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18 August 2008 @ 07:45 pm
Just in case you haven't seen:

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feeling: amusedamused
listening to: Family Guy
13 August 2008 @ 07:50 pm
This isn't Terminus related, but I've been waiting for voting to start for a while. Go vote (preferably for me)! Just make sure you really take a minute to look before you vote, because in this contest, it comes down to the details.

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feeling: hopefulhopeful
listening to: Ghost Hunters International
12 August 2008 @ 12:22 pm
I'm home from Terminus, and I'm not happy about it. I seriously did not want to leave. I'll make my actual updates later; I just wanted to make a public post where people can link me to pics and posts about the con.

All I have to say right now is how truly amazing it is that a 5-day conference can be such a life-changing experience. First, Phoenix Rising changed my life, and now so has Terminus.

P.S. See you girls in October! D.H. FTW!
feeling: depresseddepressed
listening to: The Bravest Man I Ever Knew - Ministry of Magic
03 April 2008 @ 02:03 pm
BEN (while setting up the grill): I'll need matches.
SANDI: Good for you.
BEN: Will you get the matches?
SANDI: I don't want to get up.
BEN: How else am I supposed to light it?
SANDI: *points* Incendio!
BEN: *facepalm*

Unfortunately, it didn't work, and I had to get the matches.
feeling: disappointeddisappointed
listening to: Star Trek: TOS
07 March 2008 @ 05:38 pm
I was browsing books online, and I came across a terrible summary. It's a book called Vampire Kisses, and this is it's summary:

The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people -- especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?

Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander's loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.

So, I made fun of that for a while. I mean, old, boarded-up mansion? Girl named Raven? Can you say "cliche"? I foolheartedly named that the worst book summary I'd ever heard. Wow, was I naive.

I then stumbled upon this book by accident. I was browsing the "dark fantasy" genre, and I couldn't let a book titled The Undead Kama Sutra go by without investigating. I mean, seriously? It's like a train wreck; you can't help but look. Well, this is the funniest train wreck I've ever come across. Seriously, if you think the first half is bad, oh, just keep going.

Felix Gomez returned from the war in Iraq a changed man -- once a soldier, now forever a vampire. So the undead underworld put his skills to work as a private detective, specializing in the sordid, the sexy, and the supernatural.

After surviving aliens, nymphomaniacs, and x-rated bloodsuckers, it's high time for a vacation. Now the aliens are back in a fiendish conspiracy with the U.S. government, and only Felix stands between them and the Earth women they covet. But when an army hit man attacks Felix and the bodacious vampire sexpert, Carmen, not even the astonishing erotic powers of the Kama Sutra for the Undead may be able to save them.

When you are done choking and wondering what is happening to the world that things like this get published, please tell me: Wwhat is the worst book summary you have ever come across?
feeling: amusedamused but also frightened
listening to: Dawn of War
27 February 2008 @ 03:50 pm
A little slash always makes me feel better.  Oh look, is that Daniel Radcliffe kissing a man?!?  Why, yes it is!  Now, where is Tom Felton...

feeling: creativeslashy
listening to: YouTube
19 February 2008 @ 02:53 am
Finished! I did finish my other project, but still stayed up to finish the book anyway. I had to. It got so twisted by the end that I stayed up in bed with a flashlight (so I wouldn't wake Ben) to finish it. Sadly, it did not make me cry, but it did get me as close to tears as I come these days. But am I talking about the ending? I won't tell.

I will say this: My initial reaction upon closing the book was, "Where is my ending?!?!" I was spazing and compiling a list of unanswered questions. I like a book to end somewhat open ended so that you can fill in the gaps yourself, but there is a difference between that and the story running into in a brick wall and going no further. I was pretty pissed.

Then it occurred to me... I ran to the computer and looked it up. Supposedly, the author is currently working on a sequel! Squee! I'll definitely be buying it, but I have low hopes for it to be as good as the first. Also, it's so far off they don't even have a release date yet.

Now that I know I will have my ending, I can relax. I still don't know what I think. Yes, it was rather "Gossip Girl-ish", and I mean the book, not the show. Then again, it was still so good despite the maiming of history. If you can just let go of that and enjoy, it's a good book! I still highly recommend it!
feeling: contemplativecontemplative
listening to: traffic, sirens, general city noise
18 February 2008 @ 01:55 pm
I cannot put this book down. I just started it last night, and I've been enthralled since the first chapter. I can't tear myself away. I have a huge project due in Marketing tomorrow, but I can't make myself work on it.

The book is called The Luxe by Ann Godbersen. Anyone read it? If so, don't spoil me! I saw it on several recommendation lists, and the cover jumped out at me immediately. After going through the summary I had to read it. I had my doubts since it was associated with other books and authors I am less than fond of, but I still gave it a try.

It's like all the Jane Austen novels melded together into an unoriginal but still exciting YA fiction. There is the girl with two lives, the girl who is mean but rightfully so, the angry, manipulative girl who is really just hurting, and the wild cad who breaks all the girls' hearts and can only be tamed by threat of disinheritance and/or and equally wild girl. Said wild girl is a younger sister with no sense of manners and a taste for adventure who I realized is an older version of Miss Margarette from Sense and Sensibility. There is the sweet, young servant boy with the bright eyes and adorably crooked nose, and there is the mother/widow with a family on the verge of losing it all. There are young members of rich families desperate to get away from all of the rules and formalities, arranged marriages, betrayal, and more secret affairs than you can imagine.

The book starts out with the funeral of one of the main characters. It's all a big mystery; how did she die? Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? The suspense keeps up throughout the whole book. Sometime around Chapter 8 I declared that I had already figured it all out and was slightly disappointed that I was able to do so. Around Chapter 20-something, I realized I was wrong. Now, I can't wait to find out what happens. At this point, I can't even decide if it will turn out a tragedy or a somewhat happy ending.

The writing isn't the best in the world, but it's certainly not bad. For every flaw in character development I can think of, I can think of something else that was very well done. (If you really want more details you can ask me, or better yet, read it so we can discuss!) Sure, the term "historical fiction" is used loosely since this book does to turn-of-the-century Manhattan what the movie Gladiator did to Ancient Rome, but it's still enjoyable.

I am certainly not going to put this book in league with Austen, Tolkien, or Rowling, but I still highly recommend it. It's still unclear if I will list this as a favorite; I'll have to wait to see how I feel after having finished it and thought about it for a while. It may just be that I have read so many bad books lately that anything resembling decent literature gets me overly excited. We'll see.
feeling: enthralledenthralled
listening to: WWOZ
05 February 2008 @ 11:16 am
Today is Super Tuesday, and if your state is going to the polls today, remember to vote for Hillary!

"Change is just a word without the strength and experience to make it happen." - Hillary Clinton.

feeling: hopefulhopeful
listening to: Passport to Europe
29 January 2008 @ 09:58 pm
I has new icon! w00t! It's been a while. XD Levi, this one's for you. =P
feeling: amusedamused
listening to: Boston Legal