Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I have now a) turned in all the necessary paperwork for IRB review for my study; and b) turned in all the necessary paperwork to get my thesis off the ground.
Now it's time to start begging teachers for letters of recommendation (10 letters needed total. Geez).
Annoyance factor for the day: I thought I had finished all of the necessary work for my second class tomorrow night, only to get an e-mail from the teacher 30 minutes ago adding two more reading assignments to the pile. That's intensely unfair.
Off to see the wizard.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Starting from left to right, here they are. A brand-new Lost Boys t-shirt (one of the awesomest movies of all time).
The back of the t-shirt:
I also got the 2-disc special collector's edition of Serenity (yay!). Can't wait to watch all the special features.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
1. Turned 27. Yay.
2. Had some kid get snippy with me on the Buffy Boards. (I don't think s/he liked me applying physics to his/her precious little pretend world.)
3. Got a rejection letter from AlienSkin.
Let's hope it gets better from here on in.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
On top of that, I haven't been sleeping well. For some reason, my body has decided that I don't NEED to sleep on school nights, and I'm half awake most of the night. On weekends, of course, this isn't a problem. Last night, I took some NyQuil--and DREAMED that I couldn't sleep! It's really pissing me off.
On top of THAT, I'm already sick--sore throat, sniffles, all that fun. I think it's mostly stress induced, but I can't do anything about it--I'm stuck with the stress. So I have cough drops. That's about it.
I hope getting my Glock today will make all of this feel better. But right now I have to go write an essay for Linguistics (due TOMORROW!) and work on researching my Lit Studies paper. The joys of being a Grad student.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So now I'm planning a Historical-Feminist approach to Sheri S. Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country. Should be easy, considering it's a FEMINIST BOOK! I figured I'd compare the two different cultures in the book and discuss how they may have developed from a historical context.
That's the PLAN, anyway. My plans have been apt to change without notice--or my input--lately.
But tomorrow we get to go buy our Glocks. I'll post pictures.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
1 day til school starts again. Yay!
5-7 days til my Rosetta Stone German software should be here and I can start learning to curse . . . um, speak German.
1 1/2 months til the GRE Literature in English test. Yikes! I've got a study guide I've been using to cram, and I'm hoping to get someone to quiz me VERY soon.
ANY TIME NOW I should be getting responses from Jennifer Jackson, Jane Chelius, AlienSkin Mag, Blood, Blade and Thruster Mag, or Abyss & Apex e-zine. Sheesh!
3 months til applications for M.F.A. and Ph.D. programs start being due.
9 months til I graduate. Then real life starts (sort of--I'll still be in school; W.E. will be doing the real-life working thing).
Friday, August 17, 2007
I've dropped my German class and will instead be learning from the Rosetta Stone software--which had damn well better be as good as they say for the price I paid for it. It turns out that instead of 2 semesters of German to fulfill my foreign language I'd need 3. I don't have 3 semesters left, and I can't stick around until next December; our lease is up in June, W.E. needs a bigger city to get a job in, and I'm pretty much sick of this college and ready to move on.
Ah, well. Back to my studying. Blah.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Which is really good shooting for me. Now I have to clean the darn rifle at some point (sigh--gross).
As if I didn't have enough to worry about, I've been fretting about moving next May. We'll be done with our Master's degrees and W.E. will be working while I work on my M.F.A. or Ph.D. (depending on which program I get accepted to). We have a choice between two cities right now, Richmond VA or Greensboro NC. After running some numbers, I've discovered that, yes, if we're careful we will have enough money to move and pay rent for at least two months after moving--if we move to Greensboro. You would not BELIEVE what a tiny one-bedroom apartment costs in Richmond. For those prices, we could get a two-bedroom, two-bath with a balcony in Greensboro. Sheesh.
And just as I'd finally managed to almost forget all the crap that went on in high school, finally managed to quit shuddering every time a memory of me being a spaz came up, I get a notice that they're planning our 10-year reunion. GREAT. I probably won't be able to go, anyway, but thanks for reminding me, guys.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
If you haven't seen Stardust yet, well . . . why? Go! It's totally worth it.
Ooh! And Beowulf is coming out fairly soon, too, and that looks like it's going to kick ass. Neil Gaiman has been a busy, busy man. Good. All the better for us.
Friday, August 10, 2007
In case you're wondering about the gryphon, the main character is a Spirit mage, and the Elemental of Spirit is the Gryphon.
So far this book is untitled, but I'm hoping to play with the Gryphon theme as well as the murder theme. I'm thinking about it. Ideas are welcome.
So here we go with the word counts. So far today: 1,637. Only 78,363 to go.
W.E. and I are going to go see Stardust tonight, then tomorrow we get our books for school and head out to the range to blow up boxes with our BOOMSTICKS! Heh. Thank you, very exciting.
And today I had cheesecake, which just makes everything happy.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The bad thing about my query to Rachel Vater yesterday: it got rejected.
I'm going to try Jane Chelius next. Wish me luck.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I can't wait until the 2008 Writer's Market comes out. That will make the search fresh again. I have found a website that helps the agent search, and as long as they keep that website updated, I won't have to worry about my info being old.
I'm beginning to think I don't have the patience for hardcore, deep down research. I'm working my way through a book on American Fantasy, and getting restless and bored while reading it. I guess I'll have to work on that; if I'm going to be a college professor, I'll have to do tons of research on tons of stuff in order to (eventually) get tenure. That's assuming they haven't done away with tenure by then; I'm hearing rumors that might happen.
I also haven't done as much studying for the GRE as I'd like, but I'm going to force myself to do that later this afternoon. Sparknotes are my friend.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
W.E., My Favorite RedHead, one of MFRH's friends and I went to a Buffy Sing-Along. The orchestrators (calling themselves "Minions") appeared to be trying to make it a Rocky-Horror-esque thing; they had goodie bags with a kazoo, bubbles, a little finger-monster, and a Band-Aid. We still haven't figured out the Band-Aid, but the rest of it was for specific actions during specific sections of the musical.
The night started out pretty good. MFRH was so excited she could barely walk and I kept expecting her to pee her pants. Here's us getting ready to leave:
(Much as I try to avoid picture-taking, at least until I've lost a lot of weight, this event seemed to call for pictures. So yes, I'm fat; deal with it.)
We went to Wendy's for dinner, then wandered around a not-so-nice section of the city while we waited for midnight.
Once the actual event started, there weren't many picture-taking opportunities. I did, however, manage to win this:
for knowing that Mayor Wilkins' last words before the school blows up ("Graduation Day, Part II", Season 2) were "Well, gosh!" Actually, I knew all the answers to all the trivia questions, but that was the one they actually let me answer.
So then with the singing, which was fun (I like to sing). Then they did some raffle stuff with prizes like a commemorative stake, a piece of the Buffy lot, and signed comic books. Then they showed "Dopplegangland" (Season 3). A lot of people left after the raffle, but quite a few stayed, as well.
The night should have been just freaking awesome. Me, a Buffy geek, surrounded by other Buffy geeks, all getting together to just have an awesome time and share the giddy geekiness. Right? Wrong.
The lady sitting next to me was angry that they picked me to answer the Mayor Wilkins question, and made pointed comments about how she had every action figure except that one, like I was just going to give it to her. I think she expected me to; I got a definite expectant vibe off of her. Then when I didn't, she got grumpy. At some point during the first song, she moved to another row entirely. W.E. said she'd been shooting me dirty looks while I was singing, and that I was probably overpowering her. Well, pardon me for being a former Music major and having vocal training. I know how to project, and I can't not sing my best. I did, however, keep one hand (or at least an elbow) on my Cordy figure for the rest of the night, cause I got the distinct impression that this lady wouldn't think twice about stealing it.
Then there were the two girls sitting in front and slightly to the right of me. They weren't singing, and they appeared grouchy with those of us who were really getting into the whole thing. Which makes me wonder; why come to something like this and pay $10 knowing that it's going to be a big geek fest, then get annoyed when it's a big geek fest?
This always happens when I go out (which isn't often). There are always those people who have to ruin it for everyone else, like at the Lacuna Coil concert. And somehow I always end up sitting/standing right near them. And I'm sensitive enough to the moods of others that these people do manage to ruin it for me. Hence, last night was not the giddy fun fest it really should have been.
But hey, I got a toy surprise. And a kazoo.