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( Jan. 6th, 2016 06:38 pm)
Been a while since I did one of these. My 15 most recent opening lines:

1) "… Ellie? You okay there sweetheart? Only you’ve been starin’ at this old mug for about ten minutes now, and it’s gettin’ kinda worrying.“ (Worth A Thousand Pictures, Fallout 4)

2) Nick got philosophical in the long watches of the night. (Made to Last, Fallout 4)

3) Something sparked faintly in Nick’s mouth, static off metal teeth maybe, and Sole pulled back hastily. (Acquired Taste, Fallout 4)

4) The kid slept in Nick’s arms the whole way back. (Sheltered, Fallout 4)

5) Nora blinked her eyes open, squinting exhaustedly in the greyish light that filtered through from somewhere. (Mornings Grey and Bright, Fallout 4)

6) The shot rang out through the nest of alleys, somehow noticeable even through the rest of the firestorm. (The Lights of their Eyes, Fallout 4)

7) Sole touches him. A lot. Nick can’t help but notice that. (Doubting, Dreaming, Fallout 4)

8) Sole growled and shoved Nick into the blind corner behind him, out of most of the immediate lines of fire. (The Ragged Edge, Fallout 4)

9) When I was nineteen, my first year in college, I went to stay with my great-aunt Yvonne. (Yves, Original Work)

10) In his life, having lost so many, Jingyan had thought that he had experienced every pain there was to know. (Watershed, Nirvana in Fire)

11) "I’m telling you, Khered, if one more arrogant, pissant, bull-in-a-china-shop, tin-plated nincompoop of a knight comes storming up my bloody stairs to ‘rescue me’, I am going to flatten this kingdom.” (Manners Saveth Man, Original Work)

12) "It does not seem fair.“ (A Good Death, Babylon 5)

13) The signpost loomed out of the dark and the drizzle as the bus crested the hill, glowing bright for a second as the headlights bounced off it. (Cainsford Fourteen Miles, Original Work)

14) The harsh slam of the workroom’s oaken door sounded like thunder behind them, though Thomas had some small difficulty hearing it over the thud of his own body as the King’s magic flung him unceremoniously across the anteroom. (Gravefrost and Wormwood, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell)

15) The battle had broken Merlin. (Greater Love, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell)

Apparently I have a tendency to either cold-open onto a conversation or action, or towards a sort of blunt opening-statement-for-the-story-to-elaborate-on, and occasionally a combination of both. I think the only possible exception here is 'Cainsford’, which is pure scene-and-atmosphere establishment, because it’s a moody ghost story and needs a bit of set-dressing. Most of the others fit the cold-open or opening-theme-statement mould.

Apparently I like in medias res and/or a solid 'this is the story theme’ to start off with. Nice concrete action hooks or mood statements. Heh.
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( Jul. 30th, 2015 09:42 pm)
Bold what you've read; italicise what you've started but not finished.

1 - Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 - The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 - Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 - Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 - The Bible (I've read very large chunks, particularly of the New Testament for church and chunks of the Old for research, but it's not something I've ever really sat down with)
7 - Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 - Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 - His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 - Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 - Little Women - Louisa M Alcott (ages and ages ago, when I was in a tomboyish phase and loved Jo)
12 - Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 - Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 - Complete Works of Shakespeare (My Mam has a huge orange copy, I've read random snippets of lots of things and a few whole plays)
15 - Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 - The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 - Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 - Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 - The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 - Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 - Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 - The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 - Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 - War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 - The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 - Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 - Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 - Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (I tried a couple of his, but I don't really like his style much)
29 - Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll (And 'Beyond the Looking Glass')
30 - The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 - Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 - David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (I'm not fond of Dickens, this one was the second one I tried, after the weird cartoon version as a kid, the one with the cheese people?)
33 - Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 - Emma - Jane Austen
35 - Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (slightly redundant, given the above?)
37 - The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 - Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 - Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 - Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 - Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 - The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown ('Angels and Demons' was better)
43 - One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 - A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 - The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins (Working on this one)
46 - Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 - Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 - The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 - Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 - Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 - Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 - Dune - Frank Herbert
53 - Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 - Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen (I think this is the one of Austen's I've read, but it was quite a while ago)
55 - A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth.
56 - The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 - A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (First Dickens I read. Finished it, but wasn't fond of it)
58 - Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 - Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 - Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 - Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 - The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 - The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 - Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (I love Dumas)
66 - On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 - Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 - Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 - Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 - Moby Dick - Herman Melville (Parts of, my dad was obsessed with it for a while)
71 - Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 - Dracula - Bram Stoker (reread it recently - it's actually a lot better than I remembered from the first time)
73 - The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (This and 'A Little Princess' were childhood favourites)
74 - Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 - Ulysses - James Joyce
76 - The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 - Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 - Germinal - Emile Zola
79 - Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 - Possession - AS Byatt.
81 - A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 - Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 - The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 - The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 - Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 - A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 - Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 - The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 - Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Favourite)
90 - The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 - Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 - The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 - The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 - Watership Down - Richard Adams (And 'Plague Dogs', which scared the absolute shit out of me, worse than Watership ever did)
95 - A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 - A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 - The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas (I really love Dumas)
98 - Hamlet - William Shakespeare (again, somewhat redundant?)
99 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (Also 'The Glass Elevator', and quite a lot of Dahl, really)
100 - Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (Why I like Hugo when I hate Dickens is a question for the ages, but I do)
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( Jan. 20th, 2015 07:00 pm)
Meme via [livejournal.com profile] erinm_4600.

Choose five OTPs - without looking at the questions behind the cut - then tag friends to do the same:

1) Ivan/Victoria (RED)
2) Eugenides/Irene (Queen's Thief)
3) Gimli/Legolas (LotR)
4) Spock/McCoy (ST:TOS)
5) Evie/Rick (Mummy)

Saw [livejournal.com profile] shadadukal do this MIT dialect test, and got curious. My results were as follows:

Our top three guesses for your English dialect:

1. Irish (Republic of)
2. Scottish (U.K.)
3. Australian

Bang on the money, and apparently the Gaelic influence does come through strongly, though I've a more general British Commonwealth tint than my mother (who got Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish). Oddly, given the amount of television I've watched, there doesn't appear to be much American influence, but then Irish English can be hard to budge.

Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:

1. English
2. Swedish
3. Norwegian

Oddly, my mother again was different here. Same (correct) first language, but where I got Atlantic Scandinavian for my second & third, she got Baltic/North Sea area (Finnish & Dutch). I wonder about that. I don't know enough about those languages to guess what in our respective use of grammar might have pinged it. Huh.
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I need a kick in the pants, but I've been mostly sorting out RL stuff. Ugh. Something to get me thinking in a writerly direction again?

Give me a genre of fiction, and I will invent a character from whole cloth to feature in a story in that genre.

Feel free to be anything from broad strokes ('horror', 'crime') to somewhat specific ('historical urban fantasy') to super specific ('magitech clockpunk spy drama with a romantic subplot'). Lets see if I can do this without cheating and using characters I made earlier ;)
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( Mar. 19th, 2014 06:54 pm)
*rubs face* I hate forms. Why does applying for any goddamn thing have to involve jumping through so many hoops? *grumbles to self* But! Anyway! I haven't done a proper prompt meme for a while, so I thought I'd go for the old 'five ficlets' standby?

Making no promises on any of these, to warn you. Life is random right now. But we'll give it a go.

1) Give me a fandom plus character(s)/relationship, and FIVE one-word prompts
2) I'll see if I can write you five ficlets based on them


If you want to specify one of my pre-existing story universes, feel free to do that too. Apparently I'm noodling around a lot of my older universes lately -_-;
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( Jan. 31st, 2014 10:29 pm)
Your OTP is what you are subconsciously looking for in a relationship.

The first thing that came to mind was Aziraphale/Crowley. Apparently, what I subconsciously want in a relationship is 6000 years of comfortable enmity wherein we quietly help each other cheat against the rest of the cosmos on the grounds that we find each other the only more-or-less sensible beings in it.

... This oddly seems neither strange nor a problem to me -_-;
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( Jan. 23rd, 2014 08:28 pm)
Because I'm distractible and brain-dead right now :)

Give me a character and I'll give you:

My favourite same sex ship:
My favourite opposite sex ship:
My most hated pairing:
My favourite same sex unusual ship:
My favourite opposite sex unusual ship:
My favourite threesome/moresome:
My favourite crossover ship:
My favourite brotp/friendship ship:
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( Jan. 16th, 2014 04:43 pm)
Since it's apparently going around (anyone else think that memes sound like flus when you say it like that?).

But! Anyway. The "Ask Me About My Writing" meme. Ask me any questions you like about my writing, whether in general or about a specific story, whether fanfic or original.
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( Jan. 10th, 2014 12:17 am)
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.

My Ten Books:

These are the first ten books that came to mind. They're mostly books from my childhood, and most of them were determined by the selection at my local library. I joined when I was seven, and I've been a more-or-less continuous member ever since. There are a couple of adult or later picks in there too, though. Some of those came from my parents' or relatives' personal libraries, from the public library in my college town (first thing I do when moving somewhere for any length of time is join the nearest library - I've cards for my hometown, my mother's hometown, and my college town so far), or from second-hand bookshops. Because apparently the books that stick with me tend to be random finds got on the cheap or for free -_-; Though I suppose that makes sense when you're a kid. How else are you going to get a hold of stuff? No way either me or my parents would have had the budget for the sheer volume of stuff I read. The house has thousands of books as it stands, from five separate people collecting shit as they go, and we only get to buy a fraction of what we read. Though I suppose e-books and kindles are going to be making that a mite easier now ...

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( Sep. 24th, 2013 09:53 pm)
I think I'm getting the hang of tours now. Though, um. How do you tell the difference between being energised by your job and being hyped up on the adrenalin of a panic-attack perpetually delayed? *grins sheepishly* I get nervous speaking in front of people, which is naturally why I did drama and public speaking and debating and why I'm now working part time as a tour guide. Obviously.

I think I do enjoy it, though. The past few weeks, since starting this part of the job, I've been coming home with a lot more energy and going in in the mornings with a lot less headache-y dread. Now that I've most of the knowledge I need to back myself up, I'm a lot easier about dealing with people and questions, and basically any day that doesn't involve being the mobile component of a dishwashing conveyor belt is comparative bliss -_-;

I got a comment today that the tour was very interesting and I obviously know my stuff. Which, considering that this was my third tour ever, made me pretty bouncy and happy with myself. *smiles crookedly* I like being able to do stuff right. Heh.

*shakes head* Anyway. Horribly egotistic meme, since I do one along these lines about annually, and today seems like a good day for it?

If you had to pick one story of mine to tell people to read, what would it be?
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( Sep. 9th, 2013 10:13 pm)
Take meme here: http://slackhalla.org/~demise/test/socialattitude.php

Political Values

Radicalism 88.5
Socialism 43.75
Tenderness 50

These scores indicate that you are a progressive; this is the political profile one might associate with a university professor. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a pragmatic attitude towards humanity in general.

Your attitudes towards economics appear neither committedly capitalist nor socialist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as a political centrist.

To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, an egalitarian with few strong opinions.

This concludes our analysis; we hope you found your results accurate, useful, and interesting.

Unlike many other political tests found on the Internet which base themselves on untested (and usually ideologically motivated) ideas, this inventory is adapted from Hans Eysenck's own political inventory which was developed after extensive empirical investigations in the 20th Century.


Huh. Well, I think that's mostly fair enough. Pragmatic agnostic over here, so yeah. Though I'm not sure about egalitarianism. Depends on how we're defining it. But general equality of all people, yes, I can go with that. Though, really, I don't usually do politics at all. Heh.
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( Sep. 7th, 2013 08:58 pm)
I'd forgotten that my family are taking the van up north tomorrow. Which means crazy, panicky people trying to get everything organised and collapsing and ... and panicking, and on top of the migraine earlier I can't think well enough to string two words together.

And I kind of realise the past few weeks have been more or less a stream of petty complaints from me. I do apologize, yes? *ducks sheepishly* And, um. In the interests of distraction, I thought I'd do an old meme. I think it's been about a year or so since I did this one:

Pick a paragraph (or any passage between... let's say 200 and 600 words) from anything I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you 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.

Just pick a chunk you're curious about, don't worry too much about wordcounts or anything. I certainly won't be. Heh.
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Saw it floating around, thought why not. For the record? AIs kick all the ass. *nods sagely*

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( Aug. 16th, 2013 09:47 pm)
Okay. I haven't done a meme in a while. I also haven't really written in a while, either. And this has been a hell of a week, I spent most of Tuesday morning trying to figure out why I kept getting random dizzy spells, most Tuesday night and Wednesday curled up around a migraine, and I'll be working an extra day next week to make up for that. So. I'm in the mood to distract myself?

Give me a fandom and a type of AU, and I'll try to write you a snippet from that AU.

Any fandom you know I write is fair game, though I'm not making any guarantees for quality -_-; Um. Anyone want?
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I have recently figured out both the profile 'statistics' function and the 'sort and filter' function on AO3. Just in time to spot this meme going around. Yay me?

But anyway. Have an AO3 Meme:

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( Jun. 13th, 2013 10:20 pm)
Okay. I think I've gotten my comments back. *crosses fingers* We'll see how that goes.

Today was rather odd in terms of work. I got up, went through my whole morning routine, had breakfast and coffee and got myself sorted, and then, as I was heading out the door, thought to check my phone. On which there was a text message sent a whole hour earlier telling me that work was closed for the day due to unforeseen circumstances. I'm guessing something to do with the power going out over half the town last night. *grumbles* I need to start checking my phone before coffee. But that involves, well, reading tiny writing before coffee.

Didn't matter much. Apparently I was so exhausted that when I went to snatch another hour in bed, I conked out immediately, coffee notwithstanding. I got up properly at half past eleven -_-;

Anyway! That aside, and since hopefully my comments are now back, wanna do a meme? I figure writing shorts seems to be going okay, so we'll go with sentence prompts:

1) Give me a fandom plus character/pairing, and FIVE one-word prompts
2) I'll see if I can write you five one-sentence ficlets based on them


I should get around to them sometime in the next couple of days. *grins sheepishly* And, as always, 'sentence' might be a bit of a misnomer.
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( Jun. 4th, 2013 09:38 pm)
Between the switch-up of routines from starting work and all the other ... things that have been happening the past couple of weeks, I'm in a bit of a between-place at the moment. My sleep is all over the place, and my writing incredibly sporadic (not that it isn't usually, but moreso at the moment). So. Meme?

Give me a show/movie/fandom and I'll tell you:

my favourite female character
my favourite male character
my favourite book/season/etc
my favourite episode (if it's a tv show)
my favourite cast member
my favourite ship
a character I'd die defending
a character I just can't sympathize with
a character I grew to love
my anti otp
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( May. 21st, 2013 09:13 pm)
Snagging from [livejournal.com profile] oneiriad.

I have 353 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 353 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

(Actually, a couple of those are podfics or gift fics by other people listing me as co-author, so if you get one of those you get to go again -_-;)
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( May. 15th, 2013 10:12 pm)
Since I just almost had to lose some, I ended up looking them over, and celebrating my gifted icon spaces by switching around some of them. Heh. So.

Ask me questions about any of my icons?
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