Feels like forever since I wrote a personal entry here. Everything's been Dragon Flyz fic for the last few months!
Speaking of the fic, I'm currently working on the last chapter. The fic as a whole just passed 65,000 words the other day, so I'm at least 15,000 over goal (which is fine, of course, just unexpected!) I waver between being pleased with it and incredibly irritated with it. The words definitely aren't flowing as well as before! I'll probably tack on a nice little Epilogue at the end as well, just for fluff's sake. I really want to finish it up by the end of the month, but it might run a few days over into April.
Speaking of April, I'm planning on starting my How to Think Sideways
class as well. I've been a member for ages, but was never able to set aside time to do the lessons properly, but as it was one of my New Year's goals, I'm definitely going to tackle it this year! I'm borrowing my Dad's Nook reader, which means I get to use it to read lessons on. Definitely nicer than trying to print out the 50ish page lessons! The teacher/author is Holly Lisle, and we had a short exchange over email after she recognized my email address as a character from one of her books. I was finally able to tell her how much her books have meant to me, which was really fulfilling after basically lurking around her website/blog for years.
I was able to see two shows recently that I've wanted to see for ages - the first was Beauty and the Beast Broadway, which came to Sacramento. It was really enjoyable, but so many kids! Kids literally being passed back and forth over the seats between family members and loudly wondering where Belle was every time she was offstage. XD That's what I get for going to a matinee performance, though. It was lovely to hear "Human Again" in its original incarnation, and "Be Our Guest" was a fantastic showstopper number! The girl playing Belle really sounded like Paige O'Hara too, which was a major plus.
The other show was Jerry Seinfeld Live! (In my po-dunk hometown no less!) He has long been my favorite comedian (considering I basically grew up watching his show), and it was good to know that he is just as funny in real life. It was basically an hour and a half of nonstop laughs, and by the end of the night I had cried from laughing so hard and my cheeks hurt from excessive smiling. The person who got our tickets also somehow scored front row as well, so I could even see facial expressions! I've never been in the front row for anything before, so that was a real treat.
Further off news: in late June/early July I'll be going on a mission trip with the church to Fiji. This was originally going to be a family thing, but after my Mom broke her leg in early December last year, she bowed out from going. So it's going to be Dad, my brother, and I, and possibly one of my old friends. Along with about twenty or so other people from the church. I'm looking forward to it, but also fairly apprehensive as well.
In books, I just finished the excellent Legend
by Marie Lu. Very well done post-apocalyptic YA stuff. A little more grounded than Hunger Games as well, which I liked. I also just started Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers; I'm about 150 pages in so far, and it's great!
In anime, I just finished Princess Tutu. Yes, the name sounds ridiculous, but if you like fairy tales, storytelling, ballet, or classical music at all, I highly recommend it. Oh my goodness does it employ its classical soundtrack to use well! It basically put me back on a classical music kick. It's very meta about fairy tales and stories as well, which I absolutely loved - it pulls from things like The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Hans Christen Andersen to build a beautiful and somewhat dark new fairy tale. I mean, it's main character is a duck named Duck who transforms into a girl who transforms into Princess Tutu. How can you not love it?
Anyway, hopefully the next time I post will be the end of my Dragon Flyz fic! Cheers!