rapunzelita: (Default)
OK, so [profile] arcadiane says I should be posting a bit more often on LJ. So why the fuck not!

So, lately I've started looking into something which looks really cool and pretty low-maintenance: home brewing. I'm a big fan of mead and cider, as I discovered when I moved to the UK (LINDISFARNE MEAD IS THE BEST), and the idea of making it myself is really appealing.

It also looks like it's fairly simple, as long as you're not too obsessed with checking gravity and hydrometry and all those complicated things. But then again as Patrick Rothfuss puts it in his recipe for mind-bending metheglin that I reall want to try: "Vikings made this, and I guarantee that they did not own a hydrometer. They just thumped it together in a barrel and then drank it and pillaged some shit." And that is a modus operandi I can definitely get behind.

The only problem I have with that is having to wait. I mean, I like my booze. Quite a bit. I don't drink in high quantities, but I do enjoy alcohol (a lot more than I used to, now that I've figured out what I like) and I am not a very patient person by nature.

And now that I think about it I could make a list of alcoholic stuff I want to make/replicate:

- Patrick Rothfuss's metheglin. That shit sounds delicious. (Should I use some lapis, I wonder...)
- Mead with some of my cousin's honey. (Preferably chestnut honey, which has a really strong flavour and would be amazing in mead I'm sure)
- Cider. I'm not exactly sure what exactly, but I would ideally like to make the apple juice myself (because home-made apple juice is SO different from the store-bought stuff, even the cloudy one.)
- Ginger beer. A vague acquaintance of mine does home brewing, and he makes ginger beer with chilli in it, which sounds like the BEST thing.
- Chilli gin - does not require brewing or anything like that. Just sticking coriander and chillies in a bottle of gin. A friend of ours did that and it was the most AWESOME thing in a

So there, as you see I'm somewhat ambitious. But the idea is that, if I ever have to move away from Edinburgh (and seriously if Cameron and the conservatives don't get severely kicked out during the 2015 General Election it's very likely to happen) I can take a repertoire of wondrous drinks with me and I won't have to miss British cider (too much).

PS: This morning we "mysteriously" received a copy of The Ethical Slut in the mail. I've wanted to read this for the longest time and I was realy happy and excited to get it. Jay claims that he doesn't know anything about it and it "just appeared". With that smug smile of his. I claim that it's the most romantic gift he's ever got me. (This month, anyway.)

rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
I have emerged victorious from the barren lands of Dissertation. This morning at 7 I submitted this unholy work unto its digital cradle of villainy, and then proceeded to invade the Dark Fortress of the Graduate Office to sow the seeds of evil with two bound copies of the malevolent tome. I am now free of this abomination and intend on never repeating this experience again. I have learned what dreadful secrets lie between the lines of the world of Research, and I am forever changed by the experience, for good... or ill.

In other words: Fuck yes, I am done.

I will now proceed to go quietly insane with sleep deprivation.
rapunzelita: (Ty Lee sez: D:<)
I mentioned this on Facebook but also wanted to complain about it here, for the benefit of the people who don't know me from FB, and also because it gives me an excuse to procrastinate.

So As You Know (probably? Maybe?), I've been writing my dissertation.

Note: If you don't know - I've been living in Edinburgh since September and studying for a Master's Degree in Translation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. It's been great. The program was very interesting though fairly theory-oriented, which suited me just fine because I know how to do the practical side of translation fairly well (except I don't know how to use Trados which is a bit of a problem, but I might be able to figure that one out myself). My classes ended in April, and I've got something like a 71% average grade on my coursework. For French people, it's pretty good. The equivalent of a Mention Bien. Other international types refer to this handy comparison grid thing.
And now, to gain my full Master's Degree, I have to write a dissertation (Master's thesis for people in North America, I think).

And it is the single most boring and agonizing process ever.

It's due on the 15th of August (not looking forward to that...) and it's been driving me insane. I just hate it. The topic is interesting, but I'm just not a researcher, and I have to write about 9 000 word of research. (To be fair, some of it, approximately 4K-5K is actually fairly easy to handle, but I haven't got to that part yet).

I'm just BORED. It's just boring. There is just no other way to put it. Bored bored bored and no fun at all and deeply uninteresting, because I SHOULD BE TRANSLATING dammit.


Sorry about the complaints. This is just making me feel horrible.
rapunzelita: (Writing)
My dissertation is draining me, and I'm not even writing it. So to keep avoiding writing it, and to give myself some motivation, I've decided to make a to-do-list for when I'm done writing it.

Things I will...


- more bookbinding, first on my list being a girdle book for my 12th-century noblewoman's costume.
- a shift, kirtle and general random stuff for 16th-century costume(s) so I can start thinking about doing Kentwell next year (EXCITE!!!)
- random clothing because I want to get better at sewing in general
- think about figuring out my wedding dress. (IT SHALL BE GREEN AND SEXY.) (Oh um yes for those of you who don't follow me on Facebook - I'm getting married to Jay next summer. Watch this space for more info and potential invites :D)
- food. All the food. I want to learn how to make everything.


- Orphan Black
- Orange is the new black
- The end of season 2 & season 3 of Game of Thrones (Not too many spoilers, please.)
- Blackadder. And Monty Python stuff. And everything else that is iconic to British TV culture and that my British friends kee making jokes about that I don't understand.
- Welcome to Night Vale (technically listen to, not watch, but shush. I'm sure it'll be excellent for sewing or cooking.)
- Anything else that my flist might care to recommend?


- The Atrocity Archives and its sequels, by Charlie Stross. (I can't really justify having a Famous Writer(tm) in my acquaintances without having read a single one of his books. Especially since his books are right up my alley)
- Finish The Ocean At The End of the Lane (potentially before the 15th). Jay and I have been reading it to each other but we haven't done that in a week or two, which is Sad.
- The Night Circus.
- Read moar things. Most likely things that I will bring back from Strasbourg. ALL THE UNREAD BOOKS, HUZZAH.


- That porn I promised Jay for his birthday (on the 31st of May... Herm :/)
- Faders. I am still very attached to it
- Maybe some actual essay on here about feminism and how the patriarchy also hurts men and that kind of stuff. I have thinky thoughts about that shit.
- More things for my professional-ish website/blog thing.


- All the notes I took for my dissertation, plus the stuff I printed. That should feel ridiculously good.
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Blowing off almost €100 because I locked myself out of my own apartment at the ONLY TIME IN THE YEAR when there is no-one else there (apart from a very confused cat.)


(Honestly had I had a proper ladder I would have climbed up to my bedroom window. The glass has been broken for more than a year now, I would have got in without any kind of problem. Apart from the fact, of course, that it's two meters high. Fuck.)

I don't even know how I feel about the whole thing. I'm at the same time highly annoyed at myself, proud that I managed to keep my cool, relieved that the guy didn't take three hours to arrive, and just completely indifferent to the whole situation. And add a bit of inexplicably wanting to cry into the mix, for some reason o_o

I think this might be me coming down from my first adrenaline high in, um. Either a few years or two weeks.

(Yeah I don't remember if I mentioned this here, but I went to Scotland to get an apartment in July and somehow MANAGED TO GET THE WRONG AIRPORT.)(Did I mention that my mother is a fucking saint? BECAUSE SHE IS. She got me there without even losing her cool.)
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Oui alors je ne sais pas ce qu'il me prend mais en ce moment je m'amuse sur Wordpress et je lance des blogs. Ce sont des blogs à thèmes spécifiques, donc ne craignez rien, je continuerai à faire des updates sur LJ/DW etc. Je veux juste donner une vague chance à ceux-là d'être lus par plus de deux personnes, quoi XD

(For my English-speaking flist, I'm probably going to post in English too! I'm not sure quite how I'm going to manage it exactly, but I'll try, especially if some of you are interested!)

Donc, si ça vous intéresse, j'ai :

Un blog d'écriture/traduction où je vais probablement beaucoup couiner pendant le mois de juin (puisque je fais Camp NaNo). Si ça vous intéresse, je vais probablement poster quelques extraits...
(A writing blog! Woo!)

Un blog d'expatriation où je vais papoter d'Edimbourg (mais que je n'ai pas encore vraiment lancé parce que, ben, je ne suis pas à Edimbourg. J'aime bien le layout ceci dit.) Je referai sûrement un chouïa de pub ici en Septembre histoire de vous rappeler qu'il existe.
(and a blog about Edinburgh! Double woo! Except I'm not there yet! Boo.)
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Personne sur ma flist n'en a quoi que ce soit à secouer, mais moi je suis super fière :D

C'est mon amoureux qui a gagné le concours d'aides de jeu de l'Appel de Cthulhu de Casus Belli-euh ! ♥

Et dire que c'est moi qui ai fait l'éditrice impitoyable à la relecture de son texte ! *___*

*essuie une larme*

(Achetez le numéro 3 de Casus Belli les gens ! :D)
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Je... Je viens de me rendre compte que mon dernier cours de licence s'est terminé il y a une heure.

C'est assez drôle, parce que ça m'est à la fois totalement indifférent et très étrange. Bon, j'ai encore des examens à passer, et après ça, il y aura mon Master à Edimbourg, et je ne sais pas si doctorat ou non, mais, dudes, je vais bientôt être officiellement, euh... Bacheleuse ? Licenciée ? Celibataire ?

Pfff en fait laissez tomber, c'est naze, on n'a pas de titre cool comme "Maître" ou "Docteur" ou "Professeur" quand on a juste une licence, c'est trop de la daube.

Bon, bah, il faudra attendre l'an prochain pour qu'on m'appelle Maîtresse. :D

(Et maintenant il faut que je me fasse une putain de to-do list, voire un emploi du temps, pour ne pas tomber en deliquescence totale pendant les vacances, vu que je n'ai pas de boulot. Ce qui comme d'habitude est très con.)
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Ce week-end, j'ai envoyé un email à l'Université d'Edimbourgh pour leur dire que non, mon dossier n'était pas incomplet, mais que je ne pouvais simplement *pas* leur fournir mon certificat de licence avant d'avoir fini ma licence (duh.)

Lundi, je reçois un mail d'une gentille Ms Wilson qui me rassure en me disant que mon dossier va être étudié et que j'aurai ma réponse aussi vite que possible.

Et aujourd'hui je reçois ma réponse. Qui est positive.

La seule condition, c'est que j'aie ma licence avec plus de 12/20 de moyenne (sachant que pour avoir 12 de moyenne il faudrait que j'aie un 2 aux exams ce semestre, à peu près. Et que je compte bien avoi ma licence avec au moins 15 de moyenne. NA.)

Contrairement à Cardiff, je n'ai même pas besoin de passer l'IELTS. (Et donc pas besoin de claquer 200 balles pour rien.) L'idée d'aller à Cardiff était cool, le professeur qui m'avait fait passer un entretien via Skype était très intéressant, le programme est super, mais Edimbourg reste quand même mon premier choix, a aussi un programme superbe, et est une ville qui m'attire particulièrement. (C'est comme la Bretagne mais ils parlent anglais ! Avec un accent trop cool ! Squeeee !)

Du coup, le choix a été très vite fait.

J'ai aussi une amie qui a eu la confirmation qu'elle partait bien en échange Erasmus à Birmingham (woot !), et Jay a un essai demain qui devrait lui décrocher un boulot (hopefully) (re-woot !) et, euh, il me semble qu'il y avait encore une bonne nouvelle, mais je sais plis trop.

Il a aussi ENFIN plu (il n'avait pas plu depuis un bon mois et demi, la terre était toute craquelée et le gazon commençait déjà à jaunir). Ce qui me met de bonne humeur, parce que j'aime quand le printemps verdoie un peu.
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Don't worry, I'm not going to harass you with pictures of birds again.

I just wanted to say that, for those who are interested, I recently rediscovered that I have a Twitter account: @Translatotron

In case you guys are interested. Who knows.
rapunzelita: (Save Tesla!)
Parce que je me suis rendue compte que je ne poste ici que pour chouiner, et que, bah, il n'y a pas que des chouineries dans ma vie...

J'ai reçu un email aujourd'hui de l'université de Cardiff (une des facs où j'ai postulé - en gros, mon deuxième choix, juste après Edinburgh). C'était pour m'inviter à un entretien avec le directeur d'études du Master de traduction. Pour ma candidature, je suppose.

Gloups @_@

Je suis à la fois super contente et super stressée. J'ai jamais passé un entretien de ma vie ! Je sais même pas ce que je suis censée dire ! v___v

Et puis il y a aussi le dilemme classique : ce n'est pas mon premier choix, mais leur programme est vraiment cool, et s'ils me font une offre ferme et 'sans condition', je serai très tentée, d'autant plus que je n'ai toujours pas eu de réponse de la part d'Edinburgh (bouhou), mais d'un autre côté, si Edinburgh me prend aussi, je ne sais pas si je vais finalement aller à Cardiff ou Edinburgh, et c'est très dur de choisir parce que les deux programmes sont vraiment cools (avec le classique pragmatisme vs créativité, Cardiff est plus professionalisant, Edinburgh plus créatif/littéraire.)

Mais n'empêche. J'avais même pas fini ma candidature complètement ! Ils ont l'air de bien vouloir de moi ! Aaaah !

*fait une petite danse*
rapunzelita: (Writing)
I've been sick those last few days, so I decided not to go to university yesterday and today. The weather is absolutely horribly, miserably COLD, and there was no way I was going to get better as long as I went outside every day, even for ten minutes.

So, since I didn't have anything much to do, I was very procrastinative the first day (I think I watched something like 10 episodes of The Mentalist in as many hours...), but today I've been drawing! And since I was pretty happy with what I did I wanted to show it off.

Well, I'm going to show it off under the cut, since it contains a mild case of boobies and I don't want the people on my flist who have uptight bosses to lose their job because of me, but, you know. I was hoping that maybe that way more than three people would see it XD

I felt like drawing something warm and cute, because it's cold outside and I am tired of coughing my lungs out, so I went for it and drew my boyfriend a "pinup" (so to speak) of one of my RPG characters, Lucia. It's more cute than sexy, really, but I'm really happy with how it turned out, so.

Here be boobies, OMG )
rapunzelita: (Save Tesla!)
Would anyone be willing to have a look at my personal statement for the University of Edinburgh? I think it's pretty good for now, I'm pretty much ready to send in my application (except I need to write up my Relevant Skills & Knowledge, gaaah.)

I've already garnered the opinion of a few people (fellow students and Jay, mostly), but I'd love another opinion -- especially the opinion of someone who knows what those are @_@ (No, we don't do personal statements in France. We have boring cover letters instead.)

I don't need anything in-depth, just a few comments. Basically I need to know whether it's convincing or not.

It's on GDocs, so really, really easy to just have a look at it. Feel free to drop your email in the (screened) comments.
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Je viens de finir The Hunger Games, mon premier livre de l'année ! ^^ (Bon, techniquement j'ai aussi fini Moll Flanders cette année... Et j'ai lu le premier trade paperback de Blade... Mais c'est mon premier vrai roman commencé et terminé en 2012)

Le livre est très bon ! Mais, euh, comme je ne suis pas très inspirée pour parler de mes lectures en général, et que ce livre est très populaire en plus, je crois que je vais juste dire que ça m'a beaucoup plus (je l'ai lu en moins d'une semaine).

Je crois que le côté dystopie de ce livre me plaît beaucoup. Autant le post-apocalyptique pur et dur (genre juste après la fin du monde) me déprime horriblement, autant les dystopies sont extrêmement cathartiques pour moi. J'adore particulièrement le moment où tout commence à se casser la gueule. Que voulez-vous, je suis d'alignement Chaotique Bon, je ne peux pas m'empêcher d'approuver quand je vois une dictature Loyale Mauvaise se faire poutrer la gueule par des rebelles. (Ca remonte à mon amour de Star Wars, je pense...)

J'ai déjà commandé le deuxième tome, Catching Fire... (Mais pas encore Mockingjay, et d'ailleurs, j'aime les mockingjays, je serais curieuse de savoir comment ça a été traduit en français.) Cela dit je vais attendre d'avoir fini le roman qu'on doit lire pour les cours, Truth And Bright Water de Thomas King, avant de le commencer. Une manière de me motiver, en fait... Même si le livre en question a l'air vraiment chouette, très intéressant à étudier avec beaucoup de recherche au niveau de l'écriture sans pourtant être lourd (au contraire, il est très léger, apparemment la figure du trickster, notamment Coyote, y est très importante, ce que J'Approuve ^^)

J'ai aussi reçu un autre livre, Empire State, d'Adam Christopher, recommandé sur Boingboing (et acheté à cause de la similarité, en tout cas superficielle, avec un des scénarios de JdR que Jay a maîtrisés, et qui était particulièrement badass, et qui mériterait vraiment d'être transformé en roman, à mon humble avis). Je ne sais pas du tout ce que ça va donner, mais je suppose que je vais le lire après Truth and Bright Water et Catching Fire.

Si vous avez encore des recommandations, notamment de bon trucs de fantasy / fantasy urbaine / poutrage-de-dystopie en français, je suis toujours preneuse ! ^^
rapunzelita: (Writing)
Here is a compilation of all the book recs you guys have given me (thanks a lot!). I'll come back later to complete it ^^

Otherwise I won't be able to remember all of them!

List! By author! Wooh! )
rapunzelita: (Writing)
Here is a post about why I want to start reading again on a regular basis.

The exposition took a little long, so I decided to put it under a cut (tl;dr: I'm an English major who doesn't read. This is deeply wrong. Please send help!)

I. The Sad State of Affairs )

II. Why It Matters )

III. What Can Be Done About It

Essentially I just need to kick myself in the arse and stop with the perpetual being stuck to my laptop. I'm bordering on addiction -- no, if I'm being honest, I'm completely hooked. Which is bad enough on its own, but also a huge annoyance, since I can't really read on a screen for very long lest my eyeballs fall off. Basically: more reading and less laptop for bedtime.

What you can do is recommend me some books! I'm not usually very picky about reading, though I'm usually more of an escapist than a realist as far as my fiction is concerned. Just tell me about your favourite books!

If you need more specifications, I like urban fantasy and steampunk best (my favourite writers are Susanna Clarke, Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, to give you an idea.) At the moment since I'm a little brain dead I'm looking for rather quick and/or easy reads. Maybe children's or YA books? I love children's literature dearly and I don't read quite enough steampunk, so, YA steampunk would probably be the thing I'd most likely read? I'd love to hear about anything, though, really.
rapunzelita: (Shadokstupidity)
Il y a très, très longtemps que je n'ai pas tenu un LJ/DW/blog quelconque régulièrement. J'avais arrêté il pendant un bon gros bout de temps, notamment parce que je me suis peu à peu distanciée de tout ce qui est fandom. Et puis aussi parce que plus personne ne commentait sur mon LJ ce qui me déprimait un peu. Et les trucs dont j'avais envie de parler avaient tellement changé que je ne savais pas si qui que ce soit serait intéressé.

Mais ça pose un problème, qui m'ennuie profondément: je suis absolument incapable de me souvenir de 2011. Oh, bien entendu, il y a certains morceaux qui me sont restés en tête (Inverness, en particulier), mais la plupart du temps je me laisse bercer par l'ordinaire, et j'oublie énormément de choses. Que je n'ai pas forcément envie d'oublier. Donc, LJ. Ou, en l'occurence, DW.

Et je sais que quand j'écris quelque chose, je m'en souviens bien mieux. Le jour de 2010 dont je me souviens le mieux est la Saint Patrick, parce que j'ai pris la peine d'écrire quelques lignes à ce sujet dans mon carnet. (Pour la petite histoire, non, ça n'a pas fini en beuverie. C'était juste un chouette jour de printemps avec Jay.)

Je ne sais pas du tout si je vais écrire en français ou en anglais ou les deux (probablement les deux). Je ne sais pas du tout de quoi je vais parler. Mais je vais essayer, en tout cas.

Je pense que je peux en faire ma résolution pour cette nouvelle année: essayer de poster plus régulièrement sur DW. Peu importe le sujet.

(Et essayer de recommencer à lire. Ca serait bien, aussi.)

...and in English )

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