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21 November 2010 @ 11:43 pm
Wishlist Meme 2010  
This is always fun. Don't forget to post your own so that I can gift you.

Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 (or however many you like) holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wishlist

1. Fics about/including the supporting characters that I love:
- Ramirez (Dresden Files bookverse)
- Major Lorne (Stargate Atlantis)
- Major Davis (Stargate SG-1)
- Sir Leon (Merlin)
- Declan (Sanctuary)

2. Art (of any kind) for one of my fics.

3. Music! I love music! In foreign languages, with really pretty lyrics, nice instrumental pieces, I love all that stuff.

4. Book recommendations. I find the 'grown-up' book section extremely intimidating, so I'd love some suggestions for good books to seek out. I like Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mysteries and Historical Fiction.

5. Read me a story! Do a voice post or record with your microphone. I love to be read to. Read me one of your stories, one of my stories or any other stories you'd like.

6. In a similar vein, sing me a song! I love Christmas carols, or any other songs you might wish to serenade me with. I don't care if you can sing or not, it'll make me thrilled that you tried.

7. Watch one of the following movies and think of me (and let me know what you thought if you haven't seen it before):
Babes in Toyland
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Bon Cop Bad Cop
Emma (1996)
Kate & Leopold
Love Actually
Men With Brooms
Mrs. Santa Claus
Pride & Predjudice (either the mini-series or the Keira Knightly version)
Sense & Sensibility (Emma Thompson version)
Singing in the Rain
Sliding Doors
The Slipper and The Rose

8. Tell me about a fun game to play online that you like. I'm always looking for new ways to waste time on the computer. I especially like time management and brain puzzler games.

9. Point me toward cross stitch patterns, preferably of a free nature and smallish.

10. Have a safe, happy and wonderful holiday season. Don't drink and drive. Hug someone you love. Eat lots of chocolate.
formerly lifeinsomniac: MoranSortedjoonscribble on November 22nd, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
Happy Early Holidays!
So you JUST posted this but I'm up and have rare free time so I thought I'd fill your stockings a bit.

3. Music!
Quelqu'un m'a dit by Carla Bruni

This song was on the (500) Days of Summer soundtrack so there's a chance you may already have it. But in case you don't, here you go! As suggested by the title, the song is in French and is one of the prettiest songs I've ever heard so it seems right up your alley. Enjoy!


4. Book Recs!

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell (Historical Fiction)
It takes place in the 1800's and follows the story of young Dutchman Jacob de Zoet who travels to Japan to work as a clerk at the Dejima trading post. I've often sung praises for David Mitchell and his latest novel doesn't disappoint. He weaves in several elements into this epic story: love, betrayal, culture clash and culture wars, the themes that divide nations and the themes that are universal, the lengths people will go for those they love and the lengths they cannot, despite their feelings, etc. It's a really wonderful novel that's difficult to give an accurate synopsis of, simply because there's so much in there. Definitely though it's worth the read.

Island by Jane Rogers (Fiction w/Myster Elements)
Okay, I won't lie: this book is emotionally churning. But in the way that good books should. It's about a young woman (Nikki), orphaned since birth and bounced around from one bad foster home to another, who decides to finally track down her birth mother...to kill her. But it's obvious that won't be the whole story when she finally locates her mother to a small Scottish island and discovers she also has a half brother, Calum.

The novel at the core is really about Nikki and Calum. The attachment they start to form is both heart-breaking and disturbing, but also strangely human. It's a difficult read at times due to some of the themes, but Rogers' writing is gorgeous and her characters are incredibly drawn. It's also been recently made into a film staring Colin Morgan of Merlin and I'm really hoping it gets released somewhere I can see it.

The Veiled Detective by David Stuart Davies (Historical Mystery)
Well, it's been a busy year for the Sherlock Holmes franchise so this book rec seems appropriate.

It's a re-imagined idea of how Watson and Holmes met. Freshly dishonorably discharged from service, a young army doctor returns to England, desolate, penniless and friendless. He's soon approached by a man named Moriarty who has a proposition for him. Soon, the army doctor is newly christened John Watson and sent along to his assignment: to become the roommate of Sherlock Holmes, a man whose movements Moriarty is VERY curious to secretly track. For a good sum of money, Watson is to report Holmes' movements to Moriarty. The rest of the time, he can live his life as he chooses. It all seems very simple.

At first.

The idea of Watson actually being Moriarty's secret spy was, in my humble opinion, a kind of brilliant move. Davies manages to write his Watson as the Watson we all know from the original stories: someone who is genuinely good at heart who is now wrestling with a terrible secret as his friendship with Holmes grows. I read the book in about two sittings, mainly because I was so curious as to how it was going to end. But also because Davies' writing style is easy and fast and perfect for cold winter's night.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on November 23rd, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Early Holidays!
Eee! Thank you! I haven't had a chance to listen to the song yet, but the book recs sound great. Thanks so much! :D *huggles*
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on December 7th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
When I found this, I thought of you:

Alladin, the original Dutch cast (2002)

The Writer They Call Tay: Merlin: Thumbs up!awanderingbard on December 7th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I haven't listen to it yet, but I am intrigued. It does sound like something I would like. Thanks so much!