nyagosstar: (my doctor is made of awesome)
Everyone wave hello to Diah!

He's my new laptop--an incredibly lavish Christmas present--that was very much needed as I'd been cobbling together computer/internet time on my own slowly dying desktop and E's laptop. It was problematic as she uses it a lot for school work and I couldn't always get the time I wanted. Grades > Fic What can you do?

Anyway, everything is now happily transferred over and running smoothly. Hopefully this means I will be able to update more regularly. Or at least more regularly than I have been.

In other news, I ordered in The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter for myself because we don't normally carry it and I have a thing about ordering books online. I work in a bookstore, I should be able to get anything I want without having to resort to the internet. Anyway, it's all about RTD writing the Specials season of Doctor Who. It was endlessly fascinating and made me want to watch Who so much.

I watched The End of Time parts 1 and 2 and wish that I cared as much about Eleven as I did about Nine and Ten. Nine is my favorite and I think, always will be, but I ended up loving Ten after just a couple of episodes. I still like the show, I do. I think the story lines are interesting and the show is still cool, but I don't have this gut reaction to Eleven that I had with the last two. Part of it is definitely that it feels like everything I spent the last five years LOVING never even happened.

I'm happy a new season will be starting in the spring, but it makes me sad the only thing I'm going to get from RTD is America!Torchwood.

This is not exactly where I expected this post to go, but there you are. I have some fic to post, little baby things that I'd like to have here in my journal, and I'm a crazy person about that kind of thing, but that is going to have to wait for another day.

Also!! If anyone is reading anything AWESOME in the book world drop me a line. I'm dying for something good. I'd prefer something grown up, but I'll take any rec as long as it's good.
nyagosstar: (saluting keith)
It’s like a joke, but without the lead up or the punchline.

1) I came home from work on Tuesday E and I had both worked early and were pretty tired so we laid down in bed, facing each other to talk about what we wanted to do for dinner. In the middle of this conversation, she looks at me all serious like and busts out with, “You’re waiting for a train.” Two days later it still makes me giggle.

2) We were watching Top Chef last night which love, but doesn’t require all of my attention and so also simultaneously dicking around on the internets. E pulls up some old 80’s cartoons and programs on youtube—Pinwheel, anyone?—and there is the Simon the Chalk Boy cartoon. I loved it when I was little and it still has a fond place in my heart. So we watch the opening credits and who, who, Who should turn out to be the narrator? Bernard Cribbins. Seriously, Donna’s grandfather from Dr. Who narrated a children’s program something like 30 years ago. I love it.

Also, in my desperation after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go and waiting for The Ask and the Answer—which is finally in my possession and I can’t wait to start reading—I picked up I Am Number 4. I’d heard some good things about it and some people are trying to make it into a big deal and we had it, so I borrowed it. It was good, it wasn’t amazing, but it was solid and cool, if a little bit contrived in the narrative flow. I liked the characters a lot and thought the pacing was actually pretty brilliant.

The one qualm I have with it is that the ‘author’ is a character from the story. I don’t know what is up with this trend, but I find it super irritating. When I see something like this, it makes me think that either the author is well known for another work and is trying to branch out, or the book is a amalgam corporate construct that makes me feel kind of dirty for liking. It’s an unnecessary gimmick for me to like the book. I think it’s an unnecessary marketing ploy for kids to like the book. Just stop.
nyagosstar: (so glad i met you)
even though i totally love the new doctor, i love the new stories, and i'm slightly terrified about where this is all heading. there are so many echoes of things that have come before, things that are the same but through a slightly different lens that i'm worried. loving it, though.

i have devolved into the most standard cliche i think i have ever managed. i'm working on my writing in a coffee shop. the only thing that could make it moreso is if i were actually drinking coffee instead of chai. i am just not a fan of coffee. chai, on the other hand, is made of awesome and i could drink gallons of it. thankfully it's cool enough that i can still have it warm and not feel like i'm burning up from the inside. cold chai doesn't really do it for me.

this is also day one of my not-a-vacation five day vacation. i have acres of vacation time as the result of working for the same company far longer than i ever expected. every year, i never end up taking anywhere near all of it and as it doesn't roll over and i don't get paid out for it, i have to use it or it goes away. also, as work blows like a whale spout a the moment, time away is nothing but good. so, i have a five day stretch ahead of me filled with the intent to write, hang out with the girl, catch up on cleaning and maybe, possibly, get a hair cut. it's long like whoa and i kind of don't know what to do with it.

oh, and get more of this ginger ale. because just like the little old amish lady who sold it to me told me, i crave it, kind of all the time. i've planned the last two weeks around how to make a trip out to get it. i want some just now writing about it.
nyagosstar: (books)
This morning I’m going to talk about random things and books that I’ve read while I sort of suss out some other stuff that I’m working on in my brain.

I finally have the (new) version of word on my computer, now that there is a newer version coming out this year. Future, check out how hip I am to you. It’s hard for me not to hate it because it’s new and not my familiar word. Like right now, how I can’t figure out how to keep it from putting a double space between each paragraph. What’s up with that, yo?

It is actually warm enough here that I can walk around the apt complex in the mornings without worrying about dying of hypothermia or sliding on ice, or falling into piles of snow in a Hoth-like manner. I've missed listening to the Savage Love podcas--it is never not funny.

This week, I managed to finish a couple books. I read the first memoir that Josh Kilmer-Purcell wrote and I’m so glad that I read The Bucolic Plague before I read I’m Not Myself These Days. It’s not that it’s a bad book, it’s not. It’s charmingly written and funny, but the life he was living left me feeling distressed and I don’t know. Worried, maybe? Anyway, I like knowing that things turned out better, that the excessive alcohol and crack stopped and he ended up farming with goats instead.

No less worrying was This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer which is the third book to follow Life as We Knew It and the dead and the gone all of which are about what happens when an asteroid hits the moon harder than anyone expected, moving it closer to the earth and the ensuing chaos. If I were less lazy, I would link back to previous posts about these books, assuming I have them here and I didn't read them in the random and intermittent times when I didn't talk about books I'd read.

The first book was hard to read but ultimately very good. The second book was so soul destroying to read I honestly couldn’t think of a single person I could recommend it to without an offer of therapy after. The third is a good blending of the two, slightly less harrowing, and more about how groups of people cling together to survive instead of the horrible way we all fall apart. Terrible things still happen, and I still cried like a little girl at the end, but it was kind of nice to see everyone again, even though the circumstances seemed a little far fetched and it had been so long since I’d read the books, it took me a while to remember who everyone was.

All in all, not a bad run, but I’m hoping the books I have in my reading queue will knock me over. I love being surprised by books.

Oh, and I'm still loving the new Who. I find the new Doctor charming and surprisingly not!young even though he's like, twelve in RL. The stories continue to be cool and interesting and i love Amy, though I've loved all the companions, so that was never much of a worry. It's been suitably creepy and the Doctor is still sad, which makes me love him. I'm hoping for an awesome rest of the season.

I'm still totally over the Daleks, though.

a good day

Apr. 4th, 2010 11:15 am
nyagosstar: (my doctor)
yesterday was kind of an awesome day.

i went with [livejournal.com profile] sainnis to see the animated movie, The Book of Kells, which was all kinds of excellent. it was beautiful and visually thrilling, the story was great and not just for my inner medieval history nerd. i loved the characters and the style and i was totally sad when it was over because there wasn't any more to see. i'll probably be going again next week with E as we both have friday off, yay! then we had yummy noodles dinner (with added dumplings) walked around the city trying to find one thing and ended up finding bubble tea which is the definition of deliciousness and then it was home for FMA dub.

I haven't been talking much about the new fma, or the dub, but i have been watching it and totally loving it. i love al's voice, i love how closely this is following the manga. i love the style of how everything looks and feels and i can't wait to see how things play out.

then, i got a call from [livejournal.com profile] halfacork who was all, 'what did you think about the new doctor?' and i was all 'i thought it was tomorrow!' and she was all, 'download it right now!' and i did.

cut for those of you who A) don't care about doctor who, B) don't care what i think about doctor who C) haven't seen it yet and don't want spoil themselves.

i'm not ready for an 11 icon )
nyagosstar: (ianto and tosh)
because i was chatty kathy this morning, cuts!

torchwood, )

books, )

and cooking

in addition to other cooking i did that was tasty, i made what was probably the best meal i have ever made in my whole life and it was as simple as tomato soup. i found a recipie that i tinkered with while i was at work and picked up the stuff i needed because it was cold and rainy and a tomato soup and grilled cheese kind of day. i was worried initially, but it was so good that i actually remembered to write it down exactly how i did it and put it in the recipie box.

usually i have a hard time recreating things because i don't use recipes and make things up as a go along. things turn out similarly, but not usually exactly. sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes, all i wanted was what i had the first time.

i'm trying

Feb. 20th, 2010 11:40 pm
nyagosstar: (my doctor is made of awesome)
i really, really am. and it's so superficial of me, but i cannot get over the enormously long Mask-like face of the new doctor. i'm hoping that a whole season of him running around and being generally awesome will make that go away. but dude, his forehead is epic.

but, we have a confirmed date of easter for the premiere of the new season. yay, easter!

in other news, we're working our way through the first season of the Big Bang Theory and it's funnier than i expected. and much better than the first half of the pilot episode made me think it was going to be. yay nerds!

i am currently full of yummy sushi and rice crispy treats--not as strange a combination as it seems in print--and waiting patiently for the fma dub on adult swim. hearing their voices again is akin to having old friends in the room. it's so strange. the first time i heard Hughes' voice i literally teared up because it was HUGHES. i know what's coming, in theory, i've watched the series and read the manga tons of times, but i can't wait to do it all over again.
nyagosstar: (my doctor is sad)
if you're only going to give me a handful of episodes this year--and i'm including the christmas special in the 2009 run--you're going to have to do better than that.

it was so close to being good. it had a lot of good intentions. it wanted to be cleverer than it was.

it can do better, it has done better and it'd better do better. we don't have TIME for 'daleks take manhatten-esque' episodes. it was no 'from out of the rain' which, you know, made my eyes bleed, but honestly? come on.
nyagosstar: (numb house)
hugh laurie as the doctor.

i'd be okay with him leaving house to go be the doctor.
nyagosstar: (my doctor is sad)
david tennant. DAVID TENNANT

i finally came round to the idea of you being the doctor and liking you and now this? really?

i've been really good about change on this show so far, with producer changes and cast changes and all kinds of other changes but i am not ready for a new doctor. and telling me that you'll be here through the 2009 series when it's only 4 specials doesn't fill me with hugs and puppies.

apparently they need to pick someone who is not remotely well know and who will be happy to have a steady, well paying job for several years. or they need a john barrowman-esque person, cause let's face it, you're going to have to pry torchwood from john's cold, dead fingers.

or at least you'd better have to because i am not ready for torchwood to be done yet.

EDIT: The 21st century is when it all changes and i'm not ready.
nyagosstar: (Default)
just a quick post to try and get all of the amazing comic con-ness out of my head. it's swirling around in there pretty happily because it was so much fun. the highlight was definitely the torchwood panel--dr. who was good, but torchwood rocked. I was a little sad that it was on the first day because everything that came after it was good, but the con peaked at day one. they had the same moderator for tw as they did for dr. who but as soon as john got on stage he pretty much took control and it was a beautiful thing to see. everyone was funny and interesting and i honestly, could have listened to them talk for ages.

con report, part the first )

also, sci-fi? bbc? bring your shit to the con and i will buy it. not having thngs for me to buy was insanity. seriously, i wanted to give you my money and i had no outlet. comic con could have basically been subtitled 'impulse buy central' and i had nothing to impulse buy. sadness, much much sadness.
nyagosstar: (my doctor is made of awesome)
12:00-1:00 Doctor Who—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), and writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) discuss their creative process and experience working on the BBC’s Doctor Who—Britain’s most successful sci-fi franchise—with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

1:00-2:00 Torchwood—Writer Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), executive producer Julie Gardner (Torchwood), writer Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), and actors John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman discuss their creative process and experience on working on BBC America’s highest-rated show ever—Torchwood— followed by a Q&A session. Ballroom 20

there's other stuff that looks interesting but for real.

\o/ forever!!!!!!!!!
nyagosstar: (all for nothing)
thank you rtd, for giving me back my brain. torchwood is done, who is done and i feel, surprisingly, pretty okay.

like the way all good fiction should be it was both surprising and inevitable. i feel like i got a lot of really good resolution, some interesting things to ponder and a little bit of hope among the tears.

here are the highlights of 4x13, as i see them )

in other news full cast for ouran was announced. i was lied to about sonny strait being haruhi's dad which makes me sad like whoa. instead it's mike macfarland of jean havoc fame and the rest fo the cast? reads like an fma reunion.

haruhi = winry
tamaki = ed (as much as i love vic, i'm withholding my squee until i hear this because i'm not conviced this is the part for him.
mori = roy! this is much, much squee for this, it's perfect. the only thing that could have been better for my little slashy fangirl heart would have been him as kyouya, but we can't have everything, i guess.
hunny(and could i have, for the love of god, a cannon spelling of his name?) = wrath and how weird is that?

the rest of the people i haven't heard in anything, but i have high hopes that it won't murder my ears and at the very, very least, when i buy the show the japanese will be a clear translation instead of the train wreck i have now.
nyagosstar: (so glad i met you)
luckily, i'm off to work where i can distract myself for eight or so hours instead of thinking about who all day.

i'm worried and excited and i think the world is going to end in a spectacular and heartbreaking fashion.

it should be good.
nyagosstar: (your bird can't talk)
i find myself wanting to use the term awesomesauce with a disturbing frequency, but i'm pretty sure i can't get away with it.

also, i think that, on re-watching dr who, ianto has done some post apocalypse trauma eating. PATE, if you will. not that i don't still think he's lovely, but get the man a slightly bigger suit and everything will be fine.
nyagosstar: (my doctor)
six days now till the last ep of who for the season and i thought this week's ep couldn't come soon enough. it feels so weird to be in this place, surrounded by information, the knowledge literally at my fingertips and i have no idea what's coming. i don't want to know, i've kept myself away from the spoilers because, well, with who i want to be surprised. because it can, consistently and as easily as it breaks my heart the show can surprise me and i don't want to ruin it for myself.

you never get that first viewing back, you never get that first read again. it doesn't mean that future viewing and reading aren't as good, but they aren't the same. there's something magic about being just as in the dark as the characters themselves, about being caught up in the story and in the worry. when you know how it's all going to fall down, you can pause and appreciate the beauty of the fall, but when you don't know it's coming--that's an impact that i wouldn't want to lose.

4x12 )

also, i got my prize meme gift from [livejournal.com profile] mustanginblue and it is made of happiness and sparkles and i couldn't be more thrilled.

those of you who haven't gotten yours yet, i haven't forgotten you, i'm just on the slower side of 'reasonable amount of time' :)
nyagosstar: (Default)
once again, for those of you who missed this, doctor who is so brilliant i can barely contain myself.

i usually try to do these without spoilers, but well,  )

although, is there something weird about billy piper's teeth?
nyagosstar: (me in team)
1) doctor who is love. total and complete love. haters can hate away, i love it and love it and i'm already criminally sad that there are only 3 episodes left. next year is going to be tragic when we only get four specials instead of a season. this week was scary and funny and everything that is good about who. so, suck it trebek.

2) an ex of mine came into my store today to catch up with my boss who is a mutual friend. i'm pretty sure she didn't expect me to be there at all. it was, um awkward, i think is the best i can say of it. retail gives a person really good awareness of people on the peripheral vision and i saw someone there, turned around and bam! oh, hi. remember when i broke up with you and it was awful and i felt like shit because you were so upset? yeah, that was fun. weird how we haven't spoken in like, three years. oh yeah, and i've seen you naked.

here's a tip, kids. don't date people you work with because when you break up with them, you still have to see them every day until one of you gets a new job, which in this case was about a year.

3) i swear there was a third thing, but i got nothing. huh.
nyagosstar: (my doctor is sad)
is a little different from the folks over at the whoverse.

because, to me, that episode was kind of what an episode would be like if you'd let a dementor write it, like i'll never be cheerful again. don't get me wrong, i really, really liked it and i think i'm in a minority camp when i tell you that i really liked river, but man, crushingly sad.

and really? we only have five episodes left, where the fuck is rose?



not really crushed, but i love this mood, cause it's funny like whoa.
nyagosstar: (my doctor is sad)
seriously, best call back to previous episodes. ever.

however, preview for next week? um, somebody? you got bad mary sue fanfic in my doctor who. wft?

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