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(post-dated comment: the real date is January 23rd, 2007.)

This is a (mostly) friends-only journal.

(cue balloons of various colours and sparkly thingies to sound less unfriendly).

My fics are posted publicly, but I am otherwise somewhat reluctant to expose what remains essentially a diary for the whole world to see. I you want to read it, friend me, comment here or on another one of the public posts and you will be added, one never has too many friends :)
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(thanks for the tutorial, Apisa_b!)

So apologies if anything goes tits-up here while it's importing.
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Thank you all so much. It made my week.

I'm behind as usual and came too late to reciprocate - can I offer drabbles instead? Leave a prompt/pairing and I'll see what I can do. (though there might be some delay in answering)
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I am now able to thank [ profile] eeyore9990 for the lovely Standard Operating Procedure. Thank you!

And I'll own up to The Best Laid Plans.

Now, to catch up with everyone's fics and art...

This wouldn't be complete without a big thank you to the mods for organising all this.


Mar. 3rd, 2009 09:58 pm
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Is coming back home tired to a wonderful fic. Auror!Hermione has to protect a very snarky Severus, and I won't begin to describe what happens in Ministry lifts because this blog is deemed unsuitable for minors as it is. Go, read, review! It's a wonderful gem of a fic.
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The fic I wrote for the [ profile] sshg_exchange, Letter Of Mercy One Sunny Morning has been translated into Russian by [ profile] magratt and can be found here. Thank you, Magratt!
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It's just to say it has been suggested not to post anything on LJ this Friday (GMT) - no entries, no comments, nothing - to protest against LJ banning search interests and basic account creations. More details here.

[ profile] shiv5468 has a handy list of things to know and do when moving to another blog service.

I'm not sure other blog services won't turn out like LJ eventually though. Anyway.

And to top it all [ profile] dacian_goddess has found a way to get rid of the annoying little insane!faces before the usernames at insanejournal. *happy* Check out my latest entry over there for the code.
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I don't like LJ putting in place LJ-cuts that override my own and thus don't let the reader make an informed choice about reading material. I talk of spoilers, TMI, and porn - you might be OK with the one of these and not with the others, and I don't want anyone to be made to read something they don't want because of their very natural curiosity. I know I can rate my journal to "kiddie-safe" and thus get rid of the cuts, but there's not much point in doing that when LJ is trying to make us behave like responsible adults, is there?

But the breaking point was the flagging button. A community where delation is encouraged or even supported is no place I want to be in. It just... squicks me I guess.

So I'm doing what reactionaries world-wide do and emigrated to a world that resembles what LJ "used to be" before it "went to the dogs" (why yes I love tropes).

You can find me at

I'm having a housewarming drabble party here - want to come over for a drink and some porn?

I'll go on flocking a lot. If you can spare the time, I'd love you to create an account over there as well so that you can read the locked posts too (Here's a linky to start a journal, it's free and you get a lot more icons than at LJ).

The wonderful [ profile] cosmo_jenny went to the trouble of creating a syndicated feed to LJ; as I understand it, if you friend it you get a link to my posts on LJ. It is here:

Of course I'll go on reading your entries here :)

Fic recs

Nov. 29th, 2007 06:21 pm
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I promised Padmoony a couple of links and thought I might as well do so publicly.

Novel-length: can't be read all at once, is long enough for several comfy evenings
Novella: anything longer than a single LJ entry, that can be read in one sitting
Short fic: one LJ entry

Comedy: you'll spew tea on the keyboard
Funny: you'll laugh aloud
Dramatic: lots of action
Dark: no fluffly bunnies in sight
Angsty: someone dies

WARNING: I'm telling you whether there's a happy ending or not, don't read further if you don't want to be spoiled that way

Without further ado, in no particular order )

ETA: this list is more likely to be updated over at Insane Journal (same username) than here.


Nov. 28th, 2007 05:32 pm
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I've just understood why it is that men buy stupid cars just because there were half-nekkid ladies leaning over them in the advertisement.
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by Scholastique Mukasonga

Is the best birthday!book I've read so far, and I might as well begin with saying I recommend it.

Spoilers )This makes for some salutary reading matter in the light of Mr. Sarkozy's tone when addressing Africa, "en la tutoyant". I would rather not part with my own copy of the book, but you could do a lot worse than asking you local library to purchase it.
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By Sue Townsend.

I loved her Adrian Mole books. Queen Camilla didn't make me laugh despite interesting premises: Spoilers ).

And then again, it's the kind of book that you intend to put away for a while, but the characters keep chatting in a part of your brain and before you know it, it's the book you automatically pick up again at the first opportunity.
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by Ken Follett.

i should begin by saying that I loved Pillars of the Earth (the prequel, though both books can be read independently from each other). I was around 14 when I read it, it was the first real grown-up book I read in English, and also one of the first to have explicit sex scenes in it.

Smut + poor understanding of the story = one of the best books I can remember reading

So, when I saw the sequel on the bookstore shelf it was an whirlwind romance - just long enough to get past the cash register and we were in bed together. And in the bath. And on the bog, but you probably don't need to know all the details.

I'm... not so enthusiastic now that I've read it. Spoilers )

That said, I devoured the book from cover to cover. Without being literature, or even the bestest book evah!!1! for sex-crazed teenagers, it's an engaging read. I'd recommend it.


Nov. 17th, 2007 02:27 pm
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After a wedding, when the couple comes home, the bridegroom carries the bride over his doorstep (and usually, straight into their bed). Is that customary in Britain too? Does it have a specific name?
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Happy birthday, [ profile] littlelizzyann!

I hope that Severus and Remus - who obviously aren't dead and disappeared from the HP books just to sneak away to the other side of the Atlantic - finally find their way to a certain bookstore in order to present you with their best wishes in person.
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Please don't be offended - the theme of this show is "bad taste", various kinds of excrement usually guest star. But I had to admit that this episode had me shrieking with laughter.
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by Elisabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Spoilers )

Short version: I liked it, I recommend it if you have the time to spare (715 pages in the Penguin edition).
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La mulţi ani, Duniazade! )
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From [ profile] esperanto :

Extract: "In esperanto, you can be yourself. In English, non-natives have to imitate a foreign model, knowing that they'll never succeed perfectly. The miracle of esperanto is that you can keep your accent and your way of forming your sentences and yet everybody understands everybody. And no one ever feels inferior, inadequate, or simply foreign." (Claude Piron)

This rings true to me. It's not only about the language, its about the culture behind it. I've had serious trouble with Native English speakers in the past because they linked a word to their own understanding of a peculiar concept, without comprehending that the cultural baggage behind that concept cannot automatically be translated into another language. I believe that on that occasion, they didn't even get what a cultural baggage was - they'd never known anything else than their own limited universe and couldn't possibly translate to another worldview (don't get me started on the consequences of monolingualism and ethnocentrism). And that's when I feel brazen and try to actually assert my Frenchness - usually I just adapt to the mental patterns of English speakers - Brits mostly, as that's where the cultural gap is smallest. Of course, there are those individuals with whom one gets on no matter what and who make it all worthwhile, but on a systemic basic it can get really, really tiresome - not talking to others, just having others take it for granted that you think like them and have you conform to their own mental patterns and take their cultural baggage into consideration. Until I started reading on esperanto, I never occurred to me that communication - provided one took the first step and reached out for others - could be anything else than twisting oneself until one doesn't quite recognise oneself any more. I know better now.

I also need a green flag with star icon.
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From [ profile] copperbadge.

It's supposed to be for charity somehow, but the adds aren't bothersome and it's free. They give you a word and four (approximate) synonyms. If you pick three right answers in a row, you get up a level. A wrong answer gets you down a level. It burns down to what you remember of Greek and Latin, plus elaborate guesswork.

I don't seem to be able to stay at level 50 for longer than two words in a row. I hope that if I keep on trying they'll run out of words and go back to questions I've already had *is cunning* :D


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