ninamazing: Keep Calm and Make Tea imitation miniposter. (tea. needs moar tea!)
2011-04-28 10:17 pm

"Happiness was born a twin; to have joy, one must share it."

It's your lucky day. You can share some happiness, get some happiness, do a glorious favor for a dear friend of mine, and make the world a brighter place! All in as much or as little time as you have to offer.


♥ joy is contagious ♥

Inspiration for Project Happy Memory: The Shorter Version
by Christina

A few months ago, I was reading an article online about retrospective happiness. It explained that many of us experience happiness well after the fact, never realizing in the moment how happy and joyful we are. The article was good, but I don't remember much beyond that. What I do remember, nearly word for word, are the comments left by random strangers. Inspired by the story, a few took it upon themselves to write briefly about some of their happiest memories. The stories weren't long, eloquent, wild or shocking. But they were happy. I obsessively refreshed the page, day after day, hoping to find another. Eventually, the stories stopped coming, and I missed them.

But I realize now that the stories don't stop coming. They exist all around us, in every living body in every room, house, on every block, in every town, in every country, on every continent. It's just that no one has ever asked.

So, please. I'm asking. And I really hope you'll say okay. Write to me at projecthappymemory [at] gmail [dot] com or click "submit" and tell me one of your happiest memories. An instance that has made you smile or laugh. A time in your life that you thought was miserable but, looking back, was magical. You can be brief or prolific, silly or profound. You can give background details or you can leave them out. You can focus on the minute, the hour, the weekend, the year. Spend a little while thinking (it'll be fun, I promise) and then just start typing. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can submit anonymously (or use a pseudonym), and you can do it more than once.

Please share this website with the people you love.

Together, I think we can create something beautiful.

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
ninamazing: An open book on a blue checkered tablecloth, with late afternoon light pouring in from the window behind. (book and teatime)
2010-09-21 12:55 am

"I know I'm better than this, because, Bev, if I'm not, I'll probably have to kill myself."

[ profile] yuki_onna = one of my favorite writers and one of my favorite people, for a reason.

I would like to announce that the November issue of Apex will be an entirely Arab/Muslim issue. It will be beautiful. It will showcase writers of Arab descent and Muslim writers. (I am aware that many folk not of Arab descent are Muslim, that's why I'm structuring it this way, so that writers from either culture or both can be part of the issue.) It will show how Islam is as much a part of the human experience as any other faith or story system that writers of the fantastic draw from. It will be a small thing, in the grand scheme. It will not save the world. But it will exist, and perhaps in its own way can stand beside the recent ugliness in the SFF world as something bright and good.

I am looking for material, but most especially poetry, from Muslim authors and authors of Arab descent. Let's make it easy: if you think you might "count," then you do. Southeast Asian Muslims, yes. American Muslims, yes. Anybody with a connection to the cultures of Islam, yes. The subject of your works can be anything you like, but I am only looking for authors with connections to Islam and/or the Arabic world. Please do not send reprints, we have that covered.

ninamazing: Screencap of Pushing Daisies:  From above, watching Ned make pies. Mmm. (the piemaker:  he makes pies.)
2010-03-22 05:56 pm

"I'm not a ripper. ...

... I pull up a corner a little at a time and then I run it under warm water and I pull it a little bit more. It's a process!"

Dear [ profile] daily_pace,

What would I do without you?

Oh, that's right, nothing.

ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (alex drake gettin' it done)
2010-01-17 04:27 am
Entry tags:

"Were you upset when you looked at the calendar and it was just pictures & none of your teachings?"

I didn't sign up for this early on because I was entirely unconvinced that I could be much help, but now I'm sleep-deprived and that makes me wild!

I've put my services (such as they are) up for auction at [ profile] help_haiti.
I am offering: 500+ words of original fiction or fanfiction, or a beta read on a fic no longer than 3000 words.
Starting bid: 5 USD
You can bid here.
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (fuck you fuck you fuck you from deathpro)
2010-01-03 07:11 pm

"I want a lawyer!" "I want to hump Britt Ekland, what are we gonna do?!"

Thank you, [ profile] noblealice. This made my day.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

1. Don't put drugs in people's drinks in order to control their behavior.

2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!

3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!

4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.

5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON'T ASSAULT THEM!

6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.

7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.

8. Always be honest with people! Don't pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don't communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.

9. Don’t forget: you can't have sex with someone unless they are awake!

10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone "on accident" you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.

And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn't ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are committing a crime — no matter how "into it" others appear to be.
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (alex drake gettin' it done)
2009-12-30 05:24 pm

"There's no pleasing some people." "That's just what Jesus said, sir!"

OMG it's the NON-CREEPY version of yesterday's meme. Thanks, [ profile] yuki_onna.

If I came to visit you and you had my undivided time and attention for 24 hours, what would you like to do together? Be specific--you never know, it might be possible!
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (funky like stephen colbert is funky)
2009-12-29 12:28 am

"I must be on another planet."

Sometimes I can't resist memes. Ganked from [ profile] a_white_rain.

If you had me alone, locked up in your house for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to*, what would you have me do?

All comments will be permanently screened because it's a secret. Then repost this in your LJ. You might be surprised with the responses you get. Feel free to answer anonymously if you'd prefer.

*As long as you weren't causing me any permanent damage. I think this is an important point.

P.S. Oooh, and I just found a pretty excellent blog post from Bitch Magazine on disability!fail in speculative fiction:
These aren't condemnations of the characters (my love for many of them is strong), but observations of a common trope: "Let's have a disabled character, but with a magic device that means we don't actually have to deal with disability! Ooh, and let's be edgy and give them magic powers!"

Which is oddly enough giving me anti-disability!fail story ideas. *_* MAYBE THERE SHOULD BE A FICATHON. MAYBE THERE ALREADY IS(??)!
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (jim and pam:  the greatest)
2009-10-08 10:10 pm

"... that mixed berry yoghurt you're about to eat has expired."




ETA: Also, this whole wedding is giving me a Wonderfalls flashback. ANYBODY ELSE?? :DDDD

[spruced-up Halpert/Beesley wedding photo courtesy [ profile] imaclanni]
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (you're not your fuckin' khakis)
2009-08-15 05:59 pm

"Wow, a girl scientist!" "Yup. Come for the breasts, stay for the brains."

I caved. It's Bridget Regan's fault. I'm nivairface on Twitter, because some other fucko took my real username. Add me if you want to hang. ♥

To Jon Stewart: Please don't let this lower your opinion of me. I notice Stephen T. Colbert Twitters (quite hilariously, I might add!) and you haven't stopped associating with him. Also I won't do it during the State of the Union address. Promise. (If your security guards are mean to me again at some point, however, I will probably tweet about it. Fair warning.)

Oh, also (this one's for all of you): I will not be posting my "tweets" (sigh) to LiveJournal. At least not right now.
ninamazing: An open book on a blue checkered tablecloth, with late afternoon light pouring in from the window behind. (book and teatime)
2009-07-30 09:08 pm

"We thought you was a toad!"

Best meme ever.

The "You Should Write..." Meme!
my thread here

(If you're not aware, my fanfiction journal is at [ profile] planetbarcelona. Cheers! ♥)
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (kaylee's the ultimate badass)
2009-07-03 08:41 pm

"Cartwright, you did well today. I will allow you to buy me a whiskey chaser."

I OWE SOMEONE A BELATED BIRTHDAY PRESENT, AND THAT SOMEONE IS [ profile] hjea! ([ profile] ohvienna, IT WAS TOTALLY YOUR BIRTHDAY TOO and I would love to have written you Gene/Alex, but I am not canonified enough yet! MAYBE IT WILL COME. MORE WINE. ♥) Anyway, I love both of you; please stay in my life and in my LJ forever kthxbai. :D

What's behind this cut is in no way 2000 words of R-rated Bridget/Craig RPF. And if you never click it, you can go on believing that in comfort until the end of time and space. )
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (this mountie will CUT YOU! ... or not)
2009-04-05 08:29 am

Fairy Tale Balloon Poll: Tiebreaking fight to the death!

Round III of the Fairy Tale Balloon Poll ended in a tie! Instead of begging more people to vote, I as the quizmaster have decided to host a CAGED MATCH TIEBREAKIN' FIGHT TO THE DEATH between Hansel and the Princess of the Pea. Oh, that's right. This party is about to go off the effin' reservation, kids.

If you want Hansel to leave, you'd better pick the Princess of the Pea and have her kick his ass. If you're aching to kick off the Princess, choose Hansel as your champion. The first one to cry uncle will walk the imaginary balloon's metaphorical plank!

[Poll #1378354]

Each attack move has a SECRET POINT VALUE which I will use to determine the overall outcome of the fight. I will of course post an official recap and scorecard after the poll is closed ... and by the way, the poll closes at midnight on Tuesday. Which means you have the rest of today and all of tomorrow to vote!

And I make no promises that certain moves might not backfire. ;)
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (bill haverchuck ftmfw)
2009-04-01 07:04 am

Fairy Tale Balloon Poll: Round Three

Round One: Cinderella's stepmother
Round Two: Prince Charming

"Any minute now, if it's all right with Charming here," says the Beast through clenched and impressive incisors.

"Princess," begins Charming in a rather puffy way, "this glorified mongrel must be at least five hundred pounds. I trust that makes your decision easy."

"Her decision?" puts in Scheherezade, who is on her third shot of Baba Yaga's spirits and has rapidly coloring cheeks.

"Muscle outweighs fur," counters the Beast, but his words are pained, as if he is trying to control himself. Off a wink from Baba Yaga, he abandons this effort and hurls Prince Charming over the side in a frankly beautiful combination of movements. Little Red and Hansel gasp, the former with a dainty hand at her mouth; Gretel, on the other hand, looks thrilled. Rumpelstiltskin and the Frog Prince find it easiest to keep their expressions snide.

Sleeping Beauty rolls onto her other arm with a soft sigh.

"So does anyone know if she's likely to wake up?" Gretel pipes up, surprising everyone. Cinderella gives her a reproachful look, and Gretel shrugs. "Just thought it'd be an easy solution to our problem," she adds. "We can strap her with a parachute, can't we?"

"Do you see a parachute?" Rumpelstiltskin snaps, and earns himself a high-five from the Frog Prince.

Gretel just sulks.

"Gretel isn't wrong," says the Princess of the Pea carefully. "Sleeping Beauty is hardly contributing. And don't people weigh more when they're sleeping?"

"I'm sorry, where did you say you'd gotten your physics degree?" inquires the Frog Prince. Rumpelstiltskin erupts in guffaws, elbowing him in the side. The Princess rolls her royal eyes.

"Narcolepsy is hardly a choice," Cinderella argues. "She deserves a chance."

"I agree with Cinderella," announces Little Red.

"I agree with Little Red," adds Hansel, and simpers like a boy who's had a lot of practice at it.

"You're all feather-spined simpletons," Baba Yaga tells the assorted company. "Obviously we just need to make modifications to the propulsion system. I live in a moving house, for the Goddess's sake."

"And a summer cabin in Siberia," Scheherezade remarks. "Which is lovely."

"You speak English?" the flabbergasted Beast asks Baba Yaga. Cinderella nods as if she, too, is awaiting the witch's answer with bated breath.

"I speak Old Church Slavonic," Baba Yaga answers. "You think your little Anglo-Saxon grab bag is a challenge?"

"I have some great stories about that month I spent with you in the summer house," muses Scheherezade, lost in her thoughts. "God, was Vladivostok Customs hell ..."

"Maybe you can tell us after we decide who to toss out next," says Gretel: a child's awkward attempt at gallows humor. "The little arrow on the compass thingy is still bouncing."

[Poll #1376063]

Voting closes at the tail end of Thursday. Which is to say, 12:00 AM Friday, with leeway for your various time zones.
ninamazing: An open book on a blue checkered tablecloth, with late afternoon light pouring in from the window behind. (book and teatime)
2009-03-26 05:52 pm

Fairy Tale Balloon Poll: Round Two

Round One: Cinderella's stepmother

"I vote you," says the Beast carefully. "And I'll have you know that this condition was brought about by nasty and insensitive behavior, in case that gives you pause."

"It doesn't," answers Cinderella's stepmother. "And for Heaven's sake, I was talking about her!" She points one truly knuckled finger at Baba Yaga; most of the company finds themselves surprised that her crimson nail isn't drooping under its own weight.

Baba Yaga mutters something that sounds suspiciously like "yob tvoyu mat."

"That wasn't very nice," Scheherezade notes, with amused detachment.

"I vote you, too," Cinderella announces, squaring her shoulders and facing her stepmother.

"Why, you little —"

The balloon's basket is tiny. It doesn't take long for the Beast to step forward, grab Auntie Cinders, and toss her, knobbly-limbed, over the edge. The Princess of the Pea ducks out of the way and clutches at her heart, bumping into Scheherezade, who primly adjusts her posture and her jewelry.

"Thank you," says Cinderella, ever-decorous. Prince Charming glares at the Beast.

"It was my pleasure," says the Beast.

Prince Charming attempts to add more ferocity to his glare, but he hasn't got the bone structure for it, and the whole bit just falls apart. Meanwhile, Hansel, Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood are eyeing the proceedings as if they are being forced to watch an old film their parents always liked, and it's coming up on a twenty-seven-minute-long sex scene.

"This is all lovely," Rumpelstiltskin remarks, "but we're still losing altitude. And actually, it isn't lovely. I think you're all cretins."

"I feel like I could do tequila shots with you," says the Frog Prince with a friendly smile. The diminutive pair, perched just next to the altimeter and the dozing Beauty, glance at each other, as if to say: We must be the sardonic Greek Chorus of this lot, and we're okay with that.

"My gran says tequila makes your mind all wonky," Little Red Riding Hood pipes up.

"Yeah, my father told me that alcohol encourages unwise decision-making," agrees Hansel. Gretel looks as though she is trying very hard not to roll her eyes at her older brother. The Princess of the Pea seems desperate to agree with the two upright children, yet wary of the company's more dangerous elements.

"Your guardians are twits," says the Frog Prince.

"I see your dad outside the town brothel every Thursday," says Rumpelstiltskin.

"What's a brothel?" Red asks Hansel. Hansel looks at his hands, hoping they might tell him. Rumpelstiltskin and the Frog Prince cackle, while Prince Charming looks on with a confused mixture of envy and disapproval. In an attempt to catch Charming's eye, the Princess of the Pea contorts and jerks her perfect head. No one notices Baba Yaga pull a devilish little bottle from the sleeve of her cloak, clinking shot glasses with Scheherezade behind the Beast's impressive bulk.

"Uh, shouldn't we —" says Cinderella.

"Yes!" exclaim the Beast and Prince Charming at once, and a second glaring match begins.

[Poll #1372578]

Voting closes at midnight on Saturday. That's Friday night, for all you social creatures with lives outside of your computer!
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (heading into faerieland)
2009-03-22 01:18 pm

Fairy Tale Balloon Poll: Round One

(I so was not kidding before. And I thank you for your input! Some people were disqualified for not being from fairy tales, or for me not knowing enough about them, or silly stuff like that. You should play anyway though. It'll be fun.)

[ profile] roz_mcclure: [note: all science in this is shit. because it is a balloon poll, and therefore about the most important questions of human survival, like, "who would you push out first, the loyal sidekick or the dashing antagonist?" SO THE WAY YOU PLAY IS: you vote for whoever you would throw out of the balloon, not who you want to stay in. Every few days, whoever has the most votes gets pitched over the edge and a new poll is put up with the remaining cast. JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE!]

At the Aerospace Museum in Fairyland, curious business is afoot.

"This is gorgeous," says Cinderella, placing one light hand on the wicker basket to step herself aboard. "I've never seen a real hot-air balloon before."

"You haven't seen much of anything," her stepmother remarks; next to the woman, Rumpelstiltskin stifles a snort.

"Look at that marvelous detail work," Cinderella continues loudly, running her fingertips over the interior design of the balloon.

"Women," says the Frog Prince bitterly. "So obsessed with aesthetics. 'Oh, has he got the right shoes?' 'Oh, is this a Calvin Klein?' 'Oh, was he cute or were his teeth all weird?' Superficial bints, the lot of you."

"All it takes is a bit of effort," Prince Charming points out. "I could show you how to use my hair gel. It's really quite —"

"One more word and I'll set your precious hair on fire," the Frog Prince retorts.

"Uh, guys?" says the Beast, putting out one timid and well-experienced hand in attempt to halt the conflict. It's not easy to turn a blind eye to his hairy bulk, but somehow the two princes manage.

"You'll set my hair on fire, huh, slime guy?" sneers Charming. "How?"

"PROPANE!" Baba Yaga cackles, gleefully, and lights the burners. The balloon shakes, drifts; the ropes sway and slip out of their holdings; and before anybody has time to take action the entire company finds itself floating into the open sky. Little Red Riding Hood screams; Hansel and Gretel clutch each other; the Beast looks uncomfortable. Scheherezade eyes them all with a hefty dose of disdainful curiosity.

"Well, this is unpleasantly crowded," says the Princess of the Pea, and wrinkles her peerless nose.

"Sweetie, you ain't kiddin'," Rumpelstiltskin tells her. "Check the altimeter."

They all whirl to face the small device, most of which is currently covered by one snoring Sleeping Beauty. Cinderella gently lifts the dozing princess's arm, and the company gasps. They have reached 6,000 feet, but are not holding steady — in fact, they are falling fast.

[Poll #1369914]

(Yes, dudes. IT IS TOTALLY UP TO YOU! Voting closes in 24 hours.)
ninamazing: Black-and-white close up of Cosima from Orphan Black smoking. (top me up bitch!)
2009-03-16 12:28 am

"I cannot see that James Callis is straight."

Once upon a time, [ profile] roz_mcclure did a Shakespeare Balloon Poll.

And once upon another time, I was born a vicious copycat.

So here we are.

[ profile] roz_mcclure: [note: all science in this is shit. because it is a balloon poll, and therefore about the most important questions of human survival, like, "who would you push out first, the loyal sidekick or the dashing antagonist?" SO THE WAY YOU PLAY IS: you vote for whoever you would throw out of the balloon, not who you want to stay in. Every few days, whoever has the most votes gets pitched over the edge and a new poll is put up with the remaining cast. JUST LIKE IN REAL LIFE!]

I was totally thinking about who would win in a fight, Rapunzel or Snow White, and then I realized: THIS SHOULD BE A FAIRY TALES BALLOON POLL.

[Poll #1366231]

I am actually really excited to write hilarious, irreverent, wildly meta, smushy fairy tale fanfiction in smirking manner of Fables. PLZ, LET'S DO THIS! (And I promise not to make it all weird and lame with Snow White and the dude.)

P.S. Check it out, [ profile] leiascully, you're my title quote again. ;)
ninamazing: Helo from BSG showing off those arms. Bright orange background, text "Steve Holt!" à la Arrested Development. (steve holt!)
2009-03-06 04:08 am

"Where did you first hear about the Wallhouse?"

Before we begin, I just discovered this November 2008 audio interview with Joss Whedon at Mother Jones, and it has me making GRABBY HANDS at my screen. I'm sorry, I am just not capable of not loving this man. (If you are more ninja than me and can figure out how to save/download this audio file, please tell me! I will be grateful! ♥!)

... That leads in, sort of, to the election. You know, people have been asking, whom do you think has suffered more, the black man or the white woman?

I'm gonna go with the black woman. Transgendered Asians! ... No, but you don't qualify that, because it's beside the point ...

Also: OMG JOSS CAN HOLD HIS TEQUILA. Props, Joss! I do not do tequila. (P.S. OMG he just made a Godfather reference. *falls over* He likes all this classical film student stuff, yet somehow what he took from it was "NEEDS MOAR WOMEN." That's what makes him able to straddle both worlds. Also I loff him and his adorable, thoughtful, imaginative self.)

Recap of and commentary on Dollhouse 1x03 'Stage Fright.' This is long, but according to my calculations, entertaining. Please help me double-check my calculations. )