gracie_musica: Mystery Science Theater: 3000 (flimsy plot device)
Title: After Waiting Over 200 Years, Czeslaw Meyer Gets The Last Word
Date Written: 12/27/10
Rating: PG-13/T
Word Count: 518
Fandom: Baccano!
Disclaimer: Not mine, property of their respective owners
Characters/Pairings: Elmer/Huey (yes, you read that right), Chane/Claire, Maiza, Czeslaw, Ronnie, cameos by Firo and the Martillos
Spoilers: For the entire anime (including OVAs).
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: Major thanks to [personal profile] totally4ryo for the super quick beta when I was writing this! Written for the Baccano Request Meme back in December. I don't care that none of you watch this anime. I figure if I post enough fic, I'll get you into it.


After Waiting Over 200 Years, Czeslaw Meyer Gets The Last Word )
gracie_musica: Good Omens (yeah, go over to a friend's house) (do not attempt)
Title: In Which Mrs. Gandor Shows Who's Really In Charge Of The Family
Date Written: 12/25/10
Rating: PG/K+
Word Count: 399
Fandom: Baccano!
Disclaimer: Not mine, property of their respective owners
Characters/Pairings: Keith/Katie, Berga, Luck, Claire
Spoilers: Various backstories and Drugs and Dominos.
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: One: I love writing Baccano! fanfic because I can make up long, ridiculous titles. Two: Written for the Baccano Request Meme back in December. Three: Uh... remember me, flist? Used to write fanfic, like, a lot? I think I'm back.


In Which Mrs. Gandor Shows Who's Really In Charge Of The Family )
gracie_musica: David Tennant, Hamlet (brb brain melting)
... But I have to brag a bit.

Okay, brag a lot.

Some of you know this -- most of you know this -- but for those of you that don't know, I am the daughter of a teacher. I am the daughter of a damn fine teacher.

And this school year my damn fine teacher mother, who team teaches an entire grade-school grade level, was told she was not allowed to ask for extra glue and crayons. You know, for the 130 students she teaches every single day to use.

Crayons and glue, people. For young, grade-level children. I'm talking kids under 10.

However, like some psychic goddess, our very own [personal profile] teachwriteslash asks me about two weeks before school starts if my mother is part of the Adopt a Classroom group. She and some of her work colleagues have adopted my mother's classroom and started doing supply drives, that sort of thing. One of her coworkers recently had a supply drive where they collected -- among things like glue, construction paper, art supplies and stickers -- 1900 crayons.

Let me repeat that. 1900 crayons.

Do you know how many crayons that is? That's a bloody ton of crayons.

While she's sure to be modest and say it wasn't anything she did, that she only got the ball rolling, all of us know that she is one of the nicest, kindest, most generous people you can come across. Trust me when I say, it's a hell of a ball you got rolling, Auntie Teach. And we -- me, my mother, and the kids you're all helping -- can never thank you and your coworkers enough.
gracie_musica: Castle; free to use, please credit (you should be writing)
I've been away from LJ for quite a while, so I realize I've been missing all the Twitter/Facebook pingback drama.

I, personally, don't understand why anyone would want to tweet or Facebook a comment to a post. *shrugs* But someone apparently finds that useful, otherwise they wouldn't have bothered with the application.

I realize that quite a few of my peers have made a permanent move to Dreamwidth. While I do have a Dreamwidth account -- and have for a while -- I will still be posting to my Livejournal. For those that are moving or have DW accounts, you're more than welcome to subscribe to my DW. All my fic is mirrored there, or links over to my LJ. Use whatever system you want, leave your comments at either one.

Hopefully, I'll soon have fic up for everyone to read soon!
gracie_musica: Castle; free to use, please credit (you should be writing)
(cross posted to [livejournal.com profile] wrianojune and a variation on [livejournal.com profile] epicproportion, just doing my obligatory pimp. sorry for any f-list double posts!)

So yesterday I'm at work and writing down the date and I realize that... Holy hell, it's almost June!

That's right, people, it's that time again! [livejournal.com profile] wrianojune is open for business!

For those who are new, or those who need a reminder:

What Exactly Is WriDaNoJune?

[livejournal.com profile] wrianojune is in its third year, and was invented by our fearless leader Trolligans because he couldn't stand to wait a whole year for NaNo to start. Plus, when you think about all the things that fall in November -- the various holidays that occur and are looming, finals, and other obligations that require attendance, June really is just so much better. Stay inside, prevent skin cancer, write a novel at breakneck pace.

The rules can be found here, and don't hesitate to drop a comment if you have questions.

[livejournal.com profile] wrianojune can be found in various places. We have a Myspace page, a Facebook community, of course a LJ comm (welcome, welcome one and all!), and our own forum.

We (the friendly neighborhood mods) also encourage you to participate in word wars and write-ins. These can be held in public places if you've got a group of people participating near you, or they can be held online in chat rooms, on the forums, or here! Please, feel free to use this comm to make your own posts challenging people to wars, pose questions to your fellow sufferers -- I mean, writers -- and just have general conversations about what you're writing, your writing process, things like that.

And with two days to go, let's hear what you're going to work on!

-- Gracie
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Title: Chasing Shadows
Date Written: 5/23/10
Rating: PG/K+
Word Count: 689
Fandom: Saiyuki
Disclaimer: Not mine, property of their respective owners
Characters/Pairings: Hakkai, Gojyo
Spoilers: None really.
Warnings: Slashiness, if you've got your slash-glasses on.
Author's Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] amai_kaminari for the encouragement, quick beta, and title!


Chasing Shadows )
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Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show )


And on a slightly unrelated note, as [livejournal.com profile] totally4ryo realized earlier this week... Yes. I did do [livejournal.com profile] turnleft_tw last year. Day One. *grin*
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So 5 days into the meme, and I fall off the wagon. That's what happens when I don't touch my computer, though.

Day 5 & 6 -- A Show You Hate/Favorite Episode )
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*shakes fist at [livejournal.com profile] thrace_adams*

So, part of the reason why fic has been suffering is because I've started a few new jobs now that school is over (OMG REAL LIFE WHUT) and I'm not quite used to writing AND working. I'm slowly staring to get back in the swing of things, but in order to get myself motivated to write -- and post more often -- I've decided to do the 30 Day TV meme that's been going around.

Be forewarned: I watch a lot of anime.

-----

Day 01 - A Show that should never have been canceled )
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Mageverse Interlude: Rasayana
Date Written: 5/4/10
Rating: PG-13/T
Word Count: 3,185
Fandom: Torchwood/Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Solomon, Ten, Donna, Jack, mention of the others, Idris/Tosh
Spoilers: Doctor Who up through Season 04, Torchwood up through 02, Mageverse
Warnings: AU like whoa, het (I know, right?)
Author's Notes: Major thanks to my betas [livejournal.com profile] totally4ryo and [livejournal.com profile] gingerlr, and to [livejournal.com profile] cjharknessgirl. This is for the completely charming, utterly understanding [livejournal.com profile] teachwriteslash who realized that my RL got a bit crazy. There's another a/n after the fic. I hope you enjoy!


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Idris shrugged. 'Yeah, guess so. Sorry, did you say "Torchwood"? What's that then? Is that the new name for the Tourist Board?' Idris pointed at the stylized red dragon symbol on the small sign that read Croeso Cymru. 'Never learned much Welsh at school. Wrong generation.'
The older Englishman just smiled. 'So few people around here seem to be proud of their rich heritage, Mr...?'
'Oh sorry.' Idris offered his hand. 'Hopper. Idris Hopper. I work for the Council. So, probably should know Welsh, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to get by with the odd
shwmae, os gwelwch yn dda, diolch, hwyl or nos da!'
-- The Twilight Streets by Gary Russell, pages 180-181



Mageverse Interlude: Rasayana )
gracie_musica: David Tennant, Hamlet (brb brain melting)
So I was going to write today...

... but HAMLET WAS ON PBS. David Tennant as Hamlet and Sir Patrick Stewart as Claudius.

My fangirl heart was aflame, I tell you.

It was seriously just fantastic. I'm a big enough Shakespeare nerd as it is, but watching Tennant run around -- barefoot for most of the show, crazy for a good half of it, and mood swinging for the rest of it. And the others! OH, they were amazing. Stewart played a deliciously devious Claudius. The women were just perfect too -- poor Gertrude and Ophelia were just spot on, and Horatio was perfect. Epic bromance between those two, too. (I bet the Shakespearean fangirls shipped it)

The only thing I kept laughing over was, well, the Ten-isms in Hamlet. Especially when he's playing at being mad. It was driving the muses almost to distraction, they were so amused. Another time they get completely amused is when I watch "The Producers" and "Springtime for Hitler" comes on. The TW muses laugh themselves sick at Unexpected!Nazi!Jack.

Anyway. For those that missed the airing, it's supposed to be up on the Great Performances website sooner or later. Hopefully sooner.
gracie_musica: (call in queer)
Signal Boost: Sonoma County, California, separated an elderly couple, sold off all their belongings, and imprisoned them in separate nursing homes, without the legal authority to do so. Why?

They're gay.

I'd say something else, but I'm speechless with anger.
gracie_musica: (call in queer)
1) This from [livejournal.com profile] thefannishwaldo. There's a website that compiles data from various places (including social networking sites like LJ and phone book websites) and puts it on the web. The short of it? Someone can put in your name, your phone number, or your email and get crazy info on you. There's an opt out -- do a search on YOU, copy the URL at the top of the page. Then go to the privacy link in gray at the bottom right hand corner of the page, put in that URL and your email.

It'll restrict how many people you can opt out -- two per email, four per day.

Your public service announcement of the day.



2) Here's the short version:

I don't know if everyone on my f-list has heard, but there's this girl in Mississippi who just wanted to wear a tux and take her girlfriend to prom. The school board said hell no, and furthermore, you have to go with a guy.

So she sued because it's a violation of her first amendment rights.

And the school canceled prom.

BUT WAIT, IT GETS BETTER.

A judge in Mississippi said that yes, it was discrimination, but the school could hold a private event that the girl and her girlfriend were invited to attend.

Turns out it was a fake prom. The girl, her girlfriend, and five other people were the only ones who went, while everyone else went to a parent-sponsored prom. That she wasn't invited to.

That's pretty fucking shitty, mates. And you've just added fuel to the fire. Especially when, according to the girl, "Two students with learning difficulties were among the seven people at the [fake prom]."

You're entitled to your own opinion about the ACLU and its various undertakings, but there's a petition on the ACLU website for something called the Student Non-Discrimination Act. It it an act "which would prohibit discrimination against any public school student on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the SNDA prevents discrimination against any public school student because of the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of a person with whom that the student associates or has associated." The full text of the bill is here.

It takes three minutes. If you live in the States, fill it out and send it to your representatives.

25 Things

Mar. 24th, 2010 12:15 am
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So yes. It's my birthday today. And a sincere THANK YOU goes out to everyone who wished me well through LJ, PMs, emails, and text messages, bought me v-gifts, made me icons, and even wrote me fic! I think I thanked most of you, but I'm sure I probably missed some of you. I'm sorry if I did, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all made today even better.

So I've been thinking. I'm 25 now. And part of me feels all responsible and adult-y, but part of me still feels like an immature 18 year old. So, I thought, why not make this a fun exercise for everyone! I mean, people make these lists when they hit milestones like 30 or so. 25 is old enough for a quarter-life crisis (if I'm lucky). Mine's more "things I learned every year", though. I hope you enjoy it.

And yes, there are stories behind some of the things.


25 Things I've Learned By 25


1. If you scream loud enough, people will do things for you!

2. When all else fails, kick. (I once kicked my grandmother in the head while wearing a pair of those hard-toed toddler shoes. I was going through a touchy "needs to warm up to you" phase and she insisted on picking me up)

3. We do not bite the baby. (my brother was born when I was two and a half. first spanking I ever got)

4. A box angel has an X on its stomach. Like a train car! (I don't know either. I was FOUR.)

5. Santa can't be my daddy. There is no way my daddy would buy me all of those presents. (actually told to a classmate when I was informed in kindergarten that Santa Claus was my parents)

6. Books can take you ANYWHERE.

7. Our plates are in the swimming pool. (it's the safest place for fine china when there's a hurricane)

8. My grandmother's right -- that sink really can't hold my weight. (first stitches. 10 in my middle finger on my left hand)

9. ... Santa really is my Dad.

10. Chris Noth is apparently hot. (fact. also known as "I start to realize that Law and Order is a good show, and my mother's actually right about something!")

11. Dad doesn't know best. Breaker rocks aren't there to play on. (second set of stitches. left ankle.)

12. ... Okay, sometimes he does know what he's talking about. (he took me and my brother down to the coast about a day before a hurricane hit in the gulf. waves 6 feet tall. best bodysurfing waves ever!)

13. When you break a door frame, it's time to stop taking karate.

14. Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words cut deeper than anything. (I think children turn into monsters when they become teenagers. I was a totally different person then)

15. Sometimes not being able to do something is as important as wanting to do something.

16. These are the times that try men's souls. (9/11. Second hour English)

17. Love surprises you by coming out of nowhere to mug you. But it leaves a phone number behind.

18. Never. Ever. Having. Children. (I knew someone who would regale us with tales of her horrid experience with childbirth whenever we went drinking. best birth control EVER)

19. Ask for help when you need it.

20. Your first love is not always your last.

21. You're always the last to know! (when I came out to all my friends, they all answered with, "Yeah, we know.")

22. Audentes fortuna iuvat -- fortune favors the bold.

23. Life isn't fair sometimes. For everyone, not just you. Pain is, well, painful, but necessary for evolution. (see also: Life is Pain)

24. Forgiveness takes a long time, but you feel better when you do.

25. Be brave in little ways, be kind in big ways, be grateful for what you have, and be generous to those that don't.

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