nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (@ Gregory Peck ice cream)
These have been fun so far on other people's journals. :D

Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is most like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn't
my ship that never sailed
nenya_kanadka: Power Girl grinning happily (Power Girl grin)
One of those "which ones have you read" memes. Original list of 60 books from here.

Bold = read
italics = read another book by the same author
strikeout = didn't finish
* = own but haven't read

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
God Stalk by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
*The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
*The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

11 specific books, 23 Authors, 3 DNF (skimmed Handmaid's Tale in bookstore; DNF Cold Magic by Kate Elliott & Old Man's War (but finished Redshirts) & To Say Nothing of the Dog (but finished Bellwether))

Looking up authors who I didn't think I'd read, it seems like a lot of them are more on the fantasy side of the SFF pool, so I guess not so surprising that I haven't read them as I seem to splash happily over in the SF side. Also, when I find an author I love I seem to read everything I can get my hands on by them (Cherryh, the entire Vorkosigan series, quite a lot of Martha Wells), which of course shows up as just one author/book on this list. And apparently I'm most familiar with Vonda N. McIntyre and Kristine Kathryn Rusch as Star Trek tie-in novels & short stories!
nenya_kanadka: Delenn watches Lennier walk away (B5 Delenn/Lennier walking)
If you could have me write a fic specifically for you, what would it be like? Fandom, characters/pairing, genre, plot elements, kinks (if applicable)... what's your ideal fic from me?

This may or may not produce fic, but I am curious.
nenya_kanadka: Julian Bashir captioned "Stardate 50568.7: Still the prettiest" (ST Julian "still the prettiest")
Ask me for a letter and I'll give you one. Then you can fill out these questions on your own blog.

[personal profile] muccamukk gave me "C"

Something I hate: Cilantro. Apparently I'm one of the X% who has the gene that makes it taste funny? Mostly I substitute parsley in recipes, which seems to work.

Something I love: Comment culture. I love how a blogger's post can spark conversations among other people in the comments, and I also love when comments on fic turn into long chatty exchanges. I've made some great friends that way. (Plus, you know, even a single comment to say "I liked this because X and Y" makes my day.)

Also cheese, but I just found out I'm lactose intolerant, WOE.

Somewhere I've been: Canada. Well, clearly. I live here. :P But I did spend five years pining for it when I lived in the US, so I think it counts.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Central America. I've been all over a lot of the continental US and Canada, but never south of California (or east of Ontario, actually).

Someone I know: [personal profile] chomiji and [personal profile] credoimprobus. The first through our tiny Cherryh fandom (oh, another C! can I claim to know CJ Cherryh? she answered my Ragi-calligraphy fanmail once) and the second through [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu. Both excellent people. :D

A film I like: Cinderella, the one with Brandy and Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg and Victor Garber and Bernadette Peters. It was just so much fun. Also a favourite film I share with my mom.

A book I like: Cordelia's Honor. The Vorkosigan saga in general, but I do think the earlier books were better--or at least more to my taste.


Also, since every time I saw this on my flist I thought it was an exchanging-snail-mail meme: if you'd like a letter-letter from me at the lighthouse, PM me your address and I'll see what I can do with my latest stash of cute cards. :D
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
Your main fandom of the year? Doctor Who. Mostly Classic Who, really, since Twelve didn't come out until the fall and I've been ambivalent on him anyway. But the 50th anniversary special brought my love for the show roaring back, and I spent a lot of 2014 reading Eighth Doctor Adventures novels (I'm up to book 30 of 73!) and watching Third Doctor serials (very slowly), with occasional other things thrown in.

Your favorite film watched this year? The Sum of Us, with Russell Crowe as a young gay man in Australia in the 1990s. Sweet relationship with his dad and a happy gay ending! And The Rainbow, the coming-of-age story of a young bi woman in 1901 (there's a lot of gay in it for a movie starring the gorgeous young Paul McGann as the het love interest).

Your favorite book read this year?
Nonfiction: The Curiosity rover book and the Sally Ride book (my thoughts on same here).
Fiction: Ancillary Sword, tied with the Raksura books by Martha Wells and Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series.

Your favorite album or song to listen to this year? Mostly n/a because I'm deaf, but I loved [personal profile] purplefringe and [personal profile] such_heights's Doctor/Master vid set to Taylor Swift's "Blank Space". I don't really have an opinion on the song, but the vid is brilliant. I've watched it six or seven times at least.

Your favorite TV show of the year? I want to say Doctor Who, but I feel like I haven't been watching Doctor Who television that much. (Even the Three serials have been one episode at a time separated by weeks.) So probably either Murdoch Mysteries (steampunk cops!) or Neil deGrasse Tyson's Cosmos? So many tardigrade jokes!

Your best new fandom discovery of the year? Bunnicula! :D

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year? That I turned out to not totally love Twelve. I really liked that Clara got to be more of a person this year, and I loved several of the episodes, and was surprisingly into the new Master, but the show as a whole and Twelve himself haven't really clicked for me. It's not like I totally hated it. I just hoped to fall in love, and I didn't, largely because I didn't feel like I could emotionally connect with the Doctor. Ah, well. I loved the Christmas special at least.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year? Paul McGann. In many incarnations including the Eighth Doctor. Or possibly the Eighth Doctor and the Third Doctor making out with each other.

Your fandom girlfriend of the year? Jade from the Books of the Raksura. Strong and loyal and kind and sensuous and, well, blue... ;-)

Your biggest squee moment of the year? When [personal profile] settiai sent me and Mucca a pile of Doctor Who action figures, who have spent fall 2014 climbing all over our coffee table in various poses. (At the moment, Eight and Jack are making out while Three and Sarah Jane are stargazing and Delgado!Master and Jabe set up a picture of a lighthouse and Jamie from "The Doctor Dances" looks on, for the record. I still owe y'all pics.)

The most missed of your old fandoms? Babylon 5. <3 This was the fandom of my heart from some time in 2011 to late 2013, and I will never stop loving it (or its fandom) even though the fannish fires have been banked for now. <3 And on that note, [livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love is setting up a mini-rewatch over here--go vote on your favourite episodes!

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to? Legend of Korra. I loved AtLA, and have heard good things about Korra, including its ending.



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nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 ([fandom] Discworld great big fish)
Because I can...

Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon



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nenya_kanadka: text: "the new day is a great big fish" (Discworld great big fish)
Because I can...

Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
So apparently there is this game called 2048 where you match tiles with people's faces on them? And it used to be about numbers only now it's not?

There is a Doctor Who edition where you get the First, Second, Third, etc Doctors all in order. There is a Kathryn Janeway edition which proceeds more or less chronologically through Star Trek: Voyager.

And then, because anyone can make one, I made an Eighth Doctor edition. I must say it's very soothing to spend half an hour staring at little pictures of Paul McGann's face. Totally worth the couple of hours I spent picking out photos, too.

2048: Eighth Doctor Edition

:D



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nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 ([fandom] DW Eight Doctor Dark Eyes)
So apparently there is this game called 2048 where you match tiles with people's faces on them? And it used to be about numbers only now it's not?

There is a Doctor Who edition where you get the First, Second, Third, etc Doctors all in order. There is a Kathryn Janeway edition which proceeds more or less chronologically through Star Trek: Voyager.

And then, because anyone can make one, I made an Eighth Doctor edition. I must say it's very soothing to spend half an hour staring at little pictures of Paul McGann's face. Totally worth the couple of hours I spent picking out photos, too.

2048: Eighth Doctor Edition

:D
nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 ([emotion] inspiration)
(Week 2 having been pre-empted by Porn Battle, I shall do it next week instead.)

Week of February 16, 2014: [personal profile] seascribe: Russian? You learned Russian, didn't you? Tell us what you liked about it? Or didn't like? Or teach us to swear? Or all of the above?


I did study Russian! Study being the operative word--I wouldn't say I've actually learned the language, since I've forgotten huge swathes of what I once knew, and I only got basic grammar and simple vocabulary as it was.

But I did indeed study Russian, a couple of times in fact. herds of teal deer )





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nenya_kanadka: lightbulb moment (@ inspiration)
(Week 2 having been pre-empted by Porn Battle, I shall do it next week instead.)

Week of February 16, 2014: [personal profile] seascribe: Russian? You learned Russian, didn't you? Tell us what you liked about it? Or didn't like? Or teach us to swear? Or all of the above?


I did study Russian! Study being the operative word--I wouldn't say I've actually learned the language, since I've forgotten huge swathes of what I once knew, and I only got basic grammar and simple vocabulary as it was.

But I did indeed study Russian, a couple of times in fact. herds of teal deer )

nenya_kanadka: Gregory Peck eating an ice cream bar circa 1944 (Default)
Week of February 2, 2014: [personal profile] morgynleri -- What you look for in fiction - of all sorts - and what makes you avoid a story?


Spaceships! :D

The longer version of the answer is that a lot of things I like in fiction often show up in science-fiction or fantasy stories. I like adventures and mysteries and puzzles, both physical dashing about and psychological intrigue, and that happens a lot in stories where someone is time-travelling or space-travelling or meets aliens or lives in a world where magic is real. I love stuff that's set twenty minutes into the future, or on a planet where the narrator is themselves an alien, or something where two time-travellers are chasing each other across time and space and trying to keep reality from exploding around them. I like it when the common and everyday is mixed up with the unexpected.

I like speculative fiction for the cool new strange technology I get to imagine, or the power fantasies of being able to fly or see an alien star, but my favourite part is when the story makes you think about how people would live and make decisions in those environments. I want a lightsaber and a holodeck and a jetpack yes, but I'm even more interested in what it means to be a clone or how one lives with (or escapes from) a hive mind or what it would do to politics in the year 2607 when the extra-solar aliens decide to land on human-populated Mars instead of Earth. If your girlfriend has superpowers, if your mother is a telepath, if your day job involves giant robots or your best friend has tentacles, you're still going to have feelings and needs and hopes and disappointments and goals, and that's what makes the story for me.

I really like clever heroes who save the day without shooting anyone. I like heroes who are actually good friends or whom I think I would enjoy actually meeting. I like friendships and loyalty and hugging, and I like imperfect people doing their best by each other. I like women getting to do cool things without having to shut off their feelings; I like men who can be vulnerable. I like things that twist gender expectations without going all after-school special. I like shapeshifters and undercover work and people with multiple identities and conflicting responsibilities. And I really do like spaceships.

Things that put me off a story include being too depressing or being full of general dickishness, along with being all-male and/or full of aggressive heterosexuality. Such as... )

Shorter Nenya: Spaceships! Adventures! Feelings! Lesbians! In space. :D

#this may be why I'm into Classic Doctor Who at the moment
#except for the lesbians #those I have to get elsewhere



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