Who’s On Top?

dariaw posted the other day about topping preferences for fictional pairings and it’s got thinky thoughts percolating in my brain about the nature of Jack & Daniel’s relationship

In the post, Ronon Dex/John Sheppard, with Ronon topping John was mentioned. That’s not a pairing I’ve ever considered – I thought I was a McShep girl (Also, I don’t have a topping preference there which is… interesting) – but now that it’s been shown to me… it basically stopped me in my tracks and now I’m yes and please and now!
Any/all recommendations for Ronon topping John gratefully accepted… please, show me the love!

Also, as an aside, I’m watching Justice League and holy mother of… fuck me… Jason Momoa’s wife is a seriously lucky woman.

Right. Where was I?
Jack. Daniel. Who’s on top.

In my mind, it can go either way. As I said in my reply, sometimes I like Jack on top and sometimes I like Daniel on top. Sometimes I like a nice ‘fight’ for dominance. It depends on so much – situation, where in the series the fic is set, levels of evil, playfulness, location…
If we’re talking an even marginally evil Daniel, he’s always on top.
If we’re talking first season innocent Daniel, Jack is – but Daniel has to initiate the proceedings.

But that just happens to be how I feel about it. What do you think?

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Mini Book Review – Raging Star by Moira Young

Raging Star (Dust Lands, #3)Raging Star by Moira Young
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Shelved as: dystopia, fantasy, romance, young-adult

A good ending to this series
Saba and her gang have their work cut out trying to stay together and alive. With DeMalo and his Tonton guards trying to create the perfect world. They find themselves in a race against time with the Blood Moon looming but with the upper hand and a plan that seems good enough to out wit but with deadly consequences for some of our favourite characters along with some deception and betrayal. A fitting end to this series but with some sadness along the way.

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And she’s back

Easter – and Spring – in general are times of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth, so, what better time than to bring this abandoned blog back to life. Or at least make every effort to do so because I really do want to do this as a hobby. It’s just a case of finding a space in my routine for it. And since it’s a long weekend, I can have a sort through and a clear out and figure out what I’m doing with it, what my intentions and goals are – not just here but all over social media

I’ve also started writing again. Jack O’Neill/Daniel Jackson, naturally. I just had this mental image in my mind of Daniel excitedly geeking out over something and the Colonel with his chin in his hand, fond expression on his face just… watching him.
And so, attempting to write it.

Once I’m done with the tidying up, I’m going to write a new introduction since I’m sure anyone who’s still here has completely forgotten who I am… stay tuned, folks!

Hannah Mitchell: Ravenclaw

I was 14 the first time I read a little book called Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone. I had always loved books about boarding schools, I grew up on Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers and St Clare’s series. I was getting into science fiction and fantasy so a book that was about a boarding school for magical kids was a brilliant idea.

So many of my friends read the books, I met so many people online through the love of the books. I remember midnight release parties at the local Waterstones. I remember how excited I was when the movies came out and perfect I thought Emma, Rupert and Daniel were. I wanted to be Hermione Granger – but always thought she belonged with Harry, not Ron. I wanted to be in Ravenclaw – I was a total bookwork who loved learning and was always top of the class. I was never brave enough for Gryffindor.

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.

I cried so hard at the end of Deathly Hallows – the idea of there being no more books, no more Harry, Ron & Hermione… I was devastated.
I cried again watching the 2nd Deathly Hallows movie for the same reason.
I know they live on in my heart but it was… the end of an era.

And then there was The Cursed Child. I’m not a huge fan of the storyline, I’m not a fan of the way Harry is as a father but then again, you can’t expect him to win any Father Of The Year prizes considering he never exactly had a stable father figure.
But I digress. It was being able to re-enter the world that Rowling had created that, that had shaped my formative years… being able to go back again was the wonder and the joy.

Fantastic Beasts fully reignited that love. I was skeptical at first, I had no idea how a movie – how a series of movies – could be made from that book. I will admit I spoiled myself, I read everything I could about it to prepare myself and I think I was already in love with Newt before the film even started. Again, the chance to go back into the Magical World – and a whole new part of it. It was breathtaking. And I loved it.

You can only imagine my excitement and the current new news coming out about the second film. And how amazing does Jude Law look as a young Dumbledore. I couldn’t picture him at all but now I see it and it’s just YES! I can’t wait!

Urban Legends

I’ve been fascinated with Urban Legends for years, especially the creepy ones, and sometimes I’ll spend hours reading about them, even if some of the stories are ones I’ve read before

An urban legend, urban myth, urban tale, or contemporary legend is a form of modern folklore. It usually consists of fictional stories, often presented as true, with macabre or humorous elements, rooted in local popular culture. These legends can be used for entertainment purposes, as well as semi-serious explanations for random events such as disappearances and strange objects.

Urban legends are spread by any media, including newspapers, e-mail and social media. In America in 1938 a radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds supposedly caused mass panic, though the program had a relatively small audience.

Some urban legends have passed through the years with only minor changes to suit regional variations. More recent legends tend to reflect modern circumstances, like the story of people ambushed and anesthetized, who awaken minus one kidney, which was supposedly surgically removed for transplantation

The term “urban legend,” as used by folklorists, has appeared in print since at least 1968. Jan Harold Brunvand, professor of English at the University of Utah, introduced the term to the general public in a series of popular books published beginning in 1981. Brunvand used his collection of legends, The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends & Their Meanings (1981) to make two points: first, that legends and folklore do not occur exclusively in so-called primitive or traditional societies, and second, that one could learn much about urban and modern culture by studying such tales.

Many urban legends are framed as complete stories with plot and characters. The compelling appeal of a typical urban legend is its elements of mystery, horror, fear or humor. Often they serve as cautionary tales. Some urban legends are morality tales that depict someone, usually a child, acting in a disagreeable manner, only to wind up in trouble, hurt, or dead – such as the boy who cried wolf.

Some of my favourites include The Black Dog, Bloody Mary, Chupacabra, Hookman, Killer in the Backseat, The Licked Hand, and the Vanishing Hitchhiker.

On Writing

Have first lines always been this difficult or am I just seriously out of practice at writing fanfiction?

I have mostly plotted out my story for my jd_ficathon assignment, I know when and how it’s based and everything. I’m just not entirely sure how it starts or whether it’s from Jack or Daniel’s POV. I know it’s based during/post The Light so perhaps it’ll serve me well for watching it and making some notes about things and maybe that’ll help me find the first line.

I wish I was one of those writers who can jump in at a random point in a story and then backfill – but if I start at point B, point A never happens. And as a reader, I don’t like stories that make me feel I’ve been dropped into the middle of things, I like to have a defined start, so I know where I am.

Top 5 Music Artists

I love my alternative rock, especially 90s alt rock and this has been really hard to narrow down to just 5. I think right now my answers would be:

Day 3) 5 Favorite Music Artists

1) Foo Fighters
Now this never changes. The Foo Fighters have been my favourite band for as long as I can remember and I can’t see this changing any time soon. I just plain adore them. And my favourite song of theirs would probably be Times Like These – hence the title of my journal

2) Green Day
The best live concert I ever want to was Green Day at the Milton Keynes Bowl way back in 2005. They were incredible, they absolutely blew me away. I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard Basket Case as a teenager and its still one of my favourite songs

3) Fall Out Boy
Honestly, I was kind of determined not to like FOB. Sugar We’re Going Down was so overplayed and I got so fed up of it that I was just not interested. But they kind of crept under my defences and somehow they’re now one of my favourites. How does that work? Favourite song is probably My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark

4) blink-182
It was love at first listen to All The Small Things. I went straight out and bought Enema Of The State and proceeded to fall even more in love. I’ve not heard any of their more recent work and I’m not a huge fan of their early stuff but like Enema, Take Off Your Pants & Jacket and Blink-182 are my jam.

5) My Chemical Romance
Another band I didn’t expect to like but their music grabbed me when watching Kerrang one day. Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is one of my most played CDs ever – like, I had to replace it because I killed it, level of overplayed. You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison is easily my favourite track of theirs

I think a special mention needs to be given to Linkin Park. RIP Chester ♥

Right now I am listening to System Of A Down – Chop Suey!