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Hey everyone, I'm back from London. Actually been back for about two weeks now and I had an absolutely marvelous time. I cannot believe how quickly it went or how much I grew personally while i was there. If a month could change my life, I wonder what a semester would have done? If you want to read more about my trip, you can go to www.ashleighslondonsummer.blogspot.com.

The last two weeks have been pretty chill. I checked out twelve books from the library and I'm slowly working my way through those. Okay, not exactly slowly since I finish another book about every three days, but it feels slow. My parents rented a storage unit for all the crap in our house (well, the major crap like the desks we don't use and the Christmas decorations) so my room is fully my own again. Still a mess, but the mess is all mine. I also sent my desk to storage because a) I never really use it and b) I want to buy a third bookcase to put in there so my current bookcases can become a little more orderly. Right now pretty much every shelf is two lines deep with books.

I also recently started a new blog called Diary of a Would-Be Writer (And Mildly Deadly Cook). That last part almost sounds like I'm a ninja, but it actually means that you eat what I cook at your own peril. I'm not sure exactly what it's about or how often it'll be updated, but I found that I loved writing the one in London. So there you go. Have fun with it.

I swear, there will be some book reviews soon. I have read a ton of books (94 this year and counting) and have reviews I just haven't posted yet. I'll try to get them up in the next day or so. It's not like I have a whole lot of other stuff keeping me from it.

Take Care
Reaper

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I thought of Road to Eldorado when typing the title so there you go. I am still not dead. I am a very sucky poster apparently and I cannot believe it's been over two months since my last post. *Cringes* Sorry about the lack of updating. So it's been a pretty quiet Spring Quarter. Actually it's been a dead Spring Quarter. I have one class that actually has homework so I've been very bored. Don't get me wrong, i love having a little time for whatever I want to do, but I need to at least have something I should be working on. I read 17 books last month. 17. I love that I got to read but come on, give me something to do! I'm completely done with my classwork aside from revising my final story and taking the Mythology exam.

Next quarter should be very fun though, and a little less tedious. I get to take Studies in Young Adult Literature and an Editing and Publishing class. Hopefully, I will also get to take the Children's Literature class that I can't register for now because it is major restricted. Here's hoping it doesn't fill up and I can snag a spot. I'm excited to take YA Lit because I love YA. It's always been one of my favorite genres. Now, if there was a paranormal romance/urban fantasy class, I'd be all over that in a heartbeat.

I'm also gearing up for London this summer. Yes, I got into the program, have everything paid and worked out, and I leave the 28th of June! I can't believe I get to spend an entire month in London! I also joined the Facebook group for the trip and found some people who want to go to King's Cross with me and find Platform 9 3/4. We're also going to find a telephone booth and go to the Ministry of Magic. :D This summer is going to be absolutely amazing!

Within the past month I also started dating Will. We've been going out for five weeks and I really like him. He's a great guy and he seems to really care about me. Which is good because he's accrued various threats from people in my church and family of what will happen if he hurts me. We've each met the other's parents and my parents liked him (thought he was rather quiet, but nice) while his parents seemed to like me as well. This is the first time I've actually seriously dated someone. I had one and a half boyfriends in the past (I say half because I broke up with him after five days) but I didn't cared about them like I do Will. And he hasn't dated anyone before me. It's kind of nice. I don't know if we'll last, but I like what's happening now.

I will try and get some book reviews up soon and I'll try to be more on top of posting. I'm going to aim for once a week.

Take Care
Reaper

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I feel so terrible about not posting more recently. I got caught up at school (last final was on Monday and now I'm hanging out at home.) and just didn't have anything to say. Except I'm going to London for a month this summer! I found a study abroad program at Kingston University and somehow actually got the financing to go! I'm super excited and cannot believe I get to go. I've wanted to go to London forever and now I have the chance to be there for a month! And one of my first stops, when I get a chance to sight-see is going to be King's Cross Station, for Platform 9 3/4. As a Harry Potter fan, it would be blasphemy not to go. I just cannot wait for July.

In other news, I feel like the book pimp of my family. Or maybe a dealer would be more accurate. My family comes to me when they want something new to read. It started with my dad who, since I would leave my books in the bathroom, starting reading some of my books on a whim. Now he comes to me when he finishes a book and asks if I have anything else to read. This dealing has led me to scour ebay and used bookstores for the rest of the Kim Harrison series (we got him the first book for Christmas). And I'm actually running out of books to give him. He loves paranormal romance and urban fantasy as much as I do, but all the series I own, and that I find worthwhile, he's already read, or is close to finishing. Hopefully I'll find something before he finishes the Kim Harrison and Charlaine Harris series.
With my mom, I'm luring her in slowly, giving her the most engaging and wonderful books in the paranormal romance genre, without giving her something too dark right off the bat (like the Black Dagger Brotherhood for instance.) Right now she has my Jeaniene Frost books which she had to forcibly stop herself from reading during the school quarter since she got too sucked in to concentrate on homework. I think the mission is going well. And with my sister, I know I will never get her hooked on paranormal reads. Vamps, Weres, and Witches just aren't her thing. But I sucked her into reading another way. I gave her some of my cheesy teen romance books. And while she scoffs that these things would never happen, she keeps coming back and asking if I have any more. And she's not a big reader. I have a new book that's over 500 pages that I'm going to give her and seeing her finish that happily will mean I have successfully sucked her into reading.

Last, I wanted to ask if anyone has ever had the sensation of ending a book or TV show or movie and forgetting where they are for a moment? Like you got sucked in so far that you can't remember where in the real world you are. I didn't used to have it happen a ton, unless the book or show was really enthralling, but more and more recently I forget where I am. Not in a really bad way, but just an "Oh, that's right I'm here" sort of moment. I'm also wondering if maybe I should be worried about dementia later on.

Take Care
Reaper

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Please feel free to disregard this post as girly obsession.

Okay, so I'm not really the sort of girl to fall into crushes all the time and get obsessed with them. I'm level-headed. The most major crush I had was six and half years ago on one of my now best friends. I've had exactly two what I'd call boyfriends, although one lasted a mere five days and since we were in high school and neither of us could drive, I didn't really go out on dates in either situation. I actually swore off dating for all of high school because I didn't think I could deal with it.

But now I met this guy here in college and I have a major crush on him. I thought at first it was just a "hey he's a nice guy friend" sort of thing. But I keep finding myself wanting to hang out with him, feeling all special when he says nice things about me or walks me back to my dorm at night because it's dark. I actually have spent the last three days going to clubs with him at night. And I had a great time being his DDR partner on Friday night. Between our turns we watched Iron Man on his laptop and I watched him draw. I know that a lot of this just sounds like things that friends would do together, but I keep finding myself wondering what it would be like to go on a date with him, or even kiss him.

I don't know if he likes me that way, although I wonder if maybe he's dropping hints and I'm just dense. He mentioned on Thursday when we were walking back across campus how he stumbles over his words sometimes when he's talking to a girl he likes. And he sort of stumbled over saying that. I'm probably just being crazy and reading too much in it. I sometimes have an overactive imagination (like I keep imagining a scenario from Greek, since I'm in some clubs with the guy's friend, where I date my crush but he gets suspicious or jealous because I'm spending a lot of time with his friend as well). I'm probably going to wait for him to make the first move since 1) I'm not good with confrontations, even friendly ones, and 2) I don't want to mess up a friendship with him.

Sorry about sounding like such a basket-case/teen girl. I swear I'm actually not crazy or whiny. I also swear that I will spend some time either today or tomorrow putting up the mondo book review post.
Take Care
Reaper

Update

Jan. 8th, 2010 03:08 pm
red_reaper: (Inner demons)
I know, I know I'm terrible about updating. I'd say I'm going to try and be better, but I always say that. Well, the end of December was really eventful. I turned 19, which still seems ludicrous to me since I everyone who meets me thinks I'm maybe fourteen or fifteen. I really don't feel like I'm 19 yet. Maybe it'll just take a while to soak in. Christmas was great. I got an archery bow from my parents and I love it. I mean, yeah it's a child's bow since I can't really draw anything with a high poundage yet, but I'll get there. I never want to hunt with it or anything, but I'm a fantasy nut so it's cool to have. I'm getting okay with it, although I can't practice much because of the rain. I already sustained an archery injury from the feathered part of the arrow (which I think is made of plastic) hit my hand and leave a small, but painful, wound. I didn't think it was that bad at first but then it started to bleed. And it burned for a good twelve hours or so. But it's healing.

I'm looking forward to getting back to school, but at the same time I want to stay at home. I love the clubs and activities I get to be involved in on campus, but I've missed having my own space. Here, I can sequester myself in my room and be completely alone. It's been a great time of relaxation. I'm going to be doing 20 credits starting on Tuesday (oh lord help me) but it should be fun. I'm glad I get to do Greek again this quarter and I get to do some of the fun classes for my major.  Now I just hope it doesn't snow before Monday since I really want to drive back, not take the train.

As for looking to 2010, I don't really have any resolutions, except maybe to finish the editing of Best Maid Plans so I can try and send it out to agents or publishers. I do know that I'm going to finish at least the rough draft of the first two books in my trilogy. 2009 was crazy. I finished high school, completed my Associate's degree, started at Western, became almost dangerously thin, had an increase in my IBS restrictions, completed NaNoWriMo for the second year in a row, pretty much failed all my resolutions from last year, attended my first Yule ball, attended Prom, and read 115 books. It's been a year of highs and lows, but overall a good year. I hope 2010 will be a good one too.
I'll try to have some book reviews up in a couple of days.

Take Care
Reaper

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I feel so bad for neglecting my Dreamwidth journal. I haven't posted here in like six weeks and it saddens me. So here's the lowdown on what's been going on for the past month or so. I moved into my dorm, which is actually pretty sweet as far as dorm rooms go. Our bathroom is attached to the room and shared with just four girls (including myself) instead of an entire floor. We have a huge window and my bed fits in a little alcove-y space. This weekend when my parents visited we hung drapes so that when my roommate is still awake at night I can sleep without having light issues. And I bought a lamp so I can just live in the cave now, coming out occasionally for snacks and classes. I was sadly poster deficient when I first got here, so I also bought a bunch of posters. One of my favorites is the Procrastinator's creed. It has like ten rules of being a Procrastinator. "I believe anything worth doing would have been done already." "I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, while infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero." and "I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind". I also have a Serenity poster (which is awesome) and a Blues Brothers poster that reminds me of my dad. The only real downside to my dorm (which is more a downside for other people, not so much for me) is the fact that our quiet hours start at nine in the evening and go until nine in the morning. So it's a really quiet study dorm, not so much of a party dorm.

Which is not to say we haven't had some fun events. The very first night here there was an ice-cream social and I stayed up until midnight, one in the morning, playing games with some of the people who live in the Edens/Higginson dorms. There's actually three dorms that all sort of hang out together. And my first Saturday here we had an 80's Night where everyone dressed up and had fun dancing and hanging out. Plus just last Saturday there was a Pre-Halloween dance with a chocolate fountain and all these fun spooky decorations. There was also a costume contest which was a lot of fun. The first Friday here there was a carnival for the entire campus which was awesome. There was a caricaturist and a face painter which was so much fun. All these thing have kept me pretty busy.

I also got involved in quite a few clubs, which take up quite a bit of time as well. On Wednesdays I have Harry Potter club, which is fan-freakin'-tastic! We are all divided into the houses and there's a house cup competition. You get points for bringing food to events, dressing up for parties, house teams winning games, playing Quidditch, etc. We've played Harry Potter Jeopardy which was actually super challenging. The questions were often obscure things and you had to have read the books to get most of it. Ravenclaw (my house) won that night because we're awesome and brilliant. We also had Nearly Headless Nick's Death Day party just last night, which I went as Tonks to. There was Telephone Pictionary, which ended up being really dirty in some cases and just plain bizarre in others (elephant bowling with Harry Potter's head for instance). We also played just plain Harry Potter Pictionary, which the Ravenclaws kicked ass at! We totally annihilated the competition. We had like 17 points where the next highest team only had 7. It rocked. On Thursday I have Glee club, which is actually doing singing and dancing like on Glee. We sang together for the first time on Tuesday and it was so good! This club has the potential to be really awesome. I also do Disney club on Thursdays. We started out as a Disney Karaoke club and then became a Disney Fan club. We've done a karaoke night and Halloween is going to be awesome. We're watching Nightmare Before Christmas and carving pumpkins in the afternoon. Then we're going to dress up and trek across campus singing Disney songs and throwing out candy. I can't wait. Fridays I am involved in something call CCF. It stands for Christian Campus Fellowship and it's like my church while I'm in college. We also meet in smaller groups for each dorm on Wednesdays. It's a great time of worship and fellowship with other college student Christians and I'm really happy to be a part of it. The girls in my group are just awesome and I'm glad I get to know so many people who share my beliefs. It's great.

My classes are also pretty awesome. My Greek class is by far my favorite over all. The language is so interesting and my teacher is amazing. He's hilarious and teaches from his own textbook so he doesn't have to conform to the way other textbooks are set up. Plus it means that we didn't have to buy a book as he posts what we need online. It's sweet. My linguistics class isn't too bad, but it's a lot of new terminology and I don't even really have a building block to build off of. So it can be a bit challenging to grasp new terms. And my Plot and Narrative class isn't super hard, but it's a lot of reading. And reading books that aren't particularly riveting. Although the assignments consist mostly of three papers, so that's pretty awesome.

Speaking of books, I will try within the next few days to post a slew of the book reviews I've done. I really have been reading, I just keep forgetting to post the reviews. Bad Reaper, you need to keep up with everything. I think this is about everything that's been happening with me. Oh, by the way, I am typing this from a shiny new laptop hand delivered by my family this past weekend. Having loan money does have some advantages.

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