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Via [personal profile] el_staplador: Share the final line of five of your fics ...

[Yes, it's been a while. These are neither most recent or most favorite - merely what comes first to mind tonight.]

[Yes, I do intend to write some more someday. And to record more audio. Which reminds me that I have been horribly remiss in not-yet-mentioning Rhea's podfic Ten Hats and Gallon (FAKE). Podfic! Wheeyay!]

In the meantime - meme!

And since he was alone - the rest of his family already asleep, as he himself should have been - Alexander buried his face in his hands and silently wept.
Everything Necessary to Procure (Political RPF - Hamilton/Laurens)

"Let us begin, then."
D'Accord, D'Accord (Harry Potter - Snape/Lupin)

And as the other man leans into him -- eighty-five kilos' worth of affection, passion, and challenge -- Roger begins to fingercomb the exclamation points out of Rafa's thick, dark hair.
Interrobang (Tennis RPF - Fedal)

She pours herself another bowl of cereal while I punch the button on the hot cocoa machine, and once we're sitting across the table from each other, we're exactly where we're supposed to be.
The Cafeteria's Got Everything (Dar Williams's "Alleluia")

The light fades.
One is One and All Alone (The Dark Is Rising)


13/11/13 13:42
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Over in a friend's locked journal, there's a meme prompting one to recollect one's First Sue, Longest-Running Sue, and Honorary Sue.

I don't recall scribbling down any of my fandom-inspired fantasies as a child, but if I had, the First Sue may well have been a vision of myself as one of Encyclopedia Brown's gal pals (i.e., a less tomboy-ish variation of Sally).

My Longest-Running Sue is as Sherlock Holmes's extremely low-profile sister (to the extent that when I joined the Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem, I chose "No Sister of His" as my canonical name).

Honorary Sue: Harriet Vane. Though again, my tendency through the years has been to imagine myself as a character very dear to the protagonists but very behind-the-scenes and between-the-lines in terms of presence and influence.

In terms of publicly available fic, only two Ribbons-based Sues spring immediately to mind -- the messy-haired swot in the University of Chicago French class chez D'accord, D'accord, and the Asian wizard (again in Chicago, come to think of it...) in Outskirting the Dark. I'm more likely to amuse myself by inserting characters who happen to share distinctive traits with the designated recipient; that pretty much started when I was drafting A Face of Faith for the very first Snupin Santa fest (Ellid's love of quilting and singing being an irresistible springboard for the landlady's personality).


15/5/12 17:55
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Via [ profile] tudorpot:

Rule 1 - Post the rules
Rule 1b - Ignore the rules (I concur with the pot on this one)
Rule 2- Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then make 11 new ones.
Rule 3- Tag 11 people and link them to your post.
Rule 4- Let them know you’ve tagged them!
( If you wanna play, go for it.

1) Do you comb or brush your hair? Brush. And today I painted the silver and bleached parts blue.

2) What are you most fussy/perfectionist about in your home? Taking out the garbage and recycling.

3) What's your dream vacation? Francophone city with good public transportation.

4) Have you discovered anything because of fandom? Lots, including BPAL and TV Tropes (aka Big Freaking Timehoover, Beware of) and Japanese romantic symbolism and what the heck [personal profile] aunty_marion is talking about when she tweets about Herman.

5) What's your favorite domestic thing to do? Sleep like a cat. (Cooking is a distant second.)

6) Do you remember the pairing that got you into fandom? At this point it's a jumble of Will/Bran (The Dark is Rising), Draco/Neville, and

7) What's the oddest compliment you've ever received? The ones where I suspect the speaker mistook me for someone else. (e.g., some other Asian chick who plays the piano)

8) What are your favorite non-fandom websites to visit?,,

9) What's your favorite scent/perfume to wear - candle to burn? To wear: Guerlain's Mitsouko and L'Instant Magie, and BPAL's Danube and Nanny Ashtoreth. (Not coincidentally, these are scents that both partners and strangers have enthusiastically expressed appreciation of.) I generally go for lavender, gardenia, or citrus-based candles.

10) Coffee/tea - black, with milk, sugar? Black. Except for tea in Chinese restaurants, where I tend to add sugar out of sheer habit, and Greek/Turkish coffee, which I request with sugar out of sheer self-preservation.

11) Are you looking forward to summer? Lemme get through this week first. *glares at the pile-up*

And you, my friends?
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[Via [personal profile] kass, [personal profile] snottygrrl, and others. And also my damn ears: I woke up at 3 a.m. in part because a couple of people next door were shouting at each other, which was not cool, but it happened to be good timing, since I was due for my next dose of bacteria-be-gone (said bacteria still making things teechy in my right ear, among other areas. Grumpy kitten iz grumpy).]

Anyway, here's what other people have been reading. (Thank you all - I remain very grateful. To borrow what they say on airplanes, you have so many choices about what (else) to read, so I am honored whenever you choose to spend your time with my words.)

1. "No Life Save When the Swords Clash" / Haru wo Daiteita / 7,885 words / 874 hits

2. "Not as Dumb" (and not yet complete, sigh) / FAKE / 19,638 words / 624 hits

3. "Hidden Intelligence" / Lord Peter Wimsey / drabble / 597 hits

4. "The Ties that Do Not Bind" / FAKE / 2,303 words / 472 hits

5. "The Second One Is Love" / RPF - tennis / 10,297 words / 455 hits

6. "The Cafeteria's Got Everything" / Dar Williams's "Alleluia" / 1,871 words / 434 hits

7. "Someone Who Understood" / Lord Peter Wimsey & Vorkosigan saga / drabble / 415 hits

8. "Everything Necessary to Procure" / RPF - 18th and 19th century politics / 332 words / 413 hits

9. "Running, They Never Run from It Away" / Lord Peter Wimsey & Vorkosigan saga / 181 words / 398 hits

10. "Holding One's Own" / Vorkosigan saga & The Dark is Rising / 359 words / 392 hits
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Seen all over the friendslists:

From everyone: Pick up the book nearest to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence there describes your sex life in 2012.

And the Magic 8-- 1990 edition of the Fannie Farmer Cookbook says:


Well, then. *tries to maintain solemn face* *LOL*
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In 2012, bronze_ribbons resolves to...
Give up les enfoires.
Eat more pierce pettis.
Ask my boss for a fake.
Start a fedal fund.
Connect with my inner marginaliana.
Get back in contact with some old tennis.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

[Via [personal profile] salinea]
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From the instigator, snickfic/torch: So, a couple of us got to wondering what our fics revealed about us. Hence this anonymeme. Are our ids showing?

If you want to play, my threads are at DW and
LJ. Anon comments are permitted.

P.S. You will not get points for noting that all my OTPs feature either flaming control freaks or tentacles. :-p

P.P.S. ...but if you want to amuse or horrify me by discussing the stitching on my freak flag, feel free. ;-)

P.P.P.S. I might be extra-curious about this in light of the "I am NOT my characters" disclaimers I felt compelled to add to a couple of recent fics, in spite of feeling that that ought to be a bloody given.
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Tagged by [personal profile] psyfic...

songs, words, film, anger )

5. Favourite book and why?
This changes every three minutes. Two minutes ago it was volume 4 of FAKE, because I was spot-rereading it: it contains some of my favorite episodes, I'm almost 1000 words into drafting Part 5 of "Not as Dumb," and it makes me nostalgic for Chicago because I bought it at Myopic Books and read it while staying in a nice hotel while attending a convention where I met too many fun people to list and discovered that I loooovvvve dancing with [personal profile] ravenna_c_tan, and I remember reading the last page of volume 4 and going, OMG, I've got to find the rest of the series now (I'd picked up v2 and v4 because that's what the bookstore had, and [ profile] lore had said good things about the series in her Coming Out of the Yaoi Closet post right before I'd left for Chicago), and whenever I think about that trip I also remember all the faxing I did (I was in the process of selling my mother's house) and [personal profile] marginaliana and [personal profile] valis2 bursting into laughter when they saw my face after Quidditch in Grant Park and the beautiful collage [personal profile] marginaliana later made of a poem I wrote, and sometimes I also remember the giddy e-mail [ profile] musigneus sent me after drafting Not About You and I feel all "Toi and Moi" bouncy about having lured her into reading the series. :-)

(In short, it's not just about the book, it's about the places and people twined into my memories of finding, reading, and revisiting it.)

And ten minutes from now it will be the CMOS... )
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[In a classroom at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, half-listening to a computer science professor and an astrophysicis prof debate at length "virtual" vs. "real" data wrt robotics programming. The sticking point seems to be the term "hardware" and how whether its presence or absence as a goal affects the relevance/importance of the algorithms being developed.]

The WIP meme (seen at [personal profile] marginaliana) where one posts a sentence or two from one's not-yet-finished fics: basically, there are two partially-posted fics at the top of my list to complete once I get clear of the current stuff-to-pay-the-mortgage pileup:

From the next part of Not As Dumb [FAKE]:

"You and your damn secrets," Dee quietly said.

From the next part of "The Second One Is Love" [tennis RPF, currently under comm-lock]:

"Ten minutes later, under my door, note and key from Mirka. Not coincidence, I think."

(I'll post the conference update later -- apparently there's a chess-playing Roomba I need to go take a look at.) (Tentacle icon comes to you courtesy of a "War of the Worlds" clip that included mention of tentacled aliens.)

(Astrophysicist and computer scientist still arguing. Now it's sounding like the age-old argument regarding theoretical vs. applied models.)
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Seen first at [personal profile] schemingreader's and most recently at [personal profile] aunty_marion's: When you see this, post a poem in your journal.

"Invisible Work"

the unseen / unbelievable effort it takes to live )
- Alison Luterman
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• I had no idea that Nashville was in the running as a potential World Cup site. Sweet!
• There be plastinated corpses at a mall a few miles from my house. Coolness…
• Writing: nothing but false starts and I-don't-know-enough-to-continue-these-right-now on the things I'm supposed to be working on. Bah!
• Homemade cinnamon red-bean paste: disgusting-looking, but also tasty and filling
• I am going to nail that damn high F this Sunday

So, that "tropes I've written" meme I've seen at Rowan's and schemingreader's?

First reaction: "Mpreg: would my drabbles with Squillows count? No? Hmph."

Second reaction: "Curtain fic: do my drabbles with kitchen sinks and dining-room-table sex count? No? Hmph."

Follow-up reaction: "Self, if you really want to be able to answer 'yes' to all these, you just need to write yourself some new fic. Like, now."

So, here goes:
starring the Whomping Willow )
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So, so tired, and yet more middle-of-the-night bug-chasing anticipated. On the plus side, having to be on standby online all damned day resulted in some catching up via e-mail (which in turn resulted in some rearranging of my language-study plans -- it turns out I'll be attending a wedding in Israel this fall, so Hebrew just leapfrogged over Mandarin. I'm loving the library's Pimsleur CD series, by the way...) and the writing of a New Year's Resolution fic:

Title: Deserving
Fandom: Haru wo Daiteita
Characters: Yoshizumi, Iwaki, and Katou
Rating: PG
Summary: "What the hell am I in the middle of now?" Yoshizumi doesn't know what to think when he lands a starring role opposite Katou's Iwaki.
Wordcount: 1054
Written for: glass-icarus, who had specified that "possessiveness is a giant thing for me; thus, obviously, when I mentioned Yoshizumi, I didn't mean a threesome. :P Katou and Iwaki being sweet are fabulous, Yoshizumi calling them out on it is also fabulous, Yoshizumi poking fun at them or talking to them about their relationship (in passing or not), any combination of the three of them bonding over acting..."
(I'll repost in this journal in a couple days or so - the file's on another machine)

* * *

twenty first lines meme: arguably spoilers for FAKE and Haru below the cut )

Patterns? Um... That I tend to write longer sentences than most of you is probably not news (*waves at [personal profile] westernredcedar, who wrangled with this firsthand when she recorded "The Hounding of the Baskervilles"*). That I often start out stories with characters in media thinkety is likewise Not A Revelation. Beyond that... aaah. At the moment I wouldn't be able to recognize a Fibonacci sequence if it smacked me with a slide rule. I think it's time to go check on my cauldron of tomato stew and then either kick a sonnet closer to shape or succumb to another two-hour catnap.
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[ profile] orbitalmechanic sent me earrings. I promised her a poem. Her prompt was "family."

This is the first draft (albeit with a few tweaks since I hit "post"). I haven't decided if I'm going to revise/circulate it further or not, or whether I should write a second poem that's less about me and more to do with the prompt. Regardless, this one's still for Jessie. ;-)

An Agnostic Jewish Advent Poem )
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I forget what the phrase is, but you know how one might meander along, mulling over something in a vague-ish way and then someone on LJ neatly articulates it?

What matociquala said:
...people expect characters to act in accordance with stereotypes, not with actuality--and if they break those stereotypes, the writer often has to find ways to defend or shore up their behavior. I run into this fairly frequently with first-readers in the Eddas, actually, because one of my base assumptions is a modern (sort of steampunk, actually, or post-Cyberpunk, maybe) world without Christian influence. So the mores--social, political, and sexual--are those that have developed from a Norse ethical system rather than a Christian one.

Not so much, this world, with the forgiveness and redemption as privileged values.

You know how hard it is to explain that stuff to a reader when none of your characters have any idea that forgiveness and redemption "ought" to be privileged values?


Gacked from [ profile] swooop:

survey-sheepery )
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Apparently what my brain really wanted was for [ profile] mrissa to prompt me to write a poem (via the art-about-your-friends meme), because that's what it ended up focusing on as I planted the lilies of the valley this afternoon.

So here it is, first draft. I fancy I can revise it into something publishable, hence the locked entry. [ETA: Decided to unlock it and leave it here.]

Dear M'ris

Before I could bake tomorrow's bread )

~ Peg
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Gacked from [ profile] mrgeddylee:

Oh Great Cthulhu!

I have been an extremely diligent devotee this year.

In March, I rammed a ship into you (sorry Cthulhu!) (-1000 points). In August, I exposed [info]agincourtgirl to soul-rending horrors (250 points). In February, I called down the wrath of Yog-Sothoth upon [info]retrobabble (65 points). Yesterday, I defiled the grave of that traitor, Lovecraft (90 points). When the stars were right, I legally changed my name to Randolph Carter (-40 points). In October, I burnt my copy of the Necronomicon (-75 points).

In short, I have been very bad (-710 points) and deserve to be sent to sleep with the Deep Ones.

Your humble and obedient servant,

Submit your own plea to Cthulhu!

Rented Being Julia from the library. Could not take my eyes off Bruce Greenwood whenever he was onscreen. Didn't have time to listen to the entire commentary, but there was a fantastic section where Jeremy Irons rabbits on for a while on how there's a balance to the things God made (e.g., bunnies and deer being swift but also easily visible to predators) and seguing from there into an extended conversation with Annette Bening on stage technique vs. film technique, conjuring emotional nakedness out of necessarily artificial surroundings, and what it means to listen. Mmm.

Dinner tonight: tilapia (coated it in matzo meal and then pan-fried it), yellow squash with onion, naan, and a glass of Conundrum (white table wine). Going to bake apple brown betty in a bit (need to melt some more butter, having burned the first stick's worth).
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LJ Interests meme results )

Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.



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