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I've changed my title! I've changed my lay-out! I AM BECOMING A NEW ME. One who will be responsible in leaving comments to all the stories I read. One who will actually post regularly in this journal. One who will--

Um, yeah. Right. Anyway. I am at least making an oblig sticky so people wandering through will have a better chance of finding my fic than by navigating my sketchy tagging system.


Maybe I should also add some words about me. My name is Kathy! I'm starting college next fall. I like green. That is really a pretty complete picture of me. I'm kind of a shallow person. :D?

Oh, also, 99.9% of this journal is public. Feel free to friend me anyway; I will friend back ASAP. I should probably also disclose my horrible, horrible lurking habits here. So...I don't really leave comments all that much. /o\ I'm working on it! One step at a time. Soon I, too, will be a functioning internet person.
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Hah, so you know how I was like, BYE, SEE YOU GUYS IN A MONTH in my last entry (posted approximately five minutes ago)? I lied!

Because this is super fucking important, and I want to devote a separate entry to the issue because goddammit, it's gotten nearly no national news coverage since the first shocking announcement, and it's so frustrating I could scream. So I'm posting it here, even though my flist is minuscule. IF YOU CAN, PLEASE REPOST.

I posted about this earlier, back when the whole mess began, but here are the quick and dirty facts:

Arizona's state legislature passed a bill (HB 2281, to be exact) that would BAN the teaching of ethnic studies in Arizona's public schools. Their rationale? Basically that it promotes white resentment and privileges those pesky little minorities over the white majority. ("Why isn't there a white studies class? Isn't this reverse discrimination?") Here's an excerpt of the exact text of the bill, which is so ridiculous I can hardly even believe this is actual law, now:


That's right. Overthrow of the government. Resentment toward a race. Ethnic solidarity.

And I'm not just defending ethnic studies based purely on principle, although I could. The bigger issue is that these ethnic studies classes bring results. Nowhere else in high school curriculum are you going to find an account of history from the perspective of a minority, information about cultural identity that hasn't been pasteurized specifically for white consumption. And reading those books, learning this knowledge, empowers children of color. Because finally, they're the ones being spotlighted. This information is directly relevant to them, to what they see and hear and experience everyday in their households, from their families.

And as a result, they want to learn. This is a class they actually look forward to attending. There are statistics that show their grades, standardized test scores, graduation rates, the whole enchilada, dramatically increasing after they take an ethnic studies course. It rejuvenates their belief in themselves as individuals by giving them belief in themselves as a collective.

Please, please, please, if you can, donate to this organization:


There is much more information on their website, all those statistics and everything that I was talking about. This group NEEDS help to fight the legislation. Their ethnic studies class is due to be forcibly ended by December, but they're going to keep fighting. They'll be coming out with a documentary called Precious Knowledge very soon (which I was privileged enough to see a clip of in my college, and it was fantastic), and I believe PBS has bought it, so it should be screening soon.

Okay. That's it. Again, please repost this so more people learn about the issue. Thank you.

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Whoa, hey, so it's been almost another month. This is good! Making progress, chug-chug-chugging along. This is like semi-regular posting for me. VICTORY!

So, I've had the three episodes of Sherlock (BBC) uploaded to my desktop for a whiiiiile, and I'm thinking about maybe watching it?

I DON'T KNOW. I need a new fandom to kind of the same degree I need a nice, gaping hole in my head. Thoughts? Mostly I want to know if this is the sort of series that will make me think-y, sad, or gleeful. Because I could use a lot more gleeful right now, in this dark time right before finals.

HEY HEY HEY, also, I have a few thousand words of random Caroline POV (from Vampire Diaries, which y'all should drop everything and watch, right now!) sitting on my hard drive, and I actually have a whole story outlined for it, but...I don't know if I'll have the time/motivation to finish it when I have so much school stuff to do. And it's so STRESSFUL, too, because the show moves so fucking quickly my fic plot was joss-ed, like, three fucking weeks ago, and now I'm getting antsy and uncertain as to whether it's even worth finishing.

WHAT ALL THIS HEMMING AND HAWING AMOUNTS TO IS: Should I post it? As kind of a WIP amnesty thing? I mean, would anyone out there want to read this? At this point, it reads more like a Caroline character study than anything else (although it's supposed to Caroline/Bonnie, and you can definitely tell) BUT THAT IS STILL INTERESTING, RIGHT. I mean, I'm not the only person who's interested in reading a couple thousand words of in-depth Caroline soul-searching, yeah?


One last thing, before I disappear for another month: I'm beta-ing [livejournal.com profile] redorchids's submission for [livejournal.com profile] bandomstuffsit, and it is AWESOME OT3 SHENANIGANS between Brendon and Ryan and Spencer, and a;fjewoifjdsj I am so excited! There is accidental spanking, which is apparently a bad thing in her book, which, I'm sorry, but that means her book is very gravely wrong. :(
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Okay. So. Wow.

It's been kind of a while, hasn't it? I MISS STANDING ON MY VIRTUAL SOAPBOX AND SCREAMING OUT INTO THE ABYSS. Sorry I've been gone so long. :( Life, you know. And some fucked-up personal issues. But anyway.

VAMPIRE DIARIES! I am completely engrossed in the show again, and it is killing me that I can't watch the latest episode until this afternoon. Stupid midterms. >:( But I've just been torturing myself instead of studying, clicking on ep reactions and then scrolling down really quickly in some sadistic form of skimming that lets me see stuff like "OH SHIT WHAT JUST HAPPENED" and "noooo, Matttttt" and oh my god I hate myself. Why do I do this? I don't even know.

But fuck, that episode is calling out to me.

And also, aj;fwjflkdsj Inception! If anyone's glanced at my delicious, it's pretty clear that fandom has pretty much devoured me alive. And I've enjoyed every bit of it. Arthur! And Eames! And carebears!

...Don't judge me.

So. Um. Still alive! And hopefully will be updating this journal on a semi-regular basis once again. If not, just go to my Delicious. It pretty much reads like my running internal monologue anyway.
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It is fucking embarrassing how out-of-the-loop I am with FOB canon these days. I need to start following [livejournal.com profile] icecreamhdaches or something, because I just found out TODAY about Pete's new music project. (Listen to some clips here if, like me, things go way over your head.)

It's--I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I mean, I'm pretty sure I'm biased just because I kind of wanted FOB to stay together forever and ever (and ever and ever). And...I feel like if Pete's starting a new band, too, then there's not much hope for a FOB reunion anytime soon? I DON'T KNOW. I am happy for him, I suppose. And I do like the music so far. It's catchy! Girl is definitely not Ashlee, though. I'm just putting that out there.

Ugh, I feel like I don't know what to do with myself these days. BBB's over. [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo's starting. And that, by the way, is a whole other can of worms because I can't make myself start writing. I'm trying to write some Frank/Gerard student-on-teacher action (yeah, I know, shut up, it's on my bingo), but it's coming out really forced and fake. Apparently MCR is not the best band for me to write.

I should just stop whining and do it. Like, BOOM. Sex.

I suppose I could always use that porn generator...
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Because, okay, bingos are just such a bad idea for me. I don't write on command. I don't write quickly. I mean, I can, I suppose, but no one wants to see the end result of that. Trust me.

But WHATEVER a new day is a new day and a new chance for self-improvement! To grow as a person! To...yeah, I'll just post my high school bingo and be done with it. (PSA: get your own at [livejournal.com profile] hs_bingo!)

first day of high school
break up
parents not home
class— foreign language
late for class
mutual hate
prom night
locker room
alcohol/ drugs
suspension/ expulsion
first date
first time
sweet sixteen
applying for colleges
last day of school
first love
exchange student
student/ teacher— private lessons
class— home ec

I really should have known. High school prompts will always be my kryptonite. BUT ANYWAY, even though I will probably fail and make a fool of myself in the process, I am kind of ridiculously excited for this. Yay high school and longing glances and faily come-ons and homework! :DDD Expect fills to be mostly bandom--if I'm feeling really adventurous, maybe some figure-skating rps. MAYBE some VD. Maybe.

...This is going to end so badly.

Oh, hey, on a slightly more optimistic note: I won't be making any more rec posts in my journal because I'm sure it's easier for everyone involved to just check my delicious. Go look! Om nom nom multi-fandom recs.
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So, I had a concert recap halfway typed-up and just sitting in this box for ages, but... Whatever. You guys weren't that interested in reading it, right? Right! No one reads concert recaps, anyway. And if you did want to read a summation of my experience, head over to [livejournal.com profile] chaoticallyclev's abode, who will tell you all about it. Basically: Black Gold were awesome and adorable. TYV were fine as well. Rooney ripped it up. And then we left. Go see them! :D?

Um, anyway. The real reason of this post was to explicate my capture and subsequent conversion to the dark side. (Did I use that word correctly? Who cares, I just wanted to use it. om nom nom big words.) So. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, man. Who knew they had such a strong grip? My, what big teeth you have, Grandma. I spent my entire morning swanning around and staring at TVD icons. Ostensibly, it was to actually grab some, but I kind of got caught up in just...ogling. Oops.

But I did abscond with a few, as you may have seen from my icon for this entry! LOLOL Ian Somerhalder. He looks so...I can't even describe it. I just look at this picture and start laughing. And maybe, in my room alone where no one can see me, whisper "Easy, breezy, beautiful. COVERGIRL." Um. But pretty much every time I see a picture of him, I just start cracking up. He makes the most ridiculous faces! It's like Brendon, only...twice his age and sexier. (sorry, babe.)

Even his ~~serious pictures are hilarious. Smolder at me more, yeah, that's it. >;)

BUT LET ME BLATHER AT YOU ABOUT HIS SHOW. Because that is the important part. This fucking show, guys. The pilot fucking sucked like a black hole. But after that, it gained a surprising amount of momentum, and I am really, depressingly hooked. LET ME TELL YOU WHY.

Will you walk into my parlor? )

Now I just need to wait until [livejournal.com profile] chaoticallyclev comes home so I can kidnap her and forcefeed TVD to her. >:DDD
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I MADE A DELICIOUS. There are, like, nine bookmarks on it. BUT IT WILL GROW. This is really exciting for me because bookmarking the fics is forcing me to comment on all of them. So.

Also I wrote some comment fic for [livejournal.com profile] provetheworst's prompt, and it kind of expanded without my consent, and now I am posting it in a separate entry. I am a problem-solver!

Title: hundreds of cats (I am the most original, shut up.)
Pairing: Jon/Ryan
Wordcount: 3,000
Warnings: None!
Summary: For the prompt: Write about cats. Hundreds of cats.

a hundred is a lot. )

[livejournal.com profile] provetheworst, you should probably know that I listened to Justin Bieber THE ENTIRE TIME I was writing this. I don't know if that tells you anything. But it feels like the sort of thing I should disclose.
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I have been so productive lately, guys! Y'all should be proud. My journal is wearing new clothing! I've created a sticky! I feel so much more legitimate now.

I fear I have committed an internet faux pas, however. I was scouring the great interwebs for a new lay-out because my last one was a little boxy for my tastes (I know, I know, this one isn't much better in that respect,) and then I finally found one! And it was a lovely shade of apple green. And so I put it in and switched things around and fiddled with it until it was all to my liking, and then I decided to go and cyberstalk some people, as you do.

Which is when I realized that I downloaded the exact same lay-out as [livejournal.com profile] softlyforgotten. I feel so weird about this! Because I'm not even sure if I have plausible deniability in this case. I do visit her journal fairly often because I enjoy slobbering at her writing. PERHAPS I WAS SUBCONSCIOUSLY ATTEMPTING TO IMITATE HER. ///o\\\

But, um. Yeah. Hopefully if she ever stumbles upon my journal she will take it as a compliment. Imitation is the sincerest, etc. etc.

Anyway. I want to write something! But my creative juices have run dry. People should leave me prompts! I can't promise they'll get filled in a timely manner, (oratallbecausei'materribleperson) but I will do my best. Really. ANYONE. Please? Even strangers I have never spoken to! My flist is kind of microscopic, after all.

/awkward plea

Also everyone should read this! Amazing Tony/Gibbs genderfuck by [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock. It was completely out of my usual fandom wanderings, but I enjoyed it immensely. :D

Also also, leave me recs for big bangs! I am having a hard time getting started.
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OH MAN, it's been ages since I've posted. Stuff's been happening. Life's been kicking my ass. My online presence overall, not just in el-jay, has pretty much plummeted. Ask [livejournal.com profile] chaoticallyclev.

I also haven't really posted because I've been kind of mad a lot. At...everything. First it's like, SCHOOL, YOU'RE FIRED. Also, el-jay, YOU'RE FIRED. And then it's, Certain People in Fandom, FIRED. And France, FIRED. Arizona, FIRED.

I need to say that a few more times. Fired. FIRED. So, so fired. (huh, that doesn't even look like a word anymore.)

I just--I literally do not understand what is going through the minds of the Arizona government. Something along the lines of caveman grunting? "My stuff, my money, my land. No can has." (Apparently my cavemen also moonlight as lolcats in their spare time. /o\) Honestly? I'm not even going to comment on the immigration law because there are people out there much more eloquent than I am already speaking about the situation. But--banning ethnic studies classes?

Wow. I just--wow. Straight from the governor's mouth, she's worried about these classes fostering "white resentment." Let's say that again. White. Resentment. Because clearly, white resentment isn't caused by entitled assholes. Clearly it isn't caused by that immigration law she just signed. No, of course not. It's ethnic studies classes that are really pushing all those violent minorities over the edge. Well, shit. If only we had known before those goddamn ethnic studies classes were so awful. Bad for your digestion, too.

Who cares about actually teaching people about their heritage? They're in America, now, aren't they? Doesn't that mean they're supposed to conform to all our standards? That they're supposed to single-mindedly adopt our culture? And if they don't, doesn't that just mean they're ungrateful?

Oh, wait, what's that you're saying? I'm sorry, I can't hear you over all the ethnocentrism clogging my ears. Try again in a few moments.

I don't know why it's so hard for me to believe that this kind of bullshit is still happening. I just--aren't people supposed to learn from their mistakes? Aren't we, I don't know, the most adaptable species on the planet? Except for how we still can't tell our heads from our assholes in issues that have been around for centuries. What's even the point of me shouting uselessly into the ether? I'm just preaching to the fucking choir.

Ugh. This was supposed to be cathartic, and I think I've only succeeded in making myself feel worse. :\

OH MY GOD, just have a rec. I really enjoyed this fic! It's Merlin/Arthur, modern AU and h/c. Hopefully it will make you feel better if you just read through my entire incoherent rant.

This is very long. Flist, my apologies.
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FINALLY, here is my contribution to this year's [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang! My very first experience as a participant in such an official fic challenge. I feel rather as though it's my first day of school, and I've brought something precious for Show and Tell. /o\

Title: Roomba v2.0
Pairing(s): Pete/Patrick, secondary Brendon/Ryan
Word Count: ~17,000
Rating: R
Warnings: Deals with human/robot relationships, so there are some inherent dubcon issues.
Notes: A gigantic thank-you goes to [livejournal.com profile] redorchids, whose kickass beta skills straightened this story out and made it about 100x better. Thank you also to [livejournal.com profile] chaoticallyclev, for your amazing pair of eyes and equally amazing [livejournal.com profile] piecesof_reeses-taming powers. And finally, thanks to our fearless mods! ♥
Summary: “Do you realize how pathetic it is that you’re asking me for advice on how to sleep with your cleaning robot?”

Part One | Part Two

No Assembly Required by [livejournal.com profile] pearldrop
Don't Turn Me On by [livejournal.com profile] angelsaves
Mix by [livejournal.com profile] tam_cranver
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Back to Part One

Part Two )

Back to Masterpost
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All feedback is very much appreciated! ♥
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Just quickly popping in to say:

I'M POSTING MY BIG BANG TOMORROW. :D And it's all already up, set to private. \o/

...and now I have to go beat myself into doing my schoolwork.
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No Assembly Required )

[livejournal.com profile] pearldrop, you are my new favorite person in the UNIVERSE for making this for me. ♥

Please download and leave glowing, glowing praise here! :D
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Don't Turn Me On )

[livejournal.com profile] angelsaves, you are the AMAZING-EST for making this mix! :D Thank you so, so much.

Please download the songs and leave effusive compliments here!
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Mix by tam_cranver )

[livejournal.com profile] tam_cranver, thank you SO MUCH for making this mix! I enjoyed it immeasurably, and I loved how think-y it felt. ♥ (God, I am just failing at adjectives today. You know it's bad when I start adding -y to verbs.)

Make sure to download this mix and leave feedback here!
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Oh my god, I just received my posting date and mixes for [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang, and I might be kind of hyperventilating with excitement.




(I just counted the slashes above so that the emoticon would be symmetrical. My OCD is the best OCD.)

But oh my gosh, I am SO GIDDY RIGHT NOW. I want to hug EVERYBODY.

(Can I talk about my mixes before my posting date? Is that illegal? I haven't even listened to them yet, but the cover art for ALL OF THEM is SO BEAUTIFUL. The graphics geek in me wants to rub my face in their awesomeawesomeawesome design skills! That's not weird, right?)
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It's been kind of a ghost town around these parts recently, huh? I'm hoping it's because EVERYONE IS WRITING FURIOUSLY ON THEIR [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang. (I don't know why I typed that in all caps. Like the amplied force of my internet-yelling will extend to the far reaches of bandom, or something. Whatever. It's late. This is a really long tangent to go on in the middle of parentheses.)

I am ALMOST done with my Big Bang, and it's actually gone in kind of a different direction than I had originally pictured. But in a good way, you know? Like how you go see a children's tale and instead you get Tim Burton and Johnny Depp being crazy weird at you. Actually, no, that's not what I meant at all, because I've been hearing reports that that movie is very bad. But it's kind of what I mean. It's teetering at the halfway point. God, I should just stop talking. You guys are getting worried about my fic, aren't you? Fortunately, it is much less incoherent than I am right now, mostly due to the combined powers of [livejournal.com profile] redorchids and [livejournal.com profile] chaoticallyclev.

HERE, HAVE SOME RECS. (What? I'm a one-trick pony.) They are behind the cut, and, just as a general warning, none of them are bandom. BECAUSE THERE IS NO FIC; seriously, what's up with that? )

So, when I say there's been barely any bandom fic, I don't mean [livejournal.com profile] skoosiepants. I'm sure everyone drops everything to read whatever new story she has up, but I just thought I would mention it. :) Her newest is completely amazing. Demons, angels, ETERNAL LOVE. Only not as horrifyingly cliched.

God, I'm excited for [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang. \\\\o////
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*Edited to add another rec.