clarahow: (unbreakable!kimmy)
Wow. I've been gone for SO LONG. (Just from LJ, really...I would have been on hiatus from Tumblr but naturally that never seems to work out....)

This should be my official 'hello again' post, since there are multiple things on this site I'd planned for doing this year haha and I'm gonna do my best to keep up.

I've done a couple [ profile] fan_flashworks challenges recently, but that's it, I think. I haven't done any graphics in a loong time, just writing. There are indeed bigger time constraints with school, since with the Independent Living program I'm in, I'm basically in school full time.

(Speaking of which, I've officially switched into the Associate's program track for my Early Childhood Ed degree!)

The following is more for me than anyone else, but hey, jsyk.

Starting now, I'm gonna go through my LJ inbox. I have as of this moment (2:49pm) 2970 unread messages.

Posts that I have read/hope to read will be deleted from my inbox and go to my memories so I can go back to them later. This will include fics, icon posts, and friends' personal updates.

Challenge reminders will stay in my inbox, at least until I make note enough of them that I'm sure I'll remember to do the thing.

I'll make a list of comms that I need to check in with and/or keep up on challenges for.

I'll update this post as I go along.

[ profile] 1_million_words (update word count)

[ profile] 1sentence (peggysous claim, beta)

[ profile] 100_women

[ profile] dove_drabbles (april prompt: go anywhere but home)

[ profile] fan_flashworks (update badge progress | challenge #151: wish)

[ profile] femslashbb (april challenge: fake relationships)

[ profile] flarrow_stills (challenge #45: catco (due 4.17))

[ profile] historamedy365

(inevitable | funny | superhero | devious | loyal | trio | text only | beautiful | crack ship | tears | endless cycle | secret | past | rainbow | dance | rich)

[ profile] wipbigbang

also Saturday (+Sunday) to-dos:

-sign up for [ profile] wipbigbang
-post whitney poetry to ao3

-continue sorting through clarascarters Tumblr likes
-continue reading WW book

-play mpq (daily deadpool | current mission)
-finish reading psych chapter nine
-make sure next week's schedule is correct
-reply to ao3 comments
-pick icon for cupcakeclara
-check email (mc | au | goucher | name)
-add MC to LJ profile
-officially ECE on facebook?

this coming week

-look through books for read-aloud ones (1+ english | 1+ spanish)
-pick article for review project

Sunday: battle couple Sunday

-beta for sga fic


-fics read 2016 list
-books read 2016 list
-read 'talking to kids about sex' book

-tw polyamory week (was march)

-take your fandom to work day (submission ends 6.1)

-lydia rarepair week (4.17-4.23)
clarahow: (clara!pattern)
for the [ profile] gameofcards challenge #10: trick or treat

10. take photos of 5 things you love today and post them
for [ profile] ranereins

5 things I'm loving at this moment, because I have a lot of love to go around and love a lot of things.

5. Marvel Puzzle Quest...I'm probably legitimately addicted to this silly matchy superhero game, oops?

4. The supremely awesome Fantom Comics shop in Dupont Circle, the dispensary for most of my "disposable" "income".

3. My wonderful nutritionist, Allison.

2. My best friend, Zoe.

1. Blindspot, my new fave tv show. This is the sister of one of the main characters cockblocking him with the other main character at the beginning of the most recent episode.
clarahow: (pagingkarenpage)
i haven't managed to get to sleep yet

there are literally birds chirping already

i still have hw for class today

and writing i'd planned to do

and grocery shopping i desperately need to do

and i'm exhausted and hungry

and i am so fucked right now
clarahow: (sunglassesalison)


clarahow: (unbreakable!kimmy)
+Ships are listed by main fandom.
+The entire list is alphabetized.
+Any Real Person pairings are classed with the fandom being RPF, and under R.
+Any incest pairings are not listed separately from other pairings.
+Crossover pairings & NOTPs are at the bottom.
+Faves are italicized; OTP(3,4,etc)s are bolded.
+Fair warning: this list is long and is a running list. I've probably missed a bunch.
+If you want me to write or do a graphic for a specific ship or want to make me a thing with a specific ship that isn't here, you can always ask.
Chances are (assuming I know the fandom/characters): if it is a femslash ship, the reply will be yes; if it is an unlisted slash ship, the chance is lessened, and more so for unlisted het ships. I try, however, to be open to anything that is not listed as a NOTP - and the NOTPs are for romantic and sexual relationships, not for gen works with the characters as friends, which, if I know the fandom, I can do.

last updated 11.16.15

The 100
Abby Griffin/Raven Reyes
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin/Raven Reyes
Clarke Griffin/Lexa
Clarke Griffin/Octavia Blake
Clarke Griffin/Raven Reyes
Octavia Blake/Raven Reyes

Agent Carter (TV)
Angie Martinelli/Dottie Underwood
Angie Martinelli/Dottie Underwood/Peggy Carter
Angie Martinelli/Jack Thompson
Angie Martinelli/Peggy Carter
Angie Martinelli/Daniel Sousa/Peggy Carter
Anna Jarvis/Edwin Jarvis
Daniel Sousa/Peggy Carter
Dottie Underwood/Howard Stark
Dottie Underwood/Peggy Carter

Agents of SHIELD (TV)
Andrew Garner/Melinda May/Phil Coulson
Antoine Triplett/Daisy "Skye" Johnson
Bobbi Morse/Jemma Simmons
Bobbi Morse/Lance Hunter
Grant Ward/Daisy "Skye" Johnson
Jemma Simmons/Leo Fitz
Jemma Simmons/Leo Fitz/Daisy "Skye" Johnson
Jemma Simmons/Daisy "Skye" Johnson
Melinda May/Phil Coulson

Ant-Man (film)
Hope van Dyne/Scott Lang

Arrow (TV)
John Diggle/Lyla Diggle
John Diggle/Oliver Queen
Felicity Smoak/Laurel Lance
Felicity Smoak/Oliver Queen
Felicity Smoak/Sara Lance
Felicity Smoak/Thea Queen
Laurel Lance/Nyssa al Ghul
Laurel Lance/Sara Lance
Laurel Lance/Thea Queen
Nyssa al Ghul/Sara Lance

Arrow & The Flash (TV)
Felicity Smoak/Caitlin Snow
Felicity Smoak/Iris West
Laurel Lance/Caitlin Snow
Laurel Lance/Iris West
Nyssa al Ghul/Linda Park

Bad Blood Music Video (Taylor Swift)

Bible (Biblical Scripture as Mythology)

Blindspot (TV)
Kurt Weller/Patterson/Reade/Tasha Zapata/Taylor Shaw (ot5)
Kurt Weller/Taylor Shaw
Patterson/Tasha Zapata
Patterson/Tasha Zapata/Taylor Shaw
Patterson/Taylor Shaw

Angela Montenegro/Cam Saroyan
Angela Montenegro/Jack Hodgins
Angela Montenegro/Temperance Brennan
Arastoo Vaziri/Cam Saroyan
Cam Saroyan/Temperance Brennan
Daisy Wick/Lance Sweets
Seeley Booth/Temperance Brennan

The Borgias
Cesare Borgia/Lucrezia Borgia

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (+ Verse)
Angel/Buffy Summers
Buffy Summers/Cordelia Chase
Buffy Summers/Faith Lehane
Kennedy/Willow Rosenberg
Tara Maclay/Willow Rosenberg

Brooklyn Nine Nine
Amy Santiago/Gina Linetti/Rosa Diaz
Amy Santiago/Jake Peralta
Amy Santiago/Rosa Diaz


Carmilla Series
Carmilla Karnstein/Danny Lawrence
Carmilla Karnstein/Danny Lawrence/Laura Hollis
Carmilla Karnstein/Laura Hollis
Danny Lawrence/Laura Hollis
LaFontaine/Lola Perry

Castle (TV)
Alexis Castle/Kate Beckett/Lanie Parish
Javier Esposito/Kevin Ryan
Javier Esposito/Lanie Parish
Jenny O'Malley/Kevin Ryan
Kate Beckett/Lanie Parish
Kate Beckett/Richard Castle


Daredevil (TV)
Brett Mahoney/Foggy Nelson
Brett Mahoney/Foggy Nelson/Matt Murdock
Claire Temple/Karen Page
Claire Temple/Matt Murdock
Foggy Nelson/Matt Murdock
Karen Page/Foggy Nelson/Matt Murdock
Karen Page/Matt Murdock
Vanessa Marianna/Wilson Fisk

DCU (all or almost all universes/incarnations)
Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent
Clark Kent/Lois Lane

Defiance (TV)
Alak Tarr/Christie McCawley
Amanda Rosewater/Berlin Rainier
Amanda Rosewater/Joshua Nolan
Amanda Rosewater/Stahma Tarr
Kenya Rosewater/Stahma Tarr

Doctor Who (TV)
All Doctors/TARDIS
9th Doctor/Jack Harkness
9th Doctor/Jack Harkness/Rose Tyler
9th Doctor/Rose Tyler
10th Doctor/Clara Oswald
10th Doctor/Rose Tyler
11th Doctor/Clara Oswald
11th Doctor/River Song
12th Doctor/Clara Oswald
Amy Pond/Amy Pond
Amy Pond/Clara Oswald
Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Clara Oswald/Clara Oswald
Clara Oswald/Danny Pink
Clara Oswald/Rose Tyler
Jenny Flint/Madame Vastra
Kate Lethbridge-Stewart/Osgood
Martha Jones/Mickey Smith
Martha Jones/Rose Tyler
Martha Jones/TARDIS


Elementary (TV)
Jamie Moriarty/Joan Watson
Jamie Moriarty/Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Jamie Moriarty/Joan Watson/Marcus Bell/Sherlock Holmes
Jamie Moriarty/Sherlock Holmes
Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Joan Watson/Marcus Bell/Sherlock Holmes
Marcus Bell/Sherlock Holmes

Eureka (TV)
Alison Blake/Jack Carter
Allison Blake/Jack Carter/Nathan Stark
Allison Blake/Jo Lupo
Douglas Fargo/Nathan Stark
Holly Marten/Jo Lupo
Jack Carter/Nathan Stark


The Flash (TV)
Barry Allen/Iris West
Caitlin Snow/Iris West
Iris West/Linda Park

Frozen (Disney)
Anna of Arendelle/Elsa of Arendelle
Anna of Arendelle/Kristoff Bjorgman


Game of Thrones (& Related)
Arianne Martell/Myrcella Baratheon
Arya Stark/Gendry Waters
Arya Stark/Shireen Baratheon
Brienne of Tarth/Catelyn Stark
Brienne of Tarth/Jaime Lannister
Catelyn Stark/Cersei Lannister
Catelyn Stark/Ned Stark
Cersei Lannister/Jaime Lannister
Cersei Lannister/Melisandre of Asshai
Daenerys Targaryen/Margaery Tyrell
Elia Martell/Lyanna Stark
Jeyne Westerling/Sansa Stark
Joanna Lannister/Tywin Lannister
Jon Snow/Sansa Stark
Jon Snow/Ygritte
Lyanna Stark/Rhaegar Targaryen
Lyanna Stark/Rhaegar Targaryen/Robert Baratheon
Lyanna Stark/Robert Baratheon
Margaery Tyrell/Sansa Stark
Melisandre of Asshai/Selyse Florent
Melisandre of Asshai/Stannis Baratheon
Robb Stark/Sansa Stark
Robb Stark/Theon Greyjoy
Sandor Clegane/Sansa Stark

Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel
Brittany Pierce/Santana Lopez
Quinn Fabray/Rachel Berry

Gossip Girl (books + TV)
Blair Waldorf/Chuck Bass
Blair Waldorf/Jenny Humphrey
Blair Waldorf/Serena van der Woodsen
Chuck Bass/Nate Archibald


Harry Potter
Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald
Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy
Alicia Spinnet/Angelina Johnson/Katie Bell
Andromeda Black/Bellatrix Lestrange/Narcissa Malfoy
Andromeda Black/Narcissa Malfoy
Andromeda Black/Ted Tonks
Arthur Weasley/Molly Weasley
Bellatrix Lestrange/Hermione Granger
Bellatrix Lestrange/Narcissa Malfoy
Bellatrix Lestrange/Pansy Parkinson
Bill Weasley/Fleur Delacour
Blaise Zabini/Draco Malfoy
Blaise Zabini/Ginny Weasley
Blaise Zabini/Theo Nott
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger
Draco Malfoy/Luna Lovegood
Draco Malfoy/Ron Weasley
Fred Weasley/Oliver Wood
Ginny Weasley/Harry Potter
Ginny Weasley/Hermione Granger
Ginny Weasley/Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood
Ginny Weasley/Luna Lovegood
Ginny Weasley/Pansy Parkinson
Hannah Abbott/Neville Longbottom
Hermione Granger/Fleur Delacour
Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood
Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley
James Potter/Lily Evans
Lavender Brown/Padma Patil
Lavender Brown/Padma Patil/Parvati Patil
Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil
Lily Evans/Molly Weasley
Lily Evans/Narcissa Malfoy
Lucius Malfoy/Narcissa Malfoy
Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin
Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin/Sirius Black
Remus Lupin/Sirius Black
Rose Weasley/Scorpius Malfoy
Teddy Lupin/Victoire Weasley

The Hunger Games (film)
Annie Cresta/Finnick Odair
Effie Trinket/Haymitch Abernathy
Effie Trinket/Johanna Mason
Gale Hawthorne/Peeta Mellark
Katniss Everdeen/Johanna Mason
Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark



Jessica Jones (TV)
Claire Temple/Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones/Luke Cage
Jessica Jones/Trish Walker


Kingsman: The Secret Service (film)
Amelia/Roxy Morton
Eggsy Unwin/Harry Hart
Eggsy Unwin/Harry Hart/Merlin
Eggsy Unwin/Roxy Morton/Princess Tilde
Eggsy Unwin/Princess Tilde
Gazelle/Richmond Valentine
Gazelle/Roxy Morton
Merlin/Roxy Morton
Roxy Morton/Princess Tilde


Les Miserables
Cosette Fauchelevent/Eponine Thenardier
Cosette Fauchelevent/Marius Pontmercy
Cosette Fauchelevent/Eponine Thenardier/Marius Pontmercy

Leverage (TV)


Marvel (prim. comics)
Gwen Stacy/Mary Jane Watson
Felicia Hardy/Gwen Stacy/Mary Jane Watson
Mary Jane Watson/Peter Parker
Natasha Romanoff/Yelena Belova

Marvel Cinematic Universe (prim. films)
Bucky Barnes/Natasha Romanoff
Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers
Clint Barton/Laura Barton
Clint Barton/Laura Barton/Natasha Romanoff
Clint Barton/Natasha Romanoff
Darcy Lewis/Jane Foster
Darcy Lewis/Jane Foster/Thor Odinson
Jane Foster/Pepper Potts
Jane Foster/Thor Odinson
Jane Foster/Lady Sif
Loki Laufeyson/Thor Odinson
Maria Hill/Pepper Potts
Maria Hill/Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanoff
Maria Hill/Natasha Romanoff
Maria Hill/Sharon Carter
Maria Hill/Lady Sif
Natasha Romanoff/Peggy Carter
Natasha Romanoff/Wanda Maximoff
Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers
Pepper Potts/Natasha Romanoff
Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Pietro Maximoff/Wanda Maximoff
Sam Wilson/Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark


Abby Sciuto/Ellie Bishop
Abby Sciuto/Delilah Fielding/Ellie Bishop
Abby Sciuto/Delilah Fielding/Ellie Bishop/Ziva David
Abby Sciuto/Kate Todd
Abby Sciuto/Tim McGee
Abby Sciuto/Ziva David
Breena Palmer/Jimmy Palmer
Delilah Fielding/Ellie Bishop
Delilah Fielding/Tim McGee
Delilah Fielding/Ziva David
Jackie Vance/Leon Vance
Jenny Shepard/Jethro Gibbs
Jenny Shepard/Ziva David
Jethro Gibbs/Shannon Gibbs
Tony DiNozzo/Ziva David

Eric Beale/Nell Jones
Kensi Blye/Marty Deeks
Kensi Blye/Nell Jones

Nikita (TV)
Alexandra Udinov/Michael Bishop/Nikita Mears
Alexandra Udinov/Nikita Mears
Alexandra Udinov/Sean Pierce
Michael Bishop/Nikita Mears


Once Upon a Time
Emma Swan/Killian Jones
Emma Swan/Regina Mills
Emma Swan/Ruby

Orange is the New Black (TV)
Alex Vauseman/Piper Chapman
Lorna Morello/Nicky Nichols
Maritza Ramos/Marisol "Flaca" Gonzales
Piper Chapman/Suzanne Warren

Orphan Black
Alison Hendrix/Helena Manning
Alison Hendrix/Beth Childs
Alison Hendrix/Donnie Hendrix
Alison Hendrix/Sarah Manning
Art Bell/Beth Childs
Art Bell/Sarah Manning
Beth Childs/Sarah Manning
Cal Morrison/Sarah Manning
Cosima Niehaus/Delphine Cormier
Cosima Niehaus/Delphine Cormier/Shay Davydov
Cosima Niehaus/Sarah Manning
Cosima Niehaus/Shay Davydov
Felix Dawkins/Scott Smith
Gracie Johanssen/Mark Rollins
Helena Manning/Sarah Manning
Paul Dierden/Sarah Manning


Parks and Recreation
Andy Dwyer/April Ludgate
Ann Perkins/Leslie Knope
Ann Perkins/April Ludgate
Ann Perkins/April Ludgate/Donna Meagle
Ben Wyatt/Leslie Knope

Pretty Little Liars (TV)
Alison DiLaurentis/Aria Montgomery/Emily Fields/Hanna Marin/Spencer Hastings
Alison DiLaurentis/Emily Fields
Aria Montgomery/Ezra Fitz
Aria Montgomery/Spencer Hastings
Emily Fields/Maya St. Germain
Emily Fields/Paige McCullers
Hanna Marin/Caleb Rivers
Hanna Marin/Mona Vanderwaal
Spencer Hastings/Toby Cavanaugh


Quantico (TV)
Alex Parrish/Shelby Wyatt


Real Person Fiction
Beyonce Knowles/Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter
Beyonce Knowles/Nicki Minaj
Karlie Kloss/Taylor Swift


Smallville (TV)
Clark Kent/Lois Lane

South of Nowhere
Ashley Davies/Spencer Carlin

Star Trek
Carol Marcus/Nyota Uhura
James T Kirk/Spock
James T Kirk/Leonard McCoy/Spock

Star Wars
Anakin Skywalker/Padme Amidala
Han Solo/Leia Organa

Supergirl CBS
Alex Danvers/Kara Danvers
Alex Danvers/Lucy Lane
Cat Grant/Kara Danvers
James Olsen/Kara Danvers
James Olsen/Kara Danvers/Lucy Lane
Kara Danvers/Lucy Lane

Anna Milton/Charlie Bradbury
Anna Milton/Jo Harvelle
Anna Milton/Ruby
Anna Milton/Castiel/Dean Winchester
Bobby Singer/Ellen Harvelle
Castiel/Dean Winchester
Charlie Bradbury/Dorothy Baum
Charlie Bradbury/Jo Harvelle
Charlie Bradbury/Ruby
Dean Winchester/Lisa Braeden
Donna Hanscum/Jody Mills
Jessica Moore/Sam Winchester
Jo Harvelle/Ruby
Ruby/Sam Winchester


Teen Wolf
Allison Argent/Lydia Martin
Allison Argent/Erica Reyes/Lydia Martin
Allison Argent/Scott McCall
Derek Hale/Braeden/Stiles Stilinski
Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Kira Yukimura/Malia Tate
Lydia Martin/Stiles Stilinski
Lydia Martin/Malia Tate/Stiles Stilinski
Scott McCall/Stiles Stilinski

Gwen Cooper/Martha Jones
Ianto Jones/Jack Harkness



The Vampire Diaries (TV)
Bonnie Bennett/Caroline Forbes/Elena Gilbert
Damon Salvatore/Elena Gilbert
Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce



The X Files
Dana Scully/Fox Mulder




Crossover Pairings

Marvel Universe(s)

Daisy "Skye" Johnson/Natasha Romanoff
Hope van Dyne/Pepper Potts

Cross-Fandom Crossover

Carmilla Series + Agent Carter/Marvel/MCU
Carmilla Karnstein/Peggy Carter

Marvel Comics + Teen Wolf
Allison Argent/Kate Bishop



Agent Carter (TV)
Ana Jarvis/anyone but Edwin Jarvis (+ vice versa)
Daniel Sousa/anyone but Peggy Carter (excepting 3some or 4some w/ Angie and/or Jack)
Howard Stark/Peggy Carter
Jack Thompson/Peggy Carter

Agents of SHIELD (TV)
Daisy "Skye" Johnson/Phil Coulson

Game of Thrones (+ ASOIAF)
Petyr Baelish/Catelyn Stark
Petyr Baelish/Sansa Stark

Harry Potter
Albus Dumbledore/Minerva McGonagall
Draco Malfoy/Ginny Weasley
Draco Malfoy/Lucius Malfoy
Draco Malfoy/Severus Snape
Harry Potter/Hermione Granger
Harry Potter/Severus Snape
Hermione Granger/Severus Snape
Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape

Jessica Jones (TV)
Jessica Jones/Kilgrave
Trish Walker/Will Simpson

Marvel (esp. MCU)
Clint Barton/Phil Coulson
Jane Foster/Loki Laufeyson
Sharon Carter/Steve Rogers

Castiel/Sam Winchester
Dean Winchester/Jo Harvelle
Dean Winchester/Sam Winchester
John Winchester/anyone but Mary Winchester

clarahow: (leaningbny!marg)
clarahow: (leaningbny!marg)
Noah's ark is literally happening in NW DC the rain is pouring so heavy and it's flooding and I'm in the metro station with literally like fifty other people and it's thundering and lightning-ing and it's frightening and I'm soaked and I can barely see and just this is really bloody terrible I don't wike this

Note: apparently the livejournal app doesn't support replying to people's comments. [ profile] badly_knitted my comment on this was for you.

Side note: this app is just generally terrible.

Second edit: it supports that, I just figured it out. But I'm gonna wait a while - my dad has texted me and said he feels safe enough driving that he'll come pick me up so I'm going to be saved woo fricking hoo
clarahow: (leaningbny!marg)
Originally posted by [ profile] echolocated at post
[ doing penance for Sunday's poor decisions. ]
clarahow: (leaningbny!marg)
[writerverse june bingo of doom: horrors of the night - yeah, thats right, imma use it for a comm look at little awake at five me being resourceful and shit]

fucking hell, sweet sleep
why do you elude me so?
please fucking stop it.
clarahow: (fuckyeahjoy)
Business as usual, I typed way too much in a comment box where I was answering questions. SO, it's here. I am leaving some of it in a comment on the [ profile] 1_million_words post, but this (under the vid + gif) is the full thing that I typed up, verbatim and only slightly edited because I have other things to write and don't feel like stressing myself out about an intro post esp bc almost nowhere on my main blog aka my tumblr do I gaf.

Note: I'm not technically listening to music, I'm playing my Marvel fanvideo playlist on YouTube and this amazeballs video is in the background rn.

*insert fun bones gif because I feel like it*


What is your favorite fandom(s)?
Oh, Lord, I don't know. Um, currently, maybe Agent Carter? There are sooo many.
I'll give honorable mentions to TAYLOR SWIFT, Carmilla, Doctor Who, Agents of SHIELD, Marvel as a whole, NCIS, Orphan Black, Bones, Harry Potter, Supernatural, and ASOIAF...and others. I'm shit at tagging and don't even have a page for it yet but if you want to get an idea you can follow any of the links to my blog around this place.

Who are your favorite characters?
In Agent Carter? Peggy, Daniel, and Angie. And Jarvis. And Rose. And Dottie. And Jack. And I'm gonna stop now.

How did you find out about 1_million_words?
I...don't remember. I feel like it was when I found the [ profile] landcommaddicts comm and there was a post for it but that may not be true.

What is the significance of your penname (if any)? How did you come up with it?
LJ username (clarahow): Clara Oswald who is my twin and my baby. When Clara was first introduced (and actually I still use it) I tagged her as 'clara who' because we didn't really know who she was or where she was from and there were multiple names for her and i wanted not to confuse myself by trying to tag with one or more of them. But now, we're still twins, but we as a fandom have a better idea of who she is. But how she is who she is? Less so. Also it's just me being existential and shit.

ao3 username (charleybradburies): This was my tumblr url for ages. One of my absolute fave characters from Supernatural is Charlie Bradbury; and when I made a tumblr, because one of my middle names is Charlotte, I started going by Charley online - because I didn't want to give my 'real' name and because I wanted to be clever. I really do like the username though.

tumblr url (agentroxylancelots): Because I'm in love with and rather like the amazing Kingsman Agent Roxy aka Lancelot. That's p much self explanatory.

actual name (E.J.): Gonna tell y'all something I don't tell that many people cause this comm is special and awesome. These are the initials of my first and primary middle names; they stand for Elisabeth Joy, in short because my parents are sentimental dorks. However, virtually no one ever gets my first name right, so I've basically had a two-decade-long identity crisis about it. It's been the cause of low self-esteem (cause if you care about someone, you should care enough to spell their name right, right?) and other unsavory shit. So, as an (almost) adult (I chose it a couple years ago) I decided that I wasn't even gonna bother. Also, I'm nonbinary, and Elisabeth is like really feminine. AND even though the name Joy is feminine too I find it a really important trait and want to emulate that and keep it close to me, so having it in my name reminds me of that.

Do you write, make graphics, or both?
I write. I write like hell. I've made a couple graphic things, though, even though I don't find them particularly good. And for a while in high school I was really into making Harry Potter fanvideos. But mostly, write. All the time, anywhere, etc. I've been more into fanfiction in recent years, but prose, meta analysis, original fiction, and lots of poetry have also flowed from me at various intervals.

What, generally speaking, do you do in your real life?
Write. Like, really. But I'm an elementary education major in progress. Currently (well, in like a week) I'm taking an anthropology class at American University.

What phrase do you use the most? (In real life or in your works.)
There are probably a bunch that I use a lot, but for some reason I feel like informing you guys that I pray a lot. Like, a lot. As in, before every meal and every time I hear a siren kind of thing. I'm also just very openly loving. Anyway, the point is I say "God bless you" or some variation thereof like all the time.

What is your favorite book?
What kind of at the moment, maybe Marvel's Civil War novel.

What would you name your autobiography?
#sorrynotsorry. just like my blog title. because it describes my life quite accurately. or something along those lines.

Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
Take the picture!

If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. because reasons.

What's your favorite quote/saying?
My goodness, so many. Hmm. I nominate Taylor Swift as the primary speaker of those quotes BUT since I talked about my name earlier in this post, I'll give you Det. Kate Beckett's amazing: "even on the worst days, there's a possibility for joy."
Which yes, is the scene and quote in the icon I used for this comment.

What is your least favorite word?
Excuse you, I love all words!!! Maybe like, meninist or dub-con, or something along those lines.

What's the strangest talent you have?
Messin' shit up on the daily, probably.

What is your favorite midnight snack?
Nutella toast.

What color is your aura?
PURPLE. Like a nice light purple. Purple like this purple:

This is my tumblr icon, which a lovely friend made for me. I told him the shade, which was the same shade as my blog at the time, but I don't actually remember the hex code anymore.

What is your pet peeve(s)?
Hmm. I have a bunch...a major one is people crossing the street irresponsibly.
(Like, I was raised to wait for eye contact and a confirmation of right of way from a driver and/or the walk signs. And I still do that. There are streets I cross multiple days a week that have really long light cycles and I still stand and wait for the light to come on. And so many people will just rush - or meander - across when the 'don't walk' sign is still up and I just, no. You are an adult. I get that acting like one can be hard, but this is a simple thing that can literally save your life. And when they're guiding kids across? They're teaching those kids not to give a damn about their own safety and the safety of others. So not cool by me.)

What is always guaranteed to put a smile on your face?
Small children, 500%. Unless they're like, really sad. But even then. I wave at / make eyes at / talk to every single small children I see (occupational hazard, lmao) and it makes me a little happier when they notice me and then if they get even a little happier I'm a beam of sunshine again.

*insert another fun bones gif also because I feel like it and additionally because I need to properly end this entry rather than just leaving it at that*


*thanks for reading if you have!*
*God bless + xoxo*
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-know what building my class (anth 110: D01 : Kannan Nambiar) is in
-figure out how & practice getting there & calculate travel time
-purchase books
-figure out what bag/backpack i have that reasonably holds TEXTBOOKS along with other things
-list of what I need to bring w/ me always
-get au id
-make travel & study playlists of chill songs
-put au email on phone & ipad
-list of au-offered resources
-master schedule
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No one reads this probably but IDC rn.
No updates on LJ or ao3 this (past) calendar day, sorry. Had a really busy day.

Some was good, some was bad.

On one hand, I well and truly hate the DC Metro system. Like...bitches gots to gets places. or some other thing that Piper Chapman would angrily and semi-ironically yelp. I was nearly an hour late for the first coffee date I was having with my (step)aunt. Like, really? No coolio. AND I HAD TO TAKE A CAB. It was actually a nice experience, definitely better than public transport, but it cost more, and it was so frustrating and anxiety-provoking to have to get off the freaking metro train and then wait for a bus and then be like 'nope, gonna force myself to have some actual social interaction with an individual rn' like that's not my thing. I hadn't even had coffee yet, dammit.

The coffee 'date' was nice, though. She got a little aunt-y on me but that's to be expected. Much better than hearing the kind of stuff she was saying from like, my dad.

Speaking of whom, he's away for the weekend. (With my stepmum, obvs.) It's interesting, the three of us young "adults" at home alone. We haven't spent much time in the house together in the like six years our parents have been married so...different. Not bad different. Also Chinese food was ordered tonight and it wasn't terrible. Not that I thought it would be, but yeah.

So...shitton of other things.

But I have something to wake up for, so I'm going to go a) eat a bit of ice cream, b) take my medication, c) set my alarm, and d) go the hell to bed.
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response to this comment - this got too long and I A) don't feel like shortening it and B) want this on my journal. So here we are, [ profile] tattooedsappho. welcome to...whatever the hell this is.

I am really hesitant to write fandoms I don't know or characters I don't feel comfortable with. I'll write pretty much any ship but I need to feel like I am at least comfortable with the characters before I do so. (Example: I will write not write Lucius as a main character in a fic b/c I don't feel like I have a good grasp on writing his character but I'll write Bellatrix with any of the other characters I feel comfortable writing even if I didn't ship that particular pairing.)

So, I have a question - how do you write when you're pushing to new fandoms/styles? Do you watch/read the original or just see how the fandom treats the characters or what? ::sits all wide eyed and waits for answer::

One of the things I'm really good at is empathy, so I'm very able to connect with characters and get a feel for them, for what seems in character for them, that sort of thing, pretty easily. I have a tendency, though, to be very self-critical, so while I'm empathetic and creative, I put a lot of importance on how other people might see things.

I'm very lax with my blog in these terms now, but I used to not even like things from shows or movies I hadn't yet seen, just bookmark the pages (then I got to saving everything but personal posts and harry potter to my drafts, because I was convinced I didn't 'know enough'. I still have hundreds of thousands of drafts on my Tumblr. It got bad and stayed bad).

But, as it's naturally recommended writers do, I think. A lot. And my upbringing trained me to think critically about everything. So every time I watch something or read something, I come away with a lot of information/opinions about it. Historically that's given me a leg up in understanding and in writing - not that I really felt it, but it has. For a long time, I only shared Harry Potter fic. Sometimes I would write out things - there are many elementary and middle school diary entries that would be classed as meta and some even as fic (mostly self-insert, and mostly terrible by current standards) but I would never post them if I thought someone might challenge me.

That was back before I'd really internalized how talented of a writer I am, and back when I was very particular about canon. Everything that I let others see had to be able to fit into canon, in my eyes. I also couldn't conceptualize doing short works - I thought that in order for them to be valid, they'd have to be longer. (ie my 60,000w+ Dramione fic....that I haven't finished yet but haven't updated in over two years oops)

But after finding and really getting involved in rather than observing the fandom side of tumblr - and writing more poetry than prose - I started realizing that shorter pieces were totally valid, that when someone posted an opinion that I disagreed with, it didn't mean that I was wrong, simply that we didn't agree. And internalizing that gave me the freedom to go off of what I understand/feel.
Now, all of that said, I do still test out the waters first. I generally know how the fandom perceives the characters, but I'll go read fics with them, preferably with the ship or dynamic I plan to write, and see how that's done, see where - or if - it lines up with my thinking. I'll sometimes go back to the original - don't even ask about the early HP writing days, back when fic was shared mostly by email list and all the archives were pairing-specific - but that's not usually realistic. Especially in terms of detail, I search through and read Wiki pages a lot. They aren't always the most helpful, but more helpful than Google in general; Tumblr tags are also rife with various information and meta and gifsets in particular can be a way of going back to the original material without rewatching.

Switching to ao3 from ff also helped - being able to tag things, learning that AU was actually a thing and it could be totally cool if what I wrote didn't match up with canon because that was a whole genre.

For styles, it's even harder to push myself, at least in terms of fic. I had this English teacher senior year of high school who knew that I was damn good so whenever he gave writing assignments he would straight-up talk to me personally (which wasn't surprising - 50-person school, 17-student grad class) and say that there was a more difficult or intense version of the assignment and see if I wanted to tackle that. And because I'd started internalizing how good I was, I started just rising to the challenge. Now, it's harder to do without someone else pushing me (which is a trend in my life in general) but challenges, prompts, requests, all that, help me open up with it. As I've gotten to be part of communities where people make what could be called mistakes and are promptly lauded for trying, I've gotten better at just sitting down and making myself do the damned thing.

But in the end, that is really what it comes down to. As my dad's told me for a while, "you can't edit something that hasn't been written." So putting things down in the first place is mostly the goal. And generally those things are really good? Somehow? But that just seems to be how I write?
So I don't really know what to say about that, but okay, here goes:

A) make yourself write the thing. If you don't think it's good enough, that's a rubbish thought, because there's no actual standard. Art is art. It's art whether x person or y person thinks it is.

B) Don't be afraid to edit ruthlessly or ask for help. Whether that's in the form of a beta, or a friend who casually glances at it and tells you that you spelled 'the' wrong twice, it's helpful. Spell check is (usually) often helpful. Add fandom-related words to your computer's dictionary.

C) If it helps to plan the thing out piece by piece, either by outline or a list or w/e, then do that and work by it.

D) Get acquainted with the fandom - not just with the material (but that too) but people, blogs, fics, in it. Even if you aren't super comfortable with the characters, if you feel like you have a place in the fandom, it'll be easier to write about it.

E) For style: read examples. Read as many examples as it takes for you to be able to use the format in your head. (Like with haikus: you should be able to somewhat separate the lines mentally, and remember how many syllables they are - 7, 5, 7, respectively) without looking that up. If it feels like a copy and paste job, that's what it'll read like, and it's awkward, both for you and for readers.

F) Let yourself have fun. If you like the character, or at least have emotions about them, you don't need to feel like you could describe them at length to someone the way you could your best friend, or like you could imitate the way they talk. When you're writing them, you're having a conversation with them, not as them.
This goes for POV, too - if you want to have someone be a main character but don't feel you could write from their perspective, stick to the head of a character you know, see them the way that character sees them.

*clears throat*

What a cocky, silly, boy he was, Draco. Just so...full of himself, high on arrogance, on undeserved adoration. He'd had promise once, but perhaps he no longer did; Cissy, ever the mother, had spoiled him rotten, and now he couldn't even punish a stupid mudblood. Who did he think he was? Just as bad as his father - ugh, his father. Bella had warned Cissy, she really had, when she'd come back, that she didn't think Lucius was game for this battle, for proving himself a Death Eater like he should be able to, and as always, Cissy hadn't listened. And now their chances of catching Potter, of being able to watch as the Dark Lord, her Lord, ripped the horrid boy's life out of him once and for all, rested on the incapable bloody Malfoys. Bella could almost cry of frustration.

She wouldn't cry, of course, she
never cried; she'd just be there to pick up the fucking pieces when irresponsible, uncommitted, fearful Lucius let them fall. If only there'd been a way to convince her Lord that he could just send her to find the damn boy and bring him back to be killed; but no, He wanted more revenge than that, and refused to realize that they could kill Potter first and then take care of the rest of the blood traitors and mudbloods and half-bloods, the whole vile lot.

The lack of logic must be related to something about their masculinity - their fragile, fragile masculinity.

"Ugh," she thinks again, not caring that she groans aloud, no longer willing to listen to her sister's weak-willed excuse for a husband go on about Merlin-knows-what. She pushes her large wooden chair out from the table, and it squeaks against the floor, an unpleasant, beautiful noise.

"Bella," both her sister and her Lord moan in unison, as though they worried she'd actually
leave. She glares at Cissy - why she still acted as though she had any control over her sister whatsoever, Bella can't fathom - and leans into the Dark Lord's shoulder, breathing against his neck.

hungry," she says, in that coarse, singsong tone of hers that's his favorite, and heads off to the kitchen, ready as ever to bark orders at that damned house elf.

Like that.

Hope some of that helps, darling! <3

(ps - that was my first time writing bella's pov, normally she's one of the characters I use others' eyes to see, but it seemed fitting here since that was your example)

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[Falls out of a tree.]

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Request for a cat? Denied. (Again.)
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~about writing realistic...everything~

eeeeeeeeeeee I have an actual writing workshop in fifteen minutes!!!!
I love the Writer's Center and I am v excited woot woot.

I also need to get my ass up off my chair at Starbucks but who's paying attention???? I AM AN ADULT I CAN DO WHAT THE FUCK I WANNA okay I'm leaving I'm gonna close up my computer and leave geez don't heckle me wait that was me this is proof I need this fuckin coffee
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no actually lists are gr9 i love lists and i haven't had this in proper list form just in notes on my phone so here goes nothing

will be edited to add things.
first edit 6.5 @ 2:42pm

paid things
-babysitting: on listserv, will be writing email to send out w tresha
-paper source store (bethesda): have application, will be working on w tresha

the reward is the pride of a job well done and something to put on my resume
- Martha's Table: on email list, have volunteer login and can sign up for shifts (in the food sector) at will - need ID and fingerprints, etc. process (forms linked on m.t. site) for education program
-rock creek: haven't been able to figure from the site who I need to email yet about volunteering, will talk w tresha
-Ms. Ellie Music, "shir a song" classes at Adas Israel: start in October, official assistance not needed but observation is an option

other things
-Writer's Center workshops
The Real Deal (this Saturday, 10am-12:30pm, paid for)
Let’s Talk About Sex: How to Use Eroticism Effectively in Prose
Thu, 25 Jun, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (40$)
The Novella: New Kid on the Block?
Sat, 11 Jul, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
How to Write a Lot
Sat, 25 Jul, 2015 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

ROCK CREEK "LIKE A BIKE" CAMP (July 27-31) 5:30-8:30pm - 400$
"This refresher camp is tailor made for riders who used to ride regularly... but it's been a while. Ease back in with this low-key flat camp where all questions are fair game and all exercises will be approached gently. This camp is appropriate for students who warmly remember riding English at the walk, trot and canter."
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Words are banned until there's coffee.


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