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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
6:43 pm
This is a post that exists solely to ensure that LJ will not purge this journal, as per their new dickish policy. My apologies to the people who still have this journal friended—wow, you're a persistent bunch!

And I guess I really am that nostalgic.

(2 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Friday, January 14th, 2005
12:06 pm - Return of the Mix CDs!
A couple of days ago, I got septembergrrl's fantabulous mix CD (Thank you so much! I love it!) and was reminded of what a slacker I am, having promised everyone mix CDs myself. Well, finally, I'm ready to deliver. If you didn't pick a specific theme last time, please do so now. Also, anyone who didn't request a mix before can still get in on the exciting mix action! Choose one of the following thrilling mix options:

Which mix would rock your world?

caseymae's Black & White Mix
insanomaniac's Chill Mix
nikitangel's Faith Mix
outofthisworld's Garden State Mix
juno's Happy Mix
whiskeypants's Irina Mix
dettiot's Kicking Ass and Taking Names Mix
afropuff's Rock Out Mix
penmage's Sandman Mix
Surprise me!

If you haven't already given it to me, enter your address here:

If you desperately want more than one mix, comment and let me know. I'm sure we can work something out. ;-)

current mood: accomplished

(19 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Saturday, January 1st, 2005
1:08 pm - Who am I kidding? I love to brag.
First, Happy New Year, everyone! 2004 sucked. I hope to God 2005 is better.

Second, will you allow me to brag for just a minute? Last January, I joined 50bookchallenge not sure if I'd be able to meet the goal of reading 50 books in a year. Well, guess how many books I ended up reading?

158, baby!Collapse )

I have no life, but damn, do I read a lot.


Books by female authors: 45 - 28.5%
Books by male authors: 111 - 70.3%

Books by American authors: 54 - 34.2%
Books by British Isles authors (English, Irish, Scottish): 91 - 57.6%
Other (includ. Canadian, French, German, Indian, Japanese, Russian): 13 - 8.2%

Novels: 109 - 69.0%
Other (includ. Biographies, Graphic Novels, Memoirs, Plays, Short Stories): 49 - 31.0%

So now, the first day of a new year of reading, is the perfect time to ask: Please, rec me books to read in 2005!

current mood: accomplished

(36 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Monday, December 27th, 2004
11:16 am - Can we rest now?
I survived Christmas OMGyay!

Actually, it wasn't so bad. It was lovely seeing my family, everyone seemed to like the presents I got them, and I got some pretty cool ones, too. Including the best best best present ever: the iTunes Complete U2! Rare tracks and live tracks and new tracks - oh my! megl42*: What would you like me to burn for you?

Yesterday, to make up for my Christmas Eve-Christmas Day negligence, I did a LOT of writing - something like 3,500 words - and I finally finished the first section of The Chambers of the Sea. My word count so far:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
26,563 / 50,000

Um, did I mention that this is supposed to be the first of eight sections? Yikes. Okay, so new word count goal is 80,000 words, and I'm gonna go out and buy me some red pens. But first: I shall eat...the PIE!

*And anyone else, for that matter.

current mood: accomplished

(3 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Saturday, December 25th, 2004
12:23 pm
office christmas

Much love,

current mood: bouncy

(3 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Friday, December 24th, 2004
9:19 am - Holiday spam
Received: December 24th, 9:16 a.m.
Subject line: Christmas Dick Fairy
girlwithjournal: *refrains from making "is that a present in your stocking, or are you just happy to see me?" joke, as father is in room*

current mood: amused

(dream of leaving)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
3:02 pm - GIP!
By saava.

Could there be an icon more perfect for me? No, no, I don't think there could.

current mood: pleased

(dream of leaving)

2:45 pm - Thank you [name of diety]!
I passed astronomy!

I have never been so relieved in my entire life.

And no more math - ever, ever, ever! From now on, it's nothing but calculating tips and balancing my checkbook! Huzzah!

::collapses in heap::

current mood: relieved

(16 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Monday, December 20th, 2004
10:10 am - Zach Braff answers the impossible questions
Last night my mom, being a truly excellent mom, got tickets for me and filmgeek to see a special screening of Garden State through connections of hers at the Writers’ Guild. And not just a screening - a Q&A with Zach Braff! So as not to keep you in suspense, let me just say that Zach (May I call you Zach?) was just as charming and funny and wonderful as you would expect from reading gardenstateblog, from interviews, and from his work. Also, to completely fry my brain, he played into one of my oldest kinks - dating back from The X-Files here, people - and unexpectedly wore glasses. ::is dead::

He told many interesting, revealing stories and I’ve tried here to sum up some of the things he said because a lot of it really struck me, really moved me. Not to mention the two stories he told about masturbating dogs.

Zach Braff interview summary: spoilers for Garden State and possibly for extra material on the Garden State DVDCollapse )

In short: the movie is wonderful, Zach is wonderful, and I can’t wait for the DVD to come out on the 28th.

Finally, a selfish icon request: if anyone can point me to or is willing to make me an animated icon of the shot that pulls back from Large, Sam, and Mark screaming out over the infinite abyss, I would be eternally grateful. Thanks!

current mood: impressed

(4 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Sunday, December 19th, 2004
2:44 pm - James Ellroy on writing
“I wanted to be Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Balzac: all these guys I, quite frankly, have never really read.”

--As quoted in James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction

::is way too amused::

current mood: amused

(2 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

10:17 am - Everything I need to know I learned...
Lessons I learned from writing the Maybe-a-Novel yesterday:

1. Never pass up an opportunity to use the verb "to probe."

2. I'm thinking of opossums. But pangolins are cuter.

3. girlwithjournal: Writing scenes with lots of characters and lots of dialogue is hard. You run out of ways to attribute quotes.
Girl's Dad: Why don't you use words other than "said"? "Jill assured," "Bob suggested"...
girlwithjournal: "Ron ejaculated"?
Girl's Dad: What?!
girlwithjournal: Never mind. Just, no.

4. If you finally, finally manage to dream about your two main characters, they will not use this fabulous opportunity to reveal secrets about the plot or their true natures. They will have sex. A lot.

Of dubious quality though these lessons may be, at least I got a lot done:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
2,658 / 1,750

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
12,840 / 50,000

Dude. I'm a quarter of the way to 50,000 words? Shit. 'Cause I actually plotted ahead a bit on this one, and I am not a quarter way through the plot. I'm not even an eighth of the way through the plot. This sucker is gonna be loooooooong.

I'm also sick of calling this a Maybe-a-Novel. It is what it is. And it's called The Chambers of the Sea.

current mood: creative

(7 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Saturday, December 18th, 2004
2:29 pm - Goodbye to you
And there was much joy throughout the land, for girlwithjournal hath survived her week of hell. Finals are over! Provided that I pass Astro, I never have to do math again! Huzzah!

However, this week was also sadly one of many goodbyes. Wednesday I bade farewell to darling_effect, who is moving across the country just as I was getting to know her, dammit! Thank God for LJ. Thursday whiskeypants came over and cooked us yummy lasagne; she was joined by jetspeaks who brought coconut cookies. As they were leaving, I realized that I won't see them again until next year! (I've always loved how dramatic that sounds.) Then Friday it was goodbye to lordelessar and this morning, farewell to dizzyditz. Wah! I miss everyone! At least I suspect I'll be seeing chele74 soon. ::mood turns on a dime:: Yay!

Creepiest welcome home news ever: while we were waiting for my luggage at the airport, my mom and filmgeek told me that it had recently been discovered that a homeless man had been living in the crawlspace under our apartment. So I'll be sleeping well tonight. Yeek.

At least Los Angeles looks really, really pretty, and the weather is lovely and warm. I love it here, I honestly do. I got scoffed at a lot in my Western Lit seminar for my L.A. love; most of the material we covered - Day of the Locust; Farewell, My Lovely; Blade Runner - portrays it in a less than flattering light, but I think it's wonderful. It must be my duty, then, to write the Great Los Angeles Novel. I'll get right on that.

current mood: quixotic

(21 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
12:20 pm - I ::heart:: the U.S. Government
Okay, not really. But I'm pretty fond of the Passport Office right now. I applied for a passport on November 29th, paid for the regular processing that's supposed to take six weeks plus, and today...my passport arrived! And I even like my picture in it! Talk about a Christmas miracle. ::snuggles shiny new passport::

current mood: chipper

(13 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

10:16 am - I amuse myself
I just named a character in my Maybe-a-Novel Timothy Shell.

First person to guess why that's hilarious and awesome wins a prize. I'll name a character after you, maybe.*

Hint: think about what I've been reading lately.

*Yes, I know this is a shitty prize.

current mood: amused

(9 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Monday, December 13th, 2004
5:30 pm - Mix CDs!
inkgeist and tzeentch, your mix CDs are done! When and where can I meet up with you to hand 'em over?

Anybody else want a mix CD? Give me a theme, an artist, an image, anything, and I'll happily make one for you. Oh, and if you're not a Berkeley Bay Area or Los Angeles person, please put your address here:

YES! Mail my mix CD to:

Yay! Mix CDs are fun!

ETA: Please do give me some idea to work with. To direct my thoughts, scattered as they are.

current mood: accomplished

(44 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

11:11 am - Checkbooks, fake porn, indie cool, & viva la revolution!
Houston, we have a checkbook!

Yes, it has been returned to me (it appears) unharmed. So I still have no money, but now, at least, for familiar reasons.

I actually had a quite nice weekend, despite the checkbook crisis. Friday was the Daily Cal party, it of the bad food and worse drink - but good company, thanks to kyobu, lokionfire, newberlinwall, and of course our fearless leader, taosterman, who was apparently completely pissed. (I swear to God, I didn't notice!) While other parts of the paper were off being cool and, um, picking up chicks (that's what cool people do, right?), we arts folk made up dirty movie titles. You wanna sit at our table, don't ya?

Saturday, darling_effect dragged my sorry ass out of the house and to the city. We went to a yummy crepe place and then to this amazing...club, I guess you could call it. Really, it looked like someone's apartment, except with lots of weird, bloody murals; a movie (Jeffery was darling_effect's guess) being projected onto one wall; a bar at one end; and one room stocked with sound equipment where we saw The Cold War play. I drank a margarita, ate a cupcake, and felt very indie and cool. I also, much to my surprise and delight, ran into tylerismock, who I hadn't seen in far too long. He danced for me.

Last night I dreamt that I met two very pretty boys - two very pretty boys who liked historical fiction; who, in other words, shared my interests. (Does this make me more or less shallow?) When I was from my sleep untimely ripped, one of them had just started reading aloud to me. Reading aloud: there's a sexy thing people don't seem to do anymore. Those of you with significant others, I demand that you read aloud to them tonight! The revolution will not *snerk* be televised!

ETA: There are still some songs in the lyrics meme unguessed. C'mon, people - I know you can do it!

current mood: hungry

(17 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Saturday, December 11th, 2004
1:11 pm - This is just great.
I lost my checkbook.

I found out I lost my checkbook because somebody found it and called me...but the number they left just rings endlessly and the e-mail address bounces.

I called my mother to ask her what I should do, and she yelled at me.

The bank is closed.

I hate everything.

Please, please tell me something (anything!) that will cheer me up.

current mood: distressed

(36 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Friday, December 10th, 2004
4:06 pm - How long must I sing this song?
First, I want to thank everyone who answered my call for sea songs. Y'all got cool taste in music, yo. And if I haven't responded to you comment yet, it's just 'cause I'm still working on tracking down the cut you mentioned, and I want to be able to say something more than, "I'm looking for it..."

In the mean time, I'm writing. Very slowly. Of course, the second I get serious about something like this, I get blocked blocked blocked.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
844 / 1,750

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
7,108 / 50,000

My goal is to finish by the end of winter break. Yeah, right.

'Cause I can't concentrate on anything for more than 10 minutes at a time, fun distracty meme stolen from sunlit5:

The rules:
Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play
Step 2: Pick your favorite lines from the first 20 songs that play
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly

I went for weirdest more than favorite, really. Ah well.

Lyrics MemeCollapse )

Randomness. Yay.

I'm supposed to leave for the Daily Cal party in half an hour, but I'm thinking of being fashionably late. Free food and booze: joy. Social awkwardness: not so much.

current mood: okay

(35 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004
10:45 am - Bisexual training & other dreams
Last night I took 2 daily vitamins, 1 antibiotic, and 1 ExcedrinPM before I went to bed. These were the interesting results:

1. I'm observing an elementary school class. After a certain lesson ends - math or history or something - the teacher says, "Time for your bisexual training, class!" The kids have to learn how to appreciate both sexes.

2. I'm on a plane, but it has no seats. We all have to cling to light fixtures in the ceiling or parts of the walls as the plane attempts to land. My dad keeps yelling at a kid named Kingsley. I'd say he was Kingsley Shacklebolt, except he's the palest, pastiest, whitest kid ever. Amis, maybe?

3. I wake up to realize that I've slept through an entire day and missed my English review session. Then I wake up.

4. I'm Harry Potter. In order to graduate Hogwarts, I have to take a cooking class. I make some rancid combination of potatoes and pasta. I tell Hermione that she should research "Draco Malfoy" and "buggery." She'll certainly get a lot of results if she tries the internet...

5. I'm watching TV. Toby Ziegler is interviewing (stay with me) Allison Janney. "Do you know what's happening on The West Wing right now?" she asks. "No," he says, "I don't watch that show."

Mmm, druuuuugs...

current mood: crazy

(2 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004
11:36 am - Ocean's Two
1. Saw Ocean's Twelve last night. Wow, I didn't think it was possible for a movie to have less substance than Ocean's Eleven, but I was wrong. I mean, Twelve was still shiny and pretty and fun, but damn, was the plot all over the place. I think I would have enjoyed reading Confidence Men again more.

2. I'm writing another Maybe-a-Novel, and it's set by the sea, and the sea is very important to the mood of the piece. Thus, I've been trying to evoke the spirit of the ocean through music. My playlist:Collapse )

Any other suggestions? I'd love recommendations for songs literally about the ocean; or that make you, personally, think of the sea; or...that are about self-sacrifice, really (to delve into another aspect of the story). Yes.

You can yousendit songs to girlwithjournalATlivejournalDOTcom, or just tell me the names and artists and I'll nab them off limewire acquire them in a totally legal way. Oh, and of course let me know if you want any of the ones I listed. Sharing is caring. ;-)

current mood: creative

(36 stayed behind | dream of leaving)

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