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Sep. 18th, 2030

Any other way

Welcome

 
Some of my entries are still friends only, but for the most part this journal is public and fandom-oriented. Feel free to friend me if we have interests in common!

Additional explanatory note, as of July 2012: My first fandom was Harry Potter, though I always felt I got there too late to really take part. Snape/Harry is as close as I get to an OTP, and I really like Snape slash pairings in general. I've dabbled in lots of other fandoms through the years (nearly exclusively reading fic and cheerleading, rather than contributing in any creative way) and like talking about characters, stories and feelings. Analysis turns me on, baby, as do complicated power dynamics, dysfunctional relationships, age differences and unresolved sexual tension. Side note: I also like platonic, long-term friendships.

What else? I've just started watching Damages, and am rewatching some of New Tricks.

May. 1st, 2013

Harry Potter - Be careful

Hannibal fic recs

Hannibal/Will
All Tastes Leave The Tongue by anon (female!Will)
Aus Jus by cognomen
Certain Lonely Natures by anon
Dating Will Graham Should Not Be This Hard by gestalt1
*Drowning by earlymornings
Feathered Peacock by anon
*Flagged by anon
Glock 19 by nyssa31
*Hannibal is Will's stepfather / Part 2 by astoryandasong
Horror and Terror by LuckyDiceKirby
*How does this make you feel? by anon
Hungers To Sate by anon
i am a man of constant sorrow by savekeating
If Eyes are the Windows to the Soul, Yours are the Door to Hell by anon
If You Please by anon
Mind, Body, Soul by nyssa31
*Paraphilia by anon
Slow Simmer by anon
spanking by astoryandasong
*there's beauty in your venom by postcardmystery
Waiting Game by anon
watersports by anon
veni, vidi, vici by anon

Other pairings/gen
*Bedtime Stories by telera (Hannibal/Abigail)
*Exsanguination by Croik (Hannibal, Will)
Folie Simultanée by TrekFaerie (Hannibal/Abigail)
*I Want To Be Consumed by folie_a_yeux (Hannibal/Abigail)
*Let The Punishment Fit The Crime by anon (Hannibal/Abigail/Alana)
Piece of Cake by telera (Hannibal/Will/Abigail)
*Praise and Penance by luvkurai (Hannibal/Will, Jack/Will)
Regression by anon (Hannibal, Will)
*Try, Try Again by nyssa31 (Hannibal/Abigail)
Watching by anon (Hannibal/Will/Abigail)
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Dec. 18th, 2012

Shoes

Hobbitses

This parody of The Hobbit is funny - and accurate. (Spoilers, obviously.)

Nov. 16th, 2012

Shoes

(no subject)

Oh ALSO ALSO

I watched S3 and 4 of The Thick of It recently (I meant to wait until Christmas but couldn't resist). I haven't seen S1 and 2, but I loved these ones. Other TV seems kind of blah by comparison.
Shoes

Yuletide jealousy

I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year - an intentional decision, not an accident - but I still have the comm on my friends page and all the squee is making me jealous :( Plus, no tailored Christmas present for me this year. I hope at least one or two of the stories that do get written appeal to me!

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I've been thinking recently about advice one of my favourite teachers gave me/our class when I was 16. So much of it is still relevant to the way I study, or to a way of thinking I use to motivate myself.

1. "If you do not read both widely and deeply you will not, and do not deserve, to do well."
2. Keep a vocab book for words you don't know. This means looking up words you don't know. (Referring to English, here - it would be pointlessly obvious advice for a foreign language.)
3. As a bare minimum of expectations for class (now seminar) preparation: be able to "say something interesting and intelligent" about the topic. 
4. Avoid woolliness... if something one wrote in an essay was woolly (it is difficult to explain what this looks like, but you tend to know it when you see it), this teacher would draw a picture of a sheep next to it. This is also a subset of the point above. Clarity and specificity are to be valued. 
5. Big, philosophical questions are important, and inherent in all small questions, but they shouldn't replace small questions. Deployment of factual knowledge is also to be valued.

...I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them right now. Has anyone given you advice that's stuck with you? 

Oct. 6th, 2012

Di has feelings

musings on how it's really hard for me to talk about books with strangers

This year I have to formally study literature (for German) for the first time since I was 15. Initially I was okay about it, but it's coming back to me how upsetting and over-personal I find it. Which is weird, I guess... I'm an avid fan, I aim never to simply "consume" media but always to "digest" it - think about and critique it, in fandom and just with friends/partner/family in real time. Why do I find this (usually) so pleasurable as a leisure activity but unbearably stressful as an academic pursuit?

(Do I really find it pleasurable as a leisure activity? Sometimes it feels more like something I'm compelled to do without much say in the matter.)

I wish I was studying something I liked less, too. And identified with less emotionally. Or just not at all? It would be more uselful and less wrought for me to study some History in German, and some German historiography.

I often find reading (fiction) such a personal experience that it's hard for me to talk about it in a social setting, let alone an academic one. Socially, however, I can often avoid it. This is unavoidable and I think it's going to be really hard.

Sep. 17th, 2012

Eddie Izzard - Two languages

a killing machine in the name of justice

I was at a queer band night the other night* and heard the entirely adorable Liz Cronin sing - not only is she extremely sweet (and more than a little shy) but she has a lovely Scottish accent. Anyway, one of the songs she played has a chorus that goes

"...Holmes and Watson
are fucking on a steam train
they're fucking on a steam train
in the nineteenth century..."

and it has been in my head ever since. You can't listen to it, because the song isn't online, but I needed to mention it somewhere. I always like to see fandom stuff happen IRL :)

*true story: I skipped Freshers' Ball for it. No regrets.
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Sep. 14th, 2012

Eddie Izzard - Two languages

when did 'lord of the dance' become the drunken freshers song of choice?

Hi! So, I've moved, and the partner and I are now living in Scotland and starting (finally!) at university.
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Anyway. It took us a while, but we're here, and if all goes to plan I'll be graduating in 2016 at the grand old age of 23.

Oh - also, ALSO, I have been making some use of my fake Kindle (that is, my laptop) for fanfic-reading purposes. The best things I've read so far are Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You by kaiz (Harry Potter, Snape/Harry and other pairings, some off the wall post-war things I enjoyed even if a bit far-fetched in places) and Sing A Mad Rebellion by Femme (Snape/Harry, other pairings mentioned, a dystopia/spy fic with some occasionally awkwardly-placed sex but some very solid characterisation and good use of the genres - and politician!Harry, which I love).

Sep. 5th, 2012

Shoes

insert moving stress here

Flying post to say - I downloaded an ebook reader to my laptop, in order to read a book I could only get in ebook format, and then discovered that fic from AO3 can be downloaded in this format too. Seems like a good way to tackle longer fics (which I used to print out to read - I know, phillistine - but by "used to" I mean "when I lived at home and printing was free," so a couple of years ago). I'm starting with Dangling Conversation by loupgarou (Snape/Harry) which - isn't that long actually? But I find reading on AO3 a bit trying, so hopefully this will be an improvement.

Aug. 8th, 2012

Shoes

i've given everyone i know/a good reason to go

I can't sleep and there's a chocolate chip pound cake in the oven, which I fully expect to be delicious.

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I've read the first half of Too Wise To Woo Peaceably by McKay (Harry Potter, Snape/Harry) and am taking a break to write this post before reading the third and fourth chapters. Probably everyone in the world has read this story - it's a classic from 2001 - but in case you haven't, it's an AU where Hogwarts put on 'Much Ado About Nothing'. As such, it's a backstage story as well as a love story, and backstage stories are a genre I love. So far it's really lovely, a gentle and satisfying read as well as having some cracking sexual tension. I wanted to mention it here partly just to say that I'm reading it - I've been meaning to do so for, oh, the last 6 years - but I fully expect it to be worth recommending, too. If you're interested in longish Shakespeare-focussed Snape/Harry, you'll love this. (No knowledge of the play is required to enjoy it - true story, I actually started reading it last week because I had plans to see a performance and thought that it would be more fun to get a handle on the characters and plot first through fanfic than Spark Notes.)

Also on a Potterish front: sign-ups are open for deeply_horrible

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Yesterday I finished 'Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America'.
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I have no interest in the Olympics but also haven't minded them much; they haven't been a huge problem for me in terms of transport the couple of times I've ventured into London, and I don't have a TV so they've been easy to avoid (except on Tumblr, where I can just keep scrolling). But the other day I discovered that they mean there's a University Challenge hiatus and I was therefore deprived of Paxman!face both last week and this week on iPlayer. Whyyyyyy?

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