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Fanfic favorite tropes meme (and a Fluffdate)

First up — I tweeted when it happened, but in case you missed it, Marshmallow Fluff got to the vet and back. He recovered from the ordeal pretty quickly, and has re-settled into most of his old routines. Most importantly, the one where he eats.

They kept him 2 nights for observation, during which they blood-tested, rehydrated, medicated, and…shaved him.

When he’s feeling well he refuses to be touched, let alone brushed…but this’ll keep his fur from getting matted again for a while!

He weighed in at 13 pounds. This time last year, when he was originally rescued from a neglect/starvation situation, he weighed 6. This is the good life, all right.

I also finally figured out a birthday present, and got him one of those kitty drinking fountains:

I hope it’s encouraging him to drink more. He seems to like it, at least. Doesn’t smack at it the way he used to do his water bowl, and he’s experimented with drinking from different bits, at various angles.

…so now that you’re up-to-date on Cat News, here’s that fic meme.

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Question Meme from dA

I’m going to totally break the chain-meme component of this, but I’ll answer the questions on the post I was tagged in anyway.

1. Do you still keep in touch with friends you had before high school?
A few! Mostly in the form of liking each other’s Facebook posts.

2. What is one skill or physical ability (within typical human capabilities) that you’d like to acquire?
Composing music. I love writing new lyrics for existing songs, but don’t have the talent with notes and instruments to come up with new ones.

3. Do you consider yourself an artist, or rather, someone who happens to do art, and what leads you to this conclusion? (No need to answer if you don’t do art at all.)
An artist. Because I do a lot of art, on a regular basis, and would miss it if I wasn’t able to. (For contrast: I’ve knitted a couple of scarves, but I haven’t done any knitting in years, and don’t feel any pull to get back to it. So I’m not A Knitter, just someone who happens to have knitted.)

4. Do you have a food you like that most people you know hate or won’t try? If the latter, do you think their unwillingness is reasonable or not?
Black jelly beans! If other people don’t like them, that’s fine — more for me. Regular bags of jelly beans often don’t even include them any more…but in exchange, they sell bags that are 100% black jelly beans. I am all over this deal.

5. Suppose that when you die, your soul will reside forever in a place from your past. What would you like that place to be?
If I’m existing in that moment/reliving events: CTY from when I was 16. If I’m just floating around the general area: Christchurch, New Zealand.

6. What’s your favorite language and why? (Not necessarily one you understand.)
How am I supposed to pick one? Languages in general are fascinating. IDK, ancient Sumerian seems neat.

7. What would you put on your personal coat of arms?
Cats rampant. Some Sailor-Moon-related motifs. The quartered pattern of the Hellsing coat of arms. Forest green and gold.

8. What artistic medium do you most admire?
I bow to anyone who can create complex, subtle, detailed works in watercolor.

9. Would you rather be poor or unloved?
Depends. Does “unloved” mean I don’t get any positive social interaction at all? Or does it just mean nobody will be in love with me, maybe I won’t have deep lifelong tell-each-other-everything kinds of friendships, but people will still leave nice comments on my fanart and so on? Because I’d take the latter.

10. Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunrises. They remind you to go to bed.

Friends & followers, if anyone wants to answer these same questions, take the meme and run with it.

The Wikipedia game

Go to Wikipedia, click on Random Article, and then click the first link not in italics or parentheses. Follow it until you get to Philosophy, and then report the path you took.

Bobby Hogg – Association football – Team sport – Sport – Competition – Biology – Natural science – Science – Knowledge – Facts – Proof (truth) – Necessity and sufficiency – Logic – Philosophy
13 clicks

Colangelo – Family name – Personal name – Proper noun – Noun – Part of speech – Grammar – Linguistics – Science – Knowledge – Facts – Proof (truth) – Necessity and sufficiency – Logic – Philosophy
14 clicks

And so on :D

In other news, tomorrow I take my girlfriend home to meet my parents. Wish us luck!

Shipping meme

Send me a ship and I will tell you:

–when or if I started shipping it:
–my thoughts:
–what makes me happy about them:
–what makes me sad about them:
–things done in fanfic that annoys me:
–things I look for in fanfic:
–who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other:
–my happily ever after for them:
–what is their favorite non-sexual activity:

(You all know my fandoms by now, I presume…)

End-of-year magic

Spending the holidays with the family, marathoning the box set of all the Harry Potter movies and being lightly mauled by Ziggy Stardust (that’s the cat). Good times.

2011 First Lines Meme:

January: I’ve come to the conviction that nobody actually manufactures New Year’s commemorative spectacles or paper hats. They spring forth fully formed once any given party is in full swing, in a kind of celebratory parthenogenesis.

February: Another round of poems – all in one thread this time. (One of them is seventeenth-century tentacle porn. In couplets. No, really.)

March: Continued from yesterday’s post: the conclusion of the adventures of The Steamypuff Girls.

April: Anyone have recommendations for good sites where you can sell used books? (And hopefully DVDs, CDs, etcetera.)

May: For example: several anons from extremely small towns tl;dr about the experience of growing up there.

June: This is a topic I’ve been pondering a lot recently. It’s probably a natural result of following a bunch of Issue-based fandom comms, rec lists, and fests…but honestly, what spurred the post was a bunch of summaries that looked intriguing and thoughtful, leading into fics that were just bad.

July: Just spent my evening finishing off the ebook for But I’m A Cat Person #1, then the rest of the night promoting it everywhere I can.

August: Back in the land of the Internet after almost a week of sporadic access. Computer is groaning under the weight of all the tabs I have open, poor thing.

September: I’ve applied to grad school for library science, starting in the spring semester of 2012.

October: FFA’s reputation in other Internet spaces. Very through-a-glass-darkly. Thread was frozen over contentious discussion of triggering events on other communities, so do tread carefully.

November: The OTW is the topic of the moment, with Yuletide and board elections on the horizon; and I’m glad the meme is around, because now that Metafandom is dead I have no good source for roundups of this stuff.

December: (To the tune of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest Ye, Unitarians