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03 March 2012 @ 01:33 pm
He is quite possibly my favourite author, though I don't love all of his books (the vast majority are pretty fantastic though).

SFX: We recently ran a writing competition in the mag – any tips for newbie writers on where they should begin?

 “It doesn’t matter what you begin with, what matters is that you write, anything and everything. Everything you write makes you better. But if you really need a tip, here’s one: a good story begins in opposition to its ending. That means you work out how it finishes first, and then begin the story as far away from that point – in terms of character development – as you can. Take Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as an example. If you want your character to learn the value of generosity, then start him off as a miser. The rest, as they say, writes itself.”

Fantastic piece of advice
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26 February 2012 @ 09:15 pm
What is your favorite fairytale, and why?

Beauty and the Beast =) Does that count as a fairytale? 
22 February 2012 @ 07:59 pm
Just had to explain to mum that Bail Antilles and Lando Calrissian are NOT the same person....

Oh shame, why do you haunt me so...
12 February 2012 @ 03:45 pm
What song is stuck in your head?

Lana Del Rey's song along with that 'Somebody That I Used to Know' a shitty, over-produced version of which is now appearing on the radio, ready to be destroyed by commercialism no doubt. The acoustic version I originally got off iTunes is far superior. Plus they all play it on one guitar. Impressive.

Also, I hope this time, that The Writers' Block Box appears ABOVE my answer. Stoopid LJ
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Current Music: Somebody That I Used to Know ACOUSTIC!
27 January 2012 @ 05:52 pm
That's easy Lara Croft - she was always my idol growing up. Plus I sort of have a girl crush on her :p
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18 January 2012 @ 01:29 pm
I love being Irish.

We're so awesome. LMFAO

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18 January 2012 @ 12:51 pm
Our shower head is broken....

We can't keep it up.

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16 January 2012 @ 05:48 pm

Title: Don't You Ever Wonder
Rating: U
Genre: Metafic
Pairing: The beginnings of Obidala, but could be considered just friendship
Summary: Obi-Wan and Padme walk the fields of Naboo and discuss the intricacies of Jedi Life
A/N: It has been a very long time since I've posted anything, probably because it's been a very long time since I've written anything. However, I'm currently beginning work on an original piece which I will hopefully see through to the end (to make a bit of money on!) and I found this while looking through my Writing files. I'd forgotten about it and reading over it was pleased with it. I'm considering melding it with another piece that I've begun, but that's a long way away from being finished, and I really wanted to post this as a stand alone piece... and a self-welcome back! to writing =)

I only discovered MetaFic thanks to estora and her community sw_meta.

Plus I miss Star Wars =)

Read More... )
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13 January 2012 @ 04:56 pm
Okay it's all good I've finally realised what my problem is. The random mood swings, not wanting to get up in the morning, not wanting to go to bed because it'll just mean tomorrow will come round all the faster, sitting and doing nothing constructive because all I have is free time, constantly trying to organise nights out and spending money I definitely don't have... I've figured it all out.

Its because I'm so fucking bored I can't see straight. I very, very much need a job. But that's easier said than done and I've been looking for a long time. I need a job, and not just for the money, but for my own peace of mind because I hate being at home now. And its made even more difficult by the fact it really needs to be something interesting, otherwise I'm really not solving the problem. 

Come on, there's got to be something part-time, well-paying and vaguely interesting out there...

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13 January 2012 @ 03:06 pm
Stolen from tpeej

Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"She is satisfied with herself."

HA! Awesome =D From 'Mansfield Park', Penguin Popular Classics Edition.
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13 January 2012 @ 01:59 pm
Being Irish, yes rather a lot.

I touch wood when I'm talking about something good happening in the future, in case my furniture was accidently made out of a fairy tree and they're trying to get me back...

If I have an itchy nose I'm going to fight with someone, an itchy hand means I'm going to meet someone new, an itchy bum means a surprise and and itchy foot means I'm going to walk on new ground. 

If a picture falls off the wall, someone's going to die =(

If I spill salt I'll throw it over my right shoulder. 

If the cows are lying down, its probably going to rain. 

If I see one magpie, I have to say "Hello, Mr. Magpie" or I'll have a sorrowful day, if I see two magpies I'll have something joyous happen to me. 

If I pass someone on the stairs I'm going to have a fight with them.

Its bad luck to set your shoes on the table - when you're feet aren't in them that is.

I'm sure there's plenty more but I just can't think of them right now. 
Do you believe in any superstitions?
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10 January 2012 @ 07:38 pm
Ooooohhh, I haven't been here in a while, I guess.

How much do you LOVE LJ's new comments layout.... post.... userpic...interface... thing!?

Amaze =D
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28 December 2011 @ 12:19 pm
I've never really bought in to the whole 'New Year's Resolution' thing, because they're just like any other resolution, and I don't feel the need to wait for the new year to make them. However, due to the insane end this year has brought me, I've been left waiting for the big 31 of Dec to start all the things that I want to do again. 

I want to go back to dance class, I miss it so much and having something that makes you feel that good coming round at a set time every week really grounds me. 

I want to start running, properly, because its something I've never been able to do. I've got all the guides and charts printed and I have the shoes and the clothes, now all I'm waiting for is the date. Somehow, this year, waiting for the New Year seems to me like it will make it official. 

I want to start writing again properly. Due to work, I missed NanoWrimo this year, and its been the first year I've been without an idea for it anyway. But I have a lot of general ideas in my head and I'm just bursting to get some down on paper, fanfiction too. Though part of these resolutions will probably be to write more original fiction. You know, so there's actually a chance I can make money out of all those brain cramps I give myself, not to mention having something that is completely and uniquely my own. 

I need to get another job. This is less of a resolution and more of a must do. I kind of hoping for the local New Look, because I could cope in clothes retail, and it would be near-by, not to mention something to do, because that - apart from the money- is the worst thing about being unemployed.

Also, it would be interesting to actually keep this journal in a journal way and not just for posting fanfiction on... and fangirling.

Ever since I achieved relationship-hood (oh yes, and what a fantastic relationship it is too XD ) I've been a lot less invested in fandom. I guess I maybe channeled all my romantic hopes and longings into the characters because I didn't have anywhere else to put them, and now that I do, I don't have as much need for fandom anymore. Though, having read through several pages of the SHERLOCK GQMF HOLMES KINK MEME - as I do - its made me remember how much I love it =). I'd like to keep writing in fandom anyway, because it lifted my spirits in a noticeable way and its not something I really want to drop by the wayside. 

I think changing all these things will assuage some of the smaller and more niggling personal problems that I have at the moment. Like extreme boredom when at home. I find myself trying to organise things to do all the time, so that I'm out doing things with my friends (which is awesome) nearly every day, but it meant by the time Christmas came around I was completely wrecked ( but still massively enjoyed it with the BF) =D  So I think if I start doing all the things I love again, it will maybe mean my creativity and general life-energy will be more channeled into purposeful and fulfilling things. 

Two other things I would like to explore again, are tennis and yoga. Tennis, I don't think will be possible, because I can't afford the lessons anymore. They're steep. Yoga, I can do at home on DVD, maybe coupled with the running. The only problem with pursuing that is getting peace.

Not to mention I'm waiting for my reply letter from the RCS. I got through all three rounds of auditions and down to the last five (its a Drama Conservatoire like RADA) and now I'm waiting for the letter to tell me whether or not I've got a place, the chances of which are remote as they normally admit about 9 - 14 people a year into the BA Acting Course. I'd kind of hoped to receive the news before Christmas, but its probably best that I didn't.

Okay, I'm done rambling, I'll try to make more of a habit of updating I think, so that my posts are not quite as long. 
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I've been working on this for a very long time, and it all started because of  -this- Thread infedal_slash about Plot Bunnies. Needless to say a plot bunny there, met with a plot bunny I had had for a very long time, and... well this is the result about two months down the road. 

All the guys over there have been very patient waiting on me to finish this - or at least post some of it, as I am now doing - and I hope that they aren't let down and the wait is worth while, because I'm not sure if this is what people were looking for. In fact I'm certain its not but I think it ticks all the boxes in a rounabout way. Roger as a King, Rafa as a Pirate Captain and lots of things in between that I hope will make it rich and exciting. 

I considered not posting this until it was finished, because I tend to work like that for fear of never finishing something, but decided to make an exception with this, partly because I'm so excited about it because I've been wanting to write it for ages, and partly because I think people waiting on the next part will encourage me to keep writing. The only thing I can't promise is how regular or soon updates will be because I work very long hours and I mean VERY long hours. I'm going to be away  all next week as well, so I'm rushing to get this up so I hope everything works.

I made the decision to put it as a .pdf file... well you'll see when you download it. You can't really get the same effect as I have hopefully got when you just post it on LiveJournal. If .pdf form really bothers you, I might at some point be able to put it up normally, but that could be a good bit down the line. For now, if you don't have a .pdf reader, Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded for free HERE.

So here we go, I hope you enjoy. There should be a soundtrack and a graphics pack to go with this very soon. 

Rating: NC-17

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11 September 2011 @ 07:33 pm
I'm actually shivering with excitement. I'm about to post something I've been working on very hard for a very long time.

There seems to be a few people who have been waiting for it too, so I just hope it lives up to expectations.

There were a lot of things I wanted to do for this in my head and on several occasions I considered forgetting them and just posting it, but now that its all finished, exactly as I envisioned I'm very very glad that I decided to hold out on it. Especially since I have NO time to work on it with working such ridiculous hours at the moment. Glad I spent my Sunday doing something VERY worthwhile. EEEEEEEEeeeeeee!

So, fingers crossed it all goes well.

Have at it.

Here it comes, my lovelies!!!
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24 July 2011 @ 12:07 am
Which movie or book character are you most like, and why?
I don't know because I'm not even really sure what I'm like yet...
13 July 2011 @ 12:15 pm
I've been waiting for this movie since September, and it looks freakin' AWESOME. I cannot wait to see it. 

And Stephen Fry as Sherlock's brother? There are not enough words in the world to describe my joy and ecstatic, beautiful delight at this movie. 

"Get that out of my face."
"It's not in your face, its in my hand."

"Get what's in your hand... out of my face..."


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04 July 2011 @ 09:38 am

No Wimbledon on my tv set.

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02 July 2011 @ 07:23 pm
In other non-out-of-the-blue-ranting news, I miss Wimbledon already and it isn't even over yet :'(

However, on a brighter note- look at how I spent MY day:

Painted the dirty old side of the garden shed with something a bit more pleasing to look at =D

I had to use oak varnish, emulsion paint, make-up brushes and an ATP WTF sharpie.... because we have no paint supplies LOL

That's what I call DIY
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02 July 2011 @ 06:53 pm

There's some things in life that I really don't get; Twilight; watersports; children; maths... and feminism.

Now I'll be honest; its something that I've never really looked into, and you may say that I therefore can't have a reasonable opinion without fully exploring their points of view. However, the reason that I have not looked into it is because of the opinions expressed by people who believe in feminism, because I think those opinions are uptight, biased, bitter and unequal.

Okay hang on a second before you leap to burn me at the stake. I know I'm opening a dangerous can of worms here, but it's something that's always really baffled me because there seems to be no common sense behind it. I'm as up for women as the next girl, and I defend my sex, but it seems to me (and maybe this is an unfair view, but I'm just taking the time to express my own - possibly flawed - opinion) that feminism calls for women to be something they're not.

I was posting in a community and reading others' comments, and I read a comment that said "until women aren't scrutinized as "unladylike" and wrong when they act like normal people and not like delicate angels, women aren't being treated equally. ". I'd like to stress, this is not an attack on the original poster, I'm just using this as an example because its current, and if you're reading this, and it was your comment, sorry to pick on you. Also, its taken out of context here clearily - I'm just addressing the issues within. I don't understand why women have to behave like men, and it not to be scoffed at for us to be equal. We are barely the same species as it is. Men and women are meant to be different, and act differently, and look different and have different outlooks. If we were the same, things would be seriously wrong. But it really does seem to me that feminists seek to be as manly as humanly possibly, and on some sort of driven mission to lose all of their femininity. 
To be honest, I don't like seeing men spitting either. Nor would a like to see a man scratching his arse on court. But I would like to see a man accidently flash his arse on court if I personally found him attractive *cough*roger*cough*. So why are some women determined to demand "equality" while actually setting different standards for what that equality is and encompasses?

I mean, camp men get all sorts of shit for not acting like men, and there's no menimist movement for their rights. (Gay rights is completely different)

I also don't see why using good-looking women in adverts (eg. that Virgin Airways Advert that caused so much fuss) is exploitation of women. The whole point of that advert was the empowerment of women. If you look good you should flaunt it, and there's nothing wrong with wearing a short skirt that shows off your beautifully shaved legs (because you think they're your best feature) to get a bit of attention from the lads because its nice to feel good about yourself physically once in a while. I think like anything it has to be in moderation is all, and our world seems to determined to slap a label on everything and give you a six step self-help guide to get around perfectly natural things. Just because a woman is good-looking does not mean she is thick. She could be going home to read about quantum-physics.

Apparently its offensive because only good-looking women were used in the advert. Listen to yourself.... just for a moment... please.

Why should I break my back to lift a bag of horsefeed on my own, when there's a perfectly muscular, capable man over there who could lift it for me:
1.) Without breaking a sweat?
2.) Feel good about himself for being a manly man grr?
3.) When he is built for more strenuous physical labour while I am built for asking directions and creating new life?

There's nothing wrong with acting lady-like. Are you trying to tell me ladies, that you would take a man standing in the street with his shirt off, spitting, knocking back a beer and swearing rather than a man standing at a dinner dance wearing a tuxedo sipping a martini and talking about ... I don't  know, love poetry, or Shakespeare or... tennis?

Alright, extreme example, but you would take the man who would help you up if you fell and pulled your chair out at dinner and text you to check you hadn't got raped on the way home rather than the one who laughed when you tripped, sat down after letting the door slam in your face and snog you before fucking off to the bar next door, would you not?

I remember hearing a story about a woman slapping a man in the face for holding the door open for her. What the hell is that about? That's manners regardless of the genders involved. Surely she would have felt more inclined to slap him if it had broken her nose after him?

And... thank you QI, for finally proving that "equal prize-money for men and women" in tennis is in fact, a mis-nomer, and is definitely NOT EQUAL. Men play best of five, women best of three. Women play less and therefore can enter more events, which means in the end, in fact, they actually earn more by entering doubles events and the like. They play less, but they get paid the same. That's not equality that's favouritism. Again a double standard. And don't give me the tosh about they have to train and work and exercise the same amount, because in an exam you don't get more marks for studying for longer. You get marks for what you put down on the page on the day.

If women want equality, then they need to suck it up and act like fucking men, like they all seem so determined to do at the expense of their own damn hormones.

Sorry if I offended you. I just seem to be decidedly non-feminist, and more of a.... Equali...tist?
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