catslash: (Default)
( May. 26th, 2011 09:38 pm)
A: I have approximately a bajillion Dreamwidth codes. You want one, it's yours. For yourself, an RP journal, whatever. Just ask.


The Multi-Media Multi-Fandom Mash-Up Meme!

There are some awesome prompts going wanting, most of which I don't know both of the fandoms for. Maybe you do!
catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( May. 24th, 2011 02:24 pm)
. . . and then I didn't post for four months. Oops?

Um. Maybe I'll fill you guys in later on relevant things like classes I took, thoughts on fandom stuff, and so on. For now, though, I am going to try to gently ease back into at least posting often enough to keep the cobwebs from collecting on my journal by doing this thing I did a couple years ago. I'm just gonna copy and paste the entire text of the post itself.

As I'm sure many of you have done, I have lost multiple chunks of my life to TV Tropes. The most recent chunk was at the Wild Mass Guessing page, which is a gathering of pages on different fandoms discussing fanon theories from the sensible to the insane. Many of them have an "X is a Time Lord" guess, and since Dollhouse, there are a lot of "X is a Doll" guesses popping up, too.

So! In my idleness, I have decided to pose this - I don't know, meme I just made up to you guys.

Name me a fandom I'm familiar with, and I'll tell you who's a Time Lord, who's a Doll, or both (probably both) and why.

Feel free to swipe and use this yourself, if you could stand to kill some time.

I think it's been long enough for me to do again. You can ask for fandoms I did last time and I'll try to come up with different answers. Unless you do PotC, because "Jack is a Time Lord and the Pearl is his TARDIS" will ALWAYS be the right answer.
catslash: (Default)
( Jan. 13th, 2011 01:49 pm)
OKAY I GIVE. And I'm bored at workstudy.

Pick a character I write or RP, and I will give you the top five ideas/concepts/other I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to depicting them accurately.

Just from current games/recent fic, please - I may not remember enough for or be too embarrassed by older characters.
catslash: (Default)
( Jan. 1st, 2011 01:13 am)
Yuletide reveal!

I wrote "A Tangible Help", for Dracula the novel. It's not my best work ever, but I had a wicked cold while I was writing it, had written a big paper a couple days before, and had the worst time actually making the words for the story happen, so I will happily cut myself some slack. And my recipient seemed pleased, so that's the important part.

Next year: Maybe start writing before the end of the semester? It seems like leaving Yuletide for the last couple of days and focusing on school stuff is for the best, but eventually I'm going to end up with a prompt I need more than a day for, so I gotta find a balance.
catslash: (Nicola - and there you go)
( Dec. 25th, 2010 07:57 am)
I can has Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harmonyfic! Fuck yeah, Yuletide.

catslash: (Tek and Papi)
( Dec. 22nd, 2010 11:50 am)

If you want to love the world, go read this. Have some Kleenex handy.
catslash: (Nicola - and there you go)
( Nov. 21st, 2010 11:25 pm)
My Yuletide assignment, you guys. I might die of joy. Thank you, Yuletide person, for the excuse to write something I have wanted to write for like a year.

catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 16th, 2010 10:41 pm)
Yesss I totally forgot to edit in a real letter until the assignments went out! Sorry about that.

I'll be honest, Yuletide author - I'm not good at requests. The details I gave in my sign-up are pretty much all I've got. So, a quick rundown of Stuff I Like/Don't Like:

* I am big into genfic these last couple of years. If you end up writing a pairing, that's awesome too! If it springs up naturally, please feel free! But given the choice between genfic and a story engineered around a pairing, I'd rather have gen, because I like the story to grow on its own.

* I like character stuff, too. Exploration, development, whatever. My requests for We're Alive and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang are geared in that direction because I'm hungry to learn more about those characters than we get to see in canon.

* My big Do Not Wants are: torture and embarrassment squick. Please neither of those. Please.

I have anon commenting turned on and am neither sufficiently tech-savvy nor enough of a killjoy to use IPs to ID people, so PLEASE ask me questions if you have them! I know a lot of the fun is in getting really good prompts and that I may not be delivering well enough in that area for your satisfaction, and I want you to enjoy writing my story. Because you are awesome. ♥
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 11th, 2010 11:44 am)
So the great irony of today is that with classes having, of course, been cancelled in honor of Veterans' Day, guess which one of my classes is cancelled?

My World War One class, of course.

I've spent the semester reading literature about the Great War - autobiographical accounts, fictional accounts, poems . . . a lot of writing by a lot of veterans, some of whom went on to be fiercely pacifistic, and some of whom I'm not sure I can call veterans because they didn't make it to November 11, 1918. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Did you know that the armistice was signed sooner than that, but the fighting kept right on going and people kept right on dying because those in charge wanted Poetic Symbolism (and something that would be easy for schoolchildren to remember)?

Because of all that reading, I'm not feeling as solemnly sentimental as I'm supposed to feel. Mostly, I'm feeling angry. So I'd like to join in the posting of poems in remembrance, but the one I've chosen is a little different. It was written by Siegfried Sassoon, a British officer who fought memorably in the war even after his published declaration of his belief that it had turned into a war being waged for the wrong reasons. Sassoon lived through the war and went on to become an angry veteran and pacifist, and spent his life writing about it.

"At the Cenotaph"
Siegfried Sassoon

I saw the Prince of Darkness, with his Staff,
Standing bare-headed by the Cenotaph:
Unostentatious and respectful, there
He stood, and offered up the following prayer.
"Make them forget, O Lord, what this Memorial
Means; their discredited ideas revive;
Breed new belief that War is purgatorial
Proof of the pride and power of being alive;
Men's biologic urge to readjust
The Map of Europe, Lord of Hosts, increase;
Lift up their hearts in large destructive lust;
And crown their heads with blind vindictive Peace."
The Prince of Darkness to the Cenotaph
Bowed. As he walked away I heard him laugh.

Sassoon was right. Today is the anniversary of the end of the war to end wars, but now we use it to honor countless men and women from the many wars that happened anyway. For myself, I will honor them by being angry that they had to fight at all.
catslash: (can't brain today)
( Nov. 8th, 2010 05:22 pm)
And while I'm talking about what a genius I am, I got back an essay exam for my German history class, and I feel it is only fair that I share the results so you guys can make fun of me.

The topic was on the factors that led to the fall of the Weimar Republic and subsequent rise of the Nazi party; first a list, then analysis of a few of the factors listed.

I did really well with the list for the most part! I got the hyperinflation and the Versailles Treaty and the 1929 stock market crash and the political extremism and all kinds of stuff. My professor only had one note to offer, about the one teeny-tiny little factor that I forgot to include. The note reads as follows:

"also - Hitler."


I don't even know how I left him off the list. Talk about missing the forest for the trees.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go finish reading a book. About Hitler. So I can write a paper tomorrow. About Hitler.

catslash: (NO)
( Nov. 8th, 2010 11:40 am)

DISCREET: Subtle, careful, under the radar. She discreetly pushed her bra strap back under her shirt. (Is it possible to do this discreetly? I haven't figured out how. But I digress.)

DISCRETE: Separate and individual. I will steal Merriam-Webster's example because I have way less practice using this in a sentence: There are several discrete sections to this vast medical complex, including a college of pharmacology and a research center.

If you need a trick to remember it, try thinking of the E's in "discrete" being two discrete units, separated as they are by the T.

Please. Stop making this mistake. It's almost as bad as loose/lose, and it is damn embarrassing to see when I know for a fact that the person doing it is too smart to get tripped up by homonyms HOMOPHONES see I'm not perfect either, nothing wrong with that.

That is all.
catslash: (Nicola - :D?)
( Nov. 7th, 2010 11:14 am)
I listen to a weekly podcast called 7 Day Sunday, hosted by Chris Addison of The Thick of It. I started listening because of him, but I kept listening because it's hilarious. I look forward to it every week. It's a satire of the news, and of course being on BBC radio it has a focus on UK events, so not only is it funny, but I learn a little something about what's going on across the pond without having to like, make the effort to educate myself.

They do sometimes discuss international news too, which is why I'm posting, because I wanted to share the following sentence from today's episode:

"You think that if Obama put his pants [underwear] on outside his trousers, people would think he was at least moving toward the things he promised us?"

No further context for you. You'll have to go download it and listen for yourself.
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 5th, 2010 03:29 pm)
So I just finished rereading the MsScribe story for the first time since it came out, and I was just idly wondering - was charlottelennox's fandom identity ever revealed?
catslash: (Default)
( Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:13 pm)
Today I attended an author's reading of an excerpt from his book, because I am required to write a couple of analyses of readings for my Oral Interpretation class. I feel that the following description of his own character is all you need to know to understand this experience.

"The most compassionate person in literature as I know it."

Also he went just long enough in the Q&A after for me to run to the corner just in time to watch the bus go by and have to wait an hour for the next.

It's a shame that his actual reading was good, because it means I won't get to tear him apart properly in my essay.

catslash: (Nicola - ew gross)
( Nov. 1st, 2010 11:10 am)
Why do the daddy longlegs think our bathtub is a great place to live?

Why? Why now? Winter is coming! Fucking DIE already!

And why do I always forget this and start my shower without checking first? I've only lived in this apartment for four years, you'd think I'd be used to it. (Yeah, it's a thing.)

At least they aren't real spiders.
catslash: (Default)
( Oct. 30th, 2010 12:30 am)
So apparently Supernatural is all that's pushing my LJ post button these days. Well, it beats a month of silence, right?

Spoilers! )

Maybe next I'll post about something relevant to my life! Or, you know, ANYTHING. My posting fluctuates at the best of times, which the last few months have not been. But things are starting to look up and feel more stable again, and I don't think the relief of that has quite finished sinking in yet. When it does, maybe it will bring with it the energy to start posting more often than twice a month.
catslash: (can't take this bullshit)
( Oct. 23rd, 2010 01:07 am)
Wow, Supernatural! That was really impressive!

Spoilers! And sarcasm. )

Ugh. I can't believe this is what I decided to make one of my increasingly-sporadic posts about. I'm going to bed.
catslash: (Kenny)
( Sep. 26th, 2010 05:17 pm)
Yesterday I watched the Red Sox-Yankees game with my grandmother. I haven't seriously watched baseball in a long time - my attention span finally gave out, plus I probably burned myself out on it a little. I was reading some of my old entries last night, some of them are pretty intense. While baseball had my attention, it had ALL my attention, and some of the teams I followed (of COURSE I followed more than one at a time, see above in re: attention span) were absolutely insane and exhausting. I'm not sure how I didn't lose my damn mind. Actually, I think I did a few times.

But anyway, I still get game score alerts for my teams, and since my grandmother has become an ardent Red Sox fan in the last couple of years, watching a game with her is a lot of fun. Except I still don't pay much attention overall, and you know what? Baseball may still be kind of static in my head, but it's moved on.

A lot of guys are in the wrong damn uniforms these days. The Yankees need to stop signing/trading for players I still love, what the hell. Curtis Granderson got a homerun yesterday and I couldn't decide whether to cheer or swear. And I see you in those pinstripes, Lance Berkman, don't you think for a second that you can hide.

But anyway. Seeing some familiar faces got me all nostalgic, and I ended up spending entirely too much time reading a slew of entries from some certain old RP journals. (Hey, [ profile] americanleaguer, did we ever talk about this in any depth? It seems like we should have, but I can't remember!) So out of curiosity, I Googled Bondo.

And I . . . I really picked the right day to do that.

When potential free agent Jeremy Bonderman was asked if he feels he'll be back, he replied "honestly, probably not."

Brandon Inge hopes Jeremy Bonderman won't call it a career. (I see Inge is still the go-to guy for a few quotes. Heh.)

This is probably old news to everyone else, but I am WTFing. Jeremy Bonderman, if you end up in pinstripes, I am going to be so mad at you.
TITLE: "Someone on Whom"
AUTHOR: Cathryn ([ profile] catslash)
RATING: PG for implied violence and character death; genfic.
WORD COUNT: Approximately 2400.
SUMMARY: "It makes a considerable difference to me, having someone on whom I can thoroughly rely." Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, set during the year that wasn't.
SPOILERS: For Doctor Who's series three finale arc; none for Sherlock, as it is set mainly pre-canon, but there are a few lines of dialogue borrowed from "A Study in Pink."
THANKS: To [ profile] mmexlibris for the quick beta and [ profile] bethan_b_bad for the Britpick. ♥
DISCLAIMER: Doctor Who and Sherlock belong to the BBC; the quotation in the summary is courtesy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I take no credit and make no money.

EDIT: There is now podfic read by the lovely [ profile] pandarus!

The name of the man he's taking the package to is of course not written down, but he's had it memorized ever since he agreed to take this ride. )


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