ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
Belated Happy Birthday to [personal profile] ashen_key, my prompt was Kore and Demeter having a good day and I had a strange idea of a travel writer ending up in their part of the world. I hope this makes you smile as I feel lucky to have you in my life.

Discovered (880 words) by FiKate
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Περσεφόνη | Persephone (Hellenistic Religion & Lore), Δημητηρ | Demeter (Hellenistic Religion & Lore)
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Tourism, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, France (Country), Mother-Daughter Relationship
Summary:

A slightly belated birthday fic for Ashie who asked for Kore and Demeter having a good day. My mind immediately went to how would they react to a travel writer who arrived fully in my head. In this fic, Kore and Demeter have a little fun with a writer who's appeared in their midst and end up helping their village even more.


Set in a modern world where after all the trouble over Kore's kidnapping, they went and built a house in Southern France along with the early Greek colonists and have lived there since.


I hope you enjoy it, Ashie.

ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
I'm going to try and do this every week as I love the idea of it, all links go to Goodreads.

What I just finished reading.

The Just City by Jo Walton, this is a fantastic book about what if Athena decided to try and create Plato's Republic. Since time is no consideration for her, she pulls in people from all over time to found and run it. Apollo decides to experience the city as a young boy and I loved this book. The thoughtful discussion of how would this philosophy work in reality, the various characters' points of view and how the gods are presented. I'm going to be recommending and thinking about this book for a while. It made the classicist part of me happy along with the educator, Jo Walton is so creative.

Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon, I don't know why the Goodreads is coming up in French for the description. This is the first book of a mystery series set in Venice and I've been wanting to read it for ages. The ebook was on sale so I snagged it and enjoyed it a lot. The style of writing and mystery reminded me of Lindsay Davis or Georges Simeon. The main character and his family are great and Venice and Italy are just as much characters.

What I'm currently reading

The Seneca Falls Inheritance by Miriam Grace Monfredo which is the first book in a mystery series about a woman named Glynis Tryon who is a librarian in Seneca Falls. She's a woman making her way in the 1840s and I love all the social notes and the characters. I picked this up at the library paperback book sale yesterday and I'm liking it. Historical mysteries are a genre I enjoy but can be tricky to get right, this one has an unusual setting and is well written.

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman and I'm so happy I was able to get my hold on it so quickly. I adored Seraphina and I love how everything is moving forward and Hartman's style.

Passage by Connie Willis, this is technically a reread because last week I read Being Mortal, a difficult and well written book about end of life options. I read it because my parents picked up and reading about the atmosphere around death had me thinking about Passage and I'm enjoying my reread. I love Connie Willis' style of writing.

What I'm reading next.

*eyes my to read pile* I'm not completely sure, possibly The Wrath and the Dawn, a retelling of the Shahrzad story and an ARC I picked up at ALA Midwinter. Or I might read Jackaby, a YA book that I won from The Book Smugglers. I've also had my eye on The Accidental Highwayman as I've seen good reviews and it looks fun. Then I have all the various romances I have and my bag of ARCs from Midwinter and whatever I might spot at the library.
ceitfianna: (Inception-look sideways)
I have a job interview next week and sent off another job application today for a library near where my aunt lives. I do love how when school's decide they want to talk to you, it happens quick. Yesterday I had an email saying are you still interested in this job, today they called to arrange the interview which happens on Tuesday. It's a school in a suburb of Detroit, so at least the drive won't be long and I've given myself time to hopefully not get lost. Detroit and the surrounding area is so confusing.

Life is strange and wonderful. I'm feeling much healthier, taking a break at [personal profile] dodger_sister's was completely the right choice. Not doing anything in a ACed house was prefect and I had a good long rest. Last night work was incredibly quiet and I hope tonight will be too as getting to work involves navigating Art Fair. I've seen some pretty things there including a lovely glass pendant in green that I might end up buying. The only drawback to Art Fair is that when its all quiet and closed down walking through it makes my late night walk a little stranger.

Now for one more round of the 5 topics meme. If you want me to give you topics just say five in the comments.

These are from [personal profile] aberration:

1. James McAvoy
I don't remember when I first discovered James McAvoy, I think it might have been when he was in Children of Dune, which I enjoyed. Then when I started at Milliways, I needed a face for Will Scarlett and I found him. Since then he's become an actor that I'm always watching to see what he does. I think what I love about him is that he's consistently good, makes interesting choices in his work and seems to have fun. At this point, I've yet to see everything he's done and probably never will but he's one of my strongest celebrity crushes. Whenever he's interviewed about any movie, he's always smiling and it's clear he chooses projects he enjoys. They're not always great and sometimes rather weird, but that's what's great about him. Sometimes I wish that more people knew of him, but not for long. I like that he can do what he finds interesting.

2. Greek Mythology
I've loved Greek Mythology since I was a little girl as I grew up with this beautifully illustrated book of the myths from the twenties that I loved. I've always been fascinated by the basic stories we tell and how they get changed through the centuries. Most of my undergrad work and grad work in Classics was based around literature and how are stories told. My favorite part of Greek Mythology is how even in their era, poets and playwrights went, this is how I'm going to tell this story and this is how someone else does. It means that there are many ways to think and approach and that's created a basis for us to be constantly examining the stories now.

3. Travel
Travel makes me happy. I love going out to see a new place, getting lost and then learning to find my way. One of the best ways to learn and realize what you don't know is putting yourself in a place where you don't fit. I've done that by living abroad and moving to new cities, its not an easy thing to do but its part of what makes me who I am. The kind of travel I'm hoping to do in the near future will be around the US, connecting with Milliways' people and more job searching.

4. New Zealand
New Zealand was the first place where I felt like an adult. During my first year there, I supported myself through temp work, found friends and connections and learned so much. The second and third years were trickier as I dealt with my master's degree that didn't work and broke up with a boyfriend, but its one of my favorite places in the world. Wellington has everything I love in a city, its by the water, its full of many different things and its walkable. I think the thing I love most about New Zealand is how the entire country feels small and people can take the time to care and do more there. When I worked for the ministry of health, I was impressed by how much they did for people and that comes through in all kinds of interactions. People just pay more attention and I hope to go back there someday.

5. Dessert
I have a sweet tooth, I always have and probably always will. Chocolate is my favorite item of dessert as it comes in so many forms and is just delicious. My father makes homemade chocolate sauce that I've had with so many lovely meals. I love to bake and cook so I enjoy trying new desserts from cakes to all sorts of other dishes. My dessert of choice this summer is ice cream and berries or yogurt and berries since it's just been far too hot.
ceitfianna: (prof kirke please)
To save Twitter from more of my grumblings about this awful book, I'm going to do a partial write up. My father bought Sappho's Leap at the Lewes Library Book Sale and sent it to me. I've yet to have a chance to talk with him about it but my mother and Twitter and chat have heard my amazement.

Currently I'm about half way through the book and the best thing about it is its a fairly quick read just an awful one. The story is told in the first person by Sappho and so much of it is telling not showing and Sappho is weirdly passive even though she's doing things. Though she makes choices, it reads more as life just happens to her a lot. I think that's mainly the fault of the writing, but the story is bizarre.

Erica Jong seems to have done some research as there are points where it feels vaguely historical and then the Amazons want to make her their queen and I stare or Zeus and Aphrodite start making asides about her. Half way through the book, she's fallen in love with a poet, her slave who keeps saying things like but to truly know freedom you must know slavery, which good point but that's about what she says, and a soothsayer that we only know as the Priestess of Isis. She's also seduced a pharaoh, charmed Aesop, who's now on her side, written the Amazoniad and the Amazons want to make her their queen, she's also supposed to go down to the underworld at some point. The sex parts are pretty well written, kind of soft porn and some nice metaphors, but apparently that's what made Jong's name, writing about female pleasure.

I've also lost track of how many times she's been conveniently shipwrecked, which adds to how passive she seems. She just kind of ends up where she needs to be and doing what she needs to be doing. In Delphi, she needs money, she sees that the oracle is speaking in metaphor and interprets them and so have tons of money. There will be maybe a sentence or two of well people knew of my symposia on Syracuse and thus came to them in Egypt and I go, but the world doesn't work like that. Oh and she's part of a bet between Aphrodite and Zeus, so they'll pop up and have discussions about her love life and she'll comment on how some of her works are perceived later.

Now honestly a lot of this could be fun and interesting, but the writing is boring and it seems to take itself rather seriously, which leaves me confused. There's such a great premise in this book but it misses Sappho. The beauty to me of Sappho's work is how she captured the details of love and life, she doesn't need an epic tale to honor her just a true one. This isn't true, I don't know what this is.

The ancient world is hard to write about because their view of religion was different from ours and getting the right balance of myth and fact is hard, Jong fails at it. I want to tell her to go read Robert Graves, Mary Renault and Lindsey Davis who get it, Margaret Atwood as well. The Penelopiad is an amazing book, one of my favorite takes on a myth.

Oh and the part that made me boggle today was while Sappho's working on the Amazoniad, she keeps complaining that she keeps hearing about too perfect Amazons and she can't work with that. I'm going to share quotes now, Sappho pointing out why this book doesn't work.

There be quotes here to save flists. )

Now to make up for all these horrible quotes, have Sappho at her finest.

Evening

Children astray to their mothers, and goats to the herd,
Sheep to the shepherd, through twilight the wings of the bird,
All things that morning has scattered with fingers of gold,
All things thou bringest, O Evening! at last to the fold.

Translation from Poemhunter.com.
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Do you remember what you were doing
between July 2000 and June 2001? Think back. Did anything happen
then that felt like a wild jumpstart, or a series of epiphanies, or a
benevolent form of shock therapy? Were you forcibly dislodged from a rut
by an adversary who eventually became an ally? Did you wake up from a
sleepy trance you didn't even know you had been in? I'm guessing that at
least some of those experiences will be returning in the coming months,
but on a higher octave this time.


Yes, quite a lot of things happened during those months as the summer of 2000 was the one right after my first year at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and what I think of as my summer of hell. I ended up breaking up horribly with my high school boyfriend who then cut me off from a lot of friends and I worked on finding my way. Later I ended up with a fantastic partner and I had a great school year and spent time figuring out how to get myself to Athens in 2002. The world was hugely in flux, but I came out of it with some new scars but stronger and happier.

I'm taking hope from this as I just found out from my job agency that the job in Rhode Island was filled. I had a sinking feeling it probably was considering that I hadn't heard from them, but I still wish that I'd heard more than here's a check to reimburse you. Now I go back to the cover letter grind and go and write another blog post since I'm worried my current one isn't the best first impression.

My birthday celebrations keep happening as last night, I got two gift cards from one of my brothers. One for Zingerman's and one for iTunes, then did a wonderful sync watch with [personal profile] wanderlustlover, [personal profile] ladyoflorien and [personal profile] dynastessa of Shakespeare in Love and that movie is really such happiness for me.

I'm slowly getting all my errands taken care of as the new mirror's been ordered for my car and the price doesn't look to be too bad. The last steri strips are nearing ready to fall off my ear lobe, so I need to go and have another doc look at it to tell me if I need to keep it bandaged or not. My back hurts and I need to figure out getting a massage which got sidetracked by other ideas.

This is just a little dip, but I know that there is the right job out there for me. The three I interviewed for showed me that its a matter of everything connecting and it will happen. When August comes around, all the signs that say time to go out of Michigan will be answered.
ceitfianna: (long road)
For the past few days I've had the refrain of "Another suitcase, another town" from Evita in my head, which is odd. Evita isn't a favorite of mine but when I was visiting my parents, my father bought the movie soundtrack because it was cheap at the booksale. He's always been interested in Eva Peron which was why he bought it, also it was a quarter. Then when we were driving north for my nieces' communion party he played it and we all decided we didn't like it. Some of the songs are good but Madonna added so much other stuff to them or possibly they already had that but too many saxophones. So that's the refrain in my head and I'd like it to not be there as it just hits all my feelings of gah, waiting and worrying, which has been making me feel not in a great place.

On Saturday some of this nervousness had a nice physical manifestation when there was surprise roadwork on a road I drive a lot and I badly damaged my right side mirror. This is now another thing that I have to get done. As my birthday gets closer, I feel like all I really want to do for it is just be taken care of for a little bit. If I can arrange the massage that will be part of it and there are plans in the works, I'm just feeling tired. Since feeling sore and unhappy seems to be going around my group of friends of late, I'd also like the world to be nicer for my friends for my birthday too.

In terms of various good things, all the books I've been reading lately have been wonderful. The library booksale in Delaware brought me so many lovely reads that I'm going to do a quick rundown of my utter favorites.

The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer: The main character of this book is just out of the army where he was known as Crazy Jack because nothing ever goes simply for him. The story starts as he's riding to visit a friend and then stops at a toll in the middle of the night because the gatekeeper's missing and ends up comforting and protecting his worried son. There's brilliant use of thieves' cant, a romance between two quite well-suited people, a highwayman that wants to be a farmer, a mystery including something hidden in a cave and an old man who will have things his way. If you've never read Heyer, this is a great way to start as it has all the best elements of her books; believable romance, wonderful feel for the Regency era, humor and beautiful language.

Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Ancient Athens by Peter Davidson: Books like this are why I'm a classicist as the introduction lays out brilliantly how historians try to figure out what ancient life was like and how some areas get looked at closer than others. Then the rest of the book is an intelligent and fun discussion of Athenians thoughts on food, sex and money. I highly recommend it for the knowledge in it and the playful sense of writing.

The Course of Honor by Lindsey Davis: I adore Davis' Falco series set in Vespasian's Rome, its one of my favorite historical mysteries and if there's a new one, I always read it. This book is Davis' take on Vespasian's career told through the eyes of Caenis, the slave and then freedwoman who he loved throughout his entire life. We follow everything through Caenis' eyes. She is a slave in the palace and then later for Antonia, so has a unique perspective on the Claudians. The romance between Vespasian and Caenis is subtly presented as their lives are complicated in terms of class, money and politics. Davis handles it all deftly as well as weaving through it a knowledge of yes, we all know how this ends but lets play in the details. Reading this made me want to go and reread and rewatch I, Claudius, which examines the same general area in time.

At the moment I'm in the midst of The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer which feels like the most Austen of the books of hers I read. The Nonesuch, which is the name for Sir Waldo who is the pinnacle of a gentleman comes to Yorkshire when he inherits an estate and most of the book is about his interactions with the ladies and gentlemen of the area. Its a charming and a wonderful read but normally Heyer reads like Heyer to me, this one feels far more like Austen and makes me want to go and try and finish my Becoming Jane fix it story.

Writing about books has improved my mood and I'm going to get things done and then have a wonderful birthday weekend/week as my family goes that celebrations should keep going.

A good wind

May. 1st, 2012 01:12 pm
ceitfianna: (beach scene)
I feel like a wonderful wind has caught my sails and I'm heading for all sorts of good things. I meant to post earlier but being on vacation means my sense of time gets a little loose. The biggest thing that happened was on Saturday, a school emailed me saying they wanted to do an interview and Sunday morning I did an interview over Facetime. It went incredibly well and that means that I'll be stopping in Ohio on my way back to Michigan for a full day interview. What makes me giggle about this job is one reason I caught this person's eye is because of my Classics' background even though its for a library job. You never know when Classics will be useful. Also the agency keeps referring me to other jobs, it's wonderful how obviously they're on my side and it makes me certain that quitting my lease was the right choice. I don't want to set any dates or hopes too set in stone for fear they'll fall apart, but this track is going to find me a job.

My ear seems to be doing okay. My dad's been bandaging it in the hope it will heal but my mom and I are going off to an emergency clinic for a second opinion. It doesn't really hurt but its so weird to not be wearing dangling earrings, I feel half-dressed.

As part of the plans for the interview, I realized that I needed some new clothes. My wardrobe and various other things I own have been not working as well as they might and this was a good chance to fix that. A huge part of this is that I tend to wear my clothes down a lot and also my wardrobe is still in mainly grad student mode and needs to be more professional. Yesterday we went shopping at the outlets and it was actually quite pleasant. I found two lovely tops for interviews, one that's polka dot with a cowl neck that has a sort of retro feel to it, a lovely champagne colored big cowl neck almost silky sweater, a fly away cardigan in a blue that's almost the color of my eyes and a great pair of professional pants. I'm still on the look out for a good interview skirt and a great jacket, but I feel hopeful. It's been a long time since I went shopping and it didn't make me feel awful.

Today I got my hair cut and it feels so much nicer and lighter as a lot of length and weight went away. There's a picture here and I'm wearing the new polka dot top in the picture as well. It's not a great shot as photobooth is always a little tricky. I might try for another shot in better light later.

Overall life is quite good and I still have more break with family visits to come and fun things happening in RP along with poking away at various stories and the prompts. The DEs of late have been such fun and I love having the time to give them a lot of thought.
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
Today has been a good and quiet day. I wrote a post on my librarian blog over here. Also I've almost finished my personal statement for my private school jobs and feeling productive.

One thing I adore about April is getting lost in reading poetry as I try to pick what to post. My trip plans to see my family are moving forward and I'm realizing how much good a break will do me.

In terms of good reading, I've almost finished an amazing book that everyone interested in badass crossdressing women needs to read. Its called They Fought like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War., I've been reading it every chance I can get and its fascinating.

The poetry for today is more Greek just this time Sappho who is one of my favorites, I'm going to post a few I adore. All of these were translated by Willis Barnstone.

World
I could not hope
to touch the sky
with my two arms.

Dream
O dream from the blackness,
come when I was sleeping.

Sweet is the god but still I am
in agony and far from my strength,

for I had hopes to share
something of the happy ones,

nor was I so foolish
as to scorn pleasant toys.

Now my I have
all these things.

In Time of Storm
Brightness. I ask for good fortune
to reach the harbor, the earth
for our black ships.

We are sailors under great gales,
hoping for dry reefs,
to sail in with our cargo.

The sky is flowing.
Awash in the storm we have many
duties. O dry land!

After the Night Festival
Peace is simply havoc
and my heart is worn out.
[The night] sits down,
but come, my friends.
Soon it will be dawn.
ceitfianna: (Greek icon)
Long ago, I lived in Wellington, New Zealand and tried to write a master's thesis about three odes by the Greek poet Pindar. Today I'm going to share my favorite of these odes and if I can find where I hid them, I may later share my own translations of these odes.

I apologize for the weird formatting of the ode, the author uses a particular form that I can't figure out how to reproduce and I'm getting a headache so here it is.

Also my landlords aren't helping with the whole, calm of I will find a job. My lease doesn't run out until August but apparently my place is the only one they have open, so they badger me. Not improving my day that started off running late and not getting tea. I'm really considering driving out to a bookstore and hiding there for a bit as I don't think I'm fit company for anyone.

Nemean 6


There is one race of men,
one race of gods.
Yet from one mother
we both take our breath.
The difference
is in the allotment
of all power,
for the one is nothing
while the bronze sky exists forever,
a sure abode.
And yet, somehow,
we resemble the immortals,
whether in greatness of mind
or nature, though we know not
to what measure
day by day and in the watches of the night
fate has written that we should run.
Counterturn 1

And now Alkimidas )
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I'm feeling productive as I've been getting some words out there. Yesterday I wrote a gift fic for [livejournal.com profile] thebattycakes, it's a William Evans and Bill Pardy fic and might end up being a part one. Today I also posted a poem on my librarian blog called Recipe for a Librarian.

This little meme was just posted on [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover's journal and I think it's wonderful.

Tell me about a story I haven't written.
And I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.


Now I'm going to do two more rounds of the five words' meme, which keeps getting me writing about things dear to my heart.

From [livejournal.com profile] saphyriaMichigan, librarianship, James McAvoy, mythology, books )

From [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustloverRobin Hood, education, travel, kindness, gaming )

Little Meme

Dec. 5th, 2011 11:01 pm
ceitfianna: (Hatter is bemused)
A fun meme from [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue and before I sleep tonight, I'm going to post at least one fic.

She gave me H:
1-Harry Potter-first one that comes to mind
2-Captain Hook-I can see my video of Hook from here.
3-Hermione Granger-Another easy one.
4-Helen-Greek Mythology
5-Hank McCoy-X-Men, because I keep writing about X-Men and I need to work him into more of my fics as I wonder the conversations he and Xavier had.
I'm also adding a sixth through the icon I'm using.

1. Comment on this post.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and either reply here with their names and your comments on the characters or post them to your own journal.
ceitfianna: (hot cider)
The weather has changed here in Michigan and I actually put on my heat last night because my toes were getting cold. I'm still working on what my life feels like for this point as I wait to hear from jobs, pick up shifts at the library and work on writing things. Thankfully the rain has stopped as that wasn't doing anything to help my mood. I enjoy rain but there were about three or four days of constant grey rain and it made it hard to find energy to do things. My parents came to visit me at the start of the week as they were in the midst of a Midwest road trip and it was so wonderful to see them. We made dinner one night and went out the next and I actually allowed myself to really celebrate that I have a diploma in the mail. There will be another small celebration when I can hold my masters but for now, I know I did it and didn't think I would. When I came back from New Zealand after a year of trying to write a masters thesis about Pindar, I felt ready to give up on academics bu then the recession and job hunting showed me that I wanted to be a librarian. Now after two years of hard work, I'm working as a part-time librarian and have a masters of information. Its a good feeling and somewhere out there is a job for me working with kids and getting them excited about reading and writing and creativity.

I've been writing more thanks to a wonderful prompting DE over in Milliways. Also I've got a few works in progress that are going slowly. Its so weird to actually have multiple things I'm writing that aren't papers or plot things for Milliways. Speaking of Milliways, I finally put Sameth back in as I've missed playing him a lot. In elsegame news, [livejournal.com profile] au_hogwarts is fun, I'm still figuring out all the details of things there but its a chance to play with some old friends. Oh and one oddly wonderfully thing that happened while my parents were here was that I showed my mother my works page on Archive of our Own and she liked what I'd written, which meant a lot to me.

Now I'm going to head out into town and enjoy reading The Discovery of Jeanne Baret which is such a good book. I love the author's way of presenting and filing in what we know and don't know. Then I might make some banana bread when I get home as it will make my house smell lovely, warm things up and be tasty.
ceitfianna: (four elements)
Ten years ago, I was in Greek Literature in Translation and we were about to watch a film about the Trojan War. As the video was being adjusted, we moved through the channels and there were the planes. The rest of the day was spent peering at televisions, calling those I love, and being with my friends. It was the day I was so thankful for the community of Randolph-Macon Woman's College where everyone was there for each other as we tried to make sense of what had happened.

Continuities
Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,
No birth, identity, form—no object of the world.
Nor life, nor force, nor any visible thing;
Appearance must not foil, nor shifted sphere confuse thy brain.
Ample are time and space—ample the fields of Nature.
The body, sluggish, aged, cold—the embers left from earlier
fires,
The light in the eye grown dim, shall duly flame again;
The sun now low in the west rises for mornings and for noons
continual;
To frozen clods ever the spring's invisible law returns,
With grass and flowers and summer fruits and corn.

Walt Whitman
ceitfianna: (Star Trek Not Alone)
I'm home from my amazing trip and last night I had one of those dreams that I really wished was real. I was watching a film about the world of Thor and Loki, it was while they were young and they were helping to fight something. At one point over this delicious thing that was a sort of shortbread rollup cake with raspberry jam, Odin told them a story about Denmark and it was so sweet. During all of this Thor or Chris Hemsworth but not exactly was sitting next to me and being the perfect guy date. We talked and were close to each other and he had this amazing silver almost feather earring that he told me about. Then suddenly we were both in undergraduate college again and he had to go do a paper on some work about Orpheus and Eurydice and we talked about Classics. I woke up when we were walking away and I miss having someone to talk to and cuddle with while watching dorky things.

I've got a bit of a break before my next round of work and everything starts on the sixth and I have things to write and errands to do. Bills and job things are top priority but getting myself a massage is high up there. On the plane flight back, I did something to one of my shoulders and its not horribly painful but it does hurt. This is why I don't like sitting in aisle seats, on window ones, I can lean against the plane and it is ever so slightly more comfortable. I miss the hot tub from our cottage, that did such amazing things for me in terms of relaxation. Also to do is work on my [livejournal.com profile] ineedmyfics story, I have a strong start with it, but it needs poking. I'm considering putting up a prompt post too as since I've finished my masters, my fiction writing has been going quite well.

I have my schedule for the upcoming semester and its pretty nice. Most of my shifts are online ones so even if they end at midnight, I'm home. I have one morning shift, the Friday opening one that feels like mine at this point. Next weekend, I'm helping with an upcoming Bookfest downtown which should be busy but fun. Things are coming together. Now if I can just find a workout/dance thing that I love and can afford for the semester, I'll be set.

The wedding and family wonderfulness will get a separate post with many pictures.

Lazy Days

Aug. 29th, 2011 05:06 pm
ceitfianna: (beach scene)
The past few days have been busy and rather wonderful. My brother and his wife had a Love Celebration and I've met and reconnected with friends and family from all the world, eaten beautiful food, drank great wine and felt quite lucky. Today feels like the first day of my true vacation as there aren't any parties planned. With my parents, I went hiking around Sugarloaf mountain and we've been doing a lot of reading and little else, which is such a treat.

I'm deep in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms,which is a complicated and good read. Normally political books aren't my favorite but the focus is on ideas and belief and relationships more than politics and the writing is brilliant.

I'm going to do two rounds of the icon meme and then head back to my book before having dinner with my brother and his wife again, we're helping to eat leftovers from the three parties and drink wine.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

The first round of icons are from [livejournal.com profile] one_more_cherry
Round one )

Next round of icons from [livejournal.com profile] minkhollow
Round two )
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
I really did mean to sleep tonight but it didn't seem fated to happen. Perhaps I can reset myself by staying up today and then sleeping when I get home from work tonight. I do plan on treating myself to a proper breakfast of pancakes or French toast or waffles at I think the Broken Egg.

In the meantime, I've finally started setting up my playlists on my new computer and I'd forgotten how for some reason iTunes will reorder and separate things by various artists. Its a pain as I like having my soundtracks in order. Also I have lots of random songs that people have given me and I don't recall them all, which makes things interesting.

I'm also rereading Tam Lin as between the various moves, my lovely paperback copy went missing and I bought a new one from Amazon. The cover image isn't as beautiful as the painting but its nice. Rereading is a joy as this is one of those books that truly imprinted on me. I first read it my junior year of high school when I had a horrible English teacher who did horrible things to my creative writing. We had block classes and I had her twice that year for creative writing and English, in both of them we spent most of our time writing essays for contests as they made her look good. It took me far too long after those classes before I actually started writing fiction again as she made me not look forward to writing. The two upsides were one of my oldest friends, the guy who introduced me to LARPing and was my first boyfriend was in the class, he was willing to argue with her and cause trouble, and she had a eclectic paperback collection. I picked up Tam Lin and it clicked for me, I think its partly to blame for my love of Classics and urban fantasy. One reason it worked for me was that I grew up on a small college campus so the setting felt quite familiar to me.

Now [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue started a round of the icon meme and so my answers to that will go under the cut. I love any excuse to look at everyone's beautiful icons so please comment.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

Some little images that are sometimes me )
ceitfianna: (Blair and Serena smiling)
I love the five question meme, I'm not sure that surprises anyone so here are the next round of answers.

Comment with "Come at me, bro," (or something to that effect) and:
→ I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
→ Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
→ Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

First round is from [livejournal.com profile] dynastessa
Ask me once )

Round two from [livejournal.com profile] adam_bat
Ask me twice )

I'm pretty sure I'm still collecting questions and definitely giving them out. I've rather forgotten everyone who's entry I've tagged.
ceitfianna: (James in the rain)
One thing I always forget until my parents visit is how early they wake up. My days feel so much longer with them but its mainly truly nice things. Also my mother and I had a good talk about body stuff and basically she's being supportive and it makes me happy and she likes the Monday to Monday idea of planning.

Last night we went out for lovely dinner at a restaurant called the Grange and today we had lunch with one of my good friends from SI and her husband then did some book shopping. After I finish work, we're going out to dinner and then probably on Tuesday, we'll go buy my new laptop. We're also thinking about seeing Midnight in Paris as my parents like Woody Allen and its playing at one of the local theaters.

Now I've been going around collecting questions from the five question meme, which is one of my favorites and during this quiet shift, I'm going to answer some of them.

Meme began at the journal of [livejournal.com profile] austen:

Comment with "Come at me, bro," or some variation you prefer and:
→ I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
→ Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
→ Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

First round from [livejournal.com profile] sardonicynic
Round One )

Next round from [livejournal.com profile] spooky_lemur
Round Two )
ceitfianna: (Macedonian gold wreath)
Today I didn't get on a computer until 6 pm due to a fantastic meeting about the AABF and sitting in cafes finishing Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra, which makes me so happy. Her style of writing is incredibly engaging, she knows her history and goes, this is propaganda, this we don't know and this we do. Also there are beautiful color plates that make me want to go back to Macedonia and Greece and visit Egypt and more of the Mediterranean coast and translate Greek and Latin and read more histories.

I finally turned in my degree audit so as long as I pass my class this summer semester, I will get a diploma in August. The weather is being fantastic, its sunny and not too hot due to beautiful breezes and my parents are arriving on Friday.

Adding a twist is that I seem to have ended up with AABF meetings every day this week but Wednesday, which means cleaning up my place and taking care of my car are going to be slightly shoehorned in. Though I adore all the meetings as there are so many ideas and things are coming into shape with character, story, illustrations and creation.

I'll make it work and last night I cooked up the chicken wings I bought at the farmer market's in one of my classic see what's in the pantry and put it in the pot dishes and it turned out delicious, a sort of chicken banana curry dish.

Now a fun meme last seen on [livejournal.com profile] varadia's journal.

Name a character I've written before (this counts for all RP characters; past, present or even AU) and I will tell you...

01. Full name
02. Best friend
03. Sexuality
04. Favorite color
05. Relationship status
06. Ideal mate
07. Turn-ons
08. Last sexual experience
09. Favorite food
10. Crushes
11. Favorite music
12. Biggest fear
13. Biggest fantasy
14. Quirks in bed
15. Bad habits
16. Biggest regret
17. Best kept secrets
18. Last thought
19. Worst sexual/romantic experience
20. Biggest insecurity
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
This morning I woke up and walked through the rain to figure how I'll be helping at a book festival, the Show Me a Story part. I ended up volunteering to help organize when I was expecting to just be there, which is exciting and slightly terrifying all at once.

Apparently when I'm talking about storytelling, I sound quite knowledgeable and competent, I need to remember this for interviews. Also it got me thinking about the Wall Street Journal article and the role books and reading play in growing up and understanding the world. I'm working on finding my way to connect my frustration at the article's view to my own desire to create safe and open spaces for young people to flourish and hopefully learn to love reading.

After that I came home and spent most of the day not feeling awake until I ventured out again to peer at the Green Festival in town, Ann Arbor has many hippies. Then I just read Cleopatra for almost an hour, I love this book, it reminds me why I love the Classics. Everything connects together, if you know about Alexander then you understand more about Cleopatra while if know you about Rome, you can see why certain things happened. I think I might need to go and wander around the Kelsey Museum again so I can be close to some ancient Greek and Latin.

On my way home I decided to take pictures, mainly art shots as rain on leaves is pretty. Those pictures aren't uploaded, but I have some art shots that I haven't already posted so I will share them. Fair warning as always that there are lots of big pictures under the cut.


This is the interior of the Michigan theater and I love how this shot turned out. It doesn't do the building justice but its close.

Look sideways at the world. )

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