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Six years ago I attended the North American Discworld Convention. It was my very first convention and I was nervous but excited, a wide-eyed recent high school grad. I met osheamobile face to face, and a nicer person you couldn’t hope to meet. That weekend had one of the best times of my life, meeting fellow fans and dressing up and running a game show monitor and even meeting Terry Pratchett himself, if only for a moment to get an autograph. I never wanted that weekend to end. I knew afterwards that if I ever got a tattoo, it’d be something to do with an owl and an ankh.

Two years ago I was mourning Terry Pratchett’s death, and commissioned ruairidhohboy on tumblr for a sketch. I couldn’t afford the tattoo I wanted, but I wanted something to have. The sketch became my desktop background from then on.

Today, credit to Zack Taylor at Evermore Tattoo for inking this onto me. I was nervous and he put me at ease and did a fantastic job. I’m not at all tough, but I didn’t cry once. (Honestly, the HPV vaccine hurt WAY more than getting my tattoo!) I was shocked at how it wasn’t nearly as painful as I’d been fearing. It wasn’t pleasant, but I managed it just fine. The closest comparison I can make is getting scraped by rough tree bark while climbing a tree. Not nice, but not horrific. I’m going back in a few weeks for some shading (and making that lower right segment black.)

I’m so happy to finally have this! It’s been a long time coming.

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Got to watch O Brother Where Art Thou with my roommates tonight, the one who's moving out hadn't seen it before.

I also gifted her with Monstrous Regiment and she seemed really touched.

She said she wishes she could take me and our other roommate with her when she moves DDDDD:

I'm gonna miss her. Thankfully she'll be staying in touch, but still, I'll miss her. 

Trying

Mar. 15th, 2015 10:32 pm
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Trying to distract myself from feeling sad about Sir Terry because when I found out I was sick as a dog and couldn’t properly mourn or do much of anything, like seriously standing up was a big deal that day, I have never been that sick in my life, I think it was food poisoning. And right now it’s getting tough to do productive stuff except lay around re-reading the books and hugging the books and crying and trying to do stuff and re-reading the books and crying and the cycle keeps going and being sick as a dog meant the homework I had to do over spring break didn’t get done and I have two pages left to write of the WORST excuse for an essay I have ever written it is absolute garbage but I don’t even care it’s 10:30pm and I have to wake up early tomorrow morning and it’s DUE.

Anyways, there’s a bit in The Fifth Elephant where the Igor who ends up joining the Watch is growing doodles like he’s Herbert West. Little fingers and noses on little legs.
So that’s cool. Find something new on every re-read.

I can’t even distract myself with other fandoms, everything reminds me of Discworld right now. Seriously, everything. Re-Animator. ASoIaF. Channel Awesome. Johannes Cabal. Jupiter Ascending. Everything.

I don’t know what to do.

Re-watch my favorite movies and listen to some tv show commentaries I guess, once all this homework is settled? I’ve loaded every Discworld audiobook I own onto my iPod, I’ll be cycling through those for the foreseeable future.

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Trigger warnings: mentions of self-harm, talk of deathfics, mention of medically-assisted suicide. )
On a lighter note, Vixy and Tony covered "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds! And that is just plain AWESOME!

Audiobooks

Sep. 22nd, 2011 12:05 pm
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Fell asleep listening to Feet of Clay. Woke up at 5:30 am listening to the end of Thud! because I hadn't put all of Feet of Clay on my iPod yet and I still had Part 4 of Thud! on the playlist. I was very confused. Luckily my head and the pillows were at the right position so my ears weren't hurting from the headphones, but I think I'm going to put SleepPhones on my Christmas List just the same.
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 I am now wearing my owl and ankh earrings, the earrings I'm going to wear next week at the Discworld Convention. I am SO EXCITED!!!

I thought about getting my ears pierced again so I could have four elephants on my ears but decided against it. I barely wear jewelry as it is, and besides, I couldn't find any good elephant earrings on ebay, etsy, or amazon.

So yeah, got a pair of ankhs and a pair of owls, and I'll wear one of each because it's clever and the best I could do, seeing as I can't make a fabulous costume with my bare hands or run a booth or read all of the books (today I'm going to do a marathon of the books I've had interlibrary loaned) or have courage.

I also bought a pair of sword earrings. They are badass. I shall post pictures later this month. 
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 So today I raided Goodwill for costume pieces for what I'll be wearing to NADWCon in a couple weeks. I made out with a great haul: four great shirts and two nice vests (plus a dress that I won't be wearing to the Con, but will be wearing this fall.) Probably going to wear some striped pants, not a big heavy dress, but who knows ... 

Debating whether to buy now or wait until I get to the convention and buy one there. I really want a great hat to complete my outfit so I don't look completely horrible. I mean, people are going to be there who make their own costumes and look utterly amazing and have all this money and time and I ... spent twenty bucks at Goodwill on some shirts.
I can't let myself get worried or nervous now. I need to stay excited and happy and squeeful. Which I totally am. SQUEEEEEEE! I'm going to the Discworld Convention! I'm going to dress up and spend way too much money and have a fantastic time! I'm not going to worry about how 800+ people are going to be there and I've never been to a con before and oh god ...

*continues looking through etsy for jewelry* Ooooo, octopus earrings! 

I'm gonna be ok. It's gonna be awesome. 

What I should really be worried about is getting through the rest of the Discworld books. I have to accept that I'm not going to be able to catch up on all of them before the Con. I have about fifteen to read between now and then, and I have to to to work, sleep, and put together my costumes: it ain't gonna happen. I'll try and catch up, but I probably won't be able to get through all of them in time. Five? Yes. Ten? Maybe. All fifteen I've got left to go through? Nope. 
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If it was an immortality stone sort of thing, I'd give it to Garrison Keillor or Sir Terry Pratchett, whoever I could get it to. Maybe give it to both of them and force them to live together with easy access to the stone? *shrugs*
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Weird Dream )


I have registered for NADWCon. I know it's silly. I know this means I'll have to work a lot this summer to make the money, and make up for the lost work-time I'll be spending at the Con. I'm still going, and it's going to be totally awesome!!!
I've never been to a Con before. I'm kinda nervous. Well, I'm VERY nervous. But I'm also very excited. I'm going to get a book signed by Sir Terry Pratchett! I'm going to go on a trip and get dressed up and meet oodles of geeks!
Speaking of that, I need to compile my first official cosplay! Awesome!

Today

Mar. 30th, 2011 09:37 pm
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 Today was ... horrible.
 

I didn't get enough sleep (again) and so I was tired all day. I'm getting a stye (or a cyst, I'm not sure which) on my lower eyelid. People are very unpleasant. My boyperson wasn't around today. I'm getting sick. I have actually set up traps in front of my bedroom door so I will feel safe enough to go to sleep tonight. I have scads of work ahead of me. My right hand still kinda hurts. At one point today I barricaded myself in a room. Porn is too male-oriented. It should be freaking spring already. Today I had to look at pictures of leeches. I can't decide if it's financially a good idea to go to NADWCon, or if it's a good idea at all, but I wanna go so bad so screw money and having to skip the Shakespeare Workshop and the loss of work-time, I am going to my first convention ever and oh god I haven't read all the books yet, when am I going to get to the rest of the books I'm going to look like an idiot and I've never been to a convention oh gods ...


I'm really going to get to sleep earlier tonight. That way, even if tomorrow is like today, I'll be able to face it well-rested.


I'm surprised at how calm I am about all of this. No crying or screaming or angry fits ... just me curling up off to the side trying to listen to podcasts and check Kink Memes and watch The Crusades: The Crescent and the Cross. I'm hoping this means I'm getting good at coping with bad things, instead of me being in shock or something. 
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 Made the mistake of staying up too late reading from Side Jobs, a collection of short stories of The Dresden Files (which for some reason does not contain the short story Even Hand, because god hates me or something. GAH! I want my Marcone-fix already! I don't care about other authors in the Dark and Stormy Knights anthology, I just want Even Hand!) 
Just read Aftermath. Am now completley psyched for Ghost Stories. Am considering driving to wherever-the-hell Jim Butcher lives and forcing him to give me an early copy of Ghost Stories. YOU CANNOT END ON A CLIFFHANGER LIKE AT THE END OF CHANGES AND SURVIVE UNSCATHED!!!!!!! I AM STILL ANGRY AT YOU, SIR, MY MOST FAVORITEST AUTHOR OF ALL TIME!!!!!!

Did I mention my dire need for a Marcone fix? I love that man. Let's face it, the only reason I kept reading Discworld was because Vetinari reminded me of Marcone (I now love Discworld for many other reasons that are not 'Vetinari Vetinari Vetinari,' but Vetinari was the main reason I kept reading the books early on.) FoeYay with a cynical anti-hero, significant power in a magical city, lovely sarcasm, a fondness for knives ... I think I have a type, guys!


Gah ... I'm up waaaaaaaay too late ... got so much to do tomorrow! *headdesk*
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 Yar, Happy Talk-Like-A-Pirate-Day me hearties! I be so tickled pink that I remembered this fine festival this year, usually I need some swabber to remind me! 
Oh, and if ye ain't set eyes upon this fine beauty of a webcomic by the name o' Weregeek, yer a bilge rat who ought ta keelhaul yerself, savvy? It's filled ta the brim with jokes and references that'll set ya rolling on the deck, and characters that are the spittin' images of yer mates, if not yerself! It's a mighty fine prize, and today that brave crew led by Captain Alina Pete updated on a Sunday for this very Holiday! 
Humon's webcomics, WAZT Niels, and a quick bit about polyamory )
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 Still hurting, still exhausted, still wishing I had more free time.

In other news, new ATG episode!
 


So, ATG hates Mimes, just like Vetinari? And he tries to trap them in invisible boxes, just like Dr. Doof? *is such a geek*


Oh my god no more bookshelf!!!
 

 
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So, as some of you already know, these next few weeks are going to be incredibly hectic for me.

I explain and ellaborate for a while )

Today

May. 15th, 2010 10:28 pm
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Had a great day. Painted faces at a fair, set up tables and cleaned up, etc. During lulls in the day my friends and I listed which five celebrities we'd like to sleep with (I said Evangeline Lily, Johnny Depp, Morena Baccarin, Robert Downey Jr., David Tennant, and then I realized that Jordana Brewster needed to be on the list too, and then thought of Gwyneth Paltrow ... I fail at selecting just five. One of my friends said "Megan Fox, for all five times," though she said that Jordana Brewster was on her list too. Then I started to list my 'Internet Celebrities I'd Sleep With' and nobody knew who I was talking about.)

Also, I am now ridiculously jealous of my friend. Not only is she moving to England soon (which in itself is awesome) but she's GOING TO LIVE NEAR SIR TERRY PRATCHETT!!!11!!!!1!! (I may have uttered an undignified, high-pitched shriek of jealousy when I heard about that.) Words cannot describe how green I am with envy over here.

On the downside, my feet have been hurting all week. I probably need new shoes. So I'll go shopping tomorrow. I hate shopping for shoes. *will go to a bookstore to compensate for having to go shoe-shopping*

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