maplemood: (galaxy quest)
Fall semester's here and I'm going to DIE. Maybe. Every day I feel a little better; still overwhelmed, but more used to being overwhelmed, I guess. One of the best things about college is that all the practicum/field work requirements force me to get comfortable with always being a little bit uncomfortable. 

No surprise, but writing's been going slowly, and non-assigned reading is going even more slowly. I did finally crack the cover of Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero and finished it in one sitting. The artwork was nice, and the story was decent, but I was hoping for something with a little more depth, and considering how could Pacific Rim was about this, I was kind of disappointing when I got to the standard fanservice-y woman-almost-completely-naked panel. Not outraged or anything, but...come on, book. You can do better than this. That being said, both Tendo and Stacker's backstories were great; I wish they'd been given a little more space and detail. 

The other book I finished (I started a few weeks before the semester began) was a collection of West Virginian ghost stories. Very good and genuinely creepy in parts, especially in the "Weird Creatures" section (There's one story especially, apparently about the narrator's grandmother, that made me shudder: basically, she was riding home one night and was chased most of the way back by a "pure white" something with "razor-sharp teeth" that "screamed like a woman in terrible agony". Uggggh.) Got to admit that, all and all, I liked this book--it's called The Telltale Lilac Bush--a lot better than Tales from Year Zero
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It passed over us around 3:00. Outside it got very dim, but not completely dark, and since I didn't buy a pair of those special glasses (not that I could have; they're apparently all sold out 'round these parts) I didn't see much. Oh well. That's what photos are for. I'll probably take a look at and/or reblog some of those, then make myself tea and work on fic. 
maplemood: (daredevil)
For some reason I never got the memo (or else got it then completely forgot) that The Defenders is a miniseries and only eight episodes long. I'm not complaining--it made blowing through the entire thing in two days that much easier. In the end I'm glad that I didn't hype myself up too much for this show, since it's nowhere near as much of an emotional gut punch as Daredevil or Jessica Jones. That's not to say it isn't good, though, and that's definitely not to say that it isn't fun--watching all the banter, eye-rolling, and awkward maybe-found-family-ness was an absolute joy.
Some spoilers )

The only other thing I did a lot of this weekend was reading. I've been on a YA kick lately and just finished The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley. Now I'm a quarter of the way through the first book in the Monstrumologist series. The first time I read these books (the first three, anyway; I still haven't worked up the courage to read the last book) I adored them. Now my feelings are a little more complicated, especially towards one of the main characters. The first time around I was on a major Sherlock kick, and the Monstrumologist is similar, personality-wise, toward Sherlock, so I was quick to forgive all the parts of his personality that, a few years down the road and one major Sherlock disenchantment later, aren't quite as funny or charming. I do think that these books get how terrible he can be in a way that Sherlock (so far, anyway) never has. It's been an interesting reread.  

Oh, yeah, one last thing--I finally sat down and ordered my textbooks today (classes start in exactly one week). I had barely anything to buy compared to last semester. Since I bought all the books used, the bill wasn't too bad...and then I realized I've gotten to the point where paying over eighty dollars for three used books feels like a bargain. Oh well. It is what it is.

maplemood: (rey & leia)
I can't believe it's almost July! I always start the summer off thinking I'll have plenty of time to write a billion stories and read a billion books...yeah, not so much. I am happy with what I've managed to get done so far, but there's always more that I could be doing....Oh well.

At this point I've seen GOTG Vol 2 in the theater a grand total of three times, which is kind of insane. I was not expecting to love this movie as much as I did, especially considering that I had a pretty lukewarm reaction to Vol 1; I liked it, but didn't get all that emotionally involved. Then along comes Vol 2 like a sucker punch to the gut. Going back to rewatch Vol 1 now, I like it much better, even though Vol 2 is still my favorite. They're dozens of little moments in both movies that I didn't pick up on until the second time around, and I can't get over how weird, goofy, and beautiful they are. Everything is bright and loud and a little cartoony, and it's all such a joy to watch. Also, Meredith Quill. The world needs more Meredith-centric fics, because that woman is a saint.  

But anyway. I doubt anyone needs to hear me blabbing about how great/amazing/so-good-just-go-see-it-already GOTG Vol 2 is again

Driving lessons are going pretty well. I'm getting more and more comfortable going up to 60 mph on the highway. That's a pretty big deal for me, seeing as the last time I got my learner's permit I was too nervous to go on the highway at all and pretty much just cruised around the neighborhood at a brisk 15 mph. Driving's always been something that's given me a ton of anxiety, but I've finally gotten to the point where I get that I just need to buckle down (hah) and get it done. 

My writing hit a rough spot a few days ago; I stalled out on two projects and couldn't make any headway at all. So I took a sort-of-break (worked on another fic that I'll probably never post; it was more of an exercise and a way to keep me writing) which I think helped a lot. It's always been hard for me to set something aside (even for just a few days) and accept that something about it isn't working right now, but that's much better than trying to fix something I can't necessarily fix--and that, nine times out of ten, doesn't need to be fixed, just left to percolate for a little bit.

Otherwise, things have been quiet around here. My life during the summer tends to get really boring really fast.  

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