jade_sabre: (batb:  great wide somewhere)
THOUGHTS ON THIS ARTICLE ABOUT FANFICTION FROM TIME MAGAZINE AND AM I LATE IN SHOWING IT TO PEOPLE?

also LJ why you failin' so bad

also also: still alive, road trip is going well, miss my boyfriend like whoa, moving right along! I have a whole folder devoted to posts I want to read/comment on, but tell me if there's anything in your lives I should know about!

all the love,
Jade
jade_sabre: (batb:  great wide somewhere)
So, normally I don't post my own fic here, but this one, well, I want to post it wherever I can, and that amounts to about four places, one of them being here, so, well, there you go. This wiki entry and this one sort of give you an idea of the general things surrounding this specific story; it helps to know that the character you play in Dragon Age is a Grey Warden, which is an order of people who drink darkspawn blood in order to be able to kill archdemons, taking the taint and mastering it, at least for a little while.

Anyway, here is my fic; hope you enjoy it.

Title: Legend
Author: Jade Sabre
Summary: The Warden and Andraste; a study in light.
Notes: This was originally going to be my entry for the "legendary" lightning round at the [livejournal.com profile] dao_challenge LJ community, but I quickly realized I wouldn't be able to do it in fifteen minutes. Try two hours and fifteen minutes. Anyway, I have to acknowledge a few influences on this piece:

1) The fic "But A Sword," by tjadis, which has been lingering in the back of my head in its own beautiful way,
2) The novel The King's Rose, by Alisa Libby, which is an absolutely fantastic character study of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and
3) The fic "Deathsong," by LoquaciousQuark, which is an excellent Bleach fic (I'm not in the fandom, but there's nothing a little wiki-ing can't help you with), as well as some of her other fic, as well as her general outlook on life.

This was written to "Farewell," the final track on the Pocahontas soundtrack, on repeat, and reads pretty well with it.

The quotes from the Chant I obtained from the Dragon Age wiki.

A little piece of my heart went into this; I'd love to read your reviews.

Disclaimer: Dragon Age belongs to the brilliant people at Bioware.





Leliana calls the Warden a sunflower, and it is not far from the truth. )


jade_sabre: (sweeney todd:  blood-spattered Johanna)
1) I read Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, and I don't have nearly as much to say about it as I did about The Time Paradox. This is not to say I didn't enjoy it; I laughed at least once a page, because Colfer was playing fast and loose with hilarious dialogue and hilarious side characters and even point of view--often he would describe something with a particularly nice turn of phrase, and in the next line have the current POV character think something along the lines of if I'm saying things like that, I must be suffering from oxygen deprivation. The writing and the plot were much, much tighter than TP, like you could really feel his growth as a writer and the editor's steady hand working upon the novel.

That being said, it was almost too short; it felt, like A Conspiracy of Kings, as if we were being handed an incident full of important information that would unfold in the denouement, packaged within an entertaining adventure, letting us spend time with all of our favorite characters but really just setting the pieces for some grander showdown in the future. (Hint: All the even-numbered books in the series have involved Opal Koboi, and the next, allegedly final, book is going to be number 8, if you can imagine it.) I loved seeing Holly and JULIET yay Juliet and Butler and Mulch and Foaly (out of his element!) and Artemis again, and they were all wonderful, and at the end of the book I wanted--more. There were so many little things that still needed exploring--not that the book doesn't tie together, but rather that things are changing and we're stopped before everything really starts rushing to a head.

I do take issue with the fact that Artemis is allegedly celebrating his fifteenth birthday at the beginning of the story, because he was fifteen back in The Lost Colony. Of course, my dad pointed out to me that the target audience of this series is probably still 12-14-year-old boys, despite the fact that the series is ten years old and those of us who were twelve when we started reading are now twenty-two and still shipping Holly/Artemis like burning. And the series has grown up, too, though perhaps not as noticeably as say Harry Potter; the central themes in The Time Paradox were certainly older, perhaps in some ways too old for a fourteen-year-old to grasp; it's one thing to read about a character reflecting on personal change and growth and the choices you make to get there, and quite another to really have a grasp on how that's happened in your life. And the humor has gotten a bit more complex too (see: I-see-what-you-did-with-that-POV), even if Mulch is still around for the fart jokes.

Anyway, it was a fantastic little yarn, but mostly I am just impatient for the next one.

SPOILERS )



2) I rewatched Music and Lyrics the other night, the cute little rom-com with Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant that Malone and I started watching at home one night, got about thirty seconds into the music video, and stopped and waited until Mom was around to watch it with us. The whole theme of creation and music isn't as deep as the theme of creation and writing is in Stranger Than Fiction--this is a rom -com, after all--but what impressed me this time around was Hugh Grant's acting job. He is very...adult, in this film--he knows where he is in his life and he's comfortable with who he is and what he's doing, and I especially liked that he is a musician, and he shows it--in quiet little ways, like the way he sits down at the piano in his apartment or in the store, like it's something he's infinitely familiar with. And even though he's "just" a pop music star, he writes his own stuff--he knows how music works, knows how to put it together, and it's all just...there. I just...really liked his character, and thought he did an understatedly phenomenal job of playing it.



3) I started rewatching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon last night but stopped right before the final battle because I was pretty sure I wouldn't make it through without sobbing and because I needed to go to bed (woe, the adult schedule).

musing on the movie )



4) I have started reading The Demon's Lexicon because the library had it (and the sequel), but I am apparently Not In the Mood. Partially because I am reading a book called The Wall of Fame and it contains some truly atrocious metaphors that ought to be taken behind the publishing house and shot repeatedly, and partially because I have trouble getting into "tough" characters like Nick, and mostly because reading about Nick and Alan makes me think about Felix and Mildmay and, well, Felix and Mildmay are a really, REALLY hard fictional brotherly relationship to beat. Like, nigh-impossible. Especially after Corambis and their exchange of brotherly affection. (FELIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIX MILDMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY I JUST WANT YOU BOTH TO BE HAPPY FOREVER AND I FEEL LIKE IT IS OBTAINABLE AND THIS JUST OVERWHELMS ME WITH RELIEF, I LOVE YOU BOTH SO HARD.)

(yes, Jade just said she loved Felix. It--sometimes these things happen.)

gems from aforementioned Atrocious Metaphor Book )




5) To end on a positive note: I made myself dinner and ate it and now am full of food! My fish is still alive! (His name is Ron, for those interested. My first dog was named Fred, and then one of my sisters got a gerbil and named it George, and our first betta fish was named Percy, and I think another gerbil was named Charlie, so...he is red and beautiful and I will post pictures.) My apartment is an utter mess! Ingrid Michaelson writes beautiful songs! Quark drew the picture that was in my head because she is awesome! [livejournal.com profile] crisium_rising writes THE MOST AMAZING Dragon Age fanfic ever! The libraries here have BOTH Virtu and Mirador (I literally gasped when I turned the corner and saw them both in their hardbacked glory on their shelf) AND they have lots of [livejournal.com profile] sartorias's novels (I brought home A Posse of Princesses and am.very excited about reading it! My books fit on the bookshelf! My apartment door locks! There are trees and mountains around!

Life is good. :-)
jade_sabre: (hp:  NOT MY DAUGHTER)
I say to myself, Self, you ought to write the Lay of Laemira, and sing her praises, and let everyone know just what kind of ridonkulous playthrough you had hint: you suspect very few people go the route you did ever, let alone on their first try. It's more a completionist route than anything else.

And then I move from my PC to my laptop and in my head Morrigan espies a drunken Alistair, and then Quark is sleeping, and an hour hour and half later I have two three pages written, and help.

oh wait I think it finished itself, oh good.

...Jak I completely blame you for my love of this trope. IT IS CERTAINLY JAK'S FAULT, AND NOT MY INNATE LOVE OF KIDFIC.
jade_sabre: (superior:  overly enthusiastic glomping)





omg Talladega Nights was FRICKIN' HILARIOUS

also now Casablanca is on
mmmm Claude Rains

times i have punched quark in the face: 1
times quark has played "this little piggy" with my toes: 1
times i have discovered twincest fic on quark's laptop for her viewing pleasure: 1
times quark has protested to this post: 1000000000000




EDIT: DAMMIT WHY IS IT THAT AS SOON AS I ACTUALLY START READING BLEACH UPDATES THEY START KILLING OFF THE MAIN REASON I WAS INTERESTED ANYWAY

FRICK

it is epic and awesome though

sob
jade_sabre: (avatar:  zutara hug)
but I just finished rewatching most of Book One: Water (we skipped "The Great Divide" and "The Northern Air Temple" on purpose, and idk what happened to "The Fortuneteller" but it somehow became a casualty of our fast-forward button), and I just thought I would share a few things.

(Also Quark linked me to a massive Bleach meta post and I felt like meta-ing.)

(disclaimer: Quark I do not know if you will like this meta.)

how I came to love ATLA, and Zutara, and fandom )


I have heard people say they hate Katara and I cannot comprehend their feelings )


Zutara is our fandom's love )

feel free to lovefest about any/everything in the comments.
jade_sabre: (avatar:  zutara hug)
Zutara Fic Meme


is like kink meme, only not just for kinks.
jade_sabre: (s&s:  elinor writing)
I, uh, finished posting Falling Slowly, my other not-quite-as-long Neverwinter Nights 2 fanfic. It's from a side character's POV, and he knows about as much about what's going on as, say, someone who hadn't played the game and only glanced at the Wikipedia pages. And, um, I'm really hesitant to say I'M RIDICULOUSLY PROUD OF THIS FIC, but um, I am ridiculously proud of this fic. It is--I think--good. And dedicated to Quark, because she is awesome and deserves it. So, um, you can read it in its entirety now, if you like.

on the writing process )

The title comes from this song, because I listened to the soundtrack incessantly while writing the fic:
take this sinking boat and point it home )


and also because the main female character is from a town called West Harbor, so that's a nice little metaphorical connection there, which connects with this song, which also influenced me:
the light in me will guide you home )

that's not the version of "Harbor" that I have on my computer--mine comes from the "Heard it on NPR" radio, and is just Vienna Teng and a piano, and I still vividly remember the first time I listened to it, in the car on the way home from ND with my dad. It was also the first time I heard Vienna Teng's voice, with its crystalline clarity--it's just so pure, and the road was dark and the sound wrapped around me like a blanket. This fic is kind of like all those late nights sitting on the couch just like I am now, my fingers on the keyboard and the music and the dog sleeping at my feet and a story that I wanted to tell.

so, here's to finding something new for this summer, and many summers to come.

DONE

May. 20th, 2010 03:08 pm
jade_sabre: (rhps:  frank-n-furter)
So I'm back home, yay! Sitting in my favorite locally-owned coffee shop sucking down fruit tea, yay! Staring at my AmeriCorps application with a great deal of trepidation. I am dumb. Avoiding it by making this post! This is not my graduation post; this is my "what should I read this summer?" post.

SO basically the idea is hit me with a book you think I should have read in college, and if I haven't read it, I will add it to my list. Hint: my list already includes The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, and Huckleberry Finn.

I will probably talk more about actual graduation and thoughts about what I want to do with my life later but since I am being all avoidance-y I should keep this short.

Also if I missed any important/amusing posts from the last week and you think I should read them, link me.

Also if I have the entire plot of an approximately 20K-word Katara-centric Ursa-related ATLA fic, should I write it?

p.s. I did not call myself dumb that was Malone stealing my computer.
jade_sabre: (robot unicorn attack)
sadly not by me, but still awesome.

I think I am avoiding posting about how my days have been going because, um, if I did I would have to start thinking about how I'm graduating, and then I would cry all over my laptop. So instead we are all being WEIRDLY MOODY and getting UPSET ABOUT RANDOM THINGS like HOW FLIPPING CASTLE/BECKETT IS BEATING PUCK/RACHEL HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE ANY CHEMISTRY

as we were saying, Castle basically relies on the success of other shows (e.g. Bones and The Mentalist), which doesn't make it bad, but doesn't make it compelling to those who are fans of the other shows (especially if the other shows actually have chemistry, see Bones). Anyway vote for Zutara, etc. etc., show Usagi/Mamoru (Sailor Moon/Tuxedo Mask) some love because they are hurting. I think so far those are the only ones I'm really worried about (not that there aren't other ships in there that I love, but so far everyone is doing okay.)

(Having to pick between Mulan/Shang and Tiana/Naveen based on hotness is pretty cruel though. Both couples are pretty smoking.)


Anyway! On the subject of Puck/Rachel, which is my Glee OTP (although I am really fond of this Jesse/Rachel thing that's going on because Rachel just looks so happy. Also I am really fond of the last two episodes of Glee because, aside from Will, it's actually been...watchable). Ariel has been sending me links to fic as rewards for finishing my homework (one paper left!), and with a link to this one (haven't read yet, have to hang up Disney pictures first...and then probably, like, color more...), she sent me the following meta:

[note: this was clearly written while under the influence of lots of Puck's POV fic. Just sayin'.]

cut for hilarious amounts of Puckspeak )


SO, fellow watchers-of-Glee/sellouts-like-me, thoughts? Anyone else notice these trends in Puck fic? Anyone more familiar with the first nine episodes than I am want to let me know what we see of Puck's character? PLEASE, DISCUSS.
jade_sabre: (harthdarth:  livejournal)
A meme from Quarkie who is ignoring me to work on her ~*~artses~*~ or something thought I had fallen off the internet, brought to you by my inexplicable desire to tease you with my writing.

Post a sentence (or paragraph) or two from as many of your WIPs as you want, with no explanation attached.

They are not in any particular order, mostly sorted according to how I found them.

fanfiction )


original stuff )

two things

Mar. 19th, 2010 02:04 pm
jade_sabre: (firefly:  Inara crying)
related by their tear-inducing properties

1) this post-KOTOR fic, which is pretty much canon in my head, and is perfect despite the occasional grammatical mistake, and you know I don't usually say that sort of thing. Not that any of you played KOTOR, but I thought I would share.



2)


who was at the zoo George,
who was at the zoo?
the monkeys and who George,
the monkeys and who?




it was just the monkeys, Dot.
jade_sabre: (room with a view:  smoochies (no violets)
so! to clear up any confusion, biopsy turned into synovectomy but they only took out the part of my synovium that was causing problems, so HOPEFULLY once I'm all better from having stitches in my leg I will be really all better. Shirley the scooter is mine until May, though, so, uh, THINGS I WILL BE USING TO GET TO THE LIBRARY.

Am still laid up, but on ibuprofen today and so feeling less grumpy and more human. Which, alas, means I ought to actually do some homework today, woe.

Also I started posting a new fanfic about a month ago. Um, you don't have to know the storyline to follow it, at least I don't think so? Anyway it is called Falling Slowly and I wrote it like over a year ago but, uh, if anyone feels like reading something I've written that's actually complete, well, there you have it.

Time to go read the last fifty pages of A Room with a View, then reread bits of The Voyage Out, then start looking at actual criticism, le sigh...
jade_sabre: (s&s:  elinor writing)
Just FYI, I suppose, I have four threads up:

1) Lightning round, offering drabbles: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/2706.html?thread=394130#t394130

2) Auction, one fanfic 1,000-2,500, pick a fandom: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1823.html?thread=383263#t383263

3) Auction, Will/Sue fanfic (I'm going to write it anyway, might as well see if anyone wants to donate for it): http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=3436538#t3436538

4) Auction, betaing services: http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/6394.html?thread=3441402#t3441402

The first two have bids already, and the second two are new, and now I have to go back to doing applications, whee!

Haiti

Jan. 13th, 2010 11:34 pm
jade_sabre: (firefly:  River awe)
So I was sitting in my room moping about how I cannot help Haiti...and [livejournal.com profile] manonlechat shows up with the answer to my needs.

[livejournal.com profile] help_haiti

A fandom-wide auction where you can trade your fic, graphics, arts, and miscellaneous skills (including beta reading and podcasting) in return for donations to the effort to assist Haiti after their earthquake. And donate yourself while purchasing some internet goodies!

Whether or not anyone bids on my offers, it's nice to be able to make the effort. In order for the comm to be truly effective, however, it needs more pimping. So go forth and pimp, f-list!
jade_sabre: (batb:  Geek Disney)
THE FANFICTION LOVE MEME


*so tired*
jade_sabre: (p&p:  wet window Darcy)
1) So today I watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory because [livejournal.com profile] irrel and [livejournal.com profile] rashaka keep drawing/writing hot makeout art/fic between Sheldon and Penny. This particular episode was the one in which Penny gets banished for sitting in his spot in the couch.

in which I am maybe a little distracted from the actual plot of the episode )

2) I am sort of kind of addicted to Bones. In "I've watched some episodes from season 2 and season 3" way. In a "this show sometimes has faulty/lame sentences, and I usually don't like gruesome crime shows, but the characters are awesome and the writers don't shy away from the Big Stuff" way. In a "DAVID BOREANZ YOU ARE SO AWESOME WHEN YOU ARE NOT TRYING TO BE WITH BUFFY" way. In a "I have spent over half an hour looking for a decent version of this particular scene I watched today IN ORDER TO SHARE ITS AWESOME WITH YOU" way.

SUCCESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

Well, not total, because it would work better with the lead-in, but anyway.

despite all the interesting thought-provoking cool things about this show--or perhaps, in order to have them--the formula it follows is really quite basic )

other fun things about Bones )

today's example of Why I Am Falling For this Show )

3. Today my sisters and I are going to finish watching Ouran. Nuff said, I think.
jade_sabre: (s&s:  elinor writing)
so this popped up on my f-list three times in quick succession, and I like it, so I'm doing it.

List the first lines of your last twenty stories. See if you find any patterns. (And flist, I'd love your opinions on patterns you notice.)

 links to the fics )

 

the sentences )

 

analysis )
jade_sabre: (avatar:  subtle kiss)
1. Pick a character, pairing, or fandom you like.
2. Turn on your music player and put it on random/shuffle.
3. Write a drabble related to each song that plays. You only have the time frame of the song to finish the drabble; you start when the song starts, and stop when it’s over. No lingering afterwards!
4. Do ten of these, then post them.


I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this meme--I was working off zero inspiration, and since you don't really get to linger (okay I lingered a bit on the last one) or edit (okay so I added two words to the end of number 4), it's very, very rough. And I am very hesitant about showing rough stuff. So...here they are.

I cheated and skipped songs I didn't really know (hey, this is my entire music library minus musicals I'm working with, sometimes I hit up things that are on here because they were with something else). Number 9 is the only one without any sort of ending (ran out of time). I found that a lot of them involved little scenes or threads from canon that I'd like to explore--I could easily expand 1, 2, and 4. Most of them have something to do with, or make a lot more sense in the context of, the song they were written to, e.g. number 5, which I actually had to expand because the song was still going--the third and fourth sentences of the first paragraph are "eh" in my book. I also included song length, so you could get an idea of what I was working with. XD

Fandom: Avatar, Katara/Zuko



homg so unedited )
jade_sabre: (btvs:  men of our word)
because she has seriously awesome memes.

1. Pick a letter of the alphabet (hopefully one someone hasn't already picked), then pick a fandom (or a crossover), and then a character or pairing. So an example would be E is for Educational - Iruka/Anko (Naruto). In turn you'll receive a ficlet of some kind.

2. Pick one piece of fanfiction I've written. I'll tell you one thing I didn't like about it, one thing I did and one thing I wish I would have done differently. Then, you give me one thing you didn't like, one thing you liked and one comment about it. The comment can be a question or in general remark or whatever you want. Post this in your journal so I can do the same.

(as usual, all my fanfic can either be found in my LJ memories or at my fanfiction.net account.)

speaking of fanfic, man, I should stop going to bed so late and maybe start actually writing stuff again. *g*

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