How is it Friday again? I've spent the last two weeks alternating between being very busy (work, friends and wine) and being very lazy (um, more wine). Yesterday, I had a sofa day and, exhausted from the sheer effort of it, I fell asleep in the afternoon, without even bothering to move away the book I was reading (Snuff). I have never fallen asleep on a book before.

I have also been indulging my current Jamie Bamber obsession and watching Battlestar Galactica.

First, the important question: What is Dumbledore doing in the Quorum of Twelve?

Seriously, what? And is there fic?

Apart from that, I am bored. Halfway in into the second season, and not one of the characters has managed to grip me. Not one. I kinda like Boomer. I am watching it solely for Jamie Bamber (not Lee Adama) whom I have come to like a lot as long as he doesn't take his clothes off. I don't like the pumped-up muscles look at all, but he does have a good face; it's so expressive. I could watch a show with Jamie Bamber reacting to stuff other people say and not get bored.

A friend of mine gave me the DVDs and the advice to stop watching it after the second season. He loved seasons 1+2 (I don't), considering them some of the best science fiction television ever, but the ending made him furious, what with it being All About God (so he says, I haven't seen the ending yet). He instantly tried to flog his entire BG collection on eBay but couldn't find a buyer due to the adult rating (apparently).

I was annoyed about it being All About God as early as the second episode. Had I not spoiled myself, I could have fooled myself into thinking that the whole prophecy and salvation thing is a red herring and that the show is more nihilistic than that. But as it is, it's All About God and the military - two of my least favourite concepts. Plus, I still don't understand why they censored "fuck". The word they use in its stead is used exactly like "fuck", it sounds similar to "fuck" and everyone knows what it's supposed to mean. What's the point? It annoys me more than it rightfully should.

And Commander Adama and the President have two of the most annoying voices/speech patterns I've ever heard.

My love for Jamie Bamber must be very strong indeed, considering I'm still watching. Most of the time, though, I'm not actively annoyed. Just mildly bored. But I usually do something useful whilst watching, like ironing or working out, so it's not a complete waste of time.

I have also watched the first four or five episodes of the second season of Downton Abbey. I watched it with my friend N., who, like myself, likes that sort of stuff. And guess what? We were so bored. And annoyed. "Oh dear god, not the being-oh-so-understanding thing again!" N. would exclaim in anguish over and over again. "This is even worse than the first season," as she summed up the watching experience.

So, yeah, successful television experience all round. Luckily, my friend Colin is coming over tonight to catch a break from his parental leave that drives him round the bend. He's bringing wine, so we will get drunk and talk about the good old days of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

Is this the most optimistic and upbeat post on your flist today? Y/Y
So, I forgave Joseph Gordon-Levitt for his unfortunate resemblance to my cousin and decided to renew my acquaintance with him by rewatching some of his older films. He had helped me to sit through the 50+ hours of Inception, after all.

Plus, there's that:

Over the years, I had seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in: Brick, The Lookout and 500 Days of Summer. I have now added Mysterious Skin to the list. I have always vaguely liked him (well, he is dark-haired, dark-eyed and skinny, that's always a plus in my books), and I now realised that I might have liked him, because he is very good at being disturbed, intense, desperate and confused without crying. In all the above films, he plays characters who suffer from some major trauma or other, and he hardly ever conveys emotions by crying. He does it by acting. He's very good at freezing his expression so that you just know when realisation and/or pain hit him. And I really, really appreciate that, because I have been getting sick of all those men crying all the time to show that they hurt. - Yes, I'm looking at you, John Simm. David Tennant, delightful as he is, overuses the crying, too. I realise this is the new millennium and men are allowed and positively encouraged to be emotional, but really. There is nothing wrong with some self-control.

Of course, this is probably me being misandrous and emotionally stunted (which I wouldn't quite rule out), but there you go. As a member of the crying-encouraging society, I feel like Rachel Green must have felt in that Friends episode where she dates Bruce Willis and encourages him to show emotions and share his pain, and then he just won't stop whining and weeping.
Last night, I dreamt that Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who, as it turned out, lives just across the road, asked me out (as he damn well should!). I had flirted with him by drawing hearts on the frosted windowpanes, and he couldn't resist.

My subconscious is so crafty.

ETA: Aaand I'm off Joseph G-L again, because all the time I've had the nagging feeling that he looks like someone I know in RL. And then I narrowed it down to "someone I'm related to". And then I watched this interview:

...and with the short-cropped hair, dear Joe looks like my cousin, only in dark, whereas my cousin is blond and blue-eyed.

So that was that. It was nice while it lasted, Joe!
Apparently, some people find the noise pollution during the World Cup in South Africa annoying. I had to endure a radio interview with a pompous German guy who has launched an anti-vuvuzela petition on my way to work.

Guess what? For someone like me, who does not care about football one bit and who would even go so far as to say "dislike", this is what football always sounds like. Hundreds of people making a lot of noise. It really doesn't make a difference whether it's them shouting, chanting, rattling, whistling, vuvuzeling or throwing up under my bedroom window on their way back from a match.

My attitude is precisely what Germans coined the beautiful phrase "Schadenfreude" for.
I have been amusing myself over the past few days with organising my tags. It's done now, and I have realised that my most recent fics (tag: my fics) give the impression that I am a very sick individual indeed. The pairings, in order of appearance, are:

Harry Potter/Molly Weasley (his girlfriend's mother)
Jack/Tenth Doctor (okay, this one's very vanilla)
Sam Tyler/Ruth Tyler (his mother)
Tenth Doctor/Novice Hame (a nun. and a cat)
Ron Weasley/Tenth Doctor
Harry Potter/Bellatrix Lestrange (very NC-17. and there's torture)
Severus Snape/Percy Weasley (yay, another vanilla pairing!)
Joseph Ratzinger/Karol Wojtyla (aka Benedict XVI/John Paul II)
Tom Riddle/Edmund Pevensie
Remus Lupin/Molly Weasley

Well, at least Molly gets some action.

I really should write something normal some time soon. (For a given value of "normal".) But considering that I've participated in the HP Beholder exchange and have signed up for [ profile] violet_quill's HP SLASH SUPERCHALLENGE, I don't see that happening any time soon.
We're all familiar with the problem: the basic idea is there, it only needs to be wrapped in words. And as [ profile] tartanshell pointed out so rightly, this is often difficult or bording on impossible. Even if you manage to write down your brilliant ideas, they seem bland and stupid as soon as you see them on paper, and words turn out to not be your friend.

So what about your own writing keeps you going? I don't mean stuff like the craving for feedback, or impeding deadlines or the fact that you promised someone a fic. Obviously, we write because we enjoy writing. And I'd like to know what is it that you, dear authors, like about your own fics and how you go on about creating them. I'm particularly interested in your writing processes. Do you have a plot all worked out and write down concepts, or do you write instinctively? I know [ profile] maeglinyedi once said that she's always got the last sentence of the fic ready before she starts writing, which I find quite impressive, as the last sentence is what I almost always struggle with a lot.

As to me, I think that I'm a very dialogue-based author. I often have dialogue snippets ready long before the fic, I enjoy writing dialogues and dialogues are also what I feel most confident about - as opposed to introspections and descriptions, my feeling for which is rather wobbly. The final dialogue between Remus and Bill in Genesis, for example, was written in one of the first stages of the process. Because I tend to focus on dialogues, I often have a) no plot to speak of and b) my characters drink ridiculous amounts of water so that I can intersperse the dialogue with pretences of action - as illustrated in the aforementioned cock and tongue talk )

So, my fics aren't plotty, my characters are wordy (which doesn't mean that they actually communicate matters of importance!), and I even announced Panic as PWPBWLOD - Porn Without Plot But With Lots Of Dialogue.

But - to come back to my original question - I usually make the effort to create a framework around my dialogues, which is how I manage to continue writing. Because the dialogues are all there in my head and need to be let out.

They're talking to me.


Jan. 11th, 2005 08:25 pm
I owe comments to a couple of people, but I can't be arsed to do them now. Going to bed to watch telly and eat... something. There are no sweets in the house. Why are there no sweets in the house?

[ profile] rosina_alcona, feel free to use the drabble wherever you like. It's yours! I'm fully satisfied in the knowledge that you liked it.

Sorry for spamming you with random memes, flist, but the answer to "Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend" amused me to no end. I've got to post it for my own edification.

Describe yourself using one band and song titles from that band

Created by naw5689 and taken 4598 times on bzoink!

Choose a band/artist and answer only in song TITLES by that band:Bran Van 3000
Are you male or female:Supermodel
Describe yourself:Exactly like me
How do some people feel about you:Astounded
How do you feel about yourself:Dare I Say?
Describe your ex girlfriend/boyfriend:Love Cliché
Describe your current girlfriend/boyfriend:Gimme Sheldon
Describe where you want to be:Drinking in LA
Describe what you want to be:Rock Star
Describe how you live:Highway to Heck
Describe how you love:Loaded
Share a few words of wisdomCum on Feel the Noize

Create a Survey | Search Surveys | Go to bzoink!

You don't see me here, cuz I'm working. I didn't just see a quiz over at [ profile] skylark97's and take it, either. But - heh! - the result is too amusing (and frightfully accurate) to not be posted.

I am:

eXpressive: 5/10
Practical: 4/10
Physical: 5/10
Giver: 2/10

You are a RSYT--Reserved Sentimental Physical Taker. This makes you a Brute.

You are volatile, stormy and incredibly sexy. You have a hungry, fascinating way about you. You are a riot when you're happy and a menace when you're angry. You are strangely appealing to your target sex, and they find themselves drawn in despite their wiser instincts.

In your professional life, your type makes you a star, a force to be reckoned with, and the one people trust when they have a problem that's beyond them. In a relationship, you are a bull in a china shop, and if your partner isn't clever s/he may get plowed down. I could warn you to be more communicative with and sensitive to your partner, but that's just not going to happen. You don't ask much of your significant other, so you have no tolerance for high demands on you. For you, it's either love it or leave it. [That, alas, is so, so true!]

You work hard and play hard. You enjoy a good drink. [Um...] You have had many lovers and will have many more. [Heh!] People try and fail to get you into bed. They want you for a friend and fear you as an enemy.

This may not sound too flattering, but the truth is that because you know yourself so well you're happier in a relationship than most everybody else.

Hemingway would write about you. Maybe Hemingway is you.

Of the 166897 people who have taken this quiz, 2.6 % are this type.


Hemingway, eh? I always said I showed more archetypically male than female behaviour patterns in relationships.

Teh Dilemma

Nov. 5th, 2004 06:48 pm
I'm about to take a shower and can't decide whether to wash my hair or not. Pros: freshly washed hair = soft and fluffy and shiny and can be worn open instead of being forced into an accaptable hairdo (which will fall apart halfway through the evening anyway). Cons: washing hair not only time-consuming but also superfluous, really, since club will be hot and smoky and hair will lose softness and shine halfway through the evening anyway. Time would be much better employed if I started writing that Sands/Satan fic I'm contemplating.


I don't smoke, and I don't know my exact weight (more or less 110 pounds), but I can tell you, in a poor imitation of Bridget Jones, the drinks I had tonight: half a bottle of wine (white), one caipirinha, 5 vodka-with-lemon longdrinks. (If anyone wants to catch me on Y!M: I'm chatty, but very slow).

It's all [ profile] swatkat24's fault, really. She talked about Malory Towers in a recent post of hers, and I replied with (among other things): "Long before I knew about slash - even before I really knew about sex - I used to re-enact the stories together with my cousin, spicing them up with some raunchy pre-pubescent sex fantasies."

Pre-pubescent sex fantasies, then. There has been a lot of those. )

So, I'm curious. Is it just my friends who fooled around with those fantasies? Or does any of you have any skeletons in the closet? Tell me, I promise I won't be shocked.


Nov. 3rd, 2004 04:40 pm
Last night I dreamt that

a) George W. Bush was re-elected

b) my father had a heart attack

Funny what connections one's brain comes up with.
Well the characters are revolting... and pretty darn mad too. They have had it and are challenging you to justify yourself. The only real requirement is that you, as an author, and a character of one of your fics have a confrontation. No length restrictions or time frames. Frankly, I just want to know what the hell you were thinking. Please link to your original piece for reference and pimping, The Treacle Tart said. And yes, so I did:

Wherein Snape and Lupin pop by and cause Donna to turn into Donna-Sue
Because I am working. Yes. See me working. See my fingers fly over the keyboard producing rational, to-the-purpose material. No porn. I don't do porn.

But I saw these quizzes on [ profile] villainny's LJ and had to take them and, um, the results are disturbingly accurate. )
Last week, it took my fancy to read Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Emily" series. I've never really been into the series as a child and have never owned and read the first book, so I hunted it down on the Internet. And then I met Dean Priest.

She heard him say, "My God!" softly to himself. [...] "How can I help you?" said Dean Priest hoarsely, as if to himself. "I cannot reach you--and it looks as if the slightest touch or jar would send that broken earth over the brink. I must go for a rope-- and to leave you here alone--like this. Can you wait, child?"

And then:

Emily knew he had been to college, that he was thirty-six years old--which to Emily seemed a venerable age--and well-off; that he had a malformed shoulder and limped slightly; that he cared for nothing save books nor ever had; that he lived with an older brother and travelled a great deal; and that the whole Priest clan stood somewhat in awe of his ironic tongue. Aunt Nancy had called him a "cynic." Emily did not know what a cynic was but it sounded interesting. She looked him over carefully and saw that he had delicate, pale features and tawny-brown hair. His lips were thin and sensitive, with a whimsical curve. She liked his mouth. Had she been older she would have known why--because it connoted strength and tenderness and humour.

Here, I had to stop reading and drink some cold water. Now, apart from the fact that I've got this insane thin-lips fetish (I'm probably the only person in the fandom who gets actually turned on by Snape's thin lips - instead of ignoring them bravely or explaining them away as being rather pouty, really, once one gets a better look at them. I rather ignore fandom!Sirius' lips being described as "full" and "girly" and - ew! - pink and - ewww! - fleshy.) - who could resist the connotation of "strength and tenderness and humour"?

But within a few paragraphs only, I fell out of love as quickly as I had fallen in. There are some things I do find disturbing, especially when they are voiced in passing and matter-of-factly. Then again, that's probably just me.

Behind the cut, Donna rambles randomly about pedophilia, respect, literary crushes and Snarry vs. Snack, but doesn't talk about men's lips as much as she intended to. )
I love my car. I love driving. My mind wanders freely and comes up with interesting ideas of all sorts. Ideas for new fics, for example. Last night, a perfect little scenario - inspired by a film I watched before - for Snape/Harry sprang to mind. Perfect, I thought, as soon as I'll arrive, I will write it down in a nice little ficlet that it promises to be. Unfortunately, the scenario wasn't entirely suited for Snape, who morphed into Lupin midway. And now I'm stuck: I really want to write the fic, but it starts out as Snarry and turns into Larry. I could change it, of course, but I'm very pleased with the dialogues as they are. What now? Write it nevertheless, cheerfully ignoring the fact that Snape behaves like Lupin? Include both, Snape and Lupin? Write two versions, one with Snape and one with Lupin?

During the past few weeks, I've been having insanely much fun with a RP that might interest you, [ profile] mimine, and also [ profile] villainny (in case you haven't stumbled across it already). I'm playing Lady Lilith de Tempscire [ profile] the_good_one in a Discworld RP, and am impressed by my brilliant co-players each day anew, who are so amazingly in character (and pretty!) and come up with such incredibly hilarious concepts. And dialogues.

Oh, and it's slashy, too.

Behind the cut, I will tell you whom I'm sexually compatible with and will disclose the four truths and one lie about myself. Possibly worth reading. )
1. I used to have a pet bird spider but it was killed by my cat.

2. I was given my second name only because my Granny thought my first name was too pagan for a Christian girl.

3. I've slept with the boyfriends of four close friends of mine, and they're still my friends.

4. I'm fluent in six languages.

5. I once walked a dog that had its throat cut open

...There's a vicious lie out there...
No, honestly. Every time I forget to empty the rubbish bin before leaving for a long weekend (like, a Thursday to Tuesday weekend; or a Wednesday there-is-a-weekend-inbetween to Wednesday weekend) weather turns gloriously hot, thus influencing the contents of said rubbish bin in a rather unpleasant manner.

I've spent more or less the whole of the last five weeks being absent from home, neglecting work, life, and you. Babycakes, you're going to Vancouver? Grand! Stay in touch, hon :-)

[ profile] isiscolo - Many Happy Returns of the Day. (Of course, when you read this, your birthday's long gone, but there you go. Time zone problem.) Having just re-read Winnie-the-Pooh, let me use Eeyore's words to wish you lots of "Gaiety. Song-and-dance", and most importantly, "Here we go round the mulberry bush."

In other news: My Snape-enters-a-secret-door-at-Hogwarts-and-finds-Sirius-asleep-on-the-beach challenge fic is taking shape. Unfortunately, I wrote it on my Dad's computer when visiting my parents and, um, left it on his hard disk. I don't think I can ask my parents to send it. I don't dare.

My journal says I'm 65% masculine.
What does your LJ writing style say about your gender?
LJ Gender Tool by [ profile] hutta
Back from a rather strenuous holiday trip, I stumbled across the
Which Science Fiction or Fantasy Character are you? Test and to my great surprise I found out I'm

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

"Gifted and studious, you willingly approach the perils ahead with the help of your talents and friends."

I don't go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.

Who would have thought it?

My reading and liking the novels aside, I've never particularly identified with Harry. The funny thing is, this is not a Harry Potter-specific test, and I would have rather expected to be Legolas or Jean-Luc Picard or even Agent Smith than Harry. Hm.

Well. Off to catching up the most recent entries on my friends' pages.



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