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The Thorin Oakenshield Defence Squad

That sounds a bit Hermione Granger doesn't it?

I am supposed to be moving house. I am supposed to be crawling to my tutors to resuscitate my neglected study. I am supposed to be writing a fic, in fact there is so much stuff I'm letting go over my head that right now I think I could rightly title myself Queen Under the Mountain (of stuff I should be doing).

Which brings me to this. Apparently, the heir of Durin has been having a bad press in fandom recently. Now I am not much in the Hobbit fandom but I'm always ready to jump to a maligned character's defence. It's why I keep Maeglin around. Indeed, the Mole and Tyelperinquar are so vociferous in their protests against the sullying of Thorin they are refusing to comply with my further attempts at Silm-fic until their rant has been heard.

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Black Friday Buggerations

So we were all herded down to SaferWales to watch the BBC 3 movie and "cautionary tale" about Domestic Violence "Murdered by My Boyfriend" to raise awareness.

Great. I am now aware. In fact, I am so bloody aware it could be my specialist subject on Mastermind or the subject of my imaginary PhD thesis. Most women are.

My question is, when can we move away from "Awareness Raising" and into "Doing Something the Fuck About It?" We've had since like, 1970.

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So lets party like its 2003 - Serious business, Elves (and Dwarves)

I'm writing Silmfic again. Specifically, I'm writing Feanorians with the crazed vigour that I had twelve years ago, and my boss thinks I'm on drugs.

I cannot tell her how much worse the truth really is.

As usual in my stupor of obsession, real life can go screw itself. I need a keypad, the Histories of Middle Earth and possibly toxic amounts of black coffee. My hometown could be invaded by Vogons and I would not bat an eyelid. So the fact I even noticed my Guardian feed updating is a minor miracle, and the fact I even bothered to read an article testament to the skills of the writer.

The article is here. Its writer is Hadley Freeman, who as fashion columnist for the guardian knows a thing or two about fetishism when she sees it. She's also frequently the only writer who I can understand. She's also New York raised and Jewish, (and Feminist, Yay!) so perfectly placed to place her head in the vomit-bucket at the horrors of philosemitism.

You know, I thought Tolkien's very 1950s donnish praise of the Jewish people was a little cringeworthy and of-its-time. Turns out there are plenty of people troubling the Jews with adoration of crass stereotypes.

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And now I have a fic to update. Normal service resumed, back to trivialities.
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And the OMG women read porn shockfest continues

I think I've been on the internet too long but I can't get remotely worked up over the whole 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon. True, I'm unlikely to shell out £5.99 for a bit of dirty posh boy porn when as the old cliche goes, why by the cow when the Archive's free. But those dear folk over at the pinko heaven The Guardian are fapping themselves into a good old fury with no less than ten articles on the book in the last three weeks, most implicitly or explicitly posing the dreaded question Why does fifty shades of Grey turn women on?.

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How I came to fail English Lit 101 first time round

Okay, so I'm still doing the creative writing course and I am still sucking at it. Well, doing marginally better than sucking at it, but still I have my epic 2,500 short story to hand in at the end of May and I still don't have a clue what to write. Because 'college course' makes me think of my deeply unsuccessful attempts at being an Eng Lit student, plugging away at 'The American Novel' in an former East End Jewish geriatric asylum with a graveyard for the back garden. As it turns out, there was quite a lot I can't say to the exam markers, so I thought I'd dump it here. By quite a lot, I mean a lot.

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Quentin is misquoting Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga btw. How a Southern lost cause poster boy could end up doing that is another story. I've gone on long enough.
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It seems I never forgot my first love

The reason I haven't been here is for the last six months is I have been mundane. Just trust I like you all too much to subject you to posts in which I bitch about my flat no longer being watertight or my minor successes in cooking things without causing an e.coli epidemic.

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I wonder if there is a layer of my unconscious that doesn't contain fanfic muses.

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