cosmic_celery: (PD: Books are great)
It's about time for another one of these.

1. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin (1971)
2. The Book of the Still - Paul Ebbs (2002)
3. Camera Obscura - Lloyd Rose (2002)
4. Fear Itself - Nick Wallace (2005)
5. The Slow Empire - Dave Stone (2001)
6. Dark Progeny - Steve Emmerson (2001)
7. The City of the Dead - Lloyd Rose (2001)
8. The Adventuress of Henrietta Street - Lawrence Miles (2001)
9. Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend - Michael Dregni (2006)
10. Hope - Mark Clapham (2002)
11. Anachrophobia - Jonathan Morris (2002)
12. Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich (2008)
13. The Banquo Legacy - Justin Richards and Andy Lane (2001)
14. Trading Futures - Lance Parkin (2002)
15. The Crooked World - Steve Lyons (2002)
16. American Gods - Neil Gaiman (2001)
17. History 101 - Mags L. Halliday (2002)
18. Time Zero - Justin Richards (2003)
19. Wise Children - Angela Carter (1991)
20. The Infinity Race - Simon Messingham (2002)
21.The Domino Effect - David Bishop (2003)
22. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (1990)
23. Cauldron - Jack McDevitt (2007)
24. Reckless Engineering - Nick Walters (2003)
25. The Last Resort - Paul Leonard (2003)
26. Timeless - Stephen Cole (2003)

cosmic_celery: (Beatles: Ringo camera & ciggie)
I'm on Spring break now for a week. However, I still have a paper to write and a few things to do for class ...so it's not like I've got nothing to do. I got my Mythology story back, a B (because I didn't do an outline) with 'well written' marked on it and nothing else. And My English teacher lost my in class essay, but later e-mailed me to me that I got an A. I suppose both of these are good, and I will try my best not to read too much into him losing my paper.

I was invited to some birthday party/Easter egg hunt next Saturday and I have no idea if I want to go. (I don't know if I could even get there...odd bus schedules and such.) There's...I suppose that I should go since it's the only social event I've been invited to in over a year, but on the other hand that seems like a really crappy reason to go. I am a bit of a social phobic about this sort of thing - and hanging around a group of people I don't know for a few hours doesn't sound like my idea of a good time. My problem is, I'm not sure if I don't want to go because I'm scared or if I really just don't want to go.

I do know that I want to put on a swimsuit and sit around the pool reading a book. It's been really nice out lately. Getting a bit of sun sounds like a wonderful idea.

We've been reading Victorians in British Lit, and I've taken the opportunity to start reading Arthur & George by Julian Barnes. It's an alternate history set around Arthur Conan Doyle and a fictional character named George Edalji. I'm nearly two hundred pages in and the two of them still haven't met, so I'm expecting that will happen at the climax of the story. I haven't decided if I like it yet, but the story has been engaging so far. It is interesting, though, to be reading a book set in the same period I'm currently studying. Knowing a bit of background definitely helps.

cosmic_celery: (PD: Books are great)
In an effort to both keep track of my reading and to inspire myself to read more this year, I'm keeping a list of books that I've finished. If I end up talking about the book, I'll link to where that happened. Also, for my own information, I'm including the year the book was first published to try to get an idea of what eras my reading is coming from. I've got a list of all the Eighth Doctor Adventures I've read here.

So!

1. Halflife - Mark Michalowski (April 2004)
2. Revolution Man - Paul Leonard (April 1999)
3. Lieutenant Hornblower - C.S. Forester (1952)

(some Lovecraft stories ~ 1920)

4. Dominion - Nick Walters (1999)
5. The Fall of Yquatine - Nick Walters (2000)
6. Hard Times - Charles Dickens (1854)
7. Arthur and George - Julian Barnes (2006)
8. Saturday - Ian McEwan (2005)
9. And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks - Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs (1945)
10. Parallel 59 - Stephen Cole and Natalie Dallaire (January 2000)
11. On the Road - Jack Kerouac (1951)
12. Collected Poems of Robert Creeley
13. Soon I Will Be Invincible - Austin Grossman (2007)

goals

Jan. 28th, 2010 12:43 am
cosmic_celery: (Jeeves and Wooster: what now)
I've been to all of my classes now, and the English classes (Mythology and British Literature 2) seem like they're going to be manageable. Physics still scares the crap outta me. I definitely need to apply a lot of time to that one. If I keep on top of things (read: don't slack off) I should be able to get through this semester.

Mom likes the Self Defense class a lot more than I do. I think she's much more aggressive than I am. I'm okay with learning different moves and stuff, but I don't want to imagine the pad I'm hitting is some imaginary dude getting a knee to the balls. Also, it's much more an anti-rape class than a self defense class. Okay, it's common, but that's not the only scenario in which someone might attack a woman.

Being in the British Lit (actually, aside: The Professor, who was born and lived in England, mentioned that calling someone from Britain a 'Brit' is considered an insult? I've never heard that before) class has reminded me that I haven't written much of anything lately and I really need to start writing again. So starting now, I'm going to try writing a short story or poem every two weeks. With all my classes, I know that once a week is just going to be too much.

I'm going to make a list of everything I write this year, and post them to this journal (under lj cuts, of course). I'm also making a list of all the books I've read this year. Right now it's a measly two books (both EDAs). Hopefully this will make me a bit more motivated to do both more writing and reading.

Understandably, I'm probably going to be online a lot less than I have been recently. Sorry, guys.

(Also, sorry for cluttering up your flist with the two posts to follow)

cosmic_celery: (DW: 5 does research)
Quick plug for my [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti bidding thread HERE. I'm offering drawerings. So, if you like pretty pictures and such, go take a look.

And now it's time for a brief conversation with my body:

BODY: OH GOD WHAT'VE YOU DONE
ME: I just walked to the library...
BODY: THE FEET WE HAVE BLISTERS NOW WHAT KIND OF DEMON SOCKS WERE YOU WEARING
ME: Yeah, I guess the ribbing rubbed a little b-
BODY: DEMON SOCKS.

And thus ends a brief conversation with my body.

I indeed did take a walk to the library today, which was a four mile trip total, up and down a bit of hilly terrain. Considering I've been hermiting away the past few months, it was nice to get out and have a bit of a walk around. I bet I could do that walk once a week (socks permitting) and I'd end up in much better shape than I am now. ...and perhaps the cave-dweller pallor of my skin will warm up a bit. :\

At the library I snapped up Lieutenant Hornblower by C.S. Forester and a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Today is double first initials day on my reading regimen, apparently. I've been wanting to read some of both of these, the Forester for pure entertainment reasons, and the Lovecraft because it seems references keep popping up to him everywhere I look, yet I haven't read a single story. So, yay books. They're due back on the 4th...which I'm writing here to remind myself.

It's not a very big library, and they've set up this digital system for checking out books, which I suppose could be convenient, but (and this is very strange coming from me) the transaction seemed lacking without a person behind it. You scan the bar codes from your card and the books you're checking out, press the screen to let it know you're finished, and then it prints up this little receipt...which is a continually annoying noise if you're just sitting around the library reading.

Are they going to be doing this in libraries everywhere now, or was it just this one?

Also, gosh, embarrassing: I had to get my card updated because the last time I used it was years ago. And then the friendly library staff had to help the old lady (me) figure out the CRAZY MODERN THINGAMAJIG. I'm usually all for automation and electronic ways of doing things, but somehow adding it into libraries seems odd. Libraries should be strange portals into the world of the past where you look up things on cards and someone holding a date-stamp checks out your books for you.

I also took a look by a vintage shop, which wasn't very good...and some big antique store that seemed to have some cool stuff. There was a three book set of Hornblower novels I might pick up later. ...and I won't be getting the cool, yellow, rotary telephone...even if it would be neat to have in my bedroom.

cosmic_celery: (Dr.H: ahhh human contact!)
I have a couple things to ramble on about, but I think I'll be saving those till later. I've got the rest of Revolution Man to re-read for [livejournal.com profile] act_three's Fitz-a-long. Forgot how much I like the plotting in this one. Mmm plot. And superpower drugs. And Communist brainwashing. (Yes, this is your scheduled "go join the read-a-long" plug, please continue about your day.)

Regarding my last post about cons and hair:

I'll be skipping Gallifrey, and will be going to Comic-Con on Friday and Sunday. I hope I'll see a couple of you there! ...and that the massive crowd won't send me into some sort of panic attack. We'll see!

And I'm getting my hair cut this weekend by some woman I've never had cut my hair before! (The girl that usually does my hair is, according to her, incapable of cutting short hair - so I'm going with someone elses recommendation. eep.)

cosmic_celery: (B7: Avon & Vila)
No word back on the casino job, so I guess they aren't interested. I'm thinking maybe I'd be better off if I had some sort of marketable skill, but the only ones I think of that'd also be fun to learn are lock picking and bar tending. ...and bar tending doesn't sound like very much fun. ...and I might get arrested practicing lock picking.

Last week I bought some black and white pillow ticking and some yellow dye, so I'm on my way to the girl!six costume I've been working on off and on for a while now. The actual sewing machine's broken, but mom's promised she'll take it in to get fixed. I just don't know when she's going to get around to it.

Also, got a neat shirt!
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Like I said before, I've been re-reading Good Omens, and I got around to drawing a Hugh Laurie inspired Crowley:
Under the Cut )

I drew Aziraphale too, but he looked too much like Stephen Fry and I drew the eyes a bit too high, so you don't get to see that one.

cosmic_celery: (PD: Books are great)
Not much to report on from the daily life of. I've been having a lovely time of hermiting myself away, especially since the weather's cooled off a bit and fall is coming on. Earlier this week I got a flu shot (for the regular flu, not the swine flu) so hopefully I won't end up getting sick this winter.

And I've organized the bookshelves in my room! They are now loosely categorized and not piled on top of piles. Though I seem to have mislaid my copy of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (I suspect it's under my bed), and I have two different paperback editions of Good Omens.

Speaking of...am I the only person who imagines Aziraphale and Crowley as early Fry and Laurie? I think someone suggested it to me a while ago and now it's stuck in my head.

The only other book I've got two of is because I've got it in German and in English. It's titled Die Blendung and Auto-da-fe, respectively. I'd say that the author (Elias Canetti) is one of my favorites, but I still haven't gotten through either of them. I have read through a book of his journals, which are absolutely wonderful.

I've got so much to read and here I find myself reading through Good Omens again. Well, it is a very good book.

Pictures of my bookcases, because I am that sort of person: )

Shallow thoughts on Blakes 7 while I'm thinking about it:

-Up to Season 3 now.
-Apparently, bras cease to exist some time in the future. Better stock up.
-I liked the original Travis better. The second guy reminds me of Nicolas Cage and is often dressed up in what looks like leather wicker.
-Speaking of leather: Full leather outfits are nice, but probably not the best choice for stealth operations. Creak creak.

Edit because oh I forgot to mention! I made a twitter for Fitz. Follow him if that's your bag.

<3

Jun. 29th, 2009 12:16 am
cosmic_celery: (PD: Books are great)
Just want to show off my new (old) dictionary:

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From the spine:

Webster's Twentieth Century Dictionary.
Unabridged.
Many Supplementary Vocabularies
and Articles with Atlas of the World
(This dictionary is not published by the original publishers
of Webster's Dictionary or their successors)

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Very unabridged.

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My grandmother gave it to me today. She got it in 1942, the year it was published, from a door to door salesman. She had to buy three magazines to get the dictionary, which is what she really wanted.

In the front it has pictures of soldiers, fighter planes, and the "television apparatus". In the back are histories, an atlas, names from mythology and scripture, and quite a lot more.

It is pretty much the best gift I've ever received.

meme

Jun. 11th, 2009 01:16 am
cosmic_celery: (Calvin&Hobbes: hanging out)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] urchinmoppet:

Don't take too long to think about it. List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you -- The first 15 you can recall in 15 minutes.

01. Manxmouse - Paul Gallico
02. The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
03. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
04. The Hitchhiker's Guide (and sequels) - Douglas Adams
05. The Shooting of Dan McGrew and Other Poems - Robert Service
06. Prufrock and Other Observations - T.S Eliot
07. Dragon's Blood - Jane Yolen
08. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
09. Hamlet - Shakespeare
10. Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
11. Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
12. Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Paul Magrs
13. Short stories by Edgar Allen Poe
14. Calvin and Hobbes in its various volumes - Bill Watterson
15. Last Chance to See - Douglas Adams

Heh. Poetry and genre, mostly.

notes

May. 26th, 2009 10:49 pm
cosmic_celery: (DW: Six/Rani)
-The poll tells me you guys don't mind fan writing here, so here it will stay, along with everything else. I'll get around to posting those I haven't already posted and I think a links post...uh...later.

-I'm famous! Okay...not really.

-Everyone wants a job in a basement with books. We must be able to set something up.

-I've got clothes and everything ready for the non-basement/books job interview Friday. This includes uncomfortable closed toe heels. Grumble.

-Two finals tomorrow and then one on Monday.

-I made an icon out of my Six/Rani scribble. It is up there. And ridiculous.


cosmic_celery: (IZ: MADNESS)
I applied for the fancy greeter position at the casino, and I'm hoping, despite my piss-poor resume, that I'll get an interview. The woman who is running part of it used to date one of my references (drama teacher) and has said she'd watch out for my name - so that may help. There's more than one spot open (quite a few, actually) but I keep getting terrifying information from my mother like: "so far, 60 people have applied" and "one of them is a runway model" and "you'll have to wear a dress".

My mother's wisdom on this one: "You just have to communicate easily...be friendly and outgoing. Basically, be the opposite of what you really are and you'll do fine."

*headdesk*

Isn't there a position like...in a basement somewhere? Maybe with books?

cosmic_celery: (Nine doomsday retcon)
I've been listening to a weekly horror story podcast Pseudopod for a while now, that, to my geeky pleasure, is narrated by an Englishman named Brigadier Alasdair Stewart. The stories themselves are excellently written, usually not in the tradition of pulp fiction blood bath horror, and I always enjoy the brief commentary that's given at the beginning or end of the episodes. Pseudopod is part of a group of podcasts (Escape Pod for sci-fi and PodCastle for fantasy) that are really presenting some of the best in short stories coming out of the genre market these days, many of the stories having won Hugo or Nebula awards, and many others that are just good.

Alasdair Stewart's commentary at the end of podcast 104: "The Book in the Earth" got me thinking. Here's what he said:

"Books are chimerical, changing not only due to the circumstance you find them in, but who you are when you do. Think about it. The same basic undercurrent of knowledge is now available to, basically, everyone in the developed world. The same knowledge, the same stories, accessible in millions of unique ways and places by millions of unique people. Sometimes you'll be entertained, sometimes you'll be bored senseless, and sometimes you'll be changed.

I've read three books that have changed overtly how I think and act and I know with an absolute certainty that there are dozens of others whose influence is much more subtle. We become, after a while, libraries; treasure troves of information, carriers of a unique strain of meme, be it a story, a joke, a poem, a fact. Every book changes us. Everything we read becomes part of us. Case in point, Apollo 16, Charlie Duke became the only man in history, to date, to fall over on the moon. I've carried that for years; now you're carrying it too. Now, the point though, is that really good books don't just do this, but they also ask who you are and show you who you could be. Really great books have that effect in subtly different ways every time you read them. And all-time classics frequently feature a lot more space battles."

I can't think of any books which I definitely know have changed me at a base level, or changed the manner in which I think. Surely I can list  plenty of books which have effected me and my ideas, but I don't think it's the same. I do agree with him that what we read becomes part of an inner library of concepts, ideas, and facts, and definitely, these help hone a more individualistic view of the world, but does it really change us, and how we think about things?

Perhaps I'm taking him a bit too literally here, but I can't help wondering: Are there are books that have radically changed the way you think? Even the way you construct thought? And if so, if you have returned to them at different times in your life, how did that change the book's effect?

cosmic_celery: (dr. horrible ahhh human contact!)
Ahh, what am I doing awake!

The bad news:
1) I burnt my arm on the iron this morning trying to get the wrinkles out of my OMG LINEN PANTS OF DOOM. Doesn't hurt anymore but I've got a red, raised line on the inside of my arm that looks like some sort of nasty self-mutilation scar.

2) My brother and his girlfriend are coming into town for his birthday tomorrow morning! Which is like...NOW. Now morning. It's not overly horrible...I get along marginally well with my brother, but it guarantees that I will be forced to attend some sort of group activity I don't really want to go to...and having two extra people sleeping in the house triggers all my waa-I-hate-people stuff.

Good News:
1) Got a bookshelf! And it's completely full already with all the books that were laying around in the other room. It really makes me want to go through alllll of the books, get rid of some, and reorganize the rest in a really cool way. I might even be able to clear out a whole bookcase from the other room(because it's pretty much filled with papers and random junk) which would be awesome because I have a bucket of books in my closet that should totally be not in my closet.

2) I found Speaker For the Dead by Orson Scott Card among the books in the other room, which is cool because I had planned on reading the Ender series and could find all of them except that one.

(Finished Ender's Game on my trip, and while the book itself was pretty cool, I knew what the ending "twist" was going to be from the very beginning. But maybe that's because one of my favorite movies as a kid was Toys)?

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