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24 November 2009 @ 06:35 pm
Wishlist Meme 2009  
From joyfulfeather. 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)
- Det. Flack (CSI:NY)

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. Anything from my RDNA wishlist or Renderosity wishlist. I'm stage_rose on both those sites.

10. Have a safe, happy and wonderful holiday season. Don't drink and drive. Hug someone you love. Eat lots of chocolate.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on November 25th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
for #8. Don't hate me but try this: http://www.clockworkmonster.com/244-ClockWords-Prelude.html

It's a neat game that relies on you thinking quickly and typing quickly
The Writer They Call Tay: DW: Rose cutieawanderingbard on December 11th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm a terrible person for not responding to this sooner. Thanks so much, it's a very cool game! I like watching how my thought patterns work, jumping from one word to another.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Ianto/Myfanwyjoonscribble on November 25th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Well, errr...Happy Early Thanksgiving or Happy Really Early Christmas!

Some music!
1) "I Have a Song to Sing, O!" from The Yeoman of the Guard by Gilbert & Sullivan
So it's technically an opera but I always thought of this one as more of a gentle musical. This particular song is a duet between the traveling jester and his assistant who are performing for the crowd. I always thought the song itself was very sweet and lovely so thought you might like it.

2. "blinking lights(for you)" by the Eels
It's an instrumental song by one of my favorite bands.

3. "Row" by Jon Brion
It's again an instrumental song from the soundtrack for "Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." It's a short piece but I often find myself listening to it when I'm writing certain bits of fic as it's lovely.

Book recommendations!
The Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler
This is both a mystery and a bit of a historical, I suppose. The book is a first in a series about two detectives named Bryant and May. In present time, they're two old men who've had a long, slightly bizarre career as they were the heads of the Peculiar Crimes Unit in London. The book shows you as they are now, but also detail their very first meeting and case together back in the 1940's.

Bryant is the somewhat socially inept one who is also messy, incredibly knowledgeable and eccentric, which is good since most of their cases tend to be peculiar as their unit name suggests. Whereas May is the more normal and significantly more socially charming one, which is good because he often has to be the negotiator between Bryant and the rest of the human population the man tends to inadvertently insult. They make a good team and their first case involves the death of a ballerina by gruesome means.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I know I harp about him a lot on my LJ, but if you like scifi, mysteries, and historical fiction, this book has all three and then some. The novel is six interconnected stories that take place at various points in time and all over the world. Mitchell is a master of the English language and despite the different genres of each story and the different characters, he sucks you right in.

The Memory Artists by Jeffrey Moore
This is a story about four friends who all suffer from some form of synaesthesia. It's mainly centers on one of them, Noel, and his struggle to literally invent a cure for Alzheimer's once his mother is diagnosed. It's really not as depressing as it sounds and actually is oddly uplifting without being condescending. I really enjoyed how each of Noel's friends had their own unique personality and how despite huge differences, they all help Noel in their own way.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
It's fantasy and historical fiction rolled into one. A reviewer once said that if Jane Austen decided to write fantasy, it'd be this and that's kind of true. But Clarke has a style all her own and this book is a re-imagining of England during the Napoleonic Wars if magic was something that actually existed during those times as a mostly lost, archaic art.

The plot centers around Mr. Norrell who is at the start of the novel the only person in England who actually practices magic. Most students of magic just learn the history bits of it. He soon meets Jonathan Strange who is a gentleman of leisure and someone who has recently discovered a natural talent for practical magic that so far the world has never seen.

The various plots revolve around their relationship as Norrell takes on Strange as a student but they're joined by a host of wonderful side characters who all figure into the larger story. It's definitely one of my favorite fantasy books ever and I'd heartily recommend it.