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notes on Diana Wynne Jones and the writing of this story )

This isn't meant to say that the story I ended up writing is anything like a story DWJ would have written. In fact, it's not at all: the fic is a romance in both senses of the word, and it certainly doesn't aspire to a quarter of the complexity that was DWJ's hallmark, in novels and short stories alike. It's only meant to say that if only for this one single short story, I owe her as much as a writer as I do as a reader, and I know it. The influence may not be particularly obvious from the outside, but I'll always know it's there, and I'm very grateful for it.

Proper post on some underrated DWJ favorites coming later. In the meantime, here's the story.

Quedarse
Raúl González/Fernando Morientes, implied Fernando Morientes/David Villa.
10,787 words

read
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Warning: this post is all over the place. And I haven't been keeping up with my flist or comments or anything at all -- please forgive me. D:


Things I Have Been Doing:

rl things, thinking about fic )


Things I Have Been Watching:

Doctor Who until it comes out my ears )


Things I Have Been Reading:

Diana Wynne Jones' House of Many Ways, which I quite enjoyed, as I expected to. Howl never fails to entertain. Although I really could do without the current juvenile/YA publishing trend to make moderate-length books HP-sized by manipulation of font, margins, paper quality, etc. I realized something was wrong when I was reading multiple pages a minute, and I'm a fast reader but not that fast. XD;

Several Mary Stewart novels, both new to me and rereads. This Rough Magic still takes the cake, though The Moonspinners is close and I have always been inordinately fond of Wildfire at Midnight. (I never got the huge appeal of Nine Coaches Waiting or The Ivy Tree, though. I liked them both all right but in Ivy Tree I never really warmed up to Adam and Mary was much more interesting before you found out *spoiler*, and in Nine Coaches I was very fond of Phillippe -- I always like Stewart's children/teenagers, I adored Colin in Moonspinners -- but the Gothic romance model just doesn't do it for me, I guess.)

Parhelion's Hurrah for Hollywood quartet, which I have always been inordinately fond of. Do I ever love Angelo Gerello, omg. The whole point for me of reading the quartet's final story, which I never really warmed up to, is always the final scene cameo (Angelo's "alarming version of a smile" ♥), as well as the various other references to and appearances by first-three characters. (Sid! Will! Nigel! Edwards & Schulman, my second favorites!) Has anyone else read these...?

Not entirely coincidentally, a large pile of nonfiction related to golden age Hollywood (if one wants historical background for the above quartet, William J. Mann's Behind the Screen is a good place to start), interwar Britain, Noël Coward, and Lorenz Hart. I read by chronological era, I suppose? XD;

Approximately a metric ton of Torchwood fanfiction.


Things I Will Be Watching Tomorrow:

BSG!!!
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So I still have time to slip in fervent happy birthday wishes to [livejournal.com profile] ina, a wonderful friend, fangirl, tour guide, okonomiyaki cook, and just an all around great person and someone I'm so happy to be able to know. :) I hope you had a lovely day and that you have a good visit back home, and as we've said many times I can't wait until we can meet again (in Japan!). ♥♥♥

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Book-wise today I snagged the latest installment in [livejournal.com profile] naominovik's Temeraire series and just finished it about an hour ago. An excellent read, as always, although a little darker than the previous books. minor spoilers )

What it really makes me want is crossover fic, though. *g* The books haven't touched much on Japan yet; why not kill your historical AU and fantasy AU needs with one stone and write about the Japanese coverts (only they wouldn't be called coverts) and like. Captains Jin and Yamapi and Kame. Only they wouldn't be called captains, either, they'd be... maybe samurai are the ones attached to dragons. This calls for further thought.


I realize to everyone who has not read these books (and possibly to those who have) I sound insane.

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edit: oh oh, okay, this meme looks really fun: the sing to me! meme. :D no, it does not actually involve any of you having to sing. just... okay, basically it's a songcall. *g*
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song. Utada Hikaru - Take 5. This song is so gorgeous. I can't stop listening to it. I wish there was a good translation for me to link you all to. ): I may have to do it myself, instead...

fic. Door, by [livejournal.com profile] fightfair (Gokusen, Hayato/Ryu). I just finished rereading it. What an amazing fic. If you've somehow missed out on hearing about it do yourself a favor and go read it right now, it's so fantastic.

book. Japanland, by Karin Muller. Recommended to me by [livejournal.com profile] winterspel. I've read a lot of books about Japan, and a lot of books along the lines of foreign-author-in-Japan-tries-to-find-him/herself. This is not like those. It's absolutely fabulous. The writing is sharp and her anecdotes are unique and enthralling. I got all teary while reading the last couple chapters. Anyone interested in Japan should read this. And then tell me your thoughts. :)

I hope everyone's week starts off well! ♥

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