evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Bizenghast by M. Alice Legrow)
Well, Iowa is done standing in the corner for their delegates, and my parents in New Hampshire are busy determining who will be left for the rest of America to vote for, so I guess it's time for me to make my sort-of-annual plea for political participation.

I'm doing this because I live in freaking Virginia, which isn't having its primary until February 12th, AFTER Super Tuesday (Feb. 5th). I'm going to have a choice of, like, two people. So those of you with more options better take advantage of it.

The problem with primaries is that there is so much more to know. You have to know which of the dozen or so candidates best represents you, you have to know what the date of your primary is (because we can't just have one standard date for the primaries, noooooooooooo), you have to know whether your state has an open primary (because if you don't, and you're not registered for a party, you don't get to vote), etc.

So this is my plea to get organized, do your research and vote! I don't have to tell you how important the 2008 Presidential election will be, and the primaries will determine not only who will be running then, but what will be discussed in their platforms.

A handy voting guide for those of you unfamiliar with the candidates.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
In case you’re new here, I'd like to introduce you to an intrinsic feature of my personality: I hate Christmas music. I usually write an annual rant about how much I hate it, except for last year when it was 60 degrees out and Paul McCartney was not to be found on any radio channel. Luckily, this year, we’ve already had snow, and I’ve purposely been listening to the radio station that’s been playing nothing but Christmas music since Thanksgiving. That’s given me plenty of material for a good old fashioned rant!

Cut because I have a lot to say )

Well, that’s all for this year. Once again, I grant you permission to mock my name in the comments. If you don’t understand, check out my username. One of those is my real name (okay, the male version of my real name). And perhaps this will give you some insight into my hatred of Christmas music.

Happy Holidays, everyone!
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Bizenghast by M. Alice Legrow)
I know there's at least a handful of Bizenghast fans who read my journal.

So, have you gotten volume 4 yet?

evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
Okay, this movie has been called “Disney making fun of Disney,” but I want to dispel that notion right off the bat. It’s not really “Disney making fun of Disney,” unless “Disney making fun of Disney” has been redefined to mean “Disney being exactly like Disney always is.” Which I’m pretty sure it hasn’t. And if I say “Disney” one more time in this paragraph (starting now), I will summon the unholy specter of the cryogenically frozen head of The Great Mouse Maker Himself (I know, I know; please don’t link me to Snopes in the comments).

This not necessarily a criticism, however. The movie’s cute, funny and I loved it a lot. It’s just not a parody, exactly. I mean, it gives it the old college try, but falls a little short in the execution. Allow me to explain:

Cut for length and my excessive use of parentheses )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
Whew! I finally completed all the requests made way back when. Turns out that, while I'm not good at writing long fics, I'm not that great at writing short ones either. These fourteen ficlets altogether are the second longest thing I've written (after my Bizenghast fic from last year)! Which is sort of depressing. Regardless, here they are by fandom:

Dinah, Vincent and Edaniel take on the prompt of An Ill Omen (fortune teller; fate) for [livejournal.com profile] alory_shannon.

Dinah and Vincent in the real world for [livejournal.com profile] firiel44.

Dinah and the Bizengang enter the world of Harry Potter...sort of for [livejournal.com profile] diddilypuff.

Harry Potter
Snape tests Lucius's knowledge, and Lucius tests Snape's patience for [livejournal.com profile] ladynorbert.

Dumbledore responds to a recent controversy for [livejournal.com profile] capri_chan.

Bellatrix is seriously eff-ed up for [livejournal.com profile] pith.

Harry/Merak versus Narcissa Malfoy for [livejournal.com profile] merveille_moi.

Harry/Merak versus Lucius Malfoy for [livejournal.com profile] bergann.

Voldemort takes on some bloody seahorses for [livejournal.com profile] bending_sickle.

Aberforth practices some inappropriate charms on goats, and it's not nearly as funny as you might think for [livejournal.com profile] repartee.

Voldemort makes an unusual fashion decision for [livejournal.com profile] originalgeek.

Draco mulls over his receding hairline, his mother and Harry Potter (and for some reason I want to write Harry/Narcissa now) for [livejournal.com profile] khelekwen.

Voldemort and Sauron take on an upstart villain from Pirates of the Caribbean for [livejournal.com profile] frenchroast.

Lord of the Rings
Elrond considers a young Aragorn for [livejournal.com profile] yuurei_san.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Random pirates by songstressicons)
Today I saw my first Christmas/holiday-themed television commercial (Pop-Tarts *glares*). I just want to say that this is just not on, and if I hear even one Christmas carol on the radio before Thanksgiving...well, let's just say that it is very unlikely that I will be having last year's problem.

I'm watching you, mass media. Let's not do anything rash.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (CoS BBE Icon by poetrusic)
I need a kick in the pants start.

MEME: The first fifteen people to comment on this post with a prompt get to request a drabble from you. In return, they have to post this meme in their journal (though, no pressure). Post all fandoms you’re willing to write for.

Um, the "fandoms [I'm] willing to write for" are pretty limited. I've only ever written extensively for HP, and mostly only about the bad guys. However, technically, I've also written for Bizenghast, Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings, so if you're feeling daring, you can request one of those.

Also, I loosely define drabble here, so it will be at least 100 words, but probably not that exactly.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Mucha Icon)
Disclaimer: I listened to this book on CDs on my way to work. I count this, though purists may disagree. I’m certain this book is as good in written form.

The Terror by Hugo Award winner Dan Simmons is a historical/horror novel about the Franklin Expedition to find the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Just to get this out of the way: basically everyone dies. This is not a spoiler; it’s historical fact, and it’s good to know this going into the story, as it keeps things in perspective. The Erebus and The Terror left port in 1845, and never made it back.

It’s not like this book is about the plot anyway. The plot is pretty simple: these dudes are gonna die; let’s watch. They’re trapped in pack ice for two years. Their coal is dwindling. Their food is running out because they didn’t question why their supplier’s low bid was half of everyone else’s (duh, guys, duh).

Oh, and they’re being stalked by a horrific monster that lives on the ice and drags them to their deaths one at a time. That’s where the horror in this historical/horror novel comes in.

Cut for length )


Oct. 19th, 2007 03:04 pm
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (John Singer Sargent)
Not dead, just very tired. In recent weeks I have:
1)      Taken a class for work in something I am not at all interested in, but at least I have a greater appreciation for people who work full time and take classes at night now. Kudos to you people.  You have far more stamina than me.
2)      Turned twenty-five and lamented the wasting of my life for about five minutes.
3)      Went to conference and pretended I was an adult during the day, and then had a load of fun with my co-workers at night.
4)      Got sick because this weather will just not pick a damn season already.
So, you see. I’ve been boring. I plan on working on something productive (and by productive I mean, stupid shit that will totally be counter-productive to you) in the near future, starting with a book review and then working my way into more interesting things. I also promise to answer some comments on my older stories, because I have not checked my LJ-centric email in ages and now I feel like an advantage-taking cad.
And, hey! I think I just finally knocked a post from last December off my front page.  Wow.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Fortinbras by songstressicons)
I had a dream the other night that I updated my LiveJournal, so I decided to take it as a sign.

Today’s review will take the form of a list. 

evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (PotC2 BBE icon by lm_jillybean)
I have Internet again! And also cable television, which is amazing, because I haven't had that in years. I had forgotten what channels beyond 10 were like. So many boring options.

This means I can finally answer all the comments that I swear I have not been ignoring! Well, at least until So You Think You Can Dance comes on and I have to watch Danny inevitably win so I can be disappointed.


You know what I realized the other day, an entire year later? I totally missed an opportunity to make a Lord of the Rings joke at the end of my Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Breadbox Edition (also known as the Potc:DMC:BBE, which looks like it ought to be a logic problem). It's really freaking obvious, actually. When Will, Elizabeth et al. go back to Tia Dalma's at the end of the movie, and those people are standing on the shore holding candles and chanting, this is what I should have written:

WILL: A lament for Jack...
IDIOT PIRATE #2: What do they say about him?
WILL: I have not the heart to tell you. For me the grief is still too near.

Seriously, how did I miss that? I'm always looking for the obvious LotR/HP joke, because I'm just that cheap.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Bizenghast by M. Alice Legrow)
Ever wanted to wank on the Interwebs, but have been just too sensible or too unlucky to get anyone to join you?

Fight with the BlogWarBot!.


BlogWarBot: My name is BlogWarBot. Who sent you here?
Guest: Feministe
BlogWarBot: What the hell does that stuff matter? We have to enact campaign finance reform!
Guest: Sounds like a plan to me.
BlogWarBot: Sounds pretty Politically Correct to me.
Guest: Hooray!
BlogWarBot: I suppose you're going to tell us you're just RECLAIMING that word.
Guest: I don't know who I'd be reclaiming it from.
BlogWarBot: I'm sure you've oppressed a woman into know who you'd be reclaiming it froming for you.
Guest: Wow, your grammar is atrocious.
BlogWarBot: Why are men always so concerned about my grammar is atrocious?
Guest: I don't know, but I'm not a man.
BlogWarBot: Who are you again?
Guest: You never asked the first time around.
BlogWarBot: I see porn is easier to deal with for feminists today than time around
Guest: Well, I'm not very good with temporal physics.
BlogWarBot: Why should feminists drop everything just because you're not very good with temporal physics?
Guest: I am a feminist
BlogWarBot: Do you expect a cookie just because you're a feminist?
Guest: No. Pie.
BlogWarBot: Lemme guess. You're a Libertarian.
Guest: Only in Ayn Rand's dreams.
Guest: Man, I've worn out even the bot.

This is so weirdly addicting.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
Just to warn you, there’s death in this one. Quite a bit of it implied, but some not so implied. This one’s a little dark, folks.

Lord Voldemort Discovers He Has Accidentally Bound Himself to Harry Potter, a Ministry Official from the Department of Magical Transportation, a Handful of Muggles, and a Nearly Complete Set of Firestone Tires

Read more... )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
Well, on the advice of [livejournal.com profile] priscillapuck, I decided to go the pedantic route and take notes on my first impressions of Deathly Hallows.

Cut for spoilers, swears, length, randomness and blatant abuse of emphasis )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
I think this may be my favorite of the movies because Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite book, and the movie does a good job minimizing some of the problems I had with it.

Cut for length )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
As promised (I fulfilled a promise? Go me!), here is the fanfic version of my recent encounter with a Snape. Yes, I turned the woman into a man, but all Snapes are Severus in the dark.

Severus Snape Attempts to Obtain Membership in a Prestigious Organization

Read more... )
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Malfoyowski BBE icon by poetrusic)
Interrupting my Internet-accessless imposed exile for reasons of the utmost importance: I have met yet another person named "Snape." (See link for previous encounters.)

It was a woman this time. Her name was the Mary-Sue-esque "Sabrina" (possibly "Sabina," but it was over the phone, so I'm not sure), which is why I don't hesitate to tell you her name. No matter how much Googling you do, you'll never get past the piles of fantasy-fulfillment fiction.

A fictionalized version shall follow (some day).

This has been Evadne Noel, meeting the Snapes of the world so you don't have to.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Bizenghast by M. Alice Legrow)
As you may have noticed,* I haven't posted very frequently for the past, oh, six months or so. I'm experiencing a general stoppage of creativity, probably brought on by anxiety about my financial and living conditions, which, until recently, have not been very stable.**


1. I have a new job. This is a huge relief because retail and temping just don't pay the bills. And they certainly don't get me to a doctor.

2. I have a new apartment. This is a huge relief because I have been having roommate troubles since February, and it will be nice to finally have a place of my own.

Of course, all this leads to:

2a. I will not have an Internet connection, probably for awhile, as I am paying out all the fees necessary to take possession of the apartment, and will need to save a bit after that.***

I do have Internet at work, but as it is at work, where I am supposed to be doing work, I'll only use it sparingly.****

As for my creative output, it's still pretty low. There are several projects that I have been working on for a very long time***** that I would like to complete by a deadline,****** so some things are going to be pushed back until such time as I feel able to complete them. This means the AWE Breadbox Edition. The movie is already come and gone, and I can't get the energy to worry about it right now. I want to get it done, but I have to do things in order if I want to get them done at all.

So, thank you for reading, and I hope you will continue to do so.

* Or not, since noticing an absence is a little weird.

** I am not, you also may have noticed, experiencing a stoppage of commas. I've plenty of those still.

*** But I definitely plan on getting Internet again, as I will probably wither and fade without it.

**** But if I can't get a connection in time for Book Seven, you can be certain I will find a way on-line, regardless of that work nonsense.

***** Say, for example, last August.

****** I.e., before the source material puts out another volume or, you know, ends.


Jun. 3rd, 2007 12:42 pm
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (Default)

Your Score: Sylar

You scored 29 Idealism, 62 Nonconformity, 45 Nerdiness

How can you stop what's coming... when you don't know anything about power?
Congratulation, you're Sylar, the artist formerly known as Gabriel Gray! You are a seriously nerdy person with an enormous desire to be different, and to be recognized for it. As long as you don't go eating brains, this doesn't have to be a bad thing at all. You're ambitious, intelligent, tenacious, and unique. Your best quality: Panache Your worst quality: An obsessive desire for recognition and power

Link: The Heroes Personality Test written by freedomdegrees on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

So. Is anyone else out there "special?" Perhaps you could come by and we could discuss it over a nice meal of your brains...I mean, pad thai.
evadne_noel: A man and the cresent moon in a rowboat (PotC2 BBE icon by lm_jillybean)
Yeah, there’s no way I can talk about this movie without spoilers. This entire review is going to be cut. And just so you know, you’re probably going to see some of these jokes again. So, if you only want to do this once, you might want to wait.

Read more... )