And there was much rejoicing

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They're casting extras for The Lone Ranger in Colorado. I think I'm gonna go!

Oh yes, also, I just signed with Lincoln Talent. So I now have an agent. :)
And there was much rejoicing

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I now have my Bachelor's degree! Huzzah! I'm still going to be taking a couple classes in spring though. One, because I want to audition for Sweeney Todd, and two, because I think they will be helpful to me: The Speaking Voice in Performance, which should help with some of my voice/projection/breathing issues, and Advanced Costume Construction, in which I can hopefully get some more experience designing, making patterns, draping, and sewing costumes.

It feels pretty good being done, though I still feel not quite done since I'll still be taking classes, even though I'm finished with all the heavy work of reading, writing, and researching. I want to work on writing my novel this next year, and I'm hoping I won't be too busy with other things this spring. Also, I should have some great opportunities to audition for projects being produced through the studio where I take acting workshops, so that's exciting. Hope I get a part in at least one of those things.

I suppose I'll have to figure out what to do for my "real job" too. I definitely want it to be something creative that I'll enjoy, and which I can still work on my own projects like writing and acting. Something in the film industry or editing would be nice. I will have to look into it more, though I don't know how serious I will be about it until I'm totally done with classes and more available. Maybe I will just work on my writing for now. Now to get myself to actually sit down and work on my writing...

Avalanch: Mother Earth

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Read some Stephen King. Realizing that I am definitely a different kind of writer. I don't like the grotesque; I like the beauty. "How precious, the freedom death brings. How unbelievably beautiful..." "And in the darkness there is beauty, as the moon in the night." I don't write about darkness for the shock and the horror. I explore it because it is fascinating, a thing not senseless and incomprehensible, but with its own twisted form and reason. There are no nameless horrors. The horrors are just like us. They are sweet and innocent little girls and poor boys who only want to be loved. There is no evil for the sake of being evil; there is evil because of pain and hurt and anger and the desire for justice, for revenge. I love my fallen characters. Because they see themselves as real, not scary. "I set you free." They are beautiful in their own way.

Writer's Block: Happy birthday, savvy?

Which film starring birthday boy Johnny Depp is your favorite, and why?

Oh hell, have to pick just one? Edward Scissorhands is a classic. The first Pirates of the Caribbean was a great movie + Jack Sparrow is an awesome character. Secret Window was great. Sweeney Todd, he sings! I just love how he gets totally into his characters. One of my favorite actors.
Dark faerie

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Looking back through old rp logs to get back into the spirit of sathiel. I'm starting work on his story again for my Advanced Writing class. *sigh* Oh, I do so miss my characters... Great times. But I do realize looking back at them how ill-conducive to roleplay Feudal Realms was. Everyone was too concerned with "winning," with being the best. And there was so much distracting and ooc going on at the same time. I like that Geas is much more geared for rp, that everyone is expected to be in character, and that there are more ways of expression.

Yeah... so Terloch brought FR back online after a resurgence in the facebook group. But I don't think I could go back... I do miss the people, and I had a lot of fun there, but I just don't think it's as suited to what I'm looking for. I don't know, maybe now that the playerbase has grown up some it would be different. But I think the game itself isn't as geared toward rp. And I think I'd much rather spend time building up chars on Geas than on FR. Maybe I can convince some old FR players to make the switch. ;)

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So, I got lasik. :) I started having problems wearing my contacts a few months ago and found out it was giant papillary conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the eyelids that can be caused by wearing contacts. Tried wearing my glasses for awhile, but when I tried my contacts again it came back. So, after debating I decided to go ahead and get lasik. Was rather nervous, but it went well. Now I can see! My vision's still adjusting and my eyes feel kind of strained when I try to focus on close stuff, but otherwise I can see really well.

Just have three more classes to take before I graduate. I'm taking one over the summer and the other two in fall, all writing classes. Hopefully it'll help me out with disciplining myself to sit down and write. I have all these stories in my head that I'd like to get out on paper. But my first class both semesters is early in the morning, so I'm also going to have to work on disciplining myself to go to bed earlier. ;)

I've been mostly playing Geas over break. I like just relaxing and not having to do anything. ;) My elf just joined the rogues, mwahaha. I've kind of given over playing Desi. But, despite futile efforts at resistance, I made another character who has been dying to come out. It's another old char concept from Feudal Realms that I thought would fit into Geas's world. Haven't played him too much yet though.

I've done a couple more short films. I had really wanted to get a part in a feature I auditioned for awhile back, but they went with someone else. I am going to be an extra for it though. As it turns out, they brought in some big name talent, including Malcolm McDowell and Dean Cain! And the director is also the fight director for The Highwayman. So, six degrees of separation... At least I can say I've worked with a guy who's worked with Malcolm McDowell. ;)

Oh yeah, one of my friends who moved out to LA worked on a pilot as the fiancee of Henry Ian Cusick from Lost. :) And her boyfriend is in another pilot as the cute guy oogled by Zooey Deschanel. And Derek who I did Intrusion with has been on national commercials and a few episodes of Conan O'Brien. It's kinda cool seeing people I know on tv. :)

We will be shooting some more of The Highwayman in July, and I have a couple other projects I'm working on that I'm just waiting to hear from regarding shooting schedule. I'm apparently SAG-eligible now, though I've not yet shot the webisode that's giving me SAG-eligibility, so I don't know if that counts yet. ;) Hey, have you checked out my imdb page? :) Yeah, I've mostly been focusing on acting for now. Hopefully I shall find more paying gigs. Moving forward at least.

Hm... Yep, I think that's about it of note.
Vintage skull

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Wasn't so sure about Barfield, but when I got to the chapters on Religion and The Incarnation of the Word, some of it actually made sense. So... what if Christ was God in the sense that God is in all of us? "God is every living soul." His mission was to sort of push people in that direction, toward final participation. "I and the Father are one." Sort of an interesting way to look at things...

What in fact happened according to the record? In the heart of that nation, whose whole impulse it had been to eliminate original participation, a man was born who simultaneously identified himself with, and carefully distinguished himself from, the Creator of the world--whom he called the Father. On the one hand: 'I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me,' etc. On the other: 'I and the Father are one,' etc. In one man the inwardness of the Divine Name had been fully realized; the final participation, whereby man's Creator speaks from within man himself, had been accomplished. The Word had been made flesh.

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My reading list for this coming semester:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tolkien Reader
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry by Owen Barfield
Various selections from Owen Barfield