vanitashaze: Kirk throwing up his hands. (Jazz hands!)
Okay, I give up. There is no way on Earth that my [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest entry will be ready by midnight. I don't know when, exactly, the tiny tense Mary/OFC fic that I was writing grew into a freaking novella - 4000 words before OFC is even introduced! 1000-word scenes! This never happens to me! - but it did, and it's going to take it's sweet time finishing, and drive me insane in the meantime.

(I suspect a lot of my irritation with this fic has a lot to do with the fact that I'm writing about a bunch of things that I know nothing about, like "guns", and "how to fix cars" when I don't even know how to drive. And babies. I'll admit I'm relying on [personal profile] thefourthvine's Earthling posts to an embarrassing degree, since I don't know a ten-month-old baby from a newborn from a potato! Thank god for babysitting; at least I have a vague idea of what five-year-olds are like.)

[personal profile] everysecondtuesday, it may... er, be a while before I get back your Mary/Ruby. BUT IT WILL HAPPEN. (My track record this year notwithstanding.)
vanitashaze: Ruby. (what at the heart of your engine's rage?)
AAARGH WHY IS WRITING LIKE TRYING TO SPIT UP NAILS AND THEN SWALLOW THEM AGAIN?????!!!!

Sometime in the last year or so, writing has gotten hard.

Also, does anyone know if they had baby carriers (the type you strap on your back, like a cross between a tiny parachute harness and a backpack - I think they're called Snugglies) in the early 80s? And if not, how would you go about carrying a baby for a long distance without tiring out your arms? I don't know why anyone would know this, really, but I've already exhausted my usual sources of historical knowledge (i.e. my parents), as they weren't carrying a baby (i.e. me) around until the 90s.
vanitashaze: Kirk throwing up his hands. (Jazz hands!)
I am getting into a fandom that rates things G, M, T, and where half the fic resides in the Pit.

Oh my god, kill me now.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (it's just been that kinda day /)
I finally figured out how to synch movies to my nano, and now I have a tiny, tiny Castiel in my pocket, courtesy of [personal profile] giandujakiss. Now I just have to figure out how to get all my other favorite fanvids on here. Hours of entertainment!
vanitashaze: Text: "Idiot: member of large, powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant & controlling." (rampant! rampant!)
Arguing with my "I have an anthropology degree, so I can make intelligent arguments too" mother about race, class, gender, homophobia, ableism, or really anything that challenges her worldview: TROLL LOGIC. Note the picture especially.

Is there some magical way to talk to a middle-class-straight-Christian-white-woman-I'm-related-to about these things if she is really just not interested in hearing it? If so, please share. Because this is driving me up the wall.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
ROMANCE c.1300, "story of a hero's adventures," also (early 14c.), "vernacular language of France" (as opposed to Latin), from O.Fr. romanz "verse narrative," originally an adverb, "in the vernacular language," from V.L. *romanice scribere "to write in a Romance language" (one developed from Latin instead of Frankish), from L. Romanicus "of or in the Roman style," from Romanus "Roman" (see Roman). The connecting notion is that medieval vernacular tales were usually about chivalric adventure. Literary sense extended by 1660s to "a love story." Extended 1610s to other modern languages derived from Latin (Spanish, Italian, etc.). Meaning "adventurous quality" first recorded 1801; that of "love affair, idealistic quality" is from 1916. The verb meaning "court as a lover" is from 1942.

I shall repeat: it didn't mean love affair until 1916.

Isn't it strange to think that, in a way, the concepts you're taught to build your world on didn't even exist a hundred, a thousand years ago? "Romance" was a heroic story. Love existed outside of marriage, not in it. Once, we thought that the earth was flat, or that atoms were formed like plum puddings. Doubtless in a hundred years, we will think, once, we thought that atoms were clouds of electrons revolving around a nucleus. We are not timeless; we are temporal. There is - I believe there is - the eternal in us, some being or presence, and yet. We don't know what time is, but we are so strongly grown from this one. I don't quite know how to articulate it but it's strange. It's eerie. Like living inside Einstein's dreams. How much of you is made of your time?
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (the cantaloupes especially suck /)
Using pronouns in a same-sex romance? AHHHHH. It's enough to drive you to epithets.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (the cantaloupes especially suck /)
Bloddy sodding hell. I never thought I'd say this, but I never want to read another history in my life. I think I've spent almost two weeks in a delirium of accents, strange grammar structures, and trying - and failing, miserably - to explain my research verbally in something other than a jumble of short es and blaighs in an American accent. Thank god at least most of the analyses of the Cumann na mBan (basically, the women's IRA) are in English, and I only have to contend with names and places, which still have far too many letters. Máire Nic Shiúblaigh, for instance. I know there must be a logical way to pronounce it but for the life of me I cannot figure out how.

I must say, I have real sympathy for all these historians, because according to them, during the time they are studying, the push for the Irish language was so strong that the Cumann na mBan secretaries were instructed to relay all their internal messages in it. Ouch.

(And yes, like every other speaker of American English, I am incredibly obnoxious when it comes to language! It's like that old joke that my teacher's linguist wife tells: What do you call someone who speaks two languages; three languages; many languages; one language? Answer: bilingual, trilingual, polyglot, American.)

In other news: sorry, internets. I've been pretty much dead to everything that isn't a) term papers, b) college applications, c) play rehearsal, or d) SAT I and II review. (Though at least with the last, I'm almost done with, and what I have gotten back is pretty good, I think, in the high 700s. Which of course makes my 500s math score suck further.) ...But I promise I'll emerge from this! Eventually!
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (it's just been that kinda day /)
Attention, attention, my marshmallow peeps! The English Major in me would like to take this opportunity to pimp this year's multifandom [livejournal.com profile] dvd_commentary challenge. It's very cool, people! You pick someone else's story, instead of your own, and write a commentary on it. Got a favorite fic you think needs some more love? A unique interpretation of a much-contested work? An ending that you're just dying to debate about? This is your chance! The community info post is here. I'm not going to be able to be a commentator this year, for obvious reasons that start with Big and end with Bang - plus all the other insane shit I've signed myself up for - but I did sign up as an allowed-author, so I don't feel completely guilty when I say, CRITIQUE AWAY!
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
It is so much harder to remix a good author than a bad one. You know why? Because it seems that they've thought of everything already, whereas the bad ones leave plot holes the size of lower Manhattan! I suppose it's my fault, really; I have this insane devotion towards things having additional meaning. It can't just be pretty, oh no - it has to add some new dimension to the story.

I just don't get it. Why is this so hard?
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
...That is, if I'm allowed to actually talk about this under the rules of [livejournal.com profile] remixredux09.

Any takers?
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
Guess what I just did? That's right, folks; I signed up for the 2009 [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang.

Oh god, Mr. Cheney, I'll go ahead and get out my duck hunting vest so you can shoot me now.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
Apparently [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang's in its final year. No surprise, with the show ending; fandom will move on, and indeed it appears that most of it already did. In a way I feel cheated, coming into SGA as I did - that is to say, late - but I suppose it's my own damn fault, or maybe fate, or a combination of both. One way or another, that's the way it is.

My point is: if it weren't the last year, I probably wouldn't be considering signing up for the Big Bang. I have the attention span of a gopher; I write pretty little 3000-5000 word character pieces with no visible plot. I can't do dialogue. But it's the last year, and I'm not nearly ready to let go of this fandom yet.

I don't want it to be something I regret not doing.

Conversely, I don't want to get halfway through and regret it then because I can't do it.

So. Yeah. Advice?
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
1. As per the instructions on the sign-up page, I now announce to you: [livejournal.com profile] multiverse5000! Is open! Prompt claiming goes until June 1st, with a wealth of different prompts from different fandoms. For those not in the know, [livejournal.com profile] multiverse5000 is a multifandom crossover / mashup challenge for SciFi shows. It's got everything from world!gen - the prompt I chose, for example - to character!gen, to slash, to het; from Farscape to Firefly, and some other ones besides. (Seriously. I've never even heard of some of these shows, and I'm a pretty committed geek.)

2. My local comic dealer got some promo stuff a few days ago, and one of them caught my eye: a Marvel "Noir" series, some of which are apparently out already. Has anyone heard anything about them? Are they good?

3. Going to see Design for Living this weekend! Am very, very excited, even if my theatre companion has all of the maturity of a lemur.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
I turned in my Kerouac paper yesterday, and now, my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story is finished.

IT IS DONE. FINALLY.

...Now I just have to finish the fic for [livejournal.com profile] heroes_exchange. And then start the [livejournal.com profile] 14valentines one.

*keyboard smash*
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
(Oh, I am so in for it. This will go down as the greatest folly of mankind.)

Nevertheless - my prompt table for [livejournal.com profile] heroes15. Claim: femme, as in all female characters, all the time, both non-paired and femslash/ed. Because even though they are the few and occasionally weepy, Heroes women deserve more loving, don't you agree?

01 Silence. 02 Road. 03 Computer. 04 Ink. 05 Oil.
06 Chain. 07 Language. 08 Wall. 09 Amnesia. 10 Weave.
11 Zoo. 12 Laughter. 13 Choke. 14 Jar. 15 Run.

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