Monday, 27 July 2015

5 Morning Musume songs that I really disliked before they grew on me

1. Seishun Kozou ga Naiteru

2. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe

3. Pyoco Pyoco Ultra

4. Onna ga Medatte Naze Ikenai

5. Kimagure Princess

Thursday, 23 July 2015

What I've been up to lately (games, music, books, work)

It occurs to me that I haven't really been blogging about what I've been up to lately. Last post about that is from over a month ago. So let's see if I can remember what's happened since then! :)

17-18th June were my last days at the day centre. I felt a little sad about that because I felt like I really got to know them during my month there, and no matter how infuriating they might get sometimes your heart still warms when they smile or laugh or want to hold your hand. I'm still not sure if a job in caring is really something I want. It really has its perks ofc, most jobs do, but I do remember the horror I felt when I apparantly had done something wrong according to them, but I had no means to figure out what it was. That was definitely heartbreaking.

19-30th June were Midsummer and then one of my few free weeks this summer (except on the 29th when I worked for a few hours). I spent it reading (By Blood We Live & Dragon Age comics) and gaming (Civ V, Clash of Heroes & HoMM V), like any proper nerd would. Except on Midsummer when we had some people over for partying.

1-6th July I was working at the tourist agency. Getting up at 6.30 am every morning was no easy adjustment after a year of waking up past noon. But I really like this job. I feel like I'm good at it, and that's the best feeling in the world. The 3rd July was also the day that I went to my third Alice Cooper concert and loved every moment of it.

7-12th July I was in Malmö with Toni, visiting my parents and going to the local annual festival. I'm pretty sure it was my 15th consecutive year there :) The only festival where local (ish) bands like Perikles, Joddla med Siv, Danne Stråhed, Hasse Andersson, and Timbuktu are more popular than national artists like Måns and Ola Salo xD (and Hardcore Superstar, which we saw for the second time this summer). Toni and I also went to see Jurassic World (finally!), which I loved. I adored all the references to the first movie in it :3 We also took a trip to the local Sci-Fi book shop and I got two new books (the vampire novel and a pirate novel) and two of my favourite Classic Who stories on DVD (The Mind Robber and The Daemons). I also read four books while I was there. (Inmurade, Hollow City, Creepypasta, and Catching Fire)

13-16th July I was once again working at the tourist agency. I also started up a new playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition because Sera Was Never showed up on my iPod and gave me the itch to play it again. My favourite tavern tune from the game. I once again play as a Dalish elf (I love my elves), but this time I was a mage, and while I had originally planned on romancing Sera this time around, I just couldn't. I got to the first kiss and it just weirded me out. Not because it was a lesbian romance - don't think that - but because it was Sera, my best friend Sera in all my other playthroughs, so much my best friend that I've permanently friend-zoned her and thinking of her as anything other than a friend weirds me out. So instead I got it on with Bull, but his romance didn't fit with an elf imo, so I changed to Cullen. Cullen in Inquisition is like Alistair in Origins or Fenris in 2. No matter how hard I try not to, I always feel like I'm cheating on them if I romance someone else in a different playthrough.

On the 17th I had one of my few days off for the rest of the summer. And during this day we bought new computer chairs, and also got around to do some serious grocery shopping. So much for a nice quiet day at home, huh xD

18th-today I've been working on the tourist agency. It's been going well. Yesterday my parents arrived in Stockholm for a mini-holiday, and we took the opportunity to have dinner with them. It was very nice :) My mum always had a way of collecting every single brochure she could find when we went on holidays when my sister and I were little, so I saved her the trouble this time and gave her one of each from work. They laughed a while at that, but seemed to appreciate it xD Today they came and visited me at work, while I was hiding from the rain under the folded-up trunk-hatch in the mini-car I work from some days.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Books, a lot of books!

Last time I posted anything about books was when I had read Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng (unless you count the Dragon Age comics as a book) and I thought it was about time I blogged about something. Since my life nowadays is mostly work and computer games I decided to make a book post! Since Stjärnklart in in the middle of June I've read five books :)

By Blood We Live is a short story anthology of vampire stories by various writers. The only reason I bought this anthology was because it said Neil Gaiman on the cover. Normally it takes a long time for me to read anthologies, but this one I finished in a week. You know when you read anthologies and there are always, always some stories that you love and some stories that you just want to end because you just don't like them? This wasn't true for this anthology. I loved every single story in this book! But, of course, I have a few favourites among them anyway.
Snow, Glass, Apples, by Neil Gaiman. A dark take on Snow White. I love his twists on classic fairy tales. The Sleeper and the Spindle is his most recent, but this was amazing as well. Turning Snow White into the villain and the Evil Queen into the victim.
The Master of Rampling Gate, by Anne Rice. Of course the queen of vampire stories put forth a master piece. A classic gothic vampire tale. Loved every bit of it.
Under St. Peter's, by Harry Turtledove. So blasphemous. Absolutely wonderful.
Child of an Ancient City, by Tad Williams. An Arabian take on the vampire legend. Different, but definitely amazing!
Endless Night, by Barabara Roden. Another classic version of vampires, which in my mind had a sort of Lovecraftian feel to it. But that could be just because this tale and At the Mountains of Madness take place in Antarctica.
The Vechi Barbat, by Nancy Kilpatrick. A tale that makes you wonder. I'm still not sure what really happened in this story or who's actually the vampire, but the ambiguousity of the story makes it one of the best ones in the book.
Blood Gothic, by Nancy Holder. A tale where the vampire is just a figment of imagination, but still so very real to the main character.
Sunrise on Running Water, by Barbara Hambly. Vampires can't cross running water, but this one gets on the Titanic.
Necros, by Brian Lumley. There's a twist, and it's a good one. Modern vampire tale, but with a sort of classic bogeyman take on the vampire.
The Wide, Carnivorous Sky, by John Langan. The only pure horror story of the lot with a military twist. It was strange, but extremely captivating.
One for the Road, by Stephen King. Since it's King this was also a kind of horror-ish story, and also a side story to Salem's Lot. Felt like it had some of American Gods in it, but maybe it's the other way around :P

Inmurade by Lena Ollmark is a Swedish children's horror novel. I expected plain, easy-to-understand, and predictable characters. I didn't get any of it. I liked this a lot. It was simple and explicit at the same time, and it reminded me of those Swedish horror story anthologies I used to read when I was little. Ghosts of children and a sad tale of a blizzard that took lives just after the end of World War I. Can't wait for the next part, this one ended in a cliffhanger!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs is the second book in Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. It wasn't as good as the first one (sequel's never are), but that twist at the end had my eyes falling out. It was perfect! And so unexpected! And I loved it! And I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!

Creepypasta by Jack Werner is... I'm not sure whether to call it a non-fiction volume since it collects a bunch of tales from the Internet and presents them so that even people who don't spend all their free time online will understand their circumstances, or if it's a horror story anthology... In any case it's a book filled with urban horror stories from Creepypasta and they are collected into a book, in Swedish, by a Swedish journalist. I had read a few of these before. Like the stories about Slender Man, JVKN66Z.ESP, the Rugrats one, The Soviet Sleep Experiments, and SCP-173, and they weren't as scary the second time. The one that really got to me however was Anansi's Goat Man Story. It scared the hell out of me! (Probably wasn't a good idea to read it in the middle of the night) I rushed through the dark hallway to the bathroom afterwards, scared to look into any of the open doorways on the way, terrified that I'd see a slack-jawed, passive face staring back at me. Actually, the entire Goat Man chapter was hell on my nerves and I'm surprised I was able to sleep without nightmares that night.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second part in The Hunger Games trilogy. I read the first book last year and was pleasantly surprised, so I decided to continue the series and bought the second book. I only got around to reading it now, but damn! Loved it. I see what people love about this series. Now I really want to get my hands on the third book and find out how everything ends! This is it! I'm a fan!

Right now I'm reading Mortal Coil, by Derek Landy. It's the fifth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series! I'll get back to you on that one :)

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Alice Cooper #3

Yesterday I saw Alice Cooper live for the third time :) First time was in 2011 and second time was last year on Sweden Rock Festival.

I had been looking forward to the 3rd of July since the beginning of this year. This was a big deal and a big day! I worked in the morning and then afterwards I met up with Toni and went to Gröna Lund, the same place where I saw Cooper in 2011. We spent the afternoon riding every single roller-coaster there, then we had some dinner, ice cream and drinks before we went to the stage with a bunch of friends (though we lost the friends in the crowd). To begin with we were standing a little to the side, but the crowd was so tight and most of the time I couldn't even see the backdrop, sometimes I caught a glimpse of it. So I pushed us through the crowd to stand basically in the middle (where the pressure from people was less) where I could see a lot better. I was so excited!

The show started at exactly 8pm. Not a minute late. The Underture and Hello Hooray first which I hadn't heard live before. Then we went through
House of Fire,
No More Mr. Nice Guy,
Under My Wheels,
I'll Bite Your Face Off,
Billion Dollar Babies,
Lost in America,
Hey Stoopid,
Dirty Diamonds,
Welcome to My Nightmare,
Go to Hell,
He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask),
Wicked Young Man,
Feed My Frankenstein,
Ballad of Dwight Fry,
Killer,
I Love the Dead,
Break on Through (To the Other Side), Revolution, Foxy Lady, My Generation,
I'm Eighteen,
Poison,
and School's Out.
Lots of classics, both newer (90's and forward) and old (70's-80's). I was basically jumping around excitedly when I heard the first note for Feed My Frankenstein because I adore the theatrical scenography that always accompanies that song!
 Mad Scientist Alice performs an experiment. He enters this box and something goes wrong, out comes this big-ass dude that sings the rest of the song

I adored Hey Stoopid and Welcome to My Nightmare. Then when Ballad of Dwight Fry started playing I was almost in tears. I love that song so much. During it the girl who played Nurse Rozetta licked his face and I said "Can I lick his face too?"

The second to last song was Poison. I recognised it immediately along with about a fourth of the audience and we started cheering like crazy. Then the music really kicked in and the rest of the crowd noticed what song it was. I said "You so slow people!" out loud :P Then they left the stage, people continued cheering and they came back on singing School's Out with Another Brick in the Wall in the bridge.

Other than Alice there was someone else who caught my eyes on that stage - his new guitarist Nita Strauss. Damn, that girl can play! She was frickin amazing. She needs some amazing credit. The fact that she was lying down on the stage and still playing... and the fact that she delivered the best solo I've heard in a while.

This time was so much better than at SRF. He had a lot more energy this time and it was great, he was amazing. At the end he shouted "See you with Mötley Crüe!" making it almost worth it to buy tickets to the Mötley Crüe concert in November if Alice is gonna be there.

Been listening to Ballad of Dwight Fry the whole day

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Nerdy package in the mail!

Last week I recieved some money and I decided that I deserved some shopping. Yesterday I went to pick up my nerdy package from the post office.

I had ordered the library edition of the Dragon Age comics, the first book in the Dragon Age series, and the first book from Elder Scrolls Online: Tales of Tamriel Book 1: The Land

I spent yesterday reading through the comics, which I liked but I was done with it so quickly that I felt disappointed. I'm too fast a reader to read comics! :P It was a lot of fun reading about Alistair, Isabela and Varric doing a quest together, though. The comic perfectly embodied Alistair's and Varric's personalities and I loved reading about Isabela's past. Sten is also in it, and a transgender magister from Tevinter. 

I looked through Tales of Tamriel and it seems amazing, lots of lore and other things that I'll probably love just as much as I loved the book that came with the pre-ordered Imperial Edition of ESO

I've been curious about the Dragon Age books for a while so buying the first in the series was a must. It's called The Stolen Throne and tells the story of how Maric and Loghain took Ferelden back from Orlais. Basically a prequel to Dragon Age: Origins, and reading it might give me som insight to why Loghain acted the way he did in the game. 

In any case, I love my new books :)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Busy-bee

I've been a busy-bee since Tuesday last week. But it's been an interesting week.

Tuesday 9th: I got up early to go to Stockholm and my first ever shift at the tourist agency. To my surprise the first customer we got was a Japanese elderly couple, but since I knew nothing yet and was supposed to mostly just watch for a bit while the shift leader showed me the works, I said nothing. I feel a little sad about that, kind of feels like I lost my chance. But on the upside I've seen and heard several Japanese people about town this week so hopefully I'll get more chances! I've been practising my Japanese tourist vocabulary. Anyway, this first shift went really well and afterwards I decided to have lunch at McDonald's before heading back home where I finished reading my book (Eldritch Tales) and watch some more Supernatural S01. I hope it picks up, because I'm not overly impressed with Supernatural yet. Eldritch Tales however was really interesting. It wasn't as good as Necronomicon, obviously, but it had its perks. There was a lot more poetry in Eldritch Tales, and although I'm not very keen on poetry one of my favourite stories in that anthology became a poem called The Poe-et's Nightmare. I also liked The White Ship, Hypnos, Two Black Bottles, and The Electric Executioner. Most stories in the book were too short to really leave an impression, but I still love his style.

Wednesday 10th: I started work at the day centre at noon and had a really nice day. When work was done I didn't go home but went by bus to the train station (halfway there I met up Toni on the bus) and then we went to Stockholm. We were hoping to catch Marilyn Manson playing live at Gröna Lund amusement park that evening. Both of us were skeptic if we were going to make it, since they would close the gates if the amount of people would reach the limit (which isn't all that unusual with big concerts), but we made it. It was terribly crowded and we had to wait in line for about 30 minutes before we could order food and eat, then we had to wait another 20 minutes to use the toilet before heading off to the stage where we met up another friend. The concert was alright. It had its moments and unlike the last time I saw Manson this time he wasn't high as fuck. But his singing has deteriorated a bit. The songs were still great, though, and the audience was very welcoming. Especially when Manson dared us to throw our bras up the stage. I think he got about 15 bras! xD I was too far back to throw mine, though I seriously considered it :P After the concert I basically fell into bed at 12.30 am.

Thursday 11th: Got up early for a full 8 hours work day at the day centre. Another nice day, especially since I was allowed to leave earlier, which really surprised me. So I decided to use my extra free time to make use of Steam's summer sale. I bought five new games for €7 :P Three point-and-click (Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink, Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness, and Vlad the Impaler), one FPS (Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi), and one RPG-ish (Eldritch). I also started up The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II again, which I hadn't played since January-ish when it crashed on me. In the evening Toni and I had our weekly cosy-up-day with sushi, crisps and dip, and a TV show. We caught up on the two Game of Thrones episodes we had missed during prep-for-SRF and Sweden Rock :) And then I fell into bed again at 11.30 pm.

Friday 12th: Got up early for another full 8 hours of work at the day centre. This day was tough. It was just me and another substitute and one of them just wouldn't listen to any of us. At some points during the day I just wanted to crawl up in a corner and cry, but of course I couldn't and didn't. I felt so proud when the day was over and we had made it without any incidents despite the no-listening thing. When I got home I picked a new book to read, another anthology called Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories. It was released for Doctor Who's 50th anniversary back in 2013. I only read the First Doctor story and although I appreciated the references to Peter Pan, I really didn't feel like the story captured the essence of First. So I played some more Van Helsing II and watched some more Supernatural S01, until Toni got home and we watched an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together before going to bed.

Saturday 13th: WEEKEND! I woke up at 11 am after having slept for 12 hours (working is tough!) and then spent most of the day reading Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories. I really liked the stories for Second, Third and Fourth, then it went downhill again. I did some shopping and laundry and cooking and then continued playing Van Helsing II. When Toni got home we watched two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and then we went to bed.

Sunday 14th: Got up early and then read the last three stories in Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories. I really liked the stories for Eighth, Ninth and Tenth. The Eleventh story was written by Neil Gaiman, but I had already read it in his compilation Trigger Warning so I skipped that one. Wasn't too fond of it anyway. Then I watched some more Supernatural before going to bed at 8.30pm.

Monday 15th: Got up at 1 am (yes, not kidding, I do this every week), put on my work clothes, had a sandwich, watched an episode of Supernatural S01, and then went to catch the bus at 2.30 am. I arrived at work at 3.20 am and immediately noticed that the coffee machine was broken, as well as the soda dispenser, and the soda streamer was leaking. No coffee, no sodas, and water on the floor, great. Then I started reading Stjärnklart by Lars Wilderäng. A Swedish post-apocalyptic novel, which starts out with every electronic device getting broken and unfixable. The books selling-phrase on the cover was "Electronics have no immune systems." So there I was reading about society as I know it falling apart due to no electricity and no electronics, while being in a room with broken appliances... The book was suddenly a lot scarier! Work started at 5 am and it went great, and already at 10.15 am we were done and free to go home. As soon as I got home I continued reading. I just couldn't put it down and the next time I looked at the clock on my phone it was 5pm, and I reluctantly put the book down to grab some food and watch an episode of Supernatural. As soon as that was over I went back to my book. Around 8pm I had finished it. Despite figuring out the end punchline in the very beginning, and despite getting sick of the occasional military and wepons drivel that I understand nothing of, and despite the fact that I hated how he killed off characters towards the end, I really liked the book and I can't wait until the sequel is released next month. I watched some more Supernatural until Toni got home. As soon as he was home I fell into bed at 10.30 pm.

Today: Got up early to go to Stockholm and my second ever shift at the tourist agency. Started off great with the new guy not understanding what I said when I introduced myself. Maybe I should just start getting used to being called Ellen, because apparantly that's what it sounds like to stockholmers when I say Elin -.-' Other than that the day actually went impeccably great. We had lots to do and sold lots of tickets and sightseeing cards, by the end of the day the shift leader told us we had the best cash results yet of this season. Felt amazing! Both of us also got complimented on our work so I felt really happy when I headed back to the metro. Instead of going home I took the tube to the university. I had a resit at 4pm and wanted to spend those four hours to last-minute-study like crazy. They're not gonna do that course anymore so this was the last chance ever to resit. I'm hoping I passed, but if I don't it's not the end of the world. It was just a part time thing and I never went to the seminars anyway, because the teacher was not very good at getting her message across. What I failed last time was the seminar part, the part based on the literature went well and I was only 1 point away from passing the damn thing. Hopefully I got that damn point this time. I got home at 7.30 pm and have been clicking around the internet since then, checking out E3 announcements. Still a little annoyed that Bethesda apparantly manages to make Doom, Dishonored 2 and Fallout 4 at the same time, but they can't find time to make Elder Scrolls VI. Guess it won't be around for another 2-3 years then :( At least they announced the Dark Brotherhood for ESO :) And I can always be excited about Dishonored 2 :)

And now I'm going to sleep. Work at noon at the day centre again tomorrow!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Sweden Rock Festival 2015

I've been home for one whole day now, which feels amazing because although you really enjoy it and have lots of fun it's always nice to come home. It's nice to come home and sleep in your own bed, eat things besides fast food, not be outdoors 24/7, not queue for the bathroom, and actually be able to take a shower :P

When I went there I had a lot of bands I wanted to see, in the end I think I saw half of them - but that's the way it is. There's always so much fun crap going on in the camp that you don't really want to leave unless it's a band that you really, really like.

We went there on Tuesday and the weather was shitty. Rainy and cold and windy, but we managed to get the tents up. We left the marquee for some other day since the wind would've destroyed it in a matter of hours anyway.

On Wednesday we went to see Evergrey, but the sound really sucked from where we were standing so we left again after only a couple of songs. Later in the evening we went to see D-A-D, which were okay, but we only knew a few songs so when those songs had been played we left again. There was also a class 1 storm warning for this day and we saw several tents rolling down the lane next to us, having gotten loose from their tethers.

Thursday was my busiest day concert-wise, it's also the day when I managed to burn my face really badly. This day I got to see All That Remains, Steve 'n' Seagulls, Children of Bodom, Slash, Airbourne, and Toto. I had planned on Def Leppard and Ghost as well, but we had so much fun in the camp that I decided against it later. I only knew one song from each band anyway.

Friday we finally got the marquee up and I could sit in the shade all day and cool my burning face. I spent the entire day in camp - the only band I saw was Mötley Crüe in the evening. There were other bands I had heard of playing this day, but I didn't want to risk sunshine for a band I only knew one song by or of whom I had only heard, so... But getting to see Mötley on their final tour was really special, although it wasn't the best concert I had been to and it was really obvious by how much Vince let the audience sing that his vocals really couldn't keep up with the songs anymore. But this is still a milestone in my concert experience.

Saturday we were all very haggard and done with the festival. It was the hottest day yet and we were sleepdrived after only getting 4-5 hours sleep each night. So while I had planned on seeing Judas Priest this evening, we decided to go home early instead. I saw Hardcore Superstar (which was great) and then when the boys left to see Avatar and Five Finger Death Punch I packed mine and Toni's stuff together, so that when they came back from the concerts we were ready to go to the car.

We got home at 2.30 am and just fell into bed.

This year was really good. Last year was better obviously - it let me see Alice again :3 But I had a really great time this year too.

Monday, 1 June 2015

A proper update for once!

This whole getting my blogging business up and running again didn't really work out. But I'm gonna try to make random posts again about my uninteresting life :P Maybe someone will enjoy it. In any case here's something similar to a proper update about what I've been up to the past two months.

I'm tired as all hell. I've been up since 2 pm yesterday. Being up for 29 consecutive hours will do that. And it's no good! I wanted to finish reading my book before tomorrow and that's most probably not going to happen while I'm this tired. Instead I'll probably start up the next first season of some random TV show that I have lying around on my old hard drive, from when I got the ambition to see every show I heard people talk about + some that I hadn't watched in ages. That hasn't been going well, although I'm still trying to catch up and go through everything I have on that hard drive. Thus, explaining the list to the right, I assume. This far, Falling Skies, Orphan Black, Under the Dome and Sleepy Hollow seem the most promising. Most episodes of the first season of Grimm are either boring or laughable. I can't decide if Pretty Little Liars is too girly for me or if I actually like it. After watching an entire season of Merlin I still don't understand what people love about it. I'm still waiting for the 'horror' part of American Horror Story, Fringe was scarier than AHS at times. And Buffy is still as amazing as she was 12 years ago.

The book I mentioned is the second H.P. Lovecraft anthology by Gollancz: Eldritch Tales. I have a little less than 200 pages to go, which I could manage in less than four hours if I wasn't this tired. The last few months I've been reading too little for my liking. I devoured The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith a.k.a J.K. Rowling, which came as a surprise since I wasn't too fond of her first crime novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, but I just couldn't put The Silkworm down and I finished it in a day. Then I decided to take on a challenge (which is probably the reason why I haven't read as much as I'd like): Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Japanese. It took me a month and I kept having flashbacks to being 8 years old. I had decided long before that I wanted to read a proper book in Japanese, but I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so the obvious choice was a children's book. Stone is by no means an easy book although it's a children's book, but because it's a children's book it has furigana next to every single kanji, which makes reading a lot easier since my kanji is a little rusty. Reading was also made easier by the fact that I've read the same book in English and Swedish about 20 times (not kidding), so even if I didn't completely understand a sentence I knew what it meant either way because I knew exactly what that sentence said in the English and/or Swedish versions.

I've come across a rough patch in ESO, otherwise I'd probably start that up and just lazy play. But as much as I love running through Morrowind, Black Marsh and Skyrim in the Ebonheart Pact, and exploring Summerset Isles, Valenwood and Elsweyr in the Aldmeri Dominion, I am 100% absolutely bored by High Rock and to some extent Hammerfell in Daggerfall Covenant. I don't even know why, but every time I get to Glenumbra my game time wanes, because I get so frickin bored there. I have finally managed to get to the Alik'r Desert, which means I'm through more than half of boring DC. Can't wait to get to AD. Even Craglorn and Cyrodiil are better than DC... I think I'm starting to rethink my goal of having a max level toon in each alliance... I think I'm just gonna go with max level EP and AD. My EP is Veteran 5, and my original AD is Veteran 13, though I'm working on a new AD which is currently on lvl 7 :P I still considered my old AD toon important enough to get to be in a guild group shot at least :)
 Old screenshots of Summerset Isles, Skyrim, Hammerfell, Morrowind, Valenwood, and Elsweyr

In other news I have two new part time jobs. I now have packing boxes on Mondays, then there's a job in health care for mentally disadvantaged people, I'm at one place until Midsummer then I don't know where I'll end up, but hopefully at a place I like! I also got a summer job at a tourist agency, which I'm really excited about and I'm hoping that I get to make use of more than my English this summer. Getting to speak Japanese with Japanese people again would be amazing. And these past few weeks I've actually had to turn down three job offers for more part time jobs. I just don't have enough days in the week anymore. Would you look at that?! Completely unemployed for 1½ years (which I've discovered isn't even considered a long time, but it sure feels like it!) and then the jobs just keep pouring in :P I'm just hoping that my silver lining will be getting my book published, but it's looking rather bleak.

Now I'm off to do some packing. Will spend several hours in a car tomorrow with way too excited people travelling south to spend a total of 6 days on Sweden Rock Festival - camping, drinking and rocking. It's gonna be awesome! :D

Friday, 15 May 2015

Friday Book Questions

I need to start blogging more, and what better way to do that than to answer a bunch of questions shamelessly stolen from this blog and freely re-translated into English?

1. If you could travel to a place you've read about in a book, what place would it be?
You have to ask? I'd go to Hogwarts. Besides, by the time I would start there, in 2002, Voldemort and all that craziness would be long over. Too bad I'd just miss Teddy Lupin starting - I'd graduate in summer 2009, and he'd start in September 2009.

2. If you could be best friends with an author, who would you pick and why?
I've answered a similar question before, I think. It's still my firm belief that we never get to see the real people behind the work face, but if I were to go after what I knew of my favourite authors from their social media output - I'd say that Neil Gaiman seems to be a badass awesome dude, and if nothing else our taste in music would definitely match.

3. Is there a quote from any book that has inspired you or changed the way you see things? If so, what's the quote?
I remember crying when I read this for the first time, but I'm not sure if it was because the book was almost over or because I loved it so much, but it has definitely inspired me:
"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"

4. If you could marry a fictitious character, who would it be?
I always had a thing for Silk in The Belgariad... But I did have a childhood crush on Charlie Weasley as well for some reason. And I think I'm gonna stick with Charlie :)

5. If you could delete a character from a book, who would you like to get rid of? Remember that it might change the whole story.
This is a very hard question, because I can't think of any character that's obsolete. But possibly Sam from American Gods. The book had so many sub-plots that I couldn't keep track of them all, but I don't think Sam was all that important...

6. Have you ever read a book where you wanted more answers and almost wanted to kill the author for leaving the book so very open? If so, what book?
Not really, no. The only times I've felt even remotely close to that is when I finish a book that's in the middle of the series and I'll have to wait months, if not years for the next installment. Otherwise, not that I can remember.

7. What is the coolest name you've encountered in a book? Would you name your kid after a fictitious character?
Jimena. For the longest time that was the coolest name teenage me had ever seen. It's from the Daughters of the Moon series. As for naming a kid after a fictitious character - yes, I'd do that. At the top of the list is Luna.

8. Which is your favourite among classic novels?
The Picture of Dorian Gray.

9. Which was your favourite picture book as a child?
I was a series person already as a child and I absolutely adored a Swedish children's book series about a boy named Alfons. I also loved the classic Elsa Beskow books.

10. Do you buy your own books, borrow from friends or from the library?
I buy them. I always want to keep them after I've read them, so nowadays I just buy books xD

11. Have you ever stolen an insult from a book and used it in real life? If so, how did it go?
Can't say that I have. Except mentally.

12. Which is your favourite insult from a book?
Hah! I'm sure there are some great ones that have made me laugh from time to time, but it's nothing I put to memory.

13. Have you ever tried to send an email or a letter to an author? How did it go?
If I remember correctly I think I sent a letter to JK Rowling when I was about 12-13. I didn't get an answer.

14. Do you have a pile of books you want to read? How many is in it?
A large portion of my book case is in that pile. When I started uni I sadly read a lot less, but I kept buying books. Now that I'm out of uni I'm working hard to catch up on my book case.

15. How many books do you own?
Not as many as I would like ;)

16. Are there any songs that make you think of certain books or scenes from them?
This is War by 30 Seconds to Mars always makes me think of Harry Potter. But that's completely due to this video:

17. Can you name 5 characters whose names startes with an H without looking them up?
I bet you I can name 5 from the same series: Harry, Hermione, Hagrid, Hedwig, Horace, Hepsibah. Done. Oh, that was 6....

18. Do you like the smell of new books? Or old books? Or both?
Old books *_*

19. Do you mark quotes and paragraphs in books with stickies?
Not ordinarily. Sometimes, though.

20. Have you ever destroyed a book by mistake? Or have you actually destroyed a book on purpose?
No, and no :)

21. Have you had a friend who've ruined a book you loaned him/her? How did you react?
Nope, I haven't!

22. Have you ever read a book that affected you so deeply you couldn't start a new one until days later?
The Casual Vacancy, surprisingly had that effect on me. Also American Gods.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

I'm back in love with Elder Scrolls Online!

Sorry for the inactivity here, but I've been keeping very busy. Mostly with work stuff, interviews to go on, part time jobs to go to... But for the past month Elder Scrolls Online has been taking up all of my free time (again)!

When ESO became free to play on March 17th I decided to pick it up again. I played some on my old character, but I soon realised that I felt completely lost with that character, and so I decided to create a new one that will start to serve as my main.

I was seriously worried about F2P and when it was first announced I was angry. I was worried that F2P would ruin the game, that all the little 12 y/o would come rushing in and destroy the game, I was worried that the game would lose its dedicated fans and start to attract people who only play to play and not because they love the series. But I'm so happy to admit that I was wrong. It seems like F2P saved the game. It's amazing to see areas populated again, there are players everywhere and the zone chat is always busy (which wasn't the case when I stopped playing in October last year). Instead of having to wait ages for groups and help with public world bosses, there are always players who respond (though Healers still seem to be in short supply), and that was not the case in October. I'm in love with this game again!

There's something, though. I think they may have made the game easier. It's either that or I have become an impressively better player without playing the game for 5 months. I've encountered quest bosses that I had major problems with on my last character, which I know manage to kill on my first try. It's actually fun that there are so many brand new players now. I used to be the one without any clue how anything worked, now I'm the one giving advice, I'm the one helping people out in the zone chat. That's progress from my side!

It's my goal to have one max level character in each alliance. I still love Aldmeri Dominion, but I created my first new character in Ebonheart Pact, because of the nostalgia value. Running around in Morrowind and Skyrim is wonderful.

My new character is a dark elf templar dps with some support healing skills named Secchan, and she's also a vampire :)

The game has improved a lot. Battle is more alive. No bugs, no gold miners, People are nice and the game is so alive again. And there's more endgame content coming after the game has been released to console. I know that last autumn they talked about adding more single player based content for endgame, so that people would have more to do than just group based Craglorn or PvP in Cyrodiil. Based on the name of the area I'm guessing they will place it in Skyrim. And with ESO Plus they are promising a lot more content. I'm looking forward to it!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Hanami flashbacks

The sakura are currently blooming in Sweden and all my friends are posting pictures of it on their blogs and Facebook walls, and all that does to me is giving me flashbacks.

Flashbacks to the hanami we went to in Ueno (twice):

Flashbacks to the hanami we went to in Meguro:

Flashbacks to the hanami we went to at the Imperial Palace:

So mostly, all those pictures of sakura are making me nostalgic.

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