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Look at this fucking cat. Seriously, look at him. Do you think it's possible that any other animal, anywhere, could be this comfortable? I don't.

Obscenely comfortable cat )


In other news, both my [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas and [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fics are complete! The latter has been submitted but is still having the final touches put on it with the help of my beta. I am so pleased that we can now edit after submission, omg ILU AO3.


In other, other news, have a rec. I've seen this recc'd all over the shop, and rightly so, but if you've yet to take a look at it, go and do so now:

Right nor Wrong by Anon | Severus/Minerva with Filch POV | Adult | In Greek mythology, Argus the guardian of Io is sometimes said to have a hundred eyes. In the wizarding world, Argus the caretaker of Hogwarts has only two eyes, but he sees a great deal all the same.

This story is fabulous. The author's Filch voice is amazing, and he's been fleshed out into a funny, insightful, still-snarky and multi-layered character. The other characters in the story are painted beautifully through Argus' eyes - the author captures Snape's unattractiveness but also his powerful magnetism, as well as Minerva's intelligence, humanity and temper. Umbridge is also wonderfully rendered, and this story features one of the best cat names in the history of ever :D. Highly recommended.

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So I thought I'd update with an actual update today, instead of the needs-posting meme entry. Maybe I'll do the meme later (if I need the procrastination), or tomorrow. Or something.

I've been applying for jobs, but not so many last week as the week before, and not yet this week. Spent this morning taking my car over for service/rego check (argh, ngh, two new tyres and rear brake pads waaaah my wallet), then borrowing my mother's car to run a few errands. One of which was picking up the new Wheel of Time novel.

I HAS ME A COPY OF TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, BITCHES. Once I crack the cover, don't expect to see me until I'm done.

This morning when I woke up, there was a comment in my inbox that told me that An Interesting and Difficult Woman has been nominated for a Deathly Hallows Award! :D :D :D Thank you to whoever it was that nominated it!

I am still catching up over at [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest, and I'm also reading at [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkfest, which started posting on Halloween and has had some killers already so far. Seriously, guys, you all need to go and read this one:


The Road To Hell | Ginny/Harry, Kingsley | R | Harry and Ginny are young and in love, but can they escape the scars that the War has left behind?

THIS FIC. I CAN'T. Omg, seriously. The summary doesn't give anything away, here, doesn't even begin to talk about what is happening here, but trust me that this story is deeply, deeply unsettling and brilliantly written. I don't want to give away what unfolds as you read it, but just go. Now. Why are you still here?


On a completely different note, watch this. Made by a guy called Colin, based on cartoons from Hyperbole and a Half:


Curiosity

Jul. 28th, 2010 11:35 pm
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No meme today. It's late and the question requires more thought than I have right now.

But, curiosity. I mentioned a few days ago when talking about favourite pairings that mostly my early fics make me cringe a little bit now, because I was seventeen/eighteen when I wrote them and I know that my writing style and understanding of characters have matured and improved since then. This is a trend I have noticed for some time now. I mean, I have been writing since I can remember, but I wrote more than one novel length story when I was in high school (before I discovered fanfiction, thankfully, because I have no doubt I would have written horrible Mary Sues and posted them on ff.net if I had known about it back then), and by the time I was seventeen/eighteen, they made me cringe. Now, I look back, and it's the fic I wrote then that causes that reaction. To some extent, I feel that way about some of the later ones in a sort of creeping way - if I go back and look at them, some stories that I reread last year and still thought were good, I might see more flaws in the next, and so on. It tends to follow a general pattern of the older they are, the more likely I am to hate them a little bit on reread. It's getting less - I mean, I am less inclined to think GAH THIS IS TERRIBLE and more 'this part is badly written, this character is OOC, if I wrote this again now I would change x' with old fic, say, than with the godawful novel-length detective fiction I wrote in high school, but it's still present.

Obviously, all writers are evolving and changing and (hopefully!) improving with each new thing they write, but I'm curious... is this an age thing? I know quite a few of my flisties are a tiny bit older than me, and I have wondered before whether there is a point at which maturity... plateaus, I suppose, to a degree where you can look at something you wrote a number of years ago and not think it is dreadfully immature writing? I mean, obviously we're always going to see the flaws in our own work, but is there a point at which it becomes less OMG HATE KILL IT WITH FIRE and more accepting?

Just to make it clear, this is really really not me wanting everyone to tell me how awesome I am and have been forever, or anything. I put effort into my writing and my stories and I know that yes, I have written things people enjoy and I have written things I am quite proud of, even some time on. But there are also things that I go back and look at and hate with the firey passion of a thousand burning suns, and I am really curious as to whether writers generally have that experience whatever their age, or if it... mellows, I guess.

(For the record, I don't generally take down my stories just because I dislike them/am embarrassed by them. For one, it's a little bit of 'if I started, where would I stop?' thing, because if you start removing things you don't like a lot, and then things you don't like a little bit, forever, what ends up being left? For another, I don't know which stories there are out there that people might still really like that I am less impressed with, and I know how much I hate it when I try to read something I have loved and it has been deleted by its author (I still sometimes get reviews on Menage-a-Trios on SH, and 'favourite story' adds for 'Thankyou' on ff.net, so I guess there is still an audience somewhere). I also kind of like the journey, you know? This is me, and yes, I have written fic that was a bit crap, but I'd rather leave myself visibly whole, warts and all, rather than removing anything and everything that might make me look bad. That said, I did remove one story from ff.net because I couldn't stand the sight of it, and didn't do much to save any of the contents of my geocities websites. I think every author is within their right to take something down, especially if they have written something in the past that they now find problematic on grounds of genderfail, racefail, somethingelsefail, or just because they want to. I just personally choose not to, as a general rule).

_

On a completely different note, [livejournal.com profile] minervas_eule posted a video earlier today in which Dumbledore's 'dirty secret' was that he hates his beard, and now I would like to give away a large, floppy eared plot bunny to any good home that might like it: Dumbledore didn't die, you see, he just faked his own death, and then he shaved, and now no one recognises him! Perhaps Snape was in cahoots, and he isn't dead either, and they went of somewhere to be Snapledore-y forever (hey, a pairing I forgot to mention kind of loving!). And maybe Dumbles donated his beard hair to Voldemort, because of his 'dirty secret', and everyone lived happily ever after!

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Wow, that got longer than probably the meme answer would have been, and now I have to be up in six hours, yet again. Goodnight!
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Iiiiiiinteresting, flist. Verrrry interesting. Last time I did the 'who is the best actress' poll, the result was very firmly in favour of Maggie Smith. This time, the results were much closer, with Judi Dench sliding first over the finish line by one vote.

So Judi Dench shall be Queen until I think to do this again in another three years, I guess *g*.


And now, the chickfight. Well, to be honest, I kind of knew this would happen. In this, at least, flist, you are adorably predictable.

Not now, though. Now I really am curious to see who comes out on top. So. The second and final round. We can presume that Minerva has her wand and her wits, and M has an assortment of awesome M16 gadgets and weaponry. I will presume, since she beat the trained assassin, that you all think she does indeed knpw how to use them.


Kickass Witch vs. Spymistress

[Poll #1561181]

Feel free to debate. Once again, the answer 'the would not fight, they'd shag' is not a valid response unless demonstrated via fanfic.

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So, some time ago now, I had a poll because I couldn't possibly form an opinion on who was the best actress out of these four and wanted to see what my flist thought. The last time, the answer was a resounding shout in favour of one of them, but I'm curious as to whether my flist demographic, or their opinion, has changed.

So:

[Poll #1559923]


And then I had an even more amusing idea, inspired by [livejournal.com profile] chickfight. Picking four kickass characters played by these women, I wonder who would win. I was going to put them all together, but I decided to split it into two polls, one for the ladies with magical powers and one for those without. We'll see who wins, then I'll post a winners battle later this week.

The contenders are: Minerva McGonagall (Harry Potter) and Queen Mab (Merlin), and M (James Bond) and Rose (Shadowboxer).

Kickass witch vs. Faerie Queen.

[Poll #1559924]

Spymistress vs. trained assassin.

[Poll #1559925]

More information about the contenders, if you need help to make your decision: Minerva McGonagall | Queen Mab | M | Rose

Feel free to discuss and/or beat each other up in the comments. I am at work and will be easily amused.

Also, no, the answer 'they wouldn't fight, they'd shag instead' is not a valid argument unless it is demonstrated by fanfic or interprative dance.

Let the chickfight commence! *chooses non-partisan icon before posting*

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This ) is what I saw every time I looked down today. And everytime I did, I thought HEY I AM WEARING PURPLE STOCKINGS. AND THEY ARE AWESOME. I love how sometimes the clothes you wear make you go :D.

Am enjoying the new job. Everyone seems friendly, and the work is varied enough to be interesting, and there is an awesome coffee machine and free fruit and just, yeah, it's pretty good. Also I got paid today, and that was VERY SHINY INDEED.

So yes. Things are good. Also, I am super excited that [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder starts posting in like two days. I feel like a kid at Christmas. I know I am harping on about that, but it's just my favourite (oh btw mod if you're feeling very nice you can post my fic on my birthday y/y? *g*).

I've been reading all this meta on Mary Sues that's going around lately, and it's really interesting. I said something similar myself quite a while ago - about Mary Sues not being that bad, really - and got shouted down by random people. Possibly because I wasn't as eloquent as most of the people posting now, for sure, but it's interesting to see how fandom's attitude changes. As far as I see it, yes, Mary Sues can be annoying, but good god that word gets bandied about far too often, and seriously, leave people to their fantasies. If you don't like it, you don't have to read it. Also the discussion gives me bunnies for a fic I had the idea for like three years ago, but never wrote. Perhaps I shall try my hand at writing it.

Oh, 1979

Apr. 6th, 2010 07:43 pm
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You amuse me.

I recently bought a copy of the magazine 'The World of Yesterday' from December '79 on Ebay. Almost the entire issue is dedicated to pictures and information about Agnes Moorehead, which made it awesome and impossible to resist.

In the editor's letter at the beginning of the magazine, there is the following:

"Maintaining our subscription files and mailing lists was taking hours of precious time a week so we invested in a small computer to handle these chores ... As time goes on we are going to give our Apple (believe it or not that is the name of the manufacturer of our little work horse) lots more to do..."

Believe it or not!

w00t

Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:33 pm
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i. My Beholder fic is finished, edited, HAS A TITLE (wtf, hardest part this time) and is sent off to the Mod. Yaye! Thanks to my fabulous beta (you know who you are) for all your suggestions :). Now, just two weeks until posting starts. Longest two weeks ever? I can't wait! My favourite exchange! :D

ii. Worked my last contracted shift at Woolworths on Thursday. It was hell on earth. Seriously, you'd think Good Friday was the bloody apocalypse, instead of just ONE WHOLE DAY WE WERE SHUT. Dear customers, You won't starve in one day. Really. No love, me. So yes, it was wonderful to get away from there (at 2AM omg wtf). I am staying on casual, maybe to do one shift a month or so, just to keep in contact with everyone, but I can't do a shift for like three and a half weeks (until my annual leave is paid out in hours), so that will give me a few weeks to settle into my new job without having to concern myself with Woolies at all.

iii. New job starting on Wednesday. omfg ahsahjahjakkaa. I'm kind of excited and kind of nervous and scared of change all at the same time. One thing I do know is that my routine is going to change dramatically. No more sleeping from 3am-11am for me. Am working on that over the long weekend.

iv. I think I'm going to participate in [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest this year. Prompts are now open. I will submit some today, or maybe tomorrow. It sounds fun. I'm feeling the Minerva love lately - remembering all my mad affection for the older ladies of HP canon - and I think I would like to write her again.

v. Speaking of Minerva love, check out this hilarious post over at [livejournal.com profile] chickfight. I don't follow the community - I think it's just some kind of 'who would win the hypothetical fight' type comm, with one eventual champion, but I saw Minerva's fight pimped in [livejournal.com profile] potter_women the other day, and went over to take a look. Min didn't win :( - the poll was already closed by the time I got there - but the thread is worth reading just for all the Minerva love in the comments. My favourite snippet: "In short, cross Professor Minerva McGonagall and she will fuck. you. up." Hell yeah.

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i. I bought a car today! It is lovely and I am in love and yaye omg a car that is reliable and shiny and jesusfuck I will have to take care of this one better than I did my first car!

ii. Saw Pink in concert on Friday night. She is absolutely awesomely amazing. So, so glad I went! I thought it might be awkward with my Mum and Ken and two of their friends, but it wasn't at all. Almost an entire jug of sangria at dinner probably helped with that XD.

iii. Laptop is at the repair place again, which is ANNOYING and STUPID. Hopefully I will get it back sometime this week. For now I am stuck out in the back room the PC and IT IS COLD OUT HERE. Seriously, I have the air con on but it doesn't do a lot in this room, so am also wearing my dressing gown over my trackies and jumper, have a blanket over my knees, and am wearing fingerless hobo gloves for typing. All this is possibly overkill, but I am not too warm so I DON'T CARE.

iv. I picked up Augusta Longbottom at Bloodlines! She is fun so far, but at the moment I only have three icons because with laptop dying the day after journal was made I didn't have a chance to make screencaps and make more icons. Another reason for wanting laptop back.

v. For anyone who might be interested, [livejournal.com profile] miss_bowtruckle and I recently wrote a mildly incestuous (by wizarding standards), epically cross-gen thread of George/Auntie Muriel smutness. It was so much fun and turned out hotter than it had any right to be. We will be writing moar.

vi. Saw HBP opening night. LOVE. So funny, and so powerful. Severus, please killed me possibly even more on screen than it did in the books, and I seriously gasped aloud, probably because I'd been sitting there with my nails digging into my palms knowing it was coming for about half an hour. Not going to give a huge reviews since everyone and their dog is doing it, but I want to say: yay for the return of Gemma Jones as Madam Pomfrey! I hadn't known she was going to be there, and it was a pleasant surprise even if she didn't have any lines! Baby steps, I suppose. Perhaps she'll get to be awesome and pwn some DEs in the final DH battle, since Emma Thompson is not returning to hurl crystal balls at people?

vii. With all the RP madness, I never did end up updating about meeting French and Saunders, did I? It was fantastic! The show was absolutely epic, and then I waited at the stage door with my Mum (who would make the worst obsessive fan ever - she was restless after standing there for like five minutes). They emerged after maybe twenty or so? W/E, I would've waited all night, and Mum was gushing afterward, too. Got my program signed, and gave them little gift bags with chocolates - surprised smiles from people who are only expecting to be asked to GIVE MORE in the form of autographs and photos is always :D. They were really gracious about the pictures, which made me wish I had told Mum to bring the camera (I didn't want to when she suggested it). There's a grainy one of me and Jen on Mum's mobile, but it's hardly worth uploading). Doesn't matter, though. I SHALL REMEMBER how awesome and gorgeous they were :D.

viii. Does anyone else think 'Luna Lovegood' like crazy when they listen to Regina Spektor? This song on her new album makes me think it especially.

:)

Jun. 30th, 2009 05:23 pm
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New Tori Amos album. New Regina Spektor album.

Two thumbs up.

*is happy Angie*

Having fun playing at [livejournal.com profile] waking_pandora and plotting and prethreading for Bloodlines, which opens this coming weekend.

So far, there has been much awesome, like playing a thread with [livejournal.com profile] scytheandroses' wonderful Robards again, coming to tell Rita her husband has just been killed and, completely different, Poppy getting all no-nonsense with Dean when get gets bitten on the arse by a niffler.

That's about all I have to say on that front, apart from *\o/* RP and come check out the games and play with me! :D


Oh, and also:

FRENCH AND SAUNDERS TOMORROW!!!111 *\o/* sjshjagsjahksjshshjss.

That is all.
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Okay, so I'll go back to finishing the real pr0ns in a moment. I just couldn't resist this.

[livejournal.com profile] babb_chronicles drabble contest, the fifth.

Bad!fic prompt: "Ginny,do you really want to keep swallowing my sperm?I mean I don't care.. but you could become pregnant."Sirius said.

Warning: Implied chan.

Wow, they didn't teach you much before they threw you in Azkaban, did they? )

Randoms

Nov. 13th, 2008 02:05 am
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Okay, so I've completely failed NaBlo. Crap. Heh, I guess that shows what a flake I am. Can't even make a blog post every day for a month. Glad I didn't sign up to NaNo again :P.

Anyway!

i. OMG [livejournal.com profile] yuletide assignments came out today, and omg I am in love with mine *flails*! I can only write the one fandom in it, though I suspect, if I wanted to, that I could get through the canons of one or both of my recipients other requests in the required time, but I don't think I'll bother because OMG ♥

Note to Yuletide Santa, if you're poking around in my journal - Dear Santa letter will be forthcoming.

ii. [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus assignment is still being worked on, and is coming along nicely now that the deadline is looming. Thank Merlin for that!

iv. Had an interesting (read: omfg) thing happen at work the other night. A woman came in to buy smokes, and she had a GREAT BIG MOTHERFUCKNG HUNTSMAN SPIDER on her shoulder. Co-worker was all "ZOMG YOU HAVE A SPIDER ON YOU and the woman shrieked and I gave a girly little shriek at the sight of it, and she flailed and it ran onto her back and then another valiant coworker swept if off her back with a bag and them stomped that bastard to death. I believe we were all relieved and OMG THANK GOD IT WASN'T ON MEEEE afterward.

v. For those on my flist who are supporters of gay marriage and interested in reading and sharing information regarding gay issues, join [livejournal.com profile] red2rainbow.

That's all. Perhaps I'll post tomorrow. Perhaps not. I'll try, anyway.
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i. I received an email today from the fellow Rita-fan who is translating To Eart, Like Ashes into Russian (*\o/*). The translation is part of an anonymous contest of some kind, and she is on 'team Rita' (I want to be on that team, too!). Anyway, she gave me a link to a rather nifty video that's also been made for the contest.

There are subtitles in the video to make the plot clearer, but they're in Russian. Basically, the idea is that Rita finds out about Dumbledore's hidden memories and decides to write a book.



I know at least one person on my flist will enjoy the musical accompaniment, too ;).

ii. I love this article. Honestly, I don't know enough about British politics (despite taking a media class when I was there that was pretty much concerned with nothing else - it confused the hell out of me and I think I only passed it because I'm exceptionally good at bullshitting), and it doesn't effect me enough for me to really care which party JKR donated money to, but I have to say I was rather surprised to see she'd done so at all. As the article says, doing that opens her up for criticism, and I'm kind of glad. I'm sick of seeing her painted as this God-like figure that no one is allowed to challenge.

iii. On a similar note, in your face, WB. Seriously, the very idea of banning a film because its name sounds a bit like 'Harry Potter' is fucking stupid. I'm glad they lost, and I'm also glad that this lawsuit has given the film so much free publicity! If it comes out here, I'd love to see it because it sounds like a hoot.

iv. Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
featherxquill: (Trelawney DOOM!)
Okay, so it's probably the sleep deprivation making me actually post this, but well, whatever.

So, I'm addicted to this dumb game on Facebook called Tomato Bounce, the premise of which is, well, helping the tomatoes escape the salad and bouncing them across the kitchen on a spatula to the table. YES, I KNOW ITS RETARDED, STFU :P.

And when I say obsessed, I mean, like, this obsessed.

Your Highest Score: 14650

Your Rank on Facebook: 1326 / 233735

Percentile: 99

Either I am awesome, or incredibly, incredibly sad. ANYWAY. Once I can't beat my high score for like a week, I'll probably get over the game entirely, because it is inherently pointless.

But there is this amusing thing I noticed about the tomatoes. Apart from the one that seems so insanely happy to be bouncing around that it's all D: when it gets to the table, there are twp that make me think of HP characters.

I have pics of them, which is even sadder, because screencapping this game was an utter BITCH, but hey, 5am so wheee, everything is awesome.

tomato!Gilderoy and tomato!Slughorn )

So, er, yes. I think I'll stop eating M&Ms and go to bed now. >.>

Heeee

Apr. 25th, 2008 02:30 am
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Am having a continued Bewitched marathon. Went out the other day and bought myself four seasons worth (in edition to the fifth season box set I bought a few weekends ago). They were on sale! $15.98 each! I couldn't resist. 18 discs. I'll be watching it the rest of my life.

Anyway, something randomly amusing. Episode 53 - Maid to Order (coincidentally, the first appearance of the actress who would later play the Stephens' maid Esmerelda - as another maid, Naomi, equally as hopeless, while the Tate's have a maid called Esmerelda [/random factoid]):

Louise (on phone): Esmerelda was just called out of town because of illness in her family and tonight I'm having a formal dinner party for eight people, including that big shot new client whatshisname... that's right, H. J. Simpson.

Heeee. Just give him some donuts, he'll be happy. :P

(Coming eventually - a clip of the Best Scene Evar from Season Five, in which Maurice turns Darrin into a horse and Samantha and Endora hunt him down in France where he is entertaining his two new personal assistants and there is so much innuendo that Angie dies)

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I now have a certificate which has admitted me to the degree of Bachelor of Media. It rained all day, and the ceremony was mostly surreal, but in a good way. Many thanks to you all for your congratulations ♥.

But for something completely different, my favourite song of the moment. One of the things I miss (and got to enjoy yesterday on the getting-into-peak-hour drive over to campus in the rain) about driving to uni every day is the chance to listen to my car CD from beginning to end.

My current car CD is Nightwish's 'Oceanborn', which was, I think, their second album. And the 'showcase' of the album is most definitely 'The Pharaoh Sails to Orion', which is in my top three favourite Nightwish songs, I think (Ghost Love Score will always have first place). It has the most amazing lyrics and music and just gah, I want to share it with you.

The Pharaoh Sails to Orion - lyrics and youtube vid )

Ah, Old School Nightwish owns me. Seeing those concert clips makes me so incredibly sad that the band doesn't exist like that now. I've tried to like the new lead singer, really I have, but they just don't sound like the same band any. In cutting loose Tarja, they've lost what made them unique. I think Toumas sums up my feelings best, actually, in the line from Gethsemane he wrote for Tarja to sing: without you the poetry within me is dead.

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So. An update. It's been a while since I made a real one.

i. [livejournal.com profile] stoatshead_hill is now closed, and I finished my final thread there a few days ago. Rita and Kingsley have their complicated fading off into the sunset, and Ollivander departed on the next great adventure. Which made me cry. A lot. I'm sad we're done there, but at the same time I'm glad it happened when it did, while we all cared enough to post our characters' final on-screen moments and draw their stories to a close. It was a fun game, and I met so many amazing people playing in it, and those frienships won't fade.

ii. [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead is stronger than ever. The upheaval there must be like a month ago now, but it's actually been really awesome for the game as a whole. The cast is smaller now (but not too small) and it feels sort of homey and everyone-knows-everyone. I like it. There have been two giant parties this month, one which Rita really enjoyed (with her boy toy on her arm and getting looks from people and making them wonder. Being surprising is what she loves most in the world) and one which I enjoyed but she was sort of meh about. I'm still not entirely comfortable with the whole muggleborn!Ravenclaw Rita thing, but I'm enjoying her and she's an interesting challenge. I think my personal canon for her will always be as a pureblood Slytherin.

ii. Working on my hp_beholder fic, which will definitely be finished by the deadline, and hoping to finish my claim for the [livejournal.com profile] erotic_elves challenge as well, though I am more concerned about the exchange fic that is for someone. I really shouldn't sign up for things, but I do love the beholder assignment. On that note: has anyone on my flist been to Eastern Europe? I'd like an opinion on, er, something. Leave a comment? *hopeful smile*

iii. Still working at the supermarket and doing little else. Looking for more work. Am thinking I shall have to do work experience for free, because no one seems to want me on a degree and four years retail experience. Giving it another few weeeks before I start making enquiries. Also I have a stupid crush on someone I work with, who is very much a straight married woman and why, brain, why do you do this to me? I'll probably get over it in a few weeks like I did the crush I had on another straight married woman who works there, but god, wtf. There are plenty of hot young men working there too, and I am very appreciative of and sometimes interested in them, but I get these stupid crushes on completely unavailable women. Seriously, WHY?

Some stories of the supermarket )

iv. I always have a bajillion things to say when I'm not updating, but then the text box comes up and I can't think of anything. I should just update whenever I think of things and not plan to do it later. But then what kind of procrastinator would I be?

v. Wicked was fabulous. I really want to see the show now, even if it is different. I've probably never mentioned to anyone here that I was seriously, seriously obsessed with the Wicked Witch of the West as a child. No, really. I wrote was was probably fanfiction about her for like an entire year. I remember my year one teacher asking me if there was anything else I'd like to write about, anything. Someone knitted me a witch with a green face. I still have her. So that story was like, just... wow, and I'm so glad I finally read it.

vi. I am now reading 'Helen Mirren - In the Frame - My Life in Words and Pictures', which is fabulous. I got it for Christmas but only picked it up properly the other day. I have so far read about her family and childhood and her younger years in the RSC and travelling across Africa and living the Boheme actress lifestyle. God, I'd love to do that - give up all my things and just go and make wonderful art in strange places. I wonder if the world she travelled in still exists at all in the way it did when she explored it. My instinct tells me it doesn't, that the 60s and 70s are gone now and it would be impossible to live the same life now, but then that could just be the stories the media tell and the brainwashing of the capitalist consumer system to make us think that we have work and earn and buy and borrow in order to live.

vii. There are weird white larvae things falling out of our kitchen air conditioning duct. I looked up hornet larvae on google, and found pictures that are disturbingly similar. We have a nest of hornets out the back and their nest is in the wall cavity behind my bedroom. Seriously, if we start getting hornets inside the house, I'm fucking moving out.

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THIS is the reason why anyone who has ever asked me about Koala's gets the 'God, they're the most boring animals on the planet - Australian bird are much, much cooler' speech. Dancing Cockatoos FTW.

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The Letter meme: Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. Afterwards, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.

[livejournal.com profile] ancientgirl gave me 'R'.

1. Rita Skeeter - bitchy, audacious, impossible. My favourite HP character and my fannish obsession.

2. Richardson, Miranda (does that count? It does if I say so, yeah?) ;) - a talented actress, a beautiful woman, eccentric and individual and blunt. Love.

3. RP - the communal writing experience. When I want to craft a scene and be in control of the situation, I write fiction. When I want to explore a character, throw her in a situation with characters written by other writers, I RP. No one who doesn't will quite understand the joy of RP. I imagine, in the 'real world', the idea of it would be enough to break most people's geek-o-meter. But I love it. So much.

4. Reading - losing myself in another world, being absorbed by letters on a page and my own imagination. It's one of the simplest pleasures out there, but also one of the best.

5. Renting movies - these days I use Quickflix, but online or off, I love browsing films and picking up random things that I'd never have thought to see at the cinema.

6. Rain - Especially storms. And especially when I don't have to go anywhere in them. I love hearing the patter against the tin roof of our carport, I love watching it fall in the pool. I love that cozy feeling of being inside when it is wet and cold outside. I love the smell of summer rain on hot concrete. I love watching lightening.

7. Ripping and uploading - I love sharing my favourite things with others who also enjoy them.

8. Rice - it's so versatile, and the best carb ever. I like it both sweet and savoury. I like that it is bland and goes well with rich sauce - and dammit, I like things on a bed of rice and not all mixed together (with the exception of risotto). I like getting the bits of plain boiled rice along with the sauce on top. Yes, there is a difference. I do not know if this makes me weird.

9. Red - one of my favourite colours. Usually in darker shades, rather than postbox.

10. Really loud music - I was trying to think of a way to get music in here, and I found it. Soft music is okay, when it's the only option. But Really Loud is the best option for almost all music, and I will turn the volume up and let it carry me away whenever I have the chance.

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I fail so hard at updating my LJ. But here is one now!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/New Year/everything else, and that you are now enjoying the appearance of Easter Eggs in stores way before they need to be there (mmmm, Cadbury Creme Eggs, although I have to say that my supermarket having eggs now makes Easter less special because I will already have eaten 3645353 of them by the time the day rolls around).

Things that have been happening in the land of Angie:

i. Rita and Kingsley! They have finally got their act together and are enjoying each other's company, which of course makes me all sorts of happy, but at the same time is kind of bittersweet because there's Ollivander too, and Rita seems to have decided to finally grow up and not keep them both.

ii. [livejournal.com profile] road_ahead. I'm enjoying playing there - my muggleborn!Ravenclaw Rita is most certainly talking to me now, and also to others. She's writing an article about the war and planning a paper about the history of dark magic and having tea and attending Quidditch games with Sybill Trelawney (and Pomona Sprout, in the latter thread) and generally recovering her equilibrium and having a good time. The game is fantastic, but we need more of the older generation! If anyone is interested in playing an older generation character (game would dearly love a Kingsley Shacklebolt and a Gawain Robards, because they'd have a lot to do in the plot), go take a look. We especially need older generation men, because there are a number of women running around but no men, and it is a bit odd. Right now it feels like more of a younger generation game, but I know there are people out there who enjoy the older characters, and the more of them there are the more opportunities we'd all have to play :). Go look!

iii. [livejournal.com profile] quills_pbs I don't know how long this new fad of 'making icons of completely random people' will last, but that is my RP PB icon comm! There are currently only a few sets - Tarja Turunen, Mika, Peter O'Brien, Barbara Streisand - but I find random people intriguing for icons fairly often, so there will be more.

iv. I have been reading a lot since Christmas, when I went out and spent my gift-money on a rather thick pile of books. I think I would like to ramble about them:

In which Angie rambles about books )

v. I am also working on fic, since I realised what a poor effort I made last year in that department (fic year-end post thingy to be made separately, although there is little point in doing it at all). So hopefully I will have some fic up soon!

Peace out!

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