[From Tumblr] Ten Ships
Pick ten of your ships without looking at the questions.
1. Steve Rogers/Captain America and Tony Stark/Iron Man [Avengers, all canons]
2. Aziraphale and Anthony J Crowley [Good Omens]
3. Remus Lupin and Sirius Black [Harry Potter]
4. Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy [Harry Potter]
5. Michael and Gabriel [… Bible and derived works]
6. Peter Pevensie and Caspian X [The Chronicles of Narnia, movie-verse only for this ship]
7. Lily Evans and James Potter [Harry Potter]
8. Lucifer Morningstar and Mazikeen of the Lilim [Sandman and Lucifer]
9. Bruce Wayne/Batman and Wonder Woman/Diana Prince [Justice League cartoons]
10. Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy [Harry Potter]
I'm the Herald of the College of St. Basil, the SCA chapter at my uni, and we have to do reports. So I was
Me: Writing my Herald's Report.
Me: Reporting on the devices Z and I have designed. I'm trying to describe them in blazon, in heraldry terms, and it's bloody hard.
Myst: Good luck.
Me: Z - Gules, in fess an Armenian eagle close Or facing sinister, the Armenian letter 'z' Or, an Armenian eagle close Or facing dexter.
Sivaroobini - Gules, in pale a book Argent and an ankh Or.
Myst: in fess?
Me: in a row
Me: though I just asked him if it was in fess or one and two
Myst: Gules is... red?
Myst: silver book and gold ankh
Me: White, technically, but silver in heraldry terms, yes XD
Me: book above ankh
Me: so now I'm sitting here waiting for him to reply so I can change his as required and send it in.
Myst: *goes to check what her phoenix would have been in heraldry, out of curiosity XD
Me: ... augh, his eagles are twisted, looking over their shoulders
Me: so now it's Gules, an Armenian eagle close regardant Or facing sinister, the Armenian letter 'z' Or, an Armenian eagle close regardant Or facing dexter, one and two.
Myst: At least yours sounds nice and straightforward
Me: It is. XD His looks pretty, but blazoning it is a nightmare.
Me: He's the Marshall, and hence only has to report on trainings and injuries, whereas as the Herald I have to keep track of everyone's SCA names and devices - whether or not they've registered either/sent in paperwork, whether it's legal, etc - and be familiar with heraldry rules and blazoning. ><
Me: ... good god I sound a bit like Gabriel.
Myst: 'A bit'?
Me: oh shush you :P
I've wanted to draw him in armour for aaages but was always too lazy, so I finally started this a couple of nights ago and it took me about a night and a half. XD Armour stolen from the Elven armour in the LotR movies ([link]) since I've always preferred the idea of more graceful, pretty armour to the Roman-style armour that they're more often shown in, and his sword is basically Gandalf's sword Glamdring, though I changed the hilt slightly.
He's holding a spear because of iconography; many paintings of the Archangel Gabriel show him holding a spear, a lily, or the symbol of the Theotokos (a round brass mirror with 'X', on it, the first letter of the Greek spelling of Theotokos) and of course with his famous horn. I realised when almost done that I'd completely forgotten about his sword and I was not going to erase the gauntlet that took me ages, so it's off to the side. XP
The weird-looking squiggle at the top is Gabriel's sigil, and that's also the tiny squiggle on his blade. Also, the camera strap got in the picture. <_<
Every year, I mark the Annunciation with St. Gabriel picspam. XD
Today is the beginning of our salvation,
"Y to the A to the H to the W to the E to the H! YAHWEH!"
Photoshopped by yours truly, original image taken from Crystalinks.
seablue_eyes/Lucy is writing a fantastic Good Omens fanfic called A Diamond Sky Above Titanic, and in Chapter 12 there's this gem of a quote: “As in... As in the Metatron? The Voice of God, the Chancellor of Heaven, the Great Celestial Cheerleader, etcetera?”
“Er. If you say so,” said Aziraphale, hastily banishing the image of gaily twirling pompoms in the highest Heavens from his mind.
CHEERLEADING ANGELS. THE METATRON AS A CHEERLEADER.
Lucy: Haha, I couldn't resist the Celestial Cheerleader bit after reading about seraphims spending all day singing 'Holy, holi, is the Lord' or somesuch all day. It would be just like Crowley to skit their worshipping :D (and yes, I looked it up: cheerleaders did exist in 1912!!)
Me: I think it's 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty', and YES, that is so Crowley! XDD Though now I am picturing angels in little frilly white cheerleader uniforms and silvery pom-poms doing their routine to harp music and this is such a ridiculous mental image. XD (Now I'm wondering when cheerleaders started.)
Lucy: Teehee, perhaps cheerleading started at the DAWN OF TIME!! :D Who knows what those seraphim get up to. Perhaps that's their thing.
Me: Oh god, I wish I could draw.
Lucy, you are a genius. ♥
^ A card I made for a friend. XD That cute bundled-up guy in the corner is the PB for my roleplay character, the Archangel Gabriel.
^ Gifts and cards I made/bought for my friends. ♥ Hope the mail is kind to them and that they all arrive safely, if not on time. >_> (I mailed them at the beginning of this week, but international mail...) For some reason I really enjoy wrapping gifts, too.
Also, in 2008 I wrote a crack fic that mixed two carols together called Angels We Have Heard Get High. The lovely sttq has actually recorded it for me! 8D Link here, if this embedding doesn't work.
You'll have to turn your volume up to hear as it's really quite soft, but it features a bunch of angels, completely random pairings, and Crowley and Aziraphale! 8D
Have a great Christmas, everyone. ♥
Since it's already December 24th here, aka Christmas Eve, I've got a short little Christmas fic as a gift for everyone on my friends-list.
This is dedicated to three very wonderful people: eidolon_bird, ink_in_a_teacup, and seablue_eyes. I'd also like to thank sunflower_mynah for betaing it! ♥
Featuring my RP character lordofsin aka Belial, Crown of Satan and Archdemon of Lust and Sloth. Lucifer here is based on the first Lucifer I played with, grace_descends, who was influenced by the Lucifer comics; he still ruled Hell, but he also owned the Lux club.
( Winter in Los Angeles is quite cool... )
Historical/mythological notes: While Bubastis reached its peak during the 22nd Dynasty, the Plagues were believed to have taken place during the reign of Ramses II, of the 19th Dynasty; I rather doubt Gabriel and Bast had talked things out by then, so this takes place sometime during the early 18th dynasty. Since the entrance hall, festival hall and hypostyle hall of the Temple of Bast were only built during the 22nd Dynasty, most of the celebration here is outdoors. Tanis did indeed have a famous royal wine-producing estate, known as ‘Preserver of Kemet’ (though admittedly I don’t know if it was actually during this time period). Maahes is a leonine Nubian war god who was assimilated into the Egyptian pantheon and considered Bast’s son. And there is actually very little evidence supporting large-scale Hebrew slavery, so I avoid referring to them as a nation of slaves here.
Meme: Cat aka Bubastis, 1400BC
( It should be made very clear that Gabriel was not drunk... )
It's Michaelmas! The feast of St. Michael the Archangel, and also of the Archangels Gabriel and Raphael. :D (Poor Uriel, always being left out just because he's not canonical.) So it's also called the Feast of the Archangels. I usually focus on Michael for this though.
Sancte Michael Archangele,
defende nos in proelio;
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Field Commander of the Army of God, One of the Chief Princes, Advocate of Israel, One Who is Like God, Angel of the Presence, Chief of the Virtues and Archangels, Angel of Truth, Defender of Christians, Patron Saint of Chivalry, Patron Saint of Warriors, Captain of the Host of the Lord, Prince of Light, Viceroy of Heaven, Prince of Israel, First of the Seven Who Stand Before the Lord, Archistratege of God, Prince of
Primordial Fire, the Expeller, Supreme Commander of the Heavenly Host, Prince of the Seraphim, the Right Hand of the Lord, Conqueror of Satan, Saint Michael Mikha'el the Archangel. ♥
(and all-around badass ♥)
(Disclaimers: The Silver City is my take on the one introduced by Gaiman in his Sandman series and short story Murder Mysteries. Gabriel, whom I claimed for this fanfic100 challenge, is mentioned by name in Good Omens, where it’s implied that he is Aziraphale’s supervisor, but other than that I am taking free rein with the appearances and personalities of him and the other archangels. Aziraphael and Gadre’el are my take on what Aziraphale and Crowley were like in Heaven before the Fall; they are the property of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Thanks to my dear beta Jen/steadfast for helping with ideas, editing and the idea for the Michael-Gabriel dynamic. (Michael is inspired by Jen’s version and she has no objection to my borrowing him.)
Additional Note: Uriel is Presider over Thunder and Terror while Gabriel is Prince of Ice and Thunder; here, I explore my idea of the story behind this.
Chapter 2: Prompt 021 – Friends.
( Gabriel laughed at the feeling of the wind ruffling his feathers, looping in the air and luxuriating in the pure joy of flight, of the feel of wind against hair and skin and feathers... )
Reviews would be lovely. <3
So after a fairly long dry spell (with the occasional burst of inspiration that allowed me to get Triangle finished and kept me poking periodically at a sort of prequel for _silverfox involving Gabriel and Bast at the Festival of Bubastis; it involved loads of research but is mostly done and I'm trying to figure out how to wrap it up), my creative juices are beginning to flow again. :D
I haven't really roleplayed that much since the drama early this year, aside from an occasional thread here and there (and rarely involving Gabriel), but now I really want to roleplay again (especially with Gabriel) and am trying to poke some enthusiasm into the few RP partners I have. XD Plus I'm also working on my long-abandoned fanfic100 project for Gabriel; I'd left a mostly-written rough Chapter 2 alone for so long but it's co-operating now, as are the other characters, and I hope to have it up by the end of this month at least.
Plus I've spent the last few months in the Harry Potter fandom, reading loads and loads of fabulous fanfic, and although I haven't written for that fandom in over a year (I think my last HP fic was posted as a New Year's gift in 2010) I'm hoping to try again. And the go_exchange is coming up; I couldn't participate last year due to A Levels but I will definitely join this year. I haven't written GO fic in a while too, so hopefully I can remedy that.
Also, I am really not an artist - I'm okay with crafts but I suck at drawing - but it doesn't stop me from having fun, so here are a couple of quick little doodles I did last night. This is steadfast's Archangel Michael, aka angelofawesome, during a training session. DeviantArt link here. The Roman-style armour was just me being lazy because I decided it was easier than, you know, trying to get the armour the angels wear in my head, which is a lot more elaborate, graceful and pretty, and very like the Elves' armour in the LotR movies. However, the skirt is so FOOFY and girly, I was so tempted to add a plaid pattern and knee socks and pigtails. XD
And this is her Michael and my Gabriel. I imagine the raspberry as following another crack at Gabriel being known in angelology as "the only female archangel". DeviantArt link here.
Michael's shoulders should be broader, I'm afraid. :/ I don't draw often; I can actually produce a decent still life of random household objects but that's boring, but I'm not very good at reproducing what's in my mind. Still, it's fun. :D
Off to poke some more at my FF100 chapter.
I've been on a cleaning/organisational frenzy at home since my job contract ended, and clearly it's extending to LJ. I thought I should try to collect all my fics (the ones I'll admit to, anyway) together in one place. I suck at ratings, so if you think something should be rated differently, please comment saying so. :)
Bear in mind that the earliest stories are most likely not all that good; I started writing fanfic in 2005 and I was only 12 going on 13 then. And that there is a fair amount of slash (male/male pairings: the pairings are stated clearly, so if it offends you, please don't read), and some of the role-play entries may be friends-locked (however, if you add my RP accounts as friends to read them, I will add you back ASAP).
( Harry Potter fanfiction )
( The Chronicles of Narnia fanfiction ) . Autumn reminds Susan and Lucy of Narnia.
Perfumes of Narnia - Pevensies, Peter-centric, PG13, 2010. Peter is a man in a boy's body.
Constellations and Promises - Susan and Lucy, Lucy-centric, PG, 2011. It was hard to see the stars in London. [Titled Promise on FanFiction.Net]
( The Black Magician Trilogy fanfiction )
( Good Omens fanfiction )
( The Sandman fanfiction )
( Miscellaneous fanfiction )
( Role-Play and Original Fiction )
Hopefully I remember to update this thing. :D
Featuring the Plagues of Egypt!
For Yubi/starspiritgate /misterbkeele who requested the prompt Triangle on the writing meme. (Also posted this at Gabriel's journal, here.) <3 I'm afraid that try as I might, the only thing I could think of for 'Triangle' was a pyramid. Which led to this; I've been working on it for a year. Tried my damndest to at least get a view of the pyramids in here (spent ages trying to figure out what time of the year this was so I could tell if the royal court was in Waset/Thebes or Memphis, because the Giza pyramids should be visible from Memphis), but then I remembered Ramses' capital was Pi-Ramses, so Giza would not be visible. So I thought, "To Hell with this, I'll just stick an obelisk in there."
Archaeological evidence shows that the Egyptians did indeed have large soft pillows; as for Amonherkhopshef, I’ve taken liberties with his character, basing it upon that of Kha-em-Waset, Ramses’ firstborn son in Christian Jacq’s Ramses series. (Historically, it was Amonherkhopshef who was Ramses’ eldest son, not Kha. And Ramses outlived both of them.) Also, given how long-lived Ramses and Moses were and how young Egyptians married, I do believe that Amonherkhopshef would have been in his late teens at the least during the Plagues, aka an adult by Egyptian standards.
Also, in my writing, my Gabriel spent quite a lot of time in Egypt during his travels and he and the goddess Bast were good friends. The Plagues strained that friendship, to put it lightly.
Any ideas for a decent title? :D
I had today off work, so I went to meet Gena and Alvie at Plaza Singapura. :D
I haaate the flight of stairs some distance from the Plaza Sing mall, the one which leads to the top of Mount Sophia. It's insanely long, and once you reach the top, after you've fainted and regained consciousness, you've got to walk some more until you reach one of our favourite restaurants/bar, Timbre. Gena was having a singing lesson there, so Alvie and I waited for her to be done. Timbre wasn't open yet, though, so we walked to another restaurant just across from it, Chalky. Technically it wasn't open yet but the cute waitress let us sit there and said we could order stuff like drinks and fries and dessert. :D
( Photos and shopping! )
I'll probably continue with the book meme tomorrow or something; it's already past midnight and I do have the early shift at work. ;_; And there is a HUGE pile of laundry on my bed waiting to be folded and put away. ;_;
Today I had a day off work, so my sister and I went to watch Priest.
Just like when we went to watch Legion last year, I went for what I thought would be a B-grade Christian horror plot (I hadn't Googled it beforehand and only saw bits of the trailer, so I thought he was fighting demons) and my sister went for Paul Bettany. And once again I am drooling over his awesome weapons (she just drooled over him XD though she loved the awesome fight scenes too).
In Legion, Paul Bettany plays mankind's last hope (or, well, leads a small group of people in a remote diner who are mankind's last hope) against the incoming horde of angels and other Apocalyptic horrors, and has some kickass weapons.
In Priest, Paul Bettany plays mankind's last hope (or, well, leads a small group of people in a remote area who are mankind's last hope) against the incoming horde of vampires, and has some kickass weapons.
... oh yes, and in Legion Bettany's Archangel Michael was covered with beautiful, intricate tattoos in the angelic script. In Priest, Bettany's Warrior Priest has this cool crucifix tattoo on his forehead. Hmm. XD
There was some cool religious commentary at first - it's an odd dystopian future where the Church pretty much rules everyone - but they didn't do too much with that, although admittedly they didn't have the time. I thought the visuals and everything were really good though (there was this awesome graphic-novel-style sequence at the beginning showing the history of the war with the vampires, and the history of the Warrior Priests, and lovely shots of the desert and a very gloomy scary city and stuff) and the action sequences were amazing. (Alright, alright, I admit it; I do fall for slick vampire-killing scenes. But this was awesome!) At one point there are vampires closing in on Bettany's Priest and Cam Gigandet's Sheriff Hicks, and Bettany pulls a Bible out of his coat and 'reads' the Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil bit. The vampire he wounded, lying on the ground, laughs and tells him his words will not help him. Bettany glances at him, then jerks the book. As the camera pans up we see it's actually a hollow storage place for tiny metal crosses that are tossed into the air by his motion. Extra spikes flick out so they look like throwing stars, he grabs them, and proceeds to kick some serious vampire butt. Karl Urban's villain was pretty cool too. :D Damn, I want his hat. And Bettany's crucifix-dagger.
My sister and I were also amused by the fact that two of the actors in the movie used to play vampires elsewhere and here they were fighting them - Stephen Moyer (Owen Pace) plays Bill Compton in True Blood and Cam Gigandet (Sheriff Hicks) played James in Twilight. Although I'm hesitant to describe the beings from Twilight as proper vampires. Still. XD
So basically, like Legion (same director, same main actor), Priest was certainly entertaining, but didn't stretch itself with the plot - I could foretell most of the plot twists a mile away - and could have done better. I'd watch it a couple more times on DVD for fun, but I doubt it's getting any awards. XD If you prefer plot-heavy movies, or layered, really good characterisation, and don't care too much for cool action sequences, don't bother. If you just want an afternoon's entertainment and cool weapons, this is awesome. :D
In this post I mentioned going out with my friends, and the lovely snake ring I bought, and my regret that I hadn't been able to buy the angel wing earrings as well. Yesterday afternoon, after Kinokuniya called to inform me I was hired, my sister texted me asking if I wanted to meet her at Plaza Singapura (I knew she'd been planning to go there to get some stuff for her fish tank). I said sure, showered, dressed and went to meet her.
I was walking past some of the shops in Plaza Sing, looking for her (she wasn't answering her phone) and then I saw her coming towards me, and after the greetings and the complaints that she wasn't answering her phone, she showed me a beautiful set of blue rings she'd bought at Diva. I showed her the snake ring I was wearing, saying I'd gotten it at Diva the day before. She said, "I figured as much. By the way, I got you something." And then she handed me the same pair of angel earrings I'd been eyeing the previous day.
I think my initial reaction was "??!? OH MY GOD, YOU SAW MY BLOG POST?" and then I hugged the stuffing out of her. XD I honestly hadn't been expecting it; the most I'd expected was walking past Diva, having to pull her into it, and getting myself the earrings.
My iMac webcam's flash is a bit bright; the earrings don't actually shine quite that brightly, but they're gorgeous.
We had a delicious meal at PastaMania (their mushroom baked rice is amazing), walked around a bit and laughed at some stuff in Times (although I was also drooling over a Hellblazer graphic novel); they have spoof books like The Dragon with a Girl Tattoo. XD Then we went to the aquarium shop to get her pump and new fish and stuff, and took a cab home.
Now, on to the book meme.
3. Your favourite book aged 9 ½, or 13 ¾, whichever you remember best.
That's an easy one, as I remember both clearly. XD At the age of 9 ½, my favourite books (I couldn't choose at the time) were the first three Harry Potter books. :D
About a week before my ninth birthday in July 2001, my dad, his younger sister, his younger brother, my cousin (dad's sister's son) and I were seated at a table in a nursing home with my dozing paternal grandfather; my dad and I, and the others, went to see him every Sunday afternoon. My aunt handed me a nicely wrapped package, saying it was an early birthday gift. I opened it immediately (I was eight going on nine!) and was quite gleeful to find new books; they were Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
I remember stretching out on my stomach on the living room sofa at home and reading Philosopher's Stone. I remember flipping to the back cover to look at the artwork of Dumbledore when he was described in the book. It was a wonderful new world for me, and I fell in love. I was half-living in Harry's world, so much so that when I was telling my mother and sister that my primary school principal was leaving to work at the Ministry of Education, it accidentally came out as "Ministry of Magic" before I realised it.
Philosopher's Stone also spawned my current reading habit when it comes to new books that are really good; I speed-read the first time through, enthralled by the plot, though I don't miss out on much. (I do read, write and talk very fast.) After I finish reading it the first time I immediately re-read the book; this time I take my time with the descriptions, the nuances of character interaction etc, taking in details I may have missed out now that I'm no longer in a hurry to see what comes next. This is how I read most new books unless they're not that amazing or really thick (though LotR was an exception, I think I read it three times straight), this is how I read the entire HP series, and it started with the first HP book.
I also remember what my favourite book at the age 13 ¾ of was: JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. I had found it in the school library the previous year, when I was still 12 ¾, and since I was already a huge fan of all three movies I looked forward to finally reading the souce material. And I was utterly blown away, in love all over again.
I renewed and returned and re-borrowed and renewed my loan of the book, tattered and torn as it already was (though I took care of it, it was already very old when I found it), so that it was in my possession for more than a year, taking up lots of space on my school desk (there were multiple copies in the library, so I felt no guilt). A teacher eventually confiscated and returned it since I couldn't keep my hands and eyes off it for long. XD Two years later, considering that it was literally in pieces (the cover separate from the books, the pages themselves torn into two thick sections, pages missing) the library condemned it to be shredded and I rescued it, using copious amounts of scotch tape to put it back together and photocopying the missing pages from other copies, cutting them out, gluing them back to back, and pasting them into the book so that it was whole again. I took it home and today it is still on my top shelf, together with all the other Tolkien books I own. And to this day, despite all the other authors I've fallen for, The Lord of the Rings remains my all-time favourite book and Tolkien my favourite and most respected author.
What about you, friends-list? What spawned your first fandom obsessions?
I thought angelology was bad - either there are a bunch of resources that copy one another or the sources all contradict one another. And it's hard to find something that's not aimed at the New Age crowd and involves crystals and phases of the moon and candles of particular colours that need to be burnt with particular scented oils to summon angels or whatever.
Demonology is even worse because I can't seem to find enough information that doesn't seem like it was written by spelling-challenged emo teenage pseudo-Satanists, or conversely, is not from a religious site on how we must all fight the temptation of these purely evil beings. (Although this site made me laugh out loud; clearly someone has been watching far too much Supernatural instead of working on their spelling...) I see the same old quotes from the Dead Sea Scrolls and Paradise Lost and other sources I'm familiar with, and I found some interesting new sources, but... it seems like there isn't as much available info as there is for angelology. At least I don't have to deal with Doreen Virtue PhD's Angel Tarot cards or instructions on how to send letters to Gabriel.
All I want is a name for Belial's assistant, damn it.
( Cut for characterisation and research woes )
Oh, by the way, I now have a part-time job. :D My friend Gena works at this shop called JU-AN which sells clothes (mostly cheongsams or Oriental-style clothing - Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese) and jewellery (jade and other crystals :D) and stuff, and she recommended me to her boss. I had an interview and filled out the paperwork and she seemed happy with me, but I said I couldn't commit to anything today since my dad wanted me to tell him about it when I came home and then we'd discuss it and decide, so I came home and talked to my dad about it and he agreed. Called the bosslady (apparently that's what they call her!) and she said she'd call me back with a schedule, since that stuff isn't fixed. So if it all works out, I will be able to afford more books! :D And being able to work with Gena makes up for the fact that I couldn't get a job at a bookstore.
Aargh. My A Levels were finished at the end of last November and I have a break until university starts much later this year. I'd been looking forward to this period SO MUCH last year, and planning what I'd do kept me going.
Now the months stretch ahead of me and I have so many things to do but just can't bring myself to finish them. Would the word ennui be appropriate? There are times when I just walk around the house, unable to motivate myself to finish any of my current projects or start a new one. None of them seem to appeal to me; sometimes they do but I don't feel like doing them anyway. When I'm on the computer, instead of writing or doing anything productive, I spend hours faffing about on Facebook or reading (in some cases, rereading) fanfiction.
Maybe a list will help. Things that are in progress will be italicised, things I've completed will be struck off.
( Reading )
( Movies/TV )
( Music )
( Writing/role-play )
( Craft Projects )
( Miscellaneous )
*stares at list* This is going to end up like that post-O Level list of mine, isn't it? Lakshmi and I wrote up a nice long list and we only did a few things on it. Sigh.