makeste: (I'M A SHAAAAAARK)

So, I have been gone for several months! My last post was in July! Hur hur hur. This is what happened: I was busy and I didn't update one week and I was like, "oh, well, I'll just do it next week." And then the next week came along and I was still busy and I was like, "Okay, so I'll do a big triple update the week after this!" And then that week came along and SUDDEN PLOT TWIST, MY COMPUTER DIED. LIFE IS A COMEDY.

Soooooo what this means is that for the last couple of months my only Internet access has been via iPhone, meaning fic and chapter reviews and all that has been put on the backburner because haha you kind of need a keyboard for all that good stuff. So, I'm like... nine chapters behind on KHR? Something like that. Basically.

But this story has a happy ending, because just now today I finally got myself a brand new laptop, this little hellraiser over here, which I am exceedingly pleased with so far. Ignore those two negative reviews because this thing is freaking awesome. I have christened him Watson, and he and I have spent the last two or three hours getting acquainted with one another and he is really quite the charming fellow. We are thinking of getting a new Photoshop together, but due to hypothetical money I may or may not hypothetically want to spend, I am open to any hypothetical suggestions on where one might hypothetically obtain a copy of Photoshop without hypothetically paying... for... the things... and... yeah. >_> ANY SUGGESTIONS ON THIS WOULD BE A+, as I hear tell it's a little more difficult to do these days than it was the last time I was setting up a new computer.

(ETA: Hypothetically [ profile] elanor_pam's suggestion worked perfectly, thank you so much! <3)

Last but not least, immediately following this post I will start doing catch-up reviews until I am fully caught up with the most recent KHR once again. Now that I have a sexy fast laptop at last my activity should go up a bit, because that was one of the main things keeping me from being on LJ more frequently. (To explain this a little more: my current laptop is running on an Intel i7 quad core processor with Sandy Bridge and all that shit, and 6 GBs of RAM. HOLLA. Whereas my last computer before this... had 128 MBs of RAM. Yeah. That is not a typo or anything, that is literally all I had to work with. Someday soon I will look back and that and laugh, and then cry just a little bit.) I have been keeping up with the manga and the Arco Arc has been pretty spiffy so far and I am excited about it and I have many OPINIONS which I wish to share with you, friends and neighbors of the Interwebs! Plus I am like dying to write fic again so much it's not even funny, I have no fewer than three giant fics I want to write all at once and I have PLANS, ladies and gents. This may be the first year ever that I end up doing NaNo. We shall see! Obviously I have quite a long history of saying I will do things and then not doing the things, so let's take things easy for now.

Anyway, I missed you all and I am super psyched to be back, HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU. <3 And now I'm off to go find a copy of KHR 247 and type things about it.
makeste: [a shark with a beach ball on its nose] (We'll walk this road together)

But... happy? I guess?? )

P.S. so on Saturday my sis was caller number 7 to 102.7 Fresh FM and won tickets to the NYC premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (PART 2!!), and then on Monday we totally fucking WENT to that premiere, baby, we went there and we SAW that movie, dudes. We saw the shit out of it. AND IT WAS AMAAAAAAAZINNNG and I really should just do a whole separate post on that but it was one of those things where I just have so many ~feelings~ about it that I'm not really sure how to put it into words. But probably maybe I will make a post about it in a day or so with pictures and lots of capslocking about how HOLY SHIT I WAS IN THE SAME ROOM WITH RUPERT GRINT EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE LIKE A THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE THERE, *FAINT*. For now, though, I just had to mention it because it would be pretty ridiculous if the most interesting thing that has happened to me in like years just came and went and the next day all I posted about was KHR.

Though in fairness, seriously! WHY IS IT OUT ON A TUESDAY. ?? Well, whatever.
makeste: [a shark with a beach ball on its nose] (The beginning of a beautiful friendship)

Actually, this is probably a boring story, but it's one of those things where you just have to rant about it once it's all over and done with, you know? It involves a flat tire, but it has a happy ending! READ ON TO LEARN MORE... or ignore me and continue to go about your daily business!

Honestly, your daily business should probably take priority. )
makeste: (LITTLE CHROME)
Hello, everyone! Today I am going to treat you all to my baby sis's rendition of that timeless Grimm classic, Little Red Riding Hood.

"Once upon a time, there was Little Red Riding Hood. And she was only like THIS tall. And the wolf was like, WHOA, THIS TALL! And then, Little Red Riding Hood was picking some blueberries and some apples, and then she sang a song about, 'Doodle doodle doo, I’m going to my grandma’s house! Doodle doodle doo, doodle doodle doo~.' And then she was finally there.

And then, so… 'But Grandma, what big ears you have! But Grandma, what big eyes you have! But Grandma, what big ears you have! But Grandma… what big teeth you have!'

'Better to EAT YOU!!'

And so they run and run. And so, and so, there came… WONDER PETS… I mean, this giant man, too, was going to hit the big bad wolf, he was like, FIFTEEN TALL, that big man, and so, and so, and so he slapped him, and then he ran away—'WAIT UP, THREE LITTLE PIGS!'

And so they gave all the food to the grandma, and had a good sleep, and THE END."

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it is a decided improvement on the original.
makeste: (VICTOLY)






ETA: lol.
makeste: (LITTLE CHROME)
...Minus the "adventures from" part, I guess. Hmm.

Continuing with this meme! So [ profile] smilypie asked me, post about what you do for a living/your everyday life? And I apologize in advance if this post puts anyone to sleep, because the answer is... not much. XD

To start, let me tell you a tale about young Makeste! FLASHBACK TO ABOUT SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS AGO. So there she was, going into college for the first time, and like many innocent new young adults, she was uncertain about her future! So she sought advice from friends and family about what she should major in. In turn, she got a lot of questions like, "Well, what do you like to do? What are you good at?" And for her, there was really only one answer that came to mind: "Writing, I guess."

Now it just so happened that Makeste had several aunts and friends-of-friends who had been communication/journalism majors in college. So upon hearing that she liked to write, the prevalent response was, "YOU SHOULD MAJOR IN COMMUNICATIONS." And having no better ideas, she complied.

FAST FORWARD TO A FEW YEARS LATER! A semester or so before graduation, Makeste came to several disturbing realizations: One, that even though she enjoyed writing for her own pleasure, it turns out that even a task you enjoy can become frustrating and burdensome if you are forced to do it on someone else's terms. Two, even though she was good at journalism, she sort of hated it! (The writing part I can handle; it's the research and interviewing that drive me nuts--and funnily enough, IT TURNS OUT THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, GASP.) Three, the employment market for new journalism graduates was quickly drying up thanks to the long and agonizingly drawn-out death of the newspaper industry. And four, it was too late to change her major and still graduate relatively debt-free (I was lucky enough to get a full scholarship to my school, but only for the expected four years). So! Faced with these harsh new realities, a few months later a rather dejected Makeste left school with a BA in Communication and pretty much no idea what the hell to do with it. XD

So to make a long story short, for the past three years I've pretty much just been working part-time, go-nowhere telemarketing and customer service jobs, and working as a lifeguard during the summer (i.e., right now). I actually don't mind lifeguarding all that much; it's not too difficult or stressful, I get to spend a lot of time outdoors as opposed to in a cubicle, and while the pay's not as good, the people are generally friendlier. But I'm only doing that until Labor Day, and after that it'll be back to the other stuff until I finally find something better/more permanent. Which I will be making a more serious effort to do this time around, because by this point I'm kind of starting to feel like a loser who's completely wasting all of her education. ;;

ANYWAY. As for the "everyday life" part, when I'm not working and/or online, my other main activity is karate, which I train in several days a week. I got my black belt back in 2001, and have been promoted twice since (most recently last May, when I earned my third-degree black belt), so nowadays I'm an instructor too; I even teach a kobudo class on Wednesday nights (I just got back from that, actually), which I love because I like teaching and because it's fucking awesome, okay. And that's more or less how I feel about karate in general. I love it and when I'm in the dojo I feel confident and at ease in a way I rarely do elsewhere in my life. And it's not something I talk about all that often because when I do, most people don't really know what to say aside from "wow, a black belt, please don't kick my butt, haha", but that's all right. XD

Anyway... so that's more or less it, I guess. Or at least this is where I'll stop, before this post starts running long and people really do start falling asleep. TOMORROW I WILL POST ABOUT CLOTHES! Unless KHR 303 comes out, in which case that will take priority (you guys, have you seen that cover page? I DID NOT KNOW THEY MADE TSUNAS THAT HOT).
makeste: (GENKISHI used WALL!)

Okay, first request! From [ profile] betterinorange: How post about the last mundane thing you did that went awry? :')

I like this request because I immediately knew exactly what incident to post about. XD

In which Roranoa Zoro would be contemptuous of my sense of direction. )

Other requests to come! I'm thinking I'll probably do one a day until I get to them all.
makeste: (Fly casual)


2. From [ profile] makemegray:

If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.
While there is a risk that disobeying this part of the meme will result in CRIPPLING GUILT, it's a chance I'm willing to take.


3. And because [ profile] daigranon posted a character meme (MY WEAKNESS!1)...

Pick from any of my fandoms and ask me to answer the following:

Favorite character:
Least Favorite Character:
Character with the best hair:
Character with the best eyes:
Character I'd most want to kiss:
Character I'd most likely screw:
Character I'd make lunch:
Character I'd go singing in the rain with:
Character I'd go shopping with:
Character I'd go dancing with:
Character I'd take over the world with:
Character I'd most want to cosplay as:
Favorite Pairing:
Favorite Yaoi pairing:
Favorite Yuri pairing:

Guys this meme is my destiny. 8(
makeste: (I have just met you and I love you!)
May the god of ducks smile upon you all. (No, that is not a shameless plug for Tournament of Spring. This is a shameless plug for Tournament of Spring. |D ...yeah, okay, sorry.)

1. Okay, apparently I wasn't getting birthday notifications, so before I forget again, Happy Extremely Belated Birthday to [ profile] gameazel, [ profile] ever_free, and [ profile] theprerogative! And also [ profile] melissa_42, though I think I already wished you well, but I didn't do it in a post, and I feel like I ought to, so. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU ALL and I'm sorry I'm so ridiculously late. XD

2. So what with Wednesday's chapter of KHR revealing the epic spoiler (I'll say that part again, SPOILER--as in, if you haven't read that chapter yet, you might want to skip this next bit XD) that Gokudera's mom didn't die in a "car accident" after all, but lost her life to a MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS, I suppose it was inevitable that I'd find myself pondering this sooner or later. The thing is, the end of the Future arc also had me thinking a lot about the box animals (just because Amano nearly gave me a freaking heart attack by originally saying they'd have to leave them behind), and so it was only a matter of time before some weird part of my mind tried connecting the two. And these are the thoughts that occurred:

  1. I sure hope whatever diseased Gokudera's mom died from wasn't genetic.
  2. You know, I wonder what wave type she was.
  3. I wonder if she had multiple wave energies as well, since supposedly that kind of thing runs in families, but Bianchi couldn't do it.
  4. --hoshit, I wonder if that's connected to the illness. Since wave energy is basically life energy and all. I wonder if having multiple energies depletes your chakra that much faster or anything like that.
  5. You know, considering all that, I wonder if having a box animal that pops up at will and runs around for hours on end can possibly be at all healthy for the owner of said box animal.
  6. But wait, Uri does eat to replenish his (HER???) energy, and normal box animals don't do that, so that's gotta help some. And also he (SHE???) is almost always in his cute, tiny form, as opposed to her huge and awesomely powerful form, so that's gotta conserve a lot of energy too.
  7. STILL, THOUGH. Why did I even think this, now I'm gonna be all worried for no reason. D:
  8. ...who am I kidding, this is way too big a stretch of logic for even Amano to ever go there.

And yet, for better or worse, the plot bunny has now been planted in my head. I'm sorry, Dera, I think my headcanon is just trying to compensate for the recent lack of angst. XD

makeste: [a shark with a beach ball on its nose] (I eat danger for breakfast.)



Feb. 21st, 2010 08:30 pm
makeste: (GENKISHI used WALL!)
Holy shit there's so many!!

From [ profile] erisabesu:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

She chose Stephen King, Hibari/zombie!Kusakabe, The Chronicles of Narnia, One Piece, NaruSasu, Theories, and Manga. )

And then [ profile] cleartempest gave me KHR, Naruto, and Phoenix Wright for the three fandom meme that probably all of you are familiar with by this point. :P

Wait, all that rambling, and I'm still only a third of a way through this post? )

And [ profile] cleartempest gave me this one too because I asked her because I am addicted to rambly memes:

Leave a comment saying, "I'M ON A HORSE" and I will give you five words I associate with you. Then post about what they mean to you, along with this, at your journal.

She gave me Radiohead, REBORN, black belt-ery, general geekery, and books you like, so I will type about those things.

Almost done now...! )


anon meme

Oh my god that took hours. XD Let me know if you want to do any of the memes. o/

makeste: [a shark with a beach ball on its nose] (Looks like the rules... just got screwed)
Quick update post!

1) Sorry for being scarce (i.e. completely absent) for the past week. Over the weekend one of my so-called SIBLINGS felt the need to infect my person with an organism which proceeded to hijack my perfectly healthy cells and co-opt them into virus-producing factories. I did take some offense to this but was ultimately unable to do much about it, except complain a lot and take some Vitamin C. So anyway, the short of it is that I've been sick and it was one of those things where every time I sat down at the computer, I was like, "...but I am le tired," and that was that. :/

So instead I've spent the past few days watching Buffy and Angel and reading (the Bartimaeus trilogy, which is incredibly awesome btw) and stuff. I will hopefully get to catching up with replies and posts before too long; sorry for the delay. ;;

2) Happy belated Birthday to [ profile] caddles and [ profile] jote_jote! Hope you both had fun. o/

3) A rambly post about KHR 275 will hopefully be posted sometime tomorrow-ish. I haven't read it yet, since I like to do the write-ups simultaneously. But as I presume it contains more Rock God Fairy Princess Fireworks Byakuran, I can't imagine how it could possibly let me down.

4) ...I had a fourth thing but it evaporated...! Because now all my stupid brain can think is, "Oh yeah, tee hee. Byakuran." Damn it.
makeste: (Oh boy! Sleep!)
The highlight of mine was baby sis getting so excited about us all actually sitting down at the same table to eat a meal that she just looked around, beaming, and then burst, "Let's talk about our day!" Sob hilarious guilt trip sob.

And naturally, KHR 268 was the other highlight. As usual, amazing, wondrous things are happening courtesy of Amano and her... ways.

Her crazy, crazy ways. )

And in case I don't get a chance to post again over the weekend (who even knows; it's the holidays), Happy Birthday, [ profile] readerofasaph and [ profile] nilly_chan! ♥
makeste: (JOY JOY egao ga mitai kara)
There we were, three of us twenty-somethings, all running around balancing our rakes on the tips of our fingers, while four-year-old baby sis (apparently the mature one) watched in great amusement. Oh man. We are such grown-ups. Grown-ups with talent.

But I am actually making this post for a different reason! So a few days ago, when as some of you may recall, I was in the midst of some subtle and tasteful fangirling over a certain character and his awesome awesomeness, [ profile] nilly_chan said she perhaps might color a certain awesomely awesome page, and I said I perhaps might make a post fangirling her own awesome awesometasticness if she did.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, she totally fucking did.







The shading is smooth and pretty as heck, and the flame effects on the bow kick ass. The background is FIERY AND EPIC and even though it's simple, it totally makes the whole pic like ten times more badass. GOKUDERA IS HOT AND HAS A PURPLE SHIRT, AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY I LOVE THAT PURPLE SHIRT SO MUCH, BUT I REALLY, REALLY DO. And in perhaps the biggest testament to the pic's awesomness, Storm Primo is somehow even sexier than he was before, which means he's basically nothing short of breathtaking. That haiiiiir and those eyyyyyes, omg. *_* I could just stare at that sexy bastard all day.

So yeah. I can't think of anything else to say, partly because I'M STILL BUSY OGGLING, but anyway, this pretty much covers it. [ profile] nilly_chan, IT TOTALLY ROCKS AND YOU ARE MADE OF WIIIIIINNNN.

Also, congrats on finishing that essay. \o/
makeste: (That's a nice story Grandpa)

1. I'M NOT DEEEEAAAD sorry for the impromptu hiatus! XD I made a vow last week not to fool around on LJ until I was finished with my [ profile] khr_undercover fic, and, uh, that kind of backfired. Because I'm STILL NOT FINISHED sob I don't even know if I'll be done in time. WHY IS IT TAKING SO LOOOOONG.

Anyway, so yeah, I'll be scarce until that's over and done with. Man, I haven't even read last week's KHR chapter yet, I'm so behind. I'll catch up on everything this weekend at the latest, though.

2. Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes last week, guys. |D [ profile] caffeinexsugar, that pic totally made my day. ♥ ♥ ♥ It was pretty good! AND I GOT SCRIBBLENAUTS, WHEEEE. Which is not really helping with the whole time management thing, lol. BUT WHATEVER, IT'S SO ADDICTING.

3. Speaking of birthdays, Happy Belated Birthday to [ profile] yukari_rin! Hope it was a good one. ♥ AND I HOPE EVERYONE HAD SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEENS. I was a witch, rock on.

NOW I'M OFF TO VOOOOTE even though the gubernatorial election in my state is the laughing stock of the country this year. All the candidates suck, but what else is new. THIS IS POLITICS. \o/
makeste: (One deadly and unpredictable midget)
1. I had a weird dream last night... )

2. You know, it's not like I've been thrilled with the GOP lately as it is (especially with all of the ongoing health care BS), but this is really sinking to a new level of ridiculousness. "OH MY GOD THE PRESIDENT'S TELLING CHILDREN TO STAY IN SCHOOL AND WORK HARD--SOMEBODY STOP HIM!!" Frankly, this is completely baffling to me. There is nothing insidious about telling kids to study hard and try their best in school. Yet inexplicably, pretty much the unanimous GOP response is "OMG SOCIALISM!!1" Some of the people in the comments section for that article are even talking about keeping their children home from school tomorrow. Good idea, keep your kid at home on the first day of school just so her impressionable young mind isn't warped by the evil President's agenda. BRILLIANT.

The text of the speech has been released (PDF is here), and it's actually pretty good as far as these things go. Anyway, sorry; I don't usually rant about political things in this journal, but that's really been eating away at my patience for the last couple of days. THIS IS WHY STEWART AND COLBERT NEED TO COME OFF OF HIATUS ALREADY. I need people to make fun of this stuff so that I don't go insane. XD

makeste: (Car wreck kids)
Things I did over the weekend:

  • Read Where the Wild Things Are to my three-year-old sister.
  • Invited people over to watch a movie which somehow ended up being Transformers.
  • Spent 20 minutes immediately following the film urgently explaining to one friend why, regardless of whether or not she liked the first one, she must never, ever see the sequel because it is the antithesis of all that is good and pure.
  • Marathoned about eight episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 with my other sister (we've been working our way through it for the past few weeks, and are currently up to season 4, which was cause for much rejoicing since that's when Worf finally joined the cast).
  • Went to the New York Aquarium with my dad, stepmom, sisters, and youngest brother.
  • Saw a giant octopus that terrified me to my very soul (waughhh why would a loving God make these??).
  • Ate seafood while in an aquarium (OMG HOW PERVERSE).
  • Saw sharks killin' stuff at feeding time.
  • Thought of Squalo.
  • Chuckled heartily to self.
  • Had a good, long debate with my not-three-year-old sister over which kind of fish Dory was (and I was fucking right, it was a regal blue tang, take that, Jeanette. ANY IDIOT COULD SEE IT WASN'T A PURPLE TANG).
  • Against my better judgment, held a horseshoe crab but survived.
  • Went to Coney Island and rode the ferris wheel.
  • Experienced a moment of overwhelming pride watching my three-year-old sister ride her very first roller coaster--by herself, in the very front car. BAWWWW you guys she's fucking fearless I love her so much. ;_;
  • Against my better judgment, petted a snake some random guy just happened to be carrying around. IT WAS COOL.
  • Watched as some old guy on the pier caught a spider crab, and some other guy walked over and picked it up and proceeded to give everyone in the vicinity an educational speech about how our friends the spider crabs are "the garbage men of the sea" and should be treated with respect, before tossing the little guy back over the side and into the ocean.
  • Ate pizza.
  • Wondered how the hell summer came and went so fast.

Things I did not do over the weekend:

  • Make a proper post about KHR 254.

That last will be rectified before too long, but first I'm going to watch a bit more DS9, because WORF!!1
makeste: (That's a nice story Grandpa)
[whine] Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece have been up on OneManga since last night and the KHR RAW isn't even out yet. DOES NO ONE CARE THAT YAMAMOTO IS HAVING AN EPIC FIGHT? [/whine]

Anyway, this is actually just a post to say 1) sorry for being MIA all week (I will catch up with my flist and finish replying to all the comments in my last post eventually XD), and 2) as it is the fourth of July weekend, I will continue to be scarce until Monday-ish, probably. (It doesn't help that I've also been trying to get a jump on my KHR Undercover fic, so that's eating up whatever spare time I do have. XD)


ETA: ALSO, before I forget again--Happy (belated XD) Birthday to [ profile] dtn, and Happy (early XD) Birthday to [ profile] talklikeazombie!
makeste: (JOY JOY egao ga mitai kara)
This looks like fun either way, but the fact that it can double as a catching-up meme makes it that much better. From [ profile] cleartempest:

The problem with LiveJournal is that we think we're close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about, or something you've always been curious about but have never asked, or something completely silly that you'd like me to answer for kicks. No limits on the range of questions, either: ask me anything you want to know about, whether it's a fannish opinion or a question about a fic of mine or trivia about my real life or my thoughts on events in the offline world.

Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!

Feel free to ask me anything about anything--the one thing everyone no doubt knows already is that I love to ramble. XD
makeste: (Oh boy! Sleep!)
I JUST GOT BACK FROM JAPAN DAY IN CENTRAL PARK, and I got three yo-yos on my first try yo-yo fishing (but the lady only let me keep one XD), and my sister and I kicked ass in a chopstick game where two teams raced each other transporting small objects (peas, dry pasta, hair ties, erasers, etc.) from one bowl to another with chopsticks, and I made a shirt with ORIGAMI, and ate some gyoza and gyudon with rice, and saw Naruto and Inuyasha and Sora from Kingdom Hearts, and saw Princess Peach hanging out with ITACHI for some reason that I can't fathom but am now endlessly curious of. IT WAS FUN~

Now I am going to see Up because I am Pixar's bitch. And then I'm going to come back and post rambly things about KHR. THE END.

ETA: I love everything. But especially Pixar. I WAS HIDING UNDER YOUR PORCH BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.


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