So I am in New York!

And [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane and [livejournal.com profile] queenitsy are somehow infinitely more wonderful than expected and yet exactly the people I already knew, which is wonderfully comforting. It's always a little weird to meet people with whom you have discussed corsetry and swan costumes and be all, "Hi, let me sleep on your couch and leave me alone in your house with your innocent cat", but basically last night was just like Gchatting with Rachel while watching BGJW, only now she knows what my CAPSLOCK sounds like. *G* And I did not know [livejournal.com profile] queenitsy as well before now, but she showed me Big Time Rush and then we sat around for two hours exchanging Fandom Horror Stories, and it is just possible I am in love and wish to never go home again. (BIG TIME RUSH, y'all! The little sister is my favorite little sister EVER! Also it is a live-action cartoon!) I also met [livejournal.com profile] danacias who is charming, charming, charming.

The Lilycat seems to have accepted me and has claimed my suitcase as her sleeping nest, so that is good, too.

And I got to talk to [livejournal.com profile] adalanne! And we made plans for her to meet my friends on Friday and then me to meet her friends on Saturday. It is almost like we are grownups who still love our high school friends, or something.


Tonight: GRETA!!! And ADVENTURES WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION THAT RUNS 24 HOURS A DAY! And [livejournal.com profile] marksykins! I want to live in this city.
Okay, so my teacher (I love my teacher) was all, "You clearly love transformative works. How about doing your final project on them, instead of picking drama/poetry/nonfiction like everyone else has to?"

And I was all, "!!!!!!!"

She had some restrictions, but I so don't even care, so what I want to ask is: can you think of any stories that have been told and re-told over a considerable period of time? I am somehow stuck on Romeo and Juliet, which A) was actually based on something that already existed and B) obvs. has many, many modern versions, West Side Story etc., but idk, I kind of am not all that gungho on it? And there is Cinderella, which could lead to some awesome feminism stuff, but there is no true "original" because hi, folklore. (I love folklore, but I want an actual text.)

Arthurian legends, maybe? Except those are a really BROAD topic.


Idk, this is me, asking for brainstorming. Can you think of any (nonfolklore based) stories that started a long time ago and have been told and retold in a lot of different versions?
I love the government of the United States of America!!!!!!!!



My financial aid came through! I will not have to starve or take food from my baby sister's mouth!


I ALSO GOT INTO THAT MATH COURSE.


THE WHOLE WORLD IS AWESOME RIGHT NOW!!!




There is celebratory Mrs. Leeper's in my future!
I'm EMPLOYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I HAVE A JOB. I CAN AFFORD TO PAY MY DAMN RENT AND EVEN MOST OF MY TUITION, MAYBE.

I WILL NEVER STOP SMILING.

THANK YOU, CHRISTMAS POWERS-THAT-BE.



THANK YOU, ALL YOU OUT THERE WHO WERE POSITIVE-ENERGYING THE HELL OUT OF THE UNIVERSE FOR ME.
I promised I wouldn't tell, but none of you know her, and I have to squee SOMEWHERE.


I'm gonna be a GODMOTHER, you guys! ME! THERE'S GONNA BE A BABY I'M ALLOWED TO LOVE!!!!!!

Fine, nine months is a long time, I don't even care, a BABY. A REAL LIVE BABY. Somebody with dark hair and blue eyes and a fuzzy expression, the child of two of the people I love best in the whole world.


BABY!!!!!!


I can help paint the nursery, and buy her clothes, and sing her Bronx's lullaby, and kiss her little toes, and love her lots and lots and lots and lots.


A BABY!
Weight of life trying to crush my skull momentarily lightened by:

1) Last night's Greek. cut for spoilers )

2) Last night's Castle. Cut for spoilers )

3) Twitter spearheading a Hush Sound Revolution.

4) People who use Blue's Clues metaphors on my flist. You know who you are.
Okay, here's the thing: I am stupidly excited about this book. I am worlds and worlds and worlds of excited about this book. And every little milestone you're gonna hear about if you hang around here, because I am EXCITED and I have JOY and I want to SHOUT IT TO THE ROOFTOPS.

SO FAIR WARNING: THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF SQUEE ABOUT THIS BOOK AROUND HERE. Not often, because book-publishing is a slow, slow process, but occasionally. And on those occasions, there will be glory and gloating and capslock, okay?


Today, the cover art for Feed, by Mira Grant, was released. Isn't it awesome?




Here's the thing: of all the books written for adults in the ENTIRE. WORLD. (that I have read, anyway), I have three favorites, for making me laugh, and cry, and love the characters. I love Goldman's The Princess Bride, and Pratchett's Night Watch, and I read them over and over and over.

Feed is the third of them.

I love Shaun and Georgia Mason with an unholy love, and I love their story beyond all limits, and now there's a COVER. Look at it: isn't it awesome?

It's that much closer to a real book. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?
I know this is on your flist ten thousand times.

I don't care EVEN A LITTLE BIT.



(Okay...sorry to the people who neither know nor care who those boys are. But everybody else...I am fully aware you are just glad of the chance to squeal for the ten millionth time.)



ETA: Sorry, y'all, I put the wrong location in the first time
OH MY GOD SEANAN MCGUIRE SOLD HER ZOMBIE BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


No news of a book coming out has EVER made me more excited. Even the news of ORDER OF THE PHEONIX only made me just AS excited. And I hate zombies. But THESE BOOKS ROCK SO MANY SOCKS, O. M. G. I am so, so, so, so, SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bouncy and gleeful right now I can hardly sit still!
Is writhing in ecstasy an appropriate response to a lullaby?


OH WELL, I DID IT ANYWAY.

OH. MY. GOD.


WISHES REALLY CAN COME TRUE!!!



Ilu, Pete Wentz, for fulfilling my fondest desires, and I LOVE YOU, Brendon Urie, more than starry nights and caramel ice cream.



*sigh of utter, utter happiness*



ETA: Whoever stole Ryan's phone is clearly trying to kill me, wtf.
Today I am overflowing with love.

I started out the day babysitting two insanely adorable children--they aren't always, but they were today--and then came home. I have just read an insanely awesome fic that makes me want to curl up in it and giggle and feel safe and sweet forever. Brendon just called Ernest a cat, specifically because he loves me. And [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane and [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog EXIST IN THE WORLD.


I am just happy.
Oh, there's nothing halfway
About the Iowa way to treat you,
When we treat you
Which we may not do at all.
There's an Iowa kind of special
Chip-on-the-shoulder attitude.
We've never been without.
That we recall.
We can be cold
As our falling thermometers in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we're so by God stubborn
We could stand touchin' noses
For a week at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.

But what the heck, you're welcome,
Join us at the picnic.
You can eat your fill
Of all the food you bring yourself.
You really ought to give Iowa a try.

Provided you are contrary,
We can be cold
As our falling thermometer in December
If you ask about our weather in July.
And we're so by God stubborn
We can stand touchin' noses
For a week at a time
And never see eye-to-eye.
But we'll give you our shirt
And a back to go with it
If your crops should happen to die.

...YOU REALLY OUGHT TO GIVE IOWA A TRY!!!



Hooray for IOWA!! I will now perform celebratory backflips and make my baby sister watch The Music Man with me!!
DUDES. IT FEELS LIKE A REAL ALBUM IS COMING!!!

Look at the pretty picture!

Oh, Shane, we love you.


ETA: Also, I would like it noted that South African accents are my Kryptonite, and if Spencer Smith comes back with one I cannot be held accountable for the part where I steal my father's credit card, fly to California, and wander the streets of L.A. until I see, pounce on, and ravish said drummer.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!


BOB BRYAR I LOVE YOU MORE THAN LIFE, MORE THAN CHOCOLATE, MORE THAN SPENCER.


bb!Ray lipsynching? REALLY?

HOW DID WE LUCK OUT ENOUGH TO HAVE YOU LOVE US SO MUCH???



Dudes, even if it isn't actually Ray...it sure as hell looks like, doesn't it? The mouth and nose and hair?


ETA: Okay, I can't take it. Will somebody who has a twitter account ask Bob for me? Is it really Ray or just Ray as he could have been??

ETA2: *cough* Duh. Time periods. Never mind, lol. Thanks, though, [livejournal.com profile] vixalicious!
I AM GETTING AN ADVANCE COPY OF DEMON'S LEXICON, SARAH REES BRENNAN'S NEW BOOK!!!

You may all die of envy now.

*preens*
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

[livejournal.com profile] redorchids has made me absolutely beautiful fanart as an appreciation gift for one of my fics, and it is just about the loveliest thing I've ever seen.

Spencer is Sunshine

GO TELL HER HOW PRETTY IT IS!
THINK OF ALL THE CRAZY UNCLES AND AUNTS!!!

Oh, little Way baby, I hope you can sense our joy in your gender-neutral-yet-equal nebulous near-existence. I hope it helps you grow up as crazy and pretty and sincere and awesome as your family.



ETA: OMG THEY ARE ACTUALLY SAYING 'COPY' TO EACH OTHER I'M GOING TO DIE OF THE LAUGHTER.
HI BABY HI! WELCOME TO THE WORLD! YOUR PARENTS ARE GIANT ADORABLE DORKS! I guess you would know that, having been hanging out with them for nine months; I just hope they gave you sufficient warning about your name that you braced yourself before you actually entered the world where they were going to call you that. (Here is a hint, baby: pretend to the kids at school that you have no middle name. Your first name is pretty good.)

Although [livejournal.com profile] sneaky_sena's suggestion that Decaydance do a Jungle Book cover CD--like that special edition Nightmare Before Christmas, I'm guessing?--makes me unreasonably excited for something that probably won't happen.


*sigh* Greta singing "Trust in Me" would probably be bad for my health anyway.

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