highways: [Eric from the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons, swinging on a rope and looking terrified.] (D & D ☌ jlkkjljjljlsjfsdf;dsafa)
Yesterday I moved back down to my digs in Tucson, with help from [personal profile] thor, and after we got here she and my roommate [personal profile] climax played Mass Effect and Fallout and I ... mostly slept, I think. I barely remember yesterday, honestly. I got trained up for my internship and passed out on my living room floor and that's about it for my accomplishments. I guess I was more tired than I thought.

Regular work at the internship starts up Tuesday -- before that, I have that project in Chandler to finish up with my dad and brother, and hopefully I can maybe submit some applications to jobs which pay money. I got some money for work done over winter break but I'm so broke it's not even funny. I OWE SO MANY PEOPLE MONEY. OR THINGS. MONEY OR THINGS. If I find a job, any job, I'll probably throw myself to the ground and pay thanks to the job gods for bequeathing upon me this glorious job. And then I'll probably start complaining about it.

I joined one of the RP games that moved to Dreamwidth! So far it's been pretty fun.

I need to clean my room. Christ, past!me. What did you do to this place.
highways: [The full cast of kids from the cartoon Dungeons & Dragons, climbing over the edge of a cliff.] (D & D ☌ LIVE ACTION ROLEPLAYING)
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.
[FIC] Something Different by [archiveofourown.org profile] tsukinofaerii
Iron Man. Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanov. I have this one on my Nook; it's a beautifully written, mostly everyday interaction-focused fic that lets Pepper and Natasha have way more of a role than the movies will probably ever allow.

[FIC] Not Quite A Typical Day (But Pretty Damn Close) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Settiai
X-Factor. Rictor/Shatterstar + everybody else. A day-in-the-life fic that could probably have been an issue of the comic, there is a CASE and ADVENTURE and SARCASTIC COMMENTS.

[ART] Dungeons and Dragons by [deviantart.com profile] felipemassafera
Dungeons & Dragons Animated. This is just a really stunning painting of the whole gang that still manages to pay homage to the art style of the cartoon.
highways: [A close up image of Megan Fox, who appears to be shouting something happily.] (MEGAN ☌ smiling.)
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.
For the Fandom Snowflake Challenge, which I am attempting to do in honor of my New Year's Resolution to write more! A lot more. I also joined [community profile] inkingitout. I am going to write the shit out of this year, and if I fail I will totally hate myself.

My favorite three fics I think are "Don't Touch That Dial" (Transformers/Supernatural), "Word Association" (Iron Man) and "Back In 2256" (Star Trek XI).

Starting tomorrow we have a huge project in Chandler, Arizona, that my brother and I are both going to help with, which means I'm not going home until, geez, at least two weeks from now? I had no idea I'd be staying with my family for almost a month. The only reason I'd probably be going back when I am is I have an internship starting on the 14th. I'll talk about that later, probably behind a flock, since I honestly have no idea if I should be talking about it on the Internet publicly or not.

I submitted my application to the University of Hawaii! I still need to send them my paperwork, and I'm still so nervous about my grad school prospects (or lack of them, it feels like) that I could just die. Excellent!
highways: [ToGetHer's Mars hides his face behind a book of poetry.] (愛就宅一起 ☌ 我不要)
Heading to Phoenix to take the GRE (I'm probably gonna bomb the math, boo) and then I guess my dad has work in Malibu? So maybe I'll get a fancy meal tomorrow. The hotel should have Internet, at the very least.
highways: [Dante from Devil May Cry looks down in the dark, his eyes are hidden.] (Default)
list of rp journals, not super exciting )
highways: [Marvel's Spiderman and Loki sitting on a NYC rooftop, eating hotdogs and talking.] (MARVEL ☌ loki lord of foot longs)
It's amazing how lifting that terrible burden which is university has freed up my motivation to do stuff like write fanfiction and blog. You know, useful things.

Starting next month I actually have a real life internship with my local Congresswoman—unpaid, but I'll take what I can get. This means I need to find another job to live off of, and fast—I've applied to like, Walmart, and I'll probably make the rounds at the local mall. I don't have a car so I'm sort of worried about working late nights and walking home but if I disappear or something, at least [personal profile] climax will probably notice.

The real concern at the moment is honestly grad school applications, which have turned out to be a really horrible nightmare I'm not even one hundred percent sure I'm going to be able to deal with. I don't even know why? It's just so hard! I can only apply to a handful of schools and I'm not gunning for anything all that prestigious (I have weird interests, is why) so ... I don't know how it's going to turn out, to be honest. I get this awful pit in my stomach when I even think of doing anything related to it, which is ... bad. Part of that is just the fucking cost of applying. I am so broke. I basically limped out of college and only with the money my little sister [personal profile] thor gave me.

I need to just sit down and fill them out one at a time. Just! So nervous!
highways: [Marvel's Shatterstar, his arms extended, shouting ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!] (MARVEL ☌ ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!)
Oh hey, not only am I alive, I just graduated from college! What's up?
highways: [A black and white image of a woman wearing an oversized Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.] (STOCK ☌ fade to black.)
School is insanely busy. I went home last the weekend! My brother had a kid while I was there, which was pretty exciting. I got my truck back from my parents and also started my lab job, which is basically taking sound files from our school's phonetics department and labeling intervocalic stops. Eight hours a week! Unpaid, but they give me credits I need towards graduation. Which I may or may not be doing in a few months; I'm trying to get my application signed by all the people and finished, but I'm usually busy nine to five and my school hasn't processed various transfer credits, so I'm getting worried about that.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, VERY BUSY.

So that is why I'm barely updating.
highways: [Wu Chun and Jiro Wang, two members of the Taiwanese band Fahrenheit.] (飛輪海 ☌ 我也想還你 一樣的感動)
First week of school: defeated!

Had actually a pretty cool day at school today—after Chinese me and some classmates went to visit our first Chinese instructor's office hours, and I had an actually conversation in Mandarin with her, which was pretty amazing. She's actually Taiwanese, so she wanted to hear about the night markets and stuff. Man, I can speak Chinese! It is such a bizarre realization sometimes.

What I can't speak is Spanish.

Tomorrow I'm going to drop into No More Deaths and get trained to refuel water stations in the desert. I hope I have time throughout the semester to follow up and volunteer. I don't have a car but they meet about five minutes from my place by bus and I don't have any lab work during the weekends so, we can hope!

Still following up on all the shit I need to get done to graduate in the winter.
highways: [Marvel's Spiderman and Loki sitting on a NYC rooftop, eating hotdogs and talking.] (MARVEL ☌ loki lord of foot longs)
I've officially and successfully petitioned the college to raise my credit limit, registered for every class, and gone to all of them too. Everything seems doable! The one class I was dreading, Spanish literature, has been replaced with Spanish phonetics, which sounds awesome and should also improve my terrible pronunciation at the same time. I have my first lab meeting on Friday for the research project I'm going to be involved in. Not gonna lie, I'm a little worried about the work load I'm looking at—but I'm on track to graduate in December. Next up is my degree check!

I have pretty much nothing else going on in my life. My apartment is nice and comfortable and barely furnished, but I sort of like that. My cat might like it here. I have no idea.

Taking the bus sort of sucks, though. It is so hot! It is so ridiculously hot.
highways: [Pepper Potts from 2009's Iron Man, smiling.] (MARVEL ☌ when it hurts to smile)
I spent today moving all my shit into [livejournal.com profile] asgardianing's and my apartment—well actually, I had to disappear to sign the lease paperwork, and by the time I got back at least half of my stuff had been moved upstairs by my parents, which is something of a win. I have a bed! And a desk and a crappy bookshelf I need to wash like, a lot. We have very little furniture but besides that what do you need, really.

My cat screamed the entire way down (it's like a five hour drive) but now is acting as though nothing even happened.

School starts in six days! More excitingly, this semester I've volunteered to work on a linguistics research project involving English, Dutch, and Japanese spontaneous speech. I AM PRETTY EXCITED, though due to my undergrad status I am pretty sure I will be doing some basic stuff THAT IS OKAY, I AM STILL EXCITED.
highways: (DARKWING DUCK ☌ LET'S GET DANGEROUS)
monday 9-9:50 Spanish 350: Reading Literary Genres
monday 11-11:50 Chinese 403: Third Year Chinese
monday 1-1:50 Spanish 330: Intermediate Conversation
monday 2-2:50 Linguistics 421: Language Maintenance, Preservation, and Revitalization

tuesday 11-12:15 Linguistics 315: Introduction to Phonology
tuesday 12:30-1:45 Linguistics 300: Introduction to Syntax

AND THEN WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS ARE LIKE MONDAY AND THURSDAY IS A TUESDAY REPEAT.

So obviously my brain is going to end up leaking out of my head on Mondays (observe that terrifying Spanish/Mandarin/Spanish sequence!) but overall this is about as good as it's gonna get, especially since I've yet to register for that literature class. I'll need to go to the advisors and profs and beg, probably. In Spanish. Basically my argument is gonna be, you have to let me take it! Because I can't afford another semester! Which is pretty much true.

I have to take the nineteen credits in order to (hopefully) graduate this semester, and between this and the research I offered to do and the fact that my financial aid isn't scheduled to come in anytime soon (if ever...) this is going to be an interesting next few months!
highways: [Marvel's Spiderman and Loki sitting on a NYC rooftop, eating hotdogs and talking.] (MARVEL ☌ loki lord of foot longs)
Okay, so, Captain America. I'll be honest, I absolutely love Marvel comics, I absolutely love shared fictional universes, and I absolutely love action movies, so I love love love the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a embarrassing degree. So you should probably take it with a grain of salt that I loved Captain America too. onwards! )

I have been hanging at my parents' house in the gap between living in Taiwan and living in Tucson, and it's actually been pretty nice; I've gotten most of the stuff I absolutely had to do before moving done, and I've been reading a ton, mostly all comics and old science fiction. I've got a place lined up with my friend [livejournal.com profile] asgardianing and a cell phone that works and will get me the Internet, and accordingly I am more often on Twitter and pretty much constantly on Gchat, but way less on the computer. I go like days without using the computer, it's pretty nice to be honest.

But I'm working! And reading and working. Hopefully saving up enough money to live through my last semester of college, that would be pretty cool.

And I just found out the sum total of all my student loans (thanks, FASFA!) and I'm pretty sure my degree's cost more than I'm worth. Like, you could buy me for less than the price I paid for three years at a public university. I would be sad about this but when it comes to my education and the price thereof I have transcended sadness. I am zen.
highways: [Dante from Devil May Cry looks down in the dark, his eyes are hidden.] (MARVEL ☌ stories will be told of this da)
So I'm back in the States now! Obviously I have stuff to say, but for now I'll leave it at: jetlag is such a bitch.
highways: [Footballer Hope Solo, holding the American unfurled behind her.] (FOOTBALL ☌ hope solo.)

I am actually sort of expecting a tragic loss (not that I really know anything, I am such a football n00b) but anyway this might be my last chance to get excited about the world cup so come on America. It's not often I want my country to do well at something! BUT THIS TIME, YES. Edit: And Japan's doing awesome so if we lose I'm cheering for them instead.

The way I'm slacking off all the time you'd never know I was making an international move in like four days. Packing? What is packing?

Edit: USA vs. Brazil results. )
highways: [Dante from Devil May Cry looks down in the dark, his eyes are hidden.] (MASS EFFECT ☌ a pretty good poker face.)
Two nights ago night I was channel surfing in my overpriced hotel room in Taipei and hit one of the English-language channels that was doing international news—I think it was the BBC—just in time to watch this footage of a gigantic, surreal looking dust cloud with a bizarrely clear and defined devouring edge advancing over some metropolitan area. "Wow," I thought, "what a strange and unfortunate thing to be happening in a place I have no connection to." Then it said, "And now, in Arizona, the dust cloud has left thousands without power and..."

I think I've finally accepted the fact that most humans in fact live near water and our deserty hazards are somewhat frightening and freaky.

so I took a trip and I don't even know how long it lasted )

Five more days in Taiwan! I have to pack, clean my room, finish buying various shit and uh see some people before I go! Also I want to download more comics. I can't have enough comics. In five days I can get them legally!

OH WOMEN'S WORLD CUP. AMERICA VERSUS BRAZIL. WE GOTTA STEP IT UP, MAN. >:|
highways: [Footballer Hope Solo, holding the American unfurled behind her.] (FOOTBALL ☌ hope solo.)
Women's foooooootball. The USA plays Columbia tonight! It's hard to get as psyched for the Women's World Cup as I was for the Men's World Cup, just because part of the psyched-ness comes from everybody else being psyched at the same time, and that is just not happening. CURSE THE PATRIARCHY. Anyway the games are just as exciting as last summer's—also so far I haven't seen a single person fake an injury, man. Which actually makes it more exciting because when somebody goes down and doesn't get up you're all, oh no! /grabs face

Speaking of which, the news programs here are way less squeamish about showing certain footage than I remember them being back home. A week or two ago me and my friends were eating dinner at the 鹵味 place around the corner, sitting right in front of TV watching the news, when they showed a traffic cam video of some pedestrian totally geting mowed down by a truck. CUE THE CHORUS OF GIRLY GASPS THEY PROBABLY HEARD ACROSS THE STREET. It was horrifying. We were horrified.

I have sat on my ass and done nothing but read comic books and watched soccer games and talked to people I like for two days straight. I should feel awful about myself, but I actually feel awesome and cheerful and shit. I'm thinking about taking off tomorrow and maybe hitting up the east coast, I don't know, but for the moment the lack of stress and sleeping whenever I want seems to be doing me a lot of good.
highways: [A black and white image of a woman wearing an oversized Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.] (STOCK ☌ fade to black.)
I am staying with one of my students and her extended family for a few days in the ~countryside~. It is educational. We are eating so often that I don't even get a chance to get hungry!
highways: [Two panels from Marvel's X-Factor, showing Shatterstar grabbing a worried looking Rictor and then kissing him.] (MARVEL ☌ out of context: i love you)
Marvel fanaticism still going strong. Spending the next three days without an Internet connection—which, yes, is in my future—might calm me down. But I'm loading my Nook way the hell up before I go, so who knows.

Yesterday was crazy—two of my friends were leaving the country this morning, so we and some other friends met up in Taipei that afternoon to hang out and shop and stuff. On the way to this show we hit up Long Shan Temple (龍山寺) and the a night market which was famous for snake meat ... apparently. There were a lot of snakes. And then we took the MRT to Chiang Kai-Shek and saw the show!

Most of the details are a little fuzzy for me, because I was sleep deprived like woah, since I'd been up all night on the phone with my brother [personal profile] reign and then got up at six-thirty to see my roommate Hitomi off to the train station. I do remember it was a lot of fun, and maybe the only time I've done the obnoxious loud American tourist routine in Taiwan (that I am aware of) since everyone in our group was either American or spoke fantastic English. ALL WISECRACKS AND LOUD LAUGHTER, ALL THE TIME. But it was fun. Me and my friend had to call it quits early, though, due to tired, and took a midnight bus back to Taichung, so it was really just a day trip.

Started packing, though I've got like three weeks left. I don't own nearly as much shit as I thought man. Most of this shit's going straight to the garbage.

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