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Ahem. Continuing the positivity meme:

1) I get a free facial earlier today! I've never had one before; it was nice.

2) Can You Slash Green Eggs and Ham? made me LOL.

3) Today I did my weekly shiatsu session/studying, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, organized my closet, did dishes, made meatloaf, and did laundry. My feet kinda hurt, but my virtue level is sky high.
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[personal profile] ignipes tagged me for this meme: The rules: during the next five days, post three positive things about your day and ask three people to do the same so the positive attitude can gain some ground.

I meant to do this before midnight, so let's just pretend it's still Tuesday:

1) As I discovered on my way to work. Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks! I was very well-caffeinated today.

2) I have several clients tell me how they were feeling better from my massages -- long-term, not just the usual staggering out of the room looking blissed out, which is also nice but much more common. Massage is a very rewarding job. :)

3) Watched the second episode of Endeavour with [personal profile] inmyriadbits, which was recced to us by a friend when Lindsey pimped Miss Fisher at her this weekend (said friend has been binge-watching period BBC dramas, apparently). Morse continues to be an endearingly awkward turtle with deadly cheekbones, full of obscure nerdery and occasional indignation that overcomes his quietness -- exactly how I like my detectives. His mentorship by Thursday is so great and gruff, and I could listen to Thursday's lovely resonant voice for ages. Plus, there are massive quantities of Oxford rooftop cinematography porn. I am easy.

Wondering a bit if I should check out Lewis, since I remember that having a tiny fandom recently. Anyone of ya'll watch that?

ETA: whoops, forgot to tag people. Um, [personal profile] inmyriadbits, [personal profile] philomytha, and [personal profile] icepixie!
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I feel like all I ever post around here is memes, sorry ya'll. But no one ever does memes with me on Tumblr, even though they interact in other ways. It is downright odd.

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you've written and explain why you're proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode or section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What's the best writing advice you've ever come across?
N. What's the worst writing advice you've ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person asking the question is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description)
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Another meme, because that's about where my brain is at today: uncreative and headachey, but perversely in the mood for conversation anyway. I think I did this one on Tumblr, actually, but no one responded - which is kinda typical on Tumblr for me.

Comment with a letter/question and I'll answer it!

A: Your current OTP.
B: A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind.
C: A pairing you wish you shipped, but just can't.
D: What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?
E: Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what?
F: What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom? What fandom was it?
G: What was your first fandom?
H: Do you prefer real-life TV shows or animated TV shows?
I: Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?
J: Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr.
K: How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom(s).
L: Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for?
M: A person who got you into a fandom and what fandom they pulled you in to.
N: Your favorite fandom (for the people; not the thing you fangirl over).
O: Choose a song at random, what ship does it remind you of?
P: Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).
Q: A ship you’ve abandoned and why.
R: A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships.
S: What's a headcanon you have?
T: What are your favorite male/male ships or female/female ships?
U: What are your favorite male/female ships?
V: Do you have any 3-way ships? If so, what?
W: 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms.
X: 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms.
Y: A fandom you’re in but have no ships from.
Z: What's a ship that you want to ship publicly, but everyone on tumblr hates it so you keep your mouth shut about it?

book meme

Aug. 5th, 2014 11:41 pm
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Meme from [personal profile] ignipes: List ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.

Like Kali, most of these are from childhood:

Dinotopia by James Gurney: I wanted to live in Dinotopia SO MUCH as a child, I wrote a poem about it in my diary. Literally. And to this day, I love the imagination and adventure and camaraderie of it, the way the island is not really a utopia but actually pretty complex and constantly negotiating old ways and new faces, how science is valued by the protagonists, and the stunning art.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren: Who doesn't want to be Pippi when they don't grow up? Funny, bold, adventurous, and most of all kind, as loyal to her friends as they are to her, even when it involves sailing to the middle of nowhere and fighting off pirates with coconut projectiles.

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli: I'm still kind of heartstuck on how this book was partly epic and mythologizing, but also quietly realistic about poverty and racism and homelessness and loneliness.

Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson: Well, this one scarred me for life. I remember being SO MAD at my older sister for giving it to me, because it made me cry so much.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers: Still my favorite romance ever, even if it is ostensibly a detective novel. Also makes me want to learn and read and create, which is the highest compliment I can give anything, IMO.

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: Formative feminist fairytale remix, plus funny as hell. We literally read our copies until they fell apart, and I still have the taped-up remnants.

Sheepfarmer's Daughter by Elizabeth Moon: So the end of this trilogy got bafflingly Christ-image-y, but the first two were solid gold in terms of women being flawed yet pragmatically kickass as a career, plus surviving trauma and related h/c.

The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers: Really this is a stand-in for the whole Star Wars Expanded Universe, but it was my first exposure to the idea that the story doesn't have to stop at the end of the movie. Also, there were soul-stealing lizard aliens. Who doesn't like soul-stealing lizard aliens?

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss: Another book I literally read to pieces as a child, ridiculous ecology and all. Honorable mention to Island of the Blue Dolphins and Hatchet in the category of novels about surviving in the wilderness in isolation -- but I will want a treehouse to live in until the day I die, so SFR won.

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley: Nngh, yes, flawed awesome ladies and their destined but hard-won badassery and their equally kickass and conflicted love interests who can't stop with the hearteyes. These are things I like. Also, magical swords and nearly-magical highly-trained horses. Yes.
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I've seen that movie meme going around:

Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I actually did this on Tumblr first, but on reflection (and since it's no longer 3AM)(just 1AM), I have revised it thusly:

1) The Philadelphia Story
2) District B-13
3) The Shawshank Redemption
4) The Sting
5) Spider-Man 2
6) Trash Dance Aliens
7) Matilda
8) Bull Durham
9) Apollo 13 The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (my go-to rent-this-for-me-when-sick movie at age 6)
10) Anastasia

Technically, if these are supposed to be formative/representative films, this should *also* include the *other* movie I watched a million times when sick as a child -- but for the life of me, I cannot remember the title. I vaguely remember that it was about a fairy who granted those "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight" wishes. She was lonely and overloaded, so she ended up recruiting a team to help her, and then there was something involving a villain who attacked their castle and took the original fairy captive and the team had to rescue her. I wish I remember what it was called, because clearly I imprinted on it with regards to someone being lonely and unloved, teams becoming found families, wish fulfillment, and h/c rescues. And groups of awesome ladies.

****

In other news, everything is Bucky feels and therefore everything hurts.

If you are looking for a WIP to read for your daily dose of emotional agony, check out Out of the Dead Land, written for the prompt:

Sam and Steve find the Winter Soldier and begin the process of deprogramming him. At first his progress seems to be astounding -- it's like having Bucky back again. But there's little cracks in the facade, and Steve catches on that Winter Soldier doesn't have his memories back. He's just studied up on how to be Bucky. He's memorized facts about the Howling Commandos, their old neighborhood in Brooklyn, even personal details about Steve himself, but it's not *perfect* and it's not truly *Bucky*, it's the Winter Soldier playing at being Bucky. He wants to be Bucky very badly.

SO GOOD. It's gorgeously written Bucky POV, and hitting every 'Bucky is emotionally broken but still uber-competent, yet doesn't know how to handle his Steve love' button that I have. Plus, there's a cool plot that I won't spoil, and her Natasha may be the best Natasha I've found post-movie.

The author-anon says it's two-thirds done, so you could wait, but man, sometimes I just like torturing myself in this fandom.
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Because the last week of January is totally the right time for this, right?. *sigh* I feel like this month has completely slipped away from me. And not in a good way.

Statistics )

the basic ones )

heavy-duty navel-gazing (approach with caution. or not.) )

Collected Links )
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Some links:

I needed this comic *last* week, when I had shitty self-esteem writer's block. Oh well. Better late than never.

Kickass former-PI mom helps take down revenge-porn website owner/epic dickbag: a lot of the stories from other victims in this article are horrifying, which makes the ending particularly sweet justice, and it's a very informative read.

*****
Some WIP recs:

Hail Mary by [archiveofourown.org profile] galaxysoup
Mary Winchester is resurrected by a bunch of angels, and ends up on a buddy-hunter roadtrip with recently-human Castiel. GENIUS. Firstly, I never knew I needed this in my life but now I cannot believe there aren't a million Mary-gets-resurrected stories. Secondly, the story so far is hilarious and touching and wonderful, and both Mary and Cas are spot-on. Thirdly, I am enjoying the fuck out of this despite not having watching SPN since S5, though admittedly I have been spoiled in every direction. I highly recommend it.

1796 Broadway by [archiveofourown.org profile] rainproof & [archiveofourown.org profile] teaberryblue
Epistolary Steve/Tony fic, which starts when Steve insists that "all complaints be addressed to him in writing. On paper, the nice old-fashioned way, because the computer screen hurts his eyes" because he's annoyed at Tony. I fucking love politely-bitchy Steve, so I was sold from the start, but the story so far is full of charm and wit and lots of NYC. [archiveofourown.org profile] rainproof writes Tony, [archiveofourown.org profile] teaberryblue writes Steve, and they trade letters back and forth with occasional multimedia bits. I know both of the authors and have been assured that they a) have a plan and b) have written over 100 chapters in advance at this point, so my normal qualms about reading WIPs have been soothed. :) Since the story is deliberately being written as a serial, with a new chapter posted every day, I do recommend reading it that way to avoid epistolary overload.

*****

A TV meme, in which it becomes embarrassingly clear that I have started a lot of shows that I never finished. )
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Looks like I failed out of doing a Ten in Ten proper, thanks to getting sick this weekend, but I'm hoping to get back on the horse today. We'll see.

Towards that goal, I've been rewatching Person of Interest S2 (my shiny shiny Blu-Ray discs -- I didn't think that Reese could get any prettier but apparently yes), and had forgotten just how many Die Hard references there were in 2x07 Critical. (I think Leon calling Finch 'bubbe' takes the prize, personally.) Dear POI Writers Room: please continue to be enormous film geeks. *pinches their cheeks*

*****

Tomorrow is chock full of fannish goodness:

1) Person of Interest S3 premiere. (I may die!)

2) Agents of SHIELD premiere. (Coulson did not die!)

3) [personal profile] marthawells's Star Wars tie-in starring Leia, Razor's Edge, comes out. (long live Princess Leia!)
The book is set after A New Hope, and promises to have lots of awesome ladies and Alderaanian space pirates. \o/!

*****

And a writing meme, for reasons:

Ask me a question about one of my fics or series. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will tell you the honest-to-goodness answer (even on the progress/plans for next chapters of current series).

Don't hold back. Whatever you ask, I'll answer as truthfully and as completely as possible. You can also ask about my writing as a whole, if you like.
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AO3 Works Stats

Categories:

Gen (15)
M/M (6)
F/M (6)

Not actually very surprising to me! I *was* surprised at how....precise the ratios turned out to be!

Fandoms:

The Avengers (2012) (8)
Person of Interest (TV) (4)
Supernatural (3)
Life (TV) (2)
Alice (2009) (2)

Characters:

Clint Barton (5)
Natasha Romanov (3)
Phil Coulson (3)
Thor (Marvel) (2)
Steve Rogers (2)

Ahahaha, Clint Barton. Look how not surprised I am. Thor's a little surprising, since I always feel like I forget about him, but he just popped up higher than Tony Stark (2), Dean Winchester (2), and Sam Winchester (2) for some reason. Sorry, boys.

Pairings:

Harold Finch/John Reese (4)
Cal Beecher/Joss Carter (1)
Clint Barton & Steve Rogers (1)
Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov (1)
Clint Barton/Phil Coulson (1)

I'm amused that almost half of these are friendships, because I like to tag for them.

Additional Tags:

Friendship (4)
Hurt/Comfort (3)
Post-Canon (3)
Fix-It (2)

Yuuuup. Accurate.

Most Hits: All Elbows (Avengers)
Most Kudos: All Elbows (Avengers)
Most Comments: Precession (Life)
Most Bookmarks: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fryer (Avengers)
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Fic meme snagged from [personal profile] dira:

I have 24 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 24 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
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What are you reading now?:
Busman's Honeymoon, the last of the Lord Peter Wimsey books. (Well. Last written by Sayers. I have not read the Jill Patton Walsh books on...everyone's recommendation.) I've been re-reading all the Harriet books this month -- mostly for Gaudy Night, which continues to be one of my favorite books and romances of all time but does require all of Peter and Harriet's rich history to be fully appreciated. I always end up slowly working through Busman's Honeymoon once I reach it, because it starts off slow and meandering and sweet, and I know it's the last one ever.

What did you just finish?:
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. Alas, slightly disappointing despite the premise (post-apocalyptic cyborg Cinderella!), partly because I didn't realize it was actually the first in a quartet and therefore cliffhangs, argh, and also because the politics were annoyingly facile, especially in contrast to the complex emotional dynamics of Cinder's stepfamily. Cinder herself was awesome, so I'll probably pick up the others to see what happens to her. And I'm totally a sucker for spoilers ) And cyborgs. And no-nonsense mechanics. And fairy tale retellings.
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Your main fandom of the year?

Avengers. Seriously, I saw it 5 times in theaters plus who knows how many rewatches on my computer, plus nearly doubling my fic count in the last 8 months. I haven't been this active/obsessed with a fandom since Supernatural started. Maybe since Firefly.

Your favorite film you watched this year?

Avengers. Yup.

Favorite art film is a tie between Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild, favorite animated was Wreck-It Ralph (♥), and favorite documentary goes to Trash Dance, which is an insanely charming story about a woman who choreographed a dance with a bunch of garbage workers and their equipment. You laugh, but the crane solo *will* make you tear up.

Your favorite book read this year?

Hmmm. I'm going to cheat and go with the whole Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series, all the way back in January.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year?

Empires, Garage Hymns.

Your favorite tv show of the year?

Nikita! Why isn't everyone watching this show? It's going on three seasons of pure Bechdel test-passing, morally-complex spy shenanigans with a seriously kickass ensemble cast/slow build spy family. I love all of it and everyone. ♥

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

The Bletchley Circle! Thank you, Tumblr, for telling me to watch this awesome miniseries about a group of WWII female codebreakers who team up again years later to catch a serial killer. This is everything I love.

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

No Black Widow movie. :( That better just be a 'yet'. C'mon, Marvel, snap to it.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?

Clint Barton! It's a close call with Steve Rogers and Phil Coulson, who are also the best, but Clint's the one I can't stop writing about.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?

Ooh. It's been a good year for the ladies. Natasha Romanoff wins, but Nikita, Pepper Potts, Susan from Bletchley Circle, and Kate Bishop are also amazing. I can be polyamorous, right?

Your biggest squee moment of the year?

COULSON LIVES!!!! (not that it was a surprise, but I was so very pleased)

The most missed of your old fandoms?

Supernatural. I really want to catch up, I just know it's going to be a lot of heavy bullshit wading.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

Ahahaha, this list is long. Top tier is Homeland, Community, and The Walking Dead.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

Um. SXSW? I stopped watching trailers, it's working well for me. Oh, I know! The SHIELD tv show. Except I'm not 100% sure if that's set for next fall or not, TV development being what it is.
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An article:
Mitt Romney Is Dolores Umbridge: a 9-year-old watches the presidential debates

A rec:
Captain America is not a Republican
Because I am absolutely easy for stories in which Steve is a) devious, b) thoughtfully progressive, and c) politely kicks ass.

And a meme:
If you could remix one of my stories, which one would it be and how'd you do it?
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Thanks for the multiple recommendations for Dropbox on my last post, ya'll! I just had to reinstall Windows last night (I think my harddrive is actually dying, but I'm hoping it's just the OS *fingers crossed*), so once I have all my files loaded back on tonight I'll take a swing at it.

In the meantime, I am bored at work (shocking!), so let's play:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing/characters and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write).

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin Damien/Leito for inmyriadbits
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed Clint/Coulson for neery
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. presumed dead/fix-it
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy Clint/Coulson for ignipes
15. High School / College AU

(with a substitution for 12 because the idea of writing kidfic is just...I have no idea where I would even start! I literally cannot remember a single plotbunny I've had involving children, now that I think of it....)
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Memes. They're like a sickness, I can't stop. *hums Don't Stop Me Now* This one's via [personal profile] musesfool:

The Works In Progress meme: Open your WIP file and post the names of all your documents, regardless of how non-descriptive or ridiculous. Feel free to ask about anything and I'll tell you the premise or paste you a tidbit for any of these.

Croatia
Ethan-Brandt
sketching in CP
amends
water
job history (series folder, contains the following:)
background check
terms of employment
communication
exit interview
brawl
red room
musesfool's bakery AU
dancers
little assassin girls
the things underneath our hearts

Aaaaand that's just the ones on my desktop. Also in Google Docs:

webface
not happening
breathe
Bartons
bread and circus
loop

*facepalm*

Aug. 14th, 2012 02:31 pm
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Just realized I spent my entire lunch break with my chapstick visibly tucked inside my bra.

Not quite as bad as the day of mismatched shoes, but.... Yeah.

If anyone wants to make me feel better by letting me talk about something I *don't* completely fail at, I'm still taking DVD commentary meme requests. I had fun talking about my Yuletide fic Precession (which...I never posted here, just on AO3. Oops.), and I will be desperately bored at my non-massage job for the next four hours and twenty minutes.

Pleeease?

ETA: So naturally, LJ goes down. Seriously, Tuesday, what did I do to you? Hah! Victory!

ETA2: And now I have to stay late. *sigh* Boooooored.

ETA3: Seriously, so bored I am contemplating how to typo the Avengers's names inappropriately. Mostly because I've seen multiple typos of 'Clint' as 'Clit'. Other possibilities:
Tony -> Toy
Steve -> Stave
Bucky -> ...yeah, that one's obvious
Pepper -> Peeper
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From...er, many, many people, the DVD commentary meme. I think I finally have enough stories to play, so here goes:

Pick any passage of 500 words or less from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

I'm just going to be here, admiring my shiny new Erskine icon - er, on DW anyway. Sorry, LJ, ya'll don't get snarky wants-your-attention Erskine because I am lazy.
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Apparently, I cannot resist Avengers kissing memes now. The party's mostly died down over at [personal profile] such_heights's journal, but I ended up posting three fills, which rather startled me.

Pepper/Tony, bubbly )

Natasha/Thor, friendship )

Rhodey/Tony, suits )

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