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Woo-hoo, New Year - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Woo-hoo, New Year
I went to see Phantom of the Opera after work to pass the time until midnight and ended up chatting with a LiveJournaller HP fan. Not someone on my f-list, but still, a cool coincidence. It's always nice to be able to say, "I'm a fanfic writer" and not have the person you're talking to go, "And... what exactly is that?"

After the movie, I thought about going home anyway and had pretty much decided to. It's pathetic enough to sit around in my room alone; being alone in the middle of a big crowd where everyone else is kissing is just bloody depressing. But they say that what you're doing at midnight will reflect in the rest of the year, so instead of coming back here and being totally alone and surrounded by my cheap furniture while drinking some cheap thing, I decided to go to a posh little lounge in one of Boston's older hotels and drink a mimosa. The hotel's haunted. With my luck, the poshness will pass me by and I'll get a ghost, but hey, if I can't have money, nothing wrong with company, right?

Alas, yet again, I've been foiled in my belief that a woman alone at a bar has drinks bought for her by strange men. I think you have to be a lot prettier than I am for that.

Back in a few with tonight's Shifts post. I'm starting to regret Dora's plan. Then again, I have to resolve the Levinson plot.

Okay, this coming year, I plan to...

  • Try to keep my place marginally neater.
  • Cut down on the fizzy drinks.
  • Find some kind of exercise activity that makes me go, "Wow, you know, I'd sure rather be doing that than sitting at my computer!" instead of, "Wow, I'd rather swallow thumb tacks and spend the day waiting for someone in the ER to see me!"
  • Attempt something that resembles nutrition, at least if you squint and tilt your head just so.
  • Not weep my bloody head off when I turn thirty-five, and am ever-after closer to forty than thirty.
  • Fall madly in love with some original idea, so I can write it as quickly as I'm writing Shifts, and get paid for it. Payment, becoming an issue. I'd settle for getting a foot in the door on another tie-in series. I've hesisted on the Buffy books because I don't feel that I have the cadence of the language down, but I opened one today, and they don't, either.
  • Make some friends in the physical world here, so that I don't have to spend next New Year's Eve wandering around and looking for someplace to settle.

Not for this year, but after watching Phantom and just generally observing my own tastes in entertainment, I believe I have a life's goal to attend a formal masquerade, in a gorgeous dress and a pretty mask, and dance with a mysterious masked man who will come out of it madly in love with me.

Okay, I'll settle for a formal ball with a dance card, which people don't go to with pre-existing dates. But masks would be really, really good.
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chickadilly From: chickadilly Date: January 1st, 2005 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm ... I'm curious because I have a ton of Bostonians on my friends list. Can I ask who it was?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 06:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if I have permission to post her name (I gave her my LJ name; maybe she'll drop by), but I didn't see her on your f-list.
chickadilly From: chickadilly Date: January 1st, 2005 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
*nods* I can respect that. :) I just thought it was kind of a cool co-inky dink is all. :D

Btw, how was the movie?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Pretty good. I knew the story, of course, having listened to the soundtrack many times. I like their Raoul a lot. I'm such a boring girl--I really like the good boys.
chickadilly From: chickadilly Date: January 1st, 2005 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
We can be boring together. I like them too. :D
darkartscat From: darkartscat Date: January 1st, 2005 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)

<~dropped by


"I got plugged!" ^_~
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: <~dropped by

:waves: :D
darkartscat From: darkartscat Date: January 1st, 2005 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Hello hello!

How are you? Forgive the imminent giddiness...I am one of those that gets hyper after about 1am, and finally settles down and sleeps at about 3pm. Goddess Bless the night shift...*laughs*

So yes, it is I, the blah-blah-blah girl who knows what fanfiction, doll-rendering, (slash ;) ), Harry Potter, etc. is! *grin*

And, in case you didn't notice...I was too busy sitting there drowning in tears to say anything after the movie. How did you like it? ^_^ I'd assume, since you mentioned Masquerade and such, that you enjoyed it, but since there wasn't a rave, you didn't "OMFG!!!!!!!111" love it to pieces. ;) Which is totally cool...as long as you're not like the ticket-taker who told me the movie sucked, and told me to go see The Incredibles or Meet the Fockers instead. *rolls eyes* Okay, The Incredibles was adorable, but Meet the Fockers instead of Phantom? Oh my goodness gracious, that shows the man's intellect! O_O

As for having friends in the physical world, heehee, there's nothing wrong with seeing a movie on New Years Eve! ^_^ Last year started my trend of staying home/doing something by myself. I was invited to at least two parties, invited out by another, and just stayed the bloody hell by myself. I hate it.
So now it's 2005. Big whoop. =P I'll be 21 in eight months...who cares? I don't drink. ;)
I'm not a pessimist of a depressed, pill-popping LJer. ;) Just tend to be a bit cynical now and then.
Okay, I've typed too much! ^_^
Have a good night...or morning!



PS: Do you work at the BPL?
darkartscat From: darkartscat Date: January 1st, 2005 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hello hello!

In case you didn't notice, I made a serious typo. ;) I go to sleep about 3AM, not 3pm. Haha...I work 2:30 to 11 most days, hence the schedule.
-O.G.....I mean Cat
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hello hello!

Loved the flick. It was pretty. I was already mildly fuzz-brained. :) I think that Phantom has a built in weakness (in the play or the film) because no matter how bad they make the make-up, when the mask comes off, you can't help thinking, "Wow, I thought it would be lots worse than that..."
truebluespark From: truebluespark Date: January 1st, 2005 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy new year! I wish you the best of luck with your resolutions. Several of those I could stand to resolve myself. *looks at his pig sty bedroom*

(I would love to dance with you at a formal masquerade. Unfortunately I don't think I could pull off "mysterious". ...I could probably manage "mystified".)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mystified works, too. :)
maidenjedi From: maidenjedi Date: January 1st, 2005 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year, Fern!!! It has been a pleasure reading you (fanfic AND otherwise) this year, and I look forward to more. :-)
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 1st, 2005 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Your resolution list looks eerily like mine. Well, substitute the 35 part with my age, but otherwise, very close to on the money.

yet again, I've been foiled in my belief that a woman alone at a bar has drinks bought for her by strange men. I think you have to be a lot prettier than I am for that.

You have that one too? Well, mine's actually while I'm alone reading a book in the B&N cafe, but still. ;) Actually, I'm sure an air of self-confidence is a pretty big thing too. I suppose I'm attractive - I certainly get the annoying crude whistles in public - but I've not once been approached there. I'm guessing there must be some "Don't go there" vibe I'm giving out.

You're right on the Buffy books generally not getting the Scooby-speak right. (One I read came close, but still forced in places. Then again, a lot of what makes the canon dialogue work is the way it's delivered on-screen, and would look weird on the written page anyway.) Actually, the best Buffy book I've read - granted, I've only made it through about four - didn't even have to deal with the Sunnydale-diction; it was a WWII-era Spike and Dru novel. (Of course, getting someone like Dru right is as daunting to me as nailing the Scooby-speak.) So, depending on the time period and how many canon characters you're actually including, it may not even be a factor to worry about. ;) (I'm grateful the only significant Buffy plot bunny I have now involves entirely original characters and is well pre-Sunnydale.) I know what you mean about writing it, though - it's odd that I actually speak quite a bit like that myself, but when it comes to putting it on paper (or a computer screen), it just kind of stutters.
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 1st, 2005 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and Happy New Year. :)
ajaxbreaker From: ajaxbreaker Date: January 1st, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year, Fern!
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: January 1st, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year!
strangemuses From: strangemuses Date: January 1st, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You went to a haunted hotel? Do tell! That sounds pretty cool.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 1st, 2005 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't see any ghosts or anything. It's just reputed to be quite haunted--doors opening and closing of their own accord and such. I'll see if I can find a link. Next Hallowe'en, I'm going to try and take the haunted Boston tour. I'm reasonably sure it's on it.
From: isabela113 Date: January 1st, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy New Year! Your evening sounds more exciting than mine was, so that's something encouraging.

I'm right with you on the Masquerade idea. I'm in theatre, and as soon as that scene came on in the film a part of my brain started plotting how to get my friends to do something like that. They just might be convinced...
I enjoyed the film a lot, even though I am not a great fan of the stage production. Patrick Wilson (Raoul) is one of my favorite Broadway actors, and I found him thoroughly charming. I have to ask, did you think that that Phantom sometimes had the ghost of an accent of some kind? I heard some strange pronounciations, but the friends I went with informed me that I am just nuts and hearing things.
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