lea_hazel: Wonder Woman (Genre: Comics)
Volumes 6&7 of Saga are out in TPB format and we picked them up at this year's Olamot. Naturally I devoured them both at record speed. The next arc doesn't start until sometime next month, so for the first time in literal years, I'm actually caught up with the rest of the world (on this or any comic book).

My brother and I used to get a monthly comics package delivered via subscription. This was a method that more or less worked for us for many years, and my brother especially was a little pissed to see it go defunct. But since I've been keeping up with individual issues less and less for years now, and TPBs are generally much easier to read and to store, I'm not too miffed. There was a time when I would read and reread every issue we got, monthly, sometimes four or five times a month, while waiting for the next package with bated breath.

Now we more or less pick up TPBs only at the cons, twice a year, where the two comic book shops (AFAIK the only two in Israel) both have booths. So we get what we can and whatever they don't have we wait on. That's how I got the three Rat Queens TPBs (I reviewed the first two here), the first volume of the new Ms. Marvel (which I still want to catch up on) etc. etc. Some Star Wars volumes too, which I haven't finished, and one Adventure Time comic (with Carey Pietsch doing art).

Getting back to Saga, after the major cliffhanger that I left off on, the two new volumes were a pretty rough rollercoaster. New characters come in, old characters leave temporarily or permanently. One of the leaving characters was a great favorite of mine, and looks to be as permanently gone as they get. When is funny, considering that the Stalk was one of the first (possibly the first) deaths in the comic, and she's still around in some form or another. And the plot is unfolding in such a way that I can still confuse the Will and Prince Robot IV with each other, because... well, their arcs just have a lot of shared points.

But anyway, Saga is still riveting and if anyone has opinions about it I'd love to hear them. I ight even d a proper review, once I've gotten through some of my backlog.
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
Last night was sort of the pits of the funk I've been in lately. I talked it out with someone and I feel a little more optimistic. It's the feeling of being trapped into a course of action that gets me down more than anything else. fortunately with enough forethought and creativity I can usually come up with an alternative. And so that's what I'm trying to do now.

Yesterday was also the deadline for Strange Horizons' special queer issue. To which I did not submit a story, as a cause and consequence of the funk I mentioned. I did write yesterday, though, and something I am fairly pleased with. And this morning I drafted my next blog post, the one about writing disability that I've been mulling over for so long. I dread the possibility that it will expand into a series of posts.

Now I have a short break in the workshop which hopefully will allow me to catch my breath a little. And there's Olamot over Passover which is OMG! SO SOON!
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
Every now and then Icon manages to acquire a major international writer as a guest of honor. It always seems like such a great opportunity, but on the other hand, I'm often only faintly familiar with the authors in question and their work. This year was an exception. Having just recently embarked on my career as a professional writer, and being that I'm still struggling with the specific demands of writing proper short stories, this year's guest of honor events seemed too good to miss.

The festival takes place over three days during Sukkot and there are events all day long (and well into the night). Although I decided I couldn't afford to write three full days off for writing, I was adamant that I would make the most and pre-ordered tickets to three evening events. These events were a panel on the subject of "the search for a perfect language", a general short stories panel, and a one-on-one Q&A. Alas, I got ill on the second day and ended up missing the final event (the Q&A) which I was most looking forward to, along with the closing event where awards are announced.

The first panel was very interesting. The subject of language in science fiction is of perennial interest to me, not least because I'm myself bilingual. What I hadn't realized (not being a linguist) is that "perfect language" is actually a quite specific piece of terminology. It describes, as best as I could understand, a language in which it is possible to perfectly express the speaker's intent, without ambiguity. As a writer, obviously this seems like a terrible idea, because without ambiguity literature loses much of its magic. But, as a computer programmer, I'm a lot less worried.

All in all, it was very interesting and I'm very glad I got to hear it.

The second panel was a bit of a mess. I, like some others on the audience (and, I got the impression, also the panel moderator) got the feeling that the two Israeli panelists were dominating the conversation and injecting too many personal references and inner jokes. There was still a lot of interest to listen to, in between arguments about who won the most Geffen awards and short slips into Hebrew. 'Where do you get ideas from?' cropped up but also, more interestingly, some questions that were more about the process of transitioning the raw idea into a story-shaped concept.

I'm still sorry I missed the third event, but glad I went to the ones I did, especially the language panel. I'm even more glad that this gave me a good impetus to look up some of Ted Chiang's short stories online and find out for myself why he's so highly regarded. The stories I read are very high-concept based and feel like a distillation of the core process of creating science fiction. A novel scientific concept, a series of speculations, potential social implications and finally, their impact on the individual human.

A good week, despite my illness.

Crossposted to hazelgold.net.
lea_hazel: Neuron cell (Science: Brains)
I took up some sort of weird work commitment that accounts for a few hours a month. Nothing resembling a paycheck but I am relieved at the very least at having productive occupation. The kind that I know I can stick to/see through, since I'm getting pretty tired of being mad at myself for spending too much time online (or playing games) and not enough time studying/working/writing. I hope this works out and helps keep me sharp for when I get a full-time job, and maybe even spruces up my resume. Meanwhile I have an interview/exam for a real position on Sunday morning. The holidays are fucking with my sense of time.

I have discovered myself to be too tired, or anxious, or bored to do much Icon this year. It's just... abominably crowded, and full of kids, and smells powerfully of stale sweat. /o\

My current fic assignment is behind schedule and I'm nervous as hell. There's a creeping feeling growing in the back of my mind that I might miss the deadline, which is something I have never done. Nearly happened with this year's [community profile] purimgifts, but at the end I got the last one in. Defaulting, and at such a late point, is really an awful feeling. I just-- ugh, I just have to man the hell up and write it, even if it doesn't come out as good as I hoped.

I know there's a Tumblr Savior-like app that works on AO3. How about Delicious? Is there anything that will allow me to somehow reverse filter links to prompts/fills? IDK. "Not" filtering is kind of complicated.

Spring Is Here

Saturday, 12 April 2014 14:46
lea_hazel: Wonder Woman (Genre: Comics)
Everything is happening.

Thursday was a friend's birthday party, which I sadly missed due to falling asleep at ten-ish. On Friday I managed to repair a messed up situation regarding my regular prescriptions, with largely no ill-effect, which I feel I can be proud of. Then I skipped out on family dinner because it's almost Pesach and I'll be seeing everyone soon, anyway.

Speaking of Pesach, sometime in winter there was a sale at Torrid and I picked up two dressed that I've been waiting for spring to wear. One of them needed hemming, so I went to the local seamstress and promptly forgot to pick it up for about a month. At least these kinds of slipups don't prey on my mind the way they ordinarily used to do.

So many people around me are doing depression blogging. Really makes you appreciate certain things.

Tuesday is the first holiday and then on Wednesday and Thursday I have work, and possibly the local spring con in the evening. Gonna have to bite the bullet and ask my sister if I can crash at hers one night. Then again, I don't know how many of the events I'd really be interested in. At least when it comes to a workday evening.

Happenings

Saturday, 24 August 2013 16:33
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Yesterday was the big shared birthday party. It was a dinner party for about twelve, and we ended up making enough food for about twenty, I think. All in all, though, things went very smoothly. Both the food and the company were lovely and I am so glad I did this. Although there were lots of fandom people there, it was light on the fandom talk most of the time. Which makes a nice change of pace, I think.

I slept over at my sister's and spent Saturday morning with her. We don't often spend quality time alone together and we were both of pretty good spirits so it was very nice. I left her one of the mini-watermelons I bought that we never opened, and I figure I'll bring the second one to my parents. My mom eats a lot of fruit, and my fridge is already pretty full.

On the one hand, it's Saturday and I have every excuse to spend the whole day on Tumblr or playing video games. On the other hand, it would be nice if I could motivate myself to write some original fiction. I'm completely rusty, especially since I'm trying to write in Hebrew which AHAHAHAHAHA. And trying to write Hebrew language fantasy which HAHAHAHA-no. Maybe I'm kidding myself, but now is the time to do all the things I said I would do etc. etc.

As long as I keep a clear head and reasonable expectations about it.

Hope

Monday, 19 August 2013 14:38
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
The theme of this year's Israeli SFF con is "identity". The short story contest closes for entries on the 29th. If I put my mind to it, I know I can write a decent story by then. Deadlines are good for me and, for the past IDK how many years whenever I saw a call for submissions I said "someday" but, guess what? Someday is today.

Identity is a lovely subject that I have a lot to say about. Too much to say, probably. All I know is I have to nail down my theme before I start putting down words.

This is gonna be a thing that happens.

AO3 Gathering

Friday, 5 July 2013 22:50
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
I will write all about the awesome fannish gathering where I spent most of today... tomorrow. For now I have vital gaming to do.

Woo!

Saturday, 25 May 2013 09:05
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
The AO3 meetup was fantastic, although I brought sunscreen and neglected to use it. Consequently I'm a little extra-crispy all over the parts of my arms and shoulders that aren't often exposed. Not my brightest moment, other than the shade of pink, which is indeed quite bright.

(no subject)

Friday, 24 May 2013 08:29
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
Well, I'm off to the second AO3 gathering. Hope I don't get lost.
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Friday was the big AO3 Israeli fandom meetup. It was completely awesome.

Fannish meetup )

I don't remember if I mentioned here, or only on Tumblr, but I downloaded a program called Twine that manages and compiles interactive fiction into hypertext games. I'm working on my first game and it's going well.

don't believe in love; )

Fanfic is hard. I have two ongoing projects that I swore up and down I would finish before I progress to the rest of my WIP folder, because I don't want my attention to be too scattered. That way lies madness, and fics languishing forveer incomplete.

But it turns out I only really know how to do the "hurt" in hurt/comfort. It came up on Friday, actually. )

The ceiling light in my living room crapped out again. I really just need to get a standing lamp. In better news I had a guy clean and fix my computer, which is a vast improvement. The inside of the box was piled with dust, it was so gross.

Icon 2011

Sunday, 16 October 2011 10:11
lea_hazel: Wonder Woman (Genre: Comics)
I suspect that going to an Israeli comics convention might be a little anticlimactic after Dragon*Con. Or, then again, it might be comfortingly familiar. At any rate, the food will be better. Too bad I fell asleep at 3 AM last night and then woke up at 8 AM this morning.

My brother still wants TPBs to catch up on the latest Green Lantern events. IDK, I think he'll probably end up being disappointed.

(no subject)

Friday, 22 July 2011 01:56
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
Had a blast. Hours in humid city. Soaked in sweat--literally. Off to shower and then bed.
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
If anyone knows, please tell me.

I am bad with time. The more I grow up, the more I realize that there's something fundamental about the concept of time that I can't keep up with, and what's more, I have no internal clock.

Such it was that I only today realized (after sitting down to make some sense of my calendar) that I have a very exciting fannish meetup and a very exciting concert on the same day. Since the meetup is time-flexible and starts in the afternoon, and since there is should be an easy bus that connects the two, this actually makes both events even more exciting.

I am going to see Paul Simon live oh my gog yayayayay!!

Sometimes my inability to comprehend time yields exciting surprises. :D

Icon

Tuesday, 28 September 2010 23:42
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
I will post my impressions of Icon at length some other time, probably not tomorrow because I have family stuff. But suffice it to say, I had a great time, although not all went as planned. Some panels/lectures were less fun than others, and the comics scene is still leaving me kind of disappointed.

But I did progress some 100 pages in Acacia, and I got a standalone novel about dwarves. Apparently it is time I put my money where my mouth is, dwarf-wise. So to speak.

The Israeli/Jewish SFF subject was a recurring theme in this year's Icon, which I found highly gratifying. Two noted (I think?) Israeli SFF bloggers displayed a strong presence. Certain insinuations were made that I need to ruminate on. And, par for the course, my mind started buzzing with story ideas that will probably never make it to paper. As though I don't have a WIP I should be paying attention to (which is not a little Jewish itself, in some ways).

I am still working on my tag system.

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