werepuppyblack: (books)
Girl in the Bright Blue Dress


On Saturday, my local town centre was part of this thing for the Edinburgh International Book Festival called ReImagination. The idea is to have smaller sort of book cons in towns across Scotland so that more people can get to book festival type things because it's not always feasible to get through to Edinburgh during the period the Book Festival is on.

It was pretty fun, I guess. I sat in on readings from children's authors - all mostly from the Kelpies publisher - and it was honestly a good laugh. Got talking to author Lari Don after it, and she's pretty cool. Ended up buying more books, and right now I'm looking across at my main bookshelves and they're a horrible mess. I really need to tidy it up... Not something I'm looking forward to doing

Mood wise, I'm pretty much the same? Not good, not terrible but really not good. I spend most of my time wanting to sleep but that's really gone to hell in a handbasket. Plus the weird and unsettling dreams are back and... yeah, not the best thing in the world.

Not long till I go to London - I go about the 6th July - so trying to save money up. It's a lot sooner than I thought and I still have Father's Day and Dad's birthday to get through before then. Here's hoping things work out pretty well.

Wonder Woman next week! Looking forward to it. We pre-booked tickets for opening day because both brother boy and Dad agreed that out of all superhero movies, this is the one we want to do well at the box office. Not really got much else to say apart from that. Really sleepy.

Hope you're all doing good!
werepuppyblack: (Default)
Yeah, I'm listening to some Presley as I start to write this out. I've got this playlist of catchy music on YouTube, and it's got a mix of a ton of stuff I like on it, and that includes some Presley. I can also hear the sound of the rain, but considering it's been pretty much non-stop rain here the past few days that's not really anything new to be talking about.

What is new? Well... my birthday's on the 14th, and I'll be spending that morning down at the doctor's because she'd got to keep an eye on me and my medication. I saw the psychiatrist - finally - on Monday and he suggested both cutting down on my medication, and (seriously) denying myself the pills in a situation in which I would normally take them. Oh, and he also didn't listen to me, and only shut up when Mum had to forcefully interject and mention that there had been a recent set back because my Dad had had a heart attack. He also didn't like me looking over at Mum to make sure I'd gotten to dates of when I started certain medications right.

In short; it wasn't exactly an appointment I felt very secure in. Came out feeling on the wrong foot and very tired. Basically wandered over to the shop and got a cup of tea, and then went home. Spent most of today just sort of wandering around trying to do work, and somehow falling into naps every couple of hours. Side effect of that means I am now kind of ... very aware. Which is bleh, but what can you do?

Newest Baby Cousin - henceforth known as Baby T for the moment - will have his Christening either next month, or the month after. I promise his Mum and Dad that I would get him Lion King goodies. I'll get the bean bag plush because they'd be easier for him to hold. There doesn't seem to be much baby Lion King stuff on the UK Disney Store site, but I shall press on, somehow.

Need to get a new bookcase; another shelf collapsed on me the other day and while it's still... kind of up, the Dad and I are kind of thinking that we're doing more repair work on this bookcase lately than we are just... having a bookcase. So we are going on a search for a new one. And by new I mean we're checking all the charity furniture places first, because they tend to have a lot of awesome things in. There's this place relatively near us that is fantastic for this kind of thing, so that'll probably be the first place we end up checking out

Last book in The School for Good and Evil series was actually really good and ended in a way that was perfect for the story and the characters as they stood. I know there were nay-sayers due to their ship being sunk, but logically? The ending given told an important message, and that's really good. I've also started the Yotsuba&! manga, and that's basically cuteness in a bound cover. I think I'd like - if I manage to get rid of the bigger desk in my room - a smaller bookcase for my manga and trade paperbacks/hardcovers. They're all kind of piled on a shelf at the moment, and it'd be nicer to have them semi-displayed.

Yonderland series 2 is making me giggle, and... erm, well that's pretty much it on the currently on going fandom front. The new Horrible Histories series is alright. Not good, not bad, just... alright. Some episodes are stronger than others. Though they had Rowan Atkinson starring in an ep. He did not play a Blackadder expy. I weep.
werepuppyblack: (The Addams Family)
Yeah, not exactly sure why I went with that title other than the fact I had my Mum asking me what I would like and I had to explicitly state that I did not want a new laptop. Now, the thing I have been looking at laptops lately, just because I like knowing what's out there, and having a rough idea of what I would go for if I had too. When Mum knows I've been doing stuff like that - no matter what it is - and it's near my birthday or Christmas? Yeah, she tends to go and buy it for me. And I love her to pieces, I really, really do, but she doesn't need to do that ><.

Mind you, I don't actually know what I would like for my birthday, other than to maybe go to a bookstore for a while and just look at books. Don't really have a bookstore at my local town centre, and the selection in the local supermarkets is not the greatest in the world. Except for that rare occasion they actually get something good in, but please note the words 'rare occasion'. I guess some new action figures would be cool, but the 'rents are not exactly happy about the prices you need to pay to get a decent figure. Hell, I'm not happy about the prices you need to pay to get a decent figure. But I am a plastic addict, so I pay them, and now I have an adorable little Figma Sakura Kinomoto standing on the shelf with the other Japanese imported figures. (Superheroes stand elsewhere, but I'm going to change up the layout soon I think. And take cute pictures, if I can.)

I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or because I've spent the past few years on meds, but I'm kind just of 'meh' about the idea of my birthday in general. I know it's coming, and don't get me wrong, there's still that bit of me that's always a young child ridiculously excited about it, but yeah... my general reaction has just sort of been 'meh'. So... I don't know, maybe I'll ask my psychiatrist about it. If he actually shows up to the next appointment. He left before the last one. It's a thing, we've complained and are awaiting an apology. I don't think we'll get it.

SDCC has been interesting for trailer releases the past couple of days. I'm still in the "hm" zone for Dawn of Justice, but find myself pleasantly surprised for Suicide Squad and Deadpool. The former is a surprise, the latter isn't. Because I was just excited they were actually going to make his movie, and then I found out it'd be R-rated (though I'm not sure what the UK rating will be) and it was just a moment of "yessss."

Speaking of conventions, I really need to get my Susan Sto Helit cosplay finished... I was gonna use it for Film and Comic Con Glasgow, but I can see it being pushed back for MCM Scotland...

werepuppyblack: (Alice - I knew a girl)
It involves visiting hospitals mostly.

family related things )

I've been marathoning Galavant a lot. I really enjoyed that show. I hope it gets a second series, though I know they only originally advertised it as this four week mini event. It's got a sense of fun to it that seems to be missing from a lot of shows now, and frankly I think we need more fun shows. Plus it was pretty much Spamalot the tv series, with music by Alan Menken.

And yes, I'm still in mourning over Terry Pratchett, and trying to catch any news I can about The Shepherd's Crown. Until then, my dears, we shall wear midnight.

werepuppyblack: (Power Rangers)
1. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: ... Yeah, I'm still in love with this awesome pirate-based sentai. And, godsdammit, I STILL want to rp Marvelous ... after I steal his coat. Like I've said a few timesbefore on this journal, I'm not really big on my sentai knowledge, which does make it odd that I choose to start at one that is literally all callbacks but... eh, that's me. (Okay, so I did watch a fair bit of GaoRanger on youtube when the subbed episodes were up, but it was a hit and miss thing there, it wasn't terrible just... oddly bland in places) I'm thinking of watching either MagiRanger or TimeRanger next, and was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a good sentai to watch.

2. Horrible Histories: Series 3 started on Monday and the show is back in full force. We had a whole week of great episodes, and it's fantastic to see such quality programming from CBBC, especially in the wake of the kind of 'meh' output its had lately. With Young Dracula - hopefully - starting back this autumn/winter series, well, I'm going to be annoyed if I have any late classes this upcoming term. Lol. Actually have been making strides to at least get some of my faveourite HH books again. I used to have a full set but they sort of went missing over the years and at the very least they are what started my interest in History so... Yeah.

3. Sherlock: Okay. so this was really more of a rewatch, having finally managed to actually buy the damn dvd, but DAMN I forget how much I like a good detective story. And it's always Sherlock Holmes who reminds me. The next series of that is due to air this autumn as well, which I will be watching (likely using iplayer live since my television sucks but I have paid my license fee so can use the live feature) but I think I'll end up rewatching the dvd a good few times before then.

4. Dirk Gently: I got the omnibus book out of the library because, frankly, I haven't read this story in yonks and my Douglas Adams collection is sorely lacking but as I am lacking in money atm, it's the library for me. It's just as bloody confusing as I remember - seriously, I don't mind the tv adpatation changing the plot, it really wouldn't work for an hour long program - but that makes it all the more fun! Will be updating it on my Goodreads account (link in the side-bar) and I'll try to give a really good review! 

5. Real Life: Well... where to start with this one. First of all, thank you all for the lovely comments on the post a few enteries back. I am not ignoring the lovely comments, it's just that to prevent that type of think I'm ... ignoring the post. Anyways, house is slowly getting all done up and room is looking less like a bomb site and more like my room again. Two weeks tomorrow (4th... which means the 18th, really) I will be going to GLASGOW COMIC CON. Am very excited about all of this, and hope to at least pick up the newest Blue Beetle trade. What? He's my favourite! There are currently 73 days till my 21st birthday, which the counting for is not as childish as you may think. This means 72 days until I have the very large family party, so that the actual *day* can be free for me to do my think. Also, the awesome [livejournal.com profile] siddymouche  is coming to visit. THERE WILL BE HIJINKS PEOPLE.
werepuppyblack: (Darkwing Duck is not convinced by this p)
.... What? I thought it sounded pithy. Well, yeah, it's been a week and a half and  quite frankly I'm tired of it. I'll get the first thing out of the way, and then slowly descend to the good things.

Right, so washing machine. Yeah, it kicked it in on Monday but we were only able to get clarification last night that it was actually beyond repair. This meant I hd to get up very early this morning to trapse on into town to help look for a new machine. Which, frankly, wasn't worth the bus fare as shops actually have very few ranges in store anymore, but all the sales people are more than happy to helpfully guide you to the website to look for yourself. Bleh, I say, bleh! 

Which  actually brings me on to the bus fare part of things. Yeah, bus fare into town has now nicely rounded up to a £5 return. I am so glad that classes are over for just now, because there is no way I'd be able to afford that every single day. I'm actually kind of dreading travel prices come September: I'm pretty sure it was £3.95 return when I started this school year. The uni funding already is stretched to its limit. Sigh. Ah well, it's my 21st right before the uni starts back,so I'm sure I'll be able to scrounge some money up somehow.

So, I saw Thor on Monday. ... Holy crap, that movie's awesome. No, seriously,  haven't walked out of a movie that happy since the original Iron Man. That set high standards, and Thor managed to meet most of them. An important one is "canon romance must not annoy me" . I find Thor/Jane to be adorable. Another is "must not play to the obvious because its boring". Now, for this in Thor I mean the fish out of water scenes. And they didn't play to the obvious so well done movie. Yeah, I know it's not an accurate retelling of the myths, but it's not meant to be. It's the comics and it does fairly well with it. Definitely one for the DVD collction.

Thor brings to me another point: why is there a lack of decent female action figures? Yeah, yeah, you can spin me all the lines you want about action figures being 'for boys', but when demographics are showing more girls are going to these movies, an buying more comic books, you can understand me when I say: I WANT A BLOODY ACTION FIGURE OF MOVIE! PEPPER POTTS PLEASE. (Also, I'd like a decent Jane and Sif but mostly Pepper. Because Pepper is making of bloody magical awesome)

Which is actually why I was looking at dolls in the first place. If I can't find an awesome Pepper Potts, I thought I'd find a doll to make my own. And then I came across... Agnes Dreary. This range is just... I said I fell for the Monster High range because I love the idea of teen monsters - it's awesome. Agnes Dreary? It's basically making my inner child reach out with grabby hands and go "want," Because I do. I want one of these so, so bad, and I know that a) I could never afford one, b) there's no where I know of in Scotland that actually sells these and the only UK store listed for Tonner is Harrods, and c) apparently the Tonner Direct buying site has nothing in the range.

If I had to chose any one in particular, I think I'd chose the basic dressed doll, as she strongly remindeds me of Wednesday Addams, who was one of my childhood icons. (Speaking of Miss Addams, the Madame Alexander range does a frankly goregous doll of her in her musical appearance that again, makes me wish i was richer than I am). The only other one which really grabs me is Minor Conundrum ... though I would be lying if I said I didn't find the whole range completely awesome

As mentioned, my 21st is this year, and I would be tempted to ask for one, but I think it's far too much out of any reasonable price range. So I shall admire from afar and nosy around ebay to see if anything comes up that's more in my price range.