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Only one more year now until the big three zero next October. I will be expecting my fandom grandpa card to come in the mail about that point.

I spent my birthday at work this year, unfortunately (Plus overtime, argh!) Which is pretty much as lame as it sounds. My coworkers were nice and brought in some pies for my birthday though, which was really nice. Still, it's the first time in a few years that I didn't take my birthday off and go visit my brother or parents. While nothing could compare to seeing Sarah Brightman in concert like last year, it would have been nice to at least get out of town for a few days. As it was my parents and I kind of celebrated a few weeks ago when I was visiting them.

And they got me a Kindle Paperwhite! I definitely need to start utilizing it, because damn if I am not drowning in a sea of paperbacks. Every time I visit a Friends of the Library store, it is pretty much guaranteed I was walk about with $5-10 worth of books, which at the crazy-low prices stores like that sell for, is like five to eight books. So hopefully going forward, new stuff will be on the Paperwhite, while select series will get the hardcover treatment. I feel like I'm kind of over the mass market paperback. The type is too small (fandom grandpa card!), and they just don't hold up that well. It's actually kind of sad, because they used to be my preferred format due to the price, but Ebooks are generally cheaper anyway. My brother also sent along the third Ranma 1/2 Blu-Ray set! Those are really, really gorgeous sets. Viz did a fantastic job on the packaging for them.

Another November of NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I'm hoping to attend the kick-off party this year as well, because I totally enjoyed the write-ins last year. They were a great motivator to keep me on track. This year, I'm planning on taking my Genderbent Oz idea through the hellish November ritual. We'll see if I can win again this year!

I've been on a huge Transformers kick lately. It all started with finally finishing Transformers: Prime, the CG show that came out a few years ago now. The best way I can describe it is: this is what you thought you were watching as a kid when the 80s show came on. Great plotting, great characters (and a thankfully smaller and more varied cast that is differentiated enough to keep easy track of!), great production values! Afterward, I watched Season One of the 80s show on Netflix...and kind of had to stop there. It's like, all the cool ingredients are there, but they never really come together well. Without good character writing to drive the story...it's actually a little bit boring? All these transforming robots have made me want to go back and check out the mid-2000s "Unicron Trilogy" of shows, though, which were adapted anime series. And of course my beloved Beast Wars. :D

I've also been checking out some great anime lately through Crunchyroll.
--Chihayafuru was definitely a best-of-decade level title. I haven't enjoyed a series so much in a long, long time. Yes, it's ostensibly about an obscure Japanese poetry card game, but actually it's about the characters and their wonderful interactions. This series made me feel bubbly and effervescent every time I tuned in.
--Love Live! School Idol Project was a great deal of fun too, witch catchy choreographed musical numbers and fun characters that really wormed their way into your heart. The first season concerns a group of girls who become 'school idols' (singers) in order to bring prestige to their school and save it from closure. The second season follows them as they attempt to win an idol contest called (what else) "Love Live."
--Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a hilarious high school comedy (no really, it actually is funny unlike so many other 'comedy' anime) about a girl who discovers the boy she's crushing on is actually the author of a well-regarded shoujo manga. When she tries to confess, it comes out like she's asking for an autograph, and then she somehow ends up as his assistant. This show lives and dies by its comedy, and let me tell you it is gold. The facial expressions and general wackiness remind me of Ranma 1/2 or Ouran High School Host Club, two of my favorite anime comedies.
--Then there's Glasslip. Oh my goodness was this boring and obtuse. The only good this was the background art. This series was my biggest disappointment in aaages. Being from the people behind Tari Tari, I thought I would enjoy it...but ugggh. All I could think of during this series was Scuttle (from the Little Mermaid) saying "Nothing is HAAAAAAAAPENING." Stay away, friends.

Anyway, that's all for now. Better go to bed and get some sleep before blasting off with NaNo tomorrow!

Date: 2014-11-01 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
Only one more year now until the big three zero next October. I will be expecting my fandom grandpa card to come in the mail about that point.

does this mean I have a fandom grandma card since I'm over 30? ;)

And they got me a Kindle Paperwhite! I definitely need to start utilizing it, because damn if I am not drowning in a sea of paperbacks. Every time I visit a Friends of the Library store, it is pretty much guaranteed I was walk about with $5-10 worth of books, which at the crazy-low prices stores like that sell for, is like five to eight books

bwahahaha! No offense, Ry, but my mother got a Nook for the same reason and she still comes home with $$$ books, so you'll forgive me if I laugh because I can still see you coming home with books even if you do have the Kindle

Another November of NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I'm hoping to attend the kick-off party this year as well, because I totally enjoyed the write-ins last year. They were a great motivator to keep me on track. This year, I'm planning on taking my Genderbent Oz idea through the hellish November ritual. We'll see if I can win again this year!

cheering you on!

Date: 2014-11-01 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
I think it's more like...when I was really getting into fandom stuff around...age twelve or so? I always thought of thirty as so old, and wondered if I would still like this stuff at twenty, no less the far off thirty! And yup, I still like it all. XD

Yeahhh...I'm probably genetically incapable of turning down a book sale. *sheepish* And I already even have so many books I haven't read yet!

Thanks!

Date: 2014-11-01 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
And I already even have so many books I haven't read yet!

I hear ya! ::eyes the Sholan Alliance:: I really need to locate the other books ::sheepishly admits to owning only the 5th book out of an 8, possible 9, book series:: My mother grabbed the 5th book, not knowing it was a series XD

Date: 2014-11-03 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Oooh, that series looks interesting! I'll have to add that to my massive Amazon wishlist (which is basically like a backup brain at this point XD)

Date: 2014-11-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
oh, it is an awesome series - and they're thick paperbacks :D

my favorite character is Kaid <3 ::pets him::
http://www.sff.net/people/Lisanne/books.html

Date: 2014-11-01 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Hee, here's to a great year Ry!

Date: 2014-11-01 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Indeed, indeed!

Btw, have we ever become friends on the NaNo website? I'm under my exact same username as here. :)

Date: 2014-11-01 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
I'll check but I don't think we are. I'm DragoGirl13 there.

Date: 2014-11-02 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Wheeeee! Added you!

Date: 2014-11-02 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lovelykitta.livejournal.com
Gleeee! I'm still not certain on what to write about, so if I haven't decided by next Saturday/during this week, I'll likely use November as the month to catch up on and probably even finish some of my unfinished fic.

Date: 2014-11-03 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormyserenity.livejournal.com
My grandmother once left a message on the machine, "I know why you're not at home, you're all at the library book sale buying many, many, many more books, which you need like a hole in the head." It's a ritual for my whole family.

From the lofty heights of 34... I have brief flashes of, "hey, that was totally a mature adult thing I just did!" and that's about it. It's weird, I thought maturity just happened to you but it seems like not so much. I wonder though if my niece sees me as an adult or some kind of mutant inbetween creature.

Date: 2014-11-03 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Haha, that message is awesome! I get death glares from my parents after going to the used book stores in their area because they see I always come home with a bag!

Oh, me too! I had to go to the DMV and renew my license/get a new picture a few weeks ago...and I felt really proud of myself afterward. XD

Actually there's a Hyperbole and a Half comic that perfectly described my life.
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-is-why-ill-never-be-adult.html

Date: 2014-11-04 02:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strongheartmaid.livejournal.com
yeah - that sounds about right here as well ::eyes the comic::

Date: 2014-11-23 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iyreia.livejournal.com
Hiya!

Sending you awesome (slightly belated) birthday wishes~ Hope the day (and year) treated you well ^^

Fandom grandpa... I like the sound of that.

I've got kids in my life now (maaaan so very, very much has changed) so I've rediscovered so many of my old loves and obsessions. Trying to pass it all on. Samurai pizza caaaaaaaaaaaaats

A friend of mine has moved to Japan to teach English and we promised to exchange books via snail mail. I recently moved and cannot find where all my books have gone... Everything's all over the place. I can't reread the books I want and it's doing my head in. My personal hell.

Anyhoopdidoop! Catcha later~

Date: 2014-11-26 06:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ry-sabir.livejournal.com
Jessieeeeee! So good to hear from you again! :) And oh my, kids! That really is a big change since we last talked!

I felt super fandom grandpa after going to Anime Expo this year and feeling ancient after standing in the hours-long badge line and feeling generally fed up with being treated like a hyperactive 14 year old.

OMG Samurai Pizza Cats! That used to come on early weekday morning and I remember watching it while I was getting ready for school. Good memories.

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