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Back for Now, and Other Things

And it appears I am finally back in the world of internet, after a tiring week of vacation/school/cleaning/entertaining. Hopefully, I won't have to be away so long again.

This came up on someone's blog, and I wanted to try it out. :)

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Instructions: Copy and bold those you have read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hossein
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

39 it is. One more to go till 40!!! So sad. Lolita is totally next on my list. [Updated 25/3/11]

I Love Japan

 I just realized something. Throughout the horrible earthquake, the tsunamis, the loss of lives and homes and livelihoods... Throughout everything, the Japanese have stayed... calm.

In any other country, right now there would be rioting, the would be looting, more people would probably be dying simply from the stampede of panicked people following immediately on the heels of the earthquake than the earthquakes themselves. But Japan? In Japan, families line up, patiently and without fuss, for hours on end to get small portions of food and water. No one loots, no one fights, no one acts selfish. My friend just took in eight of his family members in his two-bedroom house without complaint, even though I absolutely no idea how he even managed that.
Only Japan. Maybe I'm just being optimistic and short sighted but... God, I love you, citizens of Japan. May God bless you and help during this time, and I am truly proud to be able to count myself as one of you. 


Why, oh WHY DID THEY HAVE TO WIN???????? -throws fit and cries- And Japan was doing so well! Paraguay... Paraguay... I almost feel like becoming racist. Though I guess it really wasn't their fault, just that one Japanese Player who MISSED THE PK. -bangs head- God. They could have gone into the finals!! JAPAN COULD HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP!!! And now they're all crying, and it's just so TRAGIC and OMFG! 


Goddamn. Fuck the damn South Africans and their fucking HORNS. Jesus. And, like, everyone who made Japan lose... screw the World Cup. Japan is awesome without it, yo.

GO JAPAN!!! We love you guys anyway, even if you lost. And goalie dude... you are so hot. And I love your ass. You too, Honda, with your peroxide-dyed hair and your pretty pretty face. Don't worry, you'll get there next time. Without the Dutch and the South Africans and Paraguay to get in your way.


...and to Hell with everyone else. (end rant, before I piss anyone off)

Movie = No Go

We were, naturally, late for the movie. I don't know how we managed it, but there you have it. So we decided to go out drinking instead.

Found a nice little izakaya with the option of all-you-can-drink for a decent price. It was brilliant, even though I didn't even manage to get tipsy in the time we had in the place. Not enough beer, too many cocktails I guess.

Ah well. There's always next time. :)

Good night, internet bozos!


The Life and Times

  Um... I wrote the entry title, then my mind blanked. Oh well; gonna start from scratch, then.

The plan for tonight was to go watch a movie at a near by theater, while Dad and hopefully Mom are both gone and distracted. Allowing us to, of course, get drunk and be idiots at our leisure. (going to see Iron Man 2, can't wait)

Sadly, we didn't count on the rain. -headdesk-

Yes, creatures of the internet, it is pouring buckets outside tonight. It is a dreadful, horrid thing, and our planned bike ride to the place has been utterly crushed.
We're probably gonna bike there anyway, but whatever. 

...Or not. Apparently, walking it is. -bounces- How lovely; we're going to get blisters, get soaked, then get sloshed. I think I'm going to enjoy myself tonight. 

Happy belated birthday, me!!!

And Jenna too, of course. Loves you millions, babe! Hope you're having an awesome one! -smishes- xoxo

Writer's Block: 5//7//5

Sum up your day in the form of a haiku.
The time passes so swiftly
As I struggle in vain to follow
To inevitably fall behind

Writer's Block: Childish Pleasures

Name something you love but feel like you should have grown out of by now.
Being a fangirl? Playing with dolls? LOL
I dunno... self, what do you think you should have grown out of? -thinks- Ah, I know. Being shy, which makes me anti-social. Bad things. Must get over.

Kripke: an A-Grade Bastard (SPOILERS!!!)

I. Am. In. Pain.
I am in physical, FUCKING pain.

It should not be LEGAL to do these things to the Winchesters. And us watchers. IT. SHOULD. NOT!!!!! Sam, almost killing Dean? Dean, telling Sam, "If you walk out that door, don't bother coming back"? And leaving us all hanging, just as Lucifer comes out of the ground in all his marvelous, blinding glory?? -strangles Kripke-

He's a sadist, that's the only explanation. Really, it is. I mean, he has to be seriously twisted to write this stuff, and seriously wack to think we won't gang up and murder him for leaving it like this.

I had this sudden revelation as I was nearing the end of the Finale - I finally figured out Ruby's agenda, or at least thought I had. She, who's obviously in love with Sam, must have been collaborating to turn him into a demon from the beginning, so she could be his 'one twu wuv' or somefink. Turns out I was right - almost.

So great, she'd been working all along to get him to free Lucifer?? Mental, that. I should have suspected it, I guess, but I always liked her character, and I guess I didn't want to imagine that she meant Sam any harm in any way. At least she genuinely seemed to like him, even if Genevieve Cortese couldn't hold a candle to Katie Cassedy's demon-acting.

I think what clinched my theory was when she said, "You can never know who to trust." or some variation of the sort. Whenever they say stuff like that, whenever a character says that shit, it's always because they are either hinting at something or someone they suspect is untrustworthy, or they are talking about themselves. So yeah, I knew she was an actual bitch this time.

God, though. When it finished, Amanda and I just sat for a moment, silently screaming. PHYSICAL pain, I tell you. I just.... God, it was just wrong on so many levels. The only redeeming thing about it was that Sam and Dean sort of made up in the end. Sort of. It was inexplicably painful to see them go their separate ways after saying and doing all that shit to each other, even if it was only temporary. And that thing they (demon or angel, God knows which) did to his cellphone, changing the voice message Dean left and making it seem like Dean was in fact condemning Sam... God, the pain. -cries- Now I know why Ruby was pushing to have him listen to it. So screwed up, all of it.

I should probably stop saying 'God', since the angel... what'shisface said something about God no longer being in the the building. Does that mean that his little angels minions are taking over everything?? Maybe that's howeverything got so screwed up. As hard as it is to believe that God would leave for any reason, it's much easier than the alternative, no? 

Maybe I should stop ranting. BUT I JUST CAN'T HELP IT BECAUSE IT WAS SO PAINFUL!!!!

...On another completely different note, I got the three episode guide books to Supernatural. -coos at them- I wasn't able to get the fourth, since it wasn't there, but Amanda convinced me that it was a good purchase. Actually, I convinced her, rather, since she's the one who paid for it. :P 

Back to being sad: I need to sleep and contemplate this depressing turn of events. Like the fact that everything has gone to Hell in a hand basket for the boys, almost literally. This is enough to spur my muse on for ages. If I can get over my pain long enough to write something.

Do I sound pathetically like a fangirl? Because I am. Totally. And I so do not care.


- Melinda

Food Poisoning

First it rains for the two days we'd planned a river trip/vacation, and now I have food poisoning???? How cruel is my life! -sulks-

I feel like such shit; I was going to write back all the people I need to write, work on the chapter I'm beta'ing for someone and clean up my room, but now I'm nauseous and close to heaving. Bed time is only option left! -bangs head-

I need to pump my muse so I can write that fic you want me to write, Jens. Pray my muse comes back and that there is no lasting effects from... whatever this is. I hope it's just food poisoning...

- Melinda


Writer's Block: LiveJournal Book Club

Out of all of your favorite books, pick just one you'd recommend everyone read. As a bonus: why did you pick that one?
I found this on someone's LJ, and I just had to add to it. I think that, to date, one of the best books (singular and not in a series) I've ever read is Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman's book Good Omens. On top of being the most screwed up telling of the apocalypse, there's lots of humor and child-like simplicity. It's just totally awesome. Though I think I'll also always love the LOTR books. Who wouldn't?