bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (usaf cam (dragonlady981))
Y'all have no idea how much I'm going to be gloating over the fact that Stargate Atlantis won Best Sci-Fi Show on the People's Choice Awards, or that George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's 13 won Best Onscreen Matchup. Not that that means anything, but it's cool and all.

Quote of the day:
R: I'm joining the Peace Corps after college!
Me: I'm joining the Air Force after college!
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I know I've been pretty quiet lately, but that's because not much is going on. I won my Supreme Court case in AP Gov -- Caminetti v. United States; I was Caminetti.

Uh, in other news, four ways to tell you live in the country:
1. "Hey, what'd you do this weekend?"
"Slaughtered hogs."

2. "You bastard! You didn't show up and I had to shuck all the hay by myself."

3. "Hey, mom, there's a dead deer by our driveway. I did not hit it."

4. "Hey, you want to go elk-hunting with me this weekend?"

All true conversations. Oh, Ellensburg.

Current NaNo wordcount stands at about 6K.

I have an eye exam Thursday to make sure my eyes aren't too bad for me to join the Air Force. Yes, I know, the very fact that I have to say that makes people want to quail and run away. Don't worry, I know my eyes are definitely too bad for me to actually fly; alas. I just need to know before I put in my application for an AFROTC scholarship, because otherwise it'll all have been a big waste of time and I'll be really pissed off at my damn eyes.

Why do I have the feeling that the thesis question for my senior project I-Search paper (yes, as if doing the project isn't actually bad enough, we also have to write a research paper) is going to be, "How do you get four branches of the Armed Services to work together in an intergalactic civil war, and who's going to kill each other first, the Marines and the Rangers or the enemy?"

I appear to have picked up a very faintly Southern tinge to my writing. This is in contrast to the entire time I was writing in CSI:NY, when all my writing was NYC-flavored.

Red Seas Under Red Skies is in my hands! I've had a hold on it for a week and a half, and it was due back a week ago, and it came in today. Hurrah!

I wrote a 160 word sentence, as I have fondly been telling everyone I met today. It has been met with, variously, "That's a pretty long sentence," "How many lines is that?", and "Faulkner wrote a sentence that was like 360 words."

The quarter ended Friday; only three-quarters of my senior year remain.

If my band doesn't start shutting up while we're practicing for the Veterans Day Assembly, I'm going to fucking slap someone. It's Veterans Day. You do not do that shit.
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There's just something so good about hearing "Stay tuned for a look at next week's episode" on the TV again. (Sunday: Cold Case, 9:00.)

(Although let's take a minute not to get into the fact that all my shows are on at the same time as each other. Monday night: Dancing With the Stars, 8:00-9:30; K-Ville, 9:00; Two and A Half Men, 9:00. Tuesday night: Bones, 8:00; NCIS, 8:00; House, 9:00; The Unit, 9:00; Dancing With the Stars, 8:00-9:30. Wednesday night's fine, there's nothing on Thursday that I want to see on the channels I get, and Friday's -- not entirely clear, because Nashville's on at 9:00 and so is Moonlight, but I won't be able to catch any of the Friday premieres anyway because of Homecoming. Isn't this tragic?)
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On a reread of Deathly Hallows, more closely and slowly this time, to be followed by a full reread of the series from Sorceror's Stone to Deathly Hallows.

Have a week before [ profile] apocalyptothon submissions are due, so have to rewrite the latter part of my story sometime before then.

Have been writing a lot of SW fic -- the sequel to "What is Lost", currently nameless, in much the same style I wrote WiL -- which is to say, with bits and pieces all over the place. I have a vague plot in mind, but I have to figure out what to do with Luke and Leia; I'd thought I'd had it figured out, but apparently not. And also do a little more research into the EU, specifically with Quinlan Vos, Aayla Secura, and Mace Windu. Possibly Yoda.

As well, I'm halfway through the summer before my senior year, so I'm having to seriously start narrowing down schools, start my essays and applications, look at scholarships, et cetera. I narrowed my list of schools down slightly, but I also added some; I still have the problem that most of the schools I'm looking at are reach schools; I need more safety schools if I want to be able to go somewhere other than the UW if no one on the East Coast takes me. And guys, I really hate Seattle, so I'd rather not go to the UW.

Current list of prospective schools, in no particular order (okay, that's a lie, it's in alphabetical order):

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Boston University (Boston, MA)
Brown University (Providence, RI)
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)
Davidson College (Davidson, NC)
Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)
Duke University (Durham, NC)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Prescott, AZ/Daytona Beach, FL)
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA)
Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

I'm looking at an anthropology/archaeology major with a possible double major in music/music ed, although my experience at Brown has me looking at a creative writing major or minor -- leaning very, very tentatively, I might add -- except at ERAU, where I'd probably be going for global security and intelligence studies or homeland security, and UNC, where I'd probably go anthropology and peace, war, and defense.

I'm thinking about writing my essays on writing, music (specifically, my experience with symphonic band vs. wind ensemble), or fandom. I'm not sure how that last part would work, but it's unusual, I hope.

I need to start practicing bari again -- I need to have my music memorized for marching band, and I need to have my music down for All-State auditions in the fall. And start practicing flute, so my teacher doesn't kill me.

Don't even get me started on having to do scholarship apps.

Or summer reading. Which isn't technically required, because it's homework for the main school year, but I'd like to do it now so I don't have to do it then.

Also, knitting, because I actually have a commission I need to finish.

I'm going to edit my final project story -- now renamed to "And All the Saints are Sinners" -- a little bit more, then possibly send it out somewhere.

Yes. My life really is this boring. *rolls eyes* I haven't been out of the house in three days, no wonder I was sad to come home.

ETA: Dude, Boston College CREEPS ME OUT. My comp was on the BC website, my mom walks in with the mail including the BC "come here! we rock!" guide and application, I say something about being really uncertain about BC for various reasons, and then BC e-mails me not two seconds later. What the hell, is this school stalking me or what?
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I think the words Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End trailer about sum it up.

Let me make something clear. I am not a PotC fan. I liked it well enough, but it didn't grab me by the throat and shake me around the way it did a lot of people. The main characters don't do much for me (I like Will. Theoretically, I like Jack. Elizabeth kind of creeps me out). Norrington is my favorite character, and I'm still not sure about what they did with him in PotC 2. I like the snark, but I always like the snark. I think it would make a better TV series than movie trilogy, but that ain't happening. (I think everything would be better on TV, because oh my God, character development and plot arcs over a long period of time. This is why I'm excited about a possible Star Wars live action TV series.) It's not that I don't like pirate movies, because I do. I do, however, like Cutthroat Island better than I like Pirates of the Caribbean, which puts me in the minority of the world. I'm curious about what they're doing in PotC 3, though.

*crosses fingers* Oh, God, please redeem Norrington. At least we know he shows up and exchanges snark with Sparrow, that's a plus.
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Okay, so I am actually writing the story where Beauty falls in love with the candlestick instead of the Beast. *stares* I'm sorry, I can't help myself. The high school musical this year was Beauty and the Beast, and while it was all fantastically fantastic, the actress that played Beauty had way more chemistry with the actor that played Lumiere than the Beast. Which really raises the question: what happens if Beauty doesn't fall in love with the Beast? And the enchantress is pretty much a grade-a bitch for enchanting all of the Prince's people as well as the Prince himself.

And something else, which I notice a lot in musicals: the leads have next to no personality, the support has it in spades. I mean, look at the Beast compared to the other male characters: Lumiere! Cogsworth! Gaston! Lumiere! (no, seriously, David played him so well) Even LeFou and Maurice -- even Chip -- have more personality than the Beast. Now, female leads tend to have more personality than the male leads, and Belle is a doll and spunkier than most Disney females (Cinderella, Snow White: I'm looking at you. Ariel, Jasmine, you guys are spunky too. Same goes for Mulan. Nala, somewhat. Meg, sort of. Elizabeth Swann, you're just disturbing), but look at Mrs. Potts! Look at Babette! (Okay, Babette and Lumiere are adorable, but seriously, if I was Belle? I so totally would have fallen for Lumiere, not the Beast. Sure, she's a girl, he's a candelabra, but they could have made it work! That's what magic's for!)

In other words: I actually am writing the story where Belle falls in love with Lumiere and Lumiere practically has a heart attack because oh shit, this chick is for the Beast, if she falls in love with him they'll never be human, and can she just get away from him already??? And Belle does the whole, why would I be in love with him he's a jerk and he has no manners and all he ever does is yell and sulk, you have a sense of humor and we can work around the spell thing, that's what magicians are for. And if I'm stuck here, then I want to be stuck here with someone I like.

You see my point? Lumiere/Belle is my new OTP, right after James/Sirius, John/Rodney, and Drew/Mac.
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (marching band '03)
Note to self: NEVER EVER WRITE REUNION FIC AGAIN. The characterization will kill me every time (especially when it's AU and reunion and futurefic. God, what am I, insane?)

Why aren't I writing the CSI:NY in space story right now? No, seriously, why? Oh, yeah, because I'm kind of doing my outline (on Ch. 16 of my history book, a.k.a. The Civil War Was Very, Very Bad) and reading Buffy, SGA, and Supernatural fic (shut up, I multitask) and working on the Star Wars story word by agonizing word (man, can't we just get on to the hitting part already? I really really prefer writing action and kicky dialogue to emotion) and listening to Carry On My Wayward Son (which we played in pep band my freshman year and I want it back, because we have no more good music. You can only play Fiesta so many times, and Your Momma Don't Dance is three pages; no one can turn pages and play at the same time).

*sulks* Ain't my life glamorous?
bedlamsbard: star wars rebels: hera peering around a corner (bloody sunday w/ blood)
So until the PTB broke the news that Louie was Danny's big brother, I was actually quite enamoured of the idea that it was the other way around: Danny was the elder, Louie was the younger. Because it would work. Now, I'm an only child, so I'm obviously no expert, but Danny has always pinged as "older brother" on my radar. The mature one. Not necessarily in the Lab of Dysfunction, but...I don't know how to explain it. He does not read as a younger brother, at least the way I look at it. He reads as the one that always had to bail his baby brother out, the one who practically had to raise his kid brother, the one who had no childhood, basically. I can see him as a younger brother, if I quirk my head and squint and look just so, but most of the time, he reads as older. Even when I wrote identical twins Danny and Louie (which the show so should have done), I was still looking at Danny as the older one -- and Louie as the favorite. We basically have no canon evidence for this at all, even in -- oh, god, what was that ep, the Tanglewood follow-up. Run Still, Run Deep -- I have no canon evidence at all, except that, uh, Louie actually is the older brother. But it would work much better if he wasn't!

Danny's an older brother. Flack's a younger brother. Lindsay's a younger sister of a family consisting all of boys, or, alternately, the last chance to have a boy out of a lot of girls, but my money's on the first. Mac's an only child. Hawkes is an only child. Stella -- I can see her as older, younger, or only, but I can actually see her making a pretty decent younger sister, even though I wrote her with a younger sister in the Bardverse. Aiden is a middle child of a large family, angled a little more toward the top of the food chain. Hammerback's a younger brother of several sisters (Can't you just see him? "Check this out! This is so cool!" "Oh my God, Sid, that's disgusting, you're disgusting, get away from me!").

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A lot of the time, I wish there was more gen fic in fandom. There are some fandoms in which I have trouble reading gen, because I'm set on pairings there (SGA and Smallville for a few examples). There are other fandoms where I'm happy to read gen, as long as there's a certain pairing in the background (BtVS). And there are some fandoms where it's almost impossible for me to read pairing fic, het or slash. And I think I figured out why.

A lot of fandoms (especially TV fandoms, which are, uh, my main fodder nowadays), I have not seen the source show. Or if I have, I've only seen a couple eps, and the only reason I did was because of the fandom. (See: BtVS, Angel, Stargate Atlantis, Smallville) Therefore, most of my association with the characters and the universe comes from the fandom -- which is completely filled with pairings, pairings, and more pairings. I attach easily to many things. I'm like a bird; I imprint. (Unfortunately, I do this in real life too)

On the other hand, there are some fandoms where the canon came first, then I went looking for the fandom. (See: CSI:NY, Miracle, HP, and most recently, Dark Angel) Therefore, my main interaction with the characters/universe comes from the canon itself -- which usually doesn't have a whole lot of pairings (although that's a whole 'nother rant). When I go looking for fics in that fandom, I basically want an extension of the show -- snark, universe, action, plot, subtext if you feel so inclined -- not pairings. Occasionally I want to read smut and/or have a preferred pairing in that fandom (HP: H/D, but only because fandom had a lot more influence on me than the books). Other times I'm just fine with interaction -- a lot of the time because the relationships the show gives are much more interesting (CSI:NY: the lab; Dark Angel: the X5s, the transgenics, Jam Pony, Max/Logan; Miracle: the team,yo) than any relationship drama the average fan can come up with. And, um, I don't see subtext unless it's practically text (See: Smallville). No, seriously, I don't. Or unless it's pointed out to me. When I go to fanfic, I want an extension of the show, and I don't get that a lot. Which would probably be why most of my fic is getting to be gen-ish.

*pause* Yeah, I think that was basically it.


Jun. 23rd, 2006 05:44 pm
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See, I have this belief that unless they directly contradict each other, all "real world" fiction takes place in the universe. That is to say, at some point in time:

Dr. Temperance Brennan (Bones) came up to New York for a forensics convention and had to (confusedly) suffer Danny hitting on her all evening until Aiden pulled him off.

Flack and Charlie Eppes (Numb3rs) once worked together on a project while in college and still keep in touch occasionally.

Heller and Dr. Edward Slope (the Mallory novels by Carol O'Connell) were Mac and Hawkes' old bosses and Flack once got into a turf battle with Detective Sergeant Riker and his partner, Detective Kathy Mallory.

Stella and Annabeth Chase (Close to Home) met at college. Somehow.

Flack once got stranded in Boston when Logan Airport got snowed in and got involved in Mystery with intrepid PIs Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro (Dennis Lehane's Kenzie and Gennaro series).

Mac once did a joint mission with Jonah and Colonel whatshisface (The Unit).

Any other suggestions?
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*cackle* Not my belief, but funny.

Currently in the midst of updating The Multi-Fandom Fic Rec List, so feel free to check it out.


May. 17th, 2006 05:07 pm
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My favorite passage from a book, ever, comes from Dennis Lehane's Mystic River, which is an absolutely gorgeous book:

I will not dream anymore, you said. I will not set myself up for the pain. But then your team made the playoffs, or you saw a movie, or a billboard glowing dusky orange and advertising Aruba, or a girl who bore more than a passing resemblance to a woman you'd dated in high school -- a woman you'd loved and lost -- danced above you with shimmering eyes, and you said, fuck it, let's dream just one more time.

And while I hate Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (and the only reason I'm reading it is for school), my second favorite passage comes from there:

Once having set up her idols and built altars to them it was inevitable that she would worship there. It was inevitable that she should accept any incosistency and cruelty from her deity as all good worshippers do from theirs. All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise they would not be worshipped. Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear and fear is the most divine emotion. It is the stones for altars and the beginning of wisdom. Half gods are worshipped in wine and flowers. Real gods require blood.

Now given time, I could probably look through my books and pick out a couple more (there's at least two more from Mystic River alone, and Lehane, God, I could fill a book with the gorgeousness of Lehane), but these are the two that stick out the most.

Coming up on Part Two of the stories I'm not writing:
- if I AUed HP to have a live Cedric, the way I'd do
- "Dangerous Heroes", a.k.a. the Bardverse Mafia story that shall never be
- sequel to "There Are No Heroes Here"
- the great Draco/Hermione epic I started a long, long time ago and never wrote
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Bored. Have nothing to do. So... )

What's in YOUR purse (or shoulderbag, or whatever. If I told you what was in my backpack we'd be here till next week)?
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I've been trying to post this for the past week or so, but everytime I start typing up an explanation of what Brigadoon is, I have to get off the Internet. So.

My friend Ellora requested Brigadoon fic. Brigadoon )

I'll come up with a title for this before Part Two One is posted. This story takes place after Tommy has moved into Brigadoon, while he's engaged to Fiona, and it doesn't really have to do with Tommy, but with Charlie Dalrymple's brother, Stuart, and the aftermath of the '45 - the Last Jacobite Rising. The only real reason I'm writing about Stuart is because the actor that played him is really hot, and graduating, and he played Stuart with a kind of not-quite-fully-in-this-world aura around him. Stuart's not an important character, but hey, the plot struck me.

And see, I was going to post Part One, but I have to go.


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