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So by being an a theater production not sponsored by a school, I've learned a new theater tradition: cast parties on both closing night AND opening night. Although I must ask, why? Its late and we're tired as it is, how much fun are we going to be able to have?

Well, some, but not for long before we crashed.
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I am on a roll; another Marvel movie seen on opening weekend. And Captain America is quite awesome!
I think they did very well in keeping the main continuity version of Steve's personality even while the story/atmosphere is more influenced by the Ultimate universe comics.
And mmm, Howard Stark is almost as fun as Tony Stark. Am a little "worried", in a fandom-ish sense, at Howard's fondness for Steve in the end; could bring up some uncomfortable 'like-father, like-son' romance stories.
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You would think, that being out of school would mean I had more free time to read and play and write. You would think, but instead I've been kept busy looking for a 'real' job and doing lots of house cleaning and babysitting in the meantime. Virtual spring cleaning too, cleared out one e-mail from 650 messages to 60.

Have still managed to have the time to see both "Thor" and "X-men: First Class" their opening weekends and was pleasantly surprised that both were better than I was expecting.

And I want this so bad:    http://cubiclebot.com/computers/get-your-own-steampunk-laptop/  . Gorgeous.
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Last night was the best cast party I've ever been to! Previous best was when I was thirteen, after 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' our teacher had us over to her house for a barbeque and things devolved into a water fight between fifteen teenagers.

This cast is full of twenty somethings and a few older returning students/local actors that know our director. Director did have us over to his house, and he did barbeque for us, but then we went into his awesome movie theater room and watched a recording of our play; we may have watched each other all the time during practices, but we never got to see the special effects and all the costumes together at once, so it was pretty cool to finally see all of our work come together as a whole. We still went all MST3K on it and at each other, all in good fun since we also quoted lines and sang along together.

When we moved back outside, instead of having a water fight we lit a bonfire! And one of the mortals is a fire dancer, and she "just happened" to have brought her poi along, so she gave us a dance. Then we just sat around the fire and talked, of everything and nothing, quoted other plays and sang, both Disney and Rocky Horror songs. The party was supposed to run to 10 o'clock, but it was still going strong when Dad dragged me home at 11 o'clock.

We all had so much fun together that we're going to have another party together to celebrate the end of finals in two weeks!
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Good night, good night, parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
- Juliet, Romeo and Juliet

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to 'scape the serpent's tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends.

- Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream

And now we are done. 'Orpheus in the Underworld' took a lot of work and it was a lot of fun. None of us really wanted it to end, but it has. Mostly... :)

We had so much fun together even off-stage that we are electively meeting up again at the regular class time and taking over the school theater to watch Disney's "Hercules", whose song "Going the Distance" kinda became our anthem. And we'll be having a proper cast party at the end of the week. And, and our teacher is writing a play for our county's summer theater festival and most of us are also in it!
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The noob of our class told us "Good luck," right before going out for our first performance. The rest of us were on him in a moment and schooled him in the superstitions of theater, and threatened blood if he'd cursed us. The outlook for him was quite grim in the first ten minutes; two times the wrong music came up, three delayed entrances, moved props and costume changing difficulties. However, after those first ten minutes the play went fine, and our second performance was great. Today's shows went perfect, and we have only one more performance tomorrow evening.
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Ah, Drama Class. Where, when someone randomly starts singing a Disney song, everyone else joins in.  : )

Tomorrow we perform!
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My school's GSA club finally had an event that I had the time to attend tonight. I've never been to a dance before though, so I pleaded with Sister for her to come along and ease my nerves. We stayed for two hours and mostly people watched, but did dance together for a little while. Didn't really talk with anyone else, but whatever; we had fun together and looked fabulous. And neither of us had had dinner, and the food provided left something to be desired, so the parents got us chinese on the way home.

P.S.  -  Completely off topic, but I spent all day listening to this. It is awesome!

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This Californian says it depends on where I am or what I'm doing. When its 63F in my home during winter, its too cold; 63F inside in the summer would be an appreciated miracle. Probably the lower 50sF are where I draw the line. However, my sister and I have been known to swim in the ocean in January  :)
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Went with Dad to see 'Paul' for his birthday, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Seth Rogen was much better as the voice of Paul than he was in his acting role in 'The Green Hornet'.


Mar. 16th, 2011 09:03 pm
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I've been caught and trapped by School. Even over the break I have work, so no working ahead or catching up on rest. And, have been to one doctor and going to another on Friday. All so very bleh.
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I have been on the wait list for Netflix's copies of the discs for BBC's Sherlock before they even had them yet, and this week it was finally my turn. I watched them yesterday, and it is just as awesome as I'd heard. :D

But it ended on a cliff-hanger. D:

And I don't know when the next set will be finished. D:<
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Papa is back home after a week's stay in the hospital and is doing much better. We were concerned about his health leading up to his stay, because in September one of his doctors said that for his age and medical history he was in great condition, and then in November his lower back and upper legs suddenly became so sore that it hurt to walk and he needed to use a walker. Then now the medicine cocktail to treat an infected swelling on his leg has also cleared what ever caused the soreness.
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From Nerd Approved, which I am in no way associated

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They finally fixed the projector on Monday, and I finally got to see Tangled! It was my first 3D movie, and I really don't get what the fuss is all about. The added depth for outside scenery and the detail is impressive, but when the characters are moving they look jerky, like those little hologram cards. The movie itself was beautiful and fun and I love it.

Another movie that I love, is Megamind. I had only a passing interest in it when I first saw a trailer for it, but browsing on DevianArt I saw some art and read some journals that had me interested. So last night I took Dad to see it before it left the town theater, and it is awesome and funny and touching all at once.
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Nothing tops how my week started! On Sunday we went to the Star Trek display at the Aerospace Museum! Sadly, they didn't allow photography, after I went to all the trouble of borrowing a camera. But it was awesome anyway. There were information plaques and costumes and props AND... Not only the set piece of a hallway from TNG, but a reconstruction of TOS' bridge where I got my picture taken in the Captain's chair!

Monday I scrambled to complete my Mass Media project and finished with ten minutes to spare to catch the bus. When I got home I started baking for...

The breakfast potluck in my archery class on Tuesday. We were so busy eating and talking with everyone that we didn't even shoot.

Thank goodness my teachers are sensible and gave us Wednesday off even though the school system didn't (we were the only school in our county that wasn't off for the whole week. Why?). Grannie and Papa came up to visit me and we went to see Tangled; I've never seen a movie on opening day and I'd been planning on this for a month. BUT, the stupid digital projector wouldn't work! They were kind enough to give us two ticket passes to make it up, but still very frustrating.

Thursday was Thanksgiving. Family and great food, what more could I want?

Friday we ran errands in the morning, moved furniture in the afternoon, went and put up the grandparent's lights and ran more errands in the evening.

Today we are relaxing and doing house chores, and then this evening we are going to a Christmas program done by three generations of the family that owns half our neighborhood.
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Be Forewarned: Big and rambly entry ahoy!

Beware )

My mother is a geek. And I'm following in her footsteps; I gave Stargate Atlantis a try just before school started, and ended up watching two seasons in less than two weeks. Now I'm stockpiling SG1 and SGA to have a marathon over winter break. I also watched some DS9 episodes on youtube and will get that next.
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You know that feeling, when you've thought of doing something so often that it surprises you when it turns out you forgot to do it? Yeah, I've got that now. I was so sure I'd started posting again at least after the hullabaloo of school had died down, if not before that. So I'm gonna do a quick catch-up update now and plan on writing more about some of them later.

Read more... )
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Following the lead of several people I watch, I tried the Famous Writer's Style meme a couple of times, despite some glaring oversight. Most of my stories are still in the outlining and notes stage, so I mostly used school papers instead. But I also went ahead and used my dream log, and the story segment I did manage to write in highschool.

School work:

Short Segments

I write like
Vladimir Nabokov

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Whole Paper

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Personal works:

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Dream Log

I write like
L. Frank Baum

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

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Before I get sucked into the internet for the summer, I sat myself down and and read Mercedes Lackey's "Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms" series. Like her "Elemental Masters" series, they're reimaginings of fairytales, but set in a fantasy world instead of Edwardian London. I liked them okay, but even being printed by a romance publisher, the sex scenes in 'The Fairy Godmother' and 'Fortune's Fool' kinda took me by surprise and didn't really seem to belong. I mean, they didn't come out of nowhere, but they didn't really affect or advance the plot. And they are horribly full of purple prose.

'One Good Knight' and 'The Snow Queen' didn't have this, but 'The Snow Queen' seemed a little disjointed and the romantic couples weren't developed at all. The young man whose kidnapping drives the plot is pursued by his sweetheart, and then when they are reunited at the end they aren't paid any more mind. His mother apparently falls in love with his master on the journey to find him, but we don't see any mention of it until the very end. And the Snow Queen herself is also suddenly attracted to the other man on the quest in the last pages.

Now 'One Good Knight' I really liked. I guessed all of the plot-twists, but they were done well, and the romance was more believable and also done well.