lotesse: (lotr_samwise)
Heard a great lecture from Suzanne Keen today - I think I need to my by own copy of her book Empathy and the Novel.

my answers to the ten-questions meme from this weekend, each comprising a nice little babble: Fullmetal Alchemist, SG-1, the Aubreyad, The Dark is Rising, Prydain, Eight Cousins, Star Wars, Downton Abbey, and Westmark.

I am sitting here morbidly avoiding the tab in which I have opened today's Mark Reads - it's the Choices of Master Samwise today, and I can't take this chapter, I can't, just thinking of it makes me start tearing up, I couldn't read this chapter aloud to my little sister when we were kids because it made me cry so hard. I love it so, it's the most beautiful thing that's ever happened to me. And I have the tab open and I keep, like, accidentally switching to it and then covering it up again really quick.


Oh, hell. Now I am crying. God, Samwise, Samwise, Samwise. Further inarticulate muttering and general weeping & gnashing of teeth will continue until morale improves.
lotesse: (shakespeare_tempest)
meme, snagged from [personal profile] astridv:

Name a fandom you know (that you think I know too!) and I'll tell you

1. The first 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 totally smooch
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
lotesse: (p&p_letters)
Here's [a meme] where I'll post the working title of a story, and the first sentence, for (some of) my most current WIPs. No pairing or summary info.

A Study in Circles: The Amestrian military keeps doctors as well as dogs on its leashes; having completed my course of medical study at the Second Laboratory in Central, I was bound to service for several years.

my gold signal like a dragonfly: Teal'c tells people, when they ask him, that his inlaid golden serpent tattoo is a mark of his former slavery to false gods.

Neglect me, lose me, only give me leave: “No,” Taran said, pulling away from under Fflewddur's hand.

saffron and haze and Tyrian purple: Arram Draper had left Tyra as a very small boy, taking with him only a dark olive-brown complexion, a head of curling dark hair, and the recollected tastes of cakes flavored with saffron and sesame, and aromatic bread heavy with olive oil on his tongue.
lotesse: (sherlock_clay)
I seem to be writing a Fullmetal Alchemist/Sherlock Holmes fusion with Holmes as an alchemist. And I'm having huge amounts of fun with it, but I need to figure out how not to make it a whitewash.

nattering )

Advice plz?
lotesse: (hagaren_classification)
So we finished Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood last night.

spoilers )
lotesse: (hagaren_classification)
001-010: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
011-024: Battlestar Galactica Classic (1978)

a star might call: it's a long way across )
lotesse: (stars!Ed)
Mmm, just watched FMA: Brotherhood ep 40, and oh oh oh. spoiler and a bonus icon meme )
lotesse: (hagaren_classification)
"the blonde"? Is a girl. I can tell, because you spelled that descriptor in the feminine way. Words that are also not ungendered: fiance/fiancee, confidant/confidante. Get the picture? I keep feeling like I've accidentally wandered into Elric genderswap fic - not that there's anything wrong with that.
lotesse: (stars!Ed)
So we just possibly, like, ate all the episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood that are currently up on Hulu - through episode 30. In not very many days.

thinky thoughts )
lotesse: (jossverse)
Fictional boyfriends that I would so totally actually date:

-Sam Gamgee - devoted, steady, and hardworking, with a bonus respect for academic work
-Simon Tam - really, really smart, with guts, wits, and the ability to persist (plus you know he's gotta be whiz with anatomy)
-Gilbert Blythe
-Daniel Jackson - I know his girls have a tendency to end up with snakes in their heads, but he's so worth the risk. Smart, sweet, and the linguist thing really turns my crank.
-James Wilson - he's just so, so, so decent!

Fictional boyfriends that I should never, never even so much as contemplate dating:

-Angel - I'd end up slapping the broodyness irl, plus Angelus eep!
-Edward Elric - just a few too many mommy issues, kthx
-Jim Kirk - I don't think I could ever actually go with a military type. Am peacenik.
-Sirius Black - it's never a good idea to take home the pretty, unstable, sparky ones
-Luke Skywalker - he's just a little bit more suicidal and messed up than I like my men in person
lotesse: (porn?)
I keep feeling like I'm not the fan everybody's looking for, at least wrt the warnings debate. Because while I'm fortunate enough to not have any real-life triggers, I also prefer my fic plastered with warnings and spoilers of every sort.

I do this with all narrative, actually, because I don't like suspense, and I find the first reading/viewing/hearing of a piece to be the least interesting. I connect much harder to characters once I know where they're going - and often I love sequences in hindsight that bored me the first time around, because I've since fallen in love with the people in them.

I also have fairly ironclad characterizations and interpretive patterns - so what [personal profile] ratcreature's been talking about with the deeper issues relating to the Blair Sandburg haircut warnings definitely applies to me. I often have a very inflexible vision of canon - I'll read exceptionally good fic that falls outside it, but I'll put up with a lot more mediocrity when my preferred tropes are active. So my Daniel Jackson needs to be a gentle civilian geekboy, and my Jim Kirk is really damn smart and personally withdrawing, and my Frodo Baggins is unquestionably an adult as opposed to a teenager, and my Faith Lehane is something more than an evil bitch, and my Edward Elric is weird about his little brother.

Most fics that deviate from those characterizations get closed out of - they have to be really, really good for me to keep reading. And I like it when it's fairly obvious from the outset what character facets particular writers subscribe to, because I hate it when I read far enough in to get invested in the plot before I find out that an author's characterizations are just too different from my own for her story to work for me. And when warnings, descriptors, summaries, and author's notes give me such information right upfront, well, the happier I am.

I realized, in talking with my beta about my (almost finished I swear!) big postquest LotR fic, that the direction of the ending is not actually obvious in the narrative climax. And I thought about trying to hide the outcome, to keep any eventual readers in suspense. But then I realized that I would absolutely hate it if such a thing were done to me - particularly, in this case, because the question at hand involves the Grey Havens, which are traumatic enough that I need to have fair warning going in if they're going to happen as read. If I read through a whole novella thinking that there was hope only to have it snatched away from me - or vice versa - I remember, about two years ago, reading Middlemarch for the first time having only previously done Eliot's depressing stuff. I was sure until the end that everybody was going to die horribly, and I was shocked when they didn't. And I was less involved in Dorothea/Will than I might have been otherwise, because I was bracing myself all the time for a blow that never fell.

At any rate. As a rule, I don't click through to stories that don't have posted summaries, warnings, and indicators as to length. I want specific data before I commit! Am I really that unusual?

eta: just to make clear, I'm not making a political argument, or one of social responsibility, though I think those are important. I'm arguing from the practical - if your story doesn't have information tags all over it, why would I click that link? I'm arguing that information tags are good for fanwriters and fanreaders, as advertisements.
lotesse: (fullmetal - heartbroken)
Oof. Okay, that hiatus was unexpected sry. The psychology of moving is so weird - I've been being isolative because I've been just waiting down the days, but considering that I still have two weeks to go that may not have been the best idea.

I have, however, been consuming huge amounts of media. Last week we watched through all of Fullmetal Alchemist again, and made a move toward picking up Brotherhood - the new series being animated in Japan at the moment. Not sure if we'll watch it regularly, because I attach hard to voice acting and we watch FMA dubbed. (My personal rule for dub/sub has to do with the nature of the culture being portrayed, so Anglophiliac stuff like Howl or FMA is watched dubbed. I mean, Japanese doesn't really have the phonology to pronounce the main characters' names!)

Fic rec: In Living Memory, by [livejournal.com profile] cryogenia. Elrics-centric prison!fic AU. The good stuff.

Regarding DreamWidth - I expect to get a code on the 30th, and I do think that I'll eventually move over there. I'm not really worried about subscribe/access, because I very rarely flock and I don't use filters, and when I do flock it just tends to be for emo stuff or employment info that isn't 100% yet. When I do move, I will be redirecting comments - but since I don't flock, it should take the exact same number of clicks to comment there as it would to comment here. DW says that they'll have it worked out so that I can integrate flists, so I'm not dropping anybody either.

But I am moving, because I believe in DreamWidth. And I guess because I feel like it's time. But also because of what [livejournal.com profile] afterthree says here about monetization. I am sick of being their user-generated content. I don't like it when people try to sell me, instead of selling to me.

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