The Lady In The Tower

I think of nothing. But I imagine everything.

Lyrical Verse Masterlist
So, I've decided to create new masterlists - and, eventually, delete the original one - for my different fandoms and series. I'm starting with the easiest, which is for my Lyrical Verse, my Hetalia series focusing originally on the UK siblings. Starting to branch out some now, but that is still the basic idea. The name comes from something about every fic being inspired by or taken from a song.

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Masterlist of Everything
Right, so... I really should have done this a long time ago, but here we are. Time to post my masterlist.

TudorsCollapse )

A Moment To Be Real (AMTBR)Collapse )

InceptionCollapse )

Other FicsCollapse )

Fanfic TrailersCollapse )
Other FanvidsCollapse )

Oh, look, I'm back with more thinky thoughts

So I've been thinking, in the course of plotting out what began as an X-Men movies AU and then morphed into a Marvel movieverse AU (no, seriously, it's mostly Avengers and X-Men, but Spiderman and Fantastic Four will probably cameo and I'll even give a shoutout to Daredevil if the opportunity hits). It really, really sucks to be one of the support system.

By which I mean friends and significant others. Because think about it. If you're part of a superhero team and dating a teammate, at least you can do your best to watch their back(s). Same for your good friends on the team. But what if you're Pepper watching the news out of New York on an airplane, or Jane who might not have even known what happened when it was all over, or Darcy who was God only knows where at the time of Avengers. What about being any of the students at Xavier's left behind when the X-Men went to Liberty Island or Alcatraz, and especially Alkali Lake, when they'd just escaped invading soldiers and had no clue what was happening?

It's just an idea that struck me, how it feels to be the people on the sidelines. With that in mind, and also my love for Darcy, I've got this idea. Say one of the X-Men is the only adult relative of a kid who is almost certainly human, said kid would probably still end up a student at the school, yeah? I originally wanted to make Darcy a mutant (and still might, but to keep with the idea that she has way too much experience waiting, her power will be non-combat-useful) but is the idea of a human at 'Mutant High' because of extenuating circumstances actually workable? I just really adore the idea of having someone who is just so used to this waiting thing as part of the Avengers' group. (Especially as I ship Bruce/Darcy to crazy degrees seeing as they've never met.) So, what do you guys think? About the sidelines thing in general or the story idea in particular?

Meme Time!
New meme, nicked from rodlox!

WIP Meme!

1. Go to page 7 of your most recent WiP
2. Count seven lines down
3. Copy and paste the next seven lines of text

I went to page 14 instead because the WiP in question is a chapter fic and page 7's part of a posted chapter. So, here's a little snippet from my Hetalia fic, 'In The Days of Auld Lang Syne'.

Admittedly, India was roughly the same age as China himself, and while he didn't have a secret admirer, he was getting all worked up over something he probably shouldn't be so worried about. It's Ireland, and her suddenly indifferent attitude towards him. He first noticed that she was acting different after Halloween, but since the New Year it's been even worse. He's tried asking her, and she insists that nothing is wrong.

So, he'd have to try another approach. Three of Ireland's brothers came regularly to the meetings; England because he had to, Northern Ireland because he sometimes covered for England when things are particularly messy and had to be kept up-to-date, and Wales because he always covered for England at UN meetings and so also insisted on being kept equally up-to-date.

Writer's Block: Singles Awareness Day
Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day?
I like it, even though I'm single. I'm always hoping to hear some kind of cute story - and also, you know, fandom gets cute around this time, so that's always fun. I just sit back and enjoy it.

Meme Response: Uneasy Lies The Head
1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some tv show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

(#4 is optional)

rodlox prompted me with: "if Inception ever had a kid with one of those dynastic programs (The Tudors, Edward & Wallace, Blackadder, etc), the progeny would be..." which is, you know, right up my alley. I took it as a sort of Tudors/Inception crossover, albeit in an alternative Tudor period.

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In The Days of Auld Lang Syne, Chapter 2
Title: In The Days of Auld Lang Syne
Chapter Title: Going Down In An Earlier Round
Series: Lyrical 'verse
Fandom: Axis Powers Hetalia
Rating: PG-13
Characters: (In this chapter) England, Ireland, Wales,  Northern Ireland, Hong Kong, Canada,  Sealand, Kugelmugel, Austria, Portugal, America
Pairings: America/Portugal, England/America/Portugal (possibly only on England's part, possibly one-sided Ireland/India and Austria/Wales; France/Scotland, Cornwall/Brittany, Canada/Prussia, and other pairings yet to be revealed
Summary: New Year's resolutions lead to so much more. Some are seeking answers or absolution, some are making confessions, and others are just trying to help. For the British-Celtic family and those tied to them, 2012 will be a very important year.
Chapter Summary: Resolutions are made, but no one knows just how momentous they will turn out to be.
Disclaimer: Nothing's mine but the OCs, and the headcanon. Chapter title, cut text, and song quote from Fall Out Boy's Sugar We're Going Down.
A/N: Too long, see bottom of the page.


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Not Sure Which Way To Go
Title: Not Sure Which Way To Go
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Series: These Twists And Turns of Fate
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: pre-pairing for Charles/Erik and Alex/Darwin, past!Emma Frost/Sebastian Shaw
Summary: Charles uses a different argument on the beach, and it changes everything.
Disclaimer: Not mine, except for Chiyo, though her daughter is not mine either. The quote is from a Hoobastank song, as is the title, so also not mine.
A/N: Originally this was section one of my X-Men Big Bang, but writer's block and other things struck, forcing me to drop out. However, I'm not giving up on this 'verse.

OK, so LJ cut formatting is still fucked up in Rich Text and I don't like using HTML, so instead of actually posting this here I'm just going to link to my DW - it was too long and wouldn't crosspost when I put it up there. I just don't feel like fighting with LJ, I'm starting to understand more and more why people are leaving here. :/ You can comment either here or there, doesn't matter. :D


Another Bill In Congress (Not Online Piracy But Don't Skim By)


Above is a link to Congressman Charles Dent's (R-PA) video where he discusses the bill he is co-sponsoring, the Enemy Expatriation Act (H.R. 3166), followed by a link to the bill's text. The bill, if passed, is meant "to add engaging in or supporting hostilities against the United States to the list of acts for which United States nationals would lose their nationality." (Quote from govtrack.us) Now, Dent says that the bill is meant to take away American citizenship from terrorists, presumably to make the American people safer.

I respect the intention to stop terrorism and protect innocent people. I'm one of the people being protected, I very well should. But things like this scare me. Why? Well, for one thing, the bill doesn't specify how this is to be determined. Someone will lose their citizenship for engaging in or supporting "hostilities" and hostilities in this context means "any conflict subject to the laws of war". It makes no mention of how this is to be proven. I'd like to be optimistic and believe that very strong proof of involvement or support will be needed to strip someone of their nationality, but... This bill gives no indication one way or another.

It's not this bill that is the truly frightening thing, though. The issue here is the precedent it could so easily set. This bill talks about hostilities. But could someone use this bill to write another one where "hostilities" is replaced with "dissent"? I honestly don't know, and I'm not trying to start a panic, but I feel like there needs to be something more concrete. At least tell us what, precisely, counts as support. Tell us how this will be determined, tell us what proof there will need to be before an American citizen loses that title. Because I read this and I wonder if it will end here.

I support anti-terrorism measures. I don't want another terrorist attack to happen in the US, or anywhere else for that matter, not ever. I just wish this bill was more specific. Engaging in hostilities is obvious, but what constitutes support? Sending money, most likely. But what else? Directly saying that you believe in al-Qaeda? Or saying something that runs counter to "America's ideals", a phrase Congressman Dent uses in his video? The former is supporting terrorism, and I can live with that, though I still don't like the precedent it sets. But the latter, that isn't terrorism. That's dissent. "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty." Edward R. Murrow, considered the father of broadcast news, said that in the 1950s, and it's still true.

I would like to think that our government believes that. I would like to think that they would never have that confusion, and will not be tempted to move against those who do not support terrorists, but merely disagree with their country. As American citizens we're allowed to disagree. If that disagreement leads to threatening the safety of others directly or indirectly, then measures should be taken to protect that safety. But if it does not, then there is no justification for punishment.

I've been trying to find a media report on this from a trustworthy source, some sort of report that will hopefully go more in-depth on this issue, perhaps with an interview from Congressman Dent or one of his co-sponsors. I can't find anything, and the news I have found comes from outlets I'm not familiar with and can't be sure are on the level. I tried the New York Times, I tried the Washington Post. There are no articles on either website. I can't say if that is a good or a bad sign. I hope that I'm reading too much into this, and that the intent behind this bill is exactly what Congressman Dent says it is, and that only true supporters of terrorist organizations will be targeted by it should it pass. I just can't find enough reliable information to be certain of that.

The fiasco continues
They really don't give up, do they? The Tumblr crew's calling it World Wide Web War, and really, starting to think they have a point... o_O

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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