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Mar. 30th, 2009 09:21 pm
mariana: (Rough tough)
Dude, I made shiny new icons (Merlin, Supernatural - all seasons, and even a Criminal Minds icon ^_^) I may have got slightly carried away with the error message icons. But they're just so esay to make, and so much FUN!

I have loads more, but no paid account, so I shall post them on my other lj as soon as I've transferred them all from my laptop, because PRETTINESS!

I may be slightly hyper.

I love icons... don't you love icons. I need to find some decent Merlin caps so I can make some proper Merlin ones as well... not just error ones. Anyone direct me to some HQ caps?

Yes, I should be writing essays right now. :P
mariana: (Default)
Dude...

I really should be working on my dissertation (I have 4230 words... stop judging me) but I spent the entire morning re-reading over my [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fic and FINALLY posting it.

It's over, thank God it's gone. 63000 words in the end (minus a hundred or so).

Aargh... and I really don't want to do my dissertation. I like it in concept. It's cool in concept, but in real life, I think it should get over itself and stop sounding pretentious.

It's like that character you think is awesome on screen but you really wouldn't want to meet in real life. Like The Comedian, or Rorschach.

Yes, I did just manage to boil my degree down to a Watchmen simile. My College Dad's entire dissertation was on comic books (inc. Watchmen [yes I know it's a graphic novel, so sue me]). I think I'm being pretty restrained.

One of my English teachers once had a theory that Buffy could teach you everything you ever needed to know about English literature as well.

Why didn't I do my dissertation on that?

Yes I'm procrastinating by babbling, but aargh...
mariana: (Sammy)
Dammit, dammit, dammit...

I'm on the final scene of my [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fic (I know, finally) but Arthur and Merlin are refusing to get to the point, they keep talking in circles round each other and I have a page of them answering each other in questions and it's all going horribly wrong and is made of epic fail and I really hate this fic now.

(not to mention it's at 64k... SIXTY FOUR THOUSAND WORDS... that used to be the eleventh question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? *headdesk*

However, that and the slight deadline issue means for convenience two betas might be better than one. Any volunteers?)

Gah... I think I'll just delete the whole conversation and start again. The sooner I get this finished the sooner I can devote myself completely to my dissertation and other work and actually get some sleep instead of lying awake in bed trying to plan out my time).

ETA: Oh, and so far today I have:
greased up a chicken, felt up potatoes and conversed regarding the optimum bendiness of a carrot.

Yes, I was making roast dinner, why do you ask?
mariana: (Anhora)
Ha! I have done work for my dissertation. Admittedly, at this point in time working on my dissertation means rereading fantasy series I haven're read for ages and taking notes on incidents of fire in them. Which I'm fine with.

However, I have come up with a theory/connection/thing.

Merlin has warped my world view of everything. I was rereading Tamora Pierce (magic is fire in that, and it's actually very useful, I don't care if it's not exactly literature) and the whole time through Jon and Alanna's relationship (not in bed) I was thinking of Arthur and Merlin. It was uncanny. I have long thought that the Merlin fandom feels like the Gundam Wing fandom used to, back in the beginning - with the amount of AU fanfic out there and the male-male relationships and the central 5 characters (I'm including Lancelot, so shoot me, he's central to fanon) Arthur's like Heero, Merlin's not exactly like Duo, but that's not really the point. They have a similar fanon relationship a lot of the time.

But now: Alanna is Jon's squire and therefore saddles his horse/takes care of his armour/etc and Jon is a Prince, and a noble one and sometimes a bit of a prat, but usually in protection of his friends. Magic isn't outlawed, but Alanna has a secret (she's a girl... obviously). It's all just too similar for me.

Oh, and I wrote zombie!fic. Sorry about that. In which there are chainsaws and shotguns and Merlin and Arthur are (as far as they know) the last living people on earth. And Shaun of the Dead references.
mariana: (Barney)
Okay, so I know I should be writing essays, etc, and I have a [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fic to finish, but this idea is slowly circling in my mind and I needed to get some of it down on paper/screen before it drove me insane. So this is an extract from somewhere in the middle.

So... brace yourselves, because it's kind of crazy (and unbeta-ed).

Merlin has a conversation with Nobby and Sergeant Colon about what makes a Prince.

Merlin/Discworld Crossover Snippet (yes, you read that right) )

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(strangely, I own neither Discworld, nor Merlin... and I apologise to Terry Pratchett for the horrendous misuse of his characters)
mariana: (Morgana)
AU Merlin fic that is AWESOME and must be read by anyone who is in that fandom, and anyone who isn't and likes a good, vaguely humorous story about people in the modern world who have sort of super powers.

We're a Storm in Somebody Else's Teacup by [livejournal.com profile] paperclipbitch

It's just one chapter at the moment, but it's brilliant.
mariana: (Default)
Today I did work... *listens to the gasps of surprise* I now have four pages of secondary source quotations for my Germanic Myth and Legend Essay. Only slight problem so far - I haven't reread the primary sources in the last... two years. Whoops. But all of that will be sorted tomorrow and Friday then I shall write it over the weekend and spend next week on my Forms of English Drama Essay of DOOOM...

I'm really not looking forward to that one. I'm fairly certain that everything we've learnt in the seminars has been pointless and superficial. Don't get me wrong, I like the tutor (she gave me awesome chilli flavoured Haribo that made my eyes water) but she does tend to get sidetracked by shiny things, and ask us to think about a masque to present to Gordon Brown... yep, that's right. A masque. Me and the guy next to me decided that we would have Fortune and Thrift as anthropomorphic personifications on either side of Gordon Brown, a huge dance number about the credit crunch and not borrowing money any more and then Gordon would give a speech and money would rain down from the ceiling...

But I get sidetracked. I was talking about my essay, I can't even remember what I'm going to write on at the moment, but I'm sure it will come back to me. It had better.

In other interesting things (well, interesting in a strangely bizarre way) just went out to buy cereal and discovered that the 375g packs were 89p each, while the 600g packs were £2.30 something or thereabouts. For some reason, that seems wrong.

Have got past first/second bout of writer's block on [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin and I've introduced Sophia... and Will, and Hunith. Poor Will is desperately in love with Merlin who's desperately in love with Arthur who is desperately in love with Sophia who is an evil bitch monster (as per usual) So what if it's cliche and terrible? I'm having fun!

And I will post the next chapter of Equilibrium tonight because it's been almost two weeks now and I am a terrible person, but I got distracted by Christmas and relatives and New Year and shiny new presents and DVDs (The Sarah Connor Chronicles is awesome btw, and who cares if I'm watching the Terminator series in the wrong order).

I have more ideas for Morgana centric fic as well, apparently I love writing her, but I can't put her as a background character in Merlin/Arthur fics. She demands to be centre stage for some reason. Oh, and I really want to write something angst-ridden and dark and future revolving around Merlin and Arthur but there is only a want and not a plot, so that will have to wait *sigh*.

Strange thing... in one of my fics I keep typing hand in magic instead of hand in marriage. I've done it at least five times (crack! fairytale fic, don't ask) Does that mean something?

9 more sleeps until Spn
mariana: (Barney)
My brain is mush.

I've got three Merlin fics going now. One is the [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin the others both started in the last two days. One of which is complete fairy tale crack, and the other is angsty Merlin-in-exile/on-the-run fic which seems to have developed plot (why does that keep happening) It was supposed to be short and involve Merlin and Arthur meeting up by accident somewhere and Arthur keeping his secret, but now it has grown (and has Gawain in. Yay Gawain!) and developed and apparently Excalibur is involved.

I wish something I wrote would just sick to the plan sometimes.

That's not the problem though, the problem is I think my muses are tired. I start writing and then I just get bored I should be doing work... I really should be doing work, but I can't bring myself to do that either.

Maybe if I start doing work my muses will star working again and then I will stop playing the stupid pinball game on my laptop and start actually doing something useful. Damn pinball's addictive, I swear. Not that I can play it properly, but I don't really care. I'm only trying to beat myself.

So... work, and then writing?
mariana: (Ravenclaw)
Okay, Christmas shopping mostly done. (Fred, I may have gone slightly mad when buying your present, be aware that I had been in town for several hours, had a lengthy conversation on the phone with my mother that was oh so useful and generally just had more screws loose than usual). Still got my grandparents to buy for... what do you buy the people who own everything ever made ten times over?

Mum suggested common sense, but sadly I have no idea where to find that.

Ooh, though, my present (one of) for Mum is pretty and shiny and I will post picture when I get round to getting stuff off my camera.

Other news. When I get round to writing my [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin fic (starting soon) it will probably become epic. Apparently I want to have Arthur in therapy... throwing things, while Merlin sits outside calmly flicking through a magazine which includes the headline 'my moobs ruined my life'... I read it over someone's shoulder on the train, okay? Along with that, there is a supporting cast of Gaius, Gwen, Morgana, Lancelot, the guy who had knives thrown at him in episode 1, Gawain will no doubt make an appearance, the Dragon (only human) Uther, Sophia, Nimueh and others.

Aargh.

In other news, I had a conversation with myself (out loud, because why would anyone have a conversation in their head while walking through town in public?) which went a little like this:

Dude, I should stop talking to myself.
Dude.
I say dude too much, dude.
Dude!
Dude, I have got to stop saying dude!
DUDE! Stop it.

Seeing as I am both female and, more importantly, British, and reasonably articulate (when I'm not completely sleep deprived) this is obviously a sign of some horrible brain tumour that is in the part of my brain that suppresses 'surfer' tendencies.

I think the people I passed would probably agree, although they may have been more concerned by the arguing with self part of the conversation.

Also, went to see the nice dentist man who poked my gums with sharp pointy things and told me that I should clean my wisdom teeth carefully (really? I should? I've just been leaving them to rot...) then proceeded to find that the one that had not 'erupted' or whatever the word was had inflamed the gum... which he then poked again with his pointy thing until it bled. He was very nice, but totally sadistic. It still hurts when I eat now. I wasn't having any problems with my teeth until I went to the dentist. Is this all part of their master plan?
mariana: (Default)
Okay, today I have:
- eaten mince-pies
- sung Christmas songs
- sung Christmas carols
- watched while my dad drilled holes into a Christmas tree in a valiant effort to get it to stay upright while swearing at it and calling it a son of a camel O.o;; (it leans forwards slightly still, but that just lends it character)
- untangled all the Christmas tree lights
- decorated the Christmas tree and
- read my secret santa gift fic at [livejournal.com profile] merlin_the_elf (which is made of awesome, btw... read it, read it). My fic has also been posted, but I am sworn to secrecy... although there are at least two people who will be able to tell immediately.

I've also done research for my dissertation, but that is not Christmassy and therefore shall be overlooked as beneath this season of joy and festivity. (Although, when reading Tolkien criticism the comments scrawled in the margins are win. Honestly, the people reading the essays know far more about the books than the people writing them sometimes [and there was someone who thought that the Sam&Frodo parts of RotK and TTT were more interesting than the Aragorn/Gondor/Rohan parts and the actual war... ?!?])

Dude, it finally feels like December
mariana: (Default)
So I have finally got round to writing my reactions/theories about 1x13, like everyong else did almost a week ago. I blame the essays... and the leaving, and the fact that sometimes I have to leave my computer for... well, meals and things.

That said, I still have no life. Hence:

Spoilers fo Merlin 1x13 - finale. Warning - this is sort of long )

So, now I have to go down to the library and get books out so I can write essays over the holiday. Boo. I'm going home tomorrow - yay!

(oh, and my sign-up for [livejournal.com profile] reel_merlin was America's Sweethearts. Lol)
mariana: (Default)
But instead I am writing Merlin AU fic...

grr. I need to write two 1500-2000 word essays on books I have not read by next monday.

I am so screwed.
mariana: (never)
Whoop! Essay done... well, I have to cut out over 500 words and add in references but meh - I can do that any time. And I had time to watch Merlin.

Spoilers for Merlin 1x11 )

I have two ideas for Merlin fic in my pocket and I have still got about five to finish (including epic fic of plotty doom *groan*) One of them is AU student!verse because... well, just because really, and I've been reading too many AUs and I had an idea for one. Plus - I am a student. Write about what you know as the person said. The other is just a line which I know I have to write into something. I have bad magic fic for [livejournal.com profile] merlinflashfic in the works as well.

But, my first essay is done, there are two more to go, but they're not due in for two weeks... so I have a little time... that I should be spending on my dissertation and reading for tutorials, but if I get organised I should get everything finished in time.

One slight problem? Me and organisation had a falling out about year 7 and we still haven't made up. Maybe if I grovel.

But at least all of this gives me something to do on the train tomorrow.

Oh, but if anyone wants to, I also have an idea for Merlin fic based on Whose Line is it Anyway? with some characters only able to say two lines... so sue me, I want to write crack!fic. If anyone wants to supply me with suitably vague/funny/innuendoey lines I would be grateful. But maybe I shouldn't, seeing as I already have too much to do.
mariana: (Default)
I cannot draw faces... I cannot colour faces, at least not so that they look like real people.

In case you hadn't already guessed this rant is all to do with my Merlin pic. Merlin's face is all WRONG! and it's his eyes' fault... I think they're wonky and I don't know how to fix them and the shading's wrong... and i think I'm going to erase his face and start again...

Grr.... I can't get onto Arthur until I've finished Merlin and I can't finish Merlin until I've done his face and I don't have time for this! I need to learn not to work in a linear fashion, but I can't help it!

Oh, and just a note, cut because it contains minor spoilers...

Spoilers for Spn 4x10 and the IT crowd 3x01 )

Oooh, new episode of Merlin in... less than three hours. Heh, I'm not obsessed I swear, just healthily interested.

Maybe there's a little obsession.
mariana: (Default)
Waiting for Spn 4.10. Lalalalalaaa

That and reading for my dissertation, which honestly I have to pat myself on the back for. No one else I know gets to read books on the origins of the Phoenix myth and Gormenghast and LotR for their degree.

Of course, the Phoenix myth is a lot more involved than I ever realised... however, this has now given me Merlin plotbunnies, who are bouncing around nipping at my ankles twitching their little noses and telepathically commanding me to write them.

I don't have time for this! Why do I only ever get inspiration when there are a million other things to do, or at 3 in the morning when I'm dead on my feet and can barely write straight?

So... I now have: 3 straight Merlin fics, My mega Merlin fic of plotty DOOM, A Supernatural/Merlin crossover, A Supernatural/Dr Who crossover to be written. A Supernatural fic that is written and needs serious polishing, a Merlin picture that needs colouring (because Merlin himself still isn't done and after I've finished him I need to colour Arthur and the background and I hate backgrounds) plus a Shakespeare essay and much much dissertation work. Oh, and reading for next week.


One of my fellow English students came into the lecture today, sat down and, before I even spoke, told me that she was having a crap day because her housemate blew a fuse the night before, made her come out to try and fix it, she fell off the chair she had to stand on to get to the fuse box and an airer fell on top of her. Somehow my amusement at the slapstick humour of the situation was not welcome... It didn't help that she's the type of person you cannot imagine ever falling over - ever.

I tried to convince her she would laugh about it in years to come, and she could write an epic novel about it, but she still felt that her housemate was evil and must die.


Oh, and in other news. It snowed. I was walking home and it started snowing! It's still November... and it's not even cold. I was seriously considering taking my coat off at the time. What is wrong with the weather?

One last thing: as soon as I watch this ep of Spn we're into hiatus! Meep.
mariana: (Ravenclaw)
Wordcount: 30359
Bodycount: still 2 - what am I doing with my time?
Pepsi Max count: 3.3333333l (I am so going to get osteoperosis when I'm older)
Chocolate count: today? two roses, 1 toblerone (a prize for hitting 30k), several double chocolate chocolate fingers, several chocolate limes, a white chocolate mousse... heh, Maybe I'm not doing so good at that addiction either.


Went to a meet up for Nano today as well. Was odd but cool. Even though I felt a little bit like I was making a fool of myself every time I opened my mouth (but I usually do that so ^_^).

There are pretty lights in Durham centre as well, and people have glowsticks - which you get from the Town Hall apparently, gosh darn. The one place I didn't think to go. But I shall go there tomorrow and I shall be glowified and the world will be glowy and it will be wonderful.

Okay, so the pepsi max is kicking in, that and the chocolate, and the fact that all my housemates are out and I just wrote 5000 words of rubbish. Heh. But there were funny characters. Funny characters make everything better.

This was supposed to be a tragicomic detective story, it's turning into more of a pseudomystery tragic farce, and the tragedy's only because the comedy's so bad. (That was a joke, I am so the queen of screwball comedy... sometimes, with a following wind :P)

Today I also discovered just how much people state the obvious. I came out of my lecture and my friends, one after the other, all said 'OMG you braided your hair' (I have girly friends - it is a curse. I really had to restrain myself from snapping back 'Yes, I know I braided my hair, I was there when it happened, the hair didn't go away, braid itself and come back and plop itself back on my head. (though with my hair you can never be sure) Then, of course, came the 'did you do it yourself?' comments. Like I'd let anyone else near my hair without giving them a full background check first? This, strangely, led to a chorus of 'aw's. Apparently, braiding your own hair is cute. Then there was the suggestion that I braid someone else's hair for them. I very nearly ran away screaming.

I should just go back to doing nothing with my hair. It was easier for people to believe I didn't really care about it then. But seriously - I get bored, I play with my hair. It's like a giant game of 'how many interesting knots can I make?' - which follows me around!

*sigh*

The amount that I am not going to braid someone else's hair is incredible in its sheer infinite mass.

I'd shave it all off, but then I really would look odd, and I'd get cold.

Bad things are happening tomorrow. Clashing things. There will be issues between RL and TV. Grrr. Why couldn't the Firework display be scheduled around Merlin?

(Yes, yes, I know - my Merlin obsession is getting worse. Yes, I do refresh my friends page in the hopes of finding new fic... although it's hit a dry spell recently. No, I haven't got much further with my own epic.)

It is also impossible to find cogs in town. Just little cogs. I've looked everywhere I can think of and I still have no idea. Complete non sequitur there, but still. My mind is a little buzzy.

My computer is playing up again and it keeps freezing on me. Half the time the words I'm typing are three lines away from what's up on screen. So I apologise for any typos made because of touch typing incompetence.I may post reaction and squeeage to Spn 408 tomrorow. I may get distracted by various fiction (both reading and writing) and not get round to it.

Either way I'll be doing something. Which I think is better than what I do most of the time.

FTW

Nov. 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm
mariana: (terrible friends)
...I knew Bradley James was in on it!


(also - I need to control my strength a bit more... honestly, I didn't think I hit my housemates that hard. ^_^;;)
mariana: (Ravenclaw)
Wordcount: 6495
Body count: 2 (I have no idea where the second one came from)
Pepsi Max count: 5 mugs... I think
Chocolate Count: only 2 squares (Lindt coconut chocolate... dear lord god I love it so)

And so it begins, that frantic scrabbling for word count and characters that don't make you want to stab them repeatedly with a fork.

So far mine's going reasonably. I'm fairly certain my novel is pretty much just a pile of ineloquent rubbish, but I don't really care. I like my main character and he is unlike any of my other main characters ever. He is bitter, atheistic in a polytheistic world and he hates magic.

He still hasn't really got a name. I'm naming him and all the other characters random combinations of letters until I come up with something that suits them. Find and replace is a very useful tool.

But my Nanovel is going well, I have also read stuff for my dissertation today and got my Merlin epic fic o' doom up to over 19000 words (It will end, one day, I hope) Although I wrote another, far shorter fic for the secret santa as a sort of apology for the plotiness of the first one. It doesn't come up to the minimum word count though so :(. I will probably still have time left over to watch Merlin and cook dinner before starting writing again.

Of course, my impetus will wear out in a few days, so I hope I get a decent amount of words in first. I've signed up for the lj sponsorship thing where they donate to Nanowrimo if you complete it. ^_^;; No pressure or anything.

Fred - how goeth the Nano? Oh, and incidentally, what do you want for your birthday?

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