darksiders: archon

semi "friends-only"


Since most of my entries are f-locked by now, I thought I might as well put up an "official" friends only sign.

however, graphics posts will remain public entries.

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please note:

if you decide to friend me, it'd be lovely if you could leave a note telling me why you're friending me, otherwise I'll just assume you're here for icons (which is great, too! :D) and not friend you back.
Icon-posts will never be friends-locked.

I filter most of my German entries. If I know German's your first language I will automatically add you to the respective friends group. If that is not the case but you want to be on that filter, let me know. ♥
darksiders: archon

The Big Resources Entry + Tags & Navigation

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the icon posts became a bit unwieldy, so I went way back (yes, even back to the old, very early, even more crappy icon posts. :D Imageshack has slowly started eating those, though*. Thank you, imageshack, thank you) and added new tags.

*I could delete them, but isn't half the fun watching how skills develop and taste changes? That's what old shames are for...
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musketeers: treville

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As you may have noticed this LJ is pretty dead.

There was no conscious decision to leave LJ, it just happened.

I have no idea what will become of this blog (although I guess a good start would be to either delete the theme or find a new image hosting site since photobucket has suddenly decided that holding all of their user's pics to ransom would be a good idea - Done that. blog background image is now hosted on imgur. Let's see if that lasts.).

This also means there are no more icon posts. Sorry. Complain to photobucket if you want.

I might start posting again or I might not. It would be nice if I could at least finish my sporking of Ransom one of these days. I got pretty close to finishing it last time. ^^

If you want to talk to me, you can always find me on tumblr where most of my fandom interaction is taking place, (it's mostly video games, pics of sail ships and/or cute animals, and shitposting about Trevilieu fic and head-canons at the moment. I will not follow you back on there unless you make good use of the tagging system or post only very sparingly, but my chat inbox is open to all non-anonymous users and I use it pretty much every day). I'm also currently getting back into goodreads a bit (meaning I'm getting a tiny bit more reading done than last year and posting about it XD), and not a week goes by that I don't log onto Steam at least once or twice (Summer SALE! Buy Darkest Dungeon now. Now. Buy it. Now. Buy it. Now!). I'm also still active on AO3, but that's a terrible place to just talk. XD

I am technically also on facebook, but I almost never use it apart from groups.
musketeers: treville

Books read / games played in 2016 + writing

So with a bit of delay, I finally get to post the yearly round-up of media consumed. ;)

So, books... um... not a whole lot this time. I haven't read this few books in years. I don't even have any explanation as to why.

colour key:
Loved it, will definitely read it again. 5*
Liked it, will most likely read it again. 4*
An okay book. Will sit on the shelf for a while before I consider reading it again. 3*
Disappointing, will probably not read it again. 2*
Strongly disliked it, will never read it again, unless you pay me. 1*

older entries:

Books read in

2015 (shelf on goodreads + meme thing)
2014 (shelf on goodreads + meme thing)
2013 (reviews on goodreads + meme thing)
2012 (reviews on goodreads)
2011 (reviews on goodreads)

1. The Element of Fire (1993) Martha Wellse-bookHistorical Fantasyreview (EN) 4*
2. The Phoenix Guards (1991) Steven Bruste-bookSci-Fantasyreview (EN) 3*
3. Rivers of London: Body Work (2016) Been Aaronovitch & Andrew CartmeltradeUrban Fantasyreview (EN) 3*
4. The Hanging Tree (2016) Ben Aaronovitchpaperbackgenrereview (EN) 3*
5. Die Elixiere des Teufels (1815) E.T.A. Hoffmanne-bookdark romanticismreview (GER) 2*
6. Richelieu. Der Ehrgeizige. Der Revolutionär. Der Diktator [Richelieu] (1967) Philippe Erlangerhardcoverbiographyreview (GER) 4*
7. Ich, d'Artagnan [Mémoires de monsieur d'Artagnan] (1987) Gatien de Courtilz de Sandrasa terrible translation! don't buy!fictional biographyreview (GER) 2*
8. Hornblower's Historical Shipmates: The Young Gentlemen of Pellew's Indefatigable (2016) Heather Noel-Smith & Lorna M. Campbellhardcovernon-fictionreview (EN) 4*
9. Lovecraft Country (2016) Matt Ruffe-bookhorrorreview (EN) 3*
10. Der Sandmann (1816) E.T.A. Hoffmanne-bookdark romanticismreview (GER) 3*
11. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) Catherynne M. ValentepaperbackYA fantasyreview (EN) 3*
12. The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) Ursula K. Le Guinpaperbacksci-fireview (EN) 3*
13. Rivers of London: Night Witch (2016) Ben Aaronovitch & Andrew Cartmeltradeurban fantasyreview (EN) 4*

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As for other fannish stats, I only uploaded 2 new stories to my AO3 this year (well, unanonymously ;) ). One with 98,735 words, and one considerately shorter with 6,119 words. ^^

I keep distracting myself from my own writing with new ideas that have to be attended immediately ... leading to currently about 5 works in progress. 4 of them multi-chapter. D:
epica: smoon

Random, part VII - The libido awakens.

I actually managed to continue this sporking within a month, for once! Aren't you all happy? ;)

In case you need a refresher about what's going on, here's where you find all previous parts in this series:

Part I        Part II
Part III        Part IV
Part V        Part VI

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musketeers: porthos

Calling all The Musketeers fans on my flist - and those who might still become ones!

bbc_musketeers is voting on the specifics about a potential rewatch of the entire series (series 1 + series 2) to tide us over until series 3 gets aired. Now's your chance to vote when this rewatch is going down and make suggestions on how it should be going down.

Seeing how series 3 looks likely to be the last series of the show, this might be one of the last occasions to get together a sizeable group for an event like this, so let's make it a good one!

bbc_musketeers is a very friendly, relaxed comm, open to all kinds of fan activity (fics, vids, meta, icons, etc) and previous group watch events have been magical.

Lists. With books. + Books read in 2016

This is mainly just for my own reference, since I've got a lot of stuff already on the shelf that I meant to read for ages.

These are just the ones I want to get to the most urgently.

Table of Books I should (finally) read this year:

Title - Authoralready on the shelf?did you read this yet?
Monstrous Regiment - Terry PratchettYesno
Richelieu - Phillippe ErlangerYesno
The Phoenix Guards - Steven BrustYes. Ebookno
Uprooted - Naomi NovikNono
Blood of Tyrants - Noami NovikYes. Ebook.no
When Christ and his Saints Slept - Sharon Kay PenmanYesno
Shards of Honor - Louis McMaster BujoldYesno
The Fortune of War - Patrick O'BrianYes. Ebook.no

List of Discworld novels I have or haven't read yet:

* 01 The Colour of Magic (Colin Smythe, 1983)
* 02 The Light Fantastic (Colin Smythe, 1986)
* 03 Equal Rites (Gollancz, Colin Smythe, 1987)
* 04 Mort (Gollancz, Colin Smythe, 1987)
* 05 Sourcery (Gollancz, Colin Smythe, 1989)
* 06 Wyrd Sisters (Gollancz, 1989)
* 07 Pyramids (Gollancz, 1989)
* 08 Guards! Guards! (Gollancz, 1989)
* 09 Eric (Gollancz, 1990)
* 10 Moving Pictures (Gollancz, 1990)
* 11 Reaper Man (Gollancz, 1991)
* 12 Witches Abroad (Gollancz, 1991)
* 13 Small Gods (Gollancz, 1992)
* 14 Lords and Ladies (Gollancz, 1992)
* 15 Men at Arms (Gollancz, 1993)
* 16 Soul Music (Gollancz, 1994)
* 17 Interesting Times (Gollancz, 1994)
* 18 Maskerade (Gollancz, 1994)
* 19 Feet of Clay (Gollancz, 1996)
* 20 Hogfather (Gollancz, 1996)
* 21 Jingo (Gollancz, 1997)
* 22 The Last Continent (Doubleday, 1998)
* 23 Carpe Jugulum (Doubleday, 1998)
* 24 The Fifth Elephant (Doubleday, 1999)
* 25 The Truth (Doubleday, 2000)
* 26 Thief of Time (Doubleday, 2001)
* 27 The Last Hero (illustrated novelette with Paul Kidby) (Gollancz, 2001)
* 28 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Doubleday, 2001)
* 29 Night Watch (Doubleday, 2002)
* 30 The Wee Free Men (Doubleday, 2003)
* 31 Monstrous Regiment (Doubleday, 2003)
* 32 A Hat Full of Sky (Doubleday, 2004)
* 33 Going Postal (Doubleday, 2004)
* 34 Thud! (Doubleday, 2005)
* 35 Wintersmith (Doubleday, 2006)
* 36 Making Money (Doubleday, 2007)
* 37 Unseen Academicals (2009)
* 38 I Shall Wear Midnight (2010)
* 39 Snuff (2011)
*40 Raising Steam (2014)

*41 The Shepherd's Crown (2015)

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Reading roundup + games

First, the books:

My reading list is here, complete with links to goodreads and all.

For various reasons I read less this year than in the last couple of years, which is a bit disappointing, but there've been worse years. Hopefully things will pick up again in 2016 or 2017.

Even worse, most of what I read this year were re-reads (mainly Discworld and Geralt-saga), which is why I'm not going to do the usual end of year meme I did for the past couple of years and will simply point out a few highlights (and lowlights) instead. (In general though, any book I re-read this year was great!)

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rain, hotspur, hornblower: rain

Random, part VI

Remember that I used to make these entries? I didn't until like a week ago! :D

In my defence, even when I still remembered this was going, I wasn't in a hurry to get to the chapter in which the actual sexual abuse starts. But now that tumblr has reminded me of this gem of a novel, I felt like giving this another shot.

For those who joined us since the last entry (so, since September 2014 basically, oops!) and are wondering what the hell this is, in this series of entries we look at the historical romance novel Ransom by Lee Rowan, which revealed itself to be rather shoddily researched p2p fanfic of the Hornblower (tv movies) fandom featuring purply prose, a love for woobie fanfic tropes scraped from the bottom of the sea biscuit barrel, and dialogue so corny that it wouldn't be too out of place in a porn movie.

Here's where you find the older entries:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Because it's been so long I have prepared a summary of everything that happened so far and then some:

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If you read the last part, you can probably tell that this part is going to be less fun than anything that came before.

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