Fic meme

Sep. 12th, 2014 06:26 pm
icepixie: ([Fringe] Olivia looking up)
Meme stolen from [personal profile] spatz, who has also tagged me for another meme I will complete...soon. Maybe when I'm on vacation/staycation the week after next!

I think the object is to say letters at me in comments and I'll write you answers, and then you post to your journal so I can give you letters.

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
and the rest )
icepixie: ([Movies] Remy OMG)
My coach, C, is leaving in July to go to medical school. If P, who taught the edges and MITF class, is taking new students, I'd like to switch to her, but if not then perhaps T, who taught a group class I liked and whose specialty is spins. Right now, I need all the spin help I can get.

I did at least learn the usual back crossovers to an inside edge, step forward into the spin spin entry this weekend. I just...don't really have a spin to go with it yet. But I feel totally legit while I'm setting it up!

Other big things: I'm all signed up for allergy shots and just need to wait for them to make my serum. I'm going to have to get three shots at each visit (because I REACT TO EVERYTHING), which sucks, but I work less than a block from the clinic, so I can easily get myself through the induction shots more quickly by going three times a week rather than two, and then it's only a maintenance dose every other week for a few years. With luck, this will mean less medication over time. And if I could get to a point where I could ditch the dust mite cover on my mattress, that would be great, because sleeping on what is essentially plastic is hot.

And my laparoscopy is Monday. I can't say I'm looking forward to it, but I am looking forward to the anticipated results.

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Seen around:

That Crucial Movie meme...Everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

Contact
The Cutting Edge
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
(for my aesthetic!)
It Happened One Night
It's hard to pick just one Astaire/Rogers flick, but perhaps Shall We Dance
You've Got Mail
The Sound of Music
GATTACA
Alice in Wonderland
(Disney animated version)
The Thin Man (or really any Myrna Loy/William Powell comedy)

Meme

Mar. 7th, 2013 07:01 pm
icepixie: "All the Queen's Horses." Lyrics misquoted from The Innocence Mission. ([DS] Fraser/Thatcher train joy)
"Ask Me Questions About Stuff I've Written" meme:

Questions can be along the lines of "What were you thinking when you wrote this?" or along the lines of "What happened to these characters five years later?" or if you don't want to ask a question you can just quote a few lines from something I've written and I'll comment on them.

Let me burble at you!
icepixie: ([BSG] Nothing but the rain)
It's rainy and I feel like memeing. From [personal profile] fallingtowers:

1. Pick one of my stories and ask for what happened a set period of time afterwards.

2. Give me a Five Things question for a fandom/character I write or at least read/watch/burble about.

3. Ask me about any non-fannish Top Five.
icepixie: ([Photos Stock] Sunflower field)
Seen around:

Pick any passage of 1,000 words or less from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

You can also request a vid. If it's a long one, I reserve the right to only do the most interesting part. ;)
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
My Fandom Stocking has been hung! I would love to get fic for anything on my list, or general notes and/or squee from y'all. If you're participating this year, point me at your stocking so I can leave you things!

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I've been cruising Tumblr lately. Here are some fruits of my voyages.

Photo of Ginger Rogers attempting to put makeup on a German Shepherd. Dog: "LOL no."

In which Ginger Rogers kicks ass, 1938 style. Seriously, that is hilarious. The movie it's from, Vivacious Lady, is pretty good too.

A sweet picture of Myrna Loy and William Powell I've never seen before. It looks like it might be a still from one of the later Thin Man movies.

Art Deco Batman posters. This one too. This one as well. (Batman's costume does translate really well into the Streamline Moderne style, doesn't it? I'm the last person in the world to notice this, aren't I? Ah, well. Can't say as I ever paid much attention to him or any other superhero...)

And for something completely different, Cookie Monster on Colbert. Part 2.

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Unguessed answers to the ship description meme from the other day )

Meme

Nov. 30th, 2011 06:43 pm
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
I still owe people memes. I have not forgotten you.

While I'm working on that, have another meme, seen in various places:

(1) Think of up to 20 ships you support.
(2) List them using descriptions rather than the names of the characters involved.
(3) Have your flist guess as many of the ships (with the fandom) as they can.

Some of these are more obvious than others. And one is very silly. )

Icon meme

Oct. 2nd, 2011 12:20 am
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
First, a squee!dorable Warehouse 13 Christmas photo. Including the dog!

Second, an extremely belated icon meme from [livejournal.com profile] gamesiplay: icons )

1. Comment to this post and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.
icepixie: "All the Queen's Horses." Lyrics misquoted from The Innocence Mission. ([DS] Fraser/Thatcher train joy)
Okay, I'll bite. This seems fun!



My requests.
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
Five questions from [personal profile] foursweatervests:

Fantabulous bric-a-brac )

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In other news, have a music rec: Sort Of (Instrumental) - Ingrid Michaelson.

I heard it in a Google Chrome advertisement about a week ago (argh, Google commercials should not make me want to weep!), and immediately bought the track. I've had the one with lyrics for a while, but the instrumental is much better. "368 plays in my iTunes since last Thursday" kind of better.

Lists

Aug. 15th, 2011 04:51 pm
icepixie: ([Other] Book)
Crazy link of the day: the mimic octopus. I'm a little scared of anything that smart that isn't human.

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The NPR Sci-Fi/Fantasy list. Less because it's a good list (it isn't) and more for lack of much better to do.

100 books, with commentary )
icepixie: ([Movies] Fred and Ginger heart)
Meme from all over:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. -- Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980

If I wrote fic/drew art/vidded/folded origami/etc today, the readers/viewers would immediately be looking for... what?

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This is happening in a few weeks. I'm tempted to go--hey, free admission!--but these things always wind up disappointing me. I think I didn't get the "appreciation for live music" gene. I like to be doing something else while I listen to music, or else I just get bored. Plus, bugs and heat. Maybe I'll just stay home and listen to YouTube videos of these artists? The Quebecois band is very cool, as is the East African dude.

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More music recs! All of one artist, this time, because I have had a bit of a Natalie Merchant renaissance. (I was such a huge fan in middle school and high school. Tigerlily was one of my very first album purchases, and I wore that CD out.)

Apparently she gave up writing original lyrics sometime in the past ten years, because after an album of folk songs, last year she set a bunch of children's poetry to music. Thankfully, by "children's poetry," I mean "poetry about or aimed at children," not poetry by them.

Not quite half are things you might find on CDs that are actually for kids, but the rest of the music is meant for adults. The styles range from jazzy to folky to a sweepingly symphonic in a way that reminds me of a movie soundtrack. My favorite is Spring and Fall: To a Young Child, which is a setting of the most depressing poem ever, thank you so much for making me want to slit my wrists, Hopkins. The song's pretty, though. Sad, but pretty.

If, after that, you're longing for old school, 10,000 Maniacs-era Natalie Merchant, have Headstrong, which has recently become one of my favorites.

And finally: Heaven, a duet between Brett Dennen and Merchant. The lyrics are basically a riff on the less-interesting half of "Imagine," or possibly a song Band Aid contemplated doing before settling on "Do They Know It's Christmas?", but if, like me, you're good at ignoring treacly, hippy-dippy lyrics, the music is good. Merchant's low alto and Dennen's super-high tenor blend well together, and I really like the light dissonance they produce in the chorus.
icepixie: "All the Queen's Horses." Lyrics misquoted from The Innocence Mission. ([DS] Fraser/Thatcher train joy)
From [personal profile] celamity, have a hilarious webcomic: Scandinavia and The World. Anthropomorphized countries with funny history lessons and satires of cultural stereotypes! Win!

This one is my favorite so far. :D

More five questions )

Meme

Jun. 10th, 2011 06:03 pm
icepixie: ([BoP] Megan somber)
This needs to happen somehow on my TV. (Dunno who the guy in the picture is, but Dana Delany and Mary McDonnell sharing a scene needs to happen. Also, is it just me, or do they resemble each other to the point where they could easily play sisters?)

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Questions from [livejournal.com profile] pezprez:

1. What's YOUR favorite SF/F trope? Cause now I have to ask.

Huge, galaxy-spanning political dramas. Heh, there's a reason Babylon 5 and BSG are my favorite SF series. I also like really super alien aliens, with well-developed cultures/biologies/religions/governments/whatever, and if they can be combined with galaxy-spanning political plots, all the better.

2. Who (real life or character) do you most want to stab in the face.

Byron from Babylon 5. No one ever sucked the awesome out of a show quite like he did.

3. If you could change one thing about yourself it would be...?

More ability to get things done. I give myself deadlines and quotas (apply to X number of jobs this week; clean my bathroom by X day) and blow right past them because apparently the only way I get something I don't want to do done is when I have outside accountability in the form of a boss, a professor, or even just someone I said I'd do something for. If I could meet my own deadlines for unpleasant tasks, I would be so much happier.

4. What do you think most people misunderstand about you?

I honestly have no idea how to answer this question, because I can't think of anything people consistently misunderstand about me. I think I'm very what you see is what you get.

5. What TV show would you most like to write for, give the opportunity?

If it has to be a currently-running show, then Fringe hands down, as I have no interest in writing mysteries and yet every other current show I watch seems to revolve around them. (One day we will come to the end of crime show dominance, yes?) If it can be any show ever, then Northern Exposure, because a show where I can write about quirky people in a place where fantastic/magical realistic things happen, can get really obsessive about tying all my subplots together with common themes, and season everything with literary/mythological/philosophical allusions? SIGN ME UP.
icepixie: ([B5] New Beginnings Susan)
Er. Um. I sort of forgot I had the first season of Burn Notice in my Netflix queue, and now that I've watched the first three episodes, I think I may be juuuuuuuust a bit addicted. Like, not to the point where the speed of Netflix isn't enough for me, and not (yet) to the point where I want to hunt down fic, but it's very funny, there's just enough of a serial element to keep my attention, and the characters are intriguing.

I like that while the characters are definitely recognizable types, there are just enough differences to make it feel fresh. For example:

Michael Westen is definitely cut from the same cloth as Harry Dresden, in that he's basically making a living as PI with a soft spot for the downtrodden little guy, and he's often rather hapless. He's just an ex-spy who can construct bombs out of cell phones and chewing gum rather than a wizard who can call up fire with some fake Latin. Okay, and he's also much more morally ambiguous than Harry. But the show uses a lot of freeze frame + voiceovers from Michael, and those voiceovers could be pulled straight from a Dresden Files book, with the same witty and self-deprecating explanations for how/why he's doing something.

Fiona Glenanne reminds me a whole lot of SG-1's Vala, only she's an ex-IRA gunrunner rather than...whatever the hell Vala was. But she's also an independent operator who sees violence as foreplay, schemes all the time except for when she's shooting from the hip (or, perhaps more accurately, throwing Molotov cocktails from the hip), and basically has no brain/mouth filter. Plus she's snarky. Gotta love that.

I like that while, yes, there is an element of will they/won't they to Michael and Fiona's relationship, it's complicated by the fact that they once had a romantic relationship and it ended due to some pretty fundamental reasons (she's trigger-happy, he's not so much; not to mention the fact that he does--or did, anyway--his spy thing legally and she's always worked for bad guys). It's refreshing.

Sam Axe is...well, he's Bruce Campbell doing what he's had twenty years to perfect, so he might be a little predictable, but he's always entertaining. (Actually, Michael is something like the kind of character Campbell would've played about ten or fifteen years ago, heh.)

Madeline Westen, Michael's mother, would apparently have made an excellent mob boss, but chose to go into housewifery instead. You just know she has secrets, and I bet she probably was involved with the mob at some point in her life and just hid it from her son. (Also, she's played by Sharon Gless, aka Cagney, which they totally gave a shoutout to in the second episode by having Fiona and Sam impersonate detectives using those names! I, um, may have had to look that up at IMDB to get the joke.)

I also very much approve of location shooting, and Miami is an excellent location to shoot in. It's so colorful! And there are beaches! And excuses for lots of Samba music! Although I do think the city's skyline is kind of ugly. It looks like most of it was built in the 1960s, and a lot of the buildings have that relentlessly functional Vierendeel truss tube-frame structural system that I really hate. I have seen pictures of Miami's extensive Art Deco district, though, so perhaps the show has filmed/will film there at some point and I will get my fix.

([livejournal.com profile] rowdycamels, after you come off your Fringe bender, you might consider taking this one up. It feels like your kind of show.)

Downside: There are some plot holes you could drive a truck through, but in its defense, I only noticed them after the episodes were over.

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A meme and questions from [livejournal.com profile] kungfuwaynewho:

Comment with "Come at me, bro!"
* I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
* Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
* Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1. What is your dream job?

Achievable: Editorial staff at a university press. Getting to read scholarly writing all day and punch it into shape = awesome. I actually like editing more than I do writing.

Not achievable: Showrunner of my own awesome sci-fi TV show. But I know I'm way too much of a control freak over my stuff, and I write way too slowly, for that to work out.

2. Favorite breakfast food?

Belgian waffles. Mmmmm.

3. You're on a road trip, driving at night - what song do you roll down the windows and blare while singing along to?

I haven't ever rolled down my windows and turned up the volume on my car radio, but there are many choices for singing along. At the top, maybe, are Patty Griffin's "Rain" and "Useless Desires."

4. Favorite flower?

I'm partial to daffodils.

5. Death is not an option - Londo or G'Kar?

(I assume this means I have to chose one to sleep with.) If tricksiness is allowed, then S1 Londo, because I could probably get him drunk enough to just fall asleep and make my escape. If I have no access to fermented beverages, then S5 G'Kar.
icepixie: ([Farscape] Zhaan touch stars)
To make up for spamming you with BUGS last time, here are some flowers. (Fair warning: most of them are me screwing around with the pre-sets on my camera, so there are several shots of the same primrose bed from the same angle in "Expressive" or "Pinhole Camera" or whatever mode.)

Primroses and Gerber daisies )

We also have BABY ROBINS. The first batch (there's another pair with a nest in the back yard who just laid eggs) have arrived at the "cute balls of fluff" stage from the "wow, you can really tell birds are related to dinosaurs—the ugly ones" stage. Here they are being very fluffy and cute and crammed into their nest.

BEHBEHS. )

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In other news, apparently the entire lower Mississippi is TAKING OVER THE WORLD. I saw an article speculate on the possibility of this flood being the one to make the Mississippi jump its banks and start sending most of its water through the Atchafalaya River, but I've also seen US Army Corps people and others who would have reason to know being interviewed saying that they don't think that'll happen. There is also this very interesting page on the assorted measures that have been used over the past century to keep the Miss. on its present course.

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Finally, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] mylittleredgirl:

Give me a character, and I will tell you about a happy moment in their lives.

God knows I love writing happy, fluffy fic snippets, so I anticipate this will be highly entertaining!
icepixie: ([CitC] Caroline Richard desk kiss)
From [personal profile] bessemerprocess, a meme:

Name me a character [ed. or multiple characters if you like] and I will tell you:

- How I FEEEEEL about this character.
- All the people I ship romantically with this character.
- My favorite gen relationship with this character.
- My unpopular opinion about this character.
- One thing I wish would happen/had happened with this character in canon.

Canons: cut to spare your flists )

And now, back to this fic I'm writing, where Megan is currently terrorizing (more) hospital staff. Sam and Bud are trying to make her move on to the next scene, but she's not having it.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Y'all guessed a bit more than half of them. Not bad at all, considering some were quite obscure indeed. :)

Answers )

Thanks for playing, everyone.
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Unguessed lyrics from yesterday's meme:

Several )

Hints!

Voila )
icepixie: ([NX] Chris on Christmas Eve)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] gamesiplay:

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line (or first and second line if it's completely impossible) from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
I was doing okay with this, and then I ran into a string of them where the title was in the first line, and got tired of skipping them, so I started just pulling lines from the middle. And I went with three or four lines where I felt like it.
Step 3: Strike out the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly. (Artist isn't important on covers, though, 'cause that's just unfair.)
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own!


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