just breezing through...

...to say that I'm alive! And a college graduate, dammit! And oh, yeah, I got engaged in September, so that is a thing that's happening!!

Also, to say that I've been thinking a lot about Ye Olde Days of fandom, which for me was spent almost exclusively on LJ and ffnet. And all the friends I made here who subsequently vanished into the internet ether, never to be heard from again. Because, see, I still think about those people. I wonder how they're doing and why they disappeared, and sometimes I still kinda miss them.

So in the interest of not disappearing (especially since my LJ is actually less active than a ghost town lol), I thought I'd log back in and drop my other account names in case anyone's interested. Those of y'all who've been friends with me since, like, the Naruto days (like they ever ended amirite), if you wanna exchange Facebooks or anything just PM me! And whether I see you on another platform or not, I hope you're all doing well and having a wonderful start to 2019. <33

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I...still exist??

I feel like my life for the last few months can be summed up as follows:

1. School started out stressful as fuck before my give-a-damn abruptly imploded, leaving me free to ascend to a higher plane of existence (is this Senioritis? will I return to epic levels of Sheer Panic when I have to write a 15/20-page paper for my grad seminar? WHO KNOWS~)

2. U.S. politics are dominating my life and everything is horrifying and I am living off John Oliver and Trevor Noah monologues because I really need the reminder that there are sane people in the world (vote, vote, vote vote vote vote vote vote vote--)

3. I somehow acquired another boyfriend because I have apparently become the type of person who meets guys at con raves so, uh.....this is a thing that's happening (2 months and counting and yeah, go ahead and insert, like, a bunch of heart eye emojis because I am Gone)

I think that pretty much covers it!

Oh, and I went to Italy over the summer (and got stuck there!). That was pretty awesome. 8D

but when it was bad it was horrid

I'm referring, of course, to Star Wars.

I just had a friend over who only recently binge-watched the original trilogy and had somehow managed to get through the last few months without getting spoiled for The Force Awakens. So we watched TFA and I got to witness her flailing and shrieking and gasping over the Ben Solo reveal (the minutes leading up to Han's death consisted of repeated mutterings of "No, no, no, don't you dare--"). It was pretty fun, and since we were on a Star Wars high we decided to start on the prequel movies, which she also hadn't seen. Cue The Phantom Menace.

Now, you have to understand something here. I grew up with six Star Wars movies. I grew up watching both the original trilogy and the prequels (originals first, of course--some things are sacred); the only one I actually remember coming out is Revenge of the Sith, and even then I was too young to really care about seeing it in theaters. There was never a divide for me between the "original" and the "new" movies. Star Wars was Star Wars.

And yeah, I've spent a fair amount of time since then reading meta on how terrible the prequels are on almost every level. And I could accept a lot of those arguments from memory alone (you ave to admit that the romance writing is unforgettably bad). But they remained fixed in my mind as decent movies--flawed, definitely, but enjoyable.

And then I rewatched TPM tonight, for the first time in years.

Hoo boy.

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writing meme!

How long have you been writing for? What made you start? Oh man, I was writing novels in journals before I hit the teen years, and I made my own picture books/poetry anthologies when I was, like, eight.
Did you start with fanfic, and if not - how did you view fanfiction before you tried it for yourself? I started publishing with fanfic, definitely. I kinda tripped into it, to be honest--thank gawd I didn't know what ffnet was when I was writing Digimon self-inserts, haha.
What's the best writing advice you've ever encountered? Not advice exactly, but figuring out how to write a really crappy first draft was invaluable.
What is your biggest struggle when it comes to writing? I tend to use too much description, and I'm not great at establishing setting; it doesn't come naturally to me.
What is the best comment anyone has given you? I absolutely treasure the comments that are like, "This is the X time I've reread this fic" or "I read this when I need cheering up". They make my entire week.
Can you write whenever/wherever, or do you need a certain setup in order to make words happen? I tend to do better with music. It drowns out my inner editor for the most part!
Would you say you have a definite style that can be recognised? Is that something you strive toward, or do you like your writing to be more fluid and maybe unpredictable? Apparently, since I tend to get picked out of a lineup even with anonymous postings, lol. I don't mind. I think I have a pretty distinct sense of humor at this point, but that's my personality so I'm okay with it!
Would you like to collaborate with another writer? If you already have, share something you learned from the experience? I...might? It would be really hard for me to relinquish any creative control though, so maybe not.
How attached do you get to your projects? If you can't seem to finish something, do you let it go or work yourself even harder until you get it out? I'll drop something for years and still potentially come back to it. I never delete anything.
Share a work/excerpt/sentence you're really proud of? I'm really proud of "In a Land of Prats and a Time of Zombies" and "from here to eternity".
I honestly don't get to talk to other writers about their process enough. If there's something about your process you've always wanted to share, please do so here! Hmm, okay, fun fact: I cannot write porn unless the type font is either size 8 or colored white. I just...can't look at sex scenes while they're in progress or I'll shriek and delete everything!
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/shows up 9 months late w/o starbucks

So...I'm still around, haha. And now that school's out for summer I'm going to make another attempt at being more active in the LJ-posting department. So.

Most interesting thing that's happened to me lately is that I went to Brooklyn for the first time in my life, which would be awesome enough by itself, but I went there to see the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the Henriad and I AM STILL NOT OVER IT. I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT. /screams/ I mean, David Tennant was Richard II. I was in the same building as the Doctor. My fifteen-year-old self was in hysterics. It was a pretty kickass trip.

But yeah, my life lately has pretty much consisted of school. Which has contributed to the realization that I really want to go to grad school, which...probably means I'm certifiable, lol, but if I can finangle a way to talk about this historical/literary stuff for the rest of my life, I'll be happy as a clam.

i need to stop writing blog posts at 2am

*crawls out of the abyss*


Mine was pretty great--went to a few concerts, read some great books, saw a ton of awesome movies--and I just started at my big shiny new college yesterday and I think I'm really gonna enjoy this semester. Probably. x)

Also as of today I am...no longer a teenager? That's a little startling. I'll have to come up with some other excuse when I get into stupid shit, haha.

*snuggles one and all*