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.)


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. [ 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 [ 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 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.


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 :(


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