La Fille Doree

Merry Yuletide

To all out there in LJ-land, have a wonderful holiday and I hope the New Year brings many good things for you all.

As for me, I have Carols From Kings and a glass of sherry. All is good.

I hope all my Midwestern friends aren't tootroubled by the Snow Mountain that has apparently been dumped on them.

Now to enjoy a full five days before I have to go back to work!
  • Current Music
    Joys Seven - King's College Choir
The Well-Waxed Cat


And all because I want an HP drabble ;). Still, I don't think I have ten readers, so it's not so bad.

The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character (from one of my usual fandoms). Original fic is also allowed--you can toss names, photos, descriptions of personalities at me--with the provision that none of the characters be from any works in progress. In return, those ten people have to post this in their journals, regardless of their ability level.

Like lareinenoire this can actually come from a work in progress, novel or AU, of which there seem to be rather too many.

"If x, then y. If y, then...q? Oh, hell!" rather applies to those.
  • Current Music
    Dancing Queen - Mamma Mia Soundtrack
The Well-Waxed Cat

Jumping on the Bandwagon

You Are a Snow Leopard
You have learned that you must rely on yourself, and yourself alone, to live a happy life.
You are understand the world better than most people you know. You are very perceptive and intuitive.

You need lots of space to think. If you don't get the space you need, you're likely to bite someone's head off.
Because you are so thoughtful and solitary, people find you to be intense and mysterious. You're even seen as intimidating.

And yes, I should not be watching this episode, because...just...Fred! "I walk with heroes."

Although Spike makes me giggle.

"There's a hole in the world. Feels like we ought to have known."

Damn, I'm going to get salt on my glasses and I only just cleaned them.
  • Current Music
    A Hole in the World - Angel - On TV


You Are Spaghetti with Pesto
Compared to most people, you have complex tastes. You're a bit of a walking contradiction.

You like a little bit of everything, even if the things you like don't go together.

You aren't picky at all. You can find something to like about almost anything.

You don't judge on appearances alone. You like to experience something before you judge it.
  • Current Music
    Angel on TV - A Hole in the World
A New World


So I lack decisiveness. I have twelve books equidistant from each other, although The Cellist of Sarajevo has disqualified itself by virtue of a blank page.

So here are my eclectic reading habits:

1. Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
2. Turn to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal.
5. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST

The Love That Dared Not Speak Its Name - H. Montgomery Hyde: There is something vaguely unsatisfactory about the whole Castlehaven affair.

Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand: Le marquis assis sur les côtés, dans des poses insolentes.

The Court of the Air - Stephen Hunt: If the Beadle caught whichever boy or girl it was that had sloped off night duty, they would be for it and no mistake.

The Deceivers - Thaddeus Holt: So the forces for the operation were notionally concentrated in the Clyde on the west coast instead.

The Thousandfold Thought - R. Scott Bakker: Where once they had been bickering kings, the Lords of the Holy War, they were now little more than counsellors, and they knew it.

The Edwardians - Vita Sackville-West: I showed it to Frank, and 'Frank, I said, 'when you're sixty and need a nice piece of wood, you'll find it here, and don't you forget your father put it there for you.'

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher or The Murder at Road Hill House - Kate Summerscale: From his brief appearances in memoirs, newspapers and journals, Jack Whicher emerges as kind, laconic, alert to the comedy in his work.

War and Peace: The Original Version - Leo Tolstoy: "They barely managed to rescue the unfortunate man," the guest continued.

The Balkans (1804-1999): Nationalism, War and the Great Powers - Misha Glenny: Liberal nationalism had apparently suffered a catastrophic defeat.

Kushiel's Scion - Jacqueline Carey: It had to do with the vows he swore as a Cassiline Brother.

Mud, Blood and Poppycock - Gordon Corrigan: The casual observer would be forgiven for failing to notice that between the census of 1911 and that of 1921 the greatest bloodletting in British military history took place.

Yes, I know - I broke the rules. Whatcha gonna do?
  • Current Music
    Gossip Girl on On Demand
La Fille Doree

Once more into the meme

So I haiku'd.

Haiku2 for rosamund
stuck with me and it
occurred to me how do
i could lap up all
Created by Grahame

Remarkably enough, it actually dovetails quite neatly with the last meme I did.

So I just had to post.

Aside from that, I wish everyone a happy New Year and a hope that it brings them good things.

::glances at the music:: Oh, lareinenoire, the rooftop is waltzing. ::grins::
  • Current Music
    Estudiantina Waltz - Emile Waldteufel
La Fille Doree

Oh, Stephenie Meyer, No!

So I just finished reading the epic spork of Twilight and associated novels by hernewshoes. Incidentally, she's a really good writer.

Must just pimp link: and:

I am seriously displeased because SMeyer (who shall hence be known as S&M) got her greasy mitts all over my Will, Austen and Brontës. Plus she claims her characters speak to her. That's my line, dammit!

Ok, so mostly they complain, call me evil--

::You are::

I'm not that--

Freudian Poster Child merely points at the Evil Subtext of Doom.

::rolls eyes:: You do one little thing and suddenly you're Evil Incarnate.

FPC Looks at her while Little Miss Wisdom throws mirrorshards

--and do that.

It's just that the chapter I should be writing isn't all rainbow sparkles.

::Is anything you write?::

Uh, pass?

Really, we have a very healthy relationship.
  • Current Music
    Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle - The Cambridge Singers - John Rutter, cond.
A New World

A Poetical Bandwagon

Put your music player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first song is the title.

Love makes me treat you the way that I do

I could lap up all the champagne in Paris!

Why do you build me up,
Ask me how do I feel.

What good is sitting alone in your room?
I've danced with love.

How many special people change?

I once believed in fairytales.
In tonight's timeless show a trance runs deep:
Rows and floes of angel hair
When that I was and a tiny little boy.

If we could see tomorrow
You've got me, girl, on the run,
Hanging by threads of palest silver.

Once I was the King of Spain -
Pride can stand a thousand trials.

I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me.
Fill these spaces up with days
How could this happen?

When I am laid in earth
My gift is my song.

The key lies beneathCollapse )

Not including instrumental or the Italian tracks I cannot translate.
  • Current Music
    Poor Ginger - Black Beauty - Danny Elfman
La Fille Doree

Happy Thanksgiving!

::raises an invisible glass to all her American friends::

Hope you had a wonderful evening of nom.
  • Current Music
    Symphonie Nr. 3 Es-dur, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Allegro con brio