Work, Again

Dec. 5th, 2016 08:52 pm
katikat: (S_Bedlam)
In the end, I was offered enough money from my acquaintance that I accepted his job offer. And today, I spent an hour tearing my hair out, trying to figure out how to translate terms like "approach point" and "go around" etc. into Czech. It's all from aviation and though I know what it MEANS, I can't figure out how it's said in Czech, since these are all special terms! Like, dude, it took me over an hour to translate two frickin' paragraphs about a plane landing in a snow storm. It had nothing to do with the plot, the author was just trying to be clever and an hour of my life, gone!

Work...

Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:10 pm
katikat: (W_PiperWindow)
Today, for the first time ever, I had to say no to an acquaintance who offered me a job. Because he offered me too little money. I had to tell him that I'm getting 20Kc per page more from another friend when I translate for his magazine. That's 1/5 more!

I mean, seriously, he comes to me because he wants a quality translation, he literally said that. I should've translated the 2nd book in a series for him because the guy who translated the first one botched the job horribly - and yet, my acquaintance offers me the SAME MONEY that he gave to that guy. Is he serious? What am I? A greenie? I have over 80 books under my belt, 15 years of experience and he thinks I would work for the money you give complete beginners? Jesus. I DO have some self-respect!

I've never turned down a job before, never. I always felt obligated to accept. But this? No.
katikat: (T_Champagne)
I just spent $250 in one go! But! I also now have Xmas presents for all my RL friends and family! My twin friends wanted - both of them! - Frederick Forsyth's autobiography. And for my mom, I got all the books she was missing in the "Lucky" series by Jackie Collins - I had to dig deep and get some of them in thrift stores because they're hopelessly sold out! And I also got her three perfumes: Bruno Banani, Gabriela Sabatini and Avon. Hopefully, I won't have to buy anything more this year... *winces*
katikat: (A_MattDaddario)
Sheesh, it's been almost a month since I was here. Huh. I'm still very active, fandom wise, just not here anymore... I've now written over 200k words in my Shadowhunters ficlet collection (350 chapters!) and I'm still as obsessed with SH as before. And... that's pretty much it.

Here, have a Malec vid!

katikat: (S_Sherlock)
I know that a lot of people are all up in arms about this movie, but to be brutally honest, I don't give a fuck. It's a good movie. Benedict Cumberbatch is amazing as Stephen Strange, Mads Mikkelsen is seriously hot as the bad guy Kaelicius and the CGI is breathtaking, topping even Inception with its mind-bending psychedelic experience. The soundtrack could've been better, though, nothing really stands out. From me 8/10, I think.
katikat: (A_EmilyBlunt)
I decided to make a bit of a dent into my piles of DVDs once more - at least a tiny one - and so I watched Godzilla. Well, the special effects were great, and some scenes were downright epic - like the jump from the plane - but overall? Eh. I cared more about Godzilla than about any of the human heroes, except for the Japanese doctor and that colleague of his. The rest? This movie just didn't manage to build them up properly. In that way, it reminded me of 2012 and Battleship. It just felt... empty.
katikat: (A_MattDaddario)


Nice! All the spoilers are making me so excited for the second season. January 2nd cannot come too soon ♥_♥

12 DAYS?!

Oct. 21st, 2016 12:41 am
katikat: (A_StephanieBennett)
I haven't been here in 12 days? Christ on a cracker! And I'm more active than ever on the net, just... not here *cringes*

So, the state of me?

♠ I finished re-watching Psych S1; my favorite bits are still the scene where we find out that Henry had Shawn's bike towed after Shawn's accident, because he was so afraid for his son, and the one in the season finale, where Shawn says that he can't even imagine anything happening to Gus, those two are wonderful and they add substance to the humor.

♠ I finished translating "Resident Evil: Nemesis" by SD Perry and I started reading "Sizzle and Burn" by Jayne Ann Krentz.

♠ And I also posted my 300th Shadowhunters story on AO3. 300th! For real! I can't believe it. I've never written so many stories in any fandom. It's mind-blowing. Now, I hope to reach 200k before S2 starts on Jan. 2 2017! I'm crossing my fingers that muses don't desert me!

New Girl S1

Oct. 9th, 2016 08:28 pm
katikat: (W_CheekySmile)
I bought the DVD box set used because they had it REALLY cheap on Amazon UK. A nice enough - and funny enough - series, though I had to skip some scenes that really pushed my secondary embarrassment buttons.

I think my most favorite episode was Injured where Nick had his cancer scare and all the roommates pooled their money together so that he could afford a screening. It was a funny but also a very touching episode. My favorite character is, I think, Schmidt who underwent the most profound development over the season.

I might get the rest of the show on DVD later on, but it's not my top priority right now.
katikat: (A_EmilyBlunt)
I finished Killjoys season 1 on DVD. It had a really slow and broad start, it seemed like it would be just another warrant-of-the-week series, but the ending! The ending! The bombing of Old Town really got to me and I actually had tears in my eyes, I don't even know why. Just... the people tried so hard and then Della Seyah Kendry just wiped them out. Jesus. Also, I fell for Alvis Akari. And I hope we do get to see Johnny revisit his brush with the Scarbacks' faith - as their temporary leader told him, you don't get to choose if you are a true believer or not.

I'll be definitely getting S2 on DVD!
katikat: (G_Bed)


I really need to watch The Magicians. Both Eliot and Quentin are so messed up, yet together...
katikat: (G_DonaldStrachey)


I fell so hard for these two! I actually started writing fics about them. The Zude fandom is not as big as the Malec fandom, but still...
katikat: (G_Bed)


I fell so hard for this pairing, Zero/Jude from Hit the Floor. Goodness gracious, they're amazing. And sweet and hot and simply... MWAH! ♥_♥

Malec Vid

Sep. 12th, 2016 10:29 pm
katikat: (A_MattDaddario)


This is truly one of the most beautiful vids that I've ever seen. And the song is simply heartbreaking, considering the context...

Instagram

Sep. 9th, 2016 07:05 pm
katikat: (W_Yay)
I now have an Instagram, huzzah: drakamena. I'm posting interesting RL pictures I take there.
katikat: (S_Hannibal)


This is how I feel right now about Tumblr.
katikat: (S_Mentalist)
I think this movie is called different names in different countries? I saw both titles used. Strange. But it's a funny movie. I liked both Judy and Nick, that they weren't perfect and yet they turned out to be best friends. And I felt so sorry for them as kids, especially for Nick. My favorite part was the scene where Judy threatened to arrest Nick and followed him through the streets, that was adorable.

Though, honestly, I wouldn't exactly say that this was a movie for all kids ages, what with there being murder threats and whatnot. But I guess the kids of today are pretty much desensitized to that?
katikat: (S_TWStalia)
While [livejournal.com profile] yami_tai and her husband were here last weekend, we watched Maze Runner and Maze Runner: the Scorch Trials together. And now that I've seen both in a quick succession, I have to say that I enjoy the second movie much better. I think it's because Thomas becomes more of a leader in it, he's decisive and determined, and even though he doesn't have all the answers, he never gives up. I loved, LOVED the scene where it was revealed what he had done, why he was put into the maze. That was awesome, the way everybody stared at him...

It's too bad that Dylan O'Brien was hurt filming the 3rd movie and the whole thing had to be postponed till 2018! I'm so curious how it will continue because they basically threw the books out of the window and are doing their own thing. And I liked the movies much more than the books, especially Thomas' character, because Book!Thomas was a whiny n00b.
katikat: (A_MattDaddario)
Finally got around to watch this! I dl'd it because it's not available on DVD, AFAIK. It's a sweet story about two best friends, Naomi (who's straight) and Ely (who's gay). They are actually both pretty awful people and they do suffer a bit before they learn to be better.

But I got this movie mainly because of Matt Daddario who plays Gabriel the Doorman, the main witness of all the hoopla going on in the apartment building. And I found his character the most interesting, TBH. When we found out that he had to drop out of college and take this job because he needed to take care of his sick mother who then died, and he is now stuck in this job with no education and no future, his music being the only happy thing in his life - his music and Naomi - my heart just broke for him.

A good movie, nothing special, though.
katikat: (S_WhiteCollar)
I finally got a new monitor - the old one was flickering like crazy, so much so that my eyes hurt from it! - so I could start watching movies on my computer again! And the first one was the old Independence Day.

You know, it's still a mystery to me how the people who made the first movie which is really great and I don't even mind all the American chest-thumping all that much, could make such a terrible sequel. The sequel was all shiny stuff and little substance. I'm not saying the first movie was Shakespeare, but I really cared about the characters. The Goldblum-Smith combo was absolutely hilarious. It's too bad that none of that was reflected in the follow-up. Oh well...

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