matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code ("Enniel Prussot")
Spent the afternoon at the library, copy-pasting the text of the [livejournal.com profile] vampirebigbang fic together. I also printed out the text, which gives me a chance to read it and figure out where it needs to be polished and holes that need to be patched up. Surprisingly, there aren't as many as I had feared, and I should be able to fix the fic up well before the deadline on the 23rd. I might even be able to get it sent to the mods by the end of the week: I'm scheduled to work tomorrow and then I have a dental appointment on Thursday, but that still leaves me with plenty of time to work on fixing the fic. I decided to go with the notion that it's supposed to be an unfinished draft of His Paleness's memoirs, which should explain the at-times half-polished aspects of some of the text.

Then it's the matter of working on the Mpreg Big Bang I signed up for. I almost changed my mind and considered a Torchwood fic, riffing from Jack's off-handed remark in the pilot episode, but the headspace version objected to this very loudly. That and the YnM fic I have in mind is already half-written, it's just a matter of typing it up and writing the rest.

Jack ain't off the hook though: I spotted two Mpreg prompts on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic that need filling... >.> <.< Thus he's been over on [livejournal.com profile] dear_mun, bitching about it.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Book-verse Harry Dresden)
Had to get more Airborne since I've been taking it the moment I get home from work lately: a lot of co-workers have been coughing and I don't want to take any chances.

And I also picked up a copy of Charlaine Harris's "A Touch of Dead", which collects her Sookie Stackhouse short stories into one place: nice little volume with some nice pen and ink-wash drawings. I also swung by the library to print out more Yami no Matsuei scanlations (specifically the Oriya/Ukyou arc; I'm trying to get the elusive uncollected chapters printed before the scanlation sites start carrying the collected versions once Vol. 12 is released in Japan next week), but I also found, in the book swap the fourth of Stephen King's Dark Tower novels (I'm still missing the second one), "2061: Odyssey Three" by Arthur C. Clarke, which rounds out that series, and Laurell K. Hamilton's "The Lunatic Cafe". Can anyone tell me whereabouts in the Anita Blake series that LKH started to lose her touch? I'm hoping to read anything from before that point but I want to get the titles straight in my head.

And the last of the 12 Days of Fanfic is set to go live just after midnight; I'm going to miss doing this and I'm wondering now if there is a Valentine's Day-related challenge going on out there. I said I was going to take a break from writing for a day or two, but I'm not sure if my mind will let me. :: laughs:: Especially since I have a fic or two that decided to be something like the Valentine's Day decorations and stuff which show up in the store windows the day after Christmas (one is a follow-up to the last "A.I." fic I posted for the 12 Days challenge, the other is -- yep -- another YnM fic and the first in the [livejournal.com profile] 30_kisses challenge, though not based on the first prompt).
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Birthday Cake)
Or in MMO gamer terms, "Reached RL Level 31". Hot one today, but it's not really phasing me much. I'm currently gathering a few things for a small party on the beach in Northampton, N.H. Lots of surprises ahead, no doubt! Never had a party on the beach before, so I'm looking forward to it.

I had to work today, but one of my crasy friends in the courtesy booth got on the PA system and announced to everyone that "one of our baggers is having a birthday today", so for an hour, random customers were coming up to me and wishing me a happy birthday, and all day, random people from the other departments were also doing the same.

Went to the Tewksbury Library last night. I realize most of the books I got out came from the Young Adult/Teen section, including one of L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries" books and Ellen Schreiber's "Vampire Kisses". I'll admit, the main character of the last one is a bit aggravating in her attempts at being gothic, but she's well-meaning (at least she's not one of those emo kids, oyyyy). Still, I've got an idea for a crossover fanfiction, featuring some of my own "Spooksville, Mass." characters (ie. the regular cast members of the series of suburban fantasy stories I'm working on). I might even be able to still sell the story, if I file off the serial numbers.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Autumn_Road)

At this point, it's a little open-ended as to whether or not I'll still be able to continue seeing the therapist I've been seeing, since they're changing to a new billing system at Catholic Charities and since I only have Medicare for health insurance, I might wind up falling through the cracks. But my therapist is going to try pulling a few strings for me. Keep your fingers crossed for me, folks

Other than that, I had an interesting albeit too short trip to the Chelmsford Library: picked up Mark Danielewski's (sp?) "House of Leaves", which I'm finding completely impossible to put down, despite its at times dizzying typography, but I suppose it's hard *not* to frame such an odd story in an equally odd package.

matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
Just popped into the library for a regular visit, and also for tonight's meeting of the writing group. Here's hoping it goes a *lot* better than it did the last time. I almost brought along the rough draft of "An Issue of Blood", but the manuscript is so hobble-scobble, it's not really the sort of thing I'd want to be reading from in front of a bunch of people. I'm really focusing on trying to come up with a plot for the follow-up I've been tinkering with. I have a premise and I have an idea of where it's going, I just have to figure out what leads everything there.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Aeon Flux)
Little teeny celebration: going out for ice cream with my folks; Mom gave me a lovely present: a CD of Byzantine and Eastern Orthodox chant sung by several different groups of monks from the Holy Land. The singing is wonderful and inspiring, and the style is a bit different than what I'm used to: it definately has a Middle Eastern sound to it, a lot more all-over-the-map ululating melismas, but that just adds an interesting note of wildness to the usual grandeur.

Also went to the library tonight, picked up Kim Harrison's "A Few Demons More" (someone compared her to Jim Butcher and I needed something to tide me over till "Many Bloody Returns" comes out); also a YA collection, "Prom Nights from Hell" (paranormal high school stories: having been home taught so many years, high schools are almost like fantasy realms to me, at least as concrete realities) and several... sound effects CDs. I find those wierdly amusing to listen to, don't ask me why. Could be an Aspie thing, could be the better parts of my brain trying to keep me amused.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Lambert in B&W)
Tearing around Chelmsford, Tewksbury and Burlington, picking up a book I ordered for my dad's Father's Day present, dropping off books at the library, printing out pages of the "Hellsing" prequel manga (also known as Misadventures with Pages Printing Out in the Wrong Order).

Don't know why, but I'm feeling really fragile today, as if the least emotional upset would completely take down my equilibrium. Well... I have a feeling as to why I feel that way, but I don't feel ready to discuss it here or anywhere, for that matter.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Death with Umbrella)
I've plain given up on trying ti use the computers at the Pollard library downtown: the kids either hog them or break them. The reference librarian freed one up for me and the thing promptly froze when I tried to download a video someone had posted. ::Sighs::

Well, there's always the library here in town: the book selection may not be as extensive, but I've never *EVER* had to deal with computer-hogging teenagers.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Diary)
Finally, things have cooled down enough that I actually feel like going out and doing things, aside from dragging myself to work, then draging myself home. I might work indoors, but I work the front end of the store, which means every time the doors open, I get a blast of hot air down the back of my neck, and thus half of me feels just right, while the other half of me starts sweating like mad.

But enough about the warm weather which hopefully is behind us...

Monday: Went to the library and picked up a stack of books including "Opera for Dummies" (I got it for the CD of opera selections, really, but the book itself is a lot of fun); "Sister Wendy Beckett's Grand Tour", the companion book to the first of her delightful PBS art appreciation serieses (she has a lot of incredible insights into each painting, and she has such a delightful personality), and also a lovely thick compilation of H.P. Lovecraft's short stories.

Yesterday: The three of us went up to Northampton Beach last evening... and we watched the moon rising out of the ocean. So pretty...
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Anti-Dan Brown)
There was a copy of the Damned Book. On. The. Shelf. I regularly trawl the adult fiction section and not *ONCE* until now have I seen a copy of the Damn Book actually, physically On. The. Shelf. You usually had to put in a request for it if you wanted to take it out, or there was that one time that it was on the "Library Staff Picks" shelf, which is when I took it out.

I guess that's because we sold all the copies of the paperback edition at the store where I work. People got sick of the waiting list game and bought it. I'm of a mind to buy a used copy off Amazon.com and jot little comments (explanatory, ie. "This is wrong and this is why..." or just plain snarky) in the margins. G.K. Chesterton did this with somebook or other and Ignatius Press recently published that book, witty comments and all.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Death with Umbrella)
I know, Quelle horreur! as the Red King of the Exiles would say. I'm at the library here in town, but I can't take anything out since I forgot my library card. Looks like I left it in my other coat, since I was here last night, renewing a few things, bringing a few things back and getting out a few other books. I decided to poke around the poetry section of the kids' department, and I found a few interesting books I hadn't seen before, including:

--"Laura Ingalls Wilder's Fairy Poems". I grew up reading her wonderful "Little House on the Prairie" books, and I love her stuff. And 'm fond of the Wise Folk, too.

--A collection of poems and stories about fairies, collected by Jane Yolen, who has to be one of the best writers of and about fairy tales and the fantastic. (The title slips my mind for the moment...)
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
Just back from the library here in town, where I was printing out a few things (I have *GOT* to get a laser-jet printer/scanner combo...) and downloading/burning onto CD a bunch of MP3s, namely Bryan "Pazu" Harrison's fan novelization of "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence"; I'm thinking of converting that to audio CD, but I realize that's gonna take a heap of CDs to do that.

And the MxO is patching again. I found this out a moment ago when I went to jack in for a bit: we've got a contest going on where we have to pick up a bunch of stuff off the gang spawn, and I've been trying to keep ahead with that. I hope this means they did something with the glitch that messed me up last night, where I couldn't jack into either the Richland or the Westview districts. Had to run in International whether I wanted to or not.

Well, in the meantime, we've got a few gems from the patch notes:

--"Hooked up some new emotes that have been in limbo for a while" These include "KickDoor", which I can see Sieges using on those anNOYing Cryptos boxes (ask me about those...); "Cough", which she could use about now since she's getting over that flu bug; and "Sleep", which will definately come in handy during faction meetings when a Certain Long-Winded Merv Operative starts pontificating.

--Fixed a typo in Tyndall's text in the "Moving Target" Zion seduction mission".

Sieges: "Silly Cave Wackies and their bad writing." ::Indulgently::

Our Flood: "Well, what can you expect from idiots who pay more attention to fighting and less attention to education?"

Our Merv: "Or rather, they expend too much energy upon learning the dark arts of warfare and less upon what truly makes them free..."

And I hope they fixed the bug that croggled the missions: supposedly, they wouldn't download for anything last night.

Unless someone's shadow-self decided to shut off his cellphone....
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Winchester father and sons)
...From your LJ friends page, that is... I'm still working my way down the page, as well as catching up on some emails and posts over on the "A.I." fanfiction group over on Yahoo!

Just in from returning books at the library here in town. Some of the books I got out include:

-- David Clement-Davies "Fire-Bringer". I remember seeing this listed in the Science Fiction Book-of-the-Month club a while back, when I was part of it, and the concept intrigued me. Sounds like a combination of Felix Salten's "Bambi" with a mix of Jung's "the hero's journey".

-- Jorge Luis Borges's "The Book of Imaginary Beings". More mythic beasties than you can shake a wand at, but alas, no quinotaurs. And the entry on the Chimaera was a little dismissive. Heh. However, the entry on "the Golem" gave me an idea for a "Supernatural" fanfiction/episode idea (I wonder if the producers would be interested at all...). I can't say more. Maybe I'll have this written/started by Passover...

-- "The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp". Looks like it has all the suspense and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel, but thankfully without the anti-Catholic sneers and Gary Stu-ism.

-- "Mongo" by Ted Botha. Okay, this was an odd find, and I'll admit that I often pick up anything that looks especially quirky and wierdly appealing. This is an example of that kind of book: it's all about people who dig through other people's trash, either out of necessity or just out of curiosity or for sheer treasure-hunting. My dad picks up odd bits of furniture out of people's trash, so a book like this definately strikes a cord with me. (Oh, the title by the way is NYC slang for something that's been salvaged from the trash for reuse. Apparantly, mongo-collecting is a big thing in NYC, on account of the sheer number of people jammed together, all from different backgrounds and income brackets. Some people have furnished entire apartments from stuff their neighbors tossed out.)

This week's schedule:

Tomorrow: Much needed cleaning of my room, will be online later in the evening. I *might* run the MxO, but if so, I'd do that only for an hour.
Wednesday: Work -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MxO faction meeting, 10 p.m.
Thursday: Work -- ditto. Not sure at this point what my online time will be, but I'll probably be on sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight.
Friday: Going to First Friday devotions in the morning with my mom. Online time: TBD
Saturday: Work -- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I'll have my hands full doing housework, and I probably won't be online until around 10 p.m.-ish.

Next week, since it's Holy Week, I decided to cut out going on the MxO entirely. I just have to come up with a work-around for Sieges's absence; I've seen some people come up with really clever ways to work in prolonged absences from the game (it seems the easy-way-out explanation is that the character happened to get kidnapped by enemies, but to my understanding, that's a little over-used): [livejournal.com profile] captstack had to have his computer fixed, so his work-around was that his hovercraft had been seriously damaged and had been brought back to Zion for extensive repairs. And then one time when our own Lit was away for a week, she supposedly had gotten stuck in the Construct Library when she'd opened a bugged book. I'll think of something, I usually do.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Detective_Ash)
The mini Barnes & Noble downtown has had a help wanted sign on the door the past couple of weeks, so I went in and filled out an application. I'm hoping I get this job, since it would be a change of pace for me, and it's something I'd be better with anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] crowdog66, I finally downloaded and burned a copy of the DegSep soundtrack: excellent stuff!

And the wretched update is still going through... I hope it finishes patching itself tonight, since this is starting to remind me of when the first patch went through when I first signed up...
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Desire)
Excellent appointment with my therapist today: I shared quite a bit on my headspace dwellers this time, and she seemed really cool with it. I'm lucky to have her helping me...

Nipped into the library downtown to return some books and take care of some print jobs. Got out two more DVDs:

--"Moulin Rouge!" Yes... Baz Luhrmann's masterpiece, which I've been meaning to see for ages.

--Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", the 2002 restoration edition, which is so far the best restoration yet, or so I've been told.

And one of my all-time favorite books: Michael Ende's "The Neverending Story". I saw the original movie back when I was 12 or 13, when I went through a wierd period. I think I went through some sort of crisis just after I hit puberty: The fact that I'd become an adult physically affected me deeply. I figured it was time I cast off "childish" things, like fantasy and headspace-dwellers/imaginary friends. Occam's Razor to the enth degree, and damned if that thing doesn't cut both ways. Then, on a friend's reccomendation, I watched the movie... and it shook me back into myself, if that makes any sense. It made me realize how much "fantasy" and "reality" depend on each other, and how much we need both to be fully human. So I let my then imaginary friends/headspace dwellers come back home, as it were.

Watched "Corpse Bride" -- wow, what a sweet, macabre-ly funny and touching movie! And now I'm trying to find the soundtrack on Amazon.com. Definately got a few Ref Award Noms coming for that!
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Hellblazer)
Work day... Library Trip... Wierd soulbonding experience... New "Supernatural" episode... whew, where to start?

Work: nothing unusual... Just the usual bad-weather busy-ness.

Paradigm Shift... )

Library Trip: Renewed "The Physics of Superheroes", also got out Luann Rice's "Silver Bells" (which a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie at Christmas was based off) and Miciho Kaku's "Paralell Worlds", a book on quantum universe theory... probably something I probably know well already.

New "Supernatural" Episode: Whoo... a phantom truck... Didn't Stephen King do something like that? Or was it a killer car? Considering that I nearly got clipped by an SUV once, this one was really creepy for me. But good! What I didn't like about it: The Dean/Girl of the Week sex-scene was too damn long and sweaty. And it started in too cliched a way. C'mon, how many shows have a guy and a gal squabble over something and then suddenly start making out?! No wonder the fanpoodles think that any irritation between two characters equals OMG TWU WUB!!111111
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
Argggh... I still got mixed up on the day my appointment with my therapist was supposed to be. It's tomorrow, actually, and I have to work in the morning. ::Sighs:: Well, it wasn't a total loss: I got to noon Mass at St. Joe's and lit a couple of candles for some important intentions. And I burned a CD of several songs I have stored in various email accounts online, imcluding Ref's theme song, "Tess", from the Ocean's 11 [2001] soundtrack.

"Supernatural" was a repeat tonight, and I had such a crazy day that I ended up taking a nap this afternoon, when I got home. I only meant to snooze for a half an hour, but it ended up being three hours, so consquently, I'm wide awake now. ::Sigh:: Ran the MxO for an hour: Siegy ran through her second critical mission, and her comrades in the Merv's service have been nothing but reassuring that the Merv ain't going nowhere.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Ho_Ho_Ho_Flood)
I should have warned everyone that I was going to our town's library last night. Sorry about that!

I got out:

--Brian Jacques's "A Redwall Winter Feast": I'm a sucker for anything in the Redwall series (even watched most of the lovely Canadian-made animated TV series based on the first book, when it aired for one week on one of the local PBS stations), and when I saw this picture book in the winter books display in the kids' section, I just had to get it.

--"The Physics of Superheroes": which proves that there *are* some credible scientific principles at work in some comic book series (I'd prefer if someone would write a book like this inspired by certain Vertigo Comics series, since we all know I'm a "Vertigeek", but this is still really clever).

--"Princess in Training": the latest installment in the "Princess Diaries" series. It's an improvevment over the last few books and mini-books, but I honestly want to bash Lana Weinberger's teeth in for telling Mia that "college guys expect their girls to Do It" and thus getting poor Mia's little heart in a knot.

--And a DVD I've been going crazy looking for: the 1984 version of "A Christmas Carol", featuring George C. Scott. This one follows the book the most closely of all the different screen adaptations I've seen over the years, even capturing the dark shadows that lurk at the fringes of the narrative.

When soulbonds detest other SBs' friends )
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Merv_Love)
Finally managed to get to the library and run some needed-to-be-done printout jobs, though I didn't get a chance to burn some files onto CDs that I want/need to transfer to the new comp (most notably, the working files for "Motion to Deactivate"; I discovered that I transferred the wrong version onto the new comp, via the flash drive I used to get the important files off the old comp. I know they're on floppy disks, but I have yet to get the external floppy drive. I'll see if I can't nip into Staples Wednesday and get it then.). Partly I ran out of time and partly I wanted to get away from the horde of brats who were circling behind my chair like vultures when I was in the middle of my second hour on that particular comp. Scratch vultures, they're more like harpies.

Made a "quick" trip to the EB Games in Burlington: on my way out the other day, I'd spotted a used copy of the comp. version of "Enter the Matrix" (for all of $6; it's missing the box, but at least all the disks are there). I almost bought then, but I was in a hurry to catch the next bus after missing one. I asked the clerk the "idiotic question" if they had a copy of the comp version of the new game from the Marketing Brothers, but no luck there. Guess I'll have to wait a few months until one of the folks who thought it bites, sell their copy for a little extra cash. I really need to scale back my spending, since Boskone is coming up later next month and I need to save up for that (not the admission fee, but to accomodate the fact that I usually go a little mad at the book stalls in the dealers' room...)
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Gandalf)
My calves are killing me after last night, so I've been walking a bit stiffly for the past three hours. Thankfully, I'm off my feet now and I'm planning on taking a nice warm bath after supper/washing the dishes. My reward to myself for not squishing the bottom of a bag of chips belonging to a particularly unruly customer today, and not freaking out once during the Christmas Eve rush: a nice long MxO session. Plus Sieges is bugging me something awful: anything to let her get out of my headspace and away from the unwelcome guests.

Notes on yesterday that didn't get posted because I was too tired last night: I had some business at the Lowell library/emails to print out for my mother (which is thankfully coming to an end, since my dad's Christmas present for me is the printer/scanner combo I need/want). While I was there, I finally got my hands on two popular but good books people, including my therapist, reccommended to me:

--Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime", which appealed to me since it's a kind of murder mystery told from the POV of a young man who's an autistic savant. I've started reading it and by turns I love it and find it a little frustrating. The writing is excellent, don't get me wrong: the author once worked with autistic young people, so he has a better idea of how folks with autism spectrum conditions think and feel (yes, we do have feelings: we just have odd ways of showing them or not showing them.) than the so-called average person would. My only problem is that I find the main character's lack of empathy a bit grating on the nerves, but then again, I find that annoying in general. One bit where the main character described his favorite dream, where all the so-called normal people have died and only people like himself are left alive, frankly scared the crap out of me. Now mind you, there's days when I wish the so-called normal people would just plain back off, but having them all just gone... that's scary. Us autism spectrum folks need so-called normal folks, to handle the stuff that drives us mad. They just need to learn to respect us. ::Stops her Aspie train of thought from going off on wierd tangents, comparing the plight of AIs to the plight of autism spectrum folks, otherwise this post will be too long::

--Yann Martell's "Life of Pi", a quirky novel that manages to show the paralells of religion and zoos, seen through the eyes of a very perceptive Hindu lad who's stuck on a liferaft with a tiger, following the wreck of a ship carrying a collection of zoo animals and his family. My therapist had read it and thought it would appeal to me since I'm so fascinated with religion and its place in human experience. One line of it has already burned itself into my consciousness: "I have heard nearly as much nonsense about zoos as I have heard about God and religion"; this from the beginning of an apologia for zoos, pointing out that the animals in zoos are rather better off there than out in the wild where they're subject to the perils of predators and bad weather and hunger. Not to say that they aren't subject to problems in zoos (there's one section where the narrator points out that the human visitors are arguably more dangerous beasts than the zoo animals who will attack only if provoked, or if an intruder breaks into their territory, ie. their enclosure), but if the zoo is well-designed and well-maintained, the animals are content with their environment. How this ties in with religion is going to be interesting to find out.

EDITED TO FIX: Got the title of "Life of Pi" wrong. ::Headdesk::

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