ceitfianna: (Charles/Erik-remake the world)
I can't believe that Alan Rickman's dead. I've been traveling all day so only learned about it when I was on the train to NYC. He's an actor who's been in so many movies I adore and ones I don't, but he was always worth watching. Also I found out that the actor who voiced Robin Hood in Disney is dead as well from [personal profile] sdelmonte and that's awful, his voice was always my Robin Hood.

For the Snowflake Challenge, the prompt for the 14th actually ties into some fics that I want to rec.

Day 14

In your own space, share your love for something fannish: a trope, cliché, kink, motif, theme, format, or fandom.

I think my favorite trope, the kind that will pull me deeper into a fandom is if the characters feel messy and real. I have a weakness for characters figuring out what they can do and who they are and all the bumps along the way. I think the best example of this for me is Sameth from The Abhorsen Chronciles, his perception of himself feels real and while the situation is extraordinary, his reactions feel real. If you look at my roleplaying roster on my profile or the types of fics I tend to write, they tend to be all about someone making sense and making mistakes and finding what they can do.

Day 13
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

Love and Marriage (3387 words) by shewhoguards
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Christopher Chant/Millie
Characters: Christopher Chant, Millie | Millie Chant
Additional Tags: Arguments, Happy Ending, marriage is hard, Newly weds

Romantic it might be, but there was a limit to how much you could smile at each other, how many pet names you could find for each other and how many times people could pointedly leave you alone together before it all got a bit.. dull really. And there was a feeling as though that status had to be maintained, as though the first person to break it by speaking a cross word or even voicing a minor annoyance might be breaking something precious.

I adore Diana Wynne Jones' books because of how she writes messy people and situations. This fic with Christopher and Millie getting married and having their first fight feels like a continuation of the books. Its sweet, sad and funny,

A Noble Heart (1417 words) by Rhiannon87
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: October Daye Series - Seanan McGuire
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dean Lorden/Quentin Sollys
Characters: Quentin Sollys, Dean Lorden

Quentin has a confession to make. Dean has no shortage of questions. Set sometime between Chimes at Midnight and A Red-Rose Chain.

This was my Yuletide gift and I've lost count of how often I've reread it. The author captures all that I love about McGuire's writing, the great world and the people. Quentin is one of my favorite characters in the series and I RP him in Milliways as I'm fascinated by his journey. This fic fills in some missing pieces and complements the world.

Like Butter on Toast (7667 words) by SoundandColor
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Hugh Collins/Dorothy "Dot" Williams
Characters: Hugh Collins, Dorothy "Dot" Williams, Tobias Butler, Phryne Fisher, Jack Robinson
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Season/Series 03, Light Bondage, Canon Compliant, First Time, Sharing a Bed, Rope Bondage, Yuleporn

“If I could find someone who looked at me the way your copper looked at you,” Nell says, staring into the bottom of her glass and seeing things Dot isn’t sure she wants to know about, “I wouldn't be standing here waiting. I’d go and get him and I wouldn’t let him go.”

Or, How Dot Decides It's Time to Bring Hugh Home.

Its really hard to pick only three fics but I think this one needs more love. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is a show where I worry for all of them and this fic is Hugh and Dot trying to sort themselves out. I love how you can see the various found families and orbits of Dot, Hugh and everyone else. That intertwining and care that helps them find their way to happiness.

I hope other people enjoy these fics as they make me happy.
ceitfianna: (paper butterfly)
I put this up thinking it was Wednesday when its actually Tuesday, the last two weeks have been odd for my sense of time. I've fallen behind on writing up my books but now that my fact-checking is done, I have some time and have been reading a lot of interesting books.

What I finished reading.

Shadows of Sherwood, a fantastic retelling of the Robin Hood story with a biracial girl Robin Hood set in a near future dystopia. I highly recommend it if you enjoy adventure. I realize that I actually finished this before I started the fact-checking but I want to signal boost this book.

Recently I've been doing some rereads and finished Murder on the Orient Express, which is one of Christie's best. I love how she uses setting and plays with how characters are expected to act depending on their nationality and class status. Its one of my favorites.

What I'm currently reading
The Doll Collection, an anthology of horror stories about dolls. I picked this book up because it has a story by Seanan McGuire in it and have been really enjoying it even though horror isn't normally a favorite genre of mine.

I'm also reading a draft of a book by a friend, which is great.

What I'm reading next.
Aunty Lee's Deadly Specials by Ovidia Yu. This is a great mystery series set in Singapore and featuring Aunty Lee who runs a cafe and knows everyone's business. I read the first book of the series and loved it and I'm looking forward to the second. Especially since the book I last fact-checked was about South-East Asia and it made me want to read a book written by someone who knows it intimately.

This weekend I finally saw Mad Max Fury Road and enjoyed the world building, the characters and the spectacle.
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
My week is off to a good start, I have plans for my interview tomorrow and am about to buy some new luggage for my trip at the end of the month. Think good thoughts for me tomorrow at 1 pm. Today's question for [community profile] snowflake_challenge is one that I find interesting.

Day 5

In your own space, talk about your fannish origin story. How did you come to fandom, why did you choose your fannish name, do you have more than one secret identity?

Fandom's always been there for me even though I didn't truly understand what it was that I was connecting to until college.

As a little girl, I fell in love with Paul Creswick's Robin Hood, the N.C. Wyeth illustrations pulled me into a different world. Robin Hood is still that touchstone story for me, I get annoyed at retellings I don't like, but love talking about what works and what doesn't. At the same time and earlier, I was reading through and having read to me the Narnia books. There was a day camp I went to where a part of every day was being read to. This wonderful man named King who had a deep voice and a beard read the Narnia books, that was where I learned the love of sharing books with others. Also at this same time, I was watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, which combined with Robin Hood inspired my first works of fanfic. Will Scarlett ending up on the Enterprise and being friends with Wesley Crusher through weird magic. I used to write in the back of my school notebooks, have the notebook open, flip to the back and write stories there then turn to the notes when I needed to take them. In a box, I still have these old school notebooks and later all the journals people gave me full of words.

At the age of twelve, I went to this wonderful summer program, Longacre where another world of interacting and creating opened up to me through playing Dungeons & Dragons. My first character and still the only one I've ever played in D&D was a half-elf bard and I made up a backstory for her that my GM liked so much, she started at level 5. That GM taught me that its possible to step into a world with words and that dice and all are beside the point, he also lent me R.A. Salvatore books to show me how rich the D&D world was. I was also taking theater classes and thinking about the importance of background, how even if you don't hear the details, every character has their backstory.

By the time I started doing LARPing and entered the World of Darkness, the idea of being able to write a history for my character was natural. The World of Darkness showed me a wider way of interacting as there were rulebooks, novels, pins, all this wonderful stuff that came along with this world. Then the internet was there and I could see other fans, I once even tried RPing in the offical Star Trek chatroom like set ups.

In college, I found Harry Potter and then an amazing friend showed me how to find fanfiction and I had that moment of oh, this is home. In the midst of writing papers, I would spend time on the Sugarquill while I ran my own Changeling: the Dreaming LARP and tabletop game. In my creative writing classes, I tried to slip the fantasy of Changeling: the Dreaming into my work. It only partly worked, Fangirl perfectly captured how some teachers don't get fantasy or fanfiction.

From that same friend after college, I was told about [community profile] milliways_bar and learned that I could actually roleplay my favorite fandom characters. I began with Will Scarlett and now play ten characters. Milliways brought me friends who shared where they wrote and suddenly I was sharing my own fanfiction, first on my LJ, then later on Ao3 and participating in Yuletide, Narnia Fic Exchange, Ineedmyfics and ficathons.

My user name ceitfianna was created my sophomore year of college, my partner at the time had an LJ invite code. I thought it might be a good way to keep in touch while studying abroad in Greece. Ceit is the Scots Gaelic spelling for my first name, Kate, and one of the few languages I've found where I can find my name as it is. I'm a plain Kate, where its not short for anything. Fianna is the name of a mythic tribe of warriors in Ancient Ireland and a werewolf tribe from Werewolf: the Apocalypse. I honestly don't recall exactly why I decided to combine them, but its stuck and is how I'm known on LJ, DW and Twitter.

On Archive of our Own, my name [archiveofourown.org profile] FiKate is a reference to my AIM screenname which was the name of a character from a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game that only lasted one summer; Fiona. In Milliways, a huge amount of interaction happens in a chat room and since my screenname is Fiona, I was dubbed Fi. Yet there are Milliways' people who call me Kate and when I was creating my Archive of our Own name, I thought that I would combine them.

My Tumblr name on the other hand is something different as I didn't know how much it would connect to other areas of my life. Its [tumblr.com profile] atthelamppost as I'm currently feeling at a crossroads while I try to figure out a way to do what I love and be paid for it. Its inspired by Narnia, which is one of my oldest fandoms and one that I'm still a bit weird about. I haven't read The Last Battle, because when I was about eleven or twelve, I decided I didn't want the series to end. I'm 33 and still haven't read even though a little while ago, my father read through the entire series for the first time. Maybe I will someday. I've also considered getting a tattoo of the lamppost as an iconic image for me.

The last name I have online is for my librarian/professional blog, that I really need to update which is called [wordpress.com profile] nurturingstories. This is because I consider myself a storyteller and a good teacher and librarian is all about stories. We all have our own stories and children's stories need to be nurtured to allow them to grow.

Rough day

Dec. 13th, 2013 10:56 pm
ceitfianna: (holiday kittens)
I spent most of today in a grump without knowing exactly why and then cried about fixing my resume though I ended up making progress on it. I think that saying 'got up on the wrong side of the bed' really fit me today, because it felt like all the stress and awful of the past few months just hit me. Thankfully my parents were patient and we talked and I feel better, also we put up and decorated the tree. That helped me to feel hopeful about looking forward but this time of year is being tough this year. I have a few gifts to send out but I'm not doing my cards as normal because I don't feel up to it, so I'm doing what I can. Life is tricky but there is hope.

Now for the December meme which is still open. Today's prompt comes from [personal profile] in_the_blue who requested: You're stranded on a desert island and can only bring thirteen pieces of media (assume you have something to watch/play them on, because I'm nice and it's a luxury desert island). What books/movies/CDs/whatever do you bring?

To begin with, I'm thankful that its thirteen though it will still be very hard to choose and I might cheat with DVD sets.

1-Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold, because it always gets me right in the feels and helps me feel like maybe I can handle what the world is tossing at me. I miss my full collection of Bujold but its currently in storage. So if I have to choose one, its this one for how often I reread it.

2-Poirot Mysteries with David Suchet, it doesn't matter which particular set of episodes, they always make me smile.

3-Newsies and I'm going to cheat here and say movie and soundtrack, because both bring back my faith in the human race.

4-The Narnia books-I can revisit them multiple times and they make me happy, also boxed set, it counts as one.

5-TaleSpin DVD set, they always make me laugh.

6-Paul Creswick's Robin Hood with the proper illustrations.

7-40 Years by the Dubliners, because it has everything I need in a CD.

8-Women and Country by Jakob Dylan because it lifts me up.

9-Black Books, complete set because again I keep going back to them and sometimes its fun to laugh at how messed up the world is.

10-Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh-if possible I'd just take all her novels as I never tire of rereading them but this is my favorite.

Now its getting hard to pick and it really is coming down to books.

11-Mark Twain, as much of him as I can carry but must include; The Prince and the Pauper and Huck Finn.

12-Diana Wynne Jones and again so hard to pick but one of those sets of books that includes Conrad's Fate.

13-Last, oh last is so hard but Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Ask me tomorrow and it might be a different list and this is really hard to pick.
ceitfianna: (Bones Oh Please)
I feel accomplished. I've started the process to become a substitute teacher, sent off thank you notes and have sorted all the books in my room. The last isn't as major as it sounds since most of my books are in storage, these are just the ones I've picked up since moving here and left over from ALA. Many are going to better places as I won't reread them and I was reminded of those I do want to read. I feel like I'm getting out of the low place I got into in November when it felt like there was no chance of me finding another job. Instead it seems as if maybe there is hope out there.

Now for the December meme which isn't filled up, come and leave me things to write about here as much of the month is open.

For today [personal profile] quarter_to_five asked for: show/episode/book/movie/something that you just hated.

This one is really easy to answer as I recently rewatched Bull Durham, which is a movie I love and probably created my small crush on Kevin Costner as a girl. Sadly that crush took a major hit when Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves came out.

Now anyone who's followed me for a while knows that Robin Hood is one of those stories that I have a deep and abiding attachment to and ideas of how I think it should be done. When Prince of Thieves came out, I was I think twelve or thirteen and it was the first movie that I had a truly visceral, my god what have you done to the story I love reaction. I saw it with my best friend and her family, we ate dinner out in the car, cold chicken, came in and I remember staring at the witch scene. Then Robin came back from the Crusades which is something I don't get. Robin is of Nottingham and Sherwood, Richard comes back from the Crusades and Costner was awful. Then Alan Rickman camped it up, which he did well, Andie McDowell tried, she did try but had no chance. I spent most of that movie staring at the screen in horror at what had happened to my story. Actors I've liked went far down in my perception due to, Christian Slater is a good actor, he is not meant for that sort of movie. There were moments of oh, Wolf, oh Wolf, he's rather like my Will, he deserved a better movie as did Morgan Freeman's character. A generic fantasy or medieval piece would have been just fine, not Robin Hood. Its not the only medieval story to take from. When it was a movie to watch at a girl scout camp, I hid from it because of how much I disliked it. The more I think on it, the more awful moments I remember that felt tossed in for the sake of let's put it in there. It never felt coherent, I didn't care for anyone and it was an utter mess.

I did like the soundtrack because the music feels so separated from the story to me that I can enjoy. Also I played it in marching band so it attached to band practices which helps. This is rather rambling but this is truly one of the few things in the world that will make me go, no, get it away from me.
ceitfianna: (castle ruins)
I really need to use some of my tax refund to get all my icons over to DW, somehow none of my Robin Hood or James' ones are active which is a problem for this poem I found. Also this poem gives me ideas for Will, nothing clear yet but my worry with him is what shape will his story take. I fret about getting the end game wrong but don't like having him held forever in a bad place. Characters are tricky especially when they're from a well known tale and I'm putting my own spin on it.

This poem also reminds me that the world of literature of and about Robin Hood is fascinating as is the art. I don't want to spend my entire life studying it but I love peeking in on it at times.


Sherwood in the twilight, is Robin Hood awake?
Grey and ghostly shadows are gliding through the brake,
Shadows of the dappled deer, dreaming of the morn,
Dreaming of a shadowy man that winds a shadowy horn.

Robin Hood is here again: all his merry thieves
Hear a ghostly bugle-note shivering through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Merry, merry England has kissed the lips of June:
All the wings of fairyland were here beneath the moon,
Like a flight of rose-leaves fluttering in a mist
Of opal and ruby and pearl and amethyst.

Merry, merry England is waking as of old,
With eyes of blither hazel and hair of brighter gold:
For Robin Hood is here again beneath the bursting spray
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Love is in the greenwood building him a house
Of wild rose and hawthorn and honeysuckle boughs:
Love is in the greenwood, dawn is in the skies,
And Marian is waiting with a glory in her eyes.

Hark! The dazzled laverock climbs the golden steep!
Marian is waiting: is Robin Hood asleep?
Round the fairy grass-rings frolic elf and fay,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Oberon, Oberon, rake away the gold,
Rake away the red leaves, roll away the mould,
Rake away the gold leaves, roll away the red,
And wake Will Scarlett from his leafy forest bed.

Friar Tuck and Little John are riding down together
With quarter-staff and drinking-can and grey goose-feather.
The dead are coming back again, the years are rolled away
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.

Softly over Sherwood the south wind blows.
All the heart of England hid in every rose
Hears across the greenwood the sunny whisper leap,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Hark, the voice of England wakes him as of old
And, shattering the silence with a cry of brighter gold
Bugles in the greenwood echo from the steep,
Sherwood in the red dawn, is Robin Hood asleep?

Where the deer are gliding down the shadowy glen
All across the glades of fern he calls his merry men--
Doublets of the Lincoln green glancing through the May
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day--

Calls them and they answer: from aisles of oak and ash
Rings the Follow! Follow! and the boughs begin to crash,
The ferns begin to flutter and the flowers begin to fly,
And through the crimson dawning the robber band goes by.

Robin! Robin! Robin! All his merry thieves
Answer as the bugle-note shivers through the leaves,
Calling as he used to call, faint and far away,
In Sherwood, in Sherwood, about the break of day.
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
I would like this week to have a few things go right on the first try. The movers were late sending out the online confirmation but that's done. There's a email from the my student loans telling me to go look at a message from them but I don't want to. Last time I did the amount of interest made me want to cry, that will get put off a little longer.

My body keeps feeling off as in having asthma issues that I haven't had in a while. Allergies have rarely made me wheeze, its disturbing and disconcerting, I would like to not fall apart. My ear also seems to have healed, but it feels like it needs more. I also haven't been sleeping properly so I keep having points during the day where my temperature feels off and I just want to fall over and hide for a time. End of body rant and worries.

Meebo messenger's been shut off and I can't find a replacement that will let me get into chat, not even AIM Express which is messed up. I've got a five hour shift today and I'm already feelings a bit out of it, need chat and its wonderful community. So guys, I'm online but can't get into chat.

I'm going to do some meme answers, try to figure out who to do Happy Hour with tonight and maybe even write more on a fic that I should write. Perhaps tomorrow is a good day to go to the movies and hide from the world for a little bit.

Icon meme first.

1. Reply to this post with Dance with me, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

These five icons were chosen by [personal profile] bjornwilde

At one point I started watching Gossip Girl, I think I finished the first season but that was it. I found this icon and I love it as it shows the best of female friendship, two friends just being together.

[personal profile] anthologia made this icon and it feels quite apt for where I am at the moment, looking towards the future and not knowing what's ahead. Its peaceful and beautiful.

I loved Inception and this was by far my favorite scene in it because there was a clear sense of this isn't true reality. I wish honestly that there had been more of this but loved what there was. It was harder than I expected to find an icon of this moment.

This is a scene from the movie Atonement which I'm not a fan of. Its a gorgeous movie with wonderful actors, but I hate, hate the story. If I could have removed the actual plot, I might have liked it better. Its a heartbreaking movie about how a badly thought out and rather selfish choice that destroyed lives and to me that the person who did the wrecking never really got it. The atonement that's supposed to be the payoff felt weak to me. I have a fair amount of icons from this movie for Will as James MacAvoy spends a lot of time in it looking older than his age and hurting. I use this icon for war related things and general sadness.

My mother's originally from Carmel by the Sea so I spent my childhood spending one or two weeks there and visiting my grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin. I also grew up not far from the Atlantic ocean in Pennsylvania and my parents now live on the Delaware shore. I'm happiest when water is within walking distance for me. I loved that about Wellington, not only was the water right there but the waterfront was someplace I wanted to be. There was the public library and Te Papa and places to sit and watch the world go by. Everything for me feels a little more possible by the water. This icon is my beach, water one.

Now another round of the five topics meme.

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

(I don't really care if you say "FIVE" or let me know some other way. Just for the record.)

These five are from [personal profile] crazyfurries

Five more words )

Now all this writing has been feeling a little more even keeled and now to plot who will do Happy Hour in Milliways.
ceitfianna: (Up end in sight)
I'm currently at a hotel that's my normal stopping point between Michigan and Delaware but tonight is my rest between Delaware and Cincinnati. Tomorrow night, I'll be starting my two day interview by having dinner with some of the faculty and then then the next day, all sorts of meetings. The weather today has made me so happy as its been sunny out and I've been driving along and getting lots of writing ideas. Life is going forward in great ways.

I don't know what's going to come out of the interview but I know no matter what happens, I'll learn a little bit more. It's lovely to feel prepared and that's how I am. I have leftovers from my nieces' first communion brunch, choices for interview clothes and a chance to actually watch along on a few shows tonight. There are also fic and RP ideas bubbling around in my head that I want to do things with as I adore this feeling of hope and possibility.

The past few days have been strange and wonderful as well. I went to the book sale at the local library in Lewes and for ten dollars bought a fantastic bag of books along with finding a copy of Dogsbody while doing some clothes shopping. My nieces' first communion was odd, but it was nice to see that it clearly meant something to them and their mother and her parents. My parents and I pretty much went into observer mode for the mass because it didn't really mean that much to any of us. The party afterward was great too, this crowd of little kids that kept darting everywhere as adults clustered and laughed. That's my favorite sort of party full of good friends and family, too much food and wine, just an abundance of happiness.

Now for a quick meme as [personal profile] minkhollow is doing another round of the icon meme. If you want me to pick icons for you, just comment and ask.

Icons and reasons )
ceitfianna: (my muses)
This isn't going to be terribly detailed but I want to copy and paste the Twitter fics I've been doing since [personal profile] ladyoflorien started the idea. I'm doing Twitter names as again it helps me trace what I wrote. If I write more, I'll try and add them here or if not I'll do them on another post.

Charles/Ruby for @minkhollow42
Her mind felt like it was aching to be free as her body pressed against him. In his ear, she whispered, "Follow me." "Yes."

Red Pollard/Tiwa for @thisisyourfault
He thought he knew how to fly on the back of a horse with mane and tail flying. She laughed before taking him on her wings.

All these three were for @wanderlustlover
Jane & Edward -- hearts arts
She had been told that she wrote the truths of love and nodded. He never told her such things just listened to the unsaid.

Charles & Jean -- the echo of my heart
They were both too full and full of holes; all the secrets rested with them as the world took in price their loves and hope.

Tumnus & Marian -- sometimes all you have is tea
The tea set was still cracked from the wolves. He'd always kept it and now her fingers traced a crack as he played of loss.

Dem and Gus for Amber (@afullmargin)
He was laughing, he hadn't thought you laughed in bed with a woman. She just smiled and said, no, laugh and live with me, Gus.

My character choice-ill also for Amber
William didn't have time to be ill, too much to be done. Michael didn't cluck, just got him soup and quietly took care of him.

Dixie and William for Missy (@miz_missy)
She was always kind and didn't ask too many questions. Today though she looked close to crying, so he took care of her for once.
ceitfianna: (tea and a book)
My morning started off strange, I lost another right contact lens, which always leaves me off. I like wearing contacts but there are times I hate putting them on especially when I don't wake up when I wanted to. I'm still working on the Valentine's Day prompts and hope to post them this weekend as I have ideas and want them to be good.

Everything at Milliways is making me feel busy and happen. I love when plots come together and I get chances to have wonderful unexpected threads and to see what happens. There's a decent sized list of housekeeping of journals that I have to do in terms of OOMs and paid accounts but those will get done.

For now I'm going to do another round of this new variation on the question meme:

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.
Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

Seven questions from [personal profile] minkhollow
7 Answers )

Questions from [personal profile] ladysingsthe

1. What is your favorite thing to do when it's cold and wet out?
Get a big mug of tea, a good book and ignore the world.

2. When you're stressed, what relaxes you?
Venting, a good vent clears the air for me. Then I do something that has nothing to do with why I'm stressed but gets me moving. I find cooking can be one of my best stress relievers as it involves chopping, stirring, considering spices and by the time I'm done, I'm past what's bothering me. Other times going on a walk or a drive, just getting out of being in the space where I'm stressed does wonders for me. Whenever I'm stressed, I have this bad habit of overthinking and creating bad thought spirals so getting myself to do something physical short circuits them.

3. Do you believe in ghosts or anything paranormal?
I do, but I don't tend to talk about them a lot. My mother and I both read the tarot and see omens and answers in the not most obvious places. My father is a scientist so we don't really discuss those things too much with him, but I do believe that there's more out there than what's visible.

4. What's one thing you want to do or learn, but haven't yet?
It's hard to pick just one thing for this. I want to learn Tai Chi and a new type of dance for me.

5. What types of music do you gravitate towards?
Music that tells stories. I have a rather large collection of country music because I liked it when I was younger due to the stories. Now I also listen to folk, alternative and really anything with a story that clicks with me. Also music that I can move to, I adore Baroque music, soundtracks and musicals as there's a sense in them of this music wants you to be active.

6. If you could have three wishes, with let's assume no perverse incentives/loophole-seeking genies, what would the wishes be?
1-A job at a public library that's not too far from people I know where I get to spend my days getting kids excited about books.
2-A guy in my life who just wants to be with me.
3-Money to take an amazing US road trip or a trip around Europe.

7. Are you a dog person, cat person, or another kind of person entirely?
Cat person. I grew up with cats and whenever I get to visit someone with cats, I feel really happy. Though I'd consider myself a dog aunt as I love to see them when I don't have to take care of them full time.
ceitfianna: (a writer's life)
I'm feeling productive as I've been getting some words out there. Yesterday I wrote a gift fic for [livejournal.com profile] thebattycakes, it's a William Evans and Bill Pardy fic and might end up being a part one. Today I also posted a poem on my librarian blog called Recipe for a Librarian.

This little meme was just posted on [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover's journal and I think it's wonderful.

Tell me about a story I haven't written.
And I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.

Now I'm going to do two more rounds of the five words' meme, which keeps getting me writing about things dear to my heart.

From [livejournal.com profile] saphyriaMichigan, librarianship, James McAvoy, mythology, books )

From [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustloverRobin Hood, education, travel, kindness, gaming )

Lazy Days

Aug. 29th, 2011 05:06 pm
ceitfianna: (beach scene)
The past few days have been busy and rather wonderful. My brother and his wife had a Love Celebration and I've met and reconnected with friends and family from all the world, eaten beautiful food, drank great wine and felt quite lucky. Today feels like the first day of my true vacation as there aren't any parties planned. With my parents, I went hiking around Sugarloaf mountain and we've been doing a lot of reading and little else, which is such a treat.

I'm deep in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms,which is a complicated and good read. Normally political books aren't my favorite but the focus is on ideas and belief and relationships more than politics and the writing is brilliant.

I'm going to do two rounds of the icon meme and then head back to my book before having dinner with my brother and his wife again, we're helping to eat leftovers from the three parties and drink wine.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

The first round of icons are from [livejournal.com profile] one_more_cherry
Round one )

Next round of icons from [livejournal.com profile] minkhollow
Round two )
ceitfianna: (pooka illustration)
I really did mean to sleep tonight but it didn't seem fated to happen. Perhaps I can reset myself by staying up today and then sleeping when I get home from work tonight. I do plan on treating myself to a proper breakfast of pancakes or French toast or waffles at I think the Broken Egg.

In the meantime, I've finally started setting up my playlists on my new computer and I'd forgotten how for some reason iTunes will reorder and separate things by various artists. Its a pain as I like having my soundtracks in order. Also I have lots of random songs that people have given me and I don't recall them all, which makes things interesting.

I'm also rereading Tam Lin as between the various moves, my lovely paperback copy went missing and I bought a new one from Amazon. The cover image isn't as beautiful as the painting but its nice. Rereading is a joy as this is one of those books that truly imprinted on me. I first read it my junior year of high school when I had a horrible English teacher who did horrible things to my creative writing. We had block classes and I had her twice that year for creative writing and English, in both of them we spent most of our time writing essays for contests as they made her look good. It took me far too long after those classes before I actually started writing fiction again as she made me not look forward to writing. The two upsides were one of my oldest friends, the guy who introduced me to LARPing and was my first boyfriend was in the class, he was willing to argue with her and cause trouble, and she had a eclectic paperback collection. I picked up Tam Lin and it clicked for me, I think its partly to blame for my love of Classics and urban fantasy. One reason it worked for me was that I grew up on a small college campus so the setting felt quite familiar to me.

Now [livejournal.com profile] in_the_blue started a round of the icon meme and so my answers to that will go under the cut. I love any excuse to look at everyone's beautiful icons so please comment.

Comment on this post and let me know you want to participate. I will choose six userpics from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.

Some little images that are sometimes me )
ceitfianna: (koru)
Today has been quiet for me. I bought lovely new notebooks, put all my new classes and work stuff onto my Google Calendar and tomorrow things start.

Last night I talked on the phone with one of my best friends in the world and ended up smiling. We've known each other since we were tiny and just click no matter the time or distance. During the break we played a lot of phone tag so it was nice to finally just talk.

Now I'm going to post two rather different memes, a prompt one and the wonderful five question one.

From [livejournal.com profile] austen

Give me a pairing and a prompt, and I will write you no less than 100 words of dirty dirty porn. Or, you know, as dirty as I can make it, because this is me we're talking about, and I can't really write anything super filthy. And if, by chance, you happen to see a prompt you want to fill - by all means, fill! (There's a dirty joke in there somewhere, I just know it.)

Then five questions from [livejournal.com profile] athousanderrors

→ Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
→ I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
→ You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
→ You'll include this explanation.
→ You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

1) Favourite thing about NZ?
This is an incredibly hard question because I loved so much about New Zealand. I think the closeness of everything. In Wellington anytime I wanted, I could just watch to the most beautiful waterfront or Te Papa or hang out in the public library and everywhere people were kind. I think the size of the country does help with this since no matter where you go, there are connections.

2) Favourite character to play?
Another really tricky question, because I enjoy playing them all for different reasons. Currently I love playing Moist because he doesn't have to be good and make sure things get done. He can indulge himself and just enjoy things, which is a relief to play in the midst of graduate school. I could give a reason for all of them, but at the moment he's my escape valve pup.

3) Your best trait?
I think my optimism. It takes a lot to get me really down. I'll have low points but I can usually bounce back from them.

4) If you could RP any character in Milli, who would it be?
I have no idea since really I am playing the ones I love. I have a list of characters I'm not sure I could pull off like Captain Aubrey, but there's no drive. Honestly knowing I can play Will still makes me happy, because he's the character who awakened my creativity.

5) Your dream job?
A small public library outside a beautiful city where in the morning I run storytime and in the afternoon help young people find their voices. I know there's a good chance, the job that brings me joy might look like something completely different. For now though, this is my dream.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
I was going to try and finish doing the last bits of paperwork so I can get credit for my internship, but the SI site has decided not to load.

So I'll do a fun little meme from [livejournal.com profile] weaverandom Comment and I'll pick six interests of yours, which you then have to describe!

Here are the six she gave me and I think tonight or maybe before I go to work, I'll empty my camera so I can spend the next week posting leaf and food pictures.

Diana Wynne Jones
DWJ is one of my favorite authors, but for the longest time I had no idea how many books she'd written. I had a copy of Charmed Life that I read and reread. It wasn't until I was in New Zealand and getting involved in Milliways that I was aware of all of her other stuff, mainly thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe. She's a brilliant author who writes real people and her books are funny and scary and all sorts of good things.

New Zealand
New Zealand is where I realized I could support myself and felt like an adult for the first time. I lived there for three years, one year in Dunedin in the South Island and two years in Wellington in the North Island. I have a bachelor of honours from Victoria University in Classics and a couple of New Zealand places on my resume and would go back there in a second given the chance. Its a beautiful country full of kind people and I just love it. Also I need to get back to that part of the world since I haven't spent enough time in Oz and there are people to see there.

Robin Hood
I've loved Robin Hood since I was about twelve and read Paul Creswick's version with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth. I love how many variations the myth has and how in the end it all comes down to love of home and strong friendships. The best retellings always get that the Merry Men are built around loyalty to a great man and trust among the men. Will Scarlett is my favorite, because the dynamic of his friendship with Little John perfectly captures all the things I adore about the myth.

Shatter is a beautifully done post Apocalyptic game run by [livejournal.com profile] tinylegacies and [livejournal.com profile] canadabear, I played in it for a little while as some great people pulled me in. In the end, it wasn't really my type of game. I tend to play pups that need a way to get back to their homes, but I enjoyed the time I did play there.

Tall Ships
I adore tall ships and the world of maritime history, there's just something about sailing that makes me so happy. I interned at a maritime museum in Philadelphia after I graduated college and loved getting lost among the logbooks and seeing the Delaware river outside my work. I love thinking about the voyages and the complex hierarchies that were created to keep things stable. Patrick O'Brian's books are so beautifully done and a reminder of how fascinating the world of ships really is. I once got to ride on a tall ship out of Lewes called the Kalmar Nyckel on a sunset cruise as a present from my parents, it was so lovely.

World Myths
I studied Classics as an undergrad and I've always been fascinated by how myths shift and change. I was trying to find a good way to capture the fact that I'm interested in stories from all over the world. Most of my favorite writers of fantasy are the ones who pay attention to the stories that are out there and look into them like Charles de Lint, Seanan Macguire and many others. Also the things that I love to study the most are connections across worlds and ideas since there are themes that keep popping up and I adore finding and thinking about them.

This is an interesting meme and it reminds me that I probably should update my interests. I also keep meaning to change my layout too, but I've yet to find the right image to construct it around.
ceitfianna: (poppies)
Last night ended up slightly better than the day, in my History of the Book class, we looked at amazing books and manuscripts. The new director of the Special Collections' library showed us around and we ended by talking about transitions to new formats, which I always find interesting. Now this class makes me want to write, I'm constantly scirbbling bits of poetry and things down during it. So I'm going to write them up here.

The first is an idea that snuck up on me of transposing Robin Hood to around the WWI era. I think it came about because [livejournal.com profile] ashen_key and I were wondering about where would Will fit in a more modern world. So he's over in Mixed Muses and I wrote this little snippet.

The Sherwood Foresters )

The next bit is just some poetry mainly about words. I don't know if this is connected to the other poetry or not. Sometimes I just write things and this time I decided to share them.

I dream of words. )

In other news, J, a fun geek guy that's been in a lot of my classes let me know that my homework for Thursday morning class needed to be printed. He's someone I'd like to hang out with at some point, but I feel like the part of me that knows how to ask guys out got lost.

My printer now has ink and I did the work today after an interesting IP course. The only thing is that I feel like I haven't really woken up at all today. I actually woke up around 4:30 am or some horrid hour thinking I'd slept through the day. I even got ready to get dressed before double checking the time and falling far into sleep. I will get to class on time tomorrow, but I'd appreciate it if my body would sort itself out.
ceitfianna: (long road)
I just came back from sitting at a Starbucks and finishing Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. I want to go back to New Zealand, I miss the amazing vibrant world and the waterfront of Wellington, which lead to the best public library in the world and Te Papa. Ann Arbor is a wonderful town and I love my program, I'm just having some homesickness for an amazing country that I made my home for a while. If you love a good YA fantasy novel that deals with so many multicultural issues intelligently and a main character, who's not the pretty one, go read this novel.

One reason I feel so shattered this week is that I've been fighting off something, I thought maybe I'd got through it since I was able to manage work yesterday morning and Thursday night. Instead I spent most of today inside drinking tea and I currently have a headache, but it feels like Fall again, this is good. I wore a jacket around town. Life is going to start getting really crazy as things start to come due in my various classes, but I can manage them. I think resting this week will end up being a good thing.

I also need to ramble about why I love roleplaying and also why I miss acting. I love really looking getting into another world and time. This is also why I loved studying Classics and English so much, it was a chance to use primary sources and research to figure out what living in another time was like. I'm disappointed that I didn't feel up to starting a new D&D game with the couple I'm friends with, but next week when I'm more fully here I will, yay for steampunk Ravenloft.

Its sort of interesting to think about the fact that of the characters I play in [livejournal.com profile] milliways_bar and [livejournal.com profile] mixed_muses, only one out of 9 is actually from the modern world and that's the World of Darkness. All of the others are from fantasy worlds or different eras, well variations on historical eras, because I love the cultural clashes that occur. In Milliways, you get rather major cultural contrasts just from modern characters, but I love the twist of adding another layer or two.

This is in my mind because I've been playing Will more and I've missed him, yet he's running up against characters, who really aren't thinking about just how different the medieval world is from the modern. So he finds himself in the position of trying to talk about what is just his world to someone else and not always doing that good a job, which means he gets annoyed or angry. I enjoy those moments, because hopefully Will ends up making that other character reconsider their reaction to someone they only know from a book or other source. I always feel like there should be a warning posted somewhere around Milliways; Presumption Causes Trouble.

One of the reasons I'm having fun with the modern AU Will over in Mixed Muses is that it reminds me how complicated and at times easy it can be to transpose the legends. If I end up apping William Evans, who I might since I have a possible story for him, I'll have another character from an earlier era. Now I think I'm going to make some more tea and enjoy the rest of my weekend. I'll get done all the things I need to do this weekend though I'll be flailing soon.
ceitfianna: (Wyeth Cover)
Life has been quite amazing this week. My parents left on Monday, I had an interview on Tuesday and one on Wednesday and now the one on Wednesday has lead to me having a summer internship. I still need to find a mentor and put together a proposal for it so I can get credit but I pretty much have an internship. Its wonderful, I'm going to be helping a literacy center figure out what's the best cataloguing option for them and then if it all works helps them implement it.

Now for the long history and historical fiction post that's been brewing in my head for a while. Fair warning, this is going to be rambly and probably all over the place. I think the best place to be is with Robin Hood, because that was what really pulled me into history and the possibilities of historical fiction. Paul Creswick's Robin Hood with the N.C. Wyeth illustrations just made me think about another time and world in terms of amazing and real people. Not long after I read it, I started to read biographies and other historical works. This was also the point when I first began to write fanfiction though I didn't know that's what it was called when I put Will on the Enterprise from Next Generation.

Milliways has given me a wonderful chance to expand my own ideas about Robin Hood and I love just how much space to play the legend allows. This is actually the reason why I won't be watching the new Robin Hood movie, because from what I've read, Ridley Scott didn't want to use any of the legend so made up his own story. Even though from within the huge sprawling legend, he could have found just what he wanted. If he hadn't called it Robin Hood, I would have been there because I enjoy his movies and love Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and a lot of other people in the cast.

When I started college, I really thought that I was going to become either a Medieval Historian or possibly a teacher, instead I ended up a Classicist and now I'm on my way to becoming a librarian. The explanation for those changes isn't too hard to show. Randolph-Macon Woman's College didn't have that much of a medieval history program, but the classics' one just pulled me in. Classics caught me with Homer and getting to read him in the original since literature and primary sources are one of my favorite ways of approaching history.

I took one Education class that was fascinating but it felt easy in terms of my other classes. There was such a huge focus on Education trends and not so much on how do you teach. The class did have a practicum where we observed real classes that I enjoyed, but in the end, I didn't feel passionate about it. Its sort of how I feel after my School Library Management class, I have a huge amount of respect for school librarians, but I don't think I would be happy in the complex world of a school library. Reading Lies My Teacher Told Me is also reminding me of how broken the US public school system is and honestly I'd rather help a public library, because I know myself and if I wanted to try and fix it, I would until it broke my heart. I attended public school for twelve years and I was very lucky, because I was in a good district, but I had some horrible teachers and a lot of tests. A lot of the issues that are coming up in Lies My Teacher Told Me are things that we talked about in School Library Management, using primary sources, doing more than just teaching the test, but also how hard it can be to change things. Schools at times have a culture where the teacher basically closes the door to their classroom and they run things their way in there and any criticism no matter the form is very hard to take. My professor talked about nudging teachers and I think that's what Lies My Teacher Told Me is pushing for too, changing as much as you can and get everyone thinking.

I've always loved good historical fiction and mysteries though this is a hard combination to get right. The Benjamin January novels on the other hand combine the best of both these worlds wonderfully. I'm sorry that it took me so long to read them, because she tells you about her research and really pulls you into that other time. Now I'm curious to read some of her fantasy, but I'm not sure where to start. I would love any recommendations.

This entry is not quite as organized as I'd hoped but all of these things swirl and combine in my head and so I tend to think of them together. I think I'm going to also post this on my professional journal too. Thank you to anyone who read all the way through this.
ceitfianna: (Green Leaf)
I meant to write this last night, but ended up creating a journal for Moist von Lipwig from Discworld, he can be found at [livejournal.com profile] morethanprops. I wasn't planning on any new sort of character, but I've been rereading Going Postal and then chat sort of enabled me to try him out. He's fascinating in terms of all the different angles that he's approaching everything. I probably won't apply him in April since I have too much else to do and I'm still kind of figuring him out. His tryout EP is over here.

So the good news that I've been thinking about is that yesterday I spoke with my advisor about my plans for next semester and the summer and she was really happy. She said that it seemed like I had a good plan. Also she asked me about things that I wanted to identify myself with and I kind of went on for a good bit about storytelling and the lack of information about female roleplayers. I'm going to try and put together a thoughtful post about female roleplayers because I'm at a School of Information and a lot of studies are out there about gamers but none of them are really like me. So I've been wondering just how much of the population of roleplayers who don't play World of Warcraft and video or who play them but also do other things like LJRP or form RP are being missed. And I'm in the process of applying for various internships at public libraries in the area as I move forward on projects that are coming due.

Yesterday I was in the Special Collections library handling a first edition Howard Pyle The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and realized once again that I could probably quite happily write a long paper about Robin Hood. The paper I'm going to write is about illustrations and using the Special Collections library, but I do really love all the complexities of the Robin Hood story and how its constantly changing.
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
Its snowing today, which is beautiful but I'm feeling all thrown off for my day. I woke up and took a while getting out of bed but then maintenance people showed up to install a new dishwasher. I'm glad to have it but it started me off in an odd way.

My discussion section was just kind of eh, I think I understand Python but I'm feeling so tired that I'm going to keep poking at the assignment throughout the week. Though in good news, my evening class is being done online and my other meeting was moved to Friday.

Last week I had a lot of papers due and assignments that I've been getting the grades back on and I'm struck again by how even though I find all of this stuff fascinating, I tend to end up a B student. Like my last assignment for School Library Management, it was writing up a defense for a children's librarian, I ended up getting an 80 which is a good but not great grade. I'm pretty sure what I did wrong was not use enough sources, which is something I always forget to do. I'm not sure why but I'm not a great researcher. I'm incredibly good at taking apart primary sources and really going pretty deep into a reading though I'm not doing that as much on my school librarian blog. I should go back and go into more depth on my reading reflection. Today is just feeling like a day where I'm feeling kind of eh and not good enough.

So below I'm going to post the icon meme which I love so much and I'm asking for prompts. Writing fics for people always makes me smile and I think most of you have a pretty good idea of what I write but if not just ask. Also I'll do the lurker meme though I have no idea if anyone even lurks here. Wow, this got long, I guess today my thoughts are just scattered.

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Here for the fic book babbing? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that.

Comment here and I will pick six of your icons, you then copy and paste this in your LJ along with your explanations/comments/squeeage about each one.

Under the cut are the six that [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes gave me.

A few icons )


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