Jul. 31st, 2012

Icons, icons, icons (Robin Hobb, Elisabeth, Lucifer, and assorted others)

The lovely [info]spaghettitoes has organised this icon challenge for all the shiny new fandoms flying around the Igloo. I picked Robin Hobb because apparently I love to make my life difficult, lol.

Christine, I TRIED to match your categories but there were some that just really don't work for this fandom (and also my brain fails at this specific organisation thing), so this was more of a "make icons first, approximate categories later, skip the rest" approach, I'm afraid. But I made you priest icons and went cosplaying for you, so you can't tut at me ;)

PLEASE NOTE: Obviously since Robin Hobb's works are not exactly picture books, I had to find material elsewhere. I have two primary sources: 1) cover artist John Howe's paintings; 2) a selection of fantastic fanart from DeviantArt that their creators have given me their generous permission to use. If you take any of these icons, PLEASE credit these artists for their work. The relevant info plus links to DeviantArt galleries (with lots of more gorgeous stuff) is beneath the respective icon panels. I think crediting John Howe is probably optional since he already has ALL the fame and money ;) (here is his portfolio, though) but please do credit the fanart creators where indicated.

Robin Hobb's books (Farseers, Liveship Traders, Tawny Man and Rain Wilds Chronicles trilogies, plus a couple of Windsingers ones)
Elisabeth the musical
Elisabeth the historical figure
And some miscellaneous things.

Okay! Categories!

We'll all ignore the fact that I am legitimately terrible at iconing, okay? Awesome. )

/omg insanitycakes.

Jul. 3rd, 2012

Fancast/pimping: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

So far, 2012 has been an excellent year for new fandom discoveries. Between Revenge and The Middleman and Teen Wolf, I already don't even know which way to swoon first, and that's not even taking into account all the great books.

So here's another book rec, because I am seriously bursting with love and I need to share: The Demon's Lexicon is a young-adult urban fantasy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, whom some of you may remember from her Harry Potter fanfic days and the epic win of "Underwater Light", and whom the rest of you need to start reading, like, NOW.

The trilogy consists of three books: The Demon's Lexicon, The Demon's Covenant and The Demon's Surrender. I read the first one years ago when it came out and wasn't that impressed; then I reread it this year and fell violently in love. Go figure.

I suck at plot summaries, so here's what the blurb for the first book has to say about the premise:

"Sixteen-year-old Nick knows that demons are real. Magicians call up demons in exchange for their power. The demons can appear in any shape, show you marvels, promise you anything - until you invite them in and receive their mark.

What happens next?
First you get possessed.
Then you die.

Nick's been on the run his whole life, ever since his mother stole a charm from the most feared magician of them all, and the only person he trusts is his brother Alan. Alan's just been marked by a demon. Only Nick can save him, but to do so he must face the magicians - and kill them. The hunt is on, and Nick's going to discover things he never dreamed were out there."

So yeah. There's lots of drama and darkness and violence and running from things and running after things. Lots of saving each other's lives, and also risking each other's lives. And of course there has to be time for snarky one-liners while doing either. And for hitting on people. Or rejecting people. Or becoming friends with people you really, really didn't plan on being friends with.

On my personal scale of awesomeness, which measures everything in this particular genre against Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I should find a name for that - the Buffy Meter?), this gets about 90%. The writing is smart and fun. There's snarky dialogue and a clever sense of humour ("My life was going to flash before my eyes, but it decided to hide behind my eyes and quake with terror instead."). There's heartbreak. There are clever twists and the pacing is great. When Nick and Alan are forced to team up with another marked boy and his sister - who is as determined to save her brother as Nick is to save his - the obligatory teenage love tangles ensue, but there are no cliché turns here. This story does one of my favourite things really well: reversal of stereotype. The women are smart and strong and nobody is annoyingly perfect - on the contrary, everyone is fucked up in the most delicious ways, lol. There's a strong focus on unconventional friendships and family ties, especially sibling relationships, complete with twisted loyalties and betrayal and agonies of all sort. It is fabulous.

Above all, it has well-crafted, compelling characters. That are insanely shippy. I love every single one of them so much that I can't even pick a favourite, so instead, I've done a fancast and am just going to throw all of them at you. With the proviso that if/when you read the books, you are grudgingly allowed to imagine them completely differently ;) And if you're very keen on not being exposed to someone else's physical idea of characters, don't click on the cut or don't read on.

Thus endeth the rec.

(Basically this was my excuse to collect a bunch of pretty pictures of pretty people and flail embarrassingly about beloved characters at the same time. Everyone wins, especially me.)

((Also this is spoiler-free. I am not giving away any major plot points.))

Character fancast picspam! )

May. 22nd, 2012

Shipping Lena Headey/Emilia Clarke so hard right now!

I could just tweet this, but then it would get lost and I want it somewhere I can return to and ogle whenever I please.

Girls! Girls being shippy and snarky and GUH LENA'S GLASSES. Also Alfie Allen being a dork and Kit Harrington being almost charming (although he still fails at Having An Expression, Ever... no, wait, I think there actually was a smile!):

May. 17th, 2012

Shameless pimping: Revenge

Yeah, yeah, I know. SO MUCH TO WATCH ALREADY. I don't care, you guys - I still need to introduce you to my new show!crush. I think it's time my friends knew about us. I mean, it's not like we're *dating* or anything. This isn't the kind of show for a steady relationship. It's the kind of show that you watch and mock and tease and make out with a few drunken times, and then before you know it, you're having FEELINGS and you know you're fucked. Because you know the FEELINGS will be used against you. You know you're losing ground. You know you should turn back, that you're already in too deep. But you can't stop.

So I don't know what exactly it is we're doing, and I know whatever it is might end up destroying me, but I know I don't want to stop.

Friendslist, please meet my beautiful, fucked-up, funny, soapy, gritty, issues-ridden crush...


Schemes and plots and all the feelings )

So, yeah. I REGRET NOTHING. The show is currently nearing its season 1 finale (episode 22 airs next week), and it's been tight and engaging and suspenseful throughout, with plenty of humour and emotion to keep it real. And unlike certain other shows I could name *coughcough RINGER coughcough*, there is plenty of life left in this premise - I could easily watch another 3 seasons of this, and I am so glad that there's going to be more.

Apr. 1st, 2012

Catching Fire casting notions

Tralala. I was looking at [info]lilithilien's post of her casting choices for Catching Fire and it inspired me to do my own.

Mind you, I have no particular opinion or preference about most of the tributes, apart from a general hope that there won't be too much star-studding. I'd much rather have lesser-known faces (but good actors) attached to these roles than all the big stars swooping down and bagging them so we'd have to forever associate Angelina Jolie with a Hunger Games tribute, urgh.

(In a similar vein, I'm very very glad fans are in no way in charge of casting, lol. Some of the suggestions I've seen put forward for people like Finnick and Annie made me run screaming. PLEASE TO BE KEEPING BOTH NATALIE PORTMAN AND HAYDEN CHRISTIANSEN FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS FILM. SAME GOES FOR THE ENTIRE CAST OF GLEE. KTHXBAI.)

Anyway... the only parts I much care about casting-wise are Johanna, Finnick, Annie and Mags (and Annie isn't even physically in the second book, so I guess that's just three), so those are really the only ones I have ideas about.

And, uhm, two of these choices aren't actors, lol. Let's assume for the sake of happy fantasy casting la la land that that they'd magically be naturals, kk?

My casting choices )

That is all.

Except not, because now I have additions )

Mar. 19th, 2012

Mallory & Irvine: A Historical Mountaineering RPS Post (What? Yes! Oh God.)

I have been meaning to post more but could not really think of what, as I'm on a strictly limited allowance of Crazy Things My Cats Did posts. I have, however, recently rediscovered my love of reading (something I didn't have too much time for the past few years), so I've been devouring books like a Death Eater eating, uhm, death (or possibly treacle).

One of the things I have been reading about is climbing. I used to climb and used to love it but I've kind of grown too old and lazy to do it, and also, mountains are fucking terrifying. I mean, they're entirely awesome in every way but personally I'm done crawling all over them with a big neon-green sign reading "COME AND KILL ME" around my neck, you know?

Instead, I read about other climbers, which is great fun, very educational and very much less lethal.

So without further ado, let me present to you two mountaineering legends of the early 20th century and their Great Clandestine Gay Love Affair (As Totally Fabricated By Me):

I am probably going to hell for this (picspam-heavy) )

Jan. 16th, 2011

(Very late) shaggable people meme!

Nabbed from just about everyone else, done for [info]graspthethorn because I can't resist when she commands me to be shallow.

- List 10 celebrities you would have sex with without even asking questions.
- Put them IN ORDER of your lust for them (10 to 1, 1 is the hottest).
- Supply photos for said people.

[Errrr, just so you know, I have a tendency to like weird-looking bits about otherwise attractive people, which is why this will probably contain a lot of spazzing along the lines of "OMFG LOOK AT HIS FUGLY JAWLINE ISN'T IT SO HOT", lol. Unless it's the boobs. Then it's pretty much just "BOOBS!"]

I haz a theme. It's called redheads with freckles. )

Sep. 20th, 2010

Girlcrush of the week: Joyce Ilg, A.K.A. Obscure AWZ Character Appreciation Post (with picspam)

(Aside: You know what is fucking annoying? The fact that when you finally get round to tossing out half your old icons and replacing them with new ones, all the old posts on which you used the old icons revert to your default icon, no matter how perfectly suited those icons were to those posts. Come ON, InsaneJournal peeps! Surely there should be some snazzy solution for that by now. Not impressed.)

Why am I here? What am I doing? Oh, right. Hey peeps. Meet my girlcrush of the week:


This is Joyce Ilg. Joyce Ilg is a young German actress who played Sophie Brenner on AWZ.


Who the fuck is Sophie Brenner, you ask? (picspam-heavy) )

Sep. 13th, 2010

Quick pimp

Hey f-list - any Botineras fans among you fine people? There's a new asylum on IJ waiting to be filled with yummy fic: [info]botinerasfanfic

I've never followed the show myself (no time, although, daaaaamn, those boys are pretty! /shallow), but I know all about the efforts involved in trying to get a tiny DIY fandom off the ground, especially when the fic that does exist is generally in the same (foreign) language as the show. So if there's anyone who's interested in contributing (or already has something written for that fandom, IDK), go lend a hand!

Aug. 18th, 2010

Big church. Pretty people.

Dear Pillars of the Earth,

I am enjoying you, but I suffer from Annoying-Detailitis, so humour me:

If there are two things medieval people generally didn't have, it's straight, glossy, perfectly conditioned hair and perfect teeth.

Just bothers me.

However, for the pleasure of getting to ogle Natalia Wörner, Rufus Sewell AND Eddie Redmayne on one screen (SIMULTANEOUSLY), I suppose I can forgive the vexing follicular and dental inaccuracies. I AM THAT GENEROUS, YES.

*returns to ogling*

Feb. 3rd, 2010

Sexiest Soapstar 2010!! (how far have I sunk...)

Alright peeps, shall we embrace some real high-style soap trashiness and vote for people PURELY BASED ON PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

Of course we shall. Never let it be said that EKP has class.

Voting for the Sexiest Soapstar 2010 has just begun - go forth and wallow in the shallow! (see what I did there? with the rhyming? yeah, I think I'm HI-LA-RI-OUS).

All the candidates can be found here. Representing for AWZ are Jörg Rohde (Ben), Silvia Maleen (Jenny), Dennis Grabosch (no idea who that is), Anna-Katharina Samsel (Katja), Francisco Medina (Maximilian), Ulrike Röseberg (Annette), Sam Eisenstein (Marian), Nina Bott (Celine), Igor Dolgatschew (someone's son, I think) and Juliette Menke (Lena). Only one man and one woman will win.

Step-by-step instructions for the Germanically challenged:

1. Click on "Vote for [Whoever]"

2. On the next page, enter the code that pops up into the field next to it (if you can't read the code, click on "Code neu laden").

3. To send your vote, scroll down and click on the red "JETZT ABSTIMMEN" button.

(If you enter your name and email addy and click the "Agree to terms" box underneath, you enter into a draw to win a dinner with the sexiest soap stars and a visit to a show set of your choice, but since RTL won't pay for travel costs or accommodation, I'm assuming that's of no interest to most international fans. But if you can swing the travel costs, go for it!)

Also, yes, it looks like you can vote more than once, LOL. Have fun! Go forth and be shallow!!

Mar. 24th, 2009

Concerts, movies, fannish exploits & the rest

This weekend, I did stuff, for a change!

Auckland-bound )

It was the first time either of us had actually spent any time in Auckland (previously we'd just whizzed through), and it was nice to taste a bit of big city life again. We explored a bit of the downtown and gorged on massive amounts of shopping, which was bloody good fun. Then had lunch in a lovely park, and in the early afternoon went to check in and get ready for the concert.

Counting Crows and The Who )

After the concert, Alsha and I made it back into town after some bus-related issues (the free public transport thing back wasn't nearly as well organised as getting there, so there was lots of milling about in giant crowds and stupid bus drivers giving wrong instructions) and pretty much just fell into bed, we were that tired.

On Sunday, we slept in, had a huge breakfast and went to the zoo in the afternoon. Moar )

Our flight back was on Monday afternoon, so we had some time to kill, though not loads of money, so we went and saw a movie. Our options were either Slumdog Millionaire or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We were slightly more interested in the subject matter of the latter and also knew that Asa Butterfield, the little boy who played Mordred in Merlin, was in it, so we ended up going with that.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (dear British/American movie industries, why are you so hell-bent on appropriating the Nazi stuff? You're lovely, but you fail at being German! )

After the movie, we went to collect our bags and went to catch the plane home. Arrived last night to needy cats and piles of work that I'll somehow have to vanquish this week. DO NOT WANT. Let's have some fandom pimping instead!

[info]graspthethorn is doing the 2009 SEXY awards over on [info]seifen_slash! Go forth and nominate, I command you! AWZ stuff especially... I doubt Verbotene Liebe needs any help, hehehe. SUPPORT OUR TINY FANDOM! Go and nominate fics or art you liked! It won't take a minute :D


I hope to surface a few times this week to do EKP stuff (Christmas and New Year's episodes coming up soon!) and maybe watch the show, though recaps will probably have to be shorter this week.

In other telly-related news, I've recently started watching Torchwood season 2, and holy wow, it is good! I gotta admit, I wasn't too floored by season 1 - I liked it but it seemed a bit random and didn't really capture me enough to make me want to have more! now!, but I'm definitely getting that vibe with season 2 so far. Awesome plots! Great side characters! JAMES MARSTERS! Massive amounts of boykissing! Ianto ruling with the witty one-liners! It is beautiful. And further saturating my happy little slasher heart. Really, the amount of slash I HAVEN'T had to make up this year is mind-boggling. The canon boylove, it overwhelms me!

Aaaaand I also really enjoyed the latest episode of Dollhouse! I hope they keep going like that, because that was noticeably better than the previous ones. I approve!

Now if only I could bend the space-time continuum enough to have time for all my fannish exploits, writing (In This Home On Ice will have to be put on, well, ice... for the rest of the week at least), work, eating, trimming my hedge & mowing my lawn (hahahahaha) AND the occasional sleep! But it will all work out somehow as usual, I'm sure. I DON'T KNOW HOW. IT IS A MYSTERY.

*poodles off to see what atrociousness AWZ has been up to in the latest eps*

Jan. 1st, 2009

Fic: Imagine Me & You (Luce/Rachel, 3 drabbles)

I am in work hell and utterly fucked. Do I work? Hell no! I write drabbles.

Title: Four-Handed
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Imagine Me & You, Luce/Rachel
Word Count: 300 words in 3 drabbles
Rating: PG
Summary: Hands are for touching.
Disclaimer: Much as I might wish that Lena Headey was my personal property, I don't own anything here.
Notes: For [info]alsha.


Four-Handed )


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