Dec. 30th, 2012 11:01 pm
allisnow: (etc // light bulbs killed polar bears)
Well, I've bit the bullet. Sorta. I'm importing my LJ to DW, and I'm going to try to remember to crosspost so I can kind of ease into using DW. Obviously I'm not giving up on LJ completely - at least, not yet - because my favorite bar is there, but, well, with the bad service on LJ and all the crap our Russian overlords are pulling, I thought it would be a good idea to sort of cover my bases.

ETA: Oh, f'list: if you have a DW account, would you post it in the comments pls?

ETA2: I'm 'allisnow' over there too. Probably should have mentioned that.
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So I finally, after almost a month, have reopened my NaNo fic. I needed a break from it, and I had to work on my Secret Santa fic anyway. I think I took enough notes during November that I'll be able to pick up the threads of the plot without much trouble. And I have to say... it's kind of satisfying to edit without worrying about word count.

ETA: By the way, you know what gives me warm author fuzzies? Reading a funny line that you wrote a month ago, and finding that it's still funny.
allisnow: (etc // grumpycat no)
*searches for something new to read*

Amazon: Look, a new book by Jaqueline Carey!

Me: Ooh.

Amazon: Except it's urban fantasy.


*goes back to looking*

(I was actually willing to put aside my long-standing dislike of urban fantasy and read the sample at least until I saw the phrase "...her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf..." No. Just... no. Also no.)
allisnow: (etc // poe // i c what u did)
Movie night tonight was Crazy, Stupid, Love on [livejournal.com profile] greenconverses's insistence. I'm still not much of a Gosling fan... )

The twist was good. The kids were cute. I think my favorite character might have been the crazy teacher ;)

ETA: Do people really spend that much time just hanging around, drinking at bars? I have a hard time imagining it. First, I would be mentally wrestling with how much I was spending on booze. Second, I would be way too self-conscious. Third, eventually I think I'd just be bored and start playing Words with Friends or something on my phone.

Les Mis

Dec. 27th, 2012 10:05 pm
allisnow: (tv // life // understand here)
Just back from seeing Les Mis. As I said in my previous post, I knew nothing about it other than it was set in France (and, okay, I did recognize some of the songs from middle school choir). I'd come across a couple reviews which I perused but mainly went in without any preconceptions or expectations.

Not really spoilers, but still. )

For a six-thirty, Thursday-night showing, I wasn't expecting much of a crowd, but the theater was packed. The idiot behind me put his feet on the back of my chair a couple of times... I wouldn't care but these are rocker seats and I could feel the pressure. Thankfully he stopped the second time I pushed back. And the idiot next to me, who felt that he needed to comment on every single pre-movie commercial and who I was rather worried about continuing on into the movie, shut up once the lights went down. And it seemed like fewer morons than usual brought their little kids. Yay for parenting!

Also, I love this theater for how it's dealt with the cell phone issue, at least for full houses like this. The theater manager came in and, although he was very cheerful and friendly and polite, essentially stood there and waited for everyone to turn their phones off. Then he helpfully reminded the audience that ushers would be coming in several times during the movie 'to check on picture quality.' Then right before the movie started there was an on-screen message telling people that if they're caught with 'recording devices or cell phones' they 'may be asked to leave the theater immediately.' It's sad that we've had to come to that... but it was effective. I was sitting up near the top and didn't see anyone jacking around with a screen.
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Spent the day running errands - food shopping, mainly, since I was almost out of milk and veggies - and then cleaning up downstairs. I decided to take advantage of a spurt of energy and put the Christmas stuff away, so my house pretty looks back to normal now. Cleaner, though.

As a reward, I'm thinking of going out and seeing Les Mis. I know next to nothing about it, other than the fact that there are a lot of French people involved, but I like musicals. I know no one in my family will want to see it, so there's no problem in having to time it with someone else. And there's a showing in about an hour. I'll ponder how much I feel like putting on real clothes :)

And speaking of movies, the Avengers Rifftrax came out today!

Argh! Why did Hulk wear thong today? Why does Hulk ever wear thong!?


Dec. 27th, 2012 12:23 am
allisnow: (Default)
Oh, story. You're over 3K words and I still have no idea what you want to be when you grow up.


Dec. 26th, 2012 11:08 pm
allisnow: (etc // light bulbs killed polar bears)
Watched Drive tonight. It was... um. Yeah. Not what I was expecting for about the first half, which at first I didn't like, but then it became what I was expecting and totally lost my interest. Also Ryan Gosling... this was the first time I think I've ever seen him in anything. Kind of a poor man's Chris Evans, it seems, but maybe I need to see him in something where he plays a more likable character.

Speaking of movies, I'm getting rather excited about Odd Thomas. None of Koontz's books have ever been turned into halfway decent movies, and I don't know what his involvement has been in this or what he thinks of it, but I'm excited nevertheless. Anton Yelchin as Odd! Willem Dafoe as Wyatt Porter! And... okay, those are pretty much the only names I recognize. But, at least on imdb, they seem to have included all of the important characters... Harlo and Viola and Odd's mom and Karla... the only ones who seem to be missing are Shamus and Odd's dad which leave me to believe they cut those scenes. (Also, I'm a teeny bit concerned about the lack of a credit for Elvis. Although I suppose I could understand them cutting him for time reasons. But it would be sad.) The director did the Mummy movie and sequel, which were excellent, but he was also responsible for Van Helsing and the GI Joe movie, for which he ought to have been flogged. I guess we'll have to wait and see, since there's currently no U.S. release date.
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I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas Day. It sure seemed to fly by! There's something about prepping for a day for 3 weeks and it being over in 24 hours (less, if you enjoy things like sleep) that makes it hard not to be a little depressing to wake up the next day.

But you know what makes it less depressing? When you don't have to work until January 7th.

Also presents :D

From my parents I got a red wool jacket, microfiber sheets, shower radio, electric toothbrush, Starbucks gift card, Giants musical jewelry box and some lovely assorted stocking stuffers. From my brother and his wife: a picture mug commemorating their wedding last April and a selection of salon-quality hair-care products. (It's nice having an aesthetician in the family.) From my aunt, uncle and cousin Shelby I got a slipcover for my sofa (hopefully a little easier to keep the fur off this material!) and a MAC gift card. And from my other cousin and his family: some homemade lavender-orange sugar scrub, a box of coffee K-cups, and a clutch purse.

Tomorrow I'll probably be going back over to the folks' house to help mom set up her new Nook :)

Now I'm off to plug in my toothbrush and look to see what's been posted over at the [livejournal.com profile] be_compromised Secret Santa exchange since this morning!
allisnow: (etc // christmas // grinch)
Read so far:

1-50 behind the cut )
51. Flame of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier [N] [x]
52. Ruins by Orson Scott Card (Pathfinder Series) [N] [x]
53. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson [N] [x]
54. Heroes' Reward by Moira J. Moore [N] [x]
55. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George [N] [x]
56. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen [N]
57. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
58. Divergent by Veronica Roth [N]
59. Insurgent by Veronica Roth [N] [x]

Currently reading:

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1) by Patrick Ness [N] [x]

Key: x = first time read | L = library book | A = audio book | N = nook

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