Monday, February 1st, 2010


Days like this I am really, really glad my journal is off-site and not frequented unless I've posted fiction recently, because HOLY GOD, specific DF fan, STOP BEING AN ASSHAT. Jesus fucking Christ, every time a book comes out you get all "You may hate me now because I'VE read the ARC" like six months before and then start bragging about spoilers. NO ONE CARES. SERIOUSLY.

I mean, good Lord. I take it from Pris because she is wonderful and lovable. Guess what, by the way? She doesn't do it as much or in as assholish a way as YOU do, and she is a FREAKING ACTUAL BETA.

Do us all a favor. Go make like a tree and SHUT THE FUCK UP.

no love,

Dear self:
do not wank all over the entry. There is no need. Channel your icon.

Actual love,

Dear Prisness:
Have I mentioned lately how grateful I am that you're not an asshat about these things?

Much love,

ps I keep mistyping "Prisness" as "princess." Lack of glasses, or Hint from Above?
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Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

O HAI THAR OPPORTUNITY TO GET (SORTA) PAID FOR FANFICTION. Why, you are also an excuse to watch my brand-new season 1 DVDs of SJA over and over and over again and drool over Luke more than is healthy! You are looking just so bright and friendly, yes you are.

*happy Kat is happy*
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009

*yoinks some memes from eponymous_rose*

Meme Number One: Pick any one of my fanfics and I'll write a DVD commentary. Just for yooooou.

I'm tagging this post with the "fanfiction" tag, so you can more easily find the stuff I've written.

Meme Number Two: Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.

I expect exactly no response to this, but that's okay.
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Friday, August 7th, 2009

I am apparently on something of an "INCOME YAY" spree, because in the last three days I have purchased the following.

1) The Sarah Jane Adventures, Season 1. I adore this show in all its Doctor-Who-FOR-KIDZ glory. Plus, you know, Sarah Jane = made of win. She just is.

2) The Aztecs. A very, very early episode of Doctor Who, featuring the Doctor accidentally getting engaged, Susan being almost nowhere to be found, Ian in a very silly eagle suit and Barbara being more awesome than you. Old!Skool companions rock my socks in general.

3) Sense and Sensibility. The Emma Thompson version, thanks. It's faithful to the book in spirit and stars most of my favorite actors, namely Emma Thompson, Mr. Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Imogen Stubbs, Imelda Staunton, Alan Rickman, and Unexpected Hugh Laurie and Laurielet (or so I am told). The only one missing is Mark Sheppard. Oh, and Hugh Grant is in it, but I can get over that.

4) Battlestar Galactica: Razor. BECAUSE I WANTED IT, THAT'S WHY. Also, it has Lee being kinda cool for once and Young!Adama. Plus, you know, more Cain.

5) The Lion in Winter. It was five bucks, guys! Five bucks for Peter O'Toole! Peter O'Toole and Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Hopkins being somewhat subpar but hey he was short on sleep and TIMOTHY DALTON omnomnom and basically I love it. So there.


Bye bye, income. It was nice knowing you.

ETA: My daddy took me to the bookstore. :D :D :D And every time my daddy takes me to the bookstore, he buys me books! *is daddy's little girl and not ashamed*

7) Sex With Kings, which is a wonderfully wonderful history book about kings' mistresses through the ages. I love it so. It's very funny and brilliantly researched, and less depressing than the sequel, Sex with the Queen.

8) Ciaphis Cain: Hero of the Imperium! It's a Warhammer novel, but I've had it recommended, so I read the first few pages. I got Miles Vorkosigan vibes off it from a mile off. So, I bought it. We'll see if the Miles-vibes hold.
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Friday, May 15th, 2009

Here Thar Be Rants.






No love whatsoever,
the chick who is sick to death of hearing about this particular fic
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Monday, April 27th, 2009

Women I Admire

I finished reading a biography today, about the same time as Miss Cam sparked a new meme here after this fandom secret and this long discussion bordering on wank (randomly, I love how everyone pulled out their favorite female character icons in that thread). It was fortuitous timing, so now I'm going to tell y'all about women I admire, who may or may not be fictional. I'd stick with fictional women, but again, the biography. I do hope you'll talk about women you admire, too. I think we can't talk enough about women we admire.

I've restrained myself, with great difficulty, to one per fandom. )

Looking back at these women, and at the ones who didn't make the list (Zoe Washburn, Inara Serra, Dana Scully, Virginia Wolff, my Doctor Who gals), I can see a couple of trends. I tend to admire smart women, who can maintain strong and loving relationships, but neither quality is a deal-breaker if it's lacking (Kaylee, Karrin Murphy). I admire women who are women, not men with breasts. I admire women who aren't afraid or ashamed of their sexuality. I admire women who are more than competant, women who hold their own and demand respect. I admire exceptional women who aren't afraid to be exceptional.

I feel like today, most women and girls are afraid to be exceptional. I don't know why this is so, or why women get boxed into subordinate roles that they aren't comfortable with or happy in. I feel like every girl should know that she can be exceptional, and I feel like these woman are a good start.

In short, I admire exceptional women, and I have every intention of being one.

What women do you respect? Why do you respect them?

ETA: Honorh talks about the same thing here, and so does selenay936.
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009


Soooo a while ago I wrote a Vorkosiverse fanfic entitled A Brother Is Born For Adversity. It's not great, not bad either, but not great. I had fun writing it, people seemed to have fun reading it, everything is good, and it faded off the radar, so I assumed that was that.

Apparently not.

Turns out someone translated it into Russian.

Yeah, I don't know.

In slightly less boggly news, Snark and Explosives was a runnerup for best Classic Who crossover in the Children of Time awards. So yay!
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Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Impressions of Dollhouse thus far:

-Not sure why everyone's hating on it. It's not the best thing ever, no, but it's quite a great deal of fun, and I really enjoy watching it. Very Joss Whedon.

-This show is a veritable smorgasbord of "hey it's that guy!" Thus far I've spotted Donald Morgan (Harry Lennix, long story, did I mention I've met him and he's awesome?), Mark Sheppard (*adds cop to the Mark Sheppard song*), the Middleman (Matt Keesler, and evil!Middleman made my brain explode), HELO (Tahmoh Penikett, *fans self*), and That Guy Whose Name I Don't Know But Is Definitely That Guy. Makes my brain go "wha?" but it's fun.

-I love the title sequence. Great deal of fun.

-Echo and her handler's father/daughter relationship makes me very, very happy. *flails*

-"Of course you do! You both disapprove of everything! You're going to get married and have scowly babies!" Oh, Joss, have I mentioned that I adore your dialogue? Because I do.

-Joss, you had better be going somewhere with this show, that's all I'm sayin'.
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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

some silliness before class

Ladies and gentlemen, I present THE BADGER MARK SHEPPARD SONG!

Oh Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger



VILLAIN! A VILLAIN! Oooooh he's a villain!


ETA: On the second repeat, instead of VILLAIN, you sing:

COP! A COP! Ooooh, he's a cop!
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Fandom_stocking fills me with love and warm fuzzies. I didn't realize that so many people liked me! I guess that's what being on Scribbld does. But I don't care. Fandom_stocking and Yuletide have conspired to make my life brighter and happier, through just the knowledge that people care enough about me to sit down and write a quick drabble or make icons or leave me a note saying "You're fabulous, and I love you, and here's an inside joke," or even tell me that they plan to write something for me. It just... it makes me happy. Being appreciated and loved makes me happy. ^.^

Of course it didn't hurt that everything everyone made for me was unspeakably amazingly fabulous, and the people who have promised to write for me are all unspeakably amazingly fabulous writers. And it didn't hurt that at least three of the people who left me comments are people who I don't know from Adam. I LOVE YOU GUYS TOO, OKAY? A lot. A lot a lot. I love you all a lot. I hope the gushingly incoherent comments made that clear.

I do still owe some people fics (like Pris *bites lip*), but everything will be all right. I have faith.

Also, I seem to be turning nocturnal. I slept from 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM today. This needs to stop.
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Monday, January 5th, 2009

two things

1) OMG Abigail said "such shenanigans!" in total seriousness. When you add that to Paul Giametti and Laura Linney and Stephen Dillane, and the utter shiptasticness, and the squee-inducing beginning of ep. 4 and end of ep. 3... yeah, this is officially my favorite miniseries ever. Sorry, Jane Eyre. Close second.

2) OMG DOCTOR WHO FANDOM. SHUT UP. We haven't even seen the kid in action yet and you're already hating? SHUT. UP. Gah. SHUT UP.

At least random_c on ihasatardis gets it. )

*curls up in SJA fandom and sulks*
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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Advent Drabbles!

I totally forgot about these, so let me begin them now.

Adventfics are precisely what they sound like, a sort of advent calendar of drabbles. Every day in December up to Christmas Day, I will write and post a drabble on my journal.
Where you come in is this. I can't write these drabbles all by me onesies, savvy? I need prompts! Drop me a prompt on the drabblepost of the day, and if one strikes my fancy I'll write it. I can't promise that it will be yours, but one will be written. Here's the thing, though. If there's a particular prompt you have your heart set on seeing, keep posting it. Don't assume that because it's on one post, I'll see it and write it. The more you suggest one, the more likely it is that I'll write it.
So drop me suggestions for the next drabble in the comment boxes!

List of fandoms behind the cut! )
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Monday, November 24th, 2008

got hold of Welcome to the Jungle

The full hardback edition, I mean, not the comics. I only had 1 and 3 so I haven't read beyond 1 because I didn't want spoilers. Anyway, I am now mid-3 and Murphy's "bitch please" face is made of win.

Also, Mister. <33333333 would adore again.

Edit: also. Is it just me, or is young!Harry really, really hot? I mean, damn.
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Sunday, November 16th, 2008

*needs a fandom, please icon*

Okay, it's times like these that I'm glad I'm not real active in my fandoms. I mean, I like to pretend that I'm a prominent author, but I don't really do meta and I avoid discussion forums like the plague, because I don't like indulging in thinky-fandom-talk with people I don't personally know because it leads to stuff like this. So. Fandom please!

To take my mind off your shenanigans I am going to perform a significance test on my last iTunes meme to prove that iTunes is either psychic or psycho and that I am indeed learning something in my Prob/Stat class.

So. This is an observational study. The explanatory variable is iTunes being psychic; the response variable is whether the song that comes up in response to a question is appropriate or not; both are categorical binary. Technical conditions are met. It's a simple random sample, and .45 x 31 is greater than ten, so the sample size is large enough.

Right! So, my data states that the statistical likelihood of getting a song appropriate for the question is .45. Logic says that the statistical likelihood of getting a song appropriate for the question is .5. Therefore, I shall perform a significance test to see if getting data as extreme as the data I got is statistically likely if the true population mean is .5.

Null hypothesis: the true mean is .5.
Alternative hypothesis: the true mean differs from .5 (ie, iTunes is pyschic or psycho).
Test statistic: -6.936
p-value: <0.0001
significance level: .05

The level of significance is high enough that the true mean is highly unlikely to be .5. I reject the null hypothesis at the .05 level and accept the alternative hypothesis, and given that the test statistic is negative, I would say that iTunes is not psychic but psychotic.

See? I learned something! Applaud me even if that was gibberish.
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Monday, November 3rd, 2008


"When he is wounded, I bleed."
-Abigail Adams to James Lovell, regarding her husband John Adams, in a letter dated spring of 1781

"But when he's cut, I bleed."
-Cordelia Naismith to her mother, regarding her eventual husband Aral Vorkosigan, Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois, I see what you did there. Please tell me that was on purpose. Please, please, pretty pretty please, I will love you forever no really. Because that would be awesome made of awesome made of pure fucking win.

Also because the Adamses were basically real-life Vorkosigans, minus the cutting off of heads and plus several more children. Another reason why I ship it?
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