Nov. 4th, 2010 07:50 am
lizbee: Cartoon of Harry based on photos c.PoA movie on an orange-gold background with words, "Slightly Chosen, sortakinda". (Books: the Chosen One)
I feel like there's nothing I have to say that no one else has said already, but since I keep thinking about it (and I woke up and my hands weren't sore! CAN I GET A QUICK ROUND OF THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS?) here is what I think:

Applying for charity money, competing against groups raising money for underprivileged people and abused animals, in a situation where just being an option on the list means that some other organisation has missed out on a chance, is really vile.

Never mind the stupid things that were said on being called out -- now deleted, but there are screenshots around -- the idea itself is bad. It reeks of entitlement and middle class privilege. It's disgusting.

FictionAlley is competing against causes like the following:

- free dance classes for inner-city children
- a dance program for children with cerebral palsy
- purchasing musical instruments for a disadvantaged school

And it goes on. Some the options are less earth-shattering, like a mural honouring police officers and firemen. But what they have in common is that, unlike FictionAlley, they're pretty solidly in the real world. FictionAlley doesn't do anything for people who aren't already in possession of a computer and internet access, which is the ultimate defining privilege of fandom.

In short: vile.
lizbee: (Avatar: Chibi Zuko and Mai)

Azula/Ty Lee: hey, if Nickelodeon Magazine wants me to ship them, I'm not going to argue.

Also, [profile] bnharrison linked me to this vid, which manages to have talky face and STILL be amazing. (Possibly talky face is just one of those hazards of the job with cartoon vidding? Rather like OldSchool Who?) Anyway, it inspired vague thoughts about the following:

(a) Christian music is surprisingly good for vidding, because the metaphors we use to describe God can become remarkably literal when paired with genre footage. Or, Liz is still a bit amazed that "Late, Great Planet Earth" by, um, a band whose name she can't remember wasn't actually written about a Dalek invasion.

(b) I think I like Zuko because he hits the same narrative kink as Snape, ie, a man with great potential for both good and evil who has done and may go on to do terrible things, but who is scrabbling his way towards redemption. At the same time, their Epic Emo is undermined by the way the narrative has NO RESPECT for their inherent dignity, so they end up spitting and flailing as Sirius Black/Aang* escapes under their noses.

(c) Vids are great, aren't they?

* NOT a pairing I want to see in fic, thanks.
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Hello, internet. You've been looking a little down, so in between my time climbing mountains, wrestling sharks, saving whale babies and winning eighteen shiny new medals, I've found time to hand-craft this meme, just for you. Because you deserve it, internet. You deserve it.


The timing of this meme is quite apropos, as I realised last night (having finished re-reading Deathly Hallows, and then recovered from the half-hour crying jag it inspired because apparently I'm still not over that) that the Old Spice Man is, in fact, Lee Jordan. There are no special effects in those ads, just the power of raw magical ability. He's on a broomstick.

...speaking of Deathly Hallows, if you love the epilogue as much as I (I LOVE IT SO MUCH OMG), you may share my joy in finding a bunch of photos from its filming. I particularly like Draco's beard myself.

And now I've used up today's quota of typing, so I'm off to find something else to read. Time to crack open the new Temeraire, I think.
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A thought I had while watching "War Without End": the problem I was having with the Sheridan/Delenn relationship was that he's all human and sort of bluff and soldiery, and she's much more intellectual and sort of ethereal. But then there was the bit where they were walking down the corridor of the White Star with Sinclair, and I sort of blinked and the world shifted.

Sheridan and Delenn are Ron and Hermione. This, sadly, leaves Sinclair to be Harry; he is appropriately Destined, but Daniel Radcliffe could act Michael O'Hare into the ground. (On the other hand, some people might consider the HP series improved if Harry had mysteriously vanished early on -- transferred to Beauxbatons, for example, until such a time as he could be sent back to help found Hogwarts. This idea is 100% Snape approved.)

Anyway, having come to this significant realisation, I can now rest happy and ship them properly. Although, I like to believe that Lennier occasionally sends Sheridan copies of Improving Works of Minbari Philosophy, and Sheridan looks at them for a minute, then passes them on to Marcus.

Also, I did watch "Walkabout" and "Grey 17 is Missing", but I fast forwarded through all the bits with Franklin or Garibaldi. I don't have much use for Franklin at the best of times, but I can't help thinking that On The Eve Of A Devastating War is not the time to go, "Actually, I'm having a spiritual crisis. BRB, appropriatin some culture nao!" I know there were Circumstances, but still.

Then I watched "And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place", which was sort of awesome for the Londo-G'Kar fake-out, and the bit where Delenn is all, "I maked you a war fleet", and Sheridan's like, "OKAY I HAS TO KISS YOUR FACE NOW".

I was less enthralled by the bit where the reverend goes, "BTW, Sheridan, she loffs you. Idiot". At first I was all, "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!" But then I had flashbacks to Rusty the Shipper Dalek. Turns out that Doctor Who has left me violently allergic to scenes where outsiders observe Obvious Truths about pairings. But then there was face kissing, so that was okay.

ON A TOTALLY UNRELATED NOTE: Bella Swann/Albus Dumbledore. The House o'Squid ships it. Do you?

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Apparently the new issue of Doctor Who: "The Forgotten" is out, but I was so disenchanted with the last one that I'm not sure I want to go to the effort of buying it.  Even though it has a different artist this time, one who (judging by the panel I saw) doesn't suck.

Worse, Tales of Beedle the Bard has been out since Thursday.  It's now Saturday, and I still haven't bought it.  But I have an excuse: I've been so sucked into Megan Whalen Turner's Thief trilogy that I really don't want to read anything else.  At some point I'll do a proper post about why I love these books, but it all boils down to this: Eugenides is the most brilliant, mad, god-touched kleptomaniac unreliable narrator since Miles Vorkosigan stole a mercenary fleet.  And Attolia is basically Crazy President!Romana, only Romana has never cut off anyone's hand, or cut out their tongue (although I'm sure she'd at least consider it for Brax and Narvin).

Here, however, is a story that makes me all glowy inside, and reminds me of how good things are when they're separated from fandom craziness: An old lady was looking at Beedle the Bard, and she commented on the lovely illustrations.  I told her that JKR had drawn them all herself.  And the lady responded (like a normal person), "How lovely!  Goodness, she's so talented!" instead of saying (as many people on the intertubes would), "THAT SELFISH BITCH, WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?"

It was nice.  Today, since we're not going to the roller-derby bout, I'm thinking of going back to bed for a while, then watching "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead" again, and maybe working on some fic.
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Title: Motherf***ing Snapes On The Motherf***ing Astral Plane
Summary: It's not easy, being a Snapewife.  Especially when you have to juggle your astral marriage with your career as Last of the Time Lords.
Rated: PG-13
Notes: Begun for the [ profile] churchontime challenge "the Doctor marries someone on the astral plane".  Pwned by deadlines.  Rose undefeated from the ashes with a dose of extra crack supplied by [ profile] cesario.  Spoilers for fandom_wank and Deathly Hallows.  Quotes a small portion of LadyDarkness's astral marriage vows.  The original wank can be found here.

I solemnly promise all of this to you, Severus Snape, my only love. )
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Title: Hermione's Handbag Is Bigger On The Inside, But Not In A Symbolic Way Or Anything
Summary: In which Harry and Hermione get sucked into the handbag dimension, the fourth wall is repeatedly violated, Hermione muses about literature and absolutely no one has sex with Harry.
Fandom: Harry Potter/Doctor Who crossover
Rated: PG-13
Spoilers: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; season 3 up to "Family of Blood".

It was a cold, wet evening somewhere in England, and Harry Potter was regretting that he hadn't thought to steal Dudley's spare TV before he left Privet Drive. )

Art dump

Jul. 29th, 2007 08:15 pm
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A whole mass of sketches, a couple inked, none coloured yet.  A cavalcade of Romanas, some gratuitous costume-swapping, a bunch of companions and a bonus Snape.  Large pictures behind the cut. )
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A terrible tale of seasonal woe. )
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Snakes on Crack

Summary: Harry has had with these ... oh, you know.
Disclaimer: JKR. Some movie. You know.
Warnings: Contains swearing.

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From [ profile] yahtzee63: Make up a title for a story I didn't write, and I will respond withdetails of those non-written stories. You may, if you like, include details, such as pairings or fandom or whatnot.

Also, I am thinking of issuing a challenge. And [ profile] theregoesyamum has suggested that I should write some Snape/Hermione. So:

Generic Snape/Hermione Fic by LizBee

Hermione was in the library. Probably reading. Snape walked past, his black robes making a manly swishing noise. Passing her, he said something rude under his breath, because he was a mature, professional kind of guy.

"I hate that man," Hermione thought, crossing her legs.

Meanwhile, Ron and Harry were behaving like clowns. Not the funny/scary/horrific circus kind of clown, just the moronic teenager kind of clown.

"I wish I knew some real men," Hermione thought, chewing on her quill. "Some manly, professional and mature men whose robes swish when they walk and who ooze manly grease from every pore."

By a funny coincidence, Snape was slightly telepathic. This came from the mermish side of his heritage, because mermaids are all telepathic in order to facilitate communication at great depths, and also because it's kind of cool. A little bit of telepathy and a tendency to grow scales in embarrassing places was the only outward sign of Snape's non-human heritage. He had also inherited a vast magical estate, but since it was somewhere at the bottom of the Atlantic, it wasn't doing much good for anyone.

Anyway. Snape happened to overhear Hermione's internal monologue, because he quite enjoyed poking around in the private thoughts of teenage girls, just because. And on hearing of Hermione's need for a manly greasy manlover, he threw himself out of the library window and ran screaming down to the lake. He dived beneath the waves and threw himself into the welcoming arms of the giant squid, and teenage girl-free oblivion.

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Yesterday, I cleaned my room. This is significant, because I was setting a new standard for slobbishness, and my room was starting to resemble the local homeless man's rubbish collection. And I always find the best stuff when I'm cleaning -- I need to get a photo of my bookshelf, because there is no piece of furniture that better encapsulates my personality. Also, it's covered in squid memorabilia and bubble pipes and awesome crap.

I also found a whole lot of old sketchbooks and loose papers with drawings on 'em. I sorted through them, threw the unsavable stuff in the bin, and have begun to finish, polish and scan what remains. So there is more to come, which is probably bad news to those people who gently ignore my attempts at art. Sorry about that.

CoS!Ginny )

Remus/Tonks )

Now, was that so painful? It could have been worse; I was tempted by the icon survey...
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Well, I've written this fic, see, and although I do say so myself, I rather think it's the snail's ankles quite readable.  This is the fic I mentioned in a locked post a couple of weeks back, wondering where you draw the line between gen and het and so forth.  It's also the most ambitious HP fic I've written in a while, particulary in terms of structure.  And it's longish, at 20 pages/7,500 words.  Well, long for me; my average is 6 pages tops.

So yes, the snail's ankles quite readable.  Regrettably light in Snapely matters, but otherwise tolerable.

Title: Maps to the Stars' Homes
Summary: Following the war, Harry buys a plane ticket and leaves, but the memories keep following him.
Rated: PG-13, if you care about such things.
Notes: Apparently I can still write HP fic. Who knew?
Warnings: Non-linear narrative structure. "You'll have to excuse me, I was having a flashback." Uses the 'ships established in HBP.  Shamelessly self-indulgent.

SNAILS' ANKLES!  Click here.
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Context: I was trawling around, as one does, when I came across this summary: Cameron's neice gets raped and beaten...then she gets runned over then she gets sick. The team want and need to get to the bottom of it.

Clearly, this was a badfic opportunity not to be missed. So I clicked the link, and began reading the thrilling adventures of Cameron's nieces and nephew.

Of her nephew, at one point, we get the description, To Cameron, he looked a bit arrogant and she thought about locking him in a closet.

This prompted [ profile] baggers to ask the very reasonable question, Is Cameron a Dursley now?

There was no fighting it. Fic had to happen.

A Slap in the Face to all Right-Thinking Fen Everywhere
by LizBee

Behind the cut! )
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First: Yay for having Assignment #1 out of the way.

Boo for Assignment #1 being the easy one.

Second: Yay for the new Snaps Cup Meme.

Third: Yay for fan art sketched while watching Rove.  Also yay for Hermione's hair and Harry's eyebrows.

Boo for Leah McCleod, cheap sketchbooks and my inability to draw hands.

One day Hermione's hair will take over the world. And then you'll all be sorry. )

Harry/Luna is my favourite couple that I don't ship. Please do not attempt to parse that sentence. )
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My HBP review for the ABC is now up here.  I'm afraid to listen to it, as I woke up in the early hours of the morning in a panic, having dreamt that I'd said something so deeply offensive that even as I stared blearily at the walls, ninja assassins were on their way to remove me from society forever. 

What?  Doesn't everyone have a moment like that once in a while?

...ETA: Erm, there is no link to the actual audiofile yet. Why? Budget cuts? Incompetence? Premature linking? *facepalm*

In other news, I wrote a Doctor Who fic to commemorate the release of HBP.  Why?  Why on earth not?

Anticipation is Less than Half the Fun
By LizBeeeeeeeee

Spoilers: Through to "The Doctor Dances", I guess. She said half-heartedly. Oh, and some little book called Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Including what amounts to spec for book 7.

Did you see the bit where I mentioned spoilers? You did? Good. Clicky! )
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[ profile] cesario expressed a desire to see a certain tense, wonderful scene from HBP illustrated.  I was only too happy to oblige.  Really.

Contains spoilers.  Did I mention the spoilers? )

You know what's great?  Croissants.  With cheese, ham and tomato.  *munches*

ETA: For those days when your fandom is kerfuffling, there is always fandom_wank. I expected this would happen, but I didn't expect to derive so much amusement from it. So I made an icon to commemorate the occasion.


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