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So my summer break is nearly over. I go back to university a week on Saturday. I am freaking out about this a bit even though I'm looking forward to going back. History! And I'm super excited about all my modules and y'know, not living in my old accommodation. Clean kitchen! Working boiler! No house mates who will smoke cigars inside! And yet my heart is beating really fast and I can practically taste the anxiety in the back of my throat. So yeah. Fantastic.

Summer stuff )
And I'm going to end my rambly not really about anything post now. Yay.

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Day 5

Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.


Hockey! )

Day 6

In your own space, pimp three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.
Five comms! )
Day 7

In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Katie has feelings about history! No one is surprised! )

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Title: The Last Duchess
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] brutti_ma_buoni 
Reader: [personal profile] croissantkatie 
Fandom: Historical RPF
Pairing: John of Gaunt/Katherine Swynford, John of Gaunt/Blanche of Lancaster, John of Gaunt/Constacia of Castile
Rating: General Audiences
Runtime: 12:19
Summary: Katherine is left behind. She has time for reflection.
Link: mp3 (11.28MB)
Notes: The music used is Captain Wedderburn performed by Bellowhead

List Meme!

Oct. 17th, 2011 05:44 pm
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Comment to this post asking for a list, and I will give you five things I associate with you. They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your LJ. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Questions from the lovely [livejournal.com profile] sarcasmmonster

Doctor Who
I don't know where to start with this! I grew up knowing about Doctor Who through my parents. I have a strong memory of attempting to explain the daleks to my friend just before New!Who started and trying to get her into it. I failed and she was not converted until the third series. I love it, and I suspect that I always will. It is amazing and ridiculous and wonderful. However, I do wish they would stop having mannequins/dummys/dolls/etc as the villains. I have automatonophobia and it was getting better. Now it's not. So, I love the show with most of my heart. It would have my whole heart if not for that slight complaint (I keep having to hide behind cushions!).

The UK
I am from here! *gasp* I've only ever been to Wales and England though, never made it to either Scotland or Northern Island, although I would like to. I love where I live and that you're never too far from the sea. I don't get to visit the sea anywhere near as much as I would like. I also miss hills. The area I live in is flat, really flat. Admittedly, I live on the edge of the fens, so you'd expect that. It's just, I regularly forget what proper hills are like. I live on top of a hill, except it would probably be called a slight slope nearly anywhere else. I go places and stare in bemusement at the hills.

Tea parties
Tea is awesome, cake is also awesome, as are small sandwiches and the like. Therefore tea parties are awesome. I very nearly had a tea party to celebrate my eighteenth birthday. One day, I plan to have one. I just need to get myself organised. I'm not good at organising social things. :) I may try and get one of my friends to throw me a tea party though. That could definitely work.

Sherlock
I adore murder mysteries. Absolutely adore them. Sherlock though was just so much fun! As soon as I heard that it was going to be on, I knew that my whole family would watch it together (murder mysteries are one of the few things we all agree on). It was just so much fun to watch. And ok yes, we figured out various bits of the plots, but that really didn't detract from anything. After all, you can usually tell who done it in Midsomer Murders because only the murderer is left alive. Sherlock now has a very proud place in my collection of murder mystery tv series dvds. Although I'd rather like there to be more soon. That would be lovely.

History
Yeah. Well, history. Where to start? I love it so much. I keep being asked by people, "so, what part of history are you interested in?" I always go "erm, all of it?" (and yes, I say it like a question). I once managed to narrow it down to "predominantly early modern history." When I was in sixth form and barely making it to any lessons, I hardly missed any history ones. It pretty much always interests me. I love trying to figure out people's motivations for their actions in particular. I'm trying to fill my gap year with as much history related stuff as possible. I've been doing reminiscence sessions which is where a group of volunteers go and talk to elderly people about their memories prompted by objects. This time we did toys and games. It was absolutely fascinating. Living history! I am also applying to volunteer at the local folk museum. I'm listening to podcasts on history at the moment, trying to find out more about the history of other countries. I think it's quite sad how little I know about non-British history, and what I do know is mainly euro-centric (I feel like a politician now that I've used that phrase :S ). The Spanish history I did was fascinating, as were the brief bits of middle eastern history I've been lucky enough to study (yay history of medicine!). Also, I am going to visit a friend of mine who has just started a history degree and she has promised to sneak me into some of her lectures. :) As my Mum said to someone at Bath Spa's open day, I "really just want to go and hide in a museum or an archive forever."

I am rather unsurprised by which one prompted the most commentary from me.
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My Mum and brother are currently having a bit of a spat which I am attempting to ignore. So, have a post about good things!Namely Doctor Who, the Comedy Prom, athletics and the Great British Bake Off! )
And now I should probably go and write some more of my personal statement. I’m at the point where I can’t remember anything I’ve done in my life or why I love history. And I’ve never been particularly good at talking my achievements up
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A rather spectacular display of heavy rain and hail has just finished, so have a meme!

Comment with "Hit me, Katie!"
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.  
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

Answers for Adri )
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January exam seasons has officially started. Hooray!

I have done two out of the six I am sitting, am fractionally less exhausted than I was last week and think I might actually know some maths. Maybe. I am planning on doing lots of revision during my Critical Thinking lesson tomorrow. Critical Thinking is perfect for revising maths with my friend Ruth! What is slightly worrying is that, even when talking about binomials and writing equations all over our hands (cue many poor jokes about "knowing it like the back of our hands"), we are still the least disruptive in the class. Everyone is just taking it to fill up their time table. It doesn't help that our teacher doesn't seem to care about our maths revision. I'm not entirely sure she's even noticed we're doing it. And we sit right at the front! It's ridiculous. After doing that for two weeks, we didn't think we could reach any new heights of geekiness. And then we rushed to the library at the end of lunch to get a table. I just hope all this productivity pays off!

I also had a meeting today about how to get more people to come to early modern history fictional book group (it's such a snappy title!). Our main problem is that, even with the promise of baked goods, the only people who turned up were me and the other guy running it, and two of our friends we'd cornered in corridors and at lunch. Current plan of attack: skip the long book, read the next (shorter!) one, promise even more baked foods, get our own email address and make giant posters. Also in an effort to attract people with the pretty, we're going to put on random episodes of the Tudors in between books. I have never seen it, but various history friends said it was hilarious. That and see who else we can guilt into coming. We may actually succeed at this now that my entire history class have tasted the wonder that is Alex's brownies. There is hope yet for us in the battle of the history book groups!

Now I am very tired and it's at times like this I wish I could nap when I wasn't ill. Ah well.

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