ella_menno: (ouch!harry)
Dear Fanfic Writers of the Intertubes:

TAUT: /tôt/Adjective
1. Stretched or pulled tight; not slack: "the fabric stays taut without adhesive".
2. (esp. of muscles or nerves) Tense; not relaxed.

TAUNT: /tônt/
Verb: Provoke or challenge (someone) with insulting remarks: "students began taunting her about her weight".
Noun: A remark made in order to anger, wound, or provoke someone.

Please notice that, though they differ by only one letter, these are two distinctly different words.

Thank you for your kind attention to this important matter.


ella_menno: (lure)

You know who would make the BEST best friends? DR. REID OLIVER and HAN SOLO, that's who.

The quippiness would reach epic levels.

Crazy shit like this is why nobody talks to me anymore, isn't it.
ella_menno: (Default)
Why yes, this idea did, in fact, come to me in the form of a synopsis from a tawdry novel or a Lifetime movie of the week. Deal with it.

Lex Luthor will never die.

He has worked for years to attain this goal. Secreted away in the fields of Kansas is the solution to his own personal immortality. Level 33.1 is a lab dedicated to human cloning. The world's finest scientific minds have worked tirelessly to create multiple Lex Luthors.

There is one problem. Though the clones are physically identical to Lex, after a time, each and every one of them deteriorates mentally and becomes unstable.

Brilliant as he is, the scope of this problem is beyond Lex's ability. There is only one person gifted enough to solve his problem – neurosurgeon Dr. Reid Oliver.

But Dr. Oliver refuses to take the job. At first, he refused to leave his successful practice in Dallas. After relocating to a backwards little town in Illinois, Dr. Oliver is even more adamant in his refusal to move. Though Oliver is slated to oversee the creation of a world-class neurology facility, Lex is sure that an even greater reason for Dr. Oliver's continued refusal is his blossoming relationship with one Luke Snyder.

Snyder cannot be eliminated, for he is the son of Damian Grimaldi, and even the Luthor influence has its limits.

The only option left to Lex is to make Oliver disappear from Oakdale, from Luke, even from Oliver's very life.

ETA: Continued here.
ella_menno: (highway ghost)
You know what I hate? I'll tell you.

I hate getting all excited about writing (ohmigod, I'm writing again, haven't done it in so long and it feels so good), being absolutely possessed with an idea - wallowing in it, making notes, jotting down sentences/words/phrases and feeling so, so, so good about the acct of creating...

...and then coming down off that high. I wish I wasn't such a feedback whore - if nobody's going to read it, I lose all motivation to write.

Why can't I write for *me*? Why am *I* not a good enough reason, to me, to finish? Why don't I let myself have this?

It's normal to want to share the things we create, I suppose. I'd have no problem sharing this, either, if anyone was interested in reading fanfic about fanfic. It's not bad to want to share, to enjoy the process of sharing - but it feels bad to *need* that external validation in order to get off my ass and finish.

ella_menno: (blue pen)
I haven't written anything, really, in more than a year -- probably closer to two.

In the past 2 or 3 days, I've been almost consumed by an idea (I can't call it a "plot bunny," for that's far too innocent a term). It's not original fic, and I'm not sure it counts as fanfic.

Is there a name for expanding on offscreen situations that happened in someone else's story? Because that's what keeps pouring out of my pen and fingers. It's bleak and dark and ugly and horrible and I love it.

I can't concentrate properly on anything else - I'm getting distracted from my RL - I have to carry a notebook everywhere in case another word or phrase or sentence comes to me - I have an annotated playlist for this thing.

It's almost certainly crap that will never see the light of day, but it feels so damn good to create.

It's wonderful.


Jul. 31st, 2009 08:23 am
ella_menno: (blue pen)
What are the five most heartbreaking things that have ever happened in your fandom(s)?

~ from [livejournal.com profile] fannish_5

In no particular order, and right off the top of my head:

1. The Sentinel: Blair. Fountain. "Don't you go!" *is broken*

2. Smallville: Lex's memories of how baby Julian really died - the end music ("My Immortal," by Evanescence), playing behind Clark's conversation w/Martha, was the killer for me.

3. Harry Potter (books): Fred's death in "DH." There were many moments in the series that made me cry, but that one hit me hardest emotionally. Odd, I know.

4. HP (movies): I have as many (if not more!) problems with the films as anyone, but Amos Diggory's reaction to Cedric's death always - always - brings me to tears. The wracking kind.

5. Supernatural: The closing moments of AHBL part one, and Dean's monologue to Sam at the beginning of part 2. Wrecks me, every time.

ETA: Ooh! Can't leave this out -

6. Revenge of the Sith: Everything after Anakin pledges fealty to Palpatine. I sobbed my way through the last, say, half-hour of that movie. It really did break my heart.

Lord. Now I feel all bummed out!
ella_menno: (orly?)
So I was flipping through the channels last night, and I think...I think I saw...

...Captain Kirk getting married to movie!Daniel Jackson? And then they both kissed Murphy Brown.

*blinks* I. It's. Possibly I'm missing something, here....
ella_menno: (calvin)
I am back from watching my sister graduate. As she said, she now has a piece of paper* which proves she is officially more edumacated than am I.

Apparently, I’m traveling to PA to watch the Stanley Cup on the 31st. Erm. That’s hockey, right?

So I missed some wank this weekend? I kind of want to know, but then again, maybe I’m better off staying uninformed.

You know, it’s not like it was tough to cross over SPN with Sandman before the finale, but now it seems all I can think about is different ways the universes could intersect. I would say that I want to write some of these, but that isn’t true: what I really want is to read them.
You don't have to stay anywhere forever. )
ella_menno: (scruffy sam)

lengthy and obscure! whee fun! )

Srsly - this kind of stuff fascinates me. This is one of those times I'm so in love with fandom, because I know there are plenty of other people out there who are going to take stuff like this, run with it, and we're all going to end up with some truly amazing fic.



Feb. 16th, 2008 08:09 am
ella_menno: (fangirls! hide! by inmypants)
It's official; this last episode has broken my brain - why else would I be heading out the door on my way to go hang with a bunch of fangirls I haven't officially met. (And my Katydoodle, of course.)

ella_menno: (ozma)
I came to the perhaps-shouldn't-have-been-quite-so-surprising realization today that my primary fandom is now "my kids and their school."

Who'da thunk it?

In related news, I need a happy!mom sort of icon.
ella_menno: (ronald mc evil)
1. Okay, so I understand why, when I Google "Jensen Ackles," I get "Jared Padalecki" listed as a related search. But why do I also get "Wentworth Miller"?

2. I have officially eaten pizza for three of my last four meals. Clearly, I fail at being an adult.

3. Is it wrong that my sole purpose for going shopping today is to procure frames in which to ensconce all my photos (INCLUDING THE SIGNED ONE) of Jensen and Jared from last weekend?

4. Maybe later on I'll post a list of all those Sandman-related ideas I was talking about yesterday. It's probably a good idea to have them all in one place.

5. Holy crap, I need to think about hauling that turkey (a/k/a "Birdzilla") out of the freezer pretty soon.

6. I'm feeling the itch to write something. Hmm. *thinky face* Perhaps post-bedtime.
ella_menno: (voldie vs. dumbledore from ootp)
I’m a little concerned about those select few persons who call themselves "shocked" that Dumbledore was gay all along.  This brings me great concern for the literacy and ability to read for content of the general public.  Let's go through some of the text:

Nothing like this man had ever been seen on Privet Drive.  He was tall, thin, and very old, judging by the silver of his hair and beard, which were both long enough to tuck into his belt.  He was wearing long robes, a purple cloak that swept the ground, and high-heeled, buckled boots.  His blue eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles and his nose was very long and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.  This man's name was Albus Dumbledore.

JKR introduces us to the character by telling us that "nothing like [him] had ever been seen on Privet Drive."  Privet Drive, as we all know, is a symbol of conventional (i.e. heterosexual) Muggle suburbia - a place to which we’re explicitly told that Albus Dumbledore is foreign.  It’s apparent that his magical ability is one of the reasons he is so alien to this landscape; however, it isn’t too much of a stretch to see that there may well be other reasons.

The next sentence tells us that the Headmaster's hair and beard are both exceptionally long.  As found on gay.com:  “In the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s1, when modern gay radicalism was born, long hair spoke of nonconformism, sensuality, and a challenge to rigid gender norms.”  Aha!  Another clue for those careful students of the text. 

Up next, we discover what the Professor wore on his outing – er, excuse me – his excursion to Privet Drive.  Certainly robes and cloaks are standard attire in the wizarding world, so there are no clues to the wearer’s sexual orientation there.  However – of all the many colors, what hue does our Headmaster choose?  That’s right:  purple – just like the famous gay icon Tinky Winky.  Not only is Dumbledore’s cloak purple, but it “sweeps the ground.”  An interesting word choice, is it not?  Exchange the “eeps” for “ishes,” and our esteemed Professor fairly prances atop the pavement.2

And what is on those prancing feet?  “High-heeled, buckled boots.”  Honestly, at this point, I have to wonder who among JKR’s readers was still under the impression that Dumbles was straight. 

The paragraph ends by telling us that Dumbledore’s nose appeared to have been “broken at least twice.”   We see other injuries in the text, most of which are mended in a trice by Madam Pomfrey or other medi-magical personnel.  Why would these injuries of Dumbledore’s still be noticeable?  Could they, perhaps, be the remnants of some homophobic Dark Wizard’s Hate Curse? 

Mind you, all this information comes from only one paragraph early on in the first book.  I’m sure that there are many other clues scattered throughout all seven books, readily available for anyone with a modicum of talent at reading comprehension.


1.  Though the quoted article almost certainly refers to the sixties and seventies which occurred in the 1900's, one would not be remiss in wondering how tolerant the 1860's and 70's were, given that Dumbledore's canonical age indicates he was running around Europe in that time period.

2.  For more semi-canonical insights on "swishing," please see Ralph Fiennes' performance as Voldemort in 2005's "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." click for visual aid )
ella_menno: (spark)
For a short, short, teeny wee ficlet; <700 words.

[whispering]Familiarity with ATWT, specifically the Luke/Noah/Maddie storyline, particularly helpful.[/whispering]

Comment or email (jenowago AT gmail DOT com).
ella_menno: (Default)
In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you right now that you are headed into a post littered with the rampant abuse of capital letters. Just so you know.

Okay then! Right to the point: I have found myself some new boys. (Not to say that I am in any way, shape, or form less enthusiastic about SPN, or Dean or Sam or Dean or Jensen or Dean or Jared or Dean (Jensen’s Dean, I mean, not Jared’s Dean. Although there is some pretty hot Dean/Jared - well, really, it’s Dean!Jensen/Jared, kind of a role-playing thing, and yeah. I digress.))

Anyway. I’ve been online more than usual this week, what with the kids being sick and the husband being gone, which led to me cruising around friendsfriends and stumbling across all sorts of stuff I normally wouldn’t.

I noticed several posts about this new storyline on As the World Turns (yes, the soap opera, DO NOT JUDGE ME) that was groundbreaking and hot and well-acted. I probably would’ve scrolled right past them, too, were it not for the wonderful, horrible crack dealers who embed video right into their LJ’s, making it well nigh impossible to keep from clicking on them!

Like this!

[Error: unknown template video]


The blond one is Luke and the dark-haired one is Noah (THERE WILL BE NO COMMENTS MADE ABOUT THAT NAME, AM I CLEAR, FLISTERS??) and they are ADORABLE and so SWEETLY SHY and HESITANT and NEWLY-IN-LOVE and UNSURE and if they were hitting any more of my kinks, I'm not sure I would SURVIVE.

SO. Now that you know of my secret shame, let me tell you EVEN MORE ABOUT IT.

The whole Nuke (get it? Noah/Luke? They have their own ABBREVIATION, so clearly it is LOVE) storyline - parts 1 through 92 - is up on YouTube - conveniently linked here - and I watched parts one through five on Tuesday night, and then last night I watched ALL THE REST OF THEM, which yes, for those of you doing the math, means that I stayed up until TWO THIRTY IN THE MORNING watching a SOAP OPERA (well, really, just certain clips from a soap.) (Because that makes it SO MUCH LESS LAME, do you like how I am JUSTIFYING my INSANITY?) and then once I was all caught up I went and found a Luke/Noah LJ community and not only did I immediately JOIN IT, I went back and read ALL OF THE FIC that's been posted on it.


I think I am officially BEYOND the point of help in this matter.

So, um, yis. This is my life right now: Supernatural, J2, and Nuke. I think I may be DYING a little bit inside, because do you know what this MEANS? I will TELL YOU: it means I am a STAY-AT-HOME MOTHER who is ADDICTED to a SOAP OPERA. (And, also, a show about incredibly hot demon-hunting brothers who are NOT gay for each other, though the actors who play them probably aren't not that it keeps me from reading RPS about them and thereby heading right for the SPECIAL HELL.)

I'm sure you're all SO VERY GLAD that I shared with you. If you'll excuse me, I have to go icon shopping now.


Two words: BEYOND HELP. So don't bother sending any.
ella_menno: (fangirls! hide! by inmypants)
Tell me about a story (fanfiction, I mean) you've always wanted to read but have never found.
ella_menno: (ouch harry)
I bring you this meme, nicked from [livejournal.com profile] musesfool.

The one who seduced you and fucked you over and broke your heart in a million pieces and laughed about it: Smallville

The old flame you don't see very often any more but whom you still really enjoy getting together with for a few drinks and maybe a pleasant nostalgic romp in the sheets: The Sentinel

The mysterious dark gothy one whom you used to sit up with talking until 3 a.m. at weird coffeehouses and with whom you were quite smitten until you realized he really was fucking crazy: Star Wars:TPM

The one you spent a whole weekend in bed with and who drank up all your liquor, and whom you'd still really like to fuck again although you're relieved he doesn't actually live in town: Oz

The steady: Supernatural

The alluring stranger whom you've flirted with at parties but have never gotten really serious with: SG-1

The one you hang out with and have vague fantasies about maybe having a thing with but ultimately you're just good buddies 'cause the friendship is there but the chemistry ain't: Buffy/Angel

The one your friends keep introducing you to and who seems like a hell of a cool guy except it's never really gone anywhere: Due South

The one who's slept with all your friends, and you keep looking at him and thinking, "Him? How the hell did he land all these cool babes?": SGA

The one your friend has fallen for like a ton of bricks and whom she keeps babbling to you about on the phone for hours, and you'd be happy for her except you just know it's going to end badly: Heroes


So. Everyone Wang Chung tonight?
ella_menno: (Default)
quote in subject line attributed to Alfred Adler

I'm in a mood (A Mood, if you know what I mean), and I don't feel like talking, but here I am, posting anyway.

Weird, eh?

Everyone's gradually settling into the routine of school - I'm including myself in that count. Still having ups and downs, all of us, but that's part and parcel of this gig called life, isn't it.

I read a story the other day. No surprises there, right? But it got me thinking about a few things.

It was Wincest, which I normally avoid like the plague don't read, but I made an exception because I really, really enjoy this author's work in other fandoms. This story was really good, too - good banter/dialogue, a couple of parts where I laughed, another couple where I got misty-eyed, and there were even a few OC's I grew quite fond of.

But. (You knew there had to be a 'but,' didn't you? *g*)

On slash, and sex, and Wincest, and The Point Of It All. )

Anyway. I'm getting tl;dr here (man, have I been waiting forever to use that abbreviation!), but my point is that I don't go for the happy!shiny!Wincest, and I don't understand why people take what could've been a fantastic gen story and shove sex scenes into it when they serve no purpose at all to the plot of the thing.


There's this story idea I've been rolling around in my head for a while now that I finally started putting on paper today. I'm kind of pleased with how it's going, which more than likely means it'll never see the light of day. *sigh*

It is nice to be writing again, though. It's one of those things I promised myself I'd do more of once the kids were in school. Yay for follow-through, I guess.
ella_menno: (smug club)

<---*points to icon*

ETA: Because not everyone knows what I'm talking about, this is from the comm userinfo:

The Deathly Hallows Prediction Contest

This is a slightly-different-than-usual contest for the purpose of predicting the developments in the finally installment of the HP series -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

My name what where I done good.

I remember taking this poll and deliberately not agonizing over what to pick - which is hugely OOC for me - and whaddya know? I guessed...wisely. [/wise old man in a cave voice]

People. I may be FAR too excited about this. Then again, my main source of excitement these days is being a part-time lunchlady, so there you go.



Sep. 5th, 2007 05:45 pm
ella_menno: (safety pin)
I am inordinately amused by this:

NerdTests.com User Test: The Trekkie Test.

More later.


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