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In Gamma's world, gentlemen brood and plot the demise of their enemies, and ladies keep daggers in their bodices. Keep a cross close to fend off the vampires, but a pentacle closer to draw them to you in the first place. It is highly unlikely that you shall stay here long before encountering someone quite mad.
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?
Prompt: Gift for sapphoatsunset who requested "Top!Bellatrix has an unusual way to celebrate the holidays that brings a new meaning to 'caroling'."
Rating: NC-17 like whoa
Word Count: 1400
Summary: In which Bellatrix and Narcissa decorate for Christmas
Warnings: Incest (obviously), D/s, object insertion, anal, size kink, absolutely inappropriate misuse of the song Silent Night
Merry Christmas, sapphoatsunset!! I hope this brings you holiday cheer (or, you know, sexual gratification. Whichever.)
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In other news, I've finished two out of my four exams! I'm so excited to be done, and to go back home for the holidays... looking forward very much to seeing my family again.
I'm in a very Christmasy mood right now. I was listening to Christmas music today while I wrote, so here, have some of my favourite holiday-themed songs :D
- Lord of the Dance (Blackmore's Night)
- What's This? (The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack)
- The Silent Nutcracker (Trans Siberian Orchestra)
- Gloucestershire Wassail (Loreena McKennitt)
- God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (Loreena McKennitt)
- Gothic Christmas (Within Temptation)
- All I Want For Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
- You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (How The Grinch Stole Christmas)
- Santa Baby (Eartha Kitt)
I think I'm prepared to admit that perhaps 12 was a little young to be reading that one. Not because of the sex (by that time, I'd been in enough health classes to know what sex was, and I was beginning to feel the inklings of fetishes in my own mind - it was probably exactly the right age to read a book with sex in it), but because of the arranged marriage and politics and incest and rape and religion and did I mention politics and holy shit The Mists of Avalon is like 800 pages long. My babysitter recommended to me when I was nine. My mind boggles as to how she thought that was a good idea.
The biggest impression it left on me was that it was the first book since about grade one that I had to actively try to figure out words in. All those posters about context clues and stuff that they taught us in elementary suddenly came in handy as I tried to work out what a "phallus" was. (I also blame Marion Zimmer Bradley for my continuing failure to feel any aversion towards the word "manhood").
I don't remember particularly liking The Mists of Avalon, probably, again, due to the undue amounts of POLITICS EVERYWHERE in it. But it certainly did leave an impression.
PS, the weather here on the island is being INSANE. There were blizzards yesterday and it's raining like crazy right now. RAIN. IN DECEMBER. I have never observed a winter rainstorm before!
PPS, I'm currently reading Towelhead by Alicia Erian, so all y'all are going to get a review on that in a couple of days because I have a lot of thinky thoughts about it.
"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed."
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you love.
4) * Star those you've started and have not and will not finish. *
Strike through what you consider a complete waste of paper & time.
Unofficial 6) because there's a number of these on my list: Two stars next to those I've started and do intend to finish but haven't because I'm lazy and easily distracted **
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- I've read 20/100. Not bad, for one so young as myself (actually, never mind, it's pretty bad. But so many of these are multiple books counted as one, so...). Also, I own a fair number of these books, so I should probably get cracking on them.
- I don't judge books very harshly. Of Mice and Men was by far the only book on this list that I hated, and it's probably one of my bottom ten least favourite books ever, though that might be influenced by the extremely unpleasant English class in which I was required to read it. The majority of books I read, I either like, or don't leave much of an impression.
- There were a few books other than the ones I marked that I read when I was really young, and therefore a) don't remember much about and b) probably didn't understand too well. Charlotte's Web, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Hobbit, to name a few
- Do people actually read the whole Bible all the way through? Seriously? I thought the only people who did that were religious fanatics or Biblical scholars, and I thought even they read bits and pieces all over the place instead of the whole thing cover to cover.
- I'm not sure I buy that most adults have only read six. There were three that were required reading for English for me (and two more that were required reading for my friend's class but not for mine), and I get that curriculums change and all, but still...
- I'm curious as to the criteria for the list. Sales? Effect on culture? Number of surveyed people who had read them?
So, my lovelies, comment to this post with a pairing/prompt request (any pairing, and any sort of prompt - words, lyrics, kinks, scenarios, whatever), I'll slot you into a day between tomorrow and December 24th, and on that day, I will post for you a 100-500-ish drabble for your request.
December 5: ragdoll
December 6: leigh_adams
December 10: nearlyconscious
December 11: evening12
December 15: flyingharmony
December 16: night_owl_9
December 20: marianna_merlo
December 21: alley_skywalker
If I fuck up (like I have in the past) and don't get to you, TRACK ME DOWN AND BEAT ME. Okay? I don't want to disappoint anyone this holiday season! (...like I usually do)
I LOVE Christmas. I love it almost as much as I love Halloween. If I measured holiday love on a scale of one to ten, Halloween would be ten, and Christmas would be at LEAST 8.5 (and that's not even counting the additional happiness surrounding Boxing Day or my birthday). I'm especially excited about this year's Christmas, because I'm going back to Calgary to see my family :D
I made a Christmas wish list this year, because I really like reading other peoples' and keeping their wishes in mind, not just at Christmastime, but also during the rest of the year - for birthdays, and for days when my dear friends are feeling down and I want to do something to cheer them up :) I encourage everyone to make a list!
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I think I should get a prize for that 16K from today and yesterday.
So! Let's talk about a crappy book!
Okay guys. You know that incest doesn't bother me. You know that even potentially really horrible things like, oh, underage sex, or sister rape, or infanticide, or long-term incarceration... don't bother me. I'm pretty hard to bother with fiction.
So Flowers in the Attic totally failed to shock me.
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2/5. Would not recommend.
**Edit: Reading The Dresden Dolls' wikipedia page told me that the band name was partially inspired by Flowers in the Attic. The more you know!
- I'm still 16K away from the end of NaNoWriMo
- Must put finishing touches on Kinky Kristmas before I send it in
- Ditto smutty_claus
- No problem.
- Yes problem.
- Maybe problem?
Accordingly, I have an essay test on Nietzsche for Philosophy and my final paper on The Witches of Eastwick due for English. /o\
I'm worried about the Nietzsche test, because ack, essays take me forever to write. I'm also worried about the paper because it's only like 80% done and I'm concerned that it's not cohesive enough, but at least it was really fun to write. Most rewarding. With every passing paragraph, my love for the ridiculous clusterfuck that is The Witches of Eastwick grew <3 (Remind me to tell y'all about this paper when I'm sane again).
I apologize profusely for being a scatterbrained mess of late, and I hope that I'll be able to get my act together starting sometime on Friday.
- Mordred's Lullaby by Heather Dale
- Runs in the Family by Amanda Palmer
- Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nico Vega (or Nancy Sinatra original)
- Obsessed with You by The Orion Experience
- King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men
- War Between Brothers by Heather Dale
- The Old Trunk in the Attic by... I have no idea, but it's cool.
- Me and the Devil by Soap&Skin
- Lord of the Dance by Blackmore's Night (any version will do; apparently I made my dad repeatedly play this song on the piano when I was little)
- Maneater by Blue Eyed Blondes
- Mr. Pinstripe Suit by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
And when reading the sign-up form, I had the sickening moment of realization that, oh dear God, it has "are you willing to write het, slash or femmeslash" on it, and I'm going to have to try to answer it D:
This is a... relatively common question in sign-ups, I guess, but it drives me insane because there is no proper way for me to answer it. I'm willing to write all three, but not in every circumstance!
Like, okay, I have a decent handful of slash pairings - yeah, not many, but a decent handful, far more than some people have (far more, even, than a good chunk of people who write slash primarily but only focus on one or two ships). But I don't feel quite confident in putting 'slash' down on the form, because there are way MORE slash pairings that I DON'T like, and further, because I'm better at writing most of the female characters than most of the male characters.
Okay, so what about het, then? I ship a ton of het pairings, many of them with lots of enthusiasm. BUT I also don't feel confident putting 'het' there because - again - there are so many het pairings I don't ship.
Femmeslash is the only one of the three that I can pretty much always write, so if I really wanted to be thorough, I would say I just write femmeslash. But that's NOT TRUE because I DO write het and slash, and I would probably ask for het (and maybe slash) pairings in the "receiving" section and GAHHH.
So basically, I feel that - for myself - the question is redundant and confuses things, because I don't find myself capable/incapable of writing things based on whether they're het, slash or femmeslash. I find myself capable/incapable based on the actual characters involved, and given that, I wish I could just ignore this question completely and simply clarify what characters I won't write in the "would not like to write" section.
Apologies for this rambly (and probably entirely incoherent) post. To make it a little less useless, I'd love to hear whether you guys find "do you write het/slash/femmeslash" to be a useful question on an exchange sign-up, or do you have as much difficulty as I do?
Pairing: Daphne/Astoria/Pansy/Lily Luna
Prompt: Gift for nearlyconscious, who expressed a wish for Daphne, Astoria and Pansy using Lily as their fucktoy
Word Count: 536
Summary: Lily had been on her knees between Pansy's legs for the better part of an hour.
Warnings: D/s, incest kink
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Does this bother any of you as much as it bothers me? Or do you like your characters to be just straight-up attractive? What are your head!canons for the body shapes of different characters? Do you picture a lot of them as having more or less the same type of body, or is there a lot of variety in the way you imagine them?
Please share :D
(I'm going to finish trick-or-treating for you guys tonight, I promise. Fear not :))
It's so hard to take pictures of myself. I had to put my mirror in a whole new place to take my picture. And even then, I had to kneel, so you really can't see all the details (like the very turn-of-the-century buttons on the dress, or the petticoat I was wearing under it). Oh, the hardship! The tragedy!
Those in the know (all two of you) will be aware that my costume is Cassiopeia Black... not that anyone would know that if I didn't outright tell them. In order to have a plausible explanation for people who I didn't want to explain Cassi to, I went with a sort of "creepy doll" effect (since I do and always have imagined Cassi as a very doll-like creature). The spirit of Cassiopeia remains.
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ALSO I'M SO EXCITED FOR NANOWRIMO. I'm Gamma Orionis on the site; add me if you're doing it too :)
It's true love, you guys, and I will hear no one say otherwise.
Some days, I question what I'm doing with my life.
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To Be a Captive has been nominated for Best Rare Pair Dark!Fic in hpfanficfanpoll. To be honest, while I'm very flattered, I'm also a little bit confused and surprised, because I have very mixed feelings about how To Be a Captive turned out (aka not like I planned it, basically). Now would probably be the time to post it to ff.net :P
Anyway, thank you to the person who nominated me, if you're reading this! I am flattered <3
(PS: just three days until Halloween! :D I'm excited! I'm thinking of going to see Carrie on Halloween, since the movie theatre here in Charlottetown is playing it and I don't have anything else to do... except give out candy, of course. Also, I'm excited about my costume, even though it still needs a little work)
Hmm, worst habits...
- Impulse buying. I have a shopaholic streak that I'm very ashamed of.
- Starting things and then not finishing them - everything from knitting projects to writing projects to... school projects... yeah.
- Stubbornly doing the opposite of whatever happens to be popular. I DON'T KNOW WHY I HAVE SUCH A SEVERE URGE TO DO THIS UNDER SO MANY CIRCUMSTANCES. IT DOESN'T EVEN MATTER WHAT MY ACTUAL OPINION IS. AS SOON AS SOMETHING IS POPULAR MY INSTINCT IS TO DIG MY HEELS IN AND REFUSE TO DO IT. I am a hipster with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, you see.
- Harshly and continually chastising myself for perceived errors (it doesn't matter how severe those errors were, or how long ago they happened. I get as angry at myself for making dumb mistakes in second grade as I do for making far dumber mistakes now).
- Thinking I can do things through sheer force of will instead of through practical effort
- Procrastinating on evveerrryyything.
(Not even going to bother catching up so that I actually finish the challenge within 31 days of starting it)
Ten songs I love right now, in no particular order...
- 97 Bonnie and Clyde (cover) by Tori Amos. I just discovered this song last night, and... AGGHG D: Never before have I so desperately felt the need to turn on all the lights, check all the locks, and hide under my covers. The content is scary on its own, of course, but Tori Amos's creepy whispering is just... nightmarish. I love it.
- The Mechanical Girl by Voltaire. This song is so charming that in art class last year I wrote the lyrics out and illustrated it as a children's book.
- The Watchmaker's Apprentice by The Clockwork Quartet. Another murder ballad (probably my favourite genre), I really love the way this song uses the ticking of clocks in the background, and my God, you can practically hear the sneer on the singer's face.
- She's So Mean by Matchbox 20. It's very rare for me to find a song that I can listen to on repeat over and over and over again without ever getting tired of (previous songs that have held this honour include Poison by Alice Cooper and Academia by Sia). I just can't get enough of this one. It makes me want to dance. Or strut everywhere. (I'm not crazy about the video, because it doesn't actually fit with my vision of the "she" in the song, but that's another issue).
- Gloomy Sunday by Sinead O'Connor. I've heard several different versions of this song, and I never liked it until I heard this one. It's just... it's perfect. It's exactly the right tempo to be slow but not boring, Sinead O'Connor's voice is perfectly soft and sad and gloomy exactly right. Read: not like Emilie Autumn's atrociously over-sung interpretation - I love Emilie, but I think her version of this song was just a disaster. But we're not hear to talk about that one. We're here to talk about this. And it's perfect.
- If I Burn by Emilie Autumn. I could probably do this whole list of ten Emilie Autumn songs I love at the moment, but I don't think she will ever do anything I love more than the bridge of If I Burn. The verses and chorus are good and all, but as soon as she sings "When you sleep you'll feel my icy fingers crawling down your back, and when you wake, you'll find me right beside you, waiting to attack"... that's where the song goes from "good" to "amazing".
- Catherine Howard's Fate by Blackmore's Night. I lied, my favourite genre isn't murder ballads. My favourite genre is "historically or literarily inspired songs that are literally explicitly about the history or literature".
- On a similar note (so to speak), Dear Ophelia by Abney Park. Easily my favourite Abney Park song (partially because the lead singer is audible for once). It's pretty simple as a song, but I will never not get shivers on the last verse.
- Thrift Shop by Macklemore. Among all the dark, theatrical songs I love, there is... this. The day I heard that this was a number one hit was the day I regained faith in humanity. Not because I think it's some example of perfect songwriting or something, but... GUYS. IT'S ABOUT SHOPPING AT THRIFT STORES. HOW CAN YOU EVEN ARGUE THAT THIS IS NOT THE BEST THING EVER TO TOUCH THE BILLBOARD TOP 100 CHARTS? This song's popularity just makes me so happy. (Value Village has not yet accepted my suggestion of playing this on eternal loop in all its shops).
- Gothic Christmas by Within Temptation. I LOVE THIS SONG. It's so catchy and fun and FESTIVE. I cannot think of a better song to play at Christmas time.