September 23rd, 2005



Happy early birthday to dtaylor, magiien, and rhiannonhero, all of whom advance a year over the weekend!

Hello to new reader mangosteen!

Exhaustion + nausea, but otherwise, feeling okay so far today.

A gift from me to you!
Music that is not work-safe! Bitch and Animal, "Best Cock on the Block".

This came to me from slipjig, of course. And now I pass the savings on to you. "From the D to the I to the L to the DO!"

8 Hunks
I actually like spam these days, just because it's e-mail that I don't have to take action on.

Hunks have one more week to accept! The doors close on Friday, September 30. Picture-posting begins on Saturday, October 1. Everyone should go forth and look at the list. See if you're there. See if anyone you know is there. Chop-chop!

Friday memeage!
Boring on the outside, super on the inside: Plain black long-sleeved tee and jeans, but Supergirl panties and socks.

Blood of Angels, the new Michael Marshall Smith book, third in the Straw Men series. (Yes, I know the cover says Michael Marshall. His name is Michael Marshall Smith. And Richard Bachman is Stephen King, FYI.) I had no advance warning that this was coming out. aussie_nyc shall be punished for that. *brandishes duct-tape flogger*

Anyway, I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far, which is doubly good because Marley's The Maquisarde never got interesting. There were sparks, but none of them had anything to do with the protagonist, who was stultifyingly boring. Yasmine's story would have been intriguing; Ebriel's wasn't.

Sir has informed me - yes, in his capacity as Sir - that I am taking the weekend off, as I have been pushing my body too much lately. As evidenced by the fact that I was so exhausted yesterday that I was walking into things.

Me: "Taking the weekend off? Was ist?"
Him: "No. Projects. No work. Lounging about, eating bonbons."
Me, resistant: "I don't have any bonbons."
Him: "Bonbons will be provided for you."

So. Lounging. Bonbons. I am forbidden to get project-y. Which makes me twitchy.

That man is looking forward to having me up there in part just so he can enforce stuff like this.
Writing - photo

Friday Audience Participation

envoy and I were discussing the physical appearance of someone he hadn't met.

Envoy: "Does [Person] has photo icons?"
Me: "Yeah, but they're hella airbrushed, don't look much like [him/her]."
Envoy: "Well, everyone does that. Everyone chooses the absolute prettiest pictures of themselves for their icons."
Me: "...not me."

This evolved into a conversation about my default icon in particular. This icon isn't the prettiest picture of me. It actually makes me look pretty severe, which I'm not in person. And the only thing I really like about my face is my eyes, which you can't see at all in this picture. (I look more like this and this, but with glasses, and my hair and face are thinner now.)

So why this picture as my default icon?

Because I'm writing. And therefore, I'm more me in this picture than I am in any other. So it suits me to have this as my default.

This is me at my most *me*. When no one's around, this is who I am; I curl up and the pen comes out.

And that's how I choose to represent myself by default.

So. Audience participation time. Why have you chosen the default icon you've chosen? What do you feel it says about you? If you don't have a default icon, why not?
Feral - PhotoGnome

Rapidfire bad/good

The bad: My heart has decided that it's a pinball. Whee! The heart is saying "whee". Not me. I'm not with the "whee". I'm with the "calm the fuck down and stop caroming around my chest like a ferret on crack NOW please thanks." This is, um, 'bout half an hour now.

The good: I now have a report of someone receiving the comic and story! Do check in and let me know when you get it, guys, because I worry. The report was from bitsyboo. Who called me motivated. *blink*
Writing - XanaDuMalion

[Shayara] 14 Girls in 14(hundred) Days: Alanna

Yes, finally. Following the 14 in 14 character sheet format.

Name: Alanna ni'Tamra
Origin: Alanna was born in the Council's island compound; she was transferred to Shayara, where she spends the rest of her life, at the age of 4.
Orientation: Heterosexual.
Significant Other(s): Jeramie ni'L'Arath. Sort of. They're... pretty fucked up.
Appearance: Typical Tamrani height (read: short) and eyes (read: blue-grey). Her hair is wavy and waist-length, and she's dyed it black. Her skin is porcelain-fair, her features doll-like... were it not for her clear madness, for the cruelty in her eyes, Alanna might be the greatest beauty of her time. As it is, she enhances her natural charms with glamours when she leaves the Council's Shayara compound.

Background: Alanna is the second of Katrina and Stephen's four daughters - the first born with enough power to potentially be the Lishaya. Indeed, for the first ten years of her life, even the Council thought that she was the Lishaya reborn.

Unfortunately for them - not so much.

So Alanna was raised by a fearful and overgrasping Council, bent repeatedly to their will in every manner they could. It's no wonder the girl's mind was broken by the time she hit her mid-teens.

What happens when you raise a girl to madness, and hand her absolute power?

"Thieves", Ministry
"Insanity", Oingo Boingo
"Sin", Nine Inch Nails
"The Hand That Feeds", Nine Inch Nails
"Sweetest Perfection", Depeche Mode
"Send Me an Angel", as covered by Deadstar Assembly
"Suck It Up", Die Warzau
"Smothered Hope", Skinny Puppy

...and many more...


Note: This is for the wiki and reference materials; is this good enough in terms of bbackground without giving stuff away? I've been writing a lot from her POV lately, which makes it difficult to jump out and do this from the outside.

Places You Haunt

Everyone who added placesyouhaunt has been added back (thanks for the poke, mountainkiss!), and ought to start their reading here - remember, LJ posts latest-first, so begin at the beginning.

Even if the first bit isn't right. *frowns* But it's getting there.

placesyouhaunt, in its current form on LJ, is all experimental-like. First-gen braindump, totally unedited. What I need to work on now is kickstarting myself into working on it daily again. With or without editing as I go. As I said to elionwyr earlier, my current problem is that I'm not actively engaged in any one project, so I'm indecisive about which one to commit to...

Why do I not have a Tam Lin icon?