Wow, this October has been SO GOOD to me! What a delightful month, A++ would absolutely Groundhog Day this whole month at least once more. I worked a lot (including learning to close, oh my god I am such a morning person, what a dumb misery closing is) and I was sick for a week solid, but everything was still so good!

Two(?) weekends ago, [ profile] flitephoto took most of the D&D group up to her grandparents' cabin on a lake in New York! We played board games and ate lots of tasty food and made s'mores around a bonfire (and sang rounds rather than telling ghost stories, at [personal profile] scribe's request and my deep happiness to comply); everyone but me jumped in the lake -- 60F, opposed to the 50F air outside it -- which I was exempted from because I still had a cold, though I did have my feet in the water and laugh at my screaming friends.

Many lovely media things have been happening to me! Housemate A bought Diablo III, which we've been playing as a household and which is SO FUN; I'm getting better at understanding the appeal of pure hitting-things games. I managed to get my hands on Ancillary Sword just after finishing Ancillary Justice, which has spoiled me horribly -- I liked Justice but I LOVED Sword, and now I'm in agonies that I don't already have the next book. In lieu of that I'm reading Kelly Link's Monstrous Affections anthology; I picked it up at a bookstore event last week where I also got to meet Sarah Rees Brennan and say good socially acceptable things instead of just hissing "I SHIP THE RYVES BROTHERS" and running away with my signed books.

I saw Jennifer's Body with Amiel this last weekend; it is SO GOOD if you like a certain type of lady-centric horror movie, and was lovely after also watching Ginger Snaps and Alien Resurrection with them, because what is October if not for horror movies? I think perhaps Carrie is next! Also, totally taking recommendations for anyone's fav horror films, it can be horror movie time any time of year.

On actual Halloween I have several Halloween parties to go to, and then I am doing NaNo! Oh god. I skipped out on Yuletide this year, though I'm still on the pinch hit list and can do stocking stuffers if I want; but it's nice to only have one writing pressure. Anyway NaNo starts on Saturday! I'm signed up at the official site this year (under Aria Woods), mostly to have a handy place to keep track of word count, but if any of y'all are doing NaNo I'd be happy to befriend you over there! November is gonna be fun :)
It occurs to me that I may be terrible at New Year's resolutions in part because my brain thinks of years as having September-August cycles (ie the way a school year/summer break is scheduled) rather than January-December ones. Leaves beginning to turn color? Time to figure out what habits and schedules to change in order to optimize the year! I think this means I should take advantage of my brain's comfort with fall as a time of change in order to make some nicer habits!

Obviously one of these is posting to DW more often. I have stopped worrying and learned to love twitter, but it has no archival-diary function, which is my favorite thing about journaling sites. Also, wow, being able to condense my thoughts is a nice skill, but at this point I feel like I need to relearn how to uncondense them. And so: an uncondensed list of things I would like to do!

1. Get back on tumblr tbh. I need to just pare it down to people whose posts I consistently like, and then give myself a half-hour time limit per day and make myself stop after that before I can go into a weird guilt spiral about never catching up. It's okay, self. Tumblr is infinite.

2. Stretch in the evenings?? The apartment of Gondor often mainlines shows in the evenings (the past few months it's been Warehouse 13); this is the ideal time to roll out a mat and unwind a bit. I have a job that has a lot of heavy lifting! My back has been REAL MAD lately! I should be kind to my body, it's the only one I get unless awesome cyborg enhancements are coming to the general public sooner than I anticipate.

3. Enjoy some new media! I ... have peaced out of Doctor Who so hard :( Instead I am watching Outlander, lololol; I definitely want to give Farscape a go, since it's all on Netflix. (I am told that the viewing order is in some way fucked?? Any pointers from people who know Farscape would be much appreciated.) I have also fallen back into the habit of reading actual books; just finished Jemisin's Dreamblood duology, and Leckie's Ancillary Justice is next on the list. EXCITED.

4. Write ... some books ...? I mean, I have a post-Thor 2 plotty political fic to write with [profile] filiabelialis, and unrelated shorter Loki/Amora and apparently Sif/Lorelei fics, and probably some Gamora/Nebula if I can bring myself to care about the GotG part of the MCU enough; but then I also have some original projects to finish! And to start! And to middle! I think the takeaway here is that, just as I need to block out a half hour per day for tumblr and then call quits, I need to block out probably an hour per day for writing (and then NOT call quits if the writing is actually working). When my days were more structured I got lots more writing done per month, so now that I have a job with weird hours I need to do my own structuring.

5. Gonna learn to vid! This has been a backburner resolution for a while, but [personal profile] verity has offered to actually teach me, so hell yes I'm doing that. (She's also offered to teach me how to break an egg one-handed, as per Thor's skill at that in her fic halfway between the gutter and the stars -- GO READ IT it features the very best Thor -- but presumably learning how to break eggs will take less time than learning how to vid.)

I think all this is doable! It'll be nice to settle in and work on getting comfortable inside my life; A and I just redecorated the apartment, so physically it's lovely to be in; I've had lots of summer adventures and am happy to lay low for a bit. Such good summer adventures, though: some New York friends came up to Boston and took me to a One Direction concert with them, which was pretty great; the following week [profile] filiabelialis and I went down to NYC to visit (mostly different) friends. And I think I want to get back into the habit of having a narrative for adventures, either the gallivanting ones or the at-home ones. I like the way it makes them feel more permanent.
My new year so far:

+ I had very pleasant shifts at the cafe; good tips, several super nerdy interactions with customers (including a little girl who had a Doctor Who book and told me her favorite Doctor was "Nine and Ten AND Eleven!")

+ Our D&D session last night was so great! Many shenanigans were had, and [personal profile] scribe's visiting BFF seemed to have a good time.

+ Amiel stayed over and as usual did that thing where they make amazing breakfast. So, due to snowstorm, instead of getting up at unreasonable hours to catch a bus to New York, I got up at perfectly reasonable hours and had snuggles and BACON.

+ It is the third bus I attempted to get a ticket for, but I'm on it and actively on my way to the couch con [personal profile] oliviacirce is hosting! By which I mean I'm sitting at the very front of the top level of the bus, watching the road go by below, listening to the Pacific Rim soundtrack and writing this on my phone and generally having a really good day.
Last weekend's New York adventures were such a good idea. Thursday evening was the Night Vale live show with [personal profile] oliviacirce, and it was SO GOOD. Cecil Baldwin's face is so great, and all their guest voices were delightful; I laughed so hard my belly hurt, and I hid in Olivia's shoulder from the scary parts, and I really hope they wide-release that episode sometime reasonably soon, because I want to yell with everyone about it! The cosplay was really great too: there were some hooded figures, a surprisingly large number of Scouts -- mostly from younger audience members who might actually be Scouts -- several Cecils with really impressive tattoos, and a super cute Carlos who did indeed have perfect hair. (I also spotted two Apache Trackers, one at the show and one at NYCC, but didn't collect myself in either instance in enough time to yell "WHAT AN ASSHOLE" after them.)

Comic Con was also pretty great! Went with [personal profile] polarisnorth, met up with [ profile] hazellazer and [ profile] nicoleanelle, though we didn't have the best time keeping track of one another; we did have some good hangouts and lunch and cosplay-spotting, though. I went as casual sundress Thor, and soon realized that this was a good costume in which to ask Loki cosplayers if I could give them a hug. Which was really interesting, actually! Everyone said yes, but most of the ones who were really into it, wanted to hug me back and talk &c, were being Lady Loki. I have no idea if this means anything! Some of them were also like "hey, thanks for asking," which ahhh oh god OF COURSE I WAS GONNA ASK. I think my favorite Loki encounter was one where Loki was this tiny lady in wearing Loki's end-of-Avengers costume, complete with chains and mask; she was the only one who hugged me like she was a super dangerous version of Loki, and the dude Thor she was with was really amused by it. All the Lokis were great, though! I didn't take pictures of most of them, because I didn't want to ask for a hug AND a photo, but one Lady Loki who'd made her own incredible costume did take a picture with me while we were out of the crowd crush.

Sundress Thor on the New York subway, holding a Starbucks mocha that says 'Nicole' on the side cos the barista wildly misheard me saying Thor; me with the really excellent Lady Loki, in what may be one of the best pictures of me ever. )

Then I stayed over with Olivia; she sat me down with booze and cupcakes and proceeded to tell me about One Direction for like three hours. In the morning before I left we went to brunch with [personal profile] mistresscurvy and one of her friends, and it would've been One Direction all the time except that I kept insistently talking about Tom Hiddleston while having a mimosa. I love New York vacation? and pretending to be an adult? and then talking about RPF at brunch.

I'm pretty happy now, is what I'm saying here! I have a movie night with friends tonight, and D&D tomorrow, and really kind flexible work hours that are letting me do the last bit of the Avengers fic in a fit of madness. (On the last part! 87,000 words and counting! Gonna try to be done over the weekend! WHEEEE.) I managed to order a new computer today, and I have lots of art from con to put up around the apartment, and ... some days are better than others, but it's good right now.
aria: ([doctor who] river fucking song)
( Jun. 4th, 2013 09:50 am)
So WisCon happened! As usual, it was absolutely lovely, although this year I went to fewer panels than I intended; on the other hand, much of the con involved me playing host to [personal profile] filia_belialis and [personal profile] such_heights, since it was their first time at WisCon. We had lots of meals together, and impromptu room parties, and it was delightful. (We may have officially called our room the Tom Hiddleston Recovery Unit, but there wasn't so much recovery as just lots of yelling about him/Tilda Swinton/the Avengers cast/the Doctor Who cast/&c. Also [personal profile] oliviacirce hid behind lots of imaginary pillars.)

The con in more detail, cut for length! )

I think this about covers it! Although in more serious news, usually I do WisCon and come out of it feeling energized, and pleased with myself, and like I've recharged for another year of normal things before it comes around again. Not so much this year! I was low-energy enough that I felt a bit like I needed twice the usual time to even sink properly into the con spirit and relax enough to enjoy myself. It was also a reminder of all the things I like, and something like a punch to the face about how I'm not doing the things I like, at least in my dumb not particularly rewarding day job. Which is really great, actually, in the sense that instead of feeling like an affirmation this year con felt like a wake-up call, to go out and try to make the rest of my life more like the stories I want it to be again.
Mm. I love Christmas so much. It's funny, because I never set out to have an excess of Christmas spirit or anything (if we, say, ignore for the moment the fact that I watch Muppet Christmas Carol every year) but it makes me so happy. I haven't listened at all to the Christmas mix I made a couple years ago, and I haven't watched any of my holiday movies or Christmas episodes, or reread Letters from Father Christmas, or even been on top of Yuletide in the same way I've been in years previous. But ... yesterday I wrapped presents for my parents and put them under the tree, and today I did a few final Yuletide revisions while feeling more and more excited about it, and tonight is the UU Christmas Eve service.

I've been so busy, and so overwhelmed by life happening, that it's sort of snuck up upon me this year. But I'm at my parents' house for the week, and I know my sweethearts and roommates and assorted friends are also off with family or otherwise doing good holiday things, and I feel so pleasantly anticipatory, and calmly settled into my skin.

Tomorrow of course I'm going to open presents both virtual and physical, and probably watch or read all the Christmas-themed things that I didn't get to before now. I'm just. Really happy to be happy right now.
aria: ([doctor who] van gogh tardis)
( Sep. 5th, 2012 12:43 pm)
+ Back from Dragon*Con! It was loads of fun; particular highlights included seeing fan buddies from far-off climes, witnessing [personal profile] tenlittlebullets' Simm!Master dancing with a Loki at the Heroes & Villains Ball, and the perfection of the panel with Juliet Landau and James Marsters. If I never have to be in crowds like that until next year's con, though, I will be very happy about it.

+ Stupidly exhausted. The weekend away was fun but not very recharge-y, and I have about a million obligations right now, and mostly I want to just sleep and write Avengers fic and never change out of this stupid oversized t-shirt I got at con which features a '60s Journey Into Mystery cover image with Thor and Loki being ridiculous.

+ I watched the Elementary pilot! I am ... weirdly having trouble reading it as a Holmes adaptation? Like, aside from their names and the thing with the bees, there was very little that pinged me as uniquely Holmesian. Which is not to say I didn't like it, because in fact I did! It was really refreshing to watch a Holmes who is making an actual effort to not be an asshole despite not doing social interaction in ways most other people do, and I like them both as characters and am intrigued by their dynamic, and yep, probably giving it a watch, as I'm not committed to too many shows at the moment and this one looks like an enjoyable procedural.

+ White Collar continues lovely this season! I ADORED last week's and was only normal levels of charmed by this one, but sfdkjsdfkjfds seriously show of my heart.

+ And Doctor Who is back! I ... man, I am so neutral about Who at this point. Mostly I feel like Moff really loves his cool set pieces but is content to let the character stuff happen off screen, and obvs Matt and Karen and Arthur are doing lovely things with what they're given, but they're not being given much. Probably I will end up writing Amy Pond frustration fic.
aria: ([misc] travel)
( Aug. 29th, 2012 10:49 am)
I have been mostly away from the internet (and fandom generally, barring sleepily checking tumblr over breakfast) for quite some time now because real life, oh god real life, everything has been a bit in crisis mode with helping people move. But! I AM OFF TO DRAGON*CON TOMORROW. I'm really hoping that it will be a proper vacation rather than something that packs on more stress, but I am really, really excited at the prospect of so many hangouts with lovely fan people.

(We're still on for a Stonehenge Apocalypse room party, right? I need this in my life. And if we time it right I may turn up with an air of faint bewilderment while dressed as Aziraphale.)
aria: ([lost girl] kenzi)
( Jul. 9th, 2012 06:40 pm)
+ Today we went on wine-tasting adventures around the finger lakes! There was much delicious wine, some of which we bought, and ice cream in between vineyards. fsdjds I love going on vacation, and also [personal profile] thingswithwings and [personal profile] eruthros remain basically the best.

+ I have figured out my bingo line! It is five different fandoms! It's all potential fics I have lots of feelings about! This is all absurdly exciting. Oh gosh, so much fic to write. :D

+ So I may have mentioned at various points that I have lots of feelings and general love for the Demon's Lexicon trilogy. Tragically I don't think I ever made proper reaction posts when I read them for the first time -- seriously, I read the Demon's Surrender all in one day, and afterwards made a post mentioning that I'd read it and saying something about how most of my feelings wanted to be expressed in complicated plotty poly fic -- but ... maybe at some point I will do (another) reread and talk about why these books are kind of a perfect storm of things I love. In the meantime, though, I've been compiling a links & general recs list, for my own benefit and to give to various friends after foisting the books upon them, so I thought I'd post it here too.

Demon's Lexicon recs: canonical short stories, various canon extras, excellent fic; SPOILERS, oh my goodness, don't even click this if you don't want to be spoiled. )
aria: ([misc] super shakespeare)
( Jul. 8th, 2012 06:36 pm)
+ Visiting [personal profile] eruthros and [personal profile] thingswithwings is really wonderful, you guys, it was absolutely worth the all-day bus ride Friday. (Plus the endless buses gave me a chance to reread Eight Days of Luke, which as usual gave me all the Loki feelings.) So far I have snuggled the dog a lot, and we went to the farmer's market yesterday during a really epic thunderstorm, and we keep having impromptu vid parties, and I have eaten lots of delicious food. Last night we went out for dinner with [personal profile] livrelibre, with whom I bonded enthusiastically over Thor/Loki. Many of the delights of conventions, none of the crowds or panel scheduling!

+ Speaking of cons, I am now entirely ticketed for Dragon*Con, although at this point my D*C feelings are mostly logistics anxieties rather than actual excitement. Presumably by late August I will also have excitement! In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out what sort of cosplay to do and whether it can fit in my duffle. (I ... kind of want to make myself a Thor costume chiefly out of duct tape. I could do that, right? PERHAPS.)

+ And of course today I watched the Henry IV part one Hollow Crown. OH GOSH I HAVE LOTS OF FEELINGS. The only real disappointment was the director's baffling decision to turn Hal's first soliloquy into a voiceover, which, WHY, I really wanted to watch Tom Hiddleston's face while he explained all his cunning lies. That aside, though, Hal was of course basically perfect, and that's really all I absorbed; I'd have to watch it again to have other thoughts, and obviously I do have plans to watch it again forthwith. Because HAL. *___*
aria: ([misc] travel)
( May. 31st, 2012 03:14 pm)
Belatedly, a WisCon post! I keep putting it off because it's so damn hot out that my brain doesn't really want to string together articulate sentences; this post may therefore be a bit scattered. But I had a really good time -- it was fun showing Emma around, and getting to see all my WisCon buddies, and rediscovering that this con really is one of my happy places.

A rundown of the weekend, cut for length. )
i. skfdk everyone run do not walk to listen to the podfic of Shatter, read by [ profile] cyranothe2nd who is basically my new hero -- she makes the fic sound so good, and also upped my fondness for Jane a lot. SO GOOD. I would listen to it like five times in a row except that it's three and a half hours long, and also, let's be honest, I basically have the fic memorized. I just love the podfic so much!

ii. WisCon! I'm going with Emma and am stupid excited to show off Madison to her; we'll be arriving early Friday afternoon (fingers crossed, our bus schedule keeps changing so it's entirely possible we won't turn up until about five in the evening) and staying through Monday, and I'm really excited to see everyone. WISCON BUDDIES I WILL SEE YOU SOON. \o/

There is no thing three! Maybe I will try to write some filthy Thor/Loki before I'm off on weekend adventures, idk, maybe I will just clean the house.
Evidence of the fact that I have been having Exciting Adventures: radio internet silence! I will probably be properly around again sometime after Thanksgiving, at which point I will realize how many emails I almost certainly owe people. Presumably I will also start dithering about Yuletide. EXCITED ABOUT YULETIDE, GUYS. In the meantime, some disorganized bullet points:

+ I am, for inexplicable reasons, still watching Supernatural as it airs. I really need to stop, but on the other hand, Crowley. Also I own the same hairbrush as Becky the Fangirl. Uncomfortably small world!

+ This last week's Community was so great. I was starting to worry that I was only enjoying the more gimmicky episodes, because most of the day-in-the-life ones lately have been frustratingly mean-spirited, but this one filled me with joy and warm fuzzies. I am pretty sure I need all the Troy/Abed/Annie fic now.

+ In non-television news, I have an actual moving-to-Boston timeline now! It is not really precise, but "sometime in April" is a real thing that is happening rather than a vague resolution. I'll be moving in with [personal profile] polarisnorth, and it's an excellent location, and we're already drawing up Lists Of Apartment Things and generally doing lots of hilarious nesting, and I'm pretty sure we need an apartment tag. Presumably this will happen once our apartment has a name, and alas, we cannot call it the Avengers Mansion, as that's where [personal profile] filia_belialis and [personal profile] feverbeats and [ profile] bluestalking live. But I will think of something!

And that's about it! Today I think is a day to write things, since I have left Boston, and [ profile] rayruz is at an acting class for most of the day, so I have a bit of breathing room.
aria: ([doctor who] van gogh tardis)
( Sep. 6th, 2011 01:59 pm)
Hello the internet! I am back from Dragon*Con, as caught up on my rlist as I can be bothered to be, and feeling completely dazed and flattened, although not actually ill (yet). I had an entirely fabulous time, and circumstances permitting I very much want to go again, though I don't think it will ever be the con of my heart -- far too terrifyingly crowded. That said, this was certainly one of the best weekends I've had in recent memory.

Con report! This is a highlights version rather than a blow-by-blow. Tom Felton, various Buffy shenanigans, Sylvester McCoy, the Yule Ball, and MARK SHEPPARD. )

So that was essentially my con! I loved the hotel we were staying in, because it looked like something out of Star Wars, and I loved the three-plus days of intense fannishness and all the enthusiasm, and I am so glad I went, and now I am going to sit quietly in a corner for a while until I am functional again.
aria: ([aria] the writer)
( Jul. 12th, 2011 08:52 pm)
Back home! Mildly exhausted, and living in that weird place where I want to organize my thoughts and talk about important, interesting things, but everything is coming out a jumble because I want to do everything all at once. Right now I expect that all I am up to is going through my billion accumulated tabs -- I am so delighted with Firefox's new tab grouping feature, seriously, it is the first 'improvement' in ages that is actually an improvement -- and reading a backlog of fic. I'm being utterly rubbish about replying to comments right now, but I think I can live with that.

I have a laughably huge pile of books to read, about half of them borrowed from Olivia. Seriously, the stack may fall over at any moment. I am also very tempted to rewatch all the Harry Potter films before going to see Deathly Hallows 2 in a few days; I would be tempted to reread the books, except ... no. Not in two days. I would drown in FEELINGS.

Oof, my brain really is a jumble. I suspect this post isn't actually as disjointed as it feels to me, but even so. Um, besides FEELINGS I also have a ridiculous mental list of WIPs? To make this post less scattered I will make the mental list an actual list, mostly for my own reference. Six fics in four fandoms. )
+ Last night [personal profile] oliviacirce and I actually made some Pietas on the Beach. Let me tell you, internet, they are disgusting and delicious, and they got us really, really drunk. I do not recommend them at all, but I would totally drink them at all the fannish parties.

+ Olivia and I also watched the newest iteration of film Jane Eyre, this one starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. We both pretty much adored it; it made me desperately want to reread the book, which I haven't read since high school, because this Jane had a wonderful inner life and I want to know her thoughts. Olivia and I also agree that Michael Fassbender was weirdly perfect and very beautiful, and we may hate him a little, because he's really not the sort of dude one wants to have an actorcrush on.

+ My laptop does not believe in connecting to the internet in Olivia's apartment, for whatever stupid reason, so in order to do internet things I have to borrow hers. I am amassing a collection of tabs and emailing them to myself for safekeeping, which will be terribly exciting in a few days. In the meantime, one bit of figurative tab-closing: The Boy Who Lived Forever, Lev Grossman's article on fandom. I am fairly impressed by how well he covers the basics without ever falling into the typical fallacies, and I am particularly pleased with how he doesn't put forward any idiotic theories on why women write slash, and instead lets them actually speak for themselves. It's definitely worth a read.

+ I am -- really happy right now, I think. It is very much a living-in-the-now sort of happiness; I have no idea what I am going to be up to anytime soon, except writing writing writing, but my nearly-done vacation has been delightful. Navel-gazing later, perhaps -- right now it is time to order in dinner and eat too many cupcakes and brainstorm Thor fic and just be.
aria: ([aria] whee!)
( Jul. 5th, 2011 11:44 am)
Fangirl vacation: excellent so far! Saturday evening I had dinner with [personal profile] polarisnorth, [personal profile] everysecondtuesday, [personal profile] the_wanlorn, [personal profile] oliviacirce, and [personal profile] reflectedeve; there was much sharing of fannish history and yelling about Kink Bingo in public spaces. I really, really love having dinner with fangirls.

Yesterday I wandered about with [personal profile] anekdot, and also had brunch with [personal profile] littledust and her roommate J. Somehow over the course of brunch, which was rife with X-Men talk, we invented the drink version of the Pieta on the Beach. It is made like so:

Pieta on the Beach
White rum (to represent Cuba)
Muddled strawberries (to represent Charles -- [personal profile] littledust says it is to represent his blood, but mostly it is because he has an adorable blush)
Champagne float (to represent, according to J, the happy times gone by, drifting away in a sea of bubbles)
Simple syrup (to represent ... something in this drink besides alcohol)
Edible ball bearing (to represent THE BULLET)
Ground-up edible ball bearings (to rim the glass)

Drink until you can't feel your legs.

The view out my window right now is of the perfectly full moon reflecting silver-white on the misty banks of clouds I'm flying over. Right now. Because there is free wifi on the freaking airplane. Technology, man.
Back in the Midwest! I feel very much like some awkward metaphor about a Rubik's cube or jigsaw puzzle or something else that can be rattled about and have a few bits missing; that said, though, there is something immeasurably relieving about falling back into routine. The grooves are reassuring, and I finally have the time to read manuscripts again. Having lunch with [personal profile] were_duck definitely helped too.

Other things that are helping: reading Pamela Dean's Tam Lin at a luxuriously leisurely pace. I cannot believe I never read it before. I cannot believe I didn't imprint on the damn book at thirteen. How have I conducted my life as I have without reading it? The advantage of reading it after college is that, with the exception of a few of the moderns, I get every single literary reference thanks to my silly degree. The disadvantage of reading it at all is that my writing starts to sound like Janet's internal monologue.

Incidentally, I thought I might try NaNo this year, not in a public posting sense but in a "get something original written!" sense. Then I looked at my WIP folder and laughed at myself. I suppose I could try to get at least 50,000 words of fic done this month! It's not as though I don't know I could.

Also: MUSIC.

i. First, getcher new Decemberists here! You have to join the mailing list, but if you join the mailing list you'll get gems in your inbox like the record will be called The King Is Dead and will be available on January 18th, 2011. That's 1/18/11. If you take away the slashes, that reads 11811. What does that mean? Must you ask? Clearly it is a snowman surrounded by a colonnade of waving banners. And once again I am soothed by the reassurance that the Decemberists are just as fucking absurd as I am. The song itself is called Down by the Water, twists at my heart in pretty much the same way all of their songs do the first time, and rhymes 'wrong' with 'anon' because lines like 'the summer swells anon' are always rife in Decemberists songs.

ii. Getcher new My Chemical Romance here! Or omg the Sing trailer here. I may be a bit in love with the Killjoys universe? We're approaching starry-eyed here.

iii. Amelia introduced me to The Clockwork Quartet; you can dl both their songs free, and then possibly for afters gnaw off your own hands with joy. Or at least you can if you are me. The Watchmaker's Apprentice gives me the same scary-grinning joy that The Mariner's Revenge Song does, only with fewer accordions and more tick-tocky noises. I am actually terrified of listening to The Doctor's Wife again, because I've already done the wide-eyed listening as I figure out the lyrics; I know if I hear it again, I will start sobbing. Basically it's like the Decemberists +100 STEAMPUNK. I didn't even know that was possible.
aria: ([misc] objects in mirror)
( Oct. 24th, 2010 07:48 pm)
Yesterday [personal profile] anekdot and I went to a Josh Ritter concert. I went because Sares has astonishingly good taste in concerts I will enjoy despite having only listened to a fraction of the artist in question's music (see also: Andrew Bird) and my god, it was phenomenal. Josh Ritter has the patter of a stoned teenager musing on life at three in the morning, and somehow he still managed to have the entire audience eating out of his hand. I was completely charmed and entertained and am now quite a bit in love with his music.

As if that wasn't awesome enough, upon arriving back on campus, I joined the Tyler posse and we watched episodes of Black Books and drank wine from mugs because we are just that classy. I can tell you right now that few things in the entire goddamn universe are more wonderful and hilarious than watching Grapes of Wrath with friends while taking a sip every time Bernard does and also quite a few times he doesn't.

I spent most of today reading in bed. Sometimes I pretend to have loftier life goals, but this is pretty much as good as it gets.