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Am very bummed and am feeling like a very bad fan-girl.

Apparently, Elijah Wood was within mere miles of me, at a premiere that I could have attended, if I had of realized that he would be there. But the only celebrity news I had heard of Sundance was that Paris Hilton was going to be there, and I really have very little desire to meet her. Elijah and the other Hobbits are a different story.

*Pouts* And I just know that he was supposed to bump into me and fall instantly in love. That's the only thing that's been holding us back.

To top it off, I missed seeing the premiere of "Ringers: Lord of the Fans" because I was out of town when the tickets went on sale. I'm hoping that I can grab some same day tickets on Thursday, but I'm not holding my breath. However, Ellie, you'd better keep those toes crossed!

There's pics on the slamdance website of my LOTR friends here in their costumes at the premiere. *sigh* I haven't been able to go to a meeting in months. I miss the lembas bread. And raving about Tolkien.

In fact, I miss my Tolkien group online too, my LOTR Inklings. We started reading LOTR again and it just fizzled. I know I didn't help matters by taking forever to get my chapter out and I've been a perfectly lousy list mommy. But I've been working on my webpage and hope that tomorrow, I will have all of Book 1 finished, and at least the index page looking nice. And since I've had to reformat all of the emails into a readable, pretty webpage, I've been reading all of our old discussions. I'm just amazed all over again of the insights we discovered together, the life lessons, the ties into mythology that left me astonished. I'm lost as to how to reactive the group to get that again. I'm hoping that the website will help - having all of the basic pages actually say something and actually have something to which you could navigate would probably be nice.

I suppose I could just let it die naturally, but I am really reluctant to do so. We really had something, something that I haven't found in another group. But maybe, it's just like everything else in my life and I don't know how to say goodbye. Any ideas?

Enough pointless fretting about something that nobody wants to read anyway. It is definitely time for bed!


Jan. 7th, 2004 01:09 am
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Look what I did today:

Like Never Before has been updated with chapter 9. You can read it here: Like Never Before And you can always review it here... (okay, shameless plug over).

I really enjoyed writing this chapter. It was immensely satisfying and I really hope that it worked as well as it felt to me.

AND.... Big project number two:

Sneak peak for those who had endure my shrieks of frustration--I got it figured out!!!

LOTR Inklings

Of course, none of the links work and I still have problems with some of my style sheets (at the bottom of the page does it look like random numbers and symbols or Elvish script gibberish... it ought to look like the later, but there's a buggy someplace). Can you see the menu on the left side--if you can't please comment and let me know... that's what I've spent the last week figuring out.

But I have a home page!

Whoa, it's really late. I gotta get to bed--car ride is coming in about 6 hours now... Gah!
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Okay, I admit it. This sucks.

I'm frustrated and angry and about to throw this helpless (but not harmless, oh no!) computer out the window.

I feel old and it's not a nice feeling. Mind you, I'm (only?) 25, but technology-wise, it looks like I'm ancient. Withering. Decrepit. Stoop. Frail. I've never felt so ignorant in my entire life. It's like, no matter how hard I try, how much stuff I read, this will remain a black hole, a taunting enigma that just stands there and laughs at me.

I was going to lj-cut this, but I'm too tired to even remember that code, so here ya go:

"The Rant on the Evilness of Webpages"

I've been working for the past five days on the website that I (foolish mortal) am trying to design for my group, Lord of the RIngs Inklings (see my info for link, I'm too tired to type in the address). I've worked on it, off and on for the past six months, and saw Christmas break as the perfect time to get it all coded and ready to go for our two year anniversary on the 5th.

I started out formatting the compiled messages from our book discussions. Two days later (and we're talking working 12-13 hours straight), I've finished 6 chapters. Out of around 60. I'm faster, it's true, the major of the time was spent on the first chapter, but still.

Got bored. Decided that I probably ought to update the links on my templates, so do that. Realize that I've designed the templates wrong, so changes don't work. Try to fix template and ruin every file that used that template, yep you guessed it--all of my work of the last two days. Manage to recover most of it, but now fully aware that I have to build new templates and copy, by hand, all of my hard work over.

Frustrated. Decide that I ought to put in the buttons and drop down menus and the "ooooo" of the page--a vertical, rollover menu navigation bar. Download the file for that one... And I can't make out a single word of what it says, what I'm supposed to change, etc. I've cobbled my way to a basic understanding of HTML, but apparently, JavaScript is completely different.

Spend last two days, browsing the web, learning JavaScript, or at least patching my way to a workable code for the buttons and the drop down menus (yeh!). Found a place that will give me the code for my guestbook, so I don't have to worry about that (I'll believe it when I see it).

But I wanted my beautiful vertical rollover menu navigation menu, gosh darn it. Went back to the site, found their (poorly written) references, and basically looked up every single code and what it meant and how to change it. Followed instructions. Painstakingly typed in every single link. Put it where they told me and....


Not a thing. I can't see anything. I'm not getting an error message, except from Safari, who thinks that there's some file that doesn't exist. Now, even the template that came with the package doesn't work.

Five solid days of hard work and absolutely nothing to show for it. And I've just made you read through all of this programing crap that you probably don't care one iota about. But if you've made it this far....

I need help.

If there's anybody out there, who stumbles across this and understands JS/HTML and Dreamweaver and could look over my code and figure out where I've gone wrong, wow, I'd go and register a star under your name. Or write you a really sappy poem. Or whatever. We're talking "give up the first-born" desperate. Just email me, post a comment, and I'd send you the files all wrapped in eternal gratitude.

On the plus side, I've finished my next chapter of LNB. I have to let my sister read it and tell me what she thinks, but it should be posted by the end of this weekend. It's short, only 12 pages instead of 18. :)
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Wow, do you realize that the last time I posted here was back in August?? I realized that today was December, December 2nd my calendar tells me. I'm not really sure what happened to September and October and November--are you sure we really even had a November?

First of all, updates: Yes, to those few people who know what I'm talking about, I'm still working on my Gilmore Girls story, Like Never Before. Honestly, I swear. I'm working on chapter 8 and have been (bit by painful bit) for the past three months. It's sixteen pages long now, sixteen pages and I think I hate it. Which is funny, because when I first started thinking about this story a year and a half ago, this was one of the major chapters of why I wanted to put my ideas to paper. But right now, it's hitting too close to home. I've had a hard time writing this fight scene and having such an easy resolution, when I know from hard, personal experience that it never goes this smoothly. Even when you're trying so hard to communicate, things still get mired and knotted. And yet, to change it, would just lengthen the story out even longer. If it wasn't necessary to move the "plot" along, I'd just trash it. I have one scene left. One scene that's probably less than two pages long, but do you think I can write it? NOOOOO! Stupid story.

Update number two: And I've been once again hit by the drabble bug, so look for an update to my drabbles, as well as some LOTR ones--I've got an inkling to write a Eomer drabble, and I don't know where that one came from!! As of yet, no one has taken my drabble challenge, although Agent M at ff.net wrote a perfectly delightful one entitled Tana and Kirk. Read it, it's fabulous.

And speaking of drabbles, I just finished reading The Da Vinci Code and really really enjoyed it. The author did an incredible amount of research to justify every one of his theories and well as add layers and layers of details and symbolism. I feel like I need to read it again, just to understand all of the symbolism. Right after I read it, I stumbled across another of [livejournal.com profile] fileg's beautiful drabbles that struck me as ironically appropriate: Earth, Water, Fire, Air. Read the Arwen drabble....And then do yourself a favor and go and read the rest of fileg's stories and see why I love her writing so much.

Update number three: We're starting to discuss The Hobbit on my Tolkien discussion group. I just posted the first five chapters of musings and thoughts, the next five chapters will be done by this weekend. I hope to get all the way through it before RETURN OF THE KING opens....Can anybody guess how excited I am??? Today, I saw one of the tv trailers for the first time and it induced the "moment-of-silence" followed by "utter-squeal-of-excitement."

Um, yeah. That's all the business I guess. School's been kicking my butt, mostly because I've become so apathetic towards it. I cannot wait for Christmas. One of my best friends is flying in and spending almost two weeks with me!! I have two lovely weeks with no classes, no endless hours of studying the disease processes of anemia or the electrical circuits of the heart, no trying to avoid certain people because things have gone so horribly wrong. Nothing but sweet, delightful boredom.

And I had to laugh. Last week, driving home for Thanksgiving dinner, I heard the new Evanescence single, My Immortal, and completely, totally, head over heels fell in love with it. Seriously, it was one of those songs that caused an emotional reaction where I felt the words and music just beating in my veins. I haven't been able to get enough of the song since then. And what was the quote from GG tonight "And those who bring Evanescence will be severely mocked." Yeah, I'm ridiculous.

Only 14 more days until ROTK!!!!!!!!! Just wait until the day before, then I'll be shouting it!
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Airports, airplanes are wonderful things. Seriously, think about it--you get to your destination in a small fraction of the time it would take you to drive, you don't have to worry about packing our car, or where you put the map, or the crazy drivers on their cell phones, and you share a seat with someone who inevitably is defined by the word "interesting"--and for some reason (the cheesy side of me is saying it's because in a plane you're high enough to brush the angels' wings...ugh, I'm making myself ill), inspiration flows, your muse becomes yours again.

A few weeks ago, I flew to Washington, DC, probably my favorite city in the world. Some day I'll live there, just off of Rock Creek Park on Connecticut Avenue. But I digress. I had layovers on the way there in St. Louis and on the way back in Houston, nice long layovers. I brought my notebook, my "Pilot P-700" blue ink pen, and a three mixed CDs that I had made the night before--so with Eva Cassidy, Matchbox 20, Loreena McKinnett and, yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Musical playing in my ears, I wrote. Mostly on my story, Like Never Before. I wrote most of chapter 7, the first scene of 8, the last scene of 12 and polished up 9. Not bad for a few hours on a plane, eh? I'm so excited about it! The chapters are coming together just as I had hoped and I've received a little more encouragement (thanks guys!), which just makes the juices flow better and sweeter. Boy, i really am waxing crony tonight, aren't I? :) :)

I posted Chapter 7 last night. My sister read it, declared it perfect, then proceeded to lecture me of how random the scene with Jamie was. I was afraid of that. I rewrote it a little and I hope it flows a little better, but it's extremely important that it happen this way. I hope most people can forgive me for Jamie. Jamie is such a foreign character to me--we've seen him, twice, and yet Paris and he have this "relationship"???

Jamie doesn't have a last name, does he?

In any case, I should have chapter 8 done shortly (fingers crossed), as long as I don't get distracted by my other project: I'm designing a webpage! Now, I know basic, basic, basic HTML--I know what < i > and < b > mean, for example, but I've never designed a site from scratch. It's for my Lord of the Rings literary discussion group--we just finished reading LOTR together, and I'm trying to compile all of our ponderous thoughts and discussions and put them on an easily navigational site. I made our logo today, which I'm really impressed with--it's exactly what I was hoping for. I'd proudly display it, but I have no idea how to attach an image if it's not on the web. Now to figure out how add drop-down graphics and lay out a table. Ah, right now, I am really loving life.

10 days until I start school again. I think I've completely forgotten all of my "doctoring skills." Oh dear.
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Gee, I feel as nervous as if I was on a date (oh, how would I know--my memory of my last date doesn't go back that far, but go with me here). I've spent all this time preparing my LJ page, so that it looked nice and pretty, and now I'm sitting around, wondering if my "date" will show up. Well, in any case, I've enjoyed this.

Although LJ could make it a lot easier on their customers if they put a HTML color wheel on their page so I didn't have to go track one down. Thank the stars for dogpile (my favorite search engine).

Events of the day: made spring rolls for lunch with mom. Tried sauteing the shrimp with ginger--a little strong (less next time), but very good. Wrapped in rice paper with red leaf lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrots, mint leaves and cilantro, dipped in soy sauce. Very flavorful. Much better with the peanut sauce though.

Worked on Chapter 6 and 7 of my Gilmore Girl story, Like Never Before. Still not sure about the name change, heck I keep calling it Life is for Learning, one of the many that I went through. I prefer Songbird, but I've gotten so few reviews that I'm hoping the name change will induce some more comment. I shouldn't feel too bad about it--those who have read it have honestly loved it, so I can't feel too self-conscious, but seriously, when I see all of those unbearable stories out with with poor grammar and missing plots and fake characters and they have 200 reviews, I get a little jealous. So if you want to make me happy, go read my stories at http://www.fanfiction.net/profile.php?userid=219204 and review.

Chapter 6 is coming along well. I just have scene left (out of a three scene chapter, I guess that's not saying much). I've been hung up on some of the descriptions. Only I would care enough about trying to get the description of a restaurant that I've never been to absolutely perfect. Oh, I hope to finish it tomorrow.

FF.net finally up and working again. Finally I can catch up on some of my favorites. Holly Gilmore updated both of her stories, "Previously on Gilmore Girls" and "This Feeling That Remains," (GG)

Pick out my engagement ring this morning. After setting up my account at theknot.com, with Daffy Duck as the groom, I decided that I hated all of their choices of rings and went and explored for my own. I'm seriously considering a three diamond ring with a purple diamond in the center, crowned by two clear, and amethyst along both sides. Had no idea until today that there were such things as purple diamond. I really like the light ones--good thing, they're the cheapest, eh? So, I have the ring, I have the dress. Now, I just need the guy. One who's very understanding of my purple devotion. :)

LOTR link for the moment: http://www.lordoftherings.net. They finally have new pictures for ROTK up!! Woohoo! Okay, so they've been up for a month, I've just been busy. I really wish they'd coming out with the trailer already. (grumble, grumble). My LOTR group has been silent recently. Will need to look around for more things to discuss.
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