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Joie
Thu, Oct. 11th, 2012 10:01 pm

Just posted my review of the latest chapter of Naruto at narutoforadults.

(Summary with pictures)

(Thoughts on the chapter)

Joie

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Joie
Wed, Sep. 5th, 2012 10:16 pm

I’m finally on the home stretch, with the first part of the four-part finale. Yay!

Chapter 18: Sozin’s Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix KingCollapse )

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Joie
Thu, Aug. 30th, 2012 01:08 am

My review of the latest chapter of Naruto is up at narutoforadults. I'm pretty excited about this one. XD

(Summary with pictures)

(Thoughts on the chapter)

Joie

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Issendai
Tue, Jul. 24th, 2012 01:38 pm

Originally posted by issendai. Reposted by hymnia at 2012-07-24 13:38:00.

Update on 9/5: Six weeks after her accident, Ella is now wandering the house and leaping up on beds and bunks and other things that need cat hair on them. She has a limp, which is probably permanent, but she's not letting that stop her. Read the full update here.

Update on 8/1: Ella is doing well! Anne got a second opinion from a surgeon, who said this type of pelvic fracture would heal better without surgery than with surgery. Ella's leg has moved back into the correct alignment, and she's getting feeling back in the leg. Anne is keeping Ella confined to a large dog crate during the day to prevent her from leaping or running and worsening the fracture. It will take four to six weeks for Ella to heal, and she'll need several more vet visits, but if things keep going as they have been, she won't need surgery.

I'll be posting Anne's updates later today. For now, you can read them directly on her Facebook.

The amazing outpouring of support you all have shown Ella enabled Anne to get a second opinion that she otherwise wouldn't have been able to get. She says, "I don't have to go with 'if it was my cat I wouldn't bother.'" It's also covering vet visits, painkillers, and all the other things that an extended injury brings. Anne isn't going to make a final reckoning until Ella is well and truly out of the woods, but right now, it looks like your donations will more than cover the rest of Ella's care.

Thank you all so much. Your generosity on behalf of Miss Ella is wondrous and staggering. As a personal friend of the little grey lady, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.





This is Ella.
Ella in the fullness of her dignity

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On Thursday night, Ella came home dragging herself by her forelegs. Anne rushed her to the emergency animal hospital. This is Ella's pelvis...
Ella's pelvis

...which is not supposed to look like that.

It will cost $1500 to $4500 to get medical care for Ella's broken pelvis--$1500 to amputate her leg, $4500 to pin the bone and save her leg. Anne just got hit with a ton of bills and doesn't have enough to cover either operation. Please, donate whatever you can to help save Ella's leg. (Or send a check if you don't want to use Wepay. Message me for the name and address.) Every little bit helps.

And if you can't donate, please repost. Friends-of-friends have already been a huge help.


Donations are now more than enough to cover Ella's medical expenses. Thank you all so, so much.

If you want to link to or repost this from any other platform, please do. Thank you to those of you who are getting the word out, and many, many thanks to those who have donated.

Send questions about donations to morgansong, who's handling the fundraising for Anne. She can no longer accept Paypal donations because Paypal is having issues. Crisis averted.

Updates on Ella's condition and photos are in the comments: Sunday evening, Tuesday morning, and Tuesday evening. She's hanging in there. Brave little kitty. We've raised $1,548 $2,178 so far*--and by "us," I mean all of us, those who've donated and those who've spread the word. Thank you all so, so much. The kindness of strangers has been wonderful. The Internet has made the world a smaller place, and sometimes, it's a smaller, better place.

* $1,771.45 from Wepay and $406.16 from Paypal.

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Joie
Sun, Jul. 15th, 2012 08:26 pm

My review of the latest chapter of Naruto is up at narutoforadults.

(Summary with pictures)

(Thoughts on the chapter)

Joie

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Joie
Wed, May. 30th, 2012 10:15 pm

It's a mini version of the main event in November--great for those of us who have somewhat less hectic lives during the summer. So yeah. I'm gonna write some novel-length Hunger Games fanfic. *rubs hands* This should be fun.

Anyone else out there planning to do Camp NaNo, too?

Joie

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Current Music: "A Case of You" ~ Tori Amos

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Joie
Sun, May. 27th, 2012 05:54 pm

My review for the latest chapter of Naruto is up at narutoforadults.

(Summary with pictures)

(Thoughts on the chapter)

Joie

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Joie
Tue, May. 15th, 2012 04:31 pm

So I finally got around to reading The Hunger Games and its sequels this past week. I finished Mockingjay on Sunday night. I have to say, it's not hard to see why they are so loved. Personally, I loved the first book, and had only minor quibbles with the two sequels.

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I still haven't had a chance to catch the movie yet. I might get to see it this Thursday.

Joie

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Joie
Tue, May. 8th, 2012 11:57 am

Commentary track on “The Southern Raiders”, including Dante BascoCollapse )

Commentary track on “The Ember Island Players”, including Jack DeSena and Jessie FlowerCollapse )

*****

I don't have much to say about Ember Island Players, so I'm not going to post a separate review of it. I think it's clever that the creators managed to come up with a creative way to review the story before the finale, and I like the way they poke fun at their show, its genre, and fan reactions/expectations. But the best part of the episode is how the characters react to their own past actions and to each other's. My favorite examples of this are:
  • The awkward look Aang and Zuko give each other when the Blue Spirit “rescues” actor Aang, who pronounces him “my hero”. (In a bizarre twist, the play stages it as the Blue Spirit rescuing Aang from Prince Zuko.)
  • The pained look on Zuko's face when he watches his actor self betray his uncle in Ba Sing Se and Katara asks if he really said those horrible things to Iroh.
  • The horrified looks of all the characters when they watch their own defeat at the hands of Azula and Ozai.
In general I love Zuko's reactions the best in this episode. Of all the characters, he has the most to look back on with shame and regret, and the faces he makes as he watches the show range from priceless to heart-breaking. I like the way Toph cheers him up during the intermission, too. :)

All that's left now is the four-part finale. I haven't decided yet how I'm going to break up the posts, but right now I'm leaning toward one for parts 1-2, one for parts 3-4, and one for all the commentary tracks, so a total of three posts. I reserve the right to change my mind, though. :P

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Joie
Thu, May. 3rd, 2012 10:49 pm

I mentioned in my spoiler addendum to my review of “The Firebending Masters” that the set of episodes starting with that one and ending with this one is a series of “field trips” in which Zuko has an adventure with each of the original members of the Gaang—that is, the three that he chased across the globe in Season 1. Later, in “Sozin's Comet, part 1” Toph complains that she doesn't get a field trip—but she doesn't need one, since she has no real grudge against Zuko, no painful history with him that needs to be undone like the others had. It is the original three (and not Toph, Suki, or any of the auxilliary characters) that Zuko most needs to bond with. Or it might be more accurate to say that they need to bond with him. All three field trips serve to connect Zuko to one other member of the Gaang by exploring what they have in common and what they can learn from each other. Let's review!

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Sokka and Zuko's field tripCollapse )

The most emotionally intense field trip is saved for last. Zuko's common ground with Katara is more complex than what he shared with Aang or Sokka. In this episode, we revisit the moment they bonded over the loss they share—having their mothers taken from them by the Fire Nation—but this time, the angle is shared anger rather than shared sorrow. Zuko, in an effort to prove his worth to Katara, offers her something the others can't. He not only offers inside knowledge about the Fire Nation that helps to identify her mother's murderer, but he also affirms her anger and her need for justice—or at the least, for closure.

Ever since Zuko came, Katara has been in an almost constant fury—her face set in a rough and cruel expression, her body language tense and hard. She casts her blame on him. Why does she do this? And why does she grieve for her mother in a way that Sokka does not?

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This review ended up being a bit long, so I'm going to save the commentary track highlights for my next post, which will probably be combined with my review of “The Ember Island Players”.

Joie

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