jade_sabre: (firefly:  Inara crying)
tonight I am listening to the Brahms Requiem.

I talked about it here, back after I'd sung it my senior year of college.

In that post, [livejournal.com profile] philia_fan and I had a conversation about it, and she said she was partial to the third movement which, completely coincidentally, is the movement I am on right now.

I am listening to it in her honor.

I found out today that she died on Tuesday. Dr. C. and Wildcat were with her. It was peaceful--no pain, just tiredness.

I've never eulogized anyone and all my attempts have been terrible and failed to capture how awesome Philia was and how many things she'd done in her life (sung fantastic pieces of music, studied linguistics, helped fellow writers, was involved in the World of Theatre, as it were, and Aikido, and Bettine) that I only knew through the snippets she told us about; how her advice in my journal was nearly always timely and wonderfully empathetic; how even through these last few months she's still been going to Aikido and tinkering with writing. I had the pleasure and fun of meeting her for about an hour in Boston two years ago, and we had a great time hanging out and talking about books and Boston, and--she will be missed.

And. well. thank you, internet friends. Sometimes it is hard to explain to other people how I know you, but I know that my life is all the better for having y'all in it. I love you. thank you for being you.

requiem aeterna dona eis domine
et lux perpetua luceat eis
jade_sabre: (NOTRE DAME)

(also WP is on his way to his post office RIGHT NOW to pick up the ring. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek.)
jade_sabre: (hav: st. francis has birds on the brain)
whine whine moan moan complain complain as you will, but I've been in a cummings kind of mood:

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

and apparently [livejournal.com profile] loquaciousquark JUST DISCOVERED Gerard Manly Hopkins and fell in love with him all on her own (even though wait, I totally posted this poem earlier last year wait, look at that first comment there), so here's another one by him:

15. The Caged Skylark
AS a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage
Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells—
That bird beyond the remembering his free fells;
This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life’s age.

Though aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage,
Both sing sometímes the sweetest, sweetest spells,
Yet both droop deadly sómetimes in their cells
Or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage.

Not that the sweet-fowl, song-fowl, needs no rest—
Why, hear him, hear him babble and drop down to his nest,
But his own nest, wild nest, no prison.

Man’s spirit will be flesh-bound when found at best,
But uncumbered: meadow-down is not distressed
For a rainbow footing it nor he for his bónes rísen.

SO National Poetry Month is coming up soon and generally I fail at it but I have a CLASS this year so MWAH-HAHAHA guess what we will be doing EVERY DAY I am an evil genius. Anyway, if you have any requests, name 'em here! (Past poems can always be found under the tag.)


Feb. 28th, 2012 12:06 am
jade_sabre: (ouran:  mon ami(e))
The Tamaki to my Kyouya, the Thelma to my Louise (actually I am not sure if that is 100% accurate) (wait how do you feel about banging Brad Pitt), the cheese to my macaroni (I blame the puns), the peanut butter to my jelly, the tic to my tac, the Tiana to my Lottie, this post should be full of gifs celebrating your wonderfulness, but unfortunately it is midnight and all the caffeine in the world is probably not going to see me arrive at my last class of tomorrow safe, sound, or sane.

I just wanted to remind the internet that


Jan. 9th, 2012 11:16 pm
jade_sabre: (enchanted:  SQUEE)

nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngh no good pictures up yet oh well have this one 'cause we're also great at this other sport:
jade_sabre: (english major)
So apparently I haven't done a list for two years (two years!), but as part of my attempt to continue expanding my own mind as well as those of my students, I'm doing one for this year, just to make sure I actually read things and watch movies and remember what I've done. And hopefully it will remind me to review things (woo critical apparatus!).

Books or movies that are new to me are marked with an astrisk (*).

Books I've Read:
*Bossypants by Tina Fey


Movies/TV Shows I've Seen:
*The Muppets
*Love and Death

*Pretty Woman
*The Artist
[various Disney films]


Theatre/Concerts/Random Events that are Worth Remembering:


Dec. 29th, 2011 11:40 am
jade_sabre: (da:  BAD ANDERS BAD)
I would use this userpic:

but since LJ's recent shenanigans my paid account has not been renewed and it won't let me upload any new icons. I can't even access my Morrigan icon, and there seems to be no way to swap out what's inactive and what isn't? Oh well.





Aggressive mage f!Hawke named Thistle:

slight spoilers I guess )

anyway now I have to go fic. There are at least three kmeme fills I want to do AND Cullenfic AND that magefic contest (not that my idea is going to win oh well) AND my big bang fic (so...jossed...well, not entirely, but the timeline is a bit screwy).

but yeah if you have any fic recs or want to know more about my playthrough/want to yak, uh, go right ahead?

/goes to set her DA comms back to "watch" status
jade_sabre: (robot unicorn attack)
/shamelessly steals [livejournal.com profile] bluestalking's subject line

I'm doing Audrey's and Beth's, so I'll post my questions at the end of the Beth post, which won't be until next time. But man I haven't done something non-work-or-relationship related in FOREVER, so, here you go!

(I miss reading and fandom and writing and my boyfriend and ONE MORE WEEK oh God I have to finish writing the midterm.)


OKAY OKAY behind this cut (for those with slow internets) is the song "The Ballad of Love and Hate" by The Avett Brothers, whose voices are so so soothing and who do lovely things with guitars. Only one of them sings this song, but I just...love it.
Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate. )
jade_sabre: (batb:  great wide somewhere)
So I was driving down to Quark's apartment today looking at all the colorful trees and the hills and the rivers and I was just so happy. so happy. I haven't been home for fall in five years; I'd forgotten how much I love it. ND has an awesome fall too; I don't remember fall in Seattle much at all. (Probably because it dropped down to fifty and then just stayed there.) And it's chilly outside but not too cold to play, and the leaves are gorgeous, and it's football season, and it's NaNo season (and I don't feel like doing NaNo itself but I do want to write), and life is just lovely.

And then of course I spent like forty minutes on two miles of traffic because an 18-wheeler had gone off the road (it looked cool, but forty minutes of my life) (forty minutes of Dragon Age!), and so I became kind of grumpy, but while driving down the back highways, looking at the county folks having garage sales at the crossroads and goats grazing in the fields, this is what came to my mind:

Pied Beauty
Gerard Manley Hopkins

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
  Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                  Praise him.
jade_sabre: (wtf)
Steve Jobs passed away yesterday.

So Facebook clued me in, although I had to scroll a ways to get to it, and I am just, like, in shock. I don't even use Apple products. Macs annoy me, and I've never even used iTunes, much less an iPod. But still. What.

My dad said, when he stepped down as CEO in August, that he had basically worked until he had created the computer he'd always wanted to create. Once upon a time when Dad and I were making an eight-hour road trip to visit a college, he gave me a long and detailed lecture about the history of the computer industry, which included things like "crazy Steve Jobs wanted to make a computer with no mouse or keyboard! yeah that was nuts." ("Also people were just taking the code for Windows and running it backwards and marketing it as a completely different product, 'cause there weren't any copyright laws in effect yet.")

but hey! look at the iPad.


Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs.
jade_sabre: (ouran:  twins lol)
oh well i have it on my phone
this conversation is weirdly long and involved
i type it ALL

[IT STARTS with her telling me to eat before having any serious conversations with WP]

jade: Ha ha ha. I told him I slept in late because I might need the extra energy for inkpot throwing. But you are right. Besides, there's still like five and a half hours before he comes home.

quark: Oh. Yes. Well then. Warn him to guard his right hand, just in case.

jade: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA luckily I do not think he actually has a saber. ...brb now I have to go check.

quark: Hahaha. Hey, you can be flexible. Kitching knives, butter knives, rusty shivs...

jade: oooooooo shivs. That's quite brilliant.

quark: You may thank my vast and encyclopedic knowledge of prison movies. Which is comprised solely of shawshank redemption.

jade: Hahahahahahahahahaha oh man I haven't even seen that one all the way. Or even a little bit. Oops.

quark: I have seen it twice. See: encoclypedic knowledge.

jade: Ah yes, clearly that is enough to catch all the nuances.

quark: And more they DIDN'T EVEN INTEND.

jade: OSNAP. clearly you are a prison MASTER.


jade: /is shot

quark: That sounds so dirty.

jade: Exactly. /lightning'd

quark: A bolt from the blue! (Not superman)

jade: ...Wonder Woman?

quark: Idk. apparently she's super into b**** HahahahHAHAHAHA SPEECH TO TEXT CENSORS BONDAGE


quark: Let's see what else! b**** sex sexy kinky b*** s*** f*** damn it dom sub relationship
quark: bastard b**
quark: The B ones, by the way, are bondage, bdsm, and bitch

jade: What's the four-letter b word?

quark: I KNOW. Letters!
quark: Also I am whispering these so quietly I'm surprised it can hear it

jade: It's impressive on so many levels. Like who even thought about that, much less to censor it?

quark: ...i got that text four times.
jade: sorry thi WHAT IS THIS

I did not actually say that she said that I think what I said was my phone told me my text didn’t send, except apparently it did, and then I told her that clumsy!Hawke was making my day and apparently that distracted her. I am not sure if this conversation had a funnier conclusion! So we’ll just leave Quark’s distracted shock as a testament to her short attention span.

jade_sabre: (attolia)
so when he was here last I gave WP my copy of The King of Attolia, as he had already finished TT and QoA. Last night he texted me saying, "I was going to wait until you started reading the [hopefully better than that abysmally awful other] book I gave you, but I couldn't resist."

so by this afternoon he had gotten to "ten gold cups" (and was like, I can see bits of myself in Eugenides and in Costis, and I was like well, I do have a type*), and then tonight I got a text telling me that the queen of Attolia was acting like me, which I correctly interpreted as the moment in my icon, which I proceeded to quote from memory.

"The plot? The plot so far is that Eugenides is king and is trying to be accepted by Attolia...or...well, I am guessing by her past writing that he does know what he's doing, she's just not telling us? So I don't think he's just trying to get accepted by Attolia. So it seems like he just wanted to marry her and now he's king and he's like oh crap. And Costis is having Severe Issues. [...] He's not going through an identity crisis so much as he's just going through a crisis. And he doesn't realize he can be loyal to both of them, or one, i.e. one them together. That's not an option."


*See: Ruven. Ruuuuuuuuuunvennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
jade_sabre: (stars)
but it rather warms my thought to think that people all over the world, and especially in this country, heard this message today:

Wrath and anger are hateful things,
yet the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the LORD's vengeance,
for he remembers their sins in detail.
Forgive your neighbor's injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.
Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the LORD?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive his sins?
Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults.

the readings from today

(and, just for kicks, the anthem my choir sang. not quite so fancily, but--it is one of my favorites.)
jade_sabre: (lion king:  baby simba smile)
New layout! It will do until the weather turns cold.

So I owe y'all a post about this past weekend, which could be subtitled In Which Jade Engages In Exhaustive Waterworks or Future In-Laws Are Intimidating or God I Love This Man So Much, but that is not what this post is about! This post is about an idea I have been tossing around for a couple months and am finally tossing out to all y'all, for the purpose of testing its attractiveness and possibly for spreading it around to other people.

Basically, at the end of AmeriCorps, we did a lot of trainings about how to find what it is you're supposed to do with your life and about the power of positive thinking, and how it's possible to change your way of thinking and stuff. And one of the things that was suggested was thinking every day of three things you're grateful for, or thinking of seven good things that happened over the course of the day, or taking five minutes at the end of the day to go over your day and think about how it went and how you behaved and where you need to improve, etc.

So I was thinking, sometimes it is really hard to do these sort of things by yourself, so maybe if we had a community of people posting every day about at least three things they are grateful for and up to seven things good about the day, and everyone was encouraging each other to post and keep thinking happy even on the crappy days (and were there for the "okay I did my happy post now let me tell you about the crumminess of today" posts too. Because LJ is also a safe dumping ground for a lot of people, and I totally get that).

I was thinking about making it a month-long "challenge" kind of like those "30 Days of TV" challenges, only with fewer questions about your shipping preferences. I was also thinking of setting up a comm for it--so like, people would sign up saying OKAY I WILL TRY TO BE CHEERFUL MORE OFTEN, and then every day you make the happy post in your own personal LJ and then post a link to it on a daily post in the comm--partly for accountability, and partly because then anyone who wanted to read about something happy would have a place to go where they would be guaranteed to find someone having something good going on in their lives. Obviously you can f-lock your personal posts and link to them and be like "flocked"--it's more the act of having to link to the post in the first place that will hopefully keep you going.

I know [livejournal.com profile] willow_41z and [livejournal.com profile] emmaco (anyone heard from her lately?) have been doing seven happy things from their week for a while now; this is kind of an expansion on that.

So! F-list! Your thoughts on this idea! Would be welcome! I know lots of people are really busy (I am not! I will happily be in charge of posts!), but if you would be interested in doing this sort of thing--even if you only feel like you could do weekly posts, like Willow--let me know! It's 10 positive things a day. My goal would be also for people to spread this around their flists too, since mine is a bit closed-circle-y (Sounisians ILU), so we could get a tiny chunk of LJ giving a slightly larger chunk of LJ something happy to read every day.
jade_sabre: (enchanted:  SQUEE)
to Aveline's Act 2 Personal Quest:

jade_sabre: (sunshine:  illegal vampire)
[livejournal.com profile] crisium_rising gave me a meme! So, since Quark is sleeping in her room and thus cutting me off from my DA2 fix (and my screenshots, thus making it difficult for me to show you the hot mess that is Thistle Hawke), I am going to do it!

(Also I should talk about DA2. I kind of love it. On the other hand, I have two full pages of notes about Thistle, because I cannot nail down her character. Sarcastic with the people she likes! Aggressive with everyone else! Supremely confident in her magic! Cocky! Rich! Beautiful! Might be falling in love with Anders, definitely wants to rip Isabela's pants off*! But what is the underlying motivation? *weeps*)

(*Note: Isabela does not actually wear pants.)

Anyway, the meme.

1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.

2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee

This is an updated version of one of the first icons [livejournal.com profile] loquaciousquark ever made! From the School Time Shipping (STS)(so close to STDS) (thanks Mike and Bryan) episode, where Katara says smell ya later to Jet and Haru and Zuko and goes off with...the Blue Spirit. Who is actually Zuko. But Zuko's busy going AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH and I just love his expression and the way his jaw is just hitting the ground with sheer DO NOT WANT.

Spoilers follow, but nothing that would ruin the books. Mostly it is cut because MY SHIPS, I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THEM. FEELINGS.

er, anyway, that's my Artemis Fowl icon. /cough

I have a lot of Issues with Enchanted, but omg Amy Adams is adorable, and also this icon basically encapsulates my reaction to a lot of things. In a step-by-step sort of way. SQUEE.

EVERYONE ALWAYS ASKS ABOUT THIS ICON oh man I haven't used it in ages but okay okay so anything [livejournal.com profile] aspectabund does involving the Queen's Thief books is just about guaranteed to make me a) laugh b) cry c) explode and this post is no different. I...can't really explain if you haven't read the books. But. There you go. Gen's having a bad day.

THIS IS THE ONLY ICON I HAVE EVER MADE and I made it because I desperately needed a Dragon Age icon. This is the expression Morrigan makes when you tell her that she is going to get to fight Loghain at the Landsmeet. She does a dance. It is so sarcastic and oh joy and I laughed so hard the first time I did it. And Morrigan is, I believe, my absolute favorite character from DAO. I could write about her ALL THE TIME. She's just so complex and vulnerable and tough and her friendship storyline with f!Warden is so AWESOME and EPIC and satisfying that when she leaves at the end you're actually sad...

...unless you're my boyfriend, who was all "I hate Morrigan" and "Alistair sucks."* On the other hand, he apparently just took his character into the Deep Roads by himself. Just for the sake of being a dwarf, walking around the Deep Roads. I. Don't always understand him.

*well if you would not leave him in the armor he was wearing at the start of the game...

anyway as far as RL goes WP and I are still the best thing since indoor plumbing (what? I rank that above sliced bread any day) and Quark and I have seen each others' optic nerves so we are ~*~closer than ever~*~ and she really needs to get her butt out of bed so I can PLAY THE GAME ALREADY. UGH.

jade_sabre: (ingrid bergman)
I should probably reply to this on other people's journals. I will do that shortly.

[redacted: pining]


If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
— Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do you immediately look for?


Aug. 1st, 2011 04:59 pm
jade_sabre: (attolia:  cake)

/more posts later
jade_sabre: (batb:  great wide somewhere)

also LJ why you failin' so bad

also also: still alive, road trip is going well, miss my boyfriend like whoa, moving right along! I have a whole folder devoted to posts I want to read/comment on, but tell me if there's anything in your lives I should know about!

all the love,
jade_sabre: (firefly:  also he's a doctor (aka gratui)
I would share.

best video ever or best video ever


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