faketales: (haven - audrey (lost myself))
So I'm watching Once Upon a Time because RL and the internet won't shut up about it. Halfway through episode two and I ship Emma Swan and her red leather jacket, with Emma Swan and her white tank top and Emma Swan and her boots vying for top spot.

ETA: Emma just said Henry is troubled. Where's the Haven crossover?
faketales: (captain america)
Five albums that I can sing every single word of:

1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys (2006)
2. Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys (2007)
3. The Con - Tegan & Sara (2007)
4. The '59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem (2008)
5. I And Love And You - The Avett Brothers (2009)
Bonus: Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrack (1992)
faketales: (bond - vesper (guh))
Happy New Year!

Yesterday I went ice skating in Rockefeller Center, which was a bold move on my part since a) I have gone ice skating exactly twice before in my life and both times were 12 years ago and b) I have a deep, deep, deep fear of public embarrassment. But I didn't fall at all and as soon as I let go of the railing and actually, you know, tried I started profusely thanking my best friend for dragging me out of my comfort zone. It was awesome, and we're already talking about doing it again next year.

We didn't stay for the ball dropping, because we're not crazy, but we did almost suffer death-by-crowd trying to get out of the city. Then we got food and I was in such a good mood that I tipped at 25% and then felt kind of guilty for not giving more. Midnight was a bit anti-climactic after all that but I kind of wish I believed that how one rings in a year is indicative of how the whole year is going to go because then I'd probably have a happier outlook on life.

Today I woke up at 6:30 (because isn't that how everyone wants to start New Year's Day?) but I refuse to be cranky about it. Instead I'm going to spend the day watching movies and continuing my obsession with Benedict Cumberbatch, as one does. (My play counts for this and this are both frighteningly high.)
faketales: (10 things - kat (look good in a dress))
This has been such a lazy week that the only reason I'm aware of what day it is is all of the #FF's that keep showing up on my twitter dash. I wish it didn't have to end. (Except, of course, for the 52 days until pitchers and catchers report.)
faketales: (bruce - i'm on fire)
WHAT IS BREATHING?!!??????????

faketales: (narnia - edmund (rumpled))
I woke up at four this morning for no reason whatsoever. Then it was so cold I couldn't feel my toes and I freaked out in the way that's only possible when you've had half a night's sleep and thus could not fall back asleep until I could feel my nail digging into my toes. By that point it was too late and sleep had run away and now I am going to be zombie girl for the rest of the day.

But! The National recently played two new songs; Omar Salgado's smile makes me go hngh; he's also really good at getting around defenders; Zarek Valentin still makes me squee; so does Amobi Okugo; I want this book entirely because the cover is so awesome; R.A. Dickey is probably not real; Tim Howard should not be messed with.

baseball

Dec. 4th, 2011 10:26 pm
faketales: (nym - reyes (whip your hair))
Jose Reyes, Marlins Agree On Six-Year, $106 Million Deal, Pending Physical

Excuse me. I'm just going to be dying over here. Seriously, what is this breathing of which you speak?


I linked to this before but here it is again: What We Carry by Ted Berg. We are alive and we get to enjoy Jose Reyes playing baseball. It beats the alternative.

books!

Dec. 2nd, 2011 08:42 pm
faketales: (10 things - kat (tiny joy))
So in November I wrote one book and read a bunch of others. Fourteen others, to be exact, most of them coming in the last two weeks of the months.


-All Men of Genius by Lev A.C. Rosen (Possibly the gayest book ever)

-The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Inoffensive, but not compelling enough that I've picked up the sequels)

-Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Good, but it was so hyped that by the end I was a tad disappointed)

-Just Kids by Patti Smith (A wonderful look at the life of Robert Mapplethorpe, who I knew nothing about before I read this)

-The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Reread; always awesome)

-In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (All this really did is make me feel guilty about consuming processed foods. I haven't actually stopped doing so, though.)

-Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Reread; my favorite of the three.)

-Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Reread; I have many, many issues with this book but I still love it dearly.)

-The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (This provided one of those "Oh! So that's why everyone adores this," moments on almost every page.)

-The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Luckily I didn't see the review comparing this to the books of Megan Whalen Turner and Kristin Cashore until I was halfway through because otherwise I probably would have been disappointed. But I still liked it.)

-Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Ugh. But I hear the movie's better so I'm going to watch that.)

-Storm Front by Jim Butcher (A quick and easy way to pass a couple of hours.)

-Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (STEPHANIE PERKINS HOW ARE YOU REAL!!!!!!)

-Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Reread; I was pretty much a blubbering mess by the end of this. So much love for Taylor - and Jonah, of course.)
faketales: (thg - pin)
So I've been thinking about the Hunger Games lately with the release of the trailer inspiring me to reread the series, and I am enjoying it even more than I did the first time. I blazed through the first two and have just started the third and I am having all of the thoughts. Most of them look like: Katnissssssssssss ♥ ♥ ♥

And then there is the movie, and the one ridiculous thing that I want to happen in it. I want them to show Haymitch in the Games headquarters, pensively waiting for the show to start, and in the background are the voices of people talking, and someone shouts something like "That sounds like Odair's kind of thing," and then everyone laughs while Haymitch just rolls his eyes, and every fan of the books sits up straight and looks for dear Finnick, but the camera cuts away, and we spend every shot of the mentors scanning the crowd for him. Don't ask me why, but I desperately want this. I don't want them to actually show him, and I doubt that they would rob themselves of that dramatic announcement at a later point, but yes, I want the studio to screw with us a little. (I never claimed to be sane, okay?)


I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] recast_bigbang with the intention of writing my story about the time Tony Stark competed in the Hunger Games. Because why not?

nanowrimo

Nov. 16th, 2011 10:29 am
faketales: (carey & renner)
I just hit 50,000 words. Going to collapse* now.

Hope Solo is gone from Dancing With the Stars. I am happy that I am done with reality TV but sad for her after she's come so far.



*And by collapse I mean I'm going to work at two jobs for the next nine hours.
faketales: (bob - liebgott (grief))
At the close of day 10 I had 33,413 words, which is where I should be on day 21. And now on day 11 I hate it all and am tempted to print it all out just so I can burn the whole thing. I don't even want to write about boys kissing. Or girls kissing. And I sort of have another story idea in mind. But I'm too close to 50,000 to quit and if I just push myself enough I should finish in a few days, and never have to think about this again.

And yet, ultimately, I am so proud of myself :)
faketales: (pr - leslie/ben (under the influence))
On day 2 of NaNoWriMo my word count is at day 5, and I am trying not to be too smug about this but failing miserably. I wrote 500 words by hand in my car went I got to work early and my hand is cramping up because I don't write like that anymore. It makes me feel like an awful person, but at the same time I appreciate being solidly in the age of computers just for the solid footing it gives me.

I absolutely abhor the new Google Reader, so much so that I almost used the survey they have up on Google Docs to express my dissatisfaction. I didn't share a whole lot before, or have any people I followed, but I did occasionally check on the profiles of people who liked the same posts as me and then discover new blogs to follow. And I used to be able to see how many new entries there were at all times, without having to scroll up, and as someone who is obsessive about reading things in order it's now so hard to make sure that nothing else is left before reading the best. Hopefully someone will have unveiled a close approximation to the original by the time I'm done with NaNoWriMo.

On top of that, I still haven't figured out where to stash my fandom bookmarks in a post-delicious world. I know that pinboard is taking over for a lot of people and that Maciej is being all sorts of awesome but I already have a nonfandom account there. I love it dearly but it is much simpler to keep things separate, and even though I'd be willing to pay for another just for fandom it won't work unless I can easily switch between the two accounts. [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's issues with diigo rule that one out. For now I'm saving fic on chrome, and it's not working out at all, but it's still better than delicious's complete failure to save anything the way I wanted it to once the switch went over.

On the subject of fic, Twenty-Twelve by [livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon made me shiver at the awesomeness.

Now I am watching MLS playoffs and thinking of buying a bright green shirt and flying across the country just to sit with the amazingly passionate fans in Seattle. (Also, Tony Beltran is playing defense for Real Salt Lake and all I can think of is four years ago when he played for the youth team and ussoccer.com told stories about him and Sal Zizzo playing hide-and-seek in the dark, and it reminds me that watching these kids* grow up is one of my favorite thing about following sports.)

*He's a year younger than I am. But I still consider myself a child, so.

hiiiiiiiii

Oct. 31st, 2011 10:02 am
faketales: (10 things - kat (profile))
This weekend I went on a whirlwind trip to visit my cousin in Massachusetts, complete with bonus October Nor'easter. I had a near perpetual headache because of the excessive amount of time stuck in the car but I did manage to finish my first reread of The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner, which was even better than it was the first time. So if you haven't read any of the Queen's Thief books, go ahead and do so. I'll wait here for your glowing report.

Then I came home and watched MLS playoff games with great glee. This is the reason the Red Bulls have never switched over from being my local team to being my favorite team. They always manage to piss me off too much to love them. But I think that's okay because I'm okay with being more of a fan of the league itself than of a particular team. There's enough parity that it's never the same for long, and that keeps it interesting enough.

NaNoWriMo stars tomorrow and I'm trying it again. I have a plot that is supernatural and inconsequential, but it features a lot of things I wish I could find more of in fiction, like don't-keep-secrets-from-your-friends, and bisexuality-exists, and boys-and-girls-can-have-sex-without-it-being-a-big-deal, and disabilities-can't-always-be-cured, plus many more. Fingers crossed that I make it to the end this year.

No more baseball :(

*is dead*

Oct. 10th, 2011 08:37 pm
faketales: (ts3 - tango)
Hope Solo is dancing to "You've Got a Friend in Me" on Dancing With the Stars tonight! While dressed as Jessie!! I do not think I am going to survive this.

But it will be a glorious death.

*sadface*

Oct. 6th, 2011 07:51 pm
faketales: (ag - plaid)
Got into an accident today, mostly my fault. The front of my car is smushed and hopefully not totalled. Haven't cried yet, so go me.

.......

Oct. 5th, 2011 10:32 pm
faketales: (je - pigtails)
Steve Jobs. :( :( :(

...

If I never hear Tinie Tempah's "Written in the Stars" again, it will be too soon. MLB postseason, it is bad enough that you play the same commercials over and over, do you also have to play the same song clip ad nauseum as well?

...

You should buy this cd because it is awesome.

...

Hope Solo is currently my favoritest person on the planet. And nobody in their right mind would say she's not sexy.

...

Happy birthday to Jesse Eisenberg, although I'm sure you'd hate even this much attention.

...

You should also buy this album. Excellent discussion on religion.
faketales: (nym - reyes (whip your hair))
DEAR BASEBALL, I LOVE YOU SO SO SO SO SO MUCH.

DAN JOHNSON

EVAN LONGORIA

NOLAN REIMOLD

ROBERT ANDINO

CHRIS CARPENTER

EVEN THE STUPID PHILLIES

AND JOSE REYES WON THE BATTING TITLE

SERIOUSLY, *HEARTS*

(i can't possibly be expected to go to sleep now. i had to shut off tweetdeck because it is nonstop !!!!! and i need to calm down.)
faketales: (vd - katherine)
hope fucking solo

this is how i'm spending my morning:




(what, is there something better i could be doing?)
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