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ATTENTION INTERNET:

Old Chuck Norris meme is old. And also Chuck Norris is a douchebag.

WE NOW BOW AT THE FEET OF TOSHIRO MIFUNE.
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For my next history module, what should I do: mediaeval Spain or mediaeval Iceland?

"Write 10 different categories of fic, each in ten words about the same fandom/pairing."

Give me fandoms or give me death!

So bored!

Mar. 27th, 2009 12:56 am
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Okay, so you know how sometimes when you're really busy and you want to do a zillion things at once just so that the thing you want to do gets done?

So.

GIMME DRABBLE PROMPTS.

Sweeney Todd, DWJ, early Kuroshitsuji, Count Cain, Witch Hunter Robin, Watchmen, Shakespeare, L. M. Montgomery, Murdoch Mysteries, Maurice, you know, anything you think I might write.

Please?
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So I'm up to episode 8 of Kuroshitsuji and wow, it's really very creepy. And add me to the list of people who fell wildly in love with Sebastian at first sight. On the other hand, spoilers for the Jack the Ripper arc )

And now I'm getting back into Count Cain, which is equally problematic but with a greater degree of crack.

I'm kind of bored. Anyone want a drabble?
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Comment with a story I've written, and I will tell you one thing I knew, learned, or wondered about while writing the story that didn't make it onto the page.

There's nothing like learning you have an essay due in Monday on Wednesday, is there? *sleepy*
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Comment with a fandom and I'll tell you my:
One True Pairing Ship:
Canon Ship:
"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship:
"You are one sick bastard" Ship:
"I dabble a little" Ship:
"It's like a car crash" Ship:
"Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship:
"Makes no canon sense but why the Hell not" Ship:
"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship:
"When all is said and done" Ship:

I've been getting into Phoenix Wright over the last week or so.
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I'm back in Liverpool for the weekend, ostensibly to collect my contact lenses, in reality more to do with the fact that I won't be seeing my parents til Easter otherwise. *sigh*

Ganked from - somewhere, at least.

Give me a character and the number 5 or the number 10. I'll give you five things or ten words (according to your preference). Might be free-association. Might be a sentence. Might be something that reminds me of the character. Might be bands character likes in my head. I don't know what you'll get. But definitely something! ...and if there are 5 specific things or 10 words you'd like me to devote to a particular topic, do feel free to include a prompt of some sort.
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Drabble meme!

Comment to this post with a fandom (/pairing/prompt) that I know and I'll write you a drabble in it.

I'm very bored right now.

Meme!

Jan. 20th, 2009 07:13 am
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

Pick up to 15 OTPs.
- Describe them in less than 15 words.
- Have your flist guess the OTP.
- PROFIT.

1. He cooks, she doesn't; together they fight crime. Ned/Chuck, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] i_phianassa.

2. She cooks, he doesn't; together they don't fight crime.

3. Pulling pigtails and commitment issues. Anne/Gilbert, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] tarigwaemir.

4. If given the opportunity, there would be many vids to "Hanging By a Moment". Maedhros/Fingon, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

5. The knight in shining armour got a crush on the ugly duckling. Fakir/Ahiru, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] harukami.

6. Hero-worship gets serious; much poetry is written. Owen/Sassoon, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

7. They turn into dolphins at the end. Mau/Daphne, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

8. Madly in love; their careers are still more important. Most of the time.

9. They pretend to have a happy ever after, but she's crazy and he's an idiot.

10. She took her own advice; after that, he just wanted a mate. Ten/Martha, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

11. He'd be straight for a Goddess; she'd rather read a book. Christopher/Millie, guessed by anon and [livejournal.com profile] bad_mushroom.

12. Party A lies about everything; Party B loves him anyway.

13. World domination vs. co-dependency. Doctor/Master, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.

14. A poisonous master/servant relationship. Riff/Cain, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] harukami.

15. He's a dancing fool; she's got her mind on greener cities. Fiyero/Elphaba, guessed by [livejournal.com profile] coppertone.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: List your 5 favorite unrequited love stories.

My favourite unrequited love stories tend to end up requited, because my heart can't take it otherwise. I hate love triangles with a passion. Still, let's see:

1. Dean ----> Emily, Emily of New Moon. So Dean is highly disturbing in just about every respect to a modern reader: he was best friends with her father, he first encounters Emily when she's prepubescent and expresses interest in her straight away, he's controlling and goes out of his way to destroy her career ambitions because he wants all of her attention for himself. Daddy-Long-Legs has nothing on Dean. But I do like Dean, and he has the advantage over Teddy in that he manages a strong presence in all three books. This seems to be a theme in L. M. Montgomery's books: the romantic interest is absent for a while - Montreal for choice - which gives the heroine time to realise she loves him. I think the only series where this works really well is Anne, because Gilbert is only out of Anne's sphere for half of Anne of the Island and gets mentioned in every chapter anyway.

Dean is so sad when Emily breaks the engagement. I think that's it.

2. Sebastian ----> Charles, Brideshead Revisited. This is the part of the novel which interests me most - I can't stand Julia and I don't know why. I don't think I'm alone on the former, since I can remember reading critics who say the novel goes downhill after Sebastian and Charles separate (in all fairness, I suspect that I'm thinking of Christopher Hitchens, who would say that). Sebastian excites all my maternal instincts, that's what.

3. Basil ----> Dorian, The Picture of Dorian Gray. Basil is another character who makes me feel protective. I over-empathise with him, because being in unrequited love is bad enough, but being in unrequited love with someone who won't hesitate to use you and throw you away when they're done is ten times worse.

4. Martha ----> Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who. I'm kind of batshit about this one. I wouldn't necessarily count it as my favourite unrequited love story; I have too many issues with it (some of them to do with race and Rose, some of them with the writing). But I ship it. I ship it platonically, too. (Technically, I do that with all of these, but I'm not above quarrelling about this one.)

5. Brienne ----> Jaime, A Song of Ice and Fire. Brienne! Who's so loyal and kind and stalwart, and Jaime, who's...well, he's loyal. Up to a point. (That point would be when his idol sleeps with Lancel, Ser Osmund and Moon Boy, too, for all he knows.) And Jaime's learning to be kind, sometimes, when he feels like it.

My Book-a-Day project has already fallen behind, so I'm reading two today to make up for it. First, The Romanovs by Oliver Thomson )

I also read The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling )

Today, I watched Dickens's Secret Lover )

Meme!

Aug. 20th, 2008 10:41 pm
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O HAY I CONVERTED SOMEONE TO THE LYMOND CHRONICLES TODAY. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF.

Writing meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] shyaway.

cut for length )
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Three As, English Literature, Classics and History. Thrilled to bits with my coursework marks. :) 92/100 for bitching about Juvenal and 111/120 for hating the latter half of the Bourbon dynasty; I feel vindicated.

(I was going to do the Jennifer Crusie mega-post today, but I'm not in the mood.)

Instead, I'll repost the drabbles from yesterday.

A Treatise on the Protections Available to Kings [Tortall; George, Myles] )

Sunny Afternoons [Legal Drug; Kakei/Saiga] )

And Happily Ever After To You, Too [Thursday Next] )

In Name Only [Sweeney Todd; Mrs Lovett] )

Drabble, anyone? Pick a fandom, any fandom.
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Have applied for dole. Am trying to find another job (in catering, damn it).

It occurs to me that I haven't reviewed many books here, though I said I would this summer. And I have been reading! I have!

Spoilers for Loretta Chase's Carsington quartet under the cut )

At some point I will do a Jennifer Crusie mega-post, because I love her to bits.

Drabble, anyone? Pick a fandom I write, any fandom, and I'll write one for you. Or something more specific, if you'd prefer, like a character or group, and I'll do that playlist drabble meme for you.
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I has a cold. *sniffle*

[livejournal.com profile] fannish5:  Five reasons your OTP/a favorite pairing belong together.

Who do I choose? I won't choose.

Anne/Gilbert )

Anthony/Johanna )

Maedhros/Fingon )

I'm writing Doctor Who vampire hunter AU. DW is a fandom largely without crack-filled AU like that, because anything you can think of is plausible within canon (and probably has been done within canon, too). And yet. Next it'll be high school AU.

List three stories you think I will never ever write, and I will attempt to write a snippet of one of them.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name five plot points/arcs you hated in fandoms you ordinarily love.

1. Doctor Who, "Journey's End".
Okay, I loved all of this right up to the part where spoilers come in )

2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the entirety of S6. Also, S4. Well, okay, not "Once More With Feeling" (except for the Xander bit). This has been rehashed over and over, too. Blahblah heavencakes, wtfspike, Willow.

3. Indiana Jones, the insistence on having native tribes (occasionally mummified) defending the artefacts. Yes, that was the thing which annoyed me about Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, not spoilers ) Also - and I realise I'm just being cranky here - it makes me so sad that priceless artefacts and the answers to countless archaeological mysteries always end up being destroyed or buried or GAAAAAAAAAAH. Indiana Jones = worst archaeologist ever.

4. The ending of The Dark is Rising sequence. I count it as second in my Top Ten Most Traumatising Endings to a Children's Fantasy Series. Guess which is first. Go on. Guess.

5. That Thing What Happens In The S2 Finale of Robin Hood. Actually, this one is cheating, 'cause I stopped watching RH about halfway through S2. But I no longer want to start watching again, shall we say.
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Comment with a fandom and I will tell you my...

One True Pairing Ship:
Canon Ship:
"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship:
"You are one sick bastard" Ship:
"I dabble a little" Ship:
"It's like a car crash" Ship:
"Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship:
"Makes no canon sense but why the Hell not" Ship:
"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship:

So, my fandom is like EVERYTHING EVER, right? Go wild.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name five fandoms that you're not (yet) in, but which seem intriguing.

1. Cold Case.
I've watched part of the first season and part of the fourth, and I read fic, but a) the fandom isn't very big and b) it's centred around FF.Net, so the vast majority of fic is utter crap. Which is to say, I want to write fic for it so badly. And there's so many more interesting things you can do with Lilly/Scotty than have Lilly in an abusive relationship which Scotty must rescue her from. Or pregnant. It's not so much that I'm intrigued by the fandom, but the show itself is made of so much win that if there weren't already a fandom, I'd be doing my level best to create one. It's one of those shows where an average episode is very good and a good episode is great. Like "A Time to Hate" in S1, about a gay baseball player in the 1960s, with one of the best ending montages I've ever seen. I will never stop pimping this show. Give in now before your ears start bleeding.

2. due South. Everyone loves it. I've not heard a single thing about it which contradicts my view that I would love it, too. The only problem is opportunity, that's all. I have watched a couple of episodes.

3. Bones. It sounds like a fun show, for starters, and I'm wildly in love with procedurals which don't take themselves too seriously at the moment (more CSI than The Shield). The only problem here is that apparently Tempe Brennan is really, really socially awkward and I'm kind of worried she'll hit my embarrassment squick. Anyone care to reassure me on this point?

4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. It has gay lawyers, that's all you need to know. I suspect you probably do already know, because Phoenix Wright is everywhere right now. I'm not in the fandom because I'm too poor.

5. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I've seen one episode of this and thought it was pretty good (um. Odo got taken prisoner by Cardassians and interrogated by Garak, who felt a little bit guilty about it). And there is awesome, awesome Garak/Bashir fic that I've read. Should I get a chance, I would happily join this fandom.
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[livejournal.com profile] fannish5: Name the 5 best pilot episodes of tv series.

1. "Welcome to the Hellmouth", Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It was awesome eleven years ago, it's still awesome today. It's the genesis of the Scooby Gang, assembling all the essential parts. Angel's there in full mystery-guy capacity. Giles is forced to go to a nightclub with all these teenagers and get mocked by Buffy. And it's the episode from which they nabbed the final shot of the opening credits, the one of Buffy looking up from her crossbow and staring the camera full in the face with a bad motherfucker expression. ILU, Buffy. Always. The only not-awesome part of this is the part where they killed Jesse and never mentioned him again. It's not like BTVS to miss an opportunity for angst, that's all I'm saying.

2. "Look Again", Cold Case. All right, I'm just getting into Cold Case. But I watched this episode and teared up, which I don't often do at telly. Subsequent episodes of Cold Case have made me bawl for hours (okay, there's this one with a gay baseball player in the 1960s, and another one with a single unwed mother in the 1950s forced to give up her baby for adoption and shit, really, you have to watch it), but this was the first I ever watched. It's about the murder of a teenage girl in 1976, and the reopening of the case in 2003 after a witness offers testimony. Cold Case is unashamedly feminist, the protagonist, Detective Lilly Rush, is the first female homicide detective in Philadelphia, but that's just one reason to love it. The main reason it's such an effective bit of television is because the viewer gets to know the victim so well through flashbacks - in this case, through conversations with her mother, her best friend, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's brother. By the time they get to the murderer's confession, it's usually (depending on how sympathetic the victim is) excruciatingly painful to watch them die. And then there's the effect their deaths have on the people around them. The mother of the victim in this episode never recovered from the blow, and the scenes where she's trying to accept the reopening of the case and of old wounds are some of the best.

3. "Rose", Doctor Who. This is a great introduction to the Doctor, through the eyes of an Everywoman character, and it's got some great paranoia fuel. But the reason I list it here is quite simply because of this speech:

Do you know like we were saying, about the earth revolving? It's like when you're a kid, the first time they tell you that the world is turning and you just can't quite believe it 'cause everything looks like it's standing still. I can feel it...the turn of the earth. The ground beneath our feet is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. The entire planet is hurtling around the sun at sixty seven thousand miles an hour. And I can feel it. We're falling through space, you and me, clinging to the skin of this tiny little world. And, if we let go...That's who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler. Go home.
4. "Pie-lette", Pushing Daisies. There's never been a programme which got me so invested in a relationship so fast. Ned and Chuck kissed! With monkeys! But not while she was dead, because that would have been creepy. And Ned's mother and Chuck's father both keeled over tragically! Andandand Chuck makes Emerson split the money three ways! And basically I have nothing but squee for this programme. It's like a fairy-tale, it even looks like the bright and shiny world of fairy-tales, it's got a narrator who comments dryly on the action. It's all about finding happiness in the face of adversity, whether that's unrequited love, requited love that's forced to live separately, or having your beloved niece horribly murdered. The pilot should perfectly exemplify the show, and "Pie-lette" does, right down to the name.

5. "Genesis", Heroes. I'm not really a big Heroes fan, to be honest, but I loved this episode. Claire's steady, determined attempts to kill herself; Peter's insistence that he can fly (and how brilliantly subverted that is). I loved Niki for the first few episodes, before I got tired of her repetitive plot. Nathan's twisty ways - not entirely on show here, but you get to see how he takes time out in the middle of a busy day to satisfy his brother's whim. The seeds of Angela's manipulations are sown. And of course, there's the introduction to Hiro, who is prime dork and I love him for it.
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Well, it'll be interesting to see the how the results for that exam come out...

I didn't sleep last night, mostly due to a fucked-up sleep cycle, and for some reason didn't use that extra time to reread 1984, one of the exam texts. So I went into the exam room not firing on all cylinders, you might say.

But that's not really what I wanted to talk about!

Someone posted on Yahoo asking how to make a bomb out of chapatti flour. Answers?

"i give this 2 minutes before someone on yahoo police picks this up..."

"i dunno, try self-raising?"

I've just had the best idea for an Anne of Green Gables Zombie Apocalypse fic.

Also, meme:

Give me any character from one of my fandoms and I will give you three facts from my personal canon about them.
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I should be revising for English. Needless to say, I am not.

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] ice_axel:

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge who tagged you.

"Barton?"
"Damn. I'm sorry - I hoped I wouldn't wake you up."
"What's happened?"
"Nothing and I've nearly finished. Go back to sleep."

A rather uninteresting passage from a fascinating novel: Strange Meeting by Susan Hill.

Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] just_marzipan, [livejournal.com profile] melange1, [livejournal.com profile] darkelf105, [livejournal.com profile] lil_banik_slave, [livejournal.com profile] coppertone

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