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Moon Child, volume 1 by Reiko Shimizu - I checked this out because the two co-authors of Anime News Network's House of 1,000 Manga column are finally ending the column, after a hell of a run. Each made a post with their own top-10 posts/series, and one of Shaneon Garrity's was their column on Moon Child. I never thought I'd find a weirder manga than Kaori Yuki's stuff, but here we are. Dumbfounded by the heinousness. But also 90s brooding, like, EPIC. Having to request these from outside the library system, so it'll likely take a while to get through the series. I really miss the publisher CMX, :/ I wish I'd been older when they were still around, & I had more disposable income and could've better supported their series. They released a lot of great stuff.

Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser - Following up my run of Tudors! fiction/non-fiction, I wanted to read this because I never really "got" what this historical event was/its significance/whatever. It was SO FASCINATING. Clandestine Catholics disillusioned by a king who's not as Catholic as they thought he would be, Jesuit priests grappling with whether they can break the seal of the confessional to save lives vs. trying to argue with the would-be perpetrators and prevent the crime themselves, & also a tiny dude who went around building secret hiding places into the homes and properties of Catholics who hid Jesuits and other Catholics on the run. SO INTERESTING. OMG.
After this, I think I'm going to be jumping back in history to read some War of the Roses fiction/non-fiction. Although maybe also first some Mary Queen of Scots stuff.

Arata the Legend, vols. 16-22 by Yuu Watase - Lots of people lost their clothing for various "plot" reasons in a number of these volumes, :p
This series is at its best when it's balancing both of the two worlds, as opposed to focusing on the fantasy world of Amawakuni. The dread that Arata and Oribe feel as they're dealing with the horrors produced by Harunawa is palpable, and makes me connect with the characters' fear in a way that never quite happens with the characters in Amawakuni, save for the ways in which Arata and Kadowaki grapple with their feelings about each other/their friendship, as well as Mikasa's realization about her ~origins~. I'm about caught up to the English release of this series, which is also caught up the point where Yuu Watase had her hiatus. I'm really interested to see where this story goes, now that she's free from her abusive editor.

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson - A selection from the Sirens list. This was fan-flipping-tastic, like I was blown away by how great it is.

Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill - This has been making the rounds at comics club, and I really enjoyed the art while reading these true stories about real people from black US history that I'd never heard before. From people's reactions to that other comic series called "Strange Fruit," I'd say this one is much better, :p

Truth: Red, White, and Black by Robert Morales - or, The first Captain American wasn't Steve Rogers. I've heard of this before, but I think I requested it (not in our library system, :[ ) after some tweets by [personal profile] sparkymonster. In a country where Tuskegee happened, it doesn't take much of a stretch of the imagination to think that the government would have created the super soldier serum by first testing it on black men. Morales pulls a lot of truths from history to tell a powerful story that leaves you reeling. The list of books about human subject experimentation & ethics in the back was obviously of great interest to me, so I added a lot of those to my to-read list on Goodreads.

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden - Checked out from the library after [personal profile] jesse_the_k was talking this up in comics club (I think?). Glidden goes on a birthright trip to Israel, despite feeling a little awkward about it because she has some serious issues with a lot of Israel's actions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She's very upfront in describing the the trip that she & her group go on - what they see, learn, & feel.

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire - SO FUN. Like, wow what a universe. I ended up rating this three stars, due to a truly absurd climactic battle that leads up to Ultimate Climax, as well as due to wayyyyy too many over-explain-to-the-reader moments. I wish McGuire would trust her readers to make their own logical conclusions once in a while. Like - "the store was locked, that's because someone just died, so that makes sense" - are the sort of things I write out when I'm logic-feeling my way through a scene that I'm writing? But then I rip out during editing, :p
That said, I <3 Dominic, I like the IDEA of a family of Slayers cryptozoologists who have broken away from the Watchers' Council the Covenant to stop killing all demons & instead figure out which ones deserve it, and study/protect the rest.
I suspect I'll like other POV characters more, so I'm eager to read both the other novels and the short stories set in the same universe that deal with her grandparents & great-grandparents.

Hawkeye #22 by Matt Fraction & David Aja - Sad to see this one end, even if it was a good ending. I kind of want to reread the whole thing. Mostly, I wish it weren't over.

Easter

Apr. 4th, 2010 11:22 am
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Easter Vigil at any Abbey is pretty sweet. Not only was the homily superb (the abilities of a priest as a homilist will pretty much make/break him, in my esteem of him), BUT THERE WAS A GIANT TORCH TO LIGHT THE EASTER CANDLE. Seriously, that pole had to be 20 feet long, and there were GIANT FLAMES that made me fearful most especially when the dude tried to get the thing through the doorway. Easter Vigil: arguably the most bad-ass mass of the year (except for that one time at Pentecost when we purposely lit the baptismal font on fire).

On a more serious note, I really appreciated the homily. Easter is not just about butterflies and cute bunnies and candy. It means a lot because of the suffering that comes before it, because of the seriousness required by Lent. It's kind of the time of year to screw your head on straight, and then Easter comes and floods your heart with light, and you realize that Spring is here.


A discussion on whether 'The Hunger Games' was cribbed from the Japanese novel/movie 'Battle Royale.' People have pointed out the similarities in general premise to me before, but the argument made here lays out a series of incredibly specific things that happen in both. An interesting read, even if it doesn't convince you.

The Onion's AV Club had a nice article about A Room of One's Own, on its 35th anniversary.

I think that fan-made crafts like these are really cool. In addition to creations focused on by the OTW (fanfiction, fanart, fanvids), I think that crafts are really neat, too. I've been collecting lots of paper cut-outs of various fandoms, along with a few extra Buffy comics. I'd like to make my own, even though I'm not totally skilled in the realm of craft-making.

With everyone lying about what's actually in the Health Care bill, I found this Washington Post link useful: Answer 4 questions and find out what the Health Care bill means for you.

Also, really liked this Buffy Season 8 vid. DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU'VE READ THE TWO MOST RECENT ISSUES OF S8. For serious.


Help Out Your Fellow Fan!

--[livejournal.com profile] were_duck seeks recommendations for the WisCon Vid Show. Specifically, she'd like some AMV recs, as she's generally unfamiliar.

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--[livejournal.com profile] littlebutfierce both recommends and seeks more baseball anime.
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Has anyone read any of the manga called Ooku, by Fumi Yoshinaga?

We have volume one here at the bookstore, and it sounds interesting, based on the description:
In Edo period Japan, a strange new disease called the Red Pox has begun to prey on the country's men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen by seventy-five percent. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected. And the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun's Inner Chamber...


WAIT, I just realized that this was the manga-ka who did Antique Bakery. SQUEEEEEE!!

/Book report to follow.

Links

Feb. 9th, 2008 02:12 pm
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I've never gone, but if you live in Madison, Cinematheque seems like a nice way to spend time. Good, obscure movies for free, on various nights of the week. I actually only thought they showed movies on Saturdays, which is why I've never gone (Anime Club), but looking at their schedule, it seems like there are various nights on which movies are shown.

As you might remember, Bob, I spent a couple of days per week this summer being an intern at Bleak House Books. Several Bleak House books have been nominated for some Edgar Awards (a big deal in the mystery genre). Articles are here and here. I just think that's so cool. I highly recommend Head Games - I think it's probably the best thing I read at Bleak House during my summer there. I corrected a lot of the Spanish from the original manuscript! Awesome.

To nobody's surprise, when the Mystery Writers of America announced the finalists for the 2008 Edgar Awards last week titles from the large New York houses dominated the eight (out of a total of 13) categories dealing with books. But one small Wisconsin press is more than holding its own among the 35 books and five short stories selected as this year's Edgar Awards nominees. Three of the 15 titles released this past year by Bleak House Books in Madison, an imprint of Big Earth Books, have been nominated for 2008 Edgar Awards in three different categories: Soul Patch by Reed Farrel Coleman (Best Novel), Head Games by Craig McDonald (Best First Novel), and "Blue Note" by Stuart M. Kaminsky from the Chicago Blues collection (Best Short Story).


I don't know where I originally found the link to this page, but I know it was somewhere on LiveJournal. Anyway, a trope-wiki has a list of all of the tropes found in Revolutionary Girl Utena here. Yes, all of those things really are part of the show. PS: You should watch Revolutionary Girl Utena! One of my favorite shows of all time.

Lastly, everyone needs to see why I was excited about Christian Kane's singing in the last episode of Angel that I watched, EVEN THOUGH IT'S COUNTRY. There are only spoilers in this clip if you don't know who makes up the main cast of the show Angel. Please enjoy the cheesy dialogue that is a staple of Angel filler episodes (and sometimes the dramatic ones, too!).

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Today was pretty sweet. As difficult as it may be to believe, I never read Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness quartet when I was young. I think that I randomly read the third book, but that was it. I read Alanna: The First Adventure a few weeks ago, and loved it. This morning, In the Hand of the Goddess was waiting for me at the library. The premise of the books is that Alanna and her brother Thom switch places so that Alanna can learn to be a knight in a world that only allows boys to do so by pretending to be "Alan," and Thom can learn to be a sorcerer by pretending to be her. Anyway, the books are adventurous and fun, and the heroine actually works to become a good fighter. I do think that her way of naming things is lame, though. Seriously - a horse named Moonlight, a sword named Lightning, and a cat named Faithful. Could be a little more lame, Alanna??

I've also read the first volume of Bryan Lee O'Malley's "Scott Pilgrim" comics, and holy shit, are they awesome and hilarious. Everyone should read Scott Pilgrim! I recommend it especially to Dave, Steph, and Antoine. DO IT.

Anyway, the Senate was in session today. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Eye is getting really good at cutting us pages out of their camera shots. BUT! If you go here, scroll down to "01.15.08 | State Senate Part 2" and click "Watch," you can see me at 18:12 - 18:24. On the left side of the screen, someone comes to get me, and I leave to do an errand. You can tell it's me by the brown curly hair!

Then, Antoine and I went out for dinner! And it was really good.

I also managed to be productive today by setting up appointments with career advisor people, and got my prescription filled. AND, a random Anime Club member sent me some amazing art to use on a flier. And I tried to make a flier, although my Photoshop skills suck. Still. Flier. Now, if only I could clean my room..... :(

Oops.

Jan. 9th, 2008 10:41 am
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So, I am stupid and apparently set the wrong alarm last night. I cursed when it went off, and I could see through my blinds that it was already light outside, being 8:00 am. Because my Career Advising appointment would force me to leave work at 10:45, and it would be at least 9:30 by the time I got to work, I called in and will just be going after the appointment is over with. Still, I feel like an idiot, and kind of terrible. I pride myself on being the person who never calls in sick or comes in late, so even though it's a rare occurrence, I still feel bad and have found it difficult to enjoy my morning.

Steph and I enjoyed a meal last night, made by Steph (although I did some hardcore supervising). Eating and talking with a friend might be one of the best things ever.

Yesterday, I finished reading Princess Academy by Shannon Hale, and I loved it. I think that I liked this one more than Book of a Thousand Days, which I think I read sometime last week. Shannon Hale writes Young Adult fantasy. She has written a couple of other books that I haven't read yet, but I think that these two are her most famous at the moment. I do love that in both books, protagonists are not physically perfect (one is small, one has a disfigured hand and face). In both novels, the author takes great care to do a lot of intricate world-building, down to how the characters approach religion, each other, and their customs. She does this without distracting from the plot, which is saying a lot, as the books are only about 300 pages each, with relatively spacious text. Each novel also deals with classism, prejudice, and belief in one's self. I also think it's neat how the power of song plays such a vital role in both novels. And thus, it's been decided that I like the author Shannon Hale a lot! Go read her stuff!

Anyway, I should go print off my resume. I'm also excited to stop at the bank on my way to work this afternoon. I have two paychecks to put into my savings account, and two at the same time adds up to a lot of money! Money! I need it. Or, I will when I graduate. ;_;
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(BTW, blog titles that are not self-explanatory are still being taken from Wizard People. If only so Steph will nod in approval while she reads.)

I had a post written last night, and then I fell asleep. WTF. Classes are over. I've made the first steps toward job-searching. Do I write about specifics on the blog? Theoretically, the majority of my readership is also my competition, and I am an ambitious whore. So......YOU WILL NOT KNOW WHAT I DID.

Things I'm Reading
I started A Great and Terrible Beauty today (reading throughout my entire English lecture, as I can't stand it), and I like it. Although, for how much people love it, some of the writing seems.....not so great. Especially Gemma's interactions with the other girls her age. I don't know. Are they making this into a movie? It seems like it wouldn't feel the same at all, without her biting commentary. Ah, well. The plot's interesting enough, anyway.

I don't know why I keep reading the Naruto manga. I am through volume 25 (chapter 225), and I just feel like it's not all that great. When one battle takes 4-8 volumes to resolve....? I lose interest. I'm also not a fan of....
"MY ANGST, LET ME SHOW YOU IT BEFORE WE FIGHT! AND WHILE WE FIGHT. AND AFTER."
"OH YEAH? LET ME EXPLAIN MY SUPER-ULTRA ATTACK MOVE IN EXPLICIT DETAIL, COMPLETE WITH DIAGRAMS FOR THE READER ABOUT HOW MY CHAKRA IS FLOWING!"
"OMG ME TOO!"
I dunno. I've stuck with it this long, I'm going to hang around until the Shippuden arc starts and see if it starts throwing bucket loads of awesome on to pages, and if Sakura stops frickin' moping all the time, and maybe I'll keep going. I think I would just like it a whole lot more if it didn't take so damn long for the plot to progress. I now understand why the anime has so much filler. It wouldn't be very hard to catch up with a pace set by a turtle.

And other things
I'm still really glad that I took off of work next week. I couldn't focus at all today when I was there. How can you? You walk around giant slabs of marble and Greco-Roman paintings and statues, deliver pieces of paper that make legislation happen, and have endless conversations with intelligent peers in the basement. I'm really going to miss my job when I leave it, :/ This is the best job I've ever had.

It's so hard to focus once finals start. All I can think about is going Christmas shopping, and what books I want to read and shows I want to watch. Most of all, I feel sick to my stomach when I think about the fact that I'm going to graduate in May and really have no idea what I'm doing. I've entertained the thought of presenting a cool and collected persona via my blog, buuuut.....we all know that that's just not my style.

Whatever. Because we all need an lol.....I am still registered for Ballroom Dancing next semester.

I'm off to try and get a bit of Christmas shopping done now, and then go and see "Blade Runner" on the big screen with Antoine and some of his friends. I've only seen Blade Runner once, and I think I might have fallen asleep and not understood it. Or, possibly, both. I feel like it's one of those things that I should like, though, so I'm going to try again. If nothing else, I can fall asleep on Antoine in the movie theater, which is always a win.
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Everyone keeps linking to this guy's version of Part of Your World, from the Little Mermaid, but I find his "A Whole New World" from Aladdin much more impressive. WTF, I wish I could sing.

Last night, I seemed to follow my typical pattern of falling asleep before doing much effective work on my paper. Which means falling asleep outside my covers, and I swear to God, it must be like, 60 degrees in my room at night. But, it turns out that I should have checked my email last night, because I woke up this morning to find this:

Rather than going on a case-by-case basis, we would like to offer the entire class a 24-hour extension. This means that you would have until this Friday at 1 pm to hand in your paper. You are welcome to hand in the paper at the normal due date, which is in this Thursday’s class. But should you need the extra time—to be used wisely!—you may hand in the papers to me on Friday at my office.

THERE IS A GOD.

Unfortunately, the topic I pick for my paper doesn't fit quite as neatly as I thought it would, but there is no time to change it. Hopefully, it will mean that I have to write a lot more in order to prove the point, filling up more pages. Anyway, I'm going to try to get it handed in tomorrow like I was supposed to because otherwise I'll go crazy, but having extra time in case it's not physically possible makes me feel better.

I used much-needed time to help get rid of 4 inches of snow that fell last evening, but it looks like there are another 3 inches out there right now. Also, WTF, I have to work today, so how the hell am I supposed to get there without my shoes and pants looking like hell? Maybe I'll have to change on arrival. This is crap. I don't have time to plan things like this!
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One reason that I'm so excited to be done with education is because I will actually be able to blog every day. Every day, I write at least five entries in my head, but I'm lucky if I get the chance to post one, because I feel guilty about all the homework I have to do, or I am spending my rare free time with people.

I feel like I never talk about what my actual life is like in my blog. I complain about homework, yes, but homework isn't all that I do. I do lots of other things, too! Yesterday, it was a discussion and three power lectures in a row. Then, home to quickly clean the kitchen; then, off to a couple of bars right by the Capitol to watch most of the first half of the Packer game and have a "goodbye" bar-hopping for a co-worker who will be moving away (his last day was today). Then home with a co-worker and her boyfriend to join Chad and his entire law school study group for homemade pizza and the rest of the Packer game (WTF I HATE THE DALLAS COWBOYS AND HAVE SINCE THE AGE OF 8).

This morning was....up at 5:45am to go off to a liturgy meeting at church, work from 8-5 with an outing for lunch, outlining of Women's Studies paper, and reading of the Philip Gourevitch book about Rwandan genocide, peppered with manga-reading, of course.

Soon, I'll be off to join Antoine and his friends from grad school (and my friends too, I guess!) for dinner somewhere, and I think drinks or bowling? Something's going on, anyway.

I have two papers to work on, but sometimes I just know that if I were to be in my room all night for "homework," I would instead angst out, watch Buffy or Angel, and spend the rest of the night online, accomplishing nothing. So I might as well be socially-healthy, and get out of the house.

Or at least, that's how I justify it in my mind, :)

It really sucks that I wasn't able to start earlier on all of these papers, although all my papers are basically do at the same time; and right before that, all of my midterms were at the same time, too. School is structured quite poorly, in my mind. It all revolves around the convenience of the professor, and in most cases, I am not inclined to make their lives convenient.

I rarely blog about my life, but when I do, it seems like an ugly laundry list that no one would want to read. Oh well, time to go.
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Soon, I will leave my house and go to ShopKo. If any of you are home, do feel free to visit me! I'll be there from 11am until 8:30pm. It will be hilarious. I guess the store has some kind of new "savings" cards that I'm supposed to pimp from my register? OR NOT.

Presumably, I will have an hour-long break (hopefully) about in the middle, so don't come then. Also, do feel free to call up Antoine, who will be in my house, either reading or doing math problems from his math book. I did not think that such people existed - people who, after graduating, and getting a nice job, continue to do math in their free time. But Antoine is one of these people.

Last night around 9pm, we saw people in tents and underneath mountains of blankets outside Circuit City and Best Buy. Who are these people?

I did some shopping myself yesterday! Right after the Packer game, so we were pretty much the only people inside the store, except for those who had been watching football on the HDTV. I got a purse, a belt, and the second season of Buffy on DVD, all of which are on sale. If anyone needs cheap Buffy, they have full seasons at ShopKo for $16.99! I think it goes through Saturday, if you're avoiding stores today.

The holiday at my sister's house was nice. I am a bit upset that leftovers will be had for dinner there tonight, and Antoine will get some and I will not. Also, WTF is up with us arriving at my sister's, four people through the door at once, and all my nieces and nephew say is, "ANT-WOHN! ANT-WOHN!" HELLO, I AM YOUR AUNT, KTHX.

Things

Nov. 19th, 2007 11:59 pm
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I don't know what it is about my Brit Lit class that just utterly kills me, but it does. I remember having a horrible time writing my first paper, and I have been this time, too. It's due Wednesday at 5pm. My original goal was to have it done to turn in today during discussion, but that didn't happen. Then, my goal was to turn it in tomorrow during lecture. But I don't think that's going to happen, either. Tonight I have a complete draft and a solid(ish) thesis, but now I'd prefer to be able to edit it tomorrow.

My part-time job in the town where my parents live was working in a retail store. And I'll be returning there the day after Thanksgiving....for one day only! But I called them to find out what my hours are...since I haven't worked since January, they didn't want me early in the morning (ie, no waking up at 4am for me, SWEET). BUT, they put me down for working 11am to 8:30pm! Grrr.....I get a 1-hour break, but whatever. My employers expect that I will use this hour to go and shop in the store. Instead, I will run across the street and read manga in large, plushie chairs. Working the day after Thanksgiving isn't all that bad. It's the only day of the year our store ever schedules enough people, and they usually give us free Subway sandwiches and cookies. WHICH IS COOL WITH ME!
Still, I'm bringing Antoine home with me for the holiday, and he will need something to do. Poor Antoine, :( Let us pity him, and the possibility that he might have to spend all 9.5 hours with my family.

Beowulf
First of all, seeing this was fun, because I went with my friends Gretchen, Jaci, Jaci's boyfriend Tim, and Sandy. Also, it was fun BECAUSE WE SAW IT IN 3D. The entire movie was in 3D! It was so awesome.

I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would. I feel like the animation looked better in the movie than it did in the preview. People's skin had very fine hairs on it, like on the outside of Beowulf's nose. Extremely detailed. Animation of the horses was very weak, and the fabrics on people's bodies was weird. But overall, the animation was quite beautiful.

The feel of the Anglo-Saxons was totally awesome - burping, drinking, sexing, and above all - bragging like no tomorrow.

As for the story itself? Well, a lot was changed. And because I am an English major, I have Things to Say About That )

I will be so glad when this paper is done. Never mind that I have three more to work on....

Note to Self: Things You Must Blog About
* Clamp School Detectives manga
* Tokyo Babylon manga
* Cantarella manga (OMG AMAZING)


Current Music: Red Fraction - MELL (Black Lagoon opening)
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It's so weird to think that yesterday was my last summer day in the page room. There wasn't much of a sense of finality to it, because I'll be continuing with the job throughout the semester. Still, it will be weird because I'll only be working there Monday and Wednesday afternoons, and all day Friday. Nothing ever happens Friday, so I'm hoping to get lots of homework done before the weekend starts. Also, now that we'll be in school, we'll have so much more to talk about. I'm so glad that I found this job, though. Not only do I get to become intimately acquainted with state government - to the point that I know what's going on more than I do at the national level (that *never* happened before), but I also get to work in a gorgeous building with marble and granite and paintings. Not to mention the amazing friends I've made there.

Today is also going to be my last day being an intern at Bleak House. Sadly, I'm not going to be able to continue doing it during the semester - my time will be eaten up by class and my job as a page. This was really the first time that I did anything strictly related to my English major (a lot of the stuff I did as a media intern for Mark Green was English-related, obviously, but....yeah. Political stuff played a larger role). Reading submissions was definitely an eye-opening experience. Once again, the people I was with were amazing.

Last summer, and the summer before, I had to drag myself out of bed. I liked certain aspects of my job at ShopKo, and my internships with Mark Green, but I had to give myself a lot of pep talks to make it through those summers. I was so blessed this summer - I was excited and happy to go to both jobs every day. So while I was exhausted a lot, I was overall happy. I'm lucky. I did miss a lot of my friends from home - Dave, Jennifer, Kristy, Chad, and Ryan. And yet, all of them were gone this summer anyway except for Kristy and Chad, and I do get to see/hear a lot from both of them during the school year, as I live with Chad, and we sometimes meet up with Kristy in Chicago, she comes to visit, etc. What the hell, we are growing up. What the hell, this might be my last year in school EVER (unless I go to law school or something, but it's the last year for a while, methinks).

Anyway, I'm in the middle of so many manga series right now...Nausicaa, X/1999, Bleach, Naruto, Tramps Like Us. Also, the manga I own and am collecting as new volumes are released. I very much miss reading comics once school starts....at least I can always read on the bus, :) I'm really loving Nausicaa.

Today is my last day at Bleak House, and then Gretchen and I are getting together to watch the last DVD of the third season of Buffy! Then, tomorrow is a family reunion for my dad's side of the family, which promises to be hilarious. Then, I have an entire week off from work to take care of loose ends, and get ready before the semester begins.

Life is good. (Someone remind me this three weeks in the future, when I'm whining about how much homework I have.)
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I was excessively lonely tonight. It sucked. I called Antoine at Creighton's, and he later told me I sounded like a puppy someone left in the rain. Buuuut, by using my phone and chatting online, I pulled through. Yay for technology, I guess. Also, my room got cleaner! It was a win.

Apparently, today was Sexist Day, and nobody told me. I got to open all the mail today at Bleak House (the book publishing company at which I intern), and several of our letters were addressed, "Dear Sir," or "Dear Sirs." When we reply to people's query letters, we always write right on top of the query letter. So, I took the opportunity to circle "Sir," and write, That's a little presumptuous, isn't it?

The real kicker was one person who submitted a story in which the protagonist was related to sports. The query letter said, and I shit you not, If there is a man on your staff he should read it first. There is a lot of swearing in it and this is the way coaches and players talk. Hey, buddy? It's the way I fucking talk. I couldn't believe the audacity of that person. Who does that?! Way to make a first impression. Ass.

So, here's my first tip on trying to get your stuff published:
Don't be sexist.

I guess I could go ahead and post the rest of my advice, after a summer of interning there:

  • Follow directions. We ask for everyone to submit a 1-page query letter and a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you don't include the envelope, we won't reply, unless your submission is dripping with gold. Also, sending chapters/entire manuscripts we didn't ask for is usually a waste of time. Especially if you sign your submission as Satan (yes, that happened).
  • Know who you're submitting to. If the publishing house specializes in mysteries and crime fiction, don't send your multi-volume epic on the life of a pirate, your religious propaganda on Susie Housewife, or your revision of the story of Beowulf. It's a waste of time for the publisher, and it's a waste of money for you in terms of postage, printing, and envelopes.
  • Nobody cares what your major is or where you went to college. Personally, I don't care if your profession is relevant to the plot of your book, either. All we care about is how good your writing is. Trying to jack-up your query letter (which is supposed to be about your story) just makes you sound pompous.
  • If there's going to be sex in your story, fine. Just make sure there's a point.
That's it, really. The rest is up to you. Avoid cliches, because they are teh lame.
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I know, I sucked at blogging this week. Mostly, it's because I have been experiencing a constant state of nausea since last week Friday. All day, every day, no other symptoms. And no, readers, I am not pregnant (my co-workers, sister, and brother-in-law have already been sure to ask me). Yes, I am sure. Not that it's anyone's business, but unless I'm carrying the Second Coming of Christ in my womb, I am not pregnant.
Just feeling about to throw up, all the time. Antoine has convinced me to call UHS tomorrow, though, and at least talk with the people over the phone.

Speaking of this sickness and the "pregnancy" people thought I had - they referred to it as a possible "immaculate conception." NOES. It is a common misconception (bwah, a pun!), but the immaculate conception does NOT refer to the virgin birth of Jesus. Immaculate Conception refers to the idea that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was born without Original Sin (according to Catholic theology). The idea of Jesus being born from a virgin is simply referred to as a virgin birth, so far as I know. So! Be aware!

This Thursday was similar to the last few Thursdays in that after work, I went out with co-workers for drinks. I still like beer, and also like margaritas, although I'm pretty much drunk after 1.5 of them. I haven't sampled much else in the way of alcohol, although I tasted gin, and it was a magical experience. Must try it again. My friends assure me that alcohol is a magical world, and any time I am unsure, I should just drink more. Luckily, thus far I've managed to not drink to excess, and have had generally pleasant experiences.

I need to read more. I have all of these books that I want to get through this summer. It's turning out to be a pretty excellent summer thus far. I'm excited for next Tuesday - the Senate will take up the budget in session. Nobody leaves until the budget is done. Last time, two years ago, they were in there for 23 hours. I am bringing a 12-pack of Diet Mountain Dew, a toothbrush, and a change of clothes, and am hoping for the best. Most of my co-workers are apprehensive, but my mentality is very much OMG SLEEPOVER IN THE CAPITOL! Except, you know, no sleeping and I intend to go to work the next morning (I could definitely not go in and my boss wouldn't care....BUT I LIKE MONEY).

Antoine missed the 6:00 bus from work today, so I drove out to Verona to get him (yes, I am tooting my own horn; I am a nice girlfriend!). In doing so, I got to drive through hills and farmland and greenery. I guess that I don't think about it too much, but I spend a ton of time in the city now, and I really miss being so close to countryside. My parents are Up North this weekend, and I wish that I could be with them. Being Up North probably contained some of the best memories of childhood - going out for the most excellent meals with my parents and other relatives, swimming in the lake, walking in the woods, the drive up there through woods and stops at antique stores, and lounging in hammocks, the pontoon boat, couches, and beds reading through the stacks of books Mom and I had hoarded from the library. I need to start planning my life a bit more in advance than I already do, and maybe I can make it up there more than once this summer. That would be awesome.
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Does anyone find it sad that in this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the thing that I found most appalling is the fourth word of the article? Because it is not, in fact, a word. The past tense of the verb "light" is "lit." Not "lighted." I don't think 'lighted' is a word, ever. WTF, PEOPLE. Stuff like this makes me feel entitled to getting a fabulous job. Because I know things. I know which words are actually words, and I generally know how to employ them in sentences. I know how to engage in conversations without offending people. I KNOW HOW TO BEAT EVERY BOSS IN FF7. I need a part of my resume that's called "Special Skillz." Badass things would go there.

The Wisconsin legislature is having some hearings on the Frankenstein veto! I will have to tap the rumor mill at the Capitol and see what people think about it actually getting banned or not.

My co-workers are teaching me to play chess. Apparently, they find me so geeky that they are rather shocked that I don't know how to play. In other news, the desktop background on the mutual computer in the page room has been Cardcaptor Sakura for the last week and a half BECAUSE OF ME, THANK YOU. I win at life. That is all.

My Debut

Jun. 5th, 2007 10:30 pm
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Bah. I only have 4 more Wiscon panels to write up, but I just can't bring myself to make a dent by doing one of them.

Overall, today was good. I worked the Joint-Finance Committee at work, which is much better at staving off boredom than the page room is.

SPEAKING OF JOINT-FINANCE. I promised a Wisconsin Eye debut, so here are some clips from last week! If you go here, you will find the archives. Search for 5.31.07's Joint Finance Executive Session. See me beginning at 2:12:32! See me come back at 2:13, in action handing out paper! See me at 2:27, when Dan talks to me and we decide what we would do if we ran the committee. Starting at 2:53, I hand out more paper and you can watch me from afar....UNTIL 2:53:52, WTFCLOSEUP! At 3:06:54, I return to my chair and chat with Isa. The life of a Senate page, I tell you what.

After work, I visited Gretchen at work (Room of One's Own), and sat on a bench and read my book. I then met Antoine for some Lao-Thai food at Vientianne Palace. We then decided that we were both tired, and went to our respective homes. I love spending time with him, but I also really appreciate the fact that we can respect one or the other is tired, and spend some time alone (except, you know, when I fall asleep on his couch and he tells me it's time to leave and I spend 20 minutes whining about how he is so mean, even though he's only doing it because I told him to make me leave as I have a lot of homework to do, etc.).

It's so weird. I finally don't have school to worry about all day long, every day, but now that my brain isn't pushed to the breaking point every day, I feel insufferably bored. I really should just read a lot more, instead of sitting on the computer all the time. In fact, I think I'll go do that now. Some of the girls at work and I decided to make a Harry Potter reading group to get through books 5 and 6 before book 7 is released so that we'll have something to talk about. I bring at least 3 books to work every day so that I can rotate around for all 9 hours that I'm there (I get bored easily; also, coming off of 5 literature classes at the same time, it's unfathomable to me to just be reading one book at a time), but today I wondered out loud why everybody else is always doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku. I hope everyone else reads it! Otherwise I'm going to get sucked into Harry Potter and have no pace set for me, and will forgo all the other wonderful books that are waiting for me in piles around my room.
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HOLY CRAP, life is full. So, I didn't go to any of the WisCon stuff that was on Monday. I don't own any books by the authors who were there (I know; I suck), so I didn't have anything to get signed, and also didn't feel it was worth it to get up for just one panel.

On Monday, I spent lots of time on the Internet, did laundry, went shopping with Antoine for groceries and the Half-Price Book sale, went to his house and ate dinner made by him and watched an episode of Lovely Complex, and then we went for a walk. It was a most excellent day.

Yesterday, I went in to work at 8:00am as usual for Tuesday-Thursday, but then went to Milwaukee for a hearing on gun control. After the hearing, my bosses and I went out for dinner, and I didn't get back home to my house until 11:00pm. So....yay for 6 extra hours' pay, but man was I tired all day today.

Tonight after work, I went out for drinks and etc. with Antoine and some friends, and it was yummy. Ordering a beer at a bar/lounge is still so exciting to me. Maybe because I've only been able to do it for a week and a half.

I'm going home to see my family this weekend, so anyone else who will be there should let me know. I do have two graduation parties to attend, but we can figure stuff out.

What the hell is the matter with this man?! Has he never heard of the Internet? He should ship his books to me! And I could put them up on BookMooch and get the manga that's up there, that I don't have any BookMooch points with which to get them.

Anyway. Cool people keep posting their panel write-ups on LiveJournal (what the heck, are you guys able to post from work??). Also, cool people are linking to my posts, which makes me giddy with joy. Anyway, it's time to be responsible and at least attempt to tidy some of my room, and then type up at least one panel report.
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Time has elapsed; Things have happened
Whoa. The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of events. Friday was the last day of classes, which could be sad if I wasn't so concerned about my final projects. Almost immediately after class, I went over to Bleakhouse Books, a book publishing company at which I'll be an intern on weekdays when I'm not working full days at the Capitol. From what I can glean, they publish mostly mysteries and dark crime fiction. This article explains why I find them badass. They were uninterested in my resume, gave me books to read (and keep? I'm not sure yet), and are located in a part of town that I haven't yet explored, but is still within walking distance of the Capitol. Needless to say, I am very excited.

So. That's obviously amazing. I think it's really cool that I'll enjoy both my jobs and my co-workers this summer, and believe in what I'm doing all the time, which definitely provides a stark contrast to last summer.

Last night was the end-of-the-year party for The Daily Cardinal staff. I'm sad to have to be saying goodbye to my fellow copy editors, although I never really got too close to anyone else there, aside from Eunice, who I already knew. I might be back copy editing one night per week next year, but I don't know for sure yet. I'll see what happens. It was an okay party, so far as those go, although I didn't say too long.

Yesterday, I spent all day finishing up my Anne Frank paper, and now all that's left is some editing and polishing for today. Now I can move on to the three classes I have left. If anyone is going to be interested in reading over a "feminism in sci-fi/fantasy" paper, let me know, because I'll be working on one later in the week.

I did grant myself small bouts of reprieve by going out for dinner at Vientiane Palace with friends and Antoine, and later browsing through Borders with Antoine.

Linkspam (Random)
Someone decided to create their own Sephiroth/Aeris dating scenario using the Cloud Date Scene in Final Fantasy VII. So funny! Probably only if you've played the game, though. Yes, I am an elitist geek.

Shakespeare is getting turned into manga. Awesome? It could be awesome. That Romeo and Juliet image looks pretty lame, though. Romeo and Juliet could be so badass - at least Gonzo is doing a good job.

Racism
I overheard two people talking a few days ago. One, a white male from northern Wisconsin, was pontificating about how the United States was the best country in the world. The people around him were politely listening until one person finally asked him why. He listed a couple over-broad reasons, and ended with, "Here, it doesn't matter what you look like. Everyone is treated the same." A previous listener-only to the conversation, who happened to be a black male, interjected:
"Are you serious?" The white male smiled nervously and said yes, at least up here "in the North," if not in Louisiana or Texas, and at that point a nearby conversation that had already started spilled over into theirs, so they just dropped the conversation without resolving anything.

I'm often surprised when people assume that racism is something that only occurs in the South of the United States, or confined only to areas in which slavery used to occur. In my experience, a lot of people in Wisconsin (in areas that aren't Milwaukee) believe this - that racism is "over," and never bother to realize that their entire school is full of white people and a sizable percentage of Asian people, but no black people, no Latinos. Being racist is about seeing black people or Latino people walking on the sidewalk and assuming you're in a "bad neighborhood." It's assuming that someone who is Asian can't speak English. Being racist doesn't always happen because a person intends it to, or because a person is full of hatred, or even because people realize that they have misconceptions in their head, but because somehow, society has trained us to be that way, even though we don't need to be.

I have a few relatives who are racist in a conscious way, and it disgusts me. It makes me want to shake them and scream at them until they "understand." It's scary when people think that racism is "over," or that it only happens in far-away places that are hundreds of miles away. I really hope that our generation can be the one to start having real compassion and a real understanding of the implications of history on every aspect of the present and how society orders itself and treats its members, and how to build a better future.
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Can I please tell you how stressed out I am? Yes?

Let's begin.

1) I don't even know what classes I signed up for last night for next semester, and frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

2) There is SO MUCH going on this weekend that I want to do, and there isn't enough time to do any of it.
First of all, there is the Wisconsin Film Festival, but pretty much everything I want to see conflicts with something else. Like:
2.1) The film "Heart of an Empire" is on Thursday night at 9:30pm. To get home, I'd need my car, and I can't have my car, 'cause I'll be on campus all day. Thus, I can't go.
2.2) I'd like to go to this all-ages Drag Show that is at my friend Gretchen's co-op coffee shop-inside-a-bookstore. I've never been to one before, she would be ecstatic if I went, and Steph wants to go.
2.2.a) This drag show is at the same time as another movie I want to see, called "King Corn." This movie ALSO shows on Saturday, but its showing time on Saturday is during another film I'd like to see - the Animated Shorts one. I've basically decided to skip the Animated Shorts film.
2.3) There are two Cardinal parties that I'd like to stop by. One is a soap opera-themed party, where we are encouraged to slap one another, hurl franzia at one another, and reveal Dark Secrets about our families throughout the night. That's Friday night. The other one is on Saturday, and doesn't have a theme, but still promises to be cool.
2.4) Of course, there is still Anime Club this Saturday. Luckily, I'm not interested in this week's movie, so I'll be there 5:30ish-pm until 8pm.
2.5) I want to see the movie "Linda, Linda, Linda." Luckily, this one is Sunday afternoon and doesn't conflict with anything.
2.6) I have to lector at mass on Sunday.
2.7) I should probably study for Monday's Shakespeare exam somehow in the midst of all this. Or, you know, at least start/finish Antony & Cleopatra.

3) The freaking SLUSHICE keeps falling. On the roof. The thin roof. That is right next to my head when I lie in my bed.

4) I have two papers I should be working on, but have no time in which to do so.

5) Today was a flurry of class, work, meeting, and shoveling endless disgustingly wet snow which made me very sore.

6) I've been going to meetings about using University space during Halloween. Halloween in Madison means people get drunk and riot on State Street. Since the city can't control the problem, the University feels the need to ban registered student organizations (like Anime Club) from using its classrooms on Saturday nights. Last year, we didn't get wind of the rule-changes until one week before the event, and chaos ensued. I get really riled up for these meetings, so it's a little emotionally draining. Why can't I fight for something that matters? I don't know.

7) I'm trying to figure out what to do this summer. I know I'll be working as a Senate Page part-time, but aside from that - should I get more experience doing something else? I want to apply for an internship with Democratic Assembly members, but I'm afraid that my experience with a Republican Congressman/Gubernatorial candidate will not be okay.

8) Going along with that, I really need to update my resume.

9) The state senators are sending out mailing about SeniorCare. Mailings involving placing-on-of-stickers on about 50,000 postcards. So I haven't been getting homework done at work, and now I'm behind.

10) I definitely should have done laundry today, but I didn't really have time. I won't tomorrow, either.

Kurt Vonnegut died today, and damn it all if I haven't read a thing by him yet. I would probably like him, too.

11) I should have been sleeping at 10pm, but it's now almost midnight and I don't feel tired at all.

Fluff

Feb. 17th, 2007 10:07 am
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I started this post last night, but then left and never came back! Luckily, I'm in a much better mood now.

Earlier (Wednesday night - Friday), I was in a really horrible mood, but not very sure why.

My job is still awesome; everyone who works there assures me that it wears off after a while, but I don't think it will. I could walk around inside the Capitol forever, looking at the paintings and architecture. I love getting there early in the morning, and the marble floor is pristine and waiting.

My car has had a small chip in the windshield for a number of months. Maybe even a year, I don't remember. My parents told me not to worry about it, so I didn't. However, on Thursday night, a crack developed and has spread across nearly the entire span of the windshield, which is sad. Luckily, I found a place in Madison to take it to and get it replaced. Paul's going to go with me so that I can drop the car off and not sit in the shop for 2 hours. So, everyone know that Paul is an awesome housemate/friend!

Antoine and I went out for Lao-Thai at Vientiane Palace last night. Man, I'd forgotten how *delicious* that place was. We both ate until we were stuffed, and holy crap. I still have enough leftovers that was equivalent to what I ate at the restaurant. We think that next time, we'll definitely split an entree, which makes for a pretty cheap, excellent meal! So, people in Madison, you should go eat there! And make sure you get some of their Thai Ice Tea - it's delicious!

I had sort of felt like I was getting sick Thursday and yesterday, but today it seems a little bit better. We'll see. For now I'll just try to cuddle under blankets and drink lots of fluids and hope it (mostly a very sore throat) goes away.

Anyway, today is looking up. The car windshield will get taken care of, my room is slowly becoming clean, I'll do laundry, and I'll read a lot for homework. Also, Netflix came today, so I can finally watch the 4th DVD of Princess Tutu! Wow, waking up early on a Saturday and having time to do things feels wonderful. Tomorrow, my goal is to wake up and actually go to church. So, whatever that bad mood was, it's gone!

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