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So at least I've had one good year, even if it all goes pear-shaped in 2012. (I don't know why we use "pear-shaped" to refer to things getting fucked up, anyway. I love pears.)

Notable events of 2011 )

Now, on to Xtremely Srs Bsns that should be taken Vry Srsly: [livejournal.com profile] forgottensanity, your package came today! Thank you ♥ I hope we can hang out more on e-mail and LJ and the like too. It's been a long time since we've talked properly! Also did you make the chocolates yourself?

Life proceeds apace. Lolmom took some wing chairs of my grandmother's up to my aunt Paula in Lafayette (these wing chairs had been sitting around the house for a couple of weeks). There is some familial drama but I don't want to talk about that in a public post.

Those of you who have me friended at Dreamwidth will be seeing a lot of things twice from now on, I'm afraid.

And that's all, folks!
xifeng: (Force 'n hoes)
I seriously need to be in bed on account of I am taking lolmom to Louisville for the Jane Austen Festival tomorrow, yes yes we are litfags. DUN JUDG.

Also, I have goddamn samurai in my brain, so here, help me out with a very srs poll that should be taken very srsly.

[Poll #1760229]

And that's it, going to bed. :D
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It rained today, thus ensuring that I did not have to water the plants again. VICTOLY. Also, the first green pepper of the season was ready to pick. Also also, we have eggplants and more tomatoes on the way, but I'm not sure if the eggplants are ready to pick yet and the tomatoes definitely are not. Speaking of tomatoes, I have been vigorously campaigning for GAZPACHO TIME but am undecided about which recipe to use; we made a green gazpacho last year (or the year before) which was very good, but Julia Child also has a recipe for a black bean gazpacho that I'd like to try, and the newest Cooking Light has a more traditional tomato-based gazpacho. HEY I SHOULD HAVE A POLL Y/N?

I finally got everything off the floor of my room, with the exception of stuff that needs to be there (like the fan, and also the shoe rack I've been meaning to put together for, oh, like, years). Hurrah! I now just need to clean under the bed and nightstand, and THEN I get to start in on drawers and closets and other shit. Yes, this is a very thorough cleaning. I am a poor housekeeper, I might add, partially because I view cleaning as "not of general interest" and partially because I was too depressed to give a shit about very much until fairly recently.

Got a very ebullient note from J, who is apparently happy to hear from me (which I did nothing to deserve). I'd certainly rather that than the alternative. Actually, speaking of exes, I have been kind of turning over relationship shit in my head, but have yet to formulate any coherent thoughts about that, so you may or may not be safe from those cerebellum-eroding thoughts in the future.

I have started working on Hittite Week, you'll be delighted to know. HITTITE WEEK: SMASH HIT OF 2011. Also, I would be honored if any of you would name your potential or actual rock bands "Hittite Week Has Been Indefinitely Delayed" or "Hittite Week Is Coming Soon" or something like that.

In theory, INDOT is going to close IN-62 next week. In practice, they had better not because I cannot get to work any other way and will drive through their blockades (lol j/k).

Also, I kind of want to write some shitty Trojan War fic now. THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] arisha.
xifeng: (l33 is a windbag)
I haven't had a whole lot to say lately, as you've probably noticed; life carries on at its usual speed. I managed to clonk myself on the head this evening at work (nothing serious, but it sure hurt at the time), and feel a massive bruise coming on. I think it's pretty well hidden, but with my luck it'll seep onto my forehead. Ow.

I like cooking, but do not like to grocery shop very much, probably because it is one of the most tedious chores in the history of ever and no matter how I feel when I enter the store, I'm always tired, cranky, and ready to kill someone when I leave. It doesn't help that I shop primarily at my hated workplace. Anyway, at least we're ready for the next of my culinary adventures, because not by veggie burgers alone can man live. (Seriously. There were three layers of them on waxed paper in a Tupperware container in the fridge. We have just now eaten the first layer, which was about 4-5 burgers. FYI, they are delicious on sandwich thins with grainy mustard, tomato, and avocado, also cheese. They are also good with pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella. I am trying to think of a Mexican-flavored variation that doesn't involve beans, since there are plenty in the burger already. We have got some salsa verde left over, which presents possibilities.)

The lolmom has made noises about making pumpernickel bread. Mmmm, delicious pumpernickel bread. :9

Also, I told [livejournal.com profile] a_t_rain I would rec her Merchant of Venice fic, then failed to actually rec the fic, so here 'tis: A Wilderness of Monkeys. It's a WIP and this is only the first part, but I look forward to the rest of the story. Shylock/Portia hatesex! How can you not go in for that? (Yeah, okay, I like Shylock even if he is an asshole. Faith of my fathers, and all that.) Go read it. Now.

Also, apropos of nothing:
Dear floor lamp in the den,

Do not go out. DO NOT. I see you flickering and quavering.

Yours very truly,
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This is, basically, a giant brain dump, because I can't be arsed to post on a regular basis. For that, I apologize. Perhaps I will manage to get my shit together by January.

The Universe: ERROR

BREAKING SHIT is my power! )

OVERANALYSIS is my power! )


BLATANT GREED is my power! )

[livejournal.com profile] uigenna: RAIEN. RAIEN. RAIEN. I have hopped on but not seen j00. Also, I have most of Friday and most of Saturday free (though I do have to work for a few hours in the evening). Just FYI. I do want to play with j00!
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Good things:
+ I have new earrings. The 'Mart clearanced a whole bunch of them. I don't get a discount on anything that's been clearanced, but they're cheap enough that it doesn't matter.
+ Lol-Mart only wasted 4½ hours of my time tonight, and I have short shifts until my next day off.
+ I started to get back on the wagon with eating properly.
+ The Shell station is hiring; it's nothing fancy or anything I really want, but it would be full-time, which I need, and it would be overnights, which I can deal with.
+ I have batteries for my CD player.
+ I find it really entertaining that, because I have Latin (the language) listed as an interest on my profile, the ads are all like, "MEET LATIN BEAUTIES FIND THE LATIN WOMAN OF YOUR DREAMS!!!!." Lololol.
+ Hey, [livejournal.com profile] jurhael, I don't know if you remember this Sue-we stumbled upon her a few years back during your HoND period-but she finally got sporked, if you haven't seen it yet.

And now, a MEME )
xifeng: (oh noes!!!!1111oneone!!!)
Dear Cough Syrup Manufacturers,

For your information, I consider it REALLY FUCKING RUDE to overcharge me for some nasty-ass-tasting cough syrup and then not even suppress my coughing, as you claim to do. You proudly state "cough suppressant" right on the label for Chrissakes. WHY AM I STILL COUGHING. I expect a whole lot more from 20 proof.

At least it was "cherry" and not "grape". Grape-flavored cough syrup is the vile whiz of Asmodeus himself.


As you will have gathered from the above, I am sick. AGAIN. I swear to God, it's been going for almost a month now--I got the bacterial thing possibly from Ainsley almost a month ago when the lolmom left for Florida, and then once the amoxicillin regime was over with (which did, in fairness, make me feel better), I had some sort of residual sore throat/scratchiness, and now I've got allergies. Thank God for DayQuil and the incorrigible stubbornness which has enabled me to drag my ass to work despite Really Not Feeling Like It. (Work in general, actually, can be summarized adequately as "Madame Lee Is Not Interested In Your Insignificant Bullshit".) When the goddamn hell is this going to fucking end?

In unrelated news, I seem to have gotten it into my head that I would just love to write some craptacular Dream of the Red Chamber fanfic, a threat I made last year but did not actually carry out. Also, I remembered how much I used to love Star Wars when I was a kid. And how much I still do, apparently, even if there's now so much canon I can't keep it straight anymore.

At least today is my day off and I can read and be a lazy sod and engage in whatever tomfoolery I want, at least provided I'm in bed at a decent hour as for whatever reason I'm on at 6 tomorrow. (I have got to get a better job as soon as I'm better.) And I need to write to, like, everybody.
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[livejournal.com profile] momo, my [livejournal.com profile] 1character claim just got approved. We have until 30 September. I'm hoping to finish it by 18 August.

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(Warning: May not actually contain excitement or adventure.)

Long post is long. )

Also, a minor rant:

My Fandom, Let Me Show You It )

Also also, ♥ for [livejournal.com profile] forgottensanity, because she didn't say I couldn't give her a heart. Callice has expressed a desire to be sent to Denmark, there to sit on Cat's lap and purr.

H wrote. I'd better get cracking.

Lee 3:16

Aug. 13th, 2007 10:13 pm
xifeng: (people like you don't actually exist)
I don't really know if I'm entitled to a 3:16, but we all know no kerfuffle is complete without me pontificating it to death.

Warning for anyone offended by swear words, my obvious disgust with the entire topic, and me being less than supportive of various roiling seas of batshit: Contains swear words, my obvious disgust with the entire topic, and me being less than supportive of various roiling seas of batshit.

Since everybody else is doing it, thoughts on the recent kerfuffle. Or fagsplosion, if you'd rather, and I would rather. )
xifeng: (Livia Drusilla is disgruntled)
1.) For the three people who didn't find out the hard way, XFO is on the fritz because I haven't renewed the hosting package because I haven't got my refund yet. So basically mail sent there will not be delivered. So try legioxxvictrix AT yahoo DOT com instead if you need me, kthx, or if you want to be SURE I'll look at your e-mail, ask nicely for the S00par Sekrit Address.

2.) This entire week has sucked large, hairy monkey balls, and I will be so so SO glad when it is over. THE FACT THAT YOUR FAX MACHINE IS A PIECE OF CRAP DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMERGENCY ON MY PART. Seriously, if anyone notices an appalling deterioration in my attitude, as though for some reason I just really cannot be arsed with someone's fucking land titles anymore, that is why.

3.) Will be gone for at least part of the weekend (I'm doing the South-Central Indiana Petite Tour: INDIANAPOLIS - BLOOMINGTON), so if you need anything, feel free to call the ol' cell. Or feel free to wait, whichever.

4.) Okay, so I don't do Gundam Wing fandom outside of having watched a few episodes back when it was on Cartoon Network and we still got Cartoon Network, but this has been driving me crazy. Does anyone BESIDES [livejournal.com profile] jurhael (who was there with me in the trenches, pointing at the stupid) remember an unbelievable Mary Sue called Black Suck Sylke? Her site is no longer extant, but can be pulled up through the wonders of the Wayback Machine (punch in "www.treizeandblacksylke.com"). I am sure there is more to the Suedom than meets the eye, and in my fruitless searches I have found hints of wanksplosion and Teh Crazy here and there, but not enough corroboration to piece together a reliable history. And you know how I am with history projects.

Also, I understand that Black Sylke appeared in some deviant and raunchy adult fanfiction, and if anybody remembers where it was archived or can find me a copy, I will grant you deviant and raunchy sexual favors (within reason, as flatly refuse to perform some acts). It is possible that I would find said fanfic rather tame and vanilla, but hey, can't fault a man for trying.

k, l33 out.
xifeng: (i r l33 the ALL-P0NTIFICAT0R)
Because I feel exhausted and weak thanks to horrid bl33ding stuffs, and because I don't feel like bitching about the myriad evils of Santa Claus, I present you with a fic. I haven't been doing fic recs lately because a.) I suck, and b.) Thousand Ships shut down, which effectively cut off part of my supply.

She Walks in Beauty by one mourning dove. Not Trojan War fic proper, but worth your time. I'm not sure if this is a work in progress or not, but it is enjoyable, even if there are a few anachronisms and the prose is a little purple. (Also: I for one could do without "REVIEW PLEASE" at the bottom of every chapter, but I find it less egregious because this is well-written.) It follows the relationship between Persephone and Hades, and all in all it's a worthy effort.
What else has this author done? Nothing else, as far as I'm aware.

In unrelated news: 3054 words of t3h n0v3l are written. Which is not much, but I'm forcing myself to churn out a thousand words a day. I figure this is manageable.
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In any case, here are this week's recs. I think I can hold out for a little longer, but that's the problem with small fandoms--there's usually slim pickings.

The Mad Princess by The Grammarian. This is yet another Cassandra story--but this time, there's a twist. It features Cassandra as a young child, before all the madness and the prophesies. The ending, in particular, is beautifully sinister.
What else has this author done? Her other work is predominantly in Phantom of the Opera fandom.

A Thousand Stars by Anaimos. Aeneas comes to aid Troy. Short, with vague hints of slash, and for some reason I'm a sucker for great final lines.
What else has this author done? Other Trojan War stuff, needless to say. I don't know if s/he writes in any other fandoms, or what those might be.

Under Odysseus. So technically, this isn't really fanfiction ('cause I'm gettin' into slim pickings here), but hey, it's hysterical and well worth a read. It purports to be the camp diary of Eurylochus, and it's funny as hell. I've no idea who the real author is or what else s/he may have done, but have a blast.
xifeng: (ACHILLES OMG SO TRAJIK!!!1111)
Okay, so I have errands to run, so here goes.

Heavenly Deluge by Thyme In Her Eyes. There isn't enough Clytemnestra fic in this world. While I don't altogether agree with her Clytemnestra, this is a damn fine fic--the prose is lush, but never over the top, and Clytemnestra's hatred and loss come through beautifully. The last line will give you chills.
What else has this author done? An awful lot of stuff! She's done some other Greek mythology work and written in a variety of fandoms, including an awful lot of FF7 work.

Two Drachmae by Gloria Mundi. I don't like Achilles/Hector, but I like this. It's sad and powerful, and the sorrow and longing come through so clearly. It's difficult to explain--go read it yourself.
What else has this author done? Awww, c'mon, guys, you know the drill. Visit her site, Imagin'd Glories.

Demand by Anaimos. Diomedes convinces Odysseus to come to Troy at the beginning of the war. Short, sweet, and slashy.
What else has this author done? A bit of other Trojan War stuff; I don't know about anything in any other fandom.
xifeng: (siiiiiing!)
Yes, it's time for the usual. You all know what happens on Sunday, so let's get on with it.

Phocian Lament by cillabub. On the eve of Orestes' return to Mycenae to take out his mother, Pylades reflects on his feelings for him. It's slashy, though not explicit; I've always thought that this would make for an interesting pairing, and was glad to see that someone had written about it.
What else has this author done? Her other work seems to be in Les Misèrables fandom. Visit her site, Rue de Mondetour.

Dakrua by Cinzia. This is a true drabble, being only 100 words long, but the author makes the most of it. It's brief, powerful, and awful (in the "awe-inspiring" sense of the word).
What else has this author done? Oh, you know the drill: some other stuff here and there, a lot of LOTR and Lotrips stuff. Visit her site, Cinzia's Web.

The First Farewell by Cairnsy. After Paris' marriage to Helen, Hector and Helenus have a conversation at a festival. I love the description in this piece, and the dialogue has a few nice turns of phrase as well.
What else has this author done? She's active in a fair amount of anime fandoms--check her FF.net profile for a complete list.
xifeng: (You're making Alexander the Great cry.)
If you loved me, you'd write me some Communist slash.



(And nobody point me to the Marx/Engels fic; I already know about it.)
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Or, um, it would have been if it hadn't rained half the day. But my Stakhanovite tactics paid off (or had better, as I enjoy receiving time-and-a-half), and then I got to go home and crash WHEEEEEEE YAY. Also, for the edification and delight of [livejournal.com profile] momo, I am hard at work on checking and responding to my e-mail. At long last. F'rinstance.

Anyway, we all know what Sunday means in these here parts, so without further ado, some recs!

goddess loving fool by sasori. Ignore the author's notes--they're rather jarring--but read the story itself. Despite a few minor grammatical errors, it's a pretty good piece about the reunion of Helen and Menelaus at Troy, at the end of the war.
What else has this author done? Most of her other work is in various anime fandoms, including RK, but she's also done some HP and Tamora Pierce-based fic as well.

Rites of Passage by Cinzia. Achilles, fourteen or so, is going to be educated, and although it is not the done thing, Patroclus will wait for him. The imagery is gorgeous--I'm a sucker for a good mental image--and I don't mind admitting that this one moved me to tears.
What else has this author done? A lot of it has been in LOTR and Lotrips fandom, but she's done some other work here and there. Visit her site, Cinzia's Web.

Fall by Helen. An encounter between Aeneas and Helen the night that Troy fell. It's violent and amazing; the complexity of Aeneas' mixed feelings towards her is beautifully emphasized.
What else has this author done? A bunch of other Trojan War stuff.
xifeng: (siiiiiing!)
I went into work yesterday, which once I conquered my natural aversion to working six days a week wasn't that bad. Also I've earned a reprieve, as I'll be in the office tomorrow instead of out of town. Huzzah! Mom's been slaving away at her own workplace, so last night we went to the Pasta Grill, which is near civilization but is in a business-and-restaurant plaza that I only visit about once a year, so I forgot where to turn and had to go back and get myself unlost. However, dinner was good. Mmmm, noodles and seafood with tomatoes and basil and olive oil. ♥♥♥

Also, I may have accidentally gone nuts in the bookstore and purchased some new stuff that, with a certain amount of finagling, I can convince myself that I really need. After all, I'd been drooling over Warriors of Medieval Japan for some time, and since I've been back on this Russian history kick it's only natural that I would need Gulag, and we're reading Crime and Punishment over to [livejournal.com profile] 0bsessed_reader this month, and I already have a couple of Alison Weir's books on Tudor history so it would be horrid and wrong for me to not buy The Six Wives of Henry VIII, since it is the second in the sequence. And I totally was not going to buy the other two samurai books at all, but they were cheap and I couldn't have lived with myself if I hadn't grabbed them RIGHT THAT INSTANT.

No. No, I don't have any samurai issues. None at all.

Also: fic recs for today! This is the post that keeps on giving. )
xifeng: (ACHILLES OMG SO TRAJIK!!!1111)
Yes, it's that time of the week again. I seem to be getting to slim pickings, but there are lo these many weeks left in the year. Enjoy.

Incomparably Cunning by Snoodle. A cute, clever, funny story about Odysseus and Penelope meeting for the first time, and the circumstances surrounding Helen's marriage to boot. Although this author's Clytemnestra isn't quite to my liking, Odysseus and Penelope are dead on, and it's funny without being stupid--a rare accomplishment in a humor fic indeed.
What else has this author done? Her work is pretty varied, including Buffy, POTC, and Narnia fanfic.

The Baths at Smyrna by Gloria Mundi. This is the sequel to last week's offering, "Pyrrha's Bracelet". Yes, I know there's a disproportionate amount of Gloria Mundi here, but damn if she isn't good. This is a brief encounter between Achilles and Odysseus, and a discussion of age and passion.
What else has this author done? Oh, you know what's coming next. Visit her site, Imagin'd Glories.

Fire and Ashes by Shirasade. Achilles reflects on his last night with Patroclus, and everything that he would have done differently. Bittersweet and beautifully imagined.
What else has this author done? Nothing that I know of, though she seems to have a few fansites here and there. Visit her site, Shirasade.net.


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