stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Again with the lateness.

Usually I make November resolutions rather than NYs because I like starting early, but last year was hectic and I forgot. So:

- Do Big Bang. I failed to turn in a draft for the last two rounds (can I still sign up even?) This year is different though - I feel like I have an idea I really want to write, I'm not claiming I've planned anything - I'm pretty sure I'm not capable of planning anything, but I've been thinking about it for most of the past month.
- Lose last bit of weight. I got so so close to my ideal goal but derailed at Christmas (alcohol and fruit cake mostly). So I'd like to drop that last bit and work on maintainance. I'm also going to work hard on my fitness as well as my weight. I should probably do chess instead. I'm just as bad at it but it's kinder on the ankles.
- Write something every day no matter how small.
- Stop being so lazy when it comes to the work I should be doing. I'd like to end the year not regretting how I spent my time.


What are your resolutions if you've made any?

Trope Bingo under the cut )

Meme

Go to the closest book to you. Turn to page 206. The first sentence explains your love life. Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960 as the most recent poster.

I snagged two because I like to give myself some decent odds (and when I tried this yesterday I got the Hunchback of Notre Dame suggesting I drive people mad).

- Marc, the quintessential cold fish, capable of love?  - Magnificat, Julian May. I think it's quite hopeful! And mildly accurate.
- But there is a further possibility: it is conceivable that Caelius may not have been supporting Catiline at all. - Rubicon, Tom Holland. I have no idea what this means.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I am permanently one step behind, always. It's very sad. But I have forgotten none of the Christmas meme entries - they'll just stretch into January, I promise.

This is all the Christmas things and I've combined my end of the year writing roundup into it as well!

Boring Christmas happiness )

End of year writing round up! This year I am opting for the exciting arrangement of doing it by pairing.
Sam/Dean )J2 )Other SPN (gen) )Adrianne/Genevieve )Les Miserables (mixed) )

Also, Happy New Year to all! Wishing you the best.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
[livejournal.com profile] wendy asked how I drink my coffee for this day.


The simplest answer to how I drink my coffee...is that I don't!

I used to have a truly disgusting habit of filling a mug half full of instant coffee and then sloshing a little bit of boiling water over it (no sugar, no milk). The resultant mess stained cups, skin if you spilt it and tasted like thick tar. I have no idea where I picked the taste up from, but I used to drink four/five mugs of that a day - much to the horror of the rest of my family who preferred actual coffee that didn't come in kg jars. I'm still caffeine-insensitive and I'm pretty sure that's why.

Then one day I gave it up because I thought it was unhealthy. Just stopped drinking it and never went back. I didn't have a cup of coffee for the next three years or so. Nowadays I'll occasionally drink one - I still only want it black and strong enough to make you wince (or when I can get it, a mint frappuccino thing). I do like coffee flavoured chocolates though.

Instead I drink tea; mostly standard breakfast tea or earl grey, though I try and get two or three cups of green tea a day because I think there may be some health benefit to it. And wine, obviously.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
If you want to write me things/wish me a merry Chrismas/provide me with recs, then you can find my fandom stocking here. Please do link me to yours as well if you have one.

- also, thank you all, for the replies on the love meme ♥ it was a very cheering thing in a bleak exam-ridden time!
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I have no internet at home (broken) and when I say I've been working on these group projects I mean literally 14 hour days, plus a mock exam today, and a ton of other stuff. I'm looking forward both to posting my own December entries and reading everyone else's, so don't be alarmed at getting a late comment on them. That's just me backreading furiously. I also have a few recs stored up so I'll try and make that entry soon as well.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I still have some spaces open on my talk meme - you can find it here. I have six ficlet prompts so far, so a couple of 'talk topics' would be particularly nice as well - what can I say, I like to talk. Or you know, stick figures! I'm very nifty with MS Paint.

It's that time of the year for love-memes (though I may have forgotten that until I saw firesign's post about it) Regardless, here is the link.

holiday love meme 2014
my thread here



Do let me know if you have a thread, I'm currently trawling the pages by hand (dedication!).

- Will write up about my fun fannish week a little bit later, but just going to say I find myself increasingly shipping Cas/Hannah and I have no idea what is going on.

- Insmallpackages is a go! Find it here. Double points if you can spot my asks when the claim post goes up (1st Dec).

- Fandom stocking is also a go. It can be found here
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Well not ultimate, but definitely a combination. I like the look of the talking meme but reluctantly have to accept that with the combo of exams in December and writing commitments that I'd be highly unlikely to fulfil it. So instead I snagged and modified this likely-looking meme from [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero. The request can be related to the prompt you pick if you like, or not at all.

Pick any one of the properties or personnel from the Twelve Days of Christmas and any one of the following:

·         A ficlet prompt. Any fandom/any pair
·         A talking post - give me a topic to talk about. No limits - can be fannish - favourite fics, meta, stuff about my incredibly boring real life etc
·         A request for a drawn stick figure.
·         Anything else really.

The prompts are of course
Pear Tree: [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7 (Abaddon)
Partridge: [livejournal.com profile] glovered (Jess - STICK FIGURE)
Turtle Doves: [livejournal.com profile] alycat (J2)
French Hens: [livejournal.com profile] amberdreams (My three favourite fics)
Colley Birds: [livejournal.com profile] wendy (How do I drink my coffee)
Gold Rings: [livejournal.com profile] big_heart_june (J2)
Geese: [livejournal.com profile] emily_shore (stick figure illustrations of how you know when you're in a Mary Renault book)
Swans: [livejournal.com profile] snickfic (Meg/Castiel)
Maids (1): [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero (Hilary Mansell at school)
Maids (2):[livejournal.com profile] steeplechasers (Sam/Dean, virginity)
Ladies: [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland (What would I like to see more of in female character fic)
Lords: [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator (J2)
Drummers:
Pipers: [livejournal.com profile] gorkonelka (Dean/Sam, lips appreciation)

Rename

Nov. 20th, 2014 01:39 pm
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I finally (about six months after I first thought of it) got round to changing my name on here. I'm about 95% sure that stripytights was [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte's suggestion, so thanks for that! My tumblr has become stripy-tights.tumblr.com and I'm still considering whether to change my AO3 name or not.

Also I edited my salt-burn-porn entry to solve the formatting issue - LJ was doing its maintainence last night so as soon as I posted, naturally it went down and left it without proper paragraphing. So, sorry about that.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
This is my favourite thing of today (crack fanmix for The Iliad) find the tracklist here. My favourites are Book 18: The Shield of Achilles — Build A Bear Workshop theme and Book 8: The Tide of Battle Turns — This Aint A Scene. Also the fight between Ajax and Hector being set to the Confrontation from Les Mis.

Ages ago, pliny wrote me Sam Winchester poetry in response to an ask meme where you had to reveal what you'd learnt from osmosis about something you've never seen it. I rarely remember to log onto Tumblr so here it is. Pliny is awesome at poetry and suspiciously spot on about Sam. How can you not love something that's funny and sad at exactly the same time.

I put my Sam h/c prompt fill up on AO3 here: under the waters still and deep and also my spmc entry: Don't Shoot the Sacred Symbol

Sam & Dean Minibang post-date tomorrow. I feel nervous though not for any particular reason.

This is going to sound really stupid and I have been on lj for far far too long to only ask this now but how do I format a fic post entry so it returns to lj's default when you click instead of retaining journal formatting. I'm pretty sure I've seen it done - possibly using =light at the end of the URL.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
OhSam is running a commentfic meme at the moment for the express purpose of whumping Sam. I'm not very good at whumping anybody but I very occasionally like trying to, so I wrote a piece about Sam drowning that's a little more hurt than comfort. Who am I kidding, it's all hurt, I'm sorry. It's also gen and can be found here

Insmallpackages is running again this year. I was a complete fail last year but I'm cautiously resigning up so fingers crossed. My favourite low-pressure mini-exchange.

Posting date for my Sam/Dean Minibang grows closer. I am mildly excited, mostly because for the first time ever, yes ever, I've finished well before the actual date.


I've seen this from several people on my flist but the last one was [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis so I'm counting it a snag from her. Ten Things to Love

1. I finished an essay and handed it in at least half an hour before the closing time. Looks like this finishing early lark is catching (well, early for me anyway).

2. My AllSaints t-shirt arrived in the post and it is as nice as it looked online.

3. I had steak for dinner tonight.

4. I get to meet a friend I've never met before in a couple of weeks time.

5. My flatmate invited me swimming. I didn't go because I couldn't find my costume but it's the thought that counts.

6. [livejournal.com profile] salt_burn_porn is running and it's as awesome as usual

7. My fake stocks rose.

8. My room is tidy and my bed is made with fresh linen that smells amazing (this may have been the procrastination before the above essay got started).

9. I left my trainers in my parent's house so I have a legitimate excuse not to go to the gym.

10. I have red peppers stuffed with cream cheese. Delicious.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
The real joy of SPN and associated RPF is that for the first time since Alexander the Great RPF (a surprisingly big fandom), I'm shipping a juggernaut. Two huge pairings even, and I get all the rest of the fic to read as well because I like everything.

I picked In the Midwinter Cold LJ, AO3, Dean/Sam, PG-13, 8.5K

I chose this one because it exists in an odd place for me. At the time I wrote this (December 2012) I'd been in the fandom proper for two/three months, and I'd read hardly any Sam/Dean fic at all. So in a sense it's what you get when someone's completely unaware of everything else written - which is a very freeing feeling. It was also the first thing I wrote for D/S with a semblance of a plot - there's a monster, a climax, everything! It contains some of my favourite tropes (as well, I hope, as some of my recipient's favourites) including huddling for warmth, intimacy, first kisses, time-disturbance, and plenty of brother time. It's low key and nothing special, but it was fun to write and an entrance into a different type of fic for me (please note the lack of sex! shocking!)
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
There was a movie meme that I was going to steal from [livejournal.com profile] counteragent which asked for ten films that people could watch to know who you are. Unfortunately, I don't actually watch very many films at all. So I considered bastardising it by combining with[livejournal.com profile] de_nugis's version and doing 5 books/5 films. However, no way could I narrow it down to five books. So 5 films and 10 books.

1. Reach for the Sky - yes I am embarrassed by this one.
2. The Red Shoes
3. Grosse Point Blank
4. A Man for All Seasons
5. A Matter of Life and Death ties with Fast and Furious 1

1. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien - for obvious reasons
2. The Evil Cradling - Brian Keenan
3. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality - John Boswell
4. Iliad - Homer
5. All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot
6. King Rat - James Clavell
7. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller
8. Persuasion - Jane Austen
9. A Vicarage Childhood - Noel Streatfeild
10. The Lantern Bearers - Rosemary Sutcliff
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Okay, because I'm a moron, I um forgot to change the backdating of my [livejournal.com profile] smpc fic to something that isn't 'April 2011'. So yeah, if you'd like to read 5K of ridiculous J2 band AU (more Mindless Self Indulgence than Hawkwind), which has more sex than you can shake a dick stick at, then you can find it at 'What Goes On Tour'. (thanks for beta-ing it, pliny!) Feedback always welcome/appreciated.


Ridiculous anecdote/thought of the day. )
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
I was going to save my recs for after reveal, but I don't want to wait that long to rec the fic I received. So part two of Spring Fling recs now that I've read most of my way through (not all the way but if I waited for that I would never ever rec anything). Bonus stick-figure art created in Paint for anyone who guesses what I wrote. Here's a clue. It's poorly punctuated.

Star Rec: All That Is Gone this is my gift and it is Sam/Cas and absolutely beautiful. It does a great job picking apart some of Sam's emotions about possession and being overridden. There's something especially chilling about the concept and the ending. Thoroughly recommend.

- Air and Earth - J2, you feel the pain of unrequited love and the sense of freedom generated by the ending is amazing. I want more, but the ending in itself is enough.
- Still Waters - Jess/Jo, femslash and banter and a really really cute fic.
- Confidential - J2, ART, I love the coloring of this and Jared's expression and the great sense of a whole story.
- All the Lonely People - Gadreel gen. Thoughtful and interesting. Made me reconsider the character.

In other news, enforced idleness from being sick as a dog makes me productive. I wrote a J2 rowing AU for salt_burn_porn (it turns out, researching after the fact, that American college rowing seems to be a bit different than college rowing here so apologies for the clearly non-American-ness of this) and my own take on soulless Dean for smpc which I know must have been written before a lot but I've never read one so it seemed like fun.

In other other news. You know what's a really poor idea? Blindly grabbing for a bottle of shampoo in the shower. I'm usually about this shade. Now I am. Turns out that products not belonging to me that claim to eliminate brassy tones and make your hair naturally lighter might actually work. I've been wearing a slouchy knit hat this whole weekend and looking like a tool.

2048

Mar. 29th, 2014 01:14 pm
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Yes, I know everybody is playing it, but for SPN fans there's a version of it here that I'm enjoying. Level/blocks go in order of Dean, Sam, Kevin, Charlie, Meg, Ruby, Abaddon, Cas (I confess I have got no further)

http://games.usvsth3m.com/2048/supernatural--edition-4/

Edited to add: Two Cas's level up to become a Bobby.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Day 1-3

Day 4: Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before or introduce yourself to someone you've interacted with and friend/follow them. Afterwards, leave a comment in this post with the equivalent of "I did it!"

I did this one, commented on several things that I'd been meaning to. I'm not great at actively friending people though, mostly because I feel very shy about putting myself out there. It makes no sense because I love it when other people introduce themselves to me.

Day 5: In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I'm saving this one for a separate post and also because it'll take more time than the rest to marshal my thoughts and organise them into something coherent.

Day 6: In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I had a lot of options in mind for this one, some runners up included The Lord of the Rings (book), From the Other Riverbank by Dwimordene (fanfic), Supernatural (tv show) and Dog Day Afternoon (film.)

Eventually though I picked 'The Evil Cradling' by Brian Keenan for a lot of reasons (quick rundown: it's a memoir by one of the Beiruit hostages in the '80s). I first read it when I was pretty small, and I suspect it shaped a lot of the way I thought about the world in a way that still has an impact on me. It's a book that at its heart is about the good in people, not the bad, and while terrible things happened to the author, he overcame them all with a considerable amount of grace and humanity. It's about friendship and relying on someone else, and being there for someone else at the same time. It's also one of the only books that made me think twice about poetry as an art form, when it's not something I generally enjoy. Brian Keenan writes beautifully and I must have bought the book five or six times because I keep lending it to people and they keep being struck in exactly the same way, and never giving me the damn things back!
stripytights: (Brad/Nate)
I wrote some gen Artemis fic as a leap off from 'Remember the Titans', the original idea of which was snickfic's.

Anyhow the fic itself can be found here: The Longer Hunt

I'm off to visit my brother for a week and while I'm sure I'll be writing, I'm unlikely to be around on lj. This leads nicely into trying to clear my plate a little before I go. Chapter Five of Missing Piece of the Puzzle is underway, and I'm doing a kinkmeme fill which started off as sexy horrible jerks and then took a sharp left turn into crack.

I am still behind on Supernatural so I'm considering acquiring them tonight to watch one on the plane and the other on the train ride down. Then I can drown my sorrows when I reach the other end and pray that my brother has abandoned his idea of a quick day trip to France.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)


I'm not entirely sure if I'm going to manage to participate this year though I'll definitely sign up to pinch hit. I love Sutcliff, I love writing Sutcliff stuff but it's a really really difficult style to do justice too. But if anyone out there fancies it, they totally should! And if you haven't read any of the books (Eagle of the Ninth or any of the others) then you definitely should, and then chat with me about them! Just indulge my palpable and embarrassingly obvious fondness for brotherly/sisterly bonds of any type.
stripytights: (Dean and Sam)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] snickfic

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's Parker ...she likes money and cereal." I'd love it if everyone who's friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.) Then post this in your own journal [only if you feel inclined]. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an answer*.

*Providing it's answerable/suitable for public posting.

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