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Ugh, I am doing some reconnaissance for PA school applications and I am finding it singularly irritating that in 2013 my undergrad college only accepts transcript requests by mail or fax. I mean, yes, I am clearly an entitled Child of the Intarwebs but at this point it kind of seems like they're doing it out of spite.

(Actually they're probably doing it because it's a small college with a small registrar's office, and having a built in slower turnaround time for transcript requests is probably better for them, but I reserve the right to whine like an asshole on my journal.)

I paid a long-standing fine from my graduate university in order to get a financial bar cleared so I can get my transcripts from them, and it feels good to get that out of the way. I am such a weirdo; I get these blocks about dealing with the simplest things and turn molehills into mountains by ignoring them and hoping they'll go away. I was all stressed out about getting my grad school adviser to write me a letter of recommendation and then not submitting a grad school transcript, because obviously that would be weird, but now that is no longer a problem. So now I need to send her an email asking if she'll write me a letter and feeling kind of sheepish about changing fields completely. But oh well. She is awesome and it will be nice to reconnect and I'm sure she'll be fine about the letter.

I went to an information session for my top choice program (and, um, probably the only one I'll be applying to, as I need to stay local) last night, and it was simultaneously reassuring and daunting. Ugh, I just...I feel like I have finally realized what I want to do with my life and I want it so badly, so it's hard for me to be cool about it. Also, the program is incredibly intense; it's like med school in 2.5 years instead of 4. But holy shit, it all seems so cool, and the more I talk to PAs about what they do the more exciting it is. But of course, mom guilt is already creeping in as I think about what kind of childcare we're going to need to line up for S. when and if I get in and start school. Must banish the negative self talk. It's better to grow up with a parent who's fulfilled and loves what they do, right? Right.

Saga #11 is so gorgeous, you guys. I may need to frame the cover. Fiona Staples, you've outdone yourself.

I mean, look:

Saga 11

HE IS SPINNING. WITH FLOWERS. Not pictured, his magical spinning wheel. It's glorious. This whole book is glorious and I love, love, love it. I highly recommend it.


Mar. 15th, 2013 03:29 pm
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Spring has definitely sprung around here, and I've been in a great mood accordingly. It's my birthday month and it's always the springiest, prettiest month around these parts, with everything blooming and temps in the 60s-70s, so warm enough to break out springy things but not hot yet. I've been on break from school this week and I've had a cold, OF COURSE, but I'm finally feeling better and back on track with my good moodiness.

I'm working on a Hawkeye fic, which has been super fun, but I think I'm at a place where I need to wait and make sure I'm not writing anything that contradicts canon too terribly much- I am waiting for the trade paperback of Hawkeye 1-6 to get to me next week so I can double check. Writing comics fic is kind of hard; I think I kind of subconsciously pare down my writing so it's really spare, and of course I'm worried about getting the voices right since I've never written these characters before. Clint Barton, you are a man of few words. I am caught up on Young Avengers, the new run and the one directly preceding, so I feel like I have a little better handle on Kate, although I have been hearing spoilery rumors re: Hawkeye/YA ) that I'm trying to forget I ever heard.

Also selectively rewatching XF for another writing project and hot damn, how can two people have so much onscreen chemistry? I just keep writhing around in my chair like, "OH YOU TWO" at them every time Mulder or Scully says anything. I've also gotten sucked in to a hilarious tumblr chronicling the bizarreness of the GA/DD relationship, which I cannot believe I knew nothing about in all my years of XF obsession. Maybe because I was in middle and high school and ~wanted to believe and just had total blinders on about the fact that they were at best completely indifferent to each other, and said as much (or worse!) all the time in interviews? Who knows. I never really shipped them, just Mulder/Scully, though, so idk. They seem to have just gotten weirder with the passing years.

AAAND, the new ST trailer ) I have faith that no matter what happens, fandom will fill in the gaps, so it's all good.
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So I'm basically just refreshing my Rarewomen signup waiting for my assignment and hoping to match on Saga because I got caught up and now I pretty much need all the fic. And there is one (1) Saga fic on AO3 right now, from Yuletide. I actually ventured into my neighborhood comics store yesterday and it was...interesting. But it was pretty hopping for 10:45 on a Friday morning, randomly. I'm excited to have a place to go pick up new books when they come out, and it's so close. Yay for instant gratification!

And thanks to [personal profile] daphnie_1 for the new icon! The H mug! *dying*
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Somehow I have been eaten by a slight comics obsession. I blame this on Stupid Tumblr- first I rewatched Thor, Captain America, and Avengers, and then I started following a Marvel blog and was seduced by some scans of Runaways. So I am now in possession of the entire run and am working my way through. I'm only on #4 but am enjoying so far- I just realized how much I love the "runaways make it on their own/ find chosen family" trope. Especially if said runaways have an awesome hideout.

I also saw some scans of Hawkeye, and OMG YES. The art is awesome; it reminds me a little bit of Dan Clowes and the whole book is pretty spare and a little noirish. I may actually venture to a real live comic book store to track down some more issues, but I preordered Vol. 1 which comes out in March because having to deal with/store actual individual issues of comic books stresses me out and we have way too much crap in our house already. I am really excited about Kate Bishop showing up; I saw some scans from later in the series and I'm looking forward to Hawkeye & Hawkeye banter.

Last but definitely not least in my comics binge is Saga--it's about a couple on opposing sides of an interplanetary war who, against all odds, get together and have a baby. They're now on the run from both sides of the conflict and a freelance bounty hunter. I'm kind of in love with the whole world of this comic and the characters. I signed up for Rarewomen and really, really hope I get to write about someone from Saga.

I am pretty monofannish for the most part so it's exciting to feel that way about something besides Trek for a change. And daunting, because (at least with Marvel) there is SO MUCH out there.

In other writing news, I am almost 10k into a Trek AU that is, kill me now, a Dragonriders of Pern fusion. I don't even know. I went to ye olde kink meme looking for ideas and someone prompted this and talked about Bones as a crotchety weyr healer who seriously side-eyes the whole dragonriding thing and I don't know, I just really wanted to write it. And instead of being crack, it is painfully earnest, because I'm broken and can't write crack. I refused to give them all the dragonrider honorifics, though, because no. Anyway, I now have semi-elaborate headcanon for what would happen if Vulcans colonized Pern along with humans and why they might not be so hot on the whole Impression thing (Spock is cast as a reluctant bluerider who impresses by accident, a la Jaxom and Mirrim, if you're familiar with Pern at all). Who knows if this will ever see the light of day, but it's immensely pleasing to my 9-year-old self to be writing it.

I'm also thinking about plotting out a sequel to my STBB from 2010 (Something Rich and Strange, aka most pretentiously titled story ever, aka the only long fic I've ever written.) I have no idea where to go with it, or how far to take it. I reread SRaS and, after 2+ years I actually feel like it's pretty good and might be worth expanding on. I think Into Darkness might give me some more juice for that kind of wordbuilding.

AND, I started watching TOS with the mini and he can now successfully identify both Kirk ("Coke") and Spock ("Pock") without prompting. My work here is done.


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