Kat
03 July 2015 @ 04:52 pm
We've been having a heatwave in the UK this week and it's way too hot for me. It's way too hot for everyone, but I retain body heat too well and I get incredibly hot and really irritable in the summer. I can't win no matter what the season.

I've been watching more Sense8! I'm enjoying it a lot and I think my favourites are Lito, Nomi and Sun, but I like everyone. I find Will and Wolfgang to be the least interesting (and I think Wolfgang is my least favourite), but I like everyone well enough in their own way. Hernando, Daniella and Amanita are probably my favourite secondary characters. It's really nice to see a genre tv show that isn't about gay characters specifically (in the way that Queer as Folk or the L Word would be) but includes gay characters. Like... I am a queer person who loves genre fiction and who never sees myself represented often in genre fiction. It's pretty awesome.

Favourite bits so far include Lito experiencing Sun's period and not understanding what's going on, the cluster singalong to 4 Non-Blondes' What's Up? (perhaps now more popularly known as the HEYAYAYAYA song), and the psychic orgy. I watched episodes five and six together, so it was a double whammy of getting memed on and then getting psychic orgy'd. It was amazing.

I caught up on Kamen Rider Drive on Wednesday and I've almost caught up on Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. I enjoy Drive despite its occasional problems (such as: why does no one tell Kiriko what's going on), and I like Ninninger but it's so disappointingly average at times. Like, I know sentai reds tend to follow a mold but Takaharu feels really flat as a main character, and it's a bit frustrating he gets the focus so much when Kasumi and Fuuka are a lot more interesting.

Hung out with Amy on Wednesday and we talked a bit about writing and roleplaying. I got overwhelmed with my admin duties re: Pageturners and I'm a little scared to go back on it at the moment (yay, anxiety!) and it's been too hot to find a suitable writing environment... we were both bemoaning how we miss casual, relaxed roleplaying though. We both prefer the play-by-post forum format, but so many RP forums are just... not what we're looking for. She had a good idea though that I need to help her set up a little, so we'll see what comes of that.

I've heard the news about Fire Emblem: Fates as well, and I'm honestly less enthusiastic about this game the more I hear about it. I've heard defensive fans get really aggressive about defending the game and decrying a lot of the problematic stuff as just being optional, which is true, but it's still in the game and I still don't really want to play a game whose optional features (that net you bonuses in various ways) are really close to trashy eroge. Like, if I wanted to play that kinda game, I'd just download one. :|
 
 
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Kat
15 June 2015 @ 11:12 pm
I'm home for the summer. I moved back on Saturday! It was a bit of a weird experience, packing up my entire room and moving it back home. I've said before that university seemed to go very slowly for the first term and then went quite fast for the rest, but it truly felt like I'd only moved in five minutes ago when we were packing up.

I've got three mysterious bruises on my left knee, which I can only assume is from walking into something while I was packing up and then forgetting all about the incident.

I watched season three of Orange is the New Black on Thursday/Friday/Saturday! I liked the series quite a bit, much better than I liked season two, but it did feel a little bit meandering at times. It was a welcome relief to what felt like a much darker season two, although season three took a turn for the worse by around episode 10. We'll see where it goes, I guess. I might write a bigger post on it, but I'll do that later.

Been rereading Game of Thrones as well! I stopped watching the show after season two and the more I've heard and seen of it, the less I've been inclined to keep watching, but I've picked up the book again and I forgot how engrossing it is? It's well-written in so far that it does a pretty good job of keeping you interested, but that's a subjective opinion. I find it very engrossing to read, aha.

Speaking of writing, I wrote something myself! It's over here at [community profile] arlandria if you want to read it.
 
 
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Kat
11 June 2015 @ 06:40 pm
I'm moving out of my student accommodation on Saturday and I'm going home for the summer until September! It's a weird feeling knowing that my home for this year will no longer be mine, and that I'm never going to be in my friends' flats again after the summer. It will be nice being in our shared houses next year though.

I still haven't really packed my stuff up because I've been out with my friends the past three days, but I think I'm going to tackle some of it tonight.

My mom wants me to look for a part-time job over the summer and I think I'll try, but there's so little work going in my hometown that I doubt I'll be very successful. With that in mind, here's my tentative summer plans!

Summer plans. )
 
 
Kat
04 June 2015 @ 11:13 pm
I've been watching an anime lately called Show By Rock!! and it's really cute! It's based on a mobile rhythm game by Sanrio (the people who made Hello Kitty), and it's about a bunch of animal people playing music in bands together. The anime has a bit more of a plot than that and focuses on Plasmagica and SHINGANCRIMSONZ (the two "main" bands from the game, I guess?) primarily, but some of the other bands show up!

I caught up on it tonight--there's nine out of thirteen episodes released so far! I'm hoping on submitting at least two decks to [community profile] colors_tcg for Show By Rock!! as well... a Cyan and a Moa deck, if I can get enough images. I think it's part of May's POG to max out your deck donations, so if I manage to amass enough images, I'll link other people the images for submission too.

Other than that... Amy and I have been working a bit more on Pageturners, which is our writing forum that we're planning on reopening... tomorrow! Good news is I don't have to do a lot to reopen it, but we're trying to work out a month-long list of activities and challenges to start in a week's time, and we're... well, we're halfway there. We need to start scheduling and have a definite list so we know what we're doing and when.

I've also been replaying Final Fantasy VII today, after being discouraged on Tuesday (my game crashed and I lost a little bit of grinding progress). I've FINALLY gotten Beta from the Midgar Zolom and made it through the Mythril Mines. My entire party is between levels 20 and 22, and Cloud, Barret, Tifa and Aerith have their level 2-1 limit breaks--Aerith has level 3-1 as well, but I want to get Fury Brand before I move onto trying to get 3-2. All I need to do now is get Red XIII his level 2-1 limit break and then we can go Yuffie hunting in the forests of Junon.

And a little bit of a short welcome to everyone who's joined me since the weekend, because I realised I never properly introduced myself! I'm Kat, I'm 23 and I'm from the UK. My hometown is in the North East, but I'm attending university (for Film Studies) in the Midlands, so I guess I actually live there most of the year now. But I'm only back there for a week on Saturday and then I'm home again for the rest of the summer. I have two cats! I like a lot of things and my interests bounce around a lot, but I'm always into BBC's Merlin and I've been a big fan of tokusatsu for a while now, although university has meant I've only really been watching what's airing so far, and I'm still in the middle of Den-O and Kabuto... one day, I will finish these.
 
 
Kat
It's been, like, five months since I last updated, so here goes.

I've finished my first year of university! We haven't been given our final grades back yet, but I'm pretty sure I passed with a 2:1 (I would loved to have gotten a first but I think my practical projects have dragged the mark down a bit). I'm back in my hometown but I'm not home for the summer officially--I'm going back a week today for another week, just to pack everything up, and then I'm coming home the following Saturday.

It's kind of sad because I've made a really good group of friends and I'm not going to get to see them a lot again until September! I haven't really been able to see most of them much the past few weeks because either everyone's been working or, in the case of one of my friends, broke his knee. :| (He's fine, other than the broken knee. It is a pretty funny story, we went out to party and then spent all night in the A&E.)

I saw Foo Fighters on Monday, which was the third time I've seen them and I think the best. They played a 25 song setlist (originally 30, but they ran out of time, I think) over the course of two and a half hours, and it was awesome.

Other than that, not a huge amount to report. I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, and Mad Max: Fury Road a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed them all to varying degrees (although I have some issues with all of them), but Mad Max was my favourite by far. I've started watching Daredevil but I've been rewatching It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia for the past couple of days (because it's easy watching), and I've been playing a lot of the Sims 2 and Super Smash Bros. 4 (3DS).

I also read my first book in a day in the longest time last Sunday! It was Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Ship? and I liked it right up until the part where Deckard wanted to bone Rachael, and then I was kind of like "gdi" and the rest of the book just made me kinda sad. I've got China Mieville's Railsea to read as well, but I haven't cracked into it yet.
 
 
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Kat
31 December 2014 @ 11:10 pm
Aha, I haven't forgotten about this place! I haven't had time to write an entry.

I don't have a huge amount to say about this year, other than it's been a weird one. A good three quarters of it when way too fast because I was waiting for university to come around, and then the last quarter has been quick but also kind of slow? I guess because I've been doing more.

So far I really like uni! I've made a good group of friends and I'm enjoying my course. I'm still good at essay writing, so that's a small relief. I've (hopefully, we're still waiting on some guarantors to sign for it I think) got a place to live in September with some of my friends. It's a bit of a mixed experience--I still have bad days and they hit pretty hard, but I've noticed that being at home for three weeks with not a lot to do has actually made me feel worse? So we'll see. I guess keeping busy is good for me.

I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life or my degree though. I keep thinking teaching but it'd be teaching about film specifically in higher education (college or university). So, I'm not sure.

I'm going to see Foo Fighters in May! I'm really excited.

I don't have any resolutions other than that I want to practice being kinder and stepping back from myself when I'm feeling negative. I would like to write some more but I say this every year. I'm thinking about doing one of those jars that you fill with good things. I might keep a journal or something. I'm not sure! We'll see what happens.

Anyway! I hope you all have a really good 2015, or at least one that's better than 2014!
 
 
Kat
20 September 2014 @ 12:07 am
I haven't forgotten about Dreamwidth! Except I kind of did, I guess.

I'm going to university tomorrow--or today, actually, seeing as it's after midnight here. I should be sleeping because I have to be up at 7am, but I'm not.

I want to say that I'm feeling nervous but excited, and I guess that I am, but I feel kind of blank about it. I've packed my suitcases and I still don't quite feel like I'm moving out tomorrow. I feel like I have another day or something.

I'm a little bit worried about sleeping tonight--I have no doubt that I'm going to end up dreaming about missing going to university somehow.

So... I will (hopefully) update a little more once I've started uni. I enrol on Monday but my lessons aren't until next Monday.

It's also my birthday on Tuesday!
 
 
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Kat
I meant to update a while ago and... life got hectic. :( I got really caught out with my TCGs, which means I've missed a ton of stuff and I'm still struggling to get back into the groove. Anyway, gonna do a bullet point update.
  • My accommodation has been paid for, which means I am definitely going to university. I have (just under) six weeks until I move there.
  • I saw Guardians of the Galaxy twice last week and I loved it. There are things I'd be willing to nitpick about it, but it remains the most fun I've had with a movie this year--or even in the past few years. It is an incredibly enjoyable cinema experience. I'd recommend it to everyone.
  • I've been thinking about the Matrix a lot lately.
  • I was really sick with a 48 hour stomach flu thing last week, it's since spread to my mom and now my dad, so I hope I don't get it back.
  • July was... hectic. It was only really in the last week that it calmed down. 
I don't really have anything hugely interesting to say, aha. I definitely want to do a review post for GOTG, but later.

 
 
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Kat
10 June 2014 @ 12:19 pm
Remember when I said I was going to use this to get back into the habit of regularly posting updates? Aha, yeah. Me too.

I didn't update a lot last month because a) things were pretty quiet and b) I was on DW every day, but I've been busy playing [community profile] colors_tcg. I... really like online TCGs, you guys. I was taking part in their Pot of Gold challenge last month, so that kind of preoccupied my time, but I'm not bothering with it this month because I'm not interested in any of the grand prizes.

Anyway, a couple of things.

I will get around to answering that meme sometime soon... I have a couple of off-site responses to it to collect and reply to as well, but I'll work on it when I have some free time this week.

I have a few things that I want to review sometime soon! I finished season two of Orange is the New Black on Sunday (it took me less than 48 hours, although I know other people have finished it quicker than I have) and I have a lot of things that I want to say about it, so that's first on my list. I have a couple of other things I want to talk about as well, but I still need to finish most of them first. :x Soon, though. Very soon.

It's sixteen weeks (or just under) until I go to university and I'm nervous about money but I'm pretty excited about going. My friend and I went down to the city I'm going to on Friday to go see another of our friends who's in their third year there (and thus leaving soon), and we had a lot of fun! It was really nice to just hang out and talk--and we did talk a LOT, my throat was really sore by the time I got home and on Saturday--and I'm glad I have both of those people in my life.

My mom and I went out for dinner as a spur of the moment thing yesterday as well, and it was really nice just getting to sit and talk with her. I know a bunch of my friends have slightly pushy or overbearing mothers, and it's not like mine doesn't ever occasionally nag, but... we have a really good relationship now. We didn't used to when I was younger but we've put that behind us and we're a lot closer now and I'm glad. It's nice to know that I can tell her pretty much anything.

When I was writing this post in my head, it was a LOT longer than I thought it was going to be, aha. I have some stuff that I gotta do before I can start writing the OITNB post, but I'd expect to see that on your feed sometime soon.
 
 
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Kat
Really quick update seeing as it's been a week and I still haven't made a lot of progress on anything in my life so far, and I don't think I'm going to get those comments answered today.

[personal profile] alexy and I have made some good progress into Twin Peaks--we started, what, last Tuesday? And I think we left off after episode 13 of season 2 yesterday, so we've only got nine episodes left to watch? We're still enjoying it even if we're a bit like "uh, what is happening" with some things, and also, "why does everyone keep having torrid affairs with everyone else in this town and when will they stop".

I really haven't done a lot else lately. Been playing Spyro on my PSP a lot, and that's about it!
 
 
Kat
It's May 1st! September seems even closer, seeing as it's four months away. In reality, it's closer to five until I go to university--I won't have to go down until around September 20th--but I imagine those last three weeks will be spent running around visiting my family and friends and making sure I have everything I need.

I spend every Spring thinking "I should really participate in Spring cleaning this year", and then when I finally remember or feel up to the task of doing it, it's June. Actually, June/July is around the time that I feel up to cleaning, so maybe it's Summer cleaning for me? Who knows.

I do need to sort my wardrobe out sometime soon, seeing as if I don't, it's going to get left until I'm trying to pick what I need for my first semester at university and what I don't, and... that will be a nightmare. Plus, I don't think I've really bothered to sort it out again since I got it, and that was last July. I'm not looking forward to doing it. ;A;

I need to sit down and plan for [community profile] trope_bingo, now that I have my card. I have way too many ideas for some squares and no ideas at all for others, so I have to think about it or I'm never going to even try and get a bingo (and I'd like to try).

I've started every paragraph so far with an "I" (even the first one is "It's"), so let's break that pattern, aha.

My friend [personal profile] alexy started using Dreamwidth after my casual insistence (and... she pretty much made a new one to follow me, then I found her old account and she managed to log back into it), so I guess now is as good a time as any to say:

Ask me to blog about anything and I will include it in my next entry.

Which you can combine with:

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments). Possibly with pictures.
 
 
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Kat
28 April 2014 @ 01:26 am
My head hurts.

I got my new bed on Friday! It is so incredibly comfortable. I forgot what it was like to sleep on a bed that doesn't creak when you move or dig you in the back or wasn't partially sunk in on itself.

I've also been playing Persona 4! )

In other news, I watched a bit more of Kamen Rider Wizard and I think I've finally found my interest in it. It took me about nine episodes and Haruto getting some backstory, but I am eager to keep watching until I get to Beast (who'll be around... episode 16, I imagine), which is when it's supposed to get really good, because Beast's a great character. Or so I've heard!

I also need to settle on what I want to do for my [community profile] trope_bingo card... the middle row (au: fusion, curtainfic, free space, au: mundane, au: supernatural) is pretty much my bingo row, I can fill those easily, but I have so much to choose from in terms of what fandoms to pick and what I can do that I don't know where to start.
 
 
Kat
22 April 2014 @ 12:49 pm
I signed up for [community profile] colors_tcg on Saturday, as some of you might have seen! Also, I'm sorry if any of you kept getting hit with my card post before I managed to get it under the cut. It was a pain.

I'm excited about it! I was a member of [livejournal.com profile] anime_lj_tcg in 2007/2008 and I really enjoyed it, but I ended up leaving because I had a lot of difficulty playing some of the games and it was getting harder for me to earn cards, which meant I had less to trade with, which meant I had less chance of completing my decks... and then I think I stopped having so much time for it, since I had school to deal with as well. But I did enjoy it and I'd recently been thinking about making my own TCG (weeps quietly), so I'm glad I found this one to scratch the itch.

I'm still waiting on my [community profile] trope_bingo card, but I'm not too surprised! I did notice that there was some time between each set of cards given out, and it has been Easter this weekend. So I understand that the mods are probably busy.

Speaking of Easter, Happy Easter to everyone who celebrated it, and Happy Eat Chocolate Day to everyone who celebrated that! I hope you had a nice time.

My weekend has been okay. My sleep hasn't really improved (I'm sleeping in stretches of about four to five hours) and my mood was awful last week thanks to PMS, but I'm feeling better today. I'm treating myself to a lazy day, which means that I am absolutely not getting out of my PJ pants unless I go in the bath or something, and I'm also staying in my room for most of the day. I feel bad that I'm not letting the cats outside but I can't be bothered to sit downstairs with them. Also, it's so misty here that it's kind of resembling Silent Hill, so they probably won't go out for very long even if I did let them out.

The only other semi-interesting thing I have to share is that my friends told me to play Persona 4 on Thursday, and I realised that I could actually PLAY Persona 4 because I have a PS2... I don't know why it took me this long to realise that. I ordered on Thursday and I THINK it just came about ten minutes ago, while I've been writing this entry, so I'm going to go and check to see if it did come. And then I'm gonna play it.
 
 
Kat
16 April 2014 @ 12:26 pm
Went to bed at midnight because I was pretty sleepy. Didn't actually get to sleep until about ten to five in the morning... and I had to get up at half past nine because I had somewhere to be.

Hopefully I'll sleep tonight.

I had an email from my university yesterday saying that they hadn't received confirmation of my accommodation yet, even though we'd sent the stuff out on April 1st and it was apparently received April 3rd. Got in touch with them this morning and it turns out that they had received my confirmation, but the university had sent the automated reminder out to everyone.

At least it's sorted though? I'm supposed to be getting another email later today to finalize it or something.

I had some creative things I wanted to do today, but mostly I just want to take a nap.
 
 
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Kat
13 April 2014 @ 04:38 pm
I haven't written a journal entry in a while.

Every time that I think "I'm going to reintegrate myself in the online journal community", I inevitably end up neglecting to do so. I think the truth of the matter is that there's little in my life worth writing about at the moment! Everyone who is interested in my life gets updates about it on Tumblr and Twitter, if I don't speak to them directly.

That said, I'm going to university in September and I think I'd like to chronicle that in a way I can better look back on. I'm also expected to maintain a film review blog as part of my course, so it's probably a good idea to get back into the habit of writing in such a format before I go.

I'm probably going to use this account primarily for writing- and fandom-related purposes, but I don't doubt that personal posts will creep in from time to time.