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12 September 2006 @ 11:39 pm
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FAKE  -- I re-read volume one for the first time in two years. I like it a lot more now than then, when I was a bit 'sophistry and illusion, consign it to the flames!' (ie 'not enough boysmut'). Since then I've read enough boysmut to launch a ... a ship full of porn, so the plot and extra characters were a good deal more welcome. It's a shame that there's little chance of me finding anything other than volume seven shoved into the back of a shelf in Other Realms with a twenty euro price tag. I'll never know if Ryo and Dee get busy.

Euro -- this is not a plural. You can have one euro and one cent, or you can have one million euro and one million cent (I wish I did). This has been annoying me since Beer Fest, and probably before then. Look, I know it's stupid that there's no S, but there's undoubtedly a good reason for it ...  no, actually, it'll be a daft and pointless reason but the fact is, the paucity of pluralism is correct. Don't piss off the Monetary Union, yo. One day we will pwn your asses.

Writing -- yes, I'm having that cyclical slump. Compounded by the fact that I have precisely one week and a half before I start college again and I'm desperate to get the two fest fics at least well started before then. That very need is holding me back. Also not helping: my abrupt shift in style, where I'm writing frilly frothy little things that barely scrape past the 5000 word mark. Those big fics? Are EXHAUSTING. I feel they're the only way of breaking through in fandom and I don't want to abandon them, yet I really do not have the energy or compulsion right now. Maybe it is gone forever. I don't know. I do not like being too scared to write, I can tell you that much.

Feedback -- I haven't been leaving much lately. This is due to limited online time -- I have to bookmark things and I tend to lose the impetus to comment when not actually connected. Intend to rectify this when I have a constant connection. It makes me feel like a heel.

College -- Only a week and a half till broadband. And, er, even more work. Bit of a double-edged sword, that. What scares me about Junior Doctors is not the horrible hours or Ore-sama consultants but the lack of time. Time for me. My writing. Even term-time severely limits that because I'm so damn tired all the time, and I must needs prioritise -- study has to come first, like it or not. (Not.) I know I'll be able to handle being an intern, but if push comes to shove I don't know if I'll want to handle it. And forty-five million other employed people say: So what?

Books -- I fail to see why The Color Purple got such critical acclaim. I'm not that stupid -- I know the grammar is purposely skew-wiff. Yet the shocking bits didn't shock me, and the ending made me go WTF? Then again, my knowledge of American history is thus: you threw some tea in the ocean, there were Indians, you weren't very nice to black people, and you put flags everywhere. For all I know American apartheid wasn't even over when the book was published, thus explaining its pertinence at the time. Also finished: Shadow of the Giant, finally. In about three hours, which made me headsick. Response: WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? Seriously -- what? And now, my lovely David Gemmell, Heroes in the Shadows. Should write an essay about how heroes are made not born, forged in adversity, and are almost always reluctant, but can't be arsed. My meta blows. 

RPGs -- 3 years in fandom, and I have yet to a) entirely figure out what these are and b) fathom the appeal. It's all very Fight Club, too. If you aren't down with a or b, NOBODY will tell you.

 
 
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...: [Brideshead Revisited] C/Schowburger on September 12th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Amen on the euro thing. The best thing ever what when those crack-y ringtone ads used to say "only six yo-yos" for some unfathomable reason; it made my brain bleed.

Is David Gemmell actually good? The shelves and shelves of his similar-looking books in Easons kind of lead me to think that his writing must be utter tripe (of course, then I turn around and browse the Discworld section quite happily...).
...chowburger on September 12th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
And it is quite obviously supposed to say 'was' and not 'what' in the second sentence.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 12th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
[ponders] That only took me a few hours to read, too. It wasn't exactly difficult, you know the way Salman Rushdie is. Then again, the Life of Pi is burning me from across the room. I think it's the maths term putting me off. :(

Still four years away, but I worry for Ireland. ♥
jehnt: infernal affairs - endjehnt on September 13th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
FAKE is my favorite manga. I dunno why, I just liiiiike it. I have some trouble telling the characters apart though. I'm like, "uh, so the dude with the dark hair hits on the dude with the light hair, then there's the dude with the medium-colored hair and--" and I get confused. But I still really like it.

Euro is plural? I DID NOT KNOW THAT. This is because in America we have dollarS, so I think we (and the makers of Beer Fest!) assume that you stick an S on 'euro' to make it plural.

I hate the writing slump. I am in kind of an everything-slump lately. Everything except studying. Its so terrible.

College: I have figured out that I need three hours of me-time per day. This is non-negotiable. If I have to cut back on sleep to do it, then I have to cut back on sleep. If I don't get it, I go insaaaaaane. This, unfortunately, somewhat cramps my style, given that I often have to choose between homework and socializing. And, well, I tend to usually choose the homework.

my knowledge of American history is thus: you threw some tea in the ocean, there were Indians, you weren't very nice to black people, and you put flags everywhere.

That's mostly it. I, of course, believe it's also good to remember the Alamo. Okay, I don't quite know WHAT we're supposed to remember about the Alamo, but everyone agrees that it's very important.

And man, I don't get RPGs either. They seem to involve a lot of effort. Like, A LOT. I'd probably completely forget about it and leave everyone else in the lurch. :-/
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Banana headscoradh on September 13th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Dark hair = seme. Light hair = uke. I don't know if dark hair makes you a seme, or semes are born with dark hair, but that is the short and short of it. :D

Assuming makes an ass of you and me. [innocent face] I guess the whole world assumes that -- I'm guessing that some of the languages in the monetary union don't use S for plural, hence the more universal non-pluralism.

Yeah ... I learned some diagrams of the eye today. I feel so accomplished. (And it does help to know where all the goram muscles ARE.)

The Alamo was ... some kind of battle? With Ben Hur in it, and Gettysburg? Pray enlighten me. I feel I've got some facts wrong, here.

Totes. Writing for fest deadlines is bad enough -- especially for me, especially right now. I've gone into complete denial actually. Fests? What, I signed up for no fests ...
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Melanie: HYDE } Rock on4am_secret on September 13th, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
RPGs -- 3 years in fandom, and I have yet to a) entirely figure out what these are and b) fathom the appeal. It's all very Fight Club, too. If you aren't down with a or b, NOBODY will tell you.

Ahaha, that is the BEST way to describe them ever. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 13th, 2006 08:08 pm (UTC)
:D Love the icon!
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hikaridonya on September 13th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Right. Lets get to replying x3;

FAKE: I love this. I have all the volumes, and um. Yes. If you ever get totally desperate to buy them, I suggest going to ebay. They have them cheap on there :D You really should finish it though. Sooooo good.

Books: Colour Purple = ditto. I mean, what the fuck?! I studied this at AS Level, and it was the most boringly painful book I've read in a long time. I wanted to cry. I am also aware that the grammar was meant to be skew-wiff, but the book as a whole made me want to dig my eyes out with a rusty spoon. I actually spent the first two weeks writing over the original text in pencil with things I thought would make it sound better. Um. Then I just got bored and turned the characters into Dragons, Elves, and other such assorted beings. I think my version was much better xD;

David... Gemmell... *bursts into sobs* Whhhhhhy? He was meant to carry on writing for years and years and years ;______________________________________;

RPGs: *dies laughing* Um. As in Livejournal RPGs? Right. Lets see how to explain this. Someone comes up with a - usually - AU plot idea (much like fanfiction) but instead of writing a story, sets up a community, shoves the plot idea out into the world, asks people to pick up characters to play as... and then you go wild. Often loads of fun, and inspiring :D I enjoy it anyway.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Chuck Norrisscoradh on September 13th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm totally pining for more Dee/Ryo action. (Or is it Ryo/Dee?!! The questions, the questions!) I have great plans for my first paycheck -- it's all going to be blown on manga in one foul swoop of Amazon or similar. Until then, I must make do with yaoi daily. Only two more weeks! After four months of deprivation. Eeee.

[SPOILER ALERT] What I didn't get was ... everything. It had a happy ending. The strange bits with the sister -- it reminded me of the random crack in the middle of Number 9 Dream, which totally ruined that book (imo). And the whole lesbian relationship that everyone was just okay with?! Shades of Sarah Waters. Not good ones, either. If it had been set in Greenwich Village or San Fran or something, but no. Deep South. Bible Belt. In conclusion: WTF? (Actually a question -- if you studied it, surely you should know what the hell she was trying to achieve with it? The bit at the end about her medium and spirits or whatever freaked me out a good bit, too.)

OMG GEMMELL! I never realised he was dead!!! I cannot believe it wasn't on the news or the flist or something. [cries] What does the fantasy world have now? A Robin Hobb who's gone off the rails and a George RR who's lost his mojo! It's TRAGIC.

So RPGs are like ... soap operas? Ah, that explains my lack of attraction to them. I hate soap operas. Rather, I hate the way they never end. Also, I remember going to nocturne_alley and being totally bewildered. That impression has not yet changed. :D
Zilch. Zero. Nothing. Nada.inmyth on September 13th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
Fake: Haven't read it *sigh*...yet.

Euro: No idea about it, we deal with pounds. RAWR. Heeee.

Writing: I think it's slump season, haven't written anything significant for ages nor have read anything either THOUGH OMG I have bookmarked a couple of your epics ...just haven't gotten round to them yet.

College: Mine starting as well from 18th. Liverpool: Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering. I'm going to be a Uni student, what! I feel...mature I think.

Books: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I can't rec this enough, I had almost devoured this gem in my 7 hour flight from London to Dubai - it was gorgeous and beautiful and captivating and just READ IT! Also, I've started reading The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - another brilliant book if you're into historical fiction like I am.

RPG: Oh my. They're fun but can be downright stupid at times if the people can't work together as has happened countless times before. You choose a character from the fandom or make one up if the community allows and then create a journal for this character like you'd do for yourself and basically start role playing. Assume the character and Bob's your uncle. In case you're interested, go check this one out nothing_goldrpg. I heard of it from wook77 and looks quite promising.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 13th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Good luck with your course! Uni hasn't done anything towards making me feel more mature, but really I think I'm a lost cause by now.

Thanks for the book rec, too. I'm always on the lookout for new material.

Eh, roleplay sounds like too much of a time committment for me. And I still think I'd rather write a story than pretend to be in one! :D
a work in progress: james marsden: as cyclopswintersjuly on September 13th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I love Gemmell. Of course, every author bows down before Pratchett (with the possible exception of Tolkien, but that depends on taste), but gah - I remember Heroes in the Shadows. Loved it, wished there were more male protagonists like his ones around.

True. I still have no idea what happened in Fight Club; you'd think after so many years, someone'll tell me, but no, they all want me to actually go watch the thing.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Eggsscoradh on September 13th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
I would agree on that, simply because Pratchett has this awesome insight into the human mind. It's clinical, almost. But Gemmell was good at what he did. He will be sadly missed.

They blew up some stuff. It was great. :D
Cait: buffy/angelcoralia13 on September 13th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the writing thing, but it will come back to you. I think if you want to do something, and it remains interesting to you, it will come back. There was a while earlier this summer where I completely freaked out about writing - I would sit for two hours in front of my computer trying to drag a few more paragraphs on my monster Firefly fic out of me, and end up miserable and in bed by midnight. What worked for me was just taking a break; not trying to force it anymore. I spent a few nights watching DVDs instead of banging my head against my internal fanfic wall and I somehow got my groove back.

Also - American apartheid? Do you mean racial segregation? I guess that and apartheid are pretty much the same thing... I've never thought of it that way before. Well, you know what they say: vocabulary is written by the winners. When was The Color Purple written again? I'm pretty sure segregation was still going on then, since it only became (theoretically) illegal in, like, the '60s/early '70s. That book was one of my options for summer reading one year in high school, but I read Grapes of Wrath instead, probably because it has a funny title. It was not very funny.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Star qualityscoradh on September 13th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
What worked for me was just taking a break; not trying to force it anymore. I spent a few nights watching DVDs instead of banging my head against my internal fanfic wall and I somehow got my groove back.

After all this time, I totally know what you're saying -- I usually end up doing that anyway, without necessarily choosing to (it's more of I WILL NEVER WRITE AGAIN, WOE, ANGST, DIE thing). I'm just horribly aware of how limited my time will be after college starts; I have this brilliant oppourtunity RIGHT NOW, and I can't take advantage of it! Woe.

Drinking from different fountains, using different buses and schools and shops ... can't really see the difference. Also know about this much about it in either country [makes very small space between finger and thumb]. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and To Kill a Mockingbird supplied most of my info on the topic. :D

The Color Purple was written in 1983, made into a Spielberg film in 1985. It was set during the second world war, though. I was just wondering when those civil rights workers got shot -- if it was around that time, maybe it provoked the book? I don't know. Didn't study it, see, just picked it up in the library because I was severely short on choice.

Oh, honey. Did the word Wrath not give it away? [giggles] I've never read it -- would you recommend?
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Lu (Not Your Average Retelling)elucreh on September 13th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
Is this Metaquotable? Because what you know about Americans is hilarious...

*hugs for the slump* I adore your long, meaty fics, but don't be afraid to show us what else you got!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 13th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
I suppose it is, Metaquoteable that is. Then again, according to Eddie Izzard Americans know nothing about European history so we're all square. (Fifty years ago? Nobody was ALIVE then!)

What I've got is, like, 1000 words of my Smutmas fic. It's pathetic. [sigh-o]
SilentAurorsilentauror on September 13th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
YES to the Euro thing! I'm a Canadian, and even I know that! When I went to Europe with a bunch of Canadians two years ago, they all drove me crazy. That and the endless need to tell each other just how much things "really" cost when converted from English pounds. (Just get over it!)

Long fics are exhausting. I've got into this habit of writing them, and not being in the middle of one is really nice, I must say. But now I've set up an expectation, apparently. *sigh*

I'm with you on The Color Purple and RPGs, too. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Cat with no handsscoradh on September 13th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
That and the endless need to tell each other just how much things "really" cost when converted from English pounds. (Just get over it!)

[grinds teeth] I hate that habit with an abiding passion. It's like, dude. If you have twenty dollars and something costs twenty-five dollars, you can't afford it, no matter how much it is in euro or whatever! HELLO!?

I have set up an expectation too -- nothing like yours, though! -- but I'm starting to severely regret it. Still, it was the only way to go at the time.
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queencallipygosqueencallipygos on September 14th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
Hi,

A history and literature buff from the U.S. who wandered in from the Metaquotes post --

"For all I know American apartheid wasn't even over when the book was published, thus explaining its pertinence at the time."

On paper it was, but racism is still a big issue. Even among the powers that be, you still have people who subconsciously or subtly try to bend the law a little.

"Then again, my knowledge of American history is thus: you threw some tea in the ocean, there were Indians, you weren't very nice to black people, and you put flags everywhere."

Actually, that puts you ahead of the average U.S. citizen, even.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Banana headscoradh on September 14th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ha, this seriously got metaquoted? For the win.

On paper it was, but racism is still a big issue. Even among the powers that be, you still have people who subconsciously or subtly try to bend the law a little.

Oh, I can tell that just from looking at the current administration. :D

Once upon a time, when I was in school, I could have told you lots of dates about the war of independence and written an essay about George Washington. Sadly, those days are past. I don't think I could even remember my Bismarck essays now, and he is my favourite historical character. ♥
Tiniest ranting sexpot trollop: Inui & Fuji seem so normal ^_^goldie on September 17th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
*goes through all your recent posts and is clearly a stalker ahaha* Just quickly on RPGs, yes. The appeal comes once you build in-jokes and relationships with other players' characters. It depends on how the game is run, but the one I'm in is multifandom and is based on your character actually having an LJ, same way you or I do. So you'd follow the game by reading the game community's flist. But it is a huge time commitment, because once you're hooked, you're hooked.

*loves playing her Fuji*
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Cat with no handsscoradh on September 17th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, but my posts are just that interesting! [strikes a pose]

The appeal comes once you build in-jokes and relationships with other players' characters.

Sounds good but for one thing -- what if you end up shipping with someone you don't ship? Like ... what's a ship I honestly don't like ... Sanada/Atobe or something?!

Considering I barely have time to write when I'm in college, I don't think RPGs would be an intelligent move pour moi. :D
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