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Your Life Path Number is 6

Your purpose in life is to help others

You are very compassionate, and you offer comfort to those around you.
It pains you to see other people hurting, and you do all in your power to help them.
You take on responsibility, and don't mind personal sacrifice. You are the ultimate giver.

In love, you offer warmth and protection to your partner.

You often give too much of yourself, and you rarely put your own needs first.
Emotions tend to rule your decisions too much, especially when it comes to love.
And while taking care of people is great, make sure to give them room to grow on their own.
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Saw this on lanisfanfiction and laughed so hard at my own, I had to borrow...

Harry Potter Meme of All Memes by Osaku
WandEbony, 9", Dragon Heartstring
Best CourseCare of Magical Creatures
Worst CourseHerbology
PetLong-Eared Owl
Quidditch JobReferee
Wizard CandySherbert Balls
Profession After SchoolProfessional Quidditch Player
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Snapeslash - it's official!

Last week I got my copy of 'Mapping The World of Harry Potter', edited by Mercedes Lackey. And OMG is it hilarious! Several sci-fi/fantasy authors have worked on this, some of them extremely well known! I own books written by these people! So, naturally I just had to check it out.

Chapters include:

* The Dursleys as Social Commentary (by Roberta Gellis)
* Neville Longbottom, the Hero with A Thousand Faces (by Martha Wells)
* Hermione Granger and the Charge of Sexism (by Sarah Zettel)
* Why Dumbledore Had To Die (by Lawrence Watt-Evans)
* Ich Bin Ein Hufflepuff (by Susan R. Matthews)
* The Proper Wizard's Guide To Good Manners (by Roxanne Conrad)
* Why Killing Harry Potter is the Worst Outcome for Voldemort (by Richard Garfinkle)
* Harry Potter and the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselor (by Misty Lackey herself!!)

But the funniest, and the weirdest chapter is To Sir, With Love by Joyce Millman. Subtitle: How Fan Fiction Transformed Professor Snape from a Greasy Git to a Byronic Hero... Who's Really, Really into S/M.

And it's all about Snapeslash! (and Snapehet, but I'm happy to overlook that!) Millman actually references several fanfics ('Love's Labours, Paradise Lost', 'Tea with the Black Dragon' and 'Snape in Love', and mentions specifically.

"For a sarcastic, hook-nosed, greasy-haired git, Professor Severus Snape sure gets a lot of action. Down in his dungeon apartment at Hogwarts, the Potions Master has a big, curtained bed with silk sheets in Slytherin green or black (the same colors as his silk underwear). He is never lacking for sexual partners: schoolgirls, schoolboys, witches, wizards, prostitutes, colleagues, he has had them all. Snape is an expert lover, seductive and inventively sadistic. He has a secret passion for the tango. He is a stickler for old-fashioned formality. He's also a stickler for old-fashioned discipline, spanking naughty students over his knee (usually before ravaging them on his desk). Severus Snape is living large but, still, he suffers - oh, how he suffers! He is hated, feared, alone. Long ago, he loved a woman. Or a man. Whatever. The point is, it ended badly. But his frozen heart has been thawed by, a) Hermione; b) Harry; c) Draco; d) All of the above. He is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, omnisexual, a virgin. And oh, yes - he masturbates a lot. In the shower." (BenBella Books, 2005)

Yes!! This *is* Snape! This is the Snape I see in fanfiction all over the place. And now it's been acknowledged officially, in print. I simply can't wipe the grin off my face.

But, you know, I'd *really* like to see someone actually write option d). Snacarrione, anyone??


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Happy Birthday to me!!

Well, it was actually a week ago, but who's counting? ;D

I've been very spoilt this year. My wonderful friends took me out to two lunches, two dinners and a weekend away at the snow. *Very* spoilt!

But it strikes me that my friends are just that: *my* friends. They're not particularly friendly with each other, even though they do occasionally meet up because of me. Why is this so? Do I pick friends with such diverse interests & occupations that they can't get along with others without me to mediate? Or is it me? Am I such a social butterfly that I *try* to keep them apart, on the 'more for me' principle? Hmmm... I don't think so, but it's something to think about.

Back on track... Thredbo was wonderful! I hiked, skiied and, yes, I tried snowboarding! (Kate, if you're reading this, pick yourself up off the floor, go into the kitchen and get yourself a large glass of water before you die laughing!! ;D)

On the way up to the snow we stopped off in Jindabyne for supplies (*much* cheaper than in Thredbo) and I noticed a little gallery exhibiting photos. I wandered in, and was absolutely flabbergasted to see the owner... Michael Lees! I remember Mike as a dorky nerd who sat next to me in English in high school. *God* has he changed. He's gorgeous! And an internationally renowned photographer! And gorgeous! ;D

He very sweetly gave me a bunch of unframed photos that weren't quite up to 'shop' standard (not that I could tell what was wrong with them) and some very pretty post-packs... anyways, I've sent a batch on their way to all of you. Pumpkin, Y and Amber, you ladies should have a lovely surprise next week (considering the vagaries of Australia Post!) Kristy, I'll bring yours with me the next time I visit (not that I'm sure you'll ever read this, I don't even think you know about ljs, still better safe than sorry!)

Back on the topic of birthdays, specifically mine ;D, I was gloating over my presents when I realised that they were all... eerily similar. A case of wine, five bottles of alcohol, four boxes of chocolate (three were Lindt, my favourite!!) a book and a book voucher! My friends know me so well! Yes, I *am* a chocoholic lush, thank you very much!!


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Back again, back again, jiggety jig!

I'm baaaaack! Have been away from my work 'puter for, oh, far too long. Was working, was sick, was whining to anyone who would listen. Got a brisk smack in the head when a friend pointed out that I wasn't doing that badly... so I stopped feeling sorry for myself & decided to go looking at lj entries. Hi Pumpkin! Will this do for evil points?

Life is... interesting. (Well, how else can I put it?) Work has been... especially intersting! My boss broke his leg a couple of weeks ago, and I had to go to various interstate meetings in his place. Not a bad thing, this. But I was feeling a little under the weather, knew I was coming down with *something* and lo! I got a sinus infection. A *bad* sinus infection.

Sinus toothache sucks!!

So, I had ten days off. And my boss took that time off as well, due to his leg. Now my staff are wonderful, lovely people. But motivated they are not! That is why *I'm* there, with my long leather whip, and chocolates for bribes. While they all did their own work without any dramas whatsoever (for which I thanked them profusely!) none of them stepped up and took work from *my* desk. Or my boss'. May their armpits be infested with the fleas of a thousand camels.

I came back to work to a snowed-under desk, a stack of telephone messages taller than my Coke bottle, and several hundred work-related e-mails.

And I'm going to Germany in August, for a conference. I'm supposed to present a 90-minute talk on what I do. Which won't be hard... but I *hate* public speaking. I've got this nasal kind of voice that makes me sound arrogant. My friends and colleagues know to look past 'the voice' and listen to what I have to say. The people I'll meet in Germany won't. How do I baffle them with my bullshit, when in all probability they won't be listening to me?

Germany will be good, though. Encountering international experts in my field will be nice. Telling them about what I do will be painful, but probably will work out okay in the end. No, the really great part will be meeting up with my cousin, who lives in Germany with her hubby and baby boy. I haven't seen her in, oh, ten years or so. E-mail and chat can only go so far. I'm already being loaded up with presents for her and her family.

Pumpkin... if you've made it this far, will you send me your snail-mail addy? I'd love to send *you* some cards & stuff.

Cheers for now

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My first entry!!

Well, here I am. And it's all Pumpkin's fault! (And RavenD's as well of course!) Thanks, ladies! I'll do anything for Rock, Rigger & Dick!!

Not sure I'll be using this much, except to read the lovely stuff at stems&feathers...