skygiants: Hazel, from the cover of Breadcrumbs, about to venture into the Snow Queen's forest (into the woods)
FOR HER BIRTHDAY (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEST NNYFACE!), [personal profile] nny asked me about what myths and fairytales and stories I grew up with.

I was going to start this out by saying I don't remember being told stories as a child, but now that I think about it, that's actually not true. My parents did tell me stories -- just not general sorts of myths or legends or fairy tales. They told me stories about themselves, their childhoods, and their parents. And, of course, in a very real way those stories were myths and legends and fairytales. My mother's mother, the one I never met -- who jumped into fountains to get pennies out for her children instead of throwing them in, who decided it would be fun to ride on top of a car instead of inside it and broke her leg, who invited an agoraphobic patient to live in her basement with his pet monkey as a kind of live-in babysitter, or so I was told -- was pretty much the trickster figure of my childhood, moreso than Loki or Hermes or Anansi. And I had not made that connection until just now, actually, and it's kind of a weird thing to realize.

So that was one kind of story I grew up with. As for the others, the myths and fairytales that people tend to think of, I bumped into them mostly the usual kind of way, and some less usual. Disney, of course -- I was exactly the right age for the Disney comeback era of the nineties, and very clearly remember The Little Mermaid taking preschool by storm. But I also remember watching Into the Woods when I was five or six, and subsequently watching it, like, ALL THE TIME. I think I must have known the stories by then that Into the Woods takes off of, because I must have known them in order to internalize the lesson that I very clearly did internalize -- that stories are always more complicated, both funnier and more serious, both more ordinary and more strange, than the first version that you hear. That stories are, first and foremost, full of real people, who fight about stupid things and are heroic in the weirdest ways. Into the Woods is a very foundational part of the way I've approached stories, always. (Diana Wynne Jones is of course a part of that too, but that's news to no one.)

And I got older, and read as many books of myths and legends as I could get my hands on, and as many books of everything else, too. I remember that I went through a phase where Rapunzel was my favorite fairy tale, for reasons beyond the recall of the current administration; then I went through a longer phase where Tam Lin was my favorite, for reasons that are pretty easy to target, thank you, Pamela Dean. But once you start getting into all the different books and stories I read and absorbed as a kid, that's a different question, and not, I think, the one that's being asked.

Oh, one last thing, though -- I was thinking, "wow, isn't it telling that all of the myths/legends/fairytales I'm thinking of are pretty British Isles and Brothers Grimm, and that I didn't hear about, say, golems or Chelm for so many years later?" But of course I did know religious stories, I knew about Moses and Noah, I had a short book with my name and my brother's name printed in it from some novelty printing website in which Rebecca and Ben Went on a Time-Traveling Adventure to Learn the Meaning of Hanukkah. I just didn't think about those when you asked about myths and legends and fairy tales, because in some weird way -- even though they TOTALLY ARE! - they don't fall into the myth and legend and fairy tale category in my head either. That's another thing about myself I hadn't realized.
skygiants: Moril from the Dalemark Quartet playing the cwidder (composing hallelujah)
[personal profile] agonistes asked me to write about Andrew Bird for December ninth!

So for a while all I really knew about Andrew Bird was that Fake Palindromes was an amazing song that belonged on all my playlists. I don't even remember where I first got it from - maybe [personal profile] fahye? Maybe a [personal profile] fahye fanmix about Fire Nation kids? That sounds right.

ANYWAY. Then [personal profile] agonistes started talking a lot Andrew Bird and started the indoctrination process, and I went to an Andrew Bird concert with [personal profile] batyatoon and had a delightful experience, and somewhere along the way I ended up with thirty or forty Andrew Bird songs at a go and had to start the process of sort of working them out in my head to where they existed as individual songs. This is what usually happens to me when I get a lot of music by one artist at once -- everything blends together, until all of a sudden one thing stands out, and a piece of lyrics or a turn of phrase is suddenly not just existing pleasantly in my ears but telling me a story that I care about.

It happens slowly for me with Andrew Bird -- his work doesn't shout, and his lyrics are fascinating and puzzling, and it takes a while for each one to settle in properly. But once they do, they stick. The ones that have the most presence for me, right now, are "Dark Matter," "Not a Robot But a Ghost," "Candy Shop," "Fiery Crash," and "Oh, Sister." And, of course, "Fake Palindromes," which continues to be THE GREATEST.

And, for the sake of completion, two Andrew Bird vids which I will never make but always map out in my head anyway: the FMA "Candy Shop" vid about Team Mustang Vs. the Homunculi, and the Baccano! "Dark Matter" vid about Claire Stanfield.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (bang bang)
[personal profile] bookblather asked me about TRUE CRIME for December 7th, and at first I didn't think I had a ton to say about true crime, but that's a lie. It's true I don't read a ton of true crime books - I like discussions of historical crimes/mysteries and I will happily read them and talk about them if someone recommends them to me, but otherwise I don't usually think to pick them up. (And speaking of, if anyone has any great historical true crime books to recommend -- I'm ALL EARS. Eyes. Whatever.)

But I do intake a ton of true crime stuff, actually, because I work as a transcriptionist at a company that gets a lot of business from ABC 20/20, and 20/20 LOVES true crime -- the weirder and more sensational, the better.

I always feel a little guilty for being relieved whenever I get assigned the 20/20 stuff at work, because . . . like, sometimes I am listening to people talk about quite horrible things! But nonetheless it's the best option, because:

- guilty as I feel for getting interested in the salacious details . . . I do totally get interested in the salacious details, and it makes for an infinitely less boring shift than the mornings that I spend transcribing Financiers Talk About Tips For Balancing Your Asset Investments
- professional reporters interviewing people about weird crimes for sensational TV news specials UNDERSTAND HOW TO ENUNCIATE, and you have no idea how much easier that makes my life

But it's okay, because soon I will get to quit my transcription job! And so I will stop having to feel guilty about enjoying the days when my work consists of "TEEN BANK ROBBER COMPELLED TO JOIN HEIST BY EVIL FATHER! LET'S INTERVIEW HER IN PRISON!"
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (hahaha!)
First post for that December requested posts thing!

So [personal profile] bookblather asked me about my favorite crime-fighting duos, and the one that always jumps first into my head is not actually really much of a crime-fighting duo at all, except for one or two glorious episodes: Olive Snook and Emerson Cod from Pushing Daisies.

If you do not remember Pushing Daisies, it was that Brian Fuller show about a singing ex-jockey pie waitress and a cynical knitting detective who made pop-up books, and also a dude who raised people from the dead and his star-crossed love affair, I guess. I mean, look, we all loved Ned and Chuck, and I also loved Ned and Chuck, but would I have been just as happy -- or perhaps even happier -- with the Olive And Emerson Detective Agency Show? YES. YES I WOULD HAVE. And was I secretly enraged that the hasty wrap-up when the show was cancelled made it canonical that Olive did . . . something that I can't remember but that tragically was not partnering up with Emerson for the Olive And Emerson Detective Agency Show? YES. YES I WAS. Sorry, Brian Fuller, but your vision was INFERIOR.

Ummmm. What other crime-fighting duos do I love? I am not gonna talk about Elementary's Holmes and Watson because I feel like that's too obvious, and also though I still love Elementary I'm currently cranky at it for spending way too much time on Holmes Brother Drama that I don't care about. I just did a search for 'together they fight crime!' in my gmail to see what comes up, and I get:

Kyoko and Kanna from 20th Century Boys, who didn't actually do much crime-fighting together either, but whom I would desperately love to see fight crime together in future

Scar and Marcoh from Fullmetal Alchemist, who do not fight crime so much as fight . . . genocide . . . after Marcoh helped to commit it . . . and then tried to commit suicide-by-Scar and had his face melted instead . . . AND YES I DO WANT TO READ ABOUT THEIR CRIME-FIGHTING ADVENTURES, THANK YOU

Eva and Dieter from Monster, who I had totally forgotten until just now fought crime together for one SHINING MOMENT

Livia Levesque and Abishag Shaw from the Benjamin January books, who are never actually a crime-fighting duo in the Benjamin January books yet, but if they were it would be my FAVORITE Benjamin January book

Molly and Mohinder from Heroes, which, aww, sometimes I forget that once I cared about that tragically-canceled-after-a-first-season show

Harth Fray and Mary Lennox . . . about which it is probably better not to ask
skygiants: Autor from Princess Tutu gesturing smugly (let me splain)
I probably shouldn't be doing this meme when I still have so many books from this year to write up, but it's too tempting to resist. So:

Pick a date below and give me a topic — it can be anything, from fandom-related to book-related to life-related to history-related to whatever you want.

They will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject. Also, if you pick something that for whatever reason I don't want to talk about, I'll let you know so you pick something else!

Dates under the cut )

Request away! I AM AT YOUR DISPOSAL.
skygiants: Drosselmeyer's old pages from Princess Tutu, with text 'rocks fall, everyone dies, the end' (endings are heartless)
I am still doing the icon fic meme (and also still accepting requests, if anyone else has them) but I can write comments at work in a way I can't usually write actual fic, and therefore: ANOTHER MEME. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971!

Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any or all of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, and possibly a short excerpt as well.

As Shannon says, silly or serious is fine. Distract me from my work, I will thank you!
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (I am made of awesome!)
This weekend my computer was broken, so I was not around, but I would not have been around anyway because I spent this weekend having extremely awesome geeky times in Denver. To the relevant persons: thank you for putting up with me sneezing all over you, borrowing all your socks because I forgot to bring mine, and demanding to have everything in the middle distance explained to me due to having lost my contacts. It was the best wheezy, sockless, half-blind weekend ever! :D

Then I drank several beers, caught a red-eye flight home, and stayed awake for a total of 36 hours. I am still waiting for the effects of all that to hit me. I feel lucid; you guys can alert me if it seems I am mistaken in this premise.

In the meantime: one of those memes that is making the rounds! Comment with one of my icons and I will write a drabble or something inspired by it.
skygiants: Drosselmeyer's old pages from Princess Tutu, with text 'rocks fall, everyone dies, the end' (endings are heartless)
This is probably a bad idea, but it's a Friday and it's very quiet at work and I've still got subversive meta shojo on the brain, SO: give me a character that I know, and I'll write 2-3 sentences about their experiences in Ohtori Academy and/or their experiences in Gold Crown Town.
skygiants: Drosselmeyer's old pages from Princess Tutu, with text 'rocks fall, everyone dies, the end' (endings are heartless)
I keep forgetting that I . . . have maybe actually written enough fic by now to do self-indulgent fic memes! It is a weird thought for me, since before this year my fic output was approximately one-a-year-plus-Yuletide. Anyway, SO HERE IS ONE, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ojuzu.

Under the cut: a lengthy fic meme! )

I hate tagging people for memes! But if other people want to steal this, I would be interested in reading lots of other people's thoughts on their own fic. Also, it would make me feel slightly less self-indulgent.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (olivier says lol)
Those of you who are sick of seeing me pimp out [livejournal.com profile] fma_ladyfest: you are in luck! Because sign-ups end tomorrow (Wednesday) at midnight EST and therefore this is the last pimping post you will probably have to see. (Unless you belong to the FMA comms, in which case, uh, you'll be seeing like four more. Sorry?)

So basically, if you have been thinking about signing up, now is the time, this is the place. Join us! We have cookies. Well, okay, that is a lie. But we have awesome ladies and awesome writers, which is possibly better!


In other news, in honor of all the fantastic fic that is to come (AM I STILL TOO EXCITED ABOUT THIS? MAYBE YES A LITTLE) I am following in [livejournal.com profile] vivien529's footsteps and reviving the songfic game!

Name a work of fiction - book, movie, tv show, whichever; obscure is fine and welcomed, as long as you know that I know it - and whatever the next song is that comes up randomly on my iPod after I see your comment, I will describe to you the plot of the amazingly angsty and terrible songfic that would emerge from this combination! As a bonus, if the song is uploadable, I will upload it for you when I get home from work.

Example: You say, "The Cat in the Hat;" the next song that comes up on my iPod is "Don't Fear the Reaper"; clearly, this would generate a fic about the Cat trying to talk the fish into letting the Cat dump him out of his bowl, leaving his confined life for a passionate and freeing death!

(And then by the rule of the internet, of course, that fic will spring spontaneously into existence, but we can ignore that bit.)
skygiants: Autor from Princess Tutu gesturing smugly (let me splain)
In all my massive amounts of free time, I have decided in my infinite wisdom that what I really need to do is MAKE MORE LJ POSTS. So, meme-thieving from [livejournal.com profile] villainny:

Ask me my Fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post. Possibly with pictures.

With standard caveats that 'top five' actually means 'whichever five things I remember that I love first on any given day and hastily throw up a post about before I remember about the five million other things I love in that category and become paralyzed by indecision.'
skygiants: the aunts from Pushing Daisies reading and sipping wine on a couch (wine and books)
[livejournal.com profile] oneechan19 and [livejournal.com profile] rymenhild did a meme: Pick 15 of your ships and write down a quote for each of them. Let your flist guess. Looking them up on IMDb or Google is cheating.

I like this meme! But I have decided to alter it a little. Instead of picking 15 romantic pairings, I have decided to pick 10 awesome Bechdel-test-passing ladyfriendships. (Which is not to say that some of them could not necessarily be romantic pairings, but anyway.) Go go go, guys!

ETA: Man, guys, you are all so awesome! I love how fast you are to pick up on the ladyfriendship quotes. :DDDD 10 is the only one left unguessed! All guessed now!

Those are your LIMBS there! )
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal in a swing pose (got that swing)
For reasons that will be obvious to [livejournal.com profile] genarti and [livejournal.com profile] mercuriazs at the moment and will probably be obvious to the rest of you in a week or so, I have been thinking about dance lately. In which I babble about dance and am sulky about the world not tailoring itself to my wishes. )

And now that I have been pointlessly sulky at you all: hey, have an equally pointless icon meme! Stolen from just about everybody at this point. In which I do a pointless icon meme! )
skygiants: Drosselmeyer's old pages from Princess Tutu, with text 'rocks fall, everyone dies, the end' (endings are heartless)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] rymenhild posted about double dactyls as procrastination measure. Since then, I have written three, and, okay, DORKERY ALERT: guys, I had forgotten how much I love strict-form poetry! I've never been much of a person for crosswords or sudoku, but I imagine that the feeling of satisfaction that other people get from completing those kinds of puzzles is the same kind of joy that I get from strict-form poetry. There's something just immensely pleasing about shuffling through the vast array of words that are available in the English language and picking some out and arranging the stresses and syllables and rhymes so that they come out correctly. (And, if you're lucky, the completed product also has some kind of aesthetic or entertainment value, although I am not claiming that particularly for any that I have ever written.)

Anyway. Because of my rediscovered joy in strict-form poetry, and because it is a beautiful and sunny day outside and I am having great difficulty in concentrating on work, I am turning Rym's idea into a challenge!

The game is this: write me a strict-form poem - haiku, limerick, double dactyl, sonnet, sestina (if you are feeling really immensely impressive) about the fictional work of your choice, and I will respond in kind. And we can keep going for as long as we have stamina. (Or end after one round. Whichever! Also, if you write me a sestina, I, uh, don't promise a speedy turnaround on that one.)
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (nine ayup)
So yes I already did this once this week. But am I ever going to turn down a chance to procrastinate more, on a Friday when I am counting down the hours until the arrival of a BUS (AND TRAIN) LOAD OF AWESOME PEOPLE? The answer is: NO.

The meme continues to be: Comment here and I will pick six of your icons, you then copy and paste this in your LJ along with your explanations/comments/squeeage about each one.

Babbling about an EPIC TON of icons here )

- am I done? I think I'm done. I think that has also cured me of wanting to talk about my icons for a LONG TIME *laughing* Mad kudos to anyone who actually read all the way through that!
skygiants: Cha Song Joo and Lee Su Hyun from Capital Scandal in a swing pose (got that swing)
So, that TV meme! [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes  gave me a prompt last week, which I have taken forever to do because I could not stop myself from having the BIGGEST CAST IN THE HISTORY OF FAKE TELEVISION.

THE MEME
1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

THE PROMPT
A team of thieves who are trying to construct the perfect city! (So, er, yes, apparently they are all Carmen Sandiego.) (Which, uh, not quite where I went with that. *sheepish*)



Moles )
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (hello friend!)
This is apparently a memeish week for me! Anyway I like this one, so I am stealing:

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Here for the fic book babbing? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that.

I am friendly, I promise! My babble is worse than my bite. :D
skygiants: Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender with her hands on Mai and Ty Lee's shoulders (team hardcore)
Am I ever going to pass up an opportunity to babble extensively about AWESOME LADIES? The answer is: no, I most certainly am not!

Therefore, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue and a few other people by now: name a canon you know I know, and I'll tell you (in no particular order) my three favorite females and why. And then I'll name a canon for you, because I'm just as curious as I am eager to share.
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (I cannot tell a lie)
Yesterday my company went to the racetrack for a Company Outing! (Corporate America is weird sometimes.) I did not wear a big hat and I did not drink a mint julep, but I did bet money on the races, which marks my Very First Time Gambling! That is two dollars I will never see again. :( Gambling is clearly the devil's work.

Due possibly to lack of big hat, I have also burned myself an exciting neon pink color that matches well with the purple shirt I am wearing today. SUMMER IS HERE AT LAST.

Anyway, I have books to write up, but for one reason or another I wish to hold off on them for now, so instead I am stealing a meme from [livejournal.com profile] furikku and [livejournal.com profile] shoroko:

Give me a character from any fandom you know that I know and I will tell you:
a. My favorite thing about that character.
b. My least favorite thing about that character.
c. One person I would ship them with in their own verse.
d. One crossover ship for them I think would be neat.
e. One crossover universe for them I think would be even neater.
f. Their ship from hell.
g. Their song.
h. The title of their biography or autobiography.
i. The last bad dream they had.
j. How they're gonna shuffle off the mortal coil, if they haven't already.


This is an awesome meme! It combines all my favorite things: character analysis, cracktastic crossovers, making playlists, and killing off characters in exciting ways. Feel free to ask me lots! :D
skygiants: Autor from Princess Tutu gesturing smugly (let me splain)
Meme thieving time!

Name a fandom, and I'll give you the scoop on at least three of my unpopular opinions related to that fandom.

I think you guys can guess pretty well what I know, and if I don't know the fandom, I will totally make some up. John Sheppard does not love Rodney; his true love is a piece of cheese!

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