Jul. 31st, 2015 07:51 am
laurose8: (Egypt)
My magnificent and all-round ace friend, [personal profile] genjyosgirl, has just been told she has a large cyst on an ovary. At the same time her mother has learned she might have cancer in her lymph system. For Ruth and her mother, I earnestly ask for prayers from their fellow Christians, and good will and support vibes from non-Deists like myself.


Jan. 26th, 2015 08:02 am
laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (Default)
A meme copied from [personal profile] elmey. Hope it provokes better writing from my f-list!

The meme is : Three sentences at random from three WIPs. (In my case RIPs.)

On one side of the road stood a pretty little church, rosy bricks and steep grey slate roof. On the other something that looked like a man. The grey coated figure carried a tall staff, but didn't look as if he'd need it.

The Victorian crowd did love royalty. When a Prince of the Indian States stepped out of his carriage, he and his entourage blazing with bright silks and gold mounted jewels, there was quite a cheer. It didn't hurt that Prince Khagesh was young and handsome, his red hair and violet eyes showing, the British were quick to tell themselves, his descent from Macedonian Greeks, and possibly from Alexander himself.

The swordsman's mind was not really harder to read than most. But if the normal mind flashed its thoughts in neon, Fujimiya wrote his in quiet colours on vellum. Schuldig had to actually pay attention.
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Reposted with permission from the blog of its writer,
[personal profile] st_crispins

The Top Ten Fanfic Warnings I'd Like To See:

No. 10: I’ve never seen even a minute of this series and can’t even spell the lead characters’ names.

No. 9: I vaguely remember seeing one episode over my friend's house a couple of years ago and thought ‘what the hell.’

No. 8: I scribbled this on a bar napkin after my fifth drink at 3 am.

No. 7: Any resemblance to the characters you saw on screen is purely coincidental.

No. 6: Ditto any resemblance to any breathing human being who has ever lived.

No. 5: I’m actually only twelve years old and I typed this on my mom’s computer.

No. 4: I really have no idea how people have sex so I just guessed.

No. 3: I don't brake for punctuation.

No. 2: I already wrote this for another fandom, so I simply did a search and replace for the characters' names.

And the No. 1 warning I'd like to see:

Not to be mistaken for real writing.
laurose8: (003)
Or - I'm a week late and a megabyte short.

Anyone reading this probably knows more about it than I do, but someone might not know about:
laurose8: (003)
Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity



Researchers say today’s Lord Almighty shares many traits in common with the chimp deity, including color vision and omniscience.

BERKELEY, CA—Challenging long-held views on the origins of divinity, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, presented findings Thursday that confirm God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, evolved from an ancient chimpanzee deity.

The recently discovered sacred ancestor, a divine chimp species scientists have named Pan sanctorum, reportedly gave rise over millions of years to the Lord Our God, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
“Although perhaps not obvious at first glance, there are actually overwhelming similarities between the Supreme Being of today and this early primate deity who preceded Him,” said Dr. Richard Kamen, a leading biologist who also heads Berkeley’s paleotheology department. “The holy chimp moved around on all fours, but its descendants eventually began walking upright to expend less energy while foraging across the infinite reaches of the universe. This of course led to the bipedalism of modern-day God.”
“In fact, you can see a distinct likeness to God in the chimpanzee deity’s skeletal structures, not to mention its prototypical expressions of vengeance and wrath,” Kamen continued. “The great-ape god was, however, considerably smaller in stature, having not yet developed the capacity to occupy all space and time simultaneously.”

According to experts, divine life began as a single-celled all-powerful organism roughly 3.6 billion years ago, eventually evolving into a multicelled, sponge-like deity that bobbed and floated across the chaos of the early universe. Kamen explained that over hundreds of millions of years, the godlike life form became more complex, with limbs that allowed for locomotion across the endless expanse of the heavens, and sophisticated photoreceptor cells capable of seeing all things.
Based on newly obtained evidence, the Pan sanctorum is thought to have first experimented with creation ex nihilo around 7 million years ago. Kamen noted that the chimpanzee deity made several early attempts to produce rudimentary solar systems, but on each occasion was spooked upon inadvertently creating fire, which is said to have caused it to screech loudly, angrily swat away the newly formed sun, and then scamper across the universe to hide from the flaming sphere.
“Natural selection played a huge role in the evolution of divinity, and in this regard, the adaptive value of Pan sanctorum’s immortality proved critical to its survival,” said Kamen, adding that with its opposable thumbs, the divine ancestor was eventually able to fashion primitive tools for creating crude oceans and basic mountain ranges. “Today’s Lord Almighty actually still has a small bony protuberance in the small of His back, the vestigial remains of a tail we believe was used by an even older, monkey-like god to facilitate climbing, allowing it to escape into the heavens when faced with danger.”

“That potential for threats made it an evolutionary imperative for the primate god to develop omnipotence,” Kamen continued. “As well as sharp claws and pointed incisors.”

Though its smaller brain limited its cognitive abilities, the chimpanzee deity is believed to have possessed not only self-awareness, but also spatial intelligence, object permanence, and a rudimentary capacity for knowing all that is, all that has been, and all that ever will be.
However, it was only relatively recently that the heavenly species developed the intellectual capacity for higher reasoning, critical thinking, and infinite wisdom, according to Kamen. For Pan sanctorum, he noted, the passage of divine judgment was “purely a matter of primal instinct.”
“While complex speech would not emerge until the evolution of the Cro-Magnon god from Pan Sanctorum, the chimpanzee deity was capable of using grunts and hand gestures to convey basic emotions such as happiness, anger, or the forgiveness of sin,” Kamen said. “However, it appears that the chimp deity often exhibited extremely aggressive behavior, in some cases unleashing its divine wrath with little if any provocation toward the mortal chimps it created in its own image.”
He added, “It is our understanding that these creatures lived in a kind of jungle-like forerunner to the Garden of Eden, until a day came when their enraged creator cast them out, flinging feces at them as they fled.”

With many thanks to mojojo.

(Will delete if anyone is offended.)
laurose8: (Shiveria)
Even today, science fiction is less assembly line product than other genres. Its old magazines are largely why. For those interested in either discussing or reading good science fiction, or good stories, there is a dw comm:

Your ideas and comments are welcome!
laurose8: (Illya)
Anyone who likes Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes, or indeed just good writing, is urged to try:


Sep. 19th, 2012 06:40 am
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It's international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence as your status. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

"...I was delighted to see him again, the first time in years."


Aug. 25th, 2012 06:32 am
laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (treesinsnow)
CJ Cherryh posted this to her FB page a couple of days ago:

BE IT KNOWN: BEARLIB.COM is a pirate site. Their offerings of my books are ripoffs and copyright violations, and defraud me and the publishers. Profit is going to a company in China. Share this on and do not patronize this site. Information may want to be free, but groceries are NOT, and a writer needs your support.

Share this, please, with anyone who cares about the survival of books and literacy!

Stephanie Osborn sent out an e-mail to her fan list saying basically the same thing:

Someone who knows more about it than me tells us the following sites are, or probably are, pirate sites. The first and 3rd are currently down; Lida Quillen, publisher of Twilight Times Books, indicates that her research into the first one showed that it was down pending resolution of copyright infringement complaints. Please take note and DO NOT USE THESE SITES. You are supporting illegal activity and depriving authors of their livelihood if you do.


#1 also has a Facebook page where at least one more author has posted a complaint of copyright violation.
laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (8Y)
Rating and Warnings: PG
Fandom: Saiyuki
Disclaimer: Saiyuki is the creation and property of Kazuya Minekura

summary: a triple drabble on the Gojyo/Lirin pairing.

Thanks to Nii )
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Shared by [ profile] mrua7, and copy/pasted from her lj. Anyone wishing to post in theirs is welcome to copy/paste, too.

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order.

2: Visit to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.

... )
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[ profile] blown_wish kindly shared the 7 questions meme with me. If anyone would like seven questions, I'll do my best. If you would rather just comment on one or more of my answers, that's part of the game, too.
Better questions than answers )
laurose8: (003)
Title: Encouragement
Author: laurose8
Rating and Warnings: very G
Fandom: Yami no Matsuei
Disclaimer: Yami no Matsuei is the creation and property of Yoko Matsushita.
Summary: Hisoka ships Tatsuki

beta'd and bettered by the already harried [ profile] pennypaperbrain
author's note: So [ profile] seshats_prodigy shouldn't, in compunction for Watari and Hisoka, be deterred from writing her excellent Tatsumi/Tsuzuki.

Set well back )
laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (Default)
Filling of a meme kindly posted by [ profile] annachuu on [ profile] saiyuki

Readers are welcome to supplement or debate this. I'm very good at missing things, and I'd hate the talent not to be recognised.

lots of undecideds )
laurose8: sanzo and hakkai (WK)
Title: Entr'acte
Author: laurose8
Rating and Warnings: never gets above low teens
Fandom: Weiss
Word Count: 2087
Disclaimer: Weiss belongs to Koyasu Takehito, Project Weiss and others
Summary: Mastermind's suffering either a broken heart or bruised vanity. Neither is comfortable for Schwarz.

Beta'd by Sybil Rowan, fic juggler extraordinaire.
author's note: Sorry, Jennie B, that I can't write C/S, but here's something Schwarzy, anyway.

Schwarz breakfasting )
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