seeksadventure: (Sons of Anarchy space not just air)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] das_hydra for the gorgeous blue dragon and to [livejournal.com profile] aea and anonymous for the sparkly hearts. They made me clap and grin!

This evening I am trying to write horror that creeps me out as I write it. I don't always succeed (I am difficult to scare), but sometimes I manage it. Two different YA horror in progress, surely I can be creepy in one of them for a few hours before I do more legal work.

And finally, let the mantra begin: Why isn't it riding season yet?

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seeksadventure: (Sons of Anarchy great wide open)
Long time without a post. Sorry about that. I have been busy. Mostly with work, of course, but some social stuff too. I will tell you about a few of the social things, because they were a lot of fun.

In no particular order, some of the places I've been.

+ My sister's marriage ceremony

July 5, [livejournal.com profile] impatienke married Mr. [livejournal.com profile] impatienke in a civil ceremony at the courthouse. Most of the family was able to make it. Next summer, they're having the full social ceremony, and I'll be one of the bridesmaids, but this was nice, too. After, we all went out for a family dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and that was, as always, delicious.

+ My sister's graduation

Back in May, [livejournal.com profile] impatienke graduated with a couple Bachelor degrees. We went down for her ceremony and it was really delightful. I love family events. We also looked at bridesmaid dresses then, which was slightly less fun, since I get bored fast when clothes shopping, but I do love Kris and hanging out with our friends. The next day, the brothers M hosted her graduation party, a hotdog party which I planned for her at her request. It was a blast, and I think she really enjoyed herself.

+ Tessa Gratton's BLOOD MAGIC launch (link to Tessa's photo post about the event)

Tessa Gratton (user name="tessagratton" site="livejournal.com">'s launch party for her debut novel BLOOD MAGIC was held at Rainy Day Books, a Kansas City area independent bookstore. I'd been looking forward to BLOOD MAGIC for awhile now, and though I haven't had the time to read it (such is life), getting to hold it, with its beautiful cover, was amazing. Unfortunately, I worked right up until the event, did some work at the event, and then went back to work after the event, but at least I had the chance to attend. Everyone was charming and funny and so excited for Tessa, and I had a lovely time.

I'd never been to Rainy Day Books even though I drive past it twice a day at least five days a week, generally, because their hours are fairly short, but it seemed to be a nice store with really friendly people, and I hope to go back. (To the store itself; I'll be attending more events, but a lot of their events take place elsewhere, because it's also a very small store.)

+ Fourth of July fireworks

Though none of us wanted to fight the crowds to get spots around the lake to watch the Fourth of July firework display in my hometown (nor did we want to fight the traffic to leave after), a friend tipped us off to a great spot to watch from afar. We had an excellent view, the show was badass, and I saw many Sky Lanterns, though I'd never seen one before. I particularly loved the ones released in formations. June was a busy month at work and July is the same, so it nice to have a few days off for the holiday and for my sister's marriage ceremony. (Even though I did some work remotely.)

+ Partying with the brothers M

The brothers M brought the Shadow up to me a few weeks ago, and we spent some time hanging out around Kansas City. To thank them for bringing me my bike, I took them to Fogo de Chão, which I had serendipitously learned about from a coworker the day before, and it was amazing. I thought we might have some trouble, because I'm not much of a fan of red meat and Jake can't eat pork, but oh, god, so many options. So many delicious, delicious options. We then went on to the Ameristar, where I learned they'd gotten rid of my favorite werewolf slot machine. (I'd only discovered it on Jake's last visit to KC.) Sad! I tend to find casinos boring pretty fast, though I enjoy going with friends, but loved that stupid werewolf slot machine. It told a werewolf story! Technically, it told numerous werewolf stories! I'm going to see if I can't buy one for myself. Because that's just what I need.

+ Writing

Sort of this falls under work. I do less of it than I'd like, but I do what I can.

+ Full mooon

I've done a lot of traveling under the full moon, which I love, driving with it just outside the window. Thursday night, the moon was high when I got home from work, and it reminded me of the summer in Washington, all those late night walks around Redmond, and all the werewolf stories I told myself.

What I haven't been doing is visiting San Diego again, though Kris and I had planned to go over Memorial Day weekend. Alas, there was too much family stuff and work stuff going on to get away. I hope to make it out sometime this fall. Nor did I get to visit Tucson when [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey was in town. Nor did I get to go to Indiana with law school friends. Lots of travel fail lately.

What is coming up:

+ Jim Butcher event sponsored by Rainy Day Books. I'm going with Kris and our friends, even though I haven't liked the series for awhile and haven't even read the last book, I don't think.

+ Chicago trip with law school friends. I'm not sure if this will happen, and it will be a short trip for me if it does, but I want to see them. It's a short, cheap flight, I don't mind a fast turnaround.

+ Mini-writing retreat with some of the Interrobangers. This also may not happen, but if it does, this fall will be awesome.

+ Wiscon 36 in May 2012. Obviously I don't know if this will happen, but it's been awhile since I've gone, and some of the Interrobangers will be there, so I would like to go. Plus I would love to see my friends, particularly [livejournal.com profile] cabell with her new family and [livejournal.com profile] chr0me_kitten, whom I haven't seen since I left Michigan.

+ AMOK AMOK AMOK with Sarah. I haven't seen my bff in person since 2005, and we are highly overdue for a visit full of amok.

+ Motorcycle ride into Kansas. I need some great wide open in front of me and soon.

And of course, work. Which I love most of the time, but is tiring.

It's been so long I don't remember my tags. Huh.

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seeksadventure: (Sons of Anarchy great wide open)
Is it riding season yet? I need time on my bike and the road rolling out before me, then sun on my bare arms and the wind in my face. I need to shift my hips and feel the bike respond immediately. I need to feel the rumble of the engine rolling up through my arms. I need that roar in my ears and all that power barreling me forward into that great wide open.

I need to ride.

(I need to hit the highway like a battering ram on my silver black phantom bike.)

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I have been reviewing things lately. Here are links to those reviews.

For [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey's recent Reviewathon fundraiser, I reviewed
+ Urban Decay's Deluxe Shadow Box, Honda Shadows, Sons of Anarchy, D.E.B.S., and The Squad by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and
+ Hellcats, which Karen and I reviewed together in a conversation format.

I am reviewing The Vampire Diaries for Innsmouth Free Press again this season. Here are my reviews so far.
+ Lies and Lying Liars: Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.1: “The Return”
+ Carnivals and Boardwalks, Prime Hunting Grounds: The Vampire Diaries 2.02: “Brave New World”
+ A Howling Good Time: A Review of The Vampire Diaries 2.03: “Bad Moon Rising”

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Dad remains incredibly excited about the Alaska ride. He sent me the link to these excerpts from a book about a motorcyclist's trip from Dallas, Texas to Fairbanks, Alaska back in 2004. Sometimes the author's tone grates at me, but there's some awesome pictures and details.

Excerpts from Live is a Road, Ride it Hard.

If I can just get through bar prep, this ride to Alaska is going to be unbelievable.
seeksadventure: (battering ram)
It is only just 6:30 p.m. and I am ready for bed. Partly because I'm still sick, but partly because it is dark enough to be midnight. I dislike this A LOT.

So I will give you something I enjoy instead. (Mainly, my friends are awesome.)

[livejournal.com profile] karenhealey participated in the question meme.

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity. (NB: until I get bored.)
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

She answered one of the questions she received like this:

5. If the world was devastated by a zombie apocalypse and you had to rebuild the population, who would you choose to repopulate the planet with?

Since we'd need a pool of 5000 survivors willing and able to procreate to even have a halfway shot at doing so, and I'm not one of the willing, I would nobly sacrifice myself to holding back the zombie hordes so that my best friend and her husband could make their way to Haven, the zombie-free zone. I think this would be best accomplished by diving into a pile of zombies from a cliff in slow motion, arms outstretched with a grenade in each fist, accompanied on the soundtrack by stirring and heroic strings.

But I'm willing to hear suggestions.

While requesting that she ask me questions, I said this:

I think I will make your best friend and her husband safe to make it to Haven by driving a motorcycle into the hordes. At some point, it will blow up, but not before I get to cut off a few heads.

All to Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell" of course.

(We are talking about [livejournal.com profile] revena and her husband, if you don't know.)

Needless to say, this went over amazingly well, because all three of us are awesome but also because we love Meat Loaf.

So with all that in mind, I will now answer the questions Karen asked.

Special zombie apocalypse edition!

1. What bladed weapon/s are you using for your beheading rampage?

This is a difficult question. I need something curved that has a handle which can be strapped to my forearm for when I need my hands to work the clutch and throttle but which also has a grip for when I need to be slicing up zombies.

Maybe an altered scythe? I will take suggestions.

2. What style of black leather are you wearing?

As below, I have most of this already. Black leather motorcycle boots (preferably steel toed for better head bashing as necessary) and a black motorcycle jacket with collar that can cover my neck. Probably I'd want to add some black leather chaps, but since this is a suicide mission, maybe not.

3. Under what circumstances do you acquire the motorcycle?

ALREADY HAVE ACQUIRED! Because I am JUST THAT AWESOME. In this case, I acquired it by having an awesome dad who builds trikes and then trades them for motorcycles and then sells the motorcycle to me because he knows I've always wanted a Honda Shadow.

4. Where do we have the montage?

ETA: Wow, I totally missed this one. Huh.

Someplace with cliffs and the ocean and the sun setting into the water. (Also, it would be nice to have a sound system already in place in order for me to blast my sacrificial music.)

5. TELL ME WHAT KIND OF BIKE IT IS, CARLA.

IT IS A SILVER BLACK PHANTOM BIKE!

(Or it is a Honda Shadow, 1100cc, and it is sexy as hell. Comfortable and big, it is a monster of metal and heat and it devours the road.)

So there you go! My awesome zombie apocalypse suicide mission!

If you want questions from me, see above. Feel free to ask me questions, too. Comments screened and anonymous commenting turned on.

Appropriate icon is appropriate!
seeksadventure: (battering ram)
OMG so the Shadow, at 1100ccs, is freaking gigantic. And also, it is really frustrating to feel like the only person in the world who can't work a damn clutch. My last bike was an automatic, remember. And also 400cc.

I am in love with it, however. It is not my silver black phantom but it is delightful.

No, I don't know if I'm keeping it. Money, timing, etc.

I'll have fun trying to ride it though.

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So I'm in Missouri. I've been here since early in the morning and have already jumped straight into life. I'm off to KC on Sunday and start at Wolfram & Hart on Monday. Tomorrow I finally get a haircut; I haven't had one since August.

Serenity is on, but I think I'm going to have to go to sleep soon. I haven't slept in awhile.

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