rachelmanija: (Naruto: Super-energized!)
( Nov. 1st, 2010 11:14 am)
For my birthday, not one, but TWO people independently decided that I would enjoy a review of the awesomely bad YA novel Crazy Beautiful, in which the hero has hooks for hands and never lets you forget it:

Gee, if I'd known spilling my orange juice was this effective, I'd have spilled it in Dad's direction every day when I was younger. Then maybe he'd have made time to do things with me like, I don't know, play catch in the yard. Not that I'm complaining or playing the neglected child card. I'll never do that. I know what I've done. I know who's responsible for everything in my life, past, present, and future. Still, a little catch would have been fun, when I still had hands.

[livejournal.com profile] rushthatspeaks: In conclusion: this book is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. I am not managing to tell you about half of it. You should all read it. It is a real treasure, a thing of great rarity and magnificence, and I could not remotely have put it down. It is the worst book I have read in at least a decade. I wish I could really manage to communicate its essence to you, but criticism can only go so far.

[livejournal.com profile] coraa: While these two are being kept apart by... um... by I don't even know what, we wander through a couple of subplots.

Best birthday ever!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sartorias took me to Huntington Gardens for tea and strolling. Photos below (by me - I hope she'll post her own at some point - except for the one of me.)

Click for pics of me, a lizard, beautiful gardens, and the Yuletide bush )
Dear Mystery Vosges Benefactor,

I have never before had a package arrive with dry ice warnings. Awesome!

Thank you very much! I love Vosges, can't wait to try the hot chocolate and the bars I've never had before, and look forward with anticipatory glee to re-acquainting myself with the ones I've already tried. This couldn't have come at a better time.

PS to non-mystery chocolate benefactors, because I know LJ/DW: No, the bacon bar was not included - I think it doesn't come in a mini size - so I still haven't tried that one. Has anyone?
Were I a summonable creature, what kind of ritual would you craft to summon me?
rachelmanija: (Gundam Wing: Sane against the odds)
( Jan. 10th, 2008 01:07 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] flemmings, thank you so, so much! What a fantastic surprise!

She sent me a random grab bag of Gundam Wing doujinshi! EEEEEEEEE!!! [livejournal.com profile] yhlee, we can play show-and-tell on Saturday!

PS: I'm just as happy that, as per the card, the "long-haired, dewey-eyed, twelve-year-old Duo ones were not included. Thanks for that, too!
[livejournal.com profile] rilina_fic wrote me "Transit," a story about Trowa, and bad coffee and hope and the price of war. It's bittersweet and beautiful and it made me cry. It might have been written just for me-- oh wait, it was written just for me! I have the best friends ever.

Thank you so, so much! (And thank you, [livejournal.com profile] springgreen, for betaing and keeping the secret.) Now you can post it so other people can read it too.

ETA: Here it is. Spoilers for the entire series Gundam Wing, but not for the movie.
rachelmanija: (Anime is serious)
( Nov. 7th, 2007 10:10 am)
There is a meme going around where if you post to some thread somewhere, other people will tell you what anime or manga character you remind them of. Unfortunately, it has now gotten so long that my computer has a fit if I try to go there. So...

1. Post here and tell me what anime or manga (or literary or TV, whatever) character I resemble!

(I am assuming this is all about the personality, not looks (or gender, humanity, etc) or it would be tough. I recently learned, for instance, that Heero "I will now self-destruct" Yuy's hair is not, as it appears onscreen, dark brown, but is officially "moss green.")

2. Upon request, I will do the same for you! (But please don't request unless I actually do know you fairly well, or else I will be stumped.)
rachelmanija: (Default)
( Sep. 7th, 2007 06:21 pm)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga (who also did the frame and added text, of which I think the part I could read says "very [something] sexy??"), a photo of me. In The Outfit. Eating a chestnut cream pastry.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v280/telophase14/070831_18570001-0003.jpg
rachelmanija: (Anime is serious)
( Sep. 2nd, 2007 09:58 pm)
I am sitting in a manga kissaten (manga cafe), side by side with [livejournal.com profile] telophase, [livejournal.com profile] bravecows, and [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga, all of us typing away on our respective LJs. It is a great moment in the history of geekdom, especially since it is the culmination of a day which also included manga-shopping, doujinshi-shopping, and a dinner in which we regaled each other with tales of how we discovered slash, fic, and fandom.

Meeting [livejournal.com profile] bravecows and [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga was definitely one of the best bits of Worldcon for me. I think some of you know the former already, but the latter is newish to LJ; she is a Japanese fan who is into manga, SGA, Supernatural, Sentinel, Star Trek,, and fic.

Today, after a brief stop at an English used bookshop, Good Day Books in Ebisu (where Stephanie was briefly trapped in the elevator), we met up at the statue of Hachiko the loyal dog at Shibuya station, along with approximately one thousand others attempting to meet friends at the same coordinates.

We went to a bookshop, where I bought several copies of Saiyuki Gaiden 3 and was irritated that many of [livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga's favorite manga have not yet been translated into English, and where [livejournal.com profile] telophase [livejournal.com profile] bravecows bought bilingual Tale of Genji manga.

Then we went to Mandarake, a massive doujinshi shop, where [livejournal.com profile] bravecows talked me into buying a mysterious doujinshi with the subtitle "The love between an animal and a plant," from the RPS section-- I think it might be Russell Crowe/Paul Bethany. [livejournal.com profile] telophase made an astonishing find, detailed on her LJ.

Then we proceeded to an izakaya, where I had a lychee soda, and we all had a fantastic appetizer of Vietnamese/Japanese/California spring roll sushi-ish thingies, before proceeding to sashimi, fried chicken wings, soup with noodles and cabbage, and oyakodon (chicken and egg over rice). It turns out that me and both had original Trek as one of our first fandoms, and discovered slash when searching for it online. [livejournal.com profile] bravecows, the baby of the group, began with Hanson fic at the tender age of ten!

[livejournal.com profile] sho_sunaga showed us some downloaded manga she can read on her cellphone (which also connects to the internet.) When it gets to the rape scene, the phone vibrates!
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