heidi: (the_eight)

A FLOCK OF NUNS CROSSED THE ROAD, THEIR CRISP WIMPLES
fluttering about their heads like the wings of large sea birds.
As they floated through the large stone gates of the town,
chickens and geese scurried out of their path, flapping and
splashing through the mud puddles. The nuns moved through
the darkening mist that enveloped the valley each morning
and, in silent pairs, headed toward the sound of the deep bell
that rang out from the hills above them.

They called that spring le Printemps Sanglant, the Bloody
Spring. The cherry trees had bloomed early that year, long
before the snows had melted from the high mountain peaks.
Their fragile branches bent down to earth with the weight
of the wet red blossoms. Some said it was a good omen that
they had bloomed so soon, a symbol of rebirth after the long
and brutal winter. But then the cold rains had come and
frozen the blossoms on the bough, leaving the valley buried
thick in red blossoms stained with brown streaks of frost.
Like a wound congealed with dried blood. And this was said
to be another kind of sign...

Happy EIGHT Day!

If you still haven't read it, the first chapter is up here.
heidi: (the_eight)

A FLOCK OF NUNS CROSSED THE ROAD, THEIR CRISP WIMPLES
fluttering about their heads like the wings of large sea birds.
As they floated through the large stone gates of the town,
chickens and geese scurried out of their path, flapping and
splashing through the mud puddles. The nuns moved through
the darkening mist that enveloped the valley each morning
and, in silent pairs, headed toward the sound of the deep bell
that rang out from the hills above them.

They called that spring le Printemps Sanglant, the Bloody
Spring. The cherry trees had bloomed early that year, long
before the snows had melted from the high mountain peaks.
Their fragile branches bent down to earth with the weight
of the wet red blossoms. Some said it was a good omen that
they had bloomed so soon, a symbol of rebirth after the long
and brutal winter. But then the cold rains had come and
frozen the blossoms on the bough, leaving the valley buried
thick in red blossoms stained with brown streaks of frost.
Like a wound congealed with dried blood. And this was said
to be another kind of sign...

Happy EIGHT Day!

If you still haven't read it, the first chapter is up here.
heidi: (Yuletide01)
Dear Brilliant Yuletide Writer:

Thank you! Thank you for offering to write in one of my relatively random requested fandoms! You are awesome and wonderful and I appreciate you so much!

I don't have much to say beyond my initial requests - everything below (other than the fandoms themselves) is more of a guideline and not a rule - except, please take into consideration my squick about gratuitous violence or death involving kids. I'm perfectly happy with fic of any rating or (other than violence against kids) theme. And I just realized that three of my four requests deal with immortality, at least to some degree. I wonder if that means something...

Galactic Milieu/Exiles Saga: I read the Milieu series first, and I've read those books more than the Exiles series. In other words, I adore Marc, and I adore Jon, so of course I'd be thrilled with anything that feels like canon, especially anything with Marc as Unifex spying on or interacting with Jon. But if your comfort level is more with Exiles, as long as it's Marc-centric, it'll be perfect. I think I might possibly prefer gen, but wherever your muse takes you would be fantastic.

Legally Blonde: The Musical: Oh, it's just fun! Plus, given that it's the musical and not the film, Legally Blonde II does not exist, and you can ignore it completely! So, something about Elle and Emmet set after the show ends, or Emmett backstory (iirc he went to Stanford undergrad, which, using the musical's timeline could put him there at the same time as Chuck Bartowski, Bryce Larkin and Sam Winchester. Or not, if you're not familiar with either Chuck or SPN), or any of the students (while in school, or post-grad) volunteering for the OTW - basically, LB is my favorite musical of whimsy joy and playfulness. Plus, I love pink, and the law.

The Eight: It's my perpetual "ask". Don't feel limited by the characters I listed on the sign-up form; they are my four favorites, but they don't need to be the focus of your story. I've read The Fire and enjoyed it, but part of me would prefer something that is AU to that (or, to paraphrase a line from the Harry Potter fandom, Fire, What Fire?). In other words, I prefer Cat/Nim to Cat/Solarin, and Nim/Cat/Solarin to anything else in the modern section of the story. (But if you'd rather write Talleyrand/Napoleon, SQUEE!)

RPS: Heroes (Adrian/Milo): Well, there's this, and a million other moments caught on film and a million that never were. AU or reality-based - anything you want to do will be gorgeous. (I don't have a fictional-infidelity-squick in this case as long as there is no overt Natalie bashing.)
heidi: (Yuletide01)
Dear Brilliant Yuletide Writer:

Thank you! Thank you for offering to write in one of my relatively random requested fandoms! You are awesome and wonderful and I appreciate you so much!

I don't have much to say beyond my initial requests - everything below (other than the fandoms themselves) is more of a guideline and not a rule - except, please take into consideration my squick about gratuitous violence or death involving kids. I'm perfectly happy with fic of any rating or (other than violence against kids) theme. And I just realized that three of my four requests deal with immortality, at least to some degree. I wonder if that means something...

Galactic Milieu/Exiles Saga: I read the Milieu series first, and I've read those books more than the Exiles series. In other words, I adore Marc, and I adore Jon, so of course I'd be thrilled with anything that feels like canon, especially anything with Marc as Unifex spying on or interacting with Jon. But if your comfort level is more with Exiles, as long as it's Marc-centric, it'll be perfect. I think I might possibly prefer gen, but wherever your muse takes you would be fantastic.

Legally Blonde: The Musical: Oh, it's just fun! Plus, given that it's the musical and not the film, Legally Blonde II does not exist, and you can ignore it completely! So, something about Elle and Emmet set after the show ends, or Emmett backstory (iirc he went to Stanford undergrad, which, using the musical's timeline could put him there at the same time as Chuck Bartowski, Bryce Larkin and Sam Winchester. Or not, if you're not familiar with either Chuck or SPN), or any of the students (while in school, or post-grad) volunteering for the OTW - basically, LB is my favorite musical of whimsy joy and playfulness. Plus, I love pink, and the law.

The Eight: It's my perpetual "ask". Don't feel limited by the characters I listed on the sign-up form; they are my four favorites, but they don't need to be the focus of your story. I've read The Fire and enjoyed it, but part of me would prefer something that is AU to that (or, to paraphrase a line from the Harry Potter fandom, Fire, What Fire?). In other words, I prefer Cat/Nim to Cat/Solarin, and Nim/Cat/Solarin to anything else in the modern section of the story. (But if you'd rather write Talleyrand/Napoleon, SQUEE!)

RPS: Heroes (Adrian/Milo): Well, there's this, and a million other moments caught on film and a million that never were. AU or reality-based - anything you want to do will be gorgeous. (I don't have a fictional-infidelity-squick in this case as long as there is no overt Natalie bashing.)
heidi: (Yuletide01)
Dear Brilliant Yuletide Writer:

Thank you! Thank you for offering to write in one of my relatively random requested fandoms! You are awesome and wonderful and I appreciate you so much!

I don't have much to say beyond my initial requests - everything below (other than the fandoms themselves) is more of a guideline and not a rule - except, please take into consideration my squick about gratuitous violence or death involving kids. I'm perfectly happy with fic of any rating or (other than violence against kids) theme. And I just realized that three of my four requests deal with immortality, at least to some degree. I wonder if that means something...

Galactic Milieu/Exiles Saga: I read the Milieu series first, and I've read those books more than the Exiles series. In other words, I adore Marc, and I adore Jon, so of course I'd be thrilled with anything that feels like canon, especially anything with Marc as Unifex spying on or interacting with Jon. But if your comfort level is more with Exiles, as long as it's Marc-centric, it'll be perfect. I think I might possibly prefer gen, but wherever your muse takes you would be fantastic.

Legally Blonde: The Musical: Oh, it's just fun! Plus, given that it's the musical and not the film, Legally Blonde II does not exist, and you can ignore it completely! So, something about Elle and Emmet set after the show ends, or Emmett backstory (iirc he went to Stanford undergrad, which, using the musical's timeline could put him there at the same time as Chuck Bartowski, Bryce Larkin and Sam Winchester. Or not, if you're not familiar with either Chuck or SPN), or any of the students (while in school, or post-grad) volunteering for the OTW - basically, LB is my favorite musical of whimsy joy and playfulness. Plus, I love pink, and the law.

The Eight: It's my perpetual "ask". Don't feel limited by the characters I listed on the sign-up form; they are my four favorites, but they don't need to be the focus of your story. I've read The Fire and enjoyed it, but part of me would prefer something that is AU to that (or, to paraphrase a line from the Harry Potter fandom, Fire, What Fire?). In other words, I prefer Cat/Nim to Cat/Solarin, and Nim/Cat/Solarin to anything else in the modern section of the story. (But if you'd rather write Talleyrand/Napoleon, SQUEE!)

RPS: Heroes (Adrian/Milo): Well, there's this, and a million other moments caught on film and a million that never were. AU or reality-based - anything you want to do will be gorgeous. (I don't have a fictional-infidelity-squick in this case as long as there is no overt Natalie bashing.)
heidi: (AZKATRAZ)
I've been home for nearly two and a half weeks, so it's time to start thinking about traveling! Again!

Which means it's time for a poll. On the Azkatraz-centric one below, this is just to try and gauge interest - please pimp it, but it's not going to be the be-all-and-end-all of decision-making. A lot of scheduling - especially something on Alcatraz and a large-scale wrock event, depend on location availability. But your answers would be good food for thought.

[Poll #1241779]

ETA: Oh, squee! My FictionAlley Cats Quidditch team shirt arrived! And so did yours, Magpie and Gwen and Asha - ladies, if you could email me your addresses I'll send them out tomorrow. They look *sensational*! And very purple! Squee.

ETA2 at 230 PM - merging all my squee into one place
[livejournal.com profile] laughingirl has a book!
Ghostfacers Harry and Ed are coming to EyeCon next month!
Coming later today, the official [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz hotel announcement! Can't make reservations until after tomorrow, though...
heidi: (the_eight)
Yes, of course I am posting today! It's my Special Day of Special-ness! What else could I do on 8-8-8? Although, of course, as [livejournal.com profile] bestweekever said, it's not as cool as 8-8-88.

August 8, 1988 was a bizarre day for me - it's the day that WSVN, where I was interning then, learned officially that as of January 1, 1989, we were no longer going to be an NBC affiliate, as we'd been for 40-ish years - NBC was buying Channel Four, and we were becoming FOX, which was then maybe two years old, as a network. I remember it so clearly because while all the actual employees of the station were at that meeting learning their Fate, I ran the assignment desk in the newsroom for about two hours, since nobody else was around. Luckily, nothing significant happened in those two hours, and the night's newscast was basically 30% about the network-switch, which had never happened in a major market before, and 30% Interesting Human Interest Stories About the Day.

So, when [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl told me earlier this week that a release date for the sequel to The Eight was officially official, I decided I wanted to make a list of eight things that I could say today that wouldn't have occurred to me to say a year ago.

Given the news story of the day, though, I've edited it. So, here's my list:

1. Brian Austin Green is hot!
2. I have so much love for Neil Patrick Harris!
3. I much prefer the name Esmerenee to Reneesme!
4. Hurrah! I get to read the sequel to The Eight this fall!
5. Wow, I wish I could see Hamlet this month! Or perhaps next month!
6. Did you order your copy of Beedle the Bard yet?
7. Paris Hilton is adorable! And funny!
8. John Edwards is an utter idiot, and a jerk. FAIL, sir. Utter fail. Feh.


What's your list of eight things that you wouldn't have said a year ago? Share here, post it on your LJ - whatever works for you.
heidi: (the_eight)
1. [livejournal.com profile] zia_narratora has recreated the tragic stories from Les Miserables, as told by peeps! Sneak peek behind the cut ) or see the whole of the brilliant and tragic and prettily pastel coloured story here.

2. On the fourth day of the fourth month, then will come The Eight.

Sound familiar? Then you may've been in The Zone back in the spring of 1996, when [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl and I typed in pages and pages from The Eight (see icon) in an attempt to convince everyone in said Zone to read the entire book. If you've never read it, the first chapter is available via Amazon here - hey, Lisa, that url is a lot easier to C&P in than typing that entire chapter was, right? And does anyone still have [livejournal.com profile] ginsu's parody of that first chapter? If so, please share?
[Poll #960322]

3. Random Fics I've Read This Week And Enjoyed:
Sam Gets Genie Powers in a fic from [livejournal.com profile] regala_electra
Relevance by [livejournal.com profile] marinarusalka, in honor of National Poetry Month
Circa Jan 2006 fic on Dean, learning Latin by [Bad username or site: fryadvocate</a @ livejournal.com] - got the link via [livejournal.com profile] spnroundtable


Other Stuff I've Enjoyed This Week:
ShinyShiny's list of photo editing programs that are free or supercheap
[livejournal.com profile] fishzilla's cartoony and [livejournal.com profile] thereisnospoon's pencily Peter and Sam With Emo Bangs art (probably worksafe? Unless work is really really conservative?)
The posts in [livejournal.com profile] bookshop's lj on Draco and Harry and series-development, and the discussion that sorta led to in [livejournal.com profile] sistermagpie's livejournal on Myrtle as a Fangirl
This shirt, as featured by ShinyShiny
The Wedding of [livejournal.com profile] dezzikitty and [livejournal.com profile] jiggery_pokery
X Rated Fusion Liquor - it's got vodka, blood oranges and passion fruit, and it's not only extremely pink, it's also yummy! So is Absolut Pear! On the other hand, Bailey's Carmel? Isn't worth the calories; it's just not that supertasty.


Have also finalized Spring & Summer travel plans. Northeast, here I come! Again! And Again! And possibly, again!

And can anyone figure out what's wrong with this Linksys wireless adapter that has caused Amazon to mark it down to about five bucks, from about sixty?
heidi: (the_eight)
Okay, so, earlier today, I posted my wishlist with a wish for a release date and/or title for Book Seven of HP. And I included that because my longtime wish? Well, I'd basically given up on it.

What was that wish, you ask...

For a movie of or sequel to The Eight.

But three minutes ago, [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl YMed me to say:
Katherine Neville's sequel to her debut novel, The Eight, ranging from the
dawn of the war of Greek Independence in 1822 to the outbreak of the Iraq
War in 2003, this novel begins when the heroine of The Eight mysteriously
vanishes, and her daughter must follow a set of cryptic clues on a
dangerous quest to discover who murdered her father... for publication in
fall 2008...



Seriously? That's almost better than a release date and/or title for Book Seven, because we *know* book seven will eventually come out, and I had completely stopped dreaming and hoping that a sequel to The Eight would ever *ever* happen.

: is beyond ecstatic

: begins camping out now for a copy
heidi: (the_eight)
Discovered via [livejournal.com profile] oliverw_feed, a reinterpritation of The Last Supper.

Discuss.

Also, specifically for [livejournal.com profile] laughingirl, [livejournal.com profile] ginsu and others who recognize the specific provenance of this icon: now that there are eight planets, should Ms Neville revise her novel?

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