feuervogel: photo of the statue of Victory and her chariot on the Brandenburg Gate (Default)
Let's see. I started playing Flight Rising, this dragon breeding game with forums and mini-games and monster battles. It's fun. Look at my pretty dragons.

I started Russian 101 on Wednesday. So far we've learned the alphabet and the weird Russian pronunciation rules (regressive assimilation, vowel reduction, palatalized consonants). It's very strange being in a class with 18-year-olds. For example, yesterday, two classmates were talking before class, and one of them asked when Chernobyl happened. I answered immediately and without thinking, "1986." They both were like "whoa, you just knew that!" So I said, "Well, I was alive then..." They asked what it was like, and I don't really remember, because I was 10, you know? But there was a lot of confusion and no internet to get information from, just TV news and newspapers, and it wasn't like Russia was terribly open about what was going on over there...

So yeah. It's weird. I don't want to be aloof or standoffish, but I also have this "well, I'm a LOT older than y'all, and it's weird to try to be friends with you because it could come off really creepy." So we'll see how things go.

Dragon Con is in less than two weeks oh fuck.

Still working on revising the spy novel. I'm getting close to the part where things get exciting, but there's a bit of rewriting I need to do, not just sentence-level revision, so, ugh. Also I don't have as much time per day to write, so I'll probably do something like spend a couple hours each day on the weekends and squeeze in some during the week. We'll see.

Helsinki won the 2017 WorldCon bid, so I'm planning to go to that. As long as it doesn't conflict too badly with grad school (if I get in). Their dates would get me back to the US about a week before the semester starts, which could make, you know, course planning exciting, especially if I go to Germany for language class on a grant.

But let's not put the cart before the horse, here. I haven't finished my application yet, because I haven't taken the GRE yet and I haven't uploaded transcripts. They at least take unofficial ones at the application stage, which is great, because those are free and things I mostly have on hand.

Date: 2015-08-23 09:19 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] groovesinorbit
groovesinorbit: ani difranco (Default)
Your dragons are very pretty. What does the game cost?

Good luck with all the things. You have quite the list of things to do.

Date: 2015-08-23 09:59 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] groovesinorbit
groovesinorbit: buffy and willow (conversation)
Ooh! I'm going to have to check it out. I do like dragons.

Hang in there!

Date: 2015-11-16 05:55 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] groovesinorbit
groovesinorbit: scully (happy)
I saw your post! And I have it on my calendar to do. Looking forward to it. :)

Date: 2015-08-23 09:33 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] ruthling
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pretty dragons! (you might like a game called puzzle and dragon, it is addictive apparently)

Helsinki! That's kind of exciting actually. They had a good bid.

Date: 2015-08-25 06:19 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] ranyart
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I am SUPER excited that Helsinki won for 2017! I don't think I'll go, although I'd love to go to Helsinki at some point, but I've been behind their bid since I heard about it. :)

Date: 2015-08-22 07:04 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com

I totally get that. The coverage would be there today.

Date: 2015-08-23 12:33 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com
It's just strange to think about. I found out much more about as an adult and wondered why I didn't remember more in the moment. I remembered the Challenger strongly. It makes so much sense when you add the fact that it was likely suppressed.

Date: 2015-08-25 02:43 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] corneredangel.livejournal.com
Assuming Putin didn't block twitter and other social media sites instantly, yeah. And even then, people would find ways to work around it.

All due respect, nobody really bothers with blocking social media - it's still just such an insignificant part of how people get news, that the approach is pretty much "let them have their little playbox". Hell, even real media, on stuff like that - the tabloids have to make their money somehow! As long as you're not challenging Putin himself, or just generally being disrespectful to the country or the Church, you're good.


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