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I’m starting to think fight scenes are hard to write for the same reason sex scenes are. You have to plot out all these specific actions, and make sure they make physical sense and happen in a rational order, and then you have to figure out how to describe them in a way that is original and interesting even though there are only so many ways to say “Alex threw a punch.”

(Yet another reason to love comics. You can draw a scene and convey all the impact in a single moment, instead of having it slowed down over the time it takes to read a thousand words of description.)

Anyone have recs for well-written fight scenes? Print or online, fic or original — anything where you read the action and it felt like action.

Good things come in tens

I didn’t get this from anyone, but hey, every meme has to start somewhere:

Describe ten series that you’ve been into lately, in one line each. See how many people can guess what they are.

Uses a loose definition of “lately” meaning “over the past year or two”. Includes manga, anime, Western animation, and live-action.

1. When it comes to friendshippy detective-sidekick pairings, you can keep your John and Sherlock.

2. It’s the evil megacorp your evil megacorp could smell like.

3. EVERY EPISODE is a Wham Episode. Seriously. YOU ARE NOT PREPARED.

4. This show is sheer elegance in its simplicity.

5. An affectionate, non-mocking comedy that doesn’t wildly misrepresent the minds of slash fangirls? Dare I hope they’ll keep it up?

6. Pure lighthearted comedy, which makes it that much more dissonant to watch the episode about a natural disaster potentially destroying a Pacific island nation.

7. “Jesus is my homeboy.” –Buddha

8. It doesn’t actually mean anything. Just sit back and enjoy the adorable puppy.

9. Unless something better’s on TV…(Hint: nothing is.)

10. I don’t know whether to be glad it was canceled before it became obvious the writers were making things up as they went along, or devastated because it looks like, unlike with its predecessor, they might have actually thought this one through.

A meme I have been sitting on for months now

The Internet proudly presents: The Find Sherlock Holmes game!

1) Go to Wikipedia.
2) Click Random Article (on the left navigation bar)
3) From there, only using links in articles, navigate yourself to Holmes’s page
4) Post your path!

My path:
1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheal_branches_of_inferior_thyroid_artery
2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray%27s_Anatomy
3) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language
4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England
5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_literature
6) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_literature
7) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Holmes

101 fiction kinks

Apparently this meme isn’t going to leave my head until I finish it. No matter how long it takes.

…and, wow, I wasn’t expecting to finish it in one sitting. Apparently these are a lot easier to think up than I had realized.

1. Women in suits. (…yeah, like that one wasn’t obvious.)

2. Men in dresses. Not just nice simple cocktail dresses, either. Big fluffy frilly ones, with attention paid to all the beading and ruffles and trim.

3. Princesses. In same. Or in Utenian stylized suits. Or princes, in any of the above.

4. OT3s. Complicated polyamorous dynamics in general. In which jealousy is dealt with in a healthy manner, and love is abundant.

5. Fic about the characters as kids, in which they aren’t just miniature versions of their adult selves, but the groundwork for their adult personalities and dynamics is still visible.

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Musical meme

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to how ever many (I hate it when they list X number of people) you like (or think will actually do this) and include me. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s harder than you think.

Your Artist: Billy Joel

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