rynne: (star wars trio)
I found tickets for Star Wars in Concert for £33. Sunday 4 April in the O2 arena. STAR WARS IN CONCERT.

I'm definitely going. There's someone else in my program I told about it and who is thinking about it, so I'm going to hold off on buying my ticket until she knows for sure, but I am so going.

I need to get off my ass and get my student rail card. I'm going to Ireland for spring break and I was gonna take a train to Holyhead and then the ferry to Dublin, so I need to make my reservations soon, but I should get the student card before I get train tickets. I need to get a passport photo for it, though, but that's not difficult. I just need to make the time.

This semester is passing so quickly! I've been here for a month already, so I only have just over two months left. A third done. How did that happen? [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals, we definitely need to meet before I leave.
rynne: (rain on me)
It's been raining all night. Raining! Not snowing! As in, temperatures above freezing!

I approve.

Especially since I went ice skating with some friends, in an outdoor rink. What amused me is that I had the most endurance, which is a new thing for me since I'm out of shape and lazy. My friends were ready to stop long before I was. But I didn't mind, since we just went back to [livejournal.com profile] velesia's apartment and split a bottle of wine.

Somehow we got onto the subject of Star Wars, and I mentioned that I could sing the entire The Saga Begins, the Weird Al Star Wars version of American Pie. So the other friend asked me to do it, because apparently she'd only ever heard one or two verses of it. And though I am a crappy singer, I did it, and I do not blame the wine. Oh, Star Wars. I think we're at the let's-be-friends stage of our relationship, but I still love you.

In one month I will be on a plane to England. Hopefully there will be less snow by the time I get there.
rynne: (twins)
Am slightly drunk. Don't think am actually drunk, as I think I can still spell, and I was fine driving home, but wow.

See, my city had this awesome thing that was the superhero pub crawl, where people dressed up as superheroes and got deals on drinks in specific bars downtown. It was pretty much Geeks Go Drink. I reused my A New Hope Princess Leia costume from Celebration IV in 2007 (? Pretty sure it was 2007), and while I was not quite a superhero (most people showed up as either heroes or villains from DC or Marvel, with several Quailmans and Marios thrown in), I still got the deals, and it was pretty awesome.

I did have quite a bit to drink, even if I was fine driving and I can still spell. So right now I'm at the sleepy-and-stupid stage of being drunkish. Sleepy is self-explanatory, and stupid because I don't want to sleep yet even though I am so tired.

I think I will go to bed soonish. Tomorrow I work, but Monday I have a day off yay. Then I will finish my Remix, which I very gratefully got an extension for.

Right now I will either read fic or go to bed. It's sort of up in the air at the moment.

ETA: Oh! I was also drunk enough to do karaoke in one of the bars. Hah, my first time doing karaoke. My voice really sucks. XD Still, I sang Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun" and the beginning of Tom Petty's "Free Falling", and it was fun. Even if I suck. :p
rynne: (star wars trio)
I just finished a paper. Gah. Hate writing papers.

But not even having papers will make me stop loving my school. Becase this week, the school is having this SymPOEsium thing, which is lectures and various things from lots of disciplines related to Poe and his world and the things he wrote about and so on.

This is awesome enough on its own. What's even better is that my American Lit teacher gave us the week off classes so we could go to lectures instead. But what is currently the most awesome is the lecture I went to today, about the philosphy of mind, basically truth in fiction and how close fiction has to be to truth and so on.

The lecturer also talked about various levels of truth. Like the various levels of canon in fandom. Well, he didn't actually use the term fandom, but he did use canon, and he gave us an example.

THE STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE.

I WENT TO AN ACADEMIC LECTURE AT MY SCHOOL AND TALKED ABOUT THE STAR WARS EU.

The lecturer was talking about the movies being primary canon and the books being secondary and how people could accept various levels of canon, and I was just sitting there trying not to explode of glee.

Seriously, HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
rynne: (facepalm Mulan)
Yesterday I went to [livejournal.com profile] velesia's and friends and I played some board games, including Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. I disappointed myself--I wasn't really expecting to win, since [livejournal.com profile] velesia's boyfriend knows a lot more trivia and has been a fan longer than I have, but it has obviously been too long since I've seen the movies and was active in the fandom.

Though it probably didn't help that he was completely sober and I was drinking. XD Had a bit too much to drink, really. And I think that might have been my first real experience with impaired judgment. Previous times when I've been drunk, it was because I didn't know my limits. This time I knew I should probably not have had that last drink, but I did anyway. I hit my limit and then deliberately went past it. I usually try not to do that.

I managed to get home fine, but despite drinking a bunch of water, was a bit hungover today. This was only my second time with any sort of hangover at all, and it wasn't that bad, especially once I got up and moved around a bit. I was more queasy than anything else, but still had lunch fine. But I'm also on my period atm, so this afternoon and evening my body plagued me with cramps that kept coming and going, so that was not helping.

I finally had about a three hour nap, but napping in the evening means I won't be able to sleep until late at night. This afternoon my internet kept blinking in and out on me when I was trying to talk to [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals, so that wasn't fun, either. This day was really just eh.

Though on the other hand, I did start watching the DW S4 DVD extras. I was sad that there were so few video diaries, but then I watched "The Journey So Far", and awww. That was really nice, and there were several more really good Doctor/Rose quotes from the production team. In the next few days I might watch it again and transcribe them, because I haven't seen anyone else posting them--unless someone has and I just haven't seen it, which is entirely possible.

Anyway. Starting to feel sickish again so think I will be going. G'night.
rynne: (the sounds of silence)
So I've been thinking some more about Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead and Midnight, in relation to what's scary. Those episodes sparked these thoughts, but they can apply to any fandom. Spoilers for those episodes, of course.

The scariest things... )
rynne: (star wars trio)
Tomorrow--or, er, later today, I suppose--I will be leaving for Los Angeles, and Celebration IV. My first con! I know not many people on my flist are going, but for those of you who are, I hope to see you there. :)
rynne: (dear diary...)
...Okay, so it's been a month since I last updated. I have no real excuse--it's not that nothing's been going on, but I haven't been much interested in writing it down. Every time I tried to, it just sounded too boring even for me to want to read.

Random things that have been going on with me )
rynne: (x-files porn)
You know a fandom will probably be with you for a long time when you can go on a six+ month hiatus and are still able to bring up the same enthusiasm you had in the beginning.

Totally getting back into Star Wars again, and am definitely still in love with Luke. Last week I'd found that this time travel fic that had last been updated in 2003 had just been updated with a lot of new parts, and I was very happy, 'cause it's an awesome fic. And though it was Obi-Wan of the OT going back to pre-TPM/TPM and there wasn't much reference to the OT, every time he thought about Luke, I would literally squee out loud. And so for the past couple weeks, I've been rediscovering old favorites (some of which have been updated for the first time in years!) and finding good new ones.

I don't think I'll be leaving X-Files behind, though. That show hits most of my major kinks, and the fic in this fandom is some of the most intelligent fiction, fan or otherwise, I've ever read--the fandom hits most of my major kinks too. *g* Dunno if I'll ever manage to write anything for it, but I still love reading.

Though dude, I recently found an X-Files/Supernatural crossover--one that is a crossover beyond Sam and Dean arguing over who's Mulder and who's Scully--which is just all sorts of awesome. It was Mulder/Ellen, so I couldn't quite bring myself to read all of it (I'm a total shipper, as pretty much anyone who knows me could have guessed), but there totally needs to be more XF/Supernatural fic. I know Supernatural starts after X-Files ends, so Mulder and Scully probably wouldn't cross paths with Sam and Dean, but it'd be totally awesome if they on a case met John on a hunt. Or something like that. If I could ever manage a casefile, I'd write it myself.

Hmmm. Was John the one who taught Dean to perpetuate credit card fraud? Alas, that I do not have any of season one handy...

Now, what icon to use--Star Wars, X-Files, or general writing? Also, note to self: find some good Supernatural icons.
rynne: (skywalker)
So, I finally got around to reading Legacy of the Force: Betrayal.

Spoilers )
rynne: (crack the sky)
No, I haven't disappeared. I've been finishing papers! And once I post this and stop procrastinating, I'll start another one!

...Stupid end of semester. Why can't you just be over already, with me already having gotten stuff done?

Title: Feet on the Ground
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU. Luke Skywalker has grown up his father's apprentice, and can't imagine anything but serving the Emperor. But after one mission, Luke's illusions begin to shatter, and Luke and his father begin to plan for the future--their future. Primarily a Luke-Vader story, with eventual Luke/Mara.
Author's notes: This is the first sequel to my fic Walking the Sky. I highly suggest you read that before reading this, though the basics are that Vader found Luke on Tatooine when Luke was nine, killing Obi-Wan and another Jedi, and leaving Owen and Beru alive.

This fic is written in its entirety, and is eight chapters long, plus a prologue. The only delay in posting chapters is when I get them back from my betas and make corrections, so I should be updating fairly frequently.

There are characters and concepts from the Star Wars Extended Universe in here, but very few. The biggest one is Mara Jade, who plays a large role, and who will be an important part of the plot, and not just as a love interest. I hope that I've provided enough background on Mara so that those of you who have seen Star Wars but not read any of the EU books would still be able to follow the story, if you want to read it--just think of her as an original character (which she is, though created by Timothy Zahn and not me).

Enormous thanks must go to [livejournal.com profile] krabapple and Trace for betaing. You made this fic much better than it would have been on its own. Thank you!

Chapter Seven )
rynne: (crack the sky)
Note to self: stop sleeping through dinner. If you must take a nap, do it after you've eaten. Generally, it's considered a good thing to eat more than one meal a day. And for that matter, you should go to bed before three if you've got a nine am class.

Random writing thought of the day:

Writing long fics is both harder and easier than I thought it would be. I only found out when writing Feet on the Ground how fun and fulfilling it could be to set up a situation and spend tens of thousands of words developing it. But FotG is really just an interlude; plot lines are set up, but none of them are actually resolved--that's for Burnt by the Sun, its sequel, to do.

I finished FotG in October, and started writing BbtS for NaNo. I did complete NaNo, but it was only through writing scenes out of order. I skipped around, writing what scenarios came into my head and fit what I've outlined for this fic. I've got chapter one complete, but that's the only full chapter so far; everything else is just bits and pieces.

But the difficulty with having written it like that is filling in the spaces between scenes, which includes a lot of stuff that is necessary but boring to write. BbtS is my AU version of the original trilogy, and there are certain necessary things that have to happen, especially in the beginning. Thing is, everyone knows about those necessary things, since they've watched the movie, and I don't want to spend a lot of time on things that don't diverge very sharply from canon. That's one of the things I dislike about most of the OT AUs I've read--they follow canon far too closely, only changing things here and there to fit around whatever makes the fic AU in the first place. Maybe Padme being alive and living with Leia (or whatever scenario you like) is interesting, but it becomes less so if it doesn't change events very much, imho. It just makes me wonder what the point was, if basically all you're doing is retelling the trilogy with this character added, but that character not really having any significant impact.

Which is not to say that AUs that closely parallel their canons are bad. They aren't. I just don't have much interest in them, because if I wanted that particular story, I would watch the movies. I want to read a story that hasn't already been told, with minor differences. Of course, that doesn't mean I haven't read and liked such stories, but they don't get me excited the way something really different and new does.

I don't mind if AUs have the same themes, of course. Yay for coming of age stories! Yay for love overcoming darkness! Yay for people facing inner darkness and triumphing! Etc. I don't even mind if the story has the same kind of ending that the OT does, with Vader redeeming himself and sacrificing himself to save Luke/his children. But to be a bit cliche, it's the journey that matters more than the destination. The destination does matter, of course, but its impact depends on the events that happened before it. If Vader hadn't previously done something as heinous as cutting off his own son's hand, then the ending in RotJ where Luke loves and believes in his father and Vader sacrifices his life to save Luke wouldn't have the impact that it does.

I originally had a point to this, didn't I? *thinks* Oh yeah. I keep losing interest in writing the next several chapter of Burnt by the Sun (with the exception of a major scene, which is one of those bits I already wrote) because they so closely parallel much of what happens in ANH that I feel like the story is already told, and I don't need to tell it. (I suppose that's somewhat spoilery, but most of my readers don't read my LJ, so eh.) I do, of course, because there are differences, minor ones that will become major later, and I need to write these scenes with those differences. But when writing chapter one and what I've got of chapter two so far, I've had to have a script of the movie open so that what needs to be said is said and what needs to be done is done. This set-up is necessary, as the main divergent point occurs after ANH is over, but I want to get to my stuff, not re-tell George Lucas's. I suppose after I finish this fic (however long it'll be until then--it's going to be a long-ass fic), I'll go back to those scenes and revise them and make sure it's not obvious that I wasn't interested; until then, I suppose I'll just have to power through and look forward to the main body of the AU.
rynne: (skywalker)
Here's the third part of my SW chaptered fic. :)

Title: Feet on the Ground
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU. Luke Skywalker has grown up his father's apprentice, and can't imagine anything but serving the Emperor. But after one mission, Luke's illusions begin to shatter, and Luke and his father begin to plan for the future--their future. Primarily a Luke-Vader story, with eventual Luke/Mara.
Author's notes: This is the first sequel to my fic Walking the Sky. I highly suggest you read that before reading this, though the basics are that Vader found Luke on Tatooine when Luke was nine, killing Obi-Wan and another Jedi, and leaving Owen and Beru alive.

This fic is written in its entirety, and is eight chapters long, plus a prologue. The only delay in posting chapters is when I get them back from my betas and make corrections, so I should be updating fairly frequently.

There are characters and concepts from the Star Wars Extended Universe in here, but very few. The biggest one is Mara Jade, who plays a large role, and who will be an important part of the plot, and not just as a love interest. I hope that I've provided enough background on Mara so that those of you who have seen Star Wars but not read any of the EU books would still be able to follow the story, if you want to read it--just think of her as an original character (which she is, though created by Timothy Zahn and not me).

Enormous thanks must go to [livejournal.com profile] krabapple and kayladie for betaing. You both made this fic much better than it would have been on its own. Thank you!

Chapter Three )
rynne: (crack the sky)
Here's more of my SW chaptered fic, for anyone out there reading. :) Merry Christmas.

Title: Feet on the Ground
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU. Luke Skywalker has grown up his father's apprentice, and can't imagine anything but serving the Emperor. But after one mission, Luke's illusions begin to shatter, and Luke and his father begin to plan for the future--their future. Primarily a Luke-Vader story, with eventual Luke/Mara.
Author's notes: This is the first sequel to my fic Walking the Sky. I highly suggest you read that before reading this, though the basics are that Vader found Luke on Tatooine when Luke was nine, killing Obi-Wan and another Jedi, and leaving Owen and Beru alive.

This fic is written in its entirety, and is eight chapters long, plus a prologue. The only delay in posting chapters is when I get them back from my betas and make corrections, so I should be updating fairly frequently.

There are characters and concepts from the Star Wars Extended Universe in here, but very few. The biggest one is Mara Jade, who plays a large role, and who will be an important part of the plot, and not just as a love interest. I hope that I've provided enough background on Mara so that those of you who have seen Star Wars but not read any of the EU books would still be able to follow the story, if you want to read it--just think of her as an original character (which she is, though created by Timothy Zahn and not me).

Enormous thanks must go to [livejournal.com profile] krabapple and kayladie for betaing. You both made this fic much better than it would have been on its own. Thank you!

Chapter Two )
rynne: (just the shadow)
Now for chapter one of this fic I'm really proud of. :)

Title: Feet on the Ground
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU. Luke Skywalker has grown up his father's apprentice, and can't imagine anything but serving the Emperor. But after one mission, Luke's illusions begin to shatter, and Luke and his father begin to plan for the future--their future. Primarily a Luke-Vader story, with eventual Luke/Mara.
Author's notes: This is the first sequel to my fic Walking the Sky. I highly suggest you read that before reading this, though the basics are that Vader found Luke on Tatooine when Luke was nine, killing Obi-Wan and another Jedi, and leaving Owen and Beru alive.

This fic is written in its entirety, and is eight chapters long, plus a prologue. The only delay in posting chapters is when I get them back from my betas and make corrections, so I should be updating fairly frequently.

There are characters and concepts from the Star Wars Extended Universe in here, but very few. The biggest one is Mara Jade, who plays a large role, and who will be an important part of the plot, and not just as a love interest. I hope that I've provided enough background on Mara so that those of you who have seen Star Wars but not read any of the EU books would still be able to follow the story, if you want to read it--just think of her as an original character (which she is, though created by Timothy Zahn and not me).

Enormous thanks must go to [livejournal.com profile] krabapple and kayladie for betaing. You both made this fic much better than it would have been on its own. Thank you!

Chapter One )
rynne: (star wars trio)
This thing isn't quite complete, but I've been searching for all these links for hours now, and it's giving me a headache; I'll probably finish...sometime later.

It should be obvious how much of a Luke fangirl I am, because most of these fics (but not all!) have him as one of the major characters.

Just the basics right now, but maybe later, once I've stared at something else for awhile, I'll come back with why I recommend these fics. Same deal as the other lists; this is mostly for me, so that I don't have to search the internet for these fics whenever I want to read them again, but if someone else benefits by me having this list, that's cool. :)

Current total: 98 fics

Here we go...the recs )
rynne: (once upon a time...)
I'm finally posting this fic; I'm so excited! :D I've worked on it for months, and now I'm finally beginning to get it back from my betas, so I can start posting! Anyway, here we go.

Title: Feet on the Ground
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG-13
Summary: AU. Luke Skywalker has grown up his father's apprentice, and can't imagine anything but serving the Emperor. But after one mission, Luke's illusions begin to shatter, and Luke and his father begin to plan for the future--their future. Primarily a Luke-Vader story, with eventual Luke/Mara.
Author's notes: This is the first sequel to my fic Walking the Sky. I highly suggest you read that before reading this, though the basics are that Vader found Luke on Tatooine when Luke was nine, killing Obi-Wan and another Jedi, and leaving Owen and Beru alive.

This fic is written in its entirety, and is eight chapters long, plus this prologue. The only delay in posting chapters is when I get them back from my betas and make corrections, so I should be updating fairly frequently.

There are characters and concepts from the Star Wars Extended Universe in here, but very few. The biggest one is Mara Jade, who plays a large role, and who will be an important part of the plot, and not just as a love interest. I hope that I've provided enough background on Mara so that those of you who have seen Star Wars but not read any of the EU books would still be able to follow the story, if you want to read it--just think of her as an original character (which she is, though created by Timothy Zahn and not me).

Enormous thanks must go to [livejournal.com profile] krabapple and kayladie for betaing. You both made this fic much better than it would have been on its own. Thank you!

Prologue )
rynne: (deja entendu)
So, I am back at college. There will be a personal post later, especially since I saw Goblet of Fire yesterday and want to say a few things about it, but first, here's some fic. It's Star Wars, but I promise you there will be HP fic soon. (And possibly Princess Bride, His Dark Materials, and The Last Unicorn. :p)

Title: The Choices We Make
Author: Rynne
Fandom: Star Wars
Rating: PG
Word count: 5,647
Summary: There's a reason Obi-Wan did not tell Luke the truth about his father--he didn't want something like this to happen. ANH AU.
Notes: First of all, yes, that is the ending, and there will be no sequels or continuations. Second, thank you to my betas, kayladie, [livejournal.com profile] mlgm, and my lovely [livejournal.com profile] allisonblair. You guys rock. :D

The Choices We Make )
rynne: (deja entendu)
This is me getting so into Star Wars that I start writing essays about it. It's sorta rambly, especially as I composed at least half of it while falling asleep this morning (yes, this morning--I think going to bed at five counts as morning), but it should still be mostly coherent. I’m still pretty new to the fandom, so maybe someone else has said this before, but if someone did, I couldn’t find it, so I wrote my own essay about it.

Anyway, without further ado...

Some thoughts on bringing balance to the Force )

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