saifai: (SeverusWriting (swanboat_icons))
Summer has completely passed me by. That's not entirely unusual, but I seemed to have a few more migraine issues this year than in the past. My fall has been a bit better. I'm writing more. I've been doing more around the house. I've gotten a few fall cleaning type projects done. I have a few more things I want to do before winter sets in though, so on the drier days I've got plans for some of those projects.

Anyone doing National Novel Writing Month? My NaNoWriMo this year is going fairly well. I'm already at 13,000 words. Not bad for four days work, I'd say. In the twelve years I've done it, this is the best start I've ever had. My first day I wrote over half of that total.

I've been reading a ton, but not been watching as much as I usually do. I've got caught up with another British mystery, this time "Rosemary & Thyme". Two older women, one recently divorced, start up a landscaping business. Of course, they're nosy as all get out and usually end up solving some crime or another. They're a hoot. They remind me quite a bit of Miss Marple, actually.

It's officially cold where I am now too. I'm set to go to the store tomorrow and fully plan on picking up some things for beef stew and hot chocolate. I'll probably make a pie too. I can serve it warm!

Hope all is going well where y'all are.
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Has this become a yearly update? I tend to journal more in my personal diary more these days. Plus, I'm all over social media. I recently updated my profile if that's of any interest to you. If not, prepare to be spammed. I've got most everything I do these days cross-posting to Twitter, from my various articles to my Polyvore boards. So in light of that I'll be making sure those end up here. I don't ever cross-post my entries to my social media, so that's a relief there at least. I'm sure that you won't ever hear from me much if I don't do it this way. Such is life.

Life as we know it
Speaking of life, it's rather weird right now. I've been doing a lot of writing. Some Harry Potter fan fiction, but mostly my own things. My dreams are, and always have been, very weird. So I'm putting some of them in either book or script format. I'm afraid with my migraines as they are I'm rather home bound at the moment. So I do what I can. I also freelance writing, social media managing, and graphic design for various outfits. I keep busy when I can.

The wonderful world of fangirling
Fandom is an ever evolving thing for me. I'll always love my first true blood fandom, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but I no longer follow it in any way. I'm still in love with Harry Potter to some degree (if by degree you count obsessively reading fan fiction), and I've even involved my mother in that (whoa nelly!). I don't have cable TV anymore either, and as many do these days I've only got my trusty Netflix. I tend to watch British mysteries these days more than anything (Inspector Lewis, Rosemary & Thyme, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, etc.), and documentaries more than anything. I'm still always up for a weatherpocalypse, ghost haunting, murder mystery, or action thriller (anything with an abnormally high body count and awesome fight scenes).

Retiring and other life events
My mother is retiring soon. I've been helping her renovate her condo to prepare for sale. She's wanting to pack up and move to parts unknown when that happens this summer, though likely won't actually move to another state for another year. She's been carefully examining every state for retiree tax benefits, crime rates, weather, cost of living, and etc to pick the very best state. So far she's got her eye on either northern Nevada or southern Wyoming. I'm sure my sister would have loved it if we moved southeast to be closer to her, but Mom seems to have an aversion to all things racist and Bible Belt. We've taken a look in and around close to her state, but can't seem to find anything that doesn't just make her skin crawl with the idea of sharing breathing space with them. I don't think my Mom ever really did grow out of the 60s, but that's entirely a good thing I think. She was ahead of her time in terms of treating people fairly and equally. Gotta love her.

And so it goes

That's all for now. I'm sure I'll keep far more updated than I have in the past if for no other reason than I've got a new laptop to play with and plenty of free time. Catch up with me on social media if you're out there. I'd love to hear from you all (at least the ones I don't already talk to).
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Bad news

 

I'll get the bad news out of the way first by saying that I had my first major hemiplegic migraine yesterday. While I do have familial hemiplegic migraines, I have only ever had the symptoms come in bits and pieces. That in itself is scary that they were serious on their own, but to come at one time was a very frightening experience. I believe  [livejournal.com profile] txrabbit experienced this once, but having one of these migraines is a bit like experiencing a stroke. Scared my mother to death. I'm taking it easy today.

 

Current obsession

 

All fandom aside, I can't stop watching the show Clean House (it's a style network show, though I've been watching it on Netflix). I'm a bit of a Clutterbug myself, so it has been a lot of inspiration for me and my mother. We are looking to get rid of about 5 storage rooms worth of furniture soon. So, we have a lot to play with to redo our house one room at a time. Should be fun! I'm planning on posting pictures as we go along, so look out for those.

saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))


I finally got around to watching Teen Wolf. I admit that Stiles and Derek are adorable on-screen together. They'd make a cute couple.

 

I've resisted watching this for ages, but boredom won me over.

 

Bah!

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Yes, I'm alive.

No,my computer is not.

Yes, I'm sick this weekend (have been for a few days.) Yes, I'm also getting better.

No, I'm not sad about that (all the better reason to hibernate during the Halloween season). You can't believe the amount of shows I've been going through on Netflix. Between no computer (my Mom's is available, but it's unbelievably slow), and being sick, it's about all I have to do.

Yes, my old Xbox has finally kicked it (the old one, not a 360). It was my last working DVD player able to be hooked up to my TV.

Yes, I still have my wee little portable one and have also been making use of it this weekend.

Reason #2 I've not got much to do: my Mother is out of town for the next 10 days.

Oh yes, and I'm trying to play plumber at home. My toilet broke. It took me 3 days to work off one bolt and the water hose to get the tank off the bowl. Have yet to try and do the rest of it.

No, I'm not sad I didn't take up plumbing as a profession. I'd never make it. LOL

Yes, that's about it for now. I'm off to finally start the Vampire Diaries and Merlin series on Netflix. Yay!

Fandom!!!

Jan. 5th, 2011 04:43 pm
saifai: (Alien Aaah (Base by little_needle))
I haven't talked fandom in quite awhile. So, I'm giving it a go. Yet another random post.

TELEVISION )

MOVIES )

That's about it for now. There's lots of other stuff I watch on occasion, my staple items such as Psych and Ghost Hunters, but... Time is funny these days. There never seems to be enough of it.

I want to round up a list of stories I've been reading, but I'll need more time for that one. Next time!

Fandom!!!

Jan. 5th, 2011 04:43 pm
saifai: (Alien Aaah (Base by little_needle))
I haven't talked fandom in quite awhile. So, I'm giving it a go. Yet another random post.

TELEVISION )

MOVIES )

That's about it for now. There's lots of other stuff I watch on occasion, my staple items such as Psych and Ghost Hunters, but... Time is funny these days. There never seems to be enough of it.

I want to round up a list of stories I've been reading, but I'll need more time for that one. Next time!
saifai: (DW Doctor Professor (d0rk_icons))
SPOILERS IF YOU'VE NOT SEEN SEASON 6

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Finally got a chance to watch it with my mother. I'd heard mostly bad things about the episode, and I had a few different thoughts on it.

At first, I was pissed off. People are making choices about Dean's life for him. Choices they didn't have any business making. After everything Dean had been through, he at least deserved the truth.

It made me very bitter.

However, this assumes that you're dealing with the normal characters. I told my mother as I was watching that it feels like Dean is the butt of someone's joke.

I don't trust the cousins, I don't trust Grandpa, and I sure as hell don't trust Sam. They're not normal. They're not acting right. They're just too... unemotional.

Not just flat characters. It's very deliberate. They smirk at odd moments, and I can't help but feel like they're laughing at Dean.

It honestly leaves me more confused than anything.

I think Bobby believes the way he does because of Sam. But as for Sam, I'm almost not sure what to think. I'm fairly certain Grandpa and the "cousins" if they're not who they say they are, then at the very least up to something and not telling anyone.

I'm not sure quite yet if Sam knows what's going on, but I'm very sure that Sam isn't right. And not just in the acting out of character "because I just came back from Hell" bit. I mean like a bad copy.

I don't know how else to describe it. It's just... not right.

Will have to see more episodes to see if I'm right or not.
saifai: (DW Doctor Professor (d0rk_icons))
SPOILERS IF YOU'VE NOT SEEN SEASON 6

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.....

.....

Finally got a chance to watch it with my mother. I'd heard mostly bad things about the episode, and I had a few different thoughts on it.

At first, I was pissed off. People are making choices about Dean's life for him. Choices they didn't have any business making. After everything Dean had been through, he at least deserved the truth.

It made me very bitter.

However, this assumes that you're dealing with the normal characters. I told my mother as I was watching that it feels like Dean is the butt of someone's joke.

I don't trust the cousins, I don't trust Grandpa, and I sure as hell don't trust Sam. They're not normal. They're not acting right. They're just too... unemotional.

Not just flat characters. It's very deliberate. They smirk at odd moments, and I can't help but feel like they're laughing at Dean.

It honestly leaves me more confused than anything.

I think Bobby believes the way he does because of Sam. But as for Sam, I'm almost not sure what to think. I'm fairly certain Grandpa and the "cousins" if they're not who they say they are, then at the very least up to something and not telling anyone.

I'm not sure quite yet if Sam knows what's going on, but I'm very sure that Sam isn't right. And not just in the acting out of character "because I just came back from Hell" bit. I mean like a bad copy.

I don't know how else to describe it. It's just... not right.

Will have to see more episodes to see if I'm right or not.
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Just caught on an article with the writer of the infamous Torchwood scene that killed off Ianto. He tries to give his take on why it happened. The first thing he said was, "Russel wanted it to happen." *rolls eyes* Thanks ever so. Anyway, here's the snippet from that section
“The strength of Torchwood and Russell’s vision is that you don’t know the heroes are going to survive. That’s been well established now!

“That adds a sense of jeopardy to the show which leaves everyone wondering what will happen next.”

He added Ianto’s death also allowed him to illustrate one of the costs of immortality for Captain Jack.

“In my mind, I was always aware that Jack had gone through this situation many times before, and that was really interesting to me. How do you have a relationship and fall in love with someone when you know – absolutely know – you will be around to see them die?


“That’s a real tragedy that Jack has to carry around with him, as well as a fascinating weight to hang around a character’s shoulders.”
Torchwood writer John Fay excited by The New World, plus why killing Ianto was ‘right thing to do’ | scyfilove
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Just caught on an article with the writer of the infamous Torchwood scene that killed off Ianto. He tries to give his take on why it happened. The first thing he said was, "Russel wanted it to happen." *rolls eyes* Thanks ever so. Anyway, here's the snippet from that section
“The strength of Torchwood and Russell’s vision is that you don’t know the heroes are going to survive. That’s been well established now!

“That adds a sense of jeopardy to the show which leaves everyone wondering what will happen next.”

He added Ianto’s death also allowed him to illustrate one of the costs of immortality for Captain Jack.

“In my mind, I was always aware that Jack had gone through this situation many times before, and that was really interesting to me. How do you have a relationship and fall in love with someone when you know – absolutely know – you will be around to see them die?


“That’s a real tragedy that Jack has to carry around with him, as well as a fascinating weight to hang around a character’s shoulders.”
Torchwood writer John Fay excited by The New World, plus why killing Ianto was ‘right thing to do’ | scyfilove
saifai: (Wall-e Rubiks Cube (sporkyadrasteia))
Doing much better with my migraines this week. Time off has helped a bit. What's made a huge difference though, oddly enough, is my vitamins. I switched to a different formula, added in Vitamin D on top of it, and instantly my energy is increased and my migraines decrease.

I went nerdy over it and did a comparison chart over the differences between the two and found a few things that may have made a difference. If my suspicions are correct, I may be sensitive to vitamin C. Not allergic per se, just more susceptible to the side effects of having too much. There were a few other factors in there, but that's the major item of note.

In other news, I finally got ahold of a copy of the second episode of Sherlock. Still loving it. A few flisties have got better sources than I, so I'm anxiously awaiting the third episode. Damn the BBC website for locking out US viewers of their online episodes. Grr!

Not much else going on other than I'm considering a move. Not going very far, just thinking about moving my bedroom into the fridge. Mom's been fighting me over it, so we'll see how that goes. OMGSOHOT!!11!
saifai: (Wall-e Rubiks Cube (sporkyadrasteia))
Doing much better with my migraines this week. Time off has helped a bit. What's made a huge difference though, oddly enough, is my vitamins. I switched to a different formula, added in Vitamin D on top of it, and instantly my energy is increased and my migraines decrease.

I went nerdy over it and did a comparison chart over the differences between the two and found a few things that may have made a difference. If my suspicions are correct, I may be sensitive to vitamin C. Not allergic per se, just more susceptible to the side effects of having too much. There were a few other factors in there, but that's the major item of note.

In other news, I finally got ahold of a copy of the second episode of Sherlock. Still loving it. A few flisties have got better sources than I, so I'm anxiously awaiting the third episode. Damn the BBC website for locking out US viewers of their online episodes. Grr!

Not much else going on other than I'm considering a move. Not going very far, just thinking about moving my bedroom into the fridge. Mom's been fighting me over it, so we'll see how that goes. OMGSOHOT!!11!
saifai: (Special Hell (clouds_of_white))
MIA for now. I thought I'd picked up a virus yesterday and ran scan after scan, but as it turns out someone jumped onto my internet connection (and I've got cable internet, with no wireless router). I figured out how to dump the riders off my network, but I'm currently working to protect my network from them. Wish me luck!

BTW, I saw the first episode of that Sherlock Holmes series last night. LOVED IT! Couldn't stop smiling the whole time. Those two do nothing but flirt the whole time. Was so much fun to watch!

"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath."

*snerk*

More later. *waves*
saifai: (Special Hell (clouds_of_white))
MIA for now. I thought I'd picked up a virus yesterday and ran scan after scan, but as it turns out someone jumped onto my internet connection (and I've got cable internet, with no wireless router). I figured out how to dump the riders off my network, but I'm currently working to protect my network from them. Wish me luck!

BTW, I saw the first episode of that Sherlock Holmes series last night. LOVED IT! Couldn't stop smiling the whole time. Those two do nothing but flirt the whole time. Was so much fun to watch!

"I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath."

*snerk*

More later. *waves*
saifai: (TH Bill Stop (lastfirewllrise))
Day 08 - Favorite THtv episode

There's been many good episodes of the band, but this one is by far one of my favorites. They look like they had so much fun that day!



Day 08 - Favorite picture of Tom

There's lots of good pictures of this boy, and I honestly have a lot of trouble choosing just one picture. However, I've always had a photo that I favor over others. It's photos like this that really set in the reminder that yes, he is Bill's twin brother.



Runner Up:

This one had been my favorite until the other one was taken.



Previously:
Day 01 -Picture of your favorite twin
Day 02 - Picture of your favorite G
Day 03 - Picture of your favorite award that Tokio Hotel has won
Day 04 - Your favorite radio/video interview
Day 05 - Picture of your favorite album
Day 06 - Favorite picture of Bill
Day 07 - Favorite picture of Gustav

Coming Up: )
saifai: (TH Bill Stop (lastfirewllrise))
Day 08 - Favorite THtv episode

There's been many good episodes of the band, but this one is by far one of my favorites. They look like they had so much fun that day!



Day 08 - Favorite picture of Tom

There's lots of good pictures of this boy, and I honestly have a lot of trouble choosing just one picture. However, I've always had a photo that I favor over others. It's photos like this that really set in the reminder that yes, he is Bill's twin brother.



Runner Up:

This one had been my favorite until the other one was taken.



Previously:
Day 01 -Picture of your favorite twin
Day 02 - Picture of your favorite G
Day 03 - Picture of your favorite award that Tokio Hotel has won
Day 04 - Your favorite radio/video interview
Day 05 - Picture of your favorite album
Day 06 - Favorite picture of Bill
Day 07 - Favorite picture of Gustav

Coming Up: )
saifai: (Daniel Hmm... (delectableoomph))
It just occurred to me the differences in certain shows and how they might connect. Like in Harry Potter, every wizard can see ghosts. At least in the movies, it's never mentioned if muggles can see them too. For the purposes of my argument, I'm saying they can't.

So in shows like Ghost Whisperer, where only certain people (mediums and psychics) can see ghosts, perhaps it's some latent ability from Wizards being in their past somewhere? Or maybe some random manifestation like with muggleborns?

Just a thought a thought that passed through my brain while eating my Cheerios this morning. It's a thing.
saifai: (Daniel Hmm... (delectableoomph))
It just occurred to me the differences in certain shows and how they might connect. Like in Harry Potter, every wizard can see ghosts. At least in the movies, it's never mentioned if muggles can see them too. For the purposes of my argument, I'm saying they can't.

So in shows like Ghost Whisperer, where only certain people (mediums and psychics) can see ghosts, perhaps it's some latent ability from Wizards being in their past somewhere? Or maybe some random manifestation like with muggleborns?

Just a thought a thought that passed through my brain while eating my Cheerios this morning. It's a thing.
saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
After watching the "Vegas" episode from last night's Stargate Atlantis, I was inspired to come up with a Top 10 list featuring all of my favorite bad guys who aren't human.


10. Lucifer (from the film "Prophecy")

The bad guy is played by none other than Viggo Mortensen. What's not to love? Granted, this is satan we're talking about here. But still, he's pretty hot for a bad guy, no? He's got the broody look down pretty good, which is an odd twist for the character. He's not the charismatic good guy that is seen so often in these types. He's enticing in his seduction, and he's brutally honest when considering his views.

"Other angels have made this war because they hate you, you and all humans. God has put you in his grace and pushed them aside. They're desperate. They've never been able to conquer the other loyal angels, and so this war has remained in stalemate for thousands of years. And while this state of affairs endures no soul can meet its god. Your parents, and their parents, and so on from the beginning lie still in wormy earth. Of course, some of them do come to me eventually, for while heaven may be closed I am always open, even on Christmas."

9. Dwayne (from the film "The Lost Boys")

I bet you're wondering how he could possibly be bumped up on the list over Viggo. This guy was my first crush. Well, one of them anyway. Keifer Sutherland was just a blip on the radar. He's just so.... guh. *drools* There's no question of his evilness here. I'll admit that he only made this list because he's hot. I told my Mom about this one on my list and she goes, "Oh right. The one with the dark hair and the big... muscles." LOL - Yeah, that's the one.

Sadly, he doesn't have any good lines in the film. This is as good as it gets:
Dwayne: [standing up after almost getting hit by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
8. Lestat (from the film "Queen of the Damned")

I've never been a fan of the books, or the films. They all suck. This movie had a little something that the others didn't: Stuart Townsend, Mr. Lestat de Lioncourt himself. Aaliyah (Queen Akasha) was a pretty damn good addition to the film as well. Okay, and maybe Vincent Perez (Marius) too. Right, point is the guy was hot. He's not a card carrying member of the White Hats. May have participated in some redeeming activities now and again, but by and far he's still a bad guy. A really cute one. His outlook on life interests me here. I imagine it's something pretty close to the truth if it was real. What would life be like for someone that lives an eternity?

"There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen..."

7. Jareth (from the film "Labyrinth")

Another one of my early crushes. Honestly, I didn't see the film until I was in high school. It's such a classic though. It was also the first film I watched where I realized that I might have been just a bit warped. I was actually rooting for the bad guy. It was all downhill after that. Jareth is an interesting character. He's cruel, and kind. He's a manipulator, and yet he allows others much leeway. He's loyal, and yet you can be damn sure that he's not one to cross. He's an enigma.

"Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?"

6. Darth Maul (from the film "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

He wasn't around for very long. He was sent on a mission. He went on said mission and failed spectacularly. But he looked hot while he did it. He's actually appeared in other Star Wars things. He had all of two lines in Star Wars. He had some classic lines in the other stuff, like my personal favorite, "Die, Jedi, die!" While he is a cute little Darth, he's not the most outspoken of them all.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."

5. Riddick (from the film "The Chronicles of Riddick")

This guy just cracks me up. Not to mention the arms bigger than my thighs. He's just HUGE! Love the eyes. They're so pretty and shiny. *happy sigh* But back to my point, he makes me laugh. His sense of humor is dry, and rather morbid at times. He's not a good guy. He's just... not. I don't think the man has a decent bone in his body. If he does it, there's a reason for it, and usually that reason is his own hide. But you gotta love him. I realize he's not the bad guy in the film. To me though, it's more like bad guy against bad guy. Which bad guy is gonna come out on top? The good guys just happened to get mixed up in the crossfire.

"Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular. I should probaly slip these chains and open up a few arteries. But why drive when you can get driven? Free ticket to Crematoria. Thanks Toombs. Got me some business there, named Jack. And once we settle up, I walk away forever. So I'll just wait... all back-of-the-bus for now."

4. Dracula (from the film "Dracula 2000")

I must admit, this is my favorite of all the various incarnations of Dracula. It's not just Gerard Butler that does it for me, it's the whole story behind the character. Plus, not only does he have some great lines, he's got to be the hottest vampire out there. Wowza. He's got that same odd outlook on life that Lestat did, which is interesting. In an odd way though, he's got much more... bitterness to him. It drives him. It's such an odd thing to watch, and yet Butler manages to pull it off beautifully.

"You cannot imagine the pain I have endured. I was born of the very wrath of God. Let me show you what I have shown no other."

3. Wraith (from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas")

This is probably the oddest one I have up here, especially given the placement on the list. Pretty high up there at the third from the top. He's more representative of the race as a whole. Well, not the entire race. Mostly the ones like Michael, Todd, and others. There's just something about them that hits a chord with me. They're on the bad guy list, but at the same time they just do what they have to in order to get by. This particular wraith is a fine example of that. He adapted to his environment in order to get what he needed. Not sure he had much of anything to say for the entire episode, but it was well worth watching. The guy was just drool-worthy. o.0



2. Prince Nuada (from the film "Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army")

I had a tough time choosing between the wraith and this guy. Prince Nuada won out for one thing: fighting. It's a kink. I'll admit it. A really good battle scene just... gets me. Near the beginning of the film you see the Prince practice his battle skills. I was on the edge of my seat getting ready to yell up at the guy with the projector to rewind it so I could watch it again. Wow. The character itself is an odd one. He starts out fairly mild, and ends up rather psychotic. You can't really blame the guy, as I'm sure he had a rather rough upbringing. But I was so curious how his sister turned out so differently from him. Perhaps if she didn't have him to look to, she would have. Second reason he's on this list, and you know this one already, he's really hot. Just... damn.



1. Spike (from the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")

My all time favorite, my number one bad guy of all time, Spike. I've never seen him as a good guy. He's a bad guy with tendencies to involve himself with the good guys every now and then. I think it was usually a case of the White Hats just happened to be going the same way he was. Didn't have the same destinations in mind, of course. I think that changed once he got his soul. But Spike from Season 2 through 6 is on the list for sure. He'll always be my favorite though because of what he means to me. It's not just the character and what he went through in his life. It's also what he represents to me: he's the one that got me started in fandom. I didn't really sit up and take notice of what went on for fans outside of the show until I saw this character. He's the first one that made me want to know more. I wanted to have answers to questions that weren't being asked. This is one of the biggest reasons he's my number one favorite non-human bad guy.

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