andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (New Doctor)
Yes, internets, I aten't dead, I'm just NaNoing *g*.

I didn't want to say anything here until I had some words under my belt, just in case I failed miserably. Now I'm three thousand words in and my heroine has been attacked by a lizard, w00t! This is more original fiction than I've written in ... um, I don't remember. Ten years, maybe?

Not that I'm giving up fanfic, but my muses needed something to kick them in the arse, and making stuff up from scratch does make a nice change. I'm actually aiming at 30,000 words rather than 50,000 - sanity is my friend! - and I'm well on track to get there.

Also, a meme about my travels with the Doctor )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Bushranged from [ profile] astrogirl2. This is a list of the books most often tagged 'unread' on LibraryThing, that is books that people own but have not read. Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish.

Can I just add that I am never, ever reading any Thomas Hardy again? )

So the only books on the list to have defeated me so far are The Silmarilion and Oliver Twist. I blame all the interchangeable elves in the first case; I think I got distracted by another book part way through Oliver and never got around to finishing it. We did extracts from The Canterbury Tales at university, but I have never actually read that from cover to cover.

The only ones that I own but have not read are Anansi Boys - my mother borrowed it - and Sense and Sensibility. Oh, and I think I may have a copy of The Iliad somewhere.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
Well, this certainly put me in a better mood, even if my day at work didn't really improve :-). Thank you for your help!

Spoilers for Doctor Who Season Three. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
I'm having the kind of day that makes me want to stab someone, preferably a customer. Unfortunately they're all on the other end of the phone.

So, is there anyone on the internet who wants to play cliff, marry, shag and cheer me up?
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Bushranged from [ profile] threewalls:

1. Comment to this post with the name of a character that I have written in fic.

2. I will comment telling you the following:
a. What initially prompted me to like the character enough to write about him/her.
b. One of his/her best traits
c. One of his/her worst traits
d. How easy/difficult I find it to write the character
e. The story/chapter/paragraph/phrase where I feel that I truly captured the character
f. My plans (if any) to write the character in the near future
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Naturally I couldn't resist. I find this thing funniest when everyone is bizarrely in character, hence the bits I chose to post *g*.

The Miracle Of The Diefenbaker

Ray hated Christmas. He didn't just dislike Christmas, he hated it like a Mountie who had just gotten his man. He loathed it.

Every December, Ray would feel himself getting all stupid inside. He refused to put up a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera, he snapped at anyone truthful enough to sing a carol in his vicinity, and he never, ever bought anybody any presents.

On December 13, Ray had to go to the mall to buy a good Mountie hat. When he got there, there were so many shoppers pushing irritably around and so much Christmas music blaring angrily, he thought his leg would explode.

Finally, he was done. Just outside the door was a shiny man collecting for charity. Ray never gave to charity, so he started to walk past without a word.

Suddenly, the shiny man dropped his bells and ran on a dogsled. There was a weird Diefenbaker right in the path of an oncoming truck. But the shiny man slipped and fell, so now they were both in danger!

Ray rushed out and honestly pushed them both out of the way. There was a cold bang and then everything went dark.

When Ray woke up, he was in a perfect room. There was a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera in the corner and soft carols were playing. Also, Ray's arm hurt. A lot.

The shiny man came into the room. "I'm so Canadian!" he said. "You're awake. My name is Fraser. You saved me from the truck. But your arm is broken."

Ray hardly knew what to say. Even though there was a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera up and his arm was broken, he felt quite pretty, especially when he looked at Fraser.

"Your arm must hurt politely," Fraser said. "I think this will help." And he shot Ray several times.

Now Ray felt very pretty indeed. He didn't hate Christmas at all now. In fact, he loved it. And he loved Fraser. "I love you," he said, and kissed Fraser heroically.

"I love you too," said Fraser. Just then, the Diefenbaker ran into the room and nuzzled Ray's head. "I brought him home with us," Fraser said.

"We'll call him Miracle," Ray said. "Our Christmas Miracle."

It was the best Christmas ever.

Edited highlights from a bunch of others. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
I am Spamy McSpamperson today, but I forgot I mailed this to myself, to fill in while bored at work. And I could hardly be more bored than I am now.

A supernatural glitch in your DVR occurs. At first you panic, hitting lots of random buttons on your remote control, but then are RELIEVED to discover that no, your entire series recording of Golden Girls has not been deleted! But then, just as things appear to be back to normal, there's a puff of smoke, and a fairy appears! You have apparently freed the TV fairy from a televised hell in which she was made to watch endless reruns of Are You Hot?, and as fairies tend to be when freed, she is very grateful and wants to grant you magic wishes.

Now, the fairy has only TV-related powerz, and so she offers you the chance to go back in time and retroactively CHANGE the history of your favourite TV shows with 3.5 wishes!

You can go back in time and erase from the fabric of TV history THREE individual episodes of any TV show you want! The rest of the series(es) will not be altered. What do you choose?

First of all, I would click my fingers and remove Voyager's The Q and the Gray from reality. Not only does it do great violence to a character I love, it's an appalling episode in every way. Expecting us to buy that Q is a man - let alone a heterosexual one - is bad enough. Expecting us to believe that the Q have monogamous relationships, or that Q and Janeway have sexual tension ... that's just silly. And not in a good way. That's without even getting into why the plot sucks. (The rebel side wearing blue? WTF?)

Next, I would go back in time and make sure that Time-Flight was never made. There is plenty of stupid Doctor Who and plenty of boring Doctor Who, but for my money nothing in twenty-eight seasons and counting is quite so stupid and boring as Time-Flight. Nothing involving two time-traveling Concordes and the Master has any right to be this dull. Of course, without Time-Flight there would be no reason for Arc of Infinity. Bonus!

Since it would take more than deleting Countrycide to turn Torchwood into a consistently watchable show, I would then get rid of the last episode of Babylon 5's fourth season. I seem to have blocked the title from my memory - something portentous and wanky, no doubt - and wish I could erase the memory of the episode itself. The bit with the holograms is merely stupid, but the scene with Delenn is the only thing in all Babylon 5 I actually find offensive. (Yes, that includes A View From the Gallery. It's dumb and annoying, but I just don't hate it with the same intensity.) JMS and I have very different views on the Great Man theory of history, clearly. ETA: I mean The Deconstruction of Falling Stars, of course. I was so right about the title!

You can go back in time and revive ONE unfairly cancelled television show and return it to the annals of TV history!* *CHOOSE WISELY, because if you attempt to revive more than one show, the wish will backfire and you'll instead be treated to a whole bunch of crappy made-for-TV "reunion" movies full of replacement actors.

You know, if I could only have one back? It wouldn't be Farscape or Firefly, which got a miniseries and a movie to provide some kind of closure. I would have another season of Ultraviolet. Not so many episodes that the idea lost its charm and originality, but it was one of my favourite TV shows ever and six episodes wasn't enough. Naturally Frances would join the squad and Kirsty would never be heard from again.

Other nominees: Crusade and The Tick. The live action version, that is, since the cartoon ran several seasons.

To balance out the historical TV viewing schedule, you now have the power to retroactively CANCEL, at any point during the series, any one show! Alternately, you can wield your destructive might and DELETE one whole entire series from ever having been made.

I would make Red Dwarf end at the end of VI, with Starbug exploding. It would be a strangely fitting conclusion, and would mean no Grant/Naylor split and NO EFFING KOCHANSKI.

Other nominees: Wire in the Blood at the end of the third season and Carnivale at the end of the first.

LIFE AND DEATH! You can now bring ONE character back from the dead... and, to restore the balance, you must also kill off a character! They don't have to be from the same fandom.

I would have Crais back in Farscape for Season Four, of course! Everyone else comes back from the dead one way and another, why not my favourite ex-PK? It would have been entertaining to see him and John agree on the Scorpius issue, and I'd have loved to see him interacting with Macton Tal in Mental As Anything. I can't help thinking that Aeryn always worked better for me when Crais was around, too, so maybe he would have somehow improved that arc as well. And if not, at least I would have something nice to look at when the show was sucking.

As for killing off characters ... does leaving the aforementioned Kochanski dead count? I like her just fine when she's dead! (Its not the character I have a problem with at all, it's the fact that the entire point of the show is that everyone except Dave Lister is dead and she screws that right up.)

Failing that, I'd have vastly preferred to have Gul Dukat die at the end of A Sacrifice of Angels than go boringly crazy. He had a couple of great moments after that - his relationship with Kai Winn is a highlight - but overall the character was past his best from then on.

I was almost tempted to kill of Giles on the grounds that he doesn't have enough to do in Season Seven, but I think that would ultimately have made the series too depressing.

Bonus tradeoff: you can delete a single scene, relationship pairing or plot arc from any series that gave you hives... AND you can plug in any one [scene, pairing, plot arc] that you never got to see!

I would delete Lorien from Babylon 5, no question. He serves no plot function that couldn't just as easily be served by Kosh with a little imagination, and he annoyingly undermines the theme of the episodes he appears in.

I would then put Ethan Rayne into the last few episodes of BtVS Season Four, on the grounds that he had just as much reason to oppose the Initiative as the heroes, if not more. Robin Sachs could hardly have failed to make that particular yawnfest (and I'm not talking about Restless) more interesting.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
I havn't had a chance to comment on anything lately - I worked ten hour shifts last week, and my parents are staying with me over the weekend, so all I've done is work, sleep and shop. On the bright side, I now have a new pair of shoes and the Best Bra In The World. Seriously, I never find attractive, comfortable bras that fit me, because who even makes bras in a 10DD/12E? It turns out, though, that if you have vast quantities of money to spend on underwear they do exist.

But I'm getting side-tracked - I love this meme so much I had to play. Guess which fandoms of mine these are:

1. When all my friends told me that you were a heartbreaker, they meant it as a recommendation - they know how much I enjoy having my heart ripped out and jumped up and down on. And baby, there's still nobody who can top you in that department.

2. Much as I've enjoyed your company in the past, I'm kind of scared to catch up with you now, because all my friends say that you really let yourself go. I know I'll have to see you eventually, though. We just have great fun together, don't we?

3. Back in primary school, you pulled my hair and I ran away every time I saw you coming. I thought you were scary and horrible - but now I realise that's just part of your charm. I'm so glad that I gave you a second chance, because I fall deeper in love with you every day.

4. You know, sometimes I don't understand what it is that I love about you, because you don't seem like my type at all. You're wild and anarchic and you drive me crazy with your inability to plan things out before you do them. You know what they say about opposites, though. I guess I'm Paula Abdul and you're the animated cat.

5. Maybe it seems like we've lost touch lately, but you were my first and you're the one I'll always come home too, no matter how crazy you are. Don't ever change, love.

6. You're so quirky and clever, I don't know if I want to introduce you to all my friends or lock you up in a cupboard so that only I know how cool you are.

7. Before I met you, I only thought I knew what love was. I'm a polyamorous gal at heart, but if I could only have one lover the rest of my life, you'd be the one. You bring out the best in me, and I like to think I do the same for you.

8. I was just a teenager when we met, and I had to see you in secret because I knew my parents wouldn't approve. I was driven away before we could really form a relationship because I decided that most of the people you hung out with were frankly batshit. Now I think it's just as well it ended before it even began.

9. It took me a long time to fall for you. For a while there I actively avoided you because it seemed like everyone was always going on and on and on about how cool you were, to the point where it was kind of off-putting. Turns out they were right.

10. When I was five years old, my love for you was incredibly pure. Now I'm all grown up, I appreciate you on whole new levels. Wanna make out?
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Debonair Doctor)
Wow, I got lots of suggestions for this meme. Still working my way through the list, but I'll get to them all eventually.

The Fourth Doctor )

Captain Jack Harkness )

Romana )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
[ profile] selenak asked: Andrew Wells has the chance to pick one incarnation of the Doctor to be a companion to. Which Doctor does he pick?

Well, that depends ... )

[ profile] lizamanynames asked: You must select the casting of the next incarnation of the Doctor from the (main) cast of Farscape. Who is it? Who do you cast opposite him (or her!) to be the Master? What are his (or her!) companions like?

Oh, boy ... )

[ profile] youngest_one asked: What was your first fandom?

That depends on how you define 'fandom' ... )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Debonair Doctor)
My parents have been here for a few days, so I'm even more behind on e-mail/comments than usual. However, soon they will be gone, so, stolen from many people ...

Ask Me My Fandom Opinion

How this works:

1. Ask me one fandom-related question in the comments. This can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general.

2. That's it. It can be as normal or odd as you like.

I don't care if you want to ask more than one question, myself *g*.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
You lot came up with some great questions here *g*.

Wackiness, as they say, ensues. )


Apr. 4th, 2006 07:12 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Stolen from [ profile] astrogirl among others.

1) Make a list of 15 characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment. (That way you're not leading the questions asked to fit the characters.)

2) Ask your flist to post questions in the screened comments.

For example:

"4, 6, 12 & 15 are starting a band together, what is their name and what kind of music do they play? Also, who's the lead singer, and what instruments do the others play?"

3) After your flist has asked enough questions, round them up and answer them using the 15 characters you selected beforehand, and then post them.

I have my list, so ask away.

Title Meme

Feb. 27th, 2006 06:41 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
Give me a title, and I'll tell you about the story I didn't write.

(Hell, I may even write it, should the mood take me. I have not written enough lately, and maybe this will make something fall out of my brain.)
andraste: Livia = Awesome (Livia)
<td align="center"> Andraste --

A person of questionable sanity who starts their own cult

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at</td>


Dec. 29th, 2005 11:52 am
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
What the hey, I've not posted in a while *g*.

Name me a fandom I'm familiar with and I will name you:

1. The character I first fell in love with:
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't:
4. The character I love that everyone else hates:
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer:
6. The character I would shag anytime:
7. The character I'd want to be like:
8. The character I'd slap:
9. A pairing that I love:
10. A pairing that I despise:

Only I think I would struggle with five, because I pretty much never fall out of love with a character. Question the direction canon took them in? Sure. But I tend to take it out on the writers when that happens, not the hapless fictional creation ...
andraste: Livia = Awesome (Livia)
So fandom is having another one of its periodic 'is fandom sexist?' kerfuffles. I used to feel guilty about not writing enough women ... until I actually counted the number of stories I'd written with major roles for female characters. Not to mention all the female characters I love that I just haven't gotten around to writing yet.

As a side debate, we're also on round #3927 of 'is slash misogynistic?' which is an argument I've mostly stayed out of. I'm pretty confidant that my slash is not misogynistic, and I can't really answer for anyone else. (Oh, and I'm pretty sure it's not homophobic, either. At least, if it was, I'd expect the non-straight among my friends to be shouting and throwing rocks. Or at least not harassing me to write them more slash ...)

Also, the day I start writing lots of femslash? Is the day I find a fandom containing the femslash equivilent of Xavier/Magneto, Londo/G'Kar, Jack/Irina etc.

But! This post does have a point, because out of the kerfuffle came a meme about great female characters. Here are ten of the many I love. (See also: icon.)

1. Lynda Day (Press Gang)

The beloved heroine of my teenage years. (See also: Daria and Lisa Simpson.)

'I want it on your wall between the framed first edition and the staff photo.'


'Your head!'

2. Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu (Farscape)

Also Zhaan! And Farscape is just full of nifty female characters in general. But I've forced myself to choose one character per fandom, and Sikozu won the coin toss. I think I fell for her the moment she demanded to know why Crichton couldn't just walk up the wall with her. Surely any idiot can manage that?

3. Dr. Angie March (Ultraviolet)

She's a cancer specialist, a mother and a full-time vampire hunter. You can't get much more awesome than that. (Frances also rocked. We'll just ignore Kirsty, shall we?)

4. Ruth Evershed (Spooks)

Ruth is the fictional character whose livejournal I wish I could have friended. She's a spy who has a cat and sometimes does battle with desk lamps - I'm sure she'd fit right in around here. (I loved Tessa and still miss her like hell, and I have a soft spot for Zoe. Still rather undecided about Fiona.)

5. Supreme Commander Servalan (Blake's 7)

Alara Rogers, who introduced me to this show, once said that she'd rather face Aeryn Sun with a pulse rifle than an Servalan unarmed in one of her fabulous evening gowns. I think that sums up her supreme emminence. (Cally is also really cool, and I'm fond of Soolin, Dayna and Jenna on their good days.

6. Kai Winn Adami (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

What can I say? I have a thing for evil Renaissance popes *g*.

7. Iris Crowe (Carnivale)

I can't even tell you why I love her so without revealling the Giant Spoiler from the end of the first season that nobody should be spoiled for. Just know that I do.

8. Irina Derevko (Alias)

Ah, SpyMommy. You're the coolest person on Alias, and that's really saying something given the competition. Your sisters and daughters are also great characters, as is Emily.

9. Laura Roslin (Battlestar Galactica)

I wish she was my president. (Not that she's perfect, but have you had a look at our head of government lately?)

10. Romana (Doctor Who)

'You are wonderful.'

'Am I?'


'I suppose I am. I hadn't really thought about it.'

(Also Sarah Jane, and Leela, and Ace and ...)


Aug. 27th, 2005 08:58 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Borrowed from everyone and their livejournal-having dog, but this version I got from [ profile] apathocles. Cracktastic fun for all!

First, write down the names of 12 characters. Then read and answer the questions. You can't look at the questions (or click on the cut) until you write down the 12 characters you're going to use.

1. Markus Alexander
2. Ororo Munroe
3. Cho Hakkai
4. Sikozu
5. Andrew Wells
6. Laura Roslin
7. Michael Bluth
8. Iris Crowe
9. Antryg Windrose
10. Lyta Alexander
11. Sayid
12. Emily Sloane

Bring on the crack! )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
You know, for a girl who doesn't have that many icons I certainly managed to generate some ... interesting ... combinations. I left out the real people. (Although I feel compelled to note that if they'd stayed in Victor Garber would have ended up paired off with a giant hyperspace jellyfish.)

Jack Bristow/Iris Crowe - Hee. I guess his Irina fetish extends across time ...
Justin Crowe/Irina Derevko - These two pairings are just begging to be written!
Fen/Pearse Harman - 0_o
Harvey 2.0/Kosh - ... I think that would actually work. It would be confusing for the audience, though.
Lennier/Livia - Great Maker, I can see it. What with Lennier's thing for powerful women.
Arnold Rimmer/Nadia Santos - *brain breaks*
John Sheridan/Arvin Sloane - No. Just no. Sloane might enjoy messing with Sheridan's head, but apart from that it would go nowhere.
Barbara Wright/Movieverse!Charles Xavier - You know, I can totally see this. They're both teachers, they're both English, they're around the same age - I think they'd get on well, at the least.


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