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15 November 2009 @ 11:23 pm
various things + FINALLY I ACCOMPLISHED SOME WRITING.  
1. I finished the scifibigbang #1. Yes. Two weeks later than the deadline, but I finished it. Argh. Now I need to finish #2 in like three days maximum but in this one I needed to figure plot out, in that one I don't. Which means it'll take a lot less. And my record was 10000 words in one day which means I'll try to re-do it. And then I can go doing my Christmas exchange fics (and thankfully two are already planned in my head) and then I can go and start doing things in time. Yes. That wouldn't be a bad idea.

2. Apparently, my master fic list doesn't fit into one post anymore. If I was able to do summaries without quoting from the actual fics then I wouldn't have the problem, but is seems like I'm not able. So sometime in the next week I'll probably split it in two and keep part I for Lost and part II for everything else, so if a random half of master fic list pops up on your fl next week just ignore it. ;)

3. I went to see The Men Who Stare At Goats and it's AWESOME. George Clooney + Ewan McGregor + pacifism + crack on a stick which actually is serious + goats + Boston = awesomeness. Now I need to go catch Public Enemies, Up and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Sometime in the next two weeks I guess. Maybe when I finish the bigbang #2.

4. There will be a card post coming soon-ish. Either tonight or tomorrow.

5. I'm not going to throw another ton of Misha Collins fangirling on everyone again, but after the latest con I can only say two things. One, that he's so awesome that I can't even fathom. Two, that I want April to be tomorrow. Oh, and I need to add, this morning I spent twenty minutes or so staring at this. I'm sadly not lying. Misha, why, why so awesome? (and fine looking, I need to add?)

6. Aand, BOOK RECS! I have some stuff I've been reading in the last month and a half or so, but I wanted to finish a couple so I ended up doing the post just now.

a) Just After Sunset by Stephen King: so, I like when uncle Steve goes for short stories and I think this was a very good one. Not on the levels of Different Seasons, he's never going to top that one, but definitely over Nightmares and Dreamscapes at least. And I think I might have liked it better than Everything Is Eventual but I haven't read that last one in ages so they might be more or less the same wavelength. Anyway, apart from the last story which made me want to throw up in my bed, I pretty much liked them all. Some are downright creepy, some are actually very sweet (I teared up at the woman getting her dead husband to call her) and overall it was definitely good. For King stuff. Also, since it's short stories, there's the plus of the ending almost never sucking.

Fun thing for SPN people: there's a story where the protagonist is one guy who used to work in an office where there's a guy named Misha and one named Jimmy. Jimmy owns a farting pillow. Er.

b) Doghouse Roses by Steve Earle: well, this was a really great one. It's always short stories, but God, can he write them. I mean, I know that he can write some pretty kickass songs, but his writing style is just as beautiful as his lyrics. All the stories are poignant and so well crafted, and he's also very creative with plots and stuff. Except for the first which was totally autobiography. And if you know something about his life story you can see where he went autobiographical, but the whole thing is just very original and well written and it was a pleasure to read, for me at least. Also, I completely teared up at the story with the death row inmate. Not saying anything about plots and stuff, but that was a really great book. I need to find his play, dammit.

Also, I'm in love with the title. But that's another matter. Wait for me to steal it...

c) Maps And Legends by Michael Chabon: this one is all short essays and non-fiction, but if you like the man's writing it's very good. Otherwise probably non-necessary, but I really liked it. It gave a great oversight of what's behind his novels and I loved his essay about fanfiction and Sherlock Holmes. And his review of The Road, among the rest.

d) Me, Cheeta by James Lever: alright, I bought this one just out of curiosity because on the cover you had Cheetah, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and I was like, 'what's this crack on a stick?'. Turns out it's Cheeta's autobiography. In the sense, the biography of the chimpanzee that played Cheeta in the Tarzan movies during the forties. It's completely fictionalized and after a bit of research I can safely say that it's all sorta made up, but still, it's kind of awesome. I mean, the guy totally rocked the animal POV, every remark of Cheeta's about Jane being a nuisance for Tarzan is awesome, the whole description of 40s Hollywood is incredibly perceptive/well done (Marlene Dietrich especially was written pretty realistically, from what I gather) and there were some bits which were seriously sniffing-worthy. Not what I'd describe the masterpiece of the new century but it was totally worth my ten euros.

e) M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman: so this is supposed to be stories for kids I guess, and if my cousins could actually appreciate Gaiman I'd probably buy it for them but I don't think they're the kind that would. Anyway, I bought it without knowing what it was about and I really enjoyed a lot of the stories. Some were downright creepy (the black cat one especially), there's one which was just about heartbreaking and the rest were pretty good too. I wouldn't say essential either especially since the best story is in Fragile Things already but still, it was good to read while waiting between classes.

And, I might have put another couple but that'll be for next time, I'm kind of beat and it's eleven and twenty in the evening.

Also, what's with me and all of these short stories? O_O'' I don't know why I went for them all at once.

7. Also, I'm the only person who forgets when she DOESN'T have classes. Last Thursday I was sure I had one and I waited two hours after I finished the first before realizing that the professor said he was not going to be there this week. I mean. Not that I lost time or anything but... *sigh* though, next week I'll just have the pedagogy class one day and NOT ON FRIDAY! YAY! I'll manage to see the SPN ep in peace for once.

8. Okay, off answering comments and stuff I owe. Maybe after I'll re-post some ficlets, but I need to see if I'll still be awake. *waves*
 
 
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falafel_musings: the wire 2falafel_musings on November 15th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I really want to see 'Men that stare at Goats'. I'm hoping to see that one or the new Coen brothers film next weekend. I think it might too late for Doctor Parnassuss.
the female ghost of tom joad: marlon brando *_*janie_tangerine on November 15th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
Here it was out some three weeks ago (Parnassus I mean) but I didn't manage to get to see it. It's still somewhere though, I think I might be able to. I hope.

The Men Who Stare At Goats is HILARIOUS. I loved it so much, and it wasn't just pointless crack which is probably what sold the whole thing. And argh, we don't get the Coen brothers for a while though. :(
missy_useless: boonemissy_useless on November 15th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for finishing one bigbang - you are awesome! (By the way, how much have you already worked on your crossover exchange fic? I'm just asking because I'm starting to get super-nervous about it ... But there's still enough time, right? ;))

Thanks for the recs!
the female ghost of tom joad: lost boone ---> XQ________janie_tangerine on November 15th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Ha, in my head I've worked on it since I got the assignment, in practice... ha. I didn't start it yet. But when I have stuff written in my head (plot-wise) I usually manage to be pretty fast so I'm not fretting yet. And there's totally enough time!! (Also, mine doesn't really have much of a plot tbh, but at least I know beginning, middle and ending. ;) )

And thanks! Though I should have organized my time better. I needneedneed to finish #2 in two days. I so do.
missy_uselessmissy_useless on November 15th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know. I'm feeling a bit better now. ;) Ha - mine doesn't have a lot of plot, either (but uhm - my fics never do *coughs and hides*).
the female ghost of tom joad: lost julietjanie_tangerine on November 15th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Ha, we can do it!! ;) I can't wait to read yours. <3

LOL, mine either have one and they're novels or they don't and it takes me ages to get what I want to do with them. I don't know which one is better. ;)
Fangirlage like WHOA.: Ewan // Exquisitehopelessfangirl on November 15th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Omg, I'm dying to see Men Who Stare at Goats but I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to see it. I'm gonna be busy with school from now until mid-December and I'll probably miss it in theatres. =( I hope I manage to squeeze it in at some point!

In other news, ZOMG MISHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
the female ghost of tom joad: misha collinsjanie_tangerine on November 15th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Awww I hope you manage to see it! Because it really is awesome. Maybe you could catch it at some second-viewing thing? Or at least here there are cinemas which show movies like two months after they're out at half the price *crosses fingers*

MISHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA OMG ILOVEHIMSFM.
Louquantumdoll on November 15th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Nnnngh, I have things to do which so aren't going to get done now, because you have just posted a very beautiful Misha Collins picture which I must now stare at! There are no words for the awesomeness of that man. In 2 weeks time I am meeting him (and having my picture taken with him. omg) and I actually think I might die.

I was meant to see The men who stare ate goats two days ago, but I didn't get to. I am sad face!
the female ghost of tom joad: misha collinsjanie_tangerine on November 15th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
I'm meeting him in April and have the picture too and I CAN'T WAIT DAMMIT, WHY IS IT TWO WEEKS FOR YOU. ;)

But the fact that I'm doing a con in April is the only reason I'm not crying my eyes out because people were there and I wasn't, lol. God, that picture. I stared at it for twenty minutes, I just couldn't stop. Nnnnnngh indeed.

Aw, that sucks! It's totally awesome, I hope you get to see it soon!
bold_seer: tie and coatbold_seer on November 15th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Misha, Misha, Misha - looking better than ever. Didn't know that was still possible.

Fun thing for SPN people: there's a story where the protagonist is one guy who used to work in an office where there's a guy named Misha and one named Jimmy. Jimmy owns a farting pillow. Er.

I kind of cracked up at this, I did. XD

because on the cover you had Cheetah, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

Totally random: I love Humphrey Bogart! Casablanca! Trench coat!

next week I'll just have the pedagogy class one day and NOT ON FRIDAY!

No one should have pedagogy class on a Friday, that's a fact.
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural castieljanie_tangerine on November 16th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I kind of cracked up at this, I did. XD

I LOL-ed. So. Fucking. Much. And I felt bad because that story was actually very very depressing.

OMG HI! I LOVE BOGART TOO AND CASABLANCA WAS MY FAVORITE MOVIE UNTIL I SAW BLADE RUNNER. Now it's the second, but still. And I LOVE Bogart, to pieces. <3333

THAT. I swear. I hate that I have that on FRIDAY AT 9.30 AM. It kills my SPN squee, dammit. But it's just one semester, thankfully.
bold_seer: cas and coatbold_seer on November 16th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think that we are frighteningly alike.
the female ghost of tom joad: marlon brando *_*janie_tangerine on November 16th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to think the same thing too. Not that it isn't necessarily a bad thing, I guess it just means we both have awesome taste. ;)
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on November 16th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I love the title here for the Clooney/MacGregor movie. It got awful reviews here, but I am still interested.

That Cheetah book sounds great. Congrats on finishing the big bang!
the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on November 16th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC)
Aw, here it got pretty good reviews I have to say. I can't say that it's the movie masterpiece of the next century, but if you like MASH or that kind of military satire then you'll probably like it. I thought it was very funny and I had a good time there.

The Cheetah book was totally awesome in the FSM way. And thanks!
valhalla37valhalla37 on November 16th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
1. Yaaaaay! Congrats!

3. So it was good, eh? I definitely want to see it -- I love the story, and Ewan and George. Rebecca Mader's in that too, right?

6. I love Gaiman, but his stuff also weirds me out hardcore. I find I really have to be in the right mood to read it, and even then sometimes certain things will stick with me and gross me out later. Guess I have a sensitive brain, lol.
the female ghost of tom joad: lost -> generaljanie_tangerine on November 16th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
1. Thanks! Now I just need to finish the other, lol.

2. IMO it really was. And yeah, Rebecca Mader was in there, but I think it was no more than five minutes total. I mean, she was Ewan's wife and she appears like the first five minutes and a bit at the end. But she looks just gorgeous! And Ewan and George are a blast, imo.

6. Gaiman is awesome. But you're right that you need to be in the right mood. Though that book I recced is really easy compared to, idk, American Gods or Neverwhere, so at least it wasn't too much of a problem on that side. ;)
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the female ghost of tom joad: writingjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Don't you tell me. I have 20000 words to finish in three days maximum, 1000 minimum for the Lost one and another 1500 for another two fic exchanges, but I'll likely write more than that. Come December 15th I will want to sleep for a week. :/ But thanks! Don't admire me though. It's pure masochism. ;)