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05 May 2007 @ 08:40 pm
Woohoo! I is college graduate!
Achi's Moodmeter: accomplishedaccomplished
27 March 2007 @ 09:01 pm
Everyone has to see the new TMNT movie. It is the best thing ever. SO many memories! SO very good! All the familiar sights: Leo and Raph arguing, Don being Mr. Gadget, Mike being comic relief, April and Casey being cute, and Splinter being indescribably awesome. I'm grinning so hard my face hurts! I loved it like crazy! It make me so happy!

My first opera premieres a week from tonight! I go crazy! So excited!

*sighs* Thank you, God, for being awesome.
Achi's Moodmeter: ecstaticecstatic
08 March 2007 @ 12:52 am
I missed LOST because our TV won't turn on.

I just realized I can touch my nose with my tongue.

And I'm supposed to be writing a paper.
Achi's Moodmeter: moodymoody
So my car needs a new water pump, and therefore my acquisition of it has been delayed two weeks. I'd rather have it in working condition, but...I have errands to run, and it's hard to get rides all the time.

A friend and I got tickets for last night's performance of Bizet's Carmen. We got on the road, and things were going well until she started offering me large Sweet Tarts. I didn't actually want any, but decided to be polite and eat them whenever she offered. My third piece got inhaled and lodged in my throat. This was a potentially bad situation, seeing as how it was very much large enough to block my airway if so it decided, and it hurt like crazy. My friend, feeling very guilty, pulled into a McDonalds to get me something to drink. I sat there in the car waiting for her for about twenty seconds before it occured to me that, if this thing shifted and I started choking, there wouldn't be anyone around to do the Heimlich.

I went inside.

Fortunately, a cup of good ol' Coca-Cola did the trick, and the offending candy was dislodged and swallowed.

We had a lovely time at Macaroni Grill upon arriving in town. We were on a very tight schedule, though, and things got thrown off by the broken stoplight two blocks down. Never mind, we still barely had enough time to make it. We parked in a garage and ran for three blocks in the cold to the center where I bought the tickets, presumably where the opera would be held.

Nope. We were in the wrong place. So we walked back to the car, and my friend had an asthma attack. She puffed her inhaler, and I suddenly laughed.

"God does not want us to have a good day. That is the only explanation for this."

By the time we arrived at the actual place where the opera was being performed, we were half an hour late. The ticket guy informed me that the tickets they were holding in "Will Call" were gone already, but believe me when I told him our (very good) seat numbers. We were seated and the opera passed without further ado (my parents and another friend were there, and since I don't see them very often, that was a big reason I was so anxious to make it).

We had no idea how to get back afterwards. My friend, the driver, drove around a bit, then tried to turn around. She ended up turning the wrong way on a Busy-As-A-Ticket-Seller-At-A-Showing-Of-Titanic one-way street. And turned off immediately. Just as immediate was the response of the cop who happened to see.

I'll bet she was regretting that glass of wine at dinner, although it had been hours since then.

After some talking, we managed to convince him that we were Just That Stupid, and got directions back to the highway along with a warning.

So now I know Murphy's Law first-hand.

Now, onto the opera, which was very good.

Carmen review under the cut</i>Collapse )

Also, I caught the Met's Simon Boccanegra on the radio today (with Hampson, Gheorghiu, Furlanetto, Giordani, etc.), and taped it. There are several reasons I am happy I did so.

And here they areCollapse )
Listening to: "Powdered Milk Biscuits," Garrison Keillor
28 February 2007 @ 12:12 am
So Saturday my friend berates me for sending her the fourth chapter of my story, which has a cliffhanger at the end, but not the fifth. Afterwards, I sit, finish chapter five, and chapter six, and start chapter seven. Last night, in spite of the amount of homework I have to do, I made it a good way into chapter nine. I'm starting to get a little obsessed.

Friday night I'm seeing Bizet's Carmen with some friends. I haven't seen this one since I was a child. Can't wait. Will probably post a review afterwards, just 'cause.
Listening to: "Vous qui faites l'endormie" from Faust, singer Samuel Ramey
21 February 2007 @ 07:04 pm
I have the first four chapters of a story up at FictionPress, so...people go read. And give me feedback. It should be fun.

Title: Lost Aceitha

Genre: Young adult action/adventure/fantasy/historical

Summary: Patrick's late uncle has left his nephew an odd inheritance. This leads to a series of clues left all over the Caribbean and a mystical family secret, and pirate Captain Lennox, Patrick's former captain, is willing to kill to find out what it is.
Listening to: Mendelssohn's Come Let Us Sing (in my head)
20 February 2007 @ 10:46 pm
My parents just bought an SUV. They're giving me their old car. I'mgettingacar!

*does Dance of Yay*
18 February 2007 @ 02:19 pm
I actually have a FictionPress account now! So everyone still paying any attention to me whatsoever who liked my fan fiction will be able to read some of my original fiction in a few days. My account name is Achipiquon Que.

I know it's been a while since I updated, but I've been awfully busy. I was actually just leafing through my journal and realizing that I really do need to get a FictionPress account. It is my senior year, and I don't exactly have a lot of time to write stories, but it would be good to put stuff up and possibly have a few readers give me some feedback (plus the "ur story sux get ur tubz tyd u hor" comments which are inevitable). Some stories I'm thinking of putting up once I am able include a young-adult high seas historical/fantasy adventure, a darker modern fantasy, and a realistic fiction story about a modern female composer.

I don't write things set in medieval fantasy worlds (not ones that are round, anyway) with beautiful, graceful elves and spitting, cave-dwelling dwarfs with Scottish accents. I do not roll dice to determine moves in fights. I do not have half-races (half-Elves, half-Orcs, etc.) or even fantasy races at all in the stories I mentioned above (although a friend and I are working on a rather unconventional fantasy story which comes close to cliche but has managed to sidestep it so far). My female characters are neither damsels in distress nor tough-as-nails pieces of meat (except in one case, I think, and she's just scary). My stories do not include overbearing mentors or Dark Lords. In other words, it is unlikely that you have read fifty stories like mine before. I have fun writing them, though, so that might mean that they're still interesting.

At least one has romance, though. Just 'cause I'm single doesn't mean I'm totally averse to it.

So if it interests thee, I'd appreciate the support. No one likes to feel like their efforts are totally pointless. It'll be a few days afore I'm allowed to put anything up, but I thought I'd give you a heads-up. I know I got some enthusiastic supporters for my fan fiction, so I sort of though...stop rambling, Achi. Okay.

And by the way...LOST? Charlie? I'm nervous and excited. Nervous 'cause...yeah. Excited 'cause it seems like this should open up some cool story possibilities for him.
Listening to: Le Nozze di Figaro, "Ecco qui la mia Susanna" (Levine)
04 February 2007 @ 01:11 pm
1. "I still have two books to go before I finish my story." (can't write just one book)
Examples: Every fantasy author ever.

2. "Andreileshac'nanispaz! You have until I count to three!" (Authors who name their characters bizarre names that no parent in any world could want to call their child.)
Examples: "Lauralanthalasa" is the best one I can think of, although I am also very fond of "Drizzt."

3. "I know she's an elf because she's so dang hot!" (Books besides Tolkien's where Elves are the most beautiful race on the planet.)
Examples: Eragon, Shannara, everywhere else.

4. "I prophesy that the bad guy and the good guy will meet, and one of them will die!" (Generic Given Mistaken for a Prophecy Syndrome)
Examples: Wheel of Time series, Harry Potter, The Belgariad

5. "I don't get a speech before I die because I'm the bad guy." (Parting Speech Rule)
Examples: Allanon in the Shannara books gets a speech, but the Warlock Lord doesn't.

6. "Beware the Dark Lord!" (Dark Lord Compulsive Disorder)
Examples: Do ya need 'em?

7. "HE'S CAPTURED! Then escapes really easily." (the no-risk policy)
Examples: Anything written by David Eddings

8. "I'm a cross between two different races! Where do I belong! Crisis!"
Examples: Tracy Hickman's Tanis

9. "No one expected the things in store for him." (Random Nobody born to do Great Things)
Examples: Eragon, Garion, Shea Ohmsford, Rand, Karigan

10. "Hi-ho!" (cave-living dwarfs)

11. "Let's roll the dice and see what happens next!" (D&D ripoff ideas)
Examples: Dragonlance

12. "I am too drained of energy! I cannot use magic!" (can't come up with a better way to limit magic)
Examples: It's all over the place.

13. "Kay's sells magic rings now." (magic talismans which are the key to everything)
Examples: If it has the suffix "-stone," (Arkenstone) or a capitalized "Orb," (Dragon Orb), you're in trouble.

14. "I'll tell you everything you need to know...when I feel like you're ready." (overbearing mentor)
Examples: Belgarath, that one guy in Eragon, Allanon

15. "Why don't we just call it a 'birthday?'" (fake names for common dates)
Examples: Turnday? DAY OF LIFE GIFT?

16. "Take care of her for me if I die." (Death spoiler)
Examples: I can't actually think of any, but you know the line.

17. "I'll take a little of Tolkien, a little Brooks, just a smidgen of Lewis, some Beagle, a bit of LeGuin..." (Smorgasbord writing)
Examples: Paolini

18. "I don't care what you think would make it better! It's MY story!" (author apt to disappoint readers)
Examples: Most writers like this never even get published.

19. "Wow, my books are really popular! I've hit a gold mine! I could write these forever and just keep getting richer and richer!" (Robert Jordan Complex)
Examples: I'm just saying I gave up on Robert Jordan a long time ago.

20. "Why would I need distinct personalities in my characters when my WORLD is just so darn cool?" (Anne McCaffrey's Philosophy of Writing)
Examples: Raymond E. Feist, Katherine Kurtz

and finally...

21. "If your boobs sag, no saving the world for you!" (Over 25 Questing Limit)
Examples: You know 'em.

(Cross-posted to my Xanga and MySpace)
18 October 2006 @ 10:04 pm
So how does Desmond know about things before they happen?

VERY cool episode, by the way.