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21 May 2011 @ 02:57 am

...apparently LJ's changed the look of the top-bar thingy (I dunno what it's called) and it's all futuristic now? This is probably old news but I haven't been paying attention.
Anyway what I actually meant to post was this: once again I am out of money, and this time I can do very little to alleviate it until I get over this bronchitis thing (usually I sell plasma to make money, but I can't do it if I'm sick obviously). So I'm eating one meal a day and trying to sell stuff on etsy (shameless self-promotion, it's hand-dyed yarn) and still looking madly for jobs, because it seems like every single month I am scrambling to pay rent and I am really fucking sick of it.
On the other hand, I did find and apply for a really amazing job in the English department of my school, so I can only hope with all my heart that I get it, despite having no office experience.

TL:DR I need money, as per usual, and also as per usual cannot seem to get employed.
07 May 2011 @ 02:39 am

Guess who's scanned in a shit ton of pictures? GARY POTTER! No of course not, it's me.
These are pictures I drew instead of taking notes this semester, there are a lot of them which bodes so well for my academic future doesn't it? 
Gary Potter, for those curious few, is what Harry Potter is called in Russia. This amuses me.

More pictures, including a lot of faces and vampires and Adventure Time.Collapse )
Current Mood: drunkdrunk
Current Music: Flogging Molly for some reason
26 April 2011 @ 12:38 am

Basically everyone I know and probably a really large number of people I don't know are in a bad place right now. I don't know what it is that's going around, but everywhere I turn, life is just shitting on people, myself included (although to be fair, most of my problems are of my own making).
So this is my stupid little attempt to make people feel better, even if it's fleeting or shallow or more of a distraction than anything else.

Tonight I watched 2 movies for the first time. Both are a bit old, one MUCH older than the other, and both I am absolutely astounded that I haven't seen before. And they made me go from wanting to drink myself into a coma to grinning uncontrollably and dancing around my kitchen, and so I guess this is worth a review.

The first movie I watched was My Neighbor Totoro.
Guys. How the fuck have I not seen this before. What is happening.
No spoilers but MAD GUSHINGCollapse )

The other movie I watched was How To Train Your Dragon, and I have a bit more to say about it because all I have to say about My Neighbor Totoro is wild gushing, and you guys don't want to listen to that for very long.
Reasonably spoiler free except for one HUGE (marked) spoilerCollapse )
So! Two really great movies, both for kids but since when has that stopped anyone? Watch them, distract yourself from how stupid life appears to be right now, and hopefully hold onto that feeling when they end.
Current Music: Smashing Pumpkins (I forgot how good this band was)
24 April 2011 @ 11:09 pm
Um, I had a nice little entry all typed out but El-Jay deleted it. THIS IS WHY I DUMPED YOU FOR TUMBLR.

Anyway, the gist of it is that even though I have a new girlfriend Tumblr, I will still try and post on my old girlfriend El-Jay, and that the next thing I have for you guys is a talk about girl power and cars. Seriously. But not right now because I'm watching Spirited Away and I'm BUSY.

Also: Hi to the people who are looking at this because of the ONTD_creepy friending meme! Hello!

Also also: The semester will be ending in a few weeks and then I'll do another sketch post.

Later bros and lady-bros! 
01 April 2011 @ 01:49 am

So I ended up at home tonight drinking some white wine and watching the director's commentary of The Blair Witch Project, which I've seen before (pirated off the internet), but because I love commentaries felt it necessary to rent and watch again.

So here's my thoughts on the pirated version of the movie:
les spoilersCollapse )
In any case, I guess I felt it necessary to blog about this, and I'll have a full review of the full movie later? I dunno. Also later I'll let y'all know why I'm posting drunk on a thursday at all.

31 March 2011 @ 01:55 am

Okay, so, I've been watching Castle from the first season to the current, and I finally got to season 3, episodes 16 and 17. AKA the ones with the terrorist plots ad dirty bombs and stuff. And, as nobleplatypus calls it, the infamous freezer scene.

So I actually watch this show as a fun thing. It's not usually very thought-provoking. It's silly, fun to solve mysteries, with some really likeable characters and actors. You know, a crime show. Fluff, but very good fluff.
But I kind of want to get all analysis-y on this little arc, so I shall.

Hella spoilers, obviously.Collapse )

I guess in conclusion, this arc was really interesting. It was a lot more cerebral than the average Castle episode*, and it had some really high highs and some low-ass lows. It was fun to analyze.

And, because now I've written over a page on this and I need something that's not massively TL:DR, here's the most bizarre/awesome ending to an episode thus far. I was watching it on sunday night and laughed so hard I cried.

*Looking back over this, it kind of sounds like I think Castle is a stupid show. I actually don't, I really like it (or else why would I be watching all 3 seasons) but I do think that it's not usually intended to make an audience think really hard about social issues or anything. Which is fine, because it's a great version of a certain formula, and that's really all I'm asking for.
21 March 2011 @ 05:50 pm
First, how many of these posts are entitled some variation of "a few things"? I'll have to do a tally. Similarly I'll have to do a tally of how many times I ask myself how many times I've titled something with the same phrase.

The main things, which coincidentally all have to do with fiction:
  • Currently I've got my fake blog entirely plotted and it feels amazing. I'll probably end it during the summer some time, and then I'll be starting up a new project (still Slender Man related) with a group of other bloggers. It's really collaborative and well plotted and I'm having fun doing it.
  • In other fiction news, Erin, I finished workshopping your stories and I'll hand them off to you next time I see you (thursday?) but mostly I really liked them so you have to stop calling them pieces of shit.
  • I think I'm finally absolutely, one hundred percent sure that writing is what I want to do with my life. These past few weeks I've been so passionate about writing, coming up with so many ideas and learning so many new things, especially about editing which I kind of used to hate but now I'm gaining a whole new appreciation for it, and it's wonderful. The synthesis of all this writing theory and actual writing that I've been doing is just making me feel so inspired and useful and productive, and I love it, I never want it to stop. Even doing research is fun. Everything is just fitting, and the only downside is that I still have to workshop all this shitty work from my fiction class but even that doesn't matter because I like my teacher so much. And apparently I'm so fucking stoked about writing that I am using 100% run-on sentences today.
  • That said, I've been trying to write this story about a guy who spends the night in an overturned car with a corpse for like, two months, and while I know it's a really good idea, it's just not working for me right now so I reckon I'm going to have to abandon it for the time being. I'm now trying to come up with some other idea for my short story that's due in the first week of april. Yeeek.
The other random bits of information:
  • I have a coffee machine now thanks to my Grandma, source of basically everything awesome (she also gave me my laptop and a bunch of knitting needles at some point), and today I've drunk (drank?) an entire pot of coffee while doing homework and listening to the wind blow outside. It's very gratifying actually, because what I'm doing right now (writing, sipping coffee, at my kitchen table on a cloudy day) is literally my childhood vision of my adult life. And here I am, I made it! What this says to me is that I probably need to dream a little bigger.
  • I put a flower behind my ear earlier today and forgot about it for like 3 hours, oops.
  • Last night I was finishing up my essay on Dracula, which I maligned in a previous entry on here, and to differentiate between historical Dracula (Vlad Tepes) and fictional Dracula, I was calling the latter "The Count". Which resulted in a fantastic typo: "The Cunt exhibits several folkloric vampire traits".
That's all for today, felt that I should say something on here since Tumblr has been getting the best of my love recently.
16 March 2011 @ 04:34 pm
Someone named aprilsunrises just posted this on ONTD_creepy:

"To People of Japan
I know this is not an entry that exactly belongs to this community because it has nothing to do with the creepy, but I thought it was worth posting and that everybody reading this needed to know this, especially people from Japan. It'll be very brief.

I live in Bosnia and Herzegovina and if that sounds familiar it's because I have posted that before under the username oceancolors. Anyways, most of you know about the 1992 - 1995 Bosnian war and to this day one of the post-war consequences that we face is that our country hasn't been entirely cleared off of mines.

Yesterday, 3 days after the horrible destruction of their own country and needing any and all help they can get, the government of Japan sent us 350,000 Euros (489,376 USD) Euros for mine removals so that no other life in Bosnia is lost due to hidden mines. (that's thousands btw; I'm not quite sure if thousands are marked with a comma or with a dot when writing it in English)

People of Japan I cannot even begin to thank you for your kindness and selflessness at a time like this. It surpasses human understanding. I am simply left speechless. Thank you. Just... thank you. That's all I can say. Thank you."

Holy shit, guys, I'm so amazed and happy that things like this happen. Japan is amazing. I can't even speak, it's such a beautiful act.
06 March 2011 @ 05:57 pm

So I just wrote a completely nonsensical statement for my essay on Dracula and I felt the need to share it with all of you.

"Bram Stoker’s Dracula draws from many elements of vampirism, from folklore to history to literature, combining them to form an amalgamation of myth. "

Really? An amalgamation of myth? 
I'm currently reading a book called "Style" (it's based off/revised from the famous Strunk and White one) and it makes these great points about clarity in writing, and how to avoid turgid and completely useless prose. I'm probably going to do a post on it pretty soon. But the point is that it it called my attention to some really akward writing that I recognize, but don't always know how to fix, and with this essay I'm just flying in the face of everything it tells me to do.

le sigh.

Anyway, I actually posted to say that I got a tumblr and I'm going to be cross-posting a lot of stuff between there and here, probably, because I'm a lazy blogger and it'd generally be the same stuff anyway. Except the tumblr has more gifs on it.
The adress is www.elevatorchild.tumblr.com and you should totally follow me because I'm slightly interesting, maybe.
01 March 2011 @ 10:21 pm

I found a notebook from my first year of college today, and there are some pretty sweet drawings in there, so of course I'm putting them all on my el-jay, as I've done several times before...in any case, this is all of the good stuff in my notebook from LGBT Studies and Politics of Differences, aka my first year of college!

I took out all the shitty embarrassing picturesCollapse )