catslash: (Default)
( Jan. 13th, 2011 01:49 pm)
OKAY I GIVE. And I'm bored at workstudy.

Pick a character I write or RP, and I will give you the top five ideas/concepts/other I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting them accurately.

Just from current games/recent fic, please - I may not remember enough for or be too embarrassed by older characters.
catslash: (Default)
( May. 14th, 2010 12:16 am)
Supernatural. For, I think, the last time.

('Course, that's what I said about Torchwood after "Exit Wounds.")

finale spoilers. um, don't click if you don't want your squee harshed. )
catslash: (John/Dean)
( Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:20 am)
Brief thoughts on tonight's Supernatural. )

Aw, look at my icon. Remember when the show was about a couple guys hunting things and saving people, and their biggest problem was the Yellow-Eyed Demon? Good times.
catslash: (Nicola - and there you go)
( Dec. 21st, 2009 11:55 am)
Oh, thank god, I got a halfway reasonable amount of sleep last night. If I hadn't, it would not have been the first time I'd gone two days in a row with minimum sleep. My only guess on that is that sometimes my body just hates me.

But! I can has brain now, so! I'm gonna take a shower, go out for some lunch, and then plant myself at Starbucks and write my damn Yuletide already. Then tonight I will probably post properly in Milliways for the first time in a billion years. Also at some point I will have to do laundry. I'm in the "wearing everything uncomfortable" phase.

Tomorrow I shall brave the crowds at Walmart, for each year my workplace gives its employees Walmart gift cards for Christmas, which this year shall enable me to get gifts for my little brother and sister. Then I think I'll finally get started on watching and writing about The Thick of It, which I have not dared to get onto before dealing with Yuletide. Must not distract my brain!

So there that is, and I wish the fellow Yuletiders on the flist the best of luck.
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( Dec. 5th, 2009 02:29 pm)
Oh my GOD the semester is almost over. How did that happen? I have a test to go for each class - well, three tests and a takehome essay thingy - and then I'll be done by, I believe, a week from Wednesday. Yesterday, for the first time since September, I chose my own book to read.

I have two tests in a row with nothing but essay questions on Thursday. My hand is gonna fall off. So that should be interesting.

Almost all of my classes have been really great this semester, though, and I'm glad of it; I had a rocky couple of semesters beforehand, but I feel like I've finally settled in at USM and gotten the hang of the place. One of the classes has been a disappointment (Irish Literature and Culture - look, I may not be an expert, but I'm pretty sure that writers in Ireland in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century wrote more than just poetry, okay, and it would have been great to have read some of that too), but the other three (the class on Oscar Wilde I've mentioned a dozen times, Soc 101, and Word Wars I and II) have been really interesting and enjoyable. I've learned a lot, more than I have since maybe my second semester at SMCC a couple years ago. It isn't the first time I've taken a Soc class, but it is the second try at it I've had since starting college, and here's a statement of the obvious: the professor makes all the difference in the world. The first one at SMCC was a dry asshole who was always right and graded us on our fucking notes. I withdrew from the class like a few weeks shy of the end of the semester because I just couldn't take his shit anymore. This one, though, was an awesome woman who'd been teaching Soc in various branches for years, gave really absorbing lectures, and took care to give us different viewpoints, even unpopular ones. ESPECIALLY unpopular ones, so we'd have them to think about along with the standard stuff.

The professor from the World Wars class is one I had last semester for Western Civ; I really like him and his dry sense of humor and the fact that he is so grounded in the past that he calls photocopies "mimeos." It's endearing. And he, too, made the effort to include different perspectives on events. I think I'm going to miss him next semester.

The Oscar Wilde professor is teaching a class on gender and sexuality theory next semester that I'm taking. He assigns a lot of secondary essays written in Tiresome Academic Speak that make me want to hang myself, but next semester I'll be more prepared for it, thanks to having had the experience in dealing with it in this class. He taught the primary texts we read really well and I learned a lot about each of them, as well as the time period and the social and literary contexts for them. I look forward to taking another class with this guy; those stupid essays are worth it.

I look forward to next semester, in which I am also taking an English class about medieval popular culture, which should contrast nicely with the history class about American pop culture (note to self: talk to awesome history prof about possibility of History minor; might as well do something with all the history courses I keep taking), and have finally managed to sort my schedule out to get a class I need for a fine arts credit for a core requirement, Acting for Non-Majors. This is the third semester in a row I've tried to take that fucking thing, and I almost didn't get it this time around, except that someone was kind enough to drop out and I snagged their spot.

Of course, first I have a vacation, and I look forward to this too. Things to do during vacation:

* Work just enough to feed myself and pay bills; I should get either tax refund or student loan money or both in time to sort out my rent for next year, and I'm sick of wasting my winter vacation working enough to wreck it but not enough to cover rent. I need to start looking for a job where I can actually get full-time hours.

* Make dent in pile of books I have accumulated this semester. Start with Sweet Valley books; just because all the thinking and analysis has been fun doesn't mean my brain doesn't need the rest.

* Also dent stockpile of movies. Which got really big really fast.

* Rewatch The Thick of It and write discussion posts for episodes. Vacation should be long enough for me to do about one a day. Maybe this will get people to give it a try.

* [ profile] milliways_bar stuff: get rename token for Javert and start playing him again now that I have figured out how to go about it a bit better; debut Jonathan after approval; either get things started with Clay or suck it up and delete him; let Cal and Applegate do as they will, within reason, and set up some threads I've been wanting to do for them.

. . . no idea how much of that I'll actually do, but I'm excited that I'll have the chance to do it.
catslash: (Default)
( Oct. 8th, 2009 08:52 pm)
Roleplay meme!

NOTE: Please only respond to B if you are currently in a game I am in ([ profile] milliways_bar or [ profile] mixed_muses. I cannot do this for regular fandom because my brain doesn't work that way and I can't remember my past characters well enough to do it. If you disregard this and it makes me cranky enough, I might just delete your comment. I'm getting a little tired of people ignoring the roleplay aspect of these memes when I do them.

A, of course, can qualify as a fanfic question too, so that one's open to everyone.

A. Has my portrayal of a character(s) changed the way you think of him/her?

B. Pick one of my characters and I'll answer the following questions about him or her.
I reserve the right to omit questions that I think are stupid, that I can't quantify for the character in question, or that look at me funny.

1. What would your character kill for? What would they die for?
2. What would they refuse to do under any circumstances? Why?
3. What do they dream about?
4. What’s their biggest fear?
5. What single object would they be most hard pressed to part with? Why?
6. What is their fondest memory?
7. What is their worst memory?
8. What or who was were their most significant influence? Expound.
9. What do they believe makes a successful life?
10. What makes them laugh?
11. What are their religious views?
12. What is their greatest strength?
13. Do they have a fatal flaw? If so, what is it?
14. Who is the most important person in their life?
15. If they died, who would miss them most? How would they die?
catslash: (Hamlet is damn interesting)
( Aug. 20th, 2009 12:02 pm)
Ask a character a question, any question, and they HAVE to answer completely honestly. Have to. It's the meme rule. Even if they'd normally lie, they suddenly have been hit with a truth serum of some kind and must tell the truth. Bwaha.

Note that this is a roleplay meme, and I'd prefer it for my current games only. However, if there's something you're just dying to know about, say, a fic I wrote, you may ask a question of a character from it. But please state that fic version specifically, because if you just ask a character a question in general, I won't know how to answer it.
catslash: (yes! wait . . . - credit I have no idea)
( Jul. 6th, 2009 10:01 pm)
Torchwood! Man, I haven't written an episode reaction since - uh, the last Doctor Who special.

Children of Earth: Day One )


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