Fandom meme

Sep. 4th, 2011 03:25 pm
sivaroobini: (Lorien o Arda)
Meme taken from both [livejournal.com profile] steadfast and [livejournal.com profile] sunflower_mynah.

1. List 10 or more fandoms you like;
2. Your f-list will guess your favourite characters in each.

1. Harry Potter (4) - Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
2. Tolkien (6, only because it's been more than six years since I read The Silmarillion and cannot remember one of Feanor's sons I liked) - Aragorn,
3. The Sandman comics (5) - Death, Morpheus, Delirium,
4. Discworld (10) - Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, DEATH, Susan Sto Helit, the Death of Rats, Rob Anybody Feegle, Tiffany Aching, and the Librarian.
5. Good Omens (4) - Aziraphale and Crowley,
6. The Chronicles of Narnia (5) - Edmund Pevensie,
7. The Lucifer comics (5) - Mazikeen,
8. The Dresden Files (4) - Michael Carpenter, Harry Dresden, Bob the Skull,
9. Disney (like the font isn't a clue XD) (4)- Simba,
10. Supernatural (3) - Gabriel,
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
sivaroobini: (Dream)

I'm tired and just want to watch Justice League or something, but I've already put off posting about the outing with [livejournal.com profile] sunflower_mynah  aka Mysti on the 18th for a few days. XD Admittedly, I've had work.

On the 18th of May, for some youth animation festival thingy, they were showing Coraline in 3D, and there'd also be Making-Of scenes and talks by people who'd worked on it. I found out when they were selling tickets during the World Free Comic Book Day celebrations at work, called Mysti, invited her along, and bought two tickets.
Summary with photos! )


On to questions 11 to 15 of the book meme!

11. Do you own multiple copies of any book? What are they? Why do you have multiple copies? )

12. Book borrowing – do you use the library? Do you prefer to try before you buy? What about lending your books to friends? Are you a good borrower, do you remember to return books?  )


13. Do you reread a lot? Why (not)? Name a book you have reread many times. )


14. What is the best book you’ve read in the past year?  )


15.Do you recommend books to other people? If you could force everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?  )


See, this is why I cannot do all 30 questions at one go like [livejournal.com profile] sunflower_mynah  did; it'd be novel-length. XD I do have to work the early shift tomorrow though, it's now 12.20AM and I need to wake up by 6.40AM, so I need to post this and sleep!
sivaroobini: (Dream)

FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC

Sorry. I had to. XD

In the past ten minutes I've been squeeing and flailing in fangirlish glee more times than I can count. I'm probably horribly late for most of these, but I live under a rock as it is and have been highly distracted by personal drama lately and my fandoms are going to be a welcome distraction.

Good Omens TV series )

Discworld (Ankh-Morpork City Watch) TV series )

Anansi Boys movie )

Sandman TV series )

Back to reading Men At Arms. :D 
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.

Statuesque

Feb. 1st, 2011 10:15 pm
sivaroobini: (Dream)

Very late, I know, but I finally got around to watching Neil Gaiman's Statuesque. Loved it. I love that there's no dialogue, that the actions and expressions and music can convey emotions, and some parts made me go, "Aww!" out loud. And the ending made me grin hugely.




sivaroobini: (Dream)

This is just too adorable not to share. <3


Death in particular is made of cute and I love what Destruction is doing to Destiny's book. XD Their expressions are priceless. <3

On a vaguely related note: I have the entirety of the Sandman comics (except for The Little Endless Storybook, The Dream Hunters and all the The Dreaming Presents miniseries and the two Death comics), the Lucifer comics and the Hellblazer comics (up until issue #260, I believe) in my computer. :D

 But when it comes to actual books, real comics and graphic novels I can touch and put on my top shelf, I only have... The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman's Mr Hero The Newmatic Man #9 (a slim little comic issue still pristine in the plastic sleeve it came in),  Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic Volume 1: Bindings by John Rey Nieber, Lucifer: Inferno (Vol 5) by Mike Carey, Lucifer: Evensong (Vol 11) by Mike Carey, The Sandman: Season of Mists (Vol 4) by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Fables & Reflections (Vol 6) by Neil Gaiman, John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Gift (Vol 24) by Mike Carey and John Constantine, Hellblazer: India (Vol 32) by Peter Milligan.

I still feel that e-books are not, somehow, as real as actual paper books that I can touch and stroke and smell and slip bookmarks into and slide into place on my shelf. And pretty books have a charm all their own. Yes, one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but what if you know a book is really nice and a limited edition with a gorgeous cover comes out?

Anyway, I once bought an NIV Bible just because it had a pretty denim cover. XD (and it was more expensive than my Zondervan KJV Bible despite being a quarter of the size) yes yes I know, Aziraphale was an angel, but he also worshipped books, shush :P

So yes, despite the fact that I already have the Sandman comics in CBR format, I plan to one day own all four real Absolute Sandman volumes, plus the lovely bookends. I'm also hoping to get all the Lucifer volumes. And of course I'd love to own all the Hellblazer volumes, but I think I may need a new bookcase at this rate. XD Especially if I want to own all the Discworld books too - I have the entire set as e-books, but less than fifteen actual DW books. A bookcase made of sapient pearwood would be awesome. 8D

Sigh. I don't want money for its own sake. To me money = books. XD Reminds me of an incident in one of the malls of Dubai, when we were all walking back to the carpark after yet another day spent shopping. My uncle had just surprised me with a huge, gorgeous book, The Treasures of Ancient Egypt by Jaromir Malek. I had seen it in the bookshop earlier but the price tag had scared me off, and I was over the moon with joy when a short while later he handed a bag to me saying it was my Christmas present and I pulled that very book out.

So we were walking towards the escalators leading to the carpark when we passed Tiffany and Co, and my uncle pointed to it and commented, "You know, most girls would want gifts from there instead."

Me: *still hugging the book to my chest* Well, I'm not most girls. Anyway, you should be happy, books are cheaper than diamonds.

Uncle: *laughs* Yes, well. Whenever I go to the US my female friends always jokingly ask for something from Tiffany and Co.

Me: That's silly. I mean, noone's going to look at my neck and see what brand my necklace is.

Uncle: That's an interesting point of view. And true.

I'm supposed to not be attached to materialistic things, as a Hindu, but I am far too attached to my books and I want more. XD It's lucky there isn't a Commandment saying Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's books.

... come to think of it, I have a dreadful fondness for tartan - like most Good Omens fangirls, at least - and call people 'dear'... I'm doomed. And astonishingly happy about it.
sivaroobini: (Angel)

This was meant to be posted for my birthday; it was meant to be a tiny drabble looking at my RP character Belial, [livejournal.com profile] lordofsin , when he was still an angel. It grew and grew and I only finished it in August. I posted it as his LJ here, but somehow never got around to posting it here at my own LJ as I had originally meant to.

A/N: A huge thank-you to [livejournal.com profile] steadfast  and [livejournal.com profile] sunflower_mynah  for betaing!

I apologise for the italics; it was originally meant to be a very short piece with brief flashbacks and then grew into this. And when I tried switching the formatting, it insisted on being in italics. Untitled for now, but suggestions welcome!

PG13 perhaps, for religious/mature themes. I'm horrible at ratings.

Disclaimer: Carasel and Saraquael are the property of Neil Gaiman in his Murder Mysteries, as is the concept of the Hall of Being and the Silver City, and Gadre'el is my take on Crowley from Neil Gaiman's and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. Aziraphale makes a tiny cameo too. Otherwise, all angels mentioned are my own takes on Biblical characters.

  *

It would have been inaccurate to say that Belial had never meant to Fall; he had. He just hadn’t known what it was like, at the time; what it would feel like, what it entailed. What he would Fall from.  )

 

 ~*~

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.

sivaroobini: (Dream)


On Saturday night, I finished reading DC Comics: Lucifer. IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME.

And, I admit, I cried. I literally cried when reading the second last issue, when Elaine sort of says goodbye to Mona. I know it wasn't actually a goodbye, Elaine said that stuff about even death not being able to separate them and all and she's still there, but still. I read that, and I remembered the stuff they went through to stay together, and I cried. I cried some issues earlier too, when a certain angel (it's so hard not to spoil it xD) died. :S And oh dear Someone, the last issue. Lucifer himself. The ending. It was so sad and sweet and perfect. I had a lump in my throat.

I'd been rooting for Lucifer throughout this series, inwardly celebrating when he appeared, smiling at his AWESOMENESS and how cool and calm he is and how he somehow always manages to hold all the cards, and even if he isn't he pulls an ace out of nowhere... I was so tense and worried for him at several points, reaching out to touch the screen, and at other times I was just sitting there and grinning stupidly and relievedly. I even went, "AWWWW" a few times, usually if Mazikeen was involved (and man, she is SO COOL). The last few issues were so tense they had me gripping the edge of my chair and biting my lip. And as I have said, the ending, though sad, really was perfect. :S

I am such a huge fan of the Devil now it's crazy. xD But really... just read one issue and try not to be won over by Lucifer. He's just that charming, somehow. And he's capable of love! I mean, they never say it outright but they do hint so it's open to interpretation so I say he is. :P It's like Sesshomaru and Rin in Inuyasha, except it's a different kind of love, obviously. XD

Many, many thanks to the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] grace_descends for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing series. And kudos to writer Mike Carey for taking the source material from Neil Gaiman's mind-blowing Sandman series and expanding it into this masterpiece.

Of course, ultimately it all comes back to Neil Gaiman, who created the original version of this Lucifer in The Sandman (and probably in Murder Mysteries - when I asked him about his view on Lucifer when he was here and brought up the different ways he'd portrayed Lucifer, he mentioned that MM-Lucifer was very similar to and could almost be considered backstory for Sandman-Lucifer), the character that inspired the spinoff mini-series The Sandman Presents: Lucifer and hence his own series. All hail Gaiman. 8D


Next: a lot of role-players I met at comms like [livejournal.com profile] sixwordstories either played in the Supernatural fandom or had friends in it and often referenced it. They don't broadcast it on Singapore channels and we only just got cable last month, so I never saw the first few seasons and while I knew there was two brothers called Sam and Dean Winchester, that was about it. xD It was only through role-play that I learned that characters like Castiel, Alastair and Ruby existed too (and went, "OMG ANGELS AND DEMONS!" *geek*). My interest was definitely piqued, and then I joined the [livejournal.com profile] synechist community. Knowing that you'll be playing not only with characters whose muns are all SPN fans and heavily influenced by it, but with characters like the Winchesters, Alastair, Castiel, Ruby and so on themselves, definitely makes you want to learn more about the fandom, especially since their roleplay fascinated me.

Long story short: I finally saw my first episode of Supernatural tonight, years after the rest of the world. xP It was Episode 10 of Season 4, Heaven and Hell. And I am already hooked. xD My inner angel!geek is nearly crying for joy. Thank Manchester for cable TV. ;)

Oh, and I started reading Wuthering Heights today in preparation for English Lit next year, because my teacher insisted we come prepared. I'm already on page 172, and I actually like it. :D Back when I was about nine, I'd picked up a copy of Wuthering Heights after having read and loved Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility (in order of reading, starting from when I was eight). Obviously I liked the classics and the language used even then, but for some reason I found Wuthering Heights so damn dry that I simply couldn't get past the first page or two. So I was dreading it.

Thankfully, seven or eight years later, I can't wait to find out what happens next. 8D Admittedly, I can't stand either Catherine or Heathcliff. But it's strangely compelling, and they do have their moments (although Catherine is long dead by this point in the book xD).

I've actually put Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which I am about a quarter of the way through, on hold for Wuthering Heights. The ending had better not be a disappointment. xP

And again, all hail Satan Lucifer. ;)

Halloween

Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

I MET NEIL GAIMAN AND THAT MAN IS THE PERSONIFICATION OF AWESOMENESS.

Pictures at a later date - now I just want to give everyone a link to this and LAUGH MY HEAD OFF.

Beware, you who buy candy to give to little kids, and you who decorate your homes with pumpkins and the colours red, orange and brown, for you are inviting the Devil and his demons in! They will have sex with you and sacrifice your children! 'Tis Devil worship!

Seriously. If Lucifer and his demons even exist, they have better things to do - LIKE MAINTAIN HELL, and possibly Manchester and the Project Work department at my school - than sit around in bags of candy and kill your children and sit on your shoulders to whisper things.

Besides, Halloween has nothing to do with Satan or black magic or any of that nonsense. It started as a harvest festival, Samhain, among the ancient Celts. Yes, they believed that during the night of Samhain the dead would return for a nice hot meal, but here in Asia the Chinese have the month of the Hungry Ghost Festival and nobody says anything.

...During this period demons are assigned against those who participate in the rituals and festivities. These demons are automatically drawn to the fetishes that open doors for them to come into the lives of human beings. For example, most of the candy sold during this season has been dedicated and prayed over by witches...

...Halloween is much more than a holiday filled with fun and tricks or treats. It is a time for the gathering of evil that masquerades behind the fictitious characters of Dracula, werewolves, mummies and witches on brooms. The truth is that these demons that have been presented as scary cartoons actually exist. I have prayed for witches who are addicted to drinking blood and howling at the moon.
While the lukewarm and ignorant think of these customs as "just harmless fun," the vortexes of hell are releasing new assignments against souls. Witches take pride in laughing at the ignorance of natural men (those who ignore the spirit realm).
Decorating buildings with Halloween scenes, dressing up for parties, going door-to-door for candy, standing around bonfires and highlighting pumpkin patches are all acts rooted in entertaining familiar spirits. All these activities are demonic and have occult roots....

*dead of laughter*

Crowley from Good Omens would be so proud of you, Ms Kimberley Daniels. If you aren't actually him, that is.
sivaroobini: (Dream)
Quick note as I am in a rush: Happy Halloween! Tonight, the Celts would have celebrated the Feast of Samhain!

Also, IN LESS THAN TWO AND A HALF HOURS I WILL SEE NEIL GAIMAN!!! *rushes off*

Edit: I met Neil and HE IS AWESOMENESS PERSONIFIED.
sivaroobini: (Aziraphale Crowley snow)

Okay, so Michaelmas, the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel that is also the feast day for all Four Archangels (Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael), is actually on the 29th of September. I have exams coming up and am not sure I'd be able to post this on the day itself, so I'm posting this early.

A gift for the folks at [livejournal.com profile] mad_prophecies, in celebration of Michaelmas! And many thanks to my lovely beta, [livejournal.com profile] steadfast!

Title: After the Storm
Canon: Er. Based off the role-play versions from [livejournal.com profile] lt_safe_house. Gabriel is my own, as is Lucifer's characterisation, though the latter is based on Neil Gaiman's from Murder Mysteries.

Summary: A lot has been written about how the Fallen dealt with their loss. But those who remained in grace were not completely unaffected, either. A companion piece to Reflections , though it can be read on its own.  

 

 

Disclaimer: If I owned the archangels, I’d be Someone who has a lot more pressing matters to attend to than writing fanfiction. I’d also, presumably, have a better computer.  

After the Storm 
 

     

The sky over the City was darker than it had ever been; it bore a reddish glow, as if to match the blood that had been shed in the Silver City that day.  )

 

~*~

 

:D

Sep. 23rd, 2009 04:50 pm
sivaroobini: (Dream)
NEIL GAIMAN IS COMING TO SINGAPORE AND I'M GOING TO GO SEE HIM!!!

Ahem.

First things first.

Today's the Autumn Equinox! xD

Also, I sprained my ankle last Wednesday but today I think it's completely healed! :D No comments about my badly grazed knee, though.

And, NEIL GAIMAN IS COMING TO SINGAPORE! For the Singapore Writers' Festival! He'll be giving a reading (with Amanda Palmer) and a talk and doing an autograph session at the Arts House on October 31st, and tickets are FREE but have to be collected from the Arts House box office at 11AM this Saturday, so MY DAD SAID YES AND WE'LL BE GOING TO GET MY TICKETS THIS SATURDAY!

I was so amazingly overjoyed after my dad said yes, I went into my room and shut the door and jumped around and screamed and had this humongous grin on my face. xD Then I called my best friend, Lakshmi, and screamed, "LAKSHMI,  NEIL GAIMAN'S COMING TO SINGAPORE AND I'M GONNA GO SEE HIM!!!"

Being very excited, I said this very fast and was steeling myself to repeat it when she was like, "OMG SIVA THAT'S AWESOME, I'm so happy for you! When's he coming?" See, that's the mark of a best friend, they understand what you're saying no matter how many kph your talking speed is. ^_^

Oh mannn, I am so freaking over the moon about this! I'd like to get all my Gaiman books signed but poor man, his hand will be tired. So I'm going to get him to sign my copy of The Sandman: Season of Mists, maybe American Gods, and definitely Good Omens. And I will take a photo with him. And I will kidnap him and make him write more stuff for me. And hopefully I don't scream or faint or otherwise make a fool of myself!

Hopefully I get my tickets! I hope my dad is okay with us going there an hour early, because I have a feeling other obsessed fans would do what I want to and get there REALLY EARLY so they're assured of a ticket. Wish me luck!

Off to post this news at [livejournal.com profile] lower_tadfield so any Singaporean/Malaysian Gaiman fans there are informed of this joyous event. xP

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 
sivaroobini: (Ineffable)
Following what I'm beginning to think of as the Reflections arc, about my Good Omens role-play character Gabriel.

Disclaimer: Um. This interpretation of the Archangel Gabriel belongs to me, but of course the idea of him is far older. The same goes for the ‘original’ Uriel, but this interpretation of him is based heavily on [info]divinepresence’s interpretation (aka hopeakaarme from FanFiction.Net - go check out her fabulous A Hundred White Feathers!). The references to Heaven and Lucifer borrow heavily from Neil Gaiman’s Murder Mysteries and my own earlier oneshot Reflections. And the current setting… belongs to the Bible? I always have trouble with disclaimers when writing about the angels.

Author’s Notes: On Gabriel’s fears here – this is the Beginning, and they really don’t have much to compare such feelings with. Also, I think that at this point of time there was still a certain degree of innocence present. I thought it would make for something more interesting to write about, anyway. Also, there is no slash implied here. ;) And I write weird things at 2AM in the morning. Just a warning.

There was originally meant to be another piece preceding this, called After the Storm, companion piece to Reflections (go back a few entries, or try the good omens tag or the fanfiction tag), but my beta for AtS is currently unavailable and busy and I don't like to go poking her for it. ;)

Beta'd for me by the lovely [info]_silverfox!

Remembering

In the beginning, there was a Garden... )

(Aaand the last bits seem so cheesy it’s a wonder the paper I wrote it on isn’t falling apart from sogginess. Help? Gabriel is a bit of a drama queen in this one, in my opinion, although Silverfox thought it was fine, so maybe I'm just being harsh.)


Reviews and concrit would be muchly loved. :)
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

Four drabbles written for the Good Omens Role-Play Easter Challenge. Major apologies to Raphael, Dream, Belial, Uriel, Michael, Loki and Ishtar, especially Raphael, who gets messed about loads!

 

The Easter eggs I had to hide in these drabbles: rabbit, egg, chick, tulips, basket, grass, hide-and-seek, children, bonnets, ribbon and ducks. Enjoy the hunt, although really, I didn’t really hide them.

 

Disclaimer: Crowley and Aziraphale belong to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Dream of the Endless belongs to Neil Gaiman. The various angels, demons and other mythological figures belong to themselves, although these interpretations of them belong to their players, just like this version of the Archangel Gabriel belongs to me. (My preciousss…) XP I’m just having fun messing with them (ssh, don’t tell Adam!). 

The last drabble is dedicated to [info]steadfast!

 

Nightmare )

 

 

Allergies )

 

 

Easter Surprise )

 

 

Jealousy )

 

Well, what did you think? (: Did you find all the Easter eggs? Again, apologies to the players and characters, especially Raphael and Ishtar. :D

sivaroobini: (Dream)


Recently, I finally started Neil Gaiman's award-winning graphic novel series, The Sandman. People had been recommending it to me for a while, and I really wanted to read it; however, it came to a head when someone signed on as Dream of the Endless for the Good Omens role-play and I thought, here's the perfect excuse - I REALLY need to know more about whom I'll be interacting with. ;P

I was so excited when I saw the first one, Preludes and Nocturnes, in the Nanyang JC library, along with a Japanese fairy-tale version by Gaiman, The Dream Hunters. I opened Preludes and Nocturnes - and was swept away.

Dream is one of the seven siblings known as the Endless - in age order, if I recall correctly they are: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium. (Desire and Despair are twins, and Delirium was once Delight before she changed - also, Destruction left the Endless about three centuries ago). His appearance "depends on who's watching", but generally he is very tall, with skin so pale it's white, and he wears black - sometimes he wears a black cloack with flames on the hem. His eyes are deep, almost empty-looking, and dark, like the midnight sky, and twin stars shine in their depths.

And yes, I was so obsessed that, while reading, I snapped pictures of the different faces of Dream, aka Lord Morpheus, with my camera and handphone.

 




^ This is my handphone wallpaper.





 

Enter the Dreaming, and view more pictures of Morpheus )





A closeup of the awesome appearance of Morpheus on the cover of The Dream Hunters.


 

The cover of 'The Dream Hunters' )




Aaand the rest of the Endless:



Death (with the ankh around her neck), Delirium (crazy hair), Destiny (hooded, with the book) , Desire (sexy androgyne), Despair (squat, not very pretty, to put it mildly), and Destruction (in the armour), as seen at the wedding of their nephew, Orpheus, to Eurydice.



Also, the cover of The Sandman: Book of Dreams, because it was simply awesome:



I present Lord Morpheus, the Dream-King.



Now that I'm finally done with the pictures, let me rave about the dreams I have had in which Lord Morpheus appeared (I dream of Dream!), and those featuring him. As you would know if you're a Sandman fan, there's a difference between dreaming about him and his being in your dream.

The very first dream I had, where King Morpheus appeared, wasn't even a Sandman dream; I was at school, with my friends, including some of my close friends from Anderson who weren't in my junior college o_O and I was holding a book. A thick, black book, which bore a remarkable physical resemblance to the copy of Gaiman's American Gods I had fallen in love with earlier. However, this book had a different cover design and title, and the authors was me. I held in my hands a book I had written, which had sold beautifully, and which had rave reviews on the back. A dream indeed. I can actually remember some of the story, and one day I shall write it out properly.

There's a sort of bridge thingy connecting the two sides, the two stairwells; it's hard to describe. There's also a sort of courtyard-like thingy on the 3rd level, open to the sky. So those standing on the bridge thingy on the 4th and 5th levels and look down on us. So, in the dream, I was standing in that open area on the third level. I turned. Standing on the bridge thing (I forgot if it was on the third or fourth level bridge though) and looking right at me was Morpheus himself.

I would have known him anywhere. Tall and pale, no, white, he stood with his messy black hair and black robe billowing in the wind, although there was no wind. And his eyes... Like twin stars in the darkness, they held mine, although they seemed reddish - in the book that happens when he's angry, but he seemed calm enough here - and then, as I recognised him, I woke up.

That was an example of a dream he was in - he appeared there briefly. Perhaps the Dream Lord was curious?


The next dream brought me to the Dreaming, the realm of Morpheus.

I was in a large, no, huge room, with black walls and floor and ceiling. It was a shiny sort of black, like black marble. And I knew it for the throne room of the castle at the heart of the Dreaming, the throne room of the Dream King.

Then, Morpheus himself stood before me. I don't know how, but in the dream I got the feeling that he certainly wasn't expecting me. Still, as I said, I knew him. He was even taller and paler, with the usual messy black hair, and his rather tattered-looking robe. The cloak that formed itself around him then, though, seemed made out of shadows. And his eyes, as I have said, were twin stars that perhaps ought to have scared me, but didn't. I was awed but not afraid.


Sadly, I can't remember much more of this particular dream. :( I have the vague feeling that he was polite, and that we had a conversation - then, in the dream, I realised that this was a dream, and suspected the Gate of Horn, the gate of true dreams. Then I woke, feeling a little sad at having woken up, but also elated at having seen and talked to Morpheus. I could remember a bit of the conversation then, I think, or at least more details. But then I fell asleep then, and dreamed about the Lord Shaper once more, and forgot the details of the previous dream.

In this dream, we were on an island, in a place I instinctively knew as Greece. The waves crashed and gulls called, but we were not on the shore, we were on a grassy cliff. I say we, but I myself was not there, I think; I watched, as dreamers do. Morpheus was there, in the aspect of Oneiros. His wife, the muse Calliope and mother of Orpheus, was also there, as was Death, Dream's sister, and a few other women I cannot recall right now (this was last week, and dreams of Dream are hard to remember). I think Nuala was there too. I do recall that in my dream, the word gossip came to mind. The women talked about stuff, I think they mentioned Orpheus once or twice. This had to be before the death of Eurydice, because Calliope was still with Morpheus, and everyone seemed happy. XD I don't recall Morpheus himself joining in much; he was staring across the sea at another island.

When I woke after that dream, when I was still in that half-asleep state where you suddenly feel like you're a genius because of some epiphany in your dream you still believe to be true, I somehow knew instantly that this dream came to me through the Gate of Ivory, the gate of false dreams.


I know I had more dreams featuring the Dream-Lord after that, because I remember them vaguely, and waking from them - sadly, I can't remember them properly. :(  I'm pretty sure I returned to the Dreaming at least once.


MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!

Near the end of The Kindly Ones, Lord Dream of the Endless, Kind Morpheus, the Lord Shaper, the Dream-Lord, Kai'ckul, whatever you wish to call him, dies. :'(  As I read the panels leading to his death, the tears were pricking at the back of my eyes. I choked up as he died.

Tears welling up, I abandoned my usual practice of reading a new book twice to pick up The Wake. And as I looked at the beautiful illustrations, as I watched people entering the Dreaming for the wake of Lord Morpheus, as I watched the remaining Endless preparing, I began to cry. I found myself sharing Matthew the raven's sentiments towards Daniel Hall, the 'new' Dream, the one with messy white hair, and wearing white robes. As he [the new Dream] stated that he was Dream of the Endless, I almost hated him; as I sobbed brokenly, I was mentally screaming over and over, "YOU'RE NOT DREAM! You're not the Lord Morpheus we got to know; you're not the dark king who haunted my dreams!"

Strange; I was feeling such grief and pain for a fictional character, one I only got to know over the past couple of weeks. Yet, he had come so often in my dreams. And I had really grown to like and emphatise with him.

I cried and cried as I read; I had to keep stopping, holding my head in my arms and brushing away my tears. A couple of times, I even had to get up and find tissue to wipe my tears. I cried for more than half an hour, as I read The Wake, sobbing as Endless and mortal alike spoke at the wake of Lord Morpheus, and a bit after that, in bed.

[At the end of Brief Lives, after he grants Orpheus death, Morpheus remembers himself advising Orpheus when Eurydice died: And at times the fact of her death will hit you like a blow to the chest (I can't remember exactly what he said here, something about pain, and it being hard to go on). She is dead. You are alive. So live.

So live, Morpheus repeats to himself. Then he enters a bleak, empty room, and sit in an armchair, with his head in his hand.

Also, at the end of The Song of Orpheus, and again as repeated by Orpheus before Morpheus grants him death in Brief Lives, is what Morpheus says to his son: Your life is your own. Your death, likewise. Always, and forever, your own. Farewell. We shall not meet again. These two scenes were so beautifully sad; they play over and over in my head. Especially now.]

And here's something I still wonder at; I tossed and turned last night, trying desperately to sleep. And when I finally fell asleep, I dreamed of the Wake.

I was there, at the wake of Dream of the Endless, King Morpheus. I saw his friends, like Robert Gadling and Larissa the Thessalian witch. And I saw the Endless; especially Death, she sticks out in my mind. My mind felt strange, almost as if it were floating, or delirious, the same way I feel when I'm running a high fever or when I'm about to faint - perhaps because Delirium was there? I remember that, as I saw the Endless up close, there was this strange, high-pitched, insistent beeping noise. Finally, it pulled me back to reality.

I opened my eyes with a frustrated growl, to see the light on and my sister doing something to the air-conditioning, hence the beeping. I was so angry I'd been pulled from the wake. (Irony: my waking pulls me from the wake)

I feel asleep again, and this time I dreamed a dream I am certain should have belonged to the elf Nuala.

I knew somehow, in the dream, that it was something that Nuala was dreaming. Sometimes they were on a boat, sometimes they were on the seashore. Either way, Lord Morpheus and Nuala the elf-maiden stood there, alone together. In the Sandman story arc itself, Nuala loves Morpheus, but he does not return that love. He offers to give her a dream of his love, but she says she already has it. And then he returns - to the Dreaming and to his death. In the dream, somehow I knew this was after The Wake; Nuala was dreaming about Morpheus and that he returned her love.

I remember them talking, in the dream; I cannot remember the actual conversation now, only that it was sad and beautiful. And finally, he embraced her and they kissed [with me silently going finally]. Then I woke, knowing that this should have belonged to Nuala, and that it came through the Gate of Horn, with that certainty you have when only half-awake. Did I dream Nuala's dream for her, or with her?

Either way, I shall write it into a story, if I can. ;P

And as you can see, The Sandman has me completely under his spell. XP I absolutely love it, although it's made me shed as many tears as I did for Deathly Hallows - and that was for so many deaths; this is just for one death. All hail Neil Gaiman!

Meanwhile, it's past midnight, and sleep has been calling me for two hours; I've been fighting it to post this. I'm going to go and give in; I would like to see Morpheus again in my dreams, but he is dead, and I have little wish to see the new Dream.

A very goodnight and sweet Dreams to all of you! ;)

~ Sivaroobini

sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

And for the second time in two months, it's Friday the 13th. XDDD

I would just like to say: Thanks loads to everyone who's commented on Reflections, given me help/suggestions with things like userpics and characterisation, helped me along in the RP (yes, Gabriel's only in one thread, but I'm enjoying it - thanks to the lovely lady who plays Ishtar for giving Gabriel a helping hand!!) and who's basically helping me really enjoy my first serious role-play.

I was planning to ramble about Neil Gaiman's FANTASTIC Sandman graphic novel series, which I have recently started, and about some fabulous dreams I had featuring Dream (from Sandman) and the American Gods, but I have no time. The reason? My Health camp starts in ten minutes. <_<

Apparently, everyone who's even slightly overweight has to attend this thing called a Health Camp (apparently, I have to lose 0.7 kg). Tonight we're doing things like games and yoga, and sitting through lectures and videos on healthy living.

Tomorrow, we're going on the beautiful Southern Ridges nature walk, which is why I packed my camera, becuase the view should be beautiful if it doesn't rain like it has been for the past few days.

So I'm off, to have a nice healthy dinner and sit through health lectures. Oh, the joy of it all.
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

 
As I may have mentioned a gazillion times before, I play the Archangel Gabriel in a Good Omens role-play at[livejournal.com profile] lt_safe_house .  XP In order to get to know him better, I thought I'd write something about him.  So I wrote this late at night over the 24th and 25th of February, and am posting it here, although I really should be working on the Literature project due this week...

I SWEAR, THIS FREAKING WROTE ITSELF. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING ON, MY HAND TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN. It doesn't even make that much sense to me (as in, I don't know why certain lines insisted on being in there).

I don't know how to categorise it - none of these characters are from GO so it's not a Good Omens fanfic. I found myself bringing in Carasel and Saraquael, so I suppose it can be seen as fanfiction for Neil Gaiman's short story Murder Mysteries - that sounds better than 'Biblical fanfiction', anyway.  But it could also be seen as original fiction, if I leave out Carasel and Saraquael. And I'm leaving them in.

  I had something vaguely planned when I began writing. Then my fingers and pen took on a life of their own and all I could do was hang along for the ride. I don't even know what I wrote.

STRONG RELIGIOUS [JUDAEO-CHRISTIAN] CONTENT. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY SUCH THINGS, PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON THE CUT. 

Disclaimer: Carasel, Saraquael and this version of Heaven (i.e. the Silver City) and Lucifer belong to Neil Gaiman. Gabriel, presumably, belongs to himself, although this version of him belongs to me


   Reflections )


 
As I mentioned above, I honestly don't know how what I had planned as a character study of Gabriel turned into a study of Lucifer and some of Gabriel's issues; if any of my fellow RP'ers are reading this, it explains why Gabriel is tolerant - he knows there is very little separating angels and demons - and also, maybe later on in the game, no other angel gets to help groom his wings - it reminds him of the friend he lost. It also shows how scared he is of Falling, perhaps even more so than the average angel; he was very close to doing so once, when all it would have taken was assent to an invitation to walk, to form more questions.

Also, let me repeat, the story wrote itself; I was just as surprised and confused when I read what I had written as you probably are. XP

I'll be linking this in [info]mad_prophecies and probably [info]lower_tadfield after that. Right now, though, I should go get an early start on the English Lit project. ;D

~ Sivaroobini

 

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