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I wanted to rant about a few issues I've been having with my story. (Tangentially, I have decided that, when I need to prattle on about my various projects, or rant about some aspect of writing or some such, that I shall do it here. That way, neither of my journals get neglected! :D Huzzah!)

Issue #1) I need handcuffs. Not the kind you'd get at a fetish shop or anything, either, but real, official police handcuffs. I need to conduct a few experiments for an upcoming scene in my story -- namely, a fight breaks out, and one of my characters is in handcuffs, so what exactly can she do? What can't she do? Can she move in this certain way? Could she pull off that certain stunt? Can she do this without breaking her wrists? And so on. The scene isn't imminent or anything, so the need isn't particularly pressing, I suppose, but I've been trying to work this scene out in my head for a while now, and it'd be nice just to have the added reference.

Issue #2) The opening scene is a flashback; the hero's father is instructing him in the ways of being hero-y. Their discussion is supposed to be thematically significant, especially to the first chapter, and I was wanting to set a sort of melancholy, philosophical mood (which will be shattered when I fast forward to the present and immediately thrust the reader straight into the mayhem of a grudge-filled ninja battle *gleeful cackle* >D), perhaps outlining the differences between revenge and redemption or the importance of forgiveness, empathy, and understanding. Unfortunately, I am not in the most philosophical of moods right now (my brain keeps saying, "Enough thinking and sensitive hippie crap! I want mayhem! Danger! Stuff blowing up!" -- the hazards of watching Die Hard one too many times, I suppose). I want to get to the conflict; the gun battles and sword fights and acrobatic stunts, the bad guys that can phase through matter and carry big scythes, the near death scrapes. Or at least some intense, character-driven scene. There's plenty of those, too. So I'm staring at my laptop, kind of going, "buh..." the whole time, while I write nothing, because I can't make the philosophy come. And even if I could make it come, I can't come up with a reason why the discussion would be happening in the first place. It's a sleepy little village in the northern woods, and it's during the New Peace; there's not enough conflict going on to make a discussion on revenge and redemption either relevant or necessary. I know the talks had to happen, because Jarael was always destined for herodom and his father was aware of it and wanted to prepare him for it, as well as steer him away from making the same mistakes that he did. I just don't know how he managed to slip them in all subtle-like. But he did, 'cause he's crafty. Gah.

Issue number one was more just to let you know than anything (Why you needed to know, I'm not quite sure, but if you asked then there must have been some reason. What? You didn't ask? Oh, sorry then.), but number two, I'd actually like some real honest to goodness advice on. I am stumped. Anybody have some advice? It'll garner you a mention in my "Thank You"s, if nothing else. Not that anybody reads those, anyway. :P
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Just a quick note -- The Gormenghast Novels are absolutely amazing. I'm surprised more people haven't heard of them. If Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Tim Burton, and Hayao Miyazaki got together and wrote a gothic-tinged fantasy novel, then it would be Gormenghast.

Yes, it's that awesome.

Plus, Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Steerpike. I've only read three sentences about him so far, but I know that he will be PERFECT.

And with that... I'm gonna finish this chapter.

~The Minno

EDIT: "'Gallstones!' and in the dimness he flung his arms apart so that the buttons of his tunic were torn away, one of them whizzing across the room and stunning a cockroach on the opposite wall." That sentence owns on so many levels....

Also, I would like to begin shouting "Gallstones!" at the top of my lungs at random intervals. You know, just to see peoples' reactions.


<_< What?
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Wow. Sorry for letting my journal languish away in LJ-limbo like that. The good news is, now that I've come down with a severe case of insomnia, I'll probably be able to update much more. Of course, they'll probably be a bunch of incomprehensible gibberish caused by sleep-induced hysteria. I can see it now:

"Dude, the weasels were jumping up and down in the barley butter, but then the cupcakes stole my pogo stick. And then... AHA! BEANS!

But no matter. Those pandas'll come crawling back the first time their check bounces. Yeah. Hah. I can get on just fine without 'em. I bet they're in league with the grapefruit anyway.

Current Mood: Ovaltine
Current Music: Pickled Herring!"

Then again, that sounds like about 98% of my posts anyway.

Oh well.

I've gotta go now, but I'll update later in the week with more stuff. Honestly. What? Why are you laughing like that?

~The Minno
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I felt that I should update. For... some reason. O_O But duuude is my brain frazzled lately. I've been like, "I should update my journal." And then my brain stalls, and I'm all, "Dude! Brain! Think of something!" and my brain just goes, "Durrrr... Thog likes puppies."

Aha! Thought of something!

I got four new CDs. Words cannot express the sheer awesomeness that is Bjork's Selmasongs, Dead Can Dance's Memento, Frank Black & the Catholics' Show Me Your Tears, and Muse's Origins of Symmetry. Out of the four, I'd say the latter two are the most impressive. Frank Black is like... The Old 97's, Portishead, Concrete Blonde, and the Pixies all in one, and Muse is, as always, one of the most sonically amazing groups I've had the pleasure of laying ears on.

Pardon me a moment while I hyperventilate over the greatness that is Muse. If you don't care to read it, feel free to skip this paragraph. The song Micro Cuts is worth the full price of the album, in my opinion -- his falsetto brings actual pain to my vocal chords. I actually thought it was a guitar at one point, except that I know that guitars don't breathe; [ profile] bluebirdgirl literally melted out of her chair with the awesome. And Megalomania? That's my new song to listen to while I write scenes involving Cojiro (or other miscellaneous evil, insane bishies). Plug In Baby, while having a title that gives me a very humorous mental picture about electrically operated infants, has a chorus that sounds uncannily like Placebo's This Picture, and Space Dementia includes piano playing that would probably make my fingers fall off. Seriously, you guys? It's the best. (a la Homestar) I suppose I have to give credit where it's due and thank [ profile] decemberfish for making me buy it, or else I probably would have ended up with either Dressy Bessy or Hot Hot Heat instead.

Also, is it just me, or do some of the songs by the Hourly Radio sound remarkably like something by Gackt? Maybe it's just me, but I can't help but think I've heard "Lost + Found" somewhere before. Somewhere Japanese. And... Gackt-ish. Yeees.

On another note entirely, I've been working on my original story a lot more lately. A little of the actual writing, but mostly thinking about the plot, characters, cultures, etc. And I've realized I have a problem of the not small variety. Taja is one of the most important characters in the story, but... for some reason, I can never seem to be able to give her a personality. She just always winds up seeming so flat and cliche. I think I've improved her a little, but I've reached a crossroads, and I can't seem to figure out which fork I should take in developing her character. She either needs to be completely amoral and a bit of a trouble maker, or somebody with such strongly developed principles that she leans a bit towards the self-righteous side. They both fit in certain ways, but... argh. I just don't know. And as she gets introduced pretty soon, I don't have much time to deliberate. Eet bogglez ze mind. Oh well.

Well, I should probably get to sleep now. Blargh.

~The Minno
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I figured I've probably been neglecting all of my friends out in internet-land for too long, so here's something I found highly amusing:

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Saturday I set [ profile] soujiro_seta's puppy on fire (-66 points). In November I put gum in [ profile] hiroki92's hair (-12 points). Last Wednesday I had a shoot-out with rival gang lords on the 5 near LA (-76 points). In September I bought porn for [ profile] roketto_baibii (-10 points). Last Sunday I gave [ profile] kyo_mo_mo a kidney (1000 points).

Overall, I've been nice (836 points). For Christmas I deserve a red Radio-Flyer wagon!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

There was also one where I ruled Duluth Minnosota as a cruel and heartless dictator and killed [ profile] cleolinda in a mass genocide, but that was offset by my saving a bus full of Angolan nuns and giving a life saving bone marrow transplant to somebody. Alas.

~The Minno
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I am an outcast genius and a dork grand-master. XP

Outcast Genius
56 % Nerd, 60% Geek, 73% Dork
For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in all three, earning you the title of: Outcast Genius.

Outcast geniuses usually are bright enough to understand what society wants of them, and they just don't care! They are highly intelligent and passionate about the things they know are *truly* important in the world. Typically, this does not include sports, cars or make-up, but it can on occassion (and if it does then they know more than all of their friends combined in that subject).

Outcast geniuses can be very lonely, due to their being outcast from most normal groups and too smart for the room among many other types of dorks and geeks, but they can also be the types to eventually rule the world, ala Bill Gates, the prototypical Outcast Genius.


Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in any of the following:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Professional Wrestling

Love & Sexuality


Thanks Again! -- THE NERD? GEEK? OR DORK? TEST

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 63% on nerdiness

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You scored higher than 88% on geekosity

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You scored higher than 98% on dork points
Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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So, I was in Wal-Mart, minding my own business, wearing a Manchester United jersey and ogling the office supplies, when this older lady just starts staring at me. So, I smile at her, 'cause I figure, y'know, the world needs more smiley happy stuff and that people are so stressed out sometimes that they just totally forget what it's like for somebody to be nice for no reason and I can tell this sentence is an uber run on because I'm rambling so I'm going to shut up now. Anyway, so I smile at this lady, and she gives me a death glare and storms off.

Hm. There can only be one explanation for this type of behaviour. She must be a Chelsea fan.

~The Minno
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*points to new icon* PH34R T3H L33T |\|1|\|j4 5|\|0\/\/|\/|3|\|!!!! >3

Yes. I'm very hyper and in a creative mood, so I thought I'd make a Kingdom Of Loathing icon. XD Um... yeah. That's all I wanted to say.

That, and have I ever mentioned that I adore Alexandre Dumas' The Count Of Monte Cristo? ...Oh. Very well. Carry on then.

~The Minno
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I'm back... WITH A VENGANCE!!!

Actually, I'm back with a sinus headache and muscle pain. But vengance sounds so much cooler. >_>

So, hello. I'm still alive, though my body seems bound and determined to kill me with various sicknesses. Seriously, I haven't been well since I turned 18. It's just my body's special way of saying, "Hah! You suck!" X_x

Well, I just came to say my dorkiness has reached a whole new apex. Though I suppose that's blindingly obvious. Oh, and I just posted the first chapter of my first fanfic... thing. Yah. It's here; give it luff, or hate, or whatever.

Count all the cheesy 60's pop culture references in the author's notes and win a cookie!

~The Minno

Edit: I fixed the link. It works now. Seriously. >_> <_< Whaaat?
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I now have a photo editing program of some form, so that's good.

Made myself a really bad icon. Any advice for making it un-really bad would be kindly appreciated.

I <3 Rufus Wainwright. Am very glad Becca allowed me to appropriate Poses.

I think I might have more to say, but I doubt it. Signing off.


~The Minno
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Hear ye, hear ye! My sister and I have created a community! And not just any community, mind you. A Lost community. So everybody go join! Mind you, we still haven't really finished making it look snazzy or anything yet, but c'mon, go join anyway! (And anybody who might be willing to help contribute/make Lost icons, a layout, and possibly a banner and/or mood theme, that'd be great too...)

Click on the link! Click on the link! [ profile] lost_liek_whoa

~The Minno
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I apologise for my prolonged absence from the LJ-ness, but I was sick for about a week and a half with a weird colon infection thing. And then, as soon as I got better, my mom got sick, so I was taking care of her.... And then as soon as she got better I got sick again. X__x I think I'm better now, although the cold medicine prevents me from being totally sure. All I know is that I've slept for about 3 days straight now. Oi.

Anyway, what's new in my life? Um... I've only got one and a half chapters to finish before I graduate, if you don't include the novel reading. On the whole, I should graduate about mid-October. I have two new PJ Harvey songs, so that's a w00t. And I just turned 18 on Friday, which has caused me no end of sadness. I already have far too much responsibility as it is. *sigh* Ah, to be five again. That'd be nice. Bouncing several ideas around in my head, both musically and... Hopefully at least a few of those will pan out, although it could be the meds talking. Meh.

Oh well. I should go, we're about to go pick my dad up from the airport; he's coming home from NYC today.

~The Minno
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Dude, I swear, I'm the biggest dork of a writer EVAR! I'm working on a storyline, and I find myself adopting the same tactic every time I hit an impasse. And it's not very scientific, professional, or well-thought-out.

"Should this event happen before or after that event?" *flips coin* "Before!"

"Should this happen because of sabotage or outright attack?" *flips coin* "Sabotage it is!"

"Should I use major plot twist #1 or major plot twist #2?" *flips coin* "Looks like number two!"

"Should they head north or south?" *flips coin* "South, I guess!"

Geez. I am such teh lazy author. So much for deep thinking and symbolism.

~The Minno
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I'm currently sidelined with the disease of stomach-virusy doom, which will most likely (that is, if past experience is any indication) entail laying around doing nothing, ingesting large amounts of liquid, and losing between 10-15 lbs before it's all over. Oi. Not fun at all.

I'm workin' on a song, sort of, more or less. And I have a tune in my head that I think I might have written, since it doesn't really sound like any song I can think of. It seems to me that should be performed as a piano ballad; at least, that's what I'm thinking at the moment. More on this later.

And has anybody played Duck Guardian on yet? So. Amusing. I made it to level 5 the only time I played it.

And for now, since I can't seem to think of anything else, I will leave you all. Don't cry for me, Ljtina.

~The Minno
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Okay, just one quick thing.

Spider-man 2 = T3H GR347N355!!!!!

That, and Portishead totally rawks my socks. And Bjork. And Evanescence. And Gackt. And J-rock in general. And Garbage. And 30 Seconds to Mars. And Tori Amos. And Poe. And... *rambles*

~The Minno
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Well, I'm sitting here at my compy, eagerly awaiting 3 hours from now, when I will be leaving my house to head for the airport and, in turn, Europe. I will be in England and France, with a very very very slim chance of a stop in Ireland. While in England I will have internet access, so feel free to continue to email me and the like. Granted, I probably won't be on lj during my three-week absence, but hey. Deal with it. If anybody wants me to get anything for them, drop me an email - although if you want me to bring you something from France, please try to let me know sometime before the second week, as I will be in France then and have no internet connection.

On a sad note, I will still be in Europe when A-Kon rolls around, therefore I will not be attending this year. But, hey, I'm not going to complain. I'll take a trip to Europe. It works. And if anybody wants to buy me anything there, I wouldn't complain about that, either. *cough* ^__^;

Oh yes, and enough people have begged me to stay on lj, so... I guess you're just stuck with me. Ha! Deal with it.

I have a horrible feeling I'm forgetting something...

Just one last note before I go, for all those of you that saw the season finale of ALIAS this Sunday - y'know, just to totally bring your happy thoughts crashing down around you. (Granted, this is just a rumor, but I heard through a reliable enough source that it should be true.) Apparently Melissa George, aka Lauren Reed, has a contract for next season. So either she's going to have to somehow miraculously recover from 200+ bullet wounds and a nasty tumble down a mine shaft, or she's some sort of evil twin or something. Er... Evil-er twin, maybe. 'Cause, yeah, there's nothing non-evil about Lauren. >_> Oh yeah, and there's also a much less founded rumor - it's really more of a faint hope than anything else - that Lena Olin, aka Irina, aka Sydney's mom, is also returning next season. And the very thought of an Irina/Lauren team-up makes me salivate.

But, I should probably go now to try and get at least a little sleep before my big trip, so... Until three weeks from now. ^__^

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Na, lookit me! I'm updating!


I am amused. That is all. Good day.

~The Minno
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So, it's about 12:30 AM when my mom bursts into my room, jarring me from beautiful beautiful sleep, and says, "Oh, don't mind me. I'm just going to clean your bathroom!" And then she proceeded to do just that, which wouldn't bother me in the least under normal circumstances. It's just that I don't view 12:30 AM as prime shower-scrubbing time. Actually, to tell you the truth, it didn't really bother me so much as amused me. Not to mention slightly unnerved me, seeing as how this was not normal mommy behaviour. Of course, my mom does have a certain spontaneous streak that surfaces once in a while. For instance, I came home from school one day to find that she had painted two thirds of the house yellow; she claimed the sole purpose was, "the mood struck her." Let's just say there's never a dull moment. ^^;

I love my parents. My crazy, crazy parents.... XD

On a different note entirely, I have noticed some alarming trends in livejournal. For instance:

1) I am the only person that has "kite/blackrose" listed as an interest? What's up with that?! I even checked for "kite x blackrose," only to come up with absolutely no results. Come on, there's got to be a lot more people than just me who are interested in that pairing! They're just too right for there not to be! Yaaaargh! >_<

2) And another thing - there's a community dedicated to Rikku but not for Paine? Must take measures to rectify. Immediately. If I wasn't so lazy I'd start my own community dedicated to the lurvliness that is Paine. Maybe I will one of these days... but until then I'll just whine and brood and angst and get all emo. Hah. That'll teach 'em. >D

There's more, but those are the two most egregious problems, in my opinion. So now, I suppose I'll leave you all with some words of wisdom from Groucho Marx:

"Just remember my little cabbage, if there weren't any closets, there wouldn't be any hooks; and if there weren't any hooks, there wouldn't be any fish; and that would suit me fine."

-The Minno


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