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 My eyes are starting to get sore, and I swear that my nimble fingers must have typed tens of thousands of words in this past month, but I'm nearing the end game. 

I've just almost-not-quite-but-still-nearly finished my four-way book review for my 400-level History of American Women's course. Huzzah! Over 1,050 pages of reading went into that book review (I now know far too much about the roles women played during the Second World War, especially Rosie the Riveter types), not to mention all of the writing and stress and sticky notes. I've just completed going over it, making sure I've cited everything properly, and wrote my conclusion. Mostly. I think it still needs a few more sentences; I like my conclusions to all but reach out and slap the reader in the face with its magnificence. That sounds problematic, but, uh, I like my papers to have a bit of "oomph" at the end. If you end on a strong note, the reader (AKA my teacher who is giving me a grade on it) will put it down and go "yep, that's A material". If you end on a weak note, it's just as bad as having a typo in your introductory paragraph: not good, dude. :P 

So that one is due this Thursday, in two days, but I'm right on track.

It's the paper due a week from today that I'm quietly worrying about. I can expand upon the document analysis I wrote earlier in the semester for the same class, so I technically have like three pages of it written, and I have been doing a lot of reading and note-taking for it... I just have to actually sit down and write the darn thing. It will get done soon. Hopefully. Probably tomorrow, and definitely this weekend. 

As for the other endeavours of the month... NANOWRIMO. See for yourself: 

I hit 50k (well, 51,060 words) on November 21st, and I've written only about 3,000 words since then. Shame on me. I also degenerated after about a week into writing fanfiction to make up my wordcount. My original characters were flat, you see, and my plot needed a huge overhaul and... it was too  much to do this month, what with everything else going on. So I wrote huge chunks of two Temeraire fanfics, and a significant amount of a Harry Potter fic that I've been meaning to write for a while. The premises/summaries are as follows:

The Tides of War
In a naval battle with the French, Laurence is presumed killed but actually captured, and Temeraire, thinking his beloved captain is dead, joins the British Aerial Corps anyway get revenge upon the French. Misunderstandings, epic escapes, and hurt-comfort scenes abound.

The Tswana, despite their barbaric and backward reputation amongst the supposedly enlightened, Christian Europeans, did have the right idea when it came to reincarnation by way of dragons. (AKA the "executed Laurence comes back as a dragon" story)

No Tentative Title (Redemption? Something like that?)
Draco may be an arrogant, selfish little git, but even he has principles. When Voldemort kills his parents, well, he’s going to do something about it. Timetravel fic.

More on these at a later date, hopefully over Christmas break! I will edit the crap out of these and get something posted soon...
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 Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Do yours before you read anyone else's....

(Beboots' note: these are in no particular order. Tagged from [ profile] voiceofanarchy on Facebook.)

1) The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

2) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

3) Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

4) American Gods by Neil Gaiman

5) Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

6) River God by Wilbur Smith

7) A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

8) The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

9) The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan

10) The Taggerung by Brian Jacques

11) Ghost Stories of Alberta by Barbara Smith

12) Animorphs #29: The Sickness by K.A. Applegate 

13) His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik

14) Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl

15) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
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As promised in my previous post, here is the alternate universe temeraire fic idea that I had. Title is coincidentally the same as that of a recent shoot'em up game, but... yeah. Unintentional. :)

Also, on another note, I managed to lose a file with a bunch of stuff (quotes and avatars, mostly) that I was going to show to my sister upon her return from Japan. D: Can anyone find me a copy of that avatar that says something to the effect of "Hogwarts is so last year. I'm enlisting in Star Fleet"?

Left For Dead )
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"I remember once while working on an evening newspaper in southern England receiving a wire service story that made absolutely no sense until a correction was sent a few minutes later saying: "In the preceding story, for 'Crewe Station' read 'crustacean.'"

Bill Bryson, "The Mother Tongue: English and how it got that way"

So I've finally, finally, finally, gotten off my butt and actually written something. Well, completed something. I've probably written like 70,000 words (only a slight exaggeration) of fanfic this past year, but none of it completed. It's all sitting on my harddrive, gathering dust, only occasionally seeing the light of day when I get a burst of inspiration to write a hundred words or so. Maybe.

Until today.

Yes, it is short - a bare 1,075 words. But it is complete.

It's also from my new favourite fandom, Temeraire! :D This fic actually begged to be written. The fandom has made me love Laurence/Granby (and Laurence/Tharkay... and Laurence/Riley... and Laurence/Granby/Tharkay), but when I read the books, I honestly loved the dynamic between Laurence and Jane. Yes, I know that it's het. But it's adorable.

 So here goes:

Aviators and Naval officers do frequent some of the same circles, and cross paths more often than you’d expect. Great Britain, despite what its people want you to think, is still a small country. Jane/Laurence )
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I am a total sheep. Yay for memes!

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

Oh god I have a lot of WIPs... Many of which may never again see the light of day. This is only a selection, because I can't be bothered to go through so many files. ;)

A Narnia/Harry Potter crossover, mostly an excuse to write about Mr. Tumnus:
Lucy Pevensie had never been entirely clear with him about the name of the place that she had come from, and had thrown around names like “War Droab,” “Spare Oom”, “Aarth” and “Ingle-land” almost interchangeably.

From that Twilight/House, M.D. crossover that I'm still determined to finish:
However, if the turnover rate was slightly higher at this particular teaching hospital than was the national average, perhaps (although few would admit it) it had something to do with “stress due to gimpy diagnosticians.”

A Good Omens/Harry Potter crossover that I've written two chapters of, in which Remus Lupin becomes friends with Aziraphale in a roundabout way. This is from the scene in which they meet:
An unconscious young man on the floor was a good enough reason as any to close up shop early.

From a Temeraire fic which is essentially a tell-all autobiography written by the dragon Temeraire. Quote is from Temeraire's narration of his hatching:
Laurence tells me that I am biased, but I truly believe that he was the most handsome and agreeable man of the lot.

A totally-not-crack-but-really-should-be Temeraire fic in which Laurence dies but comes back as a Flamme-de-Gloire (yes, a dragon) and makes his way back to England:
“I realize the ridiculousness in this statement, but I really am William Laurence,” The dragonet replied.
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Quote from a book review from His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.

Okay guys, I have never read a series so fast before (including when I was big into Harry Potter). No joke. Those of you who see me in person will have already heard me rant about the awesomeness of the Temeraire series, but for those of you who haven't seen me in the past week or so, here it is!

Essentially, it is the Napoleonic wars, but with dragons. I know, I know - you're all like "wait, what?!", but hear me out! It is pure awesome, making the history major and the fantasy author in me squee. There were a few times in which I actually had to put these books down (especially the last one, Victory of Eagles) and run around the room in excitement. I am not exaggerating.

The series is set in an alternate universe in which dragons have been around for ages, and the aerial corps are a part of every military power. They're like ships, but living, breathing, flying and speaking creatures. The author has put a lot of thought into the historical consequences of such - speaking of different breeding programmes between European nations, and even places such as China (where it is more established). There are references to the Incan Empire - which was never conquered because they have dragons.

The main character is a naval captain called William Laurence, who embodies all that I love about the regency era, the age of sail, and Jane Austen. He is very well-mannered, of minor nobility, I believe, and just... awesome. At the beginning of the book, he has captured a French ship, and there is a dragon egg aboard. Being way out to sea, it hatches before they get to land, and the young dragonet Temeraire imprints on Laurence, much to his inward horror but outward nonchalance.

So, upon reaching shore, Laurence is (eventually) transferred to the aerial corps, a much less respectable profession than being in the navy. Laurence sees that the aviators are coarse, rude (they actually introduce themselves! D: ), and, horror of horrors, wear unironed, wrinkled clothing.! Laurence still contains all of the prejudices of his era - he is immensely surprised and shocked when he learns of female aviators, for one, and can't actually look Captain Catherine Harcourt anywhere but the face because her outfit (a typical captain's uniform, including pants) is so scandalous. ;)

But, all of that aside, one of the most awesome things about this series is his relationship with his dragon, Temeraire. Reluctant at first, but Laurence eventually comes to see Temeraire as not an animal, but an incredibly intelligent being in his own right... and over the course of several books starts to question the general public (and the admiralty's) treatment of dragons (which is actually worse than horses, in some cases, despite their intelligence).

I direct you all now to my folder of favourite Temeraire fanart on deviantart: Beware, for they contain spoilers! But seriously, this series is absolutely awesome. I read the first one (it's entire 356 pages) over the course of two days while skiing in Jasper (and I spent 8 hours a day skiing, to boot). The second one (equally as long), I read over a day and a half. The third, in just under two days. The fourth I took three days to read, but only because it was the first week of school. And I read the most recent (and epic) book in a day and a half.

Now, at least, I can concentrate on actual schoolwork, and get stuff other than reading done. Not that I'm complaining.

Far from it. :)

(a post on my first week of school and/or Christmas vacation may follow if I remember to write one)

(and for another book review of His Majesty's Dragon possibly more coherent than mine, go here: )


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