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2024-05-24 03:12 pm

A message to the masses.

William Shakespeare

Out, damned giraffe! Out, I say!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

(Inspired by [personal profile] lost_spook)
pitry: (individuals!)
2020-02-10 01:46 am
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This is an ex-fanfic masterlist

This is my real life ramblings LJ.

All my fics can be found on A Teaspoon and an Open Mind (Doctor Who & related fandoms), Fanfiction.net (DW & related fandoms, Harry Potter, Misc), and Archive of our own (etc).
pitry: (manly muppet)
2017-08-31 03:36 pm

OMG things are going well

Small update, since Things Are Going Well so I can be positive and happy!

1. I have actually started writing my dissertation. I repeat: there are words. They are on a page. And they're going to show up in my dissertation eventually. HURRAH

2. I'm putting up finishing touches on my first submission for an article! \0/

3. I WAS ASKED TO TEACH A COURSE!!! Like, a university-level course! Context: my department doesn't have funding for PhD students to teach courses, so we only TA. But there's a cohort doing a B.Ed in language revitalisation (they get a teaching certificate to be language teachers of their nation's language + B.Ed) and their nation's language is very close to the language I'm learning. So Indigenous Education asked me to teach them a course to strengthen their linguistic knowledge!!! And, the most important bit, since I panicked a little bit because I had no idea what their level is and it's super hard to find resources about their language (like, I have one 3-paragraph short story and around another half story (non-consecutive) from data that was published in an article): I just heard back from the person who taught them the other courses and according to what he said my plan is actually going to work! YAY! I am not going to find myself in November having run out of things to teach them!

4. Also, 3 is super important because I'm not getting any funding from the department this year, so I'm not going to be broke!

5. Also it's really good cos I'm applying for a job/ post-doc at the Hebrew University. I don't know if I'd get it - this is the first course I properly teach + I have one co-authored publication, one co-authored book chapter, and my soon-to-be-submitted paper. And that's it. But... trying to better than not trying, and they ARE looking for someone with a speciality in language documentation.

6. And today I had a good conversation with a researcher in Israel about a possible project that I can put in my plan. And it's the kind of project that the university can use to publicise itself so maybe it will make my chances a little bit better... It was kind of hilarious though, I'm used to emphasise my connection to Education when I'm talking to people about this kind of project. The person I talked to significantly warmed up to me when he realised my connection to Education isn't formal and that I'm a linguist. TIL in 'don't make assumptions'.

and 7. Because clearly I'm not busy enough, I'm starting private lessons in French and Arabic to get to actually speak the languages. I've actually been progressing a bit with Arabic until the summer came and I became super busy, but I never get the chance to speak, so being taught by a tutor is a good step forward in making me conversational.

(but really it's stupid I have no time lol.)
pitry: (minion)
2015-02-10 09:29 pm

Meme. Meme meme meme. Meme?

Stealing from [livejournal.com profile] jjpor and [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook because I can!

Ask me a question about one of my fics. It can be absolutely anything in any project and I will answer it the best I can -- even on current progress/plans.

If you'd prefer, you can also ask about my writing for a particular fandom, my writing as a whole, etc.

Keep in mind that my writing hasn't happened in a couple of years though :P
(Fics can be found on Teaspoon, AO3, and FF.net
pitry: (cat_overlord)
2013-12-05 10:55 pm

Catching fire.

So, turns out you don't need to read the books or watch the first movie in order to understand the second. I wonder how does that work to people who actually did bother with the above? Does it feel like an unnecessary introduction? Hmmm.
Anyway, good parts = Jennifer Lawrence is ♥. Also Woody Harrleson. And Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks although there isn't enough of them in the movie. Actually, there isn't enough Woody, either. Instead we have two guys with the charisma of a dead shoe. Dear lesser Hemsworth - even your brother has more charisma than you do, and I thought he had no charisma at all. As for Josh Hutcherson, don't get me started.

Movie-wise... omg. Why is no one trying to make YA movies actually movies? It's something that plagues most of HP as well, although I did feel 5 and 7 (as in DH part one, definitely not part 2) managed to transcend that, especially DH1. But seriously. The scenes are disconnected. Everything that isn't about the hero is shut out - and it's frustrating in a movie like Hunger Games, because the world actually has a crucial role in both the plot and the message. Well... show the world, then, don't just paint some broad strokes and be done with it! Grrr. Make us care about the world. Stop hinting then cutting away to some uninteresting nonsense. That's the thing. At 2.5 hours, it both felt too long and too short, because they decided to focus on all the wrong things (Josh Hutcherson. Honestly. Josh Hutcherson). It's time YA adaptations stopped being afraid of being movies and departing from the source material, in favour of actually being movies.

Don't get me wrong, it was actually quite quite entertaining, just frustrating because you can see there's stuff beneath the surface that they don't dare touch because, apparently, someone has decided that it's not that kind of a movie. Exactly the same problem as Goblet of Fire and DH2. Sometimes you need to care less about your hero and more about their surroundings.

Also, when that hero is Jennifer Lawrence, I'm okay. ♥ Although, really, if charimas-less Peeta would have let Woody take his place, I would have been so much happier.
pitry: (rat)
2013-12-03 12:20 am

This is still not an update. It is, however, a meme!

Because I made a post but then I realised... not much point to it. I mean, I'm busy, my students need to learn what university level is, I hate my roommate, I have a rat in my apartment (seriously. And unlike the previous one, this bastard is fucking clever.), same old same old.

So instead, a stolen meme! From lostspook, naturally.

Give me a topic, and at some point in the next few weeks I'll ramble about it. It can be anything from fandom-related (TV shows, books, computer games) to life-related (aspirations, identity, political beliefs) to pizza preferences* to whatever you want.

My rambles will probably be brief, or not, depending on the subject.

Also, I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet.

*I don't like pizza. Honestly. Also, I think I've ranted a lot about my political beliefs so you guys probably know all about them as it is, but feel free to ask anyway.
pitry: (individuals!)
2013-11-28 01:10 am
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By popular demand, my opinion of Day of the Doctor.

This is the first Doctor Who episode I've seen since the 3 episodes I've seen from s6 - I have not seen the show regularly since The Big Bang. And y'know what? I felt like I've already seen this episode 3 times.

It's the law of diminishing returns. You see this in long television shows without an arc-plan where the same creative team stays on for years and years. I should know, I am/was a Stargate fan. There comes the time when the writers simply exhausted everything they had to say about a certain world, certain characters, certain situations. There are a lot of ways of countering it. Sometimes they add characters, kill old ones, make a radical change in setting... You see this in Doctor Who so much. Change the Doctor. Change the companion. Change the setting - is he stuck on Earth or having a setting? Are we doing episode of the week or is there an arc? Is the Doctor happy-go-lucky or PTSDed or bored or having a meltdown? That's why Doctor Who has been so incredibly successful even after years and years. It's so easy to change everything.

And there comes the time when even that isn't enough. There comes the time when the head writer needs to realise the problem isn't the format, or the characters, or the setting. It's him. There comes the time when the writer needs to be honest with himself and realise that he's said and done everything he ever had in mind for the show. And it is time for him to move on from it.

Because the show isn't bad. That's the thing. That's the most awful thing about it all. It's not bad. Steven Moffat has not driven it to the ground. It's not atrocious, or the acting ridiculous, or the setting boring, or the characters uninteresting (well, this was my first encounter with Clara and she came off as the a one-note Feisty Moffat Companion (TM), but let's focus on the Doctor here). It really isn't that. It's that he's not even trying anymore. There is something admirable in going for something completely ambitious and falling on your arse. But that's not what Moffat is doing. He's foregone ambitious. Now he's just telling the same old story, again and again and again. Using the same old tricks, again and again and again. The thing about using a formula is that you know that it works. But as long as you use the formula, you can't try anything else. You can't fail - but you can't shoot higher than what the formula allows you to. Steven Moffat comes off as a writer who is too afraid to fall on his arse. He's too afraid to shoot for something completely different and fail. He's being complacent.

The show isn't bad. It's just stagnant and mediocre. Which is worse than bad.

My opinion of Day of the Doctor? Dear Steven Moffat, it's time for you to leave Doctor Who and go pursue something completely different. Give the show to someone else. Someone with their own ideas and dreams, someone with their own ambitions, someone who will dare try, even if it means they might fail.
pitry: (philosophy)
2013-08-13 10:32 pm

Five ways in which Elysium completely fails as a science fiction movie

"Science fiction can be defined as that branch of literature which deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology." - Isaac Asimov

This post isn't about how Elysium fails as a movie, although I could write a loooooot about that too. No, it's about how it fails, specifically, as a science fiction movie. It probably comes not just because I spent 90% of the movie going 'really?!', but a) if you remember my reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness, the mishandling of science fiction lately really is starting to get on my nerves, and b) because, like when often is the case when people who are not interested in science fiction are exposed to science fiction, I heard a lot of good things about Elysium, which not only caused my disappointment, but made me think about how it fails as science fiction specifically.

Reasons 5-to-1 on why this is very bad science fiction, also, spoilers. )
pitry: (tortoise)
2013-07-03 12:15 pm

(no subject)

So, I, uh, got roped in by [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook to do trope bingo. Which is probably not completely clever seeing as I'm not here for half of the month (I'm going on the trip with Tsilhqot'in in two days!!!!! OMG OMG OMG and HORSES.) and the fact that the last time I wrote a fic was in January and since then I dropped out of [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship because I wasn't in the right mindset to write for the past two months. I think I need to re-read HP or something to get back into the mindset, but I don't have the time because at any given moment I have about 10 linguistics books and/or books about First Nations people and history and culture looking at me accusingly and telling me I need to go read them.

So this is probably unwise. But LOOK I HAVE A CARD. And it is PERFECT.

character in distress au: apocalypse au: fantasy kidfic handcuffed / bound together
trust and vows wingfic secret twin / doppelganger sharing a bed transformations
unexpected friendship bets / wagers FREE

au: space deathfic
poor communication skills language and translation au: college / highschool coming out (of the closet) au: alternate gender norms
in vino veritas / drunkfic au: other au: mundane au: romance novel presumed dead

and looooooook at that first column. And then from that bottom square up in a diagonal line. Why hello there, Bruce/Selina who will probably be meeting Lois Lane and possibly Clark Kent down the line.

I need a Bruce/Selina icon. Sigh.
pitry: (individuals!)
2013-05-20 03:07 pm


Bet you didn't see that one coming. Stolen, as always, from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook

I have 45 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 45 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.
pitry: (birthday penguin)
2013-03-17 02:42 pm

Stolen writing meme

from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, or as she is known in these parts, She Who Gets Meme Stolen From.
Because why not? It's more enjoyable than syntax!

Give me a number and I'll answer the question (or try to anyway):

1. Which is your favorite of the fics you’ve written for [name of fandom]?
2. Favorite piece overall?
3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
4. Which has the most “you” in it, however you’d define that?
5. What is an image/set of images that you’re particularly proud of?
6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
9. Favorite character to write?
10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you’ve written
11. If I’m showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don’t actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
15. Does font matter to you when you’re writing a draft?
16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
17. Any mean comments? How’d you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify—
pitry: (manly muppet)
2013-01-26 12:01 am
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(no subject)

*cue jokes about lens flares and lightsabres*

Well, I actually enjoyed the Star Trek reboot (minus the lens flares) so this is good news.

I think.

....cue Star Trek/ Star Wars crossover jokes?
pitry: (tortoise)
2012-12-26 11:01 pm

End-of-year writing meme!

Because, apparently, I'm the only person who's doing it this year, but I'll do it anyway!

Pitry's fic ramblings under the cut )
pitry: (tortoise)
2012-12-13 08:19 pm
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UChicago gets a package for Indiana Jones.

♥ ♥ ♥ (and I love how no one knows WTF this is and where it came from).
pitry: (cat_overlord)
2012-12-06 12:39 pm

Academic boycotts

So the PM's office cancelled the participation of a professor from Tel Aviv university in a meeting between Israeli academics and Angela Merkel because of criticism she voiced at the government.

... Somewhere in there, I'm sure the irony is very funny. Somewhere. From where I'm standing, it's just a reminder of the lose-lose situation of Israeli academia.