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One of the things I do when I'm busy with work is sort of watch but mostly listen to a favorite film, and if I have it on DVD, I turn around and watch/listen again with the commentary. I just finished doing that with one of my all-time favorites, Donnie Darko director's cut.

Disillusionment follows... )

There's something to be said for not seeking out the Word of God on your favorite pieces of fiction. Sometimes the window treatment is just the right shade of green, and not casting the shade of greed upon the characters as they talk in a key scene of a film. :|

Okay. Introspection over, back to work for me.
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*points up* That's me, right now. For the most part, each deadline since the disaster during the past summer is slightly easier to meet.

The past three weeks, I haven't been able to do anything outside of work but run errands and go to Book Club, and I really should have skipped that. Or at least bailed out when the 35-minute argument started over what we would be reading in future months. (Some days I just don't have the time and/or patience to sit through that fiasco.) I've missed a birthday party for a dear friend (so sorry, Sno!), and I will be missing a chili cookoff for another dear friend this Saturday (so sorry, Phil!), and it comes down to no fun for me until I'm done. With Natsume, at least.

Info about specific titles, wistful desires for time to be creative. )

I should stop writing this blog post and get back to work. Natsume won't letter itself. Don't let me being busy stop you from commenting! I haven't heard from anyone in some time.
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...and my (LJ) icon matches my expression. WTH did I just watch??

Alien franchise, I am disappointed in you. Plot holes you could drive trucks trough, no likable characters, dubious sequel setup, it was just a mess. Ugh. I suppose I should be grateful they didn't try to work one of Ripley's ancestors into the "plot" somewhere.

I'll give it three good ponts:

1. David the robot is a hottie. He can ride on my spaceship anytime.
2. The soundtrack is amazing.
3. Top-notch visual effects.

Otherwise? *points to "buh?" icon*
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I decided if I felt so guilty about not making a post to LJ and upset that my flist traffic has died down so much, then I should make a post to LJ. :P~~~

I finished the rush lettering job for the new (to me) publisher, and celebrated by going to see Wreck-It Ralph on Thursday night. I had to wind my way around the campers waiting for the final Twilight film's midnight opening--and there were a lot of them. O.o Anyway, I really enjoyed the movie and am completely stuck on one of the game's theme songs, Sugar Rush. The chorus is so catchy! ye olde youtube link. No, Youtube, I do NOT want my real name on my channel, "slr2moons" is NOT hard to read thank you very much, and why do I need a stupid channel anyway? I just want to watch random videos a couple times a month! Lose the FB layout, too. Ugh!

I decided to start lettering the logo portion of Skip Beat title pages in vol 31. I can't finish the pages without the script's translation of each chapter title, but I can definitely do the logo part. ^^ Nothing like getting a head start! Especially since the first two chapter title pages in this vol are complicated pink ones. Wheee!

Yuletide, visiting parents, and writing )

Star-chan, my BFF, has suggested I start drawing mini-comics--or as she called them, "drabble comics" (I like that a lot more than "mini-comics")--to build up my confidence with sequential art storytelling. I do have this incredibly foolish complex about making comics, and the only way to get over it is to prove to myself that I can do it.

Time to get started on that Skip Beat title page. Act 183, here I come! And I have more cleaning to do, to. Ugh.

(I need to set up the mirror posting thing to Dreamwidth. Something else on my to-do list. But for now, copypasta!)

ETA: Actually, I CAN completely letter this page of Skip, because it has the same title as the previous few chapters from vol 30. Nice. :D
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I'm back from the family reunion, which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. ^^ I reconnected with a distant daughter-of-mom's-cousin that I enjoyed spending time with aaaaages ago, when the first number of my age started with a 1. :B Also I've ended up the contact for my branch of the family, since my sister refused and we were the only grandchildren from my maternal grandmother's branch to go. There were 5 generations at the reunion, though none the 5th gen were in my branch.

I spent yesterday relaxing and recovering from the trip. I caught up with True Blood season 5, at least through ep 3. ^^ Lots of shirtless!Eric time, which I'm not going to complain about! :9 The focus this season is less on romance and more on plot. We'll see how it goes!

I came SO VERY CLOSE to deleting my FB last night. )

I'm kind of a grump tonight. Please forgive me! I did my twice-yearly link check on my beloved ficrecs page, and I had to remove recs for two fics and two webcomics. T.T Both fics have vanished without mirrors or the promised pdf for one of them. One of the webcomics is no longer updating and the archive has been deleted. The other webcomic I chose to remove, as I am extremely disappointed with the artist. She had a fine webcomic of several years going, but she decided to chunk it all and redraw it from scratch. Last fall she removed her entire archive and started redrawing it from the beginning in a new--and IMO, far inferior--style. She also hasn't updated in half a year. I haven't enjoyed the webcomic since the change began, and my patience has officially run out. If I no longer like it, I'm not reccing it to others. *scowl* Oh look, my icon is VERY appropriate! the ~irony~!

But I did discover one of the fics I really enjoyed is no longer abandoned, and has been both updated and completed! I look forward to rereading the now-complete epic. ^^ It's a Twilight Jacob/Bella fic. Yes yes, laugh it up. ^^ That fic is amazing. Here's hoping the new stuff is just as good!!

The links-verified version of my recs page will go up with my next update in early July. ^^

On a prettier note (particularly when compared to the "new" artwork mentioned above. Humph!), I have to share this completely gorgeous flash-delivered webcomic: Knite by Wenqing Yan. SFW. It's worth a read for the art alone. I am completely humbled by this artist's digital painting skills. The story is good, too. Feast your eyes upon it!! Note each chapter won't load the first time for me, it stalls and I have to hit F5. That always works, though. ^^

I haven't been reading much webcomics these days, aside from the ones I actively read each week. I've been involved with my continuing manga catchup for the various titles available through Shonen Jump Alpha, as previously mentioned. Working on Toriko now. I'm liking it much better this 2nd round. Yay!

Oh yeah, and the new series in both SJ Alpha and Japanese Jump, Barrage by Horikoshi Kouhei, is quite enjoyable. The most promising start I've seen in Jump since Tegami Bachi debuted. Woot! XD

I saw Pixar's Brave this past weekend, with my family. It was enjoyable, but Finding Nemo still reigns unchallenged as my Pixar fave. The horse in Brave was very well done though, and my favorite part. But then, I'm biased. :3

There, that's a much more cheery note to end this post on. :D
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My guest comic is in! It will be posted sometime this week! KYAA! XD *does happy dance* Of course, I will be linking here for all to see. *giggles*

Thursday night, I took some time off work and watched a Studio Ghibli film I'd never heard of before, Umi ga Kikoeru/The Ocean Waves. I can see why it's not a very popular Ghibli film, and why Disney will take their sweet time in releasing it. The female lead is a liar and not very nice, the two male leads could easily be seen as gay lovers (no slash goggles needed, seriously! I was actually hoping they WERE gay, but no. :P~~~ How mean to get my hopes up like that, Ghibli!) One of the guys goes with the girl to Tokyo in secret, they share a hotel room (he sleeps in the bathtub), there's smoking, drinking, and an ambiguous ending you have to sit through the credits for to actually see. No magic, no sci-fi, no cute little critters like you see in most Ghibli films...just regular people living their lives.

Yep, not going to be widely released here anytime soon. It's a shame, though. I liked it, and will definitely watch again.

With my goggles, because what the hell, right? ^^V
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I've been quite sociable the past two weeks! (Shocking, right?) Saturday the 19th I helped [ profile] knastymike with the heavy lifting part of his move into a new apartment. It wasn't that bad...except the leather recliner. That thing was SO HEAVY OMG. >< I was sore for two days! Small price to pay for good company, though. And Mike bought[ profile] inkytwist (who tackled packing and unpacking the kitchen...YEEK!) and me food at Old Chicago Pizza (OM NOM NOM), and frozen yogurt after we saw the Avengers.

Speaking of which, fun film! Even with me not knowing much Avengers canon at all. :B I do know enough to want a Loki movie, where he can be badass and awesome and crack that smile and wear more tuxedos. :3

The next day, I drove down to Salem to meet up with one of my Sci-Fi book club buds, Acacia, and we went to see Battleship. It was fun! I liked it more than Avengers, too. *dodges tomatoes* It's true! Even if they killed off the actor we went to see the film for. :P~~~ At least he took his shirt off at one point. ^///^ And yes, he also appeared on-screen in uniform, which is what we bought our tickets for in the first place. This was Alexander Skaarsgard, BTW. Best-known as Eric Northman, sexy Viking vampire in True Blood. Rowr! We ate at an El Salvadorian place. It was very tasty. :9

After that, I scrambled like mad to finish Naruto 59 and Skip 29 on time, which I did manage. ^^ Skip is now completely in the can, still awaiting corrections on Naruto. Clay 21 is almost done, I'm waiting for either more corrections or the go-ahead to upload. Now I'm powering along with Natsume 13! And this volume is making my BL-loving heart just pitter-pat. *giggles like she's 14*

Then this weekend, I lost my beloved pocketknife on Friday morning, during my usual run. I didn't notice it was gone until I was emptying my pockets after finishing, and the knife wasn't there. I immediately retraced my entire 3.5 mile loop, and no knife. T.T As much foot traffic as this area has, it could have been on the ground as short as 20 seconds before someone scooped it up.

I've had that knife since 1998, when my Dad gave it to me before I headed off to art school. *cries* I keep telling myself it's just an object, and if someone decides to commit murder with it, that they'll wipe my fingerprints off it, too. >< My mom says Dad will have fun shopping for a replacement for me. This gives me something to anticipate, at least. I feel naked when I go outside without my knife. I alllways carried that knife with me everywhere. *sniffle*

On Friday evening, knastymike and inkytwist sent me an impromptu invite to Mongolian grill, after they finished cleaning up knastymike's old apartment. I'd just eaten dinner, so I had ice cream while they had real food. Good company and conversation!

And on Monday, it was [ profile] saladbats' birthday! I headed out to a Doctor Who-themed room inside a fish-and-chips place in the NE of Portland. Only took me 15 minutes to drive! I could have ridden the Max, but by the time I realized how simple it would have been, it was already too late to make it that way. :P No matter, driving was fun! I made a new friend,[ profile] winnett, saw[ profile] snottygirl again, and hope to hang out with all of them more, soon! We are all writers or appreciators of same, and the whole lot of us are complete geeks. FUN! XD Even if all the Doctor Who themed stuff was wasted on me. *makes flyby noise*

Oho, and I ordered a Scottish soda. "Irn Bru". Tastes like bubblegum. I liked it, though I couldn't drink it every day. Far too sweet!

One of the webcomics I enjoy every week, Candi, is asking for guest strips. I'm going for it! OMG SO EXCITING!! XD I'm going to try to finish it before the 1st. KYAAA!! It will be my first guest webcomic strip, the first of many I hope! :D

And finally, I have a [ profile] dreamwidth account. Not sure how much I'll use it, but it's there if I need it! I'm slr2moons there too, of course. ^^ 
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Hey, everyone! Before I talk about my new art, let me say that it's a good thing I went to go see Real Steel two weeks ago, because Clay 20 was waiting for me in my inbox when I returned. Good movie, BTW. Fun, killer soundtrack, and I even had my shirtless Mr. Jackman moment. :3 Granted, it only lasted about 20 seconds and most of it was collarbone-up since he was talking with his love interest, but hey. Also I was only one of four women in the theater, and the other three were moms with passels of boys in tow. *snicker* I HAVE NO REGRETS.

Now, on to the artwork!! Some of you might recall from this post that I signed up for my first fandom Big Bang. To sum up, someone writes a story, I draw fanart for it, both go up with everyone else's stories and art and if all goes well, I earn tons of new hits. Fanart is great for getting your name out there! XD

Due to time problems, I could only chose one fic to illustrate, and since both of my friends who signed up couldn't make the deadline (plot bunnies can be so difficult when they refuse to behave! My poor friends tried so hard. *hugs them both*) I chose a fic based purely on the story info. My goal was to pick something popular to earn lots of potential views.

I went with a fic I'd been eyeing since I signed up for the Big Bang: a crossover between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, in which Buffy and Dean have some zombie-killing adventure and maybe a little romance, too. ^^ Stories needed to have 9,000 words minimum to earn an artist, then we had one month before the final deadline. The author needed to finish 25,000 works total, and the artist complete two pieces.

I wanted to illustrate two actual scenes from the fic, one action and one romance. I found a great action scene in the 9,000 word draft my author sent me. Unfortunately, she was unable to finish her fic in time, and so for my second pic, I decided to use artistic license and indulge myself. Yes, I finished my pics even without a story to go along. I'm sure Dean and Buffy fans will still want to see them, even without the accompanying fanfic. :D

Both pics were surprisingly easy to create. I didn't sweat blood to draw or rush to finish by the deadline at all. ^^V I'm also getting the hang of digital painting, much to my pleasure. I know I still have a lot to learn, but I definitely see improvement. Kyaa! XD

Click here for art! SFW, just a little blood. They WERE fighting zombies, after all. ^^V )

I will be posting both pics to my DA account in a day or two. ^^ But for tonight, I think posting them here is enough code wrangling. Whew! Hope you like them!!!

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Clay Editor 4 told me she's tweaking the script for Claymore vol 20 now, and that means it could arrive any day. When it does, my spare time will go flying out the window, as always! So this week, I've been doing as many fun things as I can, while I can enjoy them mostly guilt-free.

Bowling, pizza, Book Club, my favorite movie back in theaters, and a 2nd film only for the pretty! )

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 I wrote this fun, energetic post about how much I enjoyed the holiday weekend, and as I deleted some extra space at the bottom, LJ ate it when it moved me back a page in my history. I'd forgotten to copy the whole post into my clipboard before trying anything funny like making the LJ cut I had been tweaking, and LJ's auto-saved draft restore didn't do jack to restore the post.

Ttaku. I am not writing all that out again. To sum up:

Had fun with friends, relaxed. Was treated to pizza by [ profile] knastymike , then treated [ profile] mcruthless  and [ profile] neekaneeks  to breakfast. Started watching Tiger and Bunny on Hulu. Saw matinee of PotC 4. It was better than 2 and 3 but not as good as 1. Read Bakuman vols 3 and 4. Took several naps. Did a little work. Bought Loveless vol 10 and June's issue of Japanese manga mag Zero-Sum.

Am mostly recharged to face June, which will be a month of Work Hell. Wheee!
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Script for Saiun 4 arrived last Monday, a week ago. The deadline is in a month, which means 8 pages a day. Wheee! I'm perfectly on schedule so far! *knocks on wood*

Thankfully I finished Skip 25 on Saturday, which reduced my daily page quota from 20 (8 Saiun plus 4 each for Clay, Natsume, and Skip) to 16, which is definitely more manageable. I'm hoping I can start running again, as I haven't had the time to leave my apartment for more than snail mail checks and one grocery trip for the past week. It hasn't been too long since my last run, though. I shouldn't have lost too much of my stamina. --;

Things I watched and a manga review that makes me face a formerly unknown side of myself. Oh my! ).

Back to work for me. 14 more pages today to go!
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I said I wanted to post shorter entries more often, but I'm not following through, am I? Nrgh.

After continuously hearing good things, on Thursday I went to the theater and saw Kick-Ass. I liked it. :D I attended the matinee showing with my fellow geek [ profile] knastymike, and as we were the only people in the audience, we could yell and laugh and be as obnoxious as we wanted. It was great! XD I do love a private showing. ^^V My personal favorite part of the film (aside from seeing gloriously fit young men running around in skin-tight clothing--AHEM--) was when the female love interest said she was reading Shojo Beat. OMG! *squees* I was indirectly in a movie!!! Oh yes, and I agree with pretty much everyone else: Hit Girl completely steals the show. XD

And now, how about a shigoto update?? )

Omake: my fave grocery store now stocks Chai Tea-scented candles. Oh dear, this could be a problem. Sandalwood is now facing some extreme competition.
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I'm back from Montana, and it looks like the cold followed me home. *pained expression* Not only was the temperature somewhere in the teens when I stepped off the Max for the 3/4ths mile walk back to my apartment on Sunday night, but there was a strong wind blowing, too! Brrrrr! I ran a third of the distance, hauling 25 pounds of luggage between my backpack and roller suitcase. It was that cold. Guh.

Much writing about cats, trip details, book club, reading, anime, manga, Utena2, and movies. Wheee! )

And finally, a brief shigoto update: Naruto 48's conversion is coming along nicely, I'll finish the first half in about a week. I do have script for Natsume 3.2, and am about 12 pages in. Script for Nana 21.1 and Skip 22 are supposed to arrive sometime in January. Prolly the same can be said for New Title 5. It's all going to hit at once, looks like! Kyaaa! =D

Oh yes, and for a bit of an ironic laugh, I lugged Anthy, the drawing tablet I use with Usagi, to Montana with the plan of doing some work on my trip. However...I forgot to take the drawing stylus. And you can't walk into Best Buy or somesuch and pick up a replacement. So I lugged Anthy all that way as sheer dead weight. OOPS. *headdesk* I won't make that mistake again!

And now, minna, work calls. *salutes* (If anyone actually reads this whole post, I will be very impressed!)


17/5/09 22:38
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It took me three days to manage it during my breaks from work, but I finally finished watching Star Trek '09.

Vague but definite spoilers. )

Oh, and the 3-second power outage I had today has confirmed it's time for me to replace Edward, my UPS. Once I do, what do I do with him? He's a shoebox sixed plastic rectangle filled with A HUGE BATTERY and electronics that weighs 20 pounds. Bwuh? Will an electronics store take something like this for recycling?? I have no idea, but I don't want to just heave him into the dumpster and leak acid everywhere. Advice???
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First up, there has been no repetition of unexplained knocks in my house, at least that I've heard. Though I haven't taken a nap on the floor since then, either. My grandmother always hated it when I was being "lazy". I would not put it above her to still be disapproving from beyond the grave. My parents and I will try to recreate the sounds, hopefully on Sunday. A large plastic empty detergent bucket IS on the roof, and apparently it WAS windy that day, though it would take one hell of a set of coincidences to make three repetitions of four evenly-spaced knocks caused by wind and a loose bucket. Not to mention how the bangs conveniently moved to the front window when I moved into the kitchen!!!  With the bucket remaining on the roof. Hmmmmmmmm. We'll see.

tl;dr version: Sweeney Todd is good, manga shopping is fun, food is yummy )
Just take me straight to the shiogoto update! :P~~~ )
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Today I did something for the 2nd time in my life: I saw a movie alone. 

So now I've seen three movies in 2007: 1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Mr. Depp, Mr. Bloom, Mr. Fat, 2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Daniel Radcliffe (not old enough yet to earn a "Mr."), and Transformers umm...Bumblebee??

Before I went to the movie, I braved the expanse of Walmart on the weekend. I try to avoid Walmart at all costs (har har), but since my hometown does not have a real bookstore, if you want to buy reading material, you have to go to Walmart, Target, Kroger, etc. And I needed a few things I can only get at Wally World anyway, so :P. Anyway, Kiokonai's imouto (I need to give her a Japanese name) told me a few days ago how excited she was about the upcoming third volume in a series she likes, and she told me about how the entire series begins. It sounded enjoyable, and since she had bought the first volume at Wally World herself, I decided to buy it, too. Only...they didn't have it. I searched their completely disorganized book and magazine section for 15 minutes and couldn't find a single copy. (HP 7? Check. Shojo Beat August issue? Check. Naruto vol 15? Check. Every Nora Robers and Danielle Steele book ever in print? Double check! But not one copy of the book I wanted. >3< And of course, no book section employees were in existence. I didn't realize how much I wanted to read that book until I couldn't find it. *sulks* The book is Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer, BTW. *sulks some more*

On a work note, I just finished drawing 1,000 radial lines for the first appearance of Naruto's upgraded Rasengan attack in Shippuuden. Line drawing is incredibly tedious, but it could have been worse. They could have been curved radial lines, like the ones in the original Rasengan attack (which I dealt with in vol 25...) or they could have been lines plus tone. (I'm looking at you, Clay!!) But hey, at least it's Kyuubi Naruto casting it. I love Kyuubi's the fangs and the whisker lines. Eeeeeee. *^^* Kyuubi Naruto is almost as yummy as Gaara-sama! XD
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You know, the bad thing about icy, cold weather is that it sucks out all my energy and always leaves me starving. Today, for example. I've barely finished my quota--not counting Clay--and it's already almost 1 AM. I haven't pre-lettered a single page of Skip or Nana b/c to keep myself going, I read manga or fanfic in spare moments while saving and printing. And of course, the English is supposed to begin arriving on Tuesday. So tonight, to take advantage of my blahness and what is left of my post-Clay-pre-English time, I began watching my Donnie Darko Director's Cut DVD.

Ahhh...Donnie Darko. This movie is amazing. It staggers the mind! I wish *I* had thought of it, and that's one of the highest complements I can give. I've seen the theatrical version 5 or 6 times. I've seen this director's cut once, at a Donnie Darko party at Kioko-nai's house. However, since the party consisted of about 12 women, 2 guys, and at least one dog crammed into Kioko-nai's room, I wasn't able to concentrate on the film all that much. But thanks to Rei-chan's Xmas gift to me, I can finally give this version of the film the attention it deserves. And I'm not merely talking about me ogling Jake Gyllenhaal's veiny bicep. Which I admit, I did do. Along with the rest of his upper-body when it isn't veiled by his clothing. It's been over a year, possibly two, since I last watch this film, so I look forward to rediscovering it. I stopped about 20 minutes in b/c I felt like writing here, which I haven't done in a few days. I could babble on quite a bit about this film, but I think I'll save my comments for after I finish watching it again. I remember Kioko-nai mentioned finding some very interesting theories about the film's meaning online, so I'll probably do some googling once the movie's finished.

If any of you noticed my last friends-only post and were unable to read it, it was the 2nd chapter of my fanfic. Fear not, once it's available for reading on, I'll post the link here.

I'm hungry again. And it's only been an hour since I ate a bowl of yogurt with two cups of cereal stirred in. >< Cold weather always does this to me!

I'm a bit worried about the arrival of the English. It was originally supposed to be here the week of Thanksgiving, then it was pushed back to between Christmas and New Years, and now it's finally arriving in two days. Theoretically. Apparently, the penciller is the reason it's been so delayed. So the aforementioned artist is...what...two months late finishing his pages? Two and a half? And now, like before, it's up to me to finish ASAP. Bleague. I am so very glad this is the LAST issue. I think this time, I will not touch any pages of the English until my regular daily Clay-Nana-Skip quota is finished. I do have a huge buffer for Nana and Skip, but I need to keep as much of it as possible for when The New Title arrives.

But let's talk about more fun things! For example, the magnificent fanfic I've been reading!! As with almost all things fanfic that I read, it somehow ties into the lj community fanficrants, which I frequent for my own amusement. A few months back, someone mentioned a different lj community, ffnet_goodfic, which is where people can recommend good fanfictions they have found posted at This community has two or three posts a week, so it's rather low-traffic, but worth it!! A few days ago, a user rec'ed a Pride and Prejudice fanfic retelling set in the modern world, using rock starts and artists. Don't let that drive you away, it's very good!! Here's the link, for those who might want to try it: Ahhhh, an excellent story!! It would make one hell of a movie if they did it right. ^^V I'm in Chapter 9 myself. Lizzie is visiting at Pemberly and has seen Mr. Darcy's good side and met his sweet little sister. 

I really was looking forward to celebrating Kioko-nai's bday this evening, but she delayed it for a week b/c of the icy weather. So next Saturday I will finally eat sushi for the first time. I'm a bit leery, as I don't like fish and I don't like raw meat. But I do want to at least try it. Sushi is such a mainstay of Japanese culture, I need to at least be able to say I've attempted to eat it. X_x After the sushi, we will head to a karaoke place in Dallas that has jpop and jrock songs available!! Kioko-nai reserved a room for her party from 8-2. Wheee! 6 hours of singing fun! Heh! I'll be amazed if I know more than 4 or 5 songs, though. I only listen to my movie and anime soundtracks and mp3s, so modern songs--from any country--are only in my lexicon if they've been in something I've watched. X_x I suppose they'll have "classics" like "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. And perhaps some L'Arc classics, too. I have their "Ray" CD memorized, particularly "Hana Sou" and "Silver Shining". It will be most interesting...maybe they'll have the Naruto themes, as well. I do SO love "Harumonia/Harmony" and "Kanashimi o Yasashisa ni". In fact, I think I'll crank up that CD now. ^^V One of the best $35 I've ever spent!!

I suppose I either need to upgrade to the flash-me-with-advertisements versions of lj for more userpics, or go to the paid version. (It's what, $2 a month? Something like that?) Anyway, 6 pics isn't enough. :P

My copy of the Feb issue of Shojo Beat is still not here, as usual. The gripings at the Shojobeat jl comm are continuing without my help. It's rather scary how many people have said they only read the mag for Nana.  X_x The general consensus is the non-manga pages are pointless, and that when it comes to content, Shonen Jump is much better. The manga published in NA-Jump is published weekly in J-Jump, so they print several chapters each month in NA-Jump to match the J-Jump rate. The Shojo Beat titles were published monthly in Japan, and monthly here. So at first glance, it looks like the boys are getting more each month. Technically, they are... And Jump doesn't have all the fashion/beauty nonsense (or the male equivalent) that is foisted upon Shojo Beat readers. The Jump articles are apparently interviews, rewviews, cultural notes, and the stuff that Shojo Beat DID have when it first appeared. Once again, the boys get the good treatment. *sighs* Anyway, one of these days when the comm is quiet I intend to post a Skip Beat! plug. The series is so fun, and beautiful to gaze upon, and unpredictable, and DIFFERENT! I wish they would advertise it more. I see the occasional ad in the back of Shojo Beat books, and the odd blurb in an issue of the mag, and that's pretty much it. In the Dec issue they did give Skip a full-page write up, so I suppose all hope is not lost.

I was reading another one of the books Onee-chan gave me for Xmas, this time the first Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic". For those who might not know, Terry Pratchett writes fantasy humor. It's British humor, but it really is FUNNY. But alas, I really AM addicted to manga. About 2/3rds of the way through Mr. Pratchett, I had the burning need to go read Tokyo Boys and Girls. Now that I have all 5 volumes, I can finish the series. XD So I'm in the middle of TB&G v4. Once I finish, I'll switch back to Mr. Pratchett. No offense, Mr. Pratchett, but if I had forced myself to finish you first, I'd have been so distracted by my need to read manga that I wouldn't have been able to give you the attention you deserve. It's better this way! Now I'll have it out of my system and will be able to grant your prose the proper respect. *nods*

La la la. My brain blanked. X_x Two last bits before I depart: 1. I had to send Uncle Sam a 4-digit check this week for taxes. Joy. This is one of the few drawbacks to being self-employed. 2. I'm tempted to get started on that catalogue of Shojo Beat non-manga content I've been debating for weeks. It might sound incredibly boring and wasteful of my time, but I want to be able to look at it laid out all nicely in a color-coded chart. AND it will perk me right up and help me get some Clay pages done today. Oh yes, I know how my mind works. 

And I'm still hungry. Ttaku mo!!! ><


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