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So, I had a fabulous Yuletide and am really, really glad I participated. I received three stories, which I really appreciate - although I'm curious which was my main gift and which was a treat. (One I am inferring was a treat and am pretty confident in that inference.) I'm super grateful to the people who wrote for me and am eager to see the reveals!

I also wrote six pieces myself, two of which cracked the 1000 word mark (my main assignment and one of the treats I did). It was great challenging myself to write some new works based on fandoms I would not usually write for, since I'm normally a strict "one obsession or inspiration at a time" kind of girl. Great experience all around - I got to write for The Picture of Dorian Gray for the first time in my life, despite at first feeling that I loved that novel too much to write for/about it. (By the end of this process I was all "Nope, apparently not.") I also got to revisit some Arthurian mythology, which I hadn't thought of in years, and got to use some of the ideas from my Velvet Goldmine backlog. So this has been a lot of fun.

Also watched the Doctor Who Christmas special. My spoiler-free review is that that was super disappointing. I loved the fiftieth and was all excited that they were finally getting back on a role. And then I thought this was a ginormous mess, in the typical Moffat mess way where they just throw every plot point and character and species and monster etc etc at the episode willy-nilly and hope that'll make it good. Maybe I was just distracted when I watched it and didn't follow well enough to understand but I don't think so - and damn, that was disappointing. I will miss Eleven and Matt Smith, because I love him/them, and really wish they'd have regenerated Steven Moffat into a new head writer instead.

Finally, I just put on the first episode of the new Dracula series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. What am I watching here? This is another series that just seems bizarre and I'm not sure how far I'm going to go with this. If JRM weren't in it or weren't so damn attractive I probably wouldn't have bothered at all - but he's not even looking that good because of that stupid facial hair. Meh.

My head hurts...
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Happy Christmas, everybody! :)
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Bowie lyrics hot tramp!)
Last week I bought myself Richard Ellman's Oscar Wilde biography on Google Play Books, and have been reading it at work while hiding from everyone and ignoring the fact that I'm in this field. The book was kind of my birthday present to myself, and being able to discreetly read on the phone at work is amazing. Of course I'd used chapters/parts of that biography for various papers back in happier days, like in high school and college, but I'd never done the whole cover to cover reading thing, and I'm so glad I am, even if Ellman peppered it with some occasional facts which were later proved inaccurate.

I'm also on a roll for finding quotes that were in Velvet Goldmine and that I didn't even realize were Oscar Wilde references. (For some, I initially figured they might be Wilde quotes, then, after reading more of his work and not finding those lines, I figured they were just Todd Haynes trying to sound Oscar Wilde-esque but not actual quotes.) I have literally found at least one reference every single day of the week; some days, it's been more like three at a go. Monday I read quite a bit, didn't find a reference and thought my winning streak was ending; as soon as I thought that, I turned the page, and there it was. That was one of the happiest, most fun moments of my week. (My dreams are very small...) Today the Velvet Goldmine OW reference was on the second page I read, at about 11:00 am. I've actually started betting to myself on the lines that are going to turn up. I preempted my reading to Google a few... and was right about 2 on 3. (One is in Ellman and I will probably come across it tomorrow or Friday: my Google search turned up the biography in Google Play Books, bringing everything full circle.)

So, yes, so far my winning streak has lasted the whole seven days I've been reading (I'm wondering if it's even going to end at all) and it's made me really happy. It perfectly marries two things I love so much and that changed my life so much.
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Well, I'm on a big Oscar Wilde thing again and am trying to make a whole fad on my flist of re-reading The Picture of Dorian Gray. I re-read it; a few others of you darlings have been doing so or expressed an interest in doing so, so I may as well try to make a whole trend here. I feel so cool. I also haven't done one of those "Looks inspired by..." things in a long time, so here are looks inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Do I really need to do a whole plot summary of Oscar Wilde's classic and beautiful 1890 novel? I don't think so... )
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1) Just got back from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (screening with (awesome!) shadow cast). I finally lost my Rocky virginity, though the theatre was so big and my seat was so far up in the balcony area that I couldn't even walk down in time in my 6 inch platform heels to do any of the de-virginizing games. Could barely see the shadow cast, but damn, it was a really fun and funny experience. I dressed up as David Bowie and I know I looked good and I had a blast. After the week I've had, I really needed some fun.

Rocky Horror is like the randomest movie though. Seriously. I hadn't seen it in maybe six or so years, and I had forgotten how great the music is, how awesomely camp it is and how effing random it is. No, seriously.

I have glitter all over my face and body and it's way too late to take a shower to get it off, but it's itching.... Anyway, happy Halloween, y'all!

2) I'm also done my Yuletide fic, first draft and a couple full edits. It's shockingly ok, and I wanted to compensate for being so last minute about deciding whether or not to sign up (and signing up in the last possible few minutes). I said I'd have it done by Halloween and lo and behold, it's done. I need to get into the whole beta reading phase though...

3) An unexpected and unusual chain of events (*cough cough*) has gotten me thinking a lot about The Picture of Dorian Gray and back on a full blown Oscar Wilde obsession. This is fine; this is good. Actually, the last time I reread Dorian Gray, it was a more lacklustre reread than it should have been and I think the 'backyard' effect was starting to set in (take something amazing and make it your backyard and what do you have? Your backyard, so you need to find ways to keep your perspective fresh.) which this new, er, chain of events is countering. I also sprang for the Big Finish audio series Confessions of Dorian Gray, which is like a spin off from one of Big Finish's twenty or so Doctor Who spin off series in which Dorian appears as a character in the 27th century or something? These are cool and they're a fun sort of take on my favourite novel (I'm usually really paranoid about adaptations - but this is fine and fun and very much like something you'd see in Doctor Who, so I can use the same type of suspension of disbelief). The first series was really cool. The second one seems to be jumping the shark a bit? I hope this one picks up and doesn't just suck, especially as it ended up costing me more. The exchange rate from British pounds to Canadian dollars got slightly worse for me between when I bought and downloaded series one and series two. Oh well, I needed something different to listen to and they've been pretty decent so far and good Halloween listening. I may talk more about those at some point as I think I'll be marathoning them for the next couple days...
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So I actually signed up for Yuletide (about 5 minutes before the end of sign-ups, and I was literally unsure whether I wanted to do it up to the very last minute). I'm not thrilled about my assignment - it's something I've never written before, did not expect to be assigned, and really only listed for make-weight, so I could participate. I'm so not cut out for something where you have to offer to write for, like, 5 things - remember, every few years I get inspiration to write for one fandom, and that one fandom lasts me a six month to three year period in which I write it exclusively. I keep going back and forth between "This is so cool and I'm in the "in group" of cool people doing Yuletide and I can totally write this and broaden my horizons!" and totally kicking myself for getting into this.

Also, I haven't done a fic swap in precisely one million years so I have to re-figure-out how they even work. I had this urge to go find my recipient and be all "Hi, nice to meet you! I'm writing X fandom for you for Yuletide!" Totally the opposite of the point, right? And thank God I'm not organizing this, lol. You just know if I had to run something like this I'd be all "Hmm, Rebecca requested Velvet Goldmine and Rebecca really seems to want to write Velvet Goldmine, so Rebecca can write Velvet Goldmine for Rebecca! Wait, something seems off here..." Yeah, that would be me running one of these things.

Seriously, I hope this works out. It's my birthday a week and a bit before the fics are due, and it's gonna be a boring, lonely birthday, so I at least hope this works out well.

In other news, I am crazy inspired by an original fic idea that I don't know what to do with, either...
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So remember how a few months ago, I said there needs to be a line of *something*, like Etsy nail polishes or perfumes or Adagio teas, with Velvet Goldmine themed names? That needed to be a thing asap?

Well, it’s now a thing. Check out the Velvet Goldmine collection; if you’re a fan you’ll get a kick out of the names. They’re good tea blends too. I know my tea…

Also started up a classic rock collection. Check it out!

In unrelated news, my partner's coming in this weekend. Yay! I'm totally baking cookies from Loblaws refrigerated dough; I like to surprise him with baked goods when he comes in. I totally did NOT just eat a fuck ton of raw cookie dough, either, of course... *shifty eyes*
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So I was at the David Bowie is party last night and had a fabulous time. I did NOT chicken out of doing full makeup, which I'm happy about; I'm really grateful to the people at my work and the old friends on my Facebook who egged me on. I'm so glad I did that. I just felt this tremendous excitement and anticipation getting dressed in sequins and a bright skirt, blazer and feather boa (camp as a row of tents, remember?) and dousing myself in glitter (which will probably be stuck on me for the next three weeks as glitter makeup is murder to get off - but worth it). And when I put on the Aladdin Sane flash, I just felt so confident and thrilled, it was amazing. I felt delighted rocking that look on the streets, at the bank machine where I had to get cash and on the way to and from the museum - no funny stares at all (I was almost disappointed, although one little girl seemed to think it was cool and seemed to be trying to work out how to do it), and it was just an incredible experience sort of walking in the footsteps of David Bowie. As someone who hasn't really lived through the vast majority of the music she loves, this was just a wonderful, almost once in a lifetime opportunity. (Also felt like I was literally living in my favourite ever movie, which was nice too... Hence 'like the video films we saw...')

The party itself was amazing too. They had a DJ spinning Bowie and other music, but also the opportunity to go into the exhibit and to view/take part in some other activities like fans' collections of Bowie memorabilia that were on display, or to draw self-portraits of ourselves as Bowie. (I guess 'David Bowie is within us all,' or something.) I was worried about dressing appropriately but really this was just a great opportunity for people to be themselves, do what they wanted and present themselves how they wanted, which is totally appropriate. There were a number of other people with Bowie-esque makeup and as I was walking in, one girl who had the Ziggy Stardust trompe l'oeil disc on her forehead high fived me. So cool.

It would have been better had I had a friend of my own with me to share it with; that's the one downside. (And parties are not good environments to start talking to people and trying to make friends, especially not for shy introverts like me.) But I was still among fellow fans and therefore friends broadly speaking; I also went in there phone blazing and wanted to document some of the experience for others. So here are photos and comments/explanations/whatever.

The streets of London are ablaze with sparkle makeup and glittering frocks... )

Addenda:
1) The makeup was itching me when I first put it on, so I carried an 'in case of makeup emergency' bag with an army of cotton balls and Kleenex. I had that stupid bag under my feet in the last picture, but was able to successfully Photoshop it out.
2) It was a little awkward not being able to touch half my face all night, but I didn't make too big a mess of my hard work, happily.
3) I love those platform shoes, but I went way over the time limit for wearing them; I nearly collapsed multiple times, and was about to freak out having to walk down the ramp to get to the coat check to get my sneakers. When I got the sneakers on that literally gave me a new lease on life. I've a love-hate relationship with those platform shoes...
4) Again I reiterate: if you're into Bowie or want to get into him or just experience something awesome, and you're in Toronto/coming to Toronto/have a random trip to Toronto plop into your lap, come with me!
5) How the eff do I reformat/edit this post for the Tumblr environment? The point of documenting this experience was partly to share it with other Bowie fans, and Tumblr has the widest audience, but I don't know if ginormous personal blog posts are on the cards there...
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*attempts to do blue, red and glitter Aladdin Sane inspired nails for the Bowie party Friday* *screws up and has to redo five times* *plops nail polish all over the bathroom sink* *changes her mind about how to arrange the colours and redoes five times* *screws up more*

...And this saga will probably conclude with me ruining them all AGAIN updating social media or taking out the garbage or something… Seriously, the accent nail/two tone nail polish trend is the worst thing ever for girls (or guys or genderqueers or anybody else) who are as indecisive and as crappy with nail polish as I am...

Also, I have totally been planning to rock the Aladdin Sane flash on Friday (.... just for this party, obviously, not for work all day - maybe Halloween or something). Then, last week I discovered that the AGO was offering free admission tonight (the first official opening day of the exhibit) to the first 200 people who come in Bowie cosplay. Now, I'm a little more nervous about doing the whole makeup thing Friday in case everyone else will have gotten the whole cosplay thing out of their system and I'll be the only one. That's making me nervous; I hope I don't end up chickening out by Friday. Oh - and "dress up as Bowie and be among the first 200 to show up" seemed a little iffy to me, as I'm not sure I'd have been able to get there early enough to win admission on an otherwise sold out night...

Also: can I just give a shout out to my boyfriend, who is the best boyfriend ever, who I was blessed to host for a visit last weekend, who built my desk chair for my apartment, who means even more to me than, say, David Bowie, and who schlepped in my 6 inch platform shoes on a bus in his own backpack (after getting them from my parents' place) just 'cause I said I wanted to wear them Friday? Three cheers for my boyfriend, whom I love so much and miss and wanna be with.
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Seriously, just had the most amazing time at the exhibit. (Members Only preview, as it only officially opens tomorrow - am so glad I took that membership.) OMG so fabulous, and so much Bowie memorabilia and music and videos etc (not to mention merchandise in the gift shop after) it’s actually a bit disorienting; it’s like an orgy of David Bowie stuff. Too much to take in at once, which is fine for me as I took an AGO membership so I can go multiple times, and am totally going again at least once. And have a whole Bowie party on Friday night - still need to pick up some of my accessories for that.

The one problem was that I am alone in this city and was alone at the exhibit, which meant I had no one to share it with. Seriously, I had no one to squee with, or to notice that I was wearing this great Thin White Duke-esque outfit (having come straight from work and therefore needed a Bowie-esque outfit that was also work appropriate), or to take pictures in front of the posters. That was the one downside - that and that they didn’t allow pictures in the exhibit, though I kinda expected that. Really would have liked to show you guys some but I wasn't feeling brave/rebellious enough to risk it among all those people. Maybe I'll take some when I go again.

Seriously, if someone is in Toronto, coming to Toronto or what have you, and you want to go to this thing, maybe we should arrange a meetup?
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Should do an update about my actual life... but am seeing the Bowie exhibit after work today. Eee. Alarm went off, and I'm like "Sweet, David Bowie - something worth getting up for!"
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Oh my gosh, I just got back from seeing Iggy and the Stooges. I barely hard time to even think about, let alone anticipate this concert as I've been so busy moving but damn that was amazing. Hell of a way to kick off the Toronto phase of my life/ my year here. I really, really enjoyed even though I was a but that from the stage and m my phone pics/videos are totally useless (I think useless footage that you shouldn't have even bothered going is part of the experience though....) Any way I may revisit this when I'm not typing on my phone (no internet in my sublet..) but damn that was amazing.....
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Well, I’m moving tomorrow and my place isn’t nearly packed up yet… but instead of finishing that I decided to learn another very important life skill.

Me modelling my Aladdin Sane makeup. And my ratty pajama top... )

The pajamas and the makeup totally don't mix, and the lightning bolt needs to be a little more angular, but this put a huge smile on my face. I feel so accomplished now. Seriously, a little David Bowie goes a long way...
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Well, I just totally bought my Riotfest ticket, and am apparently totally going to see Iggy and the Stooges the end of the month...

(Seriously, nothing makes you feel as committed as shelling out money does. (Also, there's nothing like having spent well over $100 before you've even left your bed - which is totally me today, between the tickets and some online shopping I was doing...))
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So I'm dancing around in my room while dressing for dinner with the boyfriend and the in-laws, and I'm listening to this great mid to late 70s soundtrack - and damn, it's making me want to pull out my awesome five and three quarter inches platform shoes to go with the music. The one problem is I only have about 20 good minutes of standing in those shoes before Very Bad Things start to happen to my legs, and basically no minutes of walking in them, and may have to walk between the parking area and the restaurant. Hmm...
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I just bought my Art Gallery of Ontario membership. Free admission to the David Bowie Is exhibit!

... I just have to call Monday to try to figure out how long it takes for the membership cards to arrive and what address to ship it to, since I am moving from Ottawa to my sublet in Toronto and then to my actual apartment in Toronto (which comes available 2 weeks after I start this job). So basically I have three addresses in the next six weeks, and the billing address on my credit card is my parents' house in a different province, which puts the total to four addresses in the mix. Also, I really hope no one gets me in trouble for presenting a University of Ottawa student card when I will go to this exhibit a few times in Toronto (and wonders, you know, how can I be hanging out at the David Bowie exhibit so much yet purportedly be a full time student in a different town...)
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I love how I'll sit down to work on my thesis but instead just end up composing all these awesome political rants about related issues to myself in my brain.* Then I feel like I've gotten a non-zero amount of thesisy things done, when really I've gotten zero done.

Also: Brian Eno makes great 'music for working on your thesis to'. (Not his fault that I'm getting zero done...)

* I'm currently writing my chapter on anti-gay (or -lesbian or -bi/trans/queer/questioning etc) bullying, and am not only trying to become a better LGBTQ ally, but I am also, definitely becoming a militant secularist. My committed rationalist and atheist boyfriend and committed rationalist/secular humanist/skeptic brother have been helping me along that path, too. I've also been reading some Richard Dawkins (I highly recommend The God Delusion), some Carl Sagan (I highly recommend The Demon Haunted World) and Richard Wiseman's Paranormality. My boyfriend showed me Religulous and a whole bunch of really interesting atheist Youtube vloggers. Now, when I go to Youtube, its recs section offers me classic rock, David Bowie and atheist videos. You can see I've been reading/hanging around enough skeptics and scientists (i.e. the boyfriend, the brother and the authors/vloggers they recommend) to pick up the phrases "non-zero" and "truth value"...
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So, I am a sucker for products with cool names, especially when those names reference things I love… And it just occurred to me that there needs to be a line of something, like Etsy nail polishes or perfumes or Adagio teas, with Velvet Goldmine inspired names. You could even make them really lawyer-friendly, like:

- Make a Wish
- Rooftop Scene
- To Change the World
- Tracy and Hepburn for the ’70s
- Camp Isn’t Just a Row of Tents (though that one, admittedly, might be a bit long)
- [You Could] Be My Main Man
- Honestly, Darling
- Mr. BBC

Seriously, that needs to be a thing right now - and I could do this all night with the quotes. That movie is one of the few that I could practically recite to myself if I ever *really* needed to see it but wasn’t equipped to do so.

It just makes me sad that practically no one but me remembers it or thinks/talks about it anymore…

(This post was partly inspired by the fact that I have been obsessing over nail polish, and loving the ones with fun names. You see a lot of fannish ones on Etsy, but I bought some Essence ones at Pharmaprix with good names, too - like Space Queen, in fact, or Modern Love Romance...)

Other, sadder news: I have literally the worst exam of my life tomorrow, for a field that I do not and have never wanted to be in, and have to get up at 5:00 am for this crap. Ugh...
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I feel like everyone may well have heard this already, but I just find it hilarious that some Christian groups are up in arms about the new music video for David Bowie's song The Next Day. The Catholic League issued a press release that not only criticizes the video, but that also puts Bowie down as a "switch-hitting, bisexual senior citizen from London". Um... ok, that's actually kind of more awesome sounding than anything else, but anyway, moving on...

Youtube apparently tried to ban the video, too. I'm not sure if that's also hilarious or just really disturbing, or both. Seriously, Youtube? An artist can't draw on Christian religious imagery/iconography/mythology in an artistic (and "profane") context? There's no more such thing as freedom of expression? Or is it that you can't have slight nudity or gore in a music video? I mean, really, Youtube?

Anyway, whatever. The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, and I for one am proud that Bowie is still getting people up in arms at his current age (and in my lifetime, when I'm around and involved to see this).

(He needs to tour though. Come on, I need one more opportunity to see him live, just this once...)

Also: I am dealing with the later stages of a migraine right now, and am presently in the "weird food cravings" stage. The current craving is for cereal. I just ate up the last of my Rice Krispies and almost the last of the milk, and am seriously contemplating making a run for more even though I feel like crap and haven't left my apartment in two days (so much work, omg)...

ETA: Ooh, apparently, The Next Day video has been reinstated and Youtube says the ban was a mistake. Oops? Also, I totally made that run for more cereal and it was awesome getting out of my apartment...
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