ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Happy Sunday! It's still cold and there's no snow, but other than that, it's a good day.

I've been failing on all the fannish things. I still owe people drabbles. I still have January posts to make. I'll catch up...I promise.

However, Mayberry with Monsters (which will get a real title, I promise) is going well. As a rough draft, it's still terrible, but the story is moving along. I've been sticking to writing four pages a day, and it's working. Thank you, Mercedes Lackey!

Dani's voice is stilted, but I'm learning more about her as I go. Her friends haven't had much to do, and she's only talked to Jared once. More to come, though, as the story unfolds.

At least I'm accomplishing something, right?
ravenela: (Rosalee/Monroe)
[community profile] fandom_stocking is now open and all the gifts are revealed. For some reason, when I send a thank you comment, it stays screened. I don't know why. So, I'm telling you all now how much I loved all my gifts. They're so wonderful!

And, yes, the two days I missed in the January meme are coming.
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
Brrrr. It's cold out there, and this Southern belle isn't used to temperatures this cold. That's okay. I can hear all of you Northerners, Midwesterners, and Canadians laughing from here.

Anyway, I have a topic for today, and you can still suggest a topic for this month. Just go here.

Today's topic comes from [personal profile] ignipes: Talk about YA literature and why you enjoy reading it and writing it.

Growing up, there wasn't really a YA section. There was upper juvenile fiction, which consisted of writers like Judy Blume, Ellen Conford (who wrote about a girl who discovered she was a princess well before Meg Cabot), and Paula Danziger. So, I mostly skipped over it to adult books.

But I fell in love with the genre when I took an adolescent literature class in college. My professor chose mostly old books that no one ever heard of, but we did get to choose some of our own. That's where I read Robin McKinley, Annette Curtis Klause, and an unknown debut author named J.K. Rowling. I was hooked.

I like adult fantasy, sci-fi, and romance, but they don't cover my favorite topics, like first love or discovering who you are. They're too busy covering bigger issues. But YA fantasy and sci-fi does. YA focuses more on character than worldbuilding. Of course, that's my opinion, and not all adult books cover only worldbuilding. But you know what I mean.

It also gives me a chance to enjoy the teenage years. My teenage years were awful, but I like the rosy version of high school some of these books paint.

In other words, YA is still doing fresh and new things, and I keep enjoying it.

Some of my recent favorites:
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Rules by Stacey Kade
Spellcaster by Claudia Gray
Texas Gothic and Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
These Broken Stars by Aimee Kaufmann and Megan Spooner
ravenela: (Write - created by mercurybard)
Good morning, everyone! It's Monday, and everyone is back at school or work. The holidays are over. Pardon me while I pout for a bit. Anyway, random bits and pieces today.

*No topic for today, but there are lots of days left this month. Suggest a topic, even if you've already suggested something.

*I've managed to write every day this year so far. (Yes, I am looking for a pat on the back.) I'm using one of Mercedes Lackey's suggestions, which is to write four pages a day. For some reason, it feels less daunting than a word count. I don't know why, but it's working.

*So, Hubby and I are into season two of Battlestar Galactica. A few things... )

Hubby thinks that if they just send Starbuck into a lot of situations, everything would be solved in five minutes. She's his favorite character.

*Is Sleepy Hollow back tonight? Does anyone know?

*The new season of Sherlock is completely awesome! Can we keep Mary? Please?
ravenela: (Abbie and Ichabod - Naushika)
Today's topic comes from njborba - Sleepy Hollow. Likes? Dislikes? Chat away!

Sleepy Hollow is my favorite new show. The whole premise sounded so crazy that I had to try it. And I did. And I loved every second of it.

Abbie and her sister Jenny are total badasses. Ichabod is sarcastic and sexy. Irving is the best boss in the world. And Katrina is starting to get an interesting storyline.

Likes: Ichabod and Abbie have the best partnership ever. I love how they rely on each other without question.

I love that Jenny and Irving have been brought into the fight, and I'm shipping them like crazy.

I love that Katrina is a redhead (heh!) and a witch.

I love the whole premise of the show. What's going to happen next?

Dislikes: There's only really one, and that's I want to know more about the witches and how magic works in this world. Possible general spoilers ahead ) I know Abbie and Ichabod, the two witnesses, are our main characters, but can't these mere mortals (as badass as they are) get a little witchy help? Other than Katrina?

Witches...they never get any respect.

Plenty of days are left. Suggest a topic.
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
Since no one suggested a topic for today, I have a new squeeworthy book for you!

The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting

Titles in Series:
The Body Finder
Desires of the Dead
The Last Echo
Dead Silence


Violet has a secret. She can find dead bodies, no matter how well the killers tried to hide them. And one killer in particular isn't happy about it.

Despite the light paranormal premise, this YA series is mostly a mystery series. Violet is an awesome main character, and her best friend (whom she's in love with) is there for her all the way. This series is squeeworthy because of how the mystery unfolds and how realistic the characters are. Each chapter in the first book ramps up the tension slowly until you hit the most exciting part.

Definitely check them out from the library!
ravenela: (Jennifer/Duke - iloveimpala67)
It's the first of January, a new year, and time to kick off the January Topic Meme. Yay!!!

We're starting things with [personal profile] katikat's topic suggestion: Name 3 of your favorite OTPs and why you love them.

Narrowing down to three is going to be hard, but here we go.

The First Ship: Chloe/Clark, Smallville

When I started online fandom with Highlander, I never heard the word "shipping." I didn't learn it until I fell into the Smallville fandom. Chloe/Clark was the first pairing I ever fell in love with and wanted to write about all the time.

In the early days of SV, Chloe was the best. She had her own character arch, her own way of getting into trouble, and her own snark. I loved her, and naturally, I wanted Clark to love her, too. Of course, the creators of the show had other plans. Nevertheless, I couldn't get enough of Chloe/Clark fic. The angst, the fluff, the hurt-comfort, the PWPs, all of it, as long as it had a happy ending. Chloe was the perfect girl to bring out the personality in Clark. I still ship it to this day (I don't care what the creators did with them.)

The Ship With the Most Canon Satisfaction: Piper/Leo, Charmed

From the moment Piper and Leo started giving each other longing looks from across the room, I was sold. Piper was the geekiest one of the three Halliwell sisters, the long-suffering middle sister, and the one who wanted to be normal. Leo was the handyman who turned out to be much, much more.

These two went through everything - forbidden love, marriage problems, Leo going dark, and nearly breaking up. In the end, they made it through everything and got their happy ending. Yes!

The Newest Ship: Jennifer/Duke, Haven

Even though it's been around since 2010, I didn't fall in love with Haven until [personal profile] seimaisin sat me down and made me watch it. I loved Duke, but I didn't love his pining after Audrey.

And then, this past season, TPTB gave Duke a woman of his own - Jennifer. And she wasn't there for looks; she had a character arc of her own, a storyline that served the main plot. She complemented Duke and let him keep his bad boy with a heart of gold status. I really hope she gets to stay and they get their happy ending.

So, there you have it, three of my favorite ships. May they all have their happy endings.

And if you have a topic, slots are still open.
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
Today is the last day of 2013. Got your 2014 goals ready? I know I do. I'm going to be a better writer next year than I was this year.

People gave me some really good topics for The January Meme. I'm excited. I've got plenty of spots left if you've got a topic suggestion.

All right. Two hours left at work and then it's time to ring in the new year with friends. How are you ringing in the new year?
ravenela: (Rosalee/Monroe)
I missed it in December, but I'd like to do it for January. And yes, I am going to do this. So, pick a day and suggest a topic. Let's fill up this blog, yes?

January 1 - Name 3 of your favorite OTPs and why you love them. ([identity profile] katikat.livejournal.com)
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3 - Sleepy Hollow. Likes? Dislikes? Chat away! ([identity profile] njborba.livejournal.com)
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7 - Talk about YA literature and why you enjoy reading it and writing it. ([personal profile] ignipes)
8 - formative relationships ([personal profile] anonymous_sibyl)
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10 - Haven (how you got into it, what are your favorite things about the show/least favorite, favorite characters, whatever you want to talk about concerning the show) ([personal profile] dahlia_moon)
11 - Genderswap 3 pairings, TV show or a movie, and fan cast them! [personal profile] katikat
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17 - What's the best and worst thing about working in a library? ([personal profile] sixbeforelunch)
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26 - Three songs to which you sing along ([personal profile] misbegotten)
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29 - Haven (pt. 2)! Favorite episode in the first four seasons? Favorite character that isn't one of the three leads? What do you want to see in season 5? ([personal profile] seimaisin)
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I await your suggestions. :)
ravenela: (Rosalee library)
It's quiet in the library now, but we still have an hour and ten minutes before we close.

For those who celebrate, are you ready for the holiday? For those who don't, are you ready for New Year's Eve? My best friends are coming to my house for NYE this year, and I'm so excited! It's the first time in ten years.

I've planned my self-imposed writing deadlines for the coming year.

Feb. 28 - Finish first draft of MWM
March 31 - Finish 3rd draft of WS and start querying (finally...I've been saying this forever)
May 31 - 2nd draft of MWM, send off to betas
August 31 - 1st draft of Of the Sea (or the Pandora's Box story I started years ago)

And then we'll see what happens with the WS queries. Keep me true my to my word, gang!

As for TV shows and such, so much to catch up on. I think I'm going to have to choose the shows I like best to catch up on. I'm so far behind, and hubby and I keep picking up shows on Netflix to binge-watch together (BTW, Battlestar Galactica has a darker vibe than Star Trek, and we've both been sucked in).

If I don't post again before the new year, may your 2014 be awesome!
ravenela: (Nick reading - BM_Shipper)
I don't know about you, but I came across some really good books this year. Some of these weren't published in 2013, but I read them this year. So it counts.

1) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This book captured what it's like to be a socially awkward fangirl in a whole new setting. Being much older than the protagonist, I did want to shake her at times. But then I would remember how awkward I was at 18. Plus, it never once looks down on fanfiction or being a fangirl. And then there's Levi. Who doesn't love patient, sweet Levi?

2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer
You had me at cyborg Cinderella. Meyer has a way of taking the familiar parts of the fairytale and transforming them into an interesting and new sci-fi story. I felt for Cinder, especially by the end, and I must pick up the second book now.

3) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Criminal Minds meets The Mentalist for the teen set. This was an awesome mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Plus, no sci-fi, no magic, nothing supernatural at all. Just a good, old fashioned mystery.

4) The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig
This book has been around for a little while, but I didn't pick it up until this year. Mystery, intrigue, romance, all in a historical setting. I was completely engaged from page one.

5) The Rules by Stacey Kade
A half-alien hiding from the people who created her. The whole premise was fantastic, and both protagonists were interesting. How Kade keeps the voices different, I'll never know, but it's pretty amazing. Can't wait for the sequel!

What five books did you like the best?
ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
[personal profile] amaresu actually gave me the topic Arrow for my modified version of the December meme, and I've failed on writing this post on time. Anyway, she's the only one who offered up a topic so here we go.

I wasn't sure I'd like Arrow when it first premiered. I was partial to the Smallville version, and a piece of me wanted a spin off with Ollie and Chloe having adventures. But I gave this version a try anyway.

I loved it.

It had its gritty moments. Oliver was very nice to look at. John Barrowman showed up. And, to top it all off, there was Felicity.

Yeah, yeah, Laurel is supposed to be the love interest and all, but Felicity was so much better. She was smart and pretty and a part of Oliver's gang by the end of the season. How could Oliver not be falling in love with her?

I've liked the show better this season, but because of my job, I've fallen behind on the episodes. When I get a good stretch of time, I intend to catch up.

*****

Even though I haven't posted much this month, I'm always open to topic suggestions. Drop one in the comments.
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
I can't seem to express myself after watching the season finale other than to run around yelling, "Duuuuuuuuke!" But I'll try.

Spoilers be this way...don't go through the door )

When does season five start? Do we have a season five?

Come...discuss with meeeeee!
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
I'm not recognizing a whole lot of names this year yet, so I think I might stuff by fandom this year. If you have a stocking up, please drop the link in the comments. I'm a sucker for stuffing.

As for me, I'm here: Ravenela's Stocking
ravenela: (Felicity - tea otter)
I'm late to the party, I know.

Since I never seem to be able to post on the weekends (and we know I won't be able to post on the holidays), pick a day (Monday-Friday) and give me a topic. It can be any topic!

I won't limit the days to this month. If I run out of Mondays in December, I'll post in January. How does that sound?

So, come on. Give me a topic. Let's see how this goes!
ravenela: (Ichabod - Naushika)
* [community profile] fandom_stocking is back! You know what I love about this community? It's not about how many things you get in your stocking; it's about how many different stockings you can stuff. My favorite part is writing and making things for people and hoping they like it. And, yes, I like seeing things in my stocking (I even get excited about the generic holiday wishes), but I really love dropping things into other people's stockings.

* I'd love to do that December meme floating around. I have the worst time thinking of things to write about. Maybe I'll do a modified versions since I know I won't be able to post every day. What do you think?

* My tree is up, but no decorations yet. That's on my to-do list tomorrow. Surprisingly, Sam and Sparta haven't bothered with it this year. I'm impressed.

* I've got to make out my gift list and start buying stuff for people. Yay!

What's making you happy this week?
ravenela: (Abbie and Ichabod - Naushika)
Happy December! And we're back to our regular schedule. But it is the month of Christmas so that makes me happy.

How about another Blog Posting Day!

8 Post a song that makes you want to write. (Or gets you in the mood to read All Of The Fanfic.)

I'll post links to youtube videos when I get home, probably tomorrow. Until then, I'll just list.

For my current original story, MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS:

No Light, No Light - Florence + the Machine
Sinister Kid - Black Keys
Barton Hollow - The Civil Wars
Again - Flyleaf
Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos

For my previous story, WHITE SPIRIT:

Haunted - Poe
Amazed - Poe
Questions - System of a Down
Dead Souls - Nine Inch Nails
Living Dead Girl - Rob Zombie

I haven't written fic in a while, but I have a couple of songs that remind me of current fandoms:

ET - Katy Perry (Thor)
Devil's Backbone - The Civil Wars (Haven)
The Last Dance - Within Temptation (Sleepy Hollow)

Yay, music!

The Questions )
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
"...I've fallen in love with a man on the run."

A little Civil Wars for your Tuesday afternoon. It's a lyric from "Devil's Backbone," which is the song that currently reminds me of Duke Crocker. (Speaking of, I have a whole playlist. I need to share it at some point.)

So, what is making me happy this week?

*I figured out what was bothering me in MAYBERRY WITH MONSTERS. I originally had an infodump at the beginning where Dani's mom explained the whole witchy thing to her, and it just wasn't right. I've now redone it where Dani is only getting bits of info as she goes along.

*TV is really making me happy. Loved last Friday's episode of Haven, last Monday's Sleepy Hollow, and I squeed all through the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

*Possible full time job openings are coming down the pipeline next month. Wish me luck!

*Thanksgiving is this Thursday here in the USA. We're hosting this year, and I'm excited about having everyone over. Plus, I can continue my tradition of watching the parade. It's not Thanksgiving without it. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

What's making you happy this week?
ravenela: (Duke silver eyes - upoffmyknees)
The way this is going, I won't be done until January. But, we continue on.

Hubby and I finished Enterprise and have started Battlestar Galactica (the 2003 one). Impressions to come soon.

7 Share your favorite stories from your current fandom love(s)/ship(s). Tell us why they're amazeballs if you're so inclined.

Of course it would be one where I have to hunt down the answers. I haven't had a whole lot of time to read fic lately, which makes me sad. But I have found a few Haven gems. Give me one minute here.

Silencer by [personal profile] roseveare - " In the middle of the night, the town of Haven goes silent, and Duke thinks karma has it in for him. Casefile, gen/humour, early season 1."

Out of His Depth by Tanaqui - "Duke doesn't talk to cops and isn't interested in helping them out. So how on earth does an FBI agent end up in his bed? Missing scene from 1.01 Welcome to Haven."

Now that I'm caught up on season four, I'm planning to read all the Jennifer/Duke fic when I get a free moment.

Got any suggestions for me? I'm a gen and het girl.

The Questions )
ravenela: (Ichabod - Naushika)
Still going on NaBloPoMo. I know I'm behind everyone else, but that's okay.

6 What's your current fandom love(s) and/or ship(s?

Sadly, I'm at work so I can't fill up this post with pretty, pretty pictures. However, I'll be more than happy the blather on about it.

At this moment, I can't get enough of Haven and Sleepy Hollow.

Haven is on its fourth season and tells the story of this weird little town in Maine where people can do weird, destructive things. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

It also features Duke Crocker, played by Eric Balfour (who, for those of you who remember, was Jesse, Xander's geeky friend who died in the first episode of Buffy. I bring this up because I never thought I'd ever develop a crush on him). Duke owns me. He totally owns me. And I look for him in every episode.

I've been an Audrey/Nathan shipper from day one, and as soon as she came onboard this season, I've rooted for Jennifer/Duke. Along the way, I've shipped Julia/Duke, Claire/Duke, and Jordan/Dwight.

Sleepy Hollow is the new kid on the block with only eight episodes so far. Ichabod Crane (yes, that Ichabod Crane) woke up in the 21st century and is a whole lot hotter than we were lead to believe in the short story. He teams up with a no-nonsense cop named Abbie to fight demonic Evil, including a headless horseman with an assault rifle. Every moment of this show is complete awesomeness.

Right now, I'm shipping Katrina/Ichabod. They are married, and he's totally devoted to his wife.

The Questions )

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