So I'm back home and a post about my summer will come at some point, but it seems like I've been travelling since friday morning and I have to be at uni by 9 tomorrow to begin Honours (!!!!!!) and so I am a little brain dead.

So -- icon meme!

[ profile] minviendha  tagged me:

* Reply to this post with ICON ME! and I will pick five of your icons.
* Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
* Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
* This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

It is amazing what you can fit in a 100x100 pixel square )

Meme that I should be able to answer over the weekend:

Ask me fandom-related questions in the comments. They can be fandom specific, general, or about fandom/lj stuff/fic writing/etc. in general. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about tv shows, characters, fanfic in general, fandom issues/meta, anything about any of my stories specifically. Whatever you want.

Ask me things please? I am having a good time with the rocks but they are, well, very rocky and I would like to think about something else. Indulge me, flist!
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment, asking to be interviewed, ask them 5 questions.


[ profile] agenttrojie  asked me...

1) In a deathmatch, who wins? Bumblebee or the Stig?

While it's been shown that Transformers can die, nobody has seen the Stig die yet, so I think Stig would trump Bumblebee (but since the ways of the Stig are largely unknown to us, he might settle for making Bumblebee his car and occasionally helping out the Autobots when the mood takes him).

2) Which Middle Earth location would you choose to live in, and why?

Tough question - Gondolin, Menegroth and Nargothrond are out because I (presumably) have no control over when I'd actually live there and might end up stuck in one of them during its destruction. The Shire is pretty but doesn't have enough books for me, and Rohan is too vulnerable from Easterlings. I think I'd go for Numenor (pre-rebellion).

3) After world peace is officially declared, you are at a beauty pageant and are asked what your one wish would be. Seeing as the traditional option is gone, what is your answer? ('harsher punishments for parole violators, Stan', has already been implemented as well :P)

The development and production of jetpacks for everyone. I'd love to be able to fly.

4)Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Discuss.

Alcohol solves everything (in theory, at least).

5) If you had to go the rest of your life speaking in only iambic pentameter, or limericks, which would you choose?

Iambic pentameter, because doing Shakespeare impressions for the rest of my life wouldn't be so bad. My speeches would certainly gain awesomeness.

Bok bok bok

Jul. 2nd, 2008 08:25 pm
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

My own addition - books marked with an asterisk were read for the IB/other school projects, sometimes under duress. I definitely wouldn't have touched Tess of the D'Urbervilles if not for a reading assignment.

100 books )
You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:

1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

Weapon can be real or fictional, you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

1. My weapon of choice: maggot cannon.
2. Song: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
3. Martha Jones, armed with razor-sharp throwing plates.

Meme time!

May. 7th, 2008 07:14 pm
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

I got it from [profile] cat_empress, who asked me these five questions:

1. Your three favourite Silmarillion characters and why.

*wibble* I can only choose three?

Melian - because she became an active player in Middle-earth unlike most of her brethren, because she was Galadriel in the First Age, and because her life with Thingol was pretty cute. Until, y'know, the whole Kinslaying and Silmaril business.

Morwen - she's managed to sneak into just about all of my [profile] 50lyricsfanfic stories (20 at last count). She escaped from Dorthonion with Emeldir and might therefore know how to fight, had three children and lost them all one way or another, scared the crap out of the invading Easterlings for more than ten years and so much more. I also love her relationship with Hurin, although they spent most of their lives apart.

Maedhros - because I also know what it's like to be the eldest and be left in charge. He managed to curb his brothers' violent tendencies sometimes, and though he ultimately got swallowed up in the curse with the rest of them I think he has the most potential for redemption. And of course there's the slash with Fingon.

2. Favourite Discworld character and why.

The Nac Mac Feegle as a collective, because they do all the stuff I wish I could get away with. :D

3. Five places you'd like to travel to and why.

New Zealand - I've been to the South Island twice, but I'd love to go to the North Island and see all the volcanoes.
Scandinavia - for the Northern Lights.
Antarctica - according to my lecturer there is awesome geology down there, and penguins.
Spain - because there are lots of pretty castles, and [profile] dracoena lives there.
Canada - because... er... it's Canada? And there are moose!

4. Favourite uni subject out of everything you've done so far.

Latin, which I started this semester. Not only is it improving my vocab (or at least there are instances of 'hey, so that's where [insert obscure word] comes from!') but it's got some awesome words itself. I don't know how to say please or thankyou, but I do now the word for nail-clippings (praesegmina, if you're wondering). Plus my lecturer is from Cambridge and used to do theatre, so classes are always interesting.

5. Favourite trashy novel.

Tales of the Otori. :D
Having exhausted all the usual methods of procrastination yesterday*, here's a meme.

*Which included cleaning my bedroom and washing the windows. Outside. There's no limit to my l33t procrastination skillz.

The Eleven Favourite Movie Quotes meme, yoinked from [profile] beleriand_realm and thus proving that [profile] sheiannasherra is not the last to do this. Comments are being screened so everyone gets to play.

Edit: And now you get the answers.

1. 'You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life.' Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

2. 'Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.' Ghostbusters

3.  'Whatever it is, whatever you need, I don't care. Forget it, O'Connell. Every time I hook up with you, I get shot. Last time I got shot in the ass. I'm in mourning for my ass!' The Mummy Returns

4. 'I'm not even supposed to be here. I'm just "Crewman Number Six." I'm expendable. I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I've gotta get outta here.' Galaxy Quest

5. 'I think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.' Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

6. 'She is fine! Except for being still crazy, she's a picture of health!' Serenity

7. 'Is there anyone here who speaks English? Or maybe even ancient Greek?' Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

8. 'It's evil. It's diabolical. It's lemon-scented. This Plan Z can't possibly fail!' Aw, nobody guessed this. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie needs more love, guys.

9. 'It seems to me the only thing you've learned is that Caesar is a "salad dressing dude."' Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure


11. 'Well, I wouldn't argue that it wasn't a no holds barred, adrenaline fueled thrill ride. But, there is no way you can perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork.' Hot Fuzz
A is for Ambrosia (Firefly)
B is for Before Dawn (LOTR)
C is for Cygnets (LOTR)
D is for Dunedenith (The Silm and LOTR)
E is for Echuir (The Silm)
F is for Familiar (The Silm)
G is for Game of Three (The Silm)
H is for Hope and Dreams (LOTR)
I is for In The Silent Night (LOTR)
J is for ---
K is for ---
L is for Leavetaking (The Silm)
M is for Merely Players (The Silm)
N is for Namesake (Firefly)
O is for Outshone (The Silm)
P is for Precious Things (The Silm)
Q is for ---
R is for Red Night (The Silm)
S is for Singing Gold (LOTR)
T is for Talisman (The Silm)
U is for ---
V is for Vigil (The Silm)
W is for Winter's Song (The Silm)
X is for ---
Y is for ---
Z is for ---

Clearly, some letters get more love than others (I have, among other things, six fics whose titles start with W). Maybe I'll write something called Jayne and Kaylee's Quest Underground to catch the X-ray-emitting Yellow Zebras and cover all my bases that way.

Music meme

Feb. 12th, 2008 09:09 am
I've been tagged  by new lj friend [profile] morethmusing: list your five favourite artists and your five favourite songs of theirs.

Pink Floyd

1. Speak To Me/Breathe
2. Wish You Were Here
3. Fearless
4. Take It Back
5. Us And Them


1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. Fat Bottomed Girls
3. Bicycle Race
4. Innuendo
5. A Kind Of Magic

Dire Straits

1. Telegraph Road
2. Romeo And Juliet
3. Walk Of Life
4. So Far Away
5. Brothers In Arms

Coldplay (in truth, I've gone off them lately, but some of the songs are still good)

1. Yellow
2. Swallowed In The Sea
3. Everything's Not Lost
4. Amsterdam
5. What If

Tripod (Australian comedy band)

1. Always Get Into Stuff
2. Let's Take A Walk
3. Science Facts Are Useful
4. Apparently
5. Second Drawer Down

The next five infected tagged people are... [profile] teh_elb, [personal profile] gundamkiwi, [profile] hoppytoad79, [profile] ainu_laire and [profile] indaris - and whoever else wants to do it, of course.
Dear Melbourne Weather,

Get your act together soon or, so help me, I will move to Brisbane. I know you're naturally schizophrenic, but that excuse only goes so far. I should not have to wear a beanie in FEBRUARY.

No love,


Your Pirate Name be ...
Mary Read
You are the most powerful of all pirates. Your social knowledge raises you above all the others, and you have no problem keeping your crew happy. You are a master planner, and will have no problems ruling the world in a few years.

'What is your Pirate Name?' at
1. Comment and I'll pick two of your LJ interests and draw you a picture, using Paint something or other.
2. You have no say in what I draw you!
3. Put this in your journal. And the pic someone drew for you.

[personal profile] kunenk drew this for me:

I've just typed a letter that I will send to several bookstores near me, because bookstore = dream job. All the fancy words aside, it reads basically like this:

Dear bookstore owners,

I want to work here because books are shiny and money is also. I promise not to act too much like Bernard. O great ones whose boots I am not fit to lick, I will love you forever if you let me work for you out of the kindness of your souls.

Regards and etc,



Well, something like that. I don't think that I mentioned boots in the original.

Meme! Give me a character from any fandom you know I know and I will tell you:

1. My favourite thing about that character.
2. My least favourite thing about that character.
3. One person I would ship them with in their own 'verse.
4. One crossover ship for them I think would be neat.
5. Their ship from hell.
6. Their song.
7. The title of their biography or autobiography.
8. The last bad dream they had.
9. How they're gonna shuffle off the mortal coil, if they haven't already.
10. Would I shag them?
 (You are excempt from asking me this if you fear TMI. :D)

Fandoms: LOTR, The Silmarillion, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Firefly, Discworld, Blackadder, Black Books, Avatar*?

*Keep in mind that I've only seen up to episode 8 of series 1.


Jan. 21st, 2008 11:48 am

Srsly? Oh, time meme, you make me laugh.
Nabbed from [profile] b2wm.

Ten Signs That You're Reading a Fic by El: 

It's a drabble or a oneshot. While there are connections between some fics, they can be read independently. The thought of multiple chapters makes me run for my life.

2. If there is humour, it will be of the snarky rather than the slapstick sort.

3. Ellipses will be used and abused.

4. The wordcount will, as a general rule, be under 300 or over 1000. I know of no middle-ground.

5. I like characters with shades of grey, mysterious pasts, and dark secrets.*

6. I tend to write more about women than men, and adults more than children or teenagers.

7. A hug, a smile, and holding hands: that's all the romance you're going to get. Even the subtext will be very tame.

8. I love one-word titles, and if they're symbolic or relate to the content of the fic, even better. If they're not one word, the titles are generally taken from a quote.

9. I barely ever write action. I write the thoughts, the POVs, and the conversations between the action.

10. Imagery of colours, animals and nature regularly crop up. Ah, pathetic fallacy, how I love thee.

Addendum: all these things are subject to change if the muses wish it to be so.

*So does the rest of the Silm fandom, from what I've seen. This is why nobody writes about the Vanyar.
I've seen this meme around the flist, and thought it was fun:

Post the first sentence of the first fic you wrote for every month. I altered it slightly because my first sentences don't generally give much away.

January - no fics! What can I say? It was hot.

February. She stood so still upon the threshold that I half-believed her spirit had left her body to walk with her son. Túrin had departed by the light of the westering sun, but she had made no move to go inside after he disappeared into the woodland. (Leavetaking) It was the drabble that broke my [profile] 50lyricsfanficdrought.

March. It was a game that they played. They would go to the gardens around Amon Obel before the day grew too hot, where Brandir would sit and watch the plants in the early daylight. Sometimes Níniel sat beside him, but more often she would be dancing on the grass, running and spinning and twirling in bursts of unfettered energy like a child. Brandir smiled to see her run gleefully across the grass, as though the morning had taken human form. (Thorns)

April - no fics again, unfortunately.

May. ‘I hope it’s a boy,’ said Erchirion.

‘I certainly don’t,’ said Elphir with a grimace. ‘I have enough trouble from you two without another brother to pester me.’
(Cygnets) It's Dol Amroth fluff, how can you resist?

June. Aldor, grandson of Eorl, third King of the Mark, sat looking out over Rohan, in the morning of a fine autumn day. His eyesight wasn’t as it was in his youth, but he could make out the bright colours outside: blue sky, white mountains, green hills. Except for an occasional traveller on the road and a few white clouds drifting lazily past, there was no movement: no orcs in the mountains, no reports of villages attacked and burned. When he was young, he would have been immediately suspicious, and would have taken a patrol out anyway, but he was an old man now, and he left that sort of thing to his son and grandson. Today was a lull in the storm, a brief respite, a chance to lick wounds and sharpen swords against tomorrow. A day of rest. (The Heirs of Rohan)

July. Of course I am afraid for him. I am always afraid whenever he goes to hunt orcs, although I hide it behind a smile. (Foreboding)

August. She had managed to convince herself – again – that her children were simply tired, that this was just another version of the colds that came to Dor-lómin every year as the summer waned. She wished that she was a better liar. (Vigil)

September. It may surprise you to learn that I, one of the greatest singers in Arda, am not also one of its greatest magicians. I had a passing interest in it as a boy, but soon the theories and careful exercises bored me, and further study would have involved me spending most of my time among the Vanyar, which was not at all to my father’s liking. I ceased my studies of it, and returned to those of us who see music as a thing of beauty in itself, rather than a means to an end. (It's A Kind Of Magic)

October. No fics written, technically, but I did do a PPC Mission (and I should really finish my other ones, yes...)

The label on the door did say ‘RC #37’, but the door to the left was a broom cupboard and there were none to the right. El looked at the door suspiciously, and made a mental note to use some string next time she left her RC. (Mission 1: Lady Caleniel)

November. He should have understood long before the words tumbled from the messenger’s chapped and thirsty lips. They had arrived in the late afternoon, a horse and rider who were both sweating, dusty, and looking close to exhaustion. The rider he vaguely recognised, a boy of thirteen years or so, and the horse, although not a destrier or a palfrey, was fine enough to come from his own stables. That should have been his first warning. (Red Night)

December. I posted 'Sausages' first, but I wrote that in June, I think, so this is from another 50lyrics fic.

My sword is heavy in my hand, and sweat stings my eyes, yet the battle is not over. The westering sun sets the whole sky aflame as I raise my shield against an orcish axe, bracing myself for the jarring impact. I lift my sword: bright Noldor steel becomes black with blood as I unseam the monster from shoulder to hip. The beast falls, and I turn away before it reaches the ground. Some warriors aim only for heart or throat, others take pains to ensure every foe they meet is completely dead. I do neither: a stomach cut incapacitates, and it is a wound from which there is no recovering. I do not have the luxury of time to watch each of my enemies die. There are too many of them now. (Outshone)
1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.

Band name: List of socialists from the Middle East and North Africa (damn, that's long. Perhaps LOSFTMEANA instead? It's almost pronounceable.)
Album name: Frederic Kidder


1. Cordylus
2. Greg Fitzsimmons
3. The Whip and the Body (ooh, kinky.)
4. Glycopeptide antibiotic
5. Collection I
6. Hambleden Lock
7. Boston Tea Party (political party)
8. Georges Levy G.L. 40
9. Julostylis
10. Béziers
11. Keiko Inoue
12. Prosperous Justice Party
13. Rosa Elena Simeón Negrín
14. Charles Bayly
15. Cecil Rhodes

Hmm... interesting.
Is it really procrastination when there's nothing left to do?


William Shakespeare

There are more things in heaven and El, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

Hee! It's punnish and deep and everything!

Snagged from [personal profile] misscam :

Many be feeling the autumn blues of late, or just general misery. So, post in the comments something that makes you happy. Cute kittens, a MS Paint drawing you made with teh funny, hot men, a drabble, fandomy glee, crack-filled lines from a fic you'll someday write, screencaps of shiny, squeeing over that new show you love - in short, anything you can think of that makes you happy, be it fandom, real life or inbetween. You might just help create threads that cheers up someone else too.

What makes me happy?

- Writing more 50lyrics fics

- Doctor Who fanart crack

- The idea of Zombie Day

So what makes you happy?

is a Giant Squid that will turn back into a Human in the morning, can Change Colour, and CANNOT BE STOPPED.

Strength: 10 Agility: 7 Intelligence: 12

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat El, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights El using



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