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It's been a while (holy shit, a month!) since I last updated, so I guess I should post something. Basically, in RL terms, everything kinda sucks? IDK if people remember that a couple of months ago I was told my job was in danger and I had to reapply for it - well, it turns out that even though everything was looking really positive for a while, they FINALLY stopped stringing me along and told me that I'm being made redundant. So that's, you know, awful. And I'm just in this super unhelpful place where I can't bear to actually think about it or DO anything, so I spend most of my time like, looking at adorable Glee gifs on Tumblr and trying really hard not to panic.

But in at-least-the-internet-exists-to-distract-me-from-my-woes news, at least I'm getting super into fandom again? IDEK, I've just completely become Glee's bitch. I rewatched the whole thing (well, except for A Very Glee Christmas, because that episode makes me want to stab things, and by 'things' I mean 'Artie') and somehow it was less rage-inducing this time around? Maybe I've become awesome at compartmentalising, or maybe I can just forgive a lot for the sake of hot TV lesbians.

I've even started writing fic, although IDK if I'll finish it because I don't think I've really got Santana and Brittany's voices down. We'll see. At least not having a job will leave me with more time to write fic? /silver lining
botherd: (Default)
Wow, it's been ages. I feel like I should post more, but then I never have anything much to say.

I've... kind of given up on Skins. Both versions. I'm one episode behind on US Skins and two behind on UK Skins and I don't really have any motivation to catch up with either of them. Maybe I'll catch up with US Skins eventually if I hear that they've sorted out the Tony/Tea fuckery, but IDK.

In RL news, you know how my whole job situation was up in the air? IT STILL IS. But it looks potentially positive, because the organisation might have more funding? IDK, I have no idea what's going to happen, but I'm going to be there at least through to the beginning of April, so that's something.

Back to fandom news: I seem to have accidentally become OBSESSED with Glee, which was careless of me. I mean, don't get me wrong: I am well aware of the many and varied ways in which it sucks out loud, and I still rage at it on a regular basis, but Santana Lopez just snuck up on me and made me fall in love with her. IT WASN'T MY FAULT. So I've been gorging myself on schmoopy slightly-OOC Brittany/Santana fic these last couple of days, and I find myself ridiculously excited about the next episode. Spoilers )

LOL, I am so not proud of any of this. GLEE SUCKS. I'm hoping it will be one of those random brief obsessions I occasionally get with a new fandom that never lasts, but WHO KNOWS. I already have the urge to write fic.

Oh, also, in my travels around Glee fandom I found this picture: cut! )

AND NOW I NEED SOME RPF.
botherd: (gaga: bigger than jesus)
SO, BORN THIS WAY. It's all kind of cheesy and embarrassing and the spoken intro makes me want to stab myself in the face, BUT I STILL KIND OF LOVE IT? It's no Bad Romance, that's for sure, and I'll be disappointed if there aren't better songs on the album, but IDK, it's kind of irresistable. What does everyone else think?

In other news, earlier today I had an interview for the job I'm already doing. And it went pretty well! I usually suck at interviews, but I had some pretty positive feedback and I'm feeling good about it. I'm not sure if I'll get to keep my job or not but at least if I don't get it it won't be because I fucked up the interview.
botherd: (gaga: rah rah ah-ah-ah)
- I had a dream last night that I was hanging out with Lady Gaga (in a toilet stall, wtf). I was totally embarrassing myself by going on about how I can't wait for Born This Way to premiere on Friday, but that is ACTUALLY A LIE - I hate the awful, clunky, kind of racist lyrics and am worried that the song is going to suck. (I am still kind of excited though. But also nervous. And also overthinking this a ridiculous amount, wtf self.) /cool story bro

- Work is completely ridiculous at the moment. We're having a ~government minister~ (not one you'll have heard of) visit next week, so we have to prepare all this stuff and fawn over her and everything even though HER FUCKING GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO LEAVE A QUARTER OF US UNEMPLOYED BY THE END OF THE MONTH.

- I spent most of the weekend rewatching Pretty Little Liars. OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS RIDICULOUS SHOW. It's probably my favourite thing on air at the moment, ngl. After the last episode I've really started shipping Spencer/Emily, because Emily needs an awesome girlfriend and no one is more awesome than Spencer. "I WILL DESTROY HER." ♥ Is there any fic? I feel like this show ought to have a sizeable femslash fandom but I haven't really seen anything. (Uh, not that I've really looked.)

- Um, that's it. How are you, flist?
botherd: (harry at the window)
- *pokes last post* Anyone else want fic? I just want lots of excuses to write!

- Stuff I am inordinately excited about: SMASH HITS LADY GAGA SPECIAL, OH MY GOD. (I'm sure people who didn't grow up with Smash Hits won't understand why this is potentially so amazing, so you'll just have to trust me that it is.) If there's not a biscuit tin interview I will be v. disappointed.

- I'm getting pretty fed up with the snow already, even though a) we haven't had a huge amount where I am, and b) I got to leave work an hour early today. The fact that I've started finding snow annoying instead of fun is a sign that I'm getting old, isn't it? :(

- Random TV rec of the day: BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Is anyone watching it? If not, you should be - it's this new HBO show about Prohibition-era gangsters and it's awesome. Honestly, I only started watching it because I heard there were lesbians (I know, I know, I'm rolling my eyes at myself too) but the whole thing is brilliant, not just that storyline.

- I still haven't seen Deathly Hallows yet. FAIL.

- I've just realised how close Skins gen 3 and US!Skins are. How has time passed so quickly? It seems like fandom is way more excited about US!Skins, which is kind of hilarious considering the initial reaction. Is anyone actually looking forward to gen 3 at all, or is everyone just expecting it to be shit?
botherd: (*facepalm*)
Hi, flist! I feel like it's been ages. Every now and then I feel guilty about not posting, but I don't really have a lot to say. I miss being in fandom! Without fandom I spend far too much mental energy on stupid stuff like The X Factor (WHY DO I OBSESS OVER THIS TERRIBLE SHOW) and no one really wants to hear about My Thoughts On Katie Waissel or whatever.

So, yeah, there's that. Um, what else is going on in my life? Work is just kind of chugging along. ALTHOUGH, we have a couple of volunteers now and it's super annoying having to find work for them to do. One of them in particular seems to be completely useless at research and whenever I ask her to look something up she comes up with something completely irrelevant. If I ask you to look up holiday accommodation, don't give me ideas for days out! If I ask you for non-council sources of funding, don't come back to me with links to local councils in fucking SCOTLAND! WHY WOULD YOU THINK THAT'S RELEVANT. IDEK. But I have no idea how to tell her that what's she doing is wrong, so I usually just end up doing the research myself. :/

In other news, I'm in one of those moods where none of my music is quite what I want to listen to. Rec me your favourite albums of the last year or so?
botherd: (unimpressed)
Ugh, fucking work. Today made me want to SHOOT MYSELF IN THE FACE. There's this whole new area of work that we're moving into and I just... don't want to do it. Mainly because I SUCK at it, and while I'll probably get better, in the meantime there's going to be a period of awful awfulness and I just want it to END.

Silver lining: the more I have days like this, the more I become determined to write a book that might actually sell so I can do something with my life that I actually want to do. I have an idea that I'm really excited about, the one I think I mentioned before, and I'm planning on writing the first draft for NaNo. (I'm kind of worried about that, because usually after NaNo I hate what I've written and never want to see it again, but I think if I have a tight enough plan beforehand maybe I can make something of it.)

Is anyone else planning on doing NaNo this year? I'm super excited about it but I hardly know anyone else who does it. Seriously, it's awesome; everyone (uh, with an interest in writing) should try it.
botherd: (gaga: bigger than jesus)
Craaaazy day at work today. I started an hour earlier and finished two hours later than usual, so I'm knackered. But we were launching this new service today, the culmination of six months' hard work, and it was really satisfying that it went so well. BUT NOW I NEED TO SLEEP FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

Also, hilariously, the ~grand opening~ was performed by none other than THIS GUY. LOLLLLL. The one thing keeping us sane during this hectic day was making jokes about this poor bloke's trousers.

This post isn't terribly interesting. HOW ABOUT THAT MEAT DRESS, EH?
botherd: (rufus: silhouette)
- Today at work my boss spoke to me and told me that a) I'm doing an awesome job, b) my contract which expires in a couple of weeks is going to be renewed at least through to March, and c) she's trying to get more funding so she can pay me more. I THINK THIS COUNTS AS A GOOD DAY. \o/

- Although I did stupidly leave my umbrella on this bus this evening. My nice one. Not impressed, self.

- Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ems: Some Justin Bieber song slowed down by 800%. ACTUALLY AMAZING. No, really, I've been listening to it for the past twenty-five minutes.

- I'm making good progress on my [livejournal.com profile] femslash10 fic, finally! Not entirely convinced it isn't shit, but I'm kind of having fun with it at least.

- Is anyone else watching Covert Affairs? I marathoned the first five episodes (can you marathon only five episodes?) and I'm enjoying it even though objectively it's not that good. Mostly I just like it as a stopgap while I wait for my other shows to start up again - so, the lulzy spy capers will do until Chuck comes back, and the sisterly relationship will do until Fringe comes back, etc.

- Speaking of awful television, I'm kind of stupidly looking forward to The X Factor starting up again next Saturday. IDK WHY, because usually I don't like any of the contestants and the judges annoy me and the song choices are dreadful, but still I always get really into it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.
botherd: (ellen: wings)
I just got back from seeing Inception, and omg, it was awesome! Definitely recommended. I don't go to the cinema as often as I like but I'm really glad I did for this, because it was brilliant. Okay, there were some parts that were either a bit confusing or plot holes, but it didn't really matter. Plus, you know, I love Ellen Page (even if she does seem to play Ellen Page in every role) and I was glad she had lots to do.

Um, what else! I've been a bit quiet lately, mostly because nothing interesting is happening in my life. Work is okay, apart from the parts where I feel like my entire job description has changed and I'm going to end up doing stuff I didn't sign up for. Also, I'm super jealous of my brother - he just started a new job a couple of weeks ago, and now his control freak bosses are going on holiday for four weeks and closing the office, so he gets to work from home for a month! And his job basically just involves being paid to go on Facebook all day! IDEK.

Oh, and I just finished reading The Hunger Games, which I devoured (lol pun) in about three days. That's quick for me, seeing as I don't read books as much as I feel I ought to; I usually end up getting distracted by the stupid internet instead. I finished it last night and am going to rush out and buy the sequel tomorrow, which should tell you how much I enjoyed it.

This post is pretty much just turning into 'Here's what I've been enjoying in pop culture lately', isn't it? The other main thing I've been obsessing over is Fringe. I started watching it when the first season aired, but I gave up after a few episodes; I'm not sure what made me pick it up again, but it turns out I stopped watching right before it got awesome. Anyway, should any of you wish to know what to get me for my birthday next month, I'd like Olivia Dunham, please. Unf, she is so hot, and SO GAY. Like, on a scale of one to Prentiss, she's off the charts. I spent the other night rewatching the parts of Mistresses that involve Anna Torv being gay and have come to the conclusion that she basically needs to spend her entire life kissing girls purely for my entertainment. Because, you know, everything revolves around me.

How are you, flist? What books/TV shows/films have you been enjoying lately?
botherd: (gaga: bigger than jesus)
- This is my favourite bullshit rumour ever. SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN. I can't conceive of anything greater than Lady Gaga as a Doctor Who villain. Fuck, I'd settle for fic.

- Speaking of Who: this week's was awesome. I totally cried at the end. So sad that there are only three episodes left this series! Is there any word as to whether Karen Gillan is sticking around for the next series? She'd better be, but Martha and Donna only got one series each...

- I haven't watched the latest episode of Glee yet, on account of everyone saying it's the worst thing ever. Is there anything at all that makes it worth watching? Usually Glee is made of so much fail that unless there are some awesome musical numbers or Brittany and Santana being adorable and gay, I can't be dealing with it.

- Am writing something weird. Actually writing it, in a way I feel good about, instead of just coming up with ideas or scratching out a few awkward sentences, which has been the extent of my "writing" lately. I thought it was going to be something short, but it might turn into something longer. Possibly it'll turn into nothing! We'll see.

- Is it bad that I'm currently kind of more excited about the US Skins than the British Skins movie? I feel like the US Skins is a blank slate - NOW WITH ADDED LESBIANS - whereas the Skins movie has so much horrible baggage attached (read: series four) that it has to work extra hard to make me like it. And, what with gen 1 characters being involved, I bet the film is going to suffer from the exact same 'so many characters, so little time' problem that series four did. SORRY.

- Ugh, Monday tomorrow. Work. Last week I found out that I fucked up something kind of big but not irreversible, so now I have a ton of extra work to do. Also, my super-religious ex-monk colleague needs to stop talking to me about religion. I don't honestly care if he believes that the shootings in Cumbria were "the devil reminding us that he's there" but talking about religion with someone who has wildly opposing views to you = GUARANTEED AWKWARD. Ugh.
botherd: (gaga: rah rah ah-ah-ah)
My work's sent me on a First Aid course this week and okay, I am way too squeamish for this. There's a section in the guide we were given about EMBEDDED-FISH HOOKS D: And we were shown a (fake) video of someone being SHOT IN THE EYE WITH AN ARROW D: D: D: Ughhh, I feel all weird just thinking about some of the things that were talked about today. Luckily I work in an office so the most severe injuries are going to be like, papercuts, but still.

Also annoying: any other week I'd be able to stay up and watch the election results, because I don't usually work on Fridays, but this week I have to get up extra early on Friday for Fire Marshal training. :(

In other news, I heard that on American Idol this week Siobhan was planning on singing the Sid Vicious version of 'My Way', and now I'm even more gutted that she got voted off. Instead, this week will probably go something like this: Mike will ham it up embarrassingly, Casey will show what a weak voice he has, Aaron will sing something too big for him, Lee will be off-key but the judges will still say he had a 'moment', and only Crystal will actually be any good. At least we have Gaga on the results show to look forward to!
botherd: (rufus: looking down)
Whenever I don't post on LJ for a while - and this is probably the longest I've ever gone; nearly two weeks! - I feel like I need to apologise/explain, but I don't know if people even notice this kind of thing? I've still been around, reading every day and commenting here and there, but I guess because I've been in a bit of a fannish slump I haven't felt the need to post. THANKS FOR BREAKING MY SPIRIT, SKINS. Anyway, these are some of the things I might have posted about over the past two weeks if I weren't so lazy:

- Work sent me on TWO conferences last week. One was in Manchester, and was totally boring and mostly irrelevant to my work and basically a COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME, but the second one in Nottingham wasn't so bad. Although we might have spent, uh, forty minutes driving round the centre of Nottingham looking for the damn Hilton. Fuck you, one-way roads and teeny tiny road signs and GPS that kept cutting out! But I actually learnt something at that one, so yay for that, and then afterwards I got to meet up with my half-sister and niece and go to a super pretty café for cupcakes and bumbleberry juice. IDEK is bumbleberry is an actual thing or something they made up, but it was yummy.

- How good is this series of Doctor Who? Matt Smith is delightful as the Doctor and I'm already completely in love with Amy. It's basically my favourite thing ever when the companions get to save the day. ♥

- I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon, and... I'm not entirely sure why? I don't write gen! I've been finding it difficult to write anything lately! IDK, maybe it will inspire me to write this silly crossover idea I've got.

- On Tuesday I went down to London to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze and Zel and see Rufus Wainwright, and OMG, he was fantastic. It was just him and a piano, playing the new album interrupted for the first set and a bunch of older songs for the second set, and he sounded incredible. He messed up on the piano quite a bit, but it was kind of endearing, and he played so many songs I love. I can't believe I'd never seen him play Poses before! ♥

- Unfortunately, the day after I woke up feeling slightly weird, like I had the beginnings of a hangover even though I hadn't been drinking, and on the way home I just got worse and worse. Rushing to the train toilets in order to throw up and only just making it = not big on dignity. :(

- The leader debate last night was all kinds of boring, wasn't it? Still, well done, Mr Clegg; shame you can't win. I feel like I ought to be excited about this election because it's my first ever general election, but mostly I'm just super depressed that the Tories are almost definitely going to win.

- I'm going on holiday tomorrow! We're going down to Cornwall, so I feel kind of smug that our holiday plans haven't been thwarted by the giant volcanic ash cloud of DOOM.
botherd: (gaga: rah rah ah-ah-ah)
- Huh, it's finale night. I'm sad that I'm not more sad about it, you know? I'm really not expecting to like it at all, and mostly I just want it to be over with already. I just hope the fandom sticks around and people try and make sense of this mess; I know [livejournal.com profile] jengrrrl and I already have plans to collaborate on some sort of reimagining of series four.

- My massive crush on Siobhan Magnus continues to grow exponentially each week. I love how one minute she's being all super dramatic female Adam Lambert and the next she's adorkably squinting at the camera in her giant geek glasses. LOVE. If American Idol is going to insist on being two hours long it really just needs to be one hour of Siobhan singing and one hour of Crystal. Oh, maybe Didi can get five minutes. Everyone else can go home. (Apparently the theme next week is going to be TEEN IDOLS, LOL FOREVER. I want Siobhan to do something awesome with MMMBop, seeing as she's such a big Hanson fan she has a tattoo inspired by them. Did I mention that I love her?)

- There's a new guy who started at my work this week and he looks EXACTLY LIKE ZAC EFRON. I kind of want to surreptitiously take a photo so other people can see, but I figure that would be creepy. Then I thought I'd Facebook-stalk him, because that's a more socially acceptable brand of creepy, but his profile picture doesn't really show the Zefron resemblance at all.

- This is a really good post about Why Lady Gaga Is The Awesomest Ever. Also, I'm so happy that [livejournal.com profile] gaga_beyonce exists. Brand new OTP!

- OMG, someone just brought cakes into the office. My day is made!
botherd: (skins: not long)
God, this is a particularly soporific day at work. For some reason everyone else seems to be super busy today so there's not a whole lot of conversation to be had. Not even Zanna, the guide dog, wants to say hello to me today. And, okay, I've finished the induction period early and I have work I could be getting on with, but it's just vague ~planning stuff and I'm feeling lazy. WHY IS IT NOT HOMETIME YET.

Mostly I'm looking forward to getting home so I can watch American Idol. Fair warning: I'm getting hugely into it this year, so I'll probs end up talking about it a lot. I'm already completely in love with Siobhan and Crystal (and omg, Crystal pings my gaydar hard) and there are a couple more that I'm prepared to love if they give a knockout performance (Katelyn, Didi). The boys all suck, apart from Alex Lambert who's kind of adorable with his stagefright and mullet and surprisingly good voice, and Lilly is so hideous I want to PUNCH HER IN THE FACE. OMG, I hate her and her affected hipster bullshit so much.

Wow, I feel better getting that off my chest.

I'm still not feeling any better about this series of Skins - is it true that Jamie Brittain wrote Effy's episode? UGH - but I've started writing a kind of lulzy AU and that's cheered me up a bit. I don't want to say too much about it yet in case I end up hyping it up too much and then kind of abandoning it (y halo thar 80s AU), but it's a lot of fun so far. :D

TELEPHONE VIDEO TOMORROW. \o/
botherd: (gaga: rah rah ah-ah-ah)
Wow, it's been ages since I've posted anything that wasn't a Skins episode reaction. RL has been generally busy, even more so this week because I got a new job! I interviewed on Monday and started on Tuesday. It's the sort of job that isn't remotely impressive with regards to my job title or even how much I'm getting paid, but the organisation I'm working for is really great and I'm super happy to be there. So far I've just been doing boring induction stuff but on Thursday they sent me to a conference; I knew embarrassingly little, but I did befriend a lulzy old pagan lady there so it wasn't a complete waste of time. :D

And then the other reason why I haven't been posting much lately is that it's difficult to be excited about fandom when I feel like series four is, as I said in a comment the other day, the systematic destruction of everything I loved about series three. At this stage I kind of... can't wait for series four to be over and done with so I can forget it ever happened. It's had its good moments - Katie's episode was amazing - but there's been an unbelievable amount of fail. I feel like the writers have completely forgotten the concept of series-long character arcs? Last series there were a bunch of arcs that were well developed: Naomi/Emily, the triangle of doom (which sucked, yes, but at least made sense and was a consistent thread through the series), the three musketeers, the twins. And then there was the occasional fail like Panda/Thomas, but this series ALL the arcs are as badly developed as Panda/Thomas last year.

Gahhh, I hate so much about the things that Jamie Brittain chooses to write.

In other news! I saw Alice in Wonderland, which I really enjoyed. OMG, stories about 19th century girls being all independent and kickass and defying society's expectations are basically my FAVOURITE THING EVER. Add in SWORDFIGHTING, and my life is made.

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