jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Well, it's been a rough couple of months, no lie, and shit just kept coming, right up through Wednesday. Tuesday night I think I was wondering when my luck would change! And then? I don't know what happened, but shit just got better:

  1. The New York Public Library is having a fine forgiveness drive over the next couple of weeks. To admit how much money that's going to save me would be embarrassing.
  2. Even though my connection problems might not be solved, I did get some satisfaction from applecare this morning and hopefully it will all improve.
  3. I seem to be doing well in school, despite the past two months.
  4. Thanks to a combination of a $50 gift card, $50 in holiday money, coupons and sales I got eight CDs (four of which are two-cd sets), two DVDs and a book for only $60 of my own money:Yeah, I like studying to chillout and acid jazz. See #3.

Wow, wasn't biathlon exciting this morning? Off to the library!
jlh: Seamus and Dean, in uniform, hugging and looking at the viewer (SD Clio)
Okay, who is going, so I'll make sure to find you? [livejournal.com profile] evil_erato and I are staying "off campus" but we have a car.

And who wants to pimp a panel/presentation that I absolutely must see?

Meanwhile the Federalists have lulled me into a stupor. Grr. SO not finishing this book as it is just, a really horrid book and who cares about John Adams anyway. However, the whole Jefferson hates Hamilton hates Madison hates Jay hates Monroe thing is so much like an online fight that I can't even stand it. Hamilton and Madison used to be BFF and now they aren't anymore; they bitch fight in anonymous newspaper articles; they are jealous of the other's influence over Washington (read: BNF of your choice); Jefferson says he doesn't write any anonymous things but everyone knows that it's his friend doing all of it; no one really wins and everyone sort of loses. It should be a gripping tale! Instead it's 750 pages of trade regulations. Yech. I'm going back to reading secondary sources for my project. Music is so much more interesting.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Believe!)
The Sox made it to the post season, so I'm very pleased and dusting off the "believe" icon for the duration. Hey, I sit nicely while you lot yammer merrily away about cricket, so y'all will just have to put up with the baseball. At least we're in the post-season, so there isn't all this, "if Boston wins but the Indians lose and the 10:15 to Kookamonga is more than 5 minutes late then the Los Angeles clinches the wild card" stuff that baseball wonks love and non-fans find bizarre.

Also pleasing is the excellent shopping [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose and I did yesterday. She got rocking shoes and makeup; I got a beautiful bag, bracelet and hair thing. We followed up our 100% successful expedition with a fun book swap at [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay's flat. Even more fun than picking up new books is watching two people fight over a book you brought.

Meanwhile I am reading the most boring book ever about the Federalist era, clocking in at 750 pages, and with my blue pencil I could easily cull it down to 300. Skim city. All this even though I have a crush on Alexander Hamilton!

Hmph.

Sep. 26th, 2005 11:42 am
jlh: Jan from Grease, smiling (Charming Jan)
Sorry to anyone I might have vanished on last night--AirPort decided to stop working for a while, randomly, which was unkind.

In a moment of weakness, my mind has tricked me into caring about canon shipping. (No, not in HP.) I am irritated. It's much easier to separate fanon and canon when your canon comes out once every three years rather than every week. I've just had a brief conversation with [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast that has resulted in my worrying about the love lives of people who do not exist and the careers of people I do not know. I feel this is a trick my mind is playing to keep me from obsessing about my own love life and career, but that doesn't make me feel much better.

I just want everyone to be happy. Is that so wrong?

And now if you'll excuse me, I have to write a lecture.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Chibi Clio)
Number of candidate flyers received in the last two weeks: 40
Number of phone polls received: 5
Number of automated "please vote for so-and so" calls received in the last week: 30
Number of calls received Monday, the day before the election: 12
Number of calls received Tuesday, the day OF the election: 4

In other words, we just had the primary elections for the local races in New York City (mayor, borough president, public advocate, some other things). I'm really glad this one is mostly over though a little annoyed that we'll have a run-off for the Democratic mayoral candidate. ETA: Wow, no run off, because Weiner just conceded.

Other than this, I'm still adjusting to being at school but I'm definitely loving it. HP even came up in class yesterday, which was definitely surprising.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (gil/nick)
full of safe but bad-for-me behavior, [livejournal.com profile] aegeus, [livejournal.com profile] tea_and_toast and P. Much fun was had, much music was exchanged. No details are forthcoming.

Also, got home to see that season 5 of CSI is coming on Spike this week, so I will once again have new episodes as a carrot for doing my work, and I won't have to wait for the DVD to come out to see them all which is pretty excellent.

I also got home to a mailbox stuffed with election flyers for the primary next Tuesday, an elevator that I really hope will work again some time in 2005, a hot apartment, and an annoyed cat.

And now I have a two-page paper to write.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Timeless)
Last night I watched a documentary on the making of Heaven's Gate, the film that famously bankrupted United Artists in 1980. And tonight I watched a documentary on Mary Pickford, one of the four artists who formed United Artists in 1919.

I can't wait to go back to school, where I get to sit around being wonky about American history all the time!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Nick and Nora)
First, an RL note: for those of you that had to listen to me bitch about my horrible job, I have an interview on Tuesday so keep your fingers crossed.

I have also decided, due to ridiculous levels of anxiety (witnessed by [livejournal.com profile] gehanna1) that I am putting off graduate school until fall 2004. So much in my life has changed, and I really should assimilate some of those changes before I run around making more.

So, real work. That is, writing work.

I finished a draft of the xmas cookie for the Muses, the one inspired by [livejournal.com profile] ladylisse's picture of S&D in Santa hats, and sent it off to [livejournal.com profile] misscora for a look-over.

From here until the end of the year, I'm writing nothing but smut. This includes:
--The wife swapping fic, which MUST BE COMPLETED. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] vanityfair for her input.
--Six Nights at the Hogsmeade Inn, which [livejournal.com profile] eccentricfemme requested, to fill in what went on in the Inn during EWFS. The Neville/Susan portion of it will stand alone for Restricted Section and [livejournal.com profile] altricial.
--Seamus & Dean's Shiny New Year, also requested by Femme.
--That Harry/Hermione thing I've been madly scribbling lately.
--Ron & Padma's Shiny New Year, also for [livejournal.com profile] altricial. They will have a bit in Six Nights, but it won't be smutty enough (despite the presence of the bed) so this will be a bit more in the future.

Smut I won't be writing: SBRL for Christmas. Though, to be honest, I think of them so paternally that I couldn't have written good SBRL smut anyway. I had also toyed with making my P/O with sproglets short "Coming Home, Now" more explicit but I really like that final line so I think I shall leave it.

Meanwhile I'll be doing research and plot structure for the EWFS sequel that I hope to start writing in the new year. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy and [livejournal.com profile] ivyblossom I'm getting really excited about it, though I'm also a little scared since it's more complex and more dark than EWFS. (No, [livejournal.com profile] thezeppo, not that dark.) But, that's what it's all about, right? Being a little scared?

The big question is: Who wants to beta the smut? The always-wonderful [livejournal.com profile] thalialuna isn't so much about the smut, thanks, so I'm looking for someone to beat me about the head regarding punctuation, who isn't afraid to say "but where is his other hand?" and who is squicked by neither het nor slash nor femslash. A tall order, I know, but I'd rather have just one or two smut betas than thirty different people floating around.

Speaking of which: [livejournal.com profile] johnwalton, where are you?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
First, people, you post so! Sheesh! Oh, and I was up far too late with the goddess that is Ely yet again.

Okay. Chapter 10 of EWFS is being abandoned for the time being. I had spun myself into the usual tizzy, and [livejournal.com profile] ely709 and [livejournal.com profile] raymarie had to talk me down from the ledge. Oh, no, not the ledge of abandoning the fic—far from it. Just from writing something truly terrible. [And for those of you following along, Chapter 3 is up. Yes, I know, I get ahead of my betas. Don't ask.]

The sequels to EWFS—particularly The Trick is to Keep Breathing—keep knocking at the door, and I had this sense that EWFS needed to be wrapped up so I could think about the new stuff. (Thank you Garbage for the inspiration for that title. If I were half as cook as Shirley Manson—but then, if I got within five feet of the band, let's face it, I'd be at Butch Vig's feet. Lucky me, I get to go to Madison for a wedding this fall, but they'll probably be on tour. Rats.) However, I have sent Seamus out to kick Harry and Draco to the curb so EWFS doesn't get hopelessly f'ed up.

In RL, I have made a momentous decision about career that has me feeling happier about many things than I have in a long time. Goodbye advertising, hello again academia. I left the ivory tower behind nine years ago this month, for so many very good reasons. Having a regular job rather than doing independent research was just better for me at the time, and better for me while I did what I've been doing for these nine years. But now, much of that is behind me, and I'm ready to go back. This of course will mean research into schools, scholars, programs, and, more than likely, leaving New York, to start hopefully as soon as fall 2003. But I've done what I came here to do. I woudn't be leaving with my tail between my legs, but with my head held high. Veni, vidi, vici.

Since I have failed to post for so long, I have many many quizzes to share. So:


What's Your Sexual MO? Find out @ She's Crafty

They say: You love to be pampered and romanced by your men and things like cuddling by a fire, having an intimate meal, or having a long, deep conversation can always put you in the mood. Sex to you is usually more about the man your with than the act itself. Not a one-night stand kind of girl, newness and disconnectedness just don't do it for you. The mature, stable men you prefer to date appreciate your loyalty and big heart, but they especially love the way you inspire their more aggressive, protective masculine side.

I say: However, a little of that goes a long way.


Which Sex and the City Player Are You? Find out @ She's Crafty

I have no comment, except to say that all cynics are disappointed romantics. That is, Charlotte will become Miranda some day.


What's Your Style? Find out @ She's Crafty

I grew up in Maine. I would expect nothing else.

You are mostly straight.
Take this quiz or visit survey.JUNKIE for more surveys!


Spot on. I definitely have the more than occasional crush on a girl but when all's said and done, gotta have that cock.

In America, sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it's a fact.
Which glamour goddess are you?
By kjfishie


Not bloody likely.

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