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20 August 2016 @ 06:19 pm
The medievalists on my friends list are gonna like this. (My apologies for leaving off the accent mark--I don't know how to add it when typing online.)

For a brief overview, "Pangur Ban" is a poem that was written by an Irish monk in the 9th century C.E. What is it about? It's about the monk's white cat who shares his room and chases mice while the monk focuses on his studies.

Now for the fun part: my new favorite book at work is a children's picture book titled The White Cat and the Monk. It's a sweet book that retells the poem with wonderful illustrations showing the cat and monk at their duties throughout the monastery at night until dawn arrives. It even has a historical note at the end!

I love that people were writing poems about their cats over 1,200 years ago; I love that the monk basically named his pet "White Cat"; I love that the monk's poem about his cat has survived all that time; and above all, I love that somebody in the present day thought it was worth making into a book for children. When I'm having a rough day, all of this makes me smile.

You can read the poem itself here.

13 August 2016 @ 10:43 pm
So I just finished reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle.


Spoilers, spoilers, nothing but spoilers ahead:

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Talk about a creepy ending!

I have had this book on my To Read list for years and I finally borrowed it from the library. Shirley Jackson is the master of slow-reveal, creeping horror and I LOVE IT. The only other works of hers I've read so far are "The Lottery" and "The Haunting of Hill House."

I knew absolutely nothing about it going in, and I think that's the best way to go because it made even the beginning reveals a surprise. I'm only four chapters in and I want to make some notes on my observations and predictions before I get too farther in. Spoilers for only the beginning of the novel at this point

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Something horrible is definitely going to happen in the book and I can't wait to find out how it all goes down.

03 July 2016 @ 11:26 am
Almost two decades later, I'm still annoyed that there's no cast recording available of the 1997 Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston.

23 June 2016 @ 09:41 am
I can't believe I haven't posted about this yet. For the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth this year, it's being shown in theaters on 9/11 and 9/14. You can find more information about it at Fathom Events. The link to buy tickets is live on the page now, but you can also click on the FAQ on their website for links to other sites where you can buy tickets.

I literally stayed up late so that I could buy a ticket right away because I didn't know how limited availability would be. That's probably the most fannish thing I've ever done. I can't wait!

18 June 2016 @ 10:03 pm
I had a rough end of the day at work and decided to distract myself by watching The Conjuring, which I've been meaning to do since it came out.

The good: The movie successfully took my mind off of work.

The bad: I may need to turn every light on when I go to bed tonight.

I have mixed feelings about the real Ed and Lorraine Warren, but that was the most continuously scary movie I've seen in a long time. I watched The Witch recently and that was disturbing, but this one was terrifying. Haunted places are my favorite horror subgenre and this movie delivered. If IMDB trivia can be believed, it got an R rating simply because it was indeed that scary and I can believe it.

More thoughts with spoilers behind the cut.

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Now for the funny part. One of the actors' names rang a bell during the credits. Ed Warren is played by Patrick Wilson, who also played...Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. I kid you not. This makes two movies in which Patrick Wilson has played somebody investigating a creepy, supernatural or pseudo-supernatural presence in a building that is attempting to harm people and occasionally killing them, and the presence is also targeting his girlfriend/wife. I can't stop laughing.

On an unrelated topic, can anybody tell me which code to use so that I can put the message about this entry being posted on both DW and LJ and people can comment on either? I've been reviewing DW's instructions but I'm still confused. Thanks!
19 May 2016 @ 01:06 pm
Well, I finally stopped being lazy and created a DW account! Let's see how this goes. I plan to continue cross-posting everything to LJ at this time. Of course, I have to figure out how to enable comments in both places first. I can't figure out if I have to add the DW post url to the footer every time? This is why I hate doing tech stuff.
14 March 2016 @ 01:31 pm
Some good things, before I end up posting again about annoying life things:

Spring is almost here and there are flowers;
The sock I'm knitting (first of a pair) is looking great;
I'm still finding time to get writing done;
Tax refunds came!;
29 February 2016 @ 07:37 pm
I just read a review of "Sisi", the newest novel about Empress Elisabeth by Allison Pataki. Near the beginning, the review says, "She was the Princess Diana of her time, a storied beauty who longed for more than the trappings of royalty. So why has Sisi been largely lost to history?"


The musical "Elisabeth" has been around since 1992, it's been translated into multiple languages so that it can be performed in multiple countries, and has been seen by millions of people. I wouldn't consider Sisi as being "largely lost to history".
26 February 2016 @ 12:38 pm
I finally got to watch Crimson Peak! I knew it was a gothic movie and there were ghosts, but I hadn't known that it was going to turn into spoilersCollapse ) and that was AWESOME. Longer entry to follow.
05 January 2016 @ 09:32 am
2015 was good to me in a lot of ways but one of the things I want to do differently this year is post here more often. I check my Friends page just about every day but almost never posted last year because I felt like I didn't have anything to say. Which is ridiculous, because I still have plenty of fannish thoughts. I mean to sign up on DW and cross-post too, since people are more active there than on LJ. (I've known that for ages, I've just resisted doing it because I'm lazy and don't want to deal with creating YET ANOTHER online account.) Maybe I'll set a goal of posting at least once a month.

But I still have a lot to say about Season 2 of Carmilla, and I want to write more fanfiction this year (though I'm not exactly complaining, I got a hell of a lot of original writing done last year!), and I finally own a copy of Sioned Davies's translation of the Mabinogion, which I am super excited about. Bring on the Welsh mythology and medieval lit! I've made it through the various Introductions and now I can get to the stories themselves. Maybe I'll liveblog my reading, I haven't decided.
22 November 2015 @ 08:02 pm
It's been over a month since I posted? Crap!

Checking on the websites for some of my favorite musical performers was a mistake: Cecile Corbel is having a sale on a limited edition box set of four of her CDs for $40 with only about $5 to ship it from France to the U.S. I love her music but I never buy the CD formats because of import fees. Ugh.

I don't need it; I don't need it; I don't need it...
30 September 2015 @ 11:55 am
I've been waiting and waiting to find out how Season 2 of Carmilla is going to end, only now I've watched the second-to-last episode and I have a feeling we're headed for a downer ending, and I don't want the end of the week to come.
23 August 2015 @ 05:14 pm
Laura Mixon's report on RH/BS won a Hugo!!! HELL YES!!!
05 August 2015 @ 07:17 pm
Today I lost any self-control I ever had at the farmer's stand and bought a four-quart container of peaches. My kitchen table now makes me look like the (drug) supplier for the Labyrinth!

I really need to get back to work on that fic about a shortage of peaches...
11 July 2015 @ 07:54 pm
With Jacky's love of theatrics and time spent in Paris, I now desperately want an x-over with Phantom of the Opera. The ALW musical takes place in 1881, so it's too late for Jacky herself to turn up, but she and Jamie could have a grandchild who's into acting and ends up at the Opera. He or she could team up with one of Lisette's grandkids! Hijinks ensue.
05 July 2015 @ 06:13 pm
I just found out that Hulu has all of Cowboy Bebop available. Marathon time! I still need to write that Cowboy Bebop/Bloody Jack Adventures crossover someday.
22 May 2015 @ 09:04 am
Season 2 of Carmilla begins on June 2 and Season 3 of Hannibal begins on June 4.

This is gonna be fun.
07 May 2015 @ 12:01 pm
Thanks God I got this done before Season 2 starts airing. Time for a look at the other characters! Cut tags for spoilers still apply.

There are several parallels between the Dean and Akio. read moreCollapse )

Perry is Wakaba, if anyone. They just want everything to be normal, normal, normal. Sorry, but that’s not happening.

Danny could be Juri. They’re both tall, badass redheads. On a non-Utena note, Danny says in Episode 7 that the Summer Society has an annual Adonis Festival and Hunt. Now I want to write fic about that, or fic where the Summer Society engages in Bacchic celebrations during which they engage in Maenad-type behavior. It goes badly whenever any Zeta boys try to infiltrate.

Will is Touga—they’re both sleazy minions.

I’m not sure that LaFontaine and Kirsch have character equivalents. Kirsch isn’t always very bright but he’s too nice to be Saionji.

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