Meanwhile, I'm a little over 200 pages in to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It's been slow, but in all honesty the last couple of months haven't been the most productive reading months for me. I'm really enjoying it so far.
After quickly glancing at the reviews at Amazon, I'm wondering at the readers who said that the book is too slow and difficult to finish. Is this merely a matter of taste? Of reading ability? Or is it also a reflection of the modern mind-set that faster is better? Where we want everything and we want it now? Have we gotten so used to television and movies (my most recent example being the adaptation of The Golden Compass) and books being about instant gratification and a surprise in every scene that more and more people can't appreciate a story that takes its time?
Who knows what I'll say about the book when I finally finish it. And I definitely won't be able to say it was a quick read, but I don't mind that. I like that I have to stop and read it, instead of consuming in like snack food. But maybe after another hundred pages I'll change my tune.
Also, randomly, on Sunday we sang "The First Noel." Except it was "The First Nowell." I did a double-take. And then pointed it out to Dad, who checked his book. I'm standing there going, "Who's Nowell?" and quietly laughing at Dad because, seriously, what? When did we change the spelling? We asked the pianist afterward and she said she noticed the same thing and checked several places to make sure it was the right song. Apparently someone has decided we have to use the English spelling now, at least in those books. Weird.
( What Age Do You Act? quiz. 'Cause it's been awhile and the results made me laugh. )
( Oscars )
And once the Oscars were over, there was new ( Battlestar Galactica )
Last night, in need of a really good scary movie, Natasha and I rented Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del Diablo). It was good. I think that in AFI's scariest movie moments (the one that always runs on Bravo around Halloween) del Toro mentions that there's nothing more frightening than being a child. (I could be wrong.)
And I just finished watching Clerks II. It was funny. Thought it ended a little abruptly. Is it weird that parts that should have been shocking weren't necessarily that shocking to me? I should probably see Clerks now.
( Political Quiz-Meme-Thing )
Finished writing my myth. I think it's kind of iffy and I did end up playing with the format a little. Which might get me into trouble. But, darn it, quotation marks didn't seem right. And, in my opinion, don't really work for the way I told the story. Oh well. Natasha'll read it and let me know what she thinks. Besides that, I just need a title. Woo.
Still really hope she doesn't make us share these. I've got a bad feeling though.
Meanwhile, I don't feel like doing anything else today. No more Paradise Lost; no more Kant. I just quit for the week. Except that I do have that Ethics paper to write. And I really should be reading.
I don't know what the hell's wrong with me this week.
Mom says there's a possibility Tom will sell me his Nintendo DS. Then I can play the Sims2 on that whenever I want! I've kind of taken over Callie's. It's kind of addictive. Of course, if I owned my own DS, I'd really never get anything done.
Also, there's a good possibility I'll get my new computer at the beginning of next week. If I were *really* lucky, I'd get it by the end of this week. Finally.
Did get my paycheck today. Yea, money!
For now, though, I think I'm gonna grab my book and park it up in the bedroom. Maybe write a little, since Neesha was lovely and encouraging when I talked to her. Little scenes that don't have to be connected to anything seem to be my best course of action.
Speaking of...ginnith - do you remember in choir when we had to do the Christmas cantatas and we made up lyrics for the one song? And turned it into something about robbing convenience stores? Do you remember what song that was? And our lyrics? 'Cause I can't and it's driving me nuts.
( Who's Your 'Background' SGA Guy? )
Also, ( What New Battlestar Galactica Character Are You? )
|A Childhood Friend|
Your score was 33 in Unbelievability!
|You are your author's childhood friend, and a good example of a fun character for fiction writers everywhere.. |
You're a pretty neat person- but still very real. You are a person of few extremes, but you have your moments of glory. When you're at your best, people can be wowed by you- but you're not always at your best. And that's OK. You're only human.
A novel with you as a character would sell quite well. It might not make the New York Times' bestseller list, but then again, it might. Who knows? Most people would certainly buy a book with you as a character in it. Well, they might wait for it be available in paperback- but they'd buy it eventually.
|My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
|Link: The Are You a Plausible Character? Test written by coldrose on Ok Cupid|
So I'm looking at my class schedule for this upcoming fall quarter and it now occurs to me that I only have five minutes to get from Bannon to the library. And, while they are right next to each other, what am I going to do if Astronomy runs over? I always feel bad about getting up and leaving, but I guess I may actually have to do it if that happens. Because I don't want Dr. Berry to get all...snippy at me. I like and respect her.
Guess I'll just be booking it with the elevator on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
On the other hand, no class for me on Wednesdays! How'd I arrange that?
( And speaking of Seattle and civilization, a couple of You Know You're From [city/state] When... )
Dyed my hair the other day. It's a bit darker than we expected it to be, but still very nice. Sort of a dark auburn-y red.
Neesha is coming over today and we're going to go out to lunch at her place of work. Finally. :) I almost wish I had a camera, because the Gorge is gorgeous. (hee.) And then we will come back here and watch Sci-fi Friday. Yea.
Maybe it's just my viewing of season seven of SG-1 at the same time as season nine, but I'm starting to miss old SG-1. I mean Jack, Daniel, Sam, and Teal'c and the dynamic they had. I don't necessarily miss Jack *now*, because I don't think he would fit in the same way that he did and it wouldn't feel right. But I miss the old team. Don't really know how to explain it. Oh well. Did get to see Major Lorne in "Enemy Mine." Obviously the stargate thing was old hat to him by the time he went to Atlantis. I love it that they carry people over and bring people back. Even really random ones.
::points:: How come some of my mood icons won't load?
Should I be worried about that result? ::shrug:: I need to see the new Star Wars movie, but I think it can wait a week or two.
Last night Natasha and I rented White Noise. Overall, it was disappointing. Not bad, just diappointing. I felt like there wasn't enough development of charaters or their relationships as well as a lack of real development in the plot department. Nothing was ever really elaborated, like why or what or how, etc. I mean, they went into it, but not quite enough I felt. In a way, it reminded me of Dragonfly, which I actually really liked.
Anyway, am now watching Angel season five and it's the ep where Adam Baldwin shows up for the first time. Jayne! He's so great. And really tall.
You scored 100% Beginner, 85% Intermediate, 87% Advanced, and 88% Expert!
|You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go! |
Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!
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|My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:|
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Last night Natasha and I rented Vanity Fair. I enjoyed seeing it again. It's still a very pretty movie. Natasha liked it, so that's good. And we agreed about poor Dobbin and had fun laughing at the elephant at the end. I don't remember why it was funny, but it was a little. Possibly just because, hey! elephant.
It was late, what can I say?
Have bought all but one book for next quarter. Dad should be here in an hour or so. I still need to pack. The SGs are on tonight and I get to see family and Neesha again sometime in the near future.
Life, right now, is good.
( ETA: Fun Buffy Quiz Spam )
You're A Prayer for Owen Meany!
by John Irving
Despite humble and perhaps literally small beginnings, you inspire
faith in almost everyone you know. You are an agent of higher powers, and you manifest
this fact in mysterious and loud ways. A sense of destiny pervades your every waking
moment, and you prepare with great detail for destiny fulfilled. When you speak, IT
SOUNDS LIKE THIS!
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
Apparently I speak like Death, too.
You Are a Dreaming Soul
Your vivid emotions and imagination takes you awy from this world
So much so that you tend to live in your head most of the time
You have great dreams and ambitions that could be the envy of all...
But for you, following through with your dreams is a bit difficult
You are charming, endearing, and people tend to love you.
Forgiving and tolerant, you see the world through rose colored glasses.
Underneath it all, you have a ton of passion that you hide from others.
Always hopeful, you tend to expect positive outcomes in your life.
Souls you are most compatible with: Newborn Soul, Prophet Soul, and Traveler Soul
Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.
You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.