minviendha: (kelpie)
( Oct. 22nd, 2009 09:05 pm)
I am obsessed with the song "Viva Discordia" by That Handsome Devil. It is so freaking catchy oh my god. Kind of ridiculous. Doing pretty well overall, really glad that this week is almost over. Mostly updates!post and some writing things. November is coming, did you bring your coat? More on NaNoWriMo as it gets closer. Though "closer" will be pretty soon. Also Wheel of Time in a few dayssss!

I'm a bit excitable now. ...and GOD THIS SONG. It's weird but I can't stop listening o.o

In other news, look what came in the mail today!

yes, more russian update, I'm sorry )

We'll see if more comes of it.

Secondly, I counted and have twenty prompts on the Five Things meme. Writing them in drabbles or sort of, so these will be coming a bit at a time, though I'm hoping to get them all done before too long so I can work on extending those 'one sentence fics I've never written' prompts I want to expand.

FOR THE MOMENT THOUGH.

Five Times Catelyn Fell In Love )

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Five Times Gideon Got Fed Up With Felix )

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Five Schools Where Cal Got Sent to the Principal )

BACK TO WORK *whpcha* Though I warn you in advance some certain ones may be a bit of a long while. >.> I'LL DO MY BEST NOT TO KEEP YOU WAITING ON.

ETA: ONE MORE BEFORE SLEEPINGS.

One Time Caranthir Punched Angrod In the Face (And Four Times He Wanted To) )
minviendha: (welcome to hell)
( Jun. 27th, 2008 11:27 pm)
I did it. I have a fanfiction journal over at [profile] ficviendha where I shall be posting all future ficcage, and reposting old fics linked to a big index post. I have a feeling that part will be a work in progress, but I'll figure it out. Eventually. >.<

Anyway, feel free to join if you are interested. If not, ignore this update.
minviendha: (welcome to hell)
( Apr. 26th, 2008 04:42 pm)
So totally reminiscing about the first rpg I ever played right now. XD

*shifty eyes* I'm kind of upset about the fact that I took a personality test and it tells me my Conscientiousness is 2. Not too surprised, though... and rather amused, in a way.

It also tells me that "You are not interested in the arts and do not display aesthetic sensitivity."

HA.

I have somehow spent all of today doing nothing. I feel strangely unfulfilled.

And by the way, I finished The Vampire Lestat, and am now on page 3 of Queen of the Damned. Mimi, we need to talk. :D

I WANT A BOOKSTORE TRIP. *pouts*

Ha. Go me.
minviendha: (your sanity!)
( Mar. 24th, 2008 03:09 pm)
I feel like I've been absent from teh intarwebs lately, but I LIVE. I'm sure you were all relieved for the ceasing of spam. However, a few things of note have happened/amazing things been discovered...

1) I got sick. I am now suffering the first cold of the year. I hate these things. They always hit me harder than they should.

2) The amazing [personal profile] dame_grise introduced me to the wonderful world of "Le Chevalier D'Eon," the best fantasy/twisted historical/anime EVER. A trailer is here and the first episode (the first 8 in English, the rest in subtitled Japanese) here. After the first one, it's basically just follow the links to the rest. I am so addicted and DAMN do I have ships for it. So writing fic. My favorite characters are Maximilien Robespierre and Durand. Watch for them. At any rate, that's been one of the things that's been swallowing me. Also, teh pretty. And the story's absorbing as well...only thing is violence, there's quite a bit of swashbuckling, which I don't mind but I know some do.

3) After finally setting down the first omnibus of the Chronicles of the Cheysuli (I just couldn't get through it! Sorry. I will try again, though) books have come back into the picture full force. Most recently, two of them: Madhouse by Rob Thurman and a series, by Carol Berg (who wrote another trilogy I enjoyed. A lot).


This has been Lise, reporting from the West Coast of Nowhere. See you next time.

I amuse myself, at least.

Oh, and icons! A few.



Have fun. Icons of Le Chevalier especially Maximilien coming soon.

Don't look at me! XD
The third is, hands down, my favorite. Though I am rather fond of the fourth as well. [profile] df_prompts post coming up...eventually...? I actually did homework today!
Title:
Rain
Fandom: Black Jewels Trilogy
Characters: Jaenelle, Rose, a bit of Daemon
Prompt: 079. Rain
Word Count: 442
Rating: PG
Warnings: Just a lot of angst.
Summary: After Rose's death, Jaenelle has business to attend to.

Rain )


Title: The Heart of Me
Fandom: Black Jewels Trilogy
Characters: Lucivar, Marian, a mention of Daemon
Prompt: 095. Need
Word Count: 829
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Implied stuff.
Summary: Marian dreams, sometimes. But she isn't the only one.



Title: Promises
Fandom: Black Jewels Trilogy
Characters: Jaenelle, Karla
Prompt: 066. Midnight
Word Count: 1117
Rating: PG
Summary: Karla and Jaenelle have a chance to talk, just before Winsol. They discuss promises and safety, and Karla is worried.

Promises )


Title: Whore
Fandom: Black Jewels Trilogy
Characters: Kartane SaDiablo, Dorothea
Prompt: 084. Hate
Word Count: 629
Rating: PG-13
Summary: He hates her utterly, but there is no getting away.

Whore )
minviendha: (do you love me?)
( Sep. 13th, 2007 09:48 pm)
Not, not for you. For me. Though if you'd like to steal this one, that's okay. There's another version that's a little different.



...anyway. I love you all, and nothing worth noting has happened. So...I'll see you later. Or something? Yeah. Anyway. I also have a new last unicorn icon. And I think one other. Hold on - nope. Not that I can find. Cookies if you can find one, though.

Maybe something real next post?
minviendha: (Default)
( Sep. 3rd, 2007 12:08 pm)
The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test
CategoryYour ScoreAverage LJer
Community Attachment22.58%
You've got pals to cheer you up when you're down, but no audience to applaud you... Yet.
22.69%
MemeSheepage54.39%
I am but one quiz among millions. My brethren surround me on the page.
27.83%
Original Content50%
Using LiveJournal to express a few strong opinions
37.93%
Psychodrama Quotient28.92%
Known to go off without warning
16.72%
Attention Whoring45.45%
You'd sell your mother for another three friends
20.67%

I took this test almost exactly six months ago, thought I'd try it again to see what happened/what changed. So...

Community Attachment: down about 3%.
MemeSheepage: up 30% (yeah)
Original Content: up 4%
Psychodrama Quotient: up 3%
Attention Whoring: up 10% (SHAME! SHAME!)

Boo, I'm such a whore.

minviendha: (woe)
( Aug. 25th, 2007 01:10 pm)
This hasn't happened in ever. Ever. I'm serious. Practically all summer I've been happy, or at least amused, and I haven't been bored long enough that I get to this place where I can practically feel myself sinking into a dark pit of woe and loneliness. But I don't want to bother people, and besides, they're busy. I'm just too...eh. I slept all morning and then went to a dog park, but I don't feel any better. I just feel cramped and lonely and crap.

I need to figure out something to do for Monday. I need to get out of the house since the sister is having a big party, and I don't really want to feel more like a friendless loser than I already do.

I finished Neverwhere, and despite the back quotes, it reminded me more of The Phantom Tollbooth than Alice in Wonderland. If a bit darker. But I loved it, and want to buy it. Not from you, Annie. I'll find it somewhere else. Once I get money. Though where I am going to find that, I have no idea.

Since the options for where to sell my old iPod are running out, and all. Geez. Today is just not really my day, is it? *sigh* I practically have my own thunderstorm hovering over my head.

Next book is a new one I picked up on impulse: The Visitor by Sheri S. Tepper. I'm hoping it's as good as it looked in Barnes and Noble.
minviendha: (Default)
»

Eh.

( Aug. 17th, 2007 10:25 pm)
Sort of back, but I'm leaving again tomorrow. Bleh.

Will be back fur realz on Sunday.

Love to you all!
Tags:
minviendha: (teh sex)
( Aug. 12th, 2007 08:59 am)
Gone for a week at camp. I'll see you all in a week!

Buhbye.
Tags:
minviendha: (spam)
( Aug. 11th, 2007 10:28 am)
I feel better now. More sane, anyway. Sleep really does help.

Caroline comes over today to live with me for the weekend. I may be somewhat quiet. I'll be sure to give you a proper hiatus post on Sunday, though. :D

Love you all, much. Fuzzies.

I have a story. If I were to post it here, would people be interested? It's not finished, but I have questions about it that I want to ask someone more impartial than I - or perhaps even more impartial than Mimi and Lina, who have both read it so far. Feedbacks?

Also, is anyone planning to leave livejournal because of the recent fiasco, or are we all fairly stable thus far, unless something else drastic occurs? I would like to know if I should be planning my move. I'll stay here unless everyone else/most everyone else moves, because I like it here, and GJ just isn't doing so much for me.
minviendha: (teh sex)
( Aug. 10th, 2007 11:49 am)
Thought I'd do a book update, since I haven't for a while. *checks last list* So we left off with Dancers. What have I read since then...

*goes to get list*

Sinner
by Tess Gerritsen. This one is a thriller - I loved it, but be warned that I like my thrillers morbid. Some people may not like some of the rather...gruesome details. But I enjoyed it, zipped through it in about a day...I love this author and everything I've read of hers so far. This isn't my favorite, though - not by far. For those, I'd recommend Vanish, Gravity, and Bloodstream, if you want better ones than this.

Vanish by Tess Gerritsen. Yes, again. Oh, this one I enjoyed immensely. It had some interesting statements to make and actually had some applicability outside of the book to make you think, which is somewhat rare in a thriller unless it makes you fear serial killers climbing in the window. I would recommend that people read it. It has more sexual content than some of her others, but still not much - and a fast and entertaining, if at times frightening and painful in some ways, book to read.

Body Double by Tess Gerritsen. Last one, I swear. I liked this book. Details were revealed slowly, there was more than one thread to the case, it wasn't all what it seemed at first. Also, it wasn't all just about the first murder - it became something else entirely, which turned the story into a wholly different case.

Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. Oooo, Dr. Lecter. This book made me love him even more. I just love the ambiguity of his character, and getting to see his development was highly interesting. And his sense of justice is strangely, brutally appropriate. I can't decide whether I liked this one or Hannibal better of this quartet.

Hannibal by Thomas Harris. I loved this one. Lots more Lecter. And I liked that the more conventionally good guys weren't really all that good: i.e. the police, the victim; it was more about how Hannibal himself is in some ways more human and humane than those who are supposed to be. It was an interesting reversal.

Airs Beneath the Moon by Toby Bishop. This book was interesting. I'm still not sure what to think about it. The concept was interesting, but I wished that the author had focused more on the girl's struggles to fit in and not so much on the bigger picture. Sometimes it seems like fantasy authors forget that they can do that, which is one of the reasons I love Anne Bishop and Robert Jordan so much: because they can see the big picture while still giving readers snapshots, and sometimes pages, of character and scene. That's what I don't like about Tolkien, actually - no matter how much language and backstory he came up with, it remains that I still find the characters are sort flat. There, I said it. Don't lynch me.

Holy Fools by Joanne Harris. Ohhh. This was wonderful. I loooooved Guy LeMerle. Indeed, the best villain ever. And hellllo ambiguity, which we all know how much I love. I'd recommend it to anyone. One of those books that isn't a thriller but kept me awake in the middle of the night, reading.

Natural Selection by Dave Freedman. Compared to Jurassic Park, it was mostly the cover that caught my attention, and it wasn't that good. It was disappointing, actually. A lot of violence and 'car chase' type scenes, and not much else. I wouldn't recommend it that much, unless you like that kind of thing.

Belladonna by Anne Bishop. I liked this one less than Sebastian. But I loved the ending. I'd recommend it, but not as highly as some other books, probably mostly only to Anne Bishop fans.

Forge of God by Greg Bear. I loved this book. Read it voraciously and probably want to read it again. It was excellent, beautifully written, and surprisingly and refreshingly fatalistic. There was no last minute escape. I'd recommend it even to non science fiction fans, actually. Probably not to those totally hostile to sci-fi, but to those who are ambivalent - only the second sci-fi book I've found that I enjoyed. I hope to find more.

Books to Read (Vol. II)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
Moonshine by Bob Thurman
Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
Shapechanger's Song by Jennifer Roberson
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
Archangel by Sharon Shinn
The Chanur Saga by CJ Cherryh
Foreigner by CJ Cherryh
The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Hidden Stars by Madeline Howard
(and numerous short story collections).

Read them? Loved them? Hated them? Want to lynch me? Let me know.
minviendha: (spam)
( Aug. 9th, 2007 09:11 pm)
I do not know what to say. Today has been extraordinarily uneventful. I have a few icons to make, but other than that...

*sigh*

I have no life. It is a sad fact. Not of life, though, since I don't have one.

Anyway, maybe I will make icons. Because it isn't as though I have anything earthshakingly important to do. Other than sleep.



Eeehee, yay. [profile] reynardbleu gets credit for inspiration on the last. *snuggles her*
minviendha: (lucius=not impressed)
( Aug. 8th, 2007 10:21 am)
"I do know what I'm talking about; I've read many many of these communities. It's sad, I know it is. But it's not illegal to aspire to be thin. It's not against the ToS to give people bad advice.

LiveJournal does not support girls harming themselves. There is a line where we will suspend a pro-ana community or require removal of an entry. That line is when content is specifically instructing or inciting self-harm. Generalities aren't against the ToS, but specificities may be."

...

WTF?? )
minviendha: (bring it)
( Aug. 1st, 2007 09:02 pm)
So apparently it's not strep.

It's probably mono.

And the first person to make a wisecrack about the kissing disease is going to get smacked by a bitch.

I have pretty pictures, but I can't do anything with them because of copyright laws. Bloody copyright laws.
minviendha: (lucius=not impressed)
( Jul. 28th, 2007 05:24 pm)
I'm clean. It is a wondrous feeling. I am actually clean for the first time in a week. We weeded all week, got sweaty and dirty, and had lots and lots of fun. I complained to Caroline a lot about Deathly Hallows. I have observed the fact that Caroline has a new friend, and am mildly interested in meeting you, [profile] catofnight.

Anyway, I am listening to music because I was suffering some song withdrawal. It was highly unpleasant. But I'll be fine. So here I am, clean and totally back from hiatus (for a week, anyways) and lovin' you all.

To celebrate my return, let's do one of those meme things. Original characters again.

1. Kashira

2. Iris

3. Keearh

4. Aliah

5. Taine

6. Deirdre

7. Viviane

8. Sparky (she’s not human and is sort of crazy. I mentioned her last time I did one of these.)

9. Jaeanorah (I know! Shush. She’s cool, though. And a misandrist.)

10. Sharlaine (She’s crazier than most of my characters)

11. Othello

12. Kamaria

13. Tess Daliante

14. Nadir (the horsey king of teenage angst. He’s Othello’s son – what did you expect?)

15. Natalya (shapeshifter. She’s a little bit of a bitch.)

minviendha: (*blinkblink*)
( Jul. 21st, 2007 10:18 pm)
It does my reader's heart good to see people reading a book in the streets at 1:00 am.

Gone for a week, on a mission trip to Yakima. Be back next Saturday.

With two weeks left until Harry Potter release date, the trolls crawl in. [community profile] fanficrants, thy name is troll magnet.

I just read them and laugh.

Off to go make wallpaper and maybe do something productive, eventually. I should write fic. Sigh.
minviendha: (teh sex)
( Jul. 7th, 2007 01:55 pm)
Here is the compiled list of all the books I read on my trip and my thoughts on them (in brief, obviously). Or else this post would be astronomical. So here you are, everyone:

1. The Invisible Ring, Anne Bishop. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this one. Not nearly as good as BJT, but still enjoyable. Set in the same world but with different characters. It made me happy every time Lucivar and Daemon were mentioned. And the reference to Jaenelle very nearly made me squee.

Yes, I know.

2. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Thank you thank you thank you to [profile] zorpisuttle for recommending this one. Seriously. I think I laughed more during this book than I have in a long time. So damn good. I want to write fanfiction, but I don't think I could manage it without butchering canon. *chews fingernails*
And besides, there's not much I wouldn't give for some mad hot Crowley sex.

3. Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris. This one was my second favorite of the triad of Lecter novels. And I have to echo Mimi here: Ooooh, Dr. Lecter! Secksy, in a psychopathic sort of way. Grisly, but good reading. And I liked it, anyway.

4. Red Dragon, Thomas Harris. Mmmmph. I didn't like this one so much. There was very little Lecter, and Will Graham was annoying. And the Dragon dude was just...weird. Grisly, but without the quality of Silence of the Lambs.

5. Nightlife, Bob Thurman. Been planning on reading this one for a while, finally got around to it, loved it. The narration has a snappiness to it that I like, and the voice is uniquely modern and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading the next one, and will be sure to give people updates, if they want them.

6. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath. Sweet and sad. I sort of love Esther. Parts of this one felt eerily real to me, personally. That was a little scary.

7. Revelation, Carol Berg. Read this as a follow up to Transformation in the same series. I enjoyed it immensely, but not nearly so much as the first one. I wanted more Aleksander/Seyonne interaction. (You know, the slashpurtunities just occurred to me there. Must write that down.) I also felt like it had a little too much information in it. I got a little lost about halfway through: took me a while to find my way again. The emotional ending was the best part. No, I'm serious. Really.

8. Restoration, Carol Berg. I liked this one a lot. This may be my favorite. It effectively showed the dark sides of power, even power for good reasons, and it made me think more than other books have. I enjoyed it. I didn't really like the romantic angle, though. It just sort of showed up, and it felt a little tacked on.

9. Grania, Morgan Llewellyn. There was one character in this book who really got on my nerves: Evleen, the Druid woman. I realised why halfway through - she was clearly, obviously, and unashamedly a mouthpiece for the writer's views on Christianity. I hate it when people do that in fanfiction, let alone published works. She also used third person omniscient, which I don't like and is really hard to do without seeming clunky. She didn't manage it. The story was good, though, and I love Grania's character.

10. Case Histories, Kate Atkinson. Oh, this one was good. One of the best mysteries I've read in a while. Can't say much without giving stuff away: suffice it to say that the ending of one mystery in particular had me very, very surprised.

11. Sebastian, Anne Bishop. Am definitely reading Belladonna. Duuuuude. Sebastian. Yum. Anyway, I loved this one too. It was excellent, flowed along well, no awkward third person omniscient. I like. I like very much. And Sebastian is terribly sexy. *actually thinks about snagging him for DF*

*and probably will*

12. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury. A Da Vinci Code rip off. There are better thrillers. There are better ripoffs, too. Don't read it.

13. The Dancers at the End of Time, Michael Moorcock. OMG. So good. It was bizarre and delicious. Picked up this one off my book list I got for Christmas at W.H. Smith, a UK bookstore (and omgwtf all the covers were so purdddddyyy I want purdy covers!!! squee) and read it in about a day.

I can't decide who I heart more: Jherek or Amelia? The best part, hands down, is Jherek in London.

14. The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. You've heard of this one, I'm sure. Trust the hype. It's weird, it's a little hard to wrap your mind around, but it's good. And the ending is a little heartbreaking. Beautifully written, besides. Not Charles Dickens, but still beautiful.

Books Left to Read:

Holy Fools, Joanne Harris
Hannibal Rising, Thomas Harris
Airs Beneath the Moon, Toby Bishop
Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb (and the rest, if I like it)
The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier
Moon Called, Patricia Briggs
Belladonna, Anne Bishop
Moonshine, Bob Thurman
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, Susanna Clarke
The Hidden Stars, Madeleine Howard
A Game of Thrones, George RR Martin
Bone Doll's Twin, Kate Flewylling or something like that.
The Gunslinger, Stephen King (and maybe more)
Shapechanger's Song, Jennifer Roberson (and the rest of the series.)
Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey
The Chanur Saga, CH Cherryh
New Spring, Robert Jordan
Chocolat, Joanne Harris
A Probably Future, Alice Hoffman
Dragon Prince, Melanie Rawn
Interview with A Vampire, Anne Rice
And maybe I'll finally get around to finishing Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.

And probably a reread of BJT in there somewhere.

And now, a meme.

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