took the Unbreakable Vow, he wasn't sure just what he was swearing to do and that's why he hesitated, but in the end he had to do it anyway. I think when he found out just what he'd sworn to, he told Dumbledore. And I think that in the end, Dumbledore knew Snape would have to kill him, and that's why he went ahead and let Snape teach Defense Against the Dark Arts. He'd be gone next year, one way or another. For the one year he had left, Dumbledore wanted him to be in a position to teach Harry about the Dark Arts, something he obviously knows a lot about. Though of course Harry doesn't learn much when it's Snape teaching him...

Because the thing about the Vow is that it had to happen one of three ways. Draco kills Dumbledore, Snape kills Dumbledore, or both Draco and Snape die. I think Dumbledore wouldn't allow Draco to taint himself like that. And he felt Snape was far more valuable than he was. Especially after the act. There would be one agent for good high up in the Dark Lord's ranks, because after that Voldemort wouldn't question Snape, and neither would any of the other Death Eaters, most likely. None of the good guys would know Snape was working to help them... but they'd have help. It would be hard for Snape, and that's why Dumbledore had to plead with him. Not "Don't kill me." More like, "You have to do this." Because what's harder than working to protect and save people who hate you and would kill you given the chance? How hard would it be, how dangerous, to be an agent for good when you can't reveal yourself to the people around you and the people you're trying to help would never believe you? He would have to find ways to help without either side realizing he's the one who's helping, because the Order would treat any help he offered as a threat.

Back to OotP, concerning Horcruxes... I don't have the book handy, or I'd check, but when Voldemort possesses Harry, doesn't he taunt Dumbledore, saying he could kill them both right now? I may be remembering wrong. But if I'm right, I think that's the strongest evidence for Harry or part of Harry being a Horcrux. Because I doubt possession of an ordinary person would be the same. If you killed the person, Voldemort would probably just leave the body. I don't know. Perhaps if Harry is or has a Horcrux, it just makes it... different. Like when Voldemort possesses him, he actually becomes truly attached to the body because a part of his soul resides there. Plus, I really do think the whole transference of his abilities to Harry would make more sense with a Horcrux present. But I'm not really in either camp on that issue; I'm on the fence.

Danny is convinced that both Harry and Voldemort have to die. I've heard the arguments. I don't think it's gonna be that way. It would be a perfectly acceptable ending, I wouldn't be disappointed (sad, but not disappointed)... I just really don't think it's JK's style. I believe it would fit perfectly well, I just don't think JK would make it to where Harry has to die to save the world. Blah blah blah, Christ figure, yada yada... These books started as kids books, kids have grown up with Harry, I really don't think she'd do that to them.

But I guess we'll see.
karriezai: ([house] cameron's hitting that)
I reread Ella Enchanted today after I finished And Eternity, the last in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series, and had nothing else to read. Although I suppose technically I could have read the book we're supposed to be reading in English, but I was still groggy from sleeping all through third period, so it didn't even occur to me.

Yeah. I think I need to go to bed at ten again. I've been really sleepy the last few days, but today was horrible. I slept in first period after we finished our work, and then again in third period, ignoring the temporary teacher we have. In third period, I passed the fuck out. It wasn't like normal classroom sleep, it was like the whole world was gone. Haha. It wasn't all that long when I checked my watch, but it felt like an eternity, which is really backwards for normal sleep... but I guess it's because it felt like night, in bed, sleep, and even though that feels quick, in your mind you know you were asleep for hours.

Aze emailed me about reviving The Afterglow and starting another project -- really just a bigger, badder, rolled-up version of stuff we've done before -- and I really want another project. I haven't been on the internet much at all lately, and my inspiration's run low. I haven't written in so long. Not real writing. It's really depressing, but I think I feed off of having a beta reader, or someone who genuinely enjoys what I write and will read through it for me and tell me what they think, offer advice and improvements. That's why Elemental Force progressed so well for a long time -- I had Lisa. That's why Heart of a Werewolf progressed and actually got finished -- I had Aze. And back in middle school I had Cassie and Aze and even a couple other people.

I love writing for myself, but at heart I guess I just want to share the story and hear how others react to it. If I don't have someone reading along as I add more, chapter by chapter or whatever, it's harder to find the will to sit down and actually write as opposed to planning. Planning, though, I can do in abundance.

I really want it to just start snowing, a freak blizzard. I want Danny to stay the night and school to be delayed or cancelled (because delay = snow day for me). It's supposed to snow. It's supposed to have been snowing already. Nothing, though, except apparently a little light snow this morning.

I get my nipples pierced Sunday... excitement. It hasn't exactly sunk in yet. I realize intellectually that it's gonna happen, there's a set time and date and even an audience, but it still feels vague, like it might not actually happen, it's just a fancy. Haha. Dad was being so (sarcastically) supportive today, telling me to take a camera so I have pictures of my boobs before I 'ruin' them. He was just playing around, mostly, but I don't think he particularly cares for the idea, even if he doesn't really mind it.

I guess I'll take a notebook, curl up, and brainstorm for The Afterglow... or writing... or whatever my brain decides it wants to think about.


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