mutterings of a music history major
05 October 2011 @ 04:06 pm
An Update of Sorts...  
Well, it's about time I updated over here. There's been a LOT going on in my life lately and finally now the dust seems to be settling and it's about time I filled you guys in. As such, I'm going to be cross-posting this a bit so if you see it a couple of times, I apologise for that.

So here's the update broken down. It's not too long, but if you feel like skipping most of the post, all I ask is that you read the section on 'my future'. ♥

Before you ask, yes, I'm still in school. There's a part of me that wants to turn tail and run, but in the end I decided to stick with it since I'm 2/3s of the way through. It hasn't been the easiest past few years in school, but if it was easy everyone would do it. I have decided, however, that I'm not taking the bar immediately after I graduate. The stress will kill me, not to mention I'd go so far into personal debt (on top of all my school debt) in order to take it. And no, I'm not exaggerating either. Between the prep course, the bar, and paying to stay around here for two months I'm looking at between 7,000-10,000 bucks. And once I made the choice not to take the bar, I was so much happier and so much less stressed.

I have, however, applied for a job. It's in the legal department at Random House working as a Legal Assistant (aka, paralegal). Honestly? I don't mind not being an attorney. The job is legal research and researching copyright claims. It'd be a DREAM job. It's posted up for another month or so, so keep your fingers crossed?

Here's... my big thing. After so many years of fanfic writing and RP, I've finally started to really step away from it. Eventually I'll finish fics? But right now my attention has turned completely to my own fiction. I'm sure there's a group of you who are thinking it's about time.

Well, needless to say, I realised that no matter what, I need to separate my professional life from my writing career. Not to mention, those of you who know my REAL name, know it's a, not easy to remember and b, not easy to spell correctly. Consequently, I have set up a pen name already. It's all about the author branding any more. This is going to be the only time I talk about it in my journal (though I may pimp things here from time to time), so if you would like to follow things as I get going, I have links for you.

* website:
* blog:
* twitter:
* Facebook:

So yes, that is my big announcement. I'm currently about half-way through my SECRET PROJECT NOVEL (sitting around 33k) and have a bunch of ideas that I'm writing down for another day. I am very excited about this too so if you'd like to follow the journey, I'd love it. If not? There's no pressure whatsoever. ♥
mutterings of a music history major
14 July 2009 @ 03:04 am
[FIC - Torchwood] Kiss Today Goodbye {Part 1} | Jack/Ianto (PG-13)  
Hey all. Sorry, I've mostly been posting on LJ lately. But! I come bearing Torchwood!fic. ♥

TITLE: Kiss Today Goodbye [Part 1]
AUTHOR: [info]thescarletwoman
PAIRING: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones
SUMMARY: Some things aren't always what they seem and a little faith goes a long way.
SPOILERS: Children of Earth; Trace Memory (mentioned in passing)
NOTES: Yes, another of the Fix-It fics. Thanks to [info]flameish for the insanely quick beta, all remaining mistakes are my own. Also written for [info]fanfic100, prompt "072. Fixed". For obvious reasons. ;^)

( Kiss Today Goodbye )
mood swings :: accomplished
what's playiing :: John Barrowman | Your Song
mutterings of a music history major
30 April 2009 @ 01:00 am
[FIC - Torchwood] Of Future Pasts and Past Futures | Jack/Ianto (PG-13)  
TITLE: Of Future Pasts and Past Futures
AUTHOR: [info]thescarletwoman
PAIRING: Jack/Ianto
SUMMARY: Jack is used to his past coming back to haunt him. But when hemakes an appearance, Jack never expected it to affect him so much.
NOTES: Takes place just following the novel Trace Memory, spoilers contained within. It started as a character study on Jack coupled with the fact that the ending felt incomplete to me -- and ended up taking on a life of its own. Overheard dialogue courtesy of Thunderball. Betaed, as always, by the loverly [info]rose_whispers, any further mistakes are my own. And much love for Rose, Nelle & Elle who read this through and listened to all my wibbling. Written for [info]fanfic100; prompt 030. Death. And yes, a companion to this one is already in the works.

( Of Future Pasts and Past Futures )
mood swings :: accomplished
what's playiing :: John Barrowman | Maria
mutterings of a music history major
26 April 2009 @ 12:13 am
NYC Dwama -- and Dreamwidth!  
NYC utterly sucked. My cousin has officially turned into the 'Real Housewives of NYC'. And it's utterly disgusting. I never would have thought her capable of it. But apparently I was wrong.

Highlight of the trip was the dinner at Basso56 (even if it ended up costing $116 for dinner. wth) and going to this great piano bar called 'Don't Tell Mama'. Wherein, after being ignored for most of the night by eleven women, I managed to find the two british blokes in t he bar. Raise your hand if you're surprised. And yes, I'm still regretting not giving Leigh my email address. *sigh*

However, I WOULD like to know why I've met TWO brits in TWO different bars and BOTH of them are Liverpool fans. *sigh* And as soon as I hide behind my napkin, they always know where my loyalties lie. *loves her Red Devils*

AND in other news:

I got an invite code from dreamwidth today. I made my journal, mostly because I don't want anyone taking my username. I've had it for FAR too long. Not sure what I'm going to do, but I'm there. thescarletwoman. I've found some of you, I know. :D

Also, you know you like Doctor Who too much when? Every time you see the communities on Dreamwidth with the prefix of DW you think Who first. Oi.
mood swings :: drained
what's playiing :: ManUtD vs Tottham on FSC
mutterings of a music history major
12 April 2009 @ 01:02 pm
Happy Easter!  
Or, if you prefer... happy chocolate bunny day! ♥

♥ Don't make yourself too sick on chocolate. And I have a chocolate covered peep downstairs with my name on it! XD

*mutters* And joy for holidays in our house now. Uncle + His Ex-Wife/My Aunt + Cousin who hates his father from uncle having an affair and consequently divorcing his mom = Lia is drinking and playing guitar hero with her cousin.

Joy. Rapture. *headdesk*
mood swings :: blah
mutterings of a music history major
06 April 2009 @ 09:57 pm
House, MD  
Wait... WHAT?

spoilers in comments most likely

Comments to the meme to come tomorrow. I'm on 4 hours of sleep and this fucking insomnia can go bite me. Hard.
mood swings :: shocked
what's playiing :: House MD [in middle of the episode]
mutterings of a music history major
01 April 2009 @ 09:11 am
Marry, Shag, or Cliff!  
1. Comment and ask and I will give you 3 people.
2. Post this meme with your answers.
3. Provide pictures and the names of three people.
4. Label which you would marry, shag, or cliff.

[info]kerryblaze gave me [an impossible friggin' choice] of Captain Jack, Sirius Black, Brian Kinney. [zomg tough choices, wench!]

Marry: Jack Harkness. Not only because he's gorgeous but he's really the most stable of them all. If you considered tortured!hero complexes to be stable.

Shag: Brian Kinney. Because I'm going off the assumption [info]avengangle and I made once upon a time. He's a type-two bisexual and will shaganything that moves. I'll take one shag with Brian.

Cliff: Sirius Black. It's the whole in prison for 12 years thing. I'm not sure how good he'd be at either one any more.
mood swings :: amused
mutterings of a music history major
27 March 2009 @ 11:37 am
Bad News/Good News...  
Not to be confused with good cop/bad cop. Shivers down my spine and all that. ;^) [it... passed...]

Bad News
Start with that and get it out of the way. The endoscopy went well. They found I have this weird thing called Eosinophilic Esophagitis. No idea what causes it outside of, in my case, an allergin. So they treat rather than find a cure because there's no way of knowing just what caused everything. The VERY bad news is that about a week after the endoscopy, I came down with this horrible stomach thing and I'm still suffering from it. Having another test done to see what it is as the doctor thinks I may have picked up a bacteria when they did the endoscopy. Just fucking fantastic, eh? So that's why the radio silence from me these past couple of weeks. Between Spitfire Grill opening last night and feeling like shit? Not so much with the hanging out online bit. Oi.

Here's hoping this all clears up and soon, eh?

Good News!!
Well, it's official. Or will be as soon as I send in my deposit today. Pace Law School, Class of 2012. Made my final decision yesterday. I utterly LOVED the school when I was there over the past weekend. The students and the professors are AMAZING. Not only that? But the opportunities I'll have too in the International Law program are unbelievable. After 1L I can do externships all over the world and met kids in the Int'l Law program who worked at the UN War Crimes Tribunals in Sierra Leone and Cambodia. PLUS -- Spring of 2011, I'll be back in London. Whole semester at the University of London, College of Laws. The 5th ranked Law school in the UK. It's insanely scary looking at the loans I'm going to be taking out and just how in debt I'll be when this is all over. But the new chapter of Lia's life is about to begin.

AND! Bonus piece of news. There is fic coming. Of the Jack/Ianto variety. My muse apparently took a vacation with my stomach bug. Cheezits have been used and have coaxed the muse back. So keep an eye out -- I hope to have it finished by the weekend! :D ♥
mood swings :: excited
mutterings of a music history major
28 February 2009 @ 04:44 pm
[FIC - Torchwood] Of Calculations and Birthdays | Jack/Ianto (PG-13)  
TITLE: Of Calculations and Birthdays
AUTHOR: [info]thescarletwoman
PAIRING: Jack/Ianto, Owen/Snark, Ianto/Coffee
SUMMARY: So, how does one go about figuring out the birth date of the immortal man?
NOTES: Written for [info]ragdoll for her birthday. My first Torchwood fic, and I'm so glad I could give it to such an amazing person. Happy birthday, sweetie. As always, to [info]rose_whispers for the beta. as she gets drawn into a new fandom

Of Calculations and Birthdays )
mutterings of a music history major
11 February 2009 @ 12:03 pm
An Update! A Real, Live Update!  
Ugh. I really was going to try and NOT do the sporadic updates. Then Cats happened. Closes this weekend and I can finally find myself again. No more legwarmers.

[info]avengangle I suck. And yes, dinner one of these nights would rock. ♥

The Good
• Got a couple of scholarship offers. No more acceptances which is worrisome. But at least I have someplace.
• Who is continuing to eat my brain. In answer to the questions from the last post? I'm all the way through s1 now. I did things out of order to watch Jack's character arc so NOW am going back through to watch the whole thing. Who is LOVE. And I'm just sorry I was this stubborn for THIS long. Oi.
• Am now the proud owner of a 1950s RAF officer's greatcoat. I've been watching for them for YEARS and finally found one that will fit. And will be LONG.
• Weight watch: 203ish. So I've hit about the 30 lbs lost mark, give or take.

The Bad
• Yes, guess who is sick. ME! And this is on top of mother being deathly ill this past week too. Stayed home from work. Am about to go into the doc's and have bloodwork taken. JOY AND RAPTURE. Only not.
• Got Dinged by American two days ago. And their letter was RUDE. In not so many words they basically said "Yes, we saw your softs. But we look at LSATs and while some people could be successful even with low numbers, we don't think you will. Go to hell."

The Ugly
• Case Western. Sending me a package with a BIG-ASS WHITE ENVELOPE with the opening lines of "Thank you for your recent application to CWRU. On behalf of Dean Robert Rawson and our faculty and staff, I am pleased to provide you with the latest Admissions Bulletin for the school of law." Bastard. Don't start out a "here's info on the school" letter like a damned Acceptance letter. And people wonder why lawyers are jackasses.

♥ Finally getting back to my computer and starting to catch up with my flist. I know I haven't been commenting as much as I normally do, and I'm sorry. It's feeling like the old mental issues of lurking and hiding are creeping up. Which is one of the reasons I'm seeing the doc today and have them check my thyroid levels. My mood swings lately have been wretched. ♥ I love you guys. Seriously.

And, too, if you're having a bad day -- or even a good day! -- and want a hug from Lia, all comments to this post come with hugs. Just sayin'.

My Valentinr - thescarletwoman
mood swings :: blah
mutterings of a music history major
23 January 2009 @ 11:38 pm
Coughing up Hairballs -- aka, Cats comes to the Playhouse!  
A Numbered List!

1. Work has been insane. The supposed 'easy' rental turned out to be bloody insane. Costume rentals should be of the, pull it out and give it to the actors. This? Was wretched. I cannot tell you the number of costumes we've had to fix/redo/repair because what we got was absolute shit.


2. Heard from another school! Ave Maria School of Law wants me, and George Washington deferred my decision until mid-February. So, the current tally is 3-1-1 (8) [acceptance-decline-waitlist (number to hear from)]. Will keep you updated as it all goes.

3. I have fallen in love with Doctor Who & Torchwood. Had various reasons why I wouldn't watch it before now, but doesn't matter. I'm loving it. And my Capt Jack. *shifty*

4. I hate the weather along the great lakes at this time of year. I really, really do. And over-protective parents too, for that matter.

5. That time of year again! Valentinr.

My Valentinr - thescarletwoman
Get your own valentinr

6. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! ♥
mood swings :: blargh
what's playiing :: Doctor Who 3x13 - Last of the Time Lords
mutterings of a music history major
15 January 2009 @ 08:50 am
Well, according to all the yahoos on TLS, George Washington is sending out emails today of the Early Decision candidates and then doing the mailing tomorrow.

Insert Lia panicking here.

Really -- good thinky thoughts in my direction today. I'm not expecting good news because while my GPA is above their median, my LSATs are decidedly not and I"m hoping all my softs carry me.

So, yes... good thoughts. While I become a fecking basket case...
mood swings :: stressed
mutterings of a music history major
04 January 2009 @ 11:24 pm
Nice to know that, even in the side of the family you like, hypocrisy can still run rampant. Then again, when it's the side of the family you like -- it hurts all the more.

It almost feels like a betrayal.

Yeah -- so much for going to her bachelorette. If I go up to NYC, it'll be just for her -- sometime when it can be just her, me and her fiancée. I have no desire to spend any time with the rest of them.

Guess this is what I get for fucking being proud of my nieces.
mood swings :: distressed
mutterings of a music history major
25 December 2008 @ 03:09 am
Happy Christmas to All, And to All a Good Night!  
I want to wish everyone a very happy Christmas to all those who celebrate it. ♥

Managing to find one of my most favourite christmas films EVER through a torrent, I felt the need to share the Virginia letter with you guys. It's an editorial from 1897 and it's... I love it. And so fits the holiday. Because, really, I think we'll always believe in the man in the red suit at least some place in our hearts.

"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

And just because... the Macy's Commercial this year

A warm and happy holiday to you and yours. ♥
mood swings :: bouncy
what's playiing :: John Barrowman // Grown Up Christmas List
mutterings of a music history major
11 December 2008 @ 03:17 pm
TAH DAH! (and a large *gulp* to go with it)  
Everything has been paid for. Everything has just been sent. Few additional forms that I have to send in as well. Also, in the end, did decide to go Early Decision at George Washington. So... we'll see what happens there.

I'm now, officially, a candidate for law school. Twelve of them, to be exact....

I don't know if I'd rather scream in relief or throw up out of nerves.

Let the wibbling begin!
mood swings :: accomplished
what's playiing :: Lorenna McKennitt // God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
mutterings of a music history major
10 December 2008 @ 03:13 pm
Oh. My. God.  
As of 3:11pm on December 10th, I'm done with my law school apps. The folks are giving it a final once over tonight and tomorrow (or saturday) I submit everything.

I'm in... such a state of euphoria right now to have this done.

Now I can concentrate on the fun things again. Like fic writing, actually sending out emails I've been meaning to do for a month and not having my head buried in these damn statements of purpose. Tonight, when I get home from the show, emails of my addy will go out. But if you want it now: Lia Doran; PO Box 435 Erie, PA 16512.

I'm so bloody relieved.

So, darling flist, how have you guys been? I've missed you like crazy and I'm sorry I've been so distracted lately. This has just been a huge weight around my neck for the past month. Thanks for putting up with me. Now it's the wibbling over acceptance and decline letters. *whimper* ♥
mood swings :: ecstatic
what's playiing :: John Barrowman // Grown Up Christmas List
mutterings of a music history major
03 December 2008 @ 10:58 pm
Last Chance!  
LJ Card Post || IJ Card Post

Last chance for Christmas cards! I'm planning on addressing them this weekend. And I'll send out the email for those of you needing my address. Actually -- I'll still send it but here's mine for all those who don't have it.

Lia Doran
PO Box 435
Erie, PA 16512

Those few of you who have my home addy, that's totally fine to use. You know who you are. ♥
mutterings of a music history major
19 November 2008 @ 09:28 am
Kids these days! WTF!  
Obligatory Christmas Card Reminder!

LJ Card Post || IJ Card Post

And yes, I know I had a couple people ask me -- even if you know I have your address -- just drop me another line on this one. It's always easier for me to find who wants a card to have everything in just one place. And don't worry if we don't talk much. I still want to spread christmas cheer! ♥

* * *

For the actual update. I'm helping out at one of the local High Schools and their fall musical which is, brace yourselves, Sweeney Todd. Yes, a High School that isn't a performing arts school is doing Sweeney. And best of all, their poor violins haven't played a show before EVER -- and their first one is Sweeney. Yeah, they're more than a little lost.

But what I don't get (and I sound like I'm sixty saying this) is kids today. I graduated high school in 2002. NOT that long ago. But these kids today! We're doing dress rehearsal on monday and the director wanted to run act 2 first. Fine, whatever.

They were used to getting out of rehearsal at 5:30. 5:30 comes? My side of the pit goes from 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli and a bass... to me, a cellist and the bass player. AND best of all, they're half-way through act I at about 6pm. Director calls out that the rest of the ensemble should go do vocals.

Kid on stage: Uh... they're not here.
Director: what do you mean they're not here?
Kid on stage: They... well... they all left to go home.

Didn't tell the director. just left. When I was in school? We stayed until the job was done. We started dress rehearsals at 4pm once we were done with school. Every night we called papa john's to get pizza delivered to the school because we were there until we got done. If it was 10pm, it was 10 pm.

Seriously. What is WITH kids today?
what's playiing :: Sweeney Todd -- Epiphany
mutterings of a music history major
11 November 2008 @ 12:10 am
Holiday Cards 2008!  
Given that we had a massive snow-fall today, I figured it was time to get into the holiday spirit!

Yes, I'm going to do them. ignoring the fact that I have two packages that were supposed to go out last christmas sitting at my feet right now. *headdesk* Dropping cards off = easy. Packages = Lia!Fail

BUT! Cards! I'll have reminders up once a week all through november. I don't mind sending cards and really, really love to send and receive 'em. ♥

Poll #2691 Holiday Cards 2008!
Open to: All, results viewable to: None





Zip Code/Postal Code:


Email Address if You Want My Addy [and yes, it's changed since last year]:

Or, if you have your own card post up -- give me the link!:

Card Type (though, I haven't bought 'em yet):

Funny Cards
1 (11.1%)

Pretty Cards
1 (11.1%)

A Generic Season's Greetings Card
0 (0.0%)

Doesn't matter!
7 (77.8%)

Obligatory Ticky Box!

Anyone Can Ticky
4 (44.4%)

Into the Ticky
4 (44.4%)

Sunday in the Park with Ticky
4 (44.4%)

Ticky Todd
5 (55.6%)

Lia is too obsessed with Sondheim for her own good
6 (66.7%)

mood swings :: chipper
what's playiing :: The History Boys
mutterings of a music history major
09 November 2008 @ 02:54 pm
A Sign of Things to Come?  
Had a brilliant time in cleveland this weekend with [info]rose_whispers for [info]avengangle and Ben's wedding. And, of course, no trip to Cleveland is complete without Ben and I discussing Ubuntu. Even if it is at his wedding reception. *coff* [speaking of. Steph, tell Ben that the update went through fine and the two weird issues my laptop was having are gone after I did the update. And ask him where the all-black theme he's using came from. XD]

So Rose is on the bus for the way home -- and I'm sitting here all asquee. Not because she left (because WOE) but because of what happened at the bus terminal.

I'm wearing my "Producers" sweatshirt and this guy comes up to me and asks if it was from the National Tour. I explain that it's from the Playhouse production. He says he always asks when he sees people wearing show shirts/sweatshirts because he's with the national touring company of Cats. [insert HOLY SHIT here]. Start talking about Andrew, as he had played piano in that pit for a year.

To make a long story short, he took my name, number and email. And said he'd pass them along to their music contractor. The guy (his name was Jerry) that I spoke to is the massage therapist. So it's not like he's just an actor, he's part of the production staff. AND on top of that, said that violinists are in demand for tours. HIGH demand.

So... uh... law school might get pushed back for a year. I have no idea if anything is going to come from this. And it's very, very possible that nothing will. But there's a chance.

Holy. Shit.
mood swings :: bouncy