tarotgal: (Amused- Shane)
Heehee Having finally made my way through all of Arrested Development not long ago, I actually understand this shirt!

This part makes me sad & makes me laugh all at the same time:
So I worked all summer to get internet petitions signed and held viewing parties for reruns and got psyched! I was gonna DO THIS! I was gonna SAVE MY SHOW! And then, somehow, it didn’t work out. The show just ended. I didn’t even get a movie. And I was sitting all alone on a park bench crying when the head of the local Firefly fan club ran up, slapped me in the face with a fake arm, and yelled “AND THAT’S WHY YOU ALWAYS WATCH SHOWS WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ASK FOR YOUR HELP!”

And ever since then, my twenty six televisions have been running non-stop.
tarotgal: (Daniel/Jack)
I pretty much got nothing done all day today. But I did mail a swap-bot postcard and I got a lot of pretty packages in the mail today. Squee!

I got home and parked it in front of the TV. I played around on websites, uploaded some stories to WWOMB. And watched Stargate movies. Oh, and I accidentally bought something on ThinkGeek. MAN that site is dangerous. But half of the order is Christmas presents... so I feel less guilty.

Now for Stargate in the snow... bring on Continuum! And maybe some book registering so I feel less lazy. It's good to be lazy once in a while, though, yeah?
tarotgal: (Fred- Very Happy)
I really need some advice/help from someone in working out a little detail regarding my bigbang story. You do not need to be familiar with NCIS or Dollhouse in order to help, you just need to be someone who reads books/stories and can give me advice about how to refer to a character.

Anybody? Help?


Sep. 26th, 2011 10:49 pm
tarotgal: (HIMYM- Nose overflowing)
Sooooooo... I watched Stargate Atlantis episode "The Shrine" yesterday. And then I watched it again. And then I watched the beginning about 20 times. And then I watched the whole episode again. Rodney's sneeze... is totally worth another 20 views. Not to mention that he's all cold and wet and feverish and complainy!Rodney at the time :-) But the rest of the episode is utterly fantastic as well.

And then tonight on How I Met Your Mother, Barney sneezes, like, a bazillion times. So much happy-making!


Sep. 25th, 2011 12:40 am
tarotgal: (Slash is sexy)
It was like a slash fanfic Game Show tonight on SNL tonight with the "Who's on Top" game show. Actually, I feel like I've written that Entourage fic from the lightning round...
tarotgal: (Fred the Bibliophiliac)
My day turned out great. The National Book Festival was wonderful. It had a different feel to it this year, but I can't quite describe it. Maybe more organized and relaxed and fun?

States only seemed to want to give free things out to children or teachers. Cassandra Clare's answer in regards to Harry Potter was sad-making. Gregory Maguire was not nearly as crazy as one ad hinted at. Michael Cunningham's choice to read from WIPs from now on rocked my world. The BookCrossers and Library Thingers found each other. I still don't like the Tiger Mom. And Brian Selznick is my new hero. Seriously.

tarotgal: (Doctor Who- Hug)
I've been known for having a soft spot for almost every worthy cause out there. Speaking of which, my sister is participating in the DC Stop Modern Slavery Walk. If you're so inclined, she could use some additional support.

And here's another cause you can do something about: http://savethewords.org/
Please go and adopt a needy one today. It's never too late to make a difference.


Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:51 pm
tarotgal: (Hufflepuff)
Had a fun time with [livejournal.com profile] melydia tonight. Stephen King made me laugh a whole bunch of times and said some really neat things about writing that I scribbled down on my notepad in the dark and probably can't read now that it's not dark.

The National Book Festival is tomorrow and for the first time ever I don't have any books registered yet to release and I don't have my plan of attack mapped out. I did remember to take off the morning at the library, though, so that's good. And I'm excited to see Cassandra Clare.

Hufflepuff Round-up:
The NaNoWriMo blog posted a piece yesterday that is relevant to my interests: http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/10522340637
And then, of course, there's the Mitchell & Webb Sound: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXF4JuA6tcg
I can't digest lactose. I'm a Hufflepuff!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0Z5_wipT2o
Naturally, I have to end with A Very Potter Musical: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OyAnhDO9v4

Oh, and if you haven't see Harry Potter Re-Enacted by Cats in 1 Minute, you simply MUST: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3CcyUAHtdk
The LOST one is pretty amazing also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-DShnvNNv0

And, if you're looking for something to do: try drawing a stickman here
tarotgal: (Fred the Bibliophiliac)
I saw & met author Amy Tan tonight. She had a conversation with one of the professors here and then read from her latest, unpublished work (which sounded excellent). She's well-spoken, open to talking about her books and her background, and very nice. I also released some Amy Tan books on campus tonight AND ran into TWO ex-employees of where I work (one I haven't seen in about 3 years). It's been a weird week where I run into people out of the blue.

I'm really excited about seeing Stephen King on Friday and then Cassandra Clare on Saturday (I know, she's not loved in some fanfic circles, but I like her original fiction and have never read her HP stuff).

Had a really nice chat last night with one of the guys from AIDS Walk Washington. He and his partner and getting a house right now too (they're doing a short sale and getting a fixer-upper, but it looks beautiful--I'm envious!). I liked 2 of the houses I saw yesterday very much, but both were just beyond my comfortable price range. I can afford a lot of really crappy places. So it's sad when I find one I actually like... and it's just beyond my budget. Arg.

Okay. It's 11:30PM. Time for dinner, then bed and trying to figure out what to do tomorrow night. Do I go to see a speaker I desperately want to see because I loved his book? Or do I go see 4 different people read, one of them being my boss and the other 3 ones I don't know? I'm so... torn and worried!!!
tarotgal: (Writing- heartbeat)
I got a letter in the mail from the Carpe Geekdom bands today, full of writing prompts for fanfic goodness. Everything from Remus/Sirius and an out-of-hand fondue party to Jack/Ianto handcuffed inexplicably underwater to Harry & Harry (time turner) to Ben Franklin & R2-D2 (with a wrench) to Chewbacca & Filch in Bag End... OMG these people are awesome. And they know me so well!

And I kind of want to write half of these now. Damn it. LOL
tarotgal: (Writing- heartbeat)
The prospect of reviving the SF Annual Challenge makes me so happy!

And I definitely think I've got a decent idea for the hurt/comfort bigbang.

I' doing a decent job with the revived [livejournal.com profile] hpdaisychain. Today I wrote Hagrid/Luna. Who would have guessed I'd ever write that? lol Somehow, it kind of makes sense in my head. That's the weird part!

I have SO many fics I want to write and so little time. Sometimes I truly wish i were 2 people. Or more. More would be fine.
tarotgal: (Fozzie- OMG!)
I signed up on Swap-bot. I'm kind of in love with it now. I wish I were craftier. Maybe it'll help me get craftier! I can't wait to get my partner for the first swap... any second now. Squee! This is going to be so much fun.

The not so fun part is that my board report was due today and after 2 days of writing it, my right arm and hand are in pain. Baaad carpal tunnel owingness. I think I need to quit using my MAC at work at that angle or something. I think this happened last board report also. Maybe the one before it too. It's been 5 years and 10 reports and I'm only just realizing it.

I went to Panera after work to write and managed to write a page of notes for my bigbang before my hand cramped up in so much pain I couldn't write any more.
tarotgal: (Dead Like Me- Intro)
I've been updating some of my blogs!

Travel Blog:
My trip to New York last month:
Day 1: http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=163
Day 2: http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=196
Day 3: http://www.kintailscape.com/travel/?p=198

Book Reviews:
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/89719.html
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/89507.html
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/89243.html
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/88906.html
Charmed: Changeling Places by Micol Ostow: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/88826.html
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/88421.html
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/88296.html
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/87989.html
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/87747.html
The Old Willis Place by Mary Downing Hahn: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/87331.html
Katje the Windmill Cat by Gretchen Woelfle: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/87096.html
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine: http://katekintailbc.livejournal.com/86840.html

Nerd Humor

Sep. 14th, 2011 06:02 pm
tarotgal: (Star Trek- computer probs)
Today I was toying with the idea of teaching myself Objective-C. I used to know C++ better than English, but I've been out of practice. How much harder could it be for me to learn Objective-C?

Anyway, I was reading discussion today regarding the two different programming languages and this made me laugh:

Male Programmer: Oh come on, we all know the vast majority of programmers are males.
The author is clearly trying to get a message across.
If I was writing an article about construction, I would use "he"; if I were writing about shopping, I'd use "she".

Female Programmer: Really? That's news to me. At every company I have ever worked, female developers have slightly outnumbered male developers. The ratio is roughly 1:1. I think you may be using an out-of-date version of reality. Try fetching the latest version from your distro's repos. I'm pretty sure sexism was deprecated in the '60s.

Okay, so maybe it's programming humor, but I cracked up. I want to make "out-of-date version of reality" my new phrase. Not as catchy as "french the llama" but it might make it.
tarotgal: (H/C- Inuyasha)
Aw, crap. Someone's running an h/c bigbang.

I'm no good at writing long stories. So why am I so tempted by this?

Though NaNoWriMo is coming up. I could totally fold this into that.

Or I could transform my NCIS fic or Snarry fic into this (actually, the Snarry one might be more than 10k already, so that wouldn't qualify).

Damn it.

The prospect of art is pretty awesome, too.


I don't know if I can watch any more Stargate Atlantis. It broke my heart tonight. I am mad at it. *crosses arms over chest and pouts in its general direction*
tarotgal: (Doctor Who- TARDIS)
More things sitting open on my taskbar. Enjoy the madness...

Read It 1st: http://www.readit1st.com/
Agent With Style: http://www.agentwithstyle.com/
Rebrickable: http://rebrickable.com/pick_set
National Book Festival Schedule: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/
CNN Heroes- April 2010: http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/29/cnnheroes.koirala.nepal/index.html
8 Scenes Cut From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/articles/scenes-cut-harry-potter-and-deathly-hallows-part-2
10 Most Ridiculous Help Wanted Signs: http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/photos/ridiculous-help-wanted-signs
Back to the Future Fanfic: http://www.mj-holmes.com/BTTFfanfic.htm
National Zoo Animals React to the Eathquake: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/AnimalCare/News/earthquake.cfm
Cat Rescued by Biker: http://blogs.catster.com/kitty-news-network/2011/08/09/kind-hearted-biker-rescues-drowning-kitten/
Fantastic Four Wallpaper: http://marvel.com/wallpaper/detail/21/fantastic_four_1996_1_wallpaper
30 Days of Harry Potter Challenge: http://taliajd.tumblr.com/post/7476191892/harry-potter-30-day-challenge
Top 10 Male Protaganists: http://chasingwordsreviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/top-ten-protags-that-rule-my-world-dude.html
Tamora Pierce Interview: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/06/tamora-pierce-on-twilight-girl-heroes-and-fantasy-birth-control/239861/
Best & Worst Book Trailers- Moby Awards: http://www.mobyawards.com/?page_id=91
Periodic Table of Storytelling: http://graphjam.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/periodic_table_of_storytelling_by_computersherpa-d3d6rdj.png
Unconventional Children's Books: http://kidcrave.com/uncategorized/unconventional-childrens-books/
Top 10 Time Travel Books: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-astor/time-travel-books-top-10_b_905608.html
Wikipedia's Bronchitis Entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronchitis


Sep. 12th, 2011 08:07 pm
tarotgal: (Ioan reads F4)
For the past week or so, I've been completely obsessed with Patchworkz!

I'm currently on level 171. Meep!


Sep. 11th, 2011 01:36 am
tarotgal: (Default)
For years now, I've noticed this wonderful thing that happens like magic whenever someone mentions 9-11. The mood in a group or conversation completely changes. It softens. The memory hurts us all. And then, suddenly, people start sharing where they were when it happened and how they found it. Ten years later, people still talk about it. We have a need to share--with friends, with family, even with people we've just met. And we have a need to listen. Even if we didn't know anyone personally who died, it still touched us--and continues to touch us. It's something we all share and something we all have to remember. There is power in remembering.

Please feel free to comment here with your own story.

This is mine.

I was in Operating Sytems class, taught by the head of the Virginia Tech computer science department that morning. After class, I walked over to McBride to meet with my adviser. I ran into him in the elevator on the way up to the CS floor. Someone said that a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. Someone said it was a small plane and possibly the person in the plane had died. It sounded like some accident involving faulty navigation or a noncommercial plane. When my adviser and I got to his office, we tried to pull up CNN and then all the other news sources, but everything timed out with too much traffic overloading their servers. My adviser and I had a super quick meeting, thinking nothing more of it. Afterward, there was something to sign--a form or timesheet for my graduate research hours or something like that. So we headed to the main CS office. And that's when we realized something was very wrong.

One of the office interns was in tears. Everyone was listening to the radio or scrolling through news stories. The plane had not been a little one.

I headed home, but I needed to get gas to get 1 mile up the hill to my apartment. I stopped at the gas station at the bottom of the hill, just off campus, and tried my credit card. The reader was down. That was odd. I tried again with a different card. Still nothing. Luckily, I had $3 in cash, which was enough for gas to get home and back.

I got to my apartment and turned on ABC just as the second tower fell.

Fom then on, I was glued to the television set. Peter Jennings was like my lifeline. I called my mother up in Northern Virginia. She said my dad (a government employee) was fine. I can't remember now if he'd been sent home and was on the beltway somewhere or if there was a lockdown for a little while. But I remember being worried about him until she called me and told me he was home safe. That was after the towers fell. And after the plane hit the Pentagon. And after the plane went down in Pennsylvania. Every single second of the day, I watched the news. I'd turn the volume up so I could hear it from the bathroom even. I just sat there watching and crying and hoping.

I remember that night, when my boyfriend and I finally ventured outside. The streets were empty. We drove over to our favorite Japanese takeout place for dinner. We ordered and then sat there watching the TV that was on. Other people were sitting at the little tables, silently eating and watching the news coverage as well. I had this sense that, though the news was just showing the same thing over and over, there was something about watching it that was reassuring. It was quiet and strange. Maybe it was just that no one had words for it yet. No one knew how to talk. So we all just watched and waited for it to make sense.

I remember sleeping in front of the television. I remember waking up repeatedly to updated death & missing totals.

I remember going to Creative Writing class the next afternoon. We didn't talk about the current assignment. We didn't talk about the class at all, actually. The professor (a graduate assistant, I think, or maybe he was just a really young teacher) waited for us all to sit down and then he said that the lesson was canceled but we could just sit and write or sit and talk about it with each other. And so people shared. We talked about where we'd been and what we knew so far. We talked about how we all watched the news or listened to the news. We were a small class of people who didn't know each other because it was mostly non-majors taking this for a core requirement, but we all had this shared experience. We reacted to it differently but also in the same way. It was cathartic to be away from the television and talking about it. It was nice having a chance to share our emotions and thoughts with other people who understood.

I can't remember how long it took me to stop watching the news coverage 24-7. I can't remember turning off the television or switching the channel. I just remember life stopping and the whole world holding its breath in shock, then crying. The images of all those flyers of people missing. The president saying stupid things about going shopping. The seriousness even the Daily Show had. Everything was suddenly categorized as Before or After. I wasn't alive when JFK was killed, but soon 9-11 became an actual term everyone used, and then it became the defining event.

I visited Ground Zero for the first time a few weeks ago. I ended up following a group of a few hundred (a few thousand?) motorcycle riders there for a remembrance ceremony. I was amazed at how far along the construction of new buildings is. But I appreciate the displays and museum (which wasn't open yet). And I appreciated having a chance to just be there to quietly reflect. On the drive back home that same day, we passed the Pentagon. And it's rebuilt and functioning. For all the horror and loss and suffering--the lives lost on board the plans, in the towers, in the aftermath; the families destroyed; the first responders now developing illnesses; the soldiers and casualties in the Middle East--we're still here. We all still remember.

Am I okay?

Sep. 10th, 2011 08:52 pm
tarotgal: (Stargate Atlantis John/Rodney)
*touches wood*

After 2 days of misery, I decided I'd do a day of crackers, vegan Jello, Gatorade, soup, and bread. I've been feeling somewhat all right through the last 2 Stargate episodes (so almost 2 hours now). That's a good sign, right? On the up side, I'm getting a lot of reading done. LOL Not getting much else done, apart from worrying that I've inherited my mother's ulcerative colitis (which started when she was about the age I am now). Considering I've inherited almost all of my parents' health problems, I kind of feel like this is going to be a "when" not an "if." It's probably VERY stupid to think like that, but I do.

I've got a LOT of blog posts I wanted to write--I wrote up the list and apparently I'm 7 book reviews behind. Also, I need to write Sat & Sun blogs of my NYC trip before I forget what I did. Today I'd planned to update TG's Realm. Just feel like doing it. New Torchwood fic to be posted there soon!

I also want to point out that today is 9/10/11. Nine, ten, eleven. That makes me happy to write.

I need Stargate Atlantis icons.


Contents of this journal include: sneeze fetish references and lots of hurt/comfort, short fics and/or WIPS, everything from gen and het to slash and femslash, everything from G to NC-17, random ramblings about my life and fandom obsessions.

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