annundriel: ([misc] Reader)
I finished 2010 with a re-read of Harry Potter & the Sorecerer's Stone. I'd like to re-read the entire series this year. I guess my goal is to have that done before the final movie comes out.

Meanwhile, I'm starting the year with a book called The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. I picked it up because John Green mentioned it on the vlog he shares with his brother Hank (here) because he's friends with Maureen and because the book had been challenged in two states. It wasn't banned in those high schools, simply shelved as "restricted." Apparently for containing a positive lesbian romance. It also contains at least one character questioning her sexuality. Is she gay? Is she bi? She loves her girlfriend, but she also has these...feelings for guys.

It's very readable and I'm enjoying it. Though I would sort of like to kick the one character in the face (the questioning one, not for questioning but for not wanting to be honest about it).

I find it kind of funny that I'm enjoying John Green's recommendation more than his own books. Don't get me wrong, they're good and I've enjoyed the two that I read - and I love watching his vlogs - but they never quite leave me the way I want them to leave me: wowed, super satisfied, full of yeah, that was good. Like, say, Steve Kluger's Almost Like Being in Love, which had me flailing forever. Or John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things, which still breaks my heart.

I also picked Generation Kill back up. And Mom bought me One Bullet Away (aka Nate's book) last time we went to a bookstore. I picked up The Hunger Games last time I was working at the library. As well as another book.


That's the one bad thing about working at a library; you always see at least five other things you want to pick up every time you're in.


May. 18th, 2010 12:56 pm
annundriel: ([sga] Computer Habits)
Do you ever get partway through a fic and realize that somewhere along the line, you stopped writing the fic you thought you were? Do you keep going with the flow, letting it take you where it will? Or do you go back and try to find your original thread again?

I don't know if I have one disjointed fic, one fic that will work out, or two different stories all together.

Dear Dean & Cas,

I love you guys, but really. Can't you just...go with the original plan? Quit improvising.


I am slightly bored at work. Because I am so damn efficient. Curses.
annundriel: ([spn] Pinned)
I have reached new levels of dirty editing/rewriting fic while at work.


(Also, oi. Boring day. Busy, but dull.)


Mar. 30th, 2010 01:53 pm
annundriel: ([hp] Luna)
After posting yesterday's bubble bath fic, I kind of want a bubble bath.

Meanwhile, trying not to have a panic attack at the library. Fun times, yo.


Feb. 17th, 2010 01:46 pm
annundriel: ([spn] Pinned)
Writing smut at work.

Good use of company time? Y/N?

And on Ash Wednesday, too! Gasp!


Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:25 pm
annundriel: ([merlin] Glee!)
- Follow-up to Before the Night Is Through sent to [ profile] ginnith last night. I'm on a dirty, porny roll!

- Editor dropped off the Nikon D40. I get to carry a fancy-shmancy camera around with me! For free! HA. (Unless you count the various tolls anxiety takes on me when forced outside of my comfort zone in order to interview people.)

- The first issue of the new publication came out today. My feature is the first story in it! And they used my title! And it's all "Mary ___, contributing writer"! I feel ridiculous for being excited about it since I've been writing for the newspaper since November 2008, but there is something about opening this one up and seeing it there. Maybe it's because it's thicker than our inky-dinky paper? The publication is a combination of three local papers now, and is more tabloid-style.

- Subbing half a day of middle school PE tomorrow. I'd say I'm a crazy person, but honestly? I'd rather sub those classes than have to deal with a whole day of fifth grade where there are detailed lesson plans. (And half of the material's never where the teacher's note says it is...)

- There was a guy in the library today who smelled of diesel/gasoline. My nose is still tingly with it.

- I have Southland on DVD! Only seven episodes, sure, but now I can watch/re-watch and pause and whathaveyou whenever I want.
annundriel: ([spn] We're Here to Save You?)
My brain is a little bit on crack under the cut.

Supernatural - 5.12 )


I'm at the Library of Doom tomorrow. [ profile] sdrohc_ratiug as asked me not to die while I'm there. I'll try not to. That town's a little scary these days, though I've never had any problems with anyone in the library. Or anyone in general. I skate by on niceness.

Meanwhile, I started working on a follow-up to Before the Night Is Through. I've also been working on other "Castiel's First Time ____" fics.

And, of course, what I should really be working on is the feature for the paper. The thing about features that freaks me out is that the people they are about will probably read them. I don't want the nice people I spent a pleasant hour+ to be unhappy.


Jan. 12th, 2010 10:00 pm
annundriel: ([ncis] On the Case)
01. At the library, I helped a couple find sample questions for the test for US citizenship. Felt awesome after.

02. Agreed to sub three days of middle school PE in a row. OMG AM I A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT??

Although the times I've done single days have been fine.

03. Southland premiered on TNT. REALLY enjoyed it. The permiere was commercial free and I was surprised that my attention never wandered. Pleasantly surprised. Very much looking forward to seeing more. I'm hoping I won't miss too many because of meetings (at least two a month, stupid city council). But I suppose that's what the internet is for after all.

On a shallow note, I appear to have a thing for Ben McKenzie's profile. ::shrug:: I think I always did. Something about his nose. (I never really watched The OC, but I enjoyed Junebug.) And, of course, Michael Cudlitz is in a very solid way. Mmmmmmmmmm. I like his profile, too.

And, omg, they're good. That scene outside the house? "You're a cop because you don't know how not to be one." Whoa.

God. I am REALLY EXCITED for this now. I mean, I was sure I would enjoy it, but I'm close to making grabby hands and pleading, "More now? Pleeeeease?"

04. NCIS )

05. [ profile] ginnith did a fantastic thing and reminded me that with no Big Bang, I can have fun with the Porn Battle and not feel guilty. So I can go back to what I do the best the most: writing short, dirty fic.

06. PORN BATTLE. Coming up! I swear, porn battle time is my favorite time. I only wrote two for the last one, three for the one before. My first attempt (porn-wise and battle-wise), Any Other Name, is still one of my personal favorite of the things I have written.
annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
My plans for today consist of:

- library!
- fic posting!
- being the only one in the house awake at midnight! Probably!

Exclamation mark!

Um. Anyway. I never do anything for New Year's. I am just not that exciting.

Although...I do have those bottles of rum, tequila, and amaretto [ profile] ginnith gave me...maybe I'll actually crack those open and have a drink of some kind.

I am maybe a little excited about the fic. I was able to take a lot of things from another piece that I thought was going to die a lonely, quiet death on my harddrive. It's always nice when you can save the good bits of something.
annundriel: ([misc] In the Rapid Autumn of Libraries)
After working the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, when the kids get out of school early, I thought for sure the week before Christmas was going to be Hell on Earth at the library. But! It's not! Maybe it's just the attitude with which I've gone into it. I've basically been practicing aggressive librarying.

In a friendly way. Patrons like me. I'm "the nice one." ;)

Hopefully tomorrow will be more of the same.

Meanwhile, I think I've gotten back on track with that follow up to Backed Against a Wall. I was having difficulties, but after talking it over with [ profile] ginnith and [ profile] sdrohc_ratiug I think I've gotten those particular issues hammered out. Who knows what the rest of it will bring. ::crosses fingers::

Also, I think Castiel might live in A Series of Unfortunate Events and that's why he's got the long face and doom and gloom pronouncements despite Dean's efforts to otherwise loosen him up or lighten the mood.

He is the Lemony Snicket to the Winchesters' Baudelaires.

Oh, and now I've got him as Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Sigh. Clearly I need help.
annundriel: ([spn] Give Me My Sin Again)
Two Mormon elders walked in while I was writing hot man-on-angel action.

Though worse would be if I was still at college and one of the Jesuits asked me what I was working on.

"Oh, nothing much, Father. Just exploring the relationship between the human and the divine."


Dec. 16th, 2009 08:37 pm
annundriel: ([misc] At the Library)
I feel a bit like I've been steamrollered.

When I sub at the library, I'm the only one there, I don't have a lunch break, and we're not supposed to eat in front of patrons. I don't think I was alone in the library all day. By the time four o'clock hit I was getting a little cranky.

Not that anyone would have noticed. I am that awesome. ;)

But I still feel steamrollered. There was never a huge rush, but it was definitely a steady stream of people.

The reason? The kids got a snow day and school was closed. Dad drove Mom and me into work. There was no way we were doing that with the fog and slick roads.

Oh! I got one of the really quiet kids that comes in to talk to me for an extended period of time! She's working her way through A Series of Unfortunate Events. I've read the first three, so I asked her how it was going. She elaborated on the series. It was great.

Same girl from this post, actually.

I have articles and fic to work on and absolutely no motivation. Blah.
annundriel: ([pd] If You Loved Me)
A big thank you to [ profile] shetiger for the lovely snowflake cookie! It is awesome and you are awesome and basically made my day. ♥


Yesterday we were completely without the internet. This morning Dad rebooted it (the whole internet, he's talented like that) and now it works. So it turns out yesterday we could have had it all along and I could have accomplished slightly more than I did. Oh well.

I did finish reading Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant. Easy, quick read. I really enjoy her style of writing. And now when kids check it out, I can say, "I liked that book," and we can have something to discuss.

Also finished writing two fics. That's right, TWO. Though one of them will probably not see the light of day in it's current draft/form. The other I am e-mailing away to be polished up for posting. It's a follow-up to Busted. Which, ha, I kind of can't believe I wrote a follow-up. There's also a third one planned. [ profile] ginnith says that I grew up in the time of the trilogy and it makes sense that should be reflected in my writing.

Though I can honestly say I never, ever thought I would write on a pornographic trilogy involving hot angel/man love when I was in high school. Out of the many things we talked about during breaks in Choir, that was not one of them.

Oh, which reminds me I should ask Neesh about the lyrics for "O Holy Crap."

I also watched the first part of Alice on SyFy (uuuugh channel). I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it quite a bit. It reminded me a lot of Tin Man (which I also enjoyed, mostly, though I think it ran too long). At first this really annoyed me - the similar heroine, the mysterious past, the mysterious family, the not-quite-our-world setting - but then I realized that similarities go back farther than the adaptations.

It's likely I'll post more about that after part two tonight.


Nov. 30th, 2009 05:12 pm
annundriel: ([jf] Yea!)

I am super excited for her. And we all like the fiancee, so that's a plus.

We caught up on a lot of things on the phone last night. It's always great talking with her. And, on a really ridiculous level, I'm quite pleased that after getting her hooked on SPN when she was over, she succeeded on getting the fiancee hooked. He usually only wants to watch foreign films about the Holocaust (or so we hear), so I am impressed. I feel like a very successful TV pimp.

Meanwhile, I have Adam Lambert stuck in my head. I've been listening to quite a bit o fhim and Lady Gaga recently. What can I say? I have eclectic music tastes. My mp3 player will go from Ennio Morricone to Muse to the Rolling Stones to Kelly Clarkson.

Anyway, this reminds me that last Wednesday, two of the usual boys were in the library. I want to put them at about...8 to 10 years old. They both got on the laptops and were looking for music videos and then one of them started singing along to Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi." I just about died.

Why didn't I stop him singing aloud in a library? There wasn't really anyone there. Though earlier there was an absolute horror of a family and I did actually have to go into the children's section and pull the, "Can you guys keep it down, please? You're in a library."

Look at me, having authority.

Speaking of Morricone, most recently I've been listening to the score from The Legend of 1900 (first thing I ever saw Tim Roth in). Particularly this piece and this one. I love them.
annundriel: ([misc] In the Rapid Autumn of Libraries)
You know what is awesome?

When a kid comes into the library and asks you if any of their ordered books came in. You tell them, "At least one of them so far. The fourth Lemony Snicket," and turn around to the hold shelf because you just scanned it in.

And then you hand it to them and their entire face lights up and they beam at you across the desk because they just finished the third book that day and you have just...handed them the keys to the kingdom, y'know?

You just know they're going to go home and devour that book.

When it's one of the more quiet kids and you make them actually grin like that just by providing them with a book they were looking forward to, well.

It's brilliant.
annundriel: ([hp] Luna)
Heh. So I was going to post a mini writing-related rant, but looking over the thing that was bugging me, I realized it wasn't worth it.

By which I mean that it's actually not really a rant-worthy thing at all, not that I don't want to spend energy on a rant. If that makes sense.

Basically, sometimes I am just dumb and cranky. This is usually the result of seven hours at the library and an hour+ at school board. (The school board could cause a rant, but I don't have articulate arguments for my own stance on certain issues, so I'm going to keep my trap shut.)

I am feeling stressed about the article, though.

I helped a little girl (I'm going to guess...2nd or 3rd grade) spell some things today (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Hannah Montana) and she looked at me over the desk and said, "You're really nice." So, y'know, that made me feel good.

Meanwhile, fic writing is going really well. Yea!
annundriel: ([misc] In the Rapid Autumn of Libraries)
Today was fantastic. I love my job. The librarian one, I mean.

Instead of subbing at the library today like I was supposed to, I attended training at the service center. And by training I mean a lecture on the best children and young adult books of the year.

It was brilliant. The guy is very popular in the library circuit apparently. He helped choose the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards finalists and winners. So now I have his lists of books and I basically want to read everything on them. There are a handful that really stood out to me and my particular literary interests, so now I'm kind of antsy to get my hands on them.

We also got free books. I picked up Shaun Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia, which I read on a slow day subbing and loved. I think Tan's use of text and visual is wonderful.

I've also read his book The Arrival which is just brilliant. It's a book about the immigrant experience and the only text in it is that on signs or paperwork in the new land. But all of that is in an invented language, so the reader ends up in the same shoes as the main character. I love it.

The other book I picked up was The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim. Yang also wrote American Born Chinese, which I read a few months ago. That was primarily why I picked this one up.

I love that we're seeing more and more "main-stream" graphic novels. It's a form of literature that gets overlooked or shot down a lot which is unfortunate because there are so many beautiful, challenging, insightful things you can do with them. The good ones anyway. I am a fan.
annundriel: ([doll] Inappropriate Starches FTW)
So the library was kind of odd today, mostly because I felt weirdly flushed and headachey. Monday I helped a woman find the phone number for the Mexican Embassy in Seattle. That was exciting.

When I related this to the federal programs director and business manager at the school board meeting, the business manager told me about Let Me Google That for You which made me laugh a lot.

BUT the good thing about today at the library was somehow I stumbled into a beginning for that NCIS/Shop Around the Corner thing that I think actually works. Yea!

Though I'm still concerned about the Tony-voice. I think I'm just being paranoid or something. I hope. I have people who will let me know, thankfully.


Aug. 11th, 2009 11:29 pm
annundriel: ([sga] Stained My Eyes)
I don't like that in our little no-traffic-lights town kids are afraid of gangs following them. Yesterday I finished the day at the library and had a group of kids ask me what they should do if they are followed. It makes me really worried for them.

Especially since last Thursday something almost went down in the parking lot across the street from the library. I only worked part of the day so I missed it, but I heard all about it from the regular librarian yesterday. She called me after it happened, too. And Mom saw part of it.

You've got the gang sporting red surrounded by the gang sporting blue and their both across the street posturing in the bank parking lot. So the librarian called the police department and got the police chief and told him he should check it out. At this point the two 10-12 year old boys in the library looked up, noticed what was happening, and bolted.

The police chief and several others showed up. It was all moved to the park.

Nothing happened. There was talk that they'd been rousted out of another local town. But just because nothing happened then, doesn't mean it won't. And that scares the crap out of me.

I know what I'm supposed to do if something does happen. That doesn't make it any better.

Other than being a nice person in general, this is why I am nice to all of our library patrons. Especially after that newspaper tagging incident.
annundriel: ([spn] Detective Story)
So far, this Dean/Castiel thing is the longest piece of fanfiction I've attempted. And I'm not even finished. Which I am really proud of. Still freaked out though. [ profile] ginnith has been great for listening to me ramble and ramble about the fic and the show. And calming me down.

I swear one day I will stop posting about it. Right now, though, it's kind of the main thing on my mind.

Meanwhile, last year 101 kids signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the library throughout the summer. At three days in yesterday, 103 kids had already signed up. I signed up about eight more today. It's going to be crazy.


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