stonepicnicking_okapi: Heart (Squishyheart)
Happy Valentine's Day!

For the past two weeks, I've been looking at the poetry of John Masefield. Luckily Salt-Water Ballads is online for free. I also listened to some of the poems read by Ronald Pickup. I enjoyed the tight rhymes and the singing quality of the verse and the story-telling. I did an intimation of "Cargoes" in Tattoos [ACD. Holmes/Watson. 800 words. Gen.] and think that I will go back to Salt-Water Ballads when I want inspiration for an addition to Sails & Anchors, my ACD nautical-themed ficlet collection.

My favourite love poet is Pablo Neruda. I've been to one of Neruda's houses, Isla Negra, in Valparaíso, Chile. So I went to his love poems and sonnets for inspiration and tried my hand at a tiny bit of verse in Spanish for Mother Tongue [ACD. that rarest of rare pairs Lestrade/Lomax the sublibrarian from "The Illustrious Client." 500 words. Gen.].

And finally, though not verse, I had Agatha Christie's Miss Marple muse on love for the picture prompt fun comm.

From now until the end of March, I plan to focus on Mary Oliver. I've got her two books on writing poetry from the library as well as American Primitive and am still on the waiting list for a selected works collection.
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The question of the day struck a nerve.

[community profile] questionoftheday asks: What is something everyone is "supposed" to love or enjoy, but you just don't? (question submitted by [personal profile] author_by_night)

My answer:

I recognize that many, many people, people I consider friends and care about greatly, have strong interests in things and I respect their interests and can to varying degrees listen to and sympathise when they talk about them. I am in no way disparaging any of these things.


The things I myself don't have any interest in are LEGION. They include: pets & animals; home decorating, repair, and buying/selling; restaurants; video games; most films; most television shows, including all of reality TV; cooking; fashion & clothes; sports; the outdoors; history; gardening; and most music.

I know, I know. :/
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Per Mary Oliver's advice, I attempted a date with my muse. I ran around the nearby lake last Wednesday and noticed the different colours of the water, part was frozen and part was moving and it has inspired a feeble attempt at verse in Spanish in Mother Tongue. To-do list crept creeping in my thoughts, but it was a good first attempt.

photos )
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The best thing I've listened to recently is Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, read by Bronson Pinchot. Now to someone of my generation Pinchot is known as Balki from a sitcom called Perfect Strangers where he played the wacky foreign cousin. But forget that. He's a great narrator and he did a spell-binding job with the voices. He gets my 'Oh, another dinner burnt because I wasn't paying attention' award.

More audiobooks )
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Like [personal profile] misbegotten, I, too, found the Ultimate Fanfic Trope Showdown to be a lot of fun. Try not to pick 'I like both' or 'No opinion' so you get an actual ranking. Here are mine. No surprise that I like unrealistic AUs like soulmate & telepathy and vampires & werewolves and omegaverse.

My rank of tropes )
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Word count: 32,579

Writing: Met goal of getting my Season of Kink fic posted and it's been well received.

Read more... )
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Title: Paper Bin / Rolling Pins
For: [personal profile] debriswoman
Rating: Gen
Length: 471
Notes: Crack. Parodies of Kipling's poems: "The Mary Gloster," "Tommy," and "Danny Deaver."
Picture Prompts:

Kipling's waste paper bin

Kipling's paper bin

Five rolling pins

rolling pins

Read more... )
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Title: Cleave
Fandom: Bright Star [film, 2009]
Length: 200
Notes: POV Mrs. Frances Brawne (Fanny's mother), free verse, fandom #3 and prompt 003. Cleave for the 100 Fandoms Challenge.

Read more... )
stonepicnicking_okapi: Doubtful Guest (DoubtfulGuest)
Title: Birthdays
For: [personal profile] smallhobbit
Picture Prompt: Photos of the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (ACD)
Rating: Gen
Length: 1000
Pairing: Holmes/Hopkins
Notes: Fluff. Chapter 7 of the Five Times Holmes Impressed Holmes & the One Time He Didn't & Other Stories.
Summary: How Hopkins and Holmes observe each others' birthdays.
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Title: Summer Sky
For: [personal profile] orchid314
Length: 166
Notes: Poetry, villanelle.
Photo prompt: Ciel d'Été by Bonnard.

A summer sky, a canopy of leaves a-teem.
Beneath the green, I pace the steps and wait for you.
A summer sigh, a lazy bougainvillea dream.

The mid-morn sun sets midnight’s dew, the world, a-steam,
You fritter at your tea and toast. My eyes look to
a summer sky, a canopy of leaves a-teem.

Magenta tongues a-waggle, flecks of white a-gleam,
my love’s about to blossom as the song birds coo
a summer sigh, a lazy bougainvillea dream.

At perfumed noon, the steps, though once a bright-swept cream,
are ruddy with impatience; humours, hues imbue
a summer sky, a canopy of leaves a-teem.

The day drags on; my thoughts of you split at the seam
and drip like ripened fruit while languid bees tattoo
a summer sigh, a lazy bougainvillea dream.

Sweet butterflies sip, flit their sweet good nights. They seem
quite wise. And so, I, too, decide to bid adieu
to summer sky, to canopy of leaves a-teem,
to summer sigh, to lazy bougainvillea dream.
stonepicnicking_okapi: Doubtful Guest (DoubtfulGuest)
As part of the Snowflake Challenge, I asked for picture prompts.

Title: Starry Night Starry
For: [personal profile] silveradept
Length: 100
Notes: Poetry, palindrome poem (meaning it reads forward and backward the same).
Photo prompt: Lego Starry Night
Lego Starry Night

Bricks without clay
No paint of daubs.
Swirling architecture designed masterfully.
Carefully constructed towers, one.
Artistry in spires, in craft.
Building, step-by-step, piece-by-piece, rising skyward,
aligning constellations revealing majesty in miniature
Not toys.
Madness with fate, however, possessing sense of humor fantastic,
work of art
as awesome new-made
made new, awesome as
art of work
fantastic humor of sense-possessing.
However, fate with madness toys.
Not miniature in majesty, revealing constellations aligning.
Skyward rising, piece-by-piece, step-by-step, building craft inspires.
In artistry, one towers.
Constructed carefully, masterfully designed architecture.
Swirling daubs of paint,
no clay without bricks.
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Because what I really need right now is more prompts, right?

fluff bingo card )

Meme: Me!

Jan. 22nd, 2019 01:52 pm
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From [personal profile] smallhobbit and [personal profile] misbegotten

How old are you? 43

Tattoos? No. When I was in my 20's, I wanted a big phoenix rising from the ashes on my shoulder, Quetzalcoatl sort of thing, but I never got it and now I'm too old [not a judgment on older people with tattoos or older people who want them, but for me, the ship has sailed.]

More things about me )
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The prompt table for the 100 Fandoms challenge.

Read more... )


Jan. 20th, 2019 03:55 pm
stonepicnicking_okapi: Snow-frosted berries (WinterBerries)
Between winter holidays and snow days, I've done a lot of puzzles.

Puzzles! )
stonepicnicking_okapi: painted stone inspired by "The Blank Page" (The Blank Page)
Being half in love with easeful death myself, I thought I'd take a look at Keats this month.

Wild surmises silent upon peaks )
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French mystery/crime author Fred Vargas is my favourite author writing today, and while I like her Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg series (of which there are eight translated into English), I absolutely love her The Three Evangelists [translated from French, three in the series: The Three Evangelist, Dog Will Have its Day, and The Accordionist]. I ordered all 3 from Abe books and re-read the first two so I could be in the right mood for the third.

More about the series & more I've been reading )
stonepicnicking_okapi: Snowflake (Snowflake)
Day 13

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year.

My goals are:

1. a Raffles fic by the Ides (15 March)
2. a Sherlock Holmes locked room casefic by the end of the year (31 December)
3. I've signed up (with Get Your Words Out) for a yearly word count of 250,000. Last year, I did the same with the same goal and went about 80,000 words over my goal. My plan this year is to write only 250,000 words and to use the remaining time to take a bit better care of myself (exercise, make better eating choices, practice my spiritual disciplines and sleep, so that I can do the three former with more regularity and enthusiasm).

Day 14

In your own space, talk about what you think the future holds for fandom.

I hope it holds me )

Day 15

Talk about why you participated in Snowflake &/or what you got out of it.

I’ve made some new friends and got to learn a bit more about old friends. I’ve got seven lovely new prompts. I got permission to navel-gaze and be philosophical at bit and didn’t feel too guilty or self-conscious about it. I got to express my appreciation for others in fandom and to make others aware of fic and resources that may be entertaining and/or helpful to them. I think it’s a good way to start off the year and the timing of it (with the resurgence of use of DW after the Tumblr mess) couldn’t be better.

Hooray for Snowflakes!
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Send me an image and I'll write at least 100 words of prose or verse.

I'll take prompts through the end of the Snowflake Challenge (15 Jan - Tuesday). And fill them by the last day of January.

Images can be photographs, pictures of art or nature, anything. I'd prefer non-fannish things if we don't know each other very well, but fanart of Sherlock Holmes or Jeeves & Wooster or Raffles or any of the fandoms on my AO3 profile is fine. You can send me the link to the image in the comments to this post or post it in your own journal or both.

[The lovely new icon was created by [community profile] oraclegreen and is from The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey, an artist of which I'm very fond.]
stonepicnicking_okapi: Snowflake (Snowflake)
Day 11

In your own space, talk about your creative process(es) — anything from the initial inspiration to how you feel after something’s done. Do you struggle with motivation or is it a smooth process? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to pull out when a fanwork isn’t cooperating? What is your level of planning to pantsing/winging it?

My thoughts on the writing process in the cut.

Ficcing & Me )


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