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28th March 2008

2:55am: Stargate Meme
1. Who is your favourite SG-1 character?
Daniel Jackson

2. Who is your favourite Atlantis character?
John Sheppard

3. What is your favourite SG-1 episode?
Forever In a Day, followed closely by anything involving serious Daniel whumpage.

4. Who is your favourite SG-1 villain?
Apophis, I think.

5. Who is your favorite SGA villain?
Oh, Kolya, for sure.

6. P-90 or Zat?

7. You'll be...Jaffa or Tok’ra?
Tok'ra.  I'd rather carry around a symbiote than a parasite, thank you.

8. Goa’uld mother ship or X-303?
X-303.  Good old Earth ship.

9. Ori or Ancient?
Ancient. The Priors remind me a bit too much of my Bible-thumping grandparents.

10. Who is the best O’Neill.. Kurt Russell or Richard Dean Anderson?
RDA, definitely.

11. The best Daniel Jackson...James Spader or Michael Shanks?
Michael Shanks.  He was so much more expressive.

12. Asgard or Replicator?
Asgard. The replicators got annoying after a while.

13. Who is the best leader of Atlantis, Weir or Carter?
Too soon to tell.

14. Who is best leader of the SGC...Hammond, O’Neill, Weir or Landry?

15. Jonas Quinn or Vala Mal Doran?
Definitely Vala.  Love her, hated Jonas.

16. Col. Mitchell or Dr. Fraiser?
Dr. Fraiser.

17. Who would you kill first...Apophis, Baal, Cronos, Hathor, Yu or Anubis?

18. Keller or Beckett?

19. In a 1 on 1 fight, who would win...Teal’c or Ronon?

20. What is your favourite Atlantis episode?
Common Ground

21. Carter or Mckay?

22. Dr. Bill Lee or Radek Zelenka?
Zelenka!  Love him! :D

23. Stargate the movie (1994) or The Ark Of Truth?
I'll get back to you when I've seen Ark of Truth.

24. Major Lorne or Major Davis?

25. and finally, SG-1 or Atlantis?
Current Mood: bored

25th February 2008

7:07am: There are NO WORDS for how thrilled I am--no words! :D
So I'm taking a class called Myth and Popular Culture--very cool stuff.  It's basically about comparative mythology and literature, which has been a fascination of mine since high school.  Well, now I'm writing a paper on the archetypes and kinds of myth present in one of my favorite novels of all time: The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice.  But that's not what has me bouncing off the walls for pure joy.

I emailed the professor with my finalized topic on Saturday, and he sent me an email back last night saying "You're good to go, and by the way have you seen this?"

Anne Rice is writing another Vampire Chronicles novel!  About Lestat!  SQUEEEE!
Current Mood: ecstatic

7th December 2007

11:06am: Meme
Nicked from sonadorita:

10 Things currently on your desk

a teddy bear named Claudia Jeanette
a spindle of blank CDs
my keys
tickets to the thre concerts on campus this weekend
my iPod
several vampire novels
my cell phone
my Sigma Alpha Iota badge

9 Favorite ships

Lestat/Nicki (The Vampire Chronicles)
Mick/Beth (Moonlight)
John/Teyla (Stargate: Atlantis)
Daniel/Sha'uri (Stargate: SG-1)
Vicki/Henry (The Blood Books)
Jack/Maureen (The Vampire Files)
Daniel/Vala (SG-1)
Rodney/Katie (SGA) (They're just so cute together!)
Julian/Ezri (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

8 Of your current favorite songs

Night Prowler--AC/DC
Shot Through the Heart--Bon Jovi
Hell's Bells--AC/DC
Back In Black--AC/DC
You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
Livin' On a Prayer--Bon Jovi
Fly From the Inside--Shinedown

7 People you talk to most

My sister
My mom
My roommate
My friend Erika
My SAI Big Sister
My friend Alena
Claudia Jeanette :p

6 Favorite kinds of candy/chocolate

York Peppermint Patties
Lindt Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles
Lindt Dark Chocolate Truffles
Hershy's Special Dark
Hershey's Kisses--candy cane
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

5 Favorite bands/artists

Bon Jovi
The Who
Mannheim Steamroller

4 Websites you visit daily

indexed.blogspot.com (check it out--great stuff)
GateWorld (haven't had time to hang out on the forum, but I'm keeping up with the news)

3 Items on your wall

various posters I made of inspirational quotes
various posters I made of the covers of the first six Vampire Chronicles
A picture of Dorian Gray

2 Favorite sayings

"Do as ye will, an it harm none." --Wiccan Law
"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night." --Edgar Allen Poe

1 Favorite movie

Interview with the Vampire
Current Mood: awake

1st November 2007

8:32pm: Halloween Meme
Yes, I really did go as Lestat. Iwas prince for a day . . . the Brat Prince! :D

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
ceekaysheppard goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Lestat.
4prettierships gives you 16 light orange coffee-flavoured nuggets.
a_pilgrim_soul tricks you! You lose 15 pieces of candy!
cblade_007 tricks you! You get a dead frog.
doxymom gives you 15 tan vanilla-flavoured gummy bats.
gate_geek tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
hypercaz tricks you! You lose 13 pieces of candy!
lauriel01 gives you 8 tan lemon-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
majortrip tricks you! You lose 5 pieces of candy!
silverspec gives you 9 brown peach-flavoured pieces of taffy.
x_erikah_x gives you 5 teal raspberry-flavoured pieces of taffy.
ceekaysheppard ends up with 19 pieces of candy, and a dead frog.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
Current Mood: amused

20th September 2007

8:36pm: Another Meme
Nicked from x_erikah_x:

My pirate name is:

Black Mary Cash

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network
Current Mood: amused

8th September 2007

8:54am: Ship Meme
Pick five OTPs, preferably from different fandoms, and answer the following questions.

1. Lestat/Nicki (The Vampire Chronicles)
2. John/Teyla (Atlantis)
3. Daniel/Vala (SG-1)
4. Luke/Mara (Star Wars)
5. Vicki/Henry (The Blood Books)

2nd September 2007

12:28am: MAD SKILLZ
...may be an overstatement, but I am pretty proud of this. :p

I was working on my novel one day, and I got a little stuck.  Then I got a little bored... so I started messing around.  I dug up a picture of a recent total lunar eclipse over Westminster Abbey, and it looked suitably spooky, so I made a cover using only Microsoft Word:

I don't know why it's so damned fuzzy... I'm not good at manipulating images.  All I did before I added text was resize and darken the original picture.  But I like how it turned out--the original is a lot clearer (as in, actually legible).
Current Mood: accomplished

7th August 2007

7:43pm: Friends? What friends?
To all of my real-life friends:

I know none of you will probably see this, seeing as even those of you who have LJs almost never use them, but I have to say this.

When I say, "We should get together and do something," when I say, "Call me when you have a free day," when I say, "Let's go to a movie, how's Monday for you?," when I say, "Drop me an email and we'll chat," I am not making small talk.  I really do want to talk to you.  I want to spend time with you.  I know you're busy––I'm not, and that's why I'm leaving the time frame up to you.  But please, for the love of all that's holy, CALL ME THE HELL BACK!  Have you all just dropped off the face of the earth?  I've called you, IMed you, sent you emails, and gotten NOTHING back.  I have heard from NOBODY.  ALL BLOODY SUMMER!!!  Hello???  I'm starting to develop a complex here, people!  Where are you?


Story of my life.  The instant I try to get myself an actual social life is the instant all my friends suddenly become too busy to remember I fucking exist.  Kinda makes one wonder, doesn't it?  Brings me right back to eighth grade graduation––same thing happened.  And I discovered that about 15 people I thought were my friends had just spent the past nine years humoring me.

I guess some things never change.
Current Mood: "depressed" doesn't come close

24th July 2007

12:01am: 1408
I went with my sister to go see 1408 tonight.  That is, in the words of Tony Shaloub's character, some spooky shit.  Seriously, it's the single scariest movie I've ever seen.

Of course, the story is by Stephen King––what did I expect?

Well, I'll never be able to sleep in a hotel room again, that's for sure.  And mirrors? Forget it––I've been terrified of darkened mirrors for almost two years now, having done it to myself with my short story "The Robinson Age."  I'm going to develop full-blown catoptrophobia (mirrors) before long. *shudder*
Current Mood: scared

19th July 2007

11:09pm: LibraryThing.com
I found an interesting Web site last night: LibraryThing.com. It allows you to list the books you own/have read, and then discuss them with other people who have read them. A free membership gives you room to catalogue 200 books. My profile is here:

But beware. I joined 24 hours ago, and I'm already hopelessly addicted.
Current Mood: calm

7th July 2007

1:00am: Quoth the Raven
So my novel now has a (hopefully) interesting subplot. It started out as a short story featuring my main antagonist--essentially, how she became a vampire--but eventually just merged with QtR, adding another dimension to the story. I finally feel like it's more than a glorified high school melodrama.

And I just finished rewriting the outline from scratch. :D Thirty-five pages total--there's a lot of detail in it, even snippets of dialogue. I FINALLY have what I desperately hope is the final version of Quoth the Raven laid out completely. :D

All that's left to see, now, is how much I can finish by the end of the summer--if I think I'm going to get much done during the school year, I'm even more foolishly optimistic than I thought. My goal is to complete four to six chapters by September.
Current Mood: ecstatic

2nd July 2007

4:00pm: Heehee... I swear, I didn't cheat on this.

Which Famous Vampire are You?

You are Lestat.
Take this quiz!

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Current Mood: amused

1st July 2007

4:25pm: Queen of the Damned––Movie
I've heard from some that the movie version of Queen of the Damned was pretty good, and from others that it was absolutely awful.  Now, I absolutely adored the novel (right up there, in my opinion, with Blood Canticle and Memnoch the Devil), so I've  been dying to see the movie for myself for quite some time.

I finally got my hands on a copy last night, and I'm still trying to decide whether or not I like it.  It encompasses much of The Vampire Lestat as well as Queen of the Damned, and lot of things were changed from the novels.  For example, in the novels, Lestat was made a vampire by one named Magnus, who promptly immolated himself without teaching Lestat much of anything about being a vampire.  The beginning of the movie, on the other hand, smacks more of The Vampire Armand: Lestat was made by Marius, who spent (if I recall correctly) two full months teaching him how to be a vampire.  I can understand why this was done; namely, time constraints.  You just can't cram two Anne Rice novels into 100 minutes of film.  So the two characters of Magnus and Marius were combined to simplify the story a bit (unfortunately, this cut out a lot of backstory that's really necessary to understand the characters of Lestat and Akasha––especially Akasha).  Nothing is said in the movie about how Akasha became a vampire (thus how vampires came to be).  Maharet's sister Mekare is missing entirely.  Akasha's plan for world domination is extremely vague in the movie––her grand explanatio n to Lestat and his subsequent torment (torn between love of/loyalty to/fear of Akasha and horror and revulsion at her intentions) are missing.  With Mekare absent, it was Maharet who finally killed Akasha––with no danger at all to the other vampires (in the novels, the lives of all vampires are entirely dependent on Akasha: she dies, they all die).  Finally, no one becomes the vampire queen in Akasha's place.  I find myself forced to compare it to 2001: A Space Odyssey: it doesn't make much sense if you haven't read the book.  Unlike the Space Oddity, though, having read the book somewhat ruins the movie, precisely because of all the inconsistencies.

However, If you ignore said inconsistencies and draw on the novels only for the necessary background (and remain mentally flexible in doing so), the movie is pretty good on its own.  Stuart Townshend certainly looked the part of Lestat more than Tom Cruise (except that Townshend has dark hair), but I liked Cruise's interpretation of the character better.  I'm not arguing that Lestat isn't dark, moody, edgy, and utterly seductive––all of which Townshend pulled off quite well––but I never got as... gloomy an impression of him from the novels as I did from this movie.  However, that's entirely a matter of artistic interpretation, and in the context of the film, it worked quite well.  And the music of Lestat's band was very interesting––definitely not my usual style (I've never been much for Gothic rock), but I'm kind of hooked on the QotD soundtrack at the moment. :P  And most importantly, the story worked.  A touch forced in one or two places, perhaps, but most movie plots are.  The general plot made sense, it was really just the specifics that threw me a bit.

Let me go back to Lestat for a moment.  In Interview with the Vampire, both the movie and the novel, Lestat is clearly portrayed as a villain, pure evil––because that's how Louis sees him.  In the four novels that follow (The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, and Memnoch the Devil) plus the very last one, Blood Canticle––in other words, all the ones written from Lestat's point of view––something interesting is revealed.  Lestat thinks he's evil.  He thinks he wants to be evil (until Memnoch, anyway).  He tries to be evil.  But despite all this, he is not evil.  That, I think, is what's so irresistably tragic about the character: he's so desperate to understand the world and his fate, and especially to be understood, when he has absolutely no understanding of himself.

I think that also may be what bothers me most about the movie version of Queen of the Damned.  With the exception of a scene toward the very end when he makes Jesse a vampire to save her life (after obeying Akasha's order to kill her!), the Lestat of the film is undeniably evil.  And that takes a lot away from the character.

So, my first impression of the movie is a little hazy.  I suppose I'll have to watch it a few more times before I make up my mind.
Current Mood: lonely

30th June 2007

11:23am: Book meme and POTC3
Heehee, I love these.  Swiped from Mer:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
(or unless it doesn't have 123 pages)

From Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Betrayal


I am no longer the only person in the world who hasn't seen Pirates 3!
Okay, now that I've bored you all to death with a partial mythological and psychological analysis of a Disney movie, I'll go away.
Current Mood: geeky

26th June 2007

11:48am: Interview with the Vampire––Movie
I realize the movie version of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire is thirteen years old, but I just saw it for the first time last night.

A-MAZING.  The movie was actually scarier than the novel, thanks mostly to the score (which was not John Williams, but quite good nonetheless. :p  Yes, I'm biased).  Anne Rice wrote the screenplay herself, so it was much more faithful to the original than most movies.

It has quite the star-studded cast, too: Brad Pitt as Louis, Tom Cruise as Lestat, Kirsten Dunst as Claudia, and Antonio Banderas as Armand, to name a few.

I have only one complaint about it, and it's a silly, shallow thing: two characters just did not look right at all.  According to the novels, Armand was sixteen when he was made, and Antonio Banderas was definitely older than that.  And Tom Cruise is not gorgeous enough by half to play Lestat––long blond hair just doesn't do it for him.  Lestat is supposed to be a knockout, not "could've-been-sexy-if-only...".  You know what I mean?

Oh, well.  it was fairly easy to look past––the acting was very good all around.

On the other hand, I have evidently always pictured Louis and Claudia as looking like Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst, because they looked exactly as I've always imagined them.  And Armand was just unbelievably creepy!  Between him and Santiago, the whole Théâtre des Vampires bit gave me chills.  (Perhaps a little too much gratuitous gore, though.)  Louis made me want to cry, which surprised me: after reading the rest of the Vampire Chronicles, I was beginning to agree with Lestat––"Still whining, Louis?"  He was seriously starting to get annoying.  But in Interview, both the novel and the movie, you can understand him somewhat, and feel his pain.

All in all, it was an excellent movie.  Even my sister, who rolls her eyes and just drips boredom the instant the words "Anne Rice," "Lestat," or "vampire" come out of my mouth, wants to see it. :)
Current Mood: enthralled

19th June 2007

1:46pm: Nicked from gwenhwyfar1984:

1. My username is _____ because ____.

CeeKay Sheppard because "CeeKay" is short for "Celtic Knot"––I'm Irish and that's my pen name on FanFiction.net––and Sheppard is the name of one of my all-time favorite TV characters.

2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.

"My Reprimand, My Goad, My Song" because that's the last line from Blood Canticle by Anne Rice, and it really made an impression on me.  Full quote behind the cut:

3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.

"Musings on Life, the Universe, and Everything" because anything's fair game for me to write about.

4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.

"Them That Tolerate My Ramblings" because I tend to babble on about stuff nobody else seems to care about anyway.

5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.

Lestat and Akasha from Queen of the Damned (also by Anne Rice) because I adore the Vampire Chronicles.

29th May 2007

10:40pm: I've got wheels!
...almost. :p I put down a deposit on my first car today, so I'm kind of excited. :D It's a 2005 Ford Taurus sedan with less than 30,000 miles on it, and it just had a tune-up, so it runs like a dream. It's kind of cute, too: it's a light tan sort of color (which the dealership calls "Dark Shadow Gray"), has a spoiler on the back, and has room for five passengers. It has a CD player, cruise control, power windows, tilt steering wheel... I can't wait to get in home! :D

Here's a picture:
Current Mood: ecstatic

25th May 2007

10:57am: Quiz Thing
Snurched from x_erikah_x:

Which Stargate Atlantis character are you most like?
Your Result: Dr. Carson Beckett

Kind-hearted, sincere, loveable, and a good person. Dr. Beckett is a medical doctor, and he cares for everyone around him. By being simmilar in personality to him, it means that you are noble and genuine, and really, really nice. This is living proof that you don't need to be exceptionally strong to be a strong person. Plus, you're smart, too! ^^

Dr. Radek Zelenka
Dr. Elizabeth Weir
Teyla Emmagen
Col. John Sheppard
Dr. Rodney McKay
Ronan Dex
Which Stargate Atlantis character are you most like?
Take More Quizzes
Current Mood: bored

21st May 2007

11:19pm: *facepalm* I really am hopeless...
I finally saw a dermatologist about my acne problem.  He took one look at me and put me on three different powerful medications: an oral antibiotic, a medicated wash, and a topical gel.  The gel is called tretinoin.

Okay, fellow Stargate geeks, be honest.  By show of comments ('cuz I can't see your hands :p) how many of you did a double take because you thought the stuff was called "tretonin"?  I certainly did.
Current Mood: amused

13th May 2007

8:00pm: I love being a big sister...
I am on Cloud 9, and I ain't comin' down any time soon.

It's really a simple thing.  This morning, I knelt down to give my three-and-a-half-year-old baby brother a hug, and he flung himself into my arms and said, totally out of the blue, "You're my best friend."  How utterly adorable is that?  I just melted.  I was so happy, I wanted to cry.  Nobody's ever said that to me before, and to hear it from my baby brother was just the sweetest thing ever.  I still turn into a puddle of goo just thinking about it.  Forget making my day, he just made my life.
Current Mood: ecstatic

9th May 2007

11:39am: Where did the last two decades GO?
Since when am I twenty years old?!  I have clear memories of turning six.  High school feels like just yesterday.  But now I'm home for the summer, having finished my sophomore year of college, and today is my twentieth birthday.  Which way to Neverland?  I'm not old enough to be this old!
Current Mood: shocked

18th April 2007

6:30pm: *headdesk*
Driving has always made me nervous.  When I took Driver Ed in my sophomore year of high school, the teacher's favorite line was "The car is a weapon of mass destruction!"  Gee, thanks, Miss H––When I finally got my permit, I was bloody terrified to get behind the wheel.  My six hours of instruction were among the most nerve-wracking of my life, and even now that I'm much more comfortable driving, an hour's drive leaves me shaking.

Nevertheless, I do need my own car––I'm a music education major, and I'll be student teaching pretty soon.  So I'm buying a car next month.

And what book am I reading at the moment?  Why, Stephen King's Christine.  You know, the one about the red-and-white '58 Plymouth Fury that kills people and swallows up the life of a young man who is just a little too much like me for my comfort.  Brilliant, eh?

Not that I'll ever get my hands on a '58 Fury––I don't even want one (especially now...)––but the last thing I needed was a horror story about a car. :p

Of course, I'm half kidding.  But only half.
Current Mood: amused

16th April 2007

4:44pm: 90s Kid Meme

Re-post this if you were a 90's kid and can relate to any of these.
Peace out.
Current Mood: silly

13th April 2007

2:12pm: Memes
Nicked from majortrip:

When you see this, quote Shakespeare in your journal.

But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.  (Hamlet)

And I got this one from nightfreyja:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next three sentences in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.
6. Tag five other people to do the same.

OK, this one was honestly the closest: Structure and Style: The Study and Analysis of Musical Forms, Expanded Edition by Leon Stein.  Perhaps I should add this to my previous post... :p

"Most hymns and folk songs will provide examples of four-measure phrases.  That the four-measure phrase is actually a norm in Western music is indicated by the presence of this structural unit in early Ambrosian hymns, troubadour and minnesinger songs, various types of European dances, and the greater portion of European music composed since 1600.  Two-, three-, five-, six-, seven-, and eight-measure phrases may be found in the music of all periods, but these are far less frequent than are four-measure units."

I love the sunglasses on the smiley, given that a short version of the song I'm listening to is the theme to CSI: Miami.  LOL––I may have start referring to said smiley as Horatio. :p
Current Mood: calm

3rd April 2007

2:14pm: You know you're a music geek when...
1. People routinely ask you, "You play the what?"
2. You come home from your music classes on spring break––and compose.
3. More than half of the music on your iPod was composed before 1850.
4. You use words like "tessitura" and "minor dominant" in everyday conversation––
5. ––and most of your friends know exactly what you're talking about.
6. You have ever spent more than six hours playing your instrument in a single day.
7. You're not halfway through college yet and you already have way more ensemble credits than you need to graduate.
8. You read music theory textbooks for fun.
9. Breakfast table conversation concerns the playability of specific multiple stops (i.e., chords) on the violin.
10.  You don't realize this is weird until after lunch.

Current Mood: amused
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