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*clears her throat* I have something of an embarrassing confession to make - something I discovered after watching At World's End. You can probably guess by the icon.

cut for length, sheer geekitude, and AWE spoilers )
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Just got back from the Phi Alpha Theta induction, which is the national history honorary. For any Eta Sigma Phi-ians out there, our initiation is much less involved, but we got pretty flowers in the end, and they gave us free sugar and caffeine, which is always welcome. Our damn department in undergrad made us pay for our own refreshments and bake the cake ourselves! Cheapskates. But we got to get all dressed up, though I totally cheated and wore a corset beneath my top.

Formerly, I was of the mindset that the corset represented all that was evil in regards to those of us on the distaff side. But now? Corset = instant good curves and even better cleavage. And hey, it makes you sit up really straight. Besides, I payed almost 50 dollars for the damn thing, and so I need to wear it, well more than three times to get a good return investment.

I have very little in the way of assignments due tomorrow, so I am going to work on The Paper of Doom, maybe make some margaritas, and possible write more Cicero/Antony pr0n (for which I can use a shiny new icon - yay!)
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The drabbles for this week's [livejournal.com profile] rome100 challenge, Future, are just not coming tonight, so I'm going to finish packing and head to bed. I'm off to a conference in San Francisco which should not only be educational and productive, but will include the night tour of Alcatraz, bread bowls of chowder, Ghiradelli chocolate sundaes, the Wine Country, and other things purely for enjoyment. Oh, and working on that pesky paper in the rare moments of free time.

While the drabbles are being stubborn (mostly because there are so many alternate futures one can imagine), I have the worst sort of plot bunny. It's a plot warren, actually, and I probably won't seriously start writing it until May, though I'm starting to block it in my head. It's a Rome fic, of course, Cicero centered, of course, incorporating his daughter and yet trying to stay true to the show's canon. So far, the bunnies are warm and fuzzy, and I'm anxious to start working on it - but not until every assignment and my thesis prospectus is turned in. That should be excellent motivation.

And speaking of Cicero, Imperium, which I am now 200 pages into, is simply incredible. It took me about 10 pages to get into Harris' style, but his characterization is so vibrant, I could hardly put the book down. Tiro is a keen observer, Pompey is a soldier who never should have played in politics, Terentia is shrewd and fiery, Tullia is adorable, and Cicero is so very human and rich and flawed and - read this book, if you'd like another look into ancient Rome. It's out in paperback in August, if you don't want to pony up for a hardcover, or can't find it at the library.

So, in all likelihood, I won't be back until Sunday - so if I don't answer posts or stories, it's because I'm living it up in Northern California!
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I haven't had a drop of caffeine today (okay, some green tea with breakfast), but I can't sleep. Or I don't want to sleep. Damn it, either way, this is annoying. I got most of the IDs for a test graded and did go to the gym, but the fic writing is not happening. I was working on a story for [livejournal.com profile] 5_fabulae with Cicero and Brutus and now the style is annoying me. Maybe tomorrow the creativity will be a little more vibrant.

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