27 December 2011 @ 11:10 pm
Intro post and update  
Hello everyone from the JE friending meme! I haven't been doing much with my dreamwidth even though I've had it for some time, so hopefully new people will get me a bit more active over here :D

I'm a 21 year old college student, and I mostly use my journal(s) to blather on about school and fandom and keep the people who I don't see every day reassured that I am, in fact, alive. I don't post often (demanding schoolwork + general presumption that my life is not very interesting) but I am trying to work on that, writing-incentive-consuming thesis aside.

I started getting into Arashi sometime last spring, though I wouldn't have counted myself as a fan until sometime in July or August, becuase it wasn't until then that I started seeking out shows other than VS Arashi and actually found music aside from the two mix CDs a friend had given me XD My favorite member is Aiba, because he is a beautiful sunshiny dork who makes me laugh and survive stress and schoolwork and all manner of other unpleasant things, but Arashi is Arashi and best when they are all together ♥ As for other JE groups, I know a little about HeySayJump, even less about Kanjani8, and listen to some KisMyFt2.

Other stuff I watch/read are Prince of Tennis (including the musicals :D yay dancing boys), Harry Potter, Fullmetal Alchemist, anything by Tamora Pierce, Doctor Who, BBC Sherlock and Kuroshitsuji, among various other anime/manga/books. I read a lot I also love to dance, formerly ballet, currently Scottish Country, and spend most of my vacations cooking/baking, much to the delight of my parents.

I have a tumblr here which I update pretty frequently and consists of mostly Arashi spam with a side of feminisim and politics, and the occasional Doctor Who/Harry Potter/something. Livejournal is here, though it's not any different from my dw except for the background XD

Now, for those of you who know already know me....uh, I'm alive? XD Usual excuses, school got hectic, etc, etc, time for my patented last few months in quick summary. Yaaaaaaay~

JET application is IN, now begins the first of two incredibly frustrating waiting periods, this round to see if I got an interview. Shall not be hearing back until late January, early February: we'll see how this goes. Second thesis draft was done EARLY and the first draft went over really well, which is quite encouraging :D The completed beast is 49 pages long plus two lines onto page 50 and then another 7 pages of citations. I'm actually kind of impressed I had that much to say, but considering I start rambling ad nauseum anytime someone asks me to explain my topic, perhaps it isn't that surprising. So now I'm just waiting for comments back from my adviser, and for the moment am pretending it doesn't exist for the first time in months :D With luck, we'll get back to school next semester, have a meeting on how to present the damn things, do our presentations and be done February 3rd. Of course, it's the Bi-Co East Asian Studies department and the Chinese thesis adviser has transferred to Yale so there's no way its going to be that organized (oh my department of lovable, brilliant airheads), but I can hope. And I landed the museum internship for next semester as well :D So I will be going into Philly...four? days a week to hold small animals and explain them to little kids and call it teaching experience.

Vacation has been pretty damn awesome sofar, my mom met me at my Aunt's house and we took a trip into NYC to see the decorated shop windows and Phantom of the Opera live (finally!!!), which was pretty damn impressive and made a lot of things in Love Never Dies (which I saw last year) make more sense. Then it was home for some relaxing and lots and lots of baking and a few shifts at the vets to get my bank account into a happier place.

Fandom-wise, I've been watching the usual mix of Arashi variety shows, finished Freeter on the train home from Thanksgiving break, also finished Mahou Shoujou Madoka on the way up to break (which was excellent), finally started FMA Brotherhood (they changed the order of some of the storytelling and it bothers me but otherwise good), watched GANTZ part 1 while putting together holiday stuff and may be watching it again so I can show it to the friend I'm trying to get into Arashi, but I still need to see part 2. I also need to finish My Girl and work my way through the D no Arashi episodes I got late in the semester, as well as the various concerts waiting patiently on my hard drive. There is not enough time in the day

And...I think that's about it. :D How was everyone's holidays?
Current Mood: pleased
Current Location: home sweet home
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aeslis: Care Bears ★ ♥[personal profile] aeslis on December 28th, 2011 05:24 am (UTC)
I do not know if you're friends with [personal profile] l_elfie, but if you are, did you see her post on Aiba therapy? :D If you aren't, you should go take a look, because Aiba therapy is REAL AND WONDERFUL. ♥

Also, hello!
rosaioko: aiba beauty[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
XD I am! Aiba therapy is a beautiful and amazing thing that totally works I spam my tumblr with Aiba pictures on occasion and I keep a picture of him in my carrel :D I meant to put up more (and may yet) but kept not having time.

Hello! :D How are you?
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: men - daito[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 01:25 pm (UTC)
GANTZ!!!! DID YOU LIKE IT?! (And yes, you need to watch part 2.)

Anyway, I hope you get accepted by JET. I know how much you want to go back to Japan. Also, holy shit, dear. An almost 60 page total thesis?! I am awed by your prowess. Seriously.
rosaioko: owl[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Yes! Started watching for Nino in a black bodysuit, stayed for the plot. It was fascinating, actually :D I might end up showing it to my brother as well.

Ugh, me too T.T I just wish there was more information on the percentages of applicants that get accepted/their qualifications. Application processes are stressful :l

*preens* Thank you~ XD I'm rather surprised myself. Mind it was only supposed to be 30 to 40, but...10 pages over will be fine, right? :D
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: fandom - kuroshitsuji / william[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
Me too. Then I got into thinking about PoT characters doing the same thing. I am so going to hell.

I think that's half the reason I psyched myself from applying. /fail self

You might have to cut it down, m'dear.
rosaioko: bookworm[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
XD another crossover universe y/y? I vote Luna does the fanart

It is frustrating :/

Shhh, no I won't >> Our adviser told [personal profile] grayscale to keep it under 55 and the writing is under 55 so I'm good. I think.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: random - photos[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Um. No. I don't know jack about Gantz except for the movie. Though writing in leather bodysuits into something shouldn't be terribly difficult. Really. I agree.

Well... you've already been there. I think you'll get it.

You just don't want to. XD
rosaioko: disgruntled kitty[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
XD neither do I, but the world setup is really all we need... Excellent

I hope so :/ it seems I either get the response of "you'll get in for sure" or "oh god its so competitive hardly anyone gets in" which is damn confusing.

XD no. No I don't. Besides, it works the way it's written now, I don't want to mess with it.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: fandom - fma / ed[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
So who is actually in Gantz then? Tezuka?

I can see how it is competitive, but I think -- based on what I know -- that you have what it takes to get in.

Hopefully they'll take that into consideration so you only have to make minor fixes.
rosaioko: starbucks tori[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Don't ask me, you're the one who's seen part 2 XD

I hope so :) but thank you for the encouragement ♥

I barely had to make any changes for draft 1, so with luck draft 2 will be much the same :D
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: food - fruit bowl[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I meant in a PoT AU. I know who it is at the end of part 2.

You're welcome! Any time.

I can't see it being anything more than grammatical/spelling. When I read the draft you sent me, that's the only stuff I really noticed.
rosaioko: kitty mirror[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, but I've not seen part 2 and thus don't know who it is there and can't give a good guess as to who would fit as them from PoT.

^ ^

That's all I'm really expecting - maybe a few areas where phrasing is awkward, or something. But we'll see :)
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: random - star lights[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
The beauty is you don't have to see part 2 to make an assumption on who could be in Gantz. I mean, you know a guy is in there because you see a person in there in part 1.

Exactly. I'm sure it'll be fine and you'll do splendidly at it.
rosaioko: castle[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah but I don't know what he does :/ I mean, is he the one controlling the sphere? If so I'd say more Yukimura - I can't see Tez just picking people up and sending them off to kill aliens as part of some game. Actually I can't really see Yukimura doing that either. Maybe Niou? Kite?
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: random - paper umbrella[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you might need to see part 2... the person in Gantz is well... I can't say the personality trait without ruining the ending of Perfect Answer. If I really had to think about it... I would say either Tezuka or Sanada.
rosaioko: mercury - read a book[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Told you XD All I know about the guy is that he's in the sphere that gives them instructions and that he's naked. And bald.
and the coast comes like a raft of warm air: fandom - pot / yukimura's jacket[personal profile] fulminata on December 28th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
All the more reason for you to see it like ASAP.
rosaioko: starbucks tori[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
XD working on it.
eishirou_k: wet[personal profile] eishirou_k on December 28th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
....what? XD
rosaioko: ciel heart[personal profile] rosaioko on December 29th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
:D Gantz. It's a movie. With aliens and black leather bodysuits.
it's like talking to soup[personal profile] waxrose on December 28th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you! :D Sounds like a busy life!

Good luck with JET! I went through that process two years ago, and was it ever nerve-wracking.
rosaioko: mercury - read a book[personal profile] rosaioko on December 28th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you too! And yes, rather XD I could stand it being a little less so, but I somehow don't think that's going to happen till I graduate.

Thank you! And yes, it is @.@ We'll see how it goes, I assure you, you'll be hearing about it XD;;
lunaluna: goya power![personal profile] lunaluna on December 28th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh I want to watch Madoka too. And I loved FMA:Brotherhood, but I hadn't seen the first one, so. :|c

rosaioko: bookworm[personal profile] rosaioko on December 29th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
ITS SO GOOD. And a bit trippy. But good. As for brotherhood, it was more they shifted order from the manga, which is what it's supposed to be based on - basically telling all the background stuff at the beginning instead of releasing it bit by bit over the course of the series, so it's a change in the pacing and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet :/