laliandra: (lipbite)
It’s probably a sign of how poor I am at actual blogging that I am taking it as a great victory to be writing about something that only a happened a week ago. A mere seven days! \o/!

So yes, a week ago I went with [livejournal.com profile] altogetherisi to see Darren Criss play a solo concert at the Garage in Islington. I’m still not exactly sure how Isi got the tickets but I’m pretty sure that actual magic was involved.

Anyway, due to times and price and other fun stuff, I had to get a bus that left at 6.45 in the morning to get me into London at a decent hour. Which meant that there would be plenty of time for hanging out and scoping the area beforehand. We met at Victoria and got on the tube, merrily debating what we should do when we arrived at the venue four and a half hours before the gig was due to start. It turned out that what we would be doing was QUEUEING. By the time we arrived there was already queue the length of the building.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE FANGIRLS.

Which meant that we had to stand in line for four with nothing to do but talk to each other and admire other people’s starkid shirts and glasses. Luckily talking for hours on end has never an issue for us.

Lal: *details all the big bangs she knows about* TLDR they are all going to be amazing.
Isi: And the Wardolope one! Cutest ever!
Lal: I also have info about that one! I am just a endless font of random TSNBB knowledge.
Lal: Also did I mention that my two artists are [livejournal.com profile] novembersmith and [livejournal.com profile] alexthegreat ?
Isi: Oh my god.
Lal: Right?
Isi: OH MY GOD
Lal: RIGHT?!
Isi: How on earth did you manage that?
Lal: I have no idea.
*ten minutes of squee later*
Lal: But seriously I am very excited about art claims.
Isi: Really...

extra, extra, read all about it )

So, yes, it was a wonderful gig that I got to go to with a friend that I love to see a musician that I love. It was seeing a fanboy made good. It was totally worth the sunburn that yes, I did end up getting, which is extremely ironic in the light of my [livejournal.com profile] pod_together  story (which will be up on Friday! And features the mild objectification of one Blaine Anderson!) I am still slightly heart eyed, starry eyed, shock-wide eyed about the whole experience and plan to relive through photos and videos many times over.

In another, slightly related point of interest, I got a tumblr. Because I needed to waste more time, obviously. Tell me who I should be following, ie which of YOU I can stalk on yet another social networking platform. I am probably going to be linking from here to there but not the other way round, if you see what I mean. I blame Kara. Also I like to tag.

*Levels Up*

Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:40 pm
laliandra: (aspiration)
Hi my loves!

I think I've been more productive this week than I have been in the last two months combined. Come, let us bulletpoint.



  • I finished And The Sky Is Limitless \o/ FINALLY, RIGHT. I'm not sure quite when [livejournal.com profile] brimtoast and I came to the decision that we were finishing edits and posting it but it was sometime after 1am. So, yeah, I stayed up until 4am. But now it is done, hurray and people can READ IT, the WHOLE THING \o/\o/\o/
  • It even comes in a beautiful .pdf that [livejournal.com profile] shiningartifact made. IT LOOKS LIKE A REAL BOOK, YOU GUYS.
  • I started my new job! Look at my priorities, lulz.
  • I handed in my TSNBB draft! I mean, it's a sham of a facsimile of a thing but it is IN and that's the important thing. Go Teaaaam \o/
  • I fixed the bug on my phone that was only letting me have one email account on it. I have many identities, phone, I need them all at my fingertips.
  • I dyed a white dress green after taking it up and re-hemming it. Because sometimes I am a fifties housewife.
But yes, New Job! It's one of those jobs that is both vague enough that's it's very hard to explain and specific enough that if I gave all of the details you'd be able to find me. Not that I mind that particularly but I like to pretend I am some good at having a Sekrit Identity. Anyway, I get to speak French all day every day because all of my co-workers and most of our clients are les francophones. Which is really great but also completely exhausting. It's been a while since I spoke French, never mind had to parse conversations between a group of native speakers, so the levels of concentration required at the moment are kind of killer. There is another girl, Elodie, starting with me, which is nice because it means we are learning together and get to ask each other stupid question. She's pretty awesome!
 
Elodie: Sorry, I have a really sarcastic sense of humour. Don't take me too seriously.
Me: That is the opposite of being an issue.
 
Elodie and I: *have a long ranting discussion about how terrible Twilight is*
Elodie: The thing is, I'm a feminist. Saying that there is nothing else in a woman's life apart from a man, that is everything I am fighting against.
Me: *_*
 
The whole atmosphere is so completely different to my last job, I can't even begin to tell you. My boss is lovely, slightly mad and very French. She keeps telling us how much she values our input. She tells us scandalous stories about our clients and google images the underwear models who work for us.

Also, slightly hilariously, there are already two people in my office and one in the Paris office with my actualfax RL name. So I will be Lal at work as well!
 
So, yes, it's been something of a crazy week. I have been so tired I've just been coming home and napping. I know it sounds strange, but I think finishing SPAU really knocked me for six, the sheer emotional investment I have in that story and those people is overwhelming. I have to take time before replying to comments, partly so that I can do the dance of comment joy, and partly so as I don't leave replies saying OMG YOU LIKE THEM I DO TOO I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING MY BABY. Yeah. Writing makes you crazy, y'all.
 
Anyway, I have to go sort out my big bang draft. Apparently when I said, "I REQUIRE THAT SOMEONE WRITE A CONPEOPLE  AU" that person turned out to be. Ugh, plot, how do you worrrrrrk. And the boyfriend has made lamb curry from scratch. 
 
:D and how are yoooooou?

laliandra: (aspiration)
 Hey you guys!

I got a job! Let the rejoicing commence! A Real Person job where I get to speak French and everything. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I have been temping for about a year now and it sucks like a sucky thing, so VICTORY ARMS FOREVER I HAVE GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT.

My Dad is celebrating by "teaching the tortoises a Mexican Wave of yay" He currently lives on a farm in the veld somewhere outside Johannesburg and has been incubating tortoises in a sandpit. Yeah. He needs a hobby now that the monkeys that he used to shoot with waterpistols have disappeared.

Thank you to everyone who was so lovely to me on Twitter, y'all are the best. And #teamfish you are extra wonderful. Fandom people have been beyond generous to me while I've been broke and woefaced, I can't thank you enough. &fandom
 
I celebrated by hanging out and playing party games of our own invention with my most darling [livejournal.com profile] brimtoast , which led to me accidentally scarring us both for life by stumbling upon a truly horrific fanvid. I think it may have killed [livejournal.com profile] moogle62 , and so I may be lynched by TSN fandom any day *g* SHE ASKED FOR  THE LINK, OKAY?
 
Then tonight I'm going to a friend's leaving do and then tomorrow I'm taking my boyfriend on a date/celebration/excuse to drink a lot of mojitos. 

ALSO I'M GOING TO SEE DARREN CRISS IN CONCERT AND  IT'S GOING TO BE TOTALLY AWESOME. 
 
*twirls you all*
 
laliandra: (history)
 Seriously, my boyfriend referred to Edaurdo from The Social Network as "the accountant one" and I was outraged on his behalf.  
 
YOU GUYS thank you so, so much for all of your lovely comments at my love meme thread, seriously, I am verklempt. I keep going back and reading them, thank you anons and not so anons, you consistently brighten my day and I would like to snuggle you all to me. I think I caught everyone else's threads but if not lmk! What, it's not like I was being super mysterious with my comments.
 
Things are still kind of sucky with Real Life, which involves a lot of mooching around the house by myself punctuated by going for long walks in the park down the street. The lack of structure in my life has got slightly concerning. 
 
Yesterday
 Me: Huh, it's Wednesday but I don't remember what happened Tuesday. 
Me:*ponders*
Me: Oh well! Must have just lost a day *carries on*
 
Today
Me: So I'll see you tomorrow!
Boyfriend: No, Friday.
Me: No, because. Oh. OH. Is today Wednesday?
Boyfriend: Yes... I think you need to get out more.
 
So that was alarming! But on the plus side I have a new phone which is lovely and functional and so very shiny! I may just refer to it as The Upgrade.
 
On a related note, a couple of people have asked what "SPAU" is. Which is really a reflection of how little I use the actual title of anything I write. It stand for SteamPunkAlternateUniverse, or the fic that I am (still, mother of god, what is wrong with me) writing. It's actually called And The Sky Is Limitless and I am currently mired in Part 5 of 6. If you like airships, banter about tea-making and people being stupid about the things and people that they love feel free to check it out :)? :D?
 
The main issue I am having (apart from the fact that writing feelings is hard, who knew) is that I've got really into this one fictional universe and can't think outside of it. I know there was a time when I couldn't move for plot bunnies and so it's really disconcerting to only be able to think of one story and not be able to come up with ideas for anything outside of SPAU (see).
 
Hopefully this will sort itself out because coming up I have [livejournal.com profile] thesocialbbang and [livejournal.com profile] pod_together 
 
Open for sign ups May 16 to May 27 on LJ and DW
How much fun does that look? Come sign up with meeee!
 
And finally this is Percival
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[livejournal.com profile] brimtoast bought him for me in Chinatown and he has three friends who now live in various parts of the USA. He was with a stand of Mario figures and pandas and cartoon creatures but we have no idea what he actually is. Apart from adorable, naturally. Both me and [livejournal.com profile] brimtoast 's boyfriend came to the conclusion that he looks like the simple dog from Hyperbole and A Half, with his little :/ face of confusion.
 
Do any of you recognise him from anything or is he just a Mysterious Blue Thing of Cute?


ETA: UGH, FAIL. Also I am still open for mixtape requests! If you want to download the ones I have already done there is: Tick All The Boxes - a mix for [livejournal.com profile] swiiftly who couldn't decide what she wanted and so got indecision. Check Your Cynicism At The Door - a bombastically happy mix for [livejournal.com profile] taurenova . Cheer Up Indie Kid - a happy but still vaguely cool mix for [livejournal.com profile] altogetherisi .
laliandra: (music <3)
Hey guys!

Coupla things before we get this show on the road.

1. I have a new email address. One that is not my whole name and so I can share with the whole internet! It’s muchadoaboutcogs at gmail and you should send me things. Just sayin’. I was most, MOST annoyed to find out that someone had already taken the username “laliandra”. NAME STEALER Barrowman*shakes fist*

2. Apparently I am not allowed to wake up mad at my boyfriend for the stuff he does in my dreams. Even though he bought a monkey and we live in a really small house and the stuff the monkey had to eat was really expensive and the monkey didn’t even like me.

Awesome, so, now that those things are out of the way, PODFIC!

I love podfic, a whole bunch. I have a whole huge folder of podfic saved to my computer. In case you didn’t know, podfic is fanfic read aloud, like an audiobook. It’s pretty much one of the best inventions ever because it means that you can have fic anywhere, anytime. It’s also really cool and interesting to see how people interpret things, because having a story read to you is such a different experience to reading it yourself. I’ve always loved being read to, and I love fanfiction, so, it’s so perfect! I’m always really proud to be friends with three really great podficcers - [livejournal.com profile] podklb  , [livejournal.com profile] shiningartifact and [livejournal.com profile] longcarrides  . Podfic is still pretty small in terms of fannish endevours and the people who do it are, in my opinion, pretty undervalued. Obviously making an audio version of a fic takes a terrifing amount of time and effort, and they don’t get a lot of credit and by credit I mainly mean comments - the currency of fandom.

One of my stories has been podficced! [livejournal.com profile] shiningartifact recorded “Say I’m The Only Bee In Your Bonnet” and the way she reads it is just amazing. Like, you can hear the leer in Eames voice, and the way that Arthur tries to be mad at him but isn’t? So perfect. I have blanket permission out on my stories if anyone wants to record them, because to me it’s one of the highest compliments that you can be paid, that someone wants to spend more time with your words, although I know not all authors feel the same. Anyway, her podfic (not just of my story but obviously I love mine best because of how it is mine) is awesome. Check it out!

And I’ve had a go at podficcing myself, I took part in The Awesome Ladies Podfic Anthology and my computer decided to add a fun effect! If by fun you mean infuriating and by effect you mean persistent buzzing noise. So that was annoying, but it was a great insight into how much work podfic is. I mean, it’s really good fun, I recommend it, but the editing, oh boy. There are times when I enjoy writing edits, mostly when I get stuff back from my beta with things to fix and I’m like, yes, I can totally fix this and make it better! It’s like solving a puzzle, WIN! It helps that my beta leaves me feedback that is useful AND witty. But there are also times when I’m like, maaaaan, fixing this is going to be hard and take a lot of worrrk.

All of which is a lead up to saying, I did another short podfic while I was staying with [livejournal.com profile] brimtoast in New York. And there is no annoying buzz, hurrah! Just me, well, my voice as Ada Lovelace (history fangirl moment!). To record stuff in her apartment you have to go sit in the closet. So, you can imagine that while you listen; me, shut in a cupboard in the dark, talking and gesticulating to myself.

ANYWAY. My god, woman, how many words does it take you to say, here, I made a thing, you can listen to it if you like, all feedback appreciated, have a nice day.

A Light Broke In Upon My Brain
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kitausu
Written for the Real Woman Fest
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