adelagia: (community | empowerage)
The other day, [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani, [livejournal.com profile] slitherhither, and I decided that we were going to form our own informal book club (because real book clubs are intimidating and there's way too much pressure to be insightful), and reread the Harry Potter series again. Every other time we get together we talk about how we've forgotten so many things from our first reads (mostly me, because my memory is not even a sieve, it's a springform pan that long ago misplaced its bottom), and how we sped through the last book especially just because we needed to find out what happened next. So I've started on the first book again, to read while I'm bored at work and/or avoiding work at work.

It got me reading some of my past Draco/Ginny works again, and while there's definitely room for improvement, I'm totally enjoying some of the things I wrote years and years ago. Which is nice. I tend to go in circles of liking what I write when I write it, being really pumped when I finish and post it, and then, after all the dust has settled, thinking it was complete and utter garbage. It's nice when it comes back around to the part of the circle where I think I'm actually kind of decent at writing.

I also found deep in the recesses of my GoogleDocs a really cute D/G fic about them falling into a choose-your-own-adventure book that I was a few scenes away from finishing. Damn this short attention span and constant writer's block; if only I had finished it when I'd had the inspiration and could've posted it. It's totally adorable, lol. Alas. And the D/G fandom's so dead now; everyone's long since moved on to other fandoms, myself well included, that there's really no point in trying to spruce it up and post it, even assuming I had the time slash gumption slash writing spirit. Ah well, insert dreamy nostalgic sigh here.

adelagia: (mst3k | whimsy overdose)
I just bought the Thug Kitchen Official Cookbook! [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani brought it to my attention a few months ago, and reading it is a delight. It yells at you in a completely supportive way and makes you want to take control of your crappy, tiny kitchen. For example, this caption on their whole wheat biscuits recipe: Make your own biscuits because that store-bought shit is shady as hell. Food shouldn't be packaged like a stick of explosives. That shit is unnatural. Heh. I haven't made anything from it yet; it just arrived yesterday. But I'm excited to! Maybe I'll even post the results! But let's not get our hopes up about that!

I also like those really metal recipes on tumblr, like this one for a waffle ice-cream sandwich: ONCE YOU HAVE THOSE TWO LITTLE SHITS IN YOUR HAND THROW THEM ACROSS THE ROOM SO THAT THEY LAND PERFECTLY IN YOUR TOASTER. IF YOUR AIM SUCKS ASS JUST PUT THEM IN GENTLY WHILE TRASH TALKING YOUR TOASTER BECAUSE YOU’RE STILL HARDCORE. Hell yeah. I guess what this tells us is that being yelled at about cooking really gets my ass in gear.

Also purchased a handheld milk frother, which is SUPER COOL :D I'm going to froth EVERYTHING.

Huzzah!

Oct. 29th, 2012 09:42 pm
adelagia: (pixar | dory)
Big fat happy announcement, part deux: The Other Guy is now up on Amazon, for all the lovely Kindle peoples out there. Yay!

AMAZON | SMASHWORDS

adelagia: (pixar | kevin artwork)
Have just seen The Hunger Games movie with [livejournal.com profile] sarea_okelani and her cousin. (Well, I say just, but it was really about four hours ago, because we went for delicious stinky tofu hotpot after, even though the place was crammed with whippersnappers out on a school night.)

Without spoiling anything for the nonce, I'll just say that I really enjoyed it and would like to see it again (preferably without the seventeen or so previews they insisted on showing beforehand; seriously, it was like, "Here's every single movie coming out next year! We swear they're good!"). Also, needs moar Peeta. But I think I would have said that regardless of whatever screen time he got, because Peeta is the best.

Amazon delivered Catching Fire and Mockingjay (and some textbooks for next quarter, but those are so not important) yesterday, so of course I spent all of yesterday reading them both. I don't think I've read anything that intently since Deathly Hallows came out. Yay books!

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As with practically everything else, I've gotten on board with The Hunger Games about three years after everyone else discovered that it's amazing. [personal profile] accordingtomel gave me a copy of it a little while ago, but I've only just had the time to read it now since it's spring break (SPRING BREAK! WHOOO!), and as soon as I finished it, I had to hop on to Amazon to buy the rest of the series.

(PS. Why aren't the paperbacks out yet? It's been two years since Catching Fire was published. WTH?)

Am going to see a pre-screening of the movie this week with [profile] sarea_okelani, which is super exciting, especially now that I've actually read the book, lol.

Fic is hard to find, though. Well, I mean, good fic. And also fic that isn't spoilery for the latter two books.

In other news, I'm in the midst of an extended showdown with some kind of stomach bug. It's not bad enough to render me non-functional, but it's also very diligent about making sure I know it's still hanging around. Vastly irritating. But you know what this means? Next time I play Pandemic, I get to go first! Whooo.

adelagia: (30 rock | page numbers)
Dear Jim Butcher,

Your books are great; your editors are not. They cannot proofread worth a damn.

Twitchingly yours,
Me

adelagia: (community | empowerage)
Was recently just telling someone that I can't bring myself to overlook incorrect dialogue punctuation or blatant misspellings, no matter how popular or well-recced a fic is, though I vaguely recall a time when stuff like that didn't bother me as much (misuse of your/you're, however, has always, always felt like a sucker-punch to the soul); I think this may be due to doing the submission queue at FIA for a few years now, and now that I'm a lot more finely attuned to catching SpaG mistakes I see them everywhere. Which is much worse when it's an actual, published book rather than a fic.

Which brings me to: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. )



adelagia: (yb | tk disapproves)
I AM SICK. Cough, sneeze, BOOOO.

In less sniffly news, I made out like a bandit today at Goodwill -- found myself four Terry Pratchett books I haven't read yet! Big thanks to the foolish fools who decided to give away their good books. Also picked up Hugh Laurie's The Gun Seller and a Sherlock Holmes collection. Whee! I love it when I have no more space for books and have to pile them all over. It makes me feel homey and happy.

Also, YOU GUYS, Fandom Steel Cage Match March Madness is back! Check it:




adelagia: (mst3k nothing happened)
Has anyone read Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union? I feel like someone on the f-list has mentioned it before but I can't remember who... Anyway, I loved Kavalier & Clay, so I picked up this one right away when I saw it was on sale, and, well, it's a bit slow going (and not really all that uproariously funny as its reviews claim). I should say Chabon writes gorgeously; he's just wonderful at crafting beautiful sentences and images, but I'm almost halfway through the book and I feel like absolutely nothing is happening. Like, is there a plot? Because it's not very, um... there. So, I'm getting quite bored with it actually and wondering if it's worth continuing?

adelagia: (erniebanana)
Anyone have good book recommendations? The library I go to doesn't have very extensive collections of the authors I'm familiar with and other people keep checking out things I want to read, so at some point I'm going to have to expand my tastes, but I'm not sure where to start. At the moment, I'm big on Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher and Christopher Moore, so stuff in that vein would probably work best, though if there's something you think would render my life would be incomplete if I didn't read it, feel free to rec that too!
adelagia: (erniebanana)
Slumdog Millionaire finally opened here a few days ago, so we went to see it today. I thought it was really good. My barometer for movie enjoyment is whether I'm still thinking about it hours or days later, so I'm pretty sure I liked it. I don't have much else to say on it, though; I'm terrible at reviewing movies except to say whether or not I enjoyed them. To sum up: Good movie.

(Or, if you haven't seen it and would like an actual review, here's Pajiba's. It's where I go for all my movie reviews, since I usually agree with them.)

A question for Dresden Files readers: Do I have to read the books in order? I snagged a copy of Storm Front from the library and liked it a lot, but the next ones that are not checked out are 5 and 6.

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