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Nov. 24th, 2012 08:14 pm
sivaroobini: (Dream)

It's been such an exhausting couple of weeks. I should really be continuing my cleaning right now but I just can't bring myself to get up. I've had exams (Greco-Roman history, English Lit, German and Latin) and terrible insomnia this week, and the week before I was depressed about missing Deepavali (Hindu Festival of Lights, the biggest Hindu festival of the year) and then my grandfather died so the Deepavali party at home was cancelled anyway and I had to miss the funeral instead.

I should get some cheese to go with all this whine )

  And I've successfully procrastinated thus far but it's 9.55pm and my sister's flight is landing around 1am, so I really need to eat something and finish cleaning my room and move stuff around and move the spare mattress in so she'll have a place to sleep. I'm gonna show her around Perth and then we'll fly home together on the 30th of November. :D

sivaroobini: (Marauders)
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Definitely Harry Potter! My kids will be as familiar with The Tales of Beedle The Bard as with Cinderella and Snow White. :D And Hogwarts will be another home for them, as it was for me. They'll also watch the movies over and over with me. <3

I'd also read or recommend to them the Narnia books, and The Hobbit (and we shall watch the Lord of the Rings movies together too; I'll let them read LotR when they think they're old enough). I have loved these books since my own childhood and they're definitely classics for children. I also loved Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist from the age of seven or eight, and I'd start them off on abridged versions and then let them read the unabridged ones when they want to. Also, I grew up reading loads of Enid Blyton. I think the Famous Five series was my favourite; I had the entire set. My kids will grow up on those too, and The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers and Dog, Malory Towers, St. Clare's, and her Rewards short story collections.

And, of course, mythology. I grew up reading loads of Norse, Greek and Egyptian myths, as well as Hindu myths. Obviously, as a child I only had access to the censored versions; therefore I believed that the part of Osiris's body that Isis could not find was his leg, only finding out years later that it was his, ahem, phallus. XD

Some gorgeous Potter-related graphics that sum up my feelings perfectly:







^ There are a couple of typos, but I still think it's gorgeous.



^ I thought that was the most beautiful scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie: when all the students and teachers of Hogwarts, standing by Dumbledore's body, raise their wands together, and the light from all their wands dispels the Dark Mark in the sky.

And that is the sort of thing I want my children, nieces, nephews and godchildren to read. Books that teach them to believe in magic and the impossible. Books that teach them the importance of friendship and family and bravery and loyalty and faith and love and forgiveness and ideals, that provide strength and show them that you can use your brains to get yourself out of sticky situations (I <3 Odysseus, even if he is a bit of a dickhead at times). Stuff that instils in them a sense of awe and love for the ancient civilisations. Stories that develop a love for adventure and nature.

One of the reasons I am so fond of Potter is all the references Rowling makes to creatures and legends from all over the world; it led me on a merry treasure hunt to find all these things, like manticores and divination methods and alchemy and etymological roots and so on, and I learned so much. (It's also one of the reasons I <3 The Dresden Files - the way Jim Butcher makes use of so much fantasy lore - but it's hardly for children.) The series isn't perfect, of course, but if you asked me what I would read to my children, it's the first thing that comes to mind.
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

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

Short story

Aug. 9th, 2011 12:04 am
sivaroobini: (Isis)

Featuring the Plagues of Egypt!

For Yubi/[livejournal.com profile] starspiritgate /[livejournal.com profile] 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.

Meme: Triangle

 

…I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt... )

 


~*~


Any ideas for a decent title? :D
sivaroobini: (Dream)

I've been either too busy or too tired for LJ. My new job keeps me really busy - I work five to six days a week, either 9.30AM to 6.45PM or 12.45PM to 10PM (10.30 on Saturdays), and then there's travelling time, so generally by the time I get home it's late, I'm tired, and I just want to curl up and read, or chat with friends on AIM, or watch Supernatural or The Mentalist or Justice League Unlimited, or one of the Ancient Egypt documentaries if I'm not too braindead.

Also, I recently bought and read the John Constantine graphic novel Hellblazer: Pandemonium and it was AWESOME. It has ancient Sumerian ruins and the goddesh Ishtar and Christian demons who were once worshipped as gods in the Middle East and ruined temples and a poker game with the gods and of course John himself... basically, almost everything I love. ♥ And there was this awesome bit on the last page that really resonated with me (Singapore just had an election, and I am disappointed, although proud of some areas). Here's the quote:

Blame the gods' cold machinations, or the fundamental violence of human nature; but which of us with the privilege to vote can claim innocence for the filthy crime of war? We have the choice who leads us, apathetic, into pandemonium." - John Constantine in Hellblazer: Pandemonium.

Awesome, isn't it?

Also, the 7th of May was Free Comic Book Day! :D We celebrated it at Kinokuniya by giving away free comics, giving away little Green Lantern figurines with every purchase, giving members a 20% discount on all comics, and having Stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself turn up for photos. :D



I also took advantage of that discount (I don't have a staff discount) to get myself the tenth Lucifer volume, Lucifer: Morningstar, and the Absolute Death volume! EEEEE. :D







Okay, so I could not resist. That's me in a black tank top and an ankh pendant, with my Absolute Death volume. ♥ In retrospect, I should have let my hair down, it's wild enough that if I ever did dress as Death properly, I wouldn't need a wig. The book is GORGEOUS, isn't it? As befits a beautiful character, say I. I wish my Mac camera hadn't laterally inverted everything though. ;_;

Now, on to the book meme. Since I haven't been online for so many days, I'm going to cheat by answering questions 5 to 10 in one post. XD


5. A book you acquired in some interesting way. )


6. A book with a story for you, that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time). )


7. What fictional character are you (secretly) in love with? )


8. The last book you acquired, and how (begged, bought, borrowed?). )


9. Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next. )



10. What author do you own the most books by and why? )


There. :D Off to spend some quality time with my new comics and wrap them in plastic.
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

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.
sivaroobini: (Default)

HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!

Or Samhain. :D

Sigh. If I could, I'd dress as Death (from the Sandman comics - I have the black clothes and ankh pendant, all I need is white makeup and eyeliner). But I'm stuck studying for the Very Important A Levels.

But still. Happy Hallowe'en/Samhain/Day of the Dead/All Saints' Day/All Souls' Day/what have you. :D Go forth and trick-or-treat! And brush your teeth after all that candy!


Also, I think His Royal Catliness made it a mission to scare me today. This morning I woke up because he was miaowing loudly. I thought he was on the floor, groped blindly for my glasses, put them on and opened my eyes, and nearly got a heart attack. He was sitting on the bed right in front of me, STARING AT ME.

I got a momentary but huge shock. XD And then I was like, "Happy Halloween to you too. Now shoo."

And just now, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, behind the sofa. I turned slowly and it was just the cat. Who happens to be a black cat. XD Sigh.
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

From [livejournal.com profile] vnfan !

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Note that the wording is "will always stick with you" which I'm going to say does not mean favorite, which we've done before. It could, in theory, be something horrible that you hated, but can't shake off.

As far as I'm concerned, comics/graphic novels count as books. Especially if they're by Neil Gaiman or Mike Carey. Also, I cheated by putting quite a lot of series there. XD

1. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
2. Harry Potter (series) by JK Rowling
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
5. The Chronicles of Narnia (series) by CS Lewis
6. River God by Wilbur Smith
7. I don't remember the title of this very very thin yellow volume for young readers, but it was about the Norse myth of Loki and Baldur.
8. The Sandman (series) by Neil Gaiman
9. The Famous Five (series) by Enid Blyton
10. Everworld: Discover the Destroyer by KA Applegate (I think. It has been years since I looked at that book)
11. What Katy Did (series) by Susan Coolidge
12. Little Women (series) by Louisa May Alcott
13. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
14. Ramses (series) by Christian Jacq
15. Lucifer (series) by Mike Carey


It's really hard to cut myself off at 15 minutes because I have a huge bookworm and I will freely admit that I like showing off my reading list. I'm always glad to see someone else with similar lists and will gladly talk books with them. If you've read this, I'd like to see your list. Consider yourself tagged! :D

Regarding 7 - I found that book in a cupboard together with my audiobooks (as a kid, I had a lot of those book-plus-cassette combos) when I was very small (preschool, I think, or maybe kindergarten). The book was REALLY thin, a very simplified version, but none of the emotion was lost and I found myself weeping for Baldur and absolutely HATING Loki for killing him, and the old woman who refused to weep for him. (Later on I came across versions in which it was either Loki or Hel pretending to be the old woman, but I don't remember whether or not this book just had the old woman as a separate character or not. Since I remember wishing that I could make the old woman cry, it probably stopped there.) I suppose Loki was the first character I truly hated as a child. XD

Regarding 10 - That book is on there because it stays with me, but NOT because I like it. In retrospect, and with the help of Google, I think that had I discovered it in the past couple of years, I would have liked it. As a very young child, however, I was probably a little too young for it. I found myself drawn in by it, but at the same time I was rather uncomfortable with a lot of it. I found it in a bookshelf and it was probably my brother's, but I had found it in my parents' room, so perhaps it had been confiscated from him.

It was certainly a lot darker than the usual things I read at that time - I believe it started with the main characters having their hearts taken away, pulled out of their chests, and replaced by rubies by Nidhoggr - and while I recognised the names of Loki and Huitzilopochtli and a few others, and the satyrs and nymphs, at the time I had not yet read enough to catch all the mythological references like Nidhoggr himself, or the Celtic fairies and the cauldron of the Daghda. Years later, as I read more mythology, I wondered why these names sounded familiar before realising that I had indeed read about them before. But as I said, when I read Everworld: Discover the Destroyer at that age, I was unable to catch all the references, and things like David's obsession with Senna, and Chris's jokes, and a lot of other things about the young adult (I think) characters, made me feel slightly uneasy. At the same time, as I said, I was strangely drawn in by the book and read it a few times over some years, but it was a sort of love/hate relationship. I think I gave it away later. I know some of you are not fans of the 'you're too young for this book' idea, but I honestly think I was too young for that book, at that time, and I wish I could have discovered it now instead.

Cool date

Sep. 9th, 2009 04:22 pm
sivaroobini: (Armageddon)

It's 09/09/09! :D

Nine was considered a sacred number by many ancient mythologies/cultures. Most of them held both three and nine in high regard. The Egyptians had their Ennead, the nine powerful gods of Heliopolis. The Greeks and Romans considered nine a powerful and sacred number and some prayers were recited three or nine times. The Hindus have our three powerful gods, Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Siva the Destroyer (my namesake), and we often recite prayers three times, or nine. We have a festival, Navaratri, coming up, which literally means nine nights, since that's how long it is. The Christians have their Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And in Norse mythology, Odin the Allfather hung from Yggdrasil, the World Ash Tree, for nine days and nights, to learn the runes of power.

And if I started on the significance of a triad of women in nearly every single culture I'd go on for pages and pages. ;) The three Hindu goddesses Saraswathi, Lakshmi and Parvati, the Greek Fates, the Greek Furies, the Greek triadic-witch or Hecubae, the Norse Norns Urd, Verthandi and Skuld, the archetypal three witches, the maiden, mother and crone... Okay, I'll shut up now. xD

But come on, it's a cool date! :D
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)

[profile] nevermore_1106  tagged me with this. xD

Post in own lj with answers. Then tag 8 folks.

Tagging: [livejournal.com profile] steadfast , [livejournal.com profile] fantasybookgirl , [personal profile] apocryphal_muse , [livejournal.com profile] kunenk , [livejournal.com profile] gottalovenana , [livejournal.com profile] foxxfire5 , [livejournal.com profile] ciarakit , [livejournal.com profile] minselding .


Who sleeps in bed next to you?
> I wish I could say pre-Azkaban Sirius Black, but currently it's a long pillow and an adorable little stuffed dog.

Have you ever lied to a teacher to get out of a deadline?
> ...Yes, but usually it was to get my friends out of deadlines.

What kind of magazines do you read?
> Not much. Movie magazines, usually, but occasionally if there's a Harry Potter article or something in Teenage I'd get that as well. xP

What's your occupation?
> Junior college student, fanfiction author, rabid role-player. xD

What's really creepy?
> Insects! Evil ghosts/demons/etc. Stalkers. Mentally unhinged people.

Who is your celebrity crush?
> Mm. Johnny Depp!

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
> Role-play, Good Omens, Sandman, anything and everything by Neil Gaiman, Harry Potter, the Discworld series, angelology and demonology, mythology. xD And knitting and drawing and writing. xP

What are you listening to right now?
> Mm. I'm not really listening to anything right now but last night I was listening to the soundtrack of The Prince of Egypt.

What are you most excited for?
> The end of my Promotional Exams - last day is October 15th!!! :D

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
> My mail, LiveJournal, and Meebo if I'm not using the Acer (which has Trillian), so I can access AIM. And the school website for my notes.

What was the last thing you bought?
> Besides food? The Sandman: Season of Mists and Smoke and Mirrors, both by Neil Gaiman!!!

What's your favourite season?
> I live on a tropical island. It's summer all year round. >_<

Does the weather affect your mood?
> Er, rainy days make me go mad for joy, if that's what you mean.

What is your zodiac sign?
> Cancer.

Do you want to learn another language?
> HELL YES. Currently I can speak English and Tamil, but I want to learn Sanskrit, French, Old English/Anglo-Saxon, Latin, Ancient Greek, Old Norse, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Mayan, Aramaic, Ancient Hebrew, Ancient Babylonian, Ancient Mesopotamian, Ancient Sumerian... Hmm. Can't recall the others but do you really want me to go on? ;)

5 things (not people) you can't live without?
> BOOKS, a computer with Internet, food and drink, beautiful nature surroundng me, pencil and paper to write on.

Do you have any siblings?
> Yes. My sister Sivagami is six years older than I am and I love her dearly, and my brother Sivabalan is ten years older than I am and he's an egotistical maniac.

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
> Er. Dunno.

Do you have to pee?
> No, and what sort of question is that?! xD

Say something to the person who tagged you:
> TEACH ME OLD NORSE! xD 

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