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06 November 2015 @ 12:44 pm
I got into fountain pens about a year ago.  I started out with the Pilot Varsity, a disposable fountain pen, and if anyone ends up interested in fountain pens as a result of reading this, I highly recommend you start with the Varsity, too.  Writing with fountain pens is very different from writing with ballpoints or gel pens or even felt tips.  They don't require pressure to write - I used to get hand cramps if I wrote too long, and I don't have that problem anymore since I write almost exclusively with fountain pens.

My collection!  Actually, I'm missing one that I left at work.  Most of these were in the $15-20 range, which maybe sounds expensive if you're used to buying ten ballpoint pens for two bucks, but they're definitely on the low end as far as fountain pens are concerned.  I use different pens for different sorts of writings, depending on the nib size, what kind of paper I'm working on, what kind of ink I'm using, etc.  As you can see in the lower-lefthand pic, fountain pen ink does this really cool thing called shading, where more ink gets laid down on certain parts of letters, so you get lighter and darker colors as you write.  Not all ink shades, not all paper shades, but it's one of my favorite parts of the experience.

This is from a display I did at work (though my sister did the Edgar Allan Poe paper cut-out).  I used my Pilot Parallel pen - it's the long skinny silver one with the orange cap, they run about ten bucks on Amazon.  If you like calligraphy, I would definitely recommend the Parallel.  I'm still learning how to best use it, but it was a lot easier writing this than times I'd done calligraphy back in school with a quote-unquote calligraphy pen.

(The ink blots you see here and there are me literally dropping ink on the paper with a syringe, the big ones to cover up mistakes HAHA.)

If you write by hand at all it's totally fun to have at least one or two fountain pens in your arsenal!  They're not super expensive, there are a ton of resources online if you run into issues, you can use all sorts of fun and sparkly inks (like this!), and let's face it, they look pretty boss.
21 October 2015 @ 08:52 am
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We're in the future.
20 October 2015 @ 10:49 am
Bought my Star Wars tickets today!

...for a Sunday matinee.

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But I'm still excited!  I'm just too old for this shit midnight showings anymore, and I prefer going to the movies early in the day, anyway.  I don't mind waiting two days.  (Considering most of the time anymore I wait till a movie's been out a couple weeks to go.)  Star Wars at the Drafthouse!  I am so excite!

I watched the trailer twice yesterday and that's probably it for me.  Can't get spoiled, can't get used to the shiny, gotta stay hype.

(I don't have any Star Wars icons.  I'll need to rectify this.  And I've been meaning to make new icons for awhile anyway...)
13 October 2015 @ 11:21 am
I'm still sort of amazed that The X-Files is actually, seriously coming back.  Like, I want to travel back in time and tell teenage me that XF will still be on the air twenty years later.  After being pretty worried about it during filming, hearing the positive reception the first episode got at NYCC is making me much more excited - though I'm still nowhere near the epic heights of my fandom back in the day.

And, of course, it's the fourth anniversary of the Parks and Rec episode where Tom and Donna remind us that it's the best day of the year...treat yourself!  I'm going to pick up something for lunch instead of eating the dumb Lean Cuisine I brought.  Treat yourself two thousand fifteen!
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Saw this meme today in attempting to begin to catch up on my flist maybe just a little.  I cheated a bit, in that I used the first two or three lines for a couple.  Also, this represents the first lines of the last few chapters from my novel, as I haven't been writing much - if any - fanfic lately.

1. JENNY ADAIR (17) never stops moving with a boundless, jittery energy from room to room.

2. I believe we've been here in Transoceanus for four months now?

3. JOHAN (V.O.) Heinrich, tell me a story.

4. Perhaps it was only a coincidence, but Hermann didn't think so.

5. Calisia was a charming little town northeast of Omitaqua, built on bluffs overlooking the ocean.

6. A clearing in the woods. Green, birds singing, like a poem or some shit. Daryl made it no further, dropping to his knees.

7. Evenfall Hall, like any castle in the Seven Kingdoms, was filled with many particular odors.

8. It had been their last night together in the wild, though of course neither knew it at the time.

9. The walls were thicker at the bottom than at the top, like an old pane of glass.

10. Shouts at the end of the corridor. Shouts that were coming their way. Claudia slid her right hand up her left bracer, drawing out the dagger there, spinning it free of the linen.

As far as writing goes, for the last year I've been writing primarily on my novel The Orphan Queen, as well as two screenplays.  Rewrites and edits on a screenplay I optioned last fall (my first option!), which is ostensibly being sent around to directors right now?  I don't know; I haven't heard from the producer who optioned it in about two months.  The other is a script that I started literally a decade ago, that the producer read and liked the concept of, but he had a lot of good notes and said that it felt a little dated.  And it totally did; even though my last rewrite of that script had been 2010, it's amazing how much technology's changed and such.  So I'm currently about two-thirds through a page-one rewrite of that one.  I've been pretty consistently writing every single day, and it's become so much of a habit that I don't even really think about it anymore.  It's like, what else would I be doing with my time?  It would be cool if something happened with the first screenplay (The Dead House, which I think I wrote about on here once upon a time), but that's just a bonus, and not the reason why I sit down and write.

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29 September 2015 @ 02:26 pm

So, I got an email that my paid account was due to expire.  I had two choices.  Let it expire?  But that seemed a tacit acknowledgment that I would never post again.  So I had to renew, obviously.  But once I paid for a blog that I hadn't used in a year (a year?!), I realized that I absolutely had to post again, today, immediately.

(I waited like six hours to make this post, obviously.)

Soooooooooo, it's been awhile!  There are a multitude of reasons (three, maybe four) for why I quit posting for a year (A YEAR?!?), but I won't get into everything now.  Mostly because it's boring and I doubt anyone cares.  But I wanted to say hello!  I'll be endeavoring to getting back into the swing of things and maybe making things and writing things again, and checking up on my flist, and other such online fandom thingies!

I feel like I should add something of substance to this post, however, so have literally the only thing I've done in Photoshop in the past year: a teeny-bop collage of silent film star Conrad Veidt!  (My sister went through A Phase.)

11 September 2014 @ 09:01 am
Ugh!  Why are they discontinuing the only Apple product I like!

Soooo, if you haven't heard, they are discontinuing the iPod Classic.  This is a disaster.  I have a ton of music, and I want to put all my music on my device, because I may not know what I want to listen to on any given day.  Some days it's classical - and some days it's a specific kind of classical.  Or it might be soundtracks, or new music, or music from high school and college, or oldies, or classic rock, or WHO KNOWS.  I NEED ALL THESE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.

I also like not having to charge my device every day/every other day.

I also like just being able to use a scroll wheel, instead of having to actually look at my device, unlock a screen, go through apps and programs, etc.


I mean, I have an iPod Classic, but it's about six years old, and who knows.  Anything could happen.  I could drop it tomorrow.  It could freeze and I might not be able to reboot it.  I could spill coffee on it.  (That has the greatest likelihood.)  The little port for the plug-in might get a little bent thing in it or something.  ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

So I needed to buy another one.  But it's not available to just buy online because reasons, and my local stores don't have any available, so I just bought one to pick up in-store at a Target like an hour away and it says my order went through but I will not believe it until I get my confirmation "your item is ready to pick up!" email and even then I will need to have it in my hands.


I hate you, Apple.


ETA 2: Okay it's available and ready for pick up at the other location, which is even farther away.  Blessings on that Target's family, blessings on that Target's cow.
27 August 2014 @ 02:53 pm
"The Testament of Dr. Mabuse," 1933, directed by Fritz Lang.  Oh, some would probably quibble with classifying this as horror, but I stand by my choice.
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13 August 2014 @ 01:14 pm
Ah, guys.  It's been an emotional couple days.  I honestly feel as though I am grieving for a family member and not just an actor.

Unlike a lot of people my age, my first experience with Robin Williams was in Mork and Mindy.  I watched a lot of Nick and Nite as a kid.  As a weird, hyperactive child, I had such an affinity with Mork, though I wasn't remotely conscious of it at the time.  This might sound strange, but I really do feel like Mork was a positive role model for me growing up.

And then there was Hook, and Aladdin, and Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire.  Hitting high school age, I saw him in more dramatic roles - Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, Dead Poet's Society, Awakenings.  (Dear God, was he wonderful in Awakenings.)

One of my little sister's favorite movies is RV.  Not one of his most critically acclaimed roles or films, not by a longshot.  But I've seen it probably ten times with her, and every time I watch it, the scene where he's typing up his report and climbing on top of things trying to get cell phone reception makes me laugh even harder.

There are still many movies of his that I haven't seen.  I think it will be a little while before I get to them.

I saw a comment somewhere yesterday that put it best for me.  Robin Williams wasn't just an actor, and he wasn't just a comedian.  He was a part of our culture.

I just miss him so goddamn much.
31 July 2014 @ 10:25 am
...is what my doctor said to me when I finally went in for my finger.  They did an x-ray and didn't see anything, though my doc's sending it out for someone else to look at.  The most she would guess is that there's inflammation in the joint at the base of the finger, and she gave me a splint to wear to immobilize it, and I'm supposed to take ibuprofin regularly.


I made homemade flour tortillas this weekend for the first time, and I think I may just make them myself from now on.  So tasty, and really not all that difficult, though the process would be sped up quite a bit if I used two skillets.  I cold-brewed some coffee last night for my iced coffee today, and it was triumphantly perfect.  I'll never go back to brewing coffee regularly and either pouring it over ice or waiting for it to chill - cold-brewing is where it's at.

Tonight I'm going to make Guinness brownies with whiskey frosting, probably some banana bread because I have two bananas now too ripe for me to eat straight, and my sister's going to make zucchini bread.  When you bake in the summer, might as well go for it as long as you have the oven on.  My sister also made some salsa from tomatoes and peppers from Grandpa's garden, and I'm about ready to decant a jar.  Mmm, cooking.

There's a fine line when getting comments on fic between encouraging a writer and bullying them into writing more.  Especially when I've already replied with my thanks for the review, but I'm mostly focused on original work now and while I am trying to finish my WIPs (seriously, I am), I have no plans to write a bunch of new stuff, and I get another reply telling me to write more anyway.  I suppose it's flattering?  And I try to take it that way and brush off the rest.  But sometimes I want to say, it takes me a hell of a lot longer to write a fic than it takes you to read it, I have a lot of stuff on my plate, y'know, and bottom line, I am not your fic monkey.