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hobo husband [Mar. 5th, 2012|02:14 pm]
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[music |i feel fine >> the beatles]

It started out as pity.

The coldness of Skyrim extended to its people, and even in the crowded city of Windhelm she felt alone. Her entrance had been inauspicious: she’d interrupted a shake-down of sorts; two men intimidating a woman, who’d stood her ground despite the abuse. Things hadn’t improved from there. She walked from the slums to the estates and back through again, pausing at the graveyard, then warming her hands at the blacksmith’s fire.

There was a beggar there, a woman in rags who coughed and shivered, and nearly wept when Inswe fished a septim from her pouch. The guards walked by them like they were invisible.

She found Wylandriah’s soul gem and left the White Phial quickly, pulling her hood up and crossing her arms tight over her chest. Somehow it was colder than Winterhold, even without the snow and wind, and she made her way down the icy stone streets as swiftly as she could, ready to retreat back to the sun-dappled Riften. At the gates was another beggar and when she came closer she recognized him: one of the pair who’d harassed Suvaris.

He thanked her when he took her coin, giving no indication of recognition. But perhaps he couldn’t see her face under her hood. “I could be an elf,” she said, and he frowned down at her.

“Are you?”

She pulled the hood down, exposing her round ears. “Breton. But you couldn’t have known that.”

“No,” he said and stared at the septim lying flat in his wide palm. “Do you want this back?”

It was cold and it was dark, and Inswe was tired of the city and of Nords in general. “No, keep it. Go to the inn, get a warm meal.”

The guards pulled the gates banging closed behind her and Inswe didn’t look back until she’d passed Kynesgrove and all she could see off the city was its walls.
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tvtropes strikes again [Mar. 5th, 2012|01:34 pm]
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Added a few tropes to Lt Iresso's blurb on the Characters: Star Wars The Old Republic page over at TVTropes. There weren't any! Not even Battle Couple, which is basically a trope for every romance option. This guy needs more fandom love! Awkward romance banter aside, I find him incredibly sweet and refreshingly earnest. A nice counterpart to Tharan, who continues to be a creepazoid.

It took me forever to find it, but I knew there was a trope for people who've been shipped out to some shitty locale for punishment.  Not just Put on a Bus, but Reassigned to Antarctica.Perfect.

I love tropes. They appeal to the reader/writer in me as well as my insane need to put things into lists. Trying to find some more to apply to the Consular and Agent storylines and characters, since I'm the farthest in those two classes.  It's difficult to read through the pages, since I'm still attempting to avoid spoilers... But TVTropes is so damn addictive.
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November postcards [Nov. 15th, 2011|01:05 pm]
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Have been mailed! I'm sorry for the delay - Had to go to a wedding across the country, and this wreaked havoc on my schedule.
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[Mar. 15th, 2010|09:12 pm]
moved to dreamwidth
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FFX - Burning (for pyre_flies) [Jan. 9th, 2010|06:48 pm]
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[mood | lazy]

Title: Burning
Setting: AU, after the pilgrimage
Themes: 26) Intoxication, 53) Return(ing), 78) Fire
Pairing: Auron/Rikku
Rating: K
Warnings: Nope
Author's note: Inspired by this icon by iconette.

Burning )
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On women in fiction [Jan. 5th, 2010|02:38 pm]
[mood | determined]
[music |question >> the moody blues]

[livejournal.com profile] tithenai wrote an interesting entry about silencing female characters: The Graveyard Women: Lest We Forget.

"I hate that in everything I read lately, it’s women who lose their memories – women who have had great adventures, who have been great, who have done great things. In the things that I read and watch on television, these women give up their memories, or have them taken from them, or allow them to be taken from them, in order to keep themselves from harm. They give up their longings, their desire for adventure, the adventures they have had, in order to stay sane, or keep their heads from exploding, or, sometimes, to save the world."

I completely agree with [livejournal.com profile] tithenai here; it's depressing that women are left behind - if they get included at all - that they're the ones who make sacrifices, or that they're the ones who need to be killed off, raped, kidnapped in order to move the plot. Women are devices in these stories; they aren't characters and they certainly aren't the heroes.

Here's hoping that 2010 will produce new fiction unhampered by this misogyny.
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i'm glad it's your birthday [Dec. 18th, 2009|09:12 pm]
[mood | giggly]
[music |komm gib mir diene hand >> the beatles]

It's my birthday today!
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Winter challenge (fanfic100) [Dec. 13th, 2009|03:39 pm]
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[mood | lazy]
[music |i'm only sleeping >> the beatles]

Title: Winter
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Characters: Malon, Ganondorf
Prompt: Winter
Word Count: 400
Rating: PG
Summary: A cold day in Hyrule field
Author's Notes: Can't believe I haven't written any Zelda stories since March! Here are my fanfic100 table and website.

Ganondorf was an easy target: a black spear in the snow-covered meadow. )
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John Lennon [Dec. 8th, 2009|03:41 pm]
[mood | sad]

Twenty-nine years ago, here in New York City, John Lennon was murdered.
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television fandoms [Dec. 8th, 2009|03:38 pm]
[mood | blah]

I've never been a big watcher of TV. Back in the days of yore, I watched X-Files every week, but since that show ended, I haven't really followed a show regularly. House I tried to watch weekly, and I think I managed to get through one season of tuning in for each new episode. And me and The Boy used to watch Law & Order in college, but that was mostly because there would be marathons of it and if we didn't turn the TV off in time, we got sucked into watching the following episode. And with Avatar: The Last Airbender, we weren't usually in the apartment while it was on. Even Digimon, one of my first fandoms, I missed probably about half of both season 01 and 02 during their airings.

I'm really lazy, that's definitely part of it. Half the time I can't be arsed to remember a show's schedule, let alone plan my schedule so that I have that night free to watch it. And commercials are a HUGE turn off. I think those two things combine to form my love of DVDs: not only do I get to set the schedule to my liking, but there are no commercials for me to suffer through. I guess having TiVo would likewise solve those two complaints. Anime series appeal to me for that reason, too. I mean, obviously I like anime for more reasons than this, but being able to download an entire series in one fell swoop is appealing to me.

Meh.

But then again, I've never been a big watcher of TV. Maybe it's the format. A movie, it seems to me, is cleaner in that everything has to be wrapped up at the end of two hours. In TV, actors can leave, writers can leave; whole plot lines can be abandoned for one reason or another; the network can cancel a show in the middle of a season. Because shows can go on and on without end in sight, nothing ever needs to be resolved.

I would like to get into a TV fandom. Supernatural, Merlin, Doctor Who, House - These fandoms are evvvvvvvvvverywhere. It'd be cool to be in a big, active fandom again. ...They just need to start making shows I'd actually be willing to sit down and watch, commercials and all.
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Cool giveaway for the holidays [Dec. 7th, 2009|04:41 pm]
[mood | calm]

This seems pretty damn cool: The Sci-Fi Romance Blitz! A bunch of blogs are giving away free - yes, you heard me, free - books; all you need to do is post a comment on the threads.

I do love me some free books.
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Beatles! or How I learned to stop worrying and love RPS [Dec. 3rd, 2009|02:40 pm]
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[mood |eeeeee]

Let me preface this by saying that The Beatles are my favorite band. Ever. They are the best band. Ever. I could on for ages, complete with jumping up and down and waving my arms wildly and probably convulsing on the floor, about how phenomenal they are, how they invented modern music, how important they are not just to rock and roll, but to the entire musical industry. HELL THE ENTIRE WORLD.

John Lennon.

Paul McCartney.

Are awesome.

Their relationship. Christ, I don't even know how to articulate the beautiful complexity of Lennon/McCartney.

Lifting Latches by thinkpink20
Pairing: John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Rating: NC-17 for sex
HOLY SHIT JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE BEST STORY EVER WRITTEN. When Beatles Rock Band came out, I started joining Beatles communities on LJ. I worked my way through them all and eventually ended up reading RPS of the lads. It was mostly for the lol factor; I'd never been a fan - or even really interested by the concept - of RPS. For shits and giggles I started reading fics, though and I found "Lifting Latches."

So, this is a review coming from someone who has a thorough knowledge of and love for the Beatles; and while is a slasher and is interested in homosexuality, bisexuality, and sexuality in general, was never a John/Paul fan (am now, of course; partially converted by this fic). SERIOUSLY, READ IT. Paul's shyness and desperation to impress the older John; John's need to maintain his influence over Paul coupled with his own insecurities... AWESOME. The natural fluctuation of teenage desire during a conservative time period, and the fears of social rejection for an "unnatural" interest... AWESOME. The bond between John and Paul and their need to strengthen and explore it... SO AWESOME.

Besides that, this story is incredibly well written. [livejournal.com profile] thinkpink20 walks the delicate line between action and exposition. Her Paul is thoughtful and observant, but the story never slows under too much emotional analysis. At the same time, her action scenes are perfectly paced.

And the sex scene is HOT. A lot of slash - hell, a lot of romance - falls into one of two categories: 1) too impersonal, insert-tab-a-into-tab-b sex, and 2) overwrought, over-fraught purple prose sex. Then there's the weird clinicalness that some sex scenes take on, where I feel like I'm reading the minutes from a physical exam, and it's counterpart the author-is-actually-a-virgin stuff where manroots pulsate into love canals. In short, writing convincing sex is hard. But thinkpink20 MASTERS it. Paul and John's scene together is smoking hot. Paul's desire underlines the whole story, and by the time they get into bed, the passion practically palpitating through the lines.

Also, Paul is PERFECT. Fictional!Paul often suffers from acute weepy uke syndrome. This Paul is shy and uncertain, but he's often wiser than John, and while he's not as forward as John, Paul still knows what he wants and when they meet, they do so as equals.

And what's best about this fic?

IT HAS AN EVEN HOTTER SEQUEL: Sending Postcards.

This. Story. Is. The. Fucking hottest thing. Ever.

All the amazing things about the first story carry over to the second: great characterization, awesome Britishisms, flawless pacing. While the sex scene in "Lifting Latches" is incredibly satisfying, it can be (as Paul himself in the story reflects) interpreted as "just getting off." He - and the audience - worry that he/we read too much into it.

But wow, the climax (hurrrrr) of this story blows (durrrrr) everything away.

Again, the sex is perfect. Steamy and sensitive, it's both sexually arousing and emotionally satisfying. The first, second, and third times I read that part, I actually blushed. I won't spoil it, but John has a line that sets off Paul (and the reader, by extension) and it's so bloody perfect I want to tattoo it on my forehead. thinkpink20 deftly twists everything with that one little line - it's so perfectly John-like. The words aren't really profane, but the choice to use one term in particular is so effective: it's dirty and personal and raw and wow.

I was explaining it all to Pete last night - or at least trying to; this rec is evidence that I'm barely lucid: Part of the reason I'm interested in slash is there's the conflict of man vs self, man vs man, and man vs society. Will man choose to put into danger his place in his world for love? Is his love strong enough to be tested by the illegality of his relationship with his lover? Slash stories don't always explore that; a lot of the time, I find that the whole social consequences of sodomy stuff is ignored. Which is fine, not every story needs to try to dismantle (or even acknowledge) the heteronormative establishment. And sometimes slash stories get too involved with it, so that I'm not reading romance as much as I am a dissertation. But once again, [livejournal.com profile] thinkpink20 does it perfectly. Toward the end of "Postcards," Paul stops himself from fantasizing a certain something because of how "queer" it could be. (And then, because [livejournal.com profile] thinkpink20 is a genius), he immediately worries about John.

THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE.
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Whoohoo! All done! [Nov. 30th, 2009|11:13 pm]
[mood | accomplished]

NaNo is over!

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This pleases the Beatles.
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XD [Nov. 30th, 2009|09:55 pm]
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[mood |woot]

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More NaNoing [Nov. 29th, 2009|11:47 am]
[mood | hopeful]


SQ
Working on: Rescuing Mari from the docks, bringing her back to Atlantic Ave for the final battle.
Word for this chapter: 1560

Have somehow miscalculated my score so that I'm 1000 words behind my previously estimated word count. Am back from my folks' house, am clean and have on fuzzy socks, will be making a second cup of tea. Am certainly not wasting time futzing around on DreamWidth. Nope. Definitely not doing that.
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mmmm delicious nano [Nov. 24th, 2009|12:16 pm]
[mood | awake]


SQ
Working on: Outwitting the trolls that live under the Brooklyn Bridge.
Word for this chapter: 850

So close I can taste it!
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Fanfiction archives [Nov. 20th, 2009|01:07 pm]
[mood | contemplative]

Back in the days of yore when I was super active in fandom, I used FF.net. Really that was all there was. Other than that, I submitted my Digimon and Zelda fics to personal shrines/sites - Mostly on Geocities, if I remember correctly, so they're probably long gone. I have very little experience with fanfiction archives; after FF.net, I primarily used my LJ for fics, both for posting my own and reading other people's work.

Anyone get an invite to AO3? Even if you haven't, what do you think of it?
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Still NaNoing [Nov. 13th, 2009|12:19 pm]
[mood | thirsty]


SQ
Working on: Walking along the boardwalk as Mari comes to terms with her little death and Simonsant and Nine flirt/fight.
Word for this chapter: 89

Chugging along in NaNo. I've fallen a bit behind, but I'll be able to catch up this weekend. It's almost halfway done!

I'm not as happy with SQ as I was with TTBtM last year. My writing's just so bare bones; all my sentences are the same and my vocabulary so limited. I have a hard time writing descriptions. Reading Catherynne M. Valente makes me desperate to come up with metaphors and similes like hers, but I don't have her lyrical ability. One of the folks in my writers group said he didn't like my metaphors/similes - Too forced and awkward. Gahhhhhhh I have these images in my brain but somehow they get muddled up and crappy when I translate them into writing.

Blarggggggggggglepants.
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website help! [Sep. 10th, 2009|03:41 pm]
[mood | hopeful]

I want to learn how to write/use/program PHP. Can anyone recommend any good sites or books that deal with it? All I know is that my HTML coding is ancient at this point. I haven't designed a website since high school.

I want to make a Jecht fansite, since all the sites dedicated to him and to Auron/Jecht have closed. Poor guy needs some loving! And while I'm at it, I want to make a Willis fansite, and maybe one for Yuffie. Or one for Yuffie and Rikku called "Double Trouble," which I started about a hundred years ago but never got off the ground.

So, where does an internetard like me start?
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prawns! [Sep. 2nd, 2009|05:22 pm]
[mood | excited]
[music |good is good >> sheryl crow]

Get your prompts in for the new round of [info]porn_battle!
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