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August 28th, 2006


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09:52 am - More fiddling with LJ
I got another loyalty userpic slot and promptly filled it, bringing my current collection to 134. And yes I use every single one of them -- frequently. I'd like to upload more to use, since there are quite a few saved on my computer I'd love to use immediately, but I have to wait another 3 months before I can add another.

~~ is jonesing for more userpic slots ~~

I also played around with my userinfo page a bit, rewording some things and adding a few new graphics. The past few days have been rather soggy around here, so I'm a bit restless at the moment . . .
Current Mood: busybusy
Current Music: "Ich Will Alles" by Unheilig

(15 seeds eaten | Eat a pomegranate)

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From:chiralove
Date:August 28th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
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And where *do* you find all of the really cool userpics that you use? And how do you keep them all straight? My frazzled brain can't quite grasp the concept. umm ... right. If that wasn't coherent, the main point of this comment was to say that your userpics are way cool, and funny, and clever, and ... umm, I think I've exceeded my word limit. :)
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From:theentwife
Date:August 29th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Thank you -- flattery will get you everywhere.

where *do* you find all of the really cool userpics that you use?

Some I made myself, but a lot are from either potterpuffs or potterpuff_fans. Some also come from various icon journals that I've trolled through, snagging whatever took my fancy at the time.

how do you keep them all straight?

I usually keep a browser tab open to my userpic collection while responding to comments or making comments to friends' posts. That makes it easier to choose an appropriate icon for a comment, since I may have several I use for a particular topic or mood, since I can see them all then, not just try to remember them from my keywords on the picklist. (Although at this point I've used them all so often I pretty much have them all memorized . . . )

By the way, I like your Minerva icon. It reminds me of her reaction to the kids in the Sorcerer's Stone.


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:August 29th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
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I like the potential of Minerva but I rarely like fanon Minerva. Maybe I'm overtly critical, but I feel like sometimes you read a fic and Minerva is really one-dimensional, you know? Like, she's strict, or she's Scottish, or in love with Albus, or Gryffindor, or ... *thinks* ... erm, yeah. I know I have read interesting Minerva fics, only I can't think of any of them just now. er ... yeah.

Well, there's got to be more to her than that, don't you think? I mean, surely people don't get that old without getting more interesting than one characteristic? Though I do like grandmother!Minerva ...

I mean, it isn't the problem with only Minerva, obviously, it's a problem with other characters in fanfic too of course, depending on how astute the writer is at characterization. .... I probably meant to make a point here, but I've stared off into space for three minutes now and I still can't remember it. :)

No pomegranate martinis, unfortunately, but a reasonably quaffable Pinot Noir to celebrate the turned-in-edness of my paper, and now my thought processes are a bit wavery around the edges. ... But I like Minerva, even though I don't always like her in fanfic, that was the point I meant to make!
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From:theentwife
Date:August 30th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
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Same here -- fanon!Minerva is rarely more than a cardboard cutout character in most fics, unlike canon!Minerva. Like Ron, she is usually brought in as obligatory Gryffindor set-dressing, not as a character in her own right, and also like Ron is usually very OOC.

I really hate it when the writer insists on giving her a pronounced burr, then can't even pull it off. As a part-Scot, I find that somewhere between offensive and incredibly annoying, just like they often use the Scots stereotype of being whiskey-swilling with her. My mother and grandmother would be appalled at that characterization of Scots women -- if they swill anything at all, it's tea.

She's also not old in Wizarding World terms -- middle-aged, maybe even late middle-aged, but not OLD. After all, Dumbledore is 150, so she's a wee one next to him. (And therefore any AD/MM pairings are more of an age-gap eyebrow-raiser than SS/HG or SS/MM -- something most fanfic writers seem to fail to realize. That cradlerobber!!)

If you want to read better-quality Minerva fics, I recommend quinquatrus and close_contrast.

(Congrats on your paper submission, by the by. Cheers!)


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:August 30th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Well, with all the fanfics out there assuming that all wizards live to these tremendous ages ... I've never actually been clear on whether this actually applies to all wizards or if Dumbledore and Flamel are just well, unique. I could check the Lexicon but I only have a few minutes before I have to go and it's so much more fun to babble than not babble.

Well, I thought about taking back my words when I read some of those MM/SS fics that you rec'ed me ... but then I remembered that well, there are still all those ones out there that I dislike. But it's good to know that she can be written well by non-JKR people.

Eh, I hate it when people try to do accents in fanfic in general ... especially Hagrid's accent, it usually sounds contrived and ... well, horrible. But then, I don't know. I mean, it's great to try to make a fic more British, but well, if you aren't British it's incredibly hard, right? Not that I'm saying that people should do things that are easy all of the time and not Britpick because it's so unfair on us poor Americans that have a fairly valid reason for being clueless ... I'm not exactly saying that and I think I may've forgotten what I was saying.

Yes, well, "I was trying to coherently discuss accents and Americanisms in Harry Potter fanfic" probably isn't a good excuse to give my boss as to why I'm late for my meeting with him, so I'd better run ... maybe I can think this through and figure out what I really want to say before trying to be coherent, that might be a better order in which to do things. :)
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From:theentwife
Date:August 31st, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Well, with all the fanfics out there assuming that all wizards live to these tremendous ages ... I've never actually been clear on whether this actually applies to all wizards or if Dumbledore and Flamel are just well, unique.

Flamel was definitely a special case (remember the elixir?) and Dumbledore might possibly have been on the unusual side, much like a Muggle man living into his mid-to-late 90s. (I specify "man" here since women are usually longer-lived.) Not impossible, just unlikely.

I mean, it's great to try to make a fic more British, but well, if you aren't British it's incredibly hard, right?

It can be. A lot of it is more about word choice and sentence structure and typical phrases used like "right then" or "let's have a look, shall we?" as opposed to simply tossing in a few archetypal words such as "arse" or "bloody" or attempting to transcribe an accent. Even there, it's difficult to pull off, since most British accents tend to be subtle vowel variations, with relatively few that are pronounced, such as Yorkshire or some of the Scots accents. Those are not easy to write, although they can be imitated verbally fairly easily, if one has the ear and the knack of it. Think of Professor Henry Higgins of "Pygmalion"/"My Fair Lady" here -- most American fanfic writers couldn't pull off a decent Pom accent without it turning into a car crash in short order.

I have run into fics where the characters talk in American slang and it's quite jarring. If that is avoided, however, I don't feel that Britpicking is absolutely necessary -- I don't need to hear that Harry likes mint sauce or prefers creamed rice to spotted dick or that he hates mushy peas and absolutely loathes barley water. Just hand him a Jaffa cake to have with his tea and be done with it. (Or an oatcake if he's with his Head of House -- I hear she's partial to Nairn's brand.)


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:August 31st, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, I listed Dumbledore and Flamel together because they worked together, right? So maybe Dumbledore got a sip or two of Elixer from Flamel ... I can't remember any canon mentions of this, but I could see him wanting to hang on for a few extra years in order to train Harry. There's a sci fi series by Julian May that's sort of the extreme of this - one of the characters commits a huge sin, goes back in time a few million years, and then ends up living his way back to the present in order to atone. It's really interesting if you haven't read it and if you're into like, Celtic mythology sort of stuff. Or maybe you don't like science fiction at all, I should stop assuming things. Some people don't like it even though they like fantasy or vice versa.

I like to keep the good parts of British culture ... like scones and clotted cream and tea with milk and the word "bloody" which is a great word, if you think about it, and the chocolate ... some of the other parts can just go away. A lot of the parts of American culture can just go away, too, come to think of it. Most of the disgusting processed foods, like Poptarts and Code Red Mountain Dew, and well, other things with tons of food coloring. I don't object to some food coloring I guess but sometimes it's just gross.
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From:theentwife
Date:August 31st, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I like science fiction. I read it far more often than I do fantasy.


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:September 1st, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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Which sorts do you like then?
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From:theentwife
Date:September 1st, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
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I like "hard" SF and stories from classic authors like Heinlein, Asimov, Dick and Harrison. Also some types of "speculative" SF, such as alternate universe stories -- e.g. Harrison's "Hammer and Cross" trilogy.


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:September 2nd, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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I love Heinlein, even though I usually prefer "soft" science fiction and fantasy... like Feist, I guess, although sometimes I wonder if that crosses into fantasy or if it's well, in between-ish. I think one of my favorite books ever is "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," I couldn't tell you how many times I've reread it. Probably more than I've watched Pride and Prejudice and that's saying something. :)

I've lost track of the thread where we were talking about it, but your suggestion about the pomegranate martinis was just wonderful. They're very good.
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From:theentwife
Date:September 3rd, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
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My favorite Heinlein book is "Stranger in a Strange Land" -- I love Jubal! I've read that book more times than I can remember -- no matter what part of it I open to, I feel compelled to continue reading until I finish it again.

I'm glad you enjoyed the pomegranate martinis.

Cheers!


Persephone
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From:chiralove
Date:September 3rd, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh ... yes, I love that one too.

Still, nothing beats the part of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" where the Prof eats the ham. :)
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From:norbert02
Date:September 14th, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I have six lousy userpics. I suck.
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From:theentwife
Date:September 14th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
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We'll keep you anyway. :)

Actually, you should be glad you have 6 -- free accounts used to have just 3. Now if you want more userpics and don't mind ads all over your LJ you can have 15 if you get a "sponsored" account. Or you can cough up some cash and get at least 30 and up to 100, plus additional loyalty userpics.

Last year when they had a one-day sale, I got a permanent account. That's why I have as many userpics as I do.

Still want more though . . .


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