USA!!!
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Landon Donovan #10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a run, what a goal!!!! Singlehandedly ran down the sidelines, cut into the center and hit it in. Wow.


(disagreed with taking Hercules Gomez out at halftime though---I think it really messed up our rhythm)

13 hours to go until.............
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I AM SO PSYCHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A nice discussion on WIKTT about the epilogue!
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Oh hey! A nice little discussion about the Book 7 epilogue is going on on WIKTT, including a great post by bambu345.

Why do you hate the epilogue?

Have I mentioned that I still haven't read book 7? (not interested enough, especially after reading everyone's reviews and thoughts)
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Eleventh Doctor
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Liked Amy... really hoping that the admiring of his nakedness was just for fun and that she won't fall in love with him... Eleven was better than expected considering Tennant was My Doctor.

Tardis interior remake: glas floor, cool... glass dildo on a piston... is just rofl.

Whoah... Nocturne unabandoned!
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All I have to say is... whoah, Scion of Kushiel posted an update to Nocturne after 2 years!
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3176020/16/

I win at shopping!
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I'm not really a shopping/clothes/fashion type of girl, but recently I've been searching for a dress to wear to a friend's wedding (2 this year so far -- I guess I'm reaching "that age").

I stopped by Bloomingdale's after going bridal gown shopping with one of the soon-to-be-married friends because there was a take an extra 50% off sale on dresses...

how autumnmist purchased a dress that cost 1/3 of her monthly student stipendCollapse )

Battlestar Galactica
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We just got the Battlestar Galactica Season 4 soundtrack, and it's just... amazing. koloth and I agree that the show wouldn't have been nearly as compelling as it was if Bear McCreary hadn't been the composer. I won't say much more since I know at least one of you is watching BSG now, but if you are into music at all and you are watching BSG, read Bear McCreary's blog (one post for each episode where he talks about composing the various cues) and then listen to/buy the soundtrack. Just a few bars from some of the songs can move me to tears. Bear uses all sorts of crazy instruments and rhythms and melodies from all different countries/ethnic groups and it really helps to shape the entire series--gives it an pan-enthnic feel that is what you would expect from a show that is about the fate of all of humanity.
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Hear the fangirls scream
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Ok, I *LOVE* this video. First, the fans screaming like crazy when Barrowman and Tennant walk on stage... and second. Oh yes. You want to see this.

If there are any drabbles inspired by this, I wanna know right now. :)

Comic Con '09: Barrowman and Tennant

Life update + Thoughts on Hermione in Problems with Purity vs Mists of Time
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Life: I passed my qualifying exam in early June (yay!) so I'm officially a PhD candidate now. I probably have another 3-4 years of research to do before I finish. So uh, that's where I've been/been doing for the past year. I find it takes far less time to read, comment, and keep up with all of you than to sit down and actually compose entries for my own journal, so sorry! I'm not a writer though, so at least you haven't been deprived. :)

manic1066's comment to my previous entry reminded me that I would feel far less annoyed by the Mary Sue aspects of TPwP!Hermione if she didn't have the Fawkes-mind-speech ability at her disposal. I feel like some of it is just lazy/shortcut writing and it's the final straw for me that pushes that Hermione into Mary Sue land. (I still like the rest of the story though as I mentioned).

Some thoughts on Hermione in The Problem with Purity by Silver Birch vs. The Mists of Time by amr (not updated regularly, alas, though I'm pretty certain it's not abandoned):

So something that's been turning over in my mind while considering the Mary Sueness of TPwP!Hermione and that makes me not mind it so much is the contrast with the Hermione in MoT. I don't know why, but for some reason, I'm constantly reminded of one by the other story. Now overall, I definitely find the writing and plot in MoT *much* more engaging and exciting (the twist that was revealed two chapters ago was fan-friggin-tastic and tied together many unanswered questions so neatly, it was perfect), and at first I rather liked the portrayal of Hermione as a teenager (not fully mature, etc.). But as the story progressed and Hermione became more and more fleshed out, I've come to the realization that I prefer the mostly-too-perfect TPwP!Hermione to the not-really-grown-up-yet portrayal of MoT!Hermione... in MoT, I feel like every time Hermione considers Ron or Snape, she has an innocent childlike-wonder quality to her inner thoughts that really doesn't jive with my image of her mental maturity (she acts/thinks like I did when I was... 14/15 not like I was when I was 17 and Hermione even has the added maturing experience of growing up during wartime). Essentially, I want to shake MoT!Hermione very hard and tell her to grow up, which is funny because I'm pretty sure amr is deliberately attempting to write a "realistic" teenage Hermione.

But the thing is that Hermione is no ordinary teenager (that's why we love her). Especially in fanon, she's smart and she's learned by the age of 17 how to keep her know-it-all tendencies contained. Not all smart (intellectually "mature") teens are also emotionally mature, but Hermione *could* be and should be (if she's going to be paired with Snape -- in a natural evolving-relationship sort of story) and it drives me nuts to read a Hermione who acts like a (stereo)typical teenage girl. This is probably in large part due to the fact that I remember being that age quite clearly and I identify myself with her. Hmm.

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Also, I'd just like to say that the bf and I have been watching Torchwood: Children of Earth and it's freaking awesome! We couldn't stand the original Torchwood (couldn't force ourselves to watch past ep 4 of season 1), but CoE is entirely different.

(contemplating) The Problem with Purity by Silver Birch
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Link to The Problem with Purity

First, I want to celebrate the ending of the saga of fixing-autumnmist's-internet-connection... It only took, uh 8 days for me to regain functional and reliable internet service from AT&T. (Whyyyyy can't FiOS be sold here???)

I've been reading and enjoying The Problem with Purity (henceforth TPwP)--probably currently my favorite WIP that is regularly updated. I love the descriptions of the magic and research Hermione's been doing into the wards/potions. The Hermione in TPwP is most definitely Mary Sue-ish, and yet, I don't really have a huge problem with it. It's a bit hard to swallow that she'd develop the Weresbane potion, become a master-level potion and charms brewer, have little need of sleep, etc. all within one year... and yet I don't mind all that much because the writing is good and the grammar is impeccable (pet peeve--I always get jolted out of a story when I read its/it's exchanged). Plus Silver Birch clearly has tried to at least justify/tie this specialness back to Hermione's identity as a Pure Adult. It's not that Hermione is acquiring abilities out of thin air--the unicorn Animagus and the reduced need for sleep, the ability to work with the castle and wards and Solace's prophecies. Although I am wondering, now that I think of it, what characteristics is Harry going to acquire out of his Animagus alter ego? Presumably if Hermione gets some from the unicorns, Harry will too?

I do think this Hermione has some weaknesses and flaws that make her more normal, though I'm not sure if Silver Birch will ever explore them... Hermione may always seem like she can deftly manage the emotional/relationship tangles with her peers in this story, but she's clearly completely incapable of understanding Snape or Viktor (leading him on much?). I rather hope that Hermione will have to face Viktor's feelings for her and realize she hasn't been handling them well/at all. And most of all, I'm willing to forgive a lot of the Hermione-is-awesome because TPwP kinda reminds me of the Hermione in Anna's (coldcoffeeeyes) Travelogue trilogy -- which I recced recently in my fangirl_tour submission.

What do you think?

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