AO3 meme!

Aug. 19th, 2013 12:00 am
kangeiko: (geek)
AO3 meme from [personal profile] selenak and [personal profile] ruuger , because I should be sleeping. I don't know how to do the average / per story thing, I assume I just have to do maths. It's late, so no maths.

Account name: kangeiko
Account created: 2009-12-02
Total stories: 350 (some locked to AO3 members only)

Total wordcount: 585,805
Average wordcount:
Longest story: The Plains of Esdraelon (ST: Avenger) (34,608 words) - a story I wrote as part of a collaboration with a writing group, where we wrote a virtual season of a new ship (USS Avenger) and their adventures. It even won an award, but upon rereading it, you can tell it was very much an early work.
Shortest story: Debrief (Babylon 5) (45 words)

Total kudos: 904
Kudos per story:
Story with most kudos: up, up the long delirious burning blue (Top Gun) (38) A [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic I wrote for Yuletide 2011 - after I defaulted on my assigned fic, no less. This is a short little fic, and I have no idea why it proved so popular.

Total comments: 222 comment threads
Comments per story:
Story with most comments: do zla boga (American Gods) (42) Another [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic, for Yuletide 2009 this time around. I was pretty proud of this one.

Total author subscriptions: 7
Total story subscriptions: 8
Story with most subscriptions: spilt milk (The World's End) (2) The story I am writing at the moment.

Total bookmarks: 197
Story with most bookmarks: Polyamorous Love-Knot Within; Cleaner Required (Clerks II) (11) I liked this fic. It was my one serious attempt at writing a happy, funny, smutty fic, and trying to write a poly fic with a threesome scene, to boot.

Stories with no comments or kudos: MANY. I have been transferring my old fic on here, including stuff from decades ago, and backdating it to its original posting date.

Meme!

May. 30th, 2013 05:32 pm
kangeiko: (SQUEE!)
This appears to be doing the rounds:

I currently have 349 works archived at AO3.

Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 349 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

(please, for the love of god, don't pick one of the early ones.)

Meme time!

Aug. 31st, 2012 08:32 pm
kangeiko: (servalan is my evil overlady)
Via [personal profile] selenak :

Name a fictional character and I'll tell you three reasons I wouldn't want to date them.

Aaaaaand - go!

kangeiko: (bookworm)

Snagged from [personal profile] vilakins :

Go to Wikiquote.
* Load a random page.
* Pick the third quote.
* That's the tagline on the movie poster about your life.

First attempt: quote about 9/11 from a survivor.
Second attempt: quote on the essence of Toryism (UK Conservatives).
Third attempt: Sophia Loren -

I was blessed with a sense of my own destiny. I have never sold myself short. I have never judged myself by other people’s standards. I have always expected a great deal of myself, and if I fail, I fail myself. So failure or reversal does not bring out resentment in me because I cannot blame others for any misfortune that befalls me.

I'll take it!
kangeiko: (acid quill)

Today is spent copying formulas from one giant spreadsheet to another giant spreadsheet. It is diabolically boring, and the lack of any actual work means that I'm working this bank holiday weekend. SUCKS.

However, trying to break my writing dry streak, I gacked this from [livejournal.com profile] ani_bester :

"The first ten five (let's be realistic here, 10 won't happen) people to comment get to request that I write a drabble. Any pairing/character of their choosing (in a fandom I'm familiar with). In return, they have to post this in their journal. Share the love!"

Let's see how to get back in this writing business, then...
kangeiko: (Default)
Snagged from [personal profile] aris_tgd:

If you had to pick one fic of mine that is the one you identify with me, what would it be?
kangeiko: (bookworm)
The internets are back! Oh internets, I could kiss you.

I've been catching up on my reading for the last few days. I ran across the following, courtesy of [personal profile] selenak, an analysis of writing that matches it against the style of a famous literary figure. Of course, running just the one fic would give spurious results, so I ran about 20-25 to get a clearer idea of who I've plagiarised the most My Artistic Genius (tm).

snip for lots of images )

What would be fun with this would be to run extracts from tests that aren't from one of the authors on the available list, and see which author the software would suggest. Or better yet, run some of the texts from the authors that are on the list and see if it picks them up. I remain doubtful, but it is a fun thing to play with nonetheless.

In other news, I finished Cryptonomicon! I feel I should get some sort of award. It only took being isolated from the entire world, mind you, but at least this kept up a consistent sort of sense throughout, rather than abruptly turning into madness 2/3 of the way through like The Diamond Age. I am encouraged, and will have another go at Quicksilver when I get back (immediately after I read Mieville's Kraken, of course, which has been waiting patiently for my return).

I am rather desperate to get back into the swing of writing at the moment, and I'm turning to various bingo cards I still hold and a variety of fics I owe to try to kick-start the process. The problem is, without a deadline, it's prtty difficult to get myself motivated to write. It seems to have become an annual process, waiting around until Yuletide kicks off again, which just isn't good enough, damnit. I'm contemplating rifling through the NYR to see if there is anything there I can get my teeth into.

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On the TV front, I brought the DVDs of Jekyll (Steven Moffat's baby before DW) with me when I left, and recently watched the lot. snip for spoilers )

Finally, Sky News has just informed me that Robbie will be rejoining Take That. Tell me this is so, internets! Sky News lies, and the 12-yr-old in me that loved TT, and especially Robbie, just can't take the strain of having this dangled in front of me and talen away!

...

I'd probably go to a reunion gig purely for the nostalgia factor, that's all I'm saying.
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I haven't posted for ages because I've been either out in the evenings or curled up with a book, having time away from the computer. Which I suppose cancels out the whole point of posting every day? But anyway, it turns out I have a lunch break today (woohoo!) so I'm taking advantage of it to get caught up on these and have a fabulous time doing so. Ahoy for excessive embedding!

Day 09 - Best scene ever )

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Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving )

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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you )

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Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times )

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Day 13 - Favorite childhood show )

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Day 14 - Favorite male character )

Days 6/7/8

Jun. 11th, 2010 02:40 pm
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
Ooops, too much sociliaising in the evening has resulted in no posts for the last two days. Mea culpa. Here they are, alongside today's post as well.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show )

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Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show )

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Day 08 - A show everyone should watch )
kangeiko: (thoughtful)
Day 05 - A show you hate

Not entirely sure about the point of this one. Surely a show you hate is one you're not watching? But there have certainly been ones I tried to get into and failed miserably. I have tried several times to get into SGA and BSG, for instance, without much success. Then there are the ones I fell out of love with, such as LOST, where the early promise I saw was lost (no pun intended) along the way. Maybe I'll give the above another go at a later date; tastes change, after all.

But there are some things I have significant problems with. )
kangeiko: (londo/g'kar)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Oh, this is the hardest thing EVER. And yet it totally isn't, not really. There is my first show - the show that taught me English when I didn't speak it, and imprinted on my young brain: Star Trek: The Original Series. There is the instant connection with Buffy and The West Wing and Alias... All of that pales in comparison to the deep, unconditional love I have for Babylon 5. I started watching it in season 3, and bought the videos to catch up. They were my first big purchase, and they used up all my pocket money for months. I remember staying up to watch Endgame, way past when I should have been in bed for school the next day, upset and shaking and waiting to find out which of my favourites was next. B5 was the first fandom that welcomed me with open arms, sometimes literally, and it was the first fandom I wrote anything for that I was proud of. And it doesn't matter how many years pass, or how many other space operas come along, if I'm having an awful day I will still curl up with Soul Mates or Parliament of Dreams and it will make things better. I feel privileged to have seen B5 when it first aired. I was in the convention hall when we heard that s5 had been given the green light, but that Claudia wouldn't be returning. To me, it wasn't just a show but my first sense of fannish community.
kangeiko: (doctor who 11)
Day 3: Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)

Hmm. I haven't really watched anything new this season. I suppose - New Who? Given that is has a new showrunner and all. It's strange: I live in the UK, I don't have sky or cable, and I haven't torrented anything for ages. Which basically means that I am limited to whatever terrestrial decides to show. Which brings be back around to Doctor Who.

The BBC gets unfarly slated for not producing any new programmes and living off repeats. I think that this is hidesouly undeserved. It's just that new programmes cost a whole bundle, and it is expensive to produce a whole bunch of them and then listen to everyone complain about how they're not as good as classic TV, and why didn;t they just show Only Fools and Horses or whatever. Which is why I think that bringing back Doctor Who was such a brave move - and why having a new showrunner is perhaps an even braver one. It's easy to stick to a formula that works, and a new showrunner isn't just a new season, it's a whole reimagining of the show. The Eleventh Hour was different in spirit and look from Rose, and not just because the actors and setting were different. It was a whole different show. I'm still a little uncertain about it at times - I have reservations over just how white this new show appears to be, and a few storylines have felt rather generic - but I am pleased to see it slowly finding its feet. This last episode, Vincent and the Doctor, was thoughtful and sad and interesting, without ever falling into being maudlin. That's not an easy feat to pull off in what is essentially the show's first season.
kangeiko: (alex drake rules britannia)
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching

A lot of people watched Ashes to Ashes, but not nearly enough for my liking. This is sort of wrapped up in my belief that Americanised remakes of stuff made less than five years ago are somewhat pointless (I'm looking at you, Let Me In) and that LOM US is dead to me. There was no need for it, and I am perversely pleased at just how poorly it turned out, as it means there is no chance of someone cruelly deciding to remake AtA as well.

So why should more people watch it? Well, you don't need to have seen LOM for it to make sense, and it is a lot more accessible, too. It's also a lot more of a rounded show, with time given to characters other than Alex. It does slip up on occasion - specifically around the overly-nostalic treatment of Gene - but even that makes sense in retrospect. AtA has two strong female characters with storylines that don't necessarily revolve around the men in their lives. It's a procedural much more than a sci-fi/fantasy show, and as such there is a certain rigour to the storylines that modern sci-fi shows perhaps tend to hand-wave.

Also, it's set in the 80s. C'mon!!
kangeiko: (deadwood al)
I've been seeing this on everyone's blogs and it looks like fun. Plus, more posting = good, right?

Meme details )

Day 01 - A show that never should have been cancelled

Wow, I could go in a variety of directions here. There's the shows that were cancelled just as they were starting to get interesting, and ones that were in their prime and should have been left alone. There at the ones that were cancelled eventually, when maybe the chop should have come sooner. Hmmm.

I think I'm going to have to choose Deadwood here. The other possibilities - Firefly, original Star Trek, even Babylon 5 - had some sort of chance to tie up loose ends and bring their respective story arcs to a close, whereas Deadwood was cut mid-flow. As a result, we have a third season with several nonsensical characters and an ending that is a whimper, not a bang. I would have given anything to see the show run until the town's eventual burning, but it was not to be.

Meme time!

Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm
kangeiko: (Default)

Meme time! From selenak:
Pick 15 of your ships and write down a quote for each of them. Let your f-list guess. Looking them up on IMDb or Google is cheating.

Not all of these are romantic ships btw, some are familial relationships, and some are friendships. When I get 'shippy', I do so in a very restrained, Victorian sort of way. *g*

Love them or hate them... )
kangeiko: (Default)

Technically, this could cover canon or fanfiction, but I'm going to stick to just canon pranks/practical jokes.

1. Red Dwarf: Queeg takes over
This snags the first spot as it is, without a doubt, the most elaborate (and hysterical) practical joke I have ever seen. Spoilers for those who haven't seen it. )Holly was at his best in Season 2, with some really fun storylines, and this is one of his best. The cast commentary is nearly as funny, with Danny J-J carefully counting all the ways in which the punchline is delivered, and the number of laughs it got (eight. It got EIGHT rounds of laughter).

2. Buffy: Halloween comes to life
Ultimately, Halloween is a prank story. While Ethan appears to be sowing the seeds of chaos in honour of Janus, he's also doing because - well, it's amusing. It's smart, it's funny (from his perspective, anyway), and it drives the plot something fierce.

3. Hustle: Mickey cons Danny (and is conned in turn)
I don't know the name of this episode, but it had me in stitches, which is unusual for a Hustle episode. Spoilers for Season 3 )I like this episode because it has such fun pacing, but also because the final few minutes actually make the whole thing a lot more amusing.

4. Babylon 5: JMS breaks everyone's brains
I guess this counts as canon, as it is a script and it exists directly from JMS's pen, and I can testify that it was indeed acted out... if not necessarily in make-up for the cameras! At a convention (I think it was Wolf 359: Independence, but I could be wrong) during the Season 4/5 Hiatus, JMS and almost all the cast were in attendance. This was where JMS decided to unveil one of his new scripts for S5, specifically one with a very special scene between Londo and G'Kar, where G'Kar's reptilian nature is exlored... through a spontaneous sex change! This is great fun to read (I think there are several links to it out there), but what I primarily remember it for was Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas doing a read of it for the con audience, up to and including the passionate kiss... (Yes, I did get a photo. *g*)

5. Blackadder: where the practical joke turns out to not be a joke
In Blackadder: Back and Forth, Blackadder decides to ply a pratical joke on his guests by pretending that he has a working time machine (and con them out of £10k into the bargain)... of course, the machine, built by Baldrick from plans by Da Vinci, then turns out to work...

What didn't make the cut: the Whomping Willow Prank - it may well be called a prank or a practical joke, but I'm coming down with Snape on this one: almost all of the likely outcomes would have had a body count.

Icon meme!

Mar. 30th, 2010 08:29 pm
kangeiko: (Default)

Quite late on, but just the same. [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa posted this:

1. Reply to this post saying "ME! ME! ME!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

and proceeded to ask me about these five icons:

thoughtful, by dakinigrl

This is my 'Look at me, I am being thoughtful!!' icon. Erm, I should have many insightful comments to make at this point, but mostly I gakked it from dakinigrl because 1) it was really pretty, and 2) you hardly ever see pictures of Arabic women, on icons or otherwise. And I guess I self-identify as part-Arabic type (or technically half-Caucasian, half-Slavic, if you want to go by geographic type), and I feel a little awkward using pictures of white girls. While I would broadly describe myself as 'white' (or at least Caucasian=white and Slavic=white in a lot of those ethno-typing forms), it's never really been a peaches-and-cream-blonde-hair-blue-eyes sort of combo.

I'm starting to think that the above doesn't make a great deal of sense beyond "I think I look more like this girl than I look like Sarah Michelle Gellar and therefore think this is a 'truer' representation of me" (insofar as it is a picture of a completely different person.


extraordinary by mouthfullofdust


On the other spectrum! Although I chose this one because I really like Dawn as a character, especially if you strip out all the supernatural bits and look at her as a teenager growing up with loads of shit being thrown her way. It really is an extraordinary achievement on her part that she mostly manages to hold it together.


stupid dating by isis2015

This is mostly how I feel about dating. It's one of those horrible things I'm going to have to do in order not to end up eaten by Alsatians.

Alternatively, I am planning on never getting any Alsatians.

paintshow by redheadwonder12

During the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, there was a show I attended with some friends called, imaginately, Paint Show. You stripped down to your underwear, stuck on a paper boiler suit, and entered the theatre area, where basically you threw paint at each other while performance artists and musicians did their thing. It was really fun and this icon calls that experience - and the fun and craziness of Fringe - to mind every time I look at it.

postmodern by iconsbycurtana

I did a Postmodernism and Feminism course as part of my MA. It was equal parts awesome and ridiculous. I get on quite well with certain strands of postmodernism (some might say the more ridiculous parts), and incredibly badly with some others. I really liked this icon because it appeals to the literary theory student in me, and I like how it makes 'post-modern' sound both like a compliment and an insult.
kangeiko: (Default)

Wow, this is a hard one. I can name a bunch of good (and not so good) fathers and father figures, but mothers seem strangely lacking on TV. Or perhaps not so strangely lacking - it's hard to get right, after all.

1. Gossip Girl, Lily van der Woodsen
Or, to be more accurate, Lily Bass. I didn't have a lot of patience for Lily to start off with, as she seemed to be very concerned with herself and her image. As the character developed, however, the parts where she is absolutely amazing come through. She really does care about her children, and that's all of her children. Not every woman would open her doors so readily to a problem child like Chuck Bass, or would be able to bring him into her family so easily. After the Chuck/Blair relationship (which I love because I am shallow like that), Lily's interactions with her children is the most interesting dynamic on the show for me. She gives up her chance at true love (several times) to put her children first. (Also, the way she outwits Jack Bass: awesome!)

2. Harry Potter, Narcissa Malfoy
It was a toss-up between Narcissa and Molly. I opted for Narcissa because she chooses to betray her Lord - who is by all accounts her only hope for victory - in order to protect her son... And thereby is instrumental in bringing about Voldemort's downfall. She plays for big stakes, and there is never any question that she does it for her family.

3. Buffy, Joyce Summers
Joyce doesn't have an easy time of it, raising a Slayer and a Key. I love how invested she is in them as people, as opposed to their functions, which is partly why Buffy retains such a strong sense of self (as opposed to a strong sense of purpose, I guess, which is what we see in Kendra). Put simply, Joyce's close links and love for her daughter are part of what makes Buffy different from the other Slayers we encounter. We see the impact of Joyce's loss in S6 and S7, where Buffy suddenly, abruptly grows up, and realises just how much she relied on the love and support of her mother.

4. ST:TNG, Lwaxana Troi
Another formidable woman! My impressions of Lwaxana are coloured by Peter David's Imzadi, especially her opposition to Riker. She gets it wrong a lot of the time, but she does that because she loves Deanna so fiercely and protectively. It must been terrifying to wave your only child off to the military (especially after having having suffered the loss of another child so early on), and to be helpless to protect them. For a woman as used to control as Lwaxana, of course she tries to figure out ways to make her daughter happy!

5. Fables, Snow White
Snow and Bigby make me melt helplessly. They make me so happy. And Snow's love for her cubs fairly radiates from her. She accepts near-exile to the Farm to raise them, and is separated from Bigby, and even covers up some murders one if them accidentally commits... She lives them fiercely and unconditionally, and of COURSE she would choose to wage a war that might result in millions of casualties and "throw a thousand worlds into chaos" - the Adversary threatened her world and, by extension, her children. Given the choice, for Snow White, there was no choice at all.

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kangeiko: (Default)

I can never resist this.

Ask me for five things about a particular character, and I will respond with a list or ficlet. (You know the drill: "Five things Martha misses about the TARDIS," or "Five people Dayna didn't kill, no matter how much she wanted to.")

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kangeiko: (Default)

I can never resist this.

Ask me for five things about a particular character, and I will respond with a list or ficlet. (You know the drill: "Five things Martha misses about the TARDIS," or "Five people Dayna didn't kill, no matter how much she wanted to.")

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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