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Wow, it's been a while since I posted on here. There are a couple life milestones coming up, though, and I thought I may as well ramble about my life for a moment.

As of this June, I will have been graduated from high school for 10 years, university for 4 years, and post-graduate works for 3 years. I will have held a job I actually trained for and enjoy (most of the time) for almost three years. I will have lived by myself, in my very own apartment in downtown Toronto for almost two years (okay-okay, the "northern wastes" to some, but Yonge & Eg is still pretty downtown).

It still hits me every once in a while, that this is my actual life. I set goals for myself, and I attained them. I am self-sufficient (more or less), and successful. Going back to the me of 10 years ago, I never would have predicted where I ended up. It makes me excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.

Today I look forward to doing laundry, going shopping, and hanging out with friends in the evening. Yes, there is a chance that I may have to do some work in there, but since I spent most of the day yesterday reading TVTropes I think that's a fair balance. I may do some writing, I may watch TV, I may have a nap with my cats. Small things, not particularly exciting things, but I am happy with the implications. A day to myself, to do whatever I want with, and to enjoy.

Not too bad at all :)

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Well it is 2010, so I suppose I may as well do a State of the Bootler at some point. This is not that. This is me playing with
y new iPod Touch! Thanks to a gift certificate I managed to justify spending a foolish amount of money for a new mp3 player with a bunch of bells and whistles I don't need, including wifi. Turns out the little keyboard isn't too bad either. Anyway that is all I had to say. Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!

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There was a little blurby thing on Psychology Today today with a few quotes about father-daughter relationships. They made me smile, so I'm posting them here just so I have them somewhere.

"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express." --Joseph Addison

"To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter." --Euripides

"He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures ... but he was never in them." -- Erma Bombeck

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. " -- Sigmund Freud

"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan." -- Garrison Keillor

In other news: Metallica was awesome, Stomp was very cool, I'm excited for Wonderland, and I'm getting a new computer. October has been fantastic (and expensive) month!

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Originally posted by Jamie, voila my response to the role-playing character quiz!

The Role-Playing Character Quiz

-Introductory Questions-

How long heave you been roleplaying? About 3 years
What medium do you use? (ex: Dungeons and Dragons, MUDs, Live Action, hand puppets, etc.) D&D4E, World of Darkness, LARP (one time)
Who are your favorite characters? Zili, Ailith
Do you cross-play? (Play characters that are not of the gender you identify with) no
Who was your first character? Ironheart
Who is your latest character? Zili & Phia
Most Popular Character? Dunno. All my characters are so very awesome…
Which character is most like you? Phia (other than the complete lack of moral fibre, of course…)
Who would you like to be more like? Zili, indomitably happy
Who’s the character you love but haven never played? Hmm, I've played all my characters. Ironheart, maybe? She didn't live very long.

-Which character would be most likely to-

Murder someone? Uhm… Phia, Zili, Ironheart, Ailith (if they were worthy of a fight), Wrath
Have a mental breakdown? Alice
Roleplay? Phia
Do something stupidly dangerous for fun? Zili
Lay down his or her life for a stranger? Ailith
Refuse to ask for directions? Zili
Play in a band? Utau
Perform Shakespeare? Phia
Star in a horror movie? Ironheart or Zili
Star in an action movie? Alice, as the poor victim
Star in a sitcom? Phia
Star in a Porn? Zili
Star in a Videogame? Zili
Get married? Alice would have wished to, pre-asylum
Fall in love? Alice
Make the world a better place? Ailith
Regret his or her life? none!

-Word Association-

Relate each word to one of your characters.

Love: Alice
Hate: Wrath
Money: Zili
Masks: Alice
Flowers: Zili
Lies: Phia
Music: Utau
Home: Phia
Tragedy: Alice
Sex: Zili
Violence: Ailith
Black: Wrath
White: Alice
Fire: Ironheart
Ice: Utau
Hope: Alice

-The Best and the Most-

Who of your characters is the most realistic? Phia
Who is the most fun to play? They're all fun!
Who do you respect most? Alice, she's a genuinely good person
If you had a popularity contest within your group of characters who would win? Alice, via pity vote
With who’s views do you agree with most? Depends on the issue…
Who kisses the best? Phia
Who would react best to realizing he or she is going to die? Zili, since she believes she would come back; or else Utau, since she would come back, although it would certainly be a hassle
Who would react the worst? Wrath
Who would do best in school? Alice
Write out a high school transcript for your characters. (Grades in English, Math, Science, History, Foreign Languages, Gym, and teacher’s notes)
Utau: English 80%, Math 60%, Science 60%, History 100%, Foreign Languages 100%, Gym 40%, Notes: enthusiastic but does not play well with others
Who would be most interesting drunk? Describe them. Zili, as long as you managed to stay the hell out of her way once she started playing tricks on everyone around her
Which one of your characters would make the best roommate? Alice
Dance partner? Alice
Husband/Wife? Alice
Super villain? Utau
Teacher? Alice
Business partner? Utau
Friend? Alice

-Random Inquiries-

Who would resent knowing they’re a character? Utau
Who wouldn’t mind? I think they'd all be pretty pissed off, actually
Which of your characters do you like as a person? Alice
Who would you most like to actually meet? Zili
Who would you not like to actually meet? Wrath
Your alien and bestial characters, what would they look like if they were human? Zili would be short and skinny, Mohawk, several piercings, one blue eye one green eye, very angular
Who would be happy in a boring, safe little job in a cubicle? Alice
Who dreams of flying? Zili
Pick a character and outline his or her soulmate.
Who would like you? As a person, not a creator. Alice
Who is happy? Zili
Who probably drove his or her parents crazy as a kid? Zili!
What animal most suits the personality of each of your characters? Utau: a housecat, Wrath: tiger, Alice: kitten, Ironheart: wolf (doi), Zili: a sea urchin, Phia: also a cat, I think
What color most suits them? Utau: gold, Wrath: red & black, Alice: baby blue, Ironheart: dark brown, Zili: neon purple, Phia: maroon

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Well, it's the beginning of the school year. Which, although I'm not going to school (outside of one class which I will discuss momentarily), is usually a time when I return to my "self-improvement" cycle. I've actually made a few steps towards an improved Bootler, and I am now going to record them.

First! I am joining a choir, starting next week. It's "Introduction to Choral Singing" through the Royal Conservatory of Music, running until December. I'm a little nervous, but I hope it goes well. It's been a long time since I sang in anything resembling an organized group, and I'm quite looking forward to it. That does mean that I won't be taking a writing course this semester, but a few students from a previous course are carrying on with a more casual meeting, so hopefully that will hold me over.

Also on the writing front, I've begun a separate writing blog over at blogspot: Among Other Things. Come visit! Tell your friends, tell your neighbours! There's not too much up there just yet, as I'm only updating twice a week (Thursdays and Sundays, except this last Sunday because I wasn't home and it was a holiday). Everything there so far is older work, but I hope to start posting new stuff soon. We'll see how it goes.

In the more physical realm, I am back to swimming (completed 54 lengths in 22 minutes last night). But not only am I swimming, I am also lifting weights! A little bit. I've borrowed a weight-lifting for dummies book thing from my dad, along with a couple dumbbells and teensy weights. Because I'm not looking to really bulk up I'm just doing a circuit routine, but having just completed my first session this evening I think that will be more than enough for me. In general terms I've decided that rather than resolve to lose weight, I will now resolve to exercise more, since that's easier to control. So far I am succeeding, and that makes me happy.

Finally, in the creative realm, I'm trying a completely new sort of role-playing character in a new game that just started up with Pat, Kendra and Carly. I don't know that that really counts as "self-improvement", but it's a lot of fun and that's important too. We just finished our first session last Saturday, and I am really looking forward to the next one. This is actually the first time I've been in a role-playing game without Sab, so that's a little bit odd. Today we had an official role reversal in which I told her about a game that she's not in. Craziness.

And that's pretty much it. I'm still doing the online dating thing, no real success just yet. But I haven't given up, so I guess that's something. Really I have no expectations of anything coming out of it, so I'll just stick with meeting new people to chat with for now.

And that is all!

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Incredibly bored at work today. So Fweeh helped me out, and gave me topic to turn into a random scene! Which I am now posting. Enjoy!

Topic: one person in a room; there is a box on the table that wasn't there a blink ago.

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Check it out, I'm posting! Altho I'm cheating, and doing a meme post. This is from the "5 words" meme, and the words were given to me by pyat quite a while ago. Still, better eventually than never...


Well, let's see. Looking around the room I am currently seated in I can count... 6 wolf items. Seven if you count a picture of me with my mask on (and several more if you're counting books). Basically wolves are my most favourite animal. During the brief period when I was looking into the whole therian scene, I would have said wolves are my spirit animal. At the moment, however, I will just say that I admire them. I like the pack mentality, and all the good stereotypes and such. One of the best birthday gifts I ever received was a trip with my mom to the Haliburton Wolf Centre, where we participated in a wolf howl (I got to howl! and the wolves howled back! So cool!), and then watch the wolves the next day for several hours. So, yes. I am a fan.


This is a bit more timely now, I suppose, since AC just recently passed. I had the chance to attend about... hmm... 4 years ago? I'm not entirely sure. But I quite enjoyed it when I went, and met several very cool people (including most of my lj friends list, now that I think about it). I am semi-considering going again next year, but I don't really know. For now it resides in happy memory land, and that's not too shabby.


This is a hard one! Let's take it in parts. First, video gaming. I came into the dark and dangerous world of video games relatively late in life, largely due to Jamie at Trent. I was strictly a PC gamer for quite a while, where I enjoyed RPGs like NWN and KOTOR, various Sims games, and the very occasional shooter (pretty much just Max Payne). Last year I ended up getting myself a PS2 so I could play Guitar Hero, which was soon followed by an XBox for more Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as well as Mass Effect. I consider myself a casual gamer at best, with a heavy emphasis on music/rhythm games.

And then there is table-top gaming, which I also came into late in life! Mostly due to the influence of Fweeh and her roomates (both former and current), I have had the pleasure to play in a couple campaigns so far. My characters seem to tend towards the "haughty bitch" realm, and to be honest I don't really know why that is. I will be starting up in two new campaigns this week, though, with two new characters. And I am hoping that at least one of them will have a somewhat friendly personality... occasionally... On the whole I like stories, and I like participating in them, so table-top gaming is a pretty awesome way to spend some time.


Hmm, not sure what to say here either. Writing, by which I mean fictional writing, is something that has pretty much always been a part of my life. I continue to nurture a tiny hope of becoming an "official" novelist, but we'll see what happens there. I like making up characters, and I love world-building so I pretty much dwell in the sci-fi/fantasy genres. There were a few months when this journal turned into basically a writing journal, but since then things have slowed down a bit for me. I've started taking writing classes again, though, and will be joining a more informal writing group with some of my fellow students, so I am hopeful that that will light a fire under my butt and I can get a little more proactive about actually putting pen to paper. Alternatively I'll just carry on with writing ridiculously detailed game updates.


What's with all the difficult words?! Lesse, dreams. I used to remember my dreams all the time, which I quite enjoyed because I always found them really interesting. A lot of them (or at least the ones I remembered, anyway) seemed to have decent narratives to them, and a few were turned into short story type things. I also took a Dream Psychology course at Trent, which was one of my absolute favourite courses. Dreams are very cool things, and I'm sad that I tend not to remember them anymore.

In terms of life dreams (i.e. goals), that's sort of in the air at the moment. I would like to become a professional writer. I would like to have a job that I don't dread going to. I would like to afford a condo and not have to rent anymore. *shrug* To be honest, though, I am generally pretty happy with my life. And that's certainly nothing to scoff at.

The End!

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One of these days I'll do an actual post with information in it. Today, however, is not that day. Instead I'm jumping on the meme wagon. So follow the links to see how awesome and/or slightly less than awesome I am...

Oh, also:

You Are a Lynx
You are a quiet observer of the world around you. Your wisdom comes from listening carefully.
You've always been extra sensitive and aware. And it's made it difficult for you to fit in.

You see past people's outward personas. You are able to penetrate a stranger's soul.
What you've learned about people is both beautiful and ugly. And you keep these secrets to yourself.

That is all.

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Due to the excessive badgering of suppishld I am making a post! Something I meant to post anyway, here you go.

Back in September, in one of my writing tournaments, I won a monologue contest. The prize of which was to have my monologue performed and posted on YouTube. It took a few months, but it's finally been done!

There are actually two versions at the moment: here and here.

So that's cool.

And... that's all I got for now. Tada!

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Ah, the Santa Clause Parade. Everyone loves a parade, right? Even when it's all but freezing, everyone enjoys the spectacle. The gaudy floats, the shriners in their little cars, the marching bands . . .

The marching bands.

"Ow! Don't pull my hair so tight!"

"Anyone seen my gloves? I'm not going out there without my gloves!"

"Who has my hat? C'mon guys, this isn't funny..."

"What do you mean you can't remember Jingle Bells? It's the easiest song we play!"

Crowded in a small church basement almost a hundred people need to get changed into uniform, unpack their instruments, go through their warm-ups and attempt to tune. Not that tuning will matter all that much once we get outside. Every year I've played in the Santa Clause Parade, my instrument froze about halfway through and refused to play more than a few specific notes.

Brass doesn't like the cold anymore than the rest of us.

But, despite how chaotic things look now, soon we will be a single unit. Dressed the same, marching in time, harmonizing perfectly. We will all find our gloves, our hats, our second pairs of socks. We will form into our block and march down the street as one.

And if I can't play anymore by the end of the parade, well, that's okay. To be honest, I sort of flubbed on memorizing Jingle Bells anyway.

Merry Christmas!

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