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Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
12 March 2012 @ 07:21 am
My computer died an abrupt death on Saturday and I am therefore not really around :((((((((

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Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
22 February 2012 @ 08:34 am
Signs you were in Harry Potter fandom too long:

seven years later, you read a Hogwarts AU in another fandom, where the author's note reads "Character does not have fond memories of graduation" and your brain immediately snarls, "THERE IS NO WAY HOGWARTS HAD GRADUATIONS."

(See also: my obsession with canon-correctness. Now that I am trying to write in a COMICS fandom, this is driving me quietly mad)
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
11 February 2012 @ 06:50 pm
Because Galentine's Day is the BEST HOLIDAY!!!!

Happy Galentine's Day
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Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
28 December 2011 @ 05:22 pm
And the thing is, my hair has needed cutting for MONTHS, but I had a groupon for a place that I cleverly failed to notice is a half-hour drive away from where I ACTUALLY LIVE, so it had to wait until I could get there. I'd never been before, and will never go again--half an HOUR's drive, I am such a moron--but the guy who cut my hair was. Um. Just. Totally whackjob entertaining. In the course of washing, conditioning, cutting, and styling my hair, he told me:

~about the contact high he got at a concert last week that apparently made him crave mass amounts of Mexican food

~about his friend who owns a moving company and who is like, the Best Dad Ever, and taught his budding engineer son how to create a six-tree tree house with pulley-system ziplines between trees and working electricity from cords he made himself out of junk from the hardware store

~about this guy he knows who honestly believes in the zombie apocalypse, and lives in a pseudo-military compound with eleven billion guns and a specially designed military-issue vehicle designed to run on a special kind of fuel. He keeps enough of that fuel ON HAND to drive to Seattle, where he has a boat, which is always kept fueled enough to get him to the island he OWNS off the coast of Seattle. The specially-designed vehicle has a scoop on the front with robot arms that will cut off zombie legs, and all the windows are three inches thick except for the holes at the top where you can stick the guns out to shoot at the zombies

~about the sheriff in the small Montana town where his grandmother lives, who never arrested anybody for underage drinking, just took their keys and made them come pick up their cars at the police station with their parents the next morning. Similarly, the sheriff never troubled a man who had trained his horse to carry his dead-drunk self all the way home from the bar and lock the gate behind it.

~about his second, part-time job being the mascot for the Utah hockey team. I'm trying not to see it as a sign that I really will fall for hockey RPS. I'm...mostly failing.


(Actual HAIRCUT part...eh, okay. I wish I knew why all hairdressers, especially the ones I tell how I want my hair to curl/wave, think I should be flatironed to hell and back. I mean, it really only affects me until I get in the shower, it's no big deal, it's just...why???)
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
21 December 2011 @ 06:45 am
Take a deep breath. Now rant about something.

Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
13 December 2011 @ 08:32 am
What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Not much, this year; my baby sister pounced on a Black Friday deal I was interested in and made me go pick it up, and my parents are doing cash, and there's nobody else much to give me presents. :D (It's okay, it's a low-key year in a lot of ways.) In an ideal world, though, Andrea Gibson CDs, Agatha Christie's autobiography (and her memoirs and her husband's autobiography), the knowledge that my employers will like their Christmas presents (I don't know, not for certain), travel anywhere (but especially Chicago or Canada), and a membership at the Bikram Yoga place. And, as always, since I was fourteen, a pair of


They're SO CUTE.
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
12 October 2011 @ 06:58 am
Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
08 October 2011 @ 08:32 pm
Well, the first I heard about it was Sarah tweeting the FB notice that Brendon was ill.

EXCUSE ME, WHAT SHOW IN SALT LAKE? I demanded, and spent an hour trying to force my phone to admit it knew how to have internet so I could confirm it wasn't all some kind of weird practical joke. At that point I saw the malaria update, the Oregon Trail joke (bless you, Spencer Smith) and Zack's call for karaoke-ers. "I know the words," I said to myself, "but it would take an offer to COMPLETELY PAY OFF my student loans before I agreed to try and sing them in front of a thousand people."

A little bit after that, I got a text from the_randomist, who said she had been picked to go on stage. I shuddered at the thought, but hey, if she thought it would be fun, I was happy for her. Then she said that they hadn't been able to find...something...and so the band was having some of the frontpeople from the local bands who'd been playing all day sing a few songs each, which is indeed what wound up happening.

So I, meanwhile, had dashed to the plaza to purchase a ticket, and dashed home for clothes I wouldn't FREEZE TO DEATH in, and dashed back down on the train. I mostly sat on the ground, in the spot that I have learned, during past festivals in this venue, to latch onto and defend like grim death. Unless you get there early enough for actual barrier (which, if I'd KNOWN THEY WERE COMING, I would have, but what can you do?), you have to stand on a slightly-elevated bit of pavement with juuuuuust the right angle to see around the sound engineer's tent; there are only two of these spots. I like Neon Trees, but they were playing on a different stage, and I don't like them enough to lose that spot, so I wasn't really watching the music bits till they got up there.

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Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
29 August 2011 @ 10:14 pm
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPPPPPPYYYYYYYYYYY BIRTHDAY to the very dearest of all the Karlas ever in the whole wide world. When we hug in person, I may not let go EVER, so just be prepared for that, darlingest. I hope your year is amazing, and contains an in-person meeting of two metaphors about the weather.
Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)
23 August 2011 @ 11:11 pm
Hey, those of you who know anything at all about Jesse Eisenberg (I know you're out there):

who do you think his favorite Pratchett character would be?