On the twelfth day of Christmas, adelynne sent to me...
Twelve morpheus reading
Eleven movies writing
Ten bookstores a-drawing
Nine atlantis cooking
Eight novels a-gaming
Seven ballads a-reviewing
Six languages editing
Five arthu-u-u-urian legends
Four tori amos
Three firebird books
Two mythical allusions
...and a grammar in a celtic mythology.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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adelynne: (geeking)
( Sep. 5th, 2007 10:54 am)
I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] hamsterwoman last week. Perhaps it's a quirk that it took me so long to come up with quirks.

1) List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself
2) Tag seven people to do the same.
3) Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you want to tag whoever wants to do it.


In no particular order save how they came to me. )

Now I tag [livejournal.com profile] buymeaclue, [livejournal.com profile] fuyu_no_fuhei, [livejournal.com profile] grailquestion, [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire, [livejournal.com profile] mrsix, [livejournal.com profile] lunaratu, and [livejournal.com profile] solnishka.
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Stolen cheerfully from [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire and [livejournal.com profile] lodessa (my two English geeks. :)

Book Meme )
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I've been out of sight of a computer for about 24 hours. Surprisingly, I am not getting withdrawal jitters. ;P

As a result, I missed the beginning of [livejournal.com profile] sirduke's Literary Friending Frenzy. Go forth and friend!
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I lack discipline. Every time I make plans, they get sidelined and I wind up reading Jane Austen instead. Not that reading Austen is bad, by any means, but I do have a book I need to rewrite in large chunks. And so, a meme stolen shamelessly borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] truepenny.

A List of First Sentences of Works in Various Stages of Progress:

Cut because I care, and you may not. )
adelynne: (Default)
( Jun. 27th, 2006 12:27 pm)

I died in the Dungeon of Adelynne

I was killed in a cobwebbed fountain room by Drglam the dragon, whilst carrying...

the Axe of Buffyx, the Armour of Soundingsea, the Crown of Garoul, the Armour of Lunaratu, the Axe of Fourteenlines, a Figurine of Truepenny, the Shield of Zayichik, the Crown of Solnishka, the Sword of Rosamund and 125 gold pieces.

Score: 162

Explore the Dungeon of Adelynne and try to beat this score,
or enter your username to generate and explore your own dungeon...



And when I spend way too much time playing this, it results in... )
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adelynne: (batman reads (porn?))
( Jun. 8th, 2006 12:01 am)
The instructions are as follows:
a. Choose ten of your all-time favorite books.
b. Take the first sentence of the first chapter (NOT the prologue) and make a list in your journal.
c. Don't reveal the author or the title of the book.
d. Now everyone try and guess.

Some of the "all-time" favorites are way too easy, so this is the current edition. I also cheat slightly in that there's one short story in the bunch. No Google for you and no particular order for me. (And yes, some of these shall be very easy, no matter how hard I try.)

1. Kaye spun down the worn, gray planks of the boardwalk. (Tithe - by Holly Black [livejournal.com profile] mroctober)

2. This is a story about magic and where it goes and perhaps more importantly where it comes from and why, although it doesn't pretend to answer all or any of these questions. (Equal Rites - by Terry Pratchett [livejournal.com profile] solnishka)

3. Celia Townsend's mother brought up the subject of debutante balls for the first time in June. ("Cotillion" by Delia Sherman, Firebirds, Sharyn November, ed. [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire)

4. I'll make my report as if I told a story, for I was taught as a child on my homeworld that Truth is a matter of the imagination. (The Left Hand of Darkness - by Ursula Le Guin [livejournal.com profile] chaoticgoodnik)

5. On December 7, 2059, Emilio Sandoz was released from the isolation ward of Salvador Mundi Hospital in the middle of the night and transported in a bread van to the Jesuit Residence at Number 5 Borgo Santo Spìrito, a few minutes' walk across St. Peter's Square from the Vatican. (The Sparrow - by Mary Doria Russell [livejournal.com profile] wayzgoose)

6. I'm not a teller of tales, not like the Rhymer. (Thomas the Rhymer - by Ellen Kushner [livejournal.com profile] chaoticgoodnik)

7. There once was a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire. (Stardust - by Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess [livejournal.com profile] lunaratu)

8. The Star-Bearer and Raederle of An sat on the crown of the highest of the seven towers of Anuin. (The Harpist in the Wind - Patricia McKillip [livejournal.com profile] the_jackalope)

9. The Hall of the Chimeras, having no windows, was lit by seven massive candelabra hanging above the mosaic floor like monstrous birds of prey. (Mélusine - by Sarah Monette [livejournal.com profile] mroctober)

10. Always remember that they come from the desert. (The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire)
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( May. 15th, 2006 08:31 pm)
Explain your LiveJournal name and its meaning. When you're done, tag as many people as there are letters in your name.

I spent far too much time figuring out what name to use for this LJ.

My first two role-playing characters had "Del" inside their names - Adelyn & Delwyn (also the y, but we'll get to that in a moment). As I didn't particularly like the real-life nickname my aunt had saddled me with shortly after my arrival in the states, [livejournal.com profile] fuyu_no_fuhei started calling me "Del" (also, her character called Adelyn that, so it wasn't a particularly difficult transition).

When I decided to create this LJ, I wanted to incorporate that, plus something of Slavic origin. And if I could somehow incorporate the meaning of my rl first name, that'd be cool, too. Sadly, "Adelina" and it's variants were taken. So I went back to "Adelyn" (which was also taken) because the Y is the first letter of my first name. After much wrangling with language and polling of friends, I settled on "Adelynne," which still has the meaning and the Y, even if it lacks anything resembling Slavic roots. So instead I use "Delinka" (a Russian diminutive of "Del") as my e-mail address.

I now tag: [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn, [livejournal.com profile] garoul, [livejournal.com profile] grailquestion, [livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire, [livejournal.com profile] lunaratu, [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns, [livejournal.com profile] rosamund, and [livejournal.com profile] the_jackalope.
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I can't believe I forgot these!

Londo Mollari - Babylon 5 is Londo's story. We are so easily caught up in the fantastic struggle between humans and the minbari, everyone v. the Shadows, the Shadows v. the Vorlons, and everyone against everyone else that we forget whose voice welcomed us on board the 2.5 million tons of spinning metal, 5 miles long and located in neutral space.

Epic love stories like Sheridan and Delenn's, awesome space battles, and Arthurian myth merging with Lord of the Rings in physically-plausible (at least for the humans) science fiction all served as window dressing for the fall of our tragic hero.

Because as he rises, he falls. And his attempts at good and right for his people result in tragedy, unto his very death (no spoiler there; Londo tells us how he dies in the first episode of the first season).

It is still a tale of a patriot, a believer. A man who tried to do right and had his every happiness stripped from him in the doing.

It is also the best thing to ever grace the small screen. For a few moments, the new Battlestar Galactica came close, but its fall has made B5's legacy abundantly clear.

The story of Londo Mollari has brought tears to my eyes and had a profound effect on my upbringing. Debate, discussion, and elaborate storytelling found home in my houselhold 1993-1998. It forged a bond between my father, my sister, and I when, as an angsty, lonely teen, I was drifting away.

Londo taught me that means are just as important as the ends, but unto his last, one may still redeem himself.

Lawrence of Arabia - When I went over [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner's house back in December to help her recover data and reinstall software, both she and Delia Sherman highly recommended this movie. At the time it was playing at the Kendall, and the discussion centered on how it was a move made to be seen on as big a screen as possible.

Alas, with applications and the holiday season, I couldn't see it then. But through the magic of Netflix it arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. And, after convincing my friends that their ridiculously huge HDTV was necessary for this undertaking, we sat down to watch.

First let me state that Ellen and Delia were right on all counts. The movie is a cinematic masterpiece - gorgeous vistas and brilliant cinematography. It is a slow, winding piece that takes its time and doesn't skimp on characters, setting, or plot. It is subtle, and understated, and masterfully acted. The score is spectacular. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

I also completely failed to recognize Alec Guiness in Prince Feisal's make-up. *Hangs head in shame.* I would say that my defense is only ever seeing him in Star Wars, that's no defense at all, really.

Thematic and Plot Spoilers )

(And yes, I did make a new icon especially for this post.)
adelynne: (a song of ice and fire)
( May. 1st, 2006 11:19 pm)
A few days ago, [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns assigned me the letter "L" for the 10-things-you-love meme. It took me quite a long time to come up with 10 things, and by the time I did, I had 11. Whoops. Here it is (in alphabetical order):

1. Languages - I think this one stems from my love of reading. Some of the earliest books I remember reading were translations, and it was always ingrained in me, even before we left the USSR, that I would need to know more than one language. They sound nice, each one with its own rhythm and style. Family and individuality. Communcation and my love of talking and writing also contribute, but there is, I think, an underlying unease about not knowing a language and not understanding what's said. It probably stems from immigrating - not understanding German, or Italian, and especially not English (and 2-5th graders are mean little bastards when you can't understand what they say). I don't ever want to be that helpless again.

2. Lannister, Jaime - ASoIaF Spoilers Through A Feast for Crows )

3. Lannister, Tyrion - ASoIaF Spoilers Through A Feast for Crows, once more )

4. Lavender - It's clean, soothing, and helps my migraines. I love the scent, as it can put me to sleep or revive my ability to think. Just breathing in lavender relaxes me, and it reminds me of undergrad evenings in my room, getting back massages from one of my housemates that allowed me to function during CS project all-nighters. It's odd that I miss that, but I do. There was a great deal of social that no longer happens now that I no longer live in a house with 5 people.

5. Left Hand of Darkness, The - Spoilers for... well, everything. )

6. Legends - Any kind, really. From folklore of Koschei the Undying and Ivan the Simple (and Baba Yaga, naturally) to the Celtic cycles, to Greek, Roman, Sumerian, Norse, Japanese, Hindu, Egyptian, and I'm sure I've forgotten a few pantheons. I grew up with my dad telling me the latter and my mom telling me the former. I think it's the concise storytelling and what it says about human nature that really appeals. Kind of like balladry (which can be a subset, too) - storytelling skeleton where only the essentials remain over time.

7. Lilacs - Lilac is the first scent I remember clearly, even from Kiev. They were my late grandfather's favorite flower, and while I still lived in Ohio, every spring we'd cut a branch or two and put it at his gravesite. But even before he passed away, it wasn't spring until I smelled lilacs blooming. Then May seemed that much brighter and the sun more refreshing. My mom also loves lilacs - I can count on a vase of them if I go visit this month. They remind her of Kiev, blooming with tulips, poppies, and lilacs, and buckeye trees in the springtime. I know I shouldn't remember it, but I do recall wide boulevards of tall, shady, blooming trees.

8. Literature - Do I really need to explain this one, given the blather on books and characters above? Yes? Oh, well. Here goes... )

9. Logan Echolls - Vague S2 Spoilers )

10. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The - Hoo-boy. Unrepentant squeeing )

11. Loreena McKennitt - Other people spent their angsty teenage years listening to Nine Inch Nails, and I did too. But the memories I have of high school inevitably end in driving home with Loreena McKennitt in my CD player and my girl friends singing along with Book of Secrets or The Visit. She's got a haunting, melodic voice that draws you in and enchants. And the influence ranges the world over - from Celtic myths and Tennyson to the Trans-Siberian railroad and Morocco. She might very well be the musical equivalent of my reading obsession.
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( Sep. 20th, 2005 03:06 pm)
Doctor says I have strep. I seek to console myself in mindless memery.

[livejournal.com profile] lareinenoire says to post a favorite poem, and in English, I have two:

If )

And Sonnet 116 )

What's yours?
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