werepuppyblack: (books)
Decided to just answer every single question of the book meme I posted an entry back. I'll leave that up so that the questions are there for people if they want it. I've put the majority of questions under a cut because this is LONG, people. There's 50 questions. So, get a cup of tea and let's get started!

1. What is your favourite book and/or book series of all time? This is actually a really hard question to answer because so many come to mind at once. Uh. I guess if I had to pick just one, I'd go with Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. No matter how many times I read that, I always find something new to laugh at, something new to amaze me, and just always have the same level of enjoyment in reading the story.

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werepuppyblack: (We Will Rock You)
So my doctor is changing. On a possibly temporary basis. This is going to prove a bit of a problem, considering that it took me six months to get used to the current doctor I see, and even then I still have communication problems, let's put it. Sigh, I'll deal because I've really got no other choice, and I hope whatever has happened that means I can't see my doctor isn't too bad, but I can't help but feel a bit annoyed about it. Well, more than a bit but that's mostly because I find myself irritated at the receptionists at the surgery were quite snippy about it all, which is not helpful. I swear, There just seems to be a thing about GP surgeries having snippy receptionists. I don't know why though. 

Just about finished Yotsuba&!, on the last two volumes now! I have been adoring this manga, and I really can't wait till volume 13 comes out and we get to meet Yotsuba's Grandmother who TVTropes tells me is an awesome person. Assassination Classroom is my next planned manga to read, because I've watched the anime and found it surprisingly fun. Seriously, so many feels connected to it. Book wise, I'm looking to read the Raven Boys stories, purely on the strength on the lead female Blue, who I have heard it so very awesome. I am always there for awesome ladies. On that note; if anyone has book recommendations, I am always up for them. I think there's a link to my Goodreads in my side bar so... yeah. 

Television and movie wise... I saw Disney's Descendants and that's interesting. It poses a lot more questions than it answers, and honestly it does read a bit like some young teenager's Next Gen High School AU fan-fiction, but that's not really a bad thing? It's very hard to explain, but the lead four characters - the four who are the children of villains - are very engaging, and while the plot is so-so, it's the interaction between those four that makes the film. Just seeing these four discovering what is literally a whole new world, and learning some very harsh truths about their own lives... Surprisingly compelling. Apart from that my viewing hasn't really been anything particularly special apart from flicking through to see what's on, and watching a DVD on occasion.

Oh, no, tell a lie. I, uh, started looking for episodes of a long-running soap opera that I watched during my high school years because I got an idea for a story and I needed to reclaim that awkward teenage feeling. Also just nostalgia. Mum still watches it - I think she has since it started, to be honest - and I've been finding myself sitting down and watching it with her. It's improved a lot in terms of camera and set quality as well as filming styles, but I found myself missing the characters I knew and cared for. The only thing to do was to turn to the internet. Surprisingly? I cannot find a lot of the episodes from when my favourite character (of the time) entered. I can't even find her first episode, actually. The further on I go, the more episodes I find, but still. It's... odd. The earliest episodes are available, but they've been coming out on DVD slowly for a while - just makes me wonder how long it'll take to get to 'my era', so to speak. 

Think that's everything. Oh, nope, sorry! Just remember: The Life of Action Figures is coming back! As soon as I work out the first little story...
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So... um... I got published in this anthology of stories. The money raised by the book goes towards charity, so really it's just the chance to get their name in print for any of the authors and, well, I think that's a great thing. I had a lot of fun writing my little piece, and it is only a little piece and not even the best in the book. I was actually really surprised they accepted my work, but people who have read it really enjoy it.

There's another anthology going round that I'd quite like to partake in as well - but this is a horror based one, and I'm not really sure if I'm so good at horror. I think I'll give it a shot though; I really do enjoy writing, and it's about the only thing in my life that doesn't mess me up and cause panic or anxiety. Well, except when it comes to editing but editing is dreaded by all writers I think.

But... yeah, just wanted to share the link with you all. If you want to read some smashing stories about GLBTQI+ groups during the Great War, knowing the money is going to a good cause, I'd really pick this one up. The stories are touching, and it was all done with great care to historical accuracy.

Hoping everyone is doing well! Sorry I don't post so often; I really should but I always seem to get distracted.

Oh yes! And I have a new little baby cousin. His name is Tom and he's adorable. My job is to help make sure he doesn't see Frozen as the greatest animated movie of all time. My big cousin/honorary brother (we basically grew up together round at our gran and grandad's. I have my real brother, and I have my honorary brother, both of whom tormented me but eh that's family) and I are in agreement that it's a good movie, but honestly, The Lion King is the best of Disney's out-put.

Nothing really else to report here. Still dealing with all my mental health issues; though I've started at the gym as a way of boosting my self-confidence and to see if it helps with the always feeling tired. NHS Scotland has a program that lets you do that. We were down in London, actually, when the results of this latest General Election came in. We went to see The Lion King Musical on the Friday night. A right old Tory supporter who sat a few rows behind us overheard my mum speaking to his wife as they came back to their seats. He told her to go home to Scotland, we'd lost, and weren't wanted down there anymore. ... Yeah, it was that sort of trip. Show was lovely though, the staff did their best to make sure the guy didn't get talking to us again.

Also got to see Les Misérables with two great friends, who basically ambushed me a few hours after I got into town. It was a great night - one of the cast was from Maryhill so it was nice to have a chat with another Scot in among all the election nonsense. It's coming up for the 30th anniversary, I think. My friend - who sees the show quite often - thinks they're going to redo the theatre and we won't have the turn-table stage anymore. Not really sure what to think of that, it's been with the show so long.

Galavant was renewed for a second season, as was Agent Carter. The latter is coming to the UK soon which I'm very happy about because I've been singing it's praises to Dad and he really wants to see Peggy Carter being the badass we all know she is. Even when I was little, Dad always seemed to be a bit wary of the type of female characters I saw in movies and on TV. He preferred the ones that could stand on their own two feet more than the ones who seemed to need rescuing all the time. I think he just wanted me to know I could do what I wanted, and didn't want the TV telling me otherwise.

I'd like Galavant to come out on DVD - then I could show him that. He'd love the humour, and the music.

My birthday is ... two months away tomorrow by date. I'll be 25. A quarter of a century. People will expect me to be a proper adult by now and what I am? Someone who gets freaked out by her own mind over-reacting, who breaks the common Western belief of leaving home early by still staying with her parents, and who collects toys inside of going out to clubs. ... No wonder most of my family prefer my cousins.
werepuppyblack: (Alice - I knew a girl)
So I finally finished The Hunger Games after getting them over Christmas and having them sit on my shelf. Managed to get through the whole trilogy within about a week; the writing is captivating. So this is just my little... overview of it all, I guess. There be spoilers, but I'll LJ cut it, so you don't have to read further if you don't want to.

Told you there would be a cut )

But yes, in short I liked it. Definitely one to be re-read and kept on the shelf.
werepuppyblack: (Disney)
 So, because I am awake, and because I'm waiting on files to copy (I'll explain in a moment) I thought I would come and write up a post on this, well, cold Christmas morning. Hope you're all having a nice time, and managed to get something nice! My Christmas has been pretty decent so far. I got to mass last night so I didn't need to try to get down early this morning, which is always a bonus 'cause Christmas morning mass, more often than not, will end up with someone in a bad mood. 

But yes, this morning, we were all downstairs in time for the Muppets Christmas Carol to start on channel 4 so we watched that for a little bit (I have it on dvd so I wasn't particularly fussed but dear gods does that movie know how to get you sobbing.) Then came the present giving. For which I won't bore you with the long and short. My brother got me a brilliant book, and my parents got my a new laptop and an external hard drive. Because my mum wants my laptop (long story) and because I need to practice backing up all of my important media. So ... yeah.

Will be watching Doctor Who later - and will most likely be giving my thoughts on the episode, and ... erm ... don't think much else, really. Oh wait, yes, I remember. Ended up watching Dirk Gently on BBC Iplayer last night. Now, I've read the book once and it was a long while ago so I am aware of how much was cut out and the like but... I actually sort of liked it. The plot was understandable, the actors were pretty brilliant, and on the whole I could see it working as a proper series.

Though it did put a couple of lines in my head:
"The thing is, being a detective, especially one like me, you kind of have to take a couple on faith."
"And they would be?" 
"Well, one, you need to assume that everyone is automatically trying to hide something from you. Because everyone is guilty of something."
"Right, and the other?" 
"You have to take it on faith that everyone is an idiot. More often than not, you'll be proved right." 

Happy holidays everyone!

Reading List or Books I Have Recieved And Would Like To Read Before I Have Any Major Work to Do.
  1. Perchance to Dream
  2. Coming of the Terraphiles
  3. The History of the Beano: the Story So Far
  4. Les Misérables

Books

Jan. 18th, 2010 03:52 pm
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Totally gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ssquirrel_fic . I'm going to keep a list of the books I'm reading throughout the year, and see how many I come up with.  I'm not going to include articles, or uni books in this, just ones I've chosen to read myself. Okay, let's go.

Books under the cut )