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30 August 2006 @ 06:57 pm
L. Listy McListson  
Aon. Insisting that all doctors must be kind and caring individuals is the same as making bestiality a prerequisite for entry into the farming community: helpful, but hardly necessary.

Do. Nearly all of Gwen Stefani's songs on Love, Angel, Music, Baby mention LAMB, her clothing label. Cross-pimping is as irritating as oceans are vast.

Tri. I love the 'token' heterosexuals on every team: Kawamura, Hiyoshi, Yanagisawa, Wakato, Jackal. And how at the same time you can totally slash them: Kawamura and Fuji, Hiyoshi and Kabaji (look, everyone seems to think they're into granny-craft, so why shouldn't they bond?), Yanagisawa and Kisarazu, Wakato and Kajimoto, Jackal and Kirimura -- and I will slash these last two, see if I don't. I care nothing for the Pride of Brazil. Nothing!

Ceathair. I got a place in the merry_smutmas lottery. This is awesome, as it will provide me with an impetus to write a really invested HP fic and I won't feel the backlash for it until 2007. I hope I get a challenging pairing/scenario, to test my wings. (Except Snape, or femmeslash, because they are a bit too challenging. And Harry/Draco is probably the most challenging pairing of all … what was my point again?)

Cuig. Many things about Sarah Jessica Parker annoy me immensely, but her hair makes me want to throw squirrels at her head until they EAT HER.

Se. I don't understand why people don't wait for the green man when they're out with me. They know they're going to have to spend the same amount of time on the other side of the road because I never cross until the green man tells me to, so why do they bother jaywalking? Why?

Seacht. It is difficult to remain discreet when discrete parts of fandom and, also, the publishing world insist that characters who are being sly, subtle and discreet about their partiality are actually having a localised, discrete reaction to other boys. It is akin to the impossibility of being phased by something -- although, during certain embarrassing or uncomfortable phases of one's life, it is certainly possible to be fazed.

Ocht. I'm having a bit of trouble with the old writing gig. It was much easier a few months ago, when I could whine about being under-appreciated despite my (negligible) talent. Now I seem to have lost all confidence in my writing skills. I don't doubt that this is partially due to entering a new fandom. In HP, I could get away with being rather stilted -- I never even realised that I was. In PoT everything's a lot more free and akimbo and mad. And I am inhibited by nature. I can't seem to cut loose or fit in. Wonder of wonders -- there is some amazing writing in HP, but I always felt I could aim for and one day equal it. Yet in PoT -- where, when the writing is good it's very, very good, but when it's bad it's horrid -- I can't see myself ever attaining the standard and style of writing I now want. Maybe it will just take time to adjust, but I am not exactly patient. (Aries for the win!)

Naoi. My grief will be indescribable on the day when, through far too common usage, the word 'snark' becomes officially accepted as a speaking verb.

Deich. I can't wait to see what happens between Mia and the guy who hates corn in his chilli, but even I could not countenance spending sixteen euro on a book I'll have finished reading in an hour. I want a Dave the Laugh of my very own. And, to seal my fate, I hate Henry James as well.

I don't feel tempted to read my flist or emails when I am bingeing on fic. Like now. Desole. I lose at life. And also because I hate long hair on Shishido.
Current Mood: sorein AGONY
Current Music: Makes No Difference (Sum 41)
Remus Buttplug Facelazy_daze on August 30th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
PHASED/FAZED DRIVES ME MAD TOO. It's one of those that people who are normally great at grammar sometimes fall down on because it's more obscure than obvious mistakes like its/it's. THIS IS NO EXCUSE. ONE CANNOT BE PHASED unless one is broken down into stages.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Back Golden Pairscoradh on August 30th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
I reckon it's 'cause 'phased' looks more posh to spell. There's even writers who start out using fazed and switch to phased mid-way like they've realised they 'made a mistake.' It's all very sad.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Pompeiiscoradh on August 30th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
I totally would vent, if I felt it would achieve anything. I mean, my mother just rang me to say the father of a girl I used to do piano with shot himself today in his kitchen, and she found him. And I thought: Well, this really doesn't matter. Because while you get it and I get it, the world at large would have NO IDEA what we're on about.

I decided for a whole day that I'd never write again. It was like someone had ripped out a whole part of my brain. I guess I have no choice but to keep going. Maybe this will allow me to finally write my way, even though I may not like it.

You should post your post (I know I'm hiding out from my flist, but I'll get back to it eventually). The mere act of putting it out there sometimes makes you feel like it's less bad than it is. Sometimes people can say things that make you feel better. I feel like I've finally hit a wall that I can't see the shape of, but there could be a hundred different reasons for your own loss of confidence and it just needs an objective third party to clear it up for you.

RE: SJP -- I have far too much rage for someone who one day will legally be entitled to cut people's legs off.
Halrloprillalar: taka heteroprillalar on August 30th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
When I was trying to figure out why I was no good at writing Stargate fic I realised this: different fandoms are often different genres. It takes a while to get comfortable with a new genre. Never give up, never surrender!

Also: Yanagisawa is love.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Chatting ballerinasscoradh on August 30th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
This is either a challenge that I will come out of stronger, or the rock that will break me. It'll be amusing, in a sadistic sort of way, to see which it is.

His hair is awesome dane! So's your icon. ;D
Halrloprillalar: komonprillalar on August 30th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Do you watch Ouran? The icon is a reference to when one of the characters called the others "homo side characters". And I thought of poor dear Taka-san. :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Doctor?scoradh on August 31st, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately not. :( But now I totally want to.
JR: slytherinevalangui on August 30th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
hahah. Dunno who this Sarah Jessica Parker person is but the image of squirrels eating her hair was most amusing, i shall google a pic to add to the imagery :D

I only realised those were numbers by "seacht", though I was under the impression that they might be Gaelic since about "ceathair", are they?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Banana headscoradh on August 30th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Do. Then you may share the blinding hate. She starred in a TV show called Sex and the City and earned herself the title of most annoying person in television (at least on my sofa).

Yeah, they're Irish. Mind you I don't think it counts because I had to use a dictionary.
JRevalangui on August 30th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hadn't recognized her! I abhor her already, and the show...but above all her, she's the blondie dating the famous ballet dancer, isn't she?(I can't seem to remember anything about him except that he was Russian and that I found it strange he had gone from ballet dancer to actor) She was perpetually annoying and for a show in whose title figured the word *gasps* "sex" I didn't see anything groundbreaking( in the half an hour of it I accidentally watched) except, as you say, her, in the campus of annoyingness.

Nobody talks Irish around there? As a mother-tongue and daily used language, i mean.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: So ... yeahscoradh on August 31st, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm more annoyed by the fac that I think it should be Sex IN the city. That makes so much more SENSE.

Gosh no. There are a few Gaeltachts, but they're kidding themselves if they think anyone who lives in them can't speak English better. Irish is a stone around the neck of the educational system if you ask me. (No one does.)
JRevalangui on September 1st, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
ISN'T it Sex IN the city? XD I always thought it was! XD. Sex and the city it's totally random, an action and a place like that look really weird and the meaning is clearly unclear.

Is Irish compulsory or what? Because It would be a shame if the language was lost but to force people to learn a language they can hardly use anywhere is kind of annoying. Like, it annoys me to have to learn Catalan...I cannot imagine Gaelic, which for what you say is hardly spoken anywhere. On the other hand, how does it sound? The spellings seems beautiful :P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Rabbit shoesscoradh on September 1st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Nope. Sex and. Stupid, huh?

The fact is it nearly died out under English rule, because they made a point of banning it -- I guess because it would arouse too much national spirit, or something. In any case, they failed. But at the same time, people learned English and it's become the predominant language. Forcing it on people for twelve years does not work -- very few people leave school knowing how to speak it, despite all the money and time that goes into teaching it.

As for how it sounds ... if you ask me it's pretty guttural, but you could say that about English too. It's a pretty complicated language and it doesn't follow the Roman alphabet exactly and ... bleh. The pronunciations are NOTHING like the spelling!
JRevalangui on September 1st, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Forcing languages is sacrilege, whether is forcing to learn them or stop speaking them but one's also got to know when to stop it with the "making things right again" or one only ends up doing the same thing that was done to one by others.

English gutural?? Well, not to me, certainly. German's guttural, English is terribly sibilant(If I got these meanings alright <.<) But the same can be said of English spelling and pronunciation! Dude, I can write it perfectly but knowing how to pronounce things it's a nightmare, a word for word thing. So, unless Gaelic pronounces consonants differently, like T for B or something...

The alphabet thing always bothers me with languages, if it's completely different we're fine but if it's similar I will confuse them, all the time.

Oh, btw, I love your new layout, and this thing on the left about stories :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on September 2nd, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I guess there's so many variants of English -- I'm sure there is in other languages too, but I doubt there's that American/British divide going on. (Maybe?) As for the Irish one, I think it's that they don't have a K or something.

I quite like the pink and blue too. The God of Small Things is where the quote's from -- my favourite book. :)
Cait: happy buffy/spikecoralia13 on August 30th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't catch a lot of that, probably because I don't know PoT and don't speak Irish (although I did figure out that they were numbers by three, and guessed they were Irish by four - color me clever!)

I would, however, like to snuggle you, and remind you that fanfic is for fun and pleasure, not for banging your head against the wall or making you feel like shit. If there's a level or a type of writing you want to attain, I have every confidence that you can do it with practice - when I first met you, you could have been selling fake Terry Pratchett books to China, you were so good a mimicking his style. I've read your fic again recently, and it's clear that you still have some aspects of his style that you picked up along the way, but your writing style is beautifully, fluidly your own. Accept no substitutes.

PS - I hate people who walk before the green man (although ours is white).
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Librarianscoradh on August 31st, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
You are very clever. [colours you in]

Ha, I've slowly come into my own style, yes. I've even [gasp] grown out of Pterry a little bit. I haven't read a book by him in months. I would like to be that funny naturally but it's easier this way. ♥ (I'm still thinking about how much I want a dress like River's, btw.)

WHITE? That's so ... strange. :P What colour is go, then?
Cait: buffy/angelcoralia13 on September 1st, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
I should draw a design for it - you don't even know how cool it actually is! Although, I suppose one of the points of writing is that people can create their own images of things... I wonder how our images of The Dress differ.

Go is green. Stop is red. Caution (or, for some, "go faster") is yellow. Just the little walking man is white, and the hand telling you not to walk is red. I don't know why. I don't think it's just in my town, but maybe...
empathic_siren on August 30th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
First, congratulations on merry_smutmas! Second, I think it's normal to feel insecure about one's writing--even in a somewhat cyclical sense. I know I do. But you must remember that you are a wonderful writer who constantly strives to go to the next level. When you don't allow yourself to stay stagnant or content, then you're going to stretch and it's going to hurt a little bit. You're worth it. Glory in the stretching. ; )
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bitchsmitescoradh on August 31st, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Cyclical -- word. It does get awfully tedious though! I like your theory. I'm having lactic acid of my writing muscle at the moment. (Teehee.) It's so cool that you seem to get it so exactly. ♥
empathic_siren on August 31st, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
: ) I like that--lactic acid of the writing muscle. As for getting it, it's only because I live with constant self-loathing and an overwhelming sense of inadequacy when it comes to my writing. It lives in my skin, I think.