xerinmichellex: (stock: vintage mask)
The title sounds more dramatic than it really was; but after standing outside the venue for 2 hours in below-freezing temperatures, once again standing next to a drunk guy who almost picked a fight with a guy near my brother, before being escorted out by security, during the show, and limping my way back to the "L" station in the middle of the night to get home (not to mention not feeling well leading up to the concert and thinking I'd have to miss it altogether) getting through the concert unscathed is a huge accomplishment. Like the previous Emilie Autumn concert I'd been to, everything about it was awesome. Standing in line--though we were freezing--with the very nice fans (or Plague Rats/Muffins) made the chilly wait almost bearable. All the "teasing" starts that started with loud cheers, only to devolve into nervous laughter, made the anticipation more electrifying. Singing the first verse of "Thank God I'm Pretty" as Emilie played the harpsichord reminded me of last time when we all sang "My Fair-Weathered Friend" together.

A long, slightly rambling discussion about the concert and inspiration )
xerinmichellex: (music: Emilie Autumn)
Well, it's official: I'm going to the Emilie Autumn concert in February as an early birthday present to myself. I've been hemming and hawing over it since I don't have the financial security to be spending it on needless extra-curricular activities. But, dammit, I've been down in the dumps over the past year and I want to do something for myself. Something fun and that I know I'll enjoy. (I'm already excited and bouncing in my seat in antici....pation!)

BTW, as of today, I'm a full month away from being a-quarter-of-a-century old. Eek!

WOOOOO!!!

Jul. 13th, 2012 01:37 pm
xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
New Emilie Autumn! New Emilie Autumn! July 24th! July 24th! Seriously, all of us Plague Rats have been waiting since 2010 for the new album; so to have a definite date is awesome. On the one hand, I'm really excited and can't wait to trade the live versions of the new songs for studio-produced quality. However, EA has always been plagued (hahaha!) will release date delays. Shh! Don't put that bad energy out there! Still! New album! New album!

(Note: This excitement may or may not be enhanced by the fact that I wrote 5K in the span of two hours last night at one in the morning.)

(Note: Also, I may or may not be functioning on 4 hours of sleep, one Venti Mocha Frappuccino, two cups of tea, and half a bagel.)

(Note: Also-also, my brain may or may not feel like it's tap dancing inside my skull.)
xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
I believe my love for Miss Emilie Autumn has been documented thoroughly here. But since I'm getting over a cold that knocked me out of commission for five days, I'm presenting another piece of evidence:



I wish she'd release an all-violin version of Opheliac. (For reference, here's the song complete with its lyrics.) I can't wait for her new album.
xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
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xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
The title pretty much says it all.

The concert: Awesome. The fans: Awesome*. The Bloody Crumpets: Awesome. Emilie Autumn herself: Awesome, and totally adorable, funny, and talented. I wish I could share it all with you guys; but (of course) my camera decided to die right before the show started (I swear I had just changed the batteries too), and my brother's cell phone kept taking blurry-ass photos. (*Minus the guy who kept shouting at the end of every song.)

Full disclosure: This was my first concert ever. That said, it's going to take something special to top it. Read more )
xerinmichellex: (emilie autumn2)
Less than 3 hours till I leave for Emilie Autumn! So excited, I cannot do anything but watch the clock. And though we've "lost" an hour, it still feels like time's moving sloooooooooooooow.

Soooooo bored....

Guess I'll just watch this over and over to get into the mood.




Yay! One minute closer!
xerinmichellex: (emilie autumn)
1. 4 more days until I turn 23! 4 more days until the Emilie Autumn concert! 4 more days until I ride the "L" and hopefully I won't get mugged! Which reminds me, I still need to figure out what I'm going to wear...

2. Speaking of Friday, I hope the weather holds up. This is what I looooooove (/sarcasm) about the Mid-West: One minute you're battling a below freezing windchill, and the next, it's sunny and 50 degrees outside. All the SNOWPOCALYPSE 2011 snow is melting, the streets are flooded, and it's 40 degrees outside. It's supposed to be 58 degrees and rainy on Friday. Of course, this is the Mid-West. Predicting the weather 4 days ahead of time is done at your own risk.

3. I'm in the middle of revamping a manuscript (the one I queried, um, two years ago). It's amazing what happens when you change one tiny detail. It's like a Plot Avalanche because one detail is different, it chain-reacts into changing other details, while opening up an entirely new way to do things. There's other changes--added characters, an entirely different second plot, etc.--so I'm looking at a new story. (Bonus: That means I can sub it to the agencies I submitted the original version to.) But I'm worried that there might be too much. I'm still untangling the whole dang thing. I just hope I don't unravel a whole plot point and realize It. Does. Not. Work. I can forgive a lot of things in a novel, but if the plot makes no sense, it grates my nerves to no end.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!
xerinmichellex: (emilie autumn2)
I have been having a mediocre week. I wanted to get a lot of things done, and I feel like nothing has been finished.

1. Still no word from Agent Z, and I am getting worried. Her assistant said to expect a response in 4-6 weeks. Checking Agent Z's profile on Query Tracker and seeing how quickly she positively responds to submission requests, has messed with my head. But, as long as I don't see my SASE in the mail, I think there's hope. Maybe...

2. I am trying extra-extra hard to finish my current WIP by end of October/beginning of November just to have it done. Afterwards, I think I'm going to take the remainder of the year "off". I think I need a mini-break. Yeah, I know, not the best thing for an unpublished, unemployed person to say. With my current WIP, I would have finished three manuscripts this year, with another two in start mode. Truthfully, I think I am about to burn out. Which is REALLY not good. Also not helping to bring a joyous mood is the subject matter of said WIP.

3. I just got an email informing me Emilie Autumn's The Asylum release date has been pushed back to mid-December. ACK! I don't blame Miss Autumn--printing issues happen. It's just delay, after delay, after delay, has occurred. I had this to look forward to at the end of the month, but now two more months have been tacked on. I just want it....

The bright spot is no new Vampire Diaries tonight. No worries to get a recap done tomorrow--so I could focus on writing, since today looks to be a complete wash. Also, I'll be seeing The Vampire's Assistant on Saturday. Yeah or nay? Dear God, I already imagine there will be another new version of the New Moon trailer.
xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
I've been up since 6:30 am to see Emilie Autumn perform on WGN. Note to the WGN producers: It would be nice to list what time people are going to be on. I understand you want people to watch the entire broadcast, but I could have slept for another hour. However, kudos for having EA and Madeleine Albright on the same day...which would have made a cool photo-op in the green room.

The lovely Miss Autumn performed on our local news program 3 years ago. I was not a fan at the time, so I was determined to see her and her Blood Crumpets (her "backing band"). All I have to say is Middle Illinois was woken up by her decked out to the nines. Bless you, Emilie Autumn. And bless you for performing your version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" on live television. Her recorded version can be heard here for those interested. No, I don't think hers as good as the original. But, EA held her own and the song does sound pretty sweet on an electric violin. That girl has Victorian steel balls stockings.

And, WGN, you DID NOT seriously cut her off mid-song to go to a commercial! She even edited out most of the lyrics; so you could have shown the entire song! Be prepared for the Asylum Army. They are loyal muffins. They're coming to poison your tea, WGN!

Only 19 days until her novel, The Asylum, comes out! It's going to be the best $80 I ever spent!

ETA: The videos are now up! "Bohemian Rhapsody" is here and the too-graphic-for-early-morning "Liar" is over here. For some reason, the videos were real jerky until I kept moving my cursor in the upper left corner of the video window. Let's fix that, WGN, m'kay?
xerinmichellex: (emilie autumn)
After failing again to download "Liar" on Wednesday, I had the bright idea to switch the computer's internet engine to Firefox. To my shock and worry that the sky was about to fall down on my head, it worked. On top of finally downloading all of The Opheliac Companion, we're now running Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. I expected it to be faster--as that is what it claims--but honestly I don't sense a difference. The pause button is nice for downloads, but I felt like it took longer and more frustration to complete. Whatever...it's done, I'm glad.

Unfortunately, listening to the commentary for "Gothic Lolita" spawned a new novel idea. I kid you not. Did I also mention after watching the modernized version of Hamlet with Ethan Hawke resulted in a new novel folder? It did. I'm racking up the novel ideas without the support of an agent or editor. It's fascinating to me because I fear the point where I run out of ideas. This is what inspiration does to me--she gets back at me in tenfold and laughs in my face for being a simpleton. Cruel world!

xerinmichellex: ([music]: Emilie Autumn)
I have spent the last week trying to download Emilie Autumn's The Opheliac Companion off of the computer. The operative word being "trying". We're suppose to have high speed internet and we do compared to what my family was previously working with. It's because the files are enormous--220 MB, really?--which makes me resort to downloading at night when everyone's asleep. I've got only three tracks left and they're giving me major headaches. Internet Explorer hates to download the last 4% of one. Then it gets choked up on the download of the other two. I'm really at the point of taking a sludge hammer to the computer.

Thankfully, the tracks I have downloaded have come out all smooth. Boy does EA ramble and get off track ("Tree Branching!"). Not like it's a big deal because I do it all the time. It's also nice to "hear" how one thinks. But, seriously, they could edit out a few tangents and trim down the file sizes. *cough* "Gothic Lolita" *cough*

I'm going to try and finish the downloads over the next couple of days. If not, yeah, I'm not going to end up with my full money's worth. (So help me God, computer, you better download f--king "Gothic Lolita" all the way!) I'll feel better once The Asylum is released. But, damn it, if it's a digital version--I have full faith it isn't--I'm going to scream.
 
The good thing that's coming out of this is that I'm not obsessing over my queries (I've got about five still out). Granted, I'm not working on my WIP either. Also, I've received inspiration for another novel idea. So, things are looking great. /sarcasm

ETA: The Next Morning--Success with "Opheliac". Now I just need "Liar" and "Gothic Lolita" to behave.

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