syllic: ([inception] now now pet)
I had plans for a long walk to clear my head and purge the long hours of internet from my veins, and then it started pissing it down.

So I am going to reply to some comments, and then I would like to write some short

('Ariadne screams with laughter.

"Okay," says Eames, "that was only mildly amusing--"

Ariadne laughs, and laughs, and won't stop laughing.


Comment screening on, anonymous comments enabled for a few hours, IP logging off.

As specific as you want to be: the more ludicrously detailed, the better.

Here's a little joke I told myself the other day. I was on a boat. I did not entirely know where this boat was going, because I was seasick as all get-out.

I was listening to the Inception soundtrack, and imagining Cobb's squinty, squinty face.

"I specialise in a very particular type of security," he told me. "Sub-nauseous security."



syllic: ([words] help haiti)
I'm sure many of you know that the World Food Programme has had its warehouses in Port-au-Prince looted.

This is, as the article says, normal for times of crisis.

Aid agencies are working to replenish the stock of food in Port-au-Prince, but Haiti is having trouble getting food supplies from abroad due to strain on their small airport. It doesn't help that many of the administering aid offices themselves have suffered horrendous losses.

Now, it can't be reiterated enough that WHAT HAITI NEEDS MOST RIGHT NOW IS MONEY.

I, however, am going shopping today and tomorrow for several of the products that Haitian embassies are receiving as part of their direct aid drives.

If you would like me to buy food or other supplies for donation on your behalf, PayPal me the amount you wish to donate (sigebeam(at)gmail(dot)com), and e-mail me with any preferences for donations. I will send you proof of purchase of items totalling the amount you donate and will make sure they are donated in the name you specify.

I will also send proof of purchase of the total bulk to anyone who wishes to donate in this way.

I am currently in a country that is able to get supplies to Haiti by boat, eliminating the problem of air transport. Food is also relatively cheap here, and even $5 stretches a long way.

Any (legitimate) aid helps, though I urge you to consider donating money. Direct aid in the form of supplies that can arrive by boat is very useful at this time too, though.

If you would like to donate this way (or have any questions), let me know and I will purchase your food and take it to the Haitian embassy on Sunday.

I will be able to make use of any donation that arrives by 9pm CST on Saturday, though if there is any interest, I'm happy to do a second run.
syllic: ([words] i loved it ALL)
Feliz Navidad, if you celebrate it; Happy Hannukah, if you have, and happy winter thoughts everyone's way, if you celebrate something else or not anything specific!

(Here's hoping I can work my "handheld device" well enough to post this. I suspect NO.)

Thank you for being in my life, guys.
syllic: ([due south] for reasons that don't need)
--as a "Hey, look! January 8th, a new day for celebration invented by [ profile] syllic entirely for the purpose of sending cards late!"

I'll finally be back home in a few days for a few days, and I intend to sit down to write many a card. I love post, and I know many other people do, so let me know if I can make you happy in your postbox.


Comments are screened; alternatively, sigebeamATgmail, as always.

[ profile] arlad, [ profile] cellophane_ria, [ profile] merelyn, [ profile] nicolasechs, [ profile] pennyplainknits, [ profile] puckling, [ profile] seperis, [ profile] sequinedfairy, [ profile] staraflur, and [ profile] svmadelyn, cards are already on their ways to you.

[ profile] phantomjam, let me know if you'd rather I used something other than the school address?

Benton Fraser is red and holiday-like!

I hope life is treating you all extremely well.
syllic: ([merlin] hanging crest)
Right. So I meant to have some sort of informative post about the fact that I was going to be away from the internet for a couple of months, often well away from anywhere where I could get online, and then... I didn't have the internet for a month before I got around to doing that.

I shall continue to be away with a fair degree of regularity (with some two- and three-day exceptions) until mid- to late December. I will post In Possession of a Fortune at some point before that (god, I sucksucksucksuck); if you are someone else to whom I owe something (most notably [ profile] nemo_r and [ profile] phantomjam, I believe) I will get it to you by the end of this week, when I will be skedaddling again.

If I have failed at life elsewhere and owe you something, too, please let me know here.

If there is some sort of... er... fandom... situation... emergency? (I do not know what kind of emergency that would require my incompetent assistance might ever arise, but... well), [ profile] arlad can get hold of me quickly. E-mail from a variety of other folk gets forwarded to my phone (which is great, when I have phone signal, which I have not in the past few weeks but will this month, I think), too.

This past month I've stood on cliffs and eaten amazing ice-cream while surrounded by cured ham and listened to part of Defenders of the Realm while atop a lake on a mountain with no-one else around for miles: it has been very good. I have missed you all, though.

If it has been your birthday: happy birthday!

If you are doing NaNoWriMo: good, good luck!

If you want a postcard from nowhere, send me an e-mail with your address, please (sigebeam(AT)gmail).

If you have any good due South recs: please! Me! Me! I'm having a Kowalski/Fraser renaissance like you would not believe. I think it's been the walking in the cold and building things and telling myself, "If I were in a [ profile] cesperanza story, I'd be well on my way to paying for a happy Canadian-shack ending with this task." Nodnodnod.

Much love and happiness to you all.

But this icon meme is so pretty, Ma, and everyone is doing it... )
syllic: ([merlin] facepalm)
This Hide-and-Seek Makes Me an Addict: A Most Excellent Tale in Four Parts

About 3,600 words, Arthur/Merlin and uh, we'll call them "Bedevere" and / "Tristan", written for [ profile] worldwouldend on occasion of her birth and an upcoming period of happy, cheering-up times.

Have an understatement: This is not what one would call a serious creation. It was written in two hours, and, uh, I think "FUCK" would be a fair assessment.

Uh, points to person who realises earliest in the story what is going on in my very questionable brain?

[ profile] worldwouldend: a day late, but I hope you enjoy it. I usually bring 90s nostalgia to the table of our relationship, as you know, and I'm afraid this is... no different.

May this year be wonderful.

(This story is also available at Archive of Our Own.)

By the time he had teamed up with the one that looked like a very young Tristan, and the one that looked like Bedevere, if Bedevere had been a changeling, or, at least, vaguely fey, he still had not found Merlin. )


Birthdays presents open up a bit of a moratorium on sanity, okay?

This was supposed to be a... distillation of all the clichéd goodness that made this band and fiction about this band great, with Arthur and Merlin on the side, because those two are always relevant, am I right?

ETA: Dear [ profile] syllic, the fandom that stole your innocence may well have died while you were not looking, taking its yellow suede jackets with it. It is therefore possible that no-one will get your bizarro references. Yours Sincerely, The World.

Joey and Wayne DiSalvo
. (No, I had not seen this skit before 12pm today. I Googled it. Seriously, guys!)

Puppies are common property, not my own.

The cabin belongs to Rhys.

Title from HAHAHAHA this HAHAHAHA.)
syllic: ([words] fail fail fail)
Wow, it's been a few months since I had the pleasure of seeing 'je suis loser' in text form. I do love me some 'je suis loser'.

So I got myself into a mess today, because--well, see subject line. And I was talking to [ profile] nicolasechs about it, and I've just re-read chunks of [ profile] _mournthewicked's Tell Them We're Like Magnets and was thinking about the last chapter, so at the end of my anecdote, I was like, "FML, [ profile] nicolasechs".

And she says to me, "There needs to be a fandom FML, y/y?"

"I commented on my favorite author's story, and she nitpicked my grammar. FML."

And: there very much needs to be a Fandom FML, friends. Because sometimes you honestly forget to log out before posting some crappy thing to an anon meme (rare, but like dogs that eat food-related science projects, not always just an excuse), or you leave a Word document open on your desktop while you open something else to show a friend that knows nothing about your fandom pursuits, and she says, "Is that... is that Merlin fanfiction?"

Fuck My Fandom Life: it happens.

And so I give you: Fandom FML.

(Does this exist already? I do not think so, but who knows. If it does, the only entry in this one will be, "I created this community but an outrageously famous version already exists, so no-one came to my LJ party. FML.")

If you feel inclined, come post. And tell your friend who left an ugly manip in the family computer's 'Pictures' folder, which then cropped up on her mother's screensaver, to come too.

Post logged in, or anonymously.

Or anonymously, except for the bit where you forgot to log out.

ETA: HAHAHA of course this already exists, and of course I wouldn't Google it before creating it. See FML: Fandom Edition. HAHAHAHAHA: FML.

But we're going to persevere, here, because that is the F My Fandom Life ethos: showcasing mediocrity for public enjoyment.

God, I need sleep.
syllic: ([words] 300 reasonably affordable)
Gacked from everyone, and expanded to fifteen films because I'm a dork.

1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb, and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No googling/using IMDb search functions.

People say to me... )

Right. An eclectic, extremely geeky mix, to celebrate the fact that the last of my dissertation woes will end tomorrow at 12 noon.
syllic: ([merlin] princess pratdragon)
I have a million personal research concerns at the moment, and to tell you the truth, I haven't had a chance to look through this information carefully myself, but a quick glance made me slightly uneasy, so I thought I'd post this and encourage people to share it if it's at all useful.

Fan Fiction Survey: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Fan Fiction: Be Informed

Details about the survey, provided by the researchers, are here.

This is one of the men doing the research; this is his research partner.

The Wikipedia page on Dr. Ogas is, uh, not precisely confidence-inspiring, but then, hey: I really wanted to be on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire once, too. Like, really badly. Really, really, badly.

They're both at BU, which is a really respectable institution, for those of you not familiar with it.

Some thoughts about why you might want to participate:

[ profile] cjandre has a (positive) write-up about it here. The last comment in the thread is useful.

[ profile] crack_van has a thread about it here. The discussion in the thread has points for and against.

Some thoughts about why you might not want to participate:

[ profile] suaine has some thoughts about it here.

[ profile] eruthros has a pretty comprehensive post detailing her own opinions (negative) here, on Dreamwidth.

This thread has been highlighted by more than one person.

[ profile] woldy has some thoughts about survey design and publication here.


Uh, now go forth and participate/not participate as you see fit.


If you wish to see the survey questions before 'answering', you can click "Submit" after each question without filling in an answer.

You can also edit your answers once you have submitted the survey by returning to the start page (even after you have exited it).

The survey is here.
syllic: ([sga] teyla how i love you)
--Seasons 2 and 4 of Stargate: Atlantis. They are dirt cheap but I can only afford one, because my scholarship institutions are not one with the timely payments and I don't think I can really stoop to making a decision like, "Leeks, or Rodney McKay?" not least because I think I've seen one episode of this show ever, thereby making giving up food for it a, uh, massive m-effing leap.

But--I can afford one, and I feel as if I know these characters, because I've read reams and reams of fiction, and it's the sort of thing I watch when it's grey and I've got nowhere to be, so--

Season 2? Season 4?

Direct me, oh wise f-list.
syllic: ([merlin] je suis)

So I had a story in June.

I thought it was finished.

It turns out it very much was not.

Someone saw it then, and then again when I realised the problem, and then again... and again... and again.

[ profile] nicolasechs has seen part of it now, and helped to make it immensely better for having had her eyes on it, as she always does. It has since then been rehashed three ways, at least, and is still being reworked, and I am struck by the notion that having someone seeing it once it's all done--without my harassing them about it every step of the way, without seeing it for the Frankenstein that it clearly is--would be a good idea.

The catch? It's 35,000 words and growing with each ear I sew on (my monster is like a KFC chicken, genetically grown to provide six tasty appendages). And I ideally would like to post it as soon as possible after it has been hit with an electric shock, as someone has patiently, patiently, waited for it to be finished for a long time, now.

It's about a year in Camelot, as an arranged wedding approaches. Merlin/Arthur, with house-of-ill-repute humour (YES, SUCH A THING EXISTS! (I THINK)) along the way.

Any takers for the admittedly unappealing task of betaing 35,000 words at speed? I am looking for cohesion, and truth of character, and flow (as well as anything else you think is relevant).

My thanks would be endless.

(PS: For those of you asking, "Do you even own a diary, [ profile] syllic, you infidel?" The answer is: Yes. Yes I do. And Part Four of Easy There (Or, How I Learned to Hate the WIP And Love The Bomb) is also in the pipeline. My (by now worthless on this matter!) word that it will be up as soon as my thesis is submitted.

PPS: And comments. Comments! Watch me (slowly, alas) put the tractor-traction reverse gear on my FAIL.)
syllic: ([spn] piepiepiepie)
So these past couple of months, life has been decidedly ambivalent in its treatment of me. There's been much epic fail, but a series of amazing things have also taken place. I feel as if these should be celebrated, and I really want to thank the individuals who brought them about. So excuse the length of this, and, uh, here we go.

1. The incredible, amazingly talented [ profile] cellophane_ria created art for Three Tasks. It is the cutest thing you have ever seen, and she's made me re-picture the lilac robes in my head. I can't say how amazing it is to see something new and beautiful and creative come out of something I wrote, flaws of that writing aside. I love this so much; I look at it every day.

Drawing here.

Please leave her feedback, if you have a moment, because she is brilliant.

2. The lovely, wonderfully-cadenced [ profile] pennyplainknits recorded Three Tasks into a podfic. Podfic and audiobook are available here. Please leave her feedback, too, and tell her how great her reading voice is. This took hours to record, I'm sure, and is wonderful; I don't know how [ profile] pennyplainknits managed it, but she got the pacing right for even some of my most nightmarish, awful, sentences (there are many, as the lovely and sharp-eyed [ profile] sistermu can attest) and made them sound amazing. I am incredibly grateful, and flattered.

3. In further amazing (and unbelievable) news, Three Tasks and Easy There won things at the Spring Camelot Awards. I know I'm so behind on the boat on this it's ridiculous, but I just wanted to take the time to thank the generous [ profile] smokey2307 for taking the time to organise it, to sort through votes and put the awards up. I am literally disbelieving of having won anything, and I just want to say thank you not only to [ profile] smokey2307 but to whoever voted in the awards, the winners of which I abuse as part of my Favourite Fiction Rotation on LiveJournal.

4. The talented, creative [ profile] solanyxe made this video, which I love with a pretty death-defying passion. It's difficult to explain why this means so much to me, but suffice it to say it came at a pretty difficult time, with a wonderful message from her, and that it cheered me up despite being in extremely weariness-inducing and drab surroundings at the time. It is also powerful, and so skilfully put together--it's a little breathtaking, for me.

I've embedded it here )

Please leave her feedback, too!

5. Today, I got a package from [ profile] puckling. It contained space opera. It had COOKIES. There was post-ironic stationery. It was, in short, amazing, and I'm blown away, because people in this fandom are so effing generous, and I'm so glad I've met so many of them. Thank you, [ profile] puckling, for being as wonderful as they come. I AM UNSPEAKABLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS PACKAGE'S ARRIVAL.

In fact, this is how this package made me feel )

Yes, all those dances.

6. And finally. These past couple of months, I've had some wonderful messages, and e-mails, and LJ comments. I can't thank [ profile] eltea enough for checking on me when I was practically in a ditch by the side of the road, and I also can't say how grateful I am for the patience of all the individuals who have left me feedback, and who have been so wonderful about waiting for the last chapter of Easy There, along with a bunch of other fiction I'm been trying to finish, as well.

Some of the comments regarding Easy There, and particularly those generously left at the Anonymous Feedback Meme (thank you thank you thank you for the constructive criticism), have expressed some confusion about what the hell I'm doing with my life, and why I've failed so utterly about being clear about what's happening with my writing. I think this is fair, and so in this spirit I have unlocked the Endnotes to Easy There, the first section of which I've expanded a bit, in the hope that it will explain what's been going on:

Easy There Endnotes.

7. Because seven is a good number, and uh, people I've met through this LJ are generally amazing. So yes. Thank you.

7b. Oh! Oh! [ profile] lanning and [ profile] worldwouldend, thank you for being awesome. I am now on Dreamwidth (yes, I too bought the Michael Jackson glove in 1999); I am syllic there, too.

7c. Not an amazing thing, but [ profile] roundmerlin will be back up and running in time for the summer slump, I promise. One more week of exams, and then it's all going to be smooth like a rhapsody. Or, uh, as smooth as it ever is, anyway.
syllic: ([merlin] a study in gwen)
Because constructive criticism is wonderful and appreciated, and I think this is an interesting experiment (I've already left comments left and right).

syllic: ([spn] office dean)
Uh. That needed to be capitalised?

SPN 4.22, or 'I put it off until I could be alone.... all alone' )

Er... or something. I just finished watching five minutes ago. I'm a bit jazzed. Yes, [ profile] nicolasechs.... I fell into the pit a long time ago, my friend. A long, long, time ago. I apologise for breaking our troth.
syllic: ([words] love)
Lovely, lovely, Flist.

I am looking for a reader for my [ profile] reel_merlin V for Vendetta story, which is tentatively titled This Vicious Cabaret, for now.

Someone is kindly looking after the grammar and language aspects of it for me, already, but what I'm looking for is what I have stupidly termed a 'tone reader'. The story does not take place at the same time as the film--very few bits of it do, anyway--and I'm concerned about getting the tone of the world right, more than anything. (Does it read like V for Vendetta Britain?)

There aren't many cheeky, cheery characters in this story, to quote David Lloyd, and I want it to have that grittier aspect, but I'm also concerned about getting the Merlin characters' voices right, in the context of this.

It'll probably be about 20,000-30,000 words long, overall. Er.

You wouldn't have to read carefully--simply for mood and tone, rather than for detail. Substantive, re-structuring comments are welcome, though; I like them.

[ profile] merelyn and [ profile] krazykipper have just extended the [ profile] reel_merlin deadline, much to my delight/chagrin at my awful ways. I hope to send sections along as I complete them; I should be done by Sunday and would be happy to receive your comments in sections or as a whole at any point next week.

If you are at all interested in this ludicrous request, and could comment with your preferred e-mail address, I would be thankful like burning.


Knowledge of the graphic novel would be excellent, though a deep love for the movie would be great, too, of cou--oh, wait, someone's at my door. It's Alan Moore; he's got a gun!
syllic: ([merlin] red gwen)
Bidding closed now; click here for further details )

Other people still have bids underway: see [ profile] australia_aid for more incentives.

Thank you to [ profile] nicolasechs, [ profile] simallyher, [ profile] lyore, [ profile] romanticidiot, [ profile] thisgirl_is, [ profile] blamebrampton and [ profile] puckling for cheerleading; [ profile] selfinduced, good luck with your own fundraising!

MANY THANKS to the amazing [ profile] mamoru22, [ profile] opusnone, [ profile] sistermu, and [ profile] _la_la_la for bidding.

[ profile] _la_la_la offered the spectacularly generous amount of $100USD, and she shall be receiving fiction soon.

[ profile] opusnone has made a generous donation, too, bidding aside.

Three cheers for people's amazing generosity.
syllic: (cupboard)
Everyone and their monkey is doing this (and I've shamelessly taken advantage of this fact elsewhere), so I'll comply with my re-posting obligations, but buck the trend and adapt this meme (to hide my collective-thinking ways).

1. You comment in the first five comments, telling me a bad joke.

2. I make you something. It'll probably be misshapen or incoherently written, but I'll try my best to make it nice, and its creation will involve love and attention.

3. Your joke shall be my prompt, so choose wisely what man you have walk in to/into a bar.

4. You decide whether you want to post this in your journal and pass the gift-giving love on or not. There are advantages to doing either. Here are some things to consider:

a) Passing it on gives you a good feeling, and creates and adds to a sense of global good feeling: this is good.

b) Not having to pay it forward if you're stressed and stretched for time is nice, too: sometimes you just need to receive a gift and not reciprocate.

c) Haley Joel Osment got stabbed in that movie and I cried during the candle-vigil music montage. Just saying.
syllic: (gleeful gaius)
Housemate by phone: You have post!
Me: Really? (I never have post at this house.)
Housemate: It's from the United States.
Me: (Yes, yes, yes.)


Housemates: What is it? What is it?
Me: No idea. (I know exactly what it is. I know exactly what it is, and I do not want to share my cookies)
Housemates: Open it! Open it!
Me: Uh... look! University Challenge's on television.
Housemates: (unimpressed look)
Me: Oh, for fuck's sake. You can have one each, alright?

So [ profile] nicolasechs sent me cookies. And she is an amazing cook and they are lovely, chocolate chip and ginger (dark and sharp and satisfying) and cranberry (crumbling in your mouth and my favourite dried fruit ever), and aniseed drops so amazing and airy that they are like meringues and cookies at once.

[ profile] nicolasechs, I have just had one of each, and now I'm hoarding them. Hoarding them, I say (not really, I suppose. The above exchange involved more generosity in my part... marginally).

This week is amazing people week. [ profile] nicolasechs, and my anonymous benefactor, the identity of whom I now know, you are both faith in humanity-increasing.

You are AMAZING.

Thanks thanks thanks! I do not deserve this, but I am inappropriately thrilled nonetheless.
syllic: (je suis)
...yes? No?

Any guidance would be much appreciated.

I'm a dreadful hoarder, so I'm naturally drawn to anything that allows me to keep MORE PICTURES, but, uh, I figured that wasn't really a good reason to fork over money hard-earned by working way too many jobs, so I had decided that paid LJ was not the way to go.

On the other hand, LJ has just informed me that I have 'exceeded my limit' on private messages, and so I currently find myself forced to spam people's journals in order to organise [ profile] roundmerlin.

On the other, other (mutant), hand, I don't really have any web skillz, so a paid LJ account might not really get the use it should/could in my incompetent hands.

So: friends, Romans, countrymen with (paid LJ accounts)!

Is forking over the money worth it?


OMGWTF. How is anyone that nice?

Whoever just paid for me to have six months of paid-LJ usage out of a random gesture of incredible kindness, please, please, don't remain anonymous! Or, you know, do whatever it is you'd prefer, because you are amazing, and you should do as you like, but if you do choose to remain anonymous, please send me your address so that I can send you an incoherent thank-you card, and also, some cake.

We could do it like this: you send me an e-mail from some obscure e-mail account, saying, "AMAZING PERSON (an alias, clearly), 1 Amazing Road, Amazing Town, Amazing, AMZ 011," and then I post you CAKE! Gratitude! CAKE! (Not sure how you post gratitude, but I will figure it out.)

Thank you (and I mean it about the cake--please allow me to do this; as you can see, I am exploiting the product of your kindness with great zeal already).
syllic: (Default)
--happy holidays, for all of those who celebrate today and also for those who don't.

My computer unfortunately blew up in rather a timely Yuletide fashion, taking boating! Arthur and Merlin with it (as well as my very exciting time-travelling-gift-giving-Merlin Christmas short story (tell me about it)), but I nonetheless am feeling quite a good deal of appropriate seasonal cheer, and I hope that has been the case with everyone today, and throughout the holiday in general.

May these days be very happy, and may you all be surrounded by loved ones (and delightful, charming, laughter-inducing individuals, for the fun factor), and may that be a good marker of the things to come in the new year.'s a good image from The Dark is Rising, because I've just finished re-reading it (and re-living my childhood with inordinate glee) and it's awfully fun, and why not:

Indoors, the tree glowed and glittered, and the music of Christmas was in the air, and spicy smells came from the kitchen, and in the broad hearth of the living room the great twisted Yule root flickered and flamed as it gently burned down.

PS--Does anyone know how to get a Mac that is flashing a question mark upon start-up to cooperate? I've tried the restore disks and selecting the start-up disk and resetting PRAM. Is it beyond my amateur help? More importantly, once it receives professional help (if it is indeed beyond me), will all my files have disappeared into a malignant technological ether, forever?


syllic: (Default)

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