urbandruid: (Spork! (xinsanity))
From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5:
What five nitpicky things do you wish writers in your fandom(s) would get right?

I have to say, I don't actually do a lot of reading in my fandoms these days, outside of certain archives, groups, etc. I probably should read more than I do. So... here's some stuff I came up with off the top of my head, that I vaguely remember from, say, the last time I trolled Fanficton.net. (Which has been, you know, a while.)

#1- Alias: Okay, I know the finale did some wonky stuff (some of us, me included, would say it went somewhat beyond wonky, into the realm of "J.J., put down the bong, and never drop acid again, ever.) but please please try to remember all the canon that came before it. Irina, for example. Not always evil, not always simply out for global domination.
(A special no love to J.J. Abrams on that one, for making Irina a Bond villain. Of course, what do I care? My Irina has been AU, one way or another, since the end of season 2.)

#2- Harry Potter. Slytherins are people too. No, really, stick with me on this one. Not all Slytherins are cardboard-cutout evil (are we sensing a theme here, btw?) ...and at the same time, not all of them can be redeemed, or should be. One thing Severus Snape does not need in any way, shape, or form, is your vapid, Mary Sue self-insert OC and her vapid, Mary Sue-ish purple prose. And his hair really is greasy. Please just deal with that.

#3- All fandoms. Okay, this is really nitpicky. I write a lot of AU. Some of it's a little AU, some of it is a lot AU. It's all got one thing in common: I change stuff. This really isn't that hard to understand. But people will insist on believing in the main AU (for example, I had someone review "Never To Be Alone In The Dark", which is an unfinished chapterd Babylon 5 story where Marcus survives. (I'd link it, but it's M/I, and most of my friends are sick to death of that one, and I don't want tomatoes thrown at me.) The reviewer was okay with that part, but told me I'd made it look like Marcus and his brother hand gone through Ranger training together, which they didn't do. Except that in "Never," they did. This isn't in any way really important to the plot, it's just something that comes up in a conversation Ivanova has with a Ranger who had a crush on William, Marcus's brother. And yet every time I go through my folder of saved reviews- and this one was overall nice, and I did save it- that comment drives me fucking crazy.

I guess it bugs me because it's not the only time that's happened. I had people- numerous people- accept the total freaking AUness of "Emerald & Ebony," in which Harry kills Voldemort in 5th year. (Happens 'offscreen', as it were, but still.) And what do they gripe about? I had Snape and Minerva the same age, and this apparently is a serious goof on my part. Except, you know, for the part where I meant to do it that way.

One of these people also told me how old Hagrid was. Hagrid played no major part in the story at all- I think I had him there for about two seconds, talking to the Trio. His age had no relevance. (And, not being a Hagrid fan, I really didn't care.)

It's fanfic, kids. It's all pretty much AU anyway.

#4 - Alias. History, people. If you're going to do something like write about Jack and Sloane running around doing CIA stuff back in the day, or Irina doing KGB stuff, please please try to get at least a faint grasp on what was going on in the area of the world you put them in, at the time you put them there. I know it's complicatd- I have a huge book on the KGB that I still haven't made it all the way through- but I know we can remember the big stuff, like when the Soviet Union collapsed. There should be an obvious difference between AU ("What if the Soviet Union never collapsed, and Irina was running the KGB?" and historical inaccuracies ("It's, say, 1999, and we're still talking about things like the Iron Curtain, West Germany, and Krushchev, not in an alternate history kind of way, but in an "oops, I got a D- in history, sort of way.")

#5 - Star Wars. This, too, is quite bitchy on my part, but, look. I've read the majority of the books, particularly the Zahn novels, about a billion times, with particular attention to the characters I like best. Please spare me the "I think 'x' was standing over there, not there when y event happened." Dude. I re-read that chapter, just to make sure I got it right for the fic. I do know what I'm doing.

OTP meme

Aug. 7th, 2006 11:29 am
urbandruid: (Penny/Moody)
I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] irreparable, and, again, I can avoid the to-do list for a while. Whee!

I think we've modified the original meme a bit- you were only supposed to list one pairing. Hah. Right. Like that would happen.

Harry Potter: Penny/Moody. The absolute OTP. I can- very occasionally- write Moody with other people, but the Penny in my head is pretty much always Moody's girl. Snape/McGonagall. Was my OTP before I got into Moody/Penny. Neville/Susan, because it's just CUTE, damnit! A bit of Sirius/Remus, though I've never really written it- just can't get too much of a grip on the pairing to write it... Voldemort/Bellatrix. Blaise/Tom, though I'll never be able to write it. Draco/Pansy. Lucius/Pansy. Lucius/Snape. Lucius/Narcissa. Lucius/Bellatrix.

Alias: Jack/Irina all the way. Jack/Sloane, Sydney/not!Vaughn. I really, really hate Vaughn. Weiss/Nadia. Marshall/Carrie.

Babylon 5/Crusade: Bester/Carolyn, Marcus/Ivanova, Galen/Gideon, Galen/Anna. Sinclair/Catherine. Zack/Lyta. Gideon/Lochley. Max/Cynthia.

Buffy: Buffy/Spike, Giles/Joyce, Giles/Jenny, Willow/Tara, Spike/Dawn

Dragonlance: Raistlin/Crysania, every once in a while. Par-Salian/Ladonna, just 'cause. Oh, and Dalamar/Kitiara, because hot ruthless people should always shag, it's pretty :)

Gundam Wing: Treize/Lady Une, Treize/Zechs, Mariemaya/Delane (TTDSDG OC), Walker/Alice (OC), Dorothy/Catherine, Trowa/Quatre

Lord of the Rings: Aragorn/Arwen, Faramir/Eowyn, Aragorn/Eowyn. Uh... Saruman/Sauron? ;) Gandalf/Saruman, just because.

Firefly: Mal/Inara, Mal/River, Simon/Kaylee, Kaylee/Inara, Kaylee/River

Star Trek (all): McCoy/Dwen Llewellyn (obscure book character), Worf/Jadiza, Picard/Crusher, Janeway/Chakotay (in an OMG ew, I wrote this in high school, it sucked, and I'll never do it again, sort of way). Janeway/Owen Paris (mostly in a Mirror Universe AU kind of way- I do love that mirror universe)

Honor Harrington: Honor/Hamish, Hamish/Emily, Honor/Hamish/Emily, Rob Pierre/Oscar Saint Just.

Green Rider: Karigan/Zachary all the way. Make Alton marry that other girl. ;)

Star Wars: Obi-Wan/Padme, Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon/Shmi, Jag/Jaina, Han/Leia, Luke/Mara, Wedge/Iella, Fel/Syal, Karrde/Shada, Karrde/Mara

X-Men (movieverse, as it's all I know): Magneto/Rogue is my main OTP here these days. Yes, shut up already. Also Magneto/Mystique, Logan/Rogue, Nightcrawler/Storm, and Magneto/Dark Phoenix. Oh, and Kitty/Collosus, 'cause the old TM Kitty got it stuck in my head that that's the way it's supposed to be. Oh, and Bobby is boring. (Though at least as long as he's around, the gang doesn't need an ice machine...)

Witchblade the TV series: Sara/Nottingham. Nottingham/Irons in a half-squicky, half attractive pairing sort of way.

seaQuest DSV: Bridger/Westphalen all the way. Also Stark/Maxwell, Bridger/Stark, Kreig/Hitchcock, Krieg/Hamburger ;), and Ortiez/O'Neil (or, you know, Orteiz/anyone, just so I can look at him... mmpretty)

Crossover randomness: Giles/Scully, Stark/Ramuis (Hunt for Red October), Dark Willow/Magneto, Vampire Willow/Magneto (and I'm just inventing this stuff off the top of my head, but some of it's working scarily well...) Faith (BTVS)/Kitiara (Dragonlance) Number Six (BSG)/Isabelle (the 4400)

Misc TV shows: Tyr/Beka (Andromeda), Charlie/Zoe (West Wing), Leo/Jordan (West Wing), Tom/Diana (the 4400), Tess/the crazy doctor whose name has escaped my mind (the 4400), Alanna/Heather (the 4400), Bones/Boothe (Bones), Zach/Hodgins (Bones), House/Cameron (House), House/Wilson (House), Nine/Rose (Dr Who), Jack/Sam (SG1; unspoken angstridden waaaaay against regs, military love... I'm sorry, [livejournal.com profile] leviathanmuse) Jack/that alternate universe non-military!Carter (SG1), Dr. Frasier/General Hammond (SG1).

I'm sure I've forgotten some, but that's all I can come up with off the top of my head. And I'm supposed to tag six people, sooo.... [livejournal.com profile] pandoraculpa, [livejournal.com profile] evil_whimsey, [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty, [livejournal.com profile] chaos_pockets, [livejournal.com profile] hobsonphile, and [livejournal.com profile] unanon. And anyone else who wants to do it...
urbandruid: (Spork! (xinsanity))
And one from last week )
urbandruid: (Irina / Be Seeing You (stratford_girl))
Dear JJ Abrams,

You suck and I hate you.

No love,
Me

Spoilers. Big. Effing. Spoilers. )

None of that was coherent, because it's after midnight, and rather than being able to sit down and digest Alias the way I wanted to, I had to fight with my scanner to enlarge a map of the British Isles so I could do a bit of "oh shit it's due tomorrow, my bad" homework. And now I'm just worn out and tired, and my brain is still trying to catch up. "Okay, so Liverpool is over there, and there's Manchester, and OMG WTF just happened?"

I need sleep.
urbandruid: (Spork! (xinsanity))
List 6 of your favorite television shows. Then answer the questions located under the cut.

1. Alias
2. Babylon 5
3. Crusade
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5. seaQuest DSV
6. Bones

Questions )
urbandruid: (Default)
Since I don't have to go dash out to meet the bus quite yet... I forgot to post the answers to the favorite characters meme I did a while ago. Sorry about that.

Anyway: (and yes, I know I can't count...)

1. Alias - Jack Bristow, Irina Derevko
2. Harry Potter - Alastor Moody, Penny Clearwater, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall.
3. Babylon 5 - Susan Ivanova, Jeffrey Sinclair, Lyta, Talia.
6. Crusade - Galen
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Buffy & Dawn
8. Star Wars - Prequels: Padme. Original trilogy: Obi-Wan & Leia. EU: Mara Jade. NJO: Jaina Solo, Gilad Pellaeon.
9. Star Trek: TNG - Beverly Crusher, Jean-Luc Picard.
10. Stargate SG-1 - Jack, Hammond of Texas :)
11. Dragonlance - Raistlin Majere
12. seaQuest DSV - Nathan Bridger. Kristin Westphalen. Marilyn Stark.
13. Gundam Wing - Treize Khushrenada, Lady Une.
12. Star Trek: DS9 - Kira Nerys. Odo. (But gods, not together...)
14. The Dark Is Rising - Will Stanton
15. Witchblade (the TV series) - Sara Pezzini, Ian Nottingham
16. X-men movieverse - Rogue, Magneto, Logan
17. Star Trek: Voyager - Kathryn Janeway
18. Andromeda - Tyr
19. Wheel of Time - Elayne Trakand
20. Honor Harrington - Honor Harrington, Hamish Alexander, Emily Alexander... Scotty Tremaine, Horace Harkness, Thomas Thiesman... No one knows who the hell these people are, so I'll stop now. :)
urbandruid: (Default)
From [livejournal.com profile] leviathanmuse and [livejournal.com profile] g_shadowslayer, because memes are more fun than being productive:

1.Post a list of up to 20 books/movies/anime/TV shows/video games/etc. that you've had an obsessive fannish love of at some time in your life.

2. Have your flist guess your favourite character from each item.


Apologies for some of the totally obscure fandoms; I had trouble getting to 20 with more well-known ones. Also, some of these, I have more than one favourite character. Either or both are fine as guesses, if you know. :)

1. Alias
2. Harry Potter
3. Babylon 5
6. Crusade
7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
8. Star Wars
9. Star Trek: TNG
10. Stargate SG-1
11. Dragonlance
12. seaQuest DSV
13. Gundam Wing
12. Star Trek: DS9
14. The Dark Is Rising
15. Witchblade (the TV series)
16. X-men movieverse
17. Star Trek: Voyager
18. Andromeda
19. Wheel of Time
20. Honor Harrington

edit: And apparently, I can't count to 20 correctly. D'oh!
urbandruid: (Default)
Spoilers. Big, big, big spoilers.

The Horizon )

edit: I'm an idiot. Just took out one of my tags, as it would kinda majorly spoil things on its own, and I'm not sure [livejournal.com profile] g_shadowslayer has seen the ep yet. Sorry! Please don't kill me...
And in case anyone was wondering, I redid my default Syd local girl icon. The old one's been bugging me for a while.
urbandruid: (irina (awakencordy))
Well. That was, to say the least, interesting.

beware of spoilers )
urbandruid: (queen of swords)
The cold from hell is lingering, but I feel a lot better than I did a few days ago, so I'm not complaining too much.

So I stumbled out to the kitchen this morning to grab some caffine and check the ads to figure out where I'm buying the Star Wars trilogy on DVD on Tuesday. Grumbled about nobody listing prices- nobody! -and then noticed the newspaper my mother had kindly set aside for me.

ABC has postponed the Alias premere to January.

So that they can show Desperate Housewives.

I've been sulking around the apartment ever since, swearing under my breath and muttering myself hoarse.

What is wrong with these people? I mean, I know half of season 3 drove me crazy, but at least it was there, you know?

Argh.

I'm thinking of breaking out the season 2 DVDs, some wine and some chocolate, and treating myself to an Irinafest. Misery loves company- anybody want to tag along?
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Fanfic commentary, shamefully late. Alias, "Ice and Glass" for [livejournal.com profile] dagnylilytable. I should have done this a lot sooner, but I was so buried under school stuff all the time, and the words were never quite there. Suddenly they seem to be.

Ice and Glass, with commentary )
urbandruid: (gold dust: we make it up...)
I have three Christmas cards done, and I still feel like a lazy bum. But three is better than none.

I could do more, and I may write more letters later, but my printer is misbehaving. It keeps printing things, then deciding to eat them. Argh! *beats printer with stick* If it's not one thing, it's another. (It scans fine now, thank you very much. Ugh!)

Alias rerun tonight, when I was expecting, or at least hoping, for a new one. I was watching something else earlier on the same network, caught a preview out of the corner of my eye. Thought I saw Irina.

I didn't, of course. Just Sydney. Reruns. Three weeks before anything new. Damnit. *sigh* I miss my Spymommy.

So I guess I'm going to be playing around a lot more with my [livejournal.com profile] irina_derevko in the next three weeks.

Bah! Alias Media's screencaps only have Jack's username from the "Sucession" chat. I really needed Irina's. Too. Will have to keep digging, I suppose. The annoying thing is that I saw it tonight, I just couldn't get close enough to see it before it was gone.

I think I'll amuse myself making icons, or something. "Miss you" just begs for it.

I keep having to slap myself on the wrist, tell myself my third muse for [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse cannot be Sydney Bristow, that something else will hit me and I'll want it more, something I wouldn't feel so guilty about asking for... *sigh* It's not that I want Sydney so much as it is that I want something else, and a lot of times my default writing voice for Alias is Sydney, because everything happens to Sydney.

If I didn't already have Irina, I would write Jack. But for some reason writing Jack has always come easy to me, and I wanted a challenge. Maybe I shouldn't be so proud of the fact that I can channel Jack so easily, but I am.

I should go to bed, but I'm not tired. Probably a bad sign; I'm going to be awake for hours, and I may regret this tomorrow. But who cares, right? I'm on vacation
urbandruid: (gold dust: then we'll understand)
*huge sigh of relief*

I did it. I survived finals.

Poli Sci was easy to moderate. There were a few questions where I just went, "WTF? Okay... guess." Mostly it was alright, though.

And Computers! Hah! That was supposed to be hard? *yawn* Riiight.

But the highlight of my day- the best- was going downstairs to my Algebra teacher's office, checking the posted grades...

Guess who got a C in Algebra?!? I know, I know, a C, but come on, math is hard for me. And I survived it with a passing grade.

And now I'd like to sleep for a year.

No, really though, I'm wasting time now in all kinds of fun ways. [livejournal.com profile] theatrical_muse is amusing the hell out of me right now. We have God, Satan, obscure fandoms (the guy from Hellraiser? I think it's Hellraiser. Anyway) and...well, there's me, too. [livejournal.com profile] shadow_anna (Anna Sheridan, B5) and [livejournal.com profile] irina_derevko. (From Alias. Yeah.) I know- my Jack is much better than my Irina, which is why I'm doing Irina. If I can figure out how she'd react to God and friends, I can probably write all of the strange ideas floating around my head right now.

So, anyway, you guys should join. The roleplaying is a riot, and the writing is excellent. It's going to be a good little (well, not so little, really) ficlet community. Right now we're all introducing ourselves and going a bit nuts. It's fun, though, and lots of fandoms need some filling in.

Alias, for example, has exactly two characters I know of. My Irina, and Will Tippin. Sydney? Jack? Sloane?

Now there's an idea... hey, [livejournal.com profile] dagnylilytable, you could be Crazy Uncle Arvin. Could be good times. :)
urbandruid: (gold dust: sights & sounds)
Gods, I'm tired.

I should be studying for my finals- I know, it's always something, isn't it? And I am going to go and study, but...hell, I wrote this thing, you know? May as well post it.

So. I was avoiding studying for my PoliSci final (*yawn*), went skimming over my old Alias fic (Game Over, if anybody cares), and the first line for this new one suddenly hit me. And the rest of it kind of flowed from there. *shrugs*

They have all killed Allison )

I had no busienss writing this today, of course. But I won't tell if you won't.
urbandruid: (Default)
I feel very strange.

It's cold and I don't want to go to school, but I have an Algebra quiz and a poli sci quiz (oh, excuse me- exercize)...so I sort of have to be there, even if I'd rather not.

Alias last night was a little bit weird. Jack is my hero, though, punching out that horrible NSA guy. I adore Dangerous!Jack, but he really needs, well, More Dangerous Than Ususal!Irina to make things complete, though. *sigh* We miss our Spymommy around here, and I read something in TV Guide a week or so ago about Lena Olin wanting a little more money than they're willing to give her right now...

Honestly. Pay the woman; she's worth it, I think.

I just hope it doesn't cross their minds to replace her. I don't think they will, though, not with her husband hanging around (promoting the smallest scenes of the new eps, which are never quite what we're led to think they are). So I guess at least that's something.

Oh, yes, and am I the only person who thought, "oh, god, not Rambaldi again?"

Bleh. School.
urbandruid: (bester mask)
...to update the massive unfinished fic meme from hell.

More for me than for anyone else, but

if you're interested... )

I finished one fic that was on the old list (Visiting Hours, Harry Potter) but I've added...several more. *sigh* At least I won't be bored for a bit, right? Plus the whole NaNoWriMo. 'Cause I'm really nuts.
urbandruid: (Default)
Probably the most overused fic title last summer, but I wrote mine, or most of it, the day after the season finale. And proceeded to lose it amidst my old school papers from last semester, history notes and math homework.

I found it again yesterday, and finished it.

Two Years )

Took me hours to find the part of this I wrote last semester, and I was paniced that I'd lost it for a while... Anyway, I think some parts of it that I wrote yesteday may have been colored by having seen the seaosn premier, but oh well.

Will post on the sites as soon as I've gotten a summary written. Oh yes, and I get home from *sigh* class.
urbandruid: (Default)
I swear, I'm getting spoiled at GreatestJournal; 10 icons suddenly doesn't seem like enough. I want to add more, but I can't decide which of the angry/angsty set to get rid of for a bit. Perhaps should ditch the default, but then I don't know what I'd use for a default.

Maybe I should think about this when I'm slightly more awake.

Or awake at all, for that matter.

Watched Alias last night... Yay! Have missed my Alias.

click for half-asleep spoilers )

More coherence fortcoming later....I hope. I've got two tests to survive before I hit that point, though, plus...Monday. Hate Mondays. A lot.

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