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I've just realised that I never posted the answers to the song meme I posted a while back. They are as follows:

1. Put a candle in the window, but I feel I’ve got the blues.
2. To sail on a dream on a crystal clear ocean, to ride on the crest of the wild raging storm. (Not one of my favourites, I must admit).
3. It’s autumn in Gothenburg, I want it all to myself.
4. Oh my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.
5. I’m going higher, I’m soaring higher, far above the clouds of doubt and fear.
6. Walk a lonely foreign street, hunger sets the pace.
7. Called you so many times today, I guess it’s all true what your girlfriends say.
8. No I would not give you false hope, on this strange and mournful day.
9. Well you wonder why I always dress in black.
10. Grab your ticket and your suitcase, thunder’s rolling down the tracks.
11. Come rede me dame, come tell me dame, my dame come tell me truly…
12. I was lost in the lakes and the shapes that your body makes.
13. In dem Kerker saßen zu Frankfurt an dem Main.
14. If you want a lover, I’ll do anything you ask me to.
15. One dark and stormy winter’s night the snow lay on the ground.
16. I had a little gramophone, I’d wind it round and round.
17. Didn’t know what time it was, the lights were low.
18. Walking out on the resurrection trail, going nowhere slowly.
19. Jetzt ist der Unsinn bald vorbei, es war auch allerhöchste Zeit.
20. Come gather round people wherever you roam.
21. I wish, I wish, I wish in vain.
22. Woke up from a dream Thursday morning.
23. Te Deum Patrem colimus, Te laudibus prosequimur.
24. She’s taking up her time making up the reasons to justify the hurt inside.
25. Just as the sand made everything round

Read more... )
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Despite my dismal lack of productivity of late, a meme:

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach. —Alfred Hitchcock

When I write a story, what do readers immediately look for?

Contrariwise - Tweedledum/dee

When I write a story, what would readers be extremely surprised to find?
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Hurrah! Exams finished, and without blisters on my hands, though I do have an impressive dent in my index finger. And I've got the Undergraduate College theology dinner tonight, which should be good fun and good food.

With that in mind, a meme gacked from all over:

Name a character (including, of course, my OCs) in any of my fandoms and I'll tell you 3-4 things about them from my personal fanon-take on said character.
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From which we learn that, though I'm no-one's idea of a BNF in any fandom, a lot more people look at things on the AO3 than comment on them.

1. (420 hits): And After Darkness, Light. That's my 'problem of Susan fic'. I'm not surprised that this is in the top ten, but I am surprised it's the most read one. Admittedly it's in a bigger fandom than "Tell Beauty How She Blasteth," which I would guess is my most commented on fic on LJ/ DW and certainly the most widely recced. But PUSH, which doesn't even appear here, had a lot of comments too. So did the Phineas Nigellus and the Mirror of Erised one, which even got Niffled, and nobody loves at all on the AO3 (it's even beaten by the vaguely disturbing, vaguely Hannay/ Medina ficlet, and who on earth reads that?) Possibly writing in big fandoms just gets your fic swamped, if it's on obscure characters rather than the main pairings? All the same, though, AADL surprises me. It's a fic I'm proud of, and it's on a popular fic theme (I guess most people who have dipped their toes into Narnia fic have written or thought about the Problem of Susan), but it's not the usual take, and it's full of Anglo-Catholic stuff which is, let's say, a minority interest. On the other hand, it does have large chunks of Julina of Norwich, and who can resist Julian of Norwich?

2. (395 hits): Mother Tongue. Sarek/ Amanda fluff, in which Amanda pwns disapproving in-laws. Now the popularity of this one does surprise me. It's a nice little fic, but I don't remember it garnering an unusual amount of attention on LJ/ DW, and I bashed it out quite quickly - it's certainly not my best work.

3. (275 hits). Trailing a long way behind - unjustly I think - Tell Beauty How She Blasteth, aka that Wimseyverse AU, in which Strong Poison has an unhappy ending. This one has been quite widely recced, but of course the links all went to LJ/DW, where I think it is still my most commented upon fic.

4. (273 hits). Putting on Civvies. A very fluffy look at the early stages of Spock and Uhura's relationship, with bonus linguistic geekery.

5. (191 hits). The Exercise of Virtue. Again, a bit surprising. I'm fairly fond of this fic, though exegesis fic's not a popular genre (though I suppose the AO3 promotes small fandoms, and it is quite hard to find Bible fic that's not either Jesus/ Judas slash, or apparently Good Omens slash in disguise...) I thought it was the weakest of my three Bible fics, though it does deal with the most obvious textual difficulty, i.e. how unpleasant Jesus is to the Syro-Phoenican woman. I think Daegar's fic on the subject is better, though.

6. (180 hits). In search of a big picture. Now this is the biggest surprise of all, especially as it was only posted last month. It's a ficlet of Cordelia and Martya discussing higher education choices, and while I think it turned out quite well, it was a quick ficlet for International Women's Day. I suppose the Vorkosigan fandom is small but quite active, which is the sort of situation where fics on the AO3 will get a fair bit of attention.

7. (177 hits). Just Good Friends. In which Gaila is pestering Uhura for details about her totally, absolutely, non-existent relationship with Spock. I thought I got Gaila quite well here, and Uhura's state of denial is quite fun, but I'd say I've written better about Uhura.

8. (135 hits). Illogical. A male Bechdel Test fail (is that a reverse pass?) - in which Spock and McCoy have a conversation about Uhura. I think this fic is nice enough, but I'm not sure why it's more popular than some of the others - again, a bit of fluff.

9. (127 hits). Fly Me To The Moon. In which Caspian tries to write science fiction. This is, actually, hands-down my favourite of my Narnian fic, and I submit that the premise is less cracky than it sounds. Caspian is a total geek.

10. (123 hits). Some Secrets in a Privacy Forever Ours. John and Jesus, post-Resurrection. Can you meaningfully say that God is your best friend? I still really like this piece.

Bizarrely, the eleventh most popular fic is Careers Advice, or, Marx Was A Friend of Narnian, which was a complete jeu d'esprit.

I cannot draw any sensible conclusions from all of this, other than that the AO3 is good for small fandoms.
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I'm not sure how many of these qualify as actual WIPs, as opposed to abandoned fics, but...

Eight Snippets from my WIP folder )
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I did another old-fashioned meme, via [personal profile] axelrod.

Put your iPod/mp3 player/iTunes/music player of choice on Shuffle mode.

For each question, press the 'Next' button to get your answer.

You MUST write the song name down that comes up, no matter how silly it sounds as an answer to the question or how embarrassing it is.

As usual, some of these are weirdly appropriate, and some just plain weird... )
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For [personal profile] el_staplador
Ficlet (500 words)
Fandom: Huntingtower (John Buchan)
Characters: Phemie Morran, Wee Jaikie, Dougal.
Independence, though a fine thing, could not be compared to Auntie Phemie’s baking )
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For [personal profile] oursin, who requested Mary Lamington.

Just Like Old Times. Double drabble, missing scene from The Three Hostages.

Mary revolved with practised ease in Turpin’s arms, keeping her face smooth and vacant under the powder and paint. And indeed, though she was waiting in some suspense for Adela Victor to appear, she was calm. It had done her good to compare notes with Dick; she was desperately worried about him. If Medina saw through him… But she was glad Dick knew what she was doing, no panic or distrust, glad that she was working at the same job. Just like when they had first known each other.

It was a bad business. That poor little boy! And Medina, uncanny in a way that made von Schwabing seem human and comprehensible. It wasn’t just his hypnotic powers, it was the way he saw everything as a tool. There had been something about how he had looked at her... Condescending, and yet resentful. She wondered how he looked at Dick; no, best not to think about what couldn’t be helped. Dick had been in bad places before, and come through them. He knew his job.

And so did she. Revolving in Turpin’s arms, she breathed in. She was – not happy exactly, but fully alive, entirely alert.

Just like old times.
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This may be a bad idea, since I haven't used the prompts I was given last time I asked for them: in honour of International Women's Day

Name a woman in one of my fandoms and I will attempt a drabble (or something drabble-ish) about her.

If you give me a keyword or lyric, I will use it if it sparks something for me.

Fandoms: the Wimsey-verse. Doctor Who. The Vorkosiverse. Star Trek: TOS (and TOS-crew movies). Star Trek: Reboot. Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Harry Potter. Firefly. Narnia. Swallows and Amazons. Dalziel and Pascoe. Life on Mars (I should note I haven't seen any Ashes to Ashes). John Buchan.

[And I can't really call it a fandom as such, but: the New Testament].
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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.
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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.
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I've seen a few flistees doing the Id meme, and it sounded fun (if a bit scary). Of course, there are several things my id is glaringly obsessed with, namely (a) the Church, (b) mystic theology and especially Eckhart, (c) language. But I'd be curious to know if you've spotted something I've missed....
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You’re St. Justin Martyr!

You have a positive and hopeful attitude toward the world. You think that nature, history, and even the pagan philosophers were often guided by God in preparation for the Advent of the Christ. You find “seeds of the Word” in unexpected places. You’re patient and willing to explain the faith to unbelievers.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

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The Archers alter ego quiz
Your Result: Neil

Solid, dependable no nonsense working man. You take Susan's social aspirations in your stride. Not for nothing were you the Vicar's best man. Did I say dependable already?

The Archers alter ego quiz
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Actually, I don't think I'm that much like any of the cast, though the options I'd identify as closer aren't available...
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My Interests Collage! )

I have no idea why the Prince of Wales is in there.

What I've been journaling about )

(This is rather skewed by the fact that so many of my recent posts are locked, or there would be more clerical stuff in it).
tree_and_leaf: Cartoon of Pope Gregory and two slave children.  Caption flashes"Non Angli sed Angeli" and "Not angels but Anglicans." (Anglicans not angels)

Little donkey, little donkey
Had a heavy day.
Little donkey, carry Tree_and_leaf
Safely on her way.

Little Donkey
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

.... er, yay for Our Lady as the archetype of the Christian soul?
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*raises eyebrows*

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

tree_and_leaf: Harriet Vane writing, caption edit edit panic edit research edite WRITE. (writing)
Give me the title of a story I've never written, and feedback telling me what you liked best about it, and I will tell you any of: the first sentence, the last sentence, the thing that made me want to write it, the biggest problem I had while writing it, why it almost never got posted, the scene that hit the cutting room floor but that I wish I'd been able to salvage, or something else that I want readers to know.

Exciting meme from [personal profile] lizbee!


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