This hasn't happened for a while...

Assorted things of all kinds in here. A couple (okay, two) Jerk/Bitch icons, a bunch of the Keep Calm parody things that I just discovered because I am always late on the bandwagon, some Doctor Who, some Supernatural, some other things entirely.

More specifically:

1-5: Avatar: the Last Airbender
6-11: Keep Calm parodies (for various)
12-14: Jerk/Bitch icons
15-18: Doctor Who
19-21: various
22-23: requested by [livejournal.com profile] pashchan (and variation)
24-33: Supernatural (Sam, specifically)
34-36: more Doctor Who

a fair amount of silliness here lies. please forgive me. )

Also my computer is still freezy and stupid-like-ass and it's making me unreasonably, ridiculously cranky. Awesome.
First things first. Oh my god, it's going to be a long, long year until next November.

Wheel of Time is the thing that got me on the internet. Well, no, that's not quite true. I was on the internet before that because of Harry Potter. But Wheel of Time was how I started really getting into fanfiction. It was how I started on livejournal. It was the first fandom where I found friends and a niche and pretty much everything. It's funny to think that next year, it's going to be over.

I need a reread, is what I have decided. Thirteen books. A lot of years. One dead author.

This is a big deal.

But enough reminiscing. I finished the last Wheel of Time book late late late last night, after a full day of babysitting, because I had to get through it. And I loved it. I really, really did.

Now, a cautionary note. This is kind of less of a real review than a lot of flailing and some thoughts of mine.

the actual review, with spoilers )

And now I go hunt down internet speculation about the next book, because holy crap, cliffhanger ending. (We need a rendition of "One Day More" here, guys.)

Serious poll, though:

[Poll #1641865]

Also. People have not requested presents. D: Where are you all? (This message will be repeated. I know you're out there!)

Furthermore, remind me to talk about Why I Do NaNo, also some meta on tragic characters. I need to go find a poem to live with for a few days, too, and do my Stat Homework...why is life so busy, guys?

This is perfect timing...

Day 28 - First favorite book or series obsession
This is hard to pin down? I think Wheel of Time. While, as mentioned above, Harry Potter first got me onto the internet and doing some things, Wheel of Time has lasted longer, meant more, and consumed more time. I mean, look at my LJ username. Right there, that says something about it, not to mention that it remains my name everywhere else (partly because I really like it and no one else ever uses it). My first LJ friends outside of RL were people I met because of my Wheel of Time fanfiction. I made friends with another RL person because of books, particularly Wheel of Time. It's just been a big deal for me, and I'm seriously attached to it.

David Eddings and The Sight are other possible nominations, but ultimately, I think Wheel of Time is more to me than both, and more of an obsession. I mean, the fact that I'm still with it says that all by itself, doesn't it?

Longest lasting fandom, for the win. HATERS TO THE LEFT.

days to come: book meme )
So say, hypothetically, I wanted a hypothetical PB for a hypothetical Rand al'Thor that I might hypothetically play. Who, hypothetically, would you recommend for the job? Because I'm drawing a hypothetical blank. Playing anime characters at least I don't have to worry about this...

Derp derp derp. This meme again! It's too much fun to deny. And it gives me a chance to try out the people I may hypothetically not be playing. You know how it is.

MEME A:
1) list all the puppets you mun ;
2) invite your flist to ask them questions to your muses directly;
3) reply to the questions in character, with the puppet journal.

OR

MEME B:
1) choose a puppet and I will tell you:
+ the last thing they did on screen
+ the last thing they did offscreen
+ the last thing they did out of RP canon (if applicable)
+ why I picked them up
+ how I got into that fandom
+ the last thing they want in life
+ the most important event of their lives (in RP canon)
+ the person they would miss the most
+ their dying words
+ three random, quirky facts about them.


list of puppets, by fandom (including some I don't technically play anywhere <s>yet</s>) )

And then!

Day 15 - Character you'd want to cook for you
Lelouch, because this is actually what I was just thinking about. Benefit of having him as a roommate! (See last question.) Because I mean, he's sort of like a maid. Cooking and cleaning and everything. :D And like I said, I can forgive small hobbies like terrorism, who even cares!

Plus he's pretty easy on the eyes. And those uniforms. Rawr. I'm pretty sure there's a question about that later too.

Day 15 - The first movie you saw
Oh good lord. I don't even remember. Watership Down and it explains a lot. ANYWAY I think it was probably The Lion King because that was my favorite for a long time, I only watched animal movies for the first ten years of my life (maybe more) and I just think it was. So yes. Lion King was my first movie.

Clearly my thing for evil geniuses started young?

those parts to come: everyfandom )

those parts to come: Disney )
minviendha: (everybody DANCE!!)
( Mar. 27th, 2010 12:02 pm)
A meme, some rambling, and the fourth round of Madness. (Or Sparta.)

Give me a character from any fandom, tv show, movie, book 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.


FINAL MATCHES OF THE BRACKETS )

THE LAST OF THE MATCHES )

[Poll #1543900]

There was a fannish five I wanted to do about the most loving fictional moms, because I would have had the chance to gush about Nerdanel, but I couldn't think of five. I have Nerdanel and Sybilla Crawford, who I figure qualifies for her sheer badass in Checkmate in particular. And I can always gush about Nerdanel more. But for best fictional parents...I think Nerdanel might be up there. Actually, my list probably looks something like this:

1. Nerdanel (Seven of those wee hooligans. Seven. That's pretty bamflicious.)
2. Fingolfin (I've talked about this before. And still want a picture of him making pancakes. Or something.)
3. Tam al'Thor (The Gathering Storm cinched this for me, so hard)
4. Saetan Sa'Diablo (Again - for sheer challenge factor, raising Jaenelle is...yeah, not the easiest of tasks. And not to mention the good bits of Lucivar and Daemon are probably his influence.
5. Celebrimbor's unnamed mother, because damn, she deserves some credit for infusing some good sense into her son. Good sense doesn't come from Curufin, after all.

I think I want to see all of them gathered around sipping tea and talking about their children's issues. It'd be.

I want to say cute but that might be the wrong word. Maybe I'll just write fic of Ner and Cele's mom and Fingolfin all having tea together and discussing the challenges of raising young Finweans. I need to write more Nerdanel fic, now that she's moved so solidly into my head. >>;;

I have a feeling I had coherent meta that I might have wanted to make, but now I cannot for the life of me recall what it was. Perhaps if I remember later. One cannot force these things.

At least I am no longer feeling like biting someone's head off!
I'm going to try to be coherent here. I know I won't quite manage, but I will make my best effort.

First and most importantly: was it "good?"

Oh yeah. Yeah, it was good.

Things happen. The pace is picking up. It's a return, for me at least, to the wonder of first picking up the earlier books, unable to stop reading, just - hooked. While I have since read a number of criticisms of the series and a number of very highly acclaimed fantasy serieses, Wheel of Time, I am pleased to see, has lost none of its shine. I would recommend to people who were discouraged by the slow bit in the middle of the series to pick it up here after reading a summary of whatever books they don't want to read. But of course, I am probably biased.

So was it good? Yes. And I'm satisfied.

I should note before going any further that I made a point of not looking up at what point Brandon Sanderson started writing; but I couldn't tell. Just personally. Well done Brandon, I'm proud of you, at least. Haters to the left!

Spoilers start here. )

I feel ridiculous for feeling like the guy in the prologue was going to die. I have clearly read too much GRRM lately.

So yes, in conclusion - I liked it. I liked it a lot. I liked it a lot a lot. And I'm very curious as to how other people will react.

And really, really need the next book right about now.

ETA: OH YES my new project is making a fanmix that tracks Rand's character arc. Because. If anyone has suggestions they are welcomed with joy! For any point, really. Though I already know I am using this song for sure for this book. Is my Rand song.
minviendha: (nightwalker)
( May. 7th, 2009 07:22 am)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] skaryma. I like writing presents for people! :D

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character (from one of my usual fandoms). Original fic is also allowed--you can toss names, photos, descriptions of personalities at me--with the provision that none of the characters be from any works in progress. In return, those ten people have to post this in their journals, regardless of their ability level just post if you want to. Could be fun.

A tentative list of fandoms I am comfortable/have written in/would be willing to try, but throw ideas at me regardless fandomtown )

Have at!

...also, ThouShaltNot are fucking brilliant. This always needs repeating. .____.

...I think I can comfortably say that this is the BEST MIX EVER. XD

Medium: Book
Fandom: Wheel of Time
Subject: The Forsaken
Notes: ...so I found two songs for most of them, except Moghedien and Aginor. So if anyone has suggestions for those two, I welcome them. Otherwise...



DOWNLOAD HERE, .ZIP FILE.

gotta catch 'em all! )
minviendha: (wild child)
( Jul. 23rd, 2008 08:08 pm)
Title: Meet the Parents
Fandom: Mat/Tuon Wheel of Time; albeit likely AU a bit
Notes: Birthday present for the lovely [profile] zorpisuttle! Unpretty but I still hope you enjoy at least a little? :D

minviendha: (kelpie in moonlight)
( Apr. 29th, 2008 09:41 pm)
I HAVE SO MANY FRIKKIN MOSQUITO BITES. IT'S MAKING ME ANGRY.

Also, trawling Scott Lynch (author of The Lies of Locke Lamora)'s journal, I found this, and found it so ...

Well, I had to share.

"Jim Rigney, better known to literally millions as Robert Jordan, passed away this weekend. I read this at Nielsenhayden.com last night and found myself in an unexpected funk.

I was not a fan of the Wheel of Time books, probably because I came to them in my twenties with my tastes already fairly developed. I was never able to get past the opening of the second book, and those of you who've known me for ages I'm sure absorbed my criticism and invective years ago. I once wrote at excruciating length upon the weaknesses of the books as I perceived them, and while I thought it was extremely clever and somehow necessary at the time, the years since have drastically mellowed my taste for mocking the work of other authors who aren't huge assholes in person or pushing a distasteful agenda with their work. About the best I can say for my mosquito bites is that I sincerely hope Jordan himself never had them called to his attention. Something tells me he would have given them the eye roll they deserved.

I was bitten at a very impressionable age by the Hugely Epic Series bug. I read L. Ron Hubbard's Mission Earth decalog starting in fifth grade, and was too young to realize that it was schlocky, thinly veiled Scientology propaganda. Somewhere in the back of my mind I still have the glowing impression of my personal Misconstrued Mission Earth, a heroic galaxy-spanning epic that seemed to unfold endless promise in front of me. And if that glowing feeling is what kindled in the minds of Jordan's readers when they thought of the Wheel of Time sequence, then he helped them conjure something to be treasured.

It's pretty fashionable, in the online goldfish bowl that seems to be the majority of genre criticism, to reflexively spit on the very concept of the fantasy series. But fuck 'em. Snark is the cheapest of all forms of prose, and it comes no cheaper than from those who never had the vision or the persistence to create something grand with their own words and time. Robert Jordan brought a huge audience a little dose of the numinous; something that caught their imaginations and helped the slow and painful parts of their lives pass more quickly. It takes a freakish combination of drive and ambition to lay out the architecture of a literary work so vast, let alone actually write the damn thing.

What Jordan created was grand, and worthy, and special. I regret that the words at the end of the last page will trail off into nothingness, and that he didn't get whatever time would have been needed to close the sequence as he saw fit. I envy his readers who found themselves caught up in a private magic while reading his books.

His was a good work, and a difficult work, and the rest of us should be so goddamn lucky as to do what he did.

My condolences to all of you who were his family, friends, and readers."

RJ. I MISS YOU.
.../inside joke.

Anyway, another present today! No one's has been late yet...

By the way, if anyone still wants anything they can ask and I can probably manage it. I know there are still those of you who didn't get anything.

[profile] zorpisuttle's turn!

(I am very fond of this one.)

Fandom: Wheel of Time
Title: Dresses


I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!
minviendha: (Default)
( Nov. 27th, 2007 10:20 pm)
I'm reading Polgara the Sorceress and Mimi made an offhand comment about "going back to my roots" and it got me thinking...

What are my fantasy roots? What got me started on this obsession with the genre? What was the first fantasy book I read that got me hooked? And I realized that I have no idea. It might have been Eddings...but even earlier than that I was reading fantasy in the juvenile fiction section. But I think it was really Tamora Pierce's Wild Magic series that got me hooked on fantasy and had me looking for more...and from there I just kept branching out.

But my introduction to the world of adult fantasy...that's a little harder to pin down. I think, however, that it was the Darkangel trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce, though some count that as young adult...if so, it would have to be Wheel of Time. Which is funny...and makes Robert Jordan's death all the more sad. The man who really introduced me to what fantasy can be just died.

It was months ago, and saying that still seems surreal. I can't believe he's really dead. I just can't. It's the weirdest thing.

No, wait...it wasn't Wheel of Time. Never mind. It was David Eddings that got me hooked. And even now, his voice is still one of the most engaging, fourth-wall breaking ones I've found. It's not quality, but it's incredibly fun to read.

And <3333Silk.

Meanwhile, the NaNo creeps along at a glacial pace...sounds familiar, don't it?
minviendha: (wtf panda)
( Sep. 16th, 2007 07:45 pm)
WTF. WTF. WTF NO.

HE CAN'T HAVE DIED. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE IT. I JUST...REFUSE.

IT DIDN'T FUCKING HAPPEN.

IT DIDN'T.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

P.S.: LIFE, YOU SUCK.
minviendha: (Default)
( Sep. 7th, 2007 06:28 pm)
Madeline L'Engle is dead.

And not long after Lloyd Alexander, too. This is sad. Is it just me, or are a lot of my childhood authors dying all of a sudden?

It makes me sad.

And worried for Robert Jordan. STAY ALIVE, DAMMIT.

Sorry.
minviendha: (ohnose)
( Jul. 9th, 2007 02:49 pm)
It's me again.

I made a spiffin' Within Temptation background. Would make icons but for a shortage of ideas. Anyone want anything? Will post said background later.

By the way, might anyone be interested in making me a layout? Pretty please? I will do anything for you.

Karla is having her first sexual experience with Armand St. Just. It is cute. *flail*

Meanwhile.

For 5 fandoms, name:

What are your five favorite things about your fandom?
What are your five least favorite things about your fandom?
Who are your five favorite characters?
Who are your five least favorite characters?
What are your five favorite pairings?
What are your five least favorite pairings?
Which character are you most like?
What is your deep, dark fandom secret?

Black Jewels Trilogy:
1. My favorite things are probably the books themselves, some of the fan art, the icons, the new cover art, and the one volume edition.
2. Probably Daemon/Lucivar shippers, the fic, the fact that there's only three, the lack of Karla, and the extreme shortage of Lucivar/Marian fluff.
3. Karla, Jaenelle, Daemon, Lucivar, Saetan. The hard part is listing just five. If I could continue, I would add Khardeen, Marian, Surreal (most of the time) and Wilhelmina to that list.
4. Surreal, sometimes, Dorothea, Kartane, Hekatah, etc.
5. Daemon/Jaenelle, Lucivar/Marian, Saetan/Sylvia, Khardeen/Morghann, Chaosti/Gabrielle. Canon all the way, doods!
6. Daemon/Lucivar, Jaenelle/Karla, any OCs, Daemon/Saetan (yes, I did see this once), and generally anything not listed above.
7. Karla, almost certainly.
8. I don't really have one. I'm too much of a purist.

Wheel of Time, Robin Hobb, Sara Douglass, and Lord of the Rings Here. )
minviendha: (brick)
( Mar. 21st, 2007 10:42 pm)
Whee, polygamy and marriages to multi-gendered fictional people!

married to:
You may tease me about the Balto 2 one. Had to do it, though. Oh, the teenage angst.

Meanwhile. Added a few for the sake of being able to add them.

Review of Robin Hobb stuff coming up...eventually. Yeah.

Wubs to you guys! *is too lazy to actually do a meaningful update*
minviendha: (Default)
( Mar. 14th, 2007 11:00 pm)
OMG I AM SO EXCITED OMG OMG OMG.

I FINISHED MY ENTRY FOR THE FANFICTION CONTEST.

ZORPY, WOULD YOU BETA?

IT IS EPIC. EPIC, I SAY.

WHEEEEEEE!
minviendha: (Default)
( Mar. 9th, 2007 09:20 pm)
EVERYONE DIRECT CONGRATULATIONS IN [profile] sizzlinfoo'S DIRECTION!

SHE JUST _____________________________!

(SHE ASKED ME NOT TO SAY)

I REALLY NEED A CAPSLOCK COMMUNITY.

FANFICTION CONTEST ENTRY BEGUN!

(IT'S MAT/TUON BY THE WAY, ZORPY.)
minviendha: (Default)
( Mar. 8th, 2007 07:45 am)
OMGGGGGG.

THIS IS SO HAPPY.

I'm not really that good at fanart, so the fanart contest was a no for me, but then I look at my flist this morning and what do I see?

OMG A FANFICTION CONTEST YAY WHOAZ.

*RUNS AROUND IN CIRCLES AND SQUEES, WONDERING WHAT SHE SHOULD WRITE*

Whee. This should be fun.
minviendha: (fishy)
( Feb. 20th, 2007 07:48 pm)
See above.

As requested, the first of a renewal of icons.



Mildly Rand-centric.

Credit is shiny, feel free to steal any and all.
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