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05 September 2007 @ 03:41 pm
School's In, Cat's Out  
Freakin' LJ just ate my long-ass updated post on what's going on with me, but here it goes again. My first day of classes were yesterday and I was moving into my suite a few days beore that, which accounts for my lack of posting/commenting recently. I always have a lot of anxiety before going back to school, but I've been slowly getting over it as I become more settled, see my old buddies, and bond with my four suitemates. Last night we went to this super cute Italian restaurant in Harlem that had excellent gnochi. 

This semester I am taking "Women in Antiquity," "Mass-Mediated Cultures," "Religion, Gender, and Violence," and my thesis seminar. That's been freaking me out because I'm not really sure what my topic specifically will focus on yet. I'm a religion minor, which is also my concentration within anthro, so my thesis will focus on exploring the changes in spirituality pre and post-9/11 in the congregations surrounding ground zero. My only problem is I'm not sure what specific questions I want to explore in that very broad topic, which denominations I should focus on, which congregations might be best to speak with, and how might be an effective way to approach them. I want to discuss this with my advisor ASAP, especially because the aniversary at Ground Zero is coming up next Tuesday, and I'd like to get down there for some preliminary observation even though I have class for most of the day. My interest in NY, religion, but especially trauma should come as a surprise to no one who's read my fics, especially the trauma part. I took a class last semester called Anthropology of Disaster for which I also did a research paper that dealt with mass-media depictions of 9/11 as an event for consumption, so I have some basis to use as a springboard.   

In other news, the phone service is out in my entire suite, so I called academic technologies to fix the problem. I'm happy to see that institutional incompetence is still running strong. They bounced me to three different numbers, and every person basically would not take responsibility for the problem, wouldn't issue a work order, and would not give me the correct person to speak with. I also have to get back into the groove of writing story pitches for the paper, and writing stories themselves. Not really looking forward to that.  

Since I'm going to have to hit the books shortly to get my learn on, I've not had any time to work on the next chapter of All Wrong, which is kinda sad. I'm even more disappointed because I wanted to have my Wes/Lilah fic for feedmykink's kink of the month complete by the 10th, but the chances of that are looking slimmer and slimmer. Maybe I'll be able to pull through yet though; we'll see. 



Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Tamtamakin on September 5th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow thats nifty! All the framed piccies on the walls are a lovely touch, youd be lucky to get em in student accom here heh. Hope you get on ok with your new housemates :D Do you share a room hun?

And ooooh that sounds a very interesting topic for your thesis! :D
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on September 5th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
I love my pictures. They're all places I've been, and I have a water theme. So, I have that big Edward Hopper print, and then pics of the Cinque Terra (Italy), Florence, Santorini (Greece), and Wellfleet (Cape Cod). My calendar is also of places in the Greek Isles.

My housemates are all friends of mine, so we get along just fine. My room is a single, as are everyone else's. The rooms are off that center hallway.

It's great to hear from you!
Tamtamakin on September 5th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooh theys your pictures! I thought they came with the house hee! Hence the unusual. And nawww i try and get a picture of the important places i go to too. Hee! Its really nice.

And ooooh i didnt click that you knew your housemates alrady. Hee! Tres handy! Living with friends is often the bestest :D
Sevvy: Simpsons Barnard Girlsevvy_o on September 5th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Aww!! Plimpton, right? lol
ClawofCatclawofcat on September 5th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes, ma'am. You'd know it anywhere, right? Did you live here at any point? We're rockin' the renovated suite.
Mrs Darcy: Spangel (sub)text by moscow_watcherelisi on September 6th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Um, hello? *waves tentatively*

So very sorry to come barging into your LJ, very rude of me I know, but your comment on thatotherperv's 'Subversive Spuffy' fic just really caught my attention, and I thought it better to only bother you, and not her too...

I'd like to see an empowering bit of S&M, whether it be whipping, spanking, bondage, or whatever where the action itself focuses more on the sensation and less on psychological put-downs with the ultimate goal of the receiver overcoming fear and pain. What I mean to say is it becomes an excercise in trust and strength, rather than something brutal.

Because - well I'm working on a fic that has that premise at its heart... more or less anyway. If you have time I'd love to discuss this further (and can give you links and stuff if you like?), but since it looks like you're run off your feet (the topic for your thesis sounds *fascinating* and very daunting) I'll leave it here. I just had to say something, because it gives me hope that I'm not totally weird. *g*
ClawofCat: buffy hurtsclawofcat on September 6th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hi there! Don't feel strange at all. It's always nice to meet new people. Isn't that what the LJ is for? Especially people who enjoy similar kinks, which btw, is not weird at all. I would love to discuss with you whatever idea was bouncing around in your head since it seems I might have some insight. You can send me a link, and if you'd like to go into more detail you can do so here or in an email to Clawofcat@aol.com.
Mrs Darcy: OT3 by moscow_watcherelisi on September 6th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Especially people who enjoy similar kinks, which btw, is not weird at all.
Indeed! :) I just always feel odd jumping into a conversation saying 'hey - I wrote this thing that you'll probably enjoy!' Much easier to rec other people's work.

I would love to discuss with you whatever idea was bouncing around in your head since it seems I might have some insight.
Well... the thing is that it is the sequel to this fic (S/B/A, 30000 words!)... there are hints in the original fic (and moreso in the prequel), but I don't spell it out until the part I'm now working on. So... if you ever read that story, I'd love to send you the beginning of the sequel, to know what you think! *g* (See why I hesitiated?)
ClawofCat: beg for itclawofcat on September 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
Ok, I hate LJ. It likes to eat my responses *pouts* As for your fic, I was under the impression you wanted to chat about something you were currently working on/starting. I honestly don't have the time right now to read a 30,000 fic to get the back story. I will read the beginning of the sequel though, if you want. I'm not sure what sort of feedback you're looking for, but I can offer some suggestions on characterization and the sexual content itself. You mentioned the heart of the fic is essentially what I suggested to Mel. I do have some personal insight into those matters that might be helpful or useful if you need that type of information to formulate realistic reactions.

I also beta for only_passenger, who writes S/B, B/A, and S/B/A fics. She's a peach and a wonderful talent. Check her out if you are not already familiar with her work.