Dear Rarelywritten Author

Feb. 23rd, 2015 06:37 pm[personal profile] el_staplador
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Work in progress; I may come back and edit...)

Arthurian Mythology (Isolde, Brangaine) - I have a thing about devoted ladies-in-waiting (see also Zenda, below) and I love the dynamic between these two: the love, the loyalty, the way that they stick with each other even after it all goes horribly wrong. Isolde and Brangaine versus the world? Or I would be very happy with femslash. Brangaine adds an interesting fourth corner to the courtly love triangle.

NB - I've gone with the spellings used in the tag set, but am really not fussed about which you use.

The Count of Monte Cristo (Eugénie Danglars, Louise d'Armilly) - love this book, love these women. I ship Eugénie/Louise (not to mention Eugénie/Louise/music) for ever - something from their dazzling future careers? Or the story of how they met? Dumas is a bit ambiguous on the subject: Louise seems to have been both Eugénie's schoolfriend and her teacher at various points. But really, anything with these two will make me happy.

Doctor Who (Liz Shaw) - Liz! She is a genius and she wears very short skirts. I love her. Anything with Liz being brilliant, really. Something about the trials and tribulations of working with UNIT? Or perhaps you can find her some way to travel in space and time? I ship her vaguely with the Brigadier, but not while they're working together.

Sarrasine (any) - this is a really interesting little novella by Honoré de Balzac. implied spoilers ) Feel free to ignore the beginning/ending, or explain it away. I'd just like to see Zambinella happy. Again, I'm very interested in the theme of voice in this book, and if you wanted to cross it over with The Count of Monte Cristo I'd be happy to read that. (Marianina and Eugénie could be of a similar age, I think.)

Zenda novels (any) - I assume a match on this will either be Osra, or Flavia and Helga. I am, however, up for wacky time travel high jinks if you feel so moved. Or ghost!Osra. Or whatever. This is perhaps my most beloved fandom of all, and I will be happy with pretty much anything. Gritty political drama after the events of Prisoner and Rupert? (I think Flavia will make a rather better ruler than Rudolf V, but that's admittedly a low bar.) Osra being equally badass: we know quite a lot about her heart, but very little about her brain. Sweet Flavia/Helga femslash (feel free to kill off Fritz if you need to)? Or perhaps just something more about Helga.

Magpie Telegraph

Feb. 22nd, 2015 07:46 pm[personal profile] kafj
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I first came across [ profile] elisem via [personal profile] kaberett. Or it might have been [personal profile] oursin. It doesn't seem to matter; this morning I saw [personal profile] zirconium, whom I know from a completely different corner of the internet, posting in the Magpie Telegraph too. Sooner or later, I would have found the beautiful things that [ profile] elisem makes. Loveliness. And there is a sale on.

I'm wearing some at the moment: Explaining Tigers, which are all black and shiny and sophisticated, but a little bit world weary and dangerous with it. I've just been singing Evensong: they go with the black-and-white dress code, but are subtly outrageous at the same time. Not a tame tiger. Oh no.

They came in my first ever package along with Miss Prometheus Jones, I Presume, which are possibly my favourite of the lot. Part of it's the lovely skew-whiff myth of the title. Part of it's the weight and the swing. Part of it's the fact that one is wearing a shooting star, damn it!

My other favourite is my only [ profile] elisem necklace, Lipstick Mermaids. It's the one I'm wearing in my userpic, shameless reds and pinks, roses and cockle shells and all sorts of gorgeousness. Mermaids are secret code (not very secret!); cockle shells are important to me because of Saint James. It was my reward for finishing a significant stage of the mermaid project, and I wear it to invoke useful mermaid powers. Or just because I want to.

The rest are all earrings. The Balloonist Replies: light and airy and all about reflections. The Landscape From The Inside, another pair that I wear a lot; the brown-green-gold scheme reminds me of autumnal afternoon light, and King Arthur in Avalon, and things like that. [personal profile] kaberett connected me and All Dressed Up and Everywhere To Go and they were right. How To Talk To Friendly Monsters is a skill that I have been working on recently, and these are good earrings to wear when the conversations in my own head are getting out of hand. And, just for the hell of it, electric frog pond.

Loveliness. All of it.

Sunday Picnic Rolls Back the Stone

Feb. 22nd, 2015 12:36 pm[personal profile] poetree_admin posting in [community profile] poetree
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Sunday, every Sunday, let's have a community picnic. It's probably been a long week, and it's lovely to have a few minutes to sit back and relax and enjoy some good conversation in a less formal space. Feel free to bring something for the Picnic Basket - a poem you liked this week, a thought you had or something you experienced, or even something completely unrelated to poetry whatsoever that you just feel like sharing. Just take a moment to say hello, and maybe have a bite to eat; no one is going anywhere fast, and the shade promises some relief from the everyday heat. Let’s get to know each other a bit better, here under the branches of the poet’s tree.

Everybody else is...

Feb. 21st, 2015 09:34 pm[personal profile] el_staplador
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"You know those articles on the Toast, like how to tell if you’re in a Brontë novel, how to tell if you’re in a Hemingway novel, and so on? If you feel so inspired, drop me a comment along the lines of “how to tell if you’re in a fic by ElStaplador.”
alee_grrl: From Fantasia: Demon mountain from Night on Bald Mountain (bald mountain)
Windy just doesn't quite cut it in describing the current weather. Blasting winds might be a better term. These are the sorts of winds that do not howl around the house, but batter the house--a ceaseless buffeting that leaves no doubt why folk tales spoke of malevolent winds and wendigos. Add in the cutting cold that flowed from the walls with each blast, and it is not terribly surprising that sleep was difficult last night.

My bed is up against the outer wall (only place to really put it in the room I've got), and normally this does not bother me because I prefer a cold room when I sleep. Plus I have a nice toasty electric mattress pad (basically one giant heating pad), and that is a great way to get the sheets warm before climbing into bed. Normally I turn the heating pad off once I'm in bed, but last night I left it on very low for most of the night. I wrapped one of a super soft fleece blanket around my pillow as I usually sleep with a hand under the pillow and that hand kept getting cold (as did my nose). Having the fleece blanket over and around the pillow gave me nice warm nooks to tuck my hands, and kept my face a little warmer. I detest sleeping with things covering my head, so just sleeping under the covers doesn't work well for me.

I did get some sleep despite the cold and the wind, but it was a tense sort of night and I woke up feeling a little extra achy and sore today. Thankfully I have no intention of going anywhere today and plan on curling up with fanfiction and other forms of entertainment today.


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