lullula: (Chris: a coquettish young lady)
1) Recently, I got out my sewing machine and modded a t-shirt I own into something that looks cooler and fits better! Details under the cut )

2) I got my financial aid through for my next Open University courses!! That means in October I'll be studing Exploring the Classical World and Reading Classical Latin. Once those two are finished with, I have two more courses to do to complete my degree! Only two years to go~~ Who'd have thought I'd have made it this far?

Oh, and speaking of education, I got my NCFE Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools! So that's pretty good too. And I got a Grade 2 pass in my Ancient Greek course :D

3) Today Mum and I booked our tickets and some of our hotels for cons next year! So my con schedule now looks like this:

World Fantasy Con - Brighton, Oct 31 - Nov 3 (not looking forward to this a great deal, tbh, doesn't seem like there'll be much for me to do? but we shall see!)

Eastercon - Glasgow - April 18-21 - I volunteered! And I always enjoy Eastercons, but I'm especially excited for another one in Glasgow :) We booked the Travelodge for this already, and it came out to £86 for three nights, which is really not too bad!

Nine Worlds Geekfest - London - August 8-10 - tickets are bought, I do intend to volunteer for this one! I think it's in the same hotel and location as this years, so that's convenient! I'm definitely looking forward to this one a lot! And if you're in London or nearby, you should deffo consider it! There's plenty to do!

Worldcon - London - August 14-18 - I'm so excited for this! I loved the Worldcon I went to in Glasgow, and I cannot wait to go to this one! And I volunteered for the fan stream, I think (waiting for the fan stream organiser to email me back...)
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This Eastercon was an interesting experience for me, I spent a lot more time socialising than going to panels this year, which is pretty opposite to what I normally do. I also did my very first panel \o/ That was pretty exciting, if also slightly terrifying. As with all things, it wasn't quite perfect, and I'm gonna speak a little bit about that later on.

Friday, Friday, Friday, I got down on Friday. )

I'm not sure what I did for much of Saturday morning - I think it involved a lot of sleeping and a visit to Tescos. Natch.

Saturday, the day my brother appeared! )

So, as you might suspect, Sunday swiftly followed Saturday and with it came the excitement of being on a panel! For the very first time! In front of actual people! Gad.

Sunday, which is a day dedicated to celebrating a zombie* by eating chocolate. )

Clearly, Monday happened.

It wasn't, as it happens, particularly manic. )

So that was pretty much my highlights! Now for some general observations, I guess.

  • To me, this con was certainly fun, but a surprising amount of the programme items didn't interest me. Luckily, there are more than enough fabulous people there to talk to in the bar that this didn't feel like a genuine problem. Additionally, plenty of con reports and tweets assert that people had a wonderful time and found the programme items a lot more engaging than I did, so I think it's fair to say that this Eastercon really did have something for nearly everyone!
  • Apparently, I've gained enough social skills in the past year to actually manage to chat and talk to people! I was pretty surprised by this, since most of the time I spend a lot of con time trying to figure out how the hell to even say hello to someone interesting, even if I've met that person before (does anyone else feel like they're instantly forgettable? I know my hair is a bright colour, but other than that I'm pretty sure I don't leave much of an impression because I'm really boring). So it was really neat that time not spent in panels could be spent talking to aforementioned interesting people.
  • There was a lot of talk about panel parity this year. Partly this is great - because yes, we do need to have fewer male voices and more non-male voices heard. Partly this was a little disturbing - it's so binarist, and I don't know if anyone's addressed this? I'm pretty sure I don't need to go over how exclusionary a policy of equal male to female participants inherently is, and I hope this is something that's considered in the future. Also, there are some cases where one gender's voice should be heard without giving equal weight to another's - if I want to hear about how female writers feel in a male dominated field, I actually don't want to hear a male's opinions, because it wouldn't be about them. In general though, I am in favour of it, and overall I feel Eastercon did well in trying to ensure non-male voices were on panels.
  • Eastercon is still a really white, mostly middle-class or above space. This is not necessarily a criticism - it's not anyone's fault that lots of white people turn up, but it would be nice to see future Eastercons with more diversity - perhaps by reaching out to Uni's and widening their advertising pool (I don't know if that could be reasonable considering the cost of advertising though).
  • God damn but there are a shit ton of iPads in the hands of Eastercon goers.

    I feel like this post was really text heavy, so here's a picture of Mum and me taken over the weekend:

    In summary: Good Eastercon! I'm really looking forward to next year's!

    It is actually nearly 6am and I think I've been writing this since 6pm, so I am going to stop here, even though I can think of about a thousand more things to say.

    *Is Jesus actually a zombie if we eat His flesh and he doesn't crave ours?
  • lullula: (MCR: Frank)
    So from Thursday to Tuesday I was down in London attending Eastercon! \o/ I think this was actually my 7th Eastercon (depending on whether Worldcon '05 was mixed up with Eastercon '05). Damn, that is a lot of cons.

    I'm gonna put it all under a cut, as I have a few pictures/tweets and this is probably going to get looooong, and this post is all about travel and shit and so is not even about the thing which is in the subject bar... Naturally.

    Thursday, with all it's travel SNAFUs and no actual con attendance. )

    I am now skipping to the end of our trip, since the actual con report is going in another post, and this is just the personal travel post. (The reason I'm doing this is the con report is gonna get linked to [by me, on Twitter, not by my adoring audience, as I don't have one of those], this is not :D)

    Tuesday, where I indulged my whimsical side and we got on more trains. )

    So that's that, basically, I'm home and I've had a great time!

    Next up - the actual con report :D
    lullula: (MCR: Frank)
    Help me, o FListies! I can't stop buying comics (I spent like maybe, £50 on them today? FIFTY WHOLE POUNDS, MY GOD). I just... I try to stop and then I don't and I DON'T EVEN FEEL BAD.

    I've kind of had to stop buying so much in the way of coke and chocolate and crisps, so I guess technically I'm being healthier? That's good?


    Anyway I had a telephone interview today! I passed it! So that means I get to go to a group assessment! And then maybe I'll get a job, and if you need to phone a helpline about Student Loans, you'll be hearing my dulcet tones over the phone. Who knows? Fingers crossed though!

    Er, what else... Oh, I volunteered to be on a panel at Eastercon! I'M REALLY KIND OF NERVOUS but also excited. It's about the New DC 52, which is something I'm really interested in! (I would say, see previous FIFTY WHOLE POUNDS spent on comics, but I wasn't even buying DC stuff today! AK:SDJFL:ASF) I'm kind of hoping it's going to be ok? I mean, in general the people who talk about comics at Eastercon are neat people, so I don't think they're going to make fun of me and make me cry, BUT I MAY DO THAT TO MYSELF. I will just sit there blubbing into my free drink, and every time someone asks me if I have an opinion, I will tearfully reply, "I'm not even here, you're drunk and imagining me! WHY won't you stop imagining me so I can crawl out of here like a wounded kitten."

    I um. Probably won't do that though.

    In other news, I cut my hair and dyed it green! Because I make excellent life choices.

    And finally, on Twitter, I followed Liam Sharp and he followed me back! Which is excellent news for me, since I've had a crush on him since I asked for him to sign something for me at Worldcon.
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    So! In an effort to use this more, and not descend into the vagaries of Tumblr fore'er more, I'm trying really hard to think of things to post. I'm really boring, but I do encounter some good shit, so uh, here are some things I've enjoyed lately :)

    Don't forget to check out the flowers!

    These are just in my garden, but there are flowers pretty much everywhere right now. I tend to check out other people's gardens a lot this time of year when I'm walking the dog, but if you don't want to be creepy and stop and stare into people's gardens, they're pretty gorgeous just in passing. And there's still blossom on the trees (at least up here!) and obviously that's beautiful too.

    Go on a picnic :D

    Mum, her friend Barbara and I went on a picnic a couple of weeks ago. We went to the bluebell woods in Durham, but uh, there weren't any bluebells out. Still, everyone had a great time, and we had a nice walk with Star. I really love going on picnics, especially when someone brings along a divine lemon drizzle cake :D The weather right now is pretty much perfect for lugging bags of food around and finding somewhere fun to sit :)

    Cleanse your hands with sea salt!

    So, a while ago Mum and I went to the Ideal Homes Show in London, and there's a section there called Ideal Woman. Whilst we were wandering around there, a very nice young lady made us try her product - salt from the dead sea rubbed over your skin, then washed off. Surprisingly, it worked really well, and our hands felt lovely for a few days after. Unfortunately, it was hellishly expensive. Mum said that probably the salt was acting as an abrasive, and was taking off the dead/dry skin, so really, any coarse sea salt should do! I bought some fairly cheap sea salt (I believe it was something like £1.50 for a box?), rubbed it over et voila, lovely feeling hands! Of course you can use it on your feet, legs, and anywhere else, I imagine.

    Um, and that's it for now!
    I am SICK of trying to get this post right ._. WORK DAMN YOU.
    lullula: (bob!)
    I've been meaning to post for about a week or so, haha, but I'm lame XD

  • So I saw this on Tumblr, a noteslate, which pretty much seems like an electronic notepad that does nothing else, except take notes.. I don't even know why I want it so much, and yet I do! I don't even take that many notes, but I feel that if I had a NoteSlate, I might start...

  • I'm uh, still writing my [ profile] random_bandom entry (I've got 400 words! There's cuddling!), but I was listening to FOE radio (I admit, I am a complete teenage emo at heart, it is just inescapable fact) and this song popped up, Skin And Bones - Romance On A Rocketship. Makes me think of Chris/Bob, because I'm ridiculous.

  • I finally got around to listening to PStump's solo song (Spotlight), and Pete Wentz's new band Black Cards (Dominos. Both are pretty damn awesome, who knew? What does everyone else think?

  • Did anyone else know that Bob Bryar had decided to become a postman? He could deliver his package to me anytime.

  • Didn't Tinie Tempah look good at the Brits? )

  • Annnnnd finally, lookit Bob, Mikey and Gerard having a teaparty XD

  • ETA Oh, hahaha, I forgot to say! I'm really excited for this week and the next! I'm going to see Rob Zombie and Murderdolls on Friday (I'M SO EXCITED!) and then on Tuesday I'm seeing MCR, and then on Monday (the 28th) I'm flying out to see them in Paris avec Maman! Weeee~!
  • lullula: (MCR: Frank)
  • So the [ profile] random_bandom lists are up, and I got:

    Bob Bryar (fuck yeah)
    Mike Kennerty (♥)
    Cash Colligan (I have no idea who this is T_T)
    Gabe Saporta
    Joe Trohman

    and the character I signed up to write with was Chris Gaylor :D

    If I actually manage to write anything, I predict that this will be MEGA fun~

  • This is a really interesting article on about Mark Landis, who forges artwork, and then donates it to galleries/museums, in memory of his parents. I found it really intriguing.

  • Randomly, I was really stoked to see Coheed and Cambria give a shoutout to The Used in their liner notes for In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (which is also a really good album, JSYK).

  • And finally, some photos from the wedding!

    Get behind your jackhammer. )

  • I spent most of today feeling really awful because of a migraine. I kind of hope that isn't some sort of evil foreboding for February...


    And now I'm going to go away! ♥
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    ♥ So I've been intending to do a 3 drummer picspam, of Bob Bryar, Chris Gaylor and the Butcher, but I am really lazy. And also, I think about it? And then I think, "Well hey, Travie's kind of scorchingly hot, he should be in there, even if he isn't a drummer." And then I basically descend into thinking about all the people I've found hot this year, and I am definitely too lazy to do a picspam about all of that.

    ♥ In the same vein, I thought about posting a mix of songs I've really enjoyed this year - but I can't remember songs that I liked a few months ago, and it would pretty much be made up of bandom and pop songs - which is not necessarily a bad thing? But I think you guys already have all the bandom you need, and I'm not sure any of you actually listen to pop music, ahaha. Maybe I will anyway? Because I like to pretend I'm interacting with you guys by sharing music.

    ♥ Oh, so, you guys want to know something that's REALLY FUCKING AWESOME?

    You do?

    I'm going to see Iron Maiden! And Rob Zombie! And My Chemical Romance!!!

    I'm going to see MCR TWICE! Once here in Newcastle, which, y'know, yay. The other time?



    In Paris!!!

    I'm so excited, you guys have no idea! I don't think I was this excited when I went to see Dir en Grey in Paris, so. Y'know. EEEEE! Perhaps it's the addition of a [ profile] xaritomene that makes it so awesome?

    ♥ And I dyed my bangs/fringe greeny-turquoise!

    Have a look under the cut )

    ♥ And back to fannish things, I really need to finish writing my [ profile] aar_capslock Secret Santa. I had a lot of fun planning out a couple more bits of it with [ profile] xaritomene when we met in Newcastle, so hopefully it won't take me too long (haha, it better not, the deadline's the 22nd!). You guys have already seen the Star!AU, there's also a Punk!AU, and a Liquor Shop!AU, and I'm trying to think of two more. I think perhaps a DJ!AU, and then a College!AU? The person I'm writing for doesn't want too much crack, or you can bet I'd be writing about fairies and dragons and vampires, and probably genies and zombies too. Alas, my life, so hard.

    ♥ Aaaaah, screw it, I'm really in love with Chris right now, so here's a mini-picspam!

    He owns a micro brewery, doncha know? )

    So that was uh, a lot less mini than I thought it would be. :D?
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    I feel really lazy and lethargic, so I thought it might be neat to update with some of the photos stored in the depths of my phone. It's probably boring for anyone but me though XD

    I worked something out last night that changed this little boy's brain. )

    Oh, also, ridiculously excitingly, me and [personal profile] xaritomene are gonna go see My Chemical Romance in February! There's a part of me that's like, wailing to the heavens about having missed out on ever seeing Bob, but the rest of me is like, holy fucking fuck yeah! I'm seriously so excited, it's going to be amazing!
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    Went to Asda, saw this:

    lullula: (Irony: wrinkly)
    Hello new Dreamwidth account! Aren't you spick and span and shiny!

    I suspect this blog will be filled with love!

    And also probably boobs!


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