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So in September 2013 Vienna Teng released a new album (you can listen to it for free on Bandcamp, and if you’re not familiar already I seriously cannot recommend it strongly enough), and I and a few of my friends went absolutely bananas over it. I at some point happened to noticed the section of my friend group that was collectively losing their shit over this album and the section of my friend group who were vidders intersected nicely, and there was quite a lot of discussion of vidding various tracks on twitter, which led me to An Idea.

I was really enjoying the album as a whole, which doesn't often happen to me, and I thought it would be cool if we could get enough people together who each wanted to vid one of the tracks and put together sort of a vid album.

I threw the idea out to a few people, and their response was gratifyingly enthusiastic. :D We managed to get everyone a song they were happy with and inspired by, I think, though we didn't *quite* manage to cover all 11 tracks without some doubling up, though we did get there! :D

We agreed pretty quickly that we'd much rather have it be across a range of fandoms, as that would make it more diverse. Plus, I think we'd have struggled to pick one common fandom!

Basically I am extremely lucky in knowing some very talented people, and we’d like to present our vid album.

Level Up by [personal profile] kaydeefalls, fandom: Sleepy Hollow.
In the 99 by [personal profile] cosmic_llin, fandom: The Hunger Games (Movies).
Landsailor by [personal profile] raven, fandom: Multi-fandom.
Close to Home by [personal profile] shinyjenni, fandom: Orphan Black.
The Hymn of Acxiom by [personal profile] beccatoria, fandom: Sleepy Hollow.
Oh Mama No by [personal profile] chaila, fandom: Wonder Woman.
Copenhagen (Let Me Go) by [personal profile] cosmic_llin, fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Flyweight Love by [personal profile] such_heights, fandom: Thor (Movies).
The Breaking Light by [personal profile] such_heights, fandom: Pacific Rim.
Never Look Away by [personal profile] purplefringe, fandom: Doctor Who (2005).
Goodnight New York by [personal profile] chaila, fandom: Bunheads.

ETA: So, some of us went to Nine Worlds Geekfest in August 2014 and wound up talking to the Daily Dot about the Project and why we think Vienna Teng is so popular with vidders, and they wrote a lovely article! Which Vienna Teng then linked to on her Facebook and Twitter! So that was pretty cool. :D

The Aims Vid Project (the "Project") has been created with material derived from Aims, a studio album recorded by Vienna Teng and released on 24 September 2013 (the "Original Work") under a Creative Commons Licence CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) (the "Licence"). In the creation of the Project, changes have been made to the Original Work. In compliance with the terms of the Licence, we confirm that:

(i) the Project has not been, nor will be, used for or in connection with any commercial purpose; and

(ii) that the Project does not bear the endorsement of the licensor.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Project is itself distributed under the Licence (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0) such that any further derivative work is licensed on identical terms to the Original Work.
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We had so much fun with the Aims Vid Album, and had been casting about for our next album to tackle, when Taylor Swift released a new album! Now, I have to admit, never in my wildest dreams (hehe, see what I did there?) did I think I could get people on board for a whole Taylor vid album, but I underestimated 1989, and my friends' good taste, and here we are. ;D

We've got vids already!! :D And several others have been claimed and/or are in the works. I think posting will probably start in earnest after Festivids, watch this space! :D

Welcome To New York
Blank Space by [personal profile] such_heights and [personal profile] purplefringe, fandom: Doctor Who.
Style
Out of the Woods
All You Had To Do Was Stay
Shake It Off
I Wish You Would
Bad Blood
Wildest Dreams by [personal profile] kaydeefalls, fandom: multi-fandom.
How You Get The Girl
This Love by [personal profile] raven, fandom: Pushing Daisies (AU/constructed reality).
I Know Places
Clean
Wonderland
You Are In Love
New Romantics
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Slightly belated, but in my defence, my mother came to stay, and then British politics has been kind of...on fire. Which, obv decide for yourselves, but for myself, for many reasons, I made a good vid for right now.

Song: Read All About it, Pt III, Emeli Sandé
Fandom: Pride (2014), Rent (2005)
Length: 04:43
Size: 168MB
Download: HERE
Summary: "There's no need to be afraid, I will sing with you, my friend."
Content notes: None really, just a note along the lines of the content of both films.
Notes: Thank you to [personal profile] carawj and [personal profile] cosmic_llin for cheerleading as ever, and beta-ing. Also thank you to [personal profile] settiai for a lovely HQ version of Rent when I was struggling to find one, and [personal profile] anoel for cheerleading and a quick beta!!

Also I was almost not going to make a Premiere this year, I'd been too busy with the last term at Irreverent Dance, but I found myself so sad and angry about that, and I'd had this idea for a while, it suddenly felt like what I wanted to do with my feelings. For context, I know this song through ID, it featured in the showcase before I found them, and one of my favourite things I've ever danced was to another song by the same artist.

And then Orlando happened while we were there, the day after, and then British politics has been...quite so on fire, and this is the answer I have, really.

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Emo grief times. )

I'm going to quit with this for now cuz I'm nominally at work and even though I am in an empty office by myself at the moment, half-crying on your 3rd day is not a good look. (I have a new job, it's fine but weird, it's temporary, I'm taking it very seriously as you can see. *rolls eyes*)
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I feel like all I ever use DW for anymore is whining, but I really think writing this out will help me get it out of my head, so here I am.

CW for animal/pet death. )
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Song: Closer to Me, Dar Williams
Fandom: Fly Away Home
Length: 03:42
Size: 133MB
Download: HERE
Summary: What can you do with a day?
Content notes: None really, deals with grief and parental loss, but in same way as film.
Notes: Huge thanks to [personal profile] carawj, [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] shinyjenni as ever for beta-ing and cheerleading! <3


I had so much fun making this, actually, from working out the song, to re-watching and re-falling in love with the movie (I loved it as a kid and have re-visited it semi-regularly as an adult), even clipping. And then making the vid itself work how I wanted was tricky at times (ask me about vidding Dar Williams sometimes, it's a weird but fun experience ;)) but I was so pleased with how it turned out. <3 I'm so so glad I matched on this! :D
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Two posts in the space of a month! Gosh! ;D But anyway I do have reason.

Tooth/dentistry woes. CN for that if it freaks you out, though I've skated over details. )
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A whole week after the con (Vidukon was excellent, as ever!), here is my Premiere! Also my first full length vid!

Song: Amy MacDonald, Pride (2012)
Fandom: Steven Universe
Length: 03:22
Size: 113.67MB
Download: HERE
Summary: I'd do anything you asked of me.
Content notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Thank you to [personal profile] carawj, [personal profile] cosmic_llin, and [personal profile] shinyjenni for beta-ing and cheerleading! <3

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Just so we're clear, I don't actually think of it that way, but I was rather boggled yesterday and so that's how I referred to it. (I spent the afternoon at Cara and Cathryn's, basically boggling.) I think tattoos are gorgeous and as of yesterday, I HAVE ONE. O.o

I've put photos up on twitter, facebook and tumblr, so if you follow me on any of those, you'll have probably seen already. (Here is the Tumblr post, if you have not, and are so inclined.) (Also if you wish to follow me on other social media platforms, do feel free!)

The tattoo is on my left collarbone/breast, and it's of the raven from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. This seems like the right place to say I got it for Alex, a dear friend of mine who, as some of you know, died of cancer 5 years ago. This is the tattoo she talked about getting, and I've felt for some time I'd like to get it for her, as something (else) to remember her by. As I turn 30 this year, which is incidentally how old she was when she died, it felt like the right time too.

It was not as painful as I expected at the time, but as a trade, the aftercare is grosser than I'd given thought to. (I've been describing it as feeling like the descriptions of 'I Must Not Tell Lies' from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Also, where I got it done it was less painful than threading my upper lip, but went on for longer, and I expect that would vary from person to person, and area to area. Also, I've had lots of waxing, threading, and laser hair removal done over the years, so that helped in terms of what to expect, pain-wise. I found looking at it made it seem more painful. The weirdest part was undoubtedly how much it felt like drawing. Like when the artist was filling it in they were literally drawing in circles the way you would to fill something in with a biro or pencil.)

I have ideas for a few more, but am in no rush to implement them, partly due to gross. (It's healing fine, I'm just a wuss.)

I already love it to bits though, it's slightly unreasonable how much. <3
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This is STILL a placeholder, however, dear author, if you are getting worried (and I don't blame you, please accept my apologies) please do take a look at my exchange letters tag as it's still all true. I've also loved everything I've ever received on the AO3.

I will still write this in the next couple of days but if you've started writing without it that's def my own fault and I'm sure I'll love whatever you're working on.
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Hi hi!

I fail at DW really hard still, I'm sorry. I've had lots of adventures since I updated last, and maybe I will even write about them! (I suspect it would do me good.)

However, today I am here to request help. I'm VJ-ing a Spies vidshow for Vidukon and I would love some recs from you lovely people!

Obvious things I want to include:
- Alias (but no specific vid in mind so rec away and persuade me to yours! I'm tempted to include more than one but we'll see)
- The 1960s Avengers (but I lack a HQ video so again, help!)
- [personal profile] kuwdora's Julian Bashir from DS9 I Wish I Was James Bond vid (need permission)
- An actual James Bond vid, though if one about James Bond LADIES or Judi Dench M exists I'd take that in a heartbeat
- Does anyone know a good Natasha Romanoff vid that focuses on her spy-ness? I know Bullpen is the obvious choice and awesome but hoping to go beyond the obvious.
- My heart wants to sneak in Titanium cuz Lynda Carter WW was sort of a spy but my head says that seems like cheating. ;)
- Person of Interest could, I think, fit the bill, so if you agree and have recs, go ahead.

That's off the top of my head, I'm sure there's heaps I've forgotten and don't know about so yes, that's where you come in. Recs please! :D

Oh, also, witty suggestions for an alternate title gratefully accepted. ;)

Festivid!

Feb. 17th, 2015 09:11 pm
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So, as basically anyone reading this knows, I made my very first vid as a Festvid treat this year, for [personal profile] chaila! (Zero prizes for guessing the fandom. ;))

I'm so happy with how it turned out and the feedback it got, and now I feel like I can sign up to Festivids next year! Plus I have about 800 other vids I want to make between now and then. :D

I will try to learn subtitles for my next trick but it may take me a while, apologies. If you have a specific need, please don't hesitate to PM me or comment here and that'll be a good prod to get it done.

Song: A Hero Comes Home, Robin Wright, Beowulf (2007)
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2009)
Length: 01:12
Size: 40.78MB
Download: HERE
Summary: Diana, Hippolyta, and Themyscira.
Content notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills)
Notes: Massive thanks to [personal profile] shinyjenni for letting me use her clips, and for an amazing beta. <3 Also thank you to [personal profile] cosmic_llin and [personal profile] carawj for beta-ing and cheerleading!

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I stared at my remaining topics and wasn't sure which I felt like talking about, and then I landed on this one because I finally picked a fandom to talk about. ;D I've been struggling with this one ever since [personal profile] carawj requested it because I'm pretty generous in what I define as an active fandom. Like thanks to Tumblr I consider say, Harry Potter, Buffy (ETA: turns out I lied and can't talk about Angel without Buffy), Xena, and Farscape to be fairly active fandoms for me because they come up on my dash a lot, I re-watch eps periodically, I watch vids, I ponder and read meta, so they were all out, and they're some of my oldest fandoms.

I also pondered and rejected Doctor Who because dear show, I feel like I already expend more energy on you and justifying our break-up than is good for me at the mo.

And I regularly re-read say, the Vorkosigan Saga and Robin Hobb, so they're also out.

I briefly considered 'Grey's Anatomy' cuz I had a really fun conversation with someone on twitter about it earlier this evening but maybe another time as this is SO LONG.

Shows I've come to in the last 5 years don't even count as nostalgic yet, so that rules out a LOT. ;)

But! As I mentioned in my entry earlier, I've fallen down a 'Person of Interest'-shaped rabbit-hole, which is ENTIRELY because of Amy Acker, for whom I have a huge thing. And I tend to forget this is the case until I actually see her moving and talking in something? Like stills and even gifsets don't really convey it? But anyway, this has sort of been simmering since [personal profile] purplefringe's beautiful Festivid last year, with which I am slightly obsessed, and then I saw [personal profile] isagel's fantastic character study from POI, and like months later, here we are. ;)

The problem here is that prolonged pondering about Amy Acker inevitably leads me back to Angel in the end, and for various reasons, I haven't hung on to Angel over the years the way I have Buffy. But, because of the Amy Acker thing, it has been on my mind lately more than usual.

(Btw, this entry is going to have massive spoilers for all of Buffy and Angel, so if you're in the process of watching those, or plan to watch them some day, look away.) Cut for length, but as yet, no spoilers. I'll let you know when I hit those. )

OK, here be spoilers. )

Like it would be ridiculous and untrue to say I'm not capable of the depth of feeling I had for Buffy and Angel but they're both wrapped around my me-ness and personality in ways it's harder for things to be as I get older, because my personality and sense of self are more formed.

As an aside, they're the first fandoms I shared with Alex. Like we met through mutual friends in Gargoyles fandom, but we were both done with Gargoyles by the time we started hanging out. She's hugely responsible for my Tara love, I didn't like her at first because I missed Oz. (I know, I know.) We used to hotly debate Buffy/Angel vs Cordelia/Angel. She was very sympathetic (and frequently mocking) over my Fred feelings. My LJ still has an Alex-only filter, and if I ever let another living human being on that filter, they would find hundreds of comments, because that's how we used to talk to each other, and lots of them are about our Buffy and Angel re-watches. We didn't simul-watch because time-zones can bite me but we used to watch more or less concurrently a lot.

Heh, she tried to get me to watch Justice League Unlimited because so many Jossverse alums voiced the characters, chiefly Amy Acker as Huntress.

I don't really know how to wrap this one up. I don't even know what it'll be like to read, it's very introspective (navel-gazey ;)) and rather sentimental. Thinking it over I don't think it's age or depth of feeling that's different about how I watch TV, it's critical thinking. When I watch TV or movies or read a book now I can't switch off pondering whether it has passed the Bechdel test yet, where are the queers, where are the PoC, hey, that woman just got put in a fridge*. Etc. And I wouldn't change that even if I could, even though it makes me a killjoy sometimes, but I'm also glad I got to watch Buffy and Angel BEFORE I learned to do that. (Also I think I worked through a lot of my feelings about relating to canons and problematic canons and how to be a fan of problematic things through Buffy and Angel. Like there was a point where it was important to me to like everything about every aspect of the show, so I worked hard to say, love freaking Spike and Riley, and it was freeing to work out that I didn't have to do that.)

Like I often talk about how much I've learnt about feminism and equality and intersectionality from fandom, and it's TRUE. I am not sure I even gave credit to how much that's true until I wrote all this down.

(My god, I am so sorry about how long this one is.)

*Not to say every type of media I consume is a paragon of representation or anything, VERY far from it, but part of the automatic process of watching that is critiquing it.
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Dear Galentine's Day Author,

Hello! I'm so excited for this exchange, and I'm sure I will love anything you choose to write!

However, just to make it a bit easier, some things I love, some things I can't stand or am put of by, and some general ideas, headcanons and prompts for each sign-up. The yays and prompts are pretty optional, but I'd request if you possibly can that you avoid the squicks, please.

(A lot of this is fairly shamelessly lifted from previous letters.)

Squicks: I’m not the biggest fan of dark fic and angst, by which I mean a lot of angst and misery with no point to it, just as an end in and of itself. I think characters having difficulties and there being some sort of resolution or at least a bittersweet/hopeful outcome is fine, but unrelenting woe, less so. Incest is also a no for me, likewise rape and non-con/dubcon, and uneven power dynamics and emotional manipulation, abuse and violence. I’m not a huge fan of major character death either, at least for the stuff I;ve requested. I'm also not a fan of paedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, and cannibalism.

Yays: I love fluff, found families, particularly if it features unconventional family units, polyamory. Always OT3s, never love triangles, etc. (On that note, I really hate cheating/being unfaithful if going the shippy fic route.) I also love hurt/comfort. And crossovers! Crossovers are great, as is humour/banter/silliness. I’m pretty happy with any rating. If you have the urge to write 1k of PWP, feel free. If that’s your thing, I guess go with whatever you see the characters as being into, though personally I end up reading stories featuring d/s and bondage. Probably I’m happier with the lower ratings though? But who knows, surprise me! I love back-story fic, character studies, gen fic, seeing how characters interact and what makes them friends/lovers/whatever they are to each other. Stuff that shows why they're close, being perceptive of each others' needs, small kindnesses, low-key hanging out. However, I do also love shippy fic and have given some pairing suggestions in the actual requests.

Also a quick note on -isms, pinched with permission from a friend's letter: I don't mind if sexism, racism, ableism are portrayed in fic as long as they're dealt with. For example, it's OK if someone thinks Character A can't do something because she's a girl, as long as the story as a whole clearly doesn't agree!

I'd be happy with shippy femslash or friendship fic for any of the fandoms I've signed up for, though I'll elaborate for each fandom below!

The Good Wife
Alicia Florrick, Kalinda Sharma

I'm still sad about these two falling out and the show kind of dropping that relationship a little bit. I also ship them a ridiculous amount. There are all sorts of things I'd be happy with here, a character study for either of them, fic set in earlier seasons, fic about them repairing their relationship now, fic about them hooking up now.

Worth noting that with Peter and Alicia I'm less fussed on the 'no cheating' thing, given their relationship is quite changeable on that front over the course of the series, so as long as it's in character for Alicia at whatever point in the series you choose to write her, I'm less hard-line on the cheating thing. If that makes sense?

I'm not a huge fan of Kalicia as a pairing that sleeps together and ignores the emotional side of things, if that makes sense, though I do see it as in character for them.

Them going out for drinks at any point in canon would be awesome, likewise just generally working together.

One thing I've loved about how the show has handled their relationship over the years is how blatant it is that Kalinda is still very focused on Alicia and her well-being and comfort, even when they haven't interacted much in a long time, so observations on that always welcome.

I think going undercover as a couple might be a hilarious trope for them? Like obviously it would be ridiculous within the context of the show, but it also seems in keeping with its sense of humour? IDK, just throwing ideas out there.

Person of Interest
Root, Shaw

I only just discovered this fandom, and I am in love with these two. I LOVE how much this fandom lends itself to hurt/comfort, and I love playing with that idea and how it works for the two of them. Like they've developed their own language to NOT talk about their feelings, where does hurt/comfort as a trope fit into that?

I'm trying to think what else I can say that would be helpful. I've read a lot of neat things on Tumblr about these two, I feel like if we matched on this pairing you're probably (over?)analysing their scenes as much as I am. I love the increasingly textual subtext for these two and how important they've become to each other.

I think casefic where they have to go undercover as a couple would be hilarious, or possibly having to look after a baby and SUCKING AT IT.

Oh! I feel like for the other two requests, I am happy with one of the people requested, or friendship, with these two if possible I'd def prefer a fic about their relationship. I DO like that the show has a habit of portraying important relationships that might or might not be sexual and that doesn't necessarily matter, so there's that.

ETA: If this is the fandom we matched on, and you're up to date with the currently airing eps, do please read on. Otherwise, stop cuz spoilers.
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I would 100% love fix-it fic for 4x11 if you were up for writing that.
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Here endeth spoilers.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Jadzia Dax, Kasidy Yates, Keiko O'Brien, Kira Nerys

Oh my god, I love this show such a lot, and these are several of my favourites. I would be here for just about anything with any mix of these. But, some ideas to get you started.

I ship Jadzia and Kira like anything, but I also adore their friendship. I love the glimpses of them hanging out that we got on the show, and I'd love more about how their relationship grew. Ezri is not nominated so don't feel the need to bring her into it but I also sort of love the idea that Jadzia and Kira were just friends but Ezri and Kira became something more, off of the chemistry between Jadzia and Kira. Which is incredibly upsetting but could be cool.

I would love to see what Jadzia and Keiko's friendship actually looks like, as canon alludes to it but doesn't actually show it. What do they have in common, what do they talk about? (Science is one awesome possibility, parenthood another, misc other interests of your choice a third.)

My favourite thing for Kasidy and Kira is post-canon stuff, whether romantic or friendly. Like they're both affected by Sisko's going off to hang out with the prophets, it makes sense to me they'd become close. I love the idea of them co-parenting Kasidy and Sisko's child, whether as lovers or as friends. (Kira in all the unconventional co-parenting family units for the win!)

Actually, genuinely, Kira co-parenting with Keiko and Kasidy and juggling that would be a fun fic.

On that note, I am very much here for Kira and the O'Briens. Kira/Keiko is awesome as is Kira&Keiko, talking about kids or Miles or literally anything else.

Or fic where they all hang out in some way, girl's night out or in, or some misc project.

Really, though, with all of the above, my ramblings are just guidelines, and are meant to help, not put you off, so if you have an idea already, do go for it, and I hope you have fun writing!
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I'm so behind with these. Shocker. IDK. I'm sorry. I finished work on the 19th, then I had to write my Yuletide, do last-minute Xmas stuff, and obviously actual Xmas (which was surprisingly OK). All of which was fine and great, but looking back on the last few days I really have just collapsed like a puppet whose strings have been cut. Er, I also fell down a 'Person of Interest' shaped rabbit-hole. Which I may write about at some point soon. 's been fun. ;D

Tbh, I think it's been good and I was due a break. I owe comments and December posts and a couple of drabbles and a podfic, and there's other stuff I feel moved to do, and I think I'll actually be able to move on to all that lot soon.

BUT ANYWAY. Enough of that. [personal profile] goodbyebird asked me to talk about all my Wonder Woman clothes and accessories! :D And I figured since it's her birthday it might be nice to get the right day for this one. Happy birthday, sweetie, hope you've had a lovely day and fun and gorgeous presents. <3

So it's no secret I have a) a massive Wonder Woman thing b) love clothes and dressing up and c) am a cosplayer and 'stealth' cosplayer. (Too lazy to link but last year I talked about this for one of my December memes!) This means a) I buy myself a lot of WW stuff and b) it's a great present avenue for OTHERS. I'm now, as requested, going to talk about all my WW stuff and also how I acquired it. ;D

I did consider taking a PHOTO of me wearing all my WW stuff but I realised I can't actually wear it all at once, plus I'm lazy. Sorry. Anyway. ;D

It started with one T-shirt from Primark, which I still have, and is much loved.

I don't remember the order perfectly, but I've cosplayed as WW for both Nine Worlds so far, so I have several red tops I use for that, that I count as WW stuff. I have a vest, a t-shirt, several jerseys. An increasingly worn blue skirt with white polka-dots on it. I've got some bracelets made of silver card that also double up for my Thor cosplay. I've got some beautiful bracelets [personal profile] shinyjenni *made for me*. I've got THREE tiaras, one I made from gold and red glittery card, one felt one [twitter.com profile] minihannah gacve me for my birthday (or Christmas? My memory stinks) last year, one that a coworker CROCHETED for me as a goodbye present. [personal profile] spiderwolves gave me some cute elasticated faux red boots with the white stripe. I've got scads of gold ribbon I use as lasso, lasso-as-hair-control, belt, W, as I see fit.

For Christmas (or my birthday??) last year, [personal profile] carawj got me a beautiful necklace that I wear almost every day. I need to learn to clean copper jewellery.

For my birthday this year, [personal profile] carawj and [twitter.com profile] Shiiuga BOTH got me Wonder Woman bags, one is a beautiful handbag I wear all the time, the other is a gorgeous tote from Red Bubble that's done like it's for Themyscira the sports (rollerderby LBR) team. As I use totes almost every day for the stuff I can't fit in my handbag (I know) sometimes I wear them both at the same time and it's the BEST.

[personal profile] shinyjenni also got me WW-themed stuff for my birthday this year. A gorgeous length of navy blue ribbon with stars and the W across it that I frequently wear in my hair, a little W necklace that sits perfectly on my chest to stealthily simulate the W on Diana's chest. And a little lego WW that lives on my bedside table.

This year [personal profile] cosmic_llin gave me a book on Amazons, no doubt in large part due to my WW thing, though obv Amazons are RTMI anyway and the Diana thing is a little bit because of that. I got given a Greg Rucka comic for my birthday last year. (Only like the best one, i.e., Eyes of the Gorgon. <3)

I bought myself a WW iPad case. Also at some point another Primark T-shirt. Also er, *coughs* two pairs of WW converse, though the high tops don't fit and I need to sell them. (*sob*)

For Christmas, my little sister gave me WW headphones. (She overheard me tell dad I wanted them and went to quite a lot of effort to find them as I hadn't mentioned where she could buy them. <3) I can't usually tolerate big over-ear headphones but for this pair and my little sister's effort, I'm gonna see if I can figure it out.

I think that might be all my WW stuff?? (All. *snort*)

ETA: Oh! Make-up! I used to have all the colours to do WW nails, but need to replace red and blue as I was sharing [twitter.com profile] minihannah's while we lived together. I also have colours to do WW eye-shadow. :D

Now I've written it all down, it's making me think of other stuff I'd like. I'd love more WW-themed make-up. I'd love WW tights or leggings. I'd also love a dress, or that jumper pattern that goes around Tumblr sometimes. There can never be too many necklaces. Hair clips maybe? There can also never be too many t-shirts and sweaters and stuff. Basically if you're ever stuck for a present to give me you'll be hard-pressed to go wrong with Wonder Woman clothes or accessories. And even if I already have it, you can bet I'm loving and wearing and using it to death and will be so grateful for a replacement. ;D <3
silly_cleo: A girl in a leotard stretching over a ballet bar. (dancing! - girl stretching)
So I was lying in bed the other night (bear with me ;)) and I was struggling to get to sleep, so I was thinking about my current book, which at the time was ‘The Stepsister Scheme’, and I sort of segued into thinking that I also struggle to pronounce the word scheme. This led me to ponder other words with that ‘sch’ noise that I can’t pronounce, and why that might be, which led me nicely onto the December topic [personal profile] raven asked me for, which is – languages! (And interesting cognates, and being bilingual, and all that cool stuff we sometimes talk about.)

But yes, ‘sch’! The other word I struggle to pronounce that starts with it is ‘schism’, and then I noticed that both these words are of course, Greek, scheme means shape (σχήμα - schema) (at least in Modern Greek, so you can see how that works, scheme/shape/plan all kind of share nebulous meaning. *waves hands vaguely*). Schism, in Modern Greek (σχίζω/σκίζω - schizo) I rip. I trust I don’t need to explain that one. I had one other but I forget what it is. Oh, schedule. (σχέδιο - schedio) Pattern, plan.

And you can see in the Greek word the ‘ch’ compound is trying to stand in for the Greek Χ, which doesn't sound like X (that’s Ξ) but rather more like H, but way further back in the throat. I took a term of Linguistics 101 at uni, and remember learning about all those noises we make in the back of the throat, how English doesn't go very far back (in the throat) at all, and how Greek goes a bit further but nowhere near as far as other languages.

I went off on two tangents at this point and one of them is shorter than the other so I’ll address it first. This was me thinking about words that have ‘sch’ in them that I CAN pronounce and the one I thought of first is ‘school’. Then I thought about how, to my eye, the word school comes from the same place across all the languages I know, which struck me as cool. (Disclaimer: I could be wrong about this, like I’m good at spotting patterns across languages and that’s why I’m good at them, but I’m by no means trained or always accurate.) But, to my eye:
School
Schule
Ecole
Escuela
Σχολείο(Scholio)

ETA: [personal profile] glinda informs me that in Gaelic/Welsh school is sgoil. From work I believe Welsh for school is ysgol? ([personal profile] cosmic_llin, [personal profile] beccatoria?)

So yes, that struck me as a fun cognate. The problem with cognates is as soon as you ASK me about them, my mind goes completely blank. (Brain very helpfully informs me potato is a cognate - πατάτα - patata)

Anyway! My other tangent brought on by the word ‘scheme’ was less about cognates, and more about pronunciation. Namely, that my English of same is sometimes dodgy. It’s the odd word, rather than an accent, no one ever really believes I’m not-from-an-English-speaking-country foreign (we could unpack some stuff THERE if we wanted and I may return to that), but I do trip regularly over Greek words when spoken in English. If you have ever heard me speak about Classics or Ancient Greece or Greek mythology (or as I like to think of it, mythology #brat ;)) at length, you’ll have heard this happen. I can’t immediately find the Anglicised pronunciation. Examples: Aegean, Odysseus, Achilles, Circe (I just can’t pronounce this one at all anymore), Theseus, Delos, Demeter, Persephone, Iphigeneia, Thessalonica, Thrace, Euripides. I can pronounce (and SPELL) most of these now, but it has taken me practice, I have to stop and think about it. I used to have a lot of feelings about Anglicised pronunciation (I thought it was stupid) so I would just switch to Greek for the words I needed, but that was difficult for others to understand, and also in hindsight, wanky. I now get very judgy of non-Greeks who use the Greek spelling and pronunciations of things unnecessarily. As is my right.

I'm also not very reliable about pronunciation in general, tbqh. When reading scifi and fantasy my guesses of made up names are very clearly drawing on a very different set of phonetic rules. ([personal profile] carawj and I had fun comparing our pronunciations of a lot of character/place names in Robin Hobb for example.)

I kind of alluded to this earlier, but I also thought I‘d talk about what languages I do actually speak, and to what level. English is now, and sort of always has been, my first language. I spoke English first, when I was small, given my mum and her friends were the people I saw most, and my parents spoke English at home. I learned Greek when I went to nursery. I have vague memories of being encouraged to speak Greek at nursery, even though all the kids were bilingual, everyone had Greek in common. (My mum found this ex-pats nursery, so the staff were v good about language stuff. Probably much better than if I’d gone to a straight-up Greek nursery.) I am told I refused to speak Greek until this nursery. Mum assumes this is because I associated Greek with loud, pushy relatives and old ladies in the street poking at my (weird, huge, white-blond and fluffy/spiky) hair. (I don’t know whether I remember this or have just constructed memories from mum’s stories.)

Once I learned Greek, I was definitely bilingual, and still am, though my Greek is rusty now. I dreamt and thought interchangeably in both languages, which is supposed to mean something. (I now dream and think in English. Excitingly if I go to Greece long enough I do sometimes start to think in Greek.) If anything, my written Greek was better than my written English for a long time. My mum arranged for extra English classes twice a week to address that, with another ex-pat friend of hers. (Ex-pats feature hugely in my life. ;D) This is where I picked up a) a life-long love for reading, we did a bookwork scheme and it REALLY worked ;) and b) a life-long confusion over American vs British English spelling and phrasing, with some NZ and South African confusion thrown in for funsies. I can’t tell you which is which, and I can’t pick one to use consistently. I was always running into difficulty over this once I moved here. (Is it a pavement? Is it a sidewalk? Is it the footpath? WHO KNOWS. I wrote the word ‘anglicised’ and then 'anglicized’ two sentences later and almost didn't catch myself doing it. My teachers eventually cracked and were like ‘just pick one and for god’s sake be consistent’. *hollow laughter*)

I loved being good at English when I was little, I was a little brat to the English teachers at school, my English was better than theirs and I was not nice about that. I remember a lot of school English classes spent at the back of the room with the (English) book of my choice.

I did a tiny bit of French and German for a while (another ex-pat gave a few of us lessons for a while ;)), but didn't really learn any new languages till I moved to the UK, where French and German were both mandatory at my secondary school. I took those to GCSE, and then to A-Level. I also started Spanish at A-Level. I would have been able to pick that up no problem if I’d actually done any work, but my 6th form college experience is largely characterised by doing no work whatsoever, so. Now I have A-Level French, German and Spanish, that I haven’t practiced in over 10 years. I think I could make something of all 3 if I spent some time in each country or some sort of immersion programme, probably most time for Spanish, then German, then French. My French is best.

I realised I loved languages when I moved to the UK, actually, and got the opportunity to learn French and German. Schooling and education is so much better over here. I had so many issues at secondary school, but a lot of the stuff I got to learn was not one of them. I also continued my Greek, by getting a GCSE and an A-Level in it, which has definitely helped my Greek.

(I have a lot of feelings about teaching and learning languages, and how interesting it’s been for me learning Greek and English taught as foreign languages and mother tongue, as I’ve had experience of both languages, both ways.)

I also have some Latin and Ancient Greek, picked up at university. I find that having Modern Greek has made learning lots of Romance languages easier for me, and adding Latin was like adding an extra link to that chain. Having Modern Greek is also a massive vocab cheat, naturally. I still occasionally stumble on words I would have no idea how to define without Greek.

I also know approx. 3 words of Maori. (Tena koe, kia ora, tahi-rua-toru.) I also have a lot of feelings about the relationship between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand, but as a Pakeha who lives far away, I don’t really know enough about it to feel entitled to take up space with my words on that.

For my next trick, I’d love to learn a language that’s not even a little bit related to Greek, and see how I do. Preferably something with a totally different alphabet. (Russian is out, [personal profile] cosmic_llin and I have lots of fun with Russian and Greek cognates.)

This is now long, and a brief smattering overview of my thoughts on languages. I will start tweeting cognates as they occur to me, going forward. ;D

(Please note, I tried to post Greek alphabet, I have no idea how that will look once I hit sent, or indeed on other devices. o.o)

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