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posted by [personal profile] drusillas_rain at 04:37pm on 17/02/2011
Advice on living a creative/non-traditional life
I feel like I'm going through a never-ending life crisis, and am in the midst of changing direction yet again, in an attempt to find my vocation. These two pieces of advice came at a good time for me and have encouraged me to keep going.

Was I a free spirit for nothing?

The world is a beggar rooting in your backpack

New Music
If you like ambient/experimental music, check out Kalte. Here's their facebook page which has links to their stuff.

Disclaimer - one of the members is a friend of mine - both members are very talented and I try to see them live whenever I can.

Elder Scrolls 5
I can't wait for the new Elder Scrolls game. It's coming out November 11, 2011. I lovedlovedloved the last two games and a part of me feels like the next 9 months are just something to do till the game comes out.

This video was totally my reaction (except for the very end - I didn't do that, although if I could, I'm not sure I wouldn't have ^_^)



Lifehacks

I think this already got recced by a few ppl on my flist, but it's worth relinking.
Say the thing you need to say, and do the thing you need to do
I try to live my life as authentically as possible and with the least amount of regret, but guilt is still a strong presence in my life. I wish I could let go much more easily than I do.

Writing

Great blog post by a children's book editor on why revising your manuscript is a great thing:
The Heroism of Revision

Great blog post by Nathan Brasford, former literary agent, now author, on why writer's should keep on slogging through it all:
Writing, Striving, and THE GREAT GATSBY

Baking

I'm planning on making a Dobos Torte next weekend. Anyone have a fantastic recipe they love?
It's a 7-layer chocolate and caramel cake - here's one version:
Dobos Torte

Fic recs
Am completely obsessed with Hawaii 5-0 fic. I'm actually a bit baffled by this.

If you enjoy a good AU - the kind that takes the basic essence of the characters but switches things up a bit, then I really recommend this one:
This Thing of Ours (It Needs a Better Name) by leupagus (Steve/Danno)
Cosa Nostra: (kō'sə nō'strə) etym: Italian n. The branch of the Mafia operating in the United States. Literally, "our thing" or "this thing of ours."

I'm also still reading Sherlock (BBC) fic as well.

This fic was pretty epic and so much fun to read:
Come and See by [livejournal.com profile] definewisdom (Sherlock/John)
John Watson is Death. He wasn't supposed to kill the cabbie at the end of A Study in Pink, Sherlock Holmes was supposed to die that night. But Sherlock's still alive and now the world is starting to fall apart. The events of the whole series seen in a slightly more supernatural light. Also featuring "Anthea", Harry and Sebastian as the other horsemen of the apocalypse, and exploring what it takes to become a myth.

And my final rec. This is very dark, and yet one of the most realistic dark fics that I've ever come across. Seriously, heed the warnings. But, if you like your dark fic with all the repercussions, as well as an honest exploration of what it's like to want to be violated you need to read this:
A Thorough Examination / In Depth (sequel) by [livejournal.com profile] emungere (Sherlock/John)
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posted by [personal profile] woldy at 10:01pm on 17/02/2011
Thanks for the awesome links. Both the top two were great, & the thoughts on editing were good to hear too.
 
posted by [identity profile] sesheta-66.livejournal.com at 11:11pm on 17/02/2011
OMG, curse you for posting a link to that torte! I clicked on it, and it brought back memories! A friend of the family used to make it, and I haven't had it for YEARS. My son is now right into cooking/baking, so I sent the link to him as a challenge. :)

(You realise I'm trying to LOSE weight, right? Grrr.)

Good luck, and the recipe you linked to sounds great. I don't recall hers having a caramel topping, but either way sounds yummy. Do let us know how it goes.
 
posted by [identity profile] emmagrant01.livejournal.com at 05:55am on 18/02/2011
Re: The Heroism of Revision was really interesting. I had no idea that there was a feeling of being anti-revision in the pro writer world. How do you improve if not with constructive criticism? In the fanfic world, betas are essentially peer editors, though I recognize the power differential is not the same -- the beta isn't going to prevent you from posting your fic, after all. Maybe moderators of archives who take a heavy-handed approach would be analogous.

Anyway, I found that really interesting!
 
posted by [identity profile] kaalee.livejournal.com at 11:10am on 18/02/2011
Hi! ♥

and thank you for the Sherlock recs, I'm reading a bunch of Sherlock fic these days.
 
posted by [identity profile] drusillas-rain.livejournal.com at 07:51pm on 09/03/2011
I love that there's so much *good* Sherlock fic around!
 
posted by [identity profile] topetine.livejournal.com at 11:21pm on 25/02/2011
I have to thank you!!!

i went to your journal to friend you back and stumbled across the h50 fic link you recc'd and OMG AMAZING. :) <3


It totally gobbled up my afternoon. :D
 
posted by [identity profile] drusillas-rain.livejournal.com at 07:50pm on 09/03/2011
Glad I could help :)

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