The White Serpent: Avocado's Fanfiction Journal

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Fanfiction Masterlist. Aug. 18th, 2020 @ 01:54 pm
Everyone else has one of these.

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And it's actually a Wednesday! Apr. 17th, 2013 @ 03:38 pm
Of course, I haven't done one of these since last month, so...

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Mar. 25th, 2013 @ 09:04 pm
Actually, I would guess that the problem in cases like this is not lawyers or our sue-happy American public; it's the health system. (This is not to say that the first two aren't problems, but...)

Let's say you do something really stupid and end up with third-degree burns (as in this article).

How much of it is your insurance going to cover? Depends, but you're probably looking at 50% with some sort of lifetime cap. Now, yes, your insurance is going to negotiate down the total so you'd be looking at less overall than you otherwise might. Still, health costs are responsible for the majority of bankruptcies. So, if you're facing a scenario where you have $20K+ in health care costs and no means to pay it, do you say, "OMG; I'm stupid and I guess I'll pay for the next X years, or declare bankruptcy and ruin my credit!" or do you say, "I can't possibly pay this; I'm going to sue and see if I can possibly get someone else to pay it. Worst case, I declare bankruptcy when I lose, which is what I was going to have to do anyway."

Obviously I could be wrong, but I would suspect that single-payer health care would probably help reduce these sorts of lawsuits.

Reading. Mar. 13th, 2013 @ 11:56 am
I'm going to try to make these semi-regular. And also come up with a theme for another semi-regular posting.

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The problem about not posting in a long time... Feb. 22nd, 2013 @ 03:28 pm that then you feel that you need to have sufficiently important content to post again. And also explain the continued lack of posting, etc., etc.

Oh, well. General explanation: I have a toddler. I hope to have a clean and organized house again sometime in the next few years, and also to feel "whelmed" (instead of overwhelmed...)

I kind of enjoy people's "book Wednesday" posts. Obviously, it's not Wednesday, but:
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HP Fic: You Can Have My Everything (H/D) Mar. 8th, 2011 @ 08:37 pm
Note (to be deleted later): I'm trying to leave responses to people who commented on the story on DTH, but LJ doesn't seem to be stable. Half the time, I can't access the post at all. The other half, my attempts to post comments fail.

Title: You Can Have My Everything
Author: Avocado (white_serpent)
Summary: Sometimes it takes a little pain to break through the apathy.
Content: Rough sex/BDSM, Angst (and lots of it), 1st person/present tense
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Draco/Harry (minor: Draco/Others implied, Dennis Creevey/Harry, Ron/Hermione)
Word Count: ~8000
Disclaimer: Characters and settings not mine; the story is.
Author's Notes: This was written for a very specific prompt for dracotops_harry's fest (#8 submitted by vaysh). I tried to write as close to the prompt as I could; it seemed like a challenge to write a character with serious emotional problems and still make him sympathetic. vaysh was kind enough to tell me shortly after I submitted it that I did hit what she was looking for. I was late with my submission due to health issues; I appreciate the mods' patience with that. Title is taken from Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." I know that's a cliché; just go with it.

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The Towers of Midnight. Dec. 7th, 2010 @ 09:04 pm
So, I was assuming Sanderson would come here this year, and I put off buying the book until he was going to show up. (You get better position for book signings if you buy the book from the bookstore the author visits). But apparently he visited back in October for his own novel, prior to this novel's release. Much delay, little purpose. I ordered a signed copy since my others are all signed.

It arrived last week, and I've finished reading it.

Anyway. This book.

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HP Fic Commentary: Take These Lies Nov. 8th, 2010 @ 04:31 pm
I decided I wanted to try writing Harry/Draco for a couple of reasons. Both, of course, relate to the "glorious epic"-- read "glorious epic" in a self-mocking way whenever I type it. First, I needed to get back into practice writing, as it's been a long time since I have. Second, I have a use for Draco, so I felt I needed to get a better handle on his character. (I had an idea for a Draco/Hermione fic as well, but it wasn't set close enough to Deathly Hallows to be of use to me.)

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Fanfic Commentary: The Milk of Paradise. Oct. 29th, 2010 @ 12:02 am
Each part of this series is written in a different style. The Milk of Paradise is an angsty, sentence-fragment story of doom. In some ways, it's a rewrite of my old Slayers story, Eyes Wide Open. They're not strictly the same, of course; the characters are different, making their interaction different. Eyes Wide Open is a play on the Eros and Psyche myth, and The Milk of Paradise, while similar, really is patterned after Coleridge's "Kubla Khan."

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Take These Lies: Index Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 06:01 pm
General information:
Title: Take These Lies
Author: Avocado
Pairing: Harry/Draco (implied or stated, but not explicit: Blaise/Pansy, Draco/Blaise/Pansy, Draco/Various, Ron/Hermione)
Length: ~34,000
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Characters and settings aren't mine, the story is.
Summary: Repeatedly rejected by the Auror training programme, Draco Malfoy attempts an unorthodox method of gaining admission.
Warnings: genderswap and dubious consent (Harry doesn't know it's Draco). Both were requested in scarlet_malfoy's prompt.
Notes: Written for hd_fan_fair (travel). Title is taken from George Michael's Freedom! '90. Thanks to cleodoxa for reading through this for flow, characterization, and Americanisms.

The story is broken in four parts purely for length, and I don't think the individual post breaks are particularly organic. This is one long story.

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Take These Lies, Post 4/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:42 pm
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Take These Lies, post 3/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:39 pm
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Take These Lies, post 2/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:37 pm
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Take These Lies, post 1/4 Sep. 7th, 2010 @ 05:35 pm
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Take These Lies

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Fanfic Commentary: Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. Aug. 27th, 2010 @ 02:40 pm
If I'm going to write part 4 of the Snape/Black epic, I need to refamiliarize myself with parts 1-3. I've decided to go back to writing commentary on my old fanfiction. Technically, next up is Regrets (with or without a question mark on the end). That was the first sequel to Not Quite.... It's followed, however, by the original version of Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. (Which is, in turn, followed by Blood and Bile, the Slayers fic Eyes Tight Shut, and the original version of A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things.) Blood and Bile is complete; I didn't like it. Regrets was written in two different versions, neither of which I completed, and neither of which I liked.

Today, I'll talk about Nor All, That Glisters, Gold. Previously, I've done commentary, hmm, DVD-style, with the entire story copied and comments here and there about things. (I probably got the idea from Resonant's commentary on Transfigurations.) This worked out all right-- even for Slayers FORTH, which, while long, was episodic. However, these three stories are long, and I don't feel I've got that much to say about them.

So, I'm going to construct a summary of each fic, and comment on it. If there's a line I think is particularly good (or particularly bad), I'm likely to pull it in for comment.
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Some general information I realize I've never posted. Dec. 24th, 2009 @ 01:26 am
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New least favorite line type. Dec. 9th, 2009 @ 07:48 pm
First, thanks to furiosity and snacky.

On another note: I was waiting to have my oil changed today, and reading a romance novel while I waited. I read a scene, and saw a type of line which I've seen before. These lines have never made me happy. Yet today, instead of just rolling my eyes, I thought, "I hate that. What the hell is the author thinking, writing that?"

Allow me to set the scene.

Our heroine is by herself in a dangerous place, when suddenly she is attacked by dangerous (and ugly!) men. Lo, she is about to experience a fate worse than death. [I read historicals, what can I say?]

The hero appears to rescue her from the threatening men, who flee in terror (or get beaten to a pulp, really, it's all equivalent).

What does our heroine think? (And, remember, this is usually her first time meeting the guy...) She thinks she feels safe with him. Looking at him, he's clearly not the sort of man who would rape a woman because he doesn't need to.

God, people; catch a clue. (This particular book is Lorraine Heath's Midnight Pleasures With a Scoundrel, if you're wondering. I will continue reading-- well, eventually-- but I hope to never see this sort of statement again.)

Book Commentary -- Dorothy Dunnett Dec. 8th, 2008 @ 11:16 pm
First, congratulations to ilona_andrews for having Magic Burns nominated in the Urban Fantasy category for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. Well-deserved, and good luck!

In response to my own recent griping about wallpaper historicals, I've decided to reread the Lymond and Niccolo books by Dorothy Dunnett. This is akin to using a sledgehammer to drive a nail, but needs must as the devil drives, etc., etc. Also, I'm going to follow Dorothy Dunnett's advice to read the Lymond books, then read the Niccolo books, then read the Lymond books again.

This will keep me busy for awhile, since I've also decided to deliberately read them really slowly this time.

I believe I've commented on Pawn in Frankincense at some prior point in a long listing of books, but I'm not going to bother to track that down now. It should be noted that the following is more of a discussion of the books than a review, because I can't figure out how to say anything that doesn't contain spoilers for the first book. I'm talking about fourteen books, so there you have it. I'm trying to keep the spoilers as limited as possible, but, still.

If this statement is still unclear in some way: there may be spoilers below.

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Foreign languages. Again. Dec. 3rd, 2008 @ 05:18 pm
So, I'm currently reading Jacquie D'Allesandro's Who Will Take This Man?, shortly after having read several of her other books.

Alas, once again, we're misusing foreign languages. Yes, one of my numerous pet peeves.
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Complaining? Me? Dec. 16th, 2007 @ 09:46 pm
I was going to gripe about breaking my right arm again and make snide comments about how I love my dogs anyway, really, and I wouldn't trade them for the world not even for a nice lightweight dog like a Schipperke, no, really, no. ...But it's been a few days, and I'm getting much better at the one-handed typing, so I'm going to gripe about the difficulty of finding books I've read before and gotten rid of.

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