abigailnicole: (books)


When I was in fourth grade, I took home the book Dealing with Dragons over Christmas break and read it four times. I cannot tell you exactly why except that it was fun to read: it took fantasy conventions and turned them on their head in a funny, real way. A princess who wants to get captured by a dragon so she can do something useful with her life? Add in the fact that both the main characters are sensible females (dragon & princess) who get along together and outsmart those who would plan their downfall and you get the first book I remember loving. Maybe it was the feminist (though I didn’t think of it like that at the time) outlook, maybe it was the things characters said that I thought were witty. I don’t remember. I just remember that this book was a lot of fun to read.

That’s going away now. I read a lot, but I do not have fun reading a lot. It’s almost like I’m reading desperately, devouring book after book after book to try to find something, some flavour that catches my attention long enough, some thing that is so delightful to read that I have to stop and chew on it a while, and read it again when I’m through. Maybe it is because I am older now and have a harder time, am more nitpicky about my books. I want them to be well-written, have funny plots, be well-constructed, have thoughtful characters and good imagery. I have read dozens of books this year and I can’t think of any one that stands out as being fun to read.

I just like the kind of books that give you a fun time when you read them. This does not mean they are great books—likely they are just clever, or heartfelt, or have relatable characters that overcome a situation after you have been rooting for them. Great books often make you uncomfortable and are not fun to read. They exist not to give you a good time but to make you think. Even some trashy novels, all that popular fiction, is often not fun to read—it is emotionally taxing, suspense novels that pull you through hoops or romance novels that use silly tricks to get you going: they just play with your emotions. Emotional turmoil is not fun. I want to have fun when I read a book, which is why my favorite author is Terry Pratchett.
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the glorious 25th of may. were you there?

"They did the job they didn't have to do, and they died doing it, and you can't give them anything. Do you understand? They fought for those who'd been abandoned, they fought for one another, and they were betrayed. Men like them always are. What good would a statue be? It'd just inspire new fools to believe they're going to be heroes. They wouldn't want that. Just let them be. Forever."

so news

Mar. 5th, 2010 11:48 pm
abigailnicole: (lonely adenosine)
good things:
  1. O MAN THEY'RE MAKING A GOING POSTAL MOVIE LOOK AT MOIST VON LIPWIG:



    excitement.
  2. listening to Sterogum's Independent's Day Mix which I never get tired of. However I have it arranged alphabetically by artist, which is how iTunes decided to do it, but I think I rather like that order, I like having Psychic City Last
  3. I'm finally drinking a coke, I've wanted one for hours.
  4. I'm having a birthday tomorrow, 1pm, audubon park, picnic. I gave you invitations and you're cordially invited, bring your own cup. PB&J and lemonade will be served.
  5. brunch in the Quarter at my birthday!



bad things/to do list:
  1. carbonyl reactions, memorize them --test tuesday. Finish chapter 20 carboxylic acid homework. Work some synthesis problems on the whiteboard/legal paper.
  2. electric current homework due saturday
  3. creative scholars application, set up date to meet and go over it next week, also write creative scholars personal statement
  4. start reading Freud's Dora for English monday
  5. send out mail for my wives/michael winn that has been sitting round on my desk for a bit
  6. orgo lab, physics lab over the weekend

  7. this orgo test is gonna be the worst. so many reactions, so much synthesis and it's all so awful much. Synthesis has been compared to organic chemistry chess--start with this reactant and end up with a product. Write a series of steps that will give you the correct one. Just thinking retrosynthetically requires such a knowledge of how reactions fit together, not only the chemistry but all the reagents, acid-catalyzed epoxide hydrolysis vs base-catalyzed epoxide hydrolysis, if you use an isotopally labeled oxygen where does it end up. Reducing and oxidizing alcohols, carboxylic acids, ketones, aldehydes. Wittig rxn, Grignard reactions, protecting the grignard reagent with acetals and removing the acetals in aqueous acid wash. RAR RAR RAR ahhhhhhhhhh


IF I GET THROUGH THIS NEXT WEEK MAYBE I'LL ENJOY BEING 20
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the glorious 25th of may. were you there?

"They did the job they didn't have to do, and they died doing it, and you can't give them anything. Do you understand? They fought for those who'd been abandoned, they fought for one another, and they were betrayed. Men like them always are. What good would a statue be? It'd just inspire new fools to believe they're going to be heroes. They wouldn't want that. Just let them be. Forever."

abigailnicole: (Default)


the glorious 25th of may. were you there?

"They did the job they didn't have to do, and they died doing it, and you can't give them anything. Do you understand? They fought for those who'd been abandoned, they fought for one another, and they were betrayed. Men like them always are. What good would a statue be? It'd just inspire new fools to believe they're going to be heroes. They wouldn't want that. Just let them be. Forever."
abigailnicole: (mad)
My aunt express-mailed me flip flops that say "Class of 2008." Oh man, was that necessary.

so some things.

I am rereading Small Gods. I love this book. On my list of favorite books, it's up there with Night Watch, Thief of Time. and Going Postal. It's kind of epic, in a way--Brutha's famous journey through the desert and Vorbis and The Great God Om (a one-eyed tortoise). And I think it handled the touchy religion issue really well. The characters are amazing. It is perfect and I love Terry Pratchett &c.

I am wearing my hair in Pippy-Longstocking-esque braids for the rest of the year. It makes fixing my hair easier. It's also a lot easier to pick out what to wear, for some reason. Knowing you have an intrinsically cute hairstyle makes everything you wear seem less bland.

the next CD I'm making for Mollee Bundy is going to be called "Songs I Sing At Work" and include pop favorites as well as showtunes &c. (well, it started out as that.) Yesterday I got obsessed with Spay Me and listened to it the entire way home from work. while on the topic of mollee bundy, I should mention I am acting as an interceptor for mollee's love life. this is a very complicated duty and should not be undertaken lightly. it involves setting up new dates, preventing unwanted dates, making sure she is not alone with certain people &c. I think, considering that I am not getting paid for it, I am not getting paid enough for this v. complicated and v. amusing job. not having to do anything at school gives us free time in which to create and facilitate drama.

ap tests on may 7, 8, and 13. time to start studying for AP Chem! whoo! that's the one I'm worried about. so I got a book called "Master AP Chemistry" which is v. thick and promising-looking, from the local library, and promptly threw it, untouched, in my floor. learning via osmosis, don't diss it. I will study sometime...I did for calculus, after all, and all by myself too...

dear mollee: in the process of making your CD I decided to make it all wizard rock. that means songs by bands with names like Draco and the Malfoys, Harry and the Potters, The Remus Lupins, and Ginny and the Heartbreakers. I apologize and will make you another one.

I've also been wearing the same shirt for the last 40 hours straight. thank you.

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