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I've decided that in later years I might want to look back on my life, and at least semi-regular posts here seem like a good way to facilitate that. It seems like a good time to start too, in the summer before university. Plus, other people might wonder what I'm like!

So I'm currently eighteen and have just finished year twelve, or whatever your local equivalent of the last year of high school is called. I'm single, but more socially active than I think I've ever been. I've got a great bunch of friends who are not only fun to be around but also intelligent, so the conversations are excellent. I've recently left my job due to mutual unhappiness, although I was very happy for most of my two years there. I guess washing dishes just doesn't feature heavily in my future career!

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Manifest

So it was last month... Whatever! It is never too late for epic picture posts.

I had so much fun this year. My friends and I all cosplayed/steampunked for the first time and people took photos of us! There is nothing like praise to boost one's confidence. We also went to the Amaranth ball on the Thursday night, which was a blast. My friends won best couple! This was especially surprising since they were not only both girls, but they had only met that day. I haven't got a lot of pictures unfortunately - I forgot my camera on the Saturday. :-( Oh well! On with the show...

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A meme I stole off of Hy_Perion, because it looked like fun.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
J.K. Rowling. The complete series plus the little ones about quidditch and magical animals.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
None! I owned two copies of Eragon at one point, but I gave it away.

3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
No, because few school teach grammar in any kind of detail anymore so I didn't notice.

4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Destruction from The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I have no idea why.

5) What book have you read the most times in your life (excluding picture books read to children; i.e., Goodnight Moon does not count)?
Jane Eyre. I adore that book.

6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It was the book that got me addicted to reading.

7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
The second Twilight book. I can't even remember what it's called, because I've blocked it out so thoroughly.

8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
Jane Eyre.

9) If you could force everyone you tagged to read one book, what would it be?
The Sandman graphic novel series. I'm pretty sure you can get it as one large book, so it counts! If not that, American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for Literature?
Someone extremely intelligent, interesting and open-minded. In other words, I have no idea. 

11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Assuming they didn't muck it up horribly? Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood. A good mystery for a grey day.

12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. Like Twilight, only with less sparkle and more resurrection.

13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
I don't think I've had one. I might have though- I rarely remember my dreams.

14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
Twilight.

15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Sophie's World. I was about twelve at the time and it was a bit overwhelming. I really should read it again when I have the time.

16) What is the most obscure Shakespeare play you've seen?
The Taming of the Shrew. Not very obscure at all I'm afraid.

17) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
France. It is closer to Italy.

18) Roth or Updike?
I don't know who these people are!

19) David Sedaris or Dave Eggers?
See above.

20) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
Shakespeare.

21) Austen or Eliot?
Austen I guess. I don't know Eliot's works unless it's T.S. Eliot, which I doubt.

22) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Clearly it must be the people from 18), 19) and 21) that I don't recognise.

23) What is your favorite novel?
Jane Eyre. I think I would get along with Jane, if I ever met her.

24) Play?
Les Miserables. The production I saw was amazing.

25) Poem?
The Company of Lovers by Judith Wright.

26) Essay?
None.

27) Short story?
Probably one of the many by Neil Gaiman, but I can't think of anything in particular.

28) Work of nonfiction?
What's that?

29) Who is your favorite writer?
Arrgh! Hard question. Probably Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett.

30) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
SMeyer.

31) What is your desert island book?
Peter Pan. It's been a while since I've read it and I'd certainly be able to concentrate!

32) And... what are you reading right now?
Dead Until Dawn by Charlaine Harris. Thought I'd see what all the fuss is about. It's pretty good so far.

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Oh dear.

I'm starting to scare myself. 

I watched the first half of Lawrence of Arabia the other night, which is an amazing, beautiful, epic movie. This was all good. The thing that worries me is the fact I constantly had to stop myself from giggling at all the gay subtext my twisted brain found. It doesn't help that Lawrence himself is gayer than a tree full of monkeys on nitrous oxide - something my dad commented on, so it isn't just me. I haven't seen the second half yet, but if Lawrence and Sherif Ali don't declare their love for each other at some point I will be very disappointed.

Now I must go find some sort of suitable punishment for myself. Any suggestions?

I hate my job + meme

Urrgh. I officially hate my new job. I'm working behind the counter at my local supermarket, underneath the formidable Sadeh. She's been there since she was sixteen, so she is easily frustrated when I don't know what I'm doing or when I work slowly. It's only my second day! If I didn't need the money to pay for my Melbourne trip I would leave. The upside is that everyone tells me that if I can survive this, I'll never find anything daunting ever again.

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Trying again...

Note To Self:

If you're planning on dancing yourself silly like that again, get some practice in beforehand. Ouch.

My calves are killing me at the moment because I went dancing on Sunday night, which is something I don't do very often. I spent the weekend at a folk festival (much more exciting than you might think) with my friend Jay and had a fantastic time. I learnt that everything up to and including Dancing Queen sounds better in thirteen-piece harmony, the words are not more important than the music and that Jae is far too talented.

Highlights:

The Spooky Men's Chorale
They are a group of about thirteen hat-wearing tool-loving men who sing amazingly. They are hilarious, though they do serious pieces as well. Listen to a sample of their version of ABBA's Dancing Queen here. Plus, one of them was wearing a tricorn and a kilt. Plus he was the sort of guy that looks good in a kilt. How was I supposed to resist that?

Proof that Jay is too talented: 
My friend Jay plays trumpet piano and tin whistle and she can play flute but isn't interested enough. I have banned her from picking up a saxophone, because I know she'd be better than me. Anyway, she knew one of the bands that were playing (who were also extraordinarily talented teenagers), so after talking with them she then proceeded to play with them at a couple of gigs since she had brought two of her tin whistles (I think she has about five). She also entered and won the Young Person's Talent Competition, which meant she got to play at another gig on Sunday. I'm just glad that she's my friend, so I hopefully won't be crushed when she takes over the music world.

The Sunday Night Cabaret: 
I may have sore legs three days later, but it was sooo worth it. The Kazakstan Kowgerls were up first (an all-female group who wear colourful cowgirl costumes and sing hilarious songs), followed by The Spooky Men. They also did a few numbers together, since they know each other. Unfortunately for the next group I spent most of their act thinking about what the lovechild of a Spooky Man and a Kowgerl would look like, after someone made a comment to that effect. There was a group called Jugularity on later, whom I love but haven't seen in about eight years, so that made me very happy. At the end of the night Trouble In The Kitchen came on and provided us with something to dance (read: jump up and down) to, which went on for about an hour. The fiddler commented that we must all be very fit, but I blame it on the adrenaline.

All in all, it was a great festival and I'm looking forward to going again next year. I'm also going to the National Folk Festival in March, which is apparently a fantastic experience.

Dammit

I was going to post a long entry about the festival I went to this weekend, but it was accidentally deleted just before I finished. I am a very slow typist, so I'm going to write it tomorrow instead. Stupid LJ.

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First Post!

*Coughs* Wow, it sure is dusty in here. 

Anyway, hi! I'm Krystal on most of the sites I frequent, so you can call me that. Or Blue, if Krystal is too confusing. I've had this account for a while now, but I haven't really done anything with it. Originally it was simply so I could stalk friend gundamkiwi but I think I'd like to give the whole 'meeting people' thing a try. This may take some work since up until now I've pretty much just lurked, but I'm willing to give it a go. Now I'm going to try and make a cutty thing. Wish me luck!


So that's it. My first post. Now I'm of to find people to read it!