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Some of these are predictable. Some are... more surprising (clearly if I want more hits I should write... baby-fic? Or maybe it's Amanda being awesome).

1. Mother Tongue (723 hits, 17 kudoses (kudos? kudis?), 7 bookmarks). Star Trek (could be either TOS or 2009). In which Amanda pwns disapproving in-laws. I like this ficlet, but it's pure fluff dashed off in a hurry, and I'm rather surprised this is my top fic.

2. And after darkness, light (719 hits, 20 kudi, 10 bookmarks). Narnia. What happens if an Anglo-Catholic decides it would be a good idea to write a Problem of Susan fic. I'm not surprised this one is high-up (despite the possibly off-putting tags, but you can't say they don't warn you what the fic will be like). I think it may be my favourite of my fics, though. I also note that, though more people have _read_ Mother Tongue, more people like this one, as far as one can tell. I think this is fair.

3. In the Files (659 hits, 31 kudi, 3 bookmarks). Deep Space Nine. Behold the awesome power of Yuletide, for this was only written this Christmas. I'm fond of it - I wanted to look at mothers and daughters and the competing claims of various duties, and I also wanted to write something that you can imagine working as an episode (though of course it would need a lot more complications, and a B storyline. Also, I have a suspicion people are more generous with the kudos button at Yuletide.

4. Trailing at some distance, Tell Beauty How She Blasteth (429 hits, 10 kudi, 2 bookmarks). Wimseyverse. AU-fic of doom, which is the most depressing thing I have ever written. This was fairly widely recced at the time (including on TV Tropes), but it was posted on LJ long before I posted it at the AO3, so I strongly suspect that this is actually my most recced fic over all. I also think it's one of my best.

5.In Search of a Big Picture. (375 hits, 18 kudi, 1 bookmark). Vorkosiverse. This one was fun to write, but I can only attribute its popularity (it's a drabble!) to the fact that the Vorkosiverse is a small fandom which is very active on the AO3

And I note that all bar one of my top five fics are female-centric. I find this cheering.

6. Putting on Civvies. (367 hits, 6 kudi, 5 bookmarks). ST: 2009. Pure fluff, with a bit of linguistics geekery, in particular my fascination with the curious use of the Quaker Thou in Amok Time. A sweet little fic, in its way.

7. The Exercise of Virtue. (321 hits, 9 kudi, 3 bookmarks). Bible (NT). Actually I think this is the weakest of my three NT fics, but it continues a pattern of my female-centric fics doing best. I also suspect a pattern where people are more generous with kudos in small fandoms.

8. A Child of Our Time. (290 hits, 17 kudos, 2 bookmarks). Doctor Who. Another one I just dashed off: a timey-wimey origin for Susan. Fairly good idea, wish I'd been able to think of more than a fragment...

9. Some Secrets in a Privacy Forever Ours. (279 hits, 7 kudi, 3 bookmarks). Bible (NT). This one is my favourite Bible fic.

10. Just Good Friends. (278 hits, 3 kudi, 1 bookmark). Star Trek: 2009. More pre-ship Spock/Uhura.

Honourable mention for the great achievement of fic no. 12, Like a Thief in the Night - another undoubted beneficiary of the Yuletide Effect - since it was only published last Christmas, and I am the only person in the world who writes Rev fanfic (NB I would be very happy to be proved wrong).

Do I know what to make of this? No, I don't, other than that I am not and never will be a BNF (but then I don't want to be). Interesting that it tends to be the fic with women at the centre that do well, though.
tree_and_leaf: Alan Rickman in role of Slope, wearing rochet, scarf, swept back hair, and hostile but smug expression (slope)
The books I am reading: The Theology of the Old Testament, Walter Brueggemann. Barchester Towers, Anthony Trollope.

The book I am writing: I am not, at present. I am vaguely meditating writing something about gender, sexuality, and the body of Christ, drawing heavily on mediaeval sources, but informed by modern perspectives, but I'd have to know more about feminist and queer theology than I currently do, and at the moment I don't have time.

The book I love most: Oh goodness, I couldn't possibly just pick one. The Lord of the Rings is up there. So is Gaudy Night, and so is Die Aula (Hermann Kant, an East German Bildungsroman, and I swear it's better than that makes it sound). Right at the moment, Thomas Aquinas and the Summa are rocking my world.

The last book I received as a gift: Umpf. I can't remember. If we're counting books which were bought Christmas Amazon vouchers, Dorothy Lee's Flesh and Glory, a wonderful reading of symbolism in the Gospel of John. Other than that, I have no idea. Which is quite bad.

ETA: technically it was the Book of Common Prayer, a gift from the Prayer Book Society,


The last book I gave as a gift: Andrew Davies et al, Lift Up Your Heart.

The nearest book on my desk: Dead heat between the Brueggemann (which I need to get back to) or the Book of Common Prayer.

Music Meme

Feb. 21st, 2011 02:41 pm
tree_and_leaf: Alan Rickman in role of Slope, wearing rochet, scarf, swept back hair, and hostile but smug expression (slope)
A while ago, [personal profile] wemyss challenged my to list five songs (interpreting songs fairly liberally) I loved which began with L.

Music below the cut! )
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Um... really?

You are Martha Jones
You are Martha Jones
Take The Doctor Who Personality Test and Horoscope today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You have it all. You are smart, beautiful and compassionate. You are concerned about the well being of others. You are adventurous and are always willing to try new things. You fall in love at the drop of a hat, but will stand your ground if someone else comes on too strong. Plus, you have a cousin that looks identical to you. Your future is, as yet, undetermined. But, it most likely involves getting your heart broken and finishing graduate school.
tree_and_leaf: Francis Urquhart facing viewer, edge of face trimmed off, caption "I couldn't possibly comment" (couldn't possibly comment)
Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now. )



Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.
tree_and_leaf: Tardis silhoutted agains night sky, with blinking light. (Tardis)
And I'll stop spamming in a minute, but this is a nice meme that I have seen in a number of places:

There are sites that make me feel like I'm sitting in someone's living room. There are others that make me feel like I'm seated in the audience, watching stand-up or a play. There are others who make me feel like I'm wandering fairytale woods, others that make me feel like I've come in from the cold.

So I ask you. If my blog were a place, what would it look like? Tell me how you found your way here, and share the question if you're so inclined.
tree_and_leaf: Burne Jones Psyche, caption "till we have faces?" (CS Lewis - till we have faces)
Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. writing score: 18
2. reading score: 18 Surely one doesn't need to state an interest in in reading? It's like writing 'breathing'.
3. music score: 16 Bit generic.
4. poetry score: 16 Yep.
5. photography score: 15 Yes
6. history score: 14 Yes, though again, a bit generic
7. cats score: 13 No. I no longer regard them with utter loathing - though I am allergic - and have sometimes met cats I like, but I'm still more of a dog person.
8. classical music score: 12
9. art score: 12
10. chocolate score: 11.
11. literature score: 11
12. coffee score: 10 See comment regarding reading. Though I still think there's more to say about tea.
13. shakespeare score: 10. Not bad, for a modern. *ducks*
14. singing score: 9 Well, I have been thinking I'd like to take lessons, though I am no great shakes as a musician (but am in danger of ending up in a job that involves singing in public, so....)
15. german score: 9 Yep.
16. mythology score: 9 Well, I suppose so.
17. fantasy score: 9
18. philosophy score: 9. Hm. When I try to do philosophy, I'm afraid it just turns out as theology.
19. dancing score: 8 Meh. Unless it's folk.
20. sewing score: 8. Not entirely, though I can see the appeal of dress-making etc.

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.

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tree_and_leaf: Burne Jones Psyche, caption "till we have faces?" (CS Lewis - till we have faces)
Good resolutions about getting lots done this evening, to counteract a slightly faily day (well, I wrote a page and a half, in the end, and finally got tickets for trains abroad, but I wasted an awful lot of time and failed to get to Mass due to a pathetic inability to remember when the evening service started). Alas, they came to nothing, and what I have actually done is read Susan Howatch and continue to speculate about the sheer lunacy that would be a Doctor Who/ Starbridge crossover (otherwise known as Fr Darrow vs the Master).

Worryingly, this has got to the stage of me concluding that it would have to also involve Lewis Hall (pencilled in as the narrator) and the beginnings of a plot, which would include a climactic scene in which Jon Darrow would be in two places at once. DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT, BILOCATION IS CANONICALLY POSSIBLE IN THE STARBRIDGE-VERSE (at least if your surname's Darrow). It would, of course, have to be an AU (for one thing, I can't see the Master trying that disguise twice. Too hard on his nerves; politics is easier than religion).

Of course, it may well not get written at all, and if it does, will probably turn out entirely differently. But my track record is much better at finishing fic which contains clergy, and there are possibilities in inserting Frs Darrow and Hall into The Daemons beyond the sheer unadulterated cracky goodness, because the Doctor is particularly obnoxious, and I don't think he refuted Miss Hawthorne on science vs magic vs faith as clearly as he thought he did....
tree_and_leaf: Harriet and Peter at a party: caption "Frivoling" (frivoling)
Invent a memory of me and post it in the comments. It can be anything you want, so long as it's something that's never happened. Then, of course, post this to your journal [if you like] and see what people would like to remember of you, only the universe failed to cooperate in making it happen so they had to make it up instead.
tree_and_leaf: Brigadier watches Dr Liz Shaw at workbench.  Text "<3 Chemistry" (Brig/Liz)

Your Score: Romana II


You scored 10% strength, 76% intelligence, 69% friendliness, and 42% escapology!



You are Romana II. While you still retain all your knowledge from the Academy, your time spent traveling with The Doctor has mellowed you a bit, and you and The Doctor now get along quite well. The Doctor also greatly enjoys your company - you're smart enough to keep up with him, but are no longer the brash young know-it-all of your previous incarnation.

Unfortunately, all that mellowing has also caused you to become a bit more dependent upon The Doctor than you might like - you seem to be getting captured by monsters more and more these days. Still, you know how to enjoy yourself, and will probably stick around for the time being.




Link: The Doctor Who Companion Test written by lobotomy42 on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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