apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Nerd - Fanfic)
Snagged from [ profile] venivincere, pretty much immediately. (Fic and stats? Oh, be still my heart! ♥)

Top 10 By Hit Count: )

Top 10 By Kudos: )

It's nice to see that "Two Rivers" topped the kudos list, as it's definitely one of my favorite pieces of fic I've ever written--probably that one, and "Almost Anyone" are, I think, my best works.

Other works I am really fond/proud of but which failed to chart are a lot of my Amy/Rory stories. In particular, I really like Where Two Paths Cross and I Thought of You. (I also really like The Woman She'll Turn Out To Be, but it's kidfic, and I am forever alone in my love of kidfic. :P) These probably didn't make the list because of the relative un-popularity of Amy/Rory. (Any Doctor Who fic I write that includes the Doctor, even in a cameo role, automatically gets twice the hits. Le sigh.)

Also interesting to note: my most popular fic on LJ is, by far, Lightning Fast, and it has yet to receive a single kudos on AO3! Who'da thunk?

{Also, it occured to me while compiling this list: I have written many, many fills for [ profile] eleventy_kink, and have made a grand total of three prompts. (Two of them just the other night when I was tipsy and in need of a social outlet.) Someone, somewhere, owes me fic!}

/self-indulgent self-indulgency
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
Barely, but yes!

This week's theme: Happy-Making Music! Songs that put a smile on your face, make you bounce up and down, and generally elevate your mood with an efficiency equivalent to chocolate and/or booze.


As per usual, play along here in the comments, or on your own journal or blog. (Leave me a link so I can read your selections!)

What songs make you happy?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Triplets of Belleville)
I have created a game! Ish... Take a series of identities/cultural identifiers/nonsense phrases, and list the ways in which you might fall under that category of personage. Sounds like fun, right? (This is the part where you play along...) It's also a good way to get to know each other! Let's play, shall we?

Five Ways In Which I Am:

a Hippie:Read more... )

a Hipster:Read more... )

a Yuppie Suburbanite:Read more... )

a Goth:Read more... )

I wanted to do 'Nerd', but this entire journal could very easily be considered evidence for how I fit into that category! So let me turn the tables and give you:

Five Ways In Which I Am Not A Nerd:Read more... )

Now's the part where you play along at home: either in the comments or on your journal, pick a label! Pick one of the ones I used, or make up one of your own. Give me five reasons why you are or are not like that label. The challenge comes when you pick one that doesn't really fit: I am by no means a Goth, but with some creative thinking, I was able to come up with five ways in which I could be.

Basically: help distract me from the fact I'm dying AGAIN! (I know, right: inconvenient!) My throat hurts, my chest feels heavy, and my shoulders and neck are achy. So play with me, please, and we shall make merry! (Also: what are some good labels you might suggest for anyone who wants to play?)

ETA: It's all [ profile] roh_wyn's fault, but I have signed up for [ profile] femgenficathon. It does what it says on the tin: gen stories about women from any fandom! (History RPF, too.) YOU SHOULD ALL GO SIGN UP! Let me know if you do. :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Simpsons (Independent Thought Alarm))
Top 5 Things I Tend to Shout At Odd Intervals, Completely Out of Context:
  1. Covered in BEES!
  3. Punch! Rockgroin! (Slab! Bulkhead!)
  4. It's Scotchtoberfest!
  5. HUZZAH!

(Honestly, I think if I had been born a few years later, I definitely would have been diagnosed with Tourette's...)


I'd be interested to see if anyone else has particular phrases they just cannot stop quoting! I don't mean when it's apropos, and all your friends get it, and everyone has a good laugh: but pernicious little phrases that just won't leave your head, and you bust out with regardless of what people are talking about.

Anyone else have that? :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
[ profile] plumeriandeity has tagged me for a meme! (Good, because I haven't much to say for myself otherwise.)

The Rules:

1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any questions they dislike with a new original question.

2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse that. Don't tag who tagged you.

I will not be bossed around by memes! No tagging for me, then. (I like getting tagged for these things, but I never know when other people enjoy it as well. For this meme, if you want to do it, consider yourself TAGGED. For future memes, if you're like me and always up for one, let me know and I'll add you to my "To Tag" list.)

(P.S. There will be an actual list. I don't have an "I like making lists" tag for nothing, people.)

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
New friend (HELLO!) [ profile] emmyangua has introduced me to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (Link takes you to the Amazon listing for the book; to view a list of the works included, go here.)

Those of you who've been reading this journal for awhile and are familiar with my "I Like Making Lists" tag know what's coming: yes, I've composed a list of all the works I've read from the master list. Read it here! )

I also have a meme going!

Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Lists, lists, lists! It's like heaven... )

Finally: The Decemberists have a new album out in January and they are coming to Michigan in February! WOO HOO!!!

ETA: There's one more thing I wanted to include in this entry!

I've signed up for [ profile] fandom_stocking, which is a really cute idea: people post their wishes for short fiction, icons, and other holiday greetings, and other fans fill their "stocking" with content. Here's a link to my stocking, which just went up today. I think I'm going to write a bunch of Doctor Who and Sherlock drabbles, and then skim through posts looking for requests that fit the bill.

I'm also experimenting with learning how to make graphics! So maybe people will get some not-quite-perfect but well-intentioned icons and such. :) Let me know if you sign up, so I can stuff your stocking! (I will never stop giggling about that...)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (MST3k (Evil Co. Is in Shambles!))
It's difficult keeping things under control at work, when I'm not there everyday. Wednesday has become this big black hole of suck that I spend the rest of the week making up for. Phone messages get lost, kids don't get work done, stuff gets misplaced. Bah!

(I am now putting this crazy work rant under a cut... )

Ok, now that's done! Time for a meme!

Let's call it: The Countdown Meme! (ooh, catchy!)

Day One: Ten things you want to do with your life.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six important "life lessons" you hold true.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four things you want in a romantic partner.
Day Eight: Three of your favorite possessions.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life or yourself right now.
Day Ten: One confession.

Day One: 10 Things You Want To Do With Your Life )

So, flist, how ya been?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Amy "Oh Dear!")
I MAY be psychic guys. I was out doing some holiday shopping, and I was looking around the toys and the children's clothing in a department store, thinking about what I was going to get my "nephew" (friend's son) for Christmas. I was looking at the infants' clothing, and thinking: I bet Lauren and Matt are going to have another baby soon. Since I haven't talked to her in awhile, I decided to give her a call right then.

Yep, she's pregnant! I can't wait to see in what other areas my powers will manifest. I just might be pondering my X-Men superhero name in anticipation.

Also, why am I not an old lady yet? While I was talking to Lauren, I came across these long flannel nightgowns with red cardinals on them, and I WANTED ONE SO BADLY! You know the type: covers you from neck to ankles, wide yoke, lace around the sleeves? It just looked so comfy.

Because, as the tag implies, "I like making lists": here is a list of things I'm looking forward to when I'm an old lady. )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
As I might have mentioned, the topic of my research paper is how the proliferation of the internet has impacted people's sexuality and sexual behavior. In order to come up with research articles, I spent a lot of time searching various sex-related journals for use of the word "internet". (This was the best method I found; all attempts to narrow or focus my search ended with no results.) Since my search methods were less than precise, I've spent a lot of time browsing through unrelated journal articles. Combined with the research for my paper, I've learned a few things, namely:

  • A LOT of scientists have studied the practice of condom-less sex among gay men. Seriously, during my research I thought about creating my own Research Paper Drinking Game where I would down a shot every time I came across the word "barebacking".
  • "Autassassinophilia is a paraphilia (i.e. "fetish") in which a person is sexually aroused by the risk of being killed." I have no idea how to pronounce that.
  • Social scientists REALLY enjoy coming up with cutesy article titles. Some of my favorite examples: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered ... I’m Yours”: Calibrating Body Ownership through the Consensual Mastery/slavery Dynamic; the elegantly simple Hey stud: Race, sex, and sports; and the enigmatic Silver 'porn bullet' for information technology industry?
  • Studies regarding the use of pornography and other sexually explicit materials are still disturbingly biased toward male use.
  • Apparently sex, and especially porn, is bad, yo. Not all of the research agrees, but man: it is difficult to find good, comprehensive research that focuses on normal, healthy, positive sexuality.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
Today was a hectic day--my cold has progressed into a nice, chesty cough that sounds like an old man's death rattle. Because my job requires me to talk, I nearly lost my voice at several points over the course of the evening. And due to a scheduling snafu by the boss, and the inability of my students' parents to bring them during their scheduled appointment time, their was a nice overflow of students from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Lovely.

It was in that time I had my new student. He is the nerdiest thing ever and I love him! Because it was his first day, he got to spend the first part of the hour decorating his binder. What did he draw on it? A TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and a fleet of Daleks! ♥ Oh, be still my heart!

He was super impressed when I pulled out my TARDIS tote bag. Unfortunately, during our colossal geek fest, two of my older students got a glimpse into just how big of a nerd I am. I'm sure they always suspected: I mean, I am a math tutor. But this just confirmed it for them.

I tried to convince them what an awesome show Doctor Who is, but they knew better: it's an instinct that cool kids have when they're being confronted with something nerdy. (Don't get me wrong: these boys are sweet and adorable, and as far as I know, very nice young men. But yeah: they're cool kids!)

So in honor of me and my geeky new buddy, I would like to present:

Confessions of a Grown-Up Nerd )

Meme whore

Oct. 31st, 2010 11:23 pm
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
It goes without saying that I can never resist any opportunity to talk about books or music. Hence:

1. Reply to this post and I will assign you a letter.
2. List/upload five songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions

[ profile] rewindclunkplay gave me the letter "H" for Halloween. (Of which there is still about 40 minutes worth here in my little slice of the globe.)

My songs, in no particular order:

  1. Holland, 1945, by Neutral Milk Hotel
  2. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned), by The Decemberists
  3. Heartbeats, by The Knife
  4. Hero, by Regina Spektor
  5. Hope There's Someone, by Antony and the Johnsons

This is where I cut myself off. There were more! Turns out "H" is a very fruitful letter for songs.
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
Some of you may have seen the Female Character Flowchart that has been floating around fandom discussion boards lately. It's an attempt to quantify what exactly makes a "strong female character" as opposed to the flotsam and jetsam of female stereotypes that make up the majority of female representation in entertainment media. If your character doesn't fall into one of the traps that lands her on this flowchart, then Congratulations! You've got a strong female character.

The fantastically thought-provoking [ profile] evilhippo wrote an awesome post detailing her reactions to the flowchart, and how she feels the author of the chart has confused the use of tropes with bad female characterization, and many other very cogent and intelligent observations. Naturally, I inserted myself into the discussion and rapidly turned the focus onto PBS, hair products, and what relevant skills [ profile] evilhippo and I possess that we could one day use to team up and fight crime. (My main superpower being my ability to quickly derail any intellectual conversation and make it ALL ABOUT ME.)

The subject of fighting crime brought us 'round to a little game she and I have developed wherein we choose a criteria for selecting songs and then post our respective choices to fit the genre. Past categories have included "Song You'd Most Like to Get Punched in the Face To" and "Song To Be Abducted by Aliens Whilst Eating an Ice Cream To". Her choice of battleground this time was this: "A short (3-5 songs?) playlist illustrating or engaging with all or a part of the Female Character Flowchart."

Unable to limit myself to just 3-5 songs, I've come up with an entire playlist in celebration of the female characters we love with a secret, guilty passion. I now present to you:

Track list and music player behind the cut. )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (221B)
snagged from [ profile] rachel2205.

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen writers whose works you connect to, read over and over, quote from constantly or just plain worship. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what writers my friends choose. If you'd like to participate, please do, as I love any opportunity to talk about books, authors, and poets!

The List:

  1. Neil Gaiman
  2. Robert Frost
  3. Jane Austen
  4. E.M. Forster
  5. William Shakespeare
  6. Margaret Atwood
  7. Marion Zimmer Bradley
  8. Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. Agatha Christie
  10. Pablo Neruda
  11. Oscar Wilde
  12. Edgar Allen Poe
  13. T.S. Eliot
  14. Louise Glück
  15. William Golding

Brief commentary on my choices behind the cut. )

In other news, I AM GOING TO SEE LCD SOUNDSYSTEM! *happy dances* Then Carolina Chocolate Drops in December. Woo hoo concerts!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Omelette)

  • Writer's block is a bitch.
  • My ass hurts. (The parking on campus sucks, and there is no finding a spot where I don't have a 15 minute uphill walk to class. I'm not really complaining about the walk, since I need the exercise, but the boots I was wearing have worked ass muscles that were not ready for the wakeup call they got.)
  • The financial aid office is pissing me off. Any OTHER hoops I have to jump through to get my loan before you pile on ANOTHER late fee?
  • I seem to have arranged a dinner party that features three happy couples, and ME! The single friend! (I hope to God my only single friend that lives in the area is going to be free that night.)
  • Along those lines, I may have a date soon! (We're working out details.) His name is Jeremy, and he's in social work. (There are men in social work?! GET THE FUCK OUT!)
  • I love how slow work is right now; I don't ever have more than three students at a time. It's GLORIOUS! My bosses are freaking out, though; that's not so good.
  • I forgot my keys to the building and had to call my boss to let me in. *facepalm*
  • Other than my keys, I keep feeling like I'm forgetting something, ALL THE TIME. I may be losing my mind. (Again.)

So, how are y'all???

I've decided to edit this entry rather than create a new one, because I just found a 30 Day Book Meme on [ profile] rewindclunkplay's journal and...BOOKS! You guys know I have to do this, right?

Enable me... )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Red sunflower)
I has written a meme!

I had so much fun talking about music with the last meme, I have decided to come up with another one. (And if it serves to distract me from my first day of classes tomorrow, all the better!)

SO! The rules are simple:

  1. Fill out as many or as few of the questions as you like. (But do copy and paste them all, so others can answer.)
  2. Politely invite your friends to do the same, if they so wish.
  3. Spread the mirth!

Because I care about your F List, I have cleverly hidden the questions behind this cut! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good books)
I went and saw Eat, Pray, Love today. I can sum the entire movie up with one giant eyeroll.

I went to see it knowing I would hate it. My friend, whom I do love and respect, has read both of the books and wanted to see it. I am going to take her word for it that the book is better than the movie. She's going through a bit of a stressful time right now, and dating a new guy, and something about this woman's view on relationships chimes with her.

I'm not going to rant about everything I disliked about the movie; I'll just compose a short list:

  • cultural appropriation
  • spoiled, whiny white people
  • modern "spirituality"
  • soul-searching that results in the conclusion: "Gee, it really is all about me!"
  • Julia Roberts
  • self-serving philosophy
  • lack of perspective
  • "Rich, pretty people have problems, too!"
  • "Everybody loves what's-her-name!" (Honestly, I can't remember the character's name...)
  • lack of sacrifice
  • no real character growth

Then we had sushi and udon for dinner. Hooray!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
Oprah's giant head as a cakeSo after rambling about cake over on [ profile] ragdoll's journal, I decided that I needed a cake icon. To that end, I did an image search on google for "cake". It was then that I discovered that PEOPLE DO F'ED UP THINGS TO CAKE! (I say "to" cake rather than "with" cake, because I'd rather not implicate cake in these horrible atrocities. I LOVE YOU, CAKE!)

The giant head in the picture is Oprah. (If you don't believe me, read the little nametag.) Who thought this was a good idea?

We shall be asking ourselves that a lot as we explore:

WTF Cakes! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Amy "Oh Dear!")
A few years ago I signed up for a free online dating/social networking site. I signed up initially because they have a lot of fun personality quizzes, and I thought I would like to write some of my own (you need an account to do that). After a couple years, and after becoming extremely frustrated with trying to date people live and in person, I thought I would fill out a profile and see how things went. I did on go on a couple (disastrous) dates, but mostly, I just ignore the fact that this profile exists. Occasionally, I log on to see if anyone has messaged me, or if they've come up with any interesting matches.

Mostly I log on for the entertainment value.

Here are some tips to guys for choosing a photo to put on their profile:

  • SMILE. It is not other guys you are trying to impress here. You don't look like a BAMF; you look like a constipated psychopath.
  • Do not take a picture of yourself in your bathroom mirror with your shirt off. There is no way to make that look casual.
  • No creepy mood lighting. You're looking for a DATE, not a role in a slasher film.
  • Don't use a picture of you drinking. You may not be a raging alcoholic, but that's the conclusion drawn when you choose to represent yourself to the word with a photo of you downing a shot behind a table littered with a dozen empty glasses.
  • Use a photo with just you in it. I don't want to guess which one you are in a group shot.
  • Especially don't use a photo of you snuggling with a female friend. It makes me think "boundary issues" and envision lots of irritating discussions about what constitutes a "friendly" backrub.
  • It would be nice if the photo were adequately lit and in focus. And of something other than a close-up on your bicep.

And this concludes today's installment of "Amy is a judgmental bitch who is single for a reason."
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Gashlycrumb Tinies)
On my old journal, I would post a lot more content in the form of essays or musings on various topics; I'm trying to get back into that. So, I have composed a List of Things I Remember Fondly From Childhood That Just Aren't the Same As an Adult. Feel free to add your own!

1. Amusement Park Rides:

There is nothing more exciting and joyous for a child than filling up on sugar and spinning around for a while. As a child, I could not get enough of the Tilt-a-Whirl, the Merry-Go-Round, and those swings that rise up and down in the air and make you feel like you’re flying.

Now, I get nauseous on a regular old analog-style swing. What happened?

The rest of the list. )


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