Becoming Isis, putting Osiris back together

even in the midst of your weeping or rage.

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delirieuse
I've been attempting to learn German and Spanish in an incredibly laid-back when-I-have-time fashion, using busuu.com. I haven't done any study for months, but this morning I woke up with the word "conocerte" echoing in my head.

This probably would have heralded more of a learning breakthrough if I hadn't had to look it up (even though it was a vocab word).

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delirieuse
Last year I got myself some reading glasses after a few years of being glasses-free. I don't *need* them per se, but they do ease the occasional headache I get from working at a computer, and I'll apparently need them properly a few years down the track.

I took my reading glasses home when I left the office for the Christmas break, and put them down somewhere safe so that, needless to say, I have subsequently misplaced them.

So I've spent the last two days at work reaching for glasses that aren't there when I sit down to focus, and finding that being unable to settle them on my nose has meant that I also haven't been able to settle down to work.

Interesting.

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penniless and inkstained, employment, writing, novels-in-progress
delirieuse
On career progression:
Me: And then after the business card, the business card WITH EMBOSSING.
    I have small but precise career goals. :D
Jess: Embossing…my you are ambitious.
Me: You’ve gotta have a 10-year plan. All the best careers advice says so.

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sick, x-ray
delirieuse
I keep forgetting I have this blog thing and not checking in for weeks at a time. I'd say sorry, but I don't think anyone's surprised enough to miss me anymore. Sigh.

I'm about to move house again (!!) in three weeks' time. I'm excited and slightly stressed. Partly because I also have a novel I said I'd finish writing my novel two days before I move. Jess and I have a gentlewoman's agreement, and all our writing friends know about it. I will be NAMED AND SHAMED if I do not complete it. Although I hopefully won't appear on A Current Affair. [/Aussie cultural in-joke]

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delirieuse
"Man, fuck the iPad 4. I'm saving up for those eye-reader implants. People are going to think I'm so proactive and shit in meetings when I raise my eyebrows interestedly, but I'm just turning the page."

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HERE STANDS BENEDICK THE MARRIED MAN
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delirieuse
Okay, flist, I have a challenge for you.

I need Benedick/Claudio slash. Seriously.

I just saw Bell Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, which I have (shame) never seen before, or read more than a precis of. I completely fell in love with Beatrice (who was beautiful and snarky, be still my beating heart), and I may be a little queer for Benedick too. Who was completely in love with Claudio, who was oblivious.

I need me some Benedick/Claudio slash, and if it includes Benedick/Beatrice, that's all to the better. Especially if it convinces me how Beatrice falls in love with Benedick, because I was JUST NOT CONVINCED BY THAT, SHAKESPEARE. Your/the actor's Benedick falling in love was gorgeously done, but Beatrice? Please. I believed it by the second half, but not at all in the first.

Also also? Benedick coming up to Beatrice as she's crying over her poor cousin and going "BTW, I love you". I totally wanted Beatrice to turn around and go, "NOW IS NOT THE TIME. Come back tomorrow. Srsly dude, have a heart."


Please, someone tell me there is a fandom for these two. Please. This is my new favourite Shakespeare play.

(Also, Austen stole heavily from this play for Pride & Prejudice, Y/Y? Discuss.)

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Number crunching
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delirieuse
Nothing much to see here.Collapse )

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I'm not sure how I feel about this.
penniless and inkstained, employment, writing, novels-in-progress
delirieuse
Cassie Claire is coming to Melbourne.

I ... kinda want to go to her event. I refuse to read her books since the first Mortal Instruments lifted material from her Draco Trilogy. (It was just ... weird.)

But! On the other hand, Cassie was part of my fandom experience during my first uni course. I made one friend in uni when he used The Very Secret Diaries as a passphrase (he turned to me and said, "You're not a pervy hobbit fancier, are you?")

So although I don't really read her books, I'm tempted to go see her speak now that she's Cassandra Claire.

I'll probably just dither until it's too late to book tickets, and then kick myself for missing an opportunity.

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penniless and inkstained, employment, writing, novels-in-progress
delirieuse
Sitting here waiting for a podmate to GO HOME so I can put on some music to jive to while I knock over some more work on the Project of Doom (I forgot my headphones to my music player today).
For all I know, she's sitting there thinking the same thing.

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If you're a girl, no-one will like you.
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delirieuse
This is the message I've been getting recently. First was PvP's recent comic "Bed Bath and Beyond Thunderdome" with this remark:
It's harder for women to make friends, okay? Women are competitive and catty and just generally unkind to each other.
...which is frankly untrue. I made at least two new friends on the weekend who were women, without trying very hard at all.

Then there was the hoo-ha that happens yearly at comedy festival time where it was said that women aren't funny. Ben McKenzie responded in an article on Crikey, "Angry Angry – Female Comedians can be Funny Funny", and you just need to read the comments to get an idea of the vitriol that gets hurled against women. I've lost count of the number of times when I've seen it explicitly or implicitly stated that a woman's job in her social group is to shut up, and put up with and laugh at the jokes of men. Some of those times have come from women's and girl's magazines on how to be popular or survive a first date. Some of those have been on sitcoms, where the female protagonists have been advised to do the same (and then usually mocked for complying poorly).

A quote from Ben in the comments of his article:
[T]o generalise that to “women aren’t funny” – even in an off-hand comment – is a symptom of a larger problem. This isn’t about women being funny; it’s about that opinion being part of the larger problem of sexism in our society. I think the only real reason people think “chicks aren’t funny” is the last one, that it’s a deeply ingrained understanding of how women are allowed to present to the world that leads to that opinion, so deep it takes some work to expose it.
The final point was made in the article "The Female Body", which makes very good points about the use of dead women in art and fiction for a whole bunch of purposes, and how this reflects our societal attitudes to women (and isn't as dry as it sounds from my summary). What struck me was this quote that was given:
Men and women don’t like each other very much. —Dame Rebecca West
So if you're a woman, we're told, no-one will like you. Other women don't like you (they view you as competition for their men and/or women), men sure as hell don't like you (this one still seems to be more true than the previous, unfortunately; the best you can hope for with some men is a sort of genial contempt, as if you were an amusing dog that had managed to walk on its hind legs), the media certainly don't like you, and advertising executives see you as some sort of magical money funnel without critical thinking skills (My three favourite words! It's on Sale! "thanks" for that, Diet Coke) or, alternately, sexual and passive set dressing to sell things to men.

It sure sucks to be a girl.
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