Hello, person(s) who read(s) my journal. I am, in fact, alive, albeit not posting. I comment, I read, I lurk.
I read a lot of fanfiction. Or I try to. Being that in my previous post I mentioned that I have a huge number of links saved so as not to clutter up my computer... yeah, I now have a huge number more. Add in that I'm abroad and that classes are threatening to turn me into a zombie that mutters "standby cam 1, cam 1 CU of talent 1, take cam 1" and essentially, LJ turns into a morass of tabs to get through.
So first off:
Do You Like To Write?
Like to write? Love writing poetry? Great! There is a new challenge, called lastpoetstandng, where you write a a poem every week based on a different style of poetry prompt! Then they get voted on and the person with the least votes is out that week and the person with the most is safe the next week till you have one author standing who wins! What do you win? A snazzy graphic and 3 free skips for the next round if you sign-up! You don't even need to be a GREAT poet!
..who will come out on top?
And then I need to actually surrender and do that Toy-Story-TV twoskeletons assigned to me.
So I found out that Diana Wynne Jones was dead around, mmm, 10 pm, in my time zone. Cried pretty damn hard. Broke the news on Facebook. Swore. Then moved on to other tabs.
It's 5 am now. I can't sleep. I spent most of the last 7 hours reading fanfiction, starting over on my reversebang, catching up on my flist, watching youtube videos. Stuff like that. Then I shut my laptop, moved to turn off the lights and go to sleep. Spotted 'The Crown Of Dalemark' on my floor, picked it up, flipped through it, put it on my bed next to my pillow to read when I woke up. Turned off the lights. Didn't get to sleep (obviously).
I had a long conversation with myself and Diana Wynne Jones, in the dark. It consisted mostly of confessions. That there were books of hers that I'd never read, books that I'd meant to read, meant to scour the library or the bookstore for, but just. didn't. Wanting to find my lost copy of 'A Tale Of Time City' and reread it. Admitting that I hadn't liked 'Hexwood' and 'Dogsbody' very much, but I'd skimmed both of them. Confessing that I hadn't read 'Charmed Life' in years and could only barely recall the names of Chrestomanci's kids. That 'Fire And Hemlock' was beautiful. That 'The Merlin Conspiracy' was thoroughly enjoyable and ridiculously long and still fabulous and that I wish I had found 'Deep Secret' so I could know more. That 'The Magicians Of Caprona' was my very favourite of the Chrestomanci books and my copy is in disgusting condition and I should replace it and...
I was honest in that conversation. I shared with her shade things that I don't often say out loud. Things that I don't normally even admit to myself alone inside my head. And I laughed, a little hysterically, that I had written an obituary for Frank McCourt when I'd only read one of his books and that I wouldn't be writing one for her when I'd read most of hers.
And then I rolled over and tried to go to sleep. And I couldn't and I couldn't and I couldn't and I couldn't, not until I had gotten up and written something, anything, for this amazing person. So. Bye. You were wonderful.
I remember doing this last year. Didn't get anything, but hey, a wish is a wish.
Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.
Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it. Once a wish has been granted, it will be crossed off my list.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.
1. A couch to sleep on for a day or two in May when my US residency finishes. It would be nice to actually meet some of you guys. 2. The patience to continue and finish a costume so I can cosplay again. 3. A Ysengrin costume. 4. An Inception OT7 domestic!fic. 5. A hug. 6. The ability to remove her hook from my heart, and keep it out. 7. Time. 8. More outings with the people I know in real life. 9. The ability to sleep and not sleep when I choose to. 10. A month's worth of paid membership, just to see what it's like.
The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.
Post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.