rhia_starsong: (flyboy)
I know several others are plugging this already, but the backlot is holding another slash pairings tourney, and SGA is on there with McKay/Sheppard.  Now, even if you're not normally a McShep fan, please vote in this so we can make a good showing!  Last time, we almost beat out Dean/Castiel from Supernatural; not bad for a fandom that's been off the air for a while!  You can vote once an hour from each mobile device you have, so let's show all these new fandoms that we're not 'dead'!

Here's the link to the voting site: http://logo.to/18uL8Re.

rhia_starsong: (hf tenacious)
I'm sure most of you have probably already seen this, but afterelton.com is running a slash fandom tournament March Madness style. SGA-ers, McShep is down by about a thousand votes right now to some pairing I've never heard of. This post over at the McKay/Sheppard LJ comm has the details.  We survived the first elimination round, let's stay in this!

In other news, Mom and Dad are taking me out tonight for my birthday celebration since they'll probably be gone on my actual birthday.  They brought the cake back from the mountains last night and it's already half gone, guys.  I already got my present last month, so in a way it's kind of anti-climactic anyway.  But it's a good meal I don't have to clean up after, so I'm happy.

rhia_starsong: (john sheppard)
More GIMP stuff.
The original:
Enhanced:
Posterised:

I like to think I've gotten fairly decent at manipulating layers, masks, and colours.

In completely unrelated news, I (might) be working on SGA fic.  On non-cracky wing!fic.  It might even have aspirations of becoming a novel-sized work.  There are notes, so I consider that to be a good start.

inanity

Jan. 4th, 2010 10:07 am
rhia_starsong: (Default)
So, I've been mainlining SG fic, and I'm at that place where I (mostly) no longer resent SGA for what they did to Sam Carter, who was one of my original favourites from SG-1.  I mean, Amanda Tapping was totally my first girl-crush, with the pixie hair and the big eyes and the smarts.  Yes.  I was really pissed initially when they just got rid of her after a season on SGA and put Woolsey in charge for season five (even though I kind of like Woolsey a lot).  It seemed so unfair after all the work they put in to make her fit in.  But.  I think I'm over that (mostly), and I still have a ridiculous girl-crush on Amanda Tapping.  Though, I think she looks better with short hair than long.
rhia_starsong: (Sarah Jane)
Hello! Hope everyone had a nice Christmas/winter holiday/Friday yesterday, and is enjoying Boxing Day/Clearancemas/Day after Christmas. I'm pimping a new comm I made on lj--anonymous_4th.

It's a community for editors to anonymously post their edits/thoughts on amateur fiction (fanfic) they see online.  You know, the stuff you see and go, 'Wow, did that person even use a beta?  I could have helped a lot'.  The rules for posting are found in the user info for the comm. 

So, grammar nazis, post away!

x-posted to Dreamwidth & Livejournal

rhia_starsong: (Captain My Captain)
So, I've noticed that a lot of people are using Dreamwidth, and thought I'd give it a try.  I'm a little confused about signing up for an account, though; how does one obtain a code to create an account?  I really don't want to purchase an account; I already have a paid lj, guys.  Does anyone have the scoop on this? 

In other news, I just got back from a week and a half in Atlanta with the other set of parents, who are in the process of selling their house and moving to Alabama.  Visited step-mom's family in Birmingham, which was a lot of fun, since her niece is totally as big a geek/fangirl as I am.  We apparently were totally loud and conversation-monopolizing at dinner fangirling Torchwood, Doctor Who, Eureka, and other awesome fandoms.  Fun times.
rhia_starsong: (foon)
1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


Okay, I was given these by [livejournal.com profile] nentari: Here )
rhia_starsong: (sam nostalgia)
This is old news to just about anyone who on my flist who's known me since I started this journal, but strangely, I don't think it's ever been posted here.  To avoid spamming you all, I'll just put a cut here. )
x-posted to slash_n_stuff
rhia_starsong: (chasewtf)
Does anyone know if the Tragical History site moved, and if so, what its new address is?  I was trying for some new screencaps, only to find that it apparently doesn't exist anymore!
rhia_starsong: (Sarah Jane)
Okay.  I have to say this, really I do.  I love the fact that people write fiction and post it on the internet; it's amazing that our society has developed this thing that lets me read so much for free.  And so I realise I probably shouldn't then complain about people's spelling and grammar, but somehow I still feel like I have the right to demand that writers take a good look through Strunk & White or something.


~Homophones--these are really not that hard if someone will take three seconds to think before using their/they're/there, its/it's, and a few others each time.  Plus, be consistent.  So frustrating when authors use 'they're' properly once, then next instance use 'they'll' because they're not paying attention.

~Appositives--as a quick reminder to those who have understandably forgotten this bit of arcanery, an appositive is when you set something off with commas.  For instance, the sentence 'He looked out over the horizon and reached, one hand out in supplication, for absolution.' contains the appositive 'one hand out in supplication'.  I'm so tired of people not closing their appositives, creating comma splices.

~Missing out words--I know often when one types up a fic post, one is in a hurry, but seriously, this doesn't negate the need to read it carefully before clicking Post.  I see lots of entries that contain sentences missing entire words or even groups of words, and that not only makes the story more difficult to understand, it takes the reader out of the story while she has to figure out what those missing words are.

Similarly, I see he and she getting mixed up by accident, and it can be humourous, but mostly it's annoying.  Again, easily solved by checking post carefully or getting a careful beta/editor.

ETA: Ooh, I was just reminded how much this one bugs me: 'discrete/discretely' refers to a solid, concrete concept in literature or describes sets of numbers in maths. 'Discreet/discreetly', on the other hand (or foot), is what fic writers usually want, and means to perform an action in a covert or politely unnoticeable manner.

Anyway, I really just felt like I couldn't keep this in any longer; it's not meant in a mean spirit at all, and lord knows I respect the hell out of all the writers out there.  Just, please, make sure you take the time your awesome stories deserve and go over them a lot right before you click that post button!
rhia_starsong: (nine glee)
Okay, Muppet and I are so excited about this, I have to share. A couple of minutes ago, Muppet was innocently brushing her teeth when I turned around and told her, "Hey, guess what? [livejournal.com profile] livii recced you on [livejournal.com profile] calufrax!" She ran over, going, "Really?!" and we had to stare at the entry for a bit, then glorious rounds of hugging, squeeing, laughing, and toothbrush-dancing erupted.

If you haven't read her fic, go click on the link above ::points:: and check it out. Very cool.


And, to top that off, here's an object lesson in how reading fanfic helps us on our senior thesis papers:

So, I'm a history major, and my thesis is on the importance of Yeats' poetry, specifically "Easter 1916" to the Irish independence movement. I'm looking into the events that inspired the poem, the Easter Rebellion, or Easter Rising, of 1916. So, this morning I'm (re)reading a fic I had kind of forgotten about, that is partially set on Easter Day, 1916, in Dublin. The Doctor is telling Rose about Yeats, etc., and mentions that the poem was recited up and down the countryside. Now, of course, I know better than to take this at face value; I'll still have to do the research, but that gives me a solid direction, right? Yes.

It's a good day.
rhia_starsong: (Five/Master)
meme from [livejournal.com profile] nentari

Make a list of five of your favourite series (no peeking at the questions first), then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. House
2. Doctor Who
3. Torchwood
4. The West Wing
5. Numb3rs

Here are my answers )
rhia_starsong: (need sleep)
So I'm making note cards for a fifteen-page research paper on the Vatican response to the Vietnam War, and I realised after about four or five cards that they have lj tags.  No, seriously.  They're marked by comma-separated terms, just like we mark our posts.  It made me giggle, more than was necessary, really.

I'm at home right now, because I was stupid enough to schedule a doctor's appointment at eight tomorrow morning, and it's closer to get to it from my house than school (plus my idiot parents have the car and won't give it back).  Thus necessitating me getting up at the ass-crack of dawn.  So even though we have a new wireless router, it's no match for college LAN, and my distribution upgrade is agonisingly slow.  I'm considering telling the poor thing to just give it up and wait 'til I get back to campus. 

I need to spend my next 'break' from researching making a few more Doctor Who icons; I don't feel like I have enough options.  For all my other fandoms, I have bookoos (yes, that's a word, shut up spell check) of different icons, but I've been somewhat slow on this one, hampered in part by blurry screencaps, burninated episodes (curse you, beeb!), and impending finals.  Hopefully I'll be able to make a few over the next couple of weeks, since I'm staying at school after finals until graduation.

The past couple of days, the weather here decided it was January again.  At the end of April.  What the fuck is wrong with you, Nature?!  I WENT OUT IN FLIP FLOPS, AND IT WAS FORTY DEGREES.  Not on!  The good news is, it's supposed to be about seventy-five tomorrow.  Gotta love the south.
rhia_starsong: (Jamie)
So, that desktop meme that's all over our flists already.  Yeah.  Here's mine. )

I made this with bits of a Doctor Who fanart by mimi-na; it's Five and Ten.  I tend to change my background either quite frequently (and depending on my fandom mood) or leave it alone for weeks at a time.  Either way, I generally make all of them myself, or use screencaps.

::is ded::

Mar. 12th, 2007 05:12 pm
rhia_starsong: (Sam Seaborn)
okay, so this may be scary for a few of you, but the rest I imagine will be laughing as hard as I am.
http://justthefic.livejournal.com/2010.html

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