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Bribery and randomness [Feb. 10th, 2005|11:37 pm]
Laura
[mood |silly]

Um. What is the proper response to something like this?Collapse )

Ah, I don't like bribery much. Whatever trickle of motivation I had to write just went out the window, which is probably just as well :) I just end up getting frustrated when I write stuff, and turn into a chain-smoking grump and whine even more than normal.

Reading is far healthier.

When was the last time I updated? 19th January. Well, this post was somewhat pointless, but I don't want to leave this place abandoned. I hope you are all well and whatnot :)
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Alter ego meme. [Jan. 19th, 2005|08:03 pm]
Laura
[mood |tipsy]

I have something wrong with my eyes. All the muscles around them seem to have taken on a life of their own and given me a twitch. I think I now look even more like the kind of person people avoid on public transport.

Who is your HP alter ego? meme-thing.Collapse )

I want to know what the Hermione one says.

And now, as I really don't have anything to post about, I am going to have nice bath and read my book :) Ciao.
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I haven't fallen through the cracks in the pavement (yet) [Jan. 9th, 2005|02:44 pm]
Laura
[mood |sleepy]
[music |josephine - tori amos]

A huge 'thank you kindly' to the small anonymouse for the generous Christmas gift. I am more grateful than I am likely to ever be able to articulately express!
*hugs tightly and adores*


To the rest of you, a somewhat belated Happy New Year. All the best for 2005, m'dears!

I had a pretty uneventful, rather drunken Christmas. I haven't really done much, other than discovering that 20Q is very addictive. My sister's boyfriend has the very smug hand-held version of the game("You're trying to confuse me. You'll never win!"), which is spookily accurate. Bloody thing beat me almost every time, except when, feeling festive, I tried to make it guess 'Jesus'. The closest it came was "Is it Spiderman?" How very post-modern.

Anyway, according to jkrowling.com, today is Snape's birthday. Being pathetically obsessed and having far too much time on my hands this afternoon, I decided to Google for the numerological meaning of being born on the ninth.Collapse )

Stunning accuracy. Another site suggested that people born on the ninth would do well in creative and spiritual careers. Hmm, I can see it now: art therapist!Snape.
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Spamage. [Dec. 20th, 2004|11:57 pm]
Laura
[mood |silly]
[music |her song - hungry lucy]

Note to self: Being too lazy to fetch the letter-box key is all well and good, but opting instead to try to retrieve post though the tiny little slit on top of the letter-box is a Bad Idea. It is even more of a bad idea half an hour before you are due in an exam, and especially if you insist on getting your hand stuck in said letter box.

Well, that was my little bit of drama for the day. I'm sure I am the only person in the world that kind of thing happens to. I did actually make my (final!) exam on time, but still -- *hits self over the head*

(Am home now and enjoying a very large gin and orange. Life as normal tomorrow, one hopes.)
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What is the appeal of mpreg? [Dec. 15th, 2004|09:06 pm]
Laura
[mood |tired]

A post to the lupin_snape community has got me thinking: what the hell is the appeal of mpreg? That isn't a rhetoric question. My mind is boggling and I truly want to know the answer. Anyone care to enlighten me?

Read more...Collapse )

I have no idea how my reasons for reading mpreg differ from those of others. I struggle to view things from the perspective of someone who might enjoy mpreg fiction for its 'happy families' aspect, so my explanations may seem a little divorced from what some may consider a central feature of genre. Anyone care to offer what they find appealing or repealing about mpreg? The post I mentioned above offered a few, but my curiosity is rampant.

Why inflict offspring on our beloved male characters? The poor souls.
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Book meme (etc). [Dec. 13th, 2004|02:10 pm]
Laura
[mood |anxious]
[music |beginning to see the light - the velvet underground]

Well, because I need something to calm me down (and posting pointlessness to my journal normally does job a rather good job of this):

Book meme:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

In an odd instance of the legal system defending the honor of the illegal system--as always, politics makes strange bedfellows--Klein pointed out that Amy had "cheated" her escort service out of profits by turning some of their referrals to private customers."

--Elizabeth Wurtzel discussing Amy Fisher in Bitch.

This book was marginally closer than Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark (Third Edition), on which I have a test tomorrow. I'm bloody grateful said test is only worth 10% and I'm already working on a B+ because (a) book is powerful insomnia cure, and (b) I'm panicking. I also have a Sociology exam on Wednesday, a presentation on Thursday and a Psychology exam the following Monday. I have armed myself with Bach Rescue Remedy (useless, but keeps me sane until I can nip out for a fag) and am thinking "happy Christmas thoughts".

And now I'm going to crawl under the covers and (try to) study.

[ETA: I have just found my advent calendar under a pile of junk on my desk -- with four doors that need opening and four chocolates to be eaten. Cadbury, no less.]
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Reviewing poll and other things. [Dec. 10th, 2004|07:23 pm]
Laura
[mood |awake]
[music |vicious - the raincoats]

1. I am currently looking over the response the poll I post last week. What has struck me most is the overwhelming majority in favour of short, one-line reviews over no feedback at all. I think (deep-down) I expected this to be that case, but seeing it in figures is very motivating. I have been making a conscious effort to leave reviews this week (not that I have had time to read much), and have even left feedback for something that was written not-recently, something I have never been able to do before. (I left it under a different username but it's a start, hmm?)

There is certainly a similar theme to many of the answers given to the "What do you think the most important thing is to convey in a review?" question. I'm probably not creative enough to analysis these in any detail, but I will post something on what these answers indicate to me later in the week (after exams). Purely for my own interest, if nothing else.

2: Shopping spam: Shockingly ugly teapot?Collapse )

I suppose it has 'character' in its own special way. Ah ok, I admit it: I love it! I just wish it was painted a little better (that didn't show in the shop). I also came back with a dipping pen and a bottle of green ink (in case I never need to write a poison-pen letter), but resisted the long velvet coat (gorgeous, much very much not within my budget) and the pin-striped corset (ditto).

Probably just as well.
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Thoughts on reviewing. [Dec. 5th, 2004|03:24 am]
Laura
[mood |weird]
[music |gingerbread coffin - rasputina]

There's a secret art to reviewing, I'm sure of it. And it is one that I (being the kind of person who thinks about things far more than she should) sit staring at the "leave comment" button for ages on end trying to figure out.

Ramblings on my reviewing complex, etc.Collapse )

A poll probably isn't in order here, but as I have just brought myself a paid-account (what student loans are made for) you might have to humour me (or not). It is also three in the morning and I can't coherently write questions without the aid of trusty tick boxes.

Poll: Questions on reviewingCollapse )
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Um. Hurrah. [Nov. 9th, 2004|09:53 pm]
Laura
[mood |bouncy]
[music |strange and beautiful - aqualung]

SOMEONE HAS BEEN USING MY BAKING TRAY, NOT WASHING IT UP, AND LEAVING IT IN THE OVEN!

I swear, if I wasn't in a good mood today, I'd take to leaving irate little post-it notes all over the kitchen. As it happens, I got that dreadful IT coursework out the way this afternoon, and was returned my Publishing coursework (which I got a B+ in, so... hurrah!). This, added to the fact that I now have milk to make so tea with, means I am in a shockingly good mood for once.

Oh, and my seminar leader made a grammar rant. Being the sad individual that I am, I love it when people do this. I don't know why; all I know is that when he explained the history and origin of the possessive S I wanted to jump up and down to display of my fascination. Oh lordy, I need to get a life! *g*
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Shopping spam. [Nov. 7th, 2004|06:09 pm]
Laura
[mood |hungry]
[music |siren - tori amos]

New boots and top, bought yesterday. Really of little interest to anyone, but I can't help but post.Collapse )
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