evalangui: (once imagined)
[41 books] + [52 short stories = 10 books] + [6 poems] + [56 essays = 5 books] = [56 books]

Fanfic is clearly not included in this list, the numbers are insanely high [equivalent to 109 books of a 100.000 words each], although this year the scales a tipping a little bit more towards books thanks to me starting a degree on English literature. Next year, I clearly need to get reading in languages other than English!

Colours represent languages, numbers are for books, short-stories or fragments, essays, poems:
English, [34,49,6,0] Spanish [6,3,1,0] Catalan [1,1,0,0] Italian [0,1,0,0]


2011

23.01: "Reply" by Ken Grimwood [R]
[c01] 30.01: "Someone in some future time" by Shelley Anderson
ছ             19.02: "Reading Against Intent: Women in fiction, authorial intent, and negative reinvention" by [info]prozacpark . [essay feminism] . [N8]
26.02: "The Captive Prince" by [info]freece [book 1] 
               08.02: "Dealing with Stress" . Keirsey essay . brilliant . [N8]
[c02]          21.02: "Fantaghirò, persona bella" di Italo Calvino. [fiaba] . [N7]

ছ                04.03: "Interview with Elisa Kreisinger" by Francesca Coppa . [remix culture, very interesting links] . [N7]
[c03]          05.03: "The Establishment (prologue)" by [info]freece . [original slash bsdm] . [N7]
[c04]          05.03: "Weather Magic" by me_ya_ri . [original slash] . [N6]
ছ               05.03: "Being published changes everything" by Stacia . [meta essay, writing] . [N6,5]
07.03: "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause  [R]
ছ               09.03: "Martin Amis the Gynocrat" by Christina Patterson . [essay]
ছ               15.03: "A look at Fandom Pairingsby Alamo_girl80 . [meta] . [N6]

19.03: "Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld . [book 1 of trilogy]
21.03:
"Moonwalking with Einstein" by Joshua Foer  
ছ               21.03: "Keirsey Signature Workshop Case Study" . [N6,5]
[c05]          22.03: "Lila Zacharov in 13 parts" by Holly Black . [White Cat 'verse] . [N7]
ছ                26.03:"Star Trek Parody" by Sarah Rees Brennan . [N9]
27.03: "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette" by Judith Thurman
[c06]          28.03: "The Spring Bride" by [info]waldorph . [modern rewriting] . [N7]
03.04: "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi . [memoir, graphic novel]
ছ                10.04: "sex, and slash sex scenes" by the shoshana . [meta, slash theory] . [N8]
[c07]          10.04: "Fairytales"  by Kleenexwoman . [modern rewriting] . [N6]
ছ             11.04: "What Comics Taught Me About Parenting" . [meta] . [N6,5]
19.04: "Red Gloves" by Holly Black . [book 2 of The Curseworkers trilogy] 
22.04:
"Into the Deep" by Ken Grimwood . [N7]
26.04:
"Caídos del Mapa VI: Un Año Más" de María Inés Falconi  [R]
27.04: "Caídos del Mapa VII: Un triste adiós" de María Inés Falconi

[c08]          03.05: "Queen of Atlantis" by S. Rees Brennan . [short-story] . [N6,5]
[c09]          04.05: "The Fox" by Malinda Lo . [short-story] . [N6]
ছ               05.05: "The Problem of Susan" . [literature meta, Narnia Chronicles] . [N7]

[c10]          15.05: "Historía de Rosendo Juárez" de Jorge Luis Borges . [N6]
[c11]          21.05: "When it Changed" by Joanna Russ
[c12]          24.05: “Penelope is no longer waiting” by Cherry Potts
25.05: "La casa de los amores imposibles" de Cristina López Barrio
[c13]         12.06: "The Coward with a Kiss" by Sarah Rees Brennan
05.06: "Amor Meva" de Isabel Clara-Simó
07.06:
"A Series of Unfortunate Events #6: The Vile Village" by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
09.06:
“A Song of Ice and Fire 1: A Game of Thrones” by George R.R. Martin
[c14]           21.06: "Make the Yuletide Gay" by [info]aggybird . [original slash] . [N6,5]
25.06: “A Song of Ice and Fire 2: A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin
[c15]          02.07: "Sunday" by [info]nopejr . [original femmeslash adventures]. [N6,5]
[c16]          09.07: "All The Way Back Where We Started From" by S. Rees Brennan . [N6,5]
[c17]          13.07: “Brodats” de Marjane Satrapi - [novel.la grafica]
16.07: “A Song of Ice and Fire 3: A Storm of Swords” by George R.R. Martin
17.07: “Pollo con Ciruelas” de Marjane Satrapi - [novela gráfica]
19.07:
“The Demon’s Surrender” by Sarah Rees Brennan
23.07: “Como yo lo veo” de Will Davis
29.07:
“A Song of Ice and Fire 4: A Feast for Crows” by George R.R. Martin
[c18]          31.07: “Sorcerer and Stone” by Sarah Rees Brennan . [N7]
[c19]          31.07: "Everywhere" by Geoff Ryman . [N6,5]
[c20]          01.08: “The Persistance of Vision” by John Varley . [N7,5]
ছ                02.08: "How can you tell the characters from the world" by [info]limyaael . [writing meta . [N6,5]

[c21]          03.08: "Aye, And Gomorrah" by Samuel R. Delany . [sci-fi] . [N6]
               04.08: “Cohering a hero” by  . [meta writing] . [N6,5]
[c22]          06.08: "All You Zombies" by Robert Heinlein . [short-story, time travel] . [N6,5]
ছ                12.08: "Turning idealistic characters gray" by [info]limyaael . [meta writing] . [N7,5]
ছ              18.08: "The Three Rs"  by nancy kress . [on writing middles] . [N6,5]
ছ              23.08: "I Don't Have Asperger's!" by yourlittleProfessor . [asperger's essay] . [N6]
20.08: "Inés del Alma mía" de Isabel Allende
ছ                20.08: “On escaping the arranged marriage trap” by [info]limyaael . [meta writing] . [N6,5]
22.08: “The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
ছ             23.08: "The Benefits of Asperger's Syndrome by yourLittleProfessor . [essay] . [N6,5]
ছ             23.08: "But I Can't Live Without It! Managing the Fixations of Children with Asperger's Syndrome by YourLittleProfessor . [N6]
ছ             23.08: "More Than Just 'Quirky'" by Jeneen Interlandi . [asperger essay] . [N6]
ছ             25.08: "Bright Lights, Loud Noises" by yourlittleprofessor . [N6,5]
ছ             26.08: "10 Of Our Favorite Incestuous Relationships by the mary sue staff . [N6]

ছ             27.08: "The Ongoing Saga of Commander Shepard’s Hair (Of All Things)" by B. Chambers . [meta, sexism, video games] . [N6]
ছ             
30.08: "The Elephant in the Room" by Elizabeth Bluemle . [racism, books, meta] . [N6]
ছ               30.08: "Why discriminate if it doesn’t profit-- by Jennifer Kesler . [meta cinema . [N6,5]
ছ               30.08: "Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test by Jennifer Kesler . [meta cinema . [N7]

ছ               31.08: "Love triangulation" by Marie Brennan . [meta, writing, love triangles] . [N6,5]
ছ               02.09: "Sexual Inadequacy, Ambiguously Gay Wizards by garlandgrey . [meta . [N7]
[c23]          05.09: “Fan Fictions” by Gabrielle Zevin . [young adult] . [N7]
[c24]          09.09: “Thinner than water” by Justine Larbalestier . [N6,5]
[c25]          14.09: "The Prussian Officer" by D.H. Lawrence
{C}[c26]          14.09: “Unseen Translations” by Kate Atkinson . [N7,5]
{C}{C}{C}               15.09: “Mae West” by Colette – [N6]
{C}{C}{C}[c27]          16.09: “Lu-Lu” by Joy Williams
{C}{C}{C}[c28]          20.09: “Love Struck” by Melissa Marr . [N7,5]
23.09: "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin . [Earthsea, book I]  *U*
ছ            23.09: "Why Women Read More Than Men" by Eric Weiner . [N6,5]
ছ            24.09: "Adult fantasy author L. Grossman on his work, Harry Potter and E. Waugh" by G. Canavan . [writing, fanfic] . [N7]
ছ            24.09: "Hurt/comfort and me: An autoethnographic account of a troubled love affair" by Judith M. Fathallah . [fan essay] . [N7]

ছ            
24.09: "Slow Down! Why Some Languages Sound So Fast By Jeffrey Kluger . [meta languages] . [N7]
ছ            24.09: "Hurt/comfort and me: An autoethnographic account of a troubled love affair" by Judith May Fathallah . [meta] . [N7]
ছ            24.09: "Sex and science fiction" by Nicola Griffith . [meta, writing] . [N7]

25.09: "Annabel" by Kathleen Winter
         [p]    26.09: "From Eloisa to Abelard" by Alexander Pope [narrative poem] *U*
         [p]    27.09: "The Lady’s Dressing Room" by Jonathan Swift . [poem] *U*
         [p]    27.09: "An Epistle to Mr. Pope" by Anne Ingram
         [p]    27.09: "The reasons that induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room" by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu . [poem] *U*
         [p]    27.09: "Impromptu to Lady Winchilsea (Anne Finch)" by Alexander Pope *U*
29.09: "Foyles Interview Jeffrey Eugenides about The Marriage Plot" . [bad interview, awesome book] . [N7]
ছ            29.09: "Living Fiction and Storybook Lives" by Nicola Griffith . [meta, writing] - [N8]
ছ           02.10: "Entrevista, Un nuevo Borges" . [N6,5]
03.10: "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen  *U*
12.10:
"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier  *U*
[c29]         14.10: “The Screwfly Solution” by James Tiptree (Alice Sheldon)
16.10: “Introducción a la literatura inglesa” de Jorge Luis Borges & Maria Esther Vasquez.
ছ             18.10: "See Baby Discriminate" by Po Bronson . [racism, meta] . [N7]        
ছ           
    18.10: "PRO-GIRLS 5 GeekGirlCon President On Girls & Comics By Vaneta Rogers . [meta, women, fandom . [N7] 
[c30]          19.10: “Stupid Perfect World” by Scott Westerfeld . [short-story, sci-fi] – [N7,5] 
20.10: “A Song of Ice and Fire 5: A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin ♪
ছ               21.10: "The Power of Opera by Jessa Crispin . [meta, opera, fandom, argentina] . [N6,5]
[c31]          21.10: “The man whose mother was a pirate” by Margaret Mahy . [picture book] . [N6]
[c32]          22.10: "Weland's Sword" from "Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling *U*
[c33]          22.10: “The Arundel Tomb” by Sarah Rees Brennan . [Demon Lexicon story]  [N7,5]
[c34]          23.10: “Sleeping with the spirit” by Laurie Faria Stolarz . [N5]
[c35]          24.10: “Ten Weird Things” by Matthew Haldeman-Time . [original slash] . [N7]
ছ               24.10: Preface and introduction of “Alexander Pope: A life” by Felicity Rosslyn
[c36]          24.10: "Wicked" by Matthew Haldeman-Time . [original slash] . [N6]
ছ               24.10: "Quick Dollhouse Primer by [info]etothepii . [N6]
[c37]          25.10: "Have You Met Lucas?" by Matthew Haldeman-Time['5] . [original slash] . [N6]
28.10: “The Tombs of Atuan” by Ursula K. Le Guin . [Earthsea, book II]*U*
[c38]          04.11: "Bright" by Matthew Haldeman['5] . [original slash, twins] . [N6,5]
[c39]          04.11: "Blind Date" by Matthew Haldeman-Time ['5] . [original slash, Cute] - [N6,5]
[c40]          05.11: "A relation of my imprisonment in the month of November 1660" by John Bunyan . [autobiography] . [N6] *U*
ছ             05.11: "Three Essays on Biography" by Samuel Johnson . [meta, very interesting] . [N6,5]*U*
ছ             06.11: "Poly is for grownups by Dr Pega Ren . [meta essay] . [N6,5]
ছ             07.11: "For the love of coins, past lives and boys by Robert Rothon . [meta, Marion Zimmer Bradley] . [N6]

06.11: “Mafalda: volumen 1” de Quino . [comic, hilarante]
ছ              10.11: "Afterword to TLHoD, THE GENDER OF pronouns" by Ursula K. Le Guin . [meta, writing] . [N7]

[c41]         11.11: "Young men at the manor" from "Puck of Pook's Hill" by R.Kipling . [N6,5] *U*
[c42]         13.11: "Canto XI: Descensus ad Inferos" de Homero *U*
[p]            13.11: "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden . [N9]
13.11: "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman ♪ *U*
[c43]          15.11: "La divina comedia" de Dante Alighieri, Cantos I,II, III, IV, V, XXVI, XXXII & XXXIII *U*
17.11: "History of Rasselas: Prince of Abyssinia" by Samuel Johnson . [N7,5] *U*

[c44]          20.11: "Also, You Pay Me Very Well" by [info]megyal . [superheroes, original pre-slash] . [N6]
23.11: "Perelandra" by C.S. Lewis *U*
ছ               24.11: "Ursula K. Le Guin has a brand new reason to be scared of immortality,” by Charlie Jane Anders . [N6]
ছ               25.11: "Computer model reveals what would happen if humans became immortal"  . [N7]
27.11: "The Rape of the Lock" by Alexander Pope *U*
[p]
28.11: "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. Le Guin *U* [R]

ছ              28.11: "The Left Hand of Darkness review" by roborant42 . [brilliant] . [N7]
[c45]         29.11: "Coming of Age In Karhide" by
Ursula K. Le Guin  [R]
[c46]         30.11: "Will You Still Remember Me Well?" by megyal . [original slash] . [N6]
[c47]         02.12: "Ave de Paso" by Catherine Asaro . [scifi, short-story] . [N6]
ছ              03.12:  "Open Letter To Anyone Annoyed By A Woman" by leupagus . [meta, opinion] . [N7]
05.12:  "The Critic" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan . [play] *U*
[t]
ছ              05.12: "My Gay Fantasy Wish List" by kadewire . [essay meta] . [N6]
07.12: "A Fistful of Sky" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman [R]
ছ              09.12: "The Skepticism of Johnson's Rasselas" by Fred Parker
ছ              11.12:  "it's time to drop the word 'homosexual'" . [meta writing] . [N6]
17.12: "The English Novel" by Timothy Spurgis

18.12: "84 Charing Cross Road" by Helen Hanff . [epistolary, non-fiction]
[c48]        20.12: "Jamie and Nick go to the movies" by Sarah Rees Brennan . [Demon Lexicon short-story] . [N7]
23.12: "The God Box" by Alex Sanchez . [Gay young adult novel] . [N7]

[c49]        24.12: "Purity Test" by Naomi Novik . [short-story, team unicorn] . [N6,5]
[c50]        27.12: "The World Well Lost" by Theodore Sturgeon . [short love story] . [N7]
ছ             27.12: "A Chubby Ballerina Gets Wise" by Natalie Wilson . essay feminism, intersectionality . [N7]
ছ             27.12: "What Would an Intersectional Women's history month look like" by Allison McCarthy . [N6,5]

[c51]       27.12: "Princess Prettypants" by Meg Cabot . [team unicorn, short-story] . [N5]
[c52]       31.12: "The Enchanted Spring" from The Arabian Nights . [N6,5]







41 books + 52 short stories (= 10 books) + 56 essays/articles (= 5 books) = [56 books] + 6 poem
+ 827 fanfics [109 equivalents] = [164]

 Of these I
16 books (39%) and 28 shorter works (26%). I did tell you I was very picky, did I not? :p

More specifically:
521 oneshots [2214250 words/100w per book = 22], 157 novelettes [2001750 = 20 books], 108 novellas [4212000 = 42] , 25 novels.


?% Epic novel: 150.000-250.000 words.  Av: 200.000
3% Novel: 60.000-150.000 words.  Av: 105.000.
13% Novella: 18.000 and 60.000 words.  Av: 39.000.
19% Novelette: 7500 - 18.000 words.  Av: 12.750.
63% Oneshot/short story: 1000-7500 words.  Av: 4.250.
[98%]
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♥  With the assistance of Irati and Izabela I turned in my two essays. I'm very sleep deprived, though, and should be forgiven any incoherencies. I'm happy the exams aren´t till May, although clearly I won´t be happy in May.

Now, let's talk about those tiny people inside the screen...

Merlin 4x07:

Merlin *trapped in Morgan's dungeon*
Morgana:
You're always causing so much more trouble than you're worth! You stopped my immortal army and left my sister for dead.
Merlin: I know, right? Could do me a favor? Could you let Arthur know? He thinks I'm an underachiever.

YES NOW. PLEASE. MORGANA SHOULD TAKE REVENGE BY TELLING ARTHUR ABOUT MERLIN, WHICH WILL DISTROY ARTHUR’S CONFIDENCE. Only not, obviously.


Merlin 4x08: Man, that was a really threesomy episode. I really liked seeing Gwen and Merlin interact. I was really sorry he didn't reveal his magic to her, too. But now again, there were much better moments for it, maybe, like, before her father was falsely accused and killed (although not falsely accused of something Merlin did) or before her bestfriend's magic turned her evil (for all the message of the show is "magic is just a tool you might use in any way" that's what I read in Morgana. She goes away to find herself and instead loses her way completely). Anyway, as if the Merlin+Gwen bits were cute enough, we get Arthur going to help Merlin up and then teasing him about being saved by a woman (and one so wishes Morgana was around for Merlin to rat on Arthur and Morgana to beat him up in front of all the knights or somehow punish him in her totally sisterly way...) Ah, Morgana, I gave your name to my external hard drive because she's ruby red and shiny and in my memory you'll always be an icon of manpower and not inexplicably insane. I haven't read many Merlin AUs, relatively speaking, but I've yet to find one where she's evil, which gives me yays since I'm reading slash and you know, evil!Morgana is BBC canon, Arthurian canon, all the canons but fic writers still refuse to give her up.

During that scene where Gwen is like "there is something about you, Merlin" I was screaming: "I just don't like women, ok, Gwen?" Or like, maybe it's like with Veela, if you are thruly in love they can´t affect you (like the villager John, who was stupidly in love with his wife of fifteen years). Also, I'm expecting at least Gwaine to apologize to Merlin for being an ass to him. Merlin confuses me because I feel they have lots of scene like those with John that seem to be going somewhere and then don't. Chekov would be so disappointed.

The Good Wife 3x10: Oh, Kalinda. I ♥ you (Especially the scene where Will is like: do you have a minute? and she's NO). Please tell Alicia you love her and want to be bffs forever! What´s this noble secretly awesome stuff with Grace? Grace is not very at keeping secrets so I'm guessing at some point she's going to be like: that cool Indian lady at your job and Alicia will be like: Kalinda? where do you know her from? and it'll all come out. The Will/Alicia ending was well-handled, although Lockhart was kinda hallucinating. 3x11: YES KALINDA YES. Peter, please stop being creepy. Alicia, stop asking him to be creepy! You can't say you don't know he's an asshole, you're feeling lonely now but please turn to the people your head says you can trust.

♥ Glee 3x07: The songs were SO disappointing. Quin is very pretty. The whole subplot with Mike's that was STUPID. I don't get why New Directions won, although I suppose it would have been hard for everbody to LOSE. FIVE songs and NOT ONE was any good, how do you do that badly? It's even statistically unlikely.
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ছ   My dad's arriving on Wednesday, hopefully his almost complete lack of English won't hinder him in getting from Edinburgh to Glasgow (fucking Ryanair, as if it wasn't crappy enough, cancelled the Glasgow-Girona route and now there's only Barcelona-Edinburgh left).


ছ   Had a good time at the dragking workshop, although I don’t make a pretty boy AT ALL. One day I’ve got to go out dressed like that.boy )

ছ   Thing is, I got a migraine that day and I just didn’t feel like having my hair tied back anymore or being out at all. This month my headaches have skyrocketed but I just went to see my new GP (nice lady!) and she doubled my preventive meds dosage, with that I should be right as rain (or right even with all the fucking rain, since
humidity can’t be helping the problem).

ছ   I have also pictures of fencing, some are up in facebook but for your edification....
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ছ   Misfits season 3 has started! As has Merlin BBC season 4, although I have not watched anything. Back to Misfits. I'm very taken with new!guys tattoos. Him, not so much, unless he turns out to be gay <.< Curtis new power boggles the brain, girl!Curtis is also really cute. I totally want him to explore his sexuality! Like, lesbian Curtis would be greaaaaaaat (especially since apparently he needs to learn what to do with the lady parts). Watched episode 2: BASICALLY EVERYTHING I COULD WANT. Well, except the drugging and almost rape, that upset me a lot. I was quite confused by how untraumatized Curtis was by the whole incident. I also didn't like that he turned into a man to punch the guy's lights out, what? a girl can't punch? Finding a guy about to stick his cock into you while you're laying half-drugged is not the same as having someone touch your ass or look at your chest, it's like whoever wrote it didn't realise this and it was a bit offensive.

Also, why are, like, 60 % of Misfits' scenes shot in toilets? Is it a fetish or are they just cheap? I wouldn't mind as much if people weren't peeing most of the time. I think they should restrict liquids in that set because they can't possibly need to go that much. This is also the only show where a guy asks another guy to go for a beer after noticing his bandaged hand (which is holding his cock at the time) and neither of them seems to be uncomfortable about it. They are too worried about superheroing and secret identities instead. Ok, I wrote that and in the next scene new!guy came in and totally had the same thought as me: VERY GAY. Why is new!guy so much like Nathan? It only showcases how he *isn't* Nathan. There are other personalities besides the five they've got, couldn't they have gone for something else? WOW. The longing gaze after Barry... err... Simon is even worse. No, wait, the drawing! Or maybe the "Would you like to be my best friend?". The scene where Peter leaves in a funk because Simon chose Alisha over him? I don't! It's all terrible!

The thing about the twins reminded me of Outnumbered.



The awesome tattoos in question (+ an extra random one):


Photobucket
warning: shirtless guy ahead )

A tattoo of my very own. Also known as spot the differences  )
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- ₪ -  Mijal will be here tomorrow, I'm still dealing with the consequences of her idiocy (she booked a flight for Edinburgh instead of Glasgow, which she had to do on the flight back. And a flight for 11 at night on top of that. She will make the last bus to Glasgow by the skin of her teeth). She's bringing me stuff like nesquik (not quite chocolate but...) and coffee and I hope to foist her on Isa so they can go be girly together a lot.

- ₪ - English vocabulary score: 28,900. I'm like 9 years ahead of the curve. Go do it and report back! It's fun :) I plan to take it again later to see if I'm improving.


- ₪ - New gorgeous blanket, well, one of them.

I first tried to get teal

and then I dark blue-violet
but fate had it that they didn't have doubles (my bed is a double, since I was a little girl sleepping in my single aunt's double bed I knew this would be so when I lived on my own). I will report on it's warmth but it's soft like it's made of kittens.
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* Apparently they thought it would look cooler without the commas, with them it's The Way, The Truth, The Life and it's my university's motto. To be fair, there were no commas in Latin, in fact, there were no spaces between words, still, I like my reading better and I do read English lit, after all.


Today I went to Poundland and there was this cashier whose gender I couldn't determine. It disconcerted me to the point where I couldn't quite ask the question I meant to till I glanced down at his name tag ("Jason", had it been "Taylor" I would have been in trouble). I seriously didn't know how to interact with someone whose gender I didn't know, I knew gender was one of the traits that influenced social interactions but I didn't expect to be that stumped. I have never experienced anything like it, since in the internet everybody is, by default, female. I'm not very sure what to do about it, either, I try to make up for my total lack of social skills by being as street smart as I can, being super polite to everybody, nodding along to their endless directions and explanations, which with men often feels a bit like flirting or being girlish (Izabela claims men never make her feel like a girl and I have no proof it's them making me feel that my perfectly normal politeness and good humor are flirtatious but it feels like they take it that way and so I become conscious it might be taken that way, while women, if they are nice, react in an understanding, I-get-what-you-mean way that makes our interactions friendly instead). The very few women who have reacted the way men usually do, of course, also turn the interaction flirtatious for me, I guess I'm not very good at all this street smart business if I just lose control of any interaction I engage in but it's like they are talking in a language I understand and can replicate but whose nuances I don't really grasp well enough to manipulate. Sometimes, like when I did that theater audition for a role in Much Ado About Nothing and was asked to read my monologue flirtatiously and totally knocked it off the field, I feel like I'm finally getting it but I think it's more like I'm close enough to know what I don't know (very socratic, huh?), I don't even really know if I managed to do it flirtatiously or if my attempt was amusing in some other manner (the "judges" were enthusiastically approving) but it made me feel awesome. Which is basically the point of acting for me, it's a very empowering experience in the sense that, without any real risks, I can try out social-acting techniques, see if I can flirt, or cry or whatever. That is also the attraction of lying, can I do it?

I also tried to read "The Marriage Plot" (just a peak! I have promised I won't read it till I have finished the four Austen novels I have left) and I realised how much easier it is to enjoy each word when listening, I'm just so eager to know what happens that I skim ahead and then I feel bad. I suppose that's what rereading is for, really. It might be easier to avoid when reading at leisure at home and not in a bookshop one has to leave asap, too.

I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say. They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one. They are full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word. Today, wrapped in the complacent armour of approaching middle age, the infinitesimal pricks of day by day brush one lightly and are soon forgotten, but then - how a careless word would linger, becoming a fiery stigma, and how a look, a glance over a shoulder, branded themselves as things eternal. A denial heralded the thrice crowing of a cock, and an insincerity was like the kiss of Judas. The adult mind can lie with untroubled conscience and a gay composure, but in those days even a small deception scoured the tongue, lashing one against the stake itself.

"Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier


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Just watched Tangled, which for some reason I always think of as Tangled Up, the Disney retelling of the last fairytale I ever discovered, Rapunzel (I was 12 and I got so excited!). For some other reason, there were LOTS more songs that really necessary, like, a crazy amount. I blame High school musical.xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

Did you know that a twelve year old girl was the most sought out painter of her age? Angelica Kauffman was an all around prodigy, painting was her specialty but she was also fluent in several languages at a young age and could sing beautifully. I really want to read a novelization of her life, I’m sure the woman who was one of the founders of the Royal Academy must have been notable in many other ways in her personal life. I also really want to stop reading Robinson Crusoe, seems there's nothing like having assigned reading to inspire me to read novels again...

Made vegetable soup again, it's delicious and i'm freezing some portions for later. I have had to eat it with spaghetti I blended because i can't find soup pasta that below 1 pound, while the spaghetti are 18 pence the 500 grams.

Omg. Castle 4x02! How awesome was that? *spoilers* The female rescuer! The paralellels with Becket were a bit heavy handed, how come officer Ann look so much hotter on the initial scene, though?

"The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides is out! Man, I'm really excited to read about an English lit major by an author I love. But I feel I really need to finish reading Austen first. It's like, I read P&P twice and I loved it both times and Austen's only written 6 novels, and I'm an English literature major now, I seriously need to get to it. Northanger Abbey is part of one of the subjects I'm taking so I guess I'll start with that... Edit: Began already, listening since the university library decided to be a bitch and make a fuss about me not having entered a local address, so if I start to sound old fashioned you know why. 

Cuando era chiquita pensaba que teñirse el pelo era una estupidez y decía que nunca lo iba a hacer. Claro, no mucho después resultó que una se podía teñir el pelo con papel crepe, había de todos los colores! (Me remito an incidente del unicornio alado multicolor. Para mí multicolor era indecisión, no variedad. Significaba que no tenías que renunciar a nada, que es como interpreto hoy Queer.) ¡Era irresistible! Aunque debería haberme conformado con el rojo y el azul y no probado el verde, Mijal y yo parecíamos pequeñas Claras Clarividentes de La Casa de Los Espiritus. Mi mamá no nos quería dejar salir pero yo insistí en que, qué tenía el pelo verde? A pesar de que quedaba horrible. Bueno, cuestión, hace rato que tengo ganas de tener pelo violeta (en mis biografías seguro que esta étapa de mi vida se llama "la étapa violeta") pero la única tintura no permanente que encontré fue rojo cobre. I quite like it, myself but I keep forgetting about it and then getting distracted by my own reflection or a wisp of hair in my face.

De Glasgow 2011
Isa's got a new camera that allows to focus on a particular colour to make it stand out, it decided that my eyes weren't green or blue or any recognizible colour so my super cat-eyed pic was out of the question. The red in my hair caught quite wonderfully, though.

Eating curly fries and remembering that time Verena got them a steak house in London and I basically stole lots of them. Supermarket bought ones are about a tenth as good, maybe it's the fact that they are oven made instead of fried.




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El hombre de tu vida: Impecablemente escrita. Francella, como siempre, está impresionante. Hilarante pero no superficial. No sé, mirala, YA.

Suits: I guess Harvey would do if one had never met Brian Kinney, it feels to me like he doesn’t quite believe his own hype. It doesn’t help that the plots and dialogues are mostly pretty mediocre. I could deal with Mike’s doe-eyed naiveté, for a while, at least but I’m confused by the mixed messages I’m getting here, is he a genius? Is he on the autistic spectrum and has almost no social skills but smiles cutely and gets by on that? Am I supposed to empathize with his lack of focus and his covering his ass with his eidetic memory and researching ability (apparently his only immutable quality)? How are we supposed to believe he is the underdog if he can actually get away with anything and suffers no ill-effects from his mistakes? I don’t understand who he is as a character. I suppose at least he’s a walking stereotype like Harvey... (maybe he’s a mashup of half a dozen). I like Pearson and I like Rachel (mostly)  and Donna rocks, but the random male associates that show up to challenge Mike (why are all of them male and white, btw? Harvard clearly has female graduates, at the very least?). Luis is very annoying and the fact that he reads kind of effeminate to me bothers me in the sense that the only possibly non-heterosexual person in the series is a COMPLETE IDIOT.
 After being kept permanent on the edge of my seat with the brilliance that is The Good Wife the Law on this just leaves me cold. I like some of the movie references (Kobayashi Maru!) but I think they might be a bit excessive, it might be just that those aren’t movies I watched growing up. It’s good entertainment, don’t get me wrong, but nothing more.

Lost Girl: I think I forgot to tell you that there is an awesome female-centric show about a girl who discovers she’s a succubus and all her crazy adventures with the human girl she rescues and who decides to be her sort-of-manager/partner-in-crime and the werewolf boy who’s in lust with her and the human scientist specializing in faeries who cares about her but can’t quite trust her because she’s rash and impulsive and all the other crazy faery people who want her dead/on their side/bed/something else.

Asperger’s/Autism documentaries:

Only Human – Make me normal:  This wasn’t very interesting. I liked the little Aspie boy but I didn’t feel it revealed anything I didn’t know. It’s like all these videos are introductions.
Planet Parent – Asperger’s syndrome: I liked that they found families with more than one child in the autistic spectrum. Wasn’t so happy to discover they are trying to find the AS and autism genes to then find a chemical/genetic cure for it. I mean, low-functioning autism sucks but most Aspies are fully functional people who should get to choose if they want their personalities wiped out.


I’m leaving for Glasgow in 4 days. Have some rooms to view when I arrive but can’t find a hostel I like that has rooms from Friday to Sunday. *quietly panics*
 
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So, Fantaghiro. When I was a little girl in Argentina we found this movie about the youngest of three princesses of a kingdom without princes, a kingdom forever in war with a kindom that did have a prince. The little girl remained defiant and uncompromisingly devoted to her being herself, she longed to fight, to be allowed to the same as any man. It didn’t matter what her father did to her to make her change, she didn’t. She learned when the lesson was worthy, she she learned to listen to her heart even when it made her vulnerable but she didn’t bend the knee, she didn’t give herself up. I thought she was the role model to follow and I still think so today. I want to write a thesis about this movie. A book, a fanfic, a song. I rewatched the first movie (in Italian) and now I’m watching the second one, in Italian but with only an Italian transcript, I’m not sure what I will do when I run out of transcript, my Italian is nowhere near good enough for this but I don’t want to watch the Spanish or English versions either. I’m looking forward to Fantaghiro, who bested her husband-to-be in single combat in movie 1, gets to kiss him awake from a curse :D

I’m also watching part of this German soap opera for a gay plot. German sounds super pretty, there’s more palatals than anything, as far as I can tell. Although I can’t tell much, to be honest.

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So I got this job teaching English at a summercamp in the Costa Brava (Palafrugell, if you know where that is, I just spent a week there and I’m none the wiser). I wasn’t going to do it and I didn’t call them to check when they didn’t call when they said they would but they called Friday and said: someone can’t make it, wanna come? And I was pissed at everybody here (I am today as well, pretty much) and there was no internet so being here seemed pretty pointless and at least at the camp they would pay me for making me unhappy, you know? It took foreeeever to get there and cost about 20 bucks, so between going and coming back I lose a whole day’s payment out of 8). It’s a 24 hour post, like, it says so in the contract and all and pretty much the most exhausting job I have ever had. Not to mention all the other monitors are raging extraverts, as are most of the kids, and at the end of the day I just kinda wanted to lock myself in the toilet with my phone for at least an hour. Only, the day ended at around 1am and started at 8.30am and so I only had energy to shower off the sitting-in-the-floor and general sweaty state the weather and clothing regulations left me in and fall into bed. My family won’t believe that everybody kept asking me to raise my voice more, after a lifetime of being told I’m loud this was unsettling (but true, the other did that projecting thing from Imagine You and Me). Oh, it was also Catalan immersion, I totally didn’t remember how in Girona regular people speak Catalan all the time, although I think these being upperclass people had something to do with that. Lots of them believed me when I said I understood them perfectly and just talked to me in Catalan but a few switched when I went: “What?” at their sudden questions, (wasn’t listening # didn’t understand). I taught the kids basic Argentinean so I didn’t have to remember to call remoras and ojotas something else. Not very sure how much English they learned, it was profoundly chaotic, I had this one group with a fifteen year old who had taken the First the previous week and a 12 year old who didn’t remember the use of “do” in the present simple and the policy was “do whatever you want with them, here, have this totally random dossier full of crossword puzzles and pictures and some sentences to translate and not even a teacher’s book with the answers.” The other two teachers planned lots of games (I tried to help but frankly, I barely remember going camping as a child and I didn’t know any of the games, I did translate everything they asked for really fast?). There were lots of good bits, like the kayak was fun, we went to the beach with the kids and the ones supervising the activity said I could do it if I wanted to, I also tried windsurf and promptly fell into the water, after which I kinda got a headache. I wasn’t very happy about all the walking we had to do or the stairs, omg, there were so many staircases! And I was hungry all the time so I don’t even think I lost weight because of all that painful exercise or anything (summercamp food = not very healthy or yummy, you end up eating lots of bread).There were also stripteases aplenty. I know, no the thing one expects of summercamp but the boys kept finding reasons and ocassions to perform them and you know how boys are, they got competitive and upped the ante. There were this pair who kept dancing close together and undoing each other's belts and then ended the number with a finger on each other's lips in a sort of "no need to say anything" gesture that was EXTREMELY GAY.

The reason there was no internet, though, I was forgetting, is that my family (sans Mijal, who's in a room in Barcelona) has moved to Sant Quirze del Valles (next to Terrassa). I might take pictures and post them later.


I'm book 3 of the Song of Ice and Fire now but I keep accidentally reading spoilers, there's so many subplots that it doesn't really spoil the books much, tbh.

Which Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin character are you?


Tyrion Lannister

19% Just, 17% Adventurous, 75% Intelligent, 71% Crafty and 61% WellMannered!

Tyrion is a misshapen dwarf nicknamed "The Imp" and "The Halfman". He is a personal favorite character of George R. R. Martin. Though Tyrion has talent for political maneuvering, he receives little respect from his father, Tywin, because of his deformity, sharp tongue, penchant for whoring, and the death of his mother during his birth. He is capable of cruelty to his enemies, but also has great sympathy for fellow outcasts and the mistreated.

 

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Tyrion. Ok, yes, he is the one I’m more like. Maybe not the one I admire the most but the one I understand better, for certain. A good person in a world where being a good person is a Bad Idea and will Get You Killed, forever an outcast and longing to belong. The beast with more beauty between than either of his gorgeous siblings. With the wits to get things done and the moral compass more or less pointed North to the right thing if circumstances permit.

 The Song of Ice and Fire Personality Test

Your result for The Song of Ice and Fire Personality Test ...

Robert Baratheon

You scored 160 Adaptability, 280 Humor, 220 Integrity and 130 Activity!

I sit on the damn iron seat when I must. Does that mean I don't have the hungers as other men?

 

Your are Robert Baratheon.

 

While you are not afraid to take on serious responsibilites, the fact remains that you'd rather not. Who wants to worry his or her life away when there's food to be eaten, alcohol to drink, and people to have fun with (and in so many ways, too)? You like to have as much fun as possible, regardless of the consequences. Though you're generally high-spirited, you are prone to react to bad situations with anger. You are lazy, confident, and jovial.

 

You are also similar to Theon Greyjoy and Edd Tollett. Your polar opposite is Daenerys Targaryen.


IDEK. Robert? A SP through and through? I just…


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♥ Did I tell you about the IELTS? (International English Language Testing System, brought to you by Cambridge university) Well, I needed to do it because they probably will want some proof I can string two sentences together before they let me go to uni in Scotland and it went pretty well, I got an overall 8.00 (how I tanked the writing section, let me count the ways in which 60 minutes are not enough for someone who's been writing academic essays for years and it's used to rewriting things eight times). Anyway, that's 8 out of 9 (the English, they can't help being this weird) which in normal people 1 to 10 grading means 8,8. :) Not bad.

♥ I just watched The Kids are All Right and wow, it was awesome. Maybe 8.5 out of 10 but still well worth recommending. I have some problems with the sheer amount of straight sex I had to endure in a movie supposedly about a lesbian couple and their kids.Oth, the lesbian love scene was shot under a sheet! And a total failure to boot, even if that was implied to be because they are married and being married makes your sex life boring. I loved the lesbian couple watching male gay porn and being disgusted by lesbian porn because of its fakeness. I loved the girl in love with her best friend and the boy so lost that his best friend is a complete tool and how many of the threads don’t really go anywhere because that’s life.

♥ There’s this Indian prince who publicly came out. He’s the only Royal to have done so.

♥ Me acabo de dar cuenta de que “El Príncipe Feliz” de Física o Química sigue la historia de “King and King” by Linda de Haan (Rey y Rey). Claro que como libro infantil de tema gay es imposible de encontrar, lo que ya me paso con "And tango makes three" que es sobre una pareja de pinguínos que adopta un huevo (y es una historia real basada en algo que paso en el zoológico de NY).

  También descubrí a este grupo raro gracias a Los Protegidos, por una coincidencias de esas, tienen un canción llamada “No quiero ser normal”, que es el título del capítulo de hoy. No estoy del todo de acuerdo con todos los mensajes que trasmite pero… es muy gracioso igualmente. Se llaman El Cuarteto de Nos.

"a lot of things about fandom you probably don't want to read and won't make sense without following links anyway but I had to say all the same. )
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Traducción MUY por encima de este post, para Jaguit y para mí, que últimamente ando muy estresada.

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[11 books, 9 shorter works] [9 novels, 1 short-story collection, 1 non-fiction, 9 short-stories (1 read twice)] --> missing articles and shit!

 
    11.01 "Queer as the Fork when the Knife..." by Fresne . [Beauty/Beast, slash] . [N8]  ♥ 
     11.01 "Your Cover's Blown" by Shinju Yuri . [original slash] . [N7,5]
     12.01 "World's End Concerto (Eternity Variation in D Major)" by Shinju Yuri . [original slash] . [N6]
     12.01 "Care And Feeding" by Shinju Yuri . [[original slash]] . [N6]
     14.01 "Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake" by Naomi Novik . [N7]
♥ 
     15.01 "The Reservoir" by Lassiter . [[original slash]] . [N7]
     15.01 "map" by Greywash . [[original slash]] . [N7]
     25.01 "Nick's First Word" by Sarah Rees Brennan . [Demon's Lexicon story] . [N6,5]

28.01 "The Corinthian" by Georgette Heyer
05.02 "Girl meets Boy: The myth of Iphis" by Ali Smith
09.02 "Get Some" by Hackthis . [original slash, high school] . [N8] 
19.02 "Beauty: a retelling of the story of Beauty & The Beast" by Robin McKinley
22.02 "A Civil Contract" by Georgette Heyer
 
    21.02"...Knife ran away with the Spoon" by Fresne . [Beauty/Beast, slash] . [N8]
23.02 "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand    ♪  
05.03 "Gifts" by Ursula Le Guin [Annals of the Western Shore trilogy, book 1]    ♪ 
08.03 “The Birthday of The World & other stories” by Ursula Le Guin 
11.03 "Please understand me II" by David Keirsey
19.03 "Parrotfish" by Ellen Wittlinger . [YA, transgender]    ♪ 
24.04 "Voices" by Ursula Le Guin [Annals of the Western Shore trilogy, book 2]    ♪ 
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[20 books, 6 shorter works] [15 novels, 4 non-fiction, of which 2 were autobiographies, 6 short-stories]
14.05: "How fiction works" by James Wood 
25.05: "Personality: What makes you the way you are" by Daniel Nettle  ♥ 
          26.05.10 "Ash the Stablehand" by Mythrigil . [Cinderella, gender reversal] . [N6]
30.05: "Liar" by Justine Larbalestier    ♪ 
04.06: "The Demon's Covenant" by Sarah Rees Brennan [book 2]  ♥ 

          04.06.10 "The Cruel Brother" by Justine Larbalestier . [N6]
          09.06.10 "Undead is Very Hot Right Now" by Sarah Rees Brennan . [N6,5] 
12.06:
"Hero" by Perry Moore
13.06: "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters
          13.06.10 "Quiet In the House" by Sarah Rees Brennan .  [a Demon Lexicon story] . [N6,5] 
          15.06.10 "Kat" by Kelley Armstrong . [N6]

18.06: "So Yesterday" by Scott Westerfeld
          19.06.10 "the coldest girl in coldtown" by Holly Black  . [N6,5]
23.06: "Keeping you a Secret" by Julie Anne Peters
24.06: "Between Mum and Jo" by Julie Anne Peters
06.07: "A Series of Unfortunate Events #6: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
07.07: "Rainbow Boys" by Alex Sanchez 
17.07: "The Child that Books Built" by Francis Spufford
06.08: "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin ♥    ♪ 
09.08: "White Cat" by Holly Black ♥    ♪ 
10.08: "Fire" by Kristin Cashore    ♪ 
12.08: "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel) 
20.08: "Grl2grl" by Julie Anne Peters . [short-story anthology]

23.08: "The sky always hears me and the hills don't mind" by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
25.08: "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson   ♪ 
30.08: "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins [book 3]    ♪ 

[8 books + 6 shorter works] [10 novels, 6 non-fiction, 1 short story collection] + [1 short-story, + 5 non-fiction articles]  

03.09: "Changing My Mind" by Zadie Smith [literary essays] ♥ 
05.09: "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell ♪ 
15.09: "Hallucinating Foucault" by Patricia Duncker ♥ [R]
02.10: "The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains" by Nicholas Carr
02.10: "Un milagro en equilibrio" de Lucía Etxebarria

    11.10: "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter" by Geoff Ryman
15.10: "The Stone Gods" by Jeanette Winterson ♥ 
19.10: "An Utterly Imparcial History of Britain" by John O'Farrell
24.10: "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield . [N7]
    06.11: "The Complexity ceiling" by Jaron Lanier
   
06.11: “Swappable Minds” by Marc D. Hauser
   15.11: “Mind, Brain and Self” by Joseph Ledoux
    09.12: "The merger of flesh and machines" by Rodney Brooks
    13.12: "The future of happiness" by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



Of the [39] books I finished I liked [16], a whooping 41%, although I did re-read my favourite novel, which is kinda cheating. Of the [21] shorter works (I'm listing) I liked [2], a 10%, which really goes to show that the shorter the worse.

39 books + 21 shorter works/5 = 43 books + 1281 fanfics

BOOKS I started but didn't finish in 2010: 

To be thrown out the window. 
Will read later.
Might pick up again.


"Graveyard" by Neil Gaiman: OMG. BORING. Also historically inaccurate but mostly boring.
"Ice" by Sarah Durst: Clumsy writing.
"How to Ditch your Fairy" by Justine Larbalestier: Omg. The narrator's voice is SO FUCKING ANNOYING. But mostly is the narrator, as in, the character in the book, that makes me want to kill things, far it be from me to expect a 14 year old to be perfect, but does she have to WHINE 24/7 and obsses over the stupidest things while being a self-centered brat and missing the blatantly obvious? I don't understand why Larbalestier's quality goes up and down the way it does (UPS: Magic or Madness book 1, Liar. DOWNS: This, books 2 & 3 of M&M). 

"The Secret History" by Donna Tart: I was putting up with the sheer hypocrite that is the main character and then we got to the combo obert and implied homophobia and I said fuck it. (Part 3, minute 21 of audiobook).

*"Jane Austen: Obstinate Heart" by Valerie Grosvenor Myer: still reading. Part 6, min 18 of 14 parts.
*"The Convenient Marriage" by Georgette Heyer: Predictable, almost finished, though. Chapter 16 out of 22.

"Ash" by Malinda Lo. Page 64, unsure yet, will continue.
"Heart on my sleeve" by Ellen Wittlingler: I wanted to read this because i thought author of Hard Love + epistolary novel = awesome. By page 36 it hasn't gotten very interesting and I have to leave London and return it to the library.
"Possession" by A.S.Byatt: Maybe not the right book to *listen* to. Chapter 4.

"Persuasion" by Jane Austen: read like 4 pages, gotta pick it up again.

"Rayuela" de Julio Cortazar: Interesante pero denso. 
"La soledad de los números primos" de Paolo Giordano. Capitulo 27.
"The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" by Alison Bechdel: After "Fun Home" I expected something way more serious. I want to read "Persepolis" instead.
"Jigsaw" by Sybille Bedford: I think I got to page 60 of this, was kinda interesting but not good enough to stand out in its genre (coming of age in the 19th.)

*"A Life of Colette: secrets of the flesh" by Judith Thurman: Basically what I have been did book-wise for most of December and possibly part of November, had to leave Karin's copy in London and have just gotten myself another to finish it now in mid-February.

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10% I went to Notting Hill the other day, it was after I found out about Rullo, well, kinda, and I wanted to feel awed, instead I found it noisy and full of people and didn’t like it at all. Although there were lots of mementos from the movie(as in, things with Julia and Hugh on them, not actual recognizable things) butit felt touristic. The strawberries I got there were delicious though, and Iwalked for like 6 hours, all the way from Tottenham Court Road till Notting Hill (there’s this huge road that changes names twice) and I found bookshops and clothing stores and of course, a library (that was one of the main reasonsI planned to go there, besides the movie, which I rewatched in Italian) where Igot “The Judge and His composer” (hopefully Patricia Duncker is back on the “HallucinatingFoucault” track) and “The Thirteenth Tale”, which is apparently about writing/reading and twins both and which TrinityofOne recommended at the end of“Mirror Dance” (that fic is brilliant :)

30% I tried reading some yaoi, it didn’t govery well, the top/bottom binary thing is still annoying, everything so blackand white in manga. And then I went and found lots of gay-themed movies, which aren’t like, perfect, but dude, it’s progress!Read more... )
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No sé si alegrarme por internet o no. Mijal me acaba de decir por messenger, con mucho tacto (NO), que mi abuelo murió. No hay más detalles y aparentemente la noticía mi viejo se las dio a ella de tal forma que no sabían si era un chiste. Todavía estoy en étapa de negación, o como que a nivel intelectual lo sé pero no puedo pensar en otra cosa que en que estaba por venir a visitarnos el mes que viene y como antes de venirme para Londres esta vez llamó a casa y quiso hablar conmigo y no lo atendí porqué estaba en otra (igual hablé con él hace relativamente poco en Barcelona). No sé, parece absurdo que pase ahora. Siempre fue el que tuvó más problemas de salud pero siempre salía adelante. Me ayudaría entender qué paso. ETA: No, la verdad no me ayuda mucho saber que estaba en San Juan con un sobrino y se descompuso y, aunque llamaron a una ambulancia, no llego al hospital. Es como que con Blanca nos lo esperabamos porque se la veia tan decaída, ída incluso, que parecía imposible que no se fuera del todo. Pero Rullo lleva operándose de una cosa u otra desde que tengo memoría (cuando eramos chiquitas y tuvó que usar bastón nos mando hacer mini-bastones para que jugaramos) y parece extraño que así, sin luchas, sin tener la oportunidad de pelear, porque siempre que la peleó la ganó... no esté. Por otra parte si que lo esperaba porque era viejo y obviamente se iba a morir antes que yo, no? Y la vez pasada que estuvó visitando le hice contarme su vida y lo filmé, aunque ahora no estoy muy segura de dónde están todos esos videos (algunos los subí pero otros eran demasiado largos).

Les dejó un par para que se rían con él, que es la reacción que siempre le gustaba causar:



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In England I feel like I'm in a book, or a movie. Because English is the language of fiction for me it also is the language in which I can reinvent myself just thinking and speaking it. And here, reality nods along and assures me that "of course it's real. It's not only in your head." It's like getting to go Hogwarts.

Creo firmemente que uno nunca puede deshacerse del todo de las enseñanzas más básicas de su cultura, no a nivel visceral. Y como buena hija de mi madre no quería anunciar nada oficialmente, por cábalah, hasta que fuera irreversible. Así que aunque ya no es novedad para casi nadie: estoy de nuevo en Londres! 

Está vez la familía es una mujer y su hija de ocho años. La mujer trabaja en una cosa estilo Wall Street, más detalles no tengo, eso que ya charlé con ella más de lo que hablé con Martin en todo el año. La nena es un sol, me saluda, me pidé que juegué con ella, me cuenta cosas, me lee fragmentos de sus libros, me corrigé cosas pero bueno onda ("normalmente lo hacemos azá pero así también está bien"). Re-simpáticas las dos, en resumen. La casa es preciosa, no sé bien cómo contar los pisos y entrepisos pero mínimo hay tres. Mi habitación incluye un baño (sin ducha pero bue) y una cama doble, aunque la cama es el 85% de la habitación. Igual si sacó la tele que hay en la cajonera (last year I didn't turn the tv on once) voy a tener más lugar para desperdigar mis cosas (I'll make a video next week).

La casa está en Chelsea, que es el centro de Londres (oficialmente!) y está cerca de todo. Planeo caminar (y patinar) mucho. Uno de los lugares de los que queda cerca es Hyde Park (1 hora caminando tranqui, como 10 minutos en colectivo) así que calculó que hasta que empiece la universidad me voy a pasar bastante tiempo ahí con el grupo de patinadores habitual :) Hoy fui y me sentí re de pelicula. Y es que vivo en el set de "Un lugar llamado Nothing Hill" y es difícil no sentirlo medio irreal. I'm so excited to be back! Sólo trabajo de lunes a jueves así que mañana empieza mi fin de semana,

Las vacaciones al principio estuvieron un poco complicadas, una se acostumbra a vivir como una adulta y con respeto y esas cosas absurdas y después vuelve a casa y es un shock. Pero después de la primera semana ya me adapté, aunque hasta que conseguí trabajo muy contenta no estaba, el 24 se cumplió un mes exacto así que me quedé 34 días, que para vacaciones es una guasada. Tendré que hablar con Alexandra a ver que piensa hacer ella en navidad pero me da que voy a tener más ganas de ir a Lille a ver a Irati que de volver a Barcelona. Además como que les toca a ellos visitar! Mi abuelo va a venir para Europa en Noviembre y tendrá que venirse a Londres a verme, así que aunque sea les podrían pagar el viaje a las nenas y que las traiga él.

Pasando a cosas más ficticias, aunque también relacionadas con Londres: Vieron el nuevo Sherlock Holmes de la BBC? Because it's made of awesome. Es una versión moderna así que Sherlock tiene celular, manda sms y obviamente es medio hacker. Ah, sí, y Sherlock es o gay o asexual (ni el fandom ni yo nos decidimos y él lo único que dice es "Women aren't my thing" and "I consider myself married to my job."), que tampoco molesta, no? :p  

Siguiendo la pista del actor principal, Benedict Cumberbatch, llegué a otra obra magnífica: Hawking, sobre la juventud de Stephen Hawking, incluyendo su diagnostico y sus primeros grandes descubrimientos: BRI LLI ANT.

Quick Merlin rec: The Student Prince by FayJay(Pandarus). If you're into Merlin and have read "Drastically Redefining Protocol" this is a story on the same line, modern AU where Arthur is the Prince of Wales and Merlin has magic and they somehow meet and fall in love, which causes quite a stirr with the public. In DRP Merlin is a medicine student finishing up his practices, in TSP they (and more than half the cast) are at universtiy together, where they are roomates. I absolutely adore coming out stories, especially the coming out of a public figure that basically lives off their role as role model, the whole: do they owe their people the truth? Do they owe it to themselves? Angsty and delicious.

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Hoy Argentina legalizo el matrimonio gay, aparentemente incluso Cristina estaba a favor (nunca la había escuchado hablar antes porque lo que me llegaba de segunda mano era bastante embarazoso pero no sé, el discurso un poco por las ramas pero bien.). Also, like, awesome famous people. 10º país en el mundo no está nada mal. I'm like, so proud!

El otro día justo estabamos hablando con Verena (que por mótivos que no tengo claros asistió a una Marcha del Orgullo en Alemania) y hoy estaba viendo en Física o Química a la nueva profesora conservadora argumentar en contra de llamarlo "matrimonio" (su argumento era un desastre, mater > matrimonio, entonces si no va a haber reproducción no cuenta. Lo cual, parejas que no quieren tener hijos? Parejas esteriles? Parejas gay que tienen hijos?). El tema de para qué el Orgullo Gay si un@ vive orgullos@ cada día es que a vecés hace falta una estructura de soporte, que gente más tradicional encuentra en la opinión generalizada de que hace lo correcto y gente que sigue caminos más alternativos no tiene, sin entrar en la necesidad de crear visibilidad por el tema de que lo desconocido siempre produce miedo. Les juro que me muero de ganas de tener una conversación con esa mina, una pena su estado ficticio y todo :p

Sorry por la reflexión innecesaria pero me dolía la cabeza y en la ducha sólo se puede pensar!

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El 20 Sharon cumplió 13 y como no pude estar le mandé un dibujo y un poema (y una pluma pero nadie la mencionó porque el poema desencadenó rios de lagrimas). Mi vieja insistió en que tenía que publicarlo, a pesar de que la verdad no me parece que tenga sentido si no sos parte de mi familia, y después Verena lo quería leer y yo lo quería presumir así que lo tradujé, estoy muy descontenta con la traducción porque es una traducción de un poema que escribí yo. En fin, el retrato ya lo vieron pero como recordatorio.



Nadie sonríe como vos... )

-----------------English version )
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I went to meet Sarah Rees Brennan at Foyles today, she was charming but not exactly what I expected. She seems smoother through writing, in person she actually speed-talks, flails a bit and mutters half her sentences under her breath in a way that I find utterly familiar and half amusing, half embarrassing because *I* don't look charming when I do it. She was nice but I was kinda tired (from sleeping coz my body is fucked up like that, more than 8-9 hours sleep and I'm like death warmed over) and I couldn't manage to say anything intelligent (she didn't seem to need help filling the silence either XD). So anyway, I have a secret to share, gift backs from books parties? Are not full of books! This one had 1 book (for representation's sake?), 1 pot of candy floss, 1 caramelised apple, 1 giant lollipop, 6 pins, assorted papery thngs like bookmarks. So if you thought going to a birthday party was unhealthy, check again!


Besides that I'm just posting to show you how artistic I have been lately.

arts (mostly portraits) )

*...but what is this "life" that keeps on cropping up so mysteriously in books about fiction? Why is it absent in a pattern and present at a tea party? Why, if we get a keen and genuine pleasure from the pattern in the Golden Bowl, is it less valuable than the emotion which Trollope gives us when he describes a lady drinking tea in a parsonage? Surely the definition of life is too arbitrary and needs to be expanded? Why, again, should the final test of plot character story and the other ingredients of a novel lie in their power to imitate life? Why should a real chair be better than an imaginary elephant? - Virginia Woolf ("Is fiction art?", 1927)
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I can't post from the train but I thought I'd try writing this anyway, I dropped the iphone and although I just cracked the screen I've pretty much decided to give it back and use my new shiny and clumsyable phone, today I gave her some money and now I'm trying to get used to the keyboard.

Oh, yeah, Hay on Wye... Full of bookshops but not as awesome as expected. The only lecture I attended (if I tell you it cost 8L and lasted less than an hour you'll maybe understand why). It's not that there aren't books I want to read but that they are all pretty recent and not best-sellers and so hard to find in second hand bookshops. I would tell you about the ones I did get but they are embarrassingly few. Mostly, I concluded, the problem for me is how formal it was and how non-fannish. I wanted to attend a conference and talk to people about books I loved and writing and innovation and this seemed like a collection of writers ego-stroking and their fans feeling more cultured by watching them do it.

I thought I should attend at least one panel, I decided on Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, who turned out was a name dropping snob and she didn’t talk about the power of words like she was supposed to, instead mentioning important and well known historical dates and data about books (Guttenberg, papyrus, srsly!) and acted like she was connecting them in a new way. I think the only intelligent thing she said was that there weren’t books available in native African languages and it’s not even intelligent, just data. She was very worried about how new technology was threatening the paper book and I thought her reasoning that “The book is complete in itself” was a good start to a logical explanation as to WHY. She never gave that explanation, though, and the more I think about it the less I agree with what seems to be a very round statement (since a paperbook needs no batteries or electricity) but it’s not complete in itself, it only makes sense in context and in being connected to other books and to the world. I don’t think she meant “it’s portable”, at least I hope she didn’t because of how you obviously can have thousands of books in a handheld device that you also put in your pocket. Unless you’re considering the apocalypse, in which case using electricity to power your reading device will be wasteful (although keeping your paper books from the elements will have a cost as well) then I don’t see the advantages of the paper book. I get the feeling, I love paper books, you can love them, connect the physical paper and ink with the abstract words you love reading but loving something doesn’t make it better. The way she dissed comic books, talked about “subliterature” (and this is a woman coming from Apartheid, white, but still and she just decided to apply racist logic to something she loves. If all people are the same then why aren’t all stories?) and was fucking judgmental but incoherent about everything, bad even at choosing good quotes just generally pissed me off. How a room full of intelligent adults could swallow so much crap and then ask her questions as if her answers could matter is beyond me.
Went into The Bookshow filming set and asked the girl there to take a picture of me on the library chair and she was like: oh, sure thing but you know you can win it?


Finished Justine Larbalestier's “Liar” in audiobook, loved it, although like in “Magic or Madness” there are still some rough edges. So this novel is a YA adventure novel about a girl who freely admits she’s a compulsive liar but it’s trying, she says, to change her ways. It’s very post-modern in the way she keeps questioning reality and making you question reality by revealing from time to time that what she told you before? Not completely true, not exactly like that, she forgot a tiny detail. Only soon you start expecting things to be lies but you don’t necessarily suspect the things that are lies. And then after all the carefully crafted fibs she comes up with this completely ridiculous one and you’re like… she’s finally gone off and started to believe her lies. No longer worried about her sincerity but about her sanity you follow along as she investigates her boyfriend’s murder and tries to cope with his death (more).

Mum still in Israel, israel still there, I guess I will get to hear the story later since now that she isn't there nobody is keeping track at home.

Got to go find a job now.
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1. I guess it's my fault for expecting better from popular music, but how can there still be blatantly sexist songs like "Daughters" (John Mayer) being written today and loved by both sexes? (This one fucks up everybody, boys are tough and can take it, girls are delicate flowers necessary for the boys to be human) and Demi Lovato is covering it and millions of kids are going to listen to it and WHY ISN'T anybody saying anything? Ok. You can go read the non-ranty part of this post.

2. Erin and me both love this song, especially the line "we both maniacally laugh and like all the same stuff", the woman's voice is actually pretty good.





3. Found an awesome website that converts youtube vids into mp3 for you.

4. Another personality test, according to which I'm very disaggreable and very open to new experiences (what can i say? people keep messing up) :

I'm a O88-C30-E48-A4-N14 Big Five!!

5. Booked the train tickets to go the town of books, Hay on Wye (/hei on wai/) in Wales next weekend (28-30). Verena's coming with me (after much procrastination) and we're staying in a farm. For some reason this does not mean I get to go horse riding (it's probably for the best since I'm spending enough money as it is, and that's not even counting the fact that is a town made of bookshops with really cheap books AND I'll be coming back by train so there's no weight limit.

6. Podfic and a random add I caught on TV are making reconsider watching House again. Mostly it's tv show withdrawal, Supernatural is over, Castle too, Glee has only 3 episodes to go (and the last couple haven't made me happy at all).Art + Poems )

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