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 I need help with an important Harry Potter-related question, for fanfiction purposes:

When you put a memory in a Pensieve, do you still hold it in your head, or is it only in the Pensieve now? Dumbledore kind of implies the latter when he talked about using it when your head seems too full of stuff, but I'm not sure...
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 I am trying to train myself out of the phrase "just friends", because I don't like the implication that friendship is a lesser relationship than romance. It's proving harder than expected.
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This came from [personal profile] k_a_webb , who gave me the number 23. If you want to post a number of facts between 15 and 30 on your blog, let me know in the comments and I'll give you a number.
  1. I am in a relationship! This is recent news, hence the excitement. We look forward to queering up each other's family events.
  2. This weekend I'm going away on camp with my board games club.
  3. I have had hair waist length or longer for most of my life. I am finally beginning to get sick of it.
  4. It is still winter in my city, just verging on spring, and it refuses to get warm.
  5. My mum is one of ten siblings.
  6. A friend has started teaching me Ancient Greek. I am excited.
  7. The first novel I ever tried to write starred a girl named Avaliana and her younger brother Sam.
  8. I am very surprised about how invested in the Captain America movies I became.
  9. On Sunday I did a lot of research into the eyesight of seals.
  10. I am learning Irish on Duolingo.
  11. Also my university (the one I graduated from, which I love dearly) is running free Auslan (Australian Sign Language) classes. My friends and I have deemed our most important vocab items learnt so far to be "queer", "revolution" and "pub".
  12. I have never been to Europe.
  13. I wear a lot of colours.
  14. I have no idea what I'm doing with my life.
  15. I have a deep and abiding love for pickled ginger.
  16. I started learning ballet when I was 19. I hope to have my first pair of pointe shoes this year.
  17. I also started learning gymnastics at 22. I learnt to do a backflip this year.
  18. I have a smallish frame and big boobs. This makes buying comfy bras an eternal and usually fruitless quest.
  19. I am the only person in my household who doesn't wear glasses.
  20. I spent the afternoon reading letters Lenin sent to his family from his Siberian exile at the turn of the century.
  21. In my garden this year, I grew purple carrots!
  22. My first fandom was the Lord of the Rings.
  23. My keyring has a miniature chess set attached to it.

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So I of late was involved in two fic exchanges. The first, [community profile] not_primetime, I ultimately pulled out of because real life took up way more time than I expected. The second, [community profile] history_exchange, I managed to get my act together and complete before the deadline. However, apparently defaulting does not stop you receiving a gift fic! (I did not know this. I had never done it before.) So I have now three delightful fics to read over a thousand times and enjoy deeply.

So, I present to you, this absolute treasure, which is everything a person could possibly want from their weird cyberpunk Roman Republic RPF fic. I will keep these tabs open till the day I die. I don't know what to say. This is a delightful buddy cop gangster romp featuring Gaius Gracchus and the ghost of his murdered brother, and basically, when Cicero wrote about that time the ghost of Tiberius Gracchus appeared to Gaius, I bet he wishes this is what he claimed happened.

Senatus consultum ultimum
(5029 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, Cornelia Africana
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 1 of Latium
Summary: The Roman mob kills Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus. His brother investigates.

And, doubleplusgood, it comes with a prequel about the Gracchi's grandfather, Scipio Africanus, and his star-crossed romance with Hannibal Barca, and basically this is going way up there on the list of best gift fics I have ever received.

This isn't West Side Story (1938 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Scipio Africanus/Hannibal Barca
Characters: Scipio Africanus, Hannibal Barca, Gaius Laelius
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction
Series: Part 2 of Latium
Summary: Scipio and Hannibal, through the years.

Thirdly, I received this perfect gem, which is as awkward and emotionally charged and tense as a reunion between Sirius Black and his surprisingly-not-dead younger brother ought to be, and the only thing I could possibly want out of this fic that I didn't get is more of it.

Reconcile (2251 words) by thegirlwiththemouseyhair
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sirius Black/Remus Lupin
Characters: Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Regulus Black, Harry Potter
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence

In conclusion, I love you both.


June 23rd, 2015 12:55 pm
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 I have tried to write this post a couple of times, but apparently my brain doesn't have enough thoughts in it to write proper book reviews - so here is a kind of slapdash ad hoc summary of thoughts I had on the two books I've finished lately.

A Spy Among Friends - Ben Macintyre
  • I am a person who doesn't read a great deal of non-fiction, a fact which I do intend to remedy at some point. This book was very readable. I enjoyed it a lot.
  • All the people in this book were well-intentioned but horrible people, particularly with regard to their families. They just had too much shit going on in their lives to think they had time to also have wives who needed support and children to build relationships with. And basically, if you are going to prioritise your job that hard, maybe having a family is not a great idea.
  • MI6 would've have like 500 fewer problems if they'd been less attached to the British class system.
  • Cold War espionage was just as silly in real life as it is in movies. Like, "If I walk past the cafe carrying a newspaper, we need to arganise a meeting. If I am carrying a paperback novel, she should never speak to each other again" levels of silly.
  • This book filled me with excellent original fiction thoughts.
Adaptation - Malinda Lo
  • I picked this book up solely because I'd heard it was YA with a bisexual protagonist. It did not disappoint in this respect: the protagonist was indeed bisexual. (I can't remember at this point whether the book explicitly used the word "bisexual" any more, which is an important thing to remember, so sorry about that...)
  • Love triangles. Oh god, the love triangle. Although on the bright side, in this case, when the choice was between the long-time friend with whom she had common interests, and the new person who she has strong physical attraction to, it wasn't immediately obvious what choice she would make.
  • Speaking of, relationships built entirely on physical attraction just don't make sense to me, so no matter how hard the author tries to make the new and sexually exciting character compelling, I'm going to be barracking for the long-time friend.
  • I mean, overall, it was easy-to-read and pretty fun, so I can't complain, but I wasn't really super enthusiastic.
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I've been nominating the Gracchi for Yuletide for years without a nibble, and now also for [community profile] history_exchange[community profile] history_exchange, for which success seems a little more likely, so here is a brief introduction and a non-exhaustive list of resources regarding the best pair of brothers Ancient Rome has to offer us.

Disclaimer: this is super brief, for the sake of brevity, doesn't mention vital elements like Cornelia, mither of the Gracchi, and literally the best woman ever. I will no doubt make a post for her later.

The basic idea of the Gracchi goes something like this:

Read on for my favourite ever Romans! )
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Dear Writer,

You are a precious treasure of a human being - not only do you want to write historical RPF, but you are willing to write it to my specifications (at least, to some extent - I am very much an "optional details are optional" person). Don't stress too much about anything - whatever you write me I will love.

I don't have any triggers you should be worrying about. I'd ask that you avoid incest, but that's pretty much it. (Usually at this point I'd add soulmates and A/B/O AUs to my DNWs, but then I pictured some of these people in that kind of universe, and it deeply amused me, so go ahead.)

I really like AUs. Every AU. Any AU. Alternate worlds, one-single-change-wreaks-vast-repercussions AUs, crossover AUs. I’ve occasionally put suggestions for AUs under specific categories, but don’t feel like they’re comprehensive lists. I am literally always up for an AU, no matter how weird and far removed from the source you think it is. Seriously. Go to town on this, if it’s your kind of thing.

Read more... )
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I have added people via the friending meme! I hope to work my way through it and maybe add a few more, but anyway, it is nice to have new friends, and also new messages in my inbox.

So - welcome friends! You can probably expect comments from me on your journals and things like that in the next few days, and I am glad to make all your acquaintance. I may even make a proper intro post, if I can get my head around the whole talking-about-myself thing.
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So over on Tumblr, a few friends and I embarked on an epic Harry Potter reread. (We are currently up to chapter 4 or something. This will take us like several years to complete at this rate.) Anyway, while we are having fun, Tumblr doesn't really seem to encourage discussion the way Dreamwidth does, so I thought I'd bring my part over here, bit by bit, on the off chance that anyone else wants to weigh in.

Chapter One - The Boy Who Lived )
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 In a new post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow.

(Nabbed this from [personal profile] intrigueing

There are a whole assortment of fics I could maybe sort-of reference, like the "We've always been cousins" Merry/Pippin fic, and a long LotR self-insert fanfiction whose name and author I can't really remember, but this list is limited to things I could track down or recall at least enough to title.

1. The Heart Wants What It Wants by MandyQ

A Lucius/Narcissa romance, which, in my memory, was slow, well-characterised, and thoughtful. I have no idea whether it holds up today, but fourteen-year-old me was really struck by it.

2. Doctor Who Season Four by aria

A long plotty Doctor/Master fic - ultimately a fix-fic for season three, wherein the Master lives and is taken in by the Doctor, and plot ensues.

3. the naming of things by aria

The Academy-era Doctor Who fic to which all other Doctor/Master fics are compared to. Possibly my favourite fic ever.

4. Chosen Man by sineala

I loved Eagle of the Ninth as a child, and when I recently discovered that it had long slow-burn plotty romance fanfiction, I was beyond delighted.

5. The Not Remotely Secret Memoirs of Alexander the Great, Aged 13¾ by arysteia

Alexander the Great writes an arrogant self-absorbed teenage diary and wishes he was Achilles. I feel like the premise is unique enough on its own.

6. Unsteady Ground by Lisse

The Hetalia/1984 crossover you never knew you wanted and still have nightmares about.

7. Steinway!verse by toomuchplor

A long Arthur/Eames series. They're both music students. This one sticks in my head because it was the first fic a very good friend of mine recommended to me.

8. No Sleepers Must Sleep and Like a Ruthless Force by Fahye

Lucy Saxon has a story, and also agency. This is one of those things I never realised Doctor Who series 3 was missing until I found.

9. Mal du siècle by ColonelDespard

I am not usually one for the tragic, and god knows Les Mis doesn't need bonus tragedy, but, um, this one just worked for me.

10. This last one I cannot currently find, but it was a fic in which the Master travelled back in time to seduce a young Doctor by way of pretending to be his lecturer. I think time travel used for totally devious purposes just stuck with me.


May 25th, 2015 07:04 pm
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 My phone has been fetched! Operation Space!Scipio is go!
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So yesterday I got up at 5am to watch the Eurovision final, having not gone to sleep until about 1:30 or 2. We intended to go to bed about midnight and get some decent chunk of sleep before the had to get up, but I ended up in an interesting conversation with my sister about the Hogwarts founders. Anyway, with the help of hot beverages and blankets, we watched the thing, and I was eligible to vote in Eurovision for the first time ever! I voted for Israel, Lithuania and Serbia, I think, but Sweden was pretty clever, what with the animations, and we were pretty happy with the win.

As for Australia, we were quite pleased with our entry, and fifth seems like a respectable result for our first Eurovision entry (Sweden and Austria are our favourite countries ever now for giving us 12 points).

An honourable mention goes to Austria, because just as I was saying 'This one's a bit predictable", the piano burst into flames. We chose to imagine that it was a pyrotechnics malfunction, and the piano wasn't meant to be burning, but the pianist was very dedicated to his performance and played on, because it was more dramatic that way.

My brother's birthday is today. We went out to dinner last night (so much delicious Thai food), and midway through, my sister became aware that the elephant shaped candle-holders and scrunched-up napkins could be used to recreate Hannibal crossing the alps. So then she had to use all the dishes to re-enact the battle of Cannae for my mother, and basically hanging out with classics students is an A+ idea.

Here are the important questions we have about Hogwarts, if anyone can answer them:

1) We're told somewhere that Merlin was a Slytherin. Merlin is way before Hogwarts was founded. Is this the wizard equivalent of the thing where totalitarian governments claim their nation totally invented aeroplanes?
2) Castles in north-west Europe so far as we can tell were typically timber rather than stone in the 10th century. Did no-one notice and think to fill in the Chamber of Secrets when they were upgrading to stone?
3) The plumbing is clearly a later addition. Who the hell made sure Moaning Myrtle's bathroom was connected to the Chamber of Secrets when it was built?

There were many more questions, but this is a select few.
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Dear Writer Friend,
First, thank you for being my recipient, and being excited to write the same sorts of things that I am excited to read. Consider this letter as a list of suggestions, rather than anything stronger - optional details are most definitely optional, and if my requested characters are involved, I will be happy!
Read more... )
Most of all, you are the best, friend! I'm sure I'll love whatever you produce.

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So I saw Age of Ultron last night, and posted a long and rambly post over at my Tumblr about how I felt like they'd dropped the ball on characterisation. I didn't even get to how they dropped the ball on plot. Suffice to say, while I was there with many good friends, so I still had fun, I am reasonably sure that goes at the bottom of my Favourite Marvel Movies list, down after every other Marvel movie I have seen.

Here's the Tumblr post, if anyone is interested. There are spoilers, so read at your own peril.
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 So the fantastic [personal profile] argentumlupine podficced one of my fics! This is the first time someone's done this for me, and it's really exciting to hear my words in somebody else's voice. Also, it is exciting when the characters I'm writing have vaguely appropriate accents, rather than the Australian accent that is happening in my head while I write.

So, if podfic is your thing, and Carmilla (the web series) is also your thing, it is here for your listening pleasure. The original is linked at the podfic, in case podfic is not your thing, or you want to leave me feedback.

In other news, I am writing fic for [community profile] pt_lightning , because now I am excited by the idea of podfic, and also because without something to write for very little gets written with me.

In other other news, I am in the middle of reading a long and plotty Star Trek fic, Leave No Soul Behind. It involves an AU wherein Spock and Kirk (and assorted others, but yes, this is shippy fic) are space ambulance officers. I have a RL friend who is very emotionally invested in this fic, and it is indeed well-written and readable, but being only halfway through I can't really speak for the emotional impact yet.
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 Yes, it is still December in my heart. This one is for [personal profile] the_rck, who asked, "If you can do it without giving away what you're writing, what are your favourite things about doing Yuletide?" I am far too late to worry about giving anything away, so here goes.

One excellent thing about Yuletide, I think, is that it encourages me to write things, and better yet, encourages me to write things that might not find an audience if I'd written them out of Yuletide season, or that I might not even have thought of, except that I saw someone's prompt about them. This Yuletide I spent a great deal of time reading primary sources about the Punic Wars, and begging my sister, who has studied it at uni, to pass on resources and juicy details. I am lucky she is an impassioned supporter of the Roman Republic, and saw it as an opportunity to preach her cause. Anyway, I came out of it with a lot of exciting knowledge, a new fandom, and a fic people seemed to like, so that was delightful.

One of my other favourite things about Yuletide is the things people nominate and write for which are not conventional fandoms - artworks, poetry, twitter accounts, TV ads, memes, Ghost Soup: Infidel Blue, Peter Capaldi's Eyebrows Anthropomorfic... The hard-boiled-detective-meets-Greek-mythology fic. Sleeping Beauty in space. Like, on the one hand, Yuletide is about tiny fandoms and forgotten fandoms, but it's also about finding things that were never meant to be stories, and making them into stories.

I enjoy Dear Author Letters a lot. I like writing my letter, and reading other people's. People put a lot of thought into them, and it's interesting seeing people articulate what's great about their fandom, or even what they hate and want to see changed. And I mean, sometimes you read someone's letter and find that the thing you really love about that fandom is a thing they barely even noticed, or a thing they hated, or vice versa. But because it's all about tiny fandoms, and a lot of people get involved who aren't very active in fandom the rest of the year, it's a whole lot of new voices writing exciting meta, and an audience for that fic you never knew you wanted to write until to read that prompt, all wrapped up together, and it's great.

Also - it's really lovely to have fic written for you, and people do such a fantastic job of it!
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So it turns out that Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth has a fairly significant fandom (upwards of 600 fics on AO3), and that this has somehow flown over my head for my entire fandom life up to this point. Also, there was apparently a movie with Channing Tatum? (Also, according to Wikipedia, in the movie, Romans speak with American accents in order to draw parallels with modern-day imperialism. Hm.) However this managed to slip by me unnoticed until now, I am very pleased to finally discover it, and filled with a desire to go and reread the book.

On this note, the thing which brought this to my attention was[personal profile] sineala's excellent AU fic, which was recommended to me during Fandom Snowflake:

Chosen Man (116551 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: The Eagle | The Eagle of the Ninth (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval
Characters: Marcus Flavius Aquila, Esca Mac Cunoval, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Military, Canon Era, First Time, Loyalty, Shame, Submission, Romance, Action/Adventure
Series: Part 1 of Chosen Man
Summary: The son of the man who lost the Eagle of the Ninth would never be allowed a first command of his very own fort, would he? Marcus is posted not to Isca Dumnoniorum, but to a wretched and run-down garrison north of the Wall. There he finds that he is the new centurion of a group of scouts and spies, all of them British. He has few supplies and no experience. His men distrust him. His superiors despise him. His second-in-command is an incompetent drunkard. And the local tribes are determined to kill all of them. But the worst thing of all is one of Marcus' soldiers. He is an enigmatic, dangerous, and insubordinate man by the name of Esca, who makes Marcus yearn for terrifying things he has never before wanted and can never, ever let himself have...

And then there was cute holiday-themed Saturnalia fluff. So we should all go and read this fic.

In other news, I am still looking at my bingo card and telling myself that thinking about it will eventually turn into do something about it...

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Day 2

In your own space, create a list of at least three fannish things you'd love to receive, something you've wanted but were afraid to ask for - a fannish wish-list of sorts. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your wish-list if you feel comfortable doing so. Maybe someone will grant a wish. Check out other people's posts. Maybe you will grant a wish. If any wishes are granted, we'd love it if you link them to this post.
I spent a while going, "But I don't really want anything?" before I read some other people's entries and realised that no, there are tonnes of fandom related things I'd like. So here goes: 
  1. Recommendations of good software for vidding.
  2. I have a lot of ideas for vids, and none of the skills or resources necessary to execute these ideas. I would really like to fix that, and recommendations for software, as well as tips and suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Some really excellent Wolfstar fic involving Sirius and Remus trying to rekindle the relationship they had before Sirius went to Azkaban, and realising that they are not the same people, and this is not going to be as easy as picking up right where they left off.
  4. I am deeply into that ship, and I haven't really ever been able to find fic that addresses the difficulties they would've have had trying to mend their friendship after thirteen years. I mean, those are thirteen really traumatic years for both of them, and one of them believed the whole time that the other was responsible, and I just really want to see how they navigate that.

  5. Friends (am I allowed to request friends on my wishlist?) in the SnK fandom.
  6. I recently finished watching the anime, and I am deeply invested. Help!

  7. Well-researched and unusual alternate universes.
  8. There's a lot of coffeeshop and college AUs out there, for a lot of fandoms, which is fine. I enjoy those myself. But what I'd really love to see is some weird and wonderful historical AUs. The colonial era Australia AU? Age of Sail AU? Great Depression AU? 

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Happy somewhat-late New Year to all you people!

A lot of people seem to do New Year's Resolution type posts at this time of year, but this is not really my thing. Although, I have seen some fun reading challenges around, and the fandom snowflake thing, so I do intend to do certain things in the new year. For the sake of accountability, it is worth posting here that I am in the middle of writing a silly university AU Attack on Titan fic. Aside from Yuletide, I am shockingly bad at finishing things, so maybe this will help.

(Speaking of, does anyone have any fanfic challenges or exchanges they want to recommend or promote to me? I like the feeling of actually finishing and uploading fic.)

And now we are on to Yuletide, time for my shockingly late reveal post!

I wrote three fics this year, which is more than any of the other times I've participated.

Another Opportunity (2903 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Reincarnation
Summary: In which it takes several lifetimes for Hannibal and Scipio to arrange a dinner date. Reincarnation AU.

This was my actual assignment. It was a great deal of fun to write, and I did a tonne more research than was strictly necessary, and I was very anxious when I uploaded it, but my recipient seems to have liked it a lot, and so do other people, so now I get to feel proud and relieved.

Having made my last minute edits to that one about twelve hours before the collection opened on Christmas Day, I thought it might be fun to spend the remaining time fulfilling a few other prompts. I'd had good intentions of writing more than one fic this year, and I am very surprised to say, considering the twelve hours (during which I also slept some), that I succeeded.

This next one was for a RL friend who, hilariously, does not yet seem to have realised that it was me who wrote it for her, even though before I did I watched the last ten episodes or so while on IM with her. It'll hit her eventually. Or I'll have to tell her.

if you catch me eating eyeballs (1124 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Carmilla (Web Series)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: LaFontaine (Carmilla Web Series), Lola Perry
Additional Tags: Friendship, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Perry considers nearly every event in her life to be LaFontaine’s fault. This explains how someone so determined to be normal ended up at an education institution renowned for weirdness.

And finally:

The Muse's First Job (1312 words) by Alasse_Irena
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: @WorstMuse
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Worst Muse (@WorstMuse), Original Character
Summary: In which Worst Muse inspires a struggling author.

I made a post a little while ago, before reveals, where I recommended the entire @WorstMuse category to people. This was a slightly awkward thing to do, as it included my own fic, but I wasn't allowed to tell anyone yet. So, consider that recommendation to refer to all the other fic in this fandom. For some reason it turned out to be an absolute gem of a fandom.

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 So, because I was such an enthusiastic little creature about the fic I received, I posted about them before Madness was up.

Here is a link to my last delightful little treat, which is every bit as good as the two I received from the main collection: The Still-Wet Ink of Our Convictions

As for myself, I wrote three fics, about which I am not allowed to speak for another few days, of course. I am terrible at secrets, and like talking about my writing, so this is me biting my tongue for a little while.
But anyway, I have had a truly excellent Yuletide!

In other news, my sister and a friend and I have been watching Shingeki no Kyojin. Although I am still a little bit iffy about my ability to take seriously an enemy which is comical-looking giant people with an insatiable hunger for flesh, the show is doing a devastatingly brilliant job at making me cry about the characters anyway. Traumatised child soldiers! People who are really really good at their jobs! Tons of friendships and a total lack of romantic subplots! Melodrama! (Episode 18 was terrible. Other than that I have no complaints. Well, loads of complaints, but the good kind, where I'm really emotionally invested.)

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