Blue Bellydance

So...

I recently discovered in my latest class, that if I get into clinicals for dental hygiene, that I can NOT do them part time. This would mean quitting my current job to focus on clinicals. I am in no way in a position to quit my job for a year or more to complete the clinical program.

This has put me in a bit of a crunch, but at the same time feels a bit liberating. I have been enjoying the classes, but I will be honest. I was only pursuing dental hygiene because it would mean a very good salary in a pretty stable line of work.

Earlier this year, I was lamenting about how I didn't feel I had a passion for anything. Since then, we went to the PA Ren Faire and I found myself with a peace I hadn't felt in awhile while there. With everything going on, it was a way to find solitude and re-charge, despite that it was an active day of walking around, sometimes even racing to and fro to see things.

I had become FB friends with some of the knights and cast last year, and this year I was able to establish friendships with those same people as more than just FB friends. And I gained new friendships from new members of the cast, even to the point that I thought- well what if I auditioned?

Kick in the fear, because I had never done so. But these people I hadn't know before now had embraced me and encouraged me to go for it. So I am. I am auditioning for both the NJ faire and the PA faire.

What I don't think I fully realized until I thought about it, and discovering I might need to change majors, what their encouragement has done has opened up the possibility of me embracing a dream I gave up LOOOOOOONG ago because I was told I didn't have the talent for it, I didn't have the looks for it, it wasn't a practical dream, etc.

You see, when I was little. I wanted to be an actress.

Does that mean I am going to pursue that now? Hm. Not... really? I mean, I am in the respect of auditioning for the faires, but I don't think I would look into just that. Even behind the scenes stuff would work for me.

Basically what this long winded post means is- I am looking into the possibility of transferring to the local 4-year university that is very close to the house (as in 5 minutes from the house, maybe a little more in traffic) to get a Bachelor's degree in Speech & Communication with a minor in Theatre.

No firm decisions are being made right now. I can't even weigh the options fully until the end of next week because finals start on Monday, and I need to focus on *that* first before I focus on any potential changes by talking to both schools, seeing if I am even accepted into Millersville University, or even finding out if the program I am looking at can be done part-time/three-quarters-time with my work schedule. Everything is just a maybe right now, but that is where I am at currently.
Blue Bellydance

Helping a friend...

While in Arizona attending a funeral, a friend and her daughter lost almost everything when their roommates caused a fire at the house they all lived in. The daughter's room and belongings are pretty much gone, and a lot was destroyed in her room.

I created a fundraiser on Give Forward to help them out to try and get them back on their feet in this horrible time. Please give if you can. If you can't, please pass on the message. You can donate by going here:

http://www.giveforward.com/helpingmyliaandchey
LJ <3
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So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.


(Click for big)

[A couple of more screenshots]
I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile


Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist


New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters


One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).



All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.

PUBLIC POST AT lj_releases ABOUT THE NEW FRIENDSLIST: http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/79480.html.

You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test: http://lj-ru-beta.livejournal.com/7013.html

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at ruljautonews: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/27964.html

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.

ETA7 (really?): RUSSIAN NEWS POSTS CONFIRM PAGINATION AND ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE FONT AND BACKGROUND IN THE FUTURE, ruljautonews HAS MORE: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/28207.html
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Blue Bellydance

Been awhile...

Besides updating for a fic I wrote, I haven't really posted anything here. Not much really is going on- this year for me August through the end of October are busy, busy as I am in school, plus with work, and on the weekends masteralida and I have spent almost every weekend, sometimes both days, at the PA Ren Faire. Which is leading us on a new journey.

We are auditioning for both the NJ and PA Ren Faires next year. So if all goes well, two weekends in June I will be in NJ working, and then once again my August-October will be INSANE as I'll be working, taking a lighter semester load, but still will have school, and weekends will be consumed with running amock on the Shire of Mt. Hope in costume and in character.

The audition process is something I have never really done. Back in early 2005, I did audition for two plays in the Waterford area- Wuthering Heights & some other play. I didn't get a part in either. I was never involved in theater or music when in school, though I was in the band for a year and a half only because I needed to take a music course and being in band satisfied that.

Needless to say, I have been scared out of my mind about this auditioning thing. In fact, I considered for a bit on saying no, I won't do it, but I was basically told I had no choice for PARF (ultimately I could have, but I would have disappointed a few people), but a big first step for me was making that initial contact for NJRF by sending my email to get myself a slot. So my audition for NJRF is Saturday, January 19th at 12:30 pm.

To audition, we need to sing a few bars of a song and perform a 1-minute monologue. For me, this means cue panic. I don't really think I can sing. Or rather, I probably have an okay voice, but no idea my vocal range or any training to go with it. Cue freak out: what song can I possibly sing that is not going to make me freeze?!

Potential ideas to help me have included going to karaoke nights. I am looking into possible voice lessons to lead me into the auditions. Ultimately, finding the right song has been important. I am pretty sure I have found it, but I was concerned if it would be weird to sing it because it's a song written for a male part- "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables.

I adore this song. It is so heartbreaking and haunting, yet quite gorgeous and understated. There are so many strong, better known songs from the musical that I feel this song gets a little overlooked, especially as it isn't a female song and it's the only true solo for Marius in the musical. Plus, as I was singing along to the CD in my car, I noticed that I was not trying to make my voice sound like the voice on the CD, which is a bad habit I have. I also didn't feel like I was straining, even at the most powerful parts. Taking this as a good sign, I've decided this is the song I am going to focus on and learn and use it at all my auditions.

Next up is to figure out a monologue. I want something to show range, but there is a part of me that wants to almost "act out" one of two scenes from Black Jewels; When Draca is explaining the concept of Jaenelle spiraling to Saetan, or when Tersa is "reprimanding" the Dark Court when they keep asking why, why, why when Ladvarian asks them for blood and memories for Jaenelle. At the same time- I feel maybe I should choose an actual monologue from a play as is probably expected of me.

So that is my next thing to tackle in this new journey of my life. I admit it feels strange to be discussing the concept of singing, acting, auditioning, etc. I never thought it would be something I would do, though I have always wanted to. We'll see how the journey goes.
Haven- OT3

[HAVEN FIC] Not My Father- 1/1- PG

Title: Not My Father
Author: Jourdana Standish
Disclaimer: I do not own Haven. This is purely for fun.
Rating: PG
Warnings: Major character death.
Summary: It only takes a moment to realize that you can either get everything you ever wanted, or lose it all. Sometimes in that moment, you realize that regardless of the outcome, you will lose it all anyway.

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[HAWAII FIVE-0/MAG 7] Ohana- Master Post- PG-13

Title: Ohana
Author: queenmidalah
Artist: azuremonkey
Word Count: 12,548
Rating: PG-13
Crossover: Hawaii Five-0/Magnificent 7 ATF universe
Characters/Pairings: Steve McGarrett, Danny Williams, Chin Ho Kelly, Kono Kalakaua, Chris Larabee, Vin Tanner, Buck Wilmington, Ezra Standish, Josiah Sanchez, Nathan Jackson, JD Dunne, Catherine Rollins; mentions of Catherine/Steve, beginnings of Steve/Kono.
Warnings Strong language, minor character death, mild violence
Author's Notes: Thank you SO much to azuremonkey for the fabulous artwork she created for me. I absolutely love it. It helped me get this story completed, and as I told her, I think this may end up as a series because I have more ideas forming in my head in this little universe involving the McGarrett brothers. This was written for the hawaii_bigbang challenge.
Summary: A case brings the Denver ATF office's best team, Team 7, to Hawaii to work with special task force, Five-0. The problem is, it brings up a past that Chris rarely likes to discuss with anyone. How are the rest of Team 7 and Five-0 going to handle the fact that Chris and Steve have a very intertwined past? Namely the fact that John McGarrett is Chris' biological father.



Part 1 :: Part 2 :: Part 3 :: Part 4 :: Part 5
Writing 3- Quill

[HAWAII FIVE-0/MAG 7] Ohana- 5/5 - PG-13

Title: Ohana
Author: queenmidalah
Artist: azuremonkey
Word Count: 12,548
Rating: PG-13
Crossover: Hawaii Five-0/Magnificent 7 ATF universe
Characters/Pairings: Steve McGarrett, Danny Williams, Chin Ho Kelly, Kono Kalakaua, Chris Larabee, Vin Tanner, Buck Wilmington, Ezra Standish, Josiah Sanchez, Nathan Jackson, JD Dunne, Catherine Rollins; mentions of Catherine/Steve, beginnings of Steve/Kono.
Warnings Strong language, minor character death, mild violence
Author's Notes: Thank you SO much to azuremonkey for the fabulous artwork she created for me. I absolutely love it. It helped me get this story completed, and as I told her, I think this may end up as a series because I have more ideas forming in my head in this little universe involving the McGarrett brothers.
Summary: A case brings the Denver ATF office's best team, Team 7, to Hawaii to work with special task force, Five-0. The problem is, it brings up a past that Chris rarely likes to discuss with anyone. How are the rest of Team 7 and Five-0 going to handle the fact that Chris and Steve have a very intertwined past? Namely the fact that John McGarrett is Chris' biological father.



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