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Last night, the boyfriend and I went to an improvisational theatre performance.

For the first half, we listened to Jane Austen, Jackie Collins, HP Lovecraft, and... some other guy... as they told each other stories. (Yes, this was more exciting than it sounds.)

Jane Austen's tale involved Fanny Smithson and Harold Jones falling in love over mathematics and telescopes, while Lovecraft told a very creepy tale involving four masks - and only managed to get to three of them before the performance ran out of time, thus handily giving me nightmares about what the fourth mask would do.

Then, for the second half, we watched a court case.

They asked for suggestions from the audience of random objects that could be submitted into evidence. We suggested a rubber mallet - and they promptly decided that the defendant was a clown who had killed her fellow clown by substituting a metal mallet for the standard rubber mallet, thus causing a weight imbalance that made the clown fall to her death during the high-wire unicycle act.

So we listened to lots of circusy witnesses, telling us exciting tales of clown love, affairs with the ringmaster, the props master being seduced by the bearded lady, and malicious rubber mallet substitutions by all sorts of people.

It was wonderful fun.


Sep. 8th, 2010 08:55 am
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This was written for [ profile] still_grrr, for the prompt of "pencil".

It's about Nina.

artwork )

two things

Sep. 8th, 2010 06:29 am
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Being Late For Work + Craving Thai Food = Iron Deficiency

Who knew?

(Being late for work - several days in a row - caused by the fact that I've been waking up exhausted. And the Thai place must think the only thing I ever eat is beef and lots of it...)

In other news, my sister has presented me with a gorgeous pencil skirt. I will wear it today, and feel very pretty. :)
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You might have noticed me posting the occasional fic commentary – mostly for [ profile] lavastar, who is insatiable.

But I got stuck. Because she requested a commentary for Not, Now, which… well, it’d probably end up being 5% fic and 95% commentary, and most of it would have very little to do with what I’ve written. Mainly because the actual story I’ve got in my head is novel-length. So, instead of writing a commentary, I just decided to post a rambly discussion of the hugely epic fic I never quite got around to writing…

here goes... )

Questions? Comments?
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- Bought a saxophone, second-hand.
- Tried to remember how to play...

- Went to a high-school production of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by my sister. 350 kids in total, so they barely managed to fit on the stage.
- Cheered, applauded, and generally fangirled.

- Played piano at church, with a full band, for once. (Hooray for drummers! They rock!)

- Went to parents' house for Father's Day.
- Ate baked potatoes, and discussed high-school production with sister, in enthusiastic detail.

- Tried to play saxophone some more. One day, I will get it to stop squeaking horribly...

nice day

Sep. 3rd, 2010 09:09 am
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Nothing much to say, really. Except that I'm in a good mood.

This is for two reasons:
1) The weather is finally starting to realise that it's supposed to be spring.
2) I have lots of chocolate, right here on my desk.


word nerd

Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:47 am
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I kind of suck at Scrabble.

Not because I'm actually bad at it, exactly. I can think of lots of exciting words to put down, that would fit perfectly on the "double" and "triple" squares. The problem is - I keep on thinking of them even when it's not my turn.

Last night, I turned "RAZE" into "RAZED", and promptly got lots of points (because of the Z). And then went, "Oh, hey, if you had a C you could make it "CRAZED"..."
Lo and behold, the boyfriend did in fact have a C, and got even more points than I'd just got.


This happened several times last night.
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This was written for [ profile] still_grrr's month of Happiness.

The comics (*glares at them*) inspired me, kind of...

finding out )
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So, back to shipping…

I have three basic things which turn me shippy:
1) the two of them are enemies
2) one of them can’t say “I love you”
3) one person is more invested in the relationship than the other one

Let’s talk about the third one.

a lack of balance )

Questions? Comments?
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In a British murder mystery, if the family has relatives in Australia who they have lost touch with (and they've always lost touch with them - losing touch with undesirable family members is what Australia is for) then one of the main characters will turn out to be an Australian in disguise. Usually, they'll be the murderer.

I have now encountered that exact plot in over five books.
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I am currently in line at Melbourne Town Hall, waiting to hear Joss Whedon talk about writing.

Got here one and a half hours early - and ended up about 30th in line. The queue is now stretching right around the block, and there's still an hour to go. It's almost as if we're excited, for some reason...
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Here's an almost-a-drabble, almost-a-double-drabble that wouldn't quite manage to be the right wordcount in either direction.

It's for [ profile] still_grrr's happiness month, and stars Sophie (from work).

work ethic )
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Anyone who suggests going to the circus, joins me in eating chocolate and making silly comments about the jugglers, lets me hold onto his arm and get scared when the motorbikes are whizzing round the big metal ball thing*, and spends the intermission getting fascinated by the tent's support structures and musing about how the whole thing is put up...

...that right there is someone who is officially incredible.

* Really scary! What if they crash? What if they fall off the bikes in midair?! What if the whole ball comes off its supports and starts careening into the audience, with bikers still inside?!! OH THE SUSPENSE!
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Someone, recently, was commenting on the Buffy/Spike comic cover that was released – you know, the one with them fighting back-to-back. And they pointed out that, in fact, none of the Dark Horse people thought it was a shippy cover, because they didn’t realise that Buffy and Spike fighting back-to-back is incredibly shippy from a Spuffyish perspective.

In fact, a shippy Bangel cover is going to look very different from a shippy Spuffy cover, just because the two groups of fans have very different ideas about what a happy outcome is.

Which is all a long, roundabout way of saying that I’ve been thinking about what happy endings I’d want for each character…

the five I've figured out )
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[ profile] angearia's started this again - and I haven't done it for more than a year, so...

1.) Go to my fic list and pick out a line or two from one of my stories. (Must be a full line, please -- no sentence fragments or speech tags or other such nonsense.)
2.) I will respond with which story of mine I think it's from.
3.) If you do stump me, I might be able to provide a drabble. Feel free to post a prompt!
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It's an Aussie election, and once again, I voted in the electorate of "Bruce".

It just occurred to me - if this was fiction, you'd all be rolling your eyes at the overly-Aussie name that was clearly made up...
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- Voted in an election that still has no result. Apparently, our country has no firm opinions, and can't decide who we want in charge.

- Went to a birthday dinner for my sister. Three excitable nephews, LOTS of pasta, and a nice time. Also, the boyfriend met the rest of my family. :)

- Abandoned the new novel I'm halfway through, and picked up an Agatha Christie novel I've read several times. Had just got to the first murder (strangled girl guide) when I remembered that I'm actually trying to learn Latin and haven't looked at it for a while. Abandoned murder mystery before the second murder (drowned grandfather) and turned to Latin accusative forms - and then realised the second murder is where the whole thing gets interesting, and returned to Agatha Christie.
I seem to be indecisive...

- When I got home last night, Smudge (the kitten) came running to the door, realised it was me, and walked off disappointed. He's definitely a one-woman-cat.

- Played Knightmare Chess with the boyfriend today, who beat me very quickly - despite the fact that I'd ended up with 4 queens.

- Am halfway through House season 6. I think this might end up being my favourite season of the show. It's brilliant.

- Next weekend, by hook or by crook, I am getting new plants for my garden and planting them where the Evil Roses Of Doom have been sitting. It's spring, and I need my pretty flowers!
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[Poll #1607753]

(This question brought to you by reading a discussion on a webforum.)

fun night

Aug. 19th, 2010 09:38 am
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Went dancing last night, and learnt how to do the jive and the gypsy tap, plus many other things I can't remember the names of.

Extremely fun - although my feet got very sore.

Now I really want to rewatch Strictly Ballroom.

Waking Up

Aug. 19th, 2010 09:25 am
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Here's a fluffy Willow/Tara drabble I wrote for [ profile] still_grrr. Pure fluff...

morning )


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