I have been reading the newest addition to my library, The Graveyard Book, by (do I even have to state who wrote it at this point?) Neil Gaiman. Essentially it's The Jungle Book as only Gaiman could write it.
The story starts with a murder, well, three murders. The murderer is the man Jack, and he means to make a young boy his fourth victim. However, the little boy, only about a year and a half old at the start, finds his way out of his house and in a graveyard away from the harm brought on by the man Jack. The boy, called Nobody, because he looks like nobody, and Owens, after the kindly dead cople that adopted him, grows up in that graveyard. He has a guardian, Silas, who may very well be a vampire, though it's never really stated, as not much is ever stated about Silas. The book reads like a collection of short stories. Each chapter a new part, each chapter taking place two years after the previous. You meet a wide array of characters, both living and dead, that are simply fantastic.
It's really no secret that I simply adore Mr. Gaiman. I have everything he's ever written (save for the Sandman comics), and all the film adaptations of his books, even those he did screenplays for. Hell, I even created a Coven due to my love for his creations (Smoke and Mirrors). So, it's not aurprising that I would enjoy this book as much as his other works. What did surprise me is the fact that my love for this book is more than I expected it to be. It's actually knocked Coraine, his frist real treck into childrens literature, out of it's high place in my heart. it comes only second to his American Gods.
The thing I love about Gaiman is that he doesn't water down his writing style simply because something is meant for a younger audience. A lot of books I have read for children and young adults reads like it's for children and young adults. Gaiman has a way of making even childrens books entrhalling to any reader. I don't feel silly, even at 24, reading it. The elements, gothic in nature, are a little on the tame side, but they stay true to themselves. And this book has many fascinating creatures in it, ghosts, living people, werewolves (called The Hounds of God), ghouls and other creatures of fancy. And yes, though it's on the darker side (what childrens books often open with murder?), it still has a fantastic message hidden amongst the wonder.
I highly recomend The Graveyard Book to any reader of any age looking for a wonderful story to get lost in for a while.
I don't know what you're expecting to find in my journal. As you said, we cut ties, so coming back to visit constantly seems a bit silly in my eyes. Do you think I am going to lower myself and talk about you? Say nasty things? I don't wish to perpetuate the drama and overall silliness that consumes so many on this site. And, I sure as hell don't wish to farther tatter what has already been ruined. It's just better to forget things happened and to move on with our lives. After all, as I always say, it's only the internet. :]
In other news, I watched a really fun movie on Netflix called Lost in Austen. It's about a woman who loves Pride and Prejudice and one night finds Lizzy Bennet in ner bathtub, having come through a door in her shower wall that leads from the fictional 1800s world to modern day London. She then gets stuck in the world of Austen and typical mucking up of the way things are supposed to go ensues. It's a long little film, a runtime of just under three hours, but I really enjoyed it. Who hasn't wished to be the heroine of an Austen novel? Especially that of Pride and Prejudice? I admit to one or two dreams about Mr. Darcy and myself. So, I think if you're a fan of Austen, or just really like romance you'd probably enjoy the movie.
I love Pride and Prejudice. ♥ I must see this movie. :(
I was *just* browsing the Instant section on Netflix for something to watch... off to see 'Lost in Austen'.
I love Jane Austen, I'll have to check that movie out.
The newest episode of Doctor Who.. I don't really know what to think about it. I don't want to go into detail, spoilers, but ... That's all I got right now.
Doctor Who marathons make me a happy camper. But new episodes make me even happier. :]
Working more on the large version of the background I created for Definitive Dream's Crest, I find I really love the image. It's going up on the DeviantArt page, and I've made it my background. It's so pretty and so me and just awesome.
It's been nice to get those creative juices flowing and put effort into something for a truly awesome Coven. I did this piece for Definitive Dreams, after being asked by Lullaby. I must admit, I really liked doing this image for them.
I have a new account. I took it over for one purpose, and that's to help maintain Smoke and Mirrors, since I can't in the capacity I need to with this account. So, I won't be terribly active on it, it's merely there to help me take care of things. I'm not terribly interested in leveling it. I still have Pygmalion to level first.
So, if you see Dream around, know it's just me. :]
Now, off to work on a Crest for an awesome Coven.
There was an earthquake? Really? And you all are yapping about it? No one died. So there was some swaying, so a building or two fell down. Get over it. Try living on a freaking fault line. Earthquakes are no big deal so I can't muster anything but annoyance at the fact that it's all over the news.
I got a jury summons in the mail today. First one since moving. I guess it's not a bad track record, I have only been summoned one other time in the six years since I turned 18. However, I couldn't serve because we had moved out of LA county when I got that last summons. So, we'll see if I have to serve on a jury this time around. Luckly, I don't have to go in until the 20th of September. So, I've got time.
Some member pages make me cringe. It's not so much the attention seeking drivel that you find in them, it's the grammar, or rather, lack-there-of. You know, I come off as a bitch because I like to read things that are spelled correctly, and have proper punctuation and the like. It's the writer in me, the writer and the grown, educated person I am. And there are some pages that have popped up that make me wish we could slap people through the computer.
Don't get me wrong, I make a hell of a lot of mistakes when I type things. I get to be in a hurry and don't proofread like I should. We all make mistakes. But blatantly massacring the English language is not acceptable. I would understand if English was not your first language, but there is no excuse when it is. I mean spaces come between words, they also go between sentences. If you end your sentence, you put a space between it and the next one. "Alot" is not a word.. It never has been, it never will be. It should be spelled "a lot" did you see the space between a and lot? It's supposed to be there. And please, please, please learn the difference between there, their, and they're. They sound like the same word, but each spelling has a different meaning. Learn it.
And.. sorry for comments that were lost, I made mistakes in typing this up, and well, as stated, I'm a stickler for not making a fool of myself and having things typed out properly. :]
That's something I must have left out of my journal entry! Also it's so odd. This one dude kept typing "allot" with two "L's". O.o But that was in messages anyway.
What I could never stand here is when people use ellipses too much in their writings. What's the point in writing if they have nothing to say besides (...)? I mean, yeah, it happens where some people can have that but writing is not a conversation when it's supposed to be an 'article' like page.
And what I meant about that dude is that he was using it in the wrong sense. Just like how people get confused with "too, to, and two" or "they and they're".
Hehe, it is very complex.
The Ducati website is my mortal enemy. Every single time I go there to ogle over the Monster 696 make me want to rob a bank to get the money to buy one. I can't ever just appreciated the art behind the machines, no.. I have to have my Monster. And I have to have it now. I can't stay away from the site, yet I hate myself every time I cave in and visit it. One of these days.. One of these days I'll own my baby.
I wish I had been born a few dozen years earlier, and that I had the artistic talents to work for Disney. I would have killed to work on some of their animated features, the ones I grew up with. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin. That has always been one of my unobtainable dreams. I guess, if I really worked at it, I could still work for them on what they consider "animated" films these days. It's all done on a computer. Master the programs, have some artistic talent and you're set. But, I miss those films done with pen and paper. Those films are magic.
I just gotta say, Netflix is a godsend when I've got nothing else to do. So many movies right at my fingertips.
Right now, Letters to Juliet is my new favorite movie.
I am going to go watch Inception and forget that VR exists for a while.
Good call. Damn good movie too. :D
That's what HBO GO and Netflix do for me. I like VR, it's just some of the members drive me to take a break here and there. Getting caught up in a good storyline is refreshing and much better than the 'storylines' going on around here.
I wish I could talk to you. Not over the phone, but like, in person. I miss you so much, and I know we're drifting apart. I hate it. But I can't seem to change it. We're always caught up with our own lives, and then there's the time difference. I wish you were here, or, hell, that I were even there. Even though I've stated enough times how much I dislike the South, namely Alabama. But, for you, I'd go anywhere at this point.
I just read my previous entry, and now I want to slap myself. I'm crazy big on bad grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Yet, when I do entries on my phone (which I do more and more these days), not one entry has every word spelled correctly. Not one. I have got to start proofreading anything I put out on my phone now. There is no excuse.
I love when people assume that when I talk about something here it just has to be VR related. Apperently, there is nothing outside of VR, and therefore all journal entries, ever, are about VR. Yup.
In other news, I think I slpet in excess of 14 hours last nigjt. That is what happens when I pull all nighters now. God, I am old..
Death rumors seem to spread like wildfire all thanks to the internet. So.. Hey, did you hear? Immortalxkiss like totally died. She seems to have fallen into the Pacific Ocean, with the rest of Southern California. Wait.. What? It's not true? Well, damn, I read it on the internet so it must be. I mean, no one lies on the internet, after all. Right?
I died just don't tell anyone. v_v
*Blink blink* Wow...just...wow.
Rumors are one thing.Being told directly from someone who supposedly knows the person is another.I really hope someone wouldnt say this as some kind of BS joke.
NO! SHE DIED?!
She was supposed to fill me with her dust, but.. no moar! D:
Sadly,this one was no joke.I got confirmation from the Maui PD and also found this.
The Maui News
WAILUKU - An autopsy showed no suspicious injuries to a 52-year-old woman whose body was found at a Kihei residence early Wednesday, police said Friday.
The cause of the woman's death hasn't been determined pending the results of toxicology tests, said Lt. John Jakubczak of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Kihei patrol officers were called to the home on Halona Street where the woman lived shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday.
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I've been watching Sense and Sensibility like once a day for this past week. It's got to be one of my favorite Alan Rickman movies. You know, aside from the Harry Potter series. I think I'll watch Perfume next. He's good in that one too.
I really hope this change in weather means that summer isn't going to last all the way into October again this year. It really doesn't feel like August in Southern California. It's cool, and somewhat overcast, and there is such a lovely breeze. It reminds me of fall, and I adore it.
In other news, Ishtar seems to be alright. :]
We switched up her food last night, and she hasn't been throwing up at all. So, I guess it's no more Iams. She would prefer the cheap stuff.. But now I have to find a brand her and Dite can eat, since Dite is such a finicky eater.
There's something wrong with my cat, Ishtar. She keeps throwing up all over the house. I think it may be her food, but she and Aphrodite eat the same thing, and Aphrodite's perfectly fine. And Ishtar has never had an issue with Iams before. I don't know what to do. Aside from the constant throwing up, she's perfectly normal. I am going to have to talk to my parents and see if we'll have to take her to the vet.
Sure it's not hair balls? Might not be. A little butter or cat nip could do her well. Maybe cat grass. If not then maybe a change in diet would be best. Cats can be picky even if it's a brand they've loved before. I know mine will try to chew plastic when they get sick of a brand which causes them to vomit. I hate when they do that but a change in diet always helps.
Hope your kitty gets better.
I was going to suggest hairball too,but AR seems to have it covered.Hope kitty feels better.
I hope she gets better! It seems to be pretty much covered in the top two. Also check around and see if she could've eaten something to make her sick? Poor Heshe.
She could have ingested something that you are not aware of...maybe she chewed on a plant? A rubberband? Many plants - especially anything in the lily family - is extremely poisonous for cats.
If she is still throwing up a lot on the second day, a trip to the vet is a must. One thing you can do - if she'll eat it or let you hand feed her - is give her pumpkin. Buy a can of pumpkin, and feed some of it to her. (You can keep the rest in the freezer, to thaw out later if you need some in the future).
Good luck...I hope Ishtar gets better!
Maybe a bacteria also. My cat was doing the same thing, it was a bad bacteria in her blood.
keep us posted.
what other things is she doing oddly?
Went to bed far too late, and now I am up way too early. So, due to that, I have nothing to do but watch Burlesque. I actually really like this movie, even though I have never been the biggest fan of Cher.
On the agenda for today? Workout, probably watch a few movies with my Mr. Sexypants, Alan Rickman, movies he's in that aren't Harry Potter. After that, I don't know. I'll figure something out.
After much begging and about thirty text messages later, I got Nrdyface to sing me happy birthday on cam. I consider that a win. :]
Thank you so much to everyone who's wished me a happy birthday. I aim to respond to all the messages I've gotten, but it may take a while. :]
It's been a decent day, so far. A little hard, but, I have come to expect that, all things considered. I've been watching Doctor Who for the better part of the day, so that's kept me in fairly good spirits.
I visited David's grave in Los Angeles. It was hard, it always is. But, it's a tradition I have. After all, he was buried today.. eighteen years ago today..
My sister-in-law is going to cook dinner for me when she gets home from work today, and I've already made my birthday cake. It's not all that exciting, but I've never been one to go out and do stupid stuff. And, at 24, well, there's no need to start now.
And, as a little present to myself, I am back in Les Enfants with my Pygmalion account. So, that makes me happy.
And already the birthday wishes have started rolling in. It really puts a smile on my face to know I have such awesome friends. :]
And, thank you, ToxicKitten, I love this. :]
And, of course your loved!!!!
...Grr...I got beaten to the punch. Oh well. :P
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :D
I might have been one of the first few. :D Hope you're Birthday is Great!
Happy Birthday! :)
Tomorrow, at 8 o'clock in the morning, it'll officially be my birthday. Twenty-four years old. Can I just refuse to get older at this point?
I feel a little forgotten sometimes. I think it's just because I miss the way we used to be. The talking everyday thing. Now it just feels like people have taken you away from me. Maybe if I actually put forth the effort to talk to you first.. Maybe then things would change. But I don't. I just sit here hoping that you'll remember I'm still here.
I think I'm getting sick. I went to sleep super early, only to wake up a few hours later with a massive headache, an upset stomach and a sore throat. I can't get back to sleep, though not for serious lack of trying. I just feel so awful right now. I think I'm going to go have a small glass of 7-Up, try and sooth my stomach, then try and get some more sleep. If I am getting sick, sleep is the best thing for me.
I've been on a Jane Austen kick lately. I've read all her books, and I've been watching the movie adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Sense and Sensibility. I don't know.. I've been in a romantic mood as of late. And her stories always put a smile on my face.
I created a Member Page. Just a look back on all the Covens and Houses I've been a part of. All 57 of them.. God, I need to stop hopping around all the time.
You're all pretty stupid. But, who am I to pass judgement?
How long has it been? How many years have passed since you left us? Eighteen. Eighteen long years since the virus took hold. Tore you down right before our eyes. It shouldn't hurt this much after so long a time. My birthday is so bittersweet. It's the day I get older, but it's the day they put you in the ground. It's the day I realized that you would never be there again. No more smiles, no more sitting on your lap, no more hugs and little presents.
I miss you so much, David. That virus took you all too soon from us. So, I'm listening to the RENT soundtrack, thinking about you. I wish you had been able to see this show, I know you would have loved it. Though.. maybe it would have hit home a little too hard.. The few pictures, the half-remembered memories, and this soundtrack are all I have to remember you by. If I believed in heaven, I know you'd be there, with great-grandma, with all the uncles and aunts, I know you'd still be watching over us, over me. And, maybe for your sake, I will hold to that idea. That you're somewhere, happy. You and Jake. And, that thought makes me smile.
I was invited to go to Disneyland this weekend. An old high school friend got some free tickets, and she's attempting to do a little group reunion. The only problem is that Disneyland, in August no less, doesn't exactly seem like the best idea in my book. She wants to go from open to close, which means a lot of time in the sun and summer heat. I probably will end up going, it'll be nice to see people I haven't seen since graduation. And, Disneyland is always fun. I'm just dreading the heat. Anahiem gets just as hot as Upland, if not more so. And this weekend is going to be hot. I'll have to talk to Kristy and all that, since I won't be able to use the car, I'll need a ride. So, we'll see how it goes. I don't even remember the last time I actually went to Disneyland, it had to have been at least six years. Funny how I live in SoCal, near all these awesome places, but I haven't been to any of them in ages.
Summer rain storms make me so unhappy. I normally love the rain, the thunder and the lightning. But, there is nothing I hate more in the summer than a storm. Why? Because it gets so unbelievably humid here. You go outside and it is just a gross, unpleasant feeling. Honestly, I just can't wait until it's October again, i can't wait until it's fall. I'm so over summer and there's still like one and a half months of it left here..
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