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Is it really bad that I want to write an essay comparing and contrasting Mercedes Lackey's writing and Stephanie Meyers'?

I've long joked that everything Stephanie Meyer has done (plot and character type wise), Mercedes Lackey did it first in the fantasy genre. This was mainly just a humorous reference to Mercedes Lackey's heavy handed, often stiff and forced romance plots and her penchant for sparkly elves. But! If you go deeper, there are a hell of a lot of similarities. From women's issues to racial appropriation issues to victimization issues. Oh, and of course, sexual identity/relationship issues.

Now, Mercedes Lackey is nowhere near as well known, obviously. But she was quite the leading lady in the fantasy genre for a very long time, especially among teenage girls. Hell, maybe she still is, I'm not quite the follower of the genre that I once was.

There's only one flaw here. I'd have to do a lot of reading. And I don't own the Twilight books, nor do I know where my Herald Mage books are - that would be the Lackey series I'd like to draw most of my comparisons from. That and The Halfblood Chronicles, mainly the second book where Lackey's particular brand of plot and romance development hold center stage - plus, you know, The Iron People.

And before anyone gets on my case, I am not saying anything bad about either of these authors. It's no secret that I enjoy Mercedes Lackey books. Yes, they're crunchy, silly, terribly plotted escapism. But that's okay. As a friend was just talking about on my Flist, it's okay to enjoy things you know have issues. Mercedes Lackey's racial and women's issues? Piss me the hell off. Same with the issues regarding the treatment of women in the Silent Hill series. But I still enjoy the stories and the characters and the world. And I acknowledge the issues and don't shy away from pointing them out or discussing them.

The simple fact of the matter is that both of these authors (one of which I'm terribly fond of myself) have some serious, serious issues in their works. And I'm very curious to see just how deep these similarities run.

In other news! [livejournal.com profile] hbc_fic! The tiniest fandom on the internet has a community! And there's already a piece of absolutely gorgeous fic posted. See, when I get really into something that has no fandom, I just force and pester that fandom into existence.

I completely forgot I had to go grocery shopping this morning, and stayed up too late watching Venture Bros with [livejournal.com profile] nijawial. And I need to talk to [livejournal.com profile] summoneddestiny and [livejournal.com profile] enigmablade about a photoshoot this week.

The weather is beautiful, my plants are doing well, and I've got some fic to work on. Man, I could stare at my new default user-pic for hours. Guh, Bert is hot.
said_scarlett: (ScarxLust Hero)
Whoot, feeling better now. Mainly because I've got some things to be feeling better about!

Went grocery shopping today and splurged a bit. But that's because it's Super Bowl Sunday, and I'm probably going to a party and want to bring stuff. Got little smokies, cheddar dogs, the stuff to make salsa, that kind of thing. I'm trying homemade salsa for the first time. I want to test it out now, to make sure I can get it right. I'm using store bought now, but when I start making it to sell, it'll be all garden fresh straight from Silent Hill.

...there's something wrong about that sentence. ;)

I also got paid today. Monthly type thing, not terribly much, but enough to cover rent and whatnot and leave me some extra. I'm thinking of splurging on a bookcase for the living room, and maybe even a couple of new books. Possibly some new knobs for the bathroom cabinets, we'll see. ;)

I'm just very, very happy I can pay my rent. And maybe I'll even give The Girl a buzz and see what she's up to this week. Or Nikk or Arynn. Actually, I have to call one of them anyway to see what's up this weekend.

I'm hoping to finish chapter 2 of my Epic today. I'm still wibbling on a title, but it's narrowed down to just a couple now. I'll probably get [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi's opinion, as she's my beta/editor/idea wall for this. :D

And thanks to everybody who commented on my last entry. I really do feel a lot better, and I'm not going to let that bother me anymore. I've got an awesome Flist. *hugs all around*

Oh, and apologies all around for failing on emails lately! I know I've got quite a few to respond to! I'm a bad llama. :(
said_scarlett: (valynxshana)
So, between hearing all of 'their' songs yesterday and just ending up reading various discussions on the internet, I have fallen back in love with one of my pairings. No, I'm not going to say which one, since I'm hoping to get some fic written for it. ;) Maybe this was the charge I needed, I don't know. Maybe that spark is back. It's weak and dull but by damn we're going to nurture that thing!

I poked at my FSTs again. I've added some to my HBC FST. There's...a lot of Coldplay on there. I didn't intend for this to happen, but there are a few songs that just fit. I can't deny them if they fit. There's also some Enya, because 'Return to Innocence' has become my Rena song.

Still very little movement on the VB FST.

I've started laying down my costume plans for the upcoming con season. The one I'm currently working on is going to be more ambitious than my other cosplays. Not only am I making the dress, I'm dyeing and styling the wig, making armor and jewelry, and possibly making an epic cloak if I can find a pattern anywhere near Lamika's insane cloak of doom. And her armor will be good practice for when I make my Monarch armor.

Or I'll just say 'screw that' and do Prison!Monarch with his cardboard and duct-tape wings. It could be hilarious. And would also negate the need for a skintight bodysuit. I do not have his amazing abs. I will probably never have his amazing abs in my life. But a gal can dream. ;)

I want to get some cleaning done this morning, but it's raining and I'm feeling achey, so I think today may just be a 'sit on the couch and play video games' kind of day. I'm playing... a lot of games. The most recent being Obscure, Left 4 Dead and Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility. I still have No More Heroes to play, too. I've made progress on Harvest Moon - I think I've done three or four rainbows.

I just need to catch a damn wood fish to do the red rainbow right now.

Why I keep helping those chicken bothering Harvest Sprites is beyond me...;)
said_scarlett: (Default)
I'm not doing Advent Fics, but I'm going to try and post a drabble every day. Here's Dec 1, 2 and 3 to get us on track! :D All holiday themed or winter themed in some way!

Title: Something's Missing
Fandom: Venture Bros
Spoilers: Season 3
Rating: PG
Warnings: N/A
Wordcount: 100

Something's Missing )

Title: Christmas Shopping
Fandom: Silent Hill 4
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: N/A
Pairing: Henry/Eileen
Author's Note: Totally inspired by Henry and Eileen over at CU. :D
Wordcount: 100

Christmas Shopping )

Title: Keeping Warm
Fandom: HBC
Pairing: Valyn/Shadow
Rating: PG
Spoilers: N/A
Warnings: N/A
Wordcount: 100

Keeping Warm )

It's freezing cold and cloudy/rainy out. I think I'm going to stay in bed and write and RP all day.
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I woke up this morning thinking about fandoms. Specifically, that meme that did 'your fandoms as lovers/exes'. I couldn't remember what the different lists were, but I sort of did it myself. Now that I'm pretty settled as far as fandoms go, anyway. Because it's just so true! And it's nearing the end of the year, so it's about time for a review of this sort.

Obviously, at the moment, my Main Squeeze is Venture Bros. I'm wrapped in a steamy, torrid affair that doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon. We're in it for a while, me and the Ventures. ;) It wasn't exactly love at first sight - I was intrigued, but needed to be won over. We flirted for a season, a season and a half. And then, somewhere in the middle of season two, we just clicked. Maybe it was the strung out, drug addicted middle aged Johnny Quest. Maybe it was re-casting the Scooby Doo gang as a group of sociopathic wandering serial killers. Maybe it was Dr. Girlfriend flawlessly recreating some of Aeon Flux's most famous moves, I don't know. But it was Love.

Of course, I am still carrying on an affair with Silent Hill. Silent Hill is kind of like that SO you're hesitant to show off to new friends or family, because it can be a little weird and scary. A little dangerous, pushes your limits a little, but underneath it's a lot of fun and love and laughs. Maybe you seem like a weird couple to outsiders, but those on the In understand completely. It's not all tentacle rape porn and guro! Really!

HBC is, and forever will be, my steady mistress in Europe. ;) We've gone the distance and proved it's For Real. But such a tiny and often mocked fandom? It remains only in my LJ. There's no where I could take it in public!

Death Note was a flash in the pan romance that I should have realized was bad for me right from the start. It was painful and full of fights and for all that there were one or two things that I did really love, overall, there just wasn't anything there for me. We still keep in casual contact, and every now and then I'll muster up some effort to keep the connection alive, but it soured early and it soured badly. I just hung around because everyone was so used to us together.

Ouran was the popular guy that I went on a few dates with, had a couple of drunken one night stands with, and then parted with on friendly terms. There is little interest to revisit, but I've got nothing but fond memories.

FMA. Oh, FMA. No matter where I roam, no matter what shiny new fandom I woo and court, it will always be you I come home to in the end. It's always you I think of when caught letting my mind wander. It's always you, will always be you. Everything about you makes me tremble and shiver. You're beautiful, you're intelligent, you're complex, you make me laugh and cry and keep me on the edge of my seat...even when I know your story already, it doesn't matter. I can watch again and again and again.

Just you wait, baby. I'll be back again. I always am. ;)
said_scarlett: (Failtastic Four)
Yesterday was very much a roller coaster of great and suck, that left me dirty, sore, exhausted and not in the best of moods. But Andrea and Cody came over, and there was much hilarity and geekiness, and even though I was once more up until around 3 AM, it was nice to wind down with friends after a hellishly busy day.

Today had just been weird. Internet was out for most of it, so I went on a cleaning spree. I'm still in the middle of it, but internet is back for a bit - the area's having issues - so I figured I'd toss up a post.

I won't bother with all the little oddities of the day, but the strangest would have to be sitting down to my computer to see if the net was back and discovering a lizard, perched on my keyboard, simply staring at me.

I picked him up and put him in a little tupperware thing, showed Nija, and then released him outside. How he has managed to live inside the house and wander all over the living room and kitchen without us noticing, we have no idea.

We found more crap yesterday - mostly disturbing and dirty shit. Old car parts, old moldy clothes, etc. But we did find a box of crystals and 13 slabs of Italian marble tile.

Between cleaning, I've been working on putting together a Valyn/Shadow FST. Which is hard. I have three songs. So [livejournal.com profile] chaneystarr, [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi, [livejournal.com profile] ranchangrnl, if you can think of any, let me know!

I can't believe it's Thursday already.
said_scarlett: (valynxshana)
Title: Dark Places
Fandom: HBC
Rating: Pg-13
Word Count: 1211
Pairing: Valyn/Shana
Warning: Dark themes, the pairing
Author's Notes: This is technically Rewritten canon, somewhere in the future. Much darker than most of my HBC stuff, and is really more of a stream of conscious thought character study.
Summary: Valyn sometimes wonders which he's more afraid of: his own dark places, his father's, or Shana's.

Dark Places )
said_scarlett: (L heart Naomi)
So today I pretty much just decided to just write pr0n. It's one of those days, you know? Grabbed a bunch of [livejournal.com profile] centi_porn prompts and did a bunch of drabbles.

We've got a variety of fandoms, pairings and kinks. So...be warned!

Pretty much everything under the cut is NC-17 or R, except a couple of the Naomi/L ones because L + sex = Very Difficult to Manage.

Death Note, Naomi/L, 'Kiss' )

Death Note, Naomi/L, 'Naked' )

Death Note, Naomi/L, 'Sweet' )

Death Note, Naomisa, 'Arch' )

Silent Hill: The Room, Henry/Eileen, 'Tremble' )

Damned, Jack/Max, 'Bite' )

Silent Hill 2, James/Maria, 'Warm' )

Damned, Alec/Martin, 'Rip' )

HBC, Shana/Valyn, 'Ice' )

Damned, Alec/Martin, 'Blind', Light Bondage )

Fatal Frame II, Mio/Hand, Mio/Mayu, 'Breath', Twincest, Autoerotic Asphyxiation )

Silent Hill 2, Mary/Maria, 'Reflection' )
said_scarlett: (Failtastic Four)
I'm sure you all missed these. ;)

This time it's a costume for me! I probably won't wear it to cons, because it's from an obscure book series, but I don't care. I'm going to be able to do a photoshoot with [livejournal.com profile] talia_speaks for it at the end of the month.

Dress base is done. I know I wanted it to be red, because...well, when cosplaying a character who's main trait is 'seductress', red comes to mind. And I immediately wanted to do the trim/accents in gold, but I can't do that. Red and gold are the Hernalth colors, and the Lady of Falcion would not wear another powerful House's colors. Which led to me pouring over the damn encyclopedia and looking up the colors of every single freaking House on par with or above Triana's.

Dress is red and bronze.

Anyway!

V'dann Triana Lord Falcion's Summer Casual Gown )

There are still a lot of little additions I need to put on, and I need to finish the sleeves, but here it is in it's 'just come together' stage.
said_scarlett: (Shana; proud wolf)
Title: A Good Idea At The Time
Fandom: HBC/[livejournal.com profile] damned
Pairing: Keman/Shana
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Um. Pseudocest? Awkward!virgin!sex?
Word Count: 3218
Summary: Shana wasn't going to take any chances she didn't have to, and Keman was forced to agree. Besides, he'd never been able to say no to his little sister....

A Good Idea At The Time )
said_scarlett: (Failtastic Four)
The website I need to complete my Death Note sims is down for remodeling. Sadness.

So I played with my HBC Sims some more. And...yes. I'd forgotten about the dangers of the telescope!

Have You Ever Wondered What The Offspring of an Elf and an Alien Would Look Like? )

Dude, that thing is scary. O.o
said_scarlett: (Failtastic Four)
So, through various means, I know have Sims 2, all the way through Pets, on my laptop!

So, after a very long hiatus, my Sims posts are back! Because it's my big thing right now, I made HBC sims. :D And here are some pictures!

Pixelated Adventures of the Failtastic Four )

I love my dysfunctional Sims. I'm working on making some Death Note Sims, too! Man, I missed playing. AND SOON THEY WILL HAVE ANIMALS!

I need to reply to RP posts now!
said_scarlett: (valynxshana)
Title: Unexpected Consequences
Fandom: HBC
Pairing: Valyn/Shana, Valyn/Shadow
Rating: PG-13
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] chaneystarr
Word Count: 1,274
Author's Note: Part of my epic AU! One day I'll put all the pieces together in order...
Warnings: Um. Incest. Like...major incest. Seriously. Like... A Song of Fire and Ice level incest. Ahem.
Summary: There were some things that just couldn't be prepared for. Not really.

Unexpected Consequences )
said_scarlett: (Default)
Title: Old Traditions and New
Fandom: HBC/[livejournal.com profile] damned
Pairings: Allusions to Shadow/Valyn/Shana
Word Count: 1,317
Rating: PG-13
Written For: [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi! Who requested the prompt 'winter traditions'!
Summary: No matter how their dynamics changed, some things would forever remain the same.

Old Traditions and New )
said_scarlett: (Shana; proud wolf)
Title: Man and Monster
By: [livejournal.com profile] theladyfeylene
Fandom: The Halfblood Chronicles
Characters: The Hernalth Clan
Rated: PG-13
For: Violence
Prompt: Lake, ocean, or river creature
Word Count: 3,094
Notes: I have no idea where this idea came from. But it's book 3 canon compliant! Written for the 2007 [livejournal.com profile] all_hallows_fic challenge.
Summary: The young lord Hernalth thought he had seen every horror and evil known to elvenkind. He was wrong.


(Man and Monster)
said_scarlett: (Insufferable Elven Prat)
So every few weeks, I trawl the pit for HBC fic. And today I found some new ones! Or not new ones, old ones in the wrong category. And yet again I had to bang my head against my desk. I found: two more epic Mary-Sues (why are all the Mary-Sues all about Kyrtian?) and a poorly written crossover with Stargate: SG-1. As fascinating as the idea of the Portal being a Stargate is, um...yeah. Not exactly well executed. Which is disappointing, because it could have been a good fic. Shana and Jack interacting alone would be worth it.

One of the Mary Sues had half the fic in Evelon. And the author apparently thought constructs = robots. Um. No. Steam power type machines powered by magic, rather than steam. Not walking, talking robots.

I was just earlier thinking about HBC crossovers. Since it's established canon that there are various worlds/planets/dimensions/whatever, it's not that hard to do a crossover. I just have little desire to cross if over with anything. Though the idea of Valyn with a Death Note will never cease to amuse me.

Why yes, this is totally just an excuse to use my new icon. Art is by [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi! Who knew a chibi elf could look so damn pompous and pedantic? :D
said_scarlett: (Naomi Demon)
Okay, so it's not morning, but thanks to multiple nightmares last night, I slept until around 12:30 once I finally got uninterrupted sleep.

I woke up gasping and shaking over fear of giant, black widow spiders that could exist both in the real world and in cyberspace. One of them was trying to tear out my throat. Further nightmares followed when I tried to get back to sleep, including a horrific one about the Jerome trip. Luckily, I doubt there are sorcerer pirates anywhere in the area, or that any of us would be attempting to smuggle ancient artifacts to a French police officer.

In a bit of good news, I'm getting a new laptop tomorrow. My dad found a great deal at Best Buy, so by tomorrow afternoon I should be back set up like normal.

I have this plotbunny for a horror themed HBC fic, but it a) accepts Book 3 as canon and b) draws heavily from book 3, so I don't know if it would be of interest to anyone. (Despite me explaining the marauding lizard men to [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi and [livejournal.com profile] ranchangrnl.)

I have ham in the oven. And as soon as I have my scanner set up, I'll be scanning and posting my recipe for orange spice pound cake.

I should probably go and do my laundry and clean my living room. But I kind of just want to be apathetic and make Death Note and FMA Halloween icons. I really should get on my All Hallows fic. Since I need to rewrite a bunch of it.

Mrr. Maybe it'll come out better this time. I'm....really not happy with it.
said_scarlett: (Shadow)
Written for [livejournal.com profile] obscurefandom!

Title: On Dark And Stormy Nights....
Author: ([livejournal.com profile] theladyfeylene
Fandom: Halfblood Chronicles
Characters/Pairing: Valyn/Shadow
Word Count: 2,002
Rating: PG-13
Challenge: October Horror Challenge
XXXX: Prompts: Frankenstein's Monster, Drag, House.
Warnings and Notes: Some gruesome imagery.

On Dark And Stormy Nights... )
said_scarlett: (shana; all that I am)
OKAY! I ended up sort of just taking out one section and posting it on its own because...yes. [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi, I hope you enjoy!

Title: Proper Ladies Don't Discuss That
Fandom: HBC
Pairing: Eventual Valyn/Shana
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 2,959
Author's Note: AUverse, following Pomp and Circumstance!
Summary: Shana didn't know much more she could take of boring elven ladies and trying to bite her tongue. At least she had Keman to keep her company....

Proper Ladies Don't Discuss That )
said_scarlett: (valynxshana)
Title: In The Dark Heart Of the Night
Fandom: Halfblood Chronicles
Pairing: Shadow/Valyn/Shana
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,031
Author's Notes: AU, but not the same AU-verse as the other AU-verse.
Summary: The war was won and spirits were high. But still Valyn felt a strange sense of empty longing, and he couldn't forget what he'd done....

In The Dark Heart Of The Night )

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