Readthroughs and Random Thoughts

Writing about what I'm reading…

Baaaaack… At. Last.

And so, I crawl back.

I apologise for the hiatus; it’s been much longer than I anticipated it would be. Part of it’s been real life stuff getting in the way– uni, which has to take priority over pretty much everything else for reasons I don’t need to articulate– and some pretty up-and-down-all-over-the-place relationship drama that is thankfully sorted right now but managed to significantly rattle my studies. I could go into details, but it’s fairly long and boring: suffice to say that for the significant part of the last semester, I’ve felt like I’ve been spinning plates, and unfortunately, what had to give, and what I didn’t really have the energy for– was the fun fannish writing.

Also, in amongst two house moves, I managed to lose my copies of both books I was read-throughing. (Which is a pretty fucking shoddy excuse in Shades‘ case because the local op-shop always has them, but I’m stingy and didn’t want to buy a second copy.)

I guess one would argue that this project wasn’t exactly at the forefront of my mind a lot of the time, or in social psychology, they’d argue it, it wasn’t a particularly accessible thought.

And then: internet distraction. I’m talking the supposed “casual” things you do online and think will take a few minutes but then end up consuming a whole evening, not to mention getting seduced by more utterly fabulous and messed up things. A friend of mine introduced me to DRAMAtical Murder— a Japanese “yaoi” visual novel (a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure script-based game with very pretty graphics and music) which is basically a fucked up psychological thriller set in a cyberpunk-esque dystopian future with the types of equal parts insanely ridiculous and gut-wrenching “OMG, this got under my skin” ability that Japanese games can do to you in their own special way. And then, I somehow got encouraged into NaNoWriMo.

So it’s been partly circumstance and partly my own fault.

The point is, I’ve missed it like all hell, though it has, from time to time, occurred to me to come back: when I was asking the IT staff at uni for help with my laptop and found myself explaining the post-coital-Toreth-and-Warrick fanart on my desktop to the poor wide-eyed guy at the helpdesk when I couldn’t get my computer hooked up to the library server for printing an assignment, when I went into a certain Australian department store to buy some underwear and saw, well, this:

[yeah. I don't know what they were thinking either.]

Shades: the underwear/pjs. Because apparently some women who aren’t Ana want to sleep with Christian Grey.

Not only did I burst out laughing at the weird (there’s other underwear in the range which is actually quite okay… then there’s some more which just… no.) but I had to take a photo and went, “I need to update…”

And that was ages ago.

Anyway, a few things have happened lately, including the end of the semester, so it looks like I’ve got the time to get back to the fun stuff.

I’ve missed you guys, and I’ve missed the discussions on here. If anyone’s still around, I’m sorry I disappeared for so long and I hope to get back to what I was doing.



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11 thoughts on “Baaaaack… At. Last.

  1. Glad your back! πŸ™‚

  2. Glad things have finally settled down for you. Looking forward to more of your awesome snark! πŸ™‚

    • Readthroughs and Randoms on said:

      Thankyou! And yep… so am I! While I’ve loved the uni aspect of things, the other stuff… had not been a world of fun. Whereas this… is. πŸ™‚

  3. Readthroughs and Randoms on said:

    Thanks guys! *loves on* And thanks for still being here!

  4. Thistle on said:

    What timing on your return! I just deleted this bookmark on Friday. (Luckily the posts get mailed to me!)

    • Readthroughs and Randoms on said:

      Thankyou! (And thankyou for subscribing!) I honestly did NOT intend to leave it this long… but RL got seriously ridiculous, and given some of the issues impacting on my studies, I went into, “Okay, need to get [some essay] done,” mode. Now that it’s the end of the year… (and HOW QUICKLY has the year gone?! I dunno if it’s me getting older or having enjoyed uni so much, but it seemed like July was only five minutes ago!) I should have more time to dedicate to this. πŸ™‚

  5. Awesome, welcome back! I keep clicking onto here every few days on the off chance you’ve posted something new. And, lookie here, you did! I hope real life settles down soon, with less plate-spinning and more fun stuff.

    • Readthroughs and Randoms on said:

      Thankyou! πŸ˜€

      Yeah, RL has settled down a LOT. I’m waiting on my uni results to come back and have one thing to finish off, then… half a year of study SORTED! πŸ™‚

      As for the relationship stuff… I assure you, I will NEVER be winding up in a mess like that EVER again. God no. πŸ™‚

  6. mannafrancis on said:

    Hello again! Lovely to see you back! I’m glad to hear that things have calmed down a bit now.

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