ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
Today I'm having a bit of a low feeling even though there are good things opening up for me. Just a bout of self doubt. The storm blew a lot of branches around here and some of the roads were flooded but my family and our friends were all safe. Since we didn't get much snow in Delaware, most of it has already melted.

I really want to do a picture post of the amazing Star Wars' costume exhibit but I can't figure out which is the best platform for it, DW or Tumblr. Either way, I'll crosspost it, but I'd love any suggestions from people who do more picture posts. I don't do them very often. Thank you.

In terms of my reading, there’s been a lot of great stuff that I want to recommend.

What I finished reading

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. At first I wasn't certain I wanted to read this book as I didn't know a lot about it but then I read an amazing review on The Book Smugglers. Illuminae is in the form of a dossier of emails, reports, IM messages and inside an AI's mind. The heart of the story is two teenagers losing their home and becoming refugees and getting caught up into a much larger story about corporations fighting, ships and disease. I don't want to give a lot of details of the plot, because the way it unfolds is cleverly done. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys science fiction, horror and YA, because the heart of it is how messy and true Kady and Ezra feel.

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs by Ursula Vernon. I picked this up because it suddenly appeared on Overdrive and I've been curious about it and needed something lighter after giving up on the Rogues anthology, too many stories with women in peril. The illustrations were hilarious as was the way that normal life and fantasy melded together.

What I'm currently reading

Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World's Most Beloved Musical by Barbara Isenberg. I bought this book at the theater after seeing Fiddler on the Roof and I highly recommend it. The writer has a great sense of what are the interesting stories and either interviewed or had access to interviews of so many people that were involved. Reading it reminds me of when I took playwriting classes and behind the scenes of shows I've done but even more so. I just finished the first part of the book which dealt with the musical and I'm into the second on the film.

What I'm reading next

I have a couple of options but I don't know which one I'll pick. I've been in the mood for some romance and have lots of those. I also picked up at the library; Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection and Beastly Bones the second Jackaby book. Oh and I have a hold that's about to run out on Archivist Wasp. Though knowing me, I might end up going with something else entirely.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
Live theater is the best and I’m so glad I decided to see Fiddler on the Roof, the cast had such energy and the staging was wonderful. The dancers were breathtaking and I loved how you could tell they were having a great time. It makes such a difference. I ended up buying a book about the making of the musical that I’m looking forward to reading called Tradition. I ended up not doing the stage door because a lot of people were going backstage and it was kind of chaotic. I do have an autograph of the lead from when he was in Cabaret and for me this show was more about the show and its such an ensemble cast.

Tomorrow I have set aside for hopefully connecting with people and fun stuff. I'm going to try and get to the Star Wars costume exhibit and hopefully a museum.

I'm behind on Fandom Snowflake and will do a few of those entries next and maybe some writing. I always have such a contact high from live theater that it makes me very creative.
ceitfianna: (riding into the sun)
Day 09

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


I like the phrasing of this, goals not resolutions as there are certain things I'm reaching for and writing them down helps.

1-Write and publish more-fics, on my librarian blog and keep looking into ways to write in other places.

2-Move to a city either Boston or DC-this one is something I've been thinking about and I think will make a big difference in many of parts of my life. Its going to involve finding the equivalent of the subbing I've been doing here, a bridge job as my mom calls them, but being closer to friends, people my age and more of what's happening in the profession will be good for me in a lot of ways.

3-Comment more, get involved in discussions all over the web in fannish and librarian places. I have a voice to add to the conversation.

4-Read books outside my comfort zone, read more diverse authors and stories.

5-Keep reconnecting more with the theater world.
ceitfianna: (Tumnus)
I just picked a show and booked tickets to see the new production of Fiddler on the Roof on January 14th. I'll be staying two nights and I'm really looking forward to this. Picking a show was hard but then I found a great deal on seats and snapped it up.

New York folks, I will be in contact about possible meetings as I'll have Friday all to myself.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
I'm finally home after two days of celebrations at my brother's house and a small one the night before with my parents. It was all a lot as his in-laws were there and I got into some conversations with them that weren't fun, but my nieces were great and though my back hurts, I'm very happy. Oh though one strange thing happened, on Christmas Eve, the power went out but just on their street, which apparently has worse lighting than other streets. They're on the corner and get the bad power outages. First it went out for only five minutes then for three hours if not more, their stove is gas and my brother was doing some grilling outside, which meant dinner was able to start without power. It changed the feel of the night in a way that was lovely but odd. I'm always surprised just how dark their house can get.

So far I've read my Yuletide fic three times at least and plan on more as it hits a spot for me and my recipient loved what I wrote them. I've only dipped a little into the archive as I didn't have my laptop with me or much time over the last few days, but I've seen a few I plan on reccing. The Check Please fics are full of deliciousness and there are more Toby Daye and Incryptid fics, so many that I want to read.

A Noble Heart (1417 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dean Lorden/Quentin Sollys
Characters: Quentin Sollys, Dean Lorden
Summary:

Quentin has a confession to make. Dean has no shortage of questions. Set sometime between Chimes at Midnight and A Red-Rose Chain.



Its inside Quentin's head and is all that I love about him and try to capture. Fair warning, contains major spoilers if you haven't read Chimes at Midnight.

Also my parents gave me a present that still has me amazed when I think about it, a chance to go to a Broadway show. This year and the last I feel like theater and musicals have come back into my life and I love it. A big part of it is I think this fantastic public radio show called A Night on the Town, which is musical theater history and fantastic clips. Listening to it, the musical fandom on Tumblr and other places has made me want to make sure I keep connecting with theater.

I'm planning to go soon as hotels can be cheaper in January. Does anyone have any recommendations of what's good and possible to get into or any ideas from NYC folks? The last time I saw a show, I was really looking into that show, but now I have choice and its wonderful.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
Life has been full with fact-checking and interviews because the job search is always present. Today I had a tough interview that I got through and feel like I presented myself as I wanted to in. I'm also reading a lot of good books and have finished a mix of great and okay books. Also last week, I saw Hal Holbrook's Mark Twain Tonight and the choices he made of using Twain's words to speak about racism was amazing and I want to write in more depth about it. It struck me with the power of theater.

What I finished reading

Uprooted by Naomi Novik, this book hit me in a lot of places I knew. The worry of not fitting, stories, not being who you're supposed to be and how to be yourself when everyone wants you to be someone else. This is one of the best books that has a fairy tale at its heart but is its own thing that I've read in a long time.

I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long, part of her Pennyroyal Green series. I enjoyed reading this book that plays with the tropes of a bored debutante and a captain with a hard past but it didn't hit me as hard as I expected. An enjoyable romance, well written, great characters and a wonderful understanding of certain tropes but not my favorite of her books.

What I'm currently reading

the Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor which is fantastic. The writing is beautiful and the setting is fascinating. I've been meaning to read her and I'm hooked.

The Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh, this is her third Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane mystery. When they first came out, I read her books and was impressed with how she wrote Peter and Harriet. This one is definitely hooking me.

Welcome to Paradise by Rosalind James. This is an ebook I picked up because the author's from New Zealand and I was curious. Its caught me which I never expected. The setting is a reality tv show that's a cross between Survivor and those shows where people have to live like its another era. I also find the use of a reality tv show clever as she can play with tropes and intense situations and it works in a way that it doesn't always in contemporary romance.The writing and characters feel real so I think I'll be reading more of Rosalind James.

What I'm reading next
Probably Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold which is technically a reread as I have some ideas about writing fic and RP for Ivan Vorpatril. Before I do that I have to remind myself of the various versions of him and this will turn into an entire canon reread.
ceitfianna: (lost in a library)
Today all my classes were so enjoyable and reminded me why SI is a great program. In my InfoCulture course we talked about various ideas of the selves and how we perform for each other and how the internet can help and hinder that. I think this is what I'm going to write my final paper on, I just need to figure out how to take my personal experiences and tie them into social science stuff so it'll fly. Its nice to read these social scientists and go, yes, I know what you mean. Some of them are rather dated in their examples but the language is there.

I love using the language of theater to talk about how we present ourselves to the world, it just clicks for me and makes me miss the theater. It also connected to a conversation I had with [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier about why is that some kinds of improvisation and creativity are allowed and others aren't? We were thinking about the early theater which wasn't a respectable profession and now its very accepted, why couldn't roleplaying end up in that place someday.

Then in my second class, I helped to run a book group about the first Heroides by Ovid, which is him writing a letter as Penelope to Odysseus. I'm sorry that I haven't read more Ovid before, he's always been on my list but my focus has tended towards Greek authors. I find it fascinating that this Roman poet wrote out letters from women in well known myths to the important men and I wish I knew more. The way this class worked was we had four groups of two to three people and we had all chosen a short work and we were running a book club. The other things we read were Hansel and Gretel, a poem by William Blake and Robert Frost and then some poems from Card Catalog Poetry. All of the discussions were fascinating and different and it makes me want to run book clubs and just teach.

These classes where you talk about text and how to connect it out into the world is why I love academia and have spent so long in it. Now I just have to find myself a place where I can foster this love in others and encourage it as much as possible.

One thing I love about everyone I've met through online RP is how we all want to dig deeper into canons and love talking and arguing and just getting into the things we enjoy reading and watching. Now I think I'm going to make myself a late dinner and do some more RP.

Re-entry

Aug. 14th, 2010 09:12 pm
ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
I've traveled far too much today and at the moment, I really miss my parents' powerful AC. Today began at around 8 am when I woke up after a really nice dream. Well, multiple dreams about doing theater auditions and in one of them, I ended up next to a cute guy dressed in a medieval/Roman outfit. One of my revelations from this trip was just how much I miss theater. We didn't talk, but it just felt comfortable. So I woke up, had an egg salad sandwich for breakfast and then we drove to the Philly airport and my parents continued even farther north for their own trip.

Since our drive went really quickly, all the traffic was going South, I had a lot of time to kill before my flight. That meant I had a nice lunch of the other sandwich, read all the way through The New Yorker and then found out that the wireless in the Philly airport didn't want to talk to my laptop. My flight was a little bumpy due to weather but we arrived early and I ended up talking a cab back since [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier and I had some crossed signals.

I got home, caught up with people for a bit and just came back from a dinner at a brewpub. I was okay, I had fish and chips, good beer and a chocolate cake, but the humidity here is making me feel so worn out. The break was really good for me, I just wish it had been longer. Later I'll do a proper write up of it since a lot of things happened and there are lots of pictures. For now, I'm just hoping that my AC can cool things down and see how long I stay awake.

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