etben: flowers and sky (rl: yes but wait what)
Thing One: delightful sunny happy beachy day, yaaaay! I haven't really made it out to a New England beach this year (apart from some quality time at Revere), so it was great to do that and see some excellent humans (even if I totally did burn the shit out of my shoulders, but what the hell, it's not summer without sunburn).

I also made these brownies, which were magical and delicious, so if you're looking for a good fudge brownie recipe, here you go!

Thing Two: In between various wedding planning shit and trying not to panic about the impending school year, I've been reading a lot! So, A, if you're on Goodreads, we should be buds, and, B, here's a books meme! Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] sansets, because books! Boooooooks.

Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
H. Hidden Gem Book
I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
J. Just Finished
K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
L. Longest Book You’ve Read
M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
N. Number of Bookcases You Own
O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
P. Preferred Place to Read
Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
R. Reading Regret
S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
W. Worst Bookish Habit
V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Thing Three: Is anybody else watching the current cycle of Project Runway? Anybody? Bueller?

May. 17th, 2013 03:25 pm
etben: flowers and sky (rl: yes but wait what)
[livejournal.com profile] mrsronweasley is hosting yet another love meme! My thread is here, and if you wanted to come and tell me nice things I would be very appreciative indeed.
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Here's a twist on that one meme: I've got a list of 15 characters from the Avengers and various associated films. Give me two (or three, or four, or whatever) characters and a thing they do together, and I will do my best to write you a snippet of how that happens! So, for example, "2 and 5! Cuddling!" or "3, 7, and 12 on a road trip" or "4 and 9, oral sex".

These probably won't happen right away, for reasons of or relating to the PLOT, but I will do what I can!
etben: flowers and sky (middleman!)
So I was thinking about doing that "my week in pictures" meme, but 90% of my day would be a FERPA violation, so, nope! Instead, here's a post about things I have recently watched and enjoyed. Feel free to share your feels and/or suggestions in the comments - I think the next thing in our netflix queue is The Fantastic Four, for reasons of Chris Evans and his stupid rubber face, but we are both very suggestible humans.

My Week With Marilyn, The Hunger Games, The Artist, Entre Les Murs, Friends With Benefits, Project Runway All Stars, Parks and Recreation, Korra )

In other news, I'm wicked excited for the Avengers, I can't even lie. The fact that it comes out the same day as my last day of student teaching is just the cherry on top of the sundae of fabulousness that is that movie. MOVIES ABOUT SUPERHEROS AND BLOWING SHIT UP, PARTY OF ME. *\o/*
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OKAY, so, for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, I have been pretty much DEAD for writing purposes for the past...while. Like, excepting Yuletide, I've written exactly one story since early 2009, when I posted my last bandom longfic. Which, ugh, cue guilt guilt shame shame NOT CONTRIBUTING TO THE FANNISH ECONOMY WHY DO YOU SUCK SO MUCH, SELF? -type spiral of unproductive feelings, eurrgh, please exit to your left, o ye haters.

BUT. I am graaaadually getting back into the fannish swing of things, by which I mean that I am feeling like I might like to write something again EVER, which is pretty thrilling. And yet: blocked on absolutely everything I have ever started ever.

SO. We're going to play a game that goes like this: you comment to me and say something like hey, M, tell me about the time that Tony Stark accidentally dyed his hair blue, or hey, what about the time Jake Jensen wore women's clothing on a bet, or but what about that time that Amy Pond met John Watson and they totally made out?

And then I try to write it! for values of "write" that contain an awful lot of handwaving and FOR REASONS OF PLOT. This is STORYTIME, not fic-writing time; High Literature Hour has been cancelled due to inclement weather and a shitty acronym.

FANDOMS: Avengers/Captain America/Iron Man, the Losers (but preferably movieverse, because I like it when everybody lives), Doctor Who, Pride and Prejudice, Friday Night Lights through s1?. Anything else I've written or capslocked about is potentially up for grabs, but those are probably your best bets.

book meme!

Aug. 12th, 2011 10:17 am
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So the New York Times put up a list of the top 100 SFF books (as selected by readers), and I stole this meme from [livejournal.com profile] sansets: strong the ones you've read, emphasis the ones you intend to read, underline series/books you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read. (I have, unsurprisingly, a very hard time saying that I will NEVER read something. Realistically, though, a lot of the sword-and-sorcery stuff is probably not going to happen - I love the genre, but they all blend together after a while.)

books! )

So, yeah. Mostly for my own reference - there are several on the list that, based on the description on the Times website, sound right up my alley. Because, you know, I didn't have enough to read already. ahahahahahahaha what.
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I've been thinking about this post for a while, and, hey, today is gray and dreary and kind of gross (where I am, at least), and so why the hell not! I hereby declare this the TOTALLY REASONABLE* DEMANDS MEME.

My TOTALLY REASONABLE DEMANDS for today include:

• a nap,
• a kitten,
• sunshine,
• not to have to teach tomorrow,
• Gerard Way,
• for my students' paragraphs to grade themselves,
• a job in January,
• for the heat in my office to work more reliably,
• for Chicago and Boston to be closer together, AND to live in one of those two places,
• more coffee.

What about you, internets? What are your TOTALLY REASONABLE DEMANDS for today? Or for life in general, idk.

*for varying values of "reasonable"
etben: wendy and the middleman, standing around in their underwear (standing around in our underwear)
The problem with LJ: We all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about one another. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

rl-shenanigans update: was in boston (\o/), am now NOT in boston (boooooo), am probably going to try to get over to chicago at...some point?, am still not getting anything written (but hope to change that soon?), am still only sort of getting shit done w/r/t future plans (but am DEFINTELY going to kick that into high gear pretty soon), am tinhatting john crichton and aeryn sun HARDER THAN ANY PAIRING EVER* WHAT THE HELLLLLLL, am still living in my parents' basement and basically okay with that fact, am still mostly loving my job (and still love to complain about it). Still bad at commenting; still love your faces.

Oral exams this week! Let's see how many terrible jokes I can make about this fact. (HINT: probably more than any of you really want to hear.)



*with the exception of [personal profile] etben/[personal profile] jai, which is my otp to end all otps. ♥
etben: flowers and sky (rl: DOOM)
01. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
02. Go to Google Images and search for that word.
03. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results.
04. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same.
etben: flowers and sky (bored now.)
I love how the end of the quarter and my being, you know, AT HOME WITH MY FAMILY results in my posting...more often than usual. Um. I am choosing to look on this as a messages-in-a-bottle -type thing.

...really, though, the point is that I can't ever resist an anoymous meme, even though I'm late to the party and not actually all that interesting. Still! If you should like to tell me things without the burden of usernames, my entry in the latest anonymous meme-thing is here.

A turkey-induced coma is looking better and better, right now. Thanksgiving dinner at chez [livejournal.com profile] etben: something of a production, but also delicious.
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Memery! ganked from...lots of people.

1. You're the _______ to my ______. It works like this: Basically, comment telling me that I am the (SOMETHING) to your (SOMETHING). I.e. if they think of you as a good friend, they may say you are the Ron Weasley to their Harry Potter. Or if you're lovers, they could say that you are the Ray to their Fraser. Get it? Pretty simple. And then, as memes are like contagious diseases, spread it in your own journal!

[Poll #1088035]

In other news, thanks to all of you who played in my OMG WTF PRAGMATICS poll from last night - I was full of ??? at my professor's notions of "what English speakers naturally do", and you helped reassure me that I was not, in fact, a crazy person.

...well. You helped reassure me that I do, in fact, speak English at least a little bit.
etben: flowers and sky (bored now.)
So there's a meme going around, as there usually is - this time, it's the ask me questions about myself and I will answer them! meme, of which I am rather fond. So! questions! ask them, and I will try to answer.

*

In other news...well, really, all I have to say is this:

Dear Professor Awesomesauce, you are very sexy and I love your lecturing style, but don't you think that assigning 150+ pages of reading for the Thursday section of a Tuesday-Thursday class was a possibly little cruel? especially when the paper that's worth about a third of our grade was due on Tuesday.

Much love, me.
etben: flowers and sky (ohshit)
When you see this, post a little weensy excerpt from as many random works-in-progress as you can find lying around. Who knows? Maybe inspiration will burst forth and do something, um, inspiration-y.

People, do you know how many random works-in-progress I have lying around? and how many of them haven't been worked on since - well, the most recent was at the beginning of April. Some of them haven't been touched since last year. I intend to finish them! but I'm kind of in a dead spot right now.

...still, that's the point of it all, innit? Here goes, then.

SGA:

1. untitled coda to the game )

started out as 5 Things fic, turned into random marriage-fic. Stopped before I got to the sex, which was kind of the point - plus, there are structural issues like WHOA.

2. not struck dumb (i'm just dumb, that's all) )

the story about how John Sheppard never, never, never sees it coming. SOMEDAY I WILL FINISH THIS.

3. ot4-1 )

orgies.

4. ot4-2 )

also orgies. WHAT.

5. psamtech in pegasus )

this was going to be one of several stories where I talked about language a lot. then I got bored and wandered off to write smut, but I still love this idea.

6. get me a wig and a pair of shades )

I like genderfuck?

7. ingram )

...I like genderfuck, okay?

8. manual language! )

Another linguistics-geeky story. Yes, this is the same snippet I posted last time. No, I haven't made any more progress. Yes, I still plan to finish it someday.

9. nonsense )

Oh, I remember this one! It was sort of like bodyswap and sort of not. Maybe I'll finish it someday.

10. the one with the ballet )

...does exactly what it says on the label. Look, I don't know, okay? It's just like that.

11. sga/bsg=DOOM )

This stemmed from a conversation about how Kara Thrace would have absolutely no patience with anybody on Atlantis.

12. this, this (is history): NO WAIT NEVERMIND. That, I've decided, was actually finished; you can read it here. *is pretty*

due South:

13. ds_harlequin )

I still love this story more than any three things ever, but now that I've figured out what happens, I'm less pushed to write it, which is a shame. You should give me shit about this!

14. v/k??? )

I have no idea when I started this, or where it was going. I think it was actually going to be a threesome, in the end? but I could be wrong.

OTHER:

15. namely, that thing that is probably original fiction, but mostly just WEIRD )

I don't know, but I WANT to.


...yeah. aren't you glad you asked? And I even left off all of the bandslash (which is pretty much all in chats, and too much work to organize) and all of the things where I said, "oooh, I want to write about ____" and then, you know, never did.
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1. thoughts on the strikethrough whosywhatsis )

2. Conversations I Probably Shouldn't Be Having At Work, #9781:

[livejournal.com profile] etben: man, I want to write dirty fucking.
but I don't know who should fuck!
I am very unspecific, is the thing
I want to write fucking!
I don't know what kind.
[livejournal.com profile] shoemaster: other than 'dirty'
[livejournal.com profile] etben: right@
...possibly I just want to have sex.
*thinks about it*

But, actually? I want to write about fucking, I've decided. It's my last shift at work until sometime in July! I want to make it memorable! And porn is always memorable, right? OF COURSE RIGHT.

SO: Give me a prompt! In any fandom that I write, or that you know I'm familiar with, or any combination of those fandoms. Any number of characters! Crossovers! Orgies! And I will write you at least 100 words of fiction without any redeeming social value.

(Full disclosure: I am absurdly ADD today - I started and discarded half a dozen ideas for stories in chat with [livejournal.com profile] shoemaster in the space of, like, twenty minutes. Also, I won't be able to post any pornfiction until after I get off shift, since the bossmen have decided (wisely, really) that lj is not a site to which the student staff should have access on the work computers. Still! I will think about your prompts with GREAT DEVOTION, and post the results from home.)
etben: flowers and sky (bitch please)
dude, who knew that dogwood - in addition to being a pernicious allergen and kind of funny-looing - was also a cause of crazy? that's my opinion, at least. *ties bandanna over nose and mouth*

IN OTHER NEWS: I have two exams, three papers, and a late shift at work tomorrow. THEREFORE, I bring to you the Rodney McKay Backhanded Compliments Meme, my entry here. Go! Comment! Say things about me that are maybe sort of nice, a little, if you look at it from the right perspective. And then leave your usernames around somewhere so that I can tell you that you're not completely worthless, either.

When I surface from stuff, I mean.
etben: flowers and sky (it's naked time!)
If you had me under your command and could make me write anything, regardless of whether or not I know the fandom or if anybody even writes fic in that fandom and no matter how crack-addled it might be, what would you love to see me write?

I make no promises - mostly, I'm just curious. And procrastinating.

PLEASE NOTE: Any person or persons saying "your goddamn paper that's due tomorrow, you dumbass fuck" do so at their own risk. I HAVE A SPORK, PEOPLE. Or, well. I could have a spork.

memesheep!

Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:04 pm
etben: flowers and sky (which one of you bitches...)
Ganked from...pretty much everybody, at this point: Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future. Open season, folks: go wild! [ETA: very nearly all of my stories are here, in case you are wondering]

PLEASE. I have two and a half more hours here, and if I do not find something to engage my higher brain function at least a little, I'm going to start seducing the new hires just out of boredom. (and of course you are allowed to ask after I leave work! I need a writing jump-start!)

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