dahlia_moon: (Books)
I picked up my Fiction Writing professor's book The Best People in the World today at the campus bookstore.

I do not have time to read it yet but...damn, is the first page so intriguing.

I think my professor actually knows what he's teaching?

Damn it. And I wanted him to not know anything. I know feeling like that is counter intuitive, but feelings are illogical!

I also brought the first two volumes of the reprinted Sailor Moon manga. YAYNESSS They're so pretty and shiny. I do not have time to read them either, but I will soon-ish and then I will devour them! (two more weeks and then I'll be freeeeeeeee!!)
dahlia_moon: (Default)
Awesomely awesome links/stuffies:

+ GO READ THIS WONDERFUL BOOK: The Girl Who Would Be King
The first eight chapters are online/free. And the book will be published um...sometime? I don't really know. But if you like strong femal characters, check it out!

+ Kink_bingo is starting up and while I've not been comfortable enough with my own writing of kinky stories yet to fully sign up, the fanworks produced by awesome people are awesome! Including these essays which I've found informative/fun to read:
Ramp-up Essay: Making Fanworks For Kinks That Aren't Yours, or, "Oh God, How Do I Do THAT Square?"
Ramp-up Post: Let's writing on the body!
Ramp-Up Essay: From Kinky Fanworks to Kinky Practice

+ Also, I've been trying to get back into the groove of reccing because, once upon a time, I did love to rec the awesome stories I read, but then college got in the way and once you let a month go by of not reccing or whatnot, you don't feel so bad about it having been two years since the last update. The reccing journal I (try to) maintain is here on LJ and mirrored on Dreamwidth too.

(yes - I know I overuse the word awesome. It's a character flaw.)
dahlia_moon: (Psych- ShawnxLassiter)
▲ Might I redirect your attention to:


+ I'd really love to fill mixtapes for people in the Fall Fandom Free-For-All (or, um, I guess they're called fanmixes? um, because mixtapes are a physical thing and these would just be links to the music), but OMG, music is such a personal thing with me. And anyways, all I listen to is mainstream, teenybopper pop music, so I definitely should not entertain thoughts of doing that. Stick with what you know and all the other cliches.

♥ I went comic-shopping again on Sunday after swearing to myself to not go until I got a new car (but...ehhh, realistically when would that be really?). I am really the most horrible daughter living; I feel so guilty. Things have been pretty tight around here money-wise (have had to loan two of my paychecks to pay for things - but I'm alright with that, my mommy pays me back) and here I am, just totally going crazy and forking over money like they grow on trees around here. But, the LCS had a special back-issues sale, OK? $5 per pound of comics is a pretty awesome deal. Mostly this is just me trying to relieve my guilt. I mean, it's my money, I work for it and if I want to blow it on some quality comics, that is totally my choice. Right? Still THE UTTER GUILT.
dahlia_moon: (Shelter- ShaunxZach)
Gosh, it's gonna be a drag to go back to school but on the other hand, I'm really very excited. (Been so bored this past summer because I literally did not do anything of importance.)

But it's also my third year of undergraduate college and I'm not looking forward to that because I still have no idea what I'm gonna do because the Nursing program seduced me, screwed me over, broke my heart in a million pieces and then laughed about it. But I'm gonna need to pick something and Rodney told me at our last counseling appointment that he has a plan B in case I don't get in, except I have no idea what this plan B is, unless it's just picking another major, which will NOT DO, it will simply not do, Rodney, it's either the Nursing program for me or I'm going to give up all my worldly possessions and go live under a rock as a hermit. And trust me, no one will want that. :/

I might as well be dramatic while freaking out.

So far my classes are:

Microbiology & Human Disease lecture + lab
Pathophysiology
Human Nutrition
Public Speaking
(And I've shared some pictures of the books for these classes here on my Tumblr.)

I'm freaking out for the Spring semester because, after these classes, I'd have finished all the prerequisites for the Nursing program and I don't know what else I'd need to choose.

I was thinking studying abroad would be awesome for the Spring semester because maybe then I can freak out in another country. We shall see.

But seriously, that hermit idea is sounding more and more appealing to me.

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[community profile] fannish5: Now that the summer is coming to an end (in the Northern Hemisphere), what 5 shows are you most looking forward to starting/returning?

1. The Vampire Diaries (9/15/2011)
2. Psych (10/12/2011)
3. Suburgatory (9/28/2011)
4. Terra Nova (9/26/2011)
5. The Secret Circle (9/15/2011)

and some runners up:
6. 2 Broke Girls (9/19/2011)
7. Last Man Standing (10/11/2011)
8. Once Upon a Time (10/23/2011)
9. Grimm (10/21/2011)
10. Hart of Dixie (9/26/2011)

I don't like getting into shows until I know for certain whether they're going to be cancelled during the first season or not so the latter half of the list are all new shows I'm kinda iffy about (sometimes I can't avoid getting into new shows before they're finished with the first season). But LMS has Tim Allen!!! Who I have this sort of weird crush on. I dunno. Don't ask. I don't get it either.

And the trailer for "Once Upon a Time" is making me all kinds of squeal-y because FAIRY TALES!!!!!! FINALLY A SHOW ABOUT FAIRY TALES!!!!!!! WHICH IS ABOUT DAMN TIME (because we keep getting movies and movies and books and books - which I love don't get me wrong - but no one ever thinks about a fairy tale tv show - well, until now that is). And there's also Grimm, I believe, but I haven't seen that promoted as much and I have no idea what it's about.
dahlia_moon: (Katara - Hearts)
I didn't get to all the Porn Battle prompt fills I wanted to get to, but am proud of the ones I did get to. So. There was that. Written for porn battle:

Disney Princesses

Romance Is Just Another Name for Friendship [Belle/Mulan]

Naruto

Forgetting in the Rain [Kakashi/Iruka]

Smallville

Every Breath is a Wonder [Chloe/Oliver]

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Apparently, [livejournal.com profile] mcsmooch has integrated with [livejournal.com profile] non_mcsmooch to make [livejournal.com profile] sga_smooch now? yay! At least they won't delete the old comms.

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I had a Shelfari account, which I loved because it displayed all your books on like a javascripted magical bookcase (other book sites don't have that, blah) but now I totally can't log in. *sad, pitiful noise* (Well, I actually can now, but I had to make a new account when I logged in with my Amazon account because, apparently, now you can log into the site with your Amazon account. I'm just really tired of other websites taking over and changing the login requirements. I don't use my Amazon account for anything other than it being a convenient "wish list".) Oh well, not like I'm good at finishing books I start or keeping an online log at these websites.

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There's this wonderful article titled "Fandom is Magic" recounting one woman's introduction to fandom. And I'm always up for reading how others discover fandom and what kind of experiences they have - it's just such fascinating stuff. The one big thing I got from the article is that fandom is a safe haven, if you will, for marginalized groups, which I totally agree on, but it makes me wonder. Is that why I love to read and write slash stories? Is it because reading and writing slash fics means I'm somehow "fixing" what seems to be a "predominant heteronormative perspective"? I don't know. I'd just venture to say that it's more about characters and who I love to pair up together with and that romance is very fascinating to me and, compared to other genres, something I want to invest a lot of time reading and writing. (Not that I mean to say I don't like any other genres beside romance, because I do, but some genres speak to me more than others.)
dahlia_moon: (Katara - Hearts)
So yesterday I went to the comic store for Free Comic Book Day. I got a bag of goodies including a sample where Captain America & Thor team-up, an Amazing Spider-Man comic, another team up comic between Young Justice and Batman, a Green Lantern comic, and an Archie comic featuring Betty and Veronica and Sonic The HedgeHog. I only read the Captain American & Thor, Amazing Spider-Man, and Archie comics, will probably get to the others sometime soon. Archie comics as a whole don't interest me and this free comic read more for like little kids, but I loved the Amazing Spider-Man and Cap & Thor comics. HOLY MOLY is all I can say. (But I'm naturally a Spider-Man fan so it was a guarantee I'd like it and the Cap & Thor comic I only gave it a try because there was a post for it at scans_daily and I realized what I've been missing by not reading it. SO MUCH GOODNESS IN SO FEW PAGES!! Half the fun of reading comics is having other people to talk about it with, because again, SO MUCH GOODNESS and it needs to be shared. SO PLEASE PLEASE GIVE COMICS A TRY. I hardly know anybody in RL who is into comics - or on here either - and that is a shame because, trust me, COMICS ARE AWESOME, COMICS ARE THE BEST. I know they don't have "literary" merit like classic novels like War & Peace, Pride & Prejudice, Life of PI, and numerous others but that doesn't mean their stories aren't as good as some that are found in those "literary" books.)

And then after getting my free comics, I brought Young Avengers & Runaways: Civil War, all four issues of the crossover between the YA and the Runaways. I believe I already talked some about how freakin' awesome Runaways comics are and I knew there was a crossover between them and the YA - which is another awesome comic about teenagers but one I don't have in my collection currently and have only seen certain scans of and not the whole thing so I wanted to refrain from talking about it until I start reading it from the beginning - and knew I had to get it.

And then I found out my local comic store also carries current issues of X-Factor (!!!!!!!). So, as a late birthday present for myself, I brought:
#200
#203
#207
#208
#209
#211
#215
#216

(I definitely want to complete my meager collection of X-Factor comics so will definitely go back and try to find the ones I'm missing - unfortunately these were all the ones I could find at the store - well these and some others like issues #38-#45, but I didn't know what these issues were about so I held off on buying them for now.)

I had already read these issues online before but albeit illegally. So am now supporting the artists and writers who work on them because that'd be the right thing to do (and I totally know I'd get my money's worth because I had already previewed them and liked them, but that's not the major point here). *nods*

Look at me, supporting Peter David and other awesome comic artists and writers by buying their comics! Which everyone should do if it's feasible.

(It was weird the comic store didn't have X-Factor #217 as it was published a month ago; I really wanted this current issue. I hope they get it soon and that it's just a case of it being delayed getting here and not something HORRIBLE. BECAUSE THERE'S A CAMEO BY SPIDER-MAN. SPIDER-MAN AND X-FACTOR!!!! WHY WOULD ANYONE BE SURPRISED I'M A FANGIRL?!! Oh and there's a cameo by Black Cat too who's awesome but who I haven't read too much about but MAINLY IT'S PETERRRRRRR!!! WHO HAS MY HEART!! And issue #218 came out sometime in the last week of April so am thinking will have to wait a while to get that issue too. :(( Pooey. I don't think I'm ever gonna be ready to read it though because it looks like they might kill off one of the main characters - GUIDO!!!!!!!! HOW COULD THEY DO THIS TO YOU?!!! ARE YOU REALLY GONNA DIEEEEE??? YOU CAN'T???!! MAN, I NEED THIS ISSUE LIKE YESTERDAY!@! And I really want to find out why there are people trying to kill Jameson. I mean, there's no mystery that Jameson has enemies, but still...exciting stuff.)

So after blowing about $36 on comics, I thought I didn't have any more money left so I thought I couldn't get the book I was hoping to get by now. (It was Meg Cabot's Abandon. Ah well, maybe next month.) But I did find some twenty dollar bills at the bottom of my bag after I got home so I definitely could've brought it right then and there and I'm kicking myself now for not buying it. Ah, well, I guess I get some points for exercising some control.

Awesome people at scans_daily at Dreamwidth have already scanned some awesome pictures from the free comic sample of Amazing Spider-Man: here and Cap & Thor: here with cameos from Merlin & King Arthur. Wheeeeeeeeee!

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Oh, and for my birthday, I got a lot of awesome things including two new pairs of shoes from my parents, some money from my brother, and a lovely fanart piece of John and Rodney by the lovely and awesome [livejournal.com profile] ribbon_purple. :D So yeah, I didn't technically celebrate it as I was freaking out about an English presentation I had to do that fell exactly on my birthday and I'm buried now in studying for finals that start tomorrow. But it was a lovely way to enter my 20th year of being alive (20 freakin' years old!!!!! Man it's scaring writing that.)

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So yesterday was filled with a lot of excitement and fangirly squeals and me huggling my new, shiny comics even though I should've been studying. Although, remind me to never wear high-heeled shoes again. Because, while they're awesome and adorable and make me about two inches taller, they kill my feet when I have to go traipsing all over the city for extended periods of time. (They weren't killing me on my way to the comic store, just on my way back home so there was that small miracle. Ugh, why must you adorable shoes betray me so??) *still massaging her poor toesies and her battered ankles 24 hours later* Man, the things I endure for my comics obsession...
dahlia_moon: (girl power)
Things I'm Looking Forward To:

* The new Wonder Woman reboot. I haven't seen Friday Night Lights (I have been hearing fantastic things about it...) so can't comment on the actress but she's pretty enough.

* Terra Nova. I seriously have to plea that people stop making awesome tv! (at least for a little while.) Seriously! I can't get to it all.

*Abandon by Meg Cabot is coming out the 26th of April. (And the sequel to Insatiable in July? I think. Which is yay!! and all but it means I'm gonna have to break my promise to myself and break out the piggy bank even though I firmly told myself no more spending money on frivolous things. And books unfortunately go under that heading because you can't really wear a book or eat a book or survive in any way on a book.) It looks like it'll be a creepy story and that is awesome too! Because the story of Persephone and Hades is a *creepy* story. (Is it bad that I now want someone to write a modern day retelling of the Eros/Psyche story? Because that is so not a creepy story. But I really should be happy we're getting the Persephone/Hades retelling because that is an awesome story too - even if it is creepy. Ah the romantic in me.)

In Smallville news, Lex Luthor is coming back for the finale. I have no idea how they'll swing that but I'll tune in even if he's not my most favorite character on SV.

*Also, I feel I have to apologize to you all as I've been a very bad lj-friend lately what with not commenting or talking to any of you on here. I swear it's not personal and I am reading all of your updates, it's just I don't have the energy to think up replies at the moment. Maybe next week when I'm on break and haven't lost my head...
dahlia_moon: (Sokka's ready for takeoff)
I spent the morning in the public library, waiting to meet a guy so I could give him money and he could give me the gift certificate I won at his fundraiser to benefit the Gulf aid. He ended up being a half hour late because he overslept and forget he was meeting me. I wish I overslept because I got up at 9:30 so I could make our 10:30 appointment. And 9:30 AM is about two hours earlier than I usually get up during the summer. I've really become a lazy beach bum.

I'm actually glad that it was just a case of him oversleeping because I was really worried that I had somehow messed up and gotten something wrong and he was probably waiting for me somewhere entirely else so when he did call and explained why he was running late, I was very relieved and went back to reading the two books I wanted to check out while I waited for him. (Both books, in case you were wondering, were by Mitali Perkins, Monsoon Summer and The Secret Keeper. Monsoon Summer I had already read but wanted to re-read.)

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* [livejournal.com profile] multi_ficathon is coming! Multi_ficathon will be starting up on July 29th with the prompting on Thursday and writing for twenty-four hours all day Saturday and Sunday. I was thinking of trying it out, never done this kind of thing before so we shall see.

* [community profile] sailormoon: The Big Sprawling Crossover List links to fan art where Sailor Moon is crossed over with EVERYTHING. I do mean everything.
dahlia_moon: (Sokka-Raibow by island_surfer13)
The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

-The Rubaiyat of Omar KhayyamM


Wow, you know I have tried to stay away from lj for one week? (Wasn't very successful though because I cheated once.) And now I feel so disconnected! (I am so addicted to this thing.)

Catching up on some memes.

This week's [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:

Name five minor characters whose lives and histories you'd like to see explored more (in canon or fanfic). (Not so much minor characters, well with a few exceptions.)

1. Doctor Who: Sally Sparrow. I loved her and I wish they'd show more of her. She's so...cool!

2. Inuysha: Inu no Taishou. I wish we could know more about him. He sounds very interesting.

3. Twilight: Emmett Cullen. I love Emmett. I wish we could get some info on his life before he became a vampire. Every Cullen's story was told but his. WHY???

4. Torchwood: Ianto Jones. We get little snippets into his life, but not a lot.

5. Howl's Moving Castle: the Witch of the Waste. Even though she's not my most favorite character, I'd really wish we could get some insight into her life, like why she was the way she was in both the movie & book.


NANOWRIMO: I'm not "officially" participating this year. (Which just means that I haven't gotten a chance write a single word yet and so, besides the busy time November is going to be for me without even NaNo, I will not be participating this year. Which does make me sad. :( But on the bright side, I will still be working on the three original stories I did start on some time ago. Hopefully I can finish one of them before the month ends. We shall see.)

Um, what else? Oh, I just finished reading the MOST AWESOME BOOK in the universe! Poison by Chris Wooding (and the title is misleading in a way). Anyone read any of his work? He is an award-winning author. But I haven't heard of him until some four weeks ago. (Lol.)

He wrote several other books like Storm Thief,The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, and Kerosene. (Among other things.) He is a very young author though. (Which surprised me when I googled him. I thought he was some old guy.) And he mainly writes science-fi/young adult.

Poison is about this young girl named Poison whose baby sister Azalea is kidnapped by phaeries. Poison decides to leave Gull to seek the Phaerie Lord to get her sister back. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. I don't want to spoil anyone in case they want to read it. But it's definitely going to surprise them once they get to the end. Wooding creates twists and turns that you can barely know what will happen next. And the writing is phenomenal. The characters are developed nicely and three-dimensional; you can sympatize with them. Besides the awesome characters, there's also a lot of suspense and action (that I liked and kept me interested in the story). The novel is very imaginative and original.

My little book review of this novel doesn't do it justice. But that's because it's so good I have no idea how to even being a good review of it. I am left speechless. I would read this, just because it's interesting.

And I should post this all ready; the browser has been open since this morning...
dahlia_moon: (X/1999)
So, today at work I picked up this survey thingy and it was primarily a survey to enter a prize drawing (don't know for what, I just picked it up because I like surveys~). It's for the Teen Read Week Survey.

Anyway, there also came a packet with the survey that listed all the books nominated for the 2007 Teens' Top Ten Books (I am going somewhere with this) and one of the books that I saw nominated was New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. (Not that I'm not thrilled for her, but why did they have to choose New Moon? We're looking for Twilight as the correct answer, y/y?)

So anyway go to www.ala.org/teenstopten/ and vote for Stephenie...if you liked New Moon that is.

The Teen Reviewer:

"I love the relationship between Bella and Edward, not because it is perfect, but because of its faults. Their relationship is so complicated and takes so many turns that it is hard not to want to know what happens next."
dahlia_moon: (Black Panda)
I just want to rant a bit about books that're turned into movies.

So, has anyone here read those T*Witches books by H.B. Gilmour and Randi Reisfeld? Well, I loved them in elementary school and in 2006, I think it was, Disney Channel made a movie based on the books. Only it wasn't really a T*Witches movie, but something completely different that just had the same names as the two major characters in the book and the same premise (two twin sisters who find each other and do magic to battle evil).

I was disappointed, to say the least, that the movie wasn't as good as the books. I just wish that the people who created the movie really made a T*Witches movie, and not just an adaptation that was similiar to the books. I really wish that there was a movie for the books because I thought the books were pretty good and I would've liked to see a movie based on them... I dunno I guess I'm just saying that the movie disappointed me severly because it was so flat and cheesy. Not one character was the same as their book counterparts and they lacked characterization. I know it's Disney and it's for kids, but I truly believe that the movie could've been made a bit better and still retained that innocence for its audience. I was so excited when they annouced the movie, but it really didn't hold up to my expectations and that's what makes me feel so hopeless. (Also, I was thinking of something I heard RTD say once about how he wanted to make his new adaptation of Doctor Who good so that kids who saw it would know what was good and demand that of their television as they got older, but Disney is so counteracting what RTD is trying to do with his Doctor Who that it makes me feel hopeless for the kids who watch Disney but don't watch DW; did I say that I was feeling hopeless about this situation? It bears repeating, honestly.)

And I also think that they could have the movie be exactly like the books because the books aren't that long (it's not like they're HP length where they have to cut out almost everything).

It's a moot point, isn't? Because the movie people never listen and they take liberties with making books into movies when fans clearly don't like those liberties the movie people take! I understand that when making a book into a movie that some things have to be different because most movies run for only two hours, but they can have the major points/plots the same. Fans will be receptive to that, honestly. Otherwise, what's the point of making a book into a movie if you're going to change everything? Then don't say it's based on a book or it's this book turned into this movie because then the fans will get pissed off. Seriously. It's okay if a book inspires you, but if you change everything when you make that book into the movie, doesn't it not become a movie adaptation of that book? It becomes something clearly different. Something clearly bad.

(Oh, btw, the mouse problem is solved. Fast, I know. I have the best parents in the world. They ran off to the store this morning and brought me a wireless mouse, so that when I woke up [at 1pm, embarrasing really], everything was working- and for only $26. It's not too bad.)
dahlia_moon: (Gaspard Ulliel)
A guy named Chris called me Thursday and said that they just got Eclipse, so I rushed right over. There was some concert in the middle of the downtown square next to the bookstore. I wanted to stay for a while and listen, but I was anxious to start on Eclipse.

The reading is going slowly. I'm a slow reader. And I've kinda been preoccupied with other things. Mainly listening to Asian songs and catching up on some other reading and basically trying to procrastinate. Even from reading Eclipse. Yes, I know. I'm a bad fan.

Comments on it will come soon. I hope. Right now, I don't especially know how I feel about it. It's a bit different from the other books, granted it's the third one and usually the sequels never compare to the first one. It's like gum, I think. The longer you chew it, the faster the flavor goes out of it. But once you read the first one, you have to follow through with the other ones. Especially out of curiosity's sake.

Also, the more and more I think about it, the more I see Gaspard Ulliel as being Edward Cullen in the alleged upcoming movie. All those fangirls of his finally convinced me, I suppose. The rest of the cast, I just can't see as being portrayed by other actors that I know and have seen because I'll be thinking about the other media in which I know them from and that'll ruin the illusion that they're characters from Twilight. Silly, innit? But, I haven't seen Gaspard act in anything (okay, I'm lying, I have seen him on youtube in that five-minute segment- Le Marais- he was in in Paris, je t'aime, but that doesn't count because he was speaking French, and it was only five minutes).

They really are going to have to go with brand new actors and actresses for the other characters. But, really, the movie planning is so far away from now that I'm really not thinking that much about it. (Compared to other people and Stephenie herself, I spend very little time thinking about it. But that's because, like I said, it's not very far in the planning stage.)

Anyways, the reading is making me fall in love with Edward more and more. As if that were possible. Ha! He's so cunning and clever and hot and smart and gah!!! But, I am displeased with Bella. Suddenly, she's not my most favorite character. ): You know, this is becoming my least favorite book...

*goes back to reading.*
dahlia_moon: (Default)
I need help with book recommendations of "literary merit" that traces the journey of a hero. This recommendation can also be a play, other books, or a collection of short shorties (but no fewer than six).

I am reading (or actually will read, as soon as I get it), The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien, but I need something else in addition to it.

I have ruled out The Lord of the Rings trilogy because I don't think I'd actually finish all three books in time. And I have no other ideas because most books I read are contemporary and about romance.

So, my question is does anyone know any other books that have literary merit and are about the journey of a hero?

Any help will be greatly appreciated. ^__^

And apparently there's a Kyoto International Museum of Manga that opened last year. *goes to add another reason to visit Japan*
dahlia_moon: (Satoshi)
I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. Urgh.

And it happened so stupidly. I happened to leave my window open all the way up last night because it was majorly hot. But the weather decided to change and it became cold over night. Besides that I had my fan going on as well and when I woke up, it was like Antartica. Serioulsly, I want to club the weather and beat it to a bloody pulp.

On a brighter note, I came across this website: LibraryThing/ Catalog your books online yesterday. Here's my profile/library catalog, if you want to browse my library. Most of these were read, but the two without ratings as of now are the ones I'm currently reading, or plan to read once I finish the other.

There was something else I think I wanted to talk about, but I can't remember now. (My mind always seems to be in loopy land whenever I even get slightly sick.) Oh well, don't thing it was that important anyways.
dahlia_moon: (King Touya + Priest Yukito)
Ahh... fifteen just flew by so quickly. It honestly feels like I had only turned fifteen yesterday. And it turns out I had turned sixteen yesterday. 0_o

And I had really liked fifteen. Fifteen was a good age. I wouldn't have minded staying fifteen for awhile more. Man, where does the time fly?? And I swear birthdays are becoming duller each year. Once you start getting older, they're just not fun anymore or really something to look forward to. (At least to me, I'm one of those people who doesn't want to grow up too fast and who broods on her birthday because it means another year has passed by and she's getting older. I like being young.)

Boy, I sound so depressing! It's not like I despise birthdays, I do get giddy when they come around because it means presents! But, then I start thinking and then I bring myself down.

But anyways, there's this really, really awesome book I saw two weeks ago, I believe, at a bookstore and I want to buy it.

The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yamada. It's based on the manga Basilisk by Masaki Segawa.

book cover


A description from Longfellow Books:

AN EPIC NOVEL THAT TAKES YOU DEEPER INTO THE WORLD AND HISTORY OF BASILISK!
To resolve a clash over succession, the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa has devised the ultimate contest. Two rival ninja clans, the Kouga and the Iga, will meet in a battle to the death. The victor will rule Japan for the next thousand years. But in the midst of this bloody war, an unlikely romance blooms between Gennosuke of the Kouga clan and Oboro of the Iga clan. Gennosuke and Oboro are the next leaders of their clans and their fates are inextricably bound with that of their families. In the colossal fight, the star-crossed lovers are faced with a fatal choice between true love and destiny. Can romance conquer a four-hundred-year-old rivalry? Or is their love fated to end in death?

Doesn't it sound like the GREATEST book in the entire world? I'm getting very giddy over here. <<

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I LIVE for forbidden romance. But now I have to think of a way to let my parents let me buy it... preferably with some birthday money. My parents are freakishly stringy whenever it comes to book-buying. I have no idea why. They always tell me to go to the library and check out the book so I don't waste my money. I'm just appalled that they would even dare to think that the purchase of a book is wasteful... How dare they!

Wow, I feel better all ready. Books do cure everything.
dahlia_moon: (House of Flying Daggers)
You know that you're not a normal teenager when you try to swindle your mother into going to the bookstore instead of a clothing store. 

But in my defense (o_o), I really, really despise shopping for clothes. I don't know what it is. The instant I don't find something I like, then the whole shopping experience goes downhill for me. 

And then when we got to Walden Books this evening, I felt like I was in heaven, mostly because I saw the manga section (which I don't remember ever being there). I looked at all the awesome books, and when we were about to leave, I still hadn't decided on a book. I saw Twilight and wanted to buy it, but the only two copies they had, didn't satifsy me. Basically they were not in the best condition. So, this conversation followed with my brother:

My brother: "You're so annoying, Jelena."
Me: "I don't like the cover."
My brother: "Who cares about the cover?"
Me: "I do. I want my book to be perfect."
My brother: "Ugh, just buy it all ready."

Long story, short: my parents decided to come back another time and use my giftcard then.

Wah, I wanted my copy of Twilight now though.
dahlia_moon: (If You Leave- Landon)
Geometry has got to be the most vapid subject on this planet. I'm really starting to dread it now because it's not that exciting. And it just happens to be my luck that I'm good at it. Geometry is a pretty easy subject for me, but, oh, so dull! I seriously just want to sleep when I have to learn about it, which never happens to me. I still dread algebra because it makes me want to shoot myself. 

~*~*~*~*

I started reading Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet today. The book was just kind of there in my room, and I had no idea how it got there. (I found out later from Dad that one of Mom's patients gave it to her, and she tends to dump literature she gets my way). It's interesting. But I feel like it's a bit too religious for me since it does talk about God, and religion just makes me feel uneasy. It's not that I necessarily don't believe in God, it's just that it makes me so confused and so I've just decided to avoid it all together (and by that, I mean that I'm just going to take my time figuring out my beliefs here, and not have it be a big deal than it alread is).

I love his language though, and how he writes very fundamental ideas, at least for me, and makes them seem so complicated. I have to tread through it a bit to understand it. It all seems very interpretive and well, I just don't seem to do well with interpretive things. Declarative information, on the other hand, I store mindlessly. And it's a story that reads like a poem, and I always like those.

I've also checked out the first volumes of MARS and Paradise Kiss, and the three volumes of Rebound. I've really gotten into MARS, but Paradise Kiss and Rebound are just not holding my interest that much. I don't know if the library has any other volumes of MARS though. I've only seen the first volume, and I so desperately want to read the others. SOMEDAY, I am going to be able to buy my own manga and not complain about reading it through the astrocious system that is the public library. Someday, I swear. Then we'll see if I ever emerge from my obsession and actually have a life.
dahlia_moon: (Sango- strong too)
So, it's already February and my brain hasn't squeezed out any writing. Well, it has squeezed out something, but not anything even remotely good. I'm working on a sequel to another one-shot of mine. I have the whole plot, the characters, and their interactions all formed in my head, and all ready to go...but it just won't come out well, and pretty, and readable! And if it's not up to my standards, then I usually abandon the whole thing, but with this story, I really want it to work out because it has the potential to be a good fic.

Oh, it'll drive me up the wall, I swear it will.

~*~*~*~*~*

On another unrelated note, JK Rowling's site has some good news: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows will be released on Saturday July 21, 2007, which I'm not too excited about since this is the end. The end of Harry Potter (not literally in the book though, who knows what'll happen there).

The one thing (the one thing?!) that I'm wondering about is if HP will ever be thought of as a classic book? You know how the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, The Grapes of Wrath, etc are all classics? Well, it would be interesting if, say fifty, or a hundred years down the road, kids read this book in their classrooms, and discuss it. Harry Potter could be thought of as an intellectual book since it's filled with good Latin (that's what my Latin teacher says anyways), but, than on the other hand, it's the kind of book you read just for fun. You know?

*SQUEE!*

Jan. 28th, 2007 01:08 pm
dahlia_moon: (Default)
So, there I was browsing through Tokyopop looking for some Graviation manga (not that I could buy any, but a girl can dream), and I came upon this page, which made me die.

Twilight fans should definitely check it out.

*You can see the manga on their Manga Player, but you need to register to see all the pages, it's free though. :D
dahlia_moon: (Watanuki and Doumeki)

Some of my favorite quotes from New Moon. I had to control myself from picking out every quote because I could quote the entire book. But, trust me, no one would want that.
********
"I have a question."
He waited warily.
"If I develop this film," I said, toying with the camera in my hands, "will you show up in the picture?"
~*~*~*~
"Bella, you gave yourself a paper cut- that hardly deserves the death penalty. "
~*~*~*~
"I'm no good for you, Bella."
"Don't be ridiculous." I wanted to sound angry, but it just sounded like I was begging. "You're the very best part of my life."
~*~*~*~
I shook my head sadly. Love is irrational, I reminded myself. The more you loved someone, the less sense anything made.
~*~*~*~

And then, as clearly as if I were in immediate danger, Edward's velvet voice whispered in my ear.
"Be happy," he told me.
~*~*~*~
  
But at least I had something to hope for if we did. If Alice made good on her promise- and if she didn't kill me- then Edward could run after his distractions all he wanted, and I could follow. I wouldn't let him be distracted. Maybe, when I was beautiful and strong, he wouldn't want distractions.
~*~*~*~
His fingertips traced the circles under my eyes. "You look so tired.
"
"And you look thirsty," I whispered back, studying the purple bruises under his black irises.
He shrugged. "It's nothing."
"Are you sure? I could sit with Alice," I offered, unwilling; I'd rather he killed me now than move one inch from where I was.
"Don't be ridiculous." He sighed; his sweet breath caressed my face. "I've never been in better control of
that
side of my nature than right now."
~*~*~*~
"I think she's having hysterics. Maybe you should slap her," Alice suggested.
~*~*~*~
"Your hold is permanent and unbreakable," he whispered. "Never doubt that."

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