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In Gamma's world, gentlemen brood and plot the demise of their enemies, and ladies keep daggers in their bodices. Expect ladies and gentlemen both to come home late at night covered in blood and smelling of their lovers - qualities that might or might not be related to each other.

There is always time for a graveyard picnic in Gamma's world.  Bring a book, a parasol, and settle on the graves to discuss literature.

Do sit down and have a cup of tea, won't you?

Life in bullet points


  • I have one more exam (religious studies.  I have no hope of passing this class).  But then it'll be summer, so hurrah for that.

  • I got into a creative writing class for next term.

  • Has the rich text editor on LJ gotten more glitchy since I last used it, or is that just me?

  • Still waiting for word back on my summer job.  *bites nails*

  • My femmefest gift was lovely :) Check it out!  Is Marietta's hair not gorgeous?

  • Still waiting with some excitement for the gift I wrote to be posted.  I hope it works as well for the recipient as it seemed like it did when I wrote it

  • Hannibal has continued to be the highlight of my week

WHY MIRIAM WHY NOT ABIGAIL?  If Miriam lived, does that mean Abigail can't, from a writing perspective?  Or would it be BETTER from a writing perspective to have Abigail also live and react in a totally different way from Miriam?

  • Tom Felton is slated to attend the Calgary Comic Expo.  This is the third year running that he's been supposed to attend - he cancelled the last two years in a row.  Third time lucky, maybe?

  • I had a panic attack about a week back. It was my dad that my mind was on, but since nothing particular brought it on (he seems to be continuing to do relatively all right, at least, as far as I can tell), I'm inclined to suspect it's more to do with a build-up of end-of-term pressure that I'm projecting onto unrelated issues.  :(

  • At least the weather's getting nice.  At last.


My dad (whose mother is Hungarian and grew up in Hungary) likes to quip that the proper Hungarian way to cook is to not have any of the ingredients.  With that in mind, I present you with my recipe for onion soup, made entirely out of whatever crap I had lying around the kitchen that I was pretty sure wasn't rotten.  I am proud of myself.

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Mar. 26th, 2014

Psych - standing on a car
The last episode of Psych did awful things to my heart.

I am in a state of emotional upset of varying degrees.

*gnaws morosely on fingernail*

As everyone's probably already aware on account of everyone making posts like this, hp_kinkfest is open for prompting.

I'm pretty much going through this process while reading the prompts:

*see kink*
*inhale sharply because I like kink*
*see pairing*
*sigh deeply because I hate pairing*
*feel despondent*
*ponder the nature of fandom and why the pairings that are popular are popular*
*feel hard-done-by because there's never enough kink for anything I like*
*feel the well of resentment at popular pairings simmer in my chest*
*remind self I'm being childish*
*tell self to get over it*
*move on to next prompt*
*repeat 175 times*

I don't like being such a bad sport about it - and I'm happy for the people who are lucky enough to have their likes and the prevailing fandom likes line up.  But it honestly makes reading prompts kind of a downer.  I don't really expect Bellamort or Blackcest prompts or anything like that, I'm not completely insane.  But something as simple as a little more femmeslash kink wouldn't go amiss, would it?  I mean, I know it's only the first day and that there's a chance that more stuff I like will be prompted in future, but when 90% of what's up so far is just Harry and/or Draco and/or Hermione, I'm not holding out much hope for a fair distribution of prompts among less popular characters.

And I don't feel like leaving prompts because I know that no one except me would want them, so what's the point?

Another thing is that I've adopted this concern that, when someone says "any" or "[character]/any" on a prompt, they don't actually mean 'any', and I'd be giving them something disappointing if I claimed that prompt and wrote them Bellamort or whatever, because I'd be depriving them the chance of having someone with better taste claim the prompt and write them a pairing they'd actually want.  :(

(I'm sorry.  I'm probably just in a bad mood because I'm really supposed to be writing that psych essay I mentioned yesterday, and also because a blizzard is predicted for tomorrow.  Bleh.)


Don't Panic
Ugh, I have a psychology paper to write.  A summary/analysis/response thing to a lengthy article on depression.




Book Meme - Day 3

Day 03 - The best book you've read in the last 12 months

Psychopath by Keith Ablow. I grabbed it from the library because I love my serial killer books, and, like... whoa.

So, we've got Jonah, a psychiatrist who does temporary work at hospitals all over the USA.  He's a really really good psychiatrist.  He's also a serial killer.

Jonah's pathology and emotions regarding killing were incredibly interesting to me - on the one hand, he goes around offing strangers, but on the other, it's agonizingly guilt-inducing, and he spends most of his scenes struggling to not kill people.  In the parts where we see him doing his work as a psychiatrist, it's abundantly clear that he's not only good at what he does, but completely dedicated to helping people, if only because when he 'absorbs their pain', he doesn't feel the urge to kill.

And you know what?  The hero was also really good.  The book starts out with Jonah, and when the perspective switched to the hero, Clevenger, I was like "aw, man, now I have to read about this loser instead", but I actually ended up really liking him, especially his relationship with his adopted son Billy (who was accused of murdering his birth parents and has some issues surrounding that).  There was a romantic plot too, and I normally don't enjoy those, but even that didn't bother me in this book.  I can honestly say that there was not a single character, plot, or subplot that I did not enjoy reading about.

From a completely objective point of view, no, it's not a perfect book, and if you don't have a thing for murderer books, as I do, you probably won't enjoy it. But if you love a good serial killer story, this is definitely something you need to read.


Mission: Accomplished

Ballet lesbians
I just sent in my femmefest fic (cutting it close, I know, and I'm not proud of that), but I feel like celebrating because this is the first fest I've finished in what feels like forever, and also because I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE FIC.  It was somewhat different from what I usually do, and it was incredibly fun to write, and EEEEEEEEE.

I'm feeling good today.  AND I SHALL LET NOTHING HARSH MY SQUEE.


JK Rowling
...not because I intend to write anything for it, but because I have a prompt list fetish.

And I saw this list of house/element correspondences in it.




The houses have colours, and colours are associated with elements.  That is the single most straightforward association one could ever make.  I know JKR knew that when she chose the house colours.  This is, like, magic symbolism 101.

For the record, they are:

Slytherin - green - earth
Gryffindor - red - fire
Hufflepuff - yellow - air
Ravenclaw - blue - water

Look, I recognize that you could argue that the traits outweigh the colours, although I would disagree in the case of Slytherin (a much more earthy than watery house; earth favours practicality, good sense, steadiness and lack of excess emotion, where water favours intuitiveness, emotional connection, creativity, and wisdom) and probably also in the case of Ravenclaw (although air is associated with intellect.  Both air and water would be fair if not for the colours).  Hufflepuff, I concede, is probably the least connected to the element of its colour, and I blame that on air/yellow being the one left over.

I see this all over tumblr too and it bothers me.  Especially Slytherin.  Slytherin isn't even a tiny bit watery.  Just because the common room is underwater doesn't mean the has any water traits.

I am overly impassioned about this.

(PS.  Thank you all so much for your outpouring of love and support on the last post <3  It means so much to me, and I'll be responding to individual comments promptly ♥)
Day 02 - A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about.

The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing, AND The Number One Ladies Detective Agency. It's a draw, because they're quite similar, I love them both, and both are weirdly hard to find, at least in my local bookstore (which, by the way, is a block from my house, which makes me a happy Gamma).

I love mysteries, and these are both really outstanding examples of the genre.  The stories are tight, without a lot of the excess subplots, drama, personal struggles, etc etc that are epidemic in mystery novels.  Dude, when I want to read a mystery novel, I want to read a mystery, not a soap opera!  Also, it's really interesting to read mysteries set in places other than the USA or England - The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing (which is part of a series, by the way, but I haven't gotten my hands on the others yet) takes place in India, and The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, in Botswana.

They're also both good in that they're not overly dark or mean-spirited.  I love me a good horror story with gory murders and all that stuff, but it's nice to read something that's not that heavy.

An additional point about The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, I also appreciate that, at least in the beginning, it's a book about a woman who isn't in a romantic relationship.  People are always complaining (and rightfully so) that it's hard to find stories about women that aren't also about romance, and I'm like... here!  Here's one!  Read this one!  (she does get married eventually, but it's still never really a romance)



I'm feeling sort of, like, whatever

Angst angst angst...
I hardly wrote at all over February.  I'm really upset at myself for that.  Especially since I wasn't replacing my writing time with anything useful like reading a lot or studying extra hard or anything.  I just couldn't put words together and make them do what I wanted.  Which is bad, since that's pretty much the only thing I've ever been able to do well, and now I can't do it at all.

As far as real life things go, I applied for a creative writing course at university for next year (under the assumption that I'm going to regain my ability to write at SOME POINT before September), and also at a job at Heritage Park in Calgary for the summer.  I have some measure of confidence about getting into the creative writing course (even though I'm anxious that the writing I submitted in my portfolio has glaring errors in it that I managed to miss), and no confidence at all about the job at Heritage Park.


I'm going to blame the winter for my moodiness.  I'm ready for winter to end.  Like now.


So hey guys, I found a recipe for peanut-butter cookies on the tumblr no-more-ramen (low-effort/low-cost recipes) recently, and because I've now made them like four times and improved my technique, I thought I'd share.  They're insanely simple, take about twelve minutes to make including baking time, and as cookies go, they're pretty healthful!  No wheat, white sugar is optional, no dairy (although they go great with milk)... and they're made of peanut butter!  They're like protein bombs, only good, because they're cookies.

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I think I must be PMSing

Black Dress
a) because I'm unusually sleepy all the time
b) because I'm even more aware of my general desire to have sex with everyone and everything than usual.  Three days in a row, now, I've caught myself sitting in class, looking around at the people around me, and thinking "I would fuck you. And you. And you. All of you. I would fuck every single person in this room."  It's a bit on the distracting side.

Does anyone want to supply me with a stream of smut to exhaust me?  *looks around hopefully*


Ballet lesbians

Do you feel like your Valentine's day doesn't have quite enough lesbians in it?  If so, you should hop on over to hpsapphicappeal's femmeslash comment meme.  Leave some lusty lesbian love (either in the form of prompts or fills) and then go on with your day, satisfied that you've made February a little more femmeslashy.

(I'm so fucking exhausted.  I don't know if it shows.  Fucking midterm assignments.  *Falls asleep on keyboard*)


Icon Meme, Round Two!

From nightfalltwen this time :D

1. Reply to this post 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 glee.

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Icon Meme

Snagged from scarletladyy

1. Reply to this post 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 glee.

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Help, I've been emotionally compromised

Psych - Gus/Shawn
Apparently season 8 is indeed the last season of Psych.



Two Hannibal Fanmixes

Hannibal/Abigail hug
Both are Abigail-centric, both are fairly spoilery (as spoilery as a mix can get, really), and both contain Hannibal/Abigail to varying degrees.

One is serious.  The other is not.

Listen on 8tracks (download using 8hacks)

Ice Girl - Émilie Simon
You were looking for someone to comfort you, you found me.
You were looking for someone to make you smile, you found me.
You were looking for someone, for somebody, but not for me.

Sleep Alone - Bat for Lashes
You know, my darling, I can't stand to sleep alone - no sweetheart in the dark to call my own...
Last night's party and last night's horror show,
Smiling and whirling and kissing all I know,
A lonely spell to conjure you, but conjure Hell is all I do.

Girls that Glitter Love the Dark - Hannah Fury
Girls that glitter deceive death.  We thread ourselves through innocent flesh.
And then we feign surprise when we see that those we've loved to waste, they seem to be erased...
But the thing that girls know best is that glitter covers all the ugliness.

The Devil Within - Digital Daggers
I made myself at home in the cobwebs and the lies.
I'm learning all your tricks.  I can hurt you from inside.
I made myself a promise, you would never see me cry.

The Devil Takes Care of His Own - Band of Skull
Do you dare to speak his name?  There's evil at the root.
Cruel or kind, it's on your mind, go on and give the dice a roll.
Never did believe in saying fortunes are foretold.

Serial Killer - Lana Del Ray
I could be your ingenue, keep you safe and inspired.
Let your fantasies unwind; we can do what you want to do.
I'm a sociopath, a sweet serial killer
On the warpath 'cause I love you just a little too much.

Murder Ballad - One-Eyed Doll
Who made the world so cold and lonely?  Who made the world so sad?
Last night, he said he really loved me.  Last night, forever began.
Tonight, I sleep on a tear-stained pillow...
I did it for love.  I did it 'cause I knew you'd want it all someday.
I did it for love.  Murder was the only way.

Cannibal's Hymn - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
If you're going to dine with the cannibals,
Sooner or later, darling, you're going to get eaten.

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I Want to Be Evil - Eartha Kitt
I want to be evil, I want to hurt flies, I want to be mean and throw mud pies.
I want to be horrid, I want to drink booze, and whatever i've got, I'm eager to lose.
I want to be evil, little evil me.
Just as mean and evil as I can be!

Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf - Rob Cantor
Now it's dark and you seem to have lost him,
But you're hopelessly lost yourself.
Stranded with a murderer, you creep silently through the underbrush.

I Eat Boys Like You for Breakfast - Ida Maria
I eat boys like you for breakfast.
You've got a striking phyisque.
Don't underestimate the hunter.
Let's play hide and seek.

I Can't Decide - Scissor Sisters
I'm not a gangster tonight, don't want to be a bad guy.
I'm just a loner, baby, and now you've gotten in my way.
I can't decide whether you should live or die.
Oh, you'd probably go to heaven - please don't hang your head and cry!
No wonder why my heart feels dead inside.

Poor Unfortunate Souls - Jonas Brothers
I admit that in the past I've been nasty.
They weren't kidding when they called me kind of strange.
But you'll find that nowadays, I've mended all my ways, repented, seen the light, and made a change.

The Outsider - Marina & The Diamonds
Don't get on my bad side, I can work a gun.
Hop into the back seat, baby, I'll show you some fun.
These people are weird in hear, and they're giving me the fear.
Just because you know my name doesn't mean you know my game.

Kinda Outta Luck - Lana Del Ray
Is it wro-wrong, that I think it's kinda fun when I hit you in the back of the head with a gun?
Now Daddy's in the trunk of his brand new truck.
I really want him back, but I'm kinda outta luck.
Wrong, I know, killing someone - it gets a little easier when you've done it once.

Criminal - Britney Spears
He is a villain by the Devil's law.  He is a killer just for fun.
The man's a snitch, and unpredictable.
He's got no conscience, he's got none.

Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Annie, are you okay?  Will you tell us that you're okay?
There's a sign in the window that he struck you, a crescendo, Annie.
He came into your apartment, he left bloodstains on the carpet.
Then you ran into the bedroom.  You were struck down.  It was your doom.

Diablo - Simon Curtis
Are you crazy?  Because you're so out of line.
I swear someday you're gonna freak and claw out my eyes-
Oh, wait, you did.

I Never Told You What I Do For a Living - My Chemical Romance
We'll love again, we'll laugh again, well cry again and we'll dance again,
And it's better off this way,
So much better off this way,
and I can't clean the blood off the sheets in my bed.

Be My Friend - One-Eyed Doll
I met a cute boy, he liked my smile, we fell in love for a little while.
He kissed me on the lips and it tasted sweet.
So I chopped him into pieces and cooked his meat.

Monster - Lady Gaga
I asked my girlfriend if she'd seen you 'round before.
She mumbled something while we got down on the floor.
We might have--- not really sure, don't quite recall,
But something tells me that I've seen him--- that boy is a monster.
He licked his lips, looked at me, said "Girl, you look good enough to eat."...
He ate my heart and then he ate my brain.

Cannibal - Ke$ha
I want your liver on a platter, use your finger to stir my tea, and for dessert, I'll suck your teeth.
Be too sweet and you'll be a gonner.  Yup, I'll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer
I eat boys up, breakfast and lunch.  Then, when I'm thirsty, I drink their blood.
Carnivore animal, I am a cannibal.
I eat boys up.
You'd better run.

Living Dead - Marina & The Diamonds
I'm living dead, dead, dead, dead, dead
Only alive, live, live, live, live, live
When I pretend, tend, tend, tend
That I have died, died, died, died, died, died.

(I'm still working my way up to actually writing fic)
Psych - Gus/Shawn
Was there an unusually high number of Gus/Shawn jokes/tensions/implications, or was I just noticing them more than usual?

60 Day Book Meme - Day One

Canada - Canadian Girls
(Meme is here)

A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

I don't think I'll ever get tired of the Dear Canada books.  I don't know if those are really a thing that anyone talks about, but I totally remember being in fourth grade and ALL the girls reading them and crossing their fingers hoping there would be new ones available in the scholastic book orders and learning more history from them than from our actual history curriculum.  I can't really say that I wish it had gone on longer (since they're still being produced as of right now) but I hope that they never ever ever stop making them.

For those of you who don't know (I imagine that these books don't really have an audience outside Canada, though I think there is an American equivalent), Dear Canada is a series of books about various events from Canadian history, written in the format of the diary of a young (10-15 year old) girl living through those events.  They're written by various authors (Kit Pearson and Maxine Trottier each wrote one, and a lot of other authors who I don't remember), so there's a great variety in the nature of the heroines (most of them are bookish and a little on the relatively 'unfeminine' side... but that's not a 100% thing).  My favourites are Orphan at my Door, An Ocean Apart, and A Prairie as Wide as the Sea.  I haven't been keeping up with them lately (pretty much fell off the wagon when I stopped getting scholastic book orders) so I haven't read the more recent ones, but I have my eye on Days of Toil and Tears, A Desperate Road to Freedom, and To Stand on my Own in a big way.  And All Fall Down, though only because I remember being offended as a 9-year-old that Alberta wasn't represented in the lineup at that time!  ACTUALLY I JUST WANT ALL OF THEM.

It is my ambition to write one someday.

I'd like to add also that the Dear Canada books are just beautiful, beautiful books, and are responsible for my lifelong love of using ribbons as bookmarks.  THEY'RE SO PRETTY SDFGHJK.  I love having my collection all lined up on my bookshelf.


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