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21 January 2012 @ 01:31 am
William Shakespeare

The devil can cite Scripture for his Cranky Crocus.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

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And it en't gonna do him any good.

William Shakespeare

Out, damned Kiwi! Out, I say!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

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Of the closet? Why, gladly! Thank you for holding the door open, good sir!

Yesterday: Time with Eric was lovely. We hung out and snuggled in my den for a while, then went to his for snuggling and film-watching. Watched some Monty Python live, snuggled and giggled and texted with Cassia, and braved the snow to buy weird food from Stop'n'Shop. He made a comment like, "[References some things I had previously mentioned and he had appreciated] and hot sauce. Damn, Kiwi, do you know how hard I would have gone after you if you weren't gay?" I looked at him over my shoulder and remarked something about being a "hairy hippie" over my shoulder, but inwardly I was thinking something along the lines of, "I fall in love with a straight woman and a straight man tells me he'd gladly go after me. This is my life." Later we were discussing muscles and working out, and I said that people were surprised I have some significant muscle; he told me that he would expect it, and that I'm not "stocky by the proper definition, but [I'm]..." and I supplied, "sturdy?" to which he agreed. I liked that; I liked having it acknowledged. Body-wise, I'm not skinny or athletic or toned or stocky--I'm sturdy, despite my diminutive size, whereas many short people I know have tended to be either petite (slender and a bit delicate-looking) or stocky. Sometimes I feel a bit like a pug: toy dogs, but not delicate; they're built like big dogs in miniature (that ran into a few too many walls). I often feel like a big woman in a small body. It suits me just fine, too. Anyway, after we got back from the shop we nibbled more while watching African Cats and then there was the sickness, so that ended the night. My laptop cord is still over there.

Today: Napped for a few hours. Watched a film in bed. Onlined (inventing verbs what?). Finished reading Bloodhound, which means it's already the 20th (21st now, by the hour) and I've only just finished reading my first actual book; that is such a bad sign. My parents brought back Indian food (chicken korma) for me, which is funny because I was wondering earlier if they'd stop for food and, if so, if it would be Indian (from the restaurant they actually did choose. Not that there's much selection around here).

Tomorrow: Cover letter due by the evening so I can sleep on it (not literally) and edit it on Sunday. Inbox. More LJ catch-up. Room cleaning. Libraries (2) to return overdue books, give money, look shamefaced, and see if I don't feel too silly to reserve Mastiff. Possibly retrieve power cord from Eric. Possibly try to convince my mother that a bathroom-cleaning party would be The Most Fun Thing Ever for a clean downstairs bathroom and the potential for a bath--water and candles and suds oh my! (With a quick-clean shower first to feel clean in the bath and a quick-rinse shower after. Then perhaps 30 minutes of meditating on the poor Earth, out of environmental guilt...) Post on reunion before I forget things.

Off to bed with me. I've got a silly new book to read (Vampire Academy--hey, we can't all avoid the silly vampire craze!) and I'm still sleepy. Sweet dreams everyone!
A completely happy writer: Eva Green smilelar_laughs on January 21st, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha! I had to quote your second one out loud over and over again. It was just so fun!
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: booksrosaxx50 on January 21st, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
hdu, I love Vampire Academy :P

Of the closet? Why, gladly! Thank you for holding the door open, good sir!

I must find an occasion to quote this, my dear. It's a lovely response.
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on January 26th, 2012 02:42 am (UTC)

I can't say I 'love' Vampire Academy (I would fear that I'm prejudiced against striaght pairings except reading Tammy has reminded me I can love them just as much, so phew, that's not the reason); I can say that I've been enjoying my reading of it and am now onto the second book, with the third up in my room. :3 Also, I'm pretty sure I can find a way to femslash some of the older women in my head. Being able to do that always makes me happy!

I love queer closet humour. :D
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: booksrosaxx50 on January 26th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Lol. Rose/Lissa is my guilty femmslash ship for V/A, because I really like Lissa's canon pairing, but these two have so much intensity. I suppose you could always try to find Janine/Alberta subtext? I won't mention other characters because that would be rather spoilery.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Threads.cranky__crocus on January 26th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
What does HDU meeeaan? *Wiggles.*

Ahaha, I could get behind Rose/Lissa as a guilty femslash ship. One of my first thoughts upon realising how the bond worked was, 'so...how would the two of them having sex would? Rose would feel everything, too, wouldn't she? Talk about synchronised!' My brain totally went there on its own. :B

Alberta hasn't stuck in my mind too much (but I'm pretty sure she's a female guardian?), but Janine...Janine is so femslashable to me.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: booksrosaxx50 on January 26th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
HDU = how dare you. Mostly used in a lolz way, though.

Do you mean Rose/Lissa sex (I refuse to believe that their years on the run didn't include SOME experimentation, right? Right?!) or Rose getting rudely interrupted in the night by sensations she doesn't actually have? Both ideas make give me a bad case of the giggles.

I think Alberta is the headmistress, but I can't fully remember. I'll have to check when I get around to rereading the books (I bought books 5 and 6 because they were at such a bargain price.) As for Janine... I do ship her with someone in the books, but in regards to femmslash, have you been introduced to Tasha yet?
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Letting the hair down.cranky__crocus on February 15th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
I meant Rose/Lissa sex, but being rudely interrupted in the night by sensations that aren't hers also make me giggly.

Alberta is the head of the guardians at the school, I guess. I really like her. And could totally ship her with Janine. Who do you ship Janine with? (And it's funny 'cause I had just met Tasha right before I got your comment. I love Tasha. I could ship her with just about anyone haha. I also have a soft spot for scars.)
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: adorkablerosaxx50 on February 15th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
Well, I don't really ship in the VA books outside of adoring Adrian/Sydney (I am weird that way and think it would work), and to a lesser extent Christian/Lissa.

So re: Janine:
1) Abe because it is sort of canon, though preferably without the giggling. I picture them with a series of hookups, in which they care deeply for each other but aren't exclusive, because with their normal state being separation...
2) Tasha because hot fighting ladies hunting down Strigoi and teaching kids how to defend themselves with both magic and physical. Although after Last Sacrifice...
3) Random OC family member of the person Janine guards

So Abe and Tasha, for the aforementioned reasons.

How are you finding Mastiff?
Kiwi Crocus: Kiwi || Muusack.cranky__crocus on February 25th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
I can see how Adrian/Sydney would work (I'm sure I'll see more by the time I finish Bloodlines).

I love Janine/Abe, especially since they sorta fit my poly-appreciation.

Janine/Tasha is awesome. I kinda pretend the end of Last Sacrifice never happened, just because it felt like RMead ruined Tasha's character (it was one thing for her to commit the murder--but the whole "*yoink, takes captive*" thing? I was just like, what character are you WRITING right now, and why don't I recognise Tasha at all?).

Also, Janine/Alberta (head of the guardians back at the school).

I'm liking Mastiff so far although I've put it to the side to finish Bloodlines, just because I want to finish the VA series before I finish the PD series and possibly go on to more Tammy.
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: comics: comfortrosaxx50 on February 26th, 2012 04:00 am (UTC)
Aha, but I shipped Adrian/Sydney before reading a single word of Bloodlines. That is probably one of the reasons I liked Bloodlines so much, too, and can't wait for The Golden Lily to come out later this year. (I even hinted about why I loved Bloodlines's A/S in what was supposed to be a post solely examining Adrian's journey.)

You like Abe/Janine too?! *Glee* Well that's further proof that you're not prejudiced against straight pairings, after all.

Yes, Tasha. Now that you've finished the series, I can speak freely about my opinions on her, and opinions, I have them. Enough to have bits and pieces of a post-LS Tasha-centric fic that will probably never be finished, dealing with her storyline. It's funny, I'm basically the exact opposite of you in the way I see Tasha post-LS.

I can't see her committing the crime, but I can 100% see her taking someone captive to escape, because she's very much a survivor. She didn't live through being attacked by Strigoi (her own much-loved siblings, too) and scarred physically or mentally by not being prepared to do anything in the heat of the moment. I think the initial attack by Christian's parents taught her a lot about using whatever weapons are on hand, even if it's taboo (like her fire magic was), which was why I didn't find it OOC that she would be handling a gun. And to put it in perspective, if she hadn't caught Mia of all people, she would probably have managed to make it out of the building at least, even though she probably wouldn't have gone much further.

The thing is, I never got the impression that she would use violence when she has other options (RE: the whole Tatiana thing) open. Outside of desperate moments like the one mentioned above, she's always seem cool-headed and moderate to me, so unless she was Tatiana's scorned lover or something, and wanted to prove that guardians weren't enough (but it got out of hand, leading to the plot of Last Sacrifice), I couldn't really see her committing murder. Actually, that explanation would encompass the whole taking Rose's stake, too, since she would have been certain that Rose would (secretly) approve of its purpose...
Kiwi Crocus: Fantasy || Mermaid swimming.cranky__crocus on February 26th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I can't say I shipped Adrian/Sydney before Bloodlines, but the thought did intrigue me. I read that meta post, actually, I just didn't know what to respond. (:

Yes, I like Abe/Janine, too!

As for Tasha...I can't really see her committing the crime, either, unless in more extreme circumstances than there seemed to be. I found the whole thing out of character.

I still can't see her taking someone captive--threatening someone else's real, living life--to make an escape, though I can completely see her picking up and using a gun. I can even see her shooting someone who dared attack her. Involving an innocent, though...not so much. To me that goes beyond 'survivor' instincts; I think one can be a survivor without being prepared to break all moral codes they have previously held.

I did see that as soon as she caught Mia, but it almost just felt like a ploy by Mead. Or maybe too predictable. It doesn't feel much like "putting it in perspective"; perhaps it just felt too predictable as I read it. I don't know. I guess that part annoys me second-hand to how the whole "pin the murder on Tasha" annoyed me (not 'pin' as in other characters pinning it on her, but as in Mead doing so). After all Tasha had been through - and Christian - I just didn't think she deserved it, or that it was in her character enough to trump my opinions on Her Not Deserving It. (Betrayal has to be quite well-written and IC for me to really believe it and not be peeved.)

She has always seemed cool-headed and moderate to me, as well. Although the Tatiana's-scorned-lover thing would make an interesting fic. :B

Eh. I still liked the series enough. The ending of LS (from the whole Real Murderer Revealed) just didn't do it for me, somehow. Perhaps Bloodlines will. And either way, then I get to jump back into Mastiff and Tammy-land! :D
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: SHOCKrosaxx50 on February 26th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
Oooh. I guess this calls for Abe/Janine/Tasha at some point in the future - since I'm pretty certain Abe does hit on Tasha at some point in the books.

I admit, your pairings did surprise me. What do you ship in VA?

Oh no, I definitely agree with you on the whole thing being OOC. Even knowing we're on Rose-filtered glasses, the entire idea made me go :/

Even if I list all the motives Tasha could have - Tatiana being a terrible queen, in her POV; Tatiana refusing to acknowledge Dimitri as human; putting Lissa on the throne; etc - I still can't see her doing most of the things she does in the book. This really dismays me since it's obvious that R. Mead planned this from at least Spirit Bound, but I didn't see any indications at all in that book even if I take a step out of Rose's POV and look solely at actions, and in my opinion, Tasha wasn't in Last Sacrifice enough to believe in her character being possible.

Personally, I can still sort of see Tasha going very far in regards to the capture thing, but that's mostly because I don't think she would actually have hurt Mia. I think she was counting more on the fact that the guardians knew she'd already killed another Moroi, and that staying their hand.

...I guess this means I'll have to invent my own head-canon. Tasha was visiting Tatiana at night (for some reason or another, but not initially intending violence); she brought Rose's stake because she wanted to demonstrate just how ineffectual guardians could be under the right circumstances; things went wrong, with all the justified and hinted on feelings she has for Tatiana coming to the surface; after the deed is done, she's desperate enough in that moment to pin it on anyone, but does her best to clear Rose's name afterward; by the time of the trial, she's feeling deep enough in guilt that she doesn't think she can be forgiven anyway, so it doesn't stop her from taking an innocent hostage.

(Though the fact that I have to have so much head!canon at all to make it remotely make sense to me...)
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Mug.cranky__crocus on March 18th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
YOU NEED TO WRITE ABE/JANINE/TASHA! I would read the shite out of that. Yes, Abe totally hits on Tasha - I think around the time that Rose was taking her final trials? I don't remember exactly. Some big-ish event, but it totally did happen.

Uhm, I don't think I had any specific ships in VA? That's not really my deal. I tend to just like characters, and then like any ships with other characters that I also like (or sometimes even don't) - especially when written by great writers. I'd love to read some Mia fic. And, uh, suprisingly I'd totally go for Mia/Jill? (Although I don't think that's actually surprising.) But you already know that I love Janine and Tasha. Also Alberta. And Abe. Sydney. So, yeah, it's more about the characters for me than the ships themselves.

I can't see Tasha doing most of the things she does in the book, either. And I totally agree with all you've said there.

Ahahaha that is quite the head-canon. Finished Bloodlines the other day. Mead sure does like pinning murders on the people we're not supposed to expect! (Except, after reading the last in VA, my first thoughts when we really got into reading about the murders were, "It'd be just like Mead to put this on Lee...")