szzzt: Naruto crouches, kunai in his mouth, forming a ninja hand sign. (bamf)
So I have been reading some books!

Also I have not been turning the computer on very much. Not sure why. Possibly I developed an allergy to it. I am still away, but possibly I will come back soon--partly because I have read a lot of books and I am now somewhat out of books to read and eyeing GWAddiction hungrily.

But, let's talk about the paper books I've been reading. Liquor and Prime by Poppy Z. Brite: not books about vampires, but books about cooking! (Sadly, unlike Sunshine by Robin McKinley, not about both at once.) In fact these are excellent books about cooking, with a truly sweet relationship between two chefs at the center of the story. Unlike all fic ever, Being Gay causes them no angst. They are too busy running the (*#$&(ing restaurant. (Being filled with chefs, these books have lots of swearing. I was impressed.) Liquor is better than Prime because it has the origin-story advantages, but I will happily read the third book and misc short stories in this series if I ever find them.

And you know--

There are lots of manga that are about finding something you love and learning how to do it really, really well; most sports manga qualify, as do 'career/calling' manga like Hikaru no Go (playing Go), Gaku (mountain climbing), Kami no Shizuku (wine tasting), etc. I hear there was one some years ago that was about a vet practice and caused a huge bump in the number of vet school applicants. I find these stories fascinating. Passion for craft is passion for craft, and this story could be retold a million times and be new every time, because the details of every craft are different, and this story revels in the details. The funny thing, though, is that this story doesn't seem to be told very often in English-language fiction; not in fantasy or scifi anyway. Why? It's so awesome! Am I missing a genre somewhere?

(A quick mental search for passioncraft books just turned up China Mountain Zhang and some Heinlein juveniles. Surely that can't be all!) Maybe a single novel is just too short to tell a passioncraft story properly, compared to manga with thousands of pages to lavish on it. Liquor doesn't attempt to tell the entire story, for sure; it elides a lot and picks up right mid-career for the two protagonists, tossing the reader in with fine disregard. A manga would have started at age 12 to wring every bit out of coming of age and finding the love of the cooking, but Liquor realizes quite well that it has to pick its timespan, and uses good old third-person omni recollection to sneak in the most important early scenes.

Someday I want to write a story about a tower crane operator, set on a tower crane. Man, I really do. There is like nothing on the Internet about tower crane operation. I'm so curious. Immigrant tension on a construction site...mafia graft...amnesia... Okay, so that story was gonna be a Koori no Mamono AU fic and might still be, but it's firmly in "ofic with fandom stamped on" territory, which is fine with me. Gots to write the ofics someday.
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)
Soundtracks accidental, serendipitous and contrived... To be added to as the fancy strikes me.
Kenshin canon Era (Lucio Battisti) This song is old! Did you know? I listened to it for years before I ever looked it up. -
modern-times AU Maybe Sprout Wings (The Mountain Goats) -
Cyberpunk Kenshin "Blades of Blood," "Witchy Woman" (Vathara) Wires (Athlete) 88 downloads? Someone really likes this song. Or maybe you agree cyberpunk Kenshin is delicious.
→fanart for "Witchy Woman"
Kingdom Hearts Axel Returning to the Fold (The Thermals) The vast majority of Thermals songs are basically written for Organization XIII -
Sora ++ Stamp (Nishino Kana)
Deep in Your Heart (Doumoto Kouichi)
"Stamp" is clearly Sora+Roxas. "Deep in Your Heart" is Sora+Everyone! Especially Riku. -
Vagrant Story Ashley + Sydney Wood (Second Person) I basically just loop this while I'm playing the game now -
FF7 canon Unless It's Kicks (Okkervil River)
To The Sky (Maps)
One of these broke my heart. Wry u do that, Okkervil River, wry? -
fanon (Particularly fics by ciceqi) Core and Rind (Andrew Bird) Seph on lead vocals and guitar, Cloud on guitar, Zack on drums, Reno on keyboard, Rude on bass, everyone on backup vocals! -
Gundam Wing canon Here's Your Future (The Thermals)
I Let It Go (The Thermals)
The rest of Thermals songs are written for GW -
"Freeport" (Maldoror) St. Rosa and the Swallows (The Thermals) Duo sings most songs for the GW boys, but this song is for himself -
"The Arrangement" (Maldoror) To Destruction (Dolorean) →lyrics I love Wufei so much -
01x02 Half Life (Imogen Heap)
How We Fade (The Thermals)
Damn, and I don't even like this aspect of this pairing! Imogen Heap is made of shiny.
"How We Fade" could work in a zillion places, but 01x02 deserve kickass, so it goes here.
01 Pulverized (Calla) I knew there was something Heero would sing! Probably! -
05x01 A Stare Like Yours (The Thermals) All Thermals, all the time~
This song would work for 05x02 too, but I say the surly pair gets it.
psycho 02 For Real (Okkervil River) Ah, the hallowed and venerable "Psycho Duo" subgenre. What, you say? You need an introduction?

I only recently started listening to this album (Black Sheep Boy) with full attention and @_@ I now realize this is just the most obviously crazy psycho song on it. (Yes, I thought "A Glow" was sappy romance for years!)
02+05 Bastard (Ben Folds) Working on fic for this. Nothin' more to say! -
03 Let Your Earth Quake, Baby (The Thermals) Sorry Trowa... But I'd love to read this story. -
04 Black Sheep Boy (Okkervil River) This song in this context feeds the bunnies so bad... -
05 Help, I'm Alive (Metric) Am I crazy, picking this for Wufei? Yes. But this is pretty much the Ita Vero theme song. (And Ita will get its own soundtrack post, someday) -
Gurren Lagann canon Chances (John Frusciante)
Spirals (Adem)
szzzt fics Shipverse ("Highwind") Scarecrow (The Pillows)
Down to Your Soul (Right Away, Great Captain!) →fic
"Made Man" Anthem for the Already Defeated (Rock Plaza Central)
We Will Rock You (Max Raabe & Palast Orchester)
Graceful Ghost Rag (Tom Constanten)
"We Will Rock You" now in the high quality version! -

Last modified: 2011/02/27 Added GW songs.
szzzt: Wufei, ready to find the knot and cut it. (wufei)
So, sometimes I translate songs for fun. This time it was from English to Japanese, so that I could sing this song TWICE AS MUCH.

The strongest requirement is that the song be just as singable in its new form. Rhyming is not required in Japanese, but I tend to make it happen by accident.

"To Destruction" (Delorean)"

On the way
On the way down to destruction
There are places where I find my rest
Make no mistake
Make no mistake of my intention
Your arms are the place I like the best

I cannot lie
To your face
Your lips, your skin, your hips, or your waist
I do not dare
Journey there
When I do I have found no means of escape
唇 ふるえる肌 腰に
On the way
On the way down to destruction
There are places where I find my rest
Make no mistake
Make no mistake of my intention
Your arms are the place I like the best
I have tried
To run away
But I am so unhappy when I am alone
So here we lie
Another night
I am a fool when I walk back through your door

[chorus to end]
ともした けど


Not sure of the last line. Still in flux. I like 敷居またぐ, but how to properly fit "I am a fool" in?
szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (braid)
I cannot but think that if they met Stephen would describe Laurence as "over-nice," and follow with some remarks on diet, costiveness and national character; yet admit, roundabout, the vigor of Temeraire's conversation, and lament the lack of truly, really original thinking in the sphere of Homo Sapiens Sapiens. It would be left to another man to discourse on progeny and perhaps how a man's truth is most apparent in its traces on the forming of another's mind, and to try on his fingers to number Stephen's daughters. But this would never occur to the only man who could do it, and even he does not know the whole; only we, dear readers, only we.

(Written a while back when I was varying my reread of the Aubreyad with a reread of Temeraire. Yes, someday I will acquire the ability to write shipboard stories by sheer osmosis, that is my plan.)
szzzt: Wufei, ready to find the knot and cut it. (wufei)
...That clicking noise?

That's me, finding the first chapter of The Arrangement, by Maldoror.
For the third time.

I don't do that. I don't reread novel-length stories three times in a month and a half! I let them lay for at least a year!
Damn it.

But if you, dear reader, have not yet lost your sanity to this fic which starts with "made of oh, wow," graduates to "made of awesome" and layers on that "made of incredible" as it approaches endgame, then for god's sake don't do what I did and start the Breaking Storm chapters at 2AM when you have to be at work the next day. That is all.


szzzt: Sepia-toned and androgynous, an angel crouches, its braid and long earring swaying. (Default)

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