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Jan. 25th, 2010 03:40 pm
amelia_petkova: (Sleeping Beauty icon)
xkcd accurately summarizes the majority of children's fantasy in three panels. Too true. I'm surprised children's fantasy hasn't revolted.

Without even trying hard, I can think of (to varying degrees of accuracy--the children are kicked out of the world they discovered):
--The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
--The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
--Seaward by Susan Cooper
--Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
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Ok, I did it. I joined [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti and posted a fan fiction offering. Offering reposted here for your convenience:

User Name: [livejournal.com profile] amelia_petkova
Email address: amelia[dot]petkova[at]gmail[dot]com
You can see things I've created at: [livejournal.com profile] amelia_petkova Click on the tag "fan fiction" on the right-hand side.
I am offering: A fan fic of at least 1,000 words in any of the following fandoms:

Fandoms (if appropriate):
Books:
--The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
--The Keeper Chronicles by Tanya Huff
--The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
--The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper
--The Tower at Stony Wood by Patricia A. McKillip
--Possession by A.S. Byatt
--The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
--Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
--Mortal Love by Elizabeth Hand
Music:
--The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
Television:
--The Storyteller (Jim Henson series)

Additional Info (optional): Most of my writing tends to be genfic or humor, though I do enjoy writing in other genres (ex. AU or crossover). I don’t write lemons or noncom. As far as character relationships, I usually stick to what’s established in the canon, though I'm willing to be flexible.

Starting Bid: $5

ETA: You can find the bidding guidelines on the community's entries. I believe the auction ends on January 20.
amelia_petkova: (apple tree)
Title: An Abundance of Merlins
Fandom: The Dark is Rising Sequence / Merlin (UK TV series)
Genre: Humor
Summary: Merlin meets himself. It doesn’t go well.

Disclaimer: The show Merlin belongs to the BBC and Merriman Lyon is from The Dark is Rising Sequence, property of Susan Cooper.

Author's Notes: If you happen to be familiar with one of the fandoms involved but not the other: Merlin is a TV series retelling of Arthurian legends. The Dark is Rising has a character named Merriman Lyon, who is also Merlin.

I had a lot of fun writing this.

When realities collide )
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] starstruckduck and [livejournal.com profile] lotesseflower. Post the first sentence from each month.

January
As it's another month, it's time for another poem.

February
Love Is Not All

March
Title: Abstinence
(It was an Indiana Jones drabble.)

April
I wrote this sometime last school year, when I happened to see the movie on TV.

May
You know that novel-length plotbunny I got slammed with about a month ago?

June
My second super-long entry of quotes, this time from Possession by A.S. Byatt, which is a novel that more people need to read.

July
I've just read the post in [livejournal.com profile] deliasherman's LJ, that [livejournal.com profile] ellen_kushner mentioned in hers.

August
I've been working on a story that involves Scandinavian folklore, so I end up reading lots of fairy tales.
(And the story still is not finished. *rolls eyes*)

September
Yet again, I'm asking for opinions.

October
Originally written for a discussion of the TDiR movie adaptation in [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty's LJ.
(It ended up turning into an entire drabble series. Good times.)

November
Guess who gets to spend next semester writing about folklore, mythology, and fairy tales for Anthropology?

December
On LJ's new policy about adult content: this can't possibly end well.
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I decided that I would rather laugh than cry about The Seeker, and so I wrote some more for the parody of it. They aren't strict drabbles, as I couldn't keep them at 100 words, but it's close enough. Some are better than others, but I had lots of fun writing it.

Title: Old One Auditions
Fandom: The Dark is Rising Sequence

Things that we wish had been )

EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] jedi_amara pointed out a typo in "Puppy Love" and it has been fixed.
amelia_petkova: (Default)
Originally written for a discussion of the TDiR movie adaptation in [livejournal.com profile] ashkitty's LJ.

Title: Old One Auditions
Fandom: The Dark is Rising

Satire is my friend )
amelia_petkova: (Default)
I think the Light could have found a way for Will to go to Wales without giving him hepatitis and erasing his Old One memories.

And a last Stardust note: don't forget the Gumby voodoo doll!

Proposal

Aug. 19th, 2007 10:49 am
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October 5, 2007: The Dark Is Rising Boycott Day

for other TDiR addicts, since I know most people on my f-list are probably tired of my ranting )
amelia_petkova: (Princess Bride icon)
I've seen stills for the movie adaptation of TDiR. The link is here: (whimpers)

movie news

Feb. 20th, 2007 06:05 am
amelia_petkova: (Default)
First of all, Wales was great. Details will be posted after I´m caught up with my paper journal.

There´s been more casting done for The Dark is Rising . Knee-jerk reaction: They cast Christopher Eccleston as the Black Rider ?!?! Having watched a season of Doctor Who , I can´t at all imagine him as the long red-haired agent of the Dark. I might not be able to see this movie.

(No opinions yet on Merriman and Will, as I haven´t seen any of their movies.)

Mad Skillz

Jan. 9th, 2007 06:02 pm
amelia_petkova: (Princess Bride icon)
I might have mentioned that around Thanksgiving I was listening to the audio book of A Wrinkle in Time . Mom asked what I was listening to, I tried to describe the plot, and she got interested. This ended in her listening to the audio book, then immediately reading A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet . (I really should re-read those last two.) And I've almost gotten her to promise to read The Dark is Rising Sequence while I'm in Spain. Let's hear it for bookaholics!
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Naturally, I thought of this moments after clicking the "post entry" button about the musicals.

One of my greatest fears is that I will never be the kind of writer that I want to be. More than making a living by writing, I worry more about making the readers feel. There are writers like Peter S. Beagle (e.x. The Last Unicorn ) and Susan Cooper (e.x. Silver on the Tree ) and The Neverending Story and Lloyd Alexander (e.x. The Prydain Chronicles ) whose stories have me crying before the end because they are that wonderful. Poets too, like Anna Akhmatova. I'm happy and frustrated at the same time when reading these books--happy because I love them so much, and angry because I still don't believe that I will be able to write that spectacularly.

I'm so caught up in this at the moment that I'm not able to think clearly and write all that I want to on this topic. But it had to be said now.

(I shall have to find the audiobook of The Last Unicorn .)
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It's meme time! This one is for all those people who love (well-written) fan fiction.

Just choose ten fandoms you enjoy that you wish had more fan fiction written about them. If you want, tag one or more people with this meme.

10 of My Many Fandoms )
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During Thanksgiving vacation I listened to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle as an audio book. I'd forgotten how much I loved her writing. So much of the book is about fighting against the Dark and hopelessness. About halfway through, I was reminded of similar elements in The Dark is Rising Sequence . The dark rider would have fit in perfectly on Camazotz. It's been several weeks since I thought of this connection, so I can't remember all that I was going to say.

What do you think?

Also, anybody interested in writing a crossover? (holds up a plot bunny dressed like Mrs. Whatsit)
amelia_petkova: (Default)
"On the day of the dead, when the year too dies, / Must the youngest open the oldest hills"

Why can't my Halloween every be as interesting as Will and Bran's?

A question for The Dark is Rising fans: Does anyone know if the brenin llwyd and the milgwn (apologies if I misspelled) are based on Welsh myth, or did Susan Cooper make them up out of thin air?

Happy Halloween/Samhain!

Just over six hours until NaNoWriMo begins in this time zone...good luck everyone.

Oh dear

Sep. 27th, 2006 02:14 pm
amelia_petkova: (Default)
Am suddenly very tempted to write a Parody Theatre for either The Prydain Chronicles or The Dark is Rising Sequence. Either assist in the madness or run far away, it's your choice.

 

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