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February 14th, 2013

12:29 pm - Random writing piece... On Lenses
Some people get glasses before they can even remember. A couple of my cousins were really lucky; they got glasses at about 6 months old. I didn't. No one really realised I couldn't actually see until I was 4. Until I'd started school. Well that makes sense, that's when it matters. They start trying to teach you to read and realise you can't actually see the letters.

So I got my glasses and I can actually remember my first time wearing them around. Things in the real world had lines around them! Sharp distinction between them and the background! Just like in cartoons! And the oft repeated story is that I looked at my mom and told her that her teeth were so sharp.

After that, my parents started finding random junk in my school bag every afternoon when I got home. The tiny broken wheel off a toy, a lone Barbie shoe, tiny smooth rocks, interesting sparkly rocks... I had never been able to see all the interesting small things that most people walked past everyday that were brand new to me and so very captivating.

My dad tells me that he thinks that's why I got so into photography. I got my first camera when I was 5 and I went around taking pictures of everything that interested me and I actually learned pretty quick to be reserved in the speed with which I tripped the shutter.

Photography led me to film, and both are still important to me. Even as I move forward. My life has always been and will always be tied to a lens.

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January 11th, 2012

10:42 am - New Year, Old Drama?
First thing's first. As happens after every holiday season, I feel like shouting from the rooftops that you cannot have gained SOOO MUCH weight over such a short period of time!!! Honestly, someone actually tried to tell me that they literally gained 10 pounds because of one particular Christmas Dinner. 

Did you really eat, and have your body process to fat, 35,000 extra calories on top of your daily minimum? I didn't think so.

Proof: According to the scale while I was home in Guelph, it could have seemed that I'd gained 7lbs. But it was an ~*illusion*~! After only 2 days of being back at my preferred dietary habits, all of a sudden, that 7lbs vanished into thin air! And it had taken a few friends with it. It was water retention and the amount of lousy food I was eating (not with my family, they were eating really well! U Weightloss has some great meal plans. It was with my friends that I was eating poorly...).

Also, something I need to get out, I'm ticked at myself for how I've been trying to manage things. I need medication for a lot of things... asthma, acne... and it's like walking around on stilts. But then, I get so used to being able to reach the metaphorical top shelf that when I take those stilts off, I'm surprised when I can't reach it any more. And that's stupid of me. But I just really hate being dependent on those damned stilts!

Anyways, I've been trying to put together a kind of "The Year in Retrospective", but I'm lousy at remembering things chronologically, so it's tough for me to do it right... Plus, I've been reading a lot more than just the past year...

As has become increasingly obvious from re-reading my journal's archives, my brain has blatantly rewritten much of my history into a narrative that makes sense, but is in no way actually accurately representative of the documentation available on those situations (as our brains are all very apt to do).

It's clear that I've been a thoroughly lousy person, and for that I apologize. To those simply reading about my exploits as much as to those who suffered through them first hand.

I was such a pre-Ramona Flowers Scott Pilgrim. 

Scott Pilgrim was a douche. 

I mean, the whole story is about him learning how to be less of a douche... so... ya.

True say.
Current Location: Montreal, QC
Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Why is my house so noisy?

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November 28th, 2011

03:43 pm - No Buying from this point on. PERIOD.
I've entered the No-Buy Zone. From now until Boxing Day, I cannot buy anything for myself. So I'm making a list, so I don't forget the things I feel I need, would make good gifts, but can live without until post-Christmas. I may add to this later.
Things I will buy myself if I don't receive them for ChristmasCollapse )

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November 24th, 2011

10:32 am - What do you mean you play Quidditch?
I realized I never explained how exactly one plays Quidditch, as a non-magical individual that is.

Since I started using Quora.com (come find and follow me! We can be ultra knowledge buddies!) I've inadvertently started setting myself up as a Muggle Quidditch expert... As a result, I wound up creating a relatively succinct description of exactly how muggle Quidditch works, so for those of you who don't know how it works and want to, but don't want to be bothered to read through the IQA's rule book, here's how it works:

succinct is a relative termCollapse )

I hope that was clear, easy to follow and educational. It's tough to explain sports.... I've been playing as a chaser, but I'm thinking I may be better suited to beating.
Current Location: Canada, Montreal
Current Mood: hungryhungry

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November 15th, 2011

11:50 am - Another Quidditch crosspost...
What an amazing, whirlwind weekend!

Honestly, I hardly feel like we were in NYC at all. I mean, it's New York City! Big, epic, distinctive! But I didn't see any of that. I didn't see any of the things I remember from my last trip; the churches, Lady Liberty, The Empire State Building, Times Square, Broadway.... I saw Randall's Island and the small strip of the city we cut through to get to it. So I don't feel like I was in New York City, but because I know I was, I'm starting to actually comprehend it as a place people live that isn't really that different from Toronto or Montreal, except in scale.

Maybe that's weird, or maybe I didn't phrase it well, but I hope you understand. New York City is finally becoming reality to me instead of myth.

But that's besides the point. The real story is the Cup! And honestly, the Quidditch World Cup could only have been better if a Canadian team had wound up winning it! It was fantastic!

World Cup V details!!Collapse )

After a "beach-weather in Canada" run sans-shirts by a few of the Canadian team members (mostly from McGill), all the Canadian teams went to the Stadium for the final games in a rousing procession with a snare drum in front and everyone holding their brooms like rifles. We were cheered by other teams the whole way, and finished our procession with O Canada as we got to the stadium where there was a crowd watching us arrive. We all sat together to watch the final games; Spoilers!Collapse )

[Note: videos of all the games I have mentioned, except Alumni Allstars, will be available to watch on my youtube channel in the next week or so. Starting with McGill v AFQC. For now, you can watch the footage from the Canadian Cup which is now available to the public.]

Complete version of the post here.
Current Location: Canada, Montreal
Current Mood: satisfiedsatisfied

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09:42 am - Writer's Block: It's payday!
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Mine is a pretty boring response, but I suppose the most responsible... I would pay off my student debt, put the rest in a high-interest savings account, and live the rest of my life off the interest payments.
I'd still work in a library. I'd still make movies. Nothing would really change about my plans for life, except I wouldn't have to worry about money, would be able to travel as much as I like, and could take on whatever job makes me happiest without worrying about the pay.
Sounds like a good life to me.

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November 11th, 2011

03:16 pm - HELLO WORLD CUP WEEKEND!!!! ^.^
Today's blogpost over at StumblingThroughLibrarySchool, aka What Did You Learn Today? (STLS? WDYLT? actually, I like that... WDYLT... I should make shirts!) was super special since IT'S THE WORLD CUP THIS WEEKEND!!!! so I figured I'd share it as widely as I could, because I doubt I'm going to get around to making a dedicated QWC post for my lj...

So here it is! (Originally posted here)



I am so ridiculously excited, you have no idea... Quidditch, reffing, filming, party busses, sleepovers... WORLD CUP!!!!


All the work that needs to be done is done. I am ready to go to the World Cup for a weekend, ignore the fact school exists for a few days and get Quidditch-crazy!

Harry Potter fun facts are this way! Come in from the cold! Read them!Collapse )

You can keep up with all the World Cup action from the comfort of your own home with Muggle Net's Snitch Center! Watch streaming games, keep up with the scores, peruse player profiles, and check out the rankings (McGill currently sits at the #7 team... IN THE WORLD). Games start tomorrow morning after a 9AM opening parade.

Well, I have my camera, clothes, warm winter wear, a bag full of Dollarama candy and a sack full of Montreal-style bagels. I am good to go!

I'll be out of contact while I'm south of the border, so have a good one! I'll talk to you when I'm home!

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November 1st, 2011

01:23 pm - Let the madness begin!

Just got started on my NaNoWriMo novel during my break. I feel like I'm simply too verbose for a middle reader book, too simple for adults and too silly a story for teens, but we'll see when I get there.

I decided on an app team to get it done. PlainText and DropBox will hopefully be a happy and hassle-free team for my November novel writing.

Go! Go! Go!

Current Location: Canada, Quebec,Montréal, Montreal
Current Mood: busy

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October 28th, 2011

11:41 am - Writer's Block: R.I.P
What do you want done with your body after you die?

I have given an undue amount of thought to this. Maybe I'm just morbid, but I find the different funerary traditions and rituals we have around the world very interesting... but before that, I would like any parts of me that are actually useful (I mean, I doubt if anyone will want my poor asthmatic lungs) to go to people who need them. But with the rest of me?

Ultimately, I don't really like the idea of being reduced to ashes that much, but I don't like the idea of being left to rot either.

Guess I just can't die then! :P

But realistically, the BIOS urn is cool idea, but I'd like some marker of my existence to remain... marking the tree as me. Perhaps I'm just vain and self-interested, but I want people looking at the tree to know what it represents. Which is why really, I would like to be put into a "PoeTree" when I've died.

Plant me somewhere where I can survive, and stretch my branches to the sky.

For bonus points, make the tree a sugar maple or a weeping willow. They're my favourites.
Current Location: Canada, Montreal
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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October 27th, 2011

04:29 pm - NaNoWriMo? What, do I have a death wish?
Despite the gruelling pace and my lack of any downtime between school and Quidditch, I don't want to have to wait another two years to be able to do NaNoWriMo. If I don't attempt it now, just because of school, I'll never wind up doing it, I'll always have excuses.

But I still haven't decided what to write...

The kid focused novel that came to me in a dream all those years ago about faeries not being allowed to wear blue jeans and funny mystical babies?

A novel about losing the imagination of childhood that's been knocking around in my head?

A novel/series of vignettes exploring the nature of infinite possibilities following my life if different decisions were made differently?

What do you think? Or am I completely out of my mind for even considering taking this on?
Current Location: Canada, Montreal
Current Mood: bouncycaffeinated

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