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Don't get me wrong; poetry is awesome. However trying to decode dense Whitman metaphor without any guide as to paper topic or length is not awesome. Also not awesome is him saying that it must be perfect.

On another note, I supreme LOLed while procrastinating:


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The State of the World )

I wrote that last week and was only now able to get it to post.

In other news, I LOVE Neil Gaiman. I just read Neverwhere and it was amazing. With every new thing I read by him, I love him more. Now I'm off to buy more of his books.
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Six weeks left of classes. I don't know if I can take anymore, actually. I have at least 7 more papers before the year is over, 3 oral presentations, and a whole bunch of other tests and quizzes and crap like that. U

Unfortunately, I have been struck with massive amounts of inspiration. Normally, this is a good thing. But when I spend many hours coloring [livejournal.com profile] torreadora's awesome lineart instead of studying/writing, I run into problems. I also have this whole universe in my head waiting to spring free in the form of a massive multi-part epic, I know I don't have the time/patience/writing skills/energy to hammer it out. I think I need to start smaller by writing vignettes or something in this universe and then expand.

Here's the piece I colored:
http://shesanowheregirl.deviantart.com/art/Masquerade-by-lily-fox-80949690
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Friday night, my computer started making a strange noise so I turned it off and it wouldn't turn back on. I hauled it up to the Apple store and they told me that the hard drive had failed. I lost all my drawings and photos that I hadn't uploaded to the internet, all my writings for school, my operating system, the Office suite, and all my music. I got my computer back yesterday and have spent the past few days finding my photos and art from other places, pulling my music off my ipod and tracking down from whom I got Leopard and the Office suite. I didn't even think of some of the things I lost. I have to remember my bookmarks on the internet and reinstall all these programs. It is very tiring. Also, daylight savings time is making my internal clock freak out.

This is Spring Break; it's supposed to be stress free.

On the upside, I've been painting with watercolors for the last few days that my computer has been not working.

Salome

Feb. 11th, 2008 03:50 pm
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I saw Salome by Strauss this past Saturday. Hailed as a great opera, I was a little disappointed. The story is very very slow and the characters have no personality, but John and Salome. Also, this production was a little odd, since the sets looked like minimalist Nazi buildings, the costumes were from all sorts of periods, none of which were Biblical, and the pivotal dance scene was Salome running and shimmying.

Here's what I thought I was getting into... )

On a brighter note, I finally got my own digital camera. I received one for Christmas, but there was dust between the lenses, so we had to send it back. This time, I have a nice hard rubber case to protect my camera. Huzzah!
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I love Beauty and the Beast. )
I have loved the Disney movie as long as I can remember. I think I just love that type of romance. Beauty and the Beast, Labyrinth, the myth of Hades and Persephone, Pride and Prejudice, etc. I just love me some pure masculinity. I am very self-actualized and a quasi-feminist, but Captain Von Trapp makes me weak at the knees. I'm very much attracted to the man who commands a presence something fierce, is very assured in his manliness, and yet is so vulnerable in love. I eat this up with a spoon. Mmmm, manly and powerful.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm taking a poetry class that I had to beg to get into this semester. It's a cool class, but I have yet to say anything of value, which is a little disheartening. However, our assignment for tomorrow was to read "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath. It is a very beautiful and very sad poem. The hardest part of this class is that we have to write daily paragraphs responding to what we have read, which is usually 4 or so poems. I really hate this because there are no real parameters and I'm not sure what he wants.
I just want to turn my book in and he can decipher my notes. )

Skool

Jan. 21st, 2008 09:52 am
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Phonetics is the best class I've ever taken. I love love love it. Not only will it help me with my French pronunciation, it will help me with spelling, and it's just plain cool. The only problem is that I'm having problems differentiating some vowel sounds, but I'm sure that that skill will come with time.

School

Jan. 16th, 2008 09:31 am
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School's back in session, and it seems like the spring semester is shorter than the fall semester. Maybe it's because we have more days off.

My schedule is going to be tough this semester, even though I'm taking few hours than last semester. I'm taking my first upper-level classes, and I'm both thrilled and terrified, especially since one of my lower level classes requires me to write everyday.

I also joined a sorority. I never pictured myself a sorority girl, but I really get along with the other girls, so we'll see how it goes.

Ugly Betty fan art )

Animation

Jan. 9th, 2008 11:39 pm
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Is it just me, or was animation really dark in the late 80's/ early 90's? Especially Don Bluth stuff.
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...especially at 3:12. And I turn into a puddle of goo due to the complete adorkability and sexyness of Mr. Bowie.
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What Samantha Means



You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.



You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.



You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!







You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.



You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.



You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.

Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.

Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.



Cool, and quite true.
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Avatar kicks serious butt. Watching "The Firebending Masters" made me more happy than a child at Christmas.

Here's why )

On another note of awesomeness, every time I re-watch Labyrinth, I rediscover how much I truly love it. Every time, I see a new expression on David Bowie's face that I had missed in a previous viewing.


Labyrinth fan art + icon )
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Texas, why do you curse me with crazy weather? It seems that the pattern is warm days followed by freezing rain and gale-force winds. I approve of neither and neither do my ears.

On the note of my ears, since mid-October, I have been suffering from ear pain. First it was my left ear, but now both are freaking out. It started with an ear infection, but it has fallen into this cycle of infection followed by fluid build-up, which causes another infection. I've had so many drugs and antibiotics pumped into my system that they can't be working anymore. Also, my doctor has me on 800 mg of ibuprofen 3 times a day, which is 4 pills every 4-6 hours, plus antibiotics and Claratin in the mornings, and ear drops twice a day. I'm like a walking pharmacy. I just want this infection/pain/fluid build-up to go away!
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From [livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive which I found I had done a few years ago while tagging old entries.


1. Pick one label that you think does describe you (race, religion, hobby, etc.).
Deist
2. Pick one label that is often put on you, that you really think is inaccurate.
Nerd (In the sense I have no fun and devote myself to school work, not in the sense that I enjoy The Discovery Channel)
3. Pick one label you wish could be put on you.
None. There is really no label I'd want that I don't already have.
4. What is one kind of label that you think is universally wrong to use (race, gender, height)?
Any label that refers to someone's sexuality in a pejorative manner.
5. Labels, used intelligently, can be a convenient rhetorical shorthand for identifying how a given person will fit into (or react to) a given situation. Labels, used incorrectly, can be an excuse for dismissing the differences still inherent in the people to whom the label is applied. Discuss.
Labels are used mostly in derogatory senses and I don't think we should define ourselves by labels.
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After nearly two years of Nolwenn, I decided to change the layout on my lj today. My internet was freaking out, so it took forever for everything to load, but I'm pretty happy with what I went with. I've also began tagging my entries, but since this journal goes back to May 2004, it's going to be rough going back and adding tags to all those entries (plus, coming up with tags is hard because I want to use things I can use later in order to categorize things, but I feel like my entries are either completely random ramblings or too diverse to be categorized).

My other project has been making Avatar icons and formalizing a wardrobe and a really cheesy background story for my pirate, Edie. I've already come up with some pretty cliché crazy stuff, and hopefully I'll get the rest of her wardrobe done by the end of the week. I really love designing clothes and I think after I get everything established, I'm going to use her to work on more dynamic poses and stuff like that.

Also after nearly two years, I finally got Heathen by Bowie. I like what I've heard, but I need to listen to it a few more times. Speaking of music, I bought the Juno soundtrack last night, and I really enjoy it. It's very laid back and folksy, which isn't normally my music, but I did it nonetheless.
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2 exams down, 1 to go. Luckily, I'm done much earlier than most everyone else, that being @ 11 tomorrow morning.

Instead of studying... )
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As a spiritual person, it is eternally frustrating to see the holier-than-thou, bickering nature of religion. I was clicking around Facebook today and ran into "Christian" groups that boast they can gather the largest number of fellow Christians, encourage religious debate, and glorify God.

Now, I'm not as schooled in Christian doctrine as others, but I has a Bible stories book as a child and I enjoy the Song of Soloman. Also, I've picked up a lot of gnostic and apocrypha mythology that would put some of the most devout Christians to shame. However, I do know that Christ taught kindness, humility, peace, justice, and all that other "love thy neighbor" stuff. But when I see these groups of hundreds of thousands of zealots, I want to laugh and cry from the hypocrisy of it all. Though some encourage debate, most of the "debate" is actually inner-faith bickering, name-calling, condemning those who are different, and altogether acting un-Christian. Yes, I know all us lowly humans aren't perfect, but if I were Christian, I would not want to associate myself with this insanity. They say they are glorifying God, but they are really just dragging His name through the proverbial mud by engaging in such behaviors.

Also, The Golden Compass is not evil. It's not about killing God. Dear Lord, it's a metaphor for the oppressiveness of religion, not the oppressiveness of faith. Faith and religion are not the same things. Merriam-Webster says faith is "something that is believed especially with strong conviction," while religion is "the service and worship of God or the supernatural." The Golden Compass has issues with the construction of religion, especially with Catholicism, which the author views as less of a door to God and more of a political and social entity.

Another un-Christian behavior that frustrates me is the zealot, holier-than-thou attitude. Just because I don't believe in the divinity of Christ and I view the Bible in a historical and literary context does not mean I am a Satanist, atheist, agnostic, pagan or heathen. I don't offer ritual sacrifices of virgins to Lucifer, and I don't plan on starting anytime soon. I actually enjoy the Christian mythos, with Angelology and Demonology being personal favorites of mine, and Edenic symbolism in other works makes me giddy. I enjoy C.S. Lewis immensely. I also feel really awful killing things, which makes me wonder how a person go to church on Sunday and then go kill some deer. Which brings me to the point that I have a real problem with "devout" Christians telling other people they will go to Hell. Did or did not Christ say something about being nice to people you don't agree with or enemies or someone like that?

Finally, I wanted to end elegantly, but whatever. I may be a deist, but I do recognize good things that have come out of Christianity. Believe it or not, I don't have a problem with Christ or his teachings. I mean, he's not exactly my 'homeboy,' but he said a lot of good things. Also, Christians have the best buildings. Churches are cool, especially Gothic cathedrals.

Ok, rant over.

Anime

Dec. 4th, 2007 10:11 am
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I am a geek; I've accepted it. However, my geekdom is mostly confined to comics (online and a few in paper form), the Discovery Channel and animation (Disney and Avatar). However, there are a few anime that I do enjoy going back and watching old episodes. They are mostly stuff from my 'Anime-phase' around fifth or sixth or seventh grade, like Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon, Vision of Escaflowne, Outlaw Star, Blue Seed and anything Miyazaki. Needless to say, I'm not a diehard fan, I don't cosplay, and I don't speak Japanese (more on that in a bit).

Thoughts on Anime, Japanese and storytelling )
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After a year of waiting, I saw Enchanted on Wednesday and I can't wait to see it again. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz still know how to write really catchy and clever songs. I bought the soundtrack and "So Close" is becoming one of my all-time favorite songs. The animation was also superb, but I may be biased since I LOVE traditional animation and want to throttle almost all CGI. It was funny, but there was a few jokes put in there just for the kiddos. However, there were times during the movie when I was all smiles; this movie makes you feel better.

This weekend I finally sat down and watched Moonlight, the new vampire show on CBS. I saw the previews and as an old Buffy fan, I had to check it out. So, I set the DVR at home, but because of school, I watched 10 minutes of the first episode and then didn't really get to watch the rest until this weekend. The first episode was a little iffy, so that also kept me from marathon-ing the rest immediately. Despite my original ambivalence, I really enjoy the show now. It's hot and angsty AND a murder-mystery, stuff all up my alley.

Finally, the boyfriend burned my the original cast recording of Sweeney Todd. It is so amazing, and I can't wait for the movie.

Tomorrow I must start writing on my 12-page research paper for Political Science. Wish me luck!

FINALLY

Nov. 16th, 2007 10:59 am
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Thanksgiving break has finally come, thank God. I have one more class today and then a week of homework and my crazy family gatherings.

Over this "time off" I will need to do the following:
1. Write my 3-page paper for Rhetoric
2. Begin writing my 12-page paper for Poli Sci
3. Read French Lieutenant's Woman
4. Read several chapters I've fallen behind on for Poli Sci
5. Avoid/mitigate familial lunacy
6. Do fun things and not completely lock myself up in my dungeon working of stuff I should have worked on this week
7. Figure out when my finals are
8. Pay my fine to the City of Denton because Sgt. Douchebag saw that my inspection was out of date and waited until I moved to pull me over and cite me
9. SLEEP
10. Not go crazy

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