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25 July 2014 @ 10:13 pm
Dear NFE writer,

Hi! I'm really excited for this exchange, and I hope you are too. I've put some thoughts below about things I like, dislike, would be interested in reading, &c; these are really only for the purpose of giving you somewhere to start, if you find that helpful, so feel very free to skip, skim, or simply disregard. I have no doubt I will love whatever you are so kind as to write for me.

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24 January 2014 @ 09:38 am
If you're not my author, this probably doesn't interest you. :) But do go sign up for shipswap -- sign-ups just opened today!

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31 December 2013 @ 12:50 pm
my thread here

Please do comment (good or bad! I'm not easily hurt). Also check out some of the other awesome authors, and post your own!
02 December 2013 @ 10:00 pm
In response to a wish down at insmallpackages. Got too long for the comments.

I’m afraid this got a little out of hand.. What can I say -- I’m a poetry addict. I’m restraining myself to one poem per author (under the LJ-cuts) to give you a bit of variety; you can pretty much take it for granted that I’d recommend their other works too.

Some of these are very famous, some are more obscure. I’m sure, since you’re asking, that you already know many of them; hopefully I’ll introduce you to some new friends. I’m not trying to compile a list of The Greatest Poems or Poems Everyone Should Read -- these are just personal favorites, ones I keep coming back to; several of them I know by heart.

I hope you enjoy, and have a very merry Christmas, or enjoyable holiday season of choice.

I must start by recommending my favorite poet, T. S. Eliot. Now, most people will recommend that you start off with his “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” That’s all very well, but it’s not actually my favorite of his works. I recommend instead that you try a sampling from his Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats -- much lighter and more fun.
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If you like that, and you have ambitious tastes in poetry, you can dive headfirst into The Wasteland. It’s quite long, and best read with a guidebook to hand (yes, one of those). Well worth the effort, though!

Another author where I’m tempted to simply recommend everything of his is Gerald Manley Hopkins. He writes in broken meter, which is absolutely a delight to read. Try his Pied Beauty to start out with.

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If you like that, I also recommend his Heaven-Haven, or really anything else he’s written.

Milton is of course most famous for Paradise Lost, but if you’re not up for something of quite that epic length, why not try one of his shorter poems? I’m fond of On His Blindess.

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Rilke is best read in the original German, but even a translation of his Duino Elegies is worth reading. It’s a whole book, but doesn’t have to be read in order or all at once. I’ve given you a free internet translation here (my copy isn’t readily available at the moment) but if you like it at all, it’s worth spending a dollar for a second-hand paperback in a really good translation.

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There’s a world of Shakespeare out there, of course, but my particular favorite among his sonnets is the light-hearted My Mistress’ Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun.

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Blake is universally hailed as a great poet, but he’s very difficult (there’s a reason pretty much everyone just reads Songs of Innocence and Experience, which are his most accessible work). I’m fond of A Poison Tree, though, which is from the aforesaid Songs and so not too hard.

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John Donne is one of my favorite poets. Try his Batter My Heart:

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If you want more (or if you want to try him, but find the religious content offputting) try A
Valediction, Forbidding Mourning or Death, Be not Proud.

W. H. Auden writes some powerfully emotional poetry. Start with Funeral Blues:

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If you need something cheerier after that, try his more obscure That Night When Joy Began.

The Red Wheelbarrow is a great introduction to Imagist poetry, and beautiful in its own right. Hardly even long enough to put it under a cut, though.

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e. e. cummings (yes, no capitals) is brilliant and fun. Start with in just-- and then go read everything else of his. Believe me, you won’t regret it.

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Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night is very well-known, and rightfully so. If you don’t already know it, you’ve probably at least heard it quoted.

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Stevie Smith’s Not Waving But Drowning is a personal favorite of mine. Someone for some reason thought it was appropriate to put in a children’s poetry collection, and (being a bit of an odd child) I was fascinated by it for years.

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I’ll close this list with a more obscure poem that I really like, which is (appropriately enough) about poems: Archibald MacLeish’s Ars Poetica.

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01 December 2013 @ 09:33 pm
Want to write something, but too busy with finals? Finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers and typing with one hand?


Go forth, write fic.
03 October 2013 @ 12:11 pm
So both narniaexchange and fic_corner have come to an end. There were some great entries all round, and if you haven't taken a look round, you should.

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The Narnia madness round is still open -- we have a little under a week left to write stories, and then posting will open, so if you're interested, hop on over there and browse through the prompts! Otherwise, just check out some of the other stories posted to both collections; they're all quite awesome.
16 September 2013 @ 07:11 pm
I was lucky enough to be awarded a few more "trophies" in the last couple of slayerstillness rounds!

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I think I'm starting to get the hang of this icon thing! ^^

I finished my story for fic_corner, so now I'm just playing around with treats for fic_corner and narniaexchange. Speaking of which latter, a gift for me has just gone up. Go forth and read it!
14 September 2013 @ 09:05 am
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05 September 2013 @ 12:13 pm

As you can see, in addition to being a great multifandom art community with fun teams and nice people, landofart is very tolerant of those of us who aren't gifted art makers. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Go check them out! The team structure is fun (I'm team Renaissance, but it doesn't limit the type of art you can make), the people are very welcoming, the challenges are not only exciting but quite varied (icons, banners, posters, wallpapers...)
13 August 2013 @ 05:58 pm


Yes. Well. My other entries:

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NFE fic is officially Turned In; can't wait to see the other entries. Fic Corner story is officially Being Procrastinated until I finish my finals on Saturday, but at least I know where I'm going with that. Anyone else who's doing either of those, how's it going? Last minute panic? Finished already, putting me to shame?