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...it goes like this.

WORLD DOMINATION = asleep by 12mn + ample sleeping time + coffee

After that you will feel like you are MAGNIFICENCE IN HUMAN FORM.

Today I got up early, for we have entered the Grind Phase of the term. Summer classes will end mid-July: we only have less than 30 lecture days.

In other news, I've been thinking about starting to read romance novels. When I was a wee girl who didn't know any better, I used to sniff at them in disdain and wouldn't touch them because what if they have Like The Other Girls cooties???? But I grew up, and got a bit better.

So, then! I tried to Google, but it's all so overwhelming, and some of the summaries leave me cold. I thought to myself, "MAYBE it's really just because you have low attraction towards men? Romance is boring if you're bored with the half of the pair," and also "I'm rather lazy when it comes to getting myself to invest in male characters nowadays," and also "WHERE ARE THE LESBIAN OR BISEXUAL BODICE RIPPERS???"

Have you lovelies got romance novel suggestions? Have you dabbled in the genre? Are you reading it? I'll take all recs, contemporary or period pieces. And more importantly, what are your sleeping hours?

Hope you'll have a good weekend!
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Much sobbing.

More jubilation.

Thankfully less heart palpitation, since I've had three helpings of coffee in 6 hours.
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For any of you lovelies who might be going through some challenging, if not outright difficult, moments, keep going. :)


"But what if we prevail?"

- Davos I, A Dance With Dragons

For context, this was supposed to have been said by the 19-year-old Eddard "Ned" Stark as he smuggled himself back to the North to call his banners 15 years before the canon era.

Why was this boy doing this?

His younger sister disappeared with the crown prince so Ned's older brother, in a fit of ill-advised hot-headedness, rode to the capital and demanded for the crown prince to come out and die for apparently kidnapping a betrothed highborn lady. (The crown prince was already married to a Dornish princess who deserved better.) The ruling king was beyond loopy, so he jailed Ned's older brother, summoned Ned's father, and killed father and son without proper trial. Then the king commanded the deaths of Ned and his friend, Robert Baratheon. Who was betrothed to Ned's younger sister. Their foster father was like, "No way. After decades of madness, this is the LAST STRAW. WE REBEL THE F OUT OF THIS MOFO."

Ned finds himself losing 3 family members in one swoop, and takes his older brother's place not only as the next Lord of Winterfell but also as the husband to Catelyn Tully. Ned's banners called, the rebellion was now in full swing. It seemed almost impossible, but eventually they toppled the 300 year old Targaryen dynasty.

Let me now go back to revising for my exam on Friday. Summer classes are hell. Daunting, taxing. But what if we prevail. :)
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Have you good people got any experience on this:

I seem to have changed my Yahoo mail password when all the hacking fuss started on January. But now I can't remember it :( And when I tried to retrieve it they only asked me for the phone number I'm no longer using.

I am locked out. *SAD FACE* Whatever happened to the good old secret questions?

I would appreciate any advice.
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 After only about a week of hols, I am now back in uni for my June - July lectures.

One thing of consolation, however, is my lecture on South Asian Literature. I've never been exposed to literature and culture of South Asia, so I'm quite excited for this particular elective.

Things I have enjoyed during my week-long hols:

1. Some episodes of Empress Ki. IT IS 51 EPISODES LONG, I dunno when I will be able to finish it, I'm only 7 eps in. But so far, I've enjoyed the spoiled bumbling future emperor and his older long-suffering bodyguard turned wife. I AM FOUR YEARS LATE INTO THIS FANDOM so I'm thirsty for tumblr content. It's a good thing I found the official facebook page for my pretty pictures needs. This show also sparked in me an interest in the history of the Mongol empire.

2. The Handmaiden. Which is an adaptation of Sarah Waters' Fingersmith (my to-read!). But in this adaptation, the setting is in Japan-occupied Korea, so hearing the characters speak in both Japanese and Korean is such a treat. I loved the Japanese lady, Izumi Hideko, and her sweet-faced filthy-mouthed Korean maid, Nam Sook Hee. I love these East Asian lesbians! Also, the cinnamon tography is sooo pretty. 

3. Dua Lipa's debut album, after a messy roll-out campaign. But she delivered!!! Bless your ears with the opening track, Genesis.

4. Strangers, which is a Halsey track featuring my darling Lauren Jauregui. Sign me up for this bisexual WOC collab. (Speaking of, if Lauren collaborated on another woman-lovin woman song with either Kehlani or Hayley Kiyoko, catch me curled up in a corner, overcome with glee.)

5. My favourite marble heart necklace. I'm still touched by this gift. <3
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I am NEARLY finished with this term. Freedom, I can almost feel youuuuu. Time to catch up on sleep and comments and whatever else, I can almost feel youuuu.

And then summer lectures commence on June.

What are you excited about for the next few months?
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There are still 12 items in my to-do list before this term ends.

AND THEN I will be free! Free to catch up on your posts, lovelies. Free to nap all day, and free to maybe write some fic for You're Beautiful. And free to READ ALL DAY. And maybe finish some WiPs.

Which is quite ambitious. What an ambitious freedom minutiae. Because I will be signing up for June-July classes.

*thoughtfully glances at the time*

I think - it's time to hydrate. Yes, cool water sounds good.

Also I cannot stop listening to Lovely Day, which is part of the OST of You're Beautiful. I cannot understand a word of it, but it reminds me of key scenes I loved. :D
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Saturday mornings are a universe unto its collective surreal self. And Saturday nights are for tumbling into bed, feeling pleasantly soupy, after an evening of laughter and lazy imbibing of chocolate. *nods solemnly*

I sigh contentedly and aggressively ignore to-do list for the meantime.

In other news, this Wednesday I did end up tweaking and posting the first part of that pre-Conquest wip. As if I haven't got other wips, and a tonne of coursework. Because I am a human disaster.

Title: Will Endure
Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Summary: House Stark shortly before the Targaryen Conquest. "The Kings of Winter never die, say the smallfolk. The Kings of Winter only grow as old as they can until the night, and then come morning they turn young again. But they are always there, with their greatsword and their direwolf. The Stark kings are as eternal as their stronghold Winterfell."
Wordcount: 3,430

Of course I named the semi-canonically unnamed daughter Lyanna. :)
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Currently finishing a presentation for tomorrow.

Naturally it's the time to have a bit of an existential nitpick.

So, today I've had:
- a large cup of coffee
- a large cup of cocoa with a dash of coffee
- a large cup of cocoa

For quite some time now, I've been saying I'm having a tea instead of I'm having tea.There was one day last week when I've had, like, 5 cups of tea in twelve hours. Because I have turned into a deplorable caffeine bot. I have been since I was 13 when I succumbed to the potent combination of perfectionism, I'll-forever-deny-it competitiveness in school, and having my eye on a really great uni.

I got into the uni, and along trailed my constant friend the caffeine cup. The caffeine cup has me by the heartstrings. I'm told by the doctor that heart palpitations are not healthy. So far I've had none. *cheers*
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...and despairing of the next few weeks, and doing some assigned reading for tomorrow.

We've come to that point in a uni term when you want it to be over and at the same time, you do not, because of the positively tottering pile of coursework waiting for you at the end.

In my drafts I've just encountered a 3k wip on Torrhen Stark and his family told from the POV of his semi-canonically unnamed daughter. (The World of Ice and Fire is such a gem for ficcers.) I can only stare at it and wonder what kind of nerd tea I've gulped down when I wrote it.

ME: Don't touch it, Self. I am warning you. Do not touch it until after exams.
ALSO ME: But...House Stark...feelings...too long waiting...She-Wolves of Winterfell...canon novella...unpublished...

Naming the unnamed daughters and sisters and wives in fics, that's my dark secret. Writing fics from their POVs, totally my jam. Also give me all the female bastards.
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I have been to two film screenings today, and being the secret sensitive soul that I am, I did tear up (a lot). Then my companion and I, let us call her Someone Who Is Terribly Bossy And Terribly Efficient, went for a walk and had ice cream and fresh fruit shakes. I had the cheese ice cream with bits of real cheese in it, and it was glorious. It was as glorious as the fresh mango shake.

A few days ago I stumbled upon what is probably my most favourite Harry Potter post-canon depiction. THIS IS NOW MY HEADCANON. He is also wearing a Weasley jumper, bless. A few people have told me that Harry looks very Asian, very brown, specifically, very Desi here. It is enormously pleasing, let me tell you. Even though I am of a different kind of Asian.

One of the amazing content found in tumblr (a box of chocolates of a website, some fantastic, some you find to have been expired and awful) is that meta that James Potter's family could have very well been Asian witches and that Potter is an Anglicized version of a South Asian name P - something, I forget. But that meta is amazing. ETA: There are TWO OF THEM. REALLY AMAZING POSTS. Come have cheese ice cream and fresh mango shake with me, metas!

In other Harry Potter links, let us show our love for comms like [community profile] hpdrizzle, which is now accepting sign-ups, and [community profile] hp_coffeehouse which is accepting fills for month-long prompts. Let me think on signing up for Drizzle. I have neglected participating in this fandom for too long.

And of course, for the ASOIAF crowd, we have [profile] valar_morekinks which accepts all kinds of prompts, kinky or not, cracky or not.

I've been feeling so tired from this week, and thinking about the coming week is just ugh. Let me toddle off for a brownie and dream about cheese ice cream.

What are your other comm suggestions? Do you think cheese ice cream is amazing?
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Today at lunch I had an interesting Korean ice cream, dripped the ice cream down my blouse and on my shoe, and took a walk around campus. Well. I was walking whilst eating the ice cream.

ME: Lovely, lovely Korean ice cream. With solid chocolate in the middle! I miss South Korea!
ME: Oooh hibiscuses! Oooh dahlias! Oooh huge glob of ice cream on my shoe...fuck...
PASSERBY: Why is that girl nudging the plants...with her foot...
PASSERBY: She's waving a popsickle stick. Dripping with bits of...a drippy thing.

All of which were very exciting.

Then I met up with two new friends from one of my courses. I asked them if they had any fandoms. They asked me if I had any fandoms. I was chattering happily about books and a few shows and a few movies when they kindly let me know that...no...they're not involved in any fandoms.

FRIEND: I'm pretty sure Teddy Lupin did not date Cho Chang. I'm pretty sure Teddy Lupin WAS A BABY.
FRIEND: She's raving. She's got ice cream stains on her blouse and shoe, and she's raving.

I felt like Alice stumbling out of the rabbit hole. It was still exciting to introduce people to the concept of fandom and transformative works.

Another thing which excites me, speaking of fannishness, is the She-Wolves of Winterfell which George R.R. Martin has planned to be a future installment of Dunk and Egg. I KNOW I KNOW he said he won't be touching it before he finishes Winds, BUT I AM SO THIRSTY FOR IT. Stark ladies! A GROUP OF FORMIDABLE STARK LADIES. MORE INFO ABOUT THE STARK FAMILY. 80 years ago! Will Old Nan be there? I'd love to write fic in her pov. Will Lyarra be mentioned? *GRABBY HANDS*

What are some exciting things which happened to you post-Easter hols? What are you excited about, generally?
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I cannot stop LISTENING to Dreamer by Charli XCX, there is something so smooth and so u n f about Raye's delivery of her verse. I've been blasting it all morning. 

Froths of bougainvillea in the sunlight, ice-cold drinks, and mango ice cream are the only great things about unbearably warm weather. 

There is the beginning of a bit of restlessness: I want to go out with my computer and my books, do work somewhere different, somewhere I've never been before like a new coffee shop and treat myself to some alone time there, but the heat is making me want to just wear strapless tops all day and moonily draw hearts around the words NORTH POLE.

GOALS for today:
1. Read the two assigned readings on local governance. Take notes for essay.

This LOVELY ART RECsapphics of colour couple by the ladyoflemons!

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 ...and utterly swamped with Easter hols homework. I gave myself Friday night until the whole of Sunday for some recovering time from the madness that was the last two weeks (see: stuffing myself with sushi as coping technique).

Today's GOALS:
1. Read the two assigned readings on local governance. Take notes for essay.
2. Draft and send letter for an interview.
3. Follow-up on another interview. 

I've been LISTENING to some amazing ladies for the past hour:
1. Dreamer - Charli XCX ft Starrah and Raye
2. Let It Rain - Jojo
3. Keep Running - Tei Shi

Queenmaker, Kingbreaker by SecondStarOnTheLeft. Visenya Targaryen, the first of her name, Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Protector of the Realm, and her Lady Hand, Princess Meria Nymeros Martell of Dorne, discuss the formation of their small council.

I LOVE IT SO MUCH. MERIA MARTELL. I AM SWOONING. ESPECIALLY THE LAST BIT. I swooned the entire time I was reading the Dorne chapter in The World of Ice and Fire, I'm THIS near to shipping myself with Meria. I'm a big fan of Dorne (and the North. Both "never truly conquered by dragons.") And also: a matriarchy under the Targaryen rule. Come give this fic some love.

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It's been a frantic term, ARGH. I am so behind on comments. 

After this week will be easter hols, so around then I'll be able to breathe a bit and properly catch up. 

Things of note yesterday:
1. I drank three little mugs of ice-cold chocolate coffee.
2. Ate this Korean food, bibimbap, for the first time. Quite a nice break from all the sushi-stuffing I've been on the past week as a coping mechanism.
3. Slept for 8 hours, amazing.

In the meantime, let me point you over to Tei Shi's debut album, Crawl Space. It is sublime, AND I AM IN LOVE. I've been getting my life to Keep Running for the past 24 hours.
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Welp, it's been a busy month.

I swear it was only the 1st of Feb yesterday and I was dazedly celebrating my birthday, and now...February is almost over? What.

Currently I'm trying not to cry and keep afloat of my readings. This certain professor of mine is making us familiarise ourselves with Asia and specifically Southeast Asia, and thus: an exam tomorrow! You, girl with the flowers, locate the Annamite mountain chain and briefly explain its geographic and climactic significance!

I, the girl with the flowers: *SNAPS PENCIL AND HURLS IT THOUGH A BLANK MAP*

It's been a busy week, and I got ill last weekend. Will reward myself with first episode of Westworld during the weekend. I'm told that it's a great show.

Oh, and I read this old play in English by a Filipino writer about two unmarried sisters in their forties rattling around an ancestral house. I'm starting to think I rather love that aesthetic.
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First week back was rather exhausting. Have to adjust sleeping patterns, amongst other things.

Last Friday I lugged home four books from the library. Three of them are about the politics and culture of Southeast Asia and the other one about baronial life in 13th century England.

Looking up the cards at the backs of the library books is some sort of amusement for me: the names, the dates - especially if the return dates are so far apart and the book is seldom borrowed in a decade.

In other news: am really looking forward to my darling Kehlani's new album due at the end of the week! There were two weeks in summer of 2015 where I just basked in her mixtape You Should Be Here. And then in December of same year I rolled around her Cloud 19 mixtape. There's just something so earthy and so relaxed about her music, and I love the frankness of her lyrics. It's like lounging somewhere tropical, beneath some palms and with a glass of coconut juice in hand, occasionally sitting up and nodding profusely at what she's saying. One poster over at Popjustice was right: Kehlani's like the TLC regrouped in one person.

For reference, she was featured on The Fader some time ago. It was one of my favourite issues.

Look at her darling face!

Of course, for whatever awards are worth nowadays, it doesn't hurt that her mixtape was also nominated for the Grammys.
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Only one lecture on Wednesdays, thank god.
My professor is quite brilliant in the lecture, I was in awe. He's only a bit younger than my grandfather, but he cracks lots of jokes hahaha. Of course we will be using one of the anthologies of which he is editor.
Am also excited about the library book on fairy tales I borrowed for a bit of *Hermione Granger voice* light reading. It's not so thick but it's wide.
Mostly this week is about gathering as much of the required readings as I can.
On an unrelated note, I loved the ornamental driftwood I saw earlier whilst I was in a queue.

First Day!

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:55 pm
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I take it back.

When I said in a previous post that this term with 15 units is quite light? My new courses are very challenging so it appears that it IS good that I only have 15 units.

My Tuesday has 4 lectures from 8:30am - 4:00pm.

This morning, Swotty Me arrived outside the lecture hall at 7:30 and proceeded to organise my Planner and Notebook, doodling all sorts of motivational words and scaring myself a bit with how determined I am. BUT I really am. I even scratched out the mark I am aiming for for my general weighted average, which is naturally the highest. In that one free hour I have already roughly outlined how I will spend my weekends. /o\

So...normal term behaviour. Nothing to see here.

And since I really am also determined to combat procrastination, I think I ought to finish the prompt I am planning to fill this weekend. It's due until the end of this month for a prompt meme, but I'm also planning to launch it as a Femslash Feb fic.
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In the spirit of the new year, I will try to make 2017 thrive as much as 2014 did.

Of course the only way to make this happen is to clone 2014!

ME: *is a Professor Duncan from Orphan Black* THRIVE, 2017, THRIVE LIKE YOUR SISTER.

Or not. I can always smush them together. Osmosis might occur. An osmosis of positivity!

I will start by trying to post as regularly as I can.

1. Yesterday I got tired out by the registration for the new term. Lighter load this term, only 15 units. And one of them is a required course on Political Science. Fancy that!

2. Drive-by Rec: San Junipero episode of Black Mirror. I've enjoyed it this holidays. It involves an interracial couple, one of them an awkward lesbian and one a bodacious bisexual, and it didn't end in tears! Only an hour long and no knowledge of other episodes or seasons is required.

3. My slow but sure campaign to finish all the wips in my drafts folder continues. A majority of them is femslash. Fandom needs more hopeful open-ended femslash fics, and so of course: Be the change you want to see.


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