Somehow I volunteered myself into doing coffees for a Breast Cancer Awareness breakfast at uni tomorrow. Two hours of frantic coffee-making interspersed with pancakes. I'm happy to get more practice and it's for a noble cause, but I'm under no delusions that this is anything but (yet another) method of procrastination.

Things To Procrastinate About

1. Literature review for generic-science subject. I've stopped counting the days it's officially overdue and gone onto how many days I have left to hand it in before they won't accept it. New method of counting current stands at 3.

2. [ profile] femgenficathon project. This is really quite unforgivable. I didn't start writing it until about a month before the due date, and I can't find the will to fix the thing. My brain sees 5000 words of fic and goes 'no, too hard, move on'. Added to that is that the first draft had a plot and was relatively easy to write, while the reworked version is going to be reflective, and probably a lot shorter. I'm really not sure at all where the reworking will go. I've had this problem with other fics - there's 3000 words about Beruthiel on my hard-drive. I like those 3000 words. I would really like to post those 3000 words, but the fic's not finished and yet where it stops is a logical place to stop, although it's incomplete. It's been that long since I wrote the first 3000 words that I'm wary of finishing it off with a completely different writing style that shows the join between writing so clearly. I wonder if adding extensions to houses is like this. Maybe I have Fic Renovation Anxiety Syndrome.

3. Top Gear/Transformers crossover. I promise I've not forgotten it.

On the other hand, my reading list is coming along nicely:

40. Silverthorn
41. Master and Commander
42. Dawnthief
43. Post Captain
44. Warrior
45. Warlord
46. Mortal Engines
47. The Princess Bride
48. Prospero's Children
49. HMS Surprise

Now I've begin The Mauritius Command, which will take my list to #50 and thus complete [ profile] 50bookchallenge! Huzzah! (Although there's a Temeraire novel in there somewhere as well, so I may have already completed it. It's getting hard to remember.)

Apparently the lab isn't due until the 18th. This means that I must go over it and write it properly, since I can't use the last-minute-I-know-it-fails-but-at-least-it's-in excuse. Er... yay?

In other news, I have joined the [community profile] femgenficathon after reading through the masterlist for last year and 2006. Looks like fuuuuun. This is my quote, but I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet:

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep into our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of. -- Ellen Goodman.

My [profile] 50lyricsfanfic prompt table is sadly languishing, however. I haven't written anything for weeks, which I blame on [community profile] fandomsecrets, [community profile] fanficrants, uni, my lack of private computer (soon to be remedied! eee!) and the muses. In that order. I have been reading a lot of things, however. My [profile] 50bookchallenge list now has:

29. Daughters of Britannia: the lives and times of diplomatic wives by Katie Hickman
30.  The Gunslinger by Steven King
31. The Drawing of the Three by Steven King

...yes, it's that series. I'm enjoying it, though, even if I'm halfway through Brilliance Of The Moon and haven't touched it for a week. When I've finished them, I'll start on James Barclay. Or the Soldier Son trilogy. Or the Aubrey books. Or whatever book I happen to pick up next. :P

Mmm... it's raining, and my fingers smell like mandarins. Why does lj have a current music but not a current smell option? That would be interesting, and thought-provoking. Hmm.
On the [profile] 50bookchallenge, that is.

25. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
26. Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
27. Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen by Arielle Eckstut
28. Swing By Sailor by Catherine Dyson
Argh, how long has it been since I updated my [profile] 50bookchallenge list? Too long, anyway.

17. The Assassins: The Story of Medieval Islam's Secret Sect by W. B. Bartlett
18. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
19. The Pirates! in An Adventure With Scientists by Gideon Defoe
20. The Tent by Margaret Atwood
21. Temeraire: Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
22. Across The Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
23. The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents by Terry Pratchett
24. Grass For His Pillow by Lian Hearn

I now wait impatiently for Empire of Ivory and Brilliance of the Moon, which belong to separate series but are equally awesome.

It's hot. Argh.


Feb. 20th, 2008 02:57 pm

 My timetable woes are all cleared up, thanks to juggling the subjects and flexible Latin teachers. I haven't even met them yet and I already love them.

In other news, it's pouring rain and I really should learn not to wear thongs in such weather. I've also finished number 17 on my 50 books to be read: The Assassins: The Story of Medieval Islam's Secret Sect . Huzzah!

- She of the wet feet

Ps. And the cat is trying to mooch on my toes.

14. The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
15. Elizabeth's Spy Master: Francis Walsingham and the secret war that saved England
16. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

I've also joined [profile] 50bookchallenge, a comm for like-minded people to review the books they read.

12. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
13. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

Blarg. I am tired and my brother is sick. Plz to be sending us virtual chicken soup, per favor?

10. The Messenger by Marcus Zusak
11. The Mating Season by P. G. Wodehouse

Jeeves and Wooster are so many flavours of awesome. PG Wodehouse, where have you been all my life?

Now I'm on to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and goddamn, it's the size of a brick. Lucky it's not due back until February...
 Thanks for all the book recs, guys! I'll go and plunder my local libraries as soon as possible.

Books read:

8. The Adventures of Johnny Vermillion by Loren D. Estleman
9. Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail by Stephen R. Bown

What I learned from reading the books: 

1. Estleman desperately wants to make movies. The story isn't bad (motley bunch of actors perform plays in the Old West and rob banks while the audience is distracted) but the book reads more like a film script.

2. Scurvy is directly responsible for everything that happened in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including the American War of Independence, the Napoleonic Wars, and the discovery of Australia.

3. Nifty fact number one: the Inuit, although their traditional diet is completely made of meat, do not get scurvy because there's a lot of vitamin C in seal livers and kidneys.

4. Nifty fact number two: the British got the name 'Limeys' because of the huge amounts of limes their merchants bought to ward of scurvy.

Here endeth the lecture. Happy Australia Day, everyone!

50 books

Jan. 23rd, 2008 02:41 pm

 I'm going to read fifty new books this year, and I'm not letting myself give up. But I need inspiration, and here's your chance to rec the books you love. Tell me what to read! As you can see, I'm on a fantasy kick right now, but I'll happily try non-fiction. I love Bill Bryson, and even biographies - to my own surprise, I enjoyed Mao's Last Dancer as well.

Books read so far:

1. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
3. The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
4. Abarat by Clive Barker
5. The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory (are you noticing a pattern?)
6. Temeraire: Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
7. Medea by Christa Wolf

(And, btw, if anyone's interested in the books I've read already, comment and I'll tell you a bit about them.)



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