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maireadinish
25 May 2010 @ 07:28 pm
Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing. Skip the instrumental-only pieces (non-English too if you want).
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both artist and title correctly. (If it's a cover, the original artist is okay, and vice-versa.)
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like this game, post your own!

1. One day you'll see her and you'll know what I mean. Take her or leave her, she'll still be the same.
2. Now I left her in the mountains in the golden summer time and I told her not to worry little darlin' girl of mine.
3. In the twilight lo I see (song title).
4. Oh it's no nae never, no nae never no more will I play the (song title), no nae never no more.book_worm5 
5. Hey kids, shake it loose together the spotlight's hitting something that's been known to change the weather
6. They came from near, they came from far, following a distant star to where he lay
7. There's something happening here; what it is ain't exactly clear.  by brighteyed_jill 
8. I skipped this one because the lyrics were basically the song title, aside from the doo wahs. (It was It don't mean a thing sung by Nina Simone)
9. Like wild geese we all have flown those ancient lands we once called home. by brighteyed_jill 
10. Listen to me I have beautiful dreams I can spin you, dreams to linger within you. by brighteyed_jill 
11. (Song title) your heart and see where it might take you.
12. You can go a lifetime without finding any words.
13. Tell you little story and it won't take long about a lazy farmer who wouldn't hoe his corn
14. Gone, it's hard for me to see when I'm wrong
15. Got a (title) when it blew a kiss across my face
16. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust that's what has become of our love and trust
17. Sad sad sad (song title) Sad sad sad (song title). What breaks your heart?
18. Sitting here out in the boring room, it's just another rainy Sunday afternoon
19. How long have I waited for this moment that comes and it can't last long enough?
20. I ain't go no home, ain't got no shoes, ain't got no money, ain't got no class
21. One, two princes kneel before you... by brighteyed_jill 
22. I remember days full of restlessness and fury, I remember nights that were drunk on dreams. by brighteyed_jill 
23. I won't run when the sky turns to flame and I sure won't budge when the earth does shake
24. Come with me, my love, to the sea, the (song title), I wanna tell you how much I love you by brighteyed_jill 
25. It ain't no joke I'd like to buy the world a toke by brighteyed_jill 
26. Rain rain on my face, hasn't stopped raining for days by brighteyed_jill 
27. (Title) negli occhi suoi spuntò... quelle festose giovani invidiar sembrò..
28. (Song title) Down at the mardi gras (song title) in your daddy's car. You were the missing link, I had a little too much to drink
29. When you think you've got so far to go, you know you're facing all alone, when you wonder if you'll ever see what's good again...
30. An empty cup of coffee, no cigarettes to smoke, a dirty two room walk in flat a long way from my home.
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Current Location: Korea, Republic of, Songam
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Meme
 
 
maireadinish
08 May 2010 @ 05:12 pm
One of my favorite things to do in a bookshop while browsing is to silently revel whenever I encounter a book that I've read. So when I saw this meme...

Bold the ones you’ve read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you’ve read part of, and no cheating. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn’t count. Abridged versions don’t count either. BTW, according to the BBC if you’ve read 7 of these, you are above the average.

Total Completely Read:

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (I've only read the "And Zombies" version)
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel (and I read it while working on a ship - maybe not a good idea)
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante (Although I really don't remember much from 10th grade lit class)
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo (I'm going to go ahead and count this, even though it was an abridged version)

Hmm... not as good as I thought.  I'm going to have to get cracking.  And why is my space bar not working very well?
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Current Location: Korea, Republic of, Songam
Current Mood: mellow
 
 
maireadinish
31 March 2010 @ 02:25 pm
* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favourite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Bill Walsh's charmingly titled book Lapsing into a Coma (Walsh is a copy desk chief at The Washington Post) explains that while many American newspapers prefer "Connors' forehand", his own preference is for "Connor's forehand"- "and I'm happy to be working for a newspaper that feels the same way I do."

Well, is anyone really surprised that the closest book at hand is a book about punctuation?  I am an English teacher, after all.

You know - that almost didn't work.  There were only four-and-a-half sentences on page 56.
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Current Location: School
Current Mood: tired
 
 
maireadinish
09 March 2010 @ 01:56 pm
Travel Map
I've been to 199 cities in 36 countries
Africa
Morocco: Casablanca
Asia
China: Beijing
Japan: Tokyo
Nepal: Bharatpur
Nepal: Kathmandu
Nepal: Nagarkot
Nepal: Pokhara
South Korea: Ch'angwon
South Korea: Chonju
South Korea: Incheon
South Korea: Kwangju
South Korea: Masan
South Korea: Miryang
South Korea: Mokp'o
South Korea: Pusan
South Korea: Seoul
South Korea: Seoul
South Korea: Taegu
South Korea: Taejon
South Korea: Taejon
Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua Island
Aruba: Oranjestad
Barbados: Bridgetown
Jamaica: Montego Bay
Martinique: Augrain
Netherlands Antilles: Bonaire
Saint Lucia: Vige
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Kingstown
Virgin Islands: Charlotte Amalie
Europe
Austria: Vienna
Croatia: Dubrovnik
Czech Republic: Ostrava
Czech Republic: Prague
Estonia: Tallinn
France: Le Havre
France: Le Havre
Germany: Munich
Gibraltar: Gibraltar
Holy See (Vatican City): Vatican City
Ireland: An Longfort
Ireland: Aran Islands
Ireland: Cashel
Ireland: Cobh
Ireland: Donegal
Ireland: Dublin
Ireland: Gaillimh
Ireland: Knock
Ireland: Mullingar
Ireland: Ros Comain
Ireland: Strokestown
Ireland: Tuilsce
Italy: Alghero
Italy: Bologna
Italy: Genova
Italy: Milano
Italy: Napoli
Italy: Rome
Italy: Rome
Italy: Venice
Latvia: Riga
Lithuania: Kaunas
Lithuania: Vilnius
Monaco: Monaco
Monaco: Monte-Carlo
Netherlands: Amsterdam
Norway: Bergen
Norway: Davanger
Norway: Flam
Poland: Czestochowa
Poland: Gdansk
Poland: Gdynia
Poland: Gliwice
Poland: Hel
Poland: Katowice
Poland: Krakow
Poland: Opole
Poland: Oswiecim
Poland: Pszczyna
Poland: Ruda Slaska
Poland: Sopot
Poland: Szczyrk
Poland: Trzebinia
Poland: Tychy
Poland: Wieliczka
Poland: Wroclaw
Poland: Zabrze
Portugal: Lisboa
Portugal: Ponta Delgada
Spain: Barcelona
Spain: Cadiz
Spain: Vigo
United Kingdom: Belfast
United Kingdom: Edinburgh
United Kingdom: Greenock
United Kingdom: Inverness
United Kingdom: Liverpool
United Kingdom: London
North America
Canada: Halifax
Canada: London
Canada: Montreal
Canada: Quebec
Canada: Saint John
Canada: Sydney
Canada: Toronto
Canada: Windsor
United States: Altoona
United States: Ambridge
United States: Anderson
United States: Beaver
United States: Bellevue
United States: Bend
United States: Boardman
United States: Buffalo
United States: Burlington
United States: Butler
United States: Canton
United States: Chicago
United States: Clarion
United States: Columbus
United States: Conneaut Lake
United States: Connoquenessing
United States: Daleville
United States: Dayton
United States: Detroit
United States: Eau Claire
United States: Emlenton
United States: Flint
United States: Fort Wayne
United States: Fortville
United States: Franklin
United States: Freedom
United States: Gary
United States: Grove City
United States: Hamilton
United States: Harrisburg
United States: Hershey
United States: Huntsville
United States: Indiana
United States: Indianapolis
United States: Kansas City
United States: Kittanning
United States: Knoxville
United States: Kokomo
United States: Lima
United States: Lincoln
United States: Lisbon
United States: Lock Haven
United States: Lower Burrell
United States: Mansfield
United States: McKeesport
United States: Meadville
United States: Mechanicsburg
United States: Mercer
United States: Monroeville
United States: Muncie
United States: New Castle
United States: New Kensington
United States: New York
United States: Niagara Falls
United States: Noblesville
United States: Oakland
United States: Ocean City
United States: Oil City
United States: Omaha
United States: Orlando
United States: Oxford
United States: Perrys Corners
United States: Philadelphia
United States: Pittsburgh
United States: Port Huron
United States: Portland
United States: Punxsutawney
United States: Reading
United States: Robinson
United States: San Francisco
United States: Seattle
United States: Sharon
United States: Slippery Rock
United States: Spokane
United States: State College
United States: Tallahassee
United States: Tionesta
United States: Titusville
United States: Uniontown
United States: Upper Sainte Clair
United States: Washington
United States: West Mifflin
United States: Wheeling
United States: Williamsport
United States: Wooster
United States: Yellow Springs
United States: Youngstown
United States: Zanesville
South America
Venezuela: Caracas
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Current Location: Miryang, South Korea
Current Mood: recumbent
 
 
maireadinish
08 February 2010 @ 07:06 pm
So I've been thinking...

When I was really active in the HP fandom, one of my favorite ways of finding fic was through a theme list, namely the ones by painless_j. They were great - if I read a fic that I loved, I could find one with a similar theme/plot device. Every other list that I had read prior to that listed fic by pairings. Since I love most pairings, this didn't really help much.

So, I was wondering... does such a thing exist in the TOS/AOS/nu!trek fandom? If so, where can I find it? If not, who is willing to help me figure out how to do it? I'd love to find a list of Tarsus fics, fatherly!Pike and/or mentor!Pike fics, de-aging fics, childhood of a character fics, nu!Trek Sarek/Amanda novels, and lots more.

As for the figuring out how to do it, there are two problems. 1) Technology hates me and (I hate to admit it)g 2) I am lazy. Anyone want to help with tech support and motivation?
 
 
Current Location: Korea
Current Mood: optimistic
 
 
 
maireadinish
I used to work on a ship. Obviously it wasn't a starship, it was just a cruise line. But you know, we had at least one evacuation drill every cruise. The different departments (bridge, engineering, medical, security, etc.) also had at least one specialized drill every cruise. Crew was exercised for fire, medical emergencies, listing (when the ship tilts unexepectedly), man overboard, piracy, and a huge number of other things. It is was done every couple of weeks. Even the passengers had an orientation that detailed how they would evacuate in the case of an emergency.

With that in mind, I wonder how on earth, or rather in the universe, anyone on a starship could ever get bored while on duty. I see many writers talking about all the sitting around the crew has to do. I worked on a CRUISE Ship and a TEACHER, and I had to do crew training all the time. My ex was an engineer and he worked 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week - and was constantly busy fixing things. And this was in a department of 300. Do you see what I'm getting at? On a military/exploratory ship like the Enterprise that is constantly being attacked, there would be no boredom on the bridge, in sick bay, or in engineering. Granted, when people were off shift, they were really OFF. But when on duty, everyone stays busy. There would be drills for any number of scenarios to practice (and create). There would always be something to fix. There would always be a change of schedule to fix, personnel problems to manage, supplies to order, load, unload, evaluate. Experiments running constantly, mapping to do, mapping to correct. On and on.

And now I'm finished.
 
 
Current Location: School, ROK
Current Mood: cold
 
 
maireadinish
19 November 2009 @ 08:36 am
I recently found a SpockPrime/T'Pol fic. While I didn't really enjoy the fic that much (just not in the mood at the time, not because of the style), I thought it was a great idea for a nu!Trek het pairing. Anyone know of any?
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maireadinish
18 November 2009 @ 11:22 am
Does anyone post ST:Reboot fic outside of LJ and DW? It occured to me today that there might be some fic on skyehawke (there is, but only a little). I've looked at ff.net - but that site is blocked at work and really has a lot of bad fic to wade through. I've tried doing google searches, but that results in insane amounts of fic, some good, much bad, some Reboot, a lot of TOS (not really my bag, unless I can mentally insert the reboot cast) as well as the random link to completely unrelated crap. I just suspect that this fandom is bigger than I"m seeing and I'd like to know where I can get more.
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Current Location: Korea
Current Mood: mellow
 
 
maireadinish
17 November 2009 @ 09:13 pm
So. Star Truck. Hmm...


 
 
Current Mood: silly
 
 
maireadinish
01 November 2009 @ 07:41 pm
1. YOUR SPY NAME: (middle name and current street name) Marie Daehyun (Not my street name - my apartment name, because Korea doesn't do street names)

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your dad's side, your favorite candy) Betty Twizzlers

3. YOUR RAP NAME: (first initial of first name, first three or four letters of your last name):J. McC

4. YOUR GAMER TAG: (a favorite color, a favorite animal) Grassy Knoll Tarsir (Target has the greatest names for colors)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Marie Butler

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother's maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet's name) McC'Sch'Mol (Yikes)

7. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards) Eiram Renffahcs

8. PORN STAR NAME: (first pet's name, the street you grew up on)? Goldie Shannon (Guess what my first pet was)

9. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, the automobile your mom drives) The Green Caravan (Bleurgh)

10. YOUR ACTION HERO NAME: (first name of a main character in the last movie you watched, last food you ate) Coraline Pesto
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Current Location: Korea
Current Mood: Hung-over
 
 
 
maireadinish
19 September 2009 @ 06:52 pm
I had no idea how easy it was to get a visa. Today I went to Busan. Found the travel agency (which was actually a bit of a challenge, but I had my handy dandy wifi capable ipod to help me.) I handed over my application, 170,000 Won, my passport, and a copy of my Alien Card and then went about my business. I had no idea how much that was weighing me down until I did it. Now at least I know that I can do it. Easy as pie.
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Current Location: Miryang, Korea
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
maireadinish
11 September 2009 @ 08:33 pm
Dear everyone who is making Reboot Icons and writing reboot fic:

You have stolen my life.

I love you.
 
 
Current Location: ROK
 
 
maireadinish
15 November 2008 @ 07:58 am
Yeah, I'm a geek.



I've been to 174 cities in 38 countries
Travel Map
The Travel Brain says ...
Jolene is an explorer that:
does their own thing
is happy with a roof and running water
flirts with danger
Travel cred: high
I rank in the top...
0.1% most cities visited - Monaco
0.1% most cities visited - Gibraltar
0.2% most cities visited - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Africa
Morocco: Casablanca
Asia
Japan: Tokyo
South Korea: Incheon
South Korea: Mokp'o
South Korea: Pusan
South Korea: Soul
Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua Island
Aruba: Oranjestad
Barbados: Bridgetown
Jamaica: Montego Bay
Martinique: Augrain
Netherlands Antilles: Bonaire
Saint Lucia: Vige
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Kingstown
Virgin Islands: Charlotte Amalie
Europe
Austria: Vienna
Czech Republic: Ostrava
Estonia: Tallinn
France: Le Havre
France: Le Havre
Germany: Munich
Gibraltar: Gibraltar
Ireland: An Longfort
Ireland: Aran Islands
Ireland: Cashel
Ireland: Cobh
Ireland: Donegal
Ireland: Dublin
Ireland: Dublin
Ireland: Gaillimh
Ireland: Knock
Ireland: Mullingar
Ireland: Ros Comain
Ireland: Strokestown
Ireland: Tuilsce
Italy: Alghero
Italy: Napoli
Italy: Rome
Latvia: Riga
Lithuania: Kaunas
Lithuania: Vilnius
Monaco: Monaco
Monaco: Monte-Carlo
Norway: Bergen
Norway: Davanger
Norway: Flam
Poland: Czestochowa
Poland: Gdansk
Poland: Gdynia
Poland: Gliwice
Poland: Hel
Poland: Katowice
Poland: Krakow
Poland: Opole
Poland: Oswiecim
Poland: Pszczyna
Poland: Ruda Slaska
Poland: Sopot
Poland: Szczyrk
Poland: Trzebinia
Poland: Tychy
Poland: Wieliczka
Poland: Wroclaw
Poland: Zabrze
Portugal: Lisboa
Portugal: Ponta Delgada
Spain: Barcelona
Spain: Cadiz
Spain: Vigo
United Kingdom: Belfast
United Kingdom: Edinburgh
United Kingdom: Greenock
United Kingdom: Inverness
United Kingdom: Liverpool
United Kingdom: London
North America
Canada: London
Canada: Toronto
Canada: Windsor
United States: Altoona
United States: Ambridge
United States: Anderson
United States: Beaver
United States: Bellevue
United States: Bend
United States: Boardman
United States: Buffalo
United States: Burlington
United States: Butler
United States: Canton
United States: Chicago
United States: Clarion
United States: Columbus
United States: Conneaut Lake
United States: Connoquenessing
United States: Daleville
United States: Dayton
United States: Detroit
United States: Eau Claire
United States: Emlenton
United States: Flint
United States: Fort Wayne
United States: Fortville
United States: Franklin
United States: Freedom
United States: Gary
United States: Grove City
United States: Hamilton
United States: Harrisburg
United States: Hershey
United States: Huntsville
United States: Indiana
United States: Indianapolis
United States: Kansas City
United States: Kittanning
United States: Knoxville
United States: Kokomo
United States: Lima
United States: Lincoln
United States: Lisbon
United States: Lock Haven
United States: Lower Burrell
United States: Mansfield
United States: McKeesport
United States: Meadville
United States: Mechanicsburg
United States: Mercer
United States: Monroeville
United States: Muncie
United States: New Castle
United States: New Kensington
United States: New York
United States: Niagara Falls
United States: Noblesville
United States: Oakland
United States: Ocean City
United States: Oil City
United States: Omaha
United States: Orlando
United States: Oxford
United States: Perrys Corners
United States: Philadelphia
United States: Pittsburgh
United States: Port Huron
United States: Portland
United States: Punxsutawney
United States: Reading
United States: Robinson
United States: San Francisco
United States: Seattle
United States: Sharon
United States: Slippery Rock
United States: Spokane
United States: State College
United States: Tallahassee
United States: Tionesta
United States: Titusville
United States: Uniontown
United States: Upper Sainte Clair
United States: Washington
United States: West Mifflin
United States: Wheeling
United States: Williamsport
United States: Wooster
United States: Yellow Springs
United States: Youngstown
United States: Zanesville
South America
Venezuela: Caracas
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Current Location: Toronto
Current Mood: awake
 
 
maireadinish
18 January 2008 @ 08:21 am
A great fest over at insanejournal.


phoenix_flies
 
 
maireadinish
09 May 2007 @ 02:22 pm
The Fifth House 
By MaireadInish 
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction; it is not intended to harm or change the world. I make no legal claims over the rights to this work. I do not own Harry Potter. 
Summary: This story is an AU. It is based on the omniocular May challenge and the fifth house challenge issued by maireadinish(that would be me. Please feel free to add your own response to this challenge.) 
Rating: PG (K+) 
Warnings I may offend accountants and pygmies. That is not completely intentional. Sorry. 

Godric Gryffindor swallowed hard against the discomfort he felt at being here. He didn’t want to be in this place, looking for someone who he didn’t know, but whose reputation definitely preceded him. The others had insisted, however, that the man was needed. And as the youngest of the four, Godric was often shunted off to do the scut work. 

Who else, Helga had asked distractedly as she shuffled building supplies among a dozen overzealous house elves, could they get to organize the stairs needed to both encourage the students to get to class on time and to remain defensible against possible invaders? Moving stairs would be the perfect thing to trip up any invaders, after all. Salazar had grudgingly admitted that despite his oddities, the man was actually quite brilliant. Rowena had logically added as well, “that many hands make light work” and that, as such, five was obviously better than four. She was always rather pedantic like that, huffed Godric to himself. No one had actually consulted him. 

And so Godric was dispatched to knock on the door of the oddest wizard of the age. He braced himself for what lie ahead, whether he was to be swamped by a surprise attack of half plucked (but otherwise healthy) pigeons, or hexed with gills and a burning desire to eat salmon. Unfortunately, as the man in question never repeated his traps, Godric would just have to be prepared for anything. 

And so he raised his hand and knocked. And waited. And waited some more. And then he waited still longer. Finally impatient, the wizard raised his hand to knock again, only to find that his hand stuck to the door and that he was slowly, but surely being sucked through the wood. 

Now, one may not be aware of this, but being sucked through four inches of oak is not a pleasant experience. Particularly, as in this case, he didn’t just come through the other side. Rather, he found himself fully sucked into the door, trapped between the outermost layers of wood and fully integrated into the grain, the wood both scratchy and viscous against his skin. It was a bit like being caught in headcheese laced with stone. In other words, decidedly uncomfortable. 

Some time later, a few hours perhaps, the owner of the house (hovel? Shack? Cottage? It was hard to tell from inside a door) arrived home. He gave a mighty guffaw and pulled the highly discomfited Godric from the door with one swift tug. 

Godric sat huffing on the floor where he had landed and looked up at his still chuckling host. The man was a short wizened man with a long black and silver beard and even longer hair, incongruously purple. He was dressed in a ragged robe, glitteringly gold, with an exceptionally large and stiff collar, sandals (despite the snow on the ground), and most unusual of all, a jellyfish jauntily perched on his head. 

“Patience,” my dear boy, the man croaked in an unusually frog-like voice “Is a vir... Oh, was that a paloon?” The man scampered off to look out the window, leaving Godric sitting open-mouthed on the floor. 

“Excuse me, um, sir?” Godric began as, after a moment to collect himself, he rose gracefully to his feet, “I was sent by my colleagues to present to you a proposal. You see…” 

“Hush, boy! You’ll attract hosenflies!” The man reprimanded with a hiss. “They always follow paloons. Nasty vermin they are, too.” 

“Um, yes, of course… sir.” Godric stammered dismissively, but in a reduced tone. “I have been commissioned by my colleagues to enquire as to whether you would be interested in an intellectual venture of, what we believe, to be of the utmost importance to the future of the wizarding world.” 

The man looked at Godric, unimpressed and harrumphed. “So old Sal finally admitted to needing me did he? I assume you’re here about this ‘school’ of yours, is it?” 

Godric flushed. It wasn’t just any old school. It was to be a thing of greatness, devoted to the education of witches and wizards until the end of existence. Their names would survive forever as the great founders of the greatest wizarding school ever created. Godric puffed out his chest and opened his mouth to continue. “Yes. I am here to ask you to join us as the fifth founder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” 

>~< 

No one really understood how the sorting hat chose members of Uric’s house. The hat refused to tell any of the headmasters. Some years, for example, the hat chose every fifth person who donned the hat. Other years, it seemed completely random. One year, an extremely gifted (and apparently very bored) Ravenclaw analyzed fifty years of sortings and determined that the names of those sorted directly and arithmantically equated to the fifth word of every seventh book in the library in the year 1672. This particular Ravenclaw left the wizarding world and became an accountant. 

The odd thing is, in its thousand year history, every member of Uric’s house, bizarrely named “Henry” considered their life a success. And, even by “normal” standards, they were mostly correct. One wizard, for example, by the name of Tom Riddle, wrapped in the purple and brown of his house, became an ambassador to the Pygmy wizards of southern Chile. It was a real boon for the man and he was much celebrated by his housemates. Until he was eaten. Damn Pygmies.
 
 
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maireadinish
09 May 2007 @ 02:21 pm
You know, I've been reading HP fic for a while now and although I've seen plenty of AU's in which Harry is raised by Snape, McGonnagall, Lupin, Dumbledore, and Sirius, plus combinations of all of the above. But, you know, I've never seen any where he's raised by Flitwick, Sprout, or any of the other teachers. Why is there no Filiusitus challenge? We all know Lily was talented in Charms after all. Or why hasn't Sinistra stormed into the Dursleys and swept poor little Harry to her bosom? She seems like she could be formidable. Or perhaps Sprout, while examining some bush finds little Harry abandoned underneath and raises him as her own? Okay that's all. As if I had nothing else to do today.
 
 
maireadinish
28 March 2007 @ 09:21 am
I would like to see an AU fic, from any time period involving canon characters (Dumbledore, McGonnagal, Riddle, Marauders, Trio, multiple - really, any generation) based on the premise that there were 5 founders and, therefore, 5 Hogwarts houses.

What characteristic would this house be based on? Who would have had an alternate sorting because of it? Was the 5th founder an eccentric who just took students at random during sortings, or students who really marched to the beat of their own drummer? Perhaps he or she was extremely organized and pragmatic and so sorted students based on these virtues - the positive of such students would be that they get things done - the downside is that they may be calculating and unable to improvise. Or maybe this founder focussed on pure compassion and helping people, no matter what (Poppy Pomphrey would make a great head of house for this house!), or perhaps this founder was a follower who turned out minions. Or maybe this founder was spiritual, or stern or respectable, or grave, or wholesome, or self-reliant, or funny, or creative, or innovative, or neutral, or unflinchingly Dark or Gray...

Anyway, the ideal fic would have a brief introduction of the fifth founder (or be based on the founders time) and later show an alternate sorting for some or multiple characters and how these sortings affect the timeline.

Or, if anyone has ever seen such a fic, please let me know.
 
 
maireadinish
18 March 2007 @ 09:24 pm
I just got back from the "staff getaway weekend (re: 25 hours, 5 of which were on the bus)" in Szczyrk (or however it is spelled). We had a really great time, even though it was a bit short. We left on Saturday after work and arrived at about 6:00. We ate dinner, played "team-building" (re: drinking) games and then hit the pub. We all got up at five (re: ten) to go for a hike (re: ride up the mountain on a ski lift). Now, to be fair to us, I got up at 8 and we did walk halfway down the mountain (the ski lift was shut down on account of high winds). So, our weekend away was a great success. Now I'm off to bed, so I'll be ready for work at 8 tomorrow. Dobranoc! (Pictures later this week - I hope).
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maireadinish
28 February 2007 @ 11:41 am

This is a church in Gliwice; the town where I currently live.  I pass it every day on my way to work.



This is a shot of Prague at night:



The Main Square in Prague



Part of the Wroclaw Rynek



The chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mines near Krakow
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maireadinish
25 February 2007 @ 05:57 pm
It's been a while since I posted, obviously, and so much has happened! I've now been teaching here for almost five months. I've travelled to Wroclaw, Krakow, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Prague. I'm hoping to go to Budapest in April, and *somewhere* in May.

Wroclaw is an amazing city; and unlike other places, devoid of tourists, for the most part. The Rynek (town square) is beautiful. The rynek is wonderfully colorful.  I spent the day with Caroline, Hugh, and Jamie just wandering around.  It was amazing.

In Krakow, I went to visit the Wieliczka Salt Mines.
So very beautiful - and all carved from salt!


I spent Christmas in the Baltic States.  Problem is, I was attacked by killer munchkins - I got away, but not without some damage to my poor knee.  Oh dear.  Estonia was by far my favorite place to visit.  It's old town was heavily influenced by their neighbors across the sea.  And it was such a great place to spend Christmas day.  




A few weeks ago I went to Prague for a weekend - now that was amazing stuff.  I saw castles, churches, concerts.  I drank beer, coffee and absinth and something that tasted like Christmas.  Nostrovia!


So, now I just have to plan what I'll do next... (Perhaps I'll try to figure out how to include photos, when the instructions are all in Polish <sigh>)
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