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Books read in 2015
129 books read last year.

The books, 2016:

1. Star Wars: Before the Awakening, Greg Ruka
2. Parable of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
3. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, James Patterson
4. Parable of the Talents, Octavia E. Butler

updated 01/07/15
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Because I am terminally bored at the moment.

Name 5 characters you like but that you wouldn't hire to work with for you.

This suffers, as most of my fannish stuff probably does, from my habit for loving the bad guys, the anti-heroes, and the basically amoral characters. Most of whom, if I think about it, I wouldn't hire. Ever.

1. Irina Derevko (Alias). Because I'd be out of a job in about five minutes, if I was lucky. Dead if I was unlucky. In a typical office she'd be the one hacking the computer system, embezzling the yearly budget, and framing her coworkers for it. No, thank you. :)

2. Darth Vader (Star Wars) 'Nuff said, really. But to continue anyway: 1.) Look what happened to his last boss. 2.) Lack of social skills would be a problem in the workplace.

3. Kara Thrace (BSG) Not a team player. Unprofessional. Also, depending which season she's from, likely to be drunk a lot.

4. River Tam (Firefly/Serenity) Attention span problems. Also, likely to freak the fuck out at random ads for snack food.

5. Alastor Moody (HP) Would probably spend most of his time checking the office perimeter for threats, and end up hexing such innocuous figures as the UPS guy.

RP meme

Feb. 9th, 2009 12:00 pm
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] leviathanmuse

RP meme )
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Books read in 2008

Once again, I'm keeping track of the books I read over the year. I won't be posting reviews unless something really fantastic comes along, but feel free to ask if you're curious about something.

The books )

updated 12/31/09
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2008 meme gacked from [livejournal.com profile] irreparable

2008 meme )

Well. That was lovely. Don't know that I'll be doing a real year in review post today. Maybe later. This was enough of a downer.

I think maybe it's time to just move forward.
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Year in review meme: first lines of 08 )

Books Read in 2008 meme - Grand total of 132 books. Not as many as 2007, when I read 170, but I've been busy.

More analysis than you probably ever wanted of the books read meme )
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty

Gather all your RP journals, list the characters and any AU versions you RP. Open the post to the public so even lurkers can ask the muses questions. Respond with that RP account.

I'll just say up front that I'm not listing all of the ones from the older games. And I'm counting TM and LA as 'games' even though they aren't, exactly.

Harry Potter
Penny Clearwater (Twisted HP, NA, License Artistic)
Alastor Moody (Licence Artistic)
Severus Snape (NA)
Minerva McGonagall (NA)
Susan Bones (NA)
Neville Longbottom (NA)
Pansy Parkinson (NA)
Nymphadora Tonks (NA)
Bellatrix Lestrange (TM)
Tabitha Nott (Twisted HP)
Lillith Adler (NA)
Ethan Blakely (NA)
Gage Blakely (NA)
Tara Adler (NA)

Star Wars
Jaina Solo (TM)
Gilad Pellaeon (TM, SWG)
Mace Windu (TM)
Mara Jade Skywalker (SWG)

Irina Derevko (TM/AL)
Jack Bristow (TM/AL)
Nadia Santos (TM)
Arvin Sloane (just kind of hanging around stalking people)

Babylon 5/Crusade
Galen (TM)
Anna Sheridan (TM)

River Tam (AL)

Other misc. characters
Marilyn Stark (seaQuest DSV)
Raistlin Majere (Dragonlance)
Grand Admiral Thrawn (Star Wars)
Rose Tyler (Dr. Who)

White Wolf/WoD
Catherine Elliott (White Rose, local LARP)
Sage Tailemen (White Rose, local LARP)
Elynna/Emily Lansing (local LARP)

And, okay, if there's someone I left off who you want to ask about, go for it.
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How will you be suspended from LJ? by Anonymous LJ User
Years on LJ
Hours left until your suspension33
Your crimePosting drabbles longer than 100 words.
Who reported youvayshti
Your fatePsychotic break caused by loss of posting access.
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Deathly Hallows meme, snagged from [livejournal.com profile] odogoddess

Here there be spoilers )
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100% DH spoiler-free. Potter meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] unanon

Fandom so far... )

Well, that was fun.
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Meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] ladyorla, though I've seen it around before. I may even have done it before, not sure.

Name a fandom you know I know and I'll tell you...

01. The first character I first fell in love with
02. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
03. The character everyone else loves that I don't
04. The character I love that everyone else hates
05. The character I used to love but don't any longer
06. The character I would shag anytime
07. The character I'd want to be like
08. The character I'd slap
09. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
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Snagged from everybody. Procrastination for the win!

Name a character and I'll give you three or more "facts" from my personal fanon about that character.
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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.
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I read a lot. I also read pretty fast, when I have the time, so this list may get pretty long. I've never actually kept track of the number of books I read in a year, and I thought it'd be interesting.

Will lj-cut the list when it gets too damn long.

The books, 2007 )
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From just about everyone- the first lines meme.

1/6/06 - OMG am so, so freaking tired.

2/7/06 - It never rains, but it pours.

3/1/06 - Gods, what a week.

4/6/06 - I don't think I've ever been this miserable for this length of time before.
(During the last episode of Kidney o'Doom.)

5/3/06 - My cat owns me.

6/1/06 - I'm still sick, though I'm feeling a little better.

7/7/06 - Our heat wave is finally starting to break, at least at night.

8/6/06 - Okay, I wasn't going to do this.
(The start of my Cassie Claire rant.)

9/1/06 - Dear silly humans, This is Samantha, the cat, speaking.

10/11/06 - Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] g_shadowslayer
(This was the art meme, which I sort of need to finish at some point... whoops.)

11/6/06 - The little mood penguin down at the bottom looks about like I feel right now.

12/7/06 - This is really random, but does anyone know a cure for the hiccups that actually works?
(People actually did. I was shocked!)

...Wow. 2006 kind of sucked.
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Because I'm bored, and procrastinating is fun:

[livejournal.com profile] thefridayfive:

1. Are you related to anyone famous or do you have any famous friends? If so, who?

Well, I'm not, but within two or three degrees I can get you to a lot of cool people. (And some not so cool ones.) One of my aunts is a showbiz hairdresser. I once got into a fight with someone over Martha Stewart. I was making fun of Martha for that whole insider trading thing, and this lady got all huffy at me. "Well, they say she's guilty, but I'm sure she's a very lovely woman..." Yes, well. My aunt is sure she isn't, and I trust my auntie.

Oh, and my mom has friends who've met Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. Next meet-and-greet that the official fan club does at a concert she can get to, Mom is so there. :)

2. Do you have any autographs or memorabilia?

Hahahahahahaha. I have a small ton of autographs- most of the autographed Babylon 5 CCG cards; I'm missing President Sheridan, Ranger Lennier, and, I think there was a Londo one? Prime Minister Mollari, possibly? I should go track those down on eBay some year... I also have a few autographed pics, two from local Star Trek cons (Gates McFadden & John de Lancie) and another of Mira Furlan I bought on eBay, which I'm... 75% convinced is legit. I saw Michael Dorn and James Doohan at a local con in the '90's, but none of the cons here were doing autographs by then. And, alas, I bought my Gates autograph from her people, so I didn't get to meet her either. (Again, no lines.) She was my favorite, too...

Oh, and there's the copy of Star Wars: Survivor's Quest, that I have signed by the author, Timothy Zahn. (To Christine, Best Wishes, Timothy Zahn.)

Memorabilia, hang on a second... *dies laughing* Okay, now that I have that out of my system- have you seen my house? It's everywhere! I can see eight action figures from where I'm sitting (Darla and Willow from Buffy, my X2 Magneto, and the customs figures of River, Jack, and Irina that I commissioned from a very nice woman on the BTVSfigs forum. Then there's the large bag currently holding the figures that usually go on the bookshelf in front of my CDs, because I'm sort of in the middle of sorting the CDs. That's been going on for... a few months now. Oh, and there's a Serenity comic peeking out from a stack of books by the dresser.

Then there's the rest of the house. Buffy, Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Dr. Who, Lord of the Rings, X-men, Stargate, Tomb Raider, Harry Potter... It's everywhere, and it's not even all mine. Posters, toys, action figures, books, comics, R2-D2 keychains, DVDs, video games... Oh, and my Peanuts stuff. Snoopy Christmas ornaments, the Snoopy Christmas mug I'm drinking out of right now, the Charlie Brown Christmas snow globe... and my ever growing collection of holiday plush Snoopies. (Snoopi?) My favorite is Halloween Snoopy, with black purple lined satin cape and fake felt vampire teeth.

Remind me someday and I'll take pictures of all of this, including the Star Wars shrine we call the office.

3. If you could meet any 3 celebrities who would they be?

Jeeze, only three? You guys are no fun. Okay... J. Michael Straczynski, Lena Olin, and... Sir Ian McKellen. There are a lot more I'd pick if I could- half the cast of B5 and Crusade, really, starting with Peter Woodward and Melissa Gilbert. (Whose name I actually blacked out on for a second there.) And a lot of authors. Most of my favorite celebrities are writers, and some of them probably aren't that famous.

4. What would you want to be famous for doing?

Easy. Writing.

5. Who's the most annoying celebrity?

But I hate so many... Alright, Tom Cruise/the Katiebot. Not sure you can separate them these days, and since between them they maybe have half a brain, I guess that's okay.
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] irreparable, and because I'm bored.

Make a list of all the characters in your icons. (Although you may have more than one icon of a single character, they only go on the list once.) Alphabetize it. Take the first two people on the list; that's your first pairing. Second two people; second pairing. etc.

Pairings, which are very strange... )
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Ok. This is called the "Weirdest/Scariest/Freakiest Reviews EVAR meme."

Here's how it works:

Post your most unusual review/feedback in your journal for the world to ponder. Then tag five people to do the same in an attempt to beat you.

So. Tagged by my buddy [livejournal.com profile] by_starkiller; not doing the contest part, but posting the weird stuff I can come up with. Since I'm not doing it for competition, and because I really couldn't decide, we have a three-way tie.

First, we have this review for Emerald & Ebony, my first Snape/McGonagall story. Gotta love Fanfic.net.

I think you should write a sequel to this. Maybe when they come back from the summer Snape and McGonagall are married. Not just that maybe Minerva is expecting! Well just email me if you need the ideas. I can think of many things to happen. Not just that what if they already have kids. I got the story for them. I'll let you know when I have typed up my version of the fifth book!

Sadly, this person never did get back to me about their version of the 5th book. Really really broken up about this, I can't tell you how much.

Next up, for Once Upon A Legend, a Babylon 5 fic from Ivanova's POV:
You've got skills. Stop writing and I will hunt you down and kill you.

I think they meant this in a good way, I really do. But I have to wonder- does this qualify as my first death threat? (And is that like first flames? Is it a big deal? Should I frame it? Throw it a party?)

And last but not least on the bizarro scale, this gem, for The Bitter End, which is a strange Star Wars fic I wrote in high school from the POV of one of my old roleplaying characters. The Dark Empire thing this guy's ranting about, if anyone cares, is a comic book series where the Emperor was cloned a billion times, Luke turned to the dark side, and related lame overdone things. I was bored and I wanted to sort of rewrite it- or write around it, from the POV of that OC. I do agree that I may have given the Emperor a lame first name, but he sort of needed one, and I think I picked it for the vague assocaiton it has in my head with MacBeth. So there, dork. :)

Uhhh, your an Imbecile. The Dark Empire plotline was the greatist thing ever to grace the expanded universe, the greatest and most evil character had returned in a clone body. Yes thats right "body" the clones where just empty shells waiting for Palpatines spirit to enter them, once it did Palpatine took control of its body thus the clone has no life, in essence Palpatine is literally REBORN. This story makes no sense, and even if Palpatines first name is Duncan (which it probably isn't because that name is stupid) there is no such thing as Gillian Skywalker. I hope Palpatine could escape the netherworld and return to destroy the Yuuzhan Vong, and return the Galaxy under Imperial control. PS The Eclipse class star destroyer is the best starship ever created, partly because it was Palpatine's flagship and his taste is good-or should I say EVIL.

I should probably also note that this review was signed by one "Lord Exor." I think this is an attempt at ripping off a Star Wars comic character, a Sith Lord by the name of Exer Kun... not sure of the spelling, but I know his sucks. If it were my nick, I'd check the spelling. Just saying.

So... tags. Anyone who wants to do it, or [livejournal.com profile] pandoraculpa, [livejournal.com profile] evil_whimsey, [livejournal.com profile] rian219, [livejournal.com profile] analise, [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty.
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I'd like to thank [livejournal.com profile] irreparable, who's almost always up to looking something over for me, and she and [livejournal.com profile] leviathanmuse for helping with RP posts and the like. Also [livejournal.com profile] strangemuses who beta read the Moody essay I wrote a while back, and [livejournal.com profile] bohemienne, who did beta duty on 'Emerald and Ebony', poor thing. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] dangnylilytable who has beta-read any number of Alias fics. (And one day I'm actually going to finish that sequel to 'Ice and Glass' for you, MC...)

There may be others I've forgotten- feel free to jog my memory. You guys all rock. :)

edit: [livejournal.com profile] g_shadowslayer also beta'd several RP posts and the like. Thanks to you, too.


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