vanitashaze: Mal looking through an elevator grate. (every lover is terrifying /)
Using a Flickr photo as the base layer for a manip, while crediting the original artist, is:

- Tacky
- Awesome
- Sadly, no ticky box.

Putting your own cover of a song (i.e. that you've recorded) into a fanmix is:

- Tacky
- Awesome
- Lack of ticky box :(
vanitashaze: Superman kicking off a... boot? Duck? (In with the new and out with the ducks /)
I've searched through my library and used my meagre Google-fu to no avail, so I'm putting this out here: Does anyone know anything about female homosexuality - attitudes about lesbians from straight people, attitudes about lesbians from lesbians, culture, dress/mannerisms, etc. - in the late 1970s to mid 1980s? Keeping in mind, the characters I'm juggling are working- to lower-middle-class women in rural areas who wouldn't be involved (or possibly, even all that aware/concerned with) the women's movement or the gay rights movement, and who come from close-knit, probably conservative - but not necessarily Christian - families. They're probably not going to be "out" in any way, and they're staying in the above-described communities, not moving into places with a gay... er, area? Scene? Whatever, you get it.

Also, bisexuality, particularly female bisexuality. What was happening with the attitudes towards that, both within the gay community and the larger society? I know this was the beginning of the bisexual backlash among the male gay community, but information about female homosexuality is (unsurprisingly) sparse, and female homosexuality outside of the context of the lesbian community / gay rights movement / women's movement is even sparser.

Meta or personal experiences welcomed with gratitude, but I'll also take recs for any movies, books, tv shows, or pretty much anything else you can think of that's relevant and set in this period. (Thanks!)
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (girl if you're a seascape i'll be a boat)
Due to a lot of things, including but not limited to the possibility of malware and El-Jay's increasingly stupid policies regarding, well, pretty much everything, I've migrated over here. Mazel tov to me! Expect f-list overhaul in a few days, once this bloody IB IA is over with.
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Why were you all born within the same bloody three weeks? Anyways -

HAPPY
ALMOST
BIRTHDAY
[livejournal.com profile] icarusincalion,
FOR THE
MOTHEREFFING
WIN.



(I will be back soon and talking to ya'll beyond birthday things, I promise! Just, real life has struck. Again.)
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (it's just been that kinda day /)

HAPPY
(ALMOST)
BIRTHDAY,
[livejournal.com profile] redfaerie19!



This text is aligned very strangely, but I trust you get the message.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (it's just been that kinda day /)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] ticketsonmyself!

vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (girl if you're a seascape i'll be a boat)
When I signed up for the Big Bang I expected months of hell on wheels, but oddly enough, between bouts of sheer terror, utter blankness, and procrastination, I'm actually having a lot of fun with this project. Unsurprisingly, though, it's gotten rather complex - or at least, there's a lot of crap I'm trying to hit - and for once my Google-fu and anthropology-major mother have both failed me. (Horror!) So, to jump straight to the point: All of you multicultural f-list people, could you try to round up as many images and myths of desire as you can? I already have fruit (duh), Persephone and the pomegrantes, Eve and the apple (or pomegranate), Eden, etc., but I'm sure there are more desire/temptation myths out there, and I could use some fodder.
vanitashaze: Profile of Teyla. (we burn our boats each new year /)
Recently, Icarus issued a recantation of her criticism of one of her Buddhist teachers, Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo, and temple she used to attend, Kunzang Palyul Choling. While I don't support or condone what she did, I recognize the strength it must have taken to not only recognize her mistakes but publicly apologize, and per her wishes, in the hope of everyone finding a little peace: here it is. Be warned: it's not a pretty tale. Icarus lied, manipulated, slandered, and generally just behaved monstrously badly, all to defame her teacher and temple - and protect herself from her own failure at being a nun - which she sees now as a mistake. As part of coming to terms with what she's done and hopefully, making amends, she has written her confession on her journal - "post[ing] [her] clean-up confession just as publicly as [she] once posted [her] criticism" - and asked her friends to pass it around, in hopes that the truth will counteract the lies she once told.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (girl if you're a seascape i'll be a boat)
...Is the explosion of Mt. Saint Helens an okay reference to make, when writing Doctor Who fic, or is too American? I'm not assuming that people would know any details - because hell, that doesn't happen in America either - but if I walked up to someone in London and said, Mt. Saint Helens, would they get the essential gist of it, that I was talking about explosive destruction on a large scale? And if not, what would be the UK equivalent of a super-large, super-hot disaster be? Have there been any explosions / great fires recently?
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
...Does anyone know of any particular episode that features Sam and Vala walking next to each other somewhere - in the SGC, in a field, what have you - in mission gear? I'm trying to finish my assignment for the [livejournal.com profile] thelittlebang art, but my efforts to find good screencaps to start with are ineffectual, at best.

To be clear, I'm looking for a pose something like this (just better quality, and again with the mission gear):

vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
I'm trying to decide whether it's prudent or just pathetic to post the same response-meme twice in a row, but I figure, fuck it, no one replied the first time and I could use all the help I can get with writing. Especially since I signed up for a three month long heart attack [livejournal.com profile] sgabigbang; if I'm doing anything badly, I really want to know before I write 40,000+ words of that bad.

So, I'll say it again: please, please give me feedback. Even if it's just, you suck. Or, you have no concept of plot. (Which is true.) Just, make like the Beatles. HELP.

THE ANONYMOUS WRITING FEEDBACK MEME, 
BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE FIRST TIME WAS NOT 
ENOUGH (AGH, AGH, AGH).


ETA: I am sorry if I appear frustrated and short-tempered, it's just that, well, I am. The Bad has set in. Beware.
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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)
I'll say this: I hated taking Creative Writing as a class. Absolutely hated it, down to my bones, down to things further down than bones, because everyone there was so slow and for many of them, just plain not good at writing. (Yes, I'm rather vain, I know, I'm working on it.) But the one thing I do miss is constructive criticism. Now, for instance, I'm having what I perceive as a change in style, these sort of shifts that come along periodically, like shedding a skin and finding the pattern underneath slightly different. Not really noticeable, not yet, but it's bugging the hell out of me. I feel like: on the one hand, my plot and characterization are maturing, but on the other hand, the style in which they're writ is becoming more generic, less experimental, less imagery-based. Like, SUBTLETIES? If I'd had the idea for that now, I don't think it would have been written. Even my thoughts feel less original, but more tired repetitions of the same three hundred images that have been bouncing around the universe for years and years and years.

All of this, of course, sucks small round things, because I like having imagery. Like being kinda edgy, kinda out there.

If I were still taking that class? I'd have people to talk about it. Now, though: not so much. So the existence of this meme makes me very happy, and I hope you - the great and lovely f-list - do respond, honestly, because I want to get better; or fix what's broken; or even have you tell me I'm out of my fucking mind, there's nothing wrong.

THE ANONYMOUS WRITING FEEDBACK MEME


ETA: Come on, no responses? That's just sad.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (the great brute boy-sage of civilization)
So, I need some help with Katie-compiling. What episodes was she in? What episodes was she talked about in? I've got Duet, Sunday, Tabula Rasa, Quarantine, and Trio, but I'm sure I'm missing something. Possibly a lot of somethings.
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To [livejournal.com profile] ladywilde80:

May you have a wonderful birthday and an absolutely positively fantasmagraphical 2009.
vanitashaze: Girl on a dark beach. (Default)
(Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] tju_tju_tju_tju.)

Comment and I shall:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your LJ.

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