coley_merrin: (Snail)
Senior Moments: Putting the ice cream in the fridge and not the freezer and laughing at the wrong person, and... Yes, that was all my fault.

Trying to turn on my camera and going "Oh no, it's broken!" and then thinking 10 seconds later, oh, the batteries are both dead.

There's too much else going on in my head clearly.

Sigh. Catching up on work tomorrow. -_- And I got new light bulbs for my room today. \o/ It is considerably brighter and I can maybe see better.

?_? Why did I decide to write a story with a crime-type plot? The HenHae is SO elusive to me in terms of how this goes, and you'd think the 3000 episodes of L&O and every other crime related show would've sunk something into me. The end of FA is believable in that vein with fingers crossed and one eye closed, so how many eyes will need to be closed for this story? This is not my strongest writing corner. Not even a vat of gloss will help me here. XD;;;;;;; *forges ahead*

....I love how I was itching to write in the car, and now I'm like, hey! I can watch tv now. Also, about 3/4 of the way through James Rollins' "The Last Oracle." I need to order the book after this from the library. *_*
coley_merrin: (Rainbows)
I think I had a point to this post beyond going "behold, cake" but I can't decide what it was. I am eating cake with my chai latte remnants, vegetating, banging a metal pipe on the HenHae and getting lovely echoes... But better echoes than me moaning about how terrible smutty scenes are to write and that it will only make me dislike this other fic more than I do because... because they always do. Not moaning any more than I just did, anyway.

On the job front... I got up 30 minutes too early this morning, and it didn't matter. Not happening again. It's so... frustrating. I just want to get started and no one wants to get going. I'm working and it's not going anywhere.

So anyway. Have some terribly fuzzy pictures. Apparently I am fail at wielding the camera.

Cake? )
coley_merrin: (white horses)
Cutting RL stuff so this isn't obnoxiously long, lol )

And boys, boys? Why must you always make me die over hair issues? _-_ My heart can't take it. *breathes in* (I couldn't have gone anyway because of work and/or lack of it at the time. I know this. Repeat this 20 times. Siiigh.)

...Siwon. Siwon. Siwon. Why? I confess... I confess that his "horse" nickname had a tiny, eensy weensy little part in forming my bias. But. Putting a cute cartoon horse on your gorgeous/fabulous/stupidly hot chest is not a good way to make me stop. When we got the first image of SuJu posing in front of the carousel for the calendar, I remembering spazzing a little like "Omg, will there be pics with carousel horses?" And though there wasn't... Bring on more Super Show pics~

Also... Hae is. So cute. *makes wistful hands at Siwon's shirt* I would wear it forever. ;_;



...That's it. Watching Hyang Dan again today/soon. Siwon on a horse >>>>>>>>>> almost anything in my life.

...*suddenly energized to write* *_____* *eyes stable of fics* Also, no matter what pics we get, I'm not writing KyuMi genderswitch again I swear.
coley_merrin: (Super Junior M)
I have so much to do... All I did yesterday was lay on the couch, eat, read the whole of a book, and surf the internets.

BUT. Eee. So excited. *does a half YMCA version of "So excited, and I just can't hide it"* Tiger!KyuMi went from about 8,500 words to 12,200 last night. Progress, OMG. :D :D :D :D :D And most of that written is the fleshing in of chapters one and two. *breathes in the afternoon air with triumph* I need tiger icons. :o I'll go run some down after this.

Also need to stop looking at cake recipes. I have like 20 I want to try. _-_ If any family does come for the fourth of July, and it looks like they will be, I'll be like, behold! I have cakes! ...I have to clean. D: I'm trying to make a sort of list of things to do before this weekend.

Lisa Kleypas is my new hero? I found a book underneath a pile of papers the other day that I hadn't read, which is always a big find in this house (and then a second one a day or two later!). It was a Regency, of course, but that's okay. I've got a couple of books on hold from the library coming, one contemporary, one Regency. I also need to... get a new library card as I seem to have misplaced mine. Nowhere to be found, despite looking in my bookbags. Yikes. Oh, library card.

...I just cut out me wangsting about being a "strangely made person who is incapable of leaving comments to people for fic even though I want to"... Sigh. No one needs paragraphs of wangsting on a hopeless subject. This is not a good Better Explore a Life Failing day for me. -_-; So, onto the happy.

I was laying here staring at my SJM poster and thinking of a few recent convos and got to thinking about how much these guys mean to me, especially now that I am a hermit who rolls out of bed in the afternoon. And I don't mean just SJM, but all 15 of them. Super Junior as a whole without boundaries. I have as yet find a single entity that can make me go through so much as they have. Crying with laughter, crying with sorrow, glee and amazement. They are a melting pot of love to me.

And just speaking in song terms, from the utter happiness of Miracle, to the simple beauty of It's You, the fierceness of Don't Don, the cheer of Me and Ai Ni Ai Ni, and the energy of Dancing Out... *list goes on and on and on*

The fans might make me unhappy sometimes, but they...they make me happy. They've got me right here *lays hand over the correct part of my chest*

And of course, waiting for SJM with all my heart. <3
coley_merrin: (book and glasses)
Stolen from everyone, their brother and their neighbors dog...

Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested in - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an LJ entry. That way you get to know a little bit about my life, if you're remotely interested in it.

Also...

I just finished reading Nora Roberts' latest... "Vision in White." I have to say that on a scale of "eh" to "glee" it fell further toward the glee side than a few of the most recent of hers. Nice to see the return to a more traditional romance in this series (though still very much anticipating "Black HIlls). Second book comes out in November?! It seemed like when the Key trilogy came out there was a new one every other week *not really*). ...Is it possible that was 5+ years ago? O.o I'm amused by the deckled edges though... I can't say I have all that many books like that. Not really common in mass-produced fiction? XD Anything to drive up the price... I also really need to catch up on the In Death series, cause I'm several behind. XD XD XD;;;;;;;

Currently deciding what next to read... "Summer by the Sea" or "To Beguile a Beast." XD I think the title just won the round...
coley_merrin: (Default)
Oh man.

I just had to stop reading a romance novel for the first time in a while. I mean, I have read the trashiest, eye-rolling-est, most unbelievable stories ever... But this really takes some cake. Sometimes the writing just kills me.

It was a "Special $4.99!" price. Printed in January 2008. Oops. Should've been my first clue.

The hero is a Blackfoot Indian. Who refers to himself in third person. In English. Right.

A fabulous line: "Valerie resumed picking the flowers along the riverbank, which was shaded from the hot summer sun. They were of such vibrant colors! The yellow bells so yellow, the lavender crocus so lavender."

The level of my laughter, so laughing.

And after that said Valerie ogled him while he held her brother hostage, admiring him for "And oh, how handsome he was! So tall. So sparebuilt. So sinewy of limbs."

The last line I read, after guffawing, some 20 pages later...

"Valerie," he whispered to himself. "Just like her, there is magic in her name."

There was just a little bit of magic in closing the book at page 63. Who's to say, maybe the plot was fantabulous later? So wonderful. So amazing. So not reading.

...Good thing I bought three others. :D... :D... :D;;;;;
coley_merrin: (book and glasses)
In other news, because if I don't do this right now while I recall it, it won't happen at all...

I was able to find a good condition copy of a book I loved as a child... "The Twilight Gate" by Rhondi Vilott Salsitz.

"Tortured by a guilty secret, fifteen-year-old George accidentally opens a gateway to another world, releasing forces for good and evil in the form of a unicorn and a horde of hairy beastlike creatures."

Being a naturally sensitive child... this book was one of those that gave me the shivers. The unicorn was clearly my draw... The book is not ultra-creepy, but the illustrator's pictures? Totally take the mood and ramps it up. Could not read it at night as a... okay, I was a teenager. Still couldn't read it at night. But read it last night, no problemo. It is not the end-all, be-all of storytelling, but it does have a lot of deeper themes than I realized, now reading with my adult perspective. I see very much what drew me to it. I am still super thrilled to own it, so I can continue to pull it out for a nice, quick read. <3

It makes me wonder... Would "The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral" be less creepy to me as an adult? Somehow I don't think so.... But I may have to find out.
coley_merrin: (book and glasses)
Anne Stuart, with "Fire and Ice" managed to make me howl out loud for several minutes, as our hero, a hot Japanese man, gets very nearly blatantly referenced to a character in Kingdom Hearts (2). She seriously whipped out the video game title name, in the novel text, in reference to the hero, and it took two seconds for my head to go from "teardrop tattoos" and red hair to... HOMG AXEL?! It sent me into spasms of delight, completely apart from the correct Japanese, and the reference to Advent Children in the forward (Reno? Ahahahahahaha. If Reno and Axel had spawned a...) and the actual use of lolita fashion in such a way. And by gracious, it actually managed to be quite risqué in places... more so than I am used to seeing in your average romance... and believe me, I've read a few. So beside my clear amusement, it worked as a novel quite spiffily. I enjoyed it very much in the two hours I spent determinedly devouring it. I actually believe I enjoyed it more than "Ice Blue" though now I'm going to have to go back and read that one again to see if my memory of it is slightly lacking.

Ah, books. :)
coley_merrin: (David the Red)
I am making bread. I am on the final (Thank gracious!) rise. That will make rising time, all together... 3 1/2 hours. Oy. It's a new recipe, so we're seeing if this works out. Honey wheat bread... sounds good on paper, eh?

BUT.

I did not have to work at it. My brandest newest stand mixer came today, and it is shiny and I love it already. Even if the kneading did make the bowl so tight on the base I almost couldn't get it out.

Plus, it was a steal. An Artisan KitchenAid mixer, 5 qt bowl, Empire Red... Less than $200. In fact, it was $70 cheaper than the exact same thing in white... (And $110 dollars cheaper than I can buy it in a store.) My bread nor I care if the mixer is white or red. Might have drawn the line at puce. Plus, it looks spiffy, like a solid little convertible. And if the red offends, I can make a cover for it. But it's a nice spot of color in our otherwise bland kitchen.

What else... Hmmmm...

I finally bought the books, Howl's Moving Castle and Castle in the Air. Castle in the Air amuses me to no end, really. Oh, Howl.

I read a romance novel that had a very... interesting format... last night. It was 2/3 of the time narrated first person by the female lead, and interspersed with the male lead in third person. It took me a good 100 pages to realize that. I don't know why. Clearly she made it seamless, or I was tired, or something. After I clued in, it was a little jarring though. It's an interesting way of doing things though, as an effect. I ponder this.

And I read a second novel, and that was probably yesterday too, and I was wondering why at 170 pages in that it felt like I'd just be rushed into this couple's bedtime relationship... and realized they'd know each other for 36 hours. That's quick work. Yeah. I'll have to see if I own any other of her books and see if I liked that one before deciding on a blacklist. (Yeah, I have one. It's short, but it's there.)

What else? Hmmm. I'm making bread? lol I think that's it for now. :)
coley_merrin: (how will it end?)
Oh my eyeballs. -_-

A lady who is really nice at the library (a favorite of mine) had recommended Diana Gabaldon's Outlander to me many moons ago... probably 5 months or so. I'd gotten it from the library and promptly and accidentally returned it. Chuh.

Anyhoo, I bought it when I was in Texas - when Rose was not entirely certain she was Ever Ever going to get me out of Barnes & Noble. It was a close call, but she managed to get me out before I had to take up the plea to buy another suitcase to bring all the books home. I still have a fantasy book running around that I haven't read. *pinpoints it on the shelf* I went through about two and a half Nora Roberts trilogies in the meantime (and a few besides, with the books I'd bought, and the books we got free). When I can't write, I read until my eyes fall out.

Which is not really an overstatement. So it took me a couple of months to get to it. I started about 4:30 yesterday. ...I stopped reading at about 12:40 because I knew I'd hate myself in the morning if I didn't. I was at page 440. I just finished... 9:00pm, and the last of the 850 pages. And that with that I actually did some work today. The romantic, historical geek in me fawns in glee.

Seriously. I need new glasses. I am my own worst enemy.

Tomorrow's goals for LJ land: Make a Huge Ginormous "Go Listen to these Blaqk Audio/AFI Songs Please" post for the two (or 10) of you I haven't pulled in by a line. I've forcibly tripped it into the ears of three of you, and snuck in a couple on a fourth, but there are some of you on the edges that have escaped My Musical Clutches of Dooooooom.

What you can expect: Links to listen to the songs, and My Super Reasonings as to why I like them - usually a bit of lyric or a tune, but each one is unique! I'll divvy them up by My Super Favorites, and by type - super awesome dance sort, amazingly gorgeous ballad type, oh baby this song is awesome kind, just listen already!!! variety, etc. I'll try and hold down the "And Jade sings in this and he's the most awesome guitarist in the Entire Universe - not that I know any other!" babbling (which really only applies to the AFI songs, really, unless you need my commenting on his synth and keyboard skills, or his goofy dancing. Or the vest.). I've already burned a few ears with that. ... I won't promise that there will be no pictures for posterity, however. *ahem*

And since, regarding my last post on TV, Heather is the only one who watches tv and/or is on lj watching me ramble... I hope that has more success. I am building you up! I can be surprisingly annoying! And no one is reading any more anyway!
coley_merrin: (white horses)
Weekend half over! Wow!

I physically got up at 8:40 today which would have been a sacrilege any other time (like, six months ago). I even took a nap to catch up on some of that sleep I was missing in my unwilling 6:30/7:30 wakeup calls this last week. Feels nice to not hill 11pm and be wondering when the bed will come up to hit me.

Been reading the Trixie Belden books over... I remember being so amused by them when I was younger. Good times. Also, watched half of the Lord of the Rings trilogy today (up to halfway through The Two Towers). And for me, I did good. I got through that half of TTT only fast forwarding through all of the Merry and Pippin and the Ent scenes, and baddies being baddies, and Gollum, and Frodo and Sam, and ... well, a lot of TTT. I kind of want to feel sick to my stomach when I see Faramir, even if later I'm good. But Rohan obviously is my favorite area... horse people, hi! All about the horses.

Speaking of, I had a minor panic attack when I couldn't find my Unicorn notebook that has, oh, 15 or so pages of untyped material. Turns out it was a foot away from my elbow the whole time, but I couldn't see it since, well, I have so much junk piled up. I should get to typing that. I plugged out about 100 words this morning, which for me of late, is doing pretty well. I wrote more when I had a notebook than when I tried to type. Odd how that is.

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