ETA: Hillary winning Pennsylvania? FUCK YEAH. I'm really nervous to see who gets the Democratic nomination now. It's so close, gah. Not that I can vote anyway... *stabs Canadian passport*
ETA2: Thanks so much to avada_k for helping me feel better about the thing that I've been depressed about all day :) *hugs you* I still think I should give up, but you've convinced me to stick it out. Okay, she wants me to write a more cryptic note, so let's try this again.
I finally got around to listening to and rating the final 20 in the AI7 songwriting competition. It took me freaking hours to get through them all, but I did it! Let me just say that I REALLY don't think they're as bad as everyone's making them out to be. Yeah, they're terribly cheesy, but most of them are tolerable. There are even two or three that I think are great. So, without further ado...
All right, this is the first time I'm doing this for season 7, because I've never enjoyed any of the performance shows enough to run through them. HOWEVER, tonight was a big fat exception, because tonight was EFFING INCREDIBLE. Maybe it's just because I loved the theme (not a huge fan of Mariah Carey, but her songs are awesome). In any case...
If you're too lazy to read through all of that, I don't blame you. Here are the things you need to know:
1) I wrote eighteen for SKOM (hee, props to anyone who figures that out), and I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Chapter 19 is ~5k right now. I think it's just about finished. I just need to add in one or two transition scenes. 2) ldws pimp: Sign-ups close on Sunday, so go sign up now if you want to participate! There are only six participants right now. It looks like it's going to be a short competition, so if you were worried about time, never fear :D 3) hd_worldcup pimp: Support Team Epilogue! Yay!
ETA: Wow, I just finished a fantastic book called "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith. It was... yeah, really good. A wonderful, thoughtful depiction of life, love, and beauty. I'm not too good at writing book reviews, so I'll leave it at that. If anyone has time, I would definitely recommend reading it.
Thought of the day: Is it just me, or was everyone and their mom was born in April? Because literally, among my Facebook friends there are at LEAST two birthdays on every day of April except *checks* the thirteenth. There are six birthdays on the tenth. *subtracts nine months from April* So... July? Does anyone know of any heat-inducing events in July?
American Idol has been dreadfully boring ever since Danny left. However, last night was the first time I was genuinely entertained by most of the performances. I thought Syesha and both Davids (I cried during Syesha's and David A's performances, lol :">) were incredible. Poor Syesha doesn't get the credit she deserves. Raina and Paula said she has the most gorgeous voice live, and I believe it. I hope freaking ocatv gets to me on the waitlist before she's voted off. Last time I signed up for AI tickets in season 3 and I didn't get them until the day before the season 5 finale (keep in mind, I was still in Chicago at this point). HL for spoilers: In any case, I'm glad Syesha was safe tonight, though I'll admit I teared up a bit when Ramiele got eliminated :(
Got my the_ass_fest assignment earlier today. I'm pretty excited to write it. It's so fun, planning out the boys' characters. I think their profiles are going to end up being longer than the actual fic XD Pinch hitters have until June 1st, so yay for time! \o/
I'm sure everyone knows this by now, but the first few fics were posted at hd_worldcup yesterday! For the sake of anonymity, I won't comment on any of them, but let's just say that I'm very, very impressed/intimidated. The humbling process continues :P
In retrospect, the most productive part about being a pinch hitter for hd_worldcup was flailing around, trying to write four different stories at once in hopes that at least one of them would fit whatever prompt I ended up with. It really gave me the push I needed to start some new fics and get back into writing in general. Now I have several WiPs I can work on if I'm ever at a loss for ideas! :D
And finally, two tragedies that happened on March 31st that deserve acknowledgment:
anjenue passed away in a car crash. I never knew her personally, but I did read most of her fics on skyehawke when I first started getting into NC-17 H/D fics, and I loved all of them. Her friends say she was one of the sweetest and most generous people they've ever met, and I don't doubt it. A couple of them have set up a wonderful community for everyone to share their memories of her, which you can find here: we_love_you_anj . Also, a memorial fund has been set up in her memory.
Elliott's mom Claudette (also known as Mama Yamin to E's fans) also passed away. From all I've seen and heard of her on TV, in interviews, and from fans who met her, she was kind, funny, and unwavering in her support for her son. She will be missed dearly, and my heart goes out to E and his family during this time.
I'm actually really shocked that I'm as devastated by Danny's elimination as I am. I didn't know I liked him that much. It was just so... unexpected, I guess. I had actually been under the impression that he was going to leave, but then a bunch of people kept assuring me that he would be safe, and I started believing it. BIG mistake.
I don't even know if I can watch Idol without Danny. He was the only one who consistently put a smile on my face. I just loved the fact that he was so true to himself and never once came off as fake. That's more than I can say for most of the other contestants. I guess I'm also really upset by the fact that Danny never got to show off his talent. I mean, even Sanjaya had one good performance. Danny just never chose the right song; no one got to see what he's really capable of.
It's all up to David H to represent the AI7 gays now!
*goes off to wallow in her bitterness and misery*
This mood icon totally describes how I feel right now :( I'm not even kidding; there's a small mountain of balled up kleenex next to my laptop, lol.
Guess what?! I'm writing again! Well, sort of. As in... a paragraph a week. But it's a start! Also, I've finally gotten myself a paid account. I know, about time, right? Okay, hopefully that's a sign that I'll be using this LJ now for fic updates.
ETA: Oh, and in case anyone's wondering, I did go see The Other Boleyn Girl on opening night. It was fantastic.
So AI7 is officially under way, and so far it looks to be a good season. I'm pretty pissed that Colton was eliminated before failures like Jason Yeager, Luke Menard, and Chikezie Ezie (tbh I wanted to kick him when he started talking over Simon after his performance), but what can you do? Watching six seasons of this show has taught me that America gets it wrong more often than not. And speaking of getting it wrong, I really don't approve of the recipients of the show's pimping this year. Michael Johns and Carly Smithson? Michael Johns isn't NEARLY as talented as people say he is, and Carly Smithson is just another Gina Glockson. Furthermore, both of them have already tried to make it in the music industry and failed. Shouldn't that tell the producers something?
On the bright side, Jason Castro, David Archuleta, and Danny Noriega are absolute love. Jason Castro is the real deal, David Archuleta is a bundle of adorableness, and Danny Noriega makes me smile every time he's on camera. I've also got my eye on David Hernandez and David Cook. I usually don't like the girls, but this year I've got a few pre-top 12 favourites among them: Amanda Overmyer, Asia'h Epperson, Syesha Mercado, and Ramiele Malubay.
In other AI-related news, Chris Richardson has a single of sorts. It's not really a single, since he has yet to be signed to a record label (a fact which continues to blow my mind), but it's pretty good. It's called "All Alone" and it's a very JT-esque song. I love it.
Still not making any progress on SKOM, though to be fair, I did give it an honest attempt this morning. I only managed to write about two paragraphs, though. I also wish people would stop pestering me about updating. I am NOT abandoning this fic! I appreciate every review, but no matter how many times you e-mail me demanding that I update ASAP, I'm not going to until I have time and am able to get over my writer's block.
So I figured that, for the first time in six seasons, I wouldn't be following American Idol religiously this year. Then of course Danny Noriega had to show up at the end of the very last audition episode. I LOVE HIM SO MUCH (already). And...
So of course I'm pretty happy. I can't wait for next week's episode. It looks like they're taking the show a lot more seriously this year, thank god. Last season was a disaster.
Sorry for the lack of updates :( I haven't been writing at all for the past few weeks. Idk when I'll find time to write, but hopefully it'll be soon. In the meantime, I'll probably be posting about AI a lot.