alory_shannon: HHr. In all the years they were together, she never left his side; not once. (Ghosts in the Graveyard;)
~

I'm still too upset to really write much of anything about this, but here goes nothing.


I don't believe that you have to get to know someone face to face to love them. I never met Sir Terry Pratchett, but I love him. Not a romantic love, of course, but…it really only hurts us to lose things that we love, and this hurts. And while I might not have ever sat down and talked with him, while he never knew that I existed, for me, he was one of the brightest stars in the sky; a blazing Polaris, a lodestone, a signal fire. This is what I want to be, what I want to do, I thought whenever I read one of his books. Let me give this same sort of joy to others, someday, somehow.

As a would-be writer myself, I can say that we all put something of ourselves into whatever we create; so in that way, I did know him.

He didn't know me, but I knew him.

Over the years, countless other readers will come to know him also, will find the joy and laughter and cleverly-phrased truths in the pieces of himself that he left behind for us. And they will love him, just as I do.

Thank you, Sir Terry Pratchett.

Thank you, but not goodbye. Because I have a shelf full of your words to revisit again and again, and after all, 'There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.'

And I, for one, won't ever let go.
alory_shannon: Mr. Bilbo Baggins is about to go on An Adventure, whether he likes it or not. & without even a pocket-handkerchief! ("In a hole in the ground there lived...;)
~

This journal has been sorely neglected of late, and I read a fair amount, so...I might as well post about it, right?

I'm talking about books, so obviously this is going to need a cut. )
alory_shannon: ...I will KISS YOU if you know what anime this is from without somehow cheating & looking it up. KISS YOU. (Oh reeeeeeeeeally now;)
~

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

/REPLAYING P4 FOR AN RP APP, JUST TO BE SURE

/JUST ACCIDENTALLY SAVED OVER THE WRONG SAVE FILE, WHICH = SOCIAL LINK NOT GOING HOW I WANTED

/REALISES NEXT CLOSEST SAVE FILE IS SRS LEVELS BELOW CURRENT FILE

/WRISTS

/WRISTS

/WRISTS



# First-World Problemsssss but UGH STILL, HOW ANNOYING

..............I might still go back to that older save file, dammit. B|
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
~

...THIS. THIS MUSIC VIDEO. IS SO, SO AMAZINGLY AWESOME.

But you will probably only agree if you like (or have at least seen) Fight Club.

...Which...if you haven't, you need to go fix that, STAT.

alory_shannon: Mr. Bilbo Baggins is about to go on An Adventure, whether he likes it or not. & without even a pocket-handkerchief! ("In a hole in the ground there lived...;)
~

Cut for length and utterly shameless fan-flailing )
alory_shannon: The icon that I will never let Phase escape, regardless of what blogsite we're at. 'Cause deep down, she loves it. ♥ (KIIIIIIITTY; DESTROY ALL HUMANS)
~

I love my brother, but sometimes he can get nosy. But then, he is related to my mother, so this is only to be expected. And I love her VERY much, too, but. Yeah. Thankfully, I am (almost) always up to takin' him down when it comes down to verbal sparring. Take this conversation that we had yesterday for example:


Brother: "...Okay, I just...don't understand why you haven't dated at all in like, years--"

Me: [BURSTS out in a loud, obnoxious falsetto, a la King Fergus] " 'I DON'T WANT TO GET MARRIED! I WANT TO STAY SINGLE AND LET MY HAIR FLOW IN THE WIND AS I RIDE THROUGH THE GLEN, FIRING ARROWS INTO THE SUNSET!' "

Brother: ...

Me: [/Fergusfais a la this .gif]


Brother: [/Elinorfais a la same .gif] "...Never mind."


HA A WINNAR IS ME XD
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
~



AND IT IS ENTIRELY DUE TO THE NEW SPIDER-MAN MOVIE

OMG OMG THE FIGHT SCENES WERE BEAUTIFUL

AND ANDREW GARFIELD IS ADORABLE

AND ADORKABLE

AND FIFTY THOUSAND TIMES HOTTER THAN TOBEY MAGUIRE YES I CAN SAY THAT WITHOUT FEELING WEIRD 'CAUSE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS PLAYING A HIGHSCHOOLER HE IS ACTUALLY TWO YEARS OLDER THAN I AM SO HE IS TTLY WITHIN THE REASONABLE CRUSH AGE-RANGE™

I mean, I need more time to process it all and I know it wasn't a PERFECT movie because there was no J.J. Jameson in it which was an EPIC sadfais for me since he was, like...my VERY FAVOURITE PART of the other three Spidey movies but I really, really liked it a lot and cannot WAIT to go again with my dad and/or mom and maybe some coworkers from the library


GO SEE IT, PHASE

GO

GO NOW

YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT


SOOOOO COOL, SPIDEY-SAN!!!

<3333333333333
alory_shannon: Boba Fett is the biggest badass in the Star Wars universe. (..& btw, WHAT new movies? I only know of THREE SW movies.) (I am the best at what I do;)
~

WELP, got my copy of Star Wars: The Old Republic in the mail today SO

SEE YA IN A MONTH, INTERNET

BEEN NICE KNOWIN' YA



TIME TO GET TO WORK
alory_shannon: Boba Fett is the biggest badass in the Star Wars universe. (..& btw, WHAT new movies? I only know of THREE SW movies.) (I am the best at what I do;)
~

LOL My brother showed me this yesterday (and YES I am on a HUGE Star Wars kick right now, in part because I got a "HAY GIRL HAY, play free for a week and try it out so we can convince you to give us YO MONEYZ! 8DDDDD" trial-pass thing from BioWare and have been playing the hell outta that game since Tuesday night.

ANYHOO, I LOL BECAUSE IT IS TRUE:


"THE GOLDEN RULE: NEVER LET ANY HINT OF MENACE BE DISPLAYED. THE MENACE MUST REMAIN PHANTOM." alksjdafkljsdhahahahaHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA X'DDD

But alkdfjs yes YES @1:36, the WALTZ STEPS thing! I totally noticed that the FIRST time I saw that movie, and I was just like, "...What the hell? WAY too much wasted movement, guys!" D: I mean, sure it's pretty to watch, but it is not at all effective if you want to, oh I don't know, ACTUALLY WIN A DUEL or NOT DIE or something but I'm sure THAT'S not really important or anything...

ANYWAY

BACK TO THE OLD REPUBLIC NOW

GOTTA PLAY EVERY CHANCE I GET THIS WEEK because IDK if I can afford the game AND the monthly fee right now and I've been wanting to play since it came out /sobbbbbbbbbbbbbb and NOW I FINALLY GET TO and NONE OF YOU SHALL TEAR ME AWAY FROM IT BWAHAHAHAAAAAA~

More later, maybe. + Review-thing of the game next week, certainly. Though I can probs be convinced to talk about my characters right now, if anyone is interested (probably not in the least but I thought I'd throw that out there JUST IN CASE...)
alory_shannon: Boba Fett is the biggest badass in the Star Wars universe. (..& btw, WHAT new movies? I only know of THREE SW movies.) (I am the best at what I do;)
~

...My Boba Fett fangirling (...uh...so would that be a FETTish? /SHOTSHOTSHOTlol) goes up about a hundred notches every time I watch this. And in my mind, only the awesome and utterly badass Fett of the first three movies + the EU novels & comics exists. That whiny, annoying brat in the new movies? DON'T KNOW HIM, WHO IS THAT, NOPE NO IDEA NO NONE.

alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (DEADPOOL. The 4chan of comicbook heroes.)
~

Guys


Guys why did I write this


I'm supposed to be working on my Original Story Stuff, not falling prey to Random Plot Bunnies


I


I don't even know


..And at the same time I am sort of terribly, extremely proud of that fic, cracktastic though it is
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (Default)
~

I really have NO time for anything, much less updating LJ, because it is paper-writing crunch time for my Library & Info Studies class. But...this Library Story of the Day was too...something for me to pass up documenting.

So I was working at the front desk today, and a teenager-ish girl comes up to check out, and she...was the talkative type. Not the type who you can have a nice conversation with as you check out their things, no--she was the type who comes up and starts talking, and just keeps talking without giving you a chance to get a word in edgewise. And that's fine, it's my job to check out her books, not talk to her, it's a library not a host club (thank heavens), but still. I'm something of a people-watcher, and it's become extremely interesting, amusing, and frustrating in turns to see SO many people with varying levels of SOCIAL SKILLS, WUT DAT.

Anyway, finally she started winding down, at which point she said:

Teen: *sounding EXTREMELY proud of herself* "I finished Breaking Dawn in two weeks!"

Me:


*...BUT~ after maybe half a second of that, remembers to smile and nod, all the while biting back what I really WANTED to say, which was '...And *I* finished Great Expectations in two days.'



Thankfully she left almost immediately after that so I didn't have to stifle my snarking for long, but. Uhm, yeah. Boasting about reading that sort of utter tripe? (To a LIBRARIAN, and an ENGLISH MAJOR, no less, not that she could have known the latter.) Sorry, not the smartest move, kiddo.

...AAAAND ONCE MORE INTO THE BREACH I GO. 8| And in case I don't make it out alive...David, Thellie, and Laura, you guys get to fight over who gets what from my anime/manga collection. Phase gets my beautiful hardback Garth Nix/Old Kingdom Series books. Anne gets all my comic books, and any of my other books she wants. AND TAO, YOU GET ALL MY BUTTONS. EVEN THE NARUTO ONES. X'D Piper gets anything he can steal/carry home with him, lmao, and my beloved Abbey Road poster if he wants it. EVERYTHING ELSE I EXPECT TO HAVE BURIED WITH ME, JUST FYI. EDIT: EXCEPT MY VIDEO GAMES, Logan gets those.
alory_shannon: Kitty says CURSES, WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE FOR OPPOSABLE THUMBS! (WHAT EVEN IS THIS; IDK)
~

SO I just got done watching the first episode, and....now I have to go back and read through the whole series again, LMAO. I really rather liked it, and I don't have much to say that hasn't been said elsewhere. The change in pacing is what I noticed the most, really--this first episode was like the first three episodes of the original anime crammed into one. Which is fine, really, though I did sort of go "buh?" at the total lack of Kaito/Kite. I thought this first episode would be more, like, establishing who Gon is and how he behaves and how he's lived his whole life as a ~Nature Boy~ and have the whole thing with Kaito, then put him on the boat as the episode draws to a close and maybe give us a glimpse of Kurapika and Leorio, then end with OH NOES, THERE'S A STORM APPROACHING! But meh, this works fine, and as I said to both [livejournal.com profile] atiko and [livejournal.com profile] kirbywarrior1, I love this series so much that I am really just thrilled to see HxH getting ANY sort of new attention, so I am unlikely to be very critical of much of ANYthing, really.

Looking around a bit, I've seen the OP/ED (particularly the ED) catching a lot of flak, musically-speaking....but y'know, I actually sort of really LOVED the new ED. TBH I guess it hits all my music-kinks just right, I can dig some well-done screaming/Screamo music ALTHOUGH ALSO ALSO ALSO now that I think about it, it also reminds me a LOT of VOCALOID-style music! Which I also love, SO. Here it is, if you'd like to see/hear it!



Three more things of note RE: this ED--

-0:35 Kurapika's Past -- HEARTSTRINGS SNAPPED, HOKAY, and I had to run it back IMMEDIATELY and pause it, because it was one of those alsdkfjalsjdWHATdidIjustseewhatIthoughtIsawNOWAYAUGH ;~; moments.
-0:36-0:44 ......I SERIOUSLY laughed aloud at 0:41. |D I sort of........cannot believe that they included that, LMAO And just--OH that is just such a skeevy creepy scene, FFFFFFFFFFFFFF...
-1:07-1:08 KILLUA YOU HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN INTRO'D IN THIS VERSION AND ALREADY YOU ARE KILLING MEEEEE D': The--the PERFECTLY lip-synced 'wasurenaide' ("Don't forget [me]") and that teeeear... (..or drop of blood? Or both..) KID, YOU MAKE MY HEART HURT AND YOU DESERVE ALL THE COOKIES, YOU HEAR ME, ALL OF THEM

The art is fine, it looks...better than the old one, sort-of? Somewhat cleaner and definitely "newer", but like someone else said, shounen anime art does tend to be ~quality~ and this show is no different. I was really hoping for something more along the lines of FMA/FMA:B, but...well, we'll see. It's CERTAINLY not bad enough to keep me from watching it every week, haha, but as I said, I absolutely adore this series, so. YES, I LIKED IT JUUUUUUUUST FINE.

And~ I took some screenshots, so icons should follow tomorrow! ...Though they will almost ALL be of Kurapika with maybe one or two Killua, hahahaaaaa character bias what is that. Made the icon I'm using for this entry from one of those screens, so if you like what you see there, check back tomorrow to snag yourself something. ;]
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
~

ald;kfjasfkda;jkdsf;jksd H-HOW HOW HOW

HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!


AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH THIS GIVES ME SO MANY *FEELINGS*


CHIEF AMONG THEM A FIERCE AND INCREDIBLE SORT OF JOY


OH HELLS YES, IMMA DEFINITELY BE COSPLAYING KURAPIKA AT OHAYOCON THIS YEAR, K
alory_shannon: Rise from P4 fangirling, most likely over her senpai. & who can blame her, he's a badass, & a silver fox to boot. (So quick to fall in love with anything;)
~

So, about 5 minutes before the library closed tonight, I suddenly hear one of my co-workers say, “...Is that a snake?”

And of course I just thought, pfft, oh right, she’s joking, it’s a rubber toy or some sort of prank, but I go over to look anyway…and no.

REAL SNAKE.

(My face on realising this: 8D)

It was coiled up on the floor on the employee’s side of the counter, kind-of off to the side, just calm and cute as could be. <3 So INSTANTLY I’m over there, crouching down to get a better look but still keeping a respectful distance, because I didn’t want to scare it + RESPECT NATURE, LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH UNLESS YOU HAVE TO has been drilled into me from…early childhood, thank you Ranger Rick. I was 97% certain it was just a harmless little garter snake, and even if that was wrong, there were no bright colours on the thing, which when it comes to snakes generally means no need to worry about ZOMG POISON. So when one of my co-workers was like IS IT POISONOUS D8 I couldn’t help giving a little chuckle and saying, “Oh HEAVENS, no.” Even after that, though, the other ladies at the Circ desk…were all kinda clustering away on the other end of the desk, giving that little guy WIDE BERTH, lmao.

So the older gentleman who works in Reference and the middle-aged one who works in Children's came over, both with this semi-patronising air of yeah yeah, stay calm ladies, we’ll take care of it.... And they were trying to corral it into a cardboard box, which…didn’t work at all, small as the snake was. It just kept slipping away, got around the front of the desk, then came back behind it, and finally it went under the Circ desk to attempt to hide amongst the computers’ power cords.

And at that point…I was just like, you know what, forget this. This is never going to work and NO ONE ELSE has the guts to take care of this properly SO.

So I just went for it—and it wasn’t really a conscious decision on my part, it felt more like…reflex or something, I dunno. I just gently picked it up, kind of in the middle, holding it firmly enough that it wouldn’t just fall out of my hand, but loosely enough that it didn’t feel like I was a threat. I know you’re really supposed to pick them up closer to the head so they can’t turn and bite you, but it was just so totally chill with me holding it the way that I was already, I didn’t see any need to alter that. I heard a “Wow, you go, girl,” as I headed to the back door with it, and the snake was still totally calm, not freaking out or writhing or even trying to slither out of my grasp, so I took it outside and carried it to the wooded area at the edge of the library's property and let it go. :]

…And when I came back in, all my co-workers sort of just.....looked at me silently for a moment, HAHA. Then I got a “Well...well done, there” and a “YYYYEP, that’s definitely an A+ for you at work today.”


...But it was SO CUTE and SLEEK and as;lkdfjlkdsj I LOVE HOW SMOOTH THEY FEEL AND I HAVE REALLY SORT OF WANTED A SNAKE FOR YEARS AND THIS ONLY REMINDED ME OF THAT FACT

SO MUCH





But lol yeah, ALL IN A DAY’S WORK AT THE LIBRARY~ 83



...And y'know, really all I can think...is AND THE HAT SAID, "SLYTHERIN!!!!"

Y/Y/MFY?? X'D
alory_shannon: Sherlock doing what he does best. Aside from irritating John & sort-of failing at being a human being, anyway. (THE BIG NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!)
~

Days left until Dragon*Con: 6 5 4 3 2 1


Costume completion level: about 40% 55% 61% 73% 85%


Freaking out a little: very yes still sort-of yes but maybe starting to think eh, one more late night & I got dis


8| 8| 8|



ALSO


ALSO IF I EVER MEET THE ARTIST AND/OR CHARACTER DESIGNER WHO CREATED THE COSTUME I'M MAKING


I THINK I WILL PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE


AND THE COLORIST TOO


BECAUSE AS I'VE SAID BEFORE


CHANGING LINES AND THE COLOUR OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE OUTFIT EVERY OTHER FRAME IS ABSOLUTELY MADDENING AND I JUST I CAN'T EVEN





EDIT: AND DONE. 99% anyway--still have to add one last decorative button (would like to add three more, but...I don't have that many, orz). I'd've gone ahead and added it tonight, but after so much sewing + a VERY long day at the library, my fingertips are all super sore. It...actually really hurts just typing this, lol /whimp

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