Dec. 31st, 2010 04:49 pm
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Default)
Hi everyone, I'm off to England in about an hour for a one-week visit to family. I have no idea how often I'll have internet access, but if I'm not commenting or late with commenting, that's why. Have a very happy & safe New Year's Eve! ^_^


Jun. 27th, 2010 11:20 pm
theodosia21: smile balloon (smile balloon)
Despite my best intentions, it's been a long time since I last updated this journal. Since my last update, I've graduated college, looked for a job, started a job, bought my first car, and, as of today, turned 22. Oh, I've also started up a Facebook account for the first time ever, as my RL friends insisted. I'm still at the stage of eying it suspiciously. Anyway, at the moment my life is busy and often confusing, but overall I'm happy. ^_^
theodosia21: green shoots reaching up to the sky (spring is here!)
Continuing my previous rec post, here is the start of my favorite long fic recs. While I've promised you ten (and that was hard enough- I have lots more I think are awesome) this is only the first, as I've been really busy lately. I'm about to start Finals, and I graduate from college next Saturday. Then I have to find a job. In short, if I wait until I have enough time to write up ten meaningful recs, it's not going to happen. So instead I'm breaking them up and posting as I have the time. Here's the first.

1. LoPiverse, A.J. Hall (aka [personal profile] legionseagle)
Fandom: Harry Potter (mainly), Vorkosigan Saga ('Time Shall Not Mend' is a crossover)
Summary: This is a series of nine fics of various lengths; the title "LoPiverse" comes from the first main book, Lust Over Pendle. Lust Over Pendle is a comedy of manners set in the Golden Age detective thriller genre, and is presumed to take place after the end of the seventh Harry Potter book, and, therefore, after the fall of Voldemort. It was written before the Order of the Phoenix, so it is not at all canonical.
Length: Epic (no word count provided)
Reason: This was the series that got me into fandom. I love it with a pure and everlasting love, because no matter how many times I go back and re-read it, it never lets me down. It's funny and clever and shows a keen insight into the complexities of human nature. It's Draco/Neville in a way that makes me believe in Draco/Neville, and has some of the best characterizations of Narcissa, Mrs. Longbottom, and Hermione I've ever read. It's as if Lois McMaster Bujold decided to write Harry Potter. And did I mention that it's funny?
Have a quote )
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So, in my previous post, [personal profile] annotated_em asked me what my "top ten favoritest fics ever" are, and what my "favorite characters/fandoms and why" are. Both of those questions require an extensive response, especially the first, so I'm breaking my answers up into several posts. In fact, asking me to list my 10 most favorite fanfics is really, really hard, so I've decided to tackle them in two groups- short fics and long fics- and then I might have another post about some WIPs I'm excited about, and maybe another about some awesome authors I might not have mentioned yet.

It's still a difficult task, but at least this way I don't have to bring out the "creative mathematics" and redefine 10 as, say, 50. *sparkles*

TL;DR- I'm going to start with 10 of my favorite short fics, where I'm defining "short" as "less than 20,000 words." There will be lots of really awesome short fics that I'm not mentioning, of course. You can see some of them here.

Anyway, in no particular order, here they are:

ten awesome fics ahead! )

By the way, if you want to leave your own question or prompt, you still can. ^_^
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So! In honor of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw and my upcoming one-year anniversary of being on Dreamwidth, I've decided to open the floor to questions. Ask me anything! I can't guarantee an answer, but if there's something you're curious about, try me and see. Or if you'd like me to put together a rec set for a particular fandom or topic, I'd be glad to give that a try.
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It's been over two months since my last post, so I suppose I really should write something. I've had this journal for nearly a year now, and this will be my... 14th entry, I think? Oh well, at least this isn't a paid account.

Anyway, I've been really busy lately. I'm graduating in less than four weeks now, I have a lot of tests/papers/projects ahead of me, and I still don't know what I'm going to next. Guys, my life plan ended with college. I have no idea what I want to do in the Real World. *beats head against table*

In more cheerful news, I've recently gotten into Katekyo Hitman Reborn (episodes can be found on Crunchyroll). It's about an ordinary Japanese middle school student who discovers he's the heir to a mafia family. Yeah. Unsurprisingly, complications (and hijinks!) occur. The series bounces between being unexpectedly funny and unexpectedly serious, and despite some problematical treatment of the female characters (shonen series, why do you do this to me?) I'm enjoying it a lot. Also, there's a lot of really great KHR fanfic out there. ^_^

One last thing: [community profile] kink_finders! It's "a multi-fandom fic-finder community to help you find fics that match a kink you might have -- for a broad definition of "kink" meaning "anything that presses your buttons and gets you excited". That might be something that fits the traditional meaning of kink, or a narrative technique, or a type of character, or whatever." I'm enjoying this community a lot- I like offering recs and seeing what other people recommend for a wide variety of topics. I highly encourage you to join or subscribe- the more people who get involved, the better it will be. *sparkles*
theodosia21: lantern under snow (lantern under snow)
I've been watching the opening of the Winter Olympics. I hadn't even remembered it was starting today, but my brother texted me about it and told me I should watch. It was massively impressive, which I suppose could have been expected. It was the first Olympic opening ceremony I've watched, though I've seen bits of previous Olympics. I like to watch the women's gymnastics in the Summer Olympics. ^_^ I'm not sure what I'll watch from the winter sports, but I'm sure I'll end up watching something.

Anyway, the yay!Canada part of the entertainment was done awesomely, and Leonard Cohen performed "Hallelujah", which was brilliant. It was a pity that one of the four pillars failed to rise when they did the lighting ceremony, but it was still very impressive-looking. All in all a very enjoyable evening.

ETA: Ahem. Apparently it wasn't Leonard Cohen singing. It was still awesome, though!
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] edenfalling! I hope you're having an excellent day. ^_^


Jan. 29th, 2010 09:31 pm
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Well, I'm back. Actually, I was back a while ago, but I wanted to write up a long post about how good my trip was, despite problems coming home at the end, and I didn't have the time. Then my grandfather died, and I had even less time.

I knew it was coming. He had prostate cancer, and it had gotten... pretty bad. Anyway, I returned to England for the funeral on Saturday the 23rd of January, the funeral was the following Monday, and I returned to America the day after.

I should write him a better tribute than this, but I really don't have the words. Rest in peace, Grandpa.

25 July 1927 - 10 January 2010


Dec. 25th, 2009 03:09 pm
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Hobbes- hee hee hee)
Happy Christmas, everyone! I'm off to visit family & do vacation-type things, and I won't always have internet access. So if I'm not replying to anything, that's probably why. Sorry, I'll try to catch up later!

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Wow. It's... been a very long time since I last updated this journal. Um. I'm not actually dead? I haven't even been gone- I just mainly use this account to leave comments and to keep track of various authors via my Reading Page, apparently.

To keep this post from being a complete waste of time, I give you:

3 Things that have made Theodosia happy recently!

1. Embers, by Vathara.
Dragon's fire is not so easily extinguished; when Zuko rediscovers a lost firebending technique, shifting flames can shift the world...
Vathara is one of my favorite authors of all time, and this is one of her best stories, IMHO. It's an ongoing Avatar AU in which Zuko is less of an idiot, Iroh is a Retired Badass, and there is lots of awesome worldbuilding. The fic currently has 12 chapters and 84,103 words, with lots more yet to come. I have to admit, I do the Dance of Fanfic Joy whenever a new chapter alert arrives in my inbox. ^_^

2. Connections, by Sophie3.
HP/Naruto. It was the kind of stupid crazy thing that would happen in one of ero-sensei's novels. But this Potter kid was Sasuke's family, which made him Team 7 family and there was no way in hell they were going to let any murdering brother take that away.
Awesome, awesome, awesome Harry Potter/Naruto crossover fic! A little slow paced, maybe, but everyone is *perfectly* in character. I've read a lot of HP/Naruto crossover fics. A lot of them have been really bad, some have been quite good. But this is the fic I consider to be the gold standard of them all. A work in progress with 32 chapters and 67,320 words.

3. [personal profile] synecdochic posted part 3 of Roll With It, and it was excellent. This was the first real update since December of last year. I know she's been really busy with, oh, building dreamwidth, but I was still ridiculously happy to see it appear on my Reading Page.

And that's all for now! What's made you happy lately?

good stuff

May. 28th, 2009 10:11 pm
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My family & I saw the new Star Trek movie last Sunday. I know I'm a bit behind the times, but it was AWESOME.

Hung out with L & watched FMA on Wednesday- much fun.

And today I went to B&N after work, and read C.J. Cherryh's new Foreigner book, Conspirator. The amount of love I have for it cannot be fully put into words. I think this might be my favorite book of the series so far.

Now I'm waiting for Sarah Rees Brennan's book The Demon's Lexicon to come out- just five more days...
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Roy pondering)
The time between returning home and today was very, very nice. Lots of lazing about in the sunshine with my cats and reading (Terry Pratchett's Nation, finally! also Jaida Jones & Danielle Bennett's Havemercy). Today- not so good. Well, it wasn't bad. I returned to my part time job, where I am a low-level grunt at a major retailer that shall remain nameless. It's better than my previous part time job, anyway. But they had me there for 9 hours today, and argh my feet have forgotten what it's like to spend that much time standing.

In better news, I finally have a firm plan to meet with my best friend L next week to start watching the first season of Fullmetal Alchemist! I've only seen a couple episodes so far, because I kept getting distracted by other shiny stuff. But not this time! L will keep me focused like a very focused thing and soon there will be pretty boys for everyone!


May. 13th, 2009 11:07 pm
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I'm home! Parents are happy, brother is unexpectedly sweet, cats are adorable. Good times.
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Default)
Just one more final now- General Logic at 9 am tomorrow. That is not going to be anything like fun. But then my mom will arrive to help me pack & I can leave, yay! I helped my roommate move out today- her side of the room is looking strangely bare.

Um. I think I'll be quiet now...


May. 8th, 2009 03:12 pm
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First final down! Four more to go, and then I can go home. Not that I don't like my college- I do- I'm just so ready for the summer right now. Of course, that just means a different kind of work...

settling in

May. 2nd, 2009 06:50 pm
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Well, I've changed some stylistic stuff. Mainly colors- now instead of the default blue and orange, I have gray, pink, and blue. Not a big change, perhaps, but I like it. I've also added more links to my link list. Does anyone know if it's possible to move the sidebar from the right side of the page to the left side of the page? Or even where I could find that out?
theodosia21: sunflower against a blue sky (Default)
Hi. My name, for the purposes of the internet, is Theodosia21. I've been going by Theodosia for a while now, but when I tried to set up this journal I found that it was already taken. Thus the addition of semi-random numbers to the end. Anyway, let me introduce myself.

I first discovered fanfiction, and consequently fandom, when... )

first post

Apr. 30th, 2009 11:00 pm
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*turns on the lights*

*looks around*