PSA

Oct. 5th, 2012 09:53 am
jade_sabre: (ouran:  mon ami(e))
ALERT ALERT TODAY IS QUARK'S BIRTHDAY

GO WISH HER HAPPY BIRTHDAY


THAT IS ALL

ROLL CALL

Sep. 3rd, 2012 12:52 pm
jade_sabre: (superior:  overly enthusiastic glomping)
ALRIGHTY LJ

NOBODY IS POSTING (INCLUDING ME)

who actually still visits this site on a regular basis? And what, exactly, is that regular basis? This is just me being curious I'm not going to go anywhere and half of us are also Facebook friends but you know.

ALSO if you are not spending time here, are you spending it on another site, or are you too busy being consumed with ~*~real life~*~?

also I am trying to decide which project I should work on over this whole nine-month deployment thing. I am slowly getting more settled and accepting that This Is My Life ("yeah! I spent the majority of my first year of marriage apart from my husband! so much for 'alone time before having children'" mostly I jest but it is partially true sob) and so once I beat ME2 and then ME3 and Kaidan comes back and tells me he's sorry and he loves me and I can say IT'S OKAY, I LOVED YOU ALL ALONG much to Quark's disgust as that happens and I get on a schedule (studying Old English? Who has to study for a...language course...sob) I will be WRITING and I have to finish Godbaby fic

(snippet NO STEALING: The pounding grows quieter. I am afraid to look over the wall, and I do not know why. I have only ever spoken to Mother and to the elves. Mother taught me a greeting, but I do not know if the girl—if it is a girl—will understand me. And she is only one person, and Mother told me to find a town. I think that if I wait, she and the animals will go away. I am good at sitting still for hours, at hiding from the sight of those around me. I will wait.

The grass itches at my hands, but I do not move. The smell of the animals is strong and unpleasant, but I do not cough. The sun becomes brighter and brighter in the sky, and sweat drips into my eyes, and I barely blink. I am not here, I think. I think of nothing else.
)

but also I want to work on a novel so that WP has something to read that is my fanfiction. Top choices are Goblin Novel (probably he would like it best, but it needs serious serious work because I wrote it during first semester senior year which was INSANE and Pictash spends a lot of time in a library doing research) and 2010 NaNo That Went Nowhere (the two main characters don't have names, also they are basically a younger version of Nevalle and Tanithar) (her name is either Theresa or Tabitha, but Tabitha is too close to Tanithar and I don't like the way Theresa looks, though I like the sound of it) (anyway it's my Generic Fantasy Novel in the same way that the Goblin Novel is my Subversion of the Generic Fantasy Novel). SUGGESTIONS WELCOME.

okay okay time to go eat lunch and borrow Quark's shower and pay my rent and get a library card WOOT.



eta: MY UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR IS WATCHING SLEEPING BEAUTY is it wrong to want to knock on their door and tell them how cool they are. (Actually I think they have small children, but still. This has made my early afternoon.)
jade_sabre: (attolia:  Costis is one hot piece of...y)
Jade: yeah
I'm on the verge of giving up on typing WP on LJ
just because my instinct is to type "______" even though WP is shorter
he needs a better nickname
I love love love that keestone nicknames her husband Beloved
and of course there's mr. checkers
Em: lol
ahaha
but he's called WP now
oh just call him Hubbie
Jade: oh no
Em: or MyDude
ahahah
Jade: em are you trying to make me throw up again
Em: that was a joke
Jade: :-b
i know
can you imagine the reaction
if i went
I AM NOW GOING TO CALL WP
Em: snicker
Jade: "HUSBY"
AND Y'ALL CAN DEAL
Em: cutiepiebaby
AHAHAHA *makes vomiting motions*
Jade: I literally defriended someone on Facebook because I realized I hadn't spoken to her and years and I was sick about reading about her husby
...and then she tried to friend me back HOW DID THAT HAPPEN
Em: idk you have weird friends
me included
don't worry, if yo defriend me, then i won't come friending you back
IT'S BURNT BRIDGES ALL THE WAY
Jade: FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMES
GASOLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE
...MAYBE PETROL ON YOUR SIDE OF THE BRIDGE I GUESS
Em: DANCING BEARRRRS
Jade: IN THE FLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMES
FLAMING HOOPS?
JUMP THROUGH
Em: yes
anyway
back on topic
Jade: *coughs politely*
Em: WP needs a name
Jade: well i mean he has one
Em: online name
Jade: hahahahahahaha
:-b
Em: may I suggest...Costis?
Jade: ...
Em: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Jade: it would
you know
work
Em: I WIN
Jade: technically
speaking
it would be
oh dear
Em: yes
Jade: oh no
Em: YES
Jade: Em
why have you suggested this
it's perfect
oh no
Em: because I am a reprobate and i think we should post this convo to your lh
Jade: but you know Willow LJ Costis would post about it
in the rain with slit wrists
Em: lj ahahaha
Jade: BUT IT'S PERFECT
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH
Em: mwhhahaaha
I have a solution
You put WP and Costis Ormentiedes in the Tardis and make them one person. Costis is WP in fiction and WP is Costis in nonfiction. then you get your baseball bat to fend off the fangirls and get on lj.
Jade: that is
an excellent plan
Em: then you can stop stressing about babies and adopt _______'s babies. i mean Costis'
so your real baby is actually 7 babies
idk
maybe the septuplets need a younger RL sibling
so it works out



maybe maybe it can be like some sort of variant? or abbreviation? I mean straight-up "Costis" would confuse even me, but, you know, Costis II might be okay. Probably I should save Costis Jr. for later. I can't even believe I'm considering this someone take me to the madhouse
jade_sabre: (wall-e:  content)
So, just to remind everybody, this got started because Beth and Quark were both like I JUST DON’T LIKE SCI-FI AND I DON’T KNOW WHY, and so I decided to start theorizing as to why, because part of me loves sci-fi, but I’m also with them—I haven’t encountered much (outside of the Star Wars books, and many of those are not as readable when you’re 24 as they were when you were 10) that I actually enjoy.

So, uh, what conclusions have I reached again?
cutting the conclusion because otherwise you’ll just read this and not the rest of the post also it occurs to me now maybe I should have done a series of posts they’d be shorter )

So, hopefully maybe, this kind of explains what I see as reasons for why Beth and Quark struggle with science fiction.

Things I Have Not Covered )


All right, this is now officially open for discussion. Where have I gone right? Where have I gone wrong? What am I missing? Suggestions for continued reading on my part? Authors who might fit into a category of MWT-esque writing within sci-fi and thus appeal to Beth and Quark? If I were to begin a self-guided reading tour of classic science fiction, where should I start? Who’re the big authors of the 1970s? 1980s? GUIDE ME.

Feel free to link to this too--I simply ask that, having admitted my ignorance up front, people not attack me for it. I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN.


In other news, life is going well, getting married in twelve days, need to find a way home between now and then, family drama has lessened if not gone away completely, did an Engaged Encounter weekend last weekend that was SO AWESOME and am now like 99% ready to be married (remaining 1% is BAAAAAAAAAAAW FAMILY, like Goose pulling a “noooooo older sister don’t get married and leaaaaaaave meeeeeeeeeee”). And I have officially probably spent way too long on this, so, time to hit post!





back to gender!

back to the other problems!

back to the definitions!

BACK TO THE BEGINNING
jade_sabre: (sw:  scruffy-looking)
And because this wouldn’t be something written by me if I didn’t mention gender
Let’s be honest, people: sci-fi/space opera is a genre traditionally dominated by men.

in which conversations with WP have greatly contributed to this topic )

onto the conclusion!

back to the other problems!

back to the definitions!

BACK TO THE BEGINNING
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  eating)
On why people like Beth and Quark might not like science fiction
spelling it out for completion’s sake )

And I am definitely not trying to say science fiction is superior to space opera—they’re simply two different ways of addressing the concept of HUMANS IN SPACE OR ON OTHER PLANETS OR WITH MASSIVE TECHNOLOGICAL ABILITIES AAAAAAAAH THE FUTURE IS SO COOL. Science fiction has serious drawbacks, as previously mentioned, but its focus also allows for a cleanliness in its approach—and perhaps it simply is best suited for short fiction.

On why people like Quark and Beth might not like space opera
(Note: I’m going to start using the phrase “sci-fi” to refer to “stuff that is marketed as science fiction but really is space opera.” Feel free to create a link between this and "SyFy" as a further indication of the denigration of science fiction in its true form as a genre.)

obviously the answer is ‘$7.99 for a three-hundred-page paperback’ )

one other problem that I forgot to fit in earlier but which needs to be said

back to the definitions!

BACK TO THE BEGINNING
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  good on the inside)
On Science Fiction
double feature )


On the Space Opera
no, I am not talking about the opening music for the original Star Trek series )

For me, at least, space operas captured the imagination of my childhood (every time I watch Star Wars I’m secretly convinced that I too could go explore the galaxy), while science fiction appealed to me more as I got older and understood the ideas it wrestled with.

On the limitations of the phrase “space opera”
This is more a sub-topic, but operas (i.e. grand epic-fantasy-scale stories) aren’t the only kind of not-strict-science-fiction-space stories that get told, so I would just like to say that there are also space mysteries (like The Icarus Hunt by Timothy Zahn, whom I love) and (and this is WP’s favorite kind) space military fiction, among other examples. The latter is a huge sub-genre that I’ll address in a minute.


onto the problems!

BACK TO THE BEGINNING
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  livejournal)
So three things.

1) I went to Barnes and Noble today because I have a $35 gift card to spend and left feeling extremely discouraged, in part because they didn’t have the one book I was looking for (WP has requested Catholicism for Dummies because he is a darling dear) and mostly because there’s such a narrow selection of books available there. I KNOW there are many more (good) books in the world than what’s represented at B&N (why oh why is the Paranormal Romance section so large), but if it’s not a classic, recent release, or bestseller (the latter two of course are absolutely no recommendation of goodness), it’s not there. I’d rather go to a used bookstore because I know there will be a bigger selection and I can pay a more reasonable $1-5 for a paperback instead of $8. But I also know that I have developed an almost crippling case of new-book wariness. I can never find the YA books y’all talk about, and the ones I do see don’t appeal to me, and as far as “adult” fantasy book/series go I’m never sure where to start and whether or not I’m going to get what I actually want from it.

And there’s a lot a lot a lot of hack writers out there, or mediocre writers with pretty good plots who have churned out book upon book because they keep selling (R.A. Salvatore), but it’s been so long that I’ve had lots of time for pleasure reading that I’m not as open to just taking a bazillion books home from the library and blasting through them, maybe loving one or two and not caring about the rest. I’m going to join the library in Savannah as soon as I get some mail to my name and hopefully that will help—I’ve fallen out of the habit of library-going. Anyway the point was that since I’ve had so little time for reading, I’ve wanted to find books that I know I will enjoy, which are beautifully written, and I have no idea where to start looking. I AM AFRAID TO TRUST.

And the longer I go without reading, the longer I go without writing, because the two feed each other.

Help. (Right now I’m in the mood for a bit of the mythic, I think? Unnamed queens and dragon-fighting heroes. Quarkie, I looked for the Riddlemaster books but haven’t found them yet. I also looked for Curse of the Chalion and they didn’t have it either.)

2) I am reading a book now! )

3) This leads me into what was going to be a comment on [livejournal.com profile] beth_shulman’s journal and is getting too long and is probably going to keep being long so, here you go. She was talking about not liking science fiction, and then Quark commented about having no idea where to start in science fiction (like me and all books it seems these days), and so I was like okay look guys I think we need to do some redefining.

REPLYING TO THIS BECAUSE why make my own comment when I can just piggyback off Quark.

So first I think what we have to do is make a difference between "science fiction" and "space opera" because the two are different things. The original Star Trek generally falls into the former while Star Wars is squarely in the latter. I mean yes in recent years books have come out with schematics of SW ships and the like, but my parents have old from-the-seventies books of Trekkies trying to work out the actual science of warp drive. People are Star Wars fans for the Force, the story, the epic battles; people are Star Trek fans for the technology and the struggle with big questions and ideas and the limits of humanity.

(also I am having SO MANY IDEAS brb jotting things down)
(oh boy settle in for the long run. This sucker is almost ten whole pages in Word, FYI.)

Disclaimer: Keep in mind that I have been meaning, for years, to do a more academic exploration of this, beginning with just reading everything in terms of the development of sci-fi. I own a few mid-60s copies of a couple of the Science Fiction & Fantasy-type magazines (I bought one that has the last installment of Dragonrider by Anne McCaffery--until then I had no idea that the book made its debut in serialized form) and I've read several short stories, but I'm woefully lacking on Asimov and Anthony and Clarke and pre-sex-with-myself Heinlein and the like. For years I considered myself a sci-fi fan just because I've read over 100 Star Wars books.

(Halfway through this is occurred to me that [livejournal.com profile] sartorias could show up at any time and blow this whole thing to bits with things like “actual knowledge” and “having read all these things”—LET ME KNOW IF I’M ON THE RIGHT TRACK.)

Suggested accompanying music.

Also I don't even remember what the OP was about. I'm just going to go with it now.

So, really, we have two different things going here--"science fiction" and what I'm going to call "space opera." I think most of what people end up reading falls more into the latter than the former.

onto the definitions!
jade_sabre: (firefly:  Inara crying)
tonight I am listening to the Brahms Requiem.

I talked about it here, back after I'd sung it my senior year of college.

In that post, [livejournal.com profile] philia_fan and I had a conversation about it, and she said she was partial to the third movement which, completely coincidentally, is the movement I am on right now.

I am listening to it in her honor.

I found out today that she died on Tuesday. Dr. C. and Wildcat were with her. It was peaceful--no pain, just tiredness.

I've never eulogized anyone and all my attempts have been terrible and failed to capture how awesome Philia was and how many things she'd done in her life (sung fantastic pieces of music, studied linguistics, helped fellow writers, was involved in the World of Theatre, as it were, and Aikido, and Bettine) that I only knew through the snippets she told us about; how her advice in my journal was nearly always timely and wonderfully empathetic; how even through these last few months she's still been going to Aikido and tinkering with writing. I had the pleasure and fun of meeting her for about an hour in Boston two years ago, and we had a great time hanging out and talking about books and Boston, and--she will be missed.

And. well. thank you, internet friends. Sometimes it is hard to explain to other people how I know you, but I know that my life is all the better for having y'all in it. I love you. thank you for being you.

requiem aeterna dona eis domine
et lux perpetua luceat eis
jade_sabre: (hav: st. francis has birds on the brain)
whine whine moan moan complain complain as you will, but I've been in a cummings kind of mood:

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis




and apparently [livejournal.com profile] loquaciousquark JUST DISCOVERED Gerard Manly Hopkins and fell in love with him all on her own (even though wait, I totally posted this poem earlier last year wait, look at that first comment there), so here's another one by him:

15. The Caged Skylark
AS a dare-gale skylark scanted in a dull cage
Man’s mounting spirit in his bone-house, mean house, dwells—
That bird beyond the remembering his free fells;
This in drudgery, day-labouring-out life’s age.

Though aloft on turf or perch or poor low stage,
Both sing sometímes the sweetest, sweetest spells,
Yet both droop deadly sómetimes in their cells
Or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage.

Not that the sweet-fowl, song-fowl, needs no rest—
Why, hear him, hear him babble and drop down to his nest,
But his own nest, wild nest, no prison.

Man’s spirit will be flesh-bound when found at best,
But uncumbered: meadow-down is not distressed
For a rainbow footing it nor he for his bónes rísen.





SO National Poetry Month is coming up soon and generally I fail at it but I have a CLASS this year so MWAH-HAHAHA guess what we will be doing EVERY DAY I am an evil genius. Anyway, if you have any requests, name 'em here! (Past poems can always be found under the tag.)

QUARK

Feb. 28th, 2012 12:06 am
jade_sabre: (ouran:  mon ami(e))
The Tamaki to my Kyouya, the Thelma to my Louise (actually I am not sure if that is 100% accurate) (wait how do you feel about banging Brad Pitt), the cheese to my macaroni (I blame the puns), the peanut butter to my jelly, the tic to my tac, the Tiana to my Lottie, this post should be full of gifs celebrating your wonderfulness, but unfortunately it is midnight and all the caffeine in the world is probably not going to see me arrive at my last class of tomorrow safe, sound, or sane.

I just wanted to remind the internet that

jade_sabre: (robot unicorn attack)
/shamelessly steals [livejournal.com profile] bluestalking's subject line

I'm doing Audrey's and Beth's, so I'll post my questions at the end of the Beth post, which won't be until next time. But man I haven't done something non-work-or-relationship related in FOREVER, so, here you go!

(I miss reading and fandom and writing and my boyfriend and ONE MORE WEEK oh God I have to finish writing the midterm.)

MEME MEME MEME MEME )

OKAY OKAY behind this cut (for those with slow internets) is the song "The Ballad of Love and Hate" by The Avett Brothers, whose voices are so so soothing and who do lovely things with guitars. Only one of them sings this song, but I just...love it.
Love writes a letter and sends it to Hate. )
jade_sabre: (batb:  great wide somewhere)
So I was driving down to Quark's apartment today looking at all the colorful trees and the hills and the rivers and I was just so happy. so happy. I haven't been home for fall in five years; I'd forgotten how much I love it. ND has an awesome fall too; I don't remember fall in Seattle much at all. (Probably because it dropped down to fifty and then just stayed there.) And it's chilly outside but not too cold to play, and the leaves are gorgeous, and it's football season, and it's NaNo season (and I don't feel like doing NaNo itself but I do want to write), and life is just lovely.

And then of course I spent like forty minutes on two miles of traffic because an 18-wheeler had gone off the road (it looked cool, but forty minutes of my life) (forty minutes of Dragon Age!), and so I became kind of grumpy, but while driving down the back highways, looking at the county folks having garage sales at the crossroads and goats grazing in the fields, this is what came to my mind:

Pied Beauty
Gerard Manley Hopkins


GLORY be to God for dappled things—
  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
  Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                  Praise him.
jade_sabre: (ouran:  twins lol)
Quark: WERE YOU REALLY [GOING TO POST THIS CONVERSATION] I
I AM WEIRDLY FLATTERED?
oh well i have it on my phone
this conversation is weirdly long and involved
i type it ALL

[IT STARTS with her telling me to eat before having any serious conversations with WP]

jade: Ha ha ha. I told him I slept in late because I might need the extra energy for inkpot throwing. But you are right. Besides, there's still like five and a half hours before he comes home.

quark: Oh. Yes. Well then. Warn him to guard his right hand, just in case.

jade: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA luckily I do not think he actually has a saber. ...brb now I have to go check.

quark: Hahaha. Hey, you can be flexible. Kitching knives, butter knives, rusty shivs...

jade: oooooooo shivs. That's quite brilliant.

quark: You may thank my vast and encyclopedic knowledge of prison movies. Which is comprised solely of shawshank redemption.

jade: Hahahahahahahahahaha oh man I haven't even seen that one all the way. Or even a little bit. Oops.

quark: I have seen it twice. See: encoclypedic knowledge.

jade: Ah yes, clearly that is enough to catch all the nuances.

quark: And more they DIDN'T EVEN INTEND.

jade: OSNAP. clearly you are a prison MASTER.

quark: NO. NOT A MASTER. A WARDEN.

jade: ...DID THE OTHER PRISONERS TAINT YOU.
jade: /is shot

quark: That sounds so dirty.
quark: AS YOU SHOULD BE.

jade: Exactly. /lightning'd

quark: A bolt from the blue! (Not superman)

jade: ...Wonder Woman?

quark: Idk. apparently she's super into b**** HahahahHAHAHAHA SPEECH TO TEXT CENSORS BONDAGE

jade: ARE YOU SERIOUS OMG I AM LAUGHING SO HARD

quark: Let's see what else! b**** sex sexy kinky b*** s*** f*** damn it dom sub relationship
quark: bastard b**
quark: The B ones, by the way, are bondage, bdsm, and bitch

jade: What's the four-letter b word?
jade: IT CENSORS BDSM.

quark: I KNOW. Letters!
quark: Also I am whispering these so quietly I'm surprised it can hear it

jade: It's impressive on so many levels. Like who even thought about that, much less to censor it?
[redacted]

quark: ...i got that text four times.
jade: sorry thi WHAT IS THIS
YOU READ THE HAWKE FIC?
THE CLUMSY HAWKE FIC?
MY CLUMSY HAWKE FIC?
NNNNGH WHY ARE YOU NOT HERE SO I CAN GRILL YOU

I did not actually say that she said that I think what I said was my phone told me my text didn’t send, except apparently it did, and then I told her that clumsy!Hawke was making my day and apparently that distracted her. I am not sure if this conversation had a funnier conclusion! So we’ll just leave Quark’s distracted shock as a testament to her short attention span.

jade_sabre: (lion king:  baby simba smile)
New layout! It will do until the weather turns cold.

So I owe y'all a post about this past weekend, which could be subtitled In Which Jade Engages In Exhaustive Waterworks or Future In-Laws Are Intimidating or God I Love This Man So Much, but that is not what this post is about! This post is about an idea I have been tossing around for a couple months and am finally tossing out to all y'all, for the purpose of testing its attractiveness and possibly for spreading it around to other people.

Basically, at the end of AmeriCorps, we did a lot of trainings about how to find what it is you're supposed to do with your life and about the power of positive thinking, and how it's possible to change your way of thinking and stuff. And one of the things that was suggested was thinking every day of three things you're grateful for, or thinking of seven good things that happened over the course of the day, or taking five minutes at the end of the day to go over your day and think about how it went and how you behaved and where you need to improve, etc.

So I was thinking, sometimes it is really hard to do these sort of things by yourself, so maybe if we had a community of people posting every day about at least three things they are grateful for and up to seven things good about the day, and everyone was encouraging each other to post and keep thinking happy even on the crappy days (and were there for the "okay I did my happy post now let me tell you about the crumminess of today" posts too. Because LJ is also a safe dumping ground for a lot of people, and I totally get that).

I was thinking about making it a month-long "challenge" kind of like those "30 Days of TV" challenges, only with fewer questions about your shipping preferences. I was also thinking of setting up a comm for it--so like, people would sign up saying OKAY I WILL TRY TO BE CHEERFUL MORE OFTEN, and then every day you make the happy post in your own personal LJ and then post a link to it on a daily post in the comm--partly for accountability, and partly because then anyone who wanted to read about something happy would have a place to go where they would be guaranteed to find someone having something good going on in their lives. Obviously you can f-lock your personal posts and link to them and be like "flocked"--it's more the act of having to link to the post in the first place that will hopefully keep you going.

I know [livejournal.com profile] willow_41z and [livejournal.com profile] emmaco (anyone heard from her lately?) have been doing seven happy things from their week for a while now; this is kind of an expansion on that.

So! F-list! Your thoughts on this idea! Would be welcome! I know lots of people are really busy (I am not! I will happily be in charge of posts!), but if you would be interested in doing this sort of thing--even if you only feel like you could do weekly posts, like Willow--let me know! It's 10 positive things a day. My goal would be also for people to spread this around their flists too, since mine is a bit closed-circle-y (Sounisians ILU), so we could get a tiny chunk of LJ giving a slightly larger chunk of LJ something happy to read every day.
jade_sabre: (sunshine:  illegal vampire)
[livejournal.com profile] crisium_rising gave me a meme! So, since Quark is sleeping in her room and thus cutting me off from my DA2 fix (and my screenshots, thus making it difficult for me to show you the hot mess that is Thistle Hawke), I am going to do it!

(Also I should talk about DA2. I kind of love it. On the other hand, I have two full pages of notes about Thistle, because I cannot nail down her character. Sarcastic with the people she likes! Aggressive with everyone else! Supremely confident in her magic! Cocky! Rich! Beautiful! Might be falling in love with Anders, definitely wants to rip Isabela's pants off*! But what is the underlying motivation? *weeps*)

(*Note: Isabela does not actually wear pants.)

Anyway, the meme.


1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.

2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee



This is an updated version of one of the first icons [livejournal.com profile] loquaciousquark ever made! From the School Time Shipping (STS)(so close to STDS) (thanks Mike and Bryan) episode, where Katara says smell ya later to Jet and Haru and Zuko and goes off with...the Blue Spirit. Who is actually Zuko. But Zuko's busy going AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH and I just love his expression and the way his jaw is just hitting the ground with sheer DO NOT WANT.



Spoilers follow, but nothing that would ruin the books. Mostly it is cut because MY SHIPS, I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THEM. FEELINGS.
ARTEMIS/HOLLY OTP )

er, anyway, that's my Artemis Fowl icon. /cough



I have a lot of Issues with Enchanted, but omg Amy Adams is adorable, and also this icon basically encapsulates my reaction to a lot of things. In a step-by-step sort of way. SQUEE.



EVERYONE ALWAYS ASKS ABOUT THIS ICON oh man I haven't used it in ages but okay okay so anything [livejournal.com profile] aspectabund does involving the Queen's Thief books is just about guaranteed to make me a) laugh b) cry c) explode and this post is no different. I...can't really explain if you haven't read the books. But. There you go. Gen's having a bad day.



THIS IS THE ONLY ICON I HAVE EVER MADE and I made it because I desperately needed a Dragon Age icon. This is the expression Morrigan makes when you tell her that she is going to get to fight Loghain at the Landsmeet. She does a dance. It is so sarcastic and oh joy and I laughed so hard the first time I did it. And Morrigan is, I believe, my absolute favorite character from DAO. I could write about her ALL THE TIME. She's just so complex and vulnerable and tough and her friendship storyline with f!Warden is so AWESOME and EPIC and satisfying that when she leaves at the end you're actually sad...

...unless you're my boyfriend, who was all "I hate Morrigan" and "Alistair sucks."* On the other hand, he apparently just took his character into the Deep Roads by himself. Just for the sake of being a dwarf, walking around the Deep Roads. I. Don't always understand him.

*well if you would not leave him in the armor he was wearing at the start of the game...



anyway as far as RL goes WP and I are still the best thing since indoor plumbing (what? I rank that above sliced bread any day) and Quark and I have seen each others' optic nerves so we are ~*~closer than ever~*~ and she really needs to get her butt out of bed so I can PLAY THE GAME ALREADY. UGH.

<3
jade_sabre: (ouran:  mon ami(e))
and my grass/psychic deck is whuping her water/electric deck's butt.






brb relivin' the childhood i never had







eta: VICTORY, BITCHES.
jade_sabre: (enchanted:  SQUEE)
and [livejournal.com profile] kayefierch GOT INTO AN MFA PROGRAM IN THE STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATES and since she asked nicely, I will do this.

Man it has been a good week for people's futures! Lovie, Ariel, and Willow also have had all sorts of cool stuff going down for them. IN HONOR OF THE AWESOME WOMEN IN MY LIFE AND THE AWESOME PLACES THEY ARE GOING, I OFFER YOU A MEME:

In honor of International Women's Day: Name a female character I have ever written (or even one you know I happen to like or find interesting) and I will attempt a drabble/ficlet about her.

If you give me a hint, theme, keyword, lyric, etc., I will use it if it sparks something for me.





(this includes all my fandoms, even the ones I don't really participate in per se, as well as original characters like Nell and Henny and Thaddie.) (I can provide a more comprehensive list but right now I am OH MY GODing in a chat window with Leen so, uh, I'm going to go back to that.)
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  livejournal)
You guys, I have like forty questions. And they are all ridiculous and only half are in the format I was expecting and, just, I HOPE YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

I left out a few “write a story” prompts because I am now sick and did not feel like going back and filling those in. So I will do that later.

So first, the character list!

1. Severus Snape, potions professor, Harry Potter
2. Toph Bei Fong, twelve-year-old blind earthbending master, Avatar: The Last Airbender
3. Ged, archmage and thief, Earthsea
4. Han Solo, smuggler and general, Star Wars
5. Attolia, queen of the country and also woman named Irene, Queen’s Thief
6. Lucy Honeychurch, young lady and piano player, A Room with a View
7. Holly Short, elf LEPrecon captain, Artemis Fowl
8. Jayne Cobb, muscleman and sniper, Firefly
9. Kyouya Ootori, high school junior and shadow king, Ouran
10. Britomart, cross-dressing female knight, The Faerie Queene
11. Alistair Theirin, Warden and bastard prince, Dragon Age
12. Noah Puckerman, ladies’ man with a sweet voice, Glee
13. Scarlett O'Hara, lady and businesswoman, Gone with the Wind
14. Bishop, ranger and scout, Neverwinter Nights 2
and a fandom repeat,
15. The Cabbage Man, a merchant, Avatar: The Last Airbender

seriously, Nessa? Seriously? )

Well, that was exhaustingly fun. I hope you enjoyed!

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