mooging: (Merlin: Arthur is a sparklepire!)
I am posting this from my new phone. It is a FREAKING IPHONE. hdsfhnbfsasruoknf

I think I am staying remarkably sane considering this is probably the second most expensive item I own and I bought it for myself yesterday. Further Edinburgh words when I type a post on my actual computer, which is on my knee as I type. MOO GOT A NEW SHINY.

mooging: (Default)


Now to do some Pilates before it's time for Saturday night Chinese food and possibly some more X-Men. Because I have not watched enough ridiculousness for one day.

God, I want to fic for Robin Hood. (That is not something I ever thought I'd say).
mooging: (Potter: house unity (with kittens!))
Who is talking, oh look it is me again. Hello, me.

After spending the last couple of days telling myself I was going to have a break and not do any work, and then ignoring myself and working anyway, today I am actually Having a Rest. This decision was in part made when I started rereading Book 12 of the Aeneid and it took me an hour, jesus, so here I am, all only-six-hours-sleep of me, on my sofa, doing fuck-all and waiting for Robin Hood to come on. I was going to say I am on Team Eyeliner for this programme, but then I realised that everyone wears eyeliner in this thing, so that would have been a useless assertion to make. Never mind! Guy has washed his hair! Spoiler for the preview for tonight's episode ).

Also I apparently have some thoughts on the last few episodes of Primeval? )

Right now I am unable to stop listening to Coldplay's album 'Viva la Vida OR Death and All His Friends', and two of the songs on it are now inextricably linked with Havemercy in my head, and I wept like a child when Viva la Vida came on my iPod on the way home from school the other day. I was just walking home, weeping pathetically. Thank god it was raining is all I can say about that, but I am not ashamed because I apparently have no dignity left. Who knew? (Everyone).

How many times can I say that this book has gay magicians and metal dragons and a touching love story and also broke my heart in the good way before someone hits me to make me shut up? Probably I passed this point a while ago.

Hmm hmm hmm, I swear I had something else to say. Oh, right, I know. Yesterday I went to see Wolverine (spoilers) )

Tell me your thoughts on that, o other people who have seen it. Also, I may possibly have come out of the cinema and gone to HMV, where I may or may not have purchased the other X-Men films, because I am a ridic, and also the final cut of Alexander (because I like seeing classical history butchered onscreen with some gay, alright) and some film or other where Holmes and Watson meet as schoolboys, because OH MY GOD, YES PLEASE.

I had to restrain myself from buying Stormbreaker.

Because I want to do this, and because I need something to distract myself from the fact that my limbs feel like someone poured concrete in them, let's do this fic meme that's been all over my flist, because it looks fun:

The first ten people Anyone who wants to comment in this post get to request a drabble of any pairing/character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to can post this in their journal, regardless of their ability level. Moog-addition: up to three pairings/characters, okay. I am feeling generous, and I am also not reading the Aeneid any more today, so have at you!
mooging: (Film: Panda: Po says hell yeah)



Now to celebrate by, er, doing a bit of yoga and then making some dinner. What a rich and exciting life I lead! No, well, actually, I will probably celebrate further by reading the rest of Shoebox this evening, after watching The Rage in Placid Lake, finally, so I can send it back to LoveFilm.

Food! Fandom! Film! Yes, I am very pleased that those three words all started with an 'f'; it makes a change for the alliteration to be about things I enjoy, as opposed to me just cursing FUCKING FUCKING FRENCH FUCK for hours on end.

Roll on 12pm on 17 June, that's what I say. Then, at last, I shall be out of exams and into the dizzying haze of a completely free (bar two weeks) of summer. Ice-cream for all, and sorbets for those of us who cannot have the dairy goodness.
mooging: (Growing Up Cullen: the monkeys have gone)
Sloooooowly going mental about impending exams, and so this is a post which is about NOTHING apart from that you should all read Havemercy, because I don't feel I've said that enough yet.

'"Just a spin," I said.
"Good," said Have. "I'm getting rusty."
"Shit," I said, "you ain't."
"Aren't," Havemercy said. "You common little fucker."

There was a time when the powers that be were concerned I was going to be a bad influence on Havemercy, the pride of the entire dragon-fleet, but she wasn't some prissy little politician's wife, just power and musculature and sleeking grace, and she didn't fuck around with being proper even from the start. I taught her all the good curses and she'd melt any man tried to separate us, leastways until I could get my knife in between his ribs and stick him like a pig.

- Havemercy, Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett.

mooging: (Havemercy: oh thom)
I have spent the last few days having my brain eaten by Havemercy, the first book by Jaida Jones ([ profile] ladyjaida, she of Shoebox notoriety) and Dani Bennett ([ profile] danibennett). Most of you have already experienced me metaphorically shoving this book at your faces, but I felt compelled to make a post about it, because, OH MY GOD.

Also, you all need to read it as of yesterday. Here is a summary I wrote, ganked from a comment in [ profile] sophieisgod's journal:

Moog-style summary, no spoilers past the set-up for the novel, so, like, the first chapter? )

TL;DR: SHORT VERSION - GAY MAGICIANS AND METAL DRAGONS. READ IT NOWWW. It takes a bit longer to get into than some books do, but this is because you are immediately introduced to four different characters who have four different ways of looking at the world, and knowledge about the world, and so the first few chapters are quite heavy on the confusion/world-building factors, but, honestly, it is so good that that doesn't seem to matter.



A big thanks goes to [ profile] twicetheheart31 who has been joining me in writing epically long comments about this book, and to whom I say BALFOURRRRR, because I am re-reading it now and HIS GLOVES. Oh, hey, do some of you not know what I'm talking about? READ THE BOOK.

No, no, I will not stop talking about this book until everyone I know has read it.

Moving on: icon meme time! I have two of these to do, and another cold, wth body, and so this seemed like the right day to play.

That one that was floating around a while ago, but I Am Slow - apparently - and also I like looking at icons. )

And this one too:

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

[ profile] miss_atom gave me these to talk about. )

That was a lot of words about nothing! Well done good werks to me. Here are some miscellaneous words:

- Today, in an effort to provide my cold-ridden self with some good noms, I made some banana bread, only I modified the recipe to include pecans and dairy-free chocolate chunks, and it is indeed good noms. NOM NOM NOM.

- I am currently enjoying the benefits of having an 90 day free introductory period to LoveFilm, which I am abusing by using it to watch things I just wouldn't pay money for and also indulging in the fact that I am apparently entirely ridiculous and currently only want to watch ridiculous things. What I have at home right now: The Rage in Placid Lake, Wild Child and Mulan. OH YEAH, I'M COOL.

- I am pretending that if I don't think about the exams, either they won't happen or I won't freak out. Either of these two options is an acceptable outcome.

- HAVEMERCY, EVERYONE, GO AND READ IT. The paperback version comes out in July, and so does the sequel, jkadajhdjkg, I am so excited.

One last meme, edited because I have done this one a freaking zillion times, and you don't want to hear the same thing from me, like, again:

Comment on this entry, and I will:

1. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, a word etc.
2. Tell you something I like about you.
3. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
4. Rec you something on the internets to go and look at.
5. In return, you must can post this in your LJ, if you feel like procrastinating too.

- Let me know if you comment which (if either, or indeed, if you choose both) meme you'd like to play along with.

mooging: (Havemercy: Rook has Ke-Han braids)
Here is a question: are any of you lovely people on birth control for period reasons? Or, are you on birth control for birth control reasons (this would seem to be the logical thing to do) and have noticed a difference in your periods for the better? I ask this because I cannot possibly go another month with my periods like this, particularly not when I have exams, and also because at one point today I had to just lie down on my bathroom floor and weep a little bit.

Failing that: what do you do to STOP THIS PAIN?

I've had rubbish periods since they started when I was 11 - they last somewhere between 5-9 days and the first 3 usually render me incapable of doing much other than lying around and whimpering, but then there are the ones like this one, which just flatten me completely and I can't sit down, stand up or lie down. WHAT IS THE ANSWER, O WISE LADIES?

On another, less bleesome topic,what I have basically been doing with my life other than heating up hotbots in every other hour is reading all the YA fantasy fiction I can get my hands on. ) WHO ELSE HAS READ HAVEMERCY BY [ profile] ladyjaida and [ profile] danibennett, BECAUSE I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.HERE ARE MORE WORDS ABOUT THAT; non-spoilery. )

Also I read books that are not by people on LJ! I am currently reading the considerably less good House of Night series, which I bought on the strength of their concept (a finishing school for vampires) and the books are quite rubbish but in the way that's enjoyable. Like Twilight, but with less sparkling and more sex. When my mother and I were flicking through the pages of the first book the other day, in Waterstones, she turned to me and said, "It took two people to write this?" (It is co-written). The answer is yes. Yes, it did. It only got better from there (vampire communing with Indians!).

Here is a thing: why is it that the protagonists in fantasy fiction so often end up being The Most Special Specialton Ever to Special Ever, Better Even Than Anyone Or Anything Before Them? I get it, authors: you want your hero/heroine to be super wonderful, but, okay, this just irritates me. I get that it also appeals to the part of people that want to be special themselves, because everyone does want this on some level, I think, in whatever way - particularly clever/beautiful/powerful/memorable/kind etc - but it is used so often to give a book tension - YOU ARE THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS THE POWER TO DO THIS THING THAT WILL BRING THIS BOOK TO ITS POINT, BUT FIRST ANGST ABOUT THIS FOR MORE PAGES THAN ARE USED TO EXPLAIN THE ACTUAL PLOT - that I now can't really root for the Super Special character in any way, because I mainly want to smack them in the face. Here are some more thoughts on that, lol what the hell unexpected literary musings. )

Here is another thing: I really want to be able to eat dairy again, but it is not to be.

To end this mishmash of an entry, a word about lurking. I lurk on some journals but only when I don't feel confident enough that if I say words to someone, they won't run screaming in the other internet direction. This is something I am doing less and less, because I have made some amazing lj friends after having finally said hello to them, but what I am trying to say, in a ludicrously egotistical way, is if I happen to have any lurkers reading this right now, drop me a comment to say hi? A few people have recently friended me too, and so to facilitate new contact or indeed if anyone else wants to procrastinate away their revision (oh yeah), let's have a meme or two to conclude. Take your pick! - or, indeed, pick both.

1. Give me a subject you would like to see me make a post about, and I shall do just that.

2. In response to this post, ask me about the first time I did something. It can be anything--the first time I ate Italian food, the first time someone I knew died, the first time I left the country, the first time someone of the opposite sex saw me naked. I'll answer in the thread. Then (if you like) put it on your journal and I'll ask you questions.
mooging: (DW: poke it with a stick)

By which I mean, hello, I am at the house of the lovely [ profile] rionaleonhart. (Those of you who also have her friended will be aware of this. Possibly this will have something to do with the insane entry we made in her journal at We Should Have Been Asleep o'clock last night, but there we go. For those of you have been spared this, you are spared no longer! It is here.)

ANYWAY THAT IS NOT WHY I AM POSTING. I apologise whole-heartedly to you poor long-suffering people who are friends of both me and Riona, and are members of [ profile] derrenbrownfic, because this will now be the third time you have seen this announcement, but NEVER MIND, this apparently is worth pimping the hell out of in all possible locations.

[ profile] rionaleonhart and I are co-writing an epic and sprawling fic about the amazing time-travelling adventures of Derren Brown as the Doctor's companion (yes, really), and we have just posted the first part in this fic's BRAND NEW COMMUNITY, [ profile] andtimetravel.

You can find the first section, In Which Derren Discovers That Doctor Who and Pokémon Are Not Quite As Fictional As He May Have Imagined, here


Possibly there may be a sea-serpent involved. You'll just have to read it to find out more about that (totally worth it).

IN WORDS THAT ARE NOT ABOUT [ profile] andtimetravel, and which are also slightly redundant if you read that entry I linked to at the start of this post, we have been watching copious amounts of Merlin (with a bonus [ profile] reipan - er, she was in the room with us, not on the television, I should point out) and also playing ridiculous video games - FINAL FANTASY XII AND WE ♥ KATAMARI WHAT WHAT WHAT AM I EVEN DOING WITH MY LIFE - and it has all been brilliant. This is despite British Rail's best efforts to not allow me to get here, as the train I was on spectacularly failed to remain working and we were all kicked off at some ridiculous station that was not where I wanted to go, and then graciously allowed to get on another train that was going where I wanted, but it had the unfortunate disadvantage of having people from four different trains travelling on it, and so I had to stand up with my bags for an hour and a half, ajdjadjkaskja FAIL BRITISH PUBLIC TRANSPORT. And then, and then, it got me to where I had to legitimately change trains too late for my ticket to work, so I had to buy another one. ANGER. But I am here now, and it is awesome ([ profile] andtimetravel [ profile] andtimetravel [ profile] andtimetravel) so that's all right.

What we are going to do now is go into town and make faintly embarrassing purchases. What I love about the internets is that 'faintly embarrassing purchases' loses all kind of terrifying sinister and/or sexual connotations and instead means WE ARE GOING TO BUY ROBIN HOOD AND MERLIN DVDS, LOLOL WE ARE SUCH CHILDREN.


In conclusion: [ profile] andtimetravel, and I will be back from the land of Riona tomorrow.

♥ ♥ ♥
mooging: (Film: 101D - Roger darling)

- I seem to have accidently started watching Robin Hood, oh dear. Richard Armitage, however, continues to be smoking hot in everything, particularly when wearing leather and looking tortured a lot of the time, and/or wielding a sword (ooh-er), and so this is a valid life choice on my part.

- WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW THAT BSG HAS ENDED? jsdajhdjkhk it's like a proper pang of loss, you guys. I have thoughts on that, but right now I don't have the time to type them up. Rest assured that I will back with those highly exciting opinions.

- Tomorrow I am leaving on a jet plane going to stay with the ever-lovely [ profile] rionaleonhart, who I fully intend to subject to the wonders of Merlin, and the League of Gentlemen, and also hope neither of us manages to write so much that our fingers bleed, which is always a possibility. Riona continues to be slightly devastated that my username does not, in fact, come from Final Fantasy, and so will possibly be disappointed if she is expecting a Moogle to step off the train tomorrow afternoon - I had never heard of the Final Fantasy Moogles until she mentioned them. I have asked that I see a Moogle while I am staying with her, for, er, my bettering.

- How are you all, my lovelies?

- I KNOW! To make me feel sliiiiightly better about Robin Hood (the shame, it burns), tell me about the fandom you shouldn't really be in but you are anyway, or resisted being in for years until one day your defences were low and it sucked you in against your will.

Now away to watch Lewis!
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There is no cohesive structure to this post! Never mind.

I watched the film version of Brideshead Revisited on Wednesday; here are some thoughts on that )

Also, I saw Watchmen last weekend, which I should say words about, but apparently all I am capable of doing this evening is sitting in my dressing gown, eating chocolate and reading fic until my eyes fall out, so suffice it to say that I really, really enjoyed it and have since bought the graphic novel, which I am in the middle of reading. The main thing I wish to say on the matter is that Ozymandias is about 81273816381 times prettier in the film (OH LOOK IT'S MATTHEW GOODE), and also the spitting image of the Vesuvius Club-era Lucifer Box in my head, and, er, what else? Oh dear, it seems I am going to talk about this, alright, bear with me. unexpected extra words on this subject, what )

Two more things, before I stop eating this carob bar (people who said this tasted nice lied) and go in search of some other dairy-free good:

- In case anyone missed it who might be interested, I wrote a Merlin fic the other day.
- Rec me some fic! Any fic, any fandom you know I like or think I might be interested in. Just, tell me one of your favourites. In return, er, you can name me a character and I will tell you one person from their fandom that I ship them with, and one crossover ship I would support. Go go go!
mooging: (Film: Tarzan: young and fallible)
Humour me, flist. It is either keep myself busy on the internets, or go and throw up forever. Nausea is not the boss of me, I say! I say, down with fail and up with FREAKING POINTLESS MEMES! FUN FOR EVERYONE! also I am going to get those 5 Things comments done very very soon, I promise.

On another note, I'm thinking about making this journal semi-friends only. I mean, I lock most of the stuff I don't feel comfortable sharing with the world at large, but I'm thinking of maybe extending that to just everything that isn't either an entirely fandom-related post, or fic. Flist, what are your thoughts? Are you friends-only? What do you think of friends-only journals in general? Has semi-friends only worked for you?

Feel free to join in with one, or both, I really don't mind! I'm off on a new icon gathering haul around LJ, la la la, I must make the most of these two short months with all the userpic spaces, fun fun fun.

1) Comment and I will:

1) Tell you why I friended you.
2) Associate you with a song/film.
3) Tell a random fact about you.
4) Tell a first memory about you.
5) Associate you with a character/pairing.
6) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7) Show you my favourite user pic of yours.
8) In retort, you must spead this disease in your LJ. (except, you don't have to do this at all, whatever meme rules, I openly defy you)

2) Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudo-canon.

(Also, I really don't mind if you pick more than one character, but no more than three please, because there are LIMITS TO MY BRAIN.)

mooging: (Merlin: Arthur is a sparklepire!)
FINALLY, this thing is finished.

Title: I Don't Believe It
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG - possibly a PG13, but only for language.
Word Count: ~3600
Disclaimer: Merlin belongs to the BBC and not me, Sin City belongs to people other than me, and I am most definitely not making any money from this.
Summary: Written for the [ profile] reel_merlin challenge, with the film prompt of Sin City. This is kind of one part Sin City, one part Merlin and one part actual madness. It involves Arthur being foolish with an arrow, Merlin telling a series of ridiculous lies and Camelot getting into trouble.
A/N: There is actually no possible way I could have got this finished at all, and definitely not before the deadline, had it not been for [ profile] rionaleonhart being an amazing beta, and person, and in short I probably owe her at least one of my vital organs. The title is also lovingly taken from something else that does not belong to me (One Foot in the Grave), and not without a hefty dose of irony. This is not even remotely what I thought I would end up writing when I signed up for this thing, but it is at least better than I thought it would be! Er, hurray?

Arthur's face is doing that suspicious thing it does whenever he thinks Merlin is trying to do something - well, something like this. )
mooging: (DW: Tennant angsts very prettily)
what the hell is Tennant wearing on Comic Relief? Just. What.

edit: he's really really attractive though

and amusing

and I love his face
mooging: (Default)
win win win

Just realised I somehow had $2-worth of LJ coupons from various times LJ has given them out, and so for two months I have the wonderment of MANY MANY ICONS

Happy day!
mooging: (Film: Drac: Hot Gary has hot glasses)
It is time for a meme, mainly because I am the kind of tired that means I won't be able to sleep, and because I am in the process of writing two separate fics at the moment, and my ability to make words happen seems to be deserting me. MEMES CLEARLY CURE THIS.

Everyone likes this one, right?

Comment to this post with an idea for a Top Five list (for example, Five Times Laura Roslin's Desk Broke, or Five Monday Morning Incidents With Mac's Motorbike). Then, in a separate post in reply to your comment, I will compile the requested list, according to me. Multiple requests are welcomed (er, but I might take a while to get to them). If you don't know if I know a fandom, ask me! Chances are, I might do.

mooging: (Misc: CH: little grabby magic hands)
O flist, I have a query for you:

Does Lent begin on Ash Wednesday, or the Friday after? I remember a big debate about this in one of my Religious classes during my GCSEs and not actually paying any attention to what was decided. SO I TURN TO YOU.

ANYWAY. Here are some videos for your faces ♥

YouTube favourites, how I enjoy you )
mooging: (BH: a trip to Ikea is not ideal)
I would just like to say here, above the cut, that this was ridiculously difficult to watch.

mooging: (XF: he meant it for you)
Dear flist

This is just a little note to say HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you all

Yes, it's a stupid commercial holiday

Yes, it routinely makes everyone single (and occasionally people in relationships too) feel like crap

Yes, I would still have quite liked a card.

Therefore, I assume that this is how all of you feel too (lol arrogance, what), and so I hope you all know that you allllll WIN and ROCK and are GENERALLY AWESOME

mooging: (BH: a trip to Ikea is not ideal)
Having a bit of a mental moment here, in that I have returned from seeing [ profile] strangeumbrella at her uni, where I went on Friday, having literally only had about 6 hours of sleep between Friday morning and, er, now, but I have just faffed about with wires and the like so that now I can sit on my sofa to internet, which is really freaking amazing and I don't even know how I lasted this long without doing this before.



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