I had a panic that my music journal had been deleted... which it hadn't, I just remembered the URL wrong haha. But while I'm at it I'm just gonna. Drop a quick little note in my ljs to stop them going anywhere.

Try very hard NOT to fall down a rabbit hole of nostalgia at the same time though.


...keeping things ticking over... building up sandcastles against the day this journal will get deleted!

apropos of my layout, the wonderful folks at mourir_libre (whoever they are..!) at are at it again, or were last year.

The Move

Hello! I'm still here! But I won't be for much longer...

Yes, I am changing journals! I can now be found at parasolprincess, a basic account I cunningly got for other purposes some years ago. (I'm still Jesta, though!) I haven't added friends or communities or anything yet. Feel free to pre empt me if you want! XD

Why? Um. Because I'm 21. And because I haven't posted in ages. Those are actually my reasons although there's a bit more behind both of them... I know this is a bit of grand gesture, but, hey, I've never done it before!

I think I'll leave this journal online, because of the funny fandom bits and stuff... and because... I don't know... - however odd and awkward I find the myself-of-years-gone-by, some of you guys (or your past selves) liked her for some reason... Which I'm grateful for! I may take some of the remaining truly embarrassing bits down though, if I can be bothered.

Also, the layout will stay up here for perpetuity because 1. it was my birthday present preciouss! from Helen!! and 2. Yaay, Camille Desmoulins! I guess I'll use S2 for the New Journal though, so I can have tags etcetera.

Also, I will try to actually update the New Journal (more than) once in a while. This will take some doing.

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Aaaand because I haven't done a meme in years (, this is bad thing? ^^) and because, here, you Learn About Me... and because I just spent ages doing this instead of going to bed it's not going to waste... Yoinked from la Lina.

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holiday review!

Whew... OK, so for the first time in a long time I've actually done all the work that I had to do over the a holiday :)

I've even got lots of auditions for the radio play coming in -- though still nowhere near enough guys, unfortunately.

And I've actually written something like eighteen and a half minutes of music over the last three weeks.

And today I saw Rachel! - and we had coffee and cake, and then lunch, and then 50p Ben's Cookies! ...We also walked around a lot! ^^;; AND best of all we went to what's now called Hands-On or Science Oxford but what used to be CuriOXity, the most wonderful fun fun fun science museum/room with stuff to do out of our childhoods. And it was just we remembered and just as good! (Though it was worrying that the putting-the-cube-together thing was quite so challenging at our age...)

And I've just had a bath and now I'm drying off and writing this. And it is admittedly quite late...

So... I think one of the better holidays of uni in summation... did work; also saw people (Dan and Matthew, Sez, ZZ and Jo, Rachel), went to London, saw the Lion King, even got some shopping in, discovered Quantum Leap (XD), saw a couple films, and spent time hanging out with parents ^^ Twas good.

And now... hm, I'm not particularly keen to go back to Bristol because a) I like it here and I shall miss Bonnie and b) woooooork and streeeeeeess and stuff encroach. Ho hum.

Bonniiiiiieeee~ is soo cute.
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My parents both like my atonal-y crash smashy orchestra music ^_^ Hee. Or, anyway, they say they do, which is nice :) And it's not really that atonal. Tis just that I'd have difficulty saying what key it's in most of the time... Schoenberg liked to say 'pan tonal', didja know? According to Richard Fawkes.

Anyway, longer update!

Yesterday: trip to London with my mum! (for no reason other than its the holidays, and I've been stuck in my room the entire time!)
sdfkjheroijdfgldfgdflksdflkj LION KING!!!!
(oh look, I accidentally typed 'hero' ... is that significant? ^^)
sdfsfksdfjsdfksdfhfds ginormous puppet elephant!!
dfkdfjlkdfgjlkdsfsf dancing people in Can You Feel The Love Tonight!
EEEEEEE Rafiki. Rafiki Rafiki Rafiki!! The woman playing her was just one of the best singers I think I have EVER heard. Plus, the way she acted was hilarious. Eee. Wow. I could listen to her like all day!

Aaaand today I saw ZZ and Jo and Sez for the first time in ONE MILLION YEARS. Yaay~~ Hello, yous!

And on Friday I am seeing Rachel ^___^ This is awesome because I haven't seen her ages, and like every day I kept thinking I should write a big fat letter or something... then my mum reminded me of the existance of my mobile phone... whereupon I found a text from a day ago!

Also in London: bought a loverly silk (!!) dress on mad sale from East in Covent Garden. AND - from the really cool music/movies store on the South Bank - a five-CD-for-£20 dealie (one of the "CD"s was in fact five CDs, hehehe~~) because I figure I need to actually listen to more music. Because 1. being a music student, it's kind of quite shocking the standard repertoire even that I have no idea of... and more importantly 2.quite frequently when I have to listen to some composer or something for work, or come across some music randomly I've found something that I REALLY like. Soo, I'm thinking I should be more active about this. and 3 of course, yay composing inspiration to steal etc!

I now have... (& haven't listened to yet, mainly due to the impossibility of listening to music while trying to write other music..!)
-- Shostakovich Symphony 8. [While looking for the symphony we played in TVYO, I heard a bit of this and I loved the eerie-spooky meandering strings. ...I haven't heard anywhere near all of it though; it is LONG!]
-- Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No. 2, Die Glückliche Hand, Wind Quarter op 26 [Haven't heard any of these. Have heard OF them! Anyway, seems like a nice selection, and it's conducted and programme-noted by Robert Craft the same guy as my other CD.]
-- Adam de la Halle: Le Jeu de Robin et de Marion as performed by Tonus Peregrinus. [Heeee. Yes, the medieval-musical I did my essay on. ...I did my essay on it BECAUSE I rather liked it! This is a quite funny recording- with the text of the play acted out in modern English, with the old French narrated off to one side at the same time... sounds crazy and... it kind of it, but it's cool.]
-- Carl Orff: Carmina Burana [Because I haven't - consciously - heard it! And I'm told it's the archetypal big choir score stuff that everyone rips off for movie trailers sooo.... ^.~]
-- Aaand a 5CD pack "Symphonies." Stuff by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler and Dvorak. It's something like my third copy of Dvorak's New World symphony (♥) but other than that..!


This is all so very random!

I'm feeling quite chipper now; between times I've been sliiightly majorly stressing about the amount of stuff I have to do and the fact that I still need people for this radio play (although I do have some! yay!) and the fact that so far I'm producing/directing/EVERYTHING it and it's all a bit scary....

Hum! Anyway! Food time I think!

New discovery!!

Eeeeeeeeee. I've thought a couple times that the story of King David would make a wonderfully dramatic (not to mention tragic!) film/play/musical/something...

We-ell....! Alan Menken and Tim Rice did it a while back!! What's even better is that since it's so ridiculously out of print of hard to find, the cast album is downloadable here!!!

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Soo good!

...Now I'm just really annoyed that the other like 70% of the numbers aren't anywhere :( Wooooe.
Avada Kedavra


Hee, wow, looks like Amazon are holding what is essentially a Harry Potter drabble contest -- grand prize being a weekend with The Tales of Beedle the Bard!

Open to Muggles ages 13 and older in 24 countries, the Beedle the Bard Ballad Writing Contest challenges you to creatively answer one of the following three questions in 100 words or less:
• What songs do wizards use to celebrate birthdays?
• What sports do wizards play besides Quidditch?
• What have you learned from the Harry Potter series that you use in everyday life?

An committee will select 10 semi-finalist submissions (based on creativity and writing style) from each of two age categories: 13-17 and 18-and-over.

See? Drabbles!


We just watched Enchanted ^__^ (Finally!) Total brilliance! It is made of win.

Also, according to the "Coming Sooooon!"s, they're making... 1. a prequel to The Little Mermaid and 2. a film called Tinkerbell!!

Now, bear with me; yes, both of these are very, very sweatdrop-inducing. But! They are 2D animation! It still exists!!! (The like 5 minutes at the start and the end of Enchanted made me so very happy!) And they probably have songs. And, anyway, Disney music!! Which, you know, got me thinking. (ED: OK, Tinkerbell isn't animated animated. ....and it's VERY sweatdrop-inducing, GAH!)


I just need to work very very quickly now... Which entails getting enough sleep. Which I shall now embark on. I'm going to go to bed and read - guess what? - The Long Patrol!! Squeeeee. Yay, Redwall. (I've pretty much forgotten what happens in most of them -- with notable exceptions: Mariel of Redwall I think I could still give you a decent plot outline. And Mossflower. Martin The Warrior. (*sob*) But yes ^^ Much fun!)

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Bzzwwzzzzz! Braaaaain aaaaache!! I've been thinking really hard about this Hollow Men music thing and it is seriously making my head hurt~~~~ *eyeroll* & then I start playing the keyboard and writing and it's noooot the whole thing at allllll.

.....ok never mind me XDD I've been blithering on about all this stuff to my family over dinner and it didn't make sense then either. This, as I said, is why I need to WRITE this thing rather than talk about.

.............but it's haaaard!

ok. I need to think some more now ...
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