lady_songsmith: (rather read)
I was debating whether to do a reaction post or not, cuz I don't really have a lot to say about this ep, but eh. Why not? So rambling behind the cut.

Read more... )
lady_songsmith: (rather read)
Because Twitter is not the forum for prolonged or nuanced discussions, behold a forum for all of your Mary Russell related thinky thoughts.

In the interests of not influencing the direction of discussion, I'll take mine to comments too rather than putting them here. :)

Meme time!

Mar. 18th, 2013 08:50 pm
lady_songsmith: (instigator)
So a conversation this afternoon reminded me of this meme:

What is your favorite scene you've never posted? Why is it your favorite, and why hasn't it been posted? Will you share it now?

Kind of a toss-up for me, but let's go with the one that has no hope of being posted ever, rather than the languishing but still hopeful WIP.

In the post-GoF hiatus, I was writing a story titled Coming of Shadow, Promise of Light. It was to be a MWPP-era 7th year (and just after) fic, setting up the whole mess to come.

And it was thoroughly jossed by the release of Phoenix.

If I'd started posting it, I would have continued; HP fandom is pretty good about grandfather clauses. But I hadn't felt up to posting it as an early WIP, so after the jossing, I shoved it in a drawer.

One of the things I liked best about the fic was writing a deeper, nuanced Peter. He was mostly (at least in the areas I was reading) being written as a completely useless, spineless tag-along and I wanted to give him an actual personality. Of course, seeing as JKR herself wrote him useless and spineless, I guess the fandom knew something I didn't. (My JKR issues, let me show you them.) This scene was one of several (most never got written) meant to set up Peter as a slightly-above average wizard who had the misfortune of being born in the same year as some of the brightest students to come through Gryffindor that generation. Had he been a year older or younger -- or possibly even in another house -- he would have been considered a solid student, better at some things, worse at others, in the upper part of the class but not without effort. In the company of the other three, though, he was doomed to be always lesser; getting reflected glory but never shining on his own. And even his friends tend to see him that way, always playing catch-up to them, because it all comes easy to them while he has to work for it. So of course he resents them, despite the friendship. Without Voldemort it probably would have come to nothing - maybe they'd have grown apart after graduation, maybe there would have been a fight, but nothing worse. Introduce an outside pressure like that, though, and - boom.

*sigh* I would really have liked to finish that story. But it wouldn't have survived being taken down to canon-compliance and rebuilt.


The scene )
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It's brilliant, come and play!

Prompt me!

Feb. 23rd, 2013 05:55 pm
lady_songsmith: (instigator)
I've been staring at my WIPs since I got my laptop back (safe, sound, and unaffected by idiots purporting to be techies). Nothing is happening, although I do have a writing itch.

So!

Give me a story you think I should write, and I will write you at least 200 words of it. No promises whether that's beginning, middle, or end. Or if you want a sneak peek at one of the WIPs, tell me which and I'll do 200 NEW words for you.
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I haz it not.

Instead of writing fic, I am making Wordles of finished fic. Some of which are quite nice!

Here's one of the two versions I did for "Water and Wine":


Others behind cuts!

Wind, Sand, Stars )

Winterfall )

To Speak and to Keep Silent )

In Stony Places (I'm very fond of this one) )

Counsels of Princes (with rotation so you can read it) )

The other 'Wine' )

Some of my fics just create a huge muddle. Here are "As I Love the Mouse" and "If You Only Walk Long Enough":
muddles )
lady_songsmith: owl (owl)
Contains one minor spoiler for season 3, relating to Branson & Sybil having the kid.


Do we have any sense of the historical timeline for the family and the estate? Because Robert says, "There hasn't been a Catholic Crawley since the Reformation!" and I, at least, felt the implication was the family was already ennobled at the time. But the seat is Downton Abbey, which usually indicates a history as an actual abbey which was sold or gifted following the Dissolution. So did they have a different seat before? Were they more minor gentry and the earldom was granted, as so many were, to cement the loyalty to H8 and his reforms? Am I totally overthinking this?

PS -- I am aware there was an actual historical Earl of Grantham, but I think it's pretty safe to say there's not supposed to be any connection in the world of Downton Abbey. (Although the 1st Earl of Ripon is frighteningly like Matthew/Dan Stevens)
lady_songsmith: owl (owl)
Semi-spoiler for Christmas special )

P.S. I think the new TARDIS is ugly as fuck. Except one bit which we won't see much of, probably. Did they ever give a reason for the redesign, btw?
lady_songsmith: (rather read)
This morning I discovered one of the other wonderful things about owning a Kindle (or any e-reader, I suppose), when I fired it up on the train to discover a new cover sitting on my shelf blinking at me.   See, months and months ago, I had pre-ordered a book coming out at long last (long, long, loooooong last; the author's last book was nearly a decade ago!).  The anticipated release date shifted several times, I lost track of it and eventually forgot about it except in the vague sense of 'toward the end of the year'.

And there it was, all shiny and happy and waiting to make my morning better. :)  E-readers.  Love.
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I've been afraid to jinx it.

Yesterday afternoon we heard that some of the stores up on the hill had power and were stocked enough to be open.  We were fortunate in that we'd filled the car's tank just before the storm, so we expect to be ok until Wed or Thurs with normal driving (including the commute to the City starting Monday).  So we took a ride up to the stores for what we jokingly called 'post-hurricane necessities' -- not lanterns and batteries; we fully (and correctly) expected the stores to be cleaned out of those -- but wine, chips with a satisfying crunch, chocolate, and puzzle books with print large enough to see by candlelight.  Since we were fortunate enough not to have any damage to the house, 'stir-crazy' has been the biggest hazard for us the last week.

One store -- a Walgreen's -- had set up a table with powerstrips, hot coffee, and cookies, and a sign inviting customers to charge devices while they shopped.  We thought that was a nice gesture on their part.

We got home, unpacked things, lit some candles and discussed going over to charge things at the town charging station when it started coming on dark and we couldn't really do anything at home. 

No sooner had we started packing up devices than the power came back.  Which is not nearly a dramatic enough phrase, really. 

And then we held our breath waiting for the transformers to explode again.

They have so far failed to explode.  I've taken a quick hot shower (we're still on 'conserve water' advisories, but after days of ice sponge bathing I couldn't resist) and we think most of the meat in the freezer is salvagable.  Thankfully it was packed pretty full and held the cold. 

We continue to have moments of staring in wonder at 21st (20th, really) technology.   And we've had the TV running almost constantly, because one of the worst things about being without power is not having any idea what's going on.  The neighborhood gossip system is not real effective.

Sandy

Nov. 1st, 2012 11:19 am
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Sandy hit us pretty hard.  We are safe, and compared to the Jersey shore and Long & Staten Islands, in very good shape, but compared to how we came through Snowpocalypse last Halloween and Irene, things are nasty.

We lost power Monday night around 8 pm -- we'd had some glitches before and thought that might be it, and in fact it did come back for a few moments.  Then it went out again.

Fun fact: there is a new item on my list of things I wish I'd never learned: what exploding transformers look and sound like.

So we still have no power, no heat, no hot water -- though we do have water which we are asked to conserve.

There's a charging station in town, 1 of 3 that actually still has power itself, so will update sporadically as I have power and internet.

Who Rant

Sep. 29th, 2012 02:29 pm
lady_songsmith: owl (truth stranger than fiction)
Thought I should post this before I trot off to watch this week's episode.

Does anyone else have the sense that Moffat doesn’t think things through? As I continue through this season with every episode prompting a “should I keep watching?” debate, I keep trying to pin down why Moffat’s seasons treat me to nails-on-the-blackboard-like reactions, and so far the strongest conclusion I can reach is that his work lacks coherence. Not in the sense of “WTF is going on I don’t understand” (though several episodes have plenty of that thrown in) but in the sense of pieces connecting up with one another and a unifying vision of how the world works.

Here we go... )

Who Rant

Sep. 29th, 2012 01:57 pm
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Thought I should post this before I trot off to watch this week's episode.

Does anyone else have the sense that Moffat doesn’t think things through? As I continue through this season with every episode prompting a “should I keep watching?” debate, I keep trying to pin down why Moffat’s seasons treat me to nails-on-the-blackboard-like reactions, and so far the strongest conclusion I can reach is that his work lacks coherence. Not in the sense of “WTF is going on I don’t understand” (though several episodes have plenty of that thrown in) but in the sense of pieces connecting up with one another and a unifying vision of how the world works.

Here we go... )
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Meto asked for commentary on Water and Wine or Wind, Sand, Stars, and really gang, it's supposed to be a 500 word meme?

Also, what is my deal with titles and the letter W? I have Winterfall, Wind, Water, Walk... I suppose Walk technically starts with I.

Water and Wine - commentary edition )
lady_songsmith: (tact sarcasm)
Shortly before Doctor Who aired, I ran across a quote on ONTD which dropped my already low expectations for the season somewhere subterranean:

"We're going for big standalone stories; big movie-style stories," said Steven Moffat, the drama's showrunner. "Let's go for one blockbuster a week."

To which my immediate thought was: oh please god no.
Theory, Daleks, Oswin, Ponds, Plotholes, Spoilers )

Oh, and one more thing. That was a cheap-ass way to get the classic hero shot and clearly only put in to provide the opportunity for same. Which means that the episode was at least partially written with marketing in mind. No wonder it has Issues.

Will I keep watching this season? Probably, I'm masochistic like that. I stuck through last season even though every other episode left me flat.  Though if I have to go back for early-season therapy after every episode like I needed to after this one, perhaps not. There's only so many hours in the day.

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[personal profile] rthstewart answered that DVD commentary meme, and she just asked for anything about Walk Long Enough. Well. I found out why the meme specifies a 500 word segment, because this went on forever!

DVD Commentary for Walk Long Enough )
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Pick any passage of 500 words or less from anything I've written and paste it into a comment to this post. Then I'll flail, flounder and provide 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, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
*fanfare and drumroll*

Here it is at last, the whole, complete, revised (multiple times) first proper chapter of the main Nightmare-verse story, currently titled Shadow in the Shade. (I, uhm, don't promise not to change my mind about that.)

Note that this doesn't mean I'm putting Lies on hold; I've been working on the two concurrently since the actual NBB period ended. Lies goes much faster, so I anticipate putting out about 2 or 3 chapters of it for every one of Shadow... which means Lies will be done way sooner, as it'll probably clock in around 15 chapters and Shadow is 25-30.

Now, let's make this official:

Title: Shadow in the Shade
Rating: PG13
Summary: (... still working on a good one.) About a year after the end of LWW, all of the Pevensies are having terrible nightmares about Narnia.

Prologue and Chapter 1 )

(A/N: How's the pacing? I thought it was super-long and then I looked at the actual word count, and now I'm worried it's rushed.)
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Title: Lies Agreed Upon
Rating: PG13
Summary: Four years after the death of Caspian IX, Miraz plots to consolidate his power over those who oppose him as a tyrant. The Narnians takes sides in this struggle, remembering how another tyrant claimed Narnia for a hundred years.

"History is a set of lies agreed upon." - Napoleon

'Erimon, Argoz, I'm glad you came,' Baldemar greets them. 'But where's Restimar?' )
lady_songsmith: owl (Default)
Title: Lies Agreed Upon
Rating: PG13
Summary: Four years after the death of Caspian IX, Miraz plots to consolidate his power over those who oppose him as a tyrant. The Narnians takes sides in this struggle, remembering how another tyrant claimed Narnia for a hundred years.

"History is a set of lies agreed upon." - Napoleon

'Lord Miraz?' Prunaprismia's maid Raisa repeats the name, as skeptical as Prunaprismia herself had been when her father told her. 'I thought his lordship disliked him.' )

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