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Dec. 18th, 2009 | 02:15 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful

"Welcome to Cranford, circa 1840...a rural English town where etiquette rules, undergirded by a healthy amount of gossip. Modernity is making a move in town as construction of a railway comes harrowingly close. Cranford's eclectic residents, among them Matty Jenkyns (Dame Judi Dench) her sister Deborah (Dame Eileen Atkins), and Miss Pole (Imelda Staunton), stay immersed in the sweet pleasures and sometimes heartbreaking realities of simple village life. But when a handsome, young doctor arrives with cutting-edge new techniques, it rapidly becomes clear that as the world changes, so Cranford will change with it. Based on three Elizabeth Gaskell novels (Cranford, My Lady Ludlow and Mr. Harrison's Confessions), and boasting an all-star cast, Cranford breathes life into one town during one extraordinary year."  

I was browsing through some recommended films/TV series on Amazon when I came across this ^. And guess what? Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Barbara Flynn and Michael Gambon are in it. The cast are already enough to make me want to watch this immediately. URGH, I want the box set as a Christmas present so badly. :( I guess I'll just have to start saving up money again.

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Tonight's Dinner Is Free!!

Dec. 14th, 2009 | 12:15 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: I Am The One - Next to Normal OBCR

Mother and I ran out of dinner food tonight, and decided to roam the busy streets of Causeway Bay for a restaurant. We ran into some sort of commercial fair at Victoria Park, decided to check it out since it seemed interesting...and ended up tasting a whole dinner's worth of free sample food from every single food stall. Cool, eh? And we didn't even spend a dime - well, unless you count the ice-cream we bought afterwards. There were a hell of a lot of delicious stuff at the stalls, like tiny cups of noodles, slices of bread cut into tiny pieces, free corn-on-the-cobs, etc. I actually felt pretty full after trying all those samples :).

So here's a tip, folks: The next time you're out of food, or just want to save up some money, try to bluff your way into a commercial fair, and sample everything inside! The best thing is that there isn't just free food samples in the fair; you can also always find something cheap yet delicious to eat :D.

By the by, I came across an extremely fun site where you ask and answer questions about yourself and each other. Here's my account: http://www.formspring.me/justwendi. It's great fun, and extremely useful for whenever you're bored.

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Two Versions of My 2009 Christmas Wishlist

Dec. 1st, 2009 | 12:55 am
mood: amusedamused
music: Mrs. de Winter bin ich! - Rebecca (Rebecca: The Complete Vienna Recording)

I'm in a particularly Christmas-y mood today after hanging around at the mall and looking at the decorations, so I decided to build my own Christmas wishlist for this year. I've also got together a Christmas shopping list, and hopefully I'll start the insane present hunt after I finish this year's NaNoWriMo.

The Ridiculous Verison of My 09 Christmas Wishlist
-The HMS Surprise
-Stephen's banyan
-Jack's hats (all of them)
-Tickets to the German tour of Elisabeth
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 and 2 (the movies, of course)
-A time machine
-My very own bookshop or library
-My very own musical theatre
-A pet bird (not the small ones. Large ones like eagles or hawks.)
-Archie Kennedy Jack Stephen heck, any guy from any Age of Sail novels/films/TV! um...nothing. ^_^ forget it.
-The chance to kill Edward Cullen anyone from Twilight
-Any of my Top 10 favorite roles on Broadway/musicals
-A chance to tell my characters how annoying they are for not obeying me during my NaNo.
- A bottle of Felix Felicis

The Serious Version of the Wishlist
- The Collector's Edition of the 2005 Vienna Elisabeth musical DVD
- That book on ancient architecture I saw in the bookshop the other day...can't remember its name :(
- A pair of nice new warm boots. My only pair's three years old already, and it's a bit too small.
-The collector's set of the Aubrey-Maturin novels. I only have three of 'em. :(
- Notebooks. Lots of 'em. I NEED MORE NOTEBOOKS!! *RAWR*
- Early Edition Season 1, 2 and 3. Somehow the show ended up on my Top 5 favorite TV series.
- Either an iPhone or an iPod nano (the latest one. I don't care for iPod Touch). "What a fascinating modern age we live in." XD
- A non-digital, preferably old, camera. Or an instant camera.
- Any Sharpe novel or film. I must admit that I haven't read or watched Sharpe before, and it seems a required reading/watching of the Age of Sail fandom.
- History books, especially if they are about medieval history, the Civil War, Dicken's London, the Age of Sail, or medieval China.
- Books about psychology.

O_O Wow. My wishlist is long. XD Hopefully I'll get most of what's on the list for Christmas.

PS: I officially lost my first NaNoWriMo. I was far too busy these two days, and I screwed up by not even writing a single word today. *wails and sobs like a baby*

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NaNoWriMo Wrapup

Nov. 29th, 2009 | 12:41 am
mood: crankycranky
music: "Die Schatten Werden Langer" - Elisabeth (2005 Vienna Recording)

Last day of NaNoWriMo. I'm absolutely exhausted. My novel's still going nowhere, and I'm not even halfway to finishing it, and I'm planning to stay awake until 3am tonight to write as much as I can before the deadline.

Word count? 40,565 words. 9435 to go until I reach the NaNo goal, although my novel will probably be around 80,000 words.
Chapters? Less than 10 out of the 23 chapters I mean to write.
Pages? I can't bother to check.
Plot? I still do not have a coherent one. All I have are some random scenes stitched together.
Characters? One dead, one gone mad and hallucinating, one's in a nuthouse even though he ain't mad, another one is going through extreme angsting, and yet another character is missing. I feel bad for them all.
My muse? Nowhere to be found.
Spelling and grammar? Atrocious.
My brain? 99% dead.

Yeah...that kinda sums up my first ever NaNoWriMo. D: After tonight, I'm planning to take a week off to relax and to some extremely early Christmas shopping before I continue my novel...however long it will take. *rubs eyes* I probably deserve a rest after a whole month of slaving over the novel. After yesterday's non-stop 4 hours long writing spree, I fee like this:

As for today's NaNo progress, I must admit that I ended up procrastinating making good use of my time reading Desolation Island and listening to the 2005 Vienna recording of Elisabeth. German musicals and Patrick O'Brian are made of win :D. Plus I'm dreading the next chapter I'm about to write. It involves heavy angsting and going insane - oh, and there's also a some hallucination thrown in as well. I put my characters through so much hell. O_O I think I might need to read a bunch of humor fanfics to cheer me up after so much depression. Any suggestions?

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A Huge Load of Icons

Nov. 27th, 2009 | 06:55 pm
mood: artistic

x22 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
x30 Hornblower


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First Post!

Nov. 27th, 2009 | 03:42 pm
mood: chipperchipper

So I've finally decided to start my first LiveJournal account! I've been terribly busy this month with NaNoWriMo and other stuff, so I thought I'd distract myself by getting an LJ account. :D

Cheers, everyone!

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