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( Sep. 22nd, 2006 04:00 pm)
What the title says. I've been buried under a pile of grad-school-y stuff. It's been an amazingly positive experience thus far, but certainly an exhausting one. Voluntarily I've been putting in hours that have had people in the lab I'm rotating telling me that I'm working too hard and I really shouldn't stress so much. The funny thing is that I'm not stressed at all on this score - it's the most biologically-related fun I've had since I left undergrad. Absolutely wonderful!

So wonderful, in fact, that it's been stimulating my writing. Out of the blue I started rewriting one of the most troublesome parts of Glamour - the prologue - and just today came up with a really nifty idea for short stories. Cut to spare those who aren't interested. And also, rambly. )

In other news, I'm enjoying the latest season of Stargate: Atlantis like little else. Character moments! And backstory! And group bonding! Yay! Though I haven't seen last weeks', and won't see this weeks' for a bit. SG-1 is looking good too, though I'm sad about the cancellation.

I'm feeling less-than-thrilled over the upcoming VM and BSG premieres, though. Both shows have kind of left me underwhelmed in the aftermath of their second seasons, and the only way I was able to enjoy the Veronica Mars finale was by tossing the plot out the window and forgetting anything that even stank of continuity and cohesion. Though to be fair, I wasn't thrilled with the the first season's finale, either. Battlestar Galactica sort of went downhill for me after the Pegasus episodes, and for pretty much the same reasons. I'm not at all impressed with the commercials SciFi's been running, either.

My semagic informs me that today is [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's birthday. Happy Birthday Bear!

Today is also the start of Rosh Hashannah, so if you thought that I'd be on more now that I've appeared briefly, you were most likely mistaken. Nevertheless, Shannah Tovah to all that celebrate, and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life!
Dude! Zelenka's on Psych! Which concerns a comic and sci-fi con!

Orientation continues to kick my ass. There ought to, however, be a lighter load the next two days, as only my evenings are scheduled. I hope to return to some semblance of sanity soon.
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One of the weird things about this book is how long it's taken me to really figure out what I think of it. In fact, it wasn't until I was sitting at the sushi bar two hours ago that it hit me.

For me, Blood and Iron, is a problem book. [livejournal.com profile] matociquala has previously stated that it's a story told from the point-of-view of a villain, and that might cause people to have issues. That isn't mine. I find villains often much more interesting than the heroes, brave and true. At least in the stories, I look with fondness on my villains.

Stray with me into Stargate: Atlantis for a moment. A lot of fans (at least from what I could see) had serious problems with the moral choices the expedition (otherwise known as Our Heroes) made at the end of last season and the beginning of this one. [livejournal.com profile] thepouncer pointed out, I think correctly, that they were faced with an "Us or Them" choice. And given that one, choose Us every time.

B&I also presents the reader with an "Us or Them." Significantly, it is told from the point-of-view of the Them. Which could be cool, and is at times. But here we have what was the problem for me. I can't bring myself to support the Sidhe. It is not for lack of trying, but for what I see as a lack of vision on their part. In The Three Musketeers, Cardinal Richelieu was undoubtably the villain. But he was a villain with vision. A goal he was working toward. Our Heroes might have opposed him, but at the end of the day they knew he was working to further France as much as they were. And from there we have a connection.

The fae may be dying. Horrible and beautiful and magical as they are they are dying, bound by their own bargain with the Devil Himself on one end and the iron chains of the Prometheans on the other. It is a truly horrible fate. But as much as I seek it and try to see, what is the alternative for the Us? We see the horror and the reason the Prometheans started their war in the first place, but we're never given a good reason to side with the fae. Carel says that the world shouldn't be safe, and to an extent I agree with her. But there must be a give and take, and for the danger they bring they must provide a reason for their existance, or in the "Us or Them" humanity would always choose us.

And as a reader, I'm still human.

Please don't think I didn't like the book. I did. It made me think, and rubbed at me in ways only a good book can. The characters are engaging and though I cannot be convinced to side with Elaine, I can see how she came to her choices. It is a good read, and I would recommend it for what, at least in my experience, is a unique take on the Sidhe, Arthurian legend, and dragons. I'll definitely read the sequel.

But it is a problem book for me.
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( Sep. 16th, 2005 08:01 pm)
I've been sick for the past two days badly enough to stay home from work. It's like a minivacation with a swollen throat and some sinus problems, and I feel like I'm playing hooky because I was always one of those stupidly overachieving kids who couldn't for the life of her not feel bad when she had to stay home from school and do nothing but get better. Probably because I got sick so often as a kid.

There are, however, bonuses to this condition. First, I get to drink massive quantities of tea, and second, I've written more novel. It occurs to me that I've added people to my friendslist (and people have added me), and some might not know that to sign up for novel blathering, one should leave a comment on this entry, and you'll be added to the filter.

This evening has provided endless amounts of amusement with the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] nuhiep's discussion of biology-abuse on SG:A, and [livejournal.com profile] amberlynne's wonderful fic recs.

..Maybe now I'll be inspired to write more. Or something.
I see what people were talking about regarding them pushing the sex appeal in the promo. Mind you, I'm all for sex appeal, I just didn't expect that much of it.

Cut for SG-1, Atlantis, and BSG in one general impression )

SG-1 )

Atlantis )

BSG )

And now, I go night night. It is sorely needed.
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( Jun. 3rd, 2005 11:47 am)
Now that RL has settled back into a livable routine, and I'm actually making progress on the novel (slow progress, but progress nonetheless), it seems as good a time as any to start musing about other things.

I think that I had a nice TV binge this season, and have taken a bit of a breather to remember why I enjoy blathering on about SG:A or VM for hours on end. The result being that I've started rewatching Atlantis and taking notes for my Weir essay. It's amazing the things you miss the first, second, or third time around.

Cut for some Atlantis blather, nothing beyond Rising. )

Of course, there's still a good month before the next season of shows that I watch starts (I'll need to figure out access to my sister's TiVo as I don't get HBO, and thus might miss the Six Feet Under season otherwise), and it seems like the best time to catch up on some reading. What reading... well, here's where I ask you. :)

Given my absolute adoration of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and such "genre" writing, recommend five novels for me to read this summer. As previously mentioned, "classics" of the genres are preferred, but not required.

As far as fantasy goes, I've read Tolkien and C.S.Lewis, but not Ursula Le Guin or others. As far as Sci-Fi, I've read Adams, Card, and Bradbury, but nothing like Asimov or Heinlein (I know, I know, what was I thinking?)

Anyone who helps expand my horizons gets a cookie of yet-undetermined form.
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( May. 1st, 2005 05:58 pm)
Turns out I still have that Utena AMV on my computer. Sweet.

Of course, thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] danvers I have Madonna's "To Have and Not to Hold" stuck in my head as well. I need ot make some character playlists in general, as it's so much easier to write with one. Unfortunately, my music is in a horrid state of flux while I try to make the music I've had in mp3 format before ID2s were invented into ID3-tagged stuff so that Windows can easily identify it, give me pretty album art, and sort it.

As you might guess, it's is a pain in the ass job. My boyfriend called his version "Project Sisyphus," very aptly. Mine is made even more painful for the trouble of having to sync it all between the laptop, the desktop, and actual CD collection. Add in songs in Russian, Hebrew, and Japanese (with some in Italian and Ukrainian, just for kicks), and I hope to be done sometime next decade.

In other news, I've decided I need a Veronica Mars icon. Preferably something that's nifty about the show as a whole, not necessarily just Veronica, or Veronica/Logan. I don't want my man Weevil to be left out. ;P I do think, as much as I care for Logan, Weevil is my first love. The combination of "Pilot" and "Credit Where Credit's Due" killed me dead.

I have so many half-formed ideas, it saddens me. I want to write that dark!Sheppard fic I was talking about with [livejournal.com profile] thepouncer, and I have this McKay/Sheppard/Weir (not entirely that way) fic that Joe Malozzi gave me the plot bunny to, but niether is really fully there in my head. And part of me is really upset that Carson's not Irish because I have such a lovely song I would love to write him singing, but... entirely wrong country.

Then Logan popped into my head for a conversation, and immediately departed, rather pissing me off in the process, because if you're going to bother showing up you should at least bother sticking around long enough for me to write down what you said.

And let's not even ask how the novel is going. It's a scary, scary place in there. At least they're talking, I suppose, which is a good change from the point in my life two months ago when all my creativity said "Screw you!" and left the building.

And to all my new friends, I'm sorry about the bitching. I'll try to make up for it in some form of content later. :)
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( Apr. 16th, 2005 11:28 pm)
Gateworld has posted the first pictures of Siege III, the SG:A season openner. Cut for minor spoilers. )

It's probably a bad thing that I amuse myself so much. But after 11 hours at work on a bloody Saturday, I take what I can get.
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