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Last night on Tumblr someone asked me to include my "top five [subject of choice]," so I did my top five LOTR movie moments...but as today happens to be the anniversary of Tolkien's birth, I thought it would be fitting to post my top five Tolkien book moments here! As the trilogy is still what I've read the most, they wound up all coming from there...

1."But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund's daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him."

2. "'Then tie me on the back of [a horse], or let me hang on a stirrup, or something,' said Merry. 'It is a long way to run, but run I shall, if I cannot ride, even if I wear my feet off and arrive weeks too late.'"

3. Not going to quote it in full, but the song that Aragorn sings in The Departure of Boromir ;_;

4."'Come!' said Aragorn. 'If I am still to lead this company, you must do as I bid. It is hard upon the Dwarf to be thus singled out. We will all be blindfolded, even Legolas. That will be best, though it will make the journey slow and dull.'"

5."'He said that if I had the cheek to make verses about Ëarendil in the house of Elrond, it was my affair. I suppose he was right.'"

None of these are wholly profound, but they all stuck out to me when I first read these books over a dozen years ago, and they've stayed with me ever since.

What about you all? What are your top five Tolkien moments? (they don't have to be quotes...I only did that because I've got the books on hand because of the snow day and it's far more eloquent from the horse's mouth :P)
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 Don't know how many of these I'm going to have a chance to do, but taking advantage of my day off to at least do the first day! 

Day One

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Read more... )

Or, What Suzanne Did With Herself Those Two Months She Was Unemployed. This was my magnum opus of summer 2012, and remains the longest story I've ever completed. In some ways it's extremely self-indulgent (a crossover fic featuring two badass ladies sparring plus a whopping dollop of Bruce Banner angst aaaw yeah), and in other ways it was an active attempt on my part to work on aspects of writing that, at the time, were difficult for me (heavy dialogue, action scenes, sustaining a full plot arc over something that turned out to be novella-length). There are things about it that now make me wince (pretty much all the dialogue I wrote for Tony, and a lot of Lin's internal monologuing), but it's solid, and I remain proud of the structure even if some of the minor details are lacking. Also: LIN BEIFONG JOINS THE AVENGERS remains one of the best ideas I've ever had, no matter how the execution played out :P. 

Put All Your Words Away (Incredible Hulk/Avengers AU)

Brooke Banner's childhood, from the perspective of her aunt.

This is a fic that is so AU I could very easily change just a few tiny details and make it my own original fiction. Which I still might do, someday. I'd written a lot of genderswapped Avengers fic before this, and my pre-occupation with a female Bruce Banner led me to think way too much about her backstory, which then led to the full development of Banner's aunt, Jen Robertson, and everything sort of spiraled from there. Not a lot of people read it, I'm guessing because it was so AU, but it's really important to me both in terms of the development of these characters and in terms of proving to myself that I could write about people who didn't have superpowers :P. Also I'm just really in love with both of these characters. Especially Jen.

A Mother's Gift (Lord of the Rings)

Ivorwen and Gilraen contemplate the nature of foresight.

I got back into LOTR fandom at the end of this summer after a loooong hiatus, almost by chance. I actually don't remember now which came first--seeing Fellowship in theaters again (thank you, MOMA), or if I'd already started working on some fic as a way to procrastinate editing my theater history article. Regardless, the two sort of conflated, and I spent all of August trying to resurrect an Aragorn-centric WIP that I'd begun and then abandoned well over two years ago. It's still not finished and now may never be (unless I can find the inspiration/energy to gut it from the inside out), but I still wanted to be writing Dúnedain stories, and September's Teitho prompt lit the perfect spark. The women of the Dúnedain have captivated me from the beginning, and Ivorwen and Gilraen have long fulfilled that maddening position of "favorite characters and there is so little fic about them." So I went and wrote some myself! This was a hard labor of love and no small amount of "l;aksjdfkljsadf I'm basically a newbie all over again help," but it's one I think I'm going to be proud of for a long time to come.  
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

FIRST AND FOREMOST sorry this is so late I hope that you do check back for this haha. SECOND AND ALSO FOREMOST: thank you so much in advance! I know I am going to love whatever you come up with. Third: my fandoms! My requests are short this year, for which I apologize, but the upshot is that I love these fandoms so much (and there is so little fic of them) that I'm game for pretty much anything and everything!

FF: Fun shenanigans here would be very much loved! I'm really into the team dynamics of these guys, and Jen is my favorite ever, so something starring her would be great! :D

Saga: So these characters weren't listed as an option but I would LOVE love love a story centering on Klara and Barr...basically anything involving them, and/or gapfillers with Barr as CUTEST GRANDDAD EVER.

Tricksters - Tamora Pierce: Dove is my favorite and my one disappointment with the series is that we get to see her come into her own but never the aftermath--so anything with her being a badass queen would be loved! And/or something exploring her relationship with her sister.

Thrawn Trilogy: Shenanigans aboard the Wild Karrde / more on Mara's relationships with any/all of the crew members. I love Mara and I love Karrde and can never see enough of them.

Again, thank you so much in advance!! Happy writing!!

Love,
Suzelle


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Haven't done one of these in awhile and it seems to be going 'round my friends' page...so here we are! :D

A - Age: 23
B - Bed size: twin bed. ALAS AND ALACK literally counting down until I can move to an apartment with a bigger bedroom that'll fit a double...
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning anything involving mold.
D - Dog's names: none! D:
E - Essential start to your day item(s): Bagel from the bagel place, coffee, shower. In reverse order.
F - Favorite colour: Purple! Followed by green.
G - gold or silver: Prefer silver, but like gold too.
H - Height: 5'7"
I - Instruments you play: I used to play the piano--could probably still bang out a couple tunes if I tried.
J - Job title: Editorial assistant
K - Kisses or hugs: Hugs, unless you're the person I'm dating :)
L - Live: with three roommates in a tiny-ish apartment in Brooklyn, NY!
M - Mood: Sleeeepy
N - Nicknames: Suz, and I guess Lady Banner counts as enough of a nickname at this point...
O – Operations: Wisdom teeth
P - Pet Peeves: Rudeness, passive-aggressiveness, people running unreasonably late
Q - Quote from a movie: "These aren't the droids you're looking for"
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: one younger brother
T - Time you wake up: 7:30am...except on weekends, when I don't set my alarm and usually sleep til around 10:30!
U - Underwear: yes?
V - Vegetable you dislike: Arugula. Blech.
W - Ways you run late: MTA delays, "oh I can't leave now I'll be early let me putter around on the internet....wait now I'm gonna be late..."
X - X-rays you've had: THREE CHEST X-RAYS IN FIFTEEN MONTHS, sigh sigh sigh. Have had a bunch more before that, and teeth x-rays too.
Y - Yummy food you make: Hashwi, teriyaki chicken, popcorn!
Z - Zoo favorite: Dolphins...though I guess you get those more in an aquarium? Also love the big cats.
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Hey, LJ, too tired tonight, but remind me to make a Dessa appreciation post tomorrow, please and thank you?
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Tumblr's usually the first site I check these days, but today I am rather ashamed of it. For all the supposed nerds I follow not, ONE had an Aragorn birthday post!! Plenty for Ron Weasley, to be sure, but come ON, people!

So I made one myself :D. The photos all come from f [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7's Aragorn-a-Day posts!

http://lady-banner.tumblr.com/post/44329101047/march-1-2931-third-age-birth-of-aragorn-ii-son

Happy birthday, my dear good sir. I fell hard and fast for you at age twelve, and ten years later my love has only increased. 
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day, my friend, and here is my "hypothetical" fic present for you. I hope you enjoy!

(for everyone else: Cairistiona is my usual beta-extraordinaire so I couldn't get this one properly looked at, also it's been a REALLY long time since I've exercised the LOTR fic-muscles so please forgive any mistakes).


Fic behind the cut! )
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This premiere is sneaking up on me, y'all, nine days is not that far away.
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Dear Yuletide Writer,

Assignments went out and I realized HEYO I SHOULD ACTUALLY WRITE THIS LETTER.

First and foremost, thank you SO very much for whatever you produce, I know I will love it so much. Optional details are of course very optional, I'm not picky with these fandoms at all.

Federal Theatre Project RPF:

First of all, if this is the fandom you offered, YOU ARE AMAZING AND WE SHOULD BE REAL FRIENDS AFTER ALL THIS. I wrote my senior thesis on these people a year ago and miss them so very terribly, so BLESS YOU FOREVER

Anything with Welles and Houseman trolling Hallie Flanagan/generally being difficult, anything with Harry and Hallie working through their jobs and reminiscing about the good times they had together in college, just...mostly anything with these people, I will love!

Law and Order:

I have a lot of feelings about Claire and a lot of feelings about Jack. ANY sort of gapfiller detailing the origin/nature of Claire/Jack...the great and agonizing thing about this pair was that it was all off-screen, so subtle, so it'd be great to see how things actually unfolded.

Children of Men:

Continuing the "backstory of tragic lovers" theme, I would love a Theo/Julian backstory. Though, considering that all of these characters are immensely fascinating to me, and I love/hate that we only get to see them for a brief time of their lives, if writing the backstory for another character strikes your fancy (Kee, Jasper, any of them really), that would also make me quite happy.
 

Once again, thank you so much for whatever you put out, I know I will love it!

<3 Suzelle

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After a month and a half of writing and editing up the wazoo...my epic Avengers/Korra crossover is complete!! I don't even know how many Avengers or Korra fans I have on this here flist, but hopefully a couple of you will enjoy this!! There are a multitude of Bruce Banner feels, Natasha Romanov feels, and Lin Beifong feels. Because I am me.

"Metal Webs," or, that one time Lin Beifong infiltrated the Avengers

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Dear Yuletide author,

First and foremost, thank you so very much for whatever treasure I know you will produce. This is my third year participating in Yuletide and it never fails to bring me piles of joy. I am giving slightly more detailed requests this year than I usually do, but optional details are optional! I can guarantee you I will absolutely love whatever you write for me.

My fandoms and specific requests are as follows:

Cradle Will Rock (1999)

I love the hot mess that is this movie, but I'm sad we never got to see much of Hallie Flanagan! She was a fierce badass lady, but she's not really in this much. Therefore, I would request a deleted/extended scene of sorts, stemming from the scene where Orson Welles invites her out to go drinking with him/Houseman/Blitzstein and she says she can't because they're going to a place that's too fancy for a civil servant :P. I would ADORE a fic in which she actually takes him up on his offer and goes out for drinks with them. She would totally be the resigned, professional mother-type in the face of their shenanigans and I think it could be hilarious. Alternatively, any sort of drunken shenanigans involving Welles/Houseman/Blitzstein would be greatly appreciated!

The Kingkiller Chronicle - Patrick Rothfuss

I don't really have a specific request here, other than I would like it to feature more on the minor characters than Kvothe himself. I adore Wil, Sim, Devi, Kilvin, Elodin, the whole sorry lot of them, but as this is Kvothe's story we don't get as much of them as I'd like. So...anything focusing on any one of the supporting characters! Truly not picky :D

Provost's Dog - Tamora Pierce


Okay, I have two different requests here, depending on whether or not you have read Mastiff yet... if you have not, ignore the first request due to spoilers.

Spoilers for Mastiff )

Alternatively, I would request any sort of fun story involving female-friendship-bonding time between Sabine, Goodwin, and Beka. A girls-night-out interrupted by some form of madcap shenanigans, perhaps? Sabine/Goodwin trying to get Beka to go out and actually have a good time for once? The possibilities are endless!

You can go by these or not as your heart desires, hopefully I am not being too too specific! Whatever you write will bring me joy, I am sure. Thank you so much in advance, and good luck!

Love,
Suzelle
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 YOU GUYS. WHY DID BOTH DOCTOR WHO AND GAME OF THRONES COME OUT AT THE BUSIEST TIME OF THE YEAR??? My productivity was going to be low enough without suddenly having to deal with two television shows.

NO MATTER. I am so so so unbelievably In Love with this show, oh my godddd. The third episode just cemented it.

Behold the Starks of Winterfell! )
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Fair warning: Now that I'm on spring break with lots of free time on my hands I will be making lots of useless posts on the ElJay. Except I swear that this post is not useless. Book reviews are never useless! Or so I say...

So, for the past couple of weeks y'all have had to put up with a fair amount of squeeing on my part over Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle--The Name of the Wind, and then The Wise Man's Fear which came out two weeks ago. It makes me *so sad* that no one (as far as I know) on my flist has read these books, because I am sure that at least a good chunk of you would loooooooove them. Why? Well, let me tell you.

Actually a spoiler-free review, but it's long, so behind the cut we go! )

And now that all that's said and done I'm about to go be a crazy fan and wait in line for three hours at his NYC booksigning in Brooklyn. Fweeeeeeeee!
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Yuletide, Yuletide, how I love Yuletide...

Under the cut! )
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Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Since as per usual I've got nothing particularly special planned for the day, I could spend this post educating you all about Single's Awareness Day...but I'm not going to be bitter about this holiday, for once. Instead, I am going to spam you all with the Top Five OTP meme that was floating around my friends' page the other week =D. Because these five pairs are fandom's proof to the world that True Love exists XD.

Warning to [livejournal.com profile] marycontraire and anyone else who might not want spoilers for Battlestar Galactica Season 4...this entry includes them.

 

Top Five OTPs under the cut! Image heavy )
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OH HOLY CRIMANY RUSSEL T DAVIES. GIVE ME A BLEEDING HEART ATTACK.



In other news, I passed the 15,000 word mark for NaNo. The story's taking a completely different turn, but I am very very happy. I'm right on track to meet my word-count goal (30,000) and I've got a whole 'nother fifteen days to play around =D.
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So first, a vid out there for anyone out there's who's into Dr. Who. Even if you aren't, this vid is amazing, and is probably my best tool for converting people other than physically sitting them down in front of a TV screen.




I'm sorry to go on again and blather about this show that I love so dearly. But I can't seem to do anything else. I don't write fanfic for this fandom cuz I know I'll get the Doctor wrong, I can't make fanvids, and am not quite talented enough for a picspam. So you'll have to put up with my obsessing in the form of words XD.

I think I've finally started to realize why I'm so nervous about what Series 5 will bring )

Hmmmm

Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:33 pm
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Dreamwidth still confuzzles me. One of these days I'll figure it out. Not this week, though. Not until I have my schedule finalized. Which, really, should have happened FIVE DAYS AGO. Blargh.
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As long as we have a President who does things like this....



All is right in the world. God, he's such a dork! *giggles*

Hi there!

Sep. 13th, 2009 09:40 pm
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So, [personal profile] watersword finally convinced me to open a Dreamwidth account. Considering I only just got acclimated to LJ a few months ago I'll probably stick to using that site in the short term (I'm "Suzll" over there because I couldn't think of a good phonetic spelling for my nickname until half an hour ago). I'll probably start using Dreamwidth slowly but surely, however =). That's it for now! Off to continue my new obsession with Battlestar Galactica. And maybe get ice cream. Yum.

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