sivaroobini: (Hobbit-approved!)
This may not be the first Tolkien fic I've actually written - I've been poking on and off at a Belladonna-centric fic for a while now - but it's certainly the first one that I'm actually posting. :D

It started life as my NaNoWriMo 2016 project, and is now being heavily edited (with the help of the lovely Ulan, my beta-reader) and posted over at Archive of Our Own. I'm incredibly nervous about it but also excited; it's a very ambitious project and I've had to do a fair bit of Tolkien research for it.

Basically I've been on a Glorfindel/Erestor kick for a couple of years now. Everything about that pairing (and the different ways they're written) mashes my buttons. :D Unfortunately it's also a bit of a niche pairing within the Tolkien fandom, unlike behemoths such as Bilbo/Thorin (which I do ship) or Legolas/Aragorn (which I do not; I ship Aragorn/Arwen and Legolas/Gimli, kthx :P but I do hear it's a huge ship). After exhausting all the E/G fics at AO3, I desperately combed LiveJournal and the various forums and archives from the heyday of the LotR fandom after the movies came out, like Of Elves and Men and the Library of Moria and even that pit of despair, FFN. And in desperation for more Glorfindel/Erestor fic, I began writing my own and indulging all my headcanons.

Tolkien's work really is a bit of a sausagefest, and so I'm appeasing my inner feminist by including various original female characters to pad out the supporting cast, in addition to the usual Imladris cast like Elrond and his family, Lindir, and Melpomaen. I hope they're badass. Two of them are high-ranking officers in the Imladris military, because Tolkien once said that while there's no difference in ability between Elven males and females, it's a question of natural temperament that leads them to their roles within society for which they are better suited, and I say that's absolute bullshit. :P There's also a trans female minor character, because why not? I may have her and the butch lesbian Elf get together. A number of fics do manage queer/POC/female representation and even disabled representation, but trans characters are apparently really rare in Middle-Earth?

So here it is, though I'm not too pleased with the title (never my strong suit). Four chapters are already up, with a lot more to come.

Welcome to Imladris by SavioBriion. Canon events as seen from Imladris, from its founding until the end of the Third Age. Focuses on Erestor and Glorfindel, and a supporting cast.

:D




sivaroobini: (Dream)
While looking through my folders, I found this. I have a very vague memory of staying up late one night two years ago, half-asleep but wanting to write something about Susan, but I don't actually remember writing this. Still, a quick Google search didn't reveal this story as already existing, so I'm going to assume I did write it and forgot about it. XD It's about Susan's reactions to finding the chess piece by the well at the beginning of Prince Caspian.

Chess Piece (because I fail at titles)

Disclaimer: Narnia belongs to CS Lewis, and all dialogue between the Pevensies is lifted from Prince Caspian.


Notes:
There's a minor bit of internalised sexism at one point, when Susan thinks that as a queen she was selfish for not giving birth to an heir. That does not reflect my views in any way.
 

 


~*~ 

AO3 link here.

 



sivaroobini: (that damn enormous fiery eye again)

I was playing around with this Mary-Sue generator and the results were hilarious. Basically, you input things like the names of your Mary-Sue, her love interest, another male, colours, numbers, various place names and races, weapons, female body parts, types of clothing etc, and then it generates this astounding piece of literature. XD

AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE


Sparklypoo sighed heavily as she threw her velvet cloak to the floor. Feisty anger flashed in her fuchsia eyes... )

*****

THE END



sivaroobini: (Default)
While explaining some stuff about Anubis to a friend, I dredged up an article I'd written in my first semester at uni (early 2012) for a Science Communications assignment, where you had to explain some sort of scientific process clearly and simply for a target audience who knew nothing of your subject. As the lone ancient history student in a class full of science majors (it was a broadening unit for me), I decided to write about the mummification process. And upon rereading it just now I decided I was actually pretty proud of it, so I'm posting it here.

Remember, it was a uni assignment (I had to deal with word limits and stuff) and written over a year ago, so if you think anything needs to be changed or dislike any part of it, or want more information, please let me know. XD

The Mummy: The Prequel

 

 

 

Dawson, W.R. (1927). Making a Mummy. The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 13 (1), 40-49.

Hamlyn, P. (1965) Egyptian Mythology London: Westbrook House

University College London (2000) Digital Egypt for Universities

Retrieved from: http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/Welcome.html

Wallis Budge, E.A. (1895) ed. Baldock J. (2011) The Egyptian Book of the Dead London: Arcturus Publishing.

sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

For the Good Omens Exchange 2011, I wrote a long Good Omens/Harry Potter crossover AU fic which the mods titled Slytherin Vaguely Downwards as I could not think of a title. It grew into an utter monster and I went way over the deadline, and at one point I think I even had a nightmare in which the mods were so angry they banned me. XD

God, the story was hard. Crowley was not easy to write for; I'd sit and stare blankly at the Word document for ages, cranking out maybe two words an hour, and then at 3AM when I was about to go to bed I'd suddenly find the words flowing out and type furiously for another few pages until I passed out. I researched the weirdest things, racking up a Google search history of 'food allergies', 'coconut allergies', 'English-Latin online translator', 'old-fashioned cuckoo clock', 'kola nut properties', 'sarsaparilla properties', 'guido reni st michael painting', 'magic marker' and so on, and discovered the lovely resource that is the Harry Potter Wiki along the way, where I looked for Ashwinders and Herbology textbooks and pureblood history and all sorts of other things; when I was writing a battle scene I drew on the spells in my memory at first, since I can recall quite a lot, but eventually had a tab with the Wiki's list of offensive spells open while writing. I also spent ages on Pottermore one afternoon studying and contemplating wand woods and cores, and went around with my nose buried in my copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them for a week. At one point I jumped up and ran to find my copy of Quidditch Through The Ages to doublecheck what sort of wood the handle of a vintage Silver Arrow broom would be made of.

The longest chapters/short stories I've ever written thus far have been maybe 9 pages in a Word document; this one was 28, if I recall correctly, and went up to 29 after I added some end notes. I went, "Hallelujah!" out loud when I finished it, though I did enjoy writing it. Mostly. Slipping in references to the Discworld series and other random references like William McGonagall was definitely fun, as were the footnotes.

  [livejournal.com profile] steadfast and [livejournal.com profile] sunflower_mynah are my awesome beta-reading team who also provided lots of encouragement - the Dr Filius quip and footnote were entirely Jen's idea - and [livejournal.com profile] eidolon_bird and [livejournal.com profile] kleine_teekanne were also there to hold my hand and listen and cheer me on when I moaned about how big it was growing and how difficult Crowley was being. [livejournal.com profile] _silverfox and [livejournal.com profile] seablue_eyes were also encouraging. Thank you so much, all of you. ♥

There are actually a few scenes I had in my head that I had no time to write/didn't quite fit into the story arc. However, I may write and post them as Extras/Deleted Scenes if I can.

And it turned out that [livejournal.com profile] sidesinger, my recipient, was actually assigned my request as well! She wrote me an absolutely FABULOUS Good Omens/Harry Potter crossover called Hogwarts According To Adam and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Hers had lots of awesome Discworld references too - clearly we both love the Librarian - and even had references to the Shoebox Project! She even had photos of actual handwritten notes from Crowley to Aziraphale that made me squee out loud. *flail* And there were tons of moments that made me laugh out loud, and it was amazing. And we basically exchanged GO/HP crossover fics, which is just awesome. 8D
sivaroobini: (Egypt)
For [livejournal.com profile] _silverfox, who chose the prompt ‘Cat’ on my writing meme. This is a loose prequel to the Triangle prompt fill, where I wrote about the Plagues of Egypt. Since tomorrow (Oct 31st) is, in addition to being Samhain/Halloween, also one of Bast's feast days (although she shares this one with Sekhmet and Ra) I thought this was a fitting time to post this. :D Although please note that the Festival of Bubastis would have taken place in middle April.
 
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... )
 
~*~

sivaroobini: (Angel)

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 [livejournal.com profile] _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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] 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 [livejournal.com profile] steadfast's Archangel Michael, aka [livejournal.com profile] 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.

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: (Crowley inner turmoil)
It is official. May 2011 sucks for me.

I got a rejection letter from NUS (the National University of Singapore) several days ago. I'm planning to appeal, and I haven't heard from NTU yet, but it isn't exactly a fun experience.

Some of you know about the RP drama from March/April. For ages after that, I had trouble writing or roleplaying. I was finally beginning to write again when I got my job, and now I'm continually just too tired to write much. I was supposed to submit a short story for a sampler for Singaporean Speculative Fiction, and I'd actually had an odd little idea for a folklorish horror story featuring the Rafflesia. The little bit of research I did showed me that I'd need to do a lot more, and then there was work and exhaustion and waving at deadlines as they zoomed past. I'm still in no mood to write anything, whether for that or for RP or for the gazillion incomplete stories on my hard drive; I just don't have the energy. I haven't even felt up to RPing much lately, and considering how addicted I used to be...

As for work itself, I like being surrounded by books, but that's it. I'm not cut out to be a cashier. Being responsible for so much money is hugely stressful, and I don't like having to be so focused on money anyway. Today I had to return the 'strays' - books/magazines/stationery that customers bring to the counter but then decide they don't want - and as I walked around the store with an armload of heavy books, checking the tiny letters on the barcode to ensure I was returning them to the correct department's information counter, I felt amazingly happy. I've been a student librarian since the beginning of 2006; this sort of thing comes naturally to me, makes me happy. I wanted to be a retail assistant and return and maintain books and direct people to the right shelf to locate their book, but I was told they were more in need of cashiers. Sigh.

And we - my family and I - were supposed to go on holiday to Chiang Mai in Thailand from the 12th to 17th of June. We were going to stay in this gorgeous little resort/spa and have fullbody massages and relax and stuff - we went to Bintan last June and stayed in this resort/spa there and it was amazing. Everything was booked and paid for. And then for some reason nobody mentioned it and I myself forgot. I finally remembered and tried asking my manager for leave. She said no.

Apparently five people had already asked for leave ages ago, and been granted it, and they can't afford any more. As a part-timer I'm not even entitled to unpaid leave anyway, and since June is the school holidays, it'll be a busy period and they need people. So my request was rejected.

And now my sister is furious at me for it. I'll try to talk to my manager again tomorrow, even though I'm, honestly, terrified of her.

Plus a friend of mine has been through a bunch of crap recently and I just found out about one more problem. >< And then there's other stuff I'd rather not talk about.

If I get a rejection letter from NTU as well before the month is out... screw you too, life.
sivaroobini: (photo)

The lovely [livejournal.com profile] jolantru  has recently published a book, Wolf at the Door, and last night I attended her book launch party at a nice little place called The Garden Slug. Other members of the Speculative Fiction Writers of Singapore were there too, and a lovely time was had.

Sadly, I didn't have the presence of mind to snap pictures of the food before we attacked it (June did take pictures though, and when/if I see those, I'll post them here if she gives me permission). Everything looked good, and the vegetarian pizza I shared with Mint Kang and a couple of other people was delicious. But the best thing was the dessert. *__*



Sadly, this is just what was left when Mint and I stopped long enough for rational thought and realised a picture would have been a good idea; before that, we were in a happy dessert-induced daze. This dessert platter was ambrosial.

The brown chocolate thing on a popsicle stick was a brownie popsicle, coated in fudge and deliciousness. The remnants of brown powder and cream next to it were all that was left of the tiramisu. That lump of white ice cream scored by our forks is actually vanilla gelato. And the stem attached to a tiny piece of brown flesh, with another piece of flesh nearby, is all that was left of the amazing stewed pear. According to the menu, it was stewed in white wine and cinnamon. It arrived still warm and soft and cinnamon-scented and it was SO GOOD. Especially when you ate a piece together with a forkful of gelato; you had a heavenly explosion of sweetness in your mouth. The grapes and strawberries were sweet enough, I guess, but after several mouthfuls of stewed pear and gelato, the berries seemed too sour. XD

Joyce held a mini quiz and I won signed cover art and a bag of chocolate. :D I passed the chocolate around and, sadly, forgot to get it back before leaving. XD Unfortunately I'd had to leave early, it was already nearing 9.30 by then and I'd told my family I'd leave by 9 plus, so I had to miss Joyce's reading.

Today I went for a job interview at Kinokuniya! The interviewers were nice, but I'm scared I might have been too nervous and talked extra-fast. There were probably too many 'Um's too. And I wasn't expecting the mathematical questions at the end - silly of me in retrospect since I was applying for the positon of cashier, but I didn't think I'd need to convert Japanese yen to SGD! I haven't done Maths since the end of my O Levels in 2008; I'd better brush up on my mental arithmetic. I really hope I get this job; I'd love to be able to work in a bookstore. Kinokuniya is an amazing bookstore with a fantastic selection and I'd be surrounded by books and aiding the cause of getting people to read more and... *____*

In other news, I'm poking at my [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100  challenge again; I edited some of Chapter 2 but I'm still stuck at the end, as I was over a year ago. I'm going to beg [livejournal.com profile] steadfast  for help. XD I'm also considering joining the 2011 [livejournal.com profile] rs_games  writing challenge; I haven't written Harry Potter fanfiction in aaages (this was my last piece, I believe) even if I lurk and read quite a bit, so I should probably write a few drabbles as practice or something before tackling the challenge itself.

Meanwhile, it's time for my annual re-read of [livejournal.com profile] irisbleufic 's Crown of Stars series. *goes to read*
sivaroobini: (Angel)

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.
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: (Armageddon)

Written for this writing challenge.

Warning[s]: It's dark-ish, and is about the Apocalypse.

A New Year

  

The end happens in winter. )

 

 *


Sivaroobini Kalaimani

19th December 2010

o_O

Jan. 9th, 2011 05:21 am
sivaroobini: (Default)

Tried a few different samples of my writing. (Because clearly the cure for writer's block is memes - this one is from [livejournal.com profile] irisbleufic ) Since I experiment with different styles for different stories every now and then, I expected diverse results, but these...

o_O )
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)



I think that pretty much sums it up, really. I have so many things to write - about half of them are actually half-written, and one file has decided to go MISSING and I still haven't found it - and I just can't. I stare blankly at those Word documents, occasionally crank out a few words, then delete them. Even role-play is tougher than usual right now and it's usually easy. And I don't even know why.

On a couple of occasions last year, I was feeling very mentally burnt out by school and all the stress of exams and stuff, had trouble writing, and on the second occasion I actually considered taking a break from RP because I was so tired all the time. I had trouble writing then too. But right now I'm done with schooling until uni starts, so it's odd. Yes, I sometimes sleep at 5 or 6AM, but then I wake up around 1 or 2pm...

However, the remedy for both the previous occasions proved to be sleeping in. Since tomorrow (or today, rather; it's 3.30AM) is Sunday and we're visiting my gran as usual, I guess I'll spend most of Monday sleeping. Hopefully that works! Otherwise, I might have to resort to this:

My archangel may be very fond of cats, but I don't quite trust a cat to write him. ;)

sivaroobini: (Default)

Look, alliteration! XD

Most of my writing recently has been almost wholly for role-play. Besides RP itself, there's incidents in the history of my characters, future what-ifs, dabblings in darker AUs, detailed nightmares etc. And this morning I was planning something focusing on Gabriel during the Ten Plagues of Egypt.

One of the things about my Gabriel that's both a strength and a flaw - in my own opinion, at least - is his dedication to his duty. He does whatever God asks of him, no matter what; I turned that into a drabble here. There are a lot of times when his love for the humans and his mercy clashes with what he has to do in the name of God, and it really hurts him, but his love for God is such that he does it anyway. He carries out his duty, no matter how much it may hurt him.

So as I typed the first line of today's story, I suddenly realised how much that particular aspect of him has got in common with my own religion, Hinduism. The Bhagavad Gita came about because Prince Arjuna faltered on the Kurukshetra battlefield in the Mahabharata, seeing his cousins and teachers and the elders he respected at the head of the opposing army. He wanted to throw down his weapons and simply not fight them, and said so to Lord Krishna, who was his charioteer.

Sri Krishna then revealed Himself in His true form to Arjuna, and taught him of his duties as a warrior and a prince, and of dharma or duty in accordance to divine law. He refers to the upcoming battle as Dharma Yuddha, or a righteous war fought in the name of justice, to fight evil, and He says that as a warrior, Arjuna has a duty to uphold dharma through warfare. 

I'm going to end the religious discourse here. In a nutshell, Hinduism teaches that you have to overcome these ties to material things, to people and things that you love, and uphold dharma or your duty to God and His law. And my Archangel Gabriel, too, has often had to deny his own more merciful urges to simply carry out whatever duties God asks of him. There's a common legend that he was exiled to Earth for twenty-one days, but a gazillion different versions regarding the reason, so I chose the Islamic version that while reciting the Quran to Muhammad, one of the last suras involving horrific calamities or something of the sort made him pause and question God. Ever since that experience, he's been even more unquestioning.

I certainly didn't intend the similarity, but I'm quite amused at the fact that apparently somehow it subconsciously influenced my writing. :D

In other news: I'm signing up to translate this video into Tamil. :D

And now I should get back to writing. XD

*facepalm*

Apr. 26th, 2010 01:06 pm
sivaroobini: (Crowley inner turmoil)

I truly, sincerely hope that this is a joke. Surely no-one in real life could be THIS bad. Outside of self-insert or wannabe Gothic Harry Potter fanfiction, anyway. D:
sivaroobini: (Dream)


So on Tuesday, the Speculative Fiction Writers of Singapore had a meetup at the Writers' House in the Telok Ayer Arts Centre. And it was AWESOME.

I'd been a little worried initially, because most of the people in this group are adults and published authors and I'm just a kid who who writes loads of fanfiction and role-play and doesn't think her original things are ready to be shown to anyone. But they were all really nice and I had so much fun! The talks on sci-fi and fantasy and speculative fiction were really educational and I learnt a lot (though I could have done without that revelation about the symbolism behind the lightsabers in Star Wars. JF, I'm looking at you), and the other writers were awesome too and I very much enjoyed talking to them.

Also, I recently managed to finally obtain copies of  Neil Gaiman's The Sandman: Endless Nights, Death: The High Cost of Living and Death: The Time Of Your Life. Simply FABULOUS. I was blown away.

Although some days ago, I was reading Death: The High Cost Of Living on the train to school, surrounded by people, including this guy about my age who'd been glancing at my book quite a few times. I didn't know that at the end of the story comes a few extra pages in which the bubbly Death talks about AIDS, and was surprised, but enjoyed it. I liked the way she talked about those things, and I had no idea what was coming.

Then I turned the page, and caught a glimpse of Death demonstrating the correct use of a condom. In quite a large panel. Immediately, I slammed the book shut, face burning, and hoped nobody had been reading over my shoulder.

Later in a corner at school I finished reading it, and inwardly squealed at John Constantine's cameo, and giggled at how embarrassed he was and at the banana Death was using for the demonstration. I also thought that it was really cute and cool that Gaiman was spreading AIDS awareness through Death, one of the most awesome characters EVER. But yeah, the perils of reading Sandman on the bus or train. ;)


EEEEEEEEE

Dec. 31st, 2009 04:57 pm
sivaroobini: (Booty Cat)

So I got my [livejournal.com profile] go_exchange gift, HERE, and it is AMAZING!!! My Secret Santa gave me a crossover fic with Issue 50 (if I recall correctly) of DC Comics: Lucifer! And it is so beautiful! After I find out who it was, they'll get a fic from me to say thank you.

And the other Secret Santa who gave me six months of paid time for my [livejournal.com profile] cattygabriel  account turned out to be Uriel-mun, aka [livejournal.com profile] divine_tempest , who is absolutely wonderful and wins my undying devotion!

Also, I know I promised a GO/HP crossover fic a few days ago, for Christmas, but my beta Jen and I are still editing it; we found some unforeseen inconsistencies. :( Sorry, June, but it looks like you'll be getting a New Year's gift instead of a Christmas gift from me. I'm beginning to wonder if I accidentally smoked something while writing it. :\

Oh, and tonight, the night of December 31st, there will be a blue moon! A blue moon actually occurs when there are two full moons in one month. The second full moon is the blue moon, and if I recall correctly it only happens once every 19 years. So everyone, go check out this phenomenon and ring in the New Year with champagne under a blue moon! *toasts everyone with her glass of nonalcoholic sparkling apple cider*
sivaroobini: (Booty Cat)
I got an e-mail a few hours ago.


fanfic100_admin (fanfic100_admin) replied to a comment you left in a LiveJournal post. The comment they replied to was:
Name of Fandom: Good Omens
What your Fandom is: A book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
What you are claiming: The Archangel Gabriel
What your claim is: Character

Their reply was:
Subject: Re: FANFIC100 CLAIM
Thank you. Your claim will be added to the table shortly. Sorry for the delay




I swear, when I saw this I literally went, "AAAAHH!" in excitement. I had this humungous grin on my face. Then I called my best friend and talked at her (yes, at) about this for a couple hours. Being my best friend, she was nearly as excited about it as I was. I'd been worried that they might not accept it as Gabriel's name is mentioned ONCE in the book.

And then I began to panic after the initial elation. I had had some ideas, vague plot bunnies running about in my head, but now that I've been accepted, evidently Elmer (or Elmo?) Fudd has been on a 'kill the wabbit' rampage in there. My mind has gone completely blank. I KNEW I should have written them down somewhere. At least the title's on a tiny Post-it somewhere under a pile of junk on my table.

I don't know if you're reading this, [livejournal.com profile] lumelle , but your fanfic100 set, A Hundred White Feathers, has sort of set a standard to follow, to me at least.

*raises glass* Here's to the excitement, headaches, frustration, relief, knotty plot points and characters, typos, drama, crushed papers and HTML buggery I foresee as I take on the task of writing a hundred short stories about Gabriel, the Strength of God.



(Why, yes, I made that myself. ^_^)

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