frith_in_thorns: Better Butter Bugs for a Brighter Barrayar! (V Butter bugs)
In the interests of holding myself publicly accountable:

A couple of friends and I have agreed that we're all going to write ridiculous gay YA novels. Between now and the end of August.

Mine is going to be about space whales. And space mermaids. And lesbians. IN SPACE.

Wish me luck :P

(Also I FULLY intend to blackout my bingo card, because I only need to write four more fics to have done one for each of my 25 squares. And then I will have achieved a blackout once in my life and I never need to do it again.)
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (SGA - Teyla - woods)
It is so warm. Amusingly, all the WIPs I'm invested in involve being cold, so I haven't been able to write them at the moment XD I'm not complaining about the heat, though -- I vastly prefer it to being cold, which I've spent most of this year being. So I've been spending a load of time sitting in the field down the road with my notebook and writing stuff.

(Except for the past couple of days when I've been on my computer stabbing my wcpairings fic with a stick. FEELINGS ARE COMPLICATED AND MESSY CAN I JUST MAKE NEAL FALL OFF A BUILDING NOW.)

Other stuff: I watched White Collar with [ profile] theoret. I like watching stuff I'm fannish about with other people who are fannish, it makes it so much fun. Also her mum gave me a German Friendship Cake. It is a self-replicating cake, guys. There will be endless cake! (helle, you will love it!)

I also have somewhere to put my stuff now that doesn't involve me paying extortionate self-storage prices! :D But I need to start looking for jobs. I'm rather terrified of the prospect. Interviews. Interviews are absolutely terrifying. Bleh.

Oh, I keep forgetting to ask if anyone else is on Twitter. I had a spare account (for one of my Echo Bazaar characters) so I'm now using that for friends and stuff. Not that I don't love my other one, but it's so full of politics and activism that, although it's great as a literal news feed, updates from people I know get buried! So, I'm @frithinthorns, add me :) (Warning: I'm not particularly interesting :P)


I shall finish this rather disjointed post by pasting in an extract from an email my mother sent me earlier:

"We went to Charmouth, but all the beaches were closed because of the rock fall where that poor woman died last week. Anyway I am afraid we were naughty and went on the beach anyway, so we had the beach to ourselves most of the day until some other disobedient people came along in the late afternoon. The coast guard came along to inspect the cliffs and they said 'Do you know this beach is closed?' and we said 'Yes' but they didn't tell us to move. Then the harbour master came along in a boat and said the same thing. Then later they came back and took our names and phone number, I suppose so they would know if there was a rockfall and we were dead, who we were."

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (NY - Stella - smile red)
Quite a few people on my flist are doing a meme that involves listing all the fics you're currently working on. I considered doing that, but since I'm saving all the challenge-writing I've signed up for until after Finals, and since they're pretty much the same ones as everyone elses' ([ profile] whitecollar_bb, [ profile] wcpairings, [ profile] whitecollarhc, plus a whole pile of misc prompts I will eventually get through), so that post wouldn't really be terribly interesting.

Instead, I'm going to talk about some of the fics I'm not going to write.

-- The Criminal Minds zombie apocalypse AU. Okay, so Criminal Minds fic in general probably falls into this category. Love the show, can't deal with the fandom.

-- I always meant to write Stargate Universe fic with TJ/James. No, seriously, this was my ship, and I am going down with it :P

-- An epic-length Merlin AU where I try and make the show make sense. (For those who haven't watched it, the scripts make Stargate Atlantis look well-plotted. Nearly every single Danger Of The Week could be solved in five minutes if the characters would just talk to each other about it.)

If I did this it would partly focus around Morgana and the absolutely terrible way Gaius treated her, which amounts to institutionalised abuse. On discovering she had magic he decided that of course she shouldn't be told about it, because she would probably do something evil (based on no evidence whatsoever, and despite Gaius doting on Merlin and his magic). The solution: continue to lie to Morgana, let her think she's crazy, and keep her drugged/sedated whenever possible to try and stop her finding out the truth. And then, when she discovered that Gaius and Uther, the men who have power over her, have been lying to her all along, her anger/feelings of betrayal at this was apparently proof that she would have been 'evil' anyway. Someone remind me why Gaius is supposed to be the show's moral centre, please.

Anyway, in this theoretical AU Morgana would find out the truth early on, Gwen would support her, Merlin would be angstily torn between his mentor and Doing The Right Thing and Arthur would at first be loyal to his father and then dramatically realise that he was in the wrong. And then they would all team together (possibly with Morgouese) and rebel against Uther. And Morgana and Merlin would study magic together. (I don't know what part the Slash Dragon would play.)

-- The series [ profile] helle_d and I have been expanding on for the last couple of terms, which can be summarised as "Alanna (from the Tortall books by Tamara Pierce) Travels The Multiverse And Fixes Things". There is also lots and lots of femslash. She can do this at different times in her life, so will always be the right age for shipping :D Included in this so far:
Merlin: This works out a bit like above, although set during the third season probably. Alanna goes to Camelot, wins a tournament, realises that Uther's a tyrant, knocks sense into Arthur, teams up with (and is shipped with) Morgana, and helps lead the revolution. Also shows how ridiculous the ban on magic is.

Legend of Korra: We haven't really developed a plot for this, using this 'verse maaaaay be a thinly-veiled excuse to ship Alanna/Lin. (We also ship Korra/Keladry.)

A Song of Ice and Fire: In which we ship both Alanna/Brienne and Sansa/Margery. Alanna gets Brienne to realise how awesome she is, and then the two of them fight to let Sansa and Margery rule Westeros together. Brienne is made Hand. Asha (Yara in show'verse) gets to be Queen in the North. (After five books, these are quite literally the only characters I still care about.)

(Alanna does all this stuff with George's knowledge, of course, because they have a communicative and open marriage. Line from [ profile] helle_d: "I can't come to bed, George, someone is Wrong in the multiverse!")

Okay, I'm sure there are more but I can't remember them. So more revision now. (Revision with fic-writing breaks to keep me sane.)
frith_in_thorns: Diana Berrigan in a winter coat, looking down and smiling (WC Diana)
So, you know when you're hanging out in a coffee shop with a friend and fangirling over The Hunger Games, and laughing at Seneca Crane's beard and how it's apparently now a tumblr meme, and then you say "Hey, I bet Matt Bomer could pull off that beard"? And then she goes away and actually photoshops that?

[ profile] theoret, I really love you.


Edit: Whoops, meant to add link to tumblr source.
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Games - Mass Effect - Liara Deal)
This is a story about how cool I am.

I went to a blood donor session today, gave blood, blah blah. ("Wow, you have really slow blood!" "Yes. Yes, I'm told this with fascination every time.")

Finished, was asked if I ever had any problems afterwards, told them no, sat up and fainted. Which I have never done before.

Lying there feeling like crap, my first coherent thought was, "Hey! I can use this in a fic! :D"

...I am so totally cool.
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (SGA - Misc - Jumper blue sky)
Oh wow, I have totally been neglecting LJ/DW this week apart from to throw protest photos at you and run away again. I'm really sorry to everyone who's only just getting comment replies -- I love love love comments but I can be really terrible at answering them quickly.

Mostly, there's been this magical thing called sunshine! I have been sitting out in it and writing my epic White Collar post-finale fic of DOOM. Okay, when I say epic I mean just under 11,000 words, which isn't that epic, but it's by far the longest thing I've written in literally years so I feel accomplished. Um, I was going to beg for someone to beta-read it for me, but given I'm going to Cornwall on Saturday morning so want to post it Friday night, (I'll have internet access there, but sporadically) I may have left that a bit late.


In non-fandom stuff, I, as usual, haven't done much :P Started a tabletop Trail Of Cthulhu game tonight with a few friends, GM'd by Fran. We survived a train crash, had a protracted argument about whether the cliffs of Dover have a lighthouse on (Tim triumphantly found via google that they Roman times), and discovered that everyone else in England appears to have been killed by mysterious plants. Also Claire and I not-entirely-seriously pushed to split the party - as a racing pilot and an Oxford don we reckon we have a better chance of survival if we ditch the crazy priest and the incredibly unhinged artist. GM denied this request.


I have also seen films. The Hunger Games, which I really want to devote an entire post to talking about, and The Most Exotic Marigold Hotel. All I can say about that one is go and watch it, it is fantastic. It has the always, always wonderful and adorable Dev Patel, and also Maggie Smith and Judi Dench and Penelope Wilson and Bill Nighy. Go and see it, seriously.


Oh, on the subject of things you should see: Hoarders: Skyrim edition. Dead now.
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (White Collar - Diana - mug)
Title: Cat and a Hat
Characters/Pairing: Neal, Peter; Gen
Genre/Rating: Fluff; G
Word count: 1100
Warnings: None
Notes: Written in response to this prompt by [ profile] love_82 at [ profile] collarcorner.
There is… not a lot of plot to be found here *gg*

Summary: Neal encounters a kitten.

Read more... )

- o -

ETA: This story now has a sequel, written by [ profile] sholio. Read it, it is lovely!

frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (CM - Reid - annoyedface)
Just a note, I've currently turned back on the custom comment pages in my journal - ie they are no longer on the beautiful new default style, because it's giving me a massive headache. This is so that I can use my own style for now on the comms I read, and therefore actually be able to read them.

I hope this doesn't cause problems for people - if it does, let me know. I tried to pick a theme which had reasonable contrast, but the options aren't great (which was why I always went with the default!!).
frith_in_thorns: Unfortunately, you'll also all blow up. (Zundry - Computer love)
White Collar has eaten my braaaain. And the fandom for it is awesome. I'm still writing plotless h/c, but I like plotless h/c.

Girlfriend is coming up to stay tomorrow! This will be lovely (esp. since the house is emptying) and we can wander around Oxford and pretend next term is a long time away. And possibly find better places for dates than the zoology department cafe (although they sell hot drinks in mugs for 30p, which definitely makes up for its other shortcomings).

On that note, I asked her what she'd like me to cook for her, and she said aubergines. Does anyone know any good recipies which involve aubergines (and hopefully don't make them come out too slimy)?

Shark pies, crochet project of DOOM, and Something Hilarious From Japan )

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