klena: (storm in the form of a girl)
Sunday night, sitting on my lonesome. Dave's due back shortly and I'm being frustrated by the streams of "Supernatural" letting me down. I just want to catch up! Technology, what you gotta hate me?

It's been a strange weekend. Both busy and not so. I went out for a delicious meal for Ash's birthday where I foolishly ordered a jug of mango lassi. And drank it. All 8 glasses. To say I waddled to the pub to meet some other friends is a vast understatement. I waddled. In heels. I hope you all feel my pain. But we flaked out early (Dave to go to a mate's house to watch the football and me to go home and lounge around) and once I arrived back, I had this burst of energy. At 11pm. I spent the next 2 hours putting wash loads on, cleaning the kitchen and living room, folding and putting away two other loads of washing and straightening up the bedroom. Sometimes I worry about this whole being an adult thing.

Further proof about this adulting thing? That above paragraph reminded me that I hadn't put our duvet in the tumble dryer. adulthood :O

Drifting into geek territory today: I finished reading "Ouran High School Host Club" today. It feels a bit like the end of an era, I think it's been about 3 years that I've slowly been collecting it. There aren't very many full series I've collected. I think "Chobits" and "xXxholic" are the only other complete ones I own. I liked it, the Hikaru/Tamaki endgame was pretty apparent for a long while. I still loved it though. And the little touch towards the end with Hikaru and her father where he mentions how proud he is of her. There's been a lot of little sections throughout the series where I've teared up. Nothing's quite made me cry like some of the sections in "Fruits Basket" though. And I still haven't finished that either!

Right, I've been half-writing this for two hours. I need to go shower and my clothes ready for work in the morning. Toodles!
klena: (BAMFs)
Fly-by post!

Firstly! A fic rec: No Holds Barred. This is an amazing AU for "The Dark Knight Rises", based on the premise that Talia kidnapped John Blake once he was captured and gave him to Bane as a prisoner to be broken.

The prompt for the fic was "Talia brings Bane a gift in the form of fiery detective John Blake, intending to watch Bane break him -- but Bane likes John's spirit too much to try and quench it, and is too head-shy about sex to use him in the way Talia wants. Too bad John thinks he's a psychopath."

It's a fabulous work, I devoured every piece of it a few Sundays ago and just sat in awe afterwards. It is violent and it is dark and there are themes of dub-con but it's worth it. Absolute worth a read.

Secondly! I now have a tumblr. Please follow me? It's mostly "Teen Wolf" at the minute but I will get better at using it! I'm at Ebb And Flow By The Moon

Thirdly, this post made me realise I don't have a fic rec tag or a comic/Batman tag. This will be rectified now
klena: (a virgin losing a child)
"You cut up a thing that’s alive and beautiful to find out how it’s alive and why it’s beautiful, and before you know it, it’s neither of those things, and you’re standing there with blood on your face and tears in your sight and only the terrible ache of guilt to show for it."
—Clive Barker
klena: (Default)
Sunday night - start of a new week where I have to train a new employee despite a) being still an agency worker myself and b) only having been in the job for 7 months. Good times! Let's see how this rolls.

I meandered into town today with senior Dave - he wanted to go to the gym and I wanted to see if Primark were selling nice blazers. Sadly Primary failed me on that front but I did pick up a garter belt for £1 and a lovely red t-shirt for £4 (which may go towards my Trixxy cosplay). I also picked up a new pair of sunglasses as my last one's broke in half being thrown about my handbag. My poor possessions, they suffer to much :'( These new sunglasses are cute though - they're retro and cat-eye shaped. I do like them.

Came home and cooked a full Sunday dinner for us and we chilled upstairs watching "The Avengers" - only the second time I've seen it. But I loved it as much as I did the first time. ALL THE FEELINGS. I loved everyone. My favourites seem to change depending on who's on the screen /o\

In other boring news, I have trimmed my nails down. This may not seem like a lot to people but a) I am not good at maintanence like other ladies are and b) my nails tend to be about 2-3 inches long. So they are now respectably trimmed and filed down and painted a gorgeous shade called "Mulled Wine." I love having red nails!

I'm running out of things to say so have a piture of Kat Dennings - one of my current girl crushes/body icons. (insert dreamy sigh here)

klena: (stocking and curls)
[livejournal.com profile] mystagic did a thing where you explain the stories behind 5 of your icons. So I volunteered and here I am, spilling my guts!

Also, I am waiting for the colour in my hair to develop, so killing time only works in my favour at the minute.

First one!

Keywordsmcgonagall only speaks truth, there is something wrong with you, you are demented.

This one is one of my newest icons, resparked by my love of [livejournal.com profile] shoebox_project. I was reminded of it a few months ago and went hunting it all down after the community was hacked and all the entries deleted. Sad times :(

It also makes me sad that the .pdf files available to download don't have the handwritten notes included in it. It loses a bit of the charm without them, honestly - is that just me? I am spoiled fan.

ANYWAYS. For those not in the know about Shoebox Project, it was a hilarious Marauders era multi-media fic establishing a lot about the Marauders. And Sirius/Remus as a pairing. It was fantastic and funny and full of tension as the War approached. Anyways, early in it, while it's set at Hogwarts, McGonagall is obviously long-suffering with James Potter and his band of miscreants.

The actual quote comes from a conversation between Sirius and McGonagall as they discuss career options. It pretty much sums up their relationship, and is hilarious. I chose it as it has that fondness and acceptance of the fact that most of the people I encounter on LJ are demented. And utterly brilliant for it. The keywords kinda explain themselves I think. Next!

Keywords:BAMFs, dream a little bigger darling, your mind is the scene of the crime

Arthur and Eames! Inception! My feelings are long and vaired and filled with ~INTENSE FEELINGS~ which I shall spare you all. Needless to say it was perhaps my favourite movie of last year, if not one of my favourites from the last decade or so I've properly been enjoying movies.

There is so much I love about this icon. It's from that fantastic scene where Eames just shows the audience (and Arthur) how much of a Bad Ass Mother Fucker he is, and calls him "darling". It seems like "dream a little bigger, darlng" has become perhaps THE phrase from the movie, especially for fangirls. Which is fantastic, considering the "darling" wasn't even in the script.

Arthur and Eames massively appeal to me as a fanfic reader, a writer and a fan of characters. Arthur presents this cool, collected facade who is charge and resolutely Deals With (Cobb's) Shit. He dresses in the most amazing sharp, business-like fashion but is a motherfucking expert with explosives. He never tends to be sentimental about people except for when he remarks that Mal was "lovely." He revises the plan when he misses the kick like it was an inconsequential thought. He has followed Cobb for years. Arthur is a lesson in badassery.

Eames is a hilarious pseudo-lush who dresses awfully but has a hidden quick wit and a knack for human psychology and interpersonal relationships. Once you consider that Eames' entire job in the dreamscape revolves around being other people, forging identities, his character becomes a lot more interesting and intriguing (not that he wasn't before.) For someone to solidly and convincingly forge an identity, he needs to be believable, and clever, and astute to each person's individual ticks and mannerisms. So the facade he presents in the movie is a carefully orchestrated one to take people off-guard as he filches your wallet (or your heart). And you didn't even notice, did you?

So, I have a lot of feelings about these characters! As I do about Mal and Ariadne and Cobb and Saito and Yusef. But basically, it is my badass icon. NEXT.

Keywords:gabe needs to work on his magic act, inherently ridiculous

This hilarious fool is Gabe Saporta, from Cobra Starship. They are a band who wants to make you dance. The idea for the band came after from Mr. Saporta there: "Citing a personal mythology involving being out in the desert high on peyote and having a conversation with a prophetic cobra."

Gabe is still one of those favourites from my very eager bandom days and this icon just makes me laugh a lot when I actually look at it. Look at him! What is he doing?! He's a guy that confuses me a lot. He sings creepy songs about being in his basement! But he's hilarious and does not take himself seriously. But he's also stupidly hot, especially in a suit.

I have no clue what this photo is from or what the context is, but it is hilarious. It looks like he is trying to make a toothbrush levitate. I don't even know. If I am using this, I am taking the piss (out of myself normally) or I am being silly. There really is not a lot of thoughts behind this icon. NEXT

Keywords: a virgin losing a child, before it all becomes the same old song, surely Heaven waits for you, used to be the right one.

Amanda Fucking Palmer! She used to be tied with Rose Tyler as the Woman Most In My Icons. True fact. Now Billie Piper (as Rose and as Belle du Jour) is the clear winner there. She is married to Neil Gaiman, don't you know? She has a lot of ~feelings~ about things, some of them not right! She is the lead singer of The Dresden Dolls and released an amazing album called "Who Killed Amanda Palmer" which I listened to a whole fucking lot during my final year and since. [brief break there to wash the dye out of my hair, I have no clue how the red has turned out, sigh]

ANYWAYS. Amanda Palmer. And all my lyrical keywords! "A virgin losing a child" comes from "Wolves At Night" by Manchestra Orchestra, "Before it all becomes the same old song" comes from "The (Shipped) Gold Standard" by Fall Out Boy, "Surely Heaven waits for you" is from "Carry On My Wayward Song" by Kansas and "Used to be the right one" is from "The Perfect Fit" by Amanda Palmer.

Basically, this icon is my contemplative/doubting/wistful icon. All the lyrics were chosen to vaguely correspond with what could be making her glance down and away. Except for "Surely Heaven waits for you", the rest of the icons are supposed to be sort of first-person whilst the Kansas lyrics is obviously second-person. The way her head is tilted and the position of her lips always seemed to be like Amanda was sighing or biting her lip, so I wanted to use th. EMOTIONAL ICONS! NEXT


Keywords: storm in the form of a girl, the motion makes me strong

My current profile pic! After the glasses/books one for something like two years, I finally changed it. This gorgeous specimen of womanhood is Lyndsey Ballato/Way or Lyn-Z being as fucking awesome as she is. She is one of my girl crushes that just won't quit. Her attitude! Her tattoos! Her bendy spine! Her pigtails! Her style! She's an artist and a bass player! Yeah, no, she's an awesome lady so I had to have her as one of my icons. I've got a few other icons of her, but I think this is probably my favourite one. Good thing too, it being my profile icon! Ha ha ha.

There's something just really...transient and powerful about this icon. She's obviously in motion, playing the bass but her gaze isn't focused on playing or the crowd, she seems to be gazing beyond that. Her pose is just really strong and unshakeable. Also, love the contrast of the orange stage and her black/white outfit. Plus the little glances of her tattoos. Ugh ♥ Lyn-Z.

The keywords, I'm actually surprised I don't have more of them! "Storm in the form of a girl" came from a keyword or an icon that I think [livejournal.com profile] musesfool had, maybe a Buffy one? Upon doing some searching, it is apparently from Hole's "Heaven Tonight" or Nick Cave's "Ain't Gonna Rain Anymore". Whatever, it's a great line. "The motion makes me strong" comes from Emmy The Great's song "Canopies And Grapes" (apparently not the real title, huh) which I have quoted many times in my icons. Generally in Rose Tyler ones. The verse it's taken from is:
Take some time out to resuscitate my soul,
Take up smoking and drink orange juice and grow.
Teach the mattress to expel you from it's folds
Dry my eyes and keep on walking,
'Til the motion makes me strong,
'Til one day I realise I don't remember that you're gone.

How can I not love that so much and want it used in many keywords? And the piece I used was to emphasise that moving on, movement keeps you going, keeps you strong. I need to remember that sometimes, I think.

So that is my icon masterclass! I hope you enjoy the rambles :) Bed? Bed.
klena: (used to be the right one)
Something to remember, I think.

"Be patient and tough, some day this pain will be useful to you." -Ovid

Also, I have to rec this amazing fucking story. It's a "Doctor Who" AU where Rose gets turned into a vampire. Suspend your opinions until you read this. As Rosa said herself, "a story where Rose Tyler gets turned into a vampire should be funny. This one isn't." Please, please go read Epitaph by [livejournal.com profile] rosa_acicularis. You won't regret it.
klena: (boy/boy melodrama)
Let's not talk about England at the minute.

Have something that will catch you right between the ribs.

Harry Potter According To Fred And George.

Fred and George and that time we pretended to be each other.

Fred and George and that time our sister got a crush on Harry Potter then nearly died.

Fred and George and that time we gave Harry a map.

Fred and George and that time we gambled at Quidditch and won.

Fred and George and fuck you Umbridge we didn’t need to go to school anyway.

Fred and George and bitches be jealous of our awesome joke shop.

George and that time it stopped being Fred and him.
klena: (like the blade you stain)
End of the working week!

Had another excellent Mother's Meeting with Em and Charlie last night with some mighty fine curry and then strawberries and cream for dessert. There were also serious talks about mental health and autism and the legal system! It's not always meaningless chat with us ladies!

We also discussed the plan for our epic night out. We're going to go somewhere nice for dinner, and doll up and then go on the piss. It will be epic. And it'll be the first time we'll have all been out together! Also, the first time I've done anything like that in a loooooong while, so I am excited :)

The tooth problems that I may or may not have mentioned in my last entry....oh no, I definitely did! Well, I was eating a Loveheart tonight (because my Granny loved them and insisted we buy them for her when we saw them and I was nostalgic) and the filling/repair the dentist did on MONDAY came out. WHAT. I paid you £47 to fix it and it didn't even last 5 DAYS. WHAT?!

Luckily for me, the dentist did actually file the tooth down so it's not sore but there is a MASSIVE HOLE IN MY MOLAR. My teeth are seriously out of make my life misery. Faiiiiiil :(

And I had made all these ~plans~ about how I was going to treat myself on my Friday night as I didn't go to Animesoc this week and won't be at Wendyhouse tomorrow with pizza and Diet Coke and then I thought it wasn't such a great idea. Then I went, fuck it half my mouth is still good, and I walked and got myself some motherfucking pizza. My life, ladies and gents. So hardcore.

There was a first promo shot of Tom Hardy released from "The Dark Knight Rises" as Bane! Here it is: Oh god, I am so easy for this man. His back! Look at the muscles! I ended up having a strange conversation with the manager of our local Forbidden Planet about our THardy fixations. It was wonderful.

This is currently how I feel, about work and just life in general:

Although I do not have ice cream like Mark. Sad face :(
klena: (BAMFs)
How weird is it that as soon as I sign up for the two week free Paid LJ trial I suddenly have very little to say? Good job me, all that extra icon space going to waste! That really is the only reason I see to have a Paid account - all the extra icon space. I don't really use any of the other features.

The past week has been a tangle of house hunting and various social activities. There was a friend's 25th birthday last Friday where we all went out to Thai Cottage and had lovely Thai food. It was awesome because there was about 20 of us there and the night was going exceedingly well until I had an afterdinner mint and broke off a good 40% of one of my teeth. Luckily (?) it was a tooth I've had a HUGE root canal done on, so I wasn't in pain but the break was so sharp that I couldn't talk or swallow without pain because the broken edges kept rubbing my tongue raw ;____; Which resulted in little sleep that night and stumbling to Boots at 8am on Saturday morning to buy a temporary filling kit. Which, o be fair, did the trick until I got to the dentist on Monday morning.

Saturday was house-hunting then catching up on Friday night sleep and then Eurovision at Sci-Fi House. Absolutely hilarious, even if Azerbijan were blatantly not the best entry. Boooooooooo. Then we watched "Zombie Women of Satan" and "Black Sheep" - both awful and hilarious! Lots of boobs and blood and zombie sheep. Excellent night!

[edit] OH GOD HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT NEIL GAIMAN'S "DOCTOR WHO" EPISODE?! My heart! The TARDIS and the Doctor! All the tension! It was amazing and some was quite creepy and it made my heart clench a lot. Then Confidential had Neil talking about it and narrating some of the script and my heart! The noises I made that only whales could hear! ♥

Rest of the weekend passed uneventfully and the week has been strange too. Especially as we're having Mother's Meeting tonight because Em couldn't make it last night. So I'm all a muddle! We were supposed to view another house tonight but they cancelled because the decorators have started painting and all that jazz so it wasn't suitable for visits. Boooooooo.

At least there will be tasty curry noms tonight! And excellent company too, of course.

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] rogue_dreams made me a little crotchet-bobble Bat Luck Cat and it is adorable! Also, considering my luck the last few weeks/months it fits perfectly! In the last week I have managed to: break a tooth, swallow temporary filling, strained my eyes, lose my housekeys WHILST I AM IN THE HOUSE, banged into a box that HAS NOT MOVED in 4 months and broke a drawer. Something about May clearly doesn't like me! /o\

The past few weeks have been filled with fucktons of "Inception" and "The Social Network" fanficcs. It's strange, but in all the years I've been in fandoms, these are two that have really, really grabbed me! Probably because the quality of writing in them is so phenomenally high, it's astounding. I also have been saving .gifs like they are going out of fashion. So many excellent .gifs! Hilarious and heart-breaking! My favourite kinds of .gif. Share some of my joy!

klena: (sunlight surrouds you)
The first big thing to say about this entry is:

It's only taken me nearly 9 years to get here, and has been stupidly helped out by crossposting of my tweets. I never thought I'd get to a point of 1000 entries! But here I am. Have some celebratory dancing .gifs!

I feel that adequately celebrates 1000 entries! I've been planning on writing this entry for about 3 weeks, but just haven't got around to it, or wanted to have a lot of good content and then I got distracted by lots of Inception fics so. Well. But I did go back and look at my very first LJ entry, oh my Lord.

I was 15, and this December I will turn 25. I honestly cannot believe how much has changed in that time. But then again, it was the period where people go through the biggest personality overhauls so it's not much of a surprise. It still was a little embarrassing, and also sort of sad to see me discussing people who aren't in my life anymore. But that's the way it goes.

I was going to do this huge thoughtful entry, but it's not really in my head, so instead I'm going to post a few little bits from the internet that have made me happy the past few weeks.

First! Poetry! One of Audrey Hepburn's favourite poems.

Unending Love by Rabindranath Tagore

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times,
In life after life, in age after age forever.
My spell-bound heart has made and remade the necklace of songs
That you take as a gift, wear round your neck in your many forms

In life after life, in age after age forever.

Whenever I hear old chronicles of love, its age-old pain,
Its ancient tale of being apart or together,
As I stare on and on into the past, in the end you emerge
Clad in the light of a pole-star piercing the darkness of time:

You become an image of what is remembered forever.

You and I have floated here on the stream that brings from the fount
At the heart of time love of one for another.
We have played alongside millions of lovers, shared in the same
Shy sweetness of meeting, the same distressful tears of farewell -
Old love, but in shapes that renew and renew forever.

Today it is heaped at your feet, it has found its end in you,
The love of all man's days both past and forever:
Universal joy, universal sorrow, universal life,
The memories of all loves merging with this one love of ours -
And the songs of everypoet both past and forever.

How beautiful is that?

Second! An excellent quote from Tim Minchin that I discovered, when trying to find a download of his song "White Wine in the Sun" , which is a gorgeous non-Christian Christmas song. Here's the song on Youtube if you fancy a listen! White Wine In The Sun.

Anyway, he was discussing the controversy behind the song and was asked "Your song "White Wine in the Sun", which includes lyrics critical of Christianity, caused controversy last week in Australia when it was used on an album of Christmas songs sold to raise money for the Salvation Army. What's your take on the fuss?

I think the Salvos are idiots. I didn't know they would benefit from the CD, but by the time I found out I didn't want to make too much of a fuss. So I gave my song free, then they turn around and say that they don't agree with the sentiment of the song. Obviously, they are talking about how I think Jesus is not magic. Part of me is hugely outraged by what imbeciles they are, to bite the hand that feeds them and put their proselytising above charity.

It's a terrible paradox that most charities are driven by religious belief. I believe very strongly in giving only to secular charities, because I don't think there should be a back end to altruism. I won't make this mistake again. I tweeted that if people want to buy my version of the song independently, I'll give the proceeds away, as I did last year, to the National Autistic Society, a non-proselytising charity.

Christmas means much to billions of people who don't believe in Jesus, and if you think that Christmas without Jesus is not Christmas, then you're out of touch, and if you think altruism without Jesus is not altruism, then you're a dick.

What a wonderful sentiment, and really true. That last paragraph is the most important part, and the bit that made me nod and smile at the screen. It also doesn't hurt that the song is wonderful, and makes my heart just clench with joy listening to it.

Third and final! Who thinks today's A Softer World strip needs to be have an "Inception" re-imagining?

Fucking heartbreaking, but could turned into any pairing that people wanted. The first idea I had was a Mal/Cobb version, based on those arguments that Mal actually was right, and did wake up, and watches over Cobb as he lives in his dream!reality. Which also really works with the alt-text over the image: "Please don't leave me alone with our stupid children"

Yes yes?

To everyone who read this, well done! You deserve nice shiny things. Since it's been a 1000 entries, maybe I should start being more active with posting. If you still read my journal, then you should comment! Or let me know, especially if this is the only way you know me :)

klena: (Default)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy at advice to new photographers
I'd posted this in my own LJ, but it might be useful to people here:

A Reader Writes: I want to be a photographer someday. Any advice?

Yes, lots.

Photography is a mixture of Artistic Ability and Technical Skill -- the magic of the mix isn't written in stone. The world is filled with technically proficient but artistically uninspired photographers, there seem to be a smaller number of artistically gifted but technically unsavvy artists, but they're out there as well. But the most successful people have a mixture of both -- they have an artistic vision, and they posses the technical skills to know how to make that a reality. The technical skills are the easy part, you can learn them from a book -- f-stops and shutter speeds and light modifiers, etc. The difficult thing to come up with is an idea.

0) Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don't have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They'll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.

1) Get a camera. It doesn't matter what kind. Eventually you'll most likely end up with a Digital SLR but in the meantime a point and shoot, your cell phone, a 1946 Brownie Box Camera, all these will work to start out.

2) Study photography -- this doesn't mean go to school for photography, but it means pay attention to photographs tear photos that you like out of magazines and keep them in a scrap book, get photography books from the library, from the bookstore, at yard sales. Learn what types of photography you like. Landscapes? People? Bands? Artificially lit? This will start to provide you with your visual vocabulary -- which will be important in figuring out what you want to photograph. Given a camera many new photographers are left baffled as to what they ought to be taking photos of. Subscribe to photography magazines, fashion magazines, travel magazines.

3) Take photos. What is it you're interested in? Enlist friends. Take trips, set up elaborate hoaxes, copy great works of art, copy not so great works of art.

4) Make a portfolio of your 12 best photos. these can be 4x6 1 hour prints. Every month try and replace at least one of these with a better photo. Do this for the rest of your life.

5) Evaluate your equipment. When you know specifically why what you have can't do what you want, it's time to think about upgrading. Do this for the rest of your life.

6) Find someone who will pay you to take photographs. It's always easier to learn on someone elses dime. It doesn't matter what the job is -- assistant to another photographer, part time local newspaper, photographing houses for a Realtor, etc.

7) Go to school. You can learn a lot more quickly this way. Things like advanced lighting techniques, gallery framing, etc. can be more quickly figured out in an environment like this.

8) Show your work. It doesn't have to be in a traditional gallery, it can be in your parents garage, or in your stairwell. Some friends and I used to have an open-air art gallery we called "Show up and Show" where we'd meet along a length of chain link fence, hang out photos up and stand around and talk to passers by.

9) Take lots of photos, throw out the bad ones, only ever show people your best. Do this for the rest of your life.

10) Stay busy. The opposite of busy is bored. Don't visit that place. Do this for the rest of your life.

Hope this helps.

klena: (listening to our apocalypse suite)
So, we as fandom have been having a sucky week. Panic has split into two halves, Ryan Ross has photos posted of him hanging with faux-hipster girls and lines of coke and people have been leaving bandom. It's wank and I feel really wierd as i flew over to London to see Panic a year and a day ago and now i won't see that band in that incarnation anymore. It's weird and working the close after hearing it with "We're So Starving" as an unwanted constant earworm was uncomfortable (oh how it's been so long, we're so sorry we've been gone....We're still the same band)

In other news though, Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman are just an adorable couple - they make my heart happy :)

I need Amanda Palmer icons, she is one of my idols, honest to god. I so am dying to get my hands on the "Big Book of Who Killed Amanda Palmer" dammit!

So to make myself feel better and because everything is made better by pictures of kittens, i would like to introduce you to the latest additions to the Denvir clan! The little ones are about 3 weeks old now and i am madly enamoured with them. After the funeral suck and work suck of last week, watching baby kittens stumble around getting used to walking and seeing made an awful lot of things better.

I also passed my year! Got my results for the year so i had a 48 and 50 on two modules that killed me during breakdowns, a 55 and 60 in first semester core modules and a 64 and a 68 in this semesters exams! A 68!! that's a mark away from a 1st!! So i'm gathering my reading for next year and have Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, D.H Lawrence, James Joyce and Bram Stoker all piled beside my bed at the bed. Lucky me!

Anyone got any questions for me?

Kittens! Beware the cute )
klena: (smile that lights up the day)
this sleeping for 14 hours body, it needs to stop. i have shit to do! totally important stuff! argh. oh wait.


Fail is my first last AND middle name. Damn.

So! [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha pointed out in last night's journal entry that people might have been a little confused by my talk of THE FANDOM BIRTHDAY

I am wearing my awesome trilby hat right now and i feel like some strange steam-punk film noir-esq journalist. it is totally awesome

Let's start with some basic background. I am a fangirl is probably the very first basic fact. I'm pretty certain everyone that is reading this entry knows this but, just for those not in the know. I love to get involved in debates and discussions about movies, anime, tv shows, bands, music, comics, you name it but Northern Ireland hasn't been exceptionally good at producing fan-persons. (well except for McDonalds but that's only happened recently)

So, I came on the internets looking for people to chat to, back in the day when I was a total N00B and reading fanfiction (and writing bad-fic oh my god). And I found them and I loved it and here I am today. Into things I never imagined I might enjoy and with a bunch of awesome fandoms and awesome PEOPLE in each fandom - people I admire, people I love, people to bounce off with insane ideas, people to write for and who do things for me.

About 4 years ago I FINALLY started reading the Harry Potter books, after years of snorting derisively at them and I loved them. As most of the people who kept trying to get me to read them knew I would. So, in 2005, awaiting my A-Level results, I realised that August 10th 2004 was the day I said to my friend [livejournal.com profile] donal (who had been lending me the books to read) that I was totally into them. So I LJ posted and asked people to request things for my Harry Potter Fandom Birthday.

The idea behind it was to celebrate my being in the Harry Potter fandom by giving gifts to the magnificent people I had met due to being in the fandom. However, the next year I realised that being just a HP birthday limited quite a few on my F-list. So I expanded it to beyond just the HP fandom and made it all fandoms.

Last year, after Leeds, I wasn't quite in the right headspace for doing fandom birthday but this year, I've travelled. I'm more of a fangirl than ever, I have a bunch of awesome new people on my flist, I have new fandoms and I feel like celebrating more than ever this year.

Also, as I realised in a discussion with [livejournal.com profile] sekkritbandomlj last night, that I've actually been in fandom for about 8-9 years. Since I first was online, reading Legend of Zelda fanfiction, joining [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha's ZQL list (through my beautiful, glorious big sis [livejournal.com profile] darth_zal). So, this is 9 or so years I am celebrating.

So that's the idea of Fandom Birthday. It's my way of celebrating each and every one of you. It's celebrating the things that have brought us together, it's challenging me to ACTUAL CONTRIBUTE TO FANDOM, it's reminding me of every fandom I loved, I lost, I still harbour a secret thing for, fandoms I don't know yet, fandoms I'm still tiptoeing around the edges of.

Hopefully that's explained the idea. So! With all that explained, I am totally expecting YOU ALL to go back two entries to the fandom birthday request post and get involved. You can totally request for fandoms I haven't listed - even your own RP 'verses as long as you give me enough information. Even comics, online comics, anything. Cross-over verses! Retelling myths with fandom characters! Making fanmixes! Icons! Art! Writing! I'm totally up for this and I want it.

Help me celebrate the things that keep me going.

♥ ♥ ♥
klena: (FRANK IS MOE)
still being ill! am completely unimpressed with my body currently but what can you do.

FANDOM BIRTHDAY IS 10TH AUGUST( - that's sunday) AND I'VE NOTICED QUITE A FEW PEOPLE ON MY F-LIST HAVEN'T REQUESTED ANYTHING. >( I honestly am really happy to do this for you lot, even if you've never commented on my journal or aren't even sure how we know each other. Please.

So. You have until 5pm Friday evening (GMT) to prompt for a present! All fandom considered! And if you'll already prompted but fancy prompting again, please feel free to do so!

i am going to bed to die now and not fuck about with my itunes library so i can actually get up tomorrow and hopefully be productive.
klena: (omgyes!)
right, seriously body, FUCKING PULL IT TOGETHER. this is reaching the point of NOT ON now. you have me sweating like a Vegas hooker in a confessional. and all i did was whisk pancake batter and cut carrots and leeks. WHAT IS THIS?

not on at all.

on brighter news! The Academy Is... are playing in Leeds towards the middle of next month when I shall be back at university so hurrah for that! Plus Fall Out Boy are playing the UK in October and then Cobra Starship are playing Leeds in January. Hurrah and good times! I plan to see them all.



Now, for those who have not been around for very long (hi guys!), I started this idea about 2-3 years ago as my general fandom birthday. It began originally as a Harry Potter fandom birthday but I've moved beyond that now.

The Idea of the Fandom Birthday is this: I give you presents. As, like, a thank you for being my friend and being in my fandoms. And this year I am:
1) actually definitely around for it and have time to do the gifts
2) have an entire new bunch of people to love upon ♥
3) my darling wife [livejournal.com profile] waxrose is going on haitus very soon so i want this year to be special

Anybody who reads this is free to prompt - even if you've never commented or even spoken to me before~!

Any and all fandoms approved! Although I would really prefer if we stayed within the boundaries of what I know:
- Gaiman-world
- Supernatural
- Firefly/Buffy/Angel/Jossverse
- His Dark Materials
- Bandom
- Bleach
- Full Metal Alchemist
- Legend of Zelda
- Silent Hill
- Dr. Who
- Saiyuki
- Joeyverse
- ZQL-verse
- South Park
- House

etc etc etc

So comment early! Comment often! Please be slightly specific with your prompts. Do you want art, fic, a fanmix or a combination? What fandom? Do you have a specific prompt? Does the rating bother you? Comment as many times as you like! Get on it, my friends!

♥ ♥
klena: (told you I'd be here forever)
Okay so I have got my little emo patch over me! Hi guys! I have returned!

Now! It occurs to me that I have a bunch of new friends since I went away! And I am on a bunch of people's mutual friends which makes undeniably happy. Thank you! :D So! I figured this was an awesome time for an intro!

So! tell me about yourself! Why did you add me back? Any questions for me?

And for those just arrived! Hi! I'm Kathryn, Irish, massive fangirl! Occasional writer, average artist, full of flail. Recently into bandom, Arashi, Death Note and lots of other interesting things! Ask me about thing!

Nice to meet you all!

I so need new fandom icons. People! Bandom icons! Arashi, Gackt, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, everything along those lines! Please rec me!

Also! Taking requests for ficlets! Any fandom, any prompt, any rating. Go!
klena: (take a load off your chest)
Okay, as [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha knows, I have gone mad. Actually insane people? Why you ask? Why?

Well, it all began a few weeks ago. I came to Virginia and [livejournal.com profile] xylodemon wrote bandom!fic about My Chemical Romance. Now I quite like the band and LA reawakened my long silenced goth!girl inside and this fic, coupled with a brutal picspam attack that featured not only pretty MCR boys, but pretty boys in make-up and tattoos and lovely hipbones. Those not in the know? I love all these things. It is a vice. :( Which made me plunge into bandom. I have been listening to all their tunes and looking at pictures and bewailing to [livejournal.com profile] hybrid_xisha the mockery I will no doubt be suffering after revealing all this.

I find out that MCR are playing in New York when I'm there.



Am I mad? I'm mad, aren't I?


How so? Well!

Letters to Iwo Jima came out in 2006 as did 3:10 to Yuma. Now! I am not dying about Clint Eastwood. I like him - I do! But I don't go out of my way to see his movies. Now - part of me was REALLY SPECIAL and thought these two movies were linked and you had to see one to understand the other, which, is complete bollocks! IS TRAGIC THAT I THOUGHT THIS. Yet there is a light in this tale.

Erica, my love, my light, got me into the WONDER that is Arashi and I have been flailing for about 3 weeks now due to it. And as I started reading up on them, I realised I vaguely knew about MatsuJun previous as two girls on my Japanese course adore Hana Yori Dango and we had a brief discussion about it in Japan. Erica also mentioned Nino being in a Hollywood movie. '\o/', thinks I, 'I will have to hunt this movie down!'

Only to discover it is Letters to Iwo Jima WHICH AMAZED ME BY BEING ON TV TONIGHT.

So I watched it because Nino was in it and I loved it. LOVED IT.

There is one particular shot that made my heart clench and the lighting was amazing and the look on Saito's face - confusion and numbness and shock and utterly lost - that I want. Badly.

Utter bandom!flail on my part.

And now, thanks to MOST OF YOU LOT ON MY F!LIST, I have what I believe to be a massive chunk of my student loan plotted out in expenditures - or, as I call it, my utter acceptance of commodity fetishism.

Now! In matters not related to fandom!flail but rather, another type of flail altogether - PARTY AT THE [livejournal.com profile] therenodaemis/[livejournal.com profile] isthatjamie COMPOUND TOMORROW - WOO HOO!


klena: (shy)

Everyone has things they journal about.

Everyone has things they don't journal about.

Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't journal about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: last movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on lima beans, favorite type of underwear, etc.

Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other! {Just understand that the answer might be "Nunya" or "I'll tell you in private."}

Feel free to ask more than one thing, by the way! Oh, and I'll most likely just reply to your question in a comment instead of making a separate post.

Plus, reposting the last one too! AS I WANT TO WRITE MORE DAMMIT

1. Comment with a title and a fandom
2. I will reply with a summary (or excerpt or snippet or whatever), the pairing, and at least the first paragraph.
3. Do it yourself! If you'd like.

Also, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] littleredfox

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Klena!

  1. Klena was first discovered by Alexander the Great in India, and introduced to Europe on his return.
  2. It takes more than 500 peanuts to make Klena.
  3. The state nickname of Iowa is 'The Klena state'.
  4. Red Klena at night, shepherd's delight. Red Klena at morning, shepherd's warning!
  5. Klena can't drink - she absorbs water from her surroundings by osmosis.
  6. In the 1600s, tobacco was frequently prescribed to treat headaches, bad breath and Klena!
  7. Dolphins sleep at night just below the surface of Klena, and frequently rise to the surface for air.
  8. Humans share about fifty percent of their DNA with Klena.
  9. Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of Klena.
  10. Klena is black with white stripes, not white with black stripes.
I am interested in - do tell me about
klena: (you would take the breath from my throat)
1. Comment with a title and a fandom
2. I will reply with a summary (or excerpt or snippet or whatever), the pairing, and at least the first paragraph.
3. Do it yourself! If you'd like.

P.S, do I owe anyone art? Or would anyone like me to owe them art? :DD

God Lord, I need a creative icon, ha ha!
klena: (when the world ends)
Fandom: Violinist of Hamelin
Sufferer: Lute

:: Welcome In, Welcome In - Shame About The Weather. Yeah Yeah Yeah, You've Got My Eyes ::

They saw him curled around her as if his body wasn't punctured with holes and the floor around him was drenched with his blood. He smiled and they went to say something to him, only to realise that he was dead and his blood was dripping onto her face like rain

Dammit i want to read this so much )


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