krislaughs: (BHUS aidan butterfly)
So... so many things.

1. Saw War Horse last night. spoilers, but not really )

2. Read The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. thoughts )

3. I knew, when I was saying all last week that 44 degrees and muddy was creepy for January, I would regret it. Today is bloody cold. And the new, energy star windows in the house are surprisingly drafty--I mean, like there's a cutting wind blowing through my room kind of draft.

4. I took off work early, because no more appointments were scheduled and since I just agreed to add a shitload more on-call in the spring (covering a colleague having a baby) I figured, what the hell. The extra emergency work means I'm going to be stressed out and kind of a beast for a few months but I'll be making more money and, if by some miracle, I get a residency spot, it'll be nice to save up some extra now.

5. So all I really want to do this afternoon is ski a little and curl up under the covers with some hot chocolate, a good book, and my dog. However, what I'm supposed to do this afternoon is drive to Ithaca for another interview tomorrow. If this one goes badly, I may just bag the third one next weekend, and look for another new job for the summer. These residency interviews are a lot of time and a whole lot of driving, and not worth it if I don't have a chance to begin with.

I'm being cynical. But also realistic, given the current market.
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So, I've not ben posting much at all.

Short story: Still here.

Long story: Been thinking about making Big Life Decisions (tm) which are a little frightening, so I, er, haven't actually gotten past the 'thinking about them' stage. That said, I think action will be for the better. Just gotta DO it, it being action and all.

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Other news: I just mainlined The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.

spoilers? Not really. I wouldn't do that to you. )
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I had evening appointments tonight. Luckily, the last two or so cancelled, so I managed to finish on time (don't ask). There were so many fleas. So, so many fleas.

Have I mentioned recently how much I hate fleas?

There were also so many angry dogs who got diagnosed from across the room. I call this "creative medicine."

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Vampire Diaries: this really is the show of a thousand plots. Don't ever change, yeah?

I will be kinda sad if the tension between Elena-Stephan-and Damon ever has a resolution. Hmm.

And, n'awww, Klaus just wants an army to WUVVV him!

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I've been re-reading Kate Griffin's Urban Magic (Matthew Swift) series. Gowd, I love the magic in those books.

As much as I enjoy fantasy, there are few conceptions of magic that I really *feel*, you know? This is one.
krislaughs: (BHUS joshnsally)
When I wasn't diving last week, I was reading. Oh, vacation is SO good.

Anyway, this is a quick review of the ones I read.

How to Survive in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Wu

Recommended by [livejournal.com profile] ignipes. I'm not gonna lie, I don't know that I entirely understood everything that was going on in this one. It's a story about a guy and his father, about science and fiction, about time travel and exploration and getting to know yourself. I could call it Douglas Adams with daddy issues, but it's really so much more. There's some brilliant meta and some confusing meta and wrapped up in all, I think there might be the meaning of life.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This one I couldn't put down and finished in less than 24 hours. I was hoping the scheme at the end would be a little... cleverer? But the world was so well crafted and richly imagined, I couldn't get enough. It's fun and raucous, violent and honestly, pretty clever. And if we're NOT supposed to be slashing Jean and Locke (cohabitating, codependent guys who always have each others' back), then I must not be reading what I think I am. *g*


The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

This was beautiful, evocative prose to a well-researched, unique story. It's about a British Army medic who uses music to negotiate peace amongst various factions in Burma and Siam (parts of India and Thailand as far as I can tell) and convinces the army to send him first a grand piano, then a tuner to the rain forest to facilitate his work. At least that's how it begins. It's told from the POV of the tuner, and the journey changes everyone's lives involved.

A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Were

Okay, I only actually read the first 150 pages of this one. So far it's about a hollywood divorcee who goes to get away from the tabloids to a remote cottage in Cornwall where there's a handsome landed widower who's fallen on hard times. And their budding relationship conjures the ghosts of their ancestors' (did I mention that they're distant cousins?) It was a Possession ripoff, but not as well written. Um. Lame romance. I gave up.

The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum

So this book is the second in the Necromancer chronicles. The first (The Drowning city) was pretty cool, which is why I picked this up. This one was a hell of a lot better. Especially (and I don't usually weigh in on the gender-bias-in-science-fiction debate because I usually miss a the point most of the time anyway but) in its portrayal of women. So the main character (same from the last) is a crown Investigator, Spymaster in training, and also a necromancer. She's always been handled as a capable woman, but in the first book she was surrounded by men. In this one, I was struck (pleasantly) by the plethora of strong female (and androgynous) secondary characters. The world building and story are also pretty good, but it was the characters that interested me more.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Where do I even begin? This story is beyond amazing. I love the world, the imagery, the magic, the richness of place and culture and character. This was another recommendation by [livejournal.com profile] ignipes. It's a different world than I've ever known or imagined, and it's realized so completely I really felt every page.


Anyway, I'm also about 5000 words into my Hank/Alex plotty story that basically begins with the idea I want Hank guarding Alex like a big, blue, furry Doberman and about 3000 words into my Charles/Erik, reconciliation/time-travel fic wherein Erik has cause to be somewhat jealous of the relationship between Charles and his own, older self. Only in X-men fic, I swear.

I ALSO missed a VERY important birthday when I couldn't get internet last week. So HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c! You're one in a million. Can I take requests for gift?

Rec me!

Jul. 15th, 2011 07:05 pm
krislaughs: (BHUS josh aidan bw)
Okay, folks; TWO WHOLE DAYS OFF!! (followed by five days of work and a one-week VACATION. On the beach between dives. This means HEAPS of time for reading.)

So that means HIT ME

This weekend, I'd love recs for X-men First class plotty fic, AU okay, Charles/Xavier (what? It's more canon than canon) and Hank/Alex or Alex/Darwin. Not so much into Alex/Sean. Given the weekend (and, no, I don't have tickets yet. Bad fan, me) I'd read some classic Remus/Sirius HP fic. Also, Being Human US fic: always. Especially Aidan/Josh or TruBlood fic-- which I've never dabbled in since Charlene Harris writes it anyway *g*.

Next week, I'm placing an Amazon book order. I haven't gone the way of the kindle* but I'm looking for quality Urban Fantasy, really good straight fantasy or sci-fi, or surrealist/magical realism in fiction (esp Spanish authors).

*I have nothing against Kindles and I may go there for beach reading especially--less weight in my luggage and the Kindle, in particular, is functional in the sun. I like reading on a screen, as evidenced by all the fanfic I devour. I just a) really wish you could d/l large fanworks onto your kindle and b) wish that purchasing an e-title gave you more complete rights to it. Basically the cost is the same but the rights are far more limited than for buying a real book. I would, however, buy a "package" with the paper and digital versions included for some kind of discount...
krislaughs: (BHUS aidan butterfly)
So, I'm not generally in a panic about getting older. For one thing, a birthday is just a marker, you're only one day older when it's done. For another, I am actually looking forward to the next decade as one that will bring good things (no exams, better income, more playtime, you get the idea)

That said, I'm suddenly in a bit of a panic over turning thirty this week. It's just... it's the number at wiich I was to supposed to have Things Figured Out. Needless to say, I so don't.

I'm also trying not to draw too much attention to the fact, or to particularly celebrate so please no happy birthday wishes, kay? Really. I'm just looking to be okay with the day, not excited about it. Just looking for a little pat on the shoulder with a "don't worry, be happy." "Thirty is the new twenty." or "Thirty happens to the best of us."

~

In other news, the 'g' key came off my keyboard and won't snap back on. Very frustrating.

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Gonna go see X-Men first Class tomorrow. Am very excited for this.

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Funniest emergency call of the week: "My cat is in raging heat and the intact male dog keeps humping her. Is that okay?"

~

Don't get BBCA. (allthough I do have it on-demand, go figure) So even though I'm home for once nd able to watch new Doctor Who, my plans are still thwarted.

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Finished The Neon Court by Kate Griffin. My god, I am totally enamored with her conception of urban magic. Makes me want to move back to the city.
krislaughs: (BHUS aidan butterfly)
Well, only half, but I'll kiss you back anyway.

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The good: The culture results came back from my boss's horse and, it was never the worst case scenario, never an infection, just a really bad joint flare. Which means a) he's going to be fine and b) it really wasn't my fault, just a reaction to the meds I put in his joint. He's back home tonight. Thank you all again for the support. That may not sound like a huge deal, but it was very traumatic to me. I've given up so much of... life... for this profession, and causing an infection when I am *so careful* shook me to the core.

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ANYWAY. In other news, I had this (BHUS) plot bunny today:

Someone leaves a special package on Josh and Aidan's doorstep. It's a baby werewolf (the result of Ray's philandering and an unsuspecting girl who disappeared shortly after giving birth). Josh, Aidan, and Sally decide to raise the babe/werecub. Aidan is an awesome dad. Josh is clueless but feels responsible. Sally is a living (more or less) baby monitor. Hijinks ensue.

I don't know why, but this makes me happy.

~

With regards to the promo's for next week Spoilers? )

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Still haven't decided whether to do the remix this year. I'm loving writing again -- but really because of Being Human and, since we're still such a fringe fandom, I think it unlikely I'll be paired with someone to write in it. Which probably means writing for Supernatural or Harry Potter, and I'd only do the first for an early season and it's been so long since I even thought about the second. Yeah, I want to be involved, but I dunno.

Advice?

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I just started reading this novel: Angelology. Really enjoying it so far

~

I kind of want to watch some of the old Jack/Ianto Torchwood episodes. :D
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*sigh*

I had a good day at work today-- another "first" surgery (removing several large stones from the bladder of a yorkie) went really well and evening appointments were sparce enough I could take my time to really talk to all th clients about their pets.

Unfortunately, I work all through Christmas weekend-- someone has to. I celebrated last weekend with my family, which was wonderful, and so I'm treating this like any other normal weekend. To be honest, it feels even less "Christmassy" than the Christmases I worked at the hospital in school. Ah well. Such is the life.

~

I've kind of been dating someone. :-}

I dunno how I feel about it. I like him. He's perfect for me-- if I had a checklist, he'd be a yes in every column from "PhD" to "foodie" to "athletic" and I'm living in Pennsyl-tucky where there aren't many men who don't carry firearms on them at all times or regularly use (and understand) three-syllable words, approve of Barack Obama, and read Michael Pollan... so he's unique in more ways than one. But, not gonna lie, I don't get particularly weak-in-the-knees around him. I really really want to. Gah! So I have a question for all the thirty-somethings out there:

[Poll #1660182]

~

Thank you for my lovely Christmas card, [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c!

~

I started to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels, and as sacriligious as it is, I have to admit this is one of the very few instances in which I prefer the TV incarntion to the books. It's not the books' fault; the HBO series has 12 hours to explore each novel, and as fast as the series moves, they can just include *more* than each novel contains. The Tara and Lafayette characters, and even Jason and Sam, are so much more thoroughly addressed in the show. I just... it's *better*.

That said, I think I'm gonna keep reading the series anyway. :D

~

I think that's all. Happy Christmas Eve Eve, y'all.
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So, I have officially been watching too much HGTV recently. Originally it was becuse I'd really like to buy a house. However, the more I think about it, the more I realize that it is Not The Right Time for multiple reasons:

1. The town I'm in - while prices around here are kind of amazingly low, that's because it's a VERY economically depressed area whose population is shrinking as there are few jobs to be had, making real estate re-sale damn near impossible (and it's been going on since before the recession, which only made things worse). Basically, I don't know that this is where I want to put down roots.

2. Being single for life - I feel like buying a house wherever I am is accepting the fact that I'm going to be single for life because it means I have to date within the rather limited pool nearby or get someone to move, or plan to sell the house and move anyway (which I can do more cheaply if I'm renting). Now, being single is something I've more or less expected to be my whole life anyway, but I guess I like knowing that there's a possibility I could meet someone tolerant of my particular quirks.

3. Money - I can get more house for less per month by renting, which allows me to save more for a down payment. The houses in my price range would all be severe fixer-uppers, so I'd like to save for pre-move-in renovations as well (see? I learned something from those hours of HGTV).

Argh. I feel like I'm wasting too many minutes of my present trying to figure out my future. This is not a state I find myself in often (previously, I just did whatever came next along my life plan. However, I never stopped to think about what would happen when I got to the end of that plan, i.e. Now)

Um, but in the meantime, I should finish cleaning the house I'm in, finish my cooking for the week. Er, starting last night, I've been making a hell of a lot of food (mashed potatoes from the garden, potato salad, coleslaw and sauteed cabbage from the last of the home grown cabbage, bruschetta from the last of the tomatoes, guacamole, something with shrimp, Indian curry, roasted garlic, a loaf artisan bread and a loaf of cinnamon bread for breakfasts. What? I don't get to do more than heat stuff up during the week, and I only get a couple of weekends off in which to cook for the rest of the time. It's either that or go back to a life of food from the grocery freezer section...

All in all, life is settling down for the moment, but I feel like I'm biding my time, waiting for something to happen in a sleepy, rural town, rather than making it happen, you know? Gosh, that sounds like the first line of some cheesy horror novel, oh well.

OH! Speaking of horror novels, I've been reading Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Er, guilty pleasure? Because I find her writing style grating at best-- she can't introduce a new character without describing how HOT that person is (and, no offence to anyone who lives there, but I seriously doubt everyone in Cincinatti is really that beyond-real attractive), uses verbs like "to wedge" (with reference to removing shoes) on a regular basis, and the main character is such a pure Mary Sue it's not even funny. That said, I Just. Can't. Stop reading them. *gives up* Just don't tell, kay? ;)
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I had my first of (hopefully) two long runs before the race in (GULP) two weeks. It was good. Twelve miles according to mapmyrun.com, got lost once (because the online map doesn't account for the dozens of dirt bike trails actually branching off the main ones in the former military base where I run), spent the first four miles in warm-up mode, struggled through the next four miles of hills, and was cruising well above speed for the last four. Finished in a little longer (about 10 minutes) than my last full half-marathon time. I was exhausted last night but feel pretty darn good today. I don't think this upcoming race is going to be a personal best, but I'm starting to feel confident that I can finish it.

It's funny; around mile nine the runner's high gets so strong I never ever want to stop. I have these stoner-brilliant realizations about life and the universe that never seem quite so profound after I'm done. But still, runs like that make all the days you drag yourself out and shuffle along for an hour fully worth it.

~

Then I went to Borders. i shouldn't be allowed to do that )

If anyone has recommendations for other books you think I'd like, I am, as they say, all ears.
krislaughs: (sandman dream)
a meme, from [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose

Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes

1. A Separate Peace by John Knowles -- More than Catcher in the rye, this was my novel of teenage angst.
2. Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkein -- The first novels I ever illustrated and compulsively re-read
3. The Christmas Day Kitten by James Harriot -- One of my favorite of his standalone stories. I should really include the entire All Creatures Great and Small in here as well.
4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein -- I still get choked up
5. The Giver by Lois Lowry -- this story is so haunting. Even now.
6. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Immortality, and Identity by Milan Kundera -- his words, even through translation, speak to every notion of self and art I've experienced.
7. Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare -- I was so angry the first time I read this. Later I began to understand.
8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman -- What every Catholic schoolgirl should read
9. Fierce invalids home from Hot Climates by Tom Robbins -- my first foray into his wonderful and totally absurd comedy/satire
10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling -- my first foray into a fandom
11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski -- One of the first books I understood better after analysis in class
12. Whip Hand by dick Francis -- the first of his mysteries I read
13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman -- this is to young adult maladjustment, what a Separate Peace was to teenage
14. Thunderhead by Mary O'Hara -- Son of flicka. I discovered this in the back of my lower/middle school library and didn't leave the room until I'd read the whole thing
15. The Chronicles of Narnia

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