pitry: (minion)
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: (rat)
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.

Meme

20/05/2013 15:07
pitry: (individuals!)
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)
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: (tortoise)
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: (birthday penguin)
From [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook, because she has the best steal-worthy memes.

Reply to this post by giving me [a] character[s]/pairing from one of my fandoms and one word/short quote; and I'll write you a ficlet.

Mind you, it might take me a while. Or, perhaps, not that much of a while, depends on how much phonology I can take... ;)
pitry: (birthday penguin)
... The twist is that I'm going to copy [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook and ignore the rules and just bold what I read. Yes, even Moby Dick. I made it to half the bloody book.

There's a cut here, honestly! )
pitry: (tortoise)
... And then there was Britpop. And I can't talk about Britpop without starting with Oasis, because, well, Oasis.

Yes, yes, on the whole Oasis vs. Blur thing (yikes. 90s.) I was firmly in the Oasis camp. Well, on a personal level I thought they were all ridiculous, but musically... see, here's the thing. Noel Gallagher knows about three chords and uses them in predictable ways, but still he does it very well. Blur were... pretentious. And I know it's completely ironic considering just how much progrock this meme is about to suffer from me, but something in Damon Albarn's pretentiousness just always rubbed me the wrong way. Not to mention that the first Blur song I've ever heard was Boys & Girls which to this day is one of my least favourite Blur songs.

But this isn't about Blur, it's about Oasis, and like the rest of the universe, the first I heard of them was Live Forever, which is actually from 1994, not 1995, but I think they stayed in the background until Wonderwall came out. Maybe this should be a Wonderwall entry then, not Live Forever, but as much as I like Wonderwall, Live Forever simply summarises Oasis. Maybe it's the same as what I had to say about Nirvana - it has honesty (which is all the more ironic because I think they wrote it directly due to being annoyed with Nirvana-esque depression?)

Anyway, Live Forever is the quintessential Oasis song. Simple chords, simple lyrics, Liam still knew how to sing back in the day, but it works. I shouldn't still be fond of this song, but I am. They actually had quite a lot of really good songs from Definitely, Maybe: Columbia, Supersonic, Slide Away (I love Slide Away. Completely adore it. Maybe I should have linked to it...), but in the end, it's not a surprise that Live Forever was their big break, and still one of their most famous songs ever.

Also, it already showcases their ridiculous tendency to keep songs going on and on and on in the end (although until they decided to make their point with Be Here Now it was manageable, but then, Be Here Now was a rubbish album anyway).

LOL that ridiculous chair )
pitry: (Kira)
So, we're still in 1995, aren't we. Hmmm. Did I mention Israel at those years was a bit behind everyone else? At least, I was. So who cares of Kurt Cobain died in 1994, I was into grunge in 1995! Grunge fashion, too - torn jeans and flannel shorts and everything. I still find that fashion highly aesthetic by the way.

Anyway, for the failing grunge fan I am, my favourite Nirvana album has always been the Unplugged one. Yes, I know, it kinda defeats the point in Nirvana, but there you have it.
Also, I'm one of those people who first heard The Man Who Sold The World in the Nirvana edition... I still haven't quite got used to David Bowie's original, I must admit.

Thing is, for all the noise and screams and that, Nirvana actually were talented. And I think the Unplugged is the best indication of that - you drop the noise and the screams and the distortions and what you get is a band that sings its heart out. And that's the thing about music. When it's people singing their heart out, usually it's good.

Anyway, here it is! )
pitry: (Default)
Yeah, you couldn't be - well, not even a teenager in Israel, as much as simply living in Israel in the early 90s and not hear Aviv Geffen everywhere. He was pretty much the king of Israeli rock back then, especially for my generation.

Funny thing. He's apparently one of the judges now in the Israeli version of the Voice, and it was on at some point when we were all at my sister's for Passover. And then my mum said something like, "Oh, what happened to him, he used to say all those things no one ever said and now he's just like everyone else." I think even 10 years ago I would have thought she was mocking the way he was back in the early 90s, but now I can understand she actually appreciated him back then. Huh. Parents - more cool than you give them credit when you're a teenager (I know, I know, not a revelation).

Achshav Meunan really was sort of the protest song of - well, people who were a bit older than me back then, but not by much, complete with the "we're a fucked up generation" scream at some point. - as was Aviv Geffen who was generally my generation's protest singer, I guess. So he's got a horrible voice (no, honestly, it actually sounds good here compared to some recordings), but he was, I think, at the right place at the right time.

And here's the song )
pitry: (individuals!)
Oh, look! Stone Roses!

Okay, that requires some music post. So I shall post The Stone Roses out of order. Cos it's topical and stuff.

The Stone Roses I got from... Ashe. I think. Pretty sure. In the early 2000s I was sending and receiving loads of tapes from people I met through the KS forum/mailing list, and getting to know a lot of new bands. And one of them was the Stone Roses.

I'm pretty sure I've already heard of the Seahorses at the time (Yup! Wikipedia lists Do It Yourself as out in 1997, and I'm sure I caught Blinded By the Sun and Love Me or Leave Me when they were released) but I never knew of the connection to the Stone Roses until I actually got to listen to the Stone Roses. And then I realised they're the first Britpop band and went wheee.

... And in an extremely amusing turn of event, not long ago I was getting a ride from my sister and she was listening to some CD, and something incredibly Stone Roses-y was playing. I can't remember which band it turned out to be (possible Kaiser Chiefs?) but I was so eternally amused that now retro had gone full circle. As the first Britpop band, The Stone Roses are largely responsible to the late 60s retro sound. And now... they've been retro'd. It's layers, man.

Anyway, there were a lot of amusing quirks in that album of theirs. Elizabeth My Dear, for example, which is in fact on the tune for Scarborough Fair, you can hear where Oasis stole half their music from from just listening to Made of Stone, and I Wanna Be Adored is still one of the best album openers ever.

So here it is )
pitry: (birthday penguin)
I decided to do these chronologically. Much easier.

And if I'm doing this chronologically, then the next band has to be Bon Jovi. I was the biggest fan once, lol. Their best of album was released in 1994, with Always as a single, and so me and my sister were introduced to Bon Jovi at about the same time and we both liked it. And the arrangement was pretty useful, she bought the CDs/ got the tapes, I took them from her. :)

A year later they released These Days. Now, that was the period in school where I joined a whole new class and didn't know much of anyone. So one day, we had a going-to-shelter drill at school, and I accidentally sat next to someone - who had a Bon Jovi necklace. What promised to be an otherwise completely pointless and boring exercise in pointlessness became a happy and enthusiastic discussion of all things Bon Jovi. That was Anat and she was one of my best friends until we finished school 6 years later (damn. I haven't talked to her for like, 7 years. Hmpf).

I think there was a huge gap after Bon Jovi released These Days. I know that by the time their next album was released, I already wasn't as big a fan and didn't even bother listening to it, let along buy it. But These Days is still totally nostalgic, and now that I searched for the song on Youtube, I'm slightly worried at the fact I still remember the lyrics.

Actually, the song still works. )
pitry: (individuals!)
Oh, my.

1. Luna Lovegood
2. Tenth Doctor
3. Donna Noble
4. Kira Nerys
5. Teal’c
6. Harry Potter
7. Clyde Langer
8. Rani Chandra
9. MacGyver
10. Murdoc
11. Delenn
12. Martha Jones
13. Rodney McKay
14. Elizabeth Weir
15. George Kirrin

From primsong )

from lost_spook )
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Okay, now that we've done Kula Shaker, I can go to the first album I actually bought.

Which was Roxette's Crash! Boom! Bang! in 1994. It all came about a bit oddly. I was ten and decided it was time I started listening to music. Yes, I was an odd ten year old. (I was an odd kid when it comes to music as a whole. Most 6 year old kids have their parents insist they learn to play. I was the opposite - I insisted to my parents I wanted to play piano until they agreed. Even the full year of "she's too young to play an instrument, let's have her one of those 'introduction to music while banging stuff' the teacher insisted on didn't deter me. But I digress). So, anyway, walking into what was later to became Tower Records and completely and randomly looking for something. With no idea where to start. That was... not very helpful, you'd imagine.

Crash! Boom! Bang! was just released then and Roxette were always big in Israel so the shop played it. Anyway, my reaction was "that's nice" so we bought that one.

Oddly enough... I'm not big on pop, and there are just about a thousand different things I'd rather listen to. But as far as pop goes, Roxette actually really are good. I'm of the firm belief that in just about every musical genre you can find something worthwhile, because you will have good musicians somewhere and good musicians make good music, regardless of the genre (with caveat: heavily electronic music gives me a headache. I can deal with the beats until a certain level but after that, it might be good, but I won't be able to recognise it because I'll be busy complaining about my headache). Roxette know their stuff.

Riders in the sky is the first song out of Crash! Boom! Bang! and it's 3 minutes of fun pop.
and here it is... )
pitry: (Astronaut)
I'm going to try and write 100 posts about... music.

Let's see how that works.

If there's ever a band I should start with, and if there's ever a song I should start with, it's Kula Shaker and Tattva.

They're not the best band in the world, nor are they the most original and unique. And Tattva isn't their best song. But in a way, everything I listen to today is because of that random day I opened MTV and there was this strange strange band on with 60s haircuts and 60s inspired music singing in Sanskrit.

The first song of theirs I actually heard was Grateful When You're Dead, when it was released in... April 1996 I think. It actually made it to the top 40 (35!) and I caught it once or twice. It registered enough that I would know it was Grateful later on, but it didn't register any more than that.

And then in July Tattva was released. And this mixture of psychedelia (both music and the extremely odd video) with the added bonus of strange lyrics... sort of got me. I think I finally got K only after Govinda was out, but by then I'd been a fan head over heals. I'm not as big a fan of theirs now as I was 16 years ago (OMG this can't possibly be the number of years!!! I feel old). But almost everything I listen to today, I can probably trace back to KS, whether it was wanting to listen to their influences, opening up my mind about 60s music, 70s music and non-Western music, the influences on those bands, or music I got to know through other KS fans. The only thing I can't give KS credit for in some way is classical music, which I have been playing since early on so most of that came from my Russian piano teacher.

So yeah. I don't listen to Kula Shaker a lot these days (definitely not compared to how much I used to), and I haven't listened to K in months, at least. But I owe my extensive knowledge, extensive interest and extensive love of music (and about 40gb of music on my harddrive, not to mention the stuff I have on tapes and couldn't convert to mp3!) to that day I heard Tattva.

So here it is. )
pitry: (Default)
15 character meme. Go.

(or: I made a secret list of 15 characters. Ask me questions about characters without knowing who they are, and after a while, I shall reveal the ridiculous answers. There's a much better description of this meme somewhere but I can't find it anymore.)

Ah! The "official" wording. For those of us who are confused by my confusing self.

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
pitry: (individuals!)
Anyway... acquired from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Give me a letter, and I'll list 10 things that make me happy that begin with that letter.

I can't guarantee my cynical view of the world won't influence the meme results at all, but I'll do my best.
pitry: (tortoise)
This time from [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook:

1. Which of your fandoms would be better with penguins?
2. Which fandom should most avoid evil giraffes?
3. Do you have any fandoms that actually don't fit your three things?
4. What is it that's so cool about Welsh in particular?
5. When is there going to be a DW/Famous Five crossover? Will there be honey still for tea? Or, failing that, ginger beer and sardines.

Answers:

waffling )
pitry: (tortoise)
A Five Questions meme from [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle...

If you want to join in the meme:

What are the three things that most attract you to a fandom?
Comment with an answer to the question above.
I’ll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
Post to your journal with the answers to the questions. Or if you want, post in the comments here. Or both!
Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

mah thingies )

the questions! (and answers) )
pitry: (Dalek)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] justice_turtle

Number one:
Give me one fandom I write/rec/read AND a type of AU (space opera AU, pirate AU, superhero AU, etc) or another time period (Ancient Rome, Regency England, etc). I will then explain the gist of the story I would write for that AU.

Number Two:
Give me a pairing and I will tell you:
1. What they most commonly do during sex
2. Who has prettier hair
3. What they argue about most often
4. Who'd cope best if the other one died
5. The happiest plausible happily-ever-after I can think of for them.
pitry: (Jim Keats)
29 – What is your current project or projects?

Know what? To hell with it. I'm listing everything in my ideas folder cos I don't think most of them are going to end up being written... )
I'm suspecting that if I do get accepted to a PhD I'll have to quit my job under pretence of 'wanting some time off' around June to write even half of them... (it's not like I'll earn that much in another month to warrant staying anyway :P)



30 – Do you have a favourite fic you've written? What makes it your favourite? And don't forget to give us a link!

I suspect this changes with my mood, but ATM it's a tie between You, Me, and the Baobab Tree and Lost in Translation. What makes them my favourite? my current mood. Also, the fact that Baobab has Gita in it.

On Multi-chapters, I think What's Past is Prologue and Reset are my best one, or at least, the ones where I managed to drop the least amount of balls (in both, though, balls have been dropped on several occasions). Also, Reset has the Doctor wearing John Lennon glasses and singing the words "Silly human race", and What's Past Is Prologue has the Doctor happily walking into an emerald city declaring he's off to see the wizard. I'm enjoying the mental images immensely.
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26 – What is the oddest (or funnest) thing you've had to research for a fic?

Funnest - Vietnamese/ American English bilingualism.
still researching that one...

27 – Where is your favourite place to write, and do you write by hand or on the computer?

computer, and usually in bed. The joys of laptops.

28 – Have you ever collaborated with anyone else, whether writing together, or having an artist work on a piece about your fic?

no :( I think my writing is too weird to collaborate with someone, although maybe that Eleven-episodes-given-to-classic-Doctors with [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook would one day exist? :D
pitry: (Astronaut)
23 – When you post, where do you post to? Just your journal? Just an archive? Your own personal site?

Usually it's Doctor Who, so to Teaspoon. If it's a crossover I also post it on AO3.
I've actually been wondering about that lately, as I'm writing for the first time a non-crossover HP fic. I've looked around in the big HP archives, but they've all angered me with their conservatism and hypocrisy and offended me with their homophobia, so that's a no go (unless anyone knows of a decent one, I'm open to suggestions...). I guess this one will go on AO3 and maybe FFnet. I'm not against FF.net per se, it's just that the HP section there is soooooo huge it'll all just end up getting lost.

24 – Betaing – How many betas do you like to use to make sure there aren't any major flaws in your fic? Do you have a Beta horror story or dream story?

I've only one story beta'd. I need to have more, I know. It's a dream story, really - [livejournal.com profile] wojelah volunteered to beta Temptation because they wanted the wintercompanion fics to be beta'd without knowing anything about the fic itself, and all her comments were really helpful and enthusiastic. And because I have a tendency to think everyone can read my mind and so end up not always writing in the clearest ways possible, the couple of times she got confused really helped me key on where I should have been more clear. Hooray!

25 – Music – Do you listen to music while you write? Do you make playlists to get into a certain "mood" to write your fic?

I listen to music when I write... I find it weird. Some things I can't write when listening to, for example The Moody Blues. I love the Moody Blues, but if they're playing, nothing will get written. The Who, on the other hand, are perfect. I just write and write. Upbeat things in general - last night the Yardbirds helped me stay in the mood a lot, and Led Zeppelin are often a safe bet, too.
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22 – Have you ever participated in a fest or a Big Bang? If so, write about your favorite experience in relation to one. If not, are there any you've thought about doing? And if not, why not?

Never a Big Bang. I never have enough time to commit to writing a long enough fic. I did do a couple of fests/ficathons though, the Who_like_giants last year (not this year - lack of time and focus and was too uninspired during sign-ups) and the wintercompanion holiday fast last year (not this year - lack of time and focus and was too uninspired during sign-ups).

My favourite experience. Well, I only did two! And I quite like the results of both, which are But, Oh, Those Human Women and Temptation. I actually don't remember, other than Temptation being an idea I had been playing with a bit before and the prompt fit in perfectly, and that I had a bit of a problem focusing on Human Women until it started writing itself. Hmpf.
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