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Sorry It's Been a While...

It's been a pretty busy several months. It started with a leak from the apartment above which lead to some major reconstruction of a bathroom and the laundry room. This lead the roomate who owned the place to decide to move shortly after the holidays. This lead to said move, including camping out for a week waiting for the girl whose place I was taking to move. Fortunately, this didn't hurt school too much. At least the timing worked out well. And I certainly can't complain about having the master suite now^^;

Oh, and my library at work has been completely redone. Lots of work done by others, lots done by me too. It looks good, though. I'm loving it:)

So now, life is getting back to normal. Just finished a class on Celtic mythology and modern children's literature. The next will be a look at The Lord of the Rings through cultural and modern studies.

This year I decided to get tickets to a local theater. They do an amazing job. This past weekend, I went to see Les Miserables. Wonderful! Also enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Solidir. Though is it my imagination, or are marvel's films getting more violent? Sigh.

Wonderful April General Conference. All the talks were inspiring, as usual.

Let's hope life stays relatively calm now for the next little bit. I want to get back to writing again.

Speaking of which, loved LTUE and Writing for Charity earlier this year. There's a reason why I just can't leave writing alone...

Current Fun and Things to Look Forward To

Hi all! Things have been a bit busy. Philology is a very fun but not easy class. But it has convinced me it would be totally worth it to read the Norse Eddas and Sagas in the original language^^; And yes, some day I want to tackle Beowulf in the original Old English. In my never ending spare time.

*falls down laughing*

Anyways.

Things have been otherwise pretty quiet. But that doesn't mean I haven't had plenty to do.

The Legend of Korra I confess I wasn't entirely sure about the second season at first. Sure, there are a few new fun characters. Varrick is basically Howard Hughes. And the twins are scary. Especially the girl. Bolin, why did you ever attract her attention? But things are falling apart for the Avater. However, the last two episodes showed us the very first Avatar, Wan, and I am completely sold on this series again. When the DVD comes out, I will probably get it just for this two parter.

Then there is Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The funnest parts have been the hints to the movies. The characters overall are pretty good. They all have some mystery behind them, some more than others.

Then there are the books. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Vicious by V. E. Schwab.The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale. Wild Born by Brandon Mull. Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. Asunder by Jodi Meadows. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner.

Then there is the first Anime and Manga I have truly fallen in love with for a long time, Towards the Terra or To Terra. I haven't seen space opera like this for a long time. One nice feature, it spans decades so you can see how even minor characters change. Yeah, I liked both so much I have already read the manga twice and am almost done watching the anime twice.

And I also finally saw Iron Man 3. Not as good as the first, but I did like how it brings Tony Stark back full circle. Oh, and I love the post credit scene where it appears that Tony has been telling Bruce Banner everything that happened in the movie and Banner fell asleep over it^^;

As for what there is to look forward to, there is a lot.

The final Ranger's Apprentice book by John Flanagan is coming out in a few weeks here in the states.

The final Imaginarium Geographia Book by James A. Owen is also coming out in a few weeks. This one I have been so excited for, I have been rereading the series.

The extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming out soon as well.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is almost here.

Thor: The Dark World shows promise as does Ender's Game.

And this doesn't count Thanksgiving and family or anything after November.

Take care until next time!

End of Summer

Hi all! Sorry it's been a while.

Let's see. I had a family reunion in August and had a wonderful vacation visiting sister #3 and her family in California early this month.

There is so much good about Man of Steel, it is a pity is flawed. I also loved Austenlaned. I haven't laughed so much at a movie for a long time.

I have started a new class, this time on Philology, which is the study of language through literature. We've already done Gothic and Runic and Old Norse and this week are starting Old English.

I guess you could say I have settled in fairly well into my new place^^;

My current obsession - Toward the Terra. I haven't been affected by an anime like this for a while.

This weekend I am going to a concert - Tchaikovsky and the 1820 Overture this time^^;

Iron Man 3 will be out soon and I am planning on seeing it shortly. Same with From Up on Poppy Hill.

And last night, for the first time in months I wrote more than three pages of notes. Yay!

Life is Change

Yep, I'm moving again by the end of the month. Let's just say there were some issues with our landlord. Sigh. Oh, well. I've already packed up most of my books, movies, and games, leaving out only an emergency stash to last through the rest of the month.

School is going fairly well. I am still loving it anyways.

I have been doing a lot of reading lately. Lots of good books to get through. One of my favorite would have to be A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

Let's see. I loved Star Trek: Into Darkness and can hardly wait to see Man of Steel this weekend.

And all I can say after seeing the latest Doctor Who episode is I can't wait until November for the 50th anniversary special!

We'll have to see if I can get writing again in a serious way after I move.

I am loving the warm weather we have been having. No, can't call it hot. It isn't over 100 yet. Yes, I grew up in Arizona. How did you know?

Life is Life

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated. I thought things would slow down between semesters, and they did, but that is also when I caught a monster cold. Sigh.

I am back in class as of last week, though, and I have been greatly enjoying it after six weeks off. This time we are going over Tolkien's lesser known works - poems, short stories, stories for children, translations. The guy was quite prolific. He just had trouble finishing anything, perfectionist that he was.

I went to LDS Storymakers and did my very first pitch session ever. At least I will have a better idea of what it is like for next time. And I greatly enjoyed myself. I an also recommend Janitors by Tyler Whiteside, The Inventor's Secret by Chad Morris, and The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison. I've also been reading Homer Hickam's biographic works, starting with Rocket Boys, which was made into the movie October Sky.

I also went to the Utah Library Association conference and had a great time. I'm the only librarian on my campus, so it is nice to be around others in my field.

Other than that, I've been slowly working on Doctor Who and rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender.

This weekend I am seeing Star Trek: Into Darkness with my family. I am excited. Last weekend I saw The Barber of Seville with them.  I just love watching operas with subtitles^^;

Have a great Memorial Day weekend! Go do something fun or see family and friends! Or both!

What's up?

Things have been slowly going apace here. There has been writing progress, slow but sure. Not so much on the editing side. Guess what I am spending this month on?

I have also slowly but surely been making my way through various other things. Such as:

  • classic Doctor Who

  • my class (finals this weekend - eep!)

  • Legend of Korra - season 1

  • Fruits Basket rewatch

  • knitting a scarf

  • my reading pile

Some of the things I have recently finished and enjoyed reading include Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones, Ordinary Magic by Caitlen Rubino-Bradway, and I finally finished the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series by Tad Williams. I am allowed to read Guy Gavriel Kay's new book, River of Stars, when my final is done.

There have also been a few performances I have been able to see, especially The Magic Flute. That one I saw with my family. It is always great to see them.

This weekend will be a busy but good one between family, General Conference, and my final. Wish me luck, and I hope your weekend is just as good!

Well Hi There

Sorry it's been longer than I thought since updating here. Let's see what I have done . . .

We combined one campus into another one. Things are finally starting to settle down from that at work.

I am over halfway through my first masters class in five years. So far so good grade wise, and I am loving it! We've already had three tests . . .

I have seen Merlin season 4. Not my favorite, but still good. And "A Servant of Two Masters" makes it all worth it. I have also seen the first half of Doctor Who season 7, the Christmas special, and have been slowly starting to work my way through Classic Who. Yeah, starting with the very first episode the first time I tried this was not a good idea. This time is working out much better^^;

I saw family in January and last weekend which was good.

I have started writing again, slowly but surely on Founder's in Fantasy story. I may need to pause to go through Yuki-onna yet again since I am showing it to an agent at a writing conference in May.

Speaking of writing conferences, I went to LTUE again (4th year in a row!) and had a blast. Got some ideas and there were some great panels.

I have a few worries, but really life is good. Until next time!

A Call for Writing Help

So I have finished writing my first story. Yay! This is the first time I have finished anything over 10 pages! Now it is time to revise. I am not talking grammar, switch a paragraph or two around and cut out another. I am talking about major structural changes - adding in a character, inserting a new plot thread, redoing a part with a different voice. These aren't the type of things they really teach in your typical English class. Aside from jumping in and just doing it, does anyone have any suggestions? Resources that I could look at?

Huge thanks in advance! You all deserve cookies!

It's Done!

Yes, the back fence is finally painted! Our neighbors are jealous^^; See, most of them wanted to paint their fences black, but the homeowner's association said they had to match the color of the main fence on the street that borders the neighborhood in front. At the time, it was white. The city, however, has since painted it black! We went out to eat tonight to celebrate:)