bardic_lady: (ratatouille - passionate literacy)
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

The List )
bardic_lady: (shakespeare)
Finally! A 30 Days meme I actually feel like I can do! (Okay, actually, I plan to do the 30 Days of TV at some point, too)

30 Days of SHAKESPEARE! What could be better than 30 whole days of Shakespeare? A YEAR OF SHAKESPEARE! A LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE! For the moment, though, 30 days.

Day #1 - Your favourite play

Actually, a really difficult question. Generally, I can narrow it down to a favourite history (Henry V), a favourite tragedy (Hamlet, unless I'm allowed to count Richard III as a tragedy), and a favourite comedy, which is where things start to go off the rails because I cannot choose between Much Ado and Midsummer. Sorry. Can't do it. Much Ado is hilarious and brilliantly witty and I adore it to bits. But Midsummer is Midsummer. The language just blows me away. And then, what about the romances? Because Tempest is also way up there on my list of favourite plays. I call foul. Unfair to put a question this hard first. Can't you just accept that there are a handful of Shakespeare plays that I love above all others? *clutches them* It's my journal, I can do whatever I want. So there.

So, yes... favourite plays

Henry V is my favourite history. I know, bad king, bad things, blar blar, but the LANGUAGE. (Most of my favourites have to do with the language) "O for a muse of fire" has been one of my favourite pieces of text since the middle of high school and "Now entertain conjecture of a time" still turns me inside out. So... Henry V. Suck it.

Honestly, I know that the tragedies are the funny ones and sooooooo much less cliché than the comedies, but most of the the main characters in the tragedies drive me up the wall. Romeo in particular makes me want to beat him to death with something heavy. Hamlet is therefore the least of the evils. And it does have lovely lines in it. I haven't yet found a production of it that suits me, but I do believe it's out there. (And stars Jamie Bamber as Hamlet and Douglas Sills as Claudius. Just saying.) If I'm allowed to pick Richard III (which is officially The Tragedy of Richard III) then all bets are off though, because I love RIII and he has AMAZING language.

Comedies... Comedy is hard. As I mentioned above, Much Ado About Nothing is so sharp and witty and sparkling and the Branagh movie cemented it fairly thoroughly into my heart. But A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is the play that I've done most frequently, 4 times so far, has imagery that absolutely gets me every time. Not to mention the glory of "We will meet and there we shall rehearse most obscenely and courageously", which describes every rehearsal process in the universe. So I refuse to pick. You can't make me, neener.

But those leave out The Tempest, which is glorious, and Winter's Tale, which is frequently irritating but Paulina is SO incredible, and Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night, and Mackers... And so many characters I love, like Joan of Arc and Hotspur (and his lady) and Cleopatra and Katherina...

Maybe I shouldn't do this meme. It may be too hard.

The Full Question List )
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Dear [ profile] bookelfe,
30 characters takes a LONG time.
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Favorite Troupe?
Favorite 'sienne?
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Your starting troupe isSoragumi
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Your fanclub has the following number of people4,893
Your stalker fanclub president israku
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bardic_lady: (kestrel)
A bookshelf meme, a la [ profile] jsealand:

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest.

Oh Lords, umm... probably something along the lines of Mr. Popper's Penguins or The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle? Or maybe The Colour Kittens? One of the ones that was my mum's as a girl and so arrived on my shelves before I arrived to have shelves. The Colour Kittens will always be a favourite because it's delightfully psychadelic but also quite innocent and it's EDUCATIONAL! Teaches about how to mix colours to make other colours. Things every child needs to know. *nods solemnly*

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)

For some reason, I have a very clear memory of sitting on the floor of my room, having pulled everything off my bed so it could be burped (water bed), surrounded by pillows, and reading Elizabeth Peters's Ape Who Guards the Balance while listening to the Beatles's Hard Day's Night album. It would've been right after the book came out, so, around 1998. It was sunny and my dad was clearing pine needles out of the rain gutters right outside my window. Crystal clear memory, no specific event attached.

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.)

I have a copy of the special crew only Andrew Lloyd Webber anniversary book because one of my TDs in high school worked on the big show and doesn't actually like musicals.

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves.

Um... Technically I think it's Brian Froud's 25th Anniversary Faeries book, a gift from my mum out of the used book bin at the library. The last thing I bought is The Coyote Road, the third mythic anthology edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. I haven't managed to read more than a couple pages though, because of Hedda. Hopefully in the next few days, that'll change.

Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places...

Tam Lin comes with me whenever I fly or train. I read it at least once a year, oftentimes more, and it is, as previously noted in other entries, THE BEST BOOK EVER. It has Shakespeare and faeries and a small liberal arts college and 13th century Scottish balladry and Classics and theatre and it is *ahem* THE BEST BOOK EVER. EVER. EVER.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions.

Um... But... there are so many... Ooh! Elizabeth Peters's Amelia Peabody mysteries, about an intrepid turn of the century female Egyptologist and her family! The first book is The Crocodile on the Sandbank and the most recent (I think, I missed a couple in college) is Tomb of the Golden Bird, the 18th in the series. Elizabeth Peters also writes the Vicky Bliss mysteries (about a female museum curator) and writes Gothic romance/mysteries as Barbara Michaels and non-fiction Egyptology as Barbara Mertz (her real name)
bardic_lady: (chessy - peek-a-boo)
Blatantly stolen from [ profile] ms_ntropy

Empire Magazine has revealed its list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows ever
1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (at least one season).
4. Post your answers. )
bardic_lady: (chessy - hello)
Apparently all I can do right now is post memes. I hope very much that something substantive comes soon.

Your result for The Which Lolcat Are You? Test...


51% Affectionate, 42% Excitable, 44% Hungry

Protector of truth.

Slayer of darkness.


Longcat may seem like just a regular lengthy cat, but he is, in fact, looong. For proof, observe the longpic.

It is prophesized that Longcat and his archnemesis Tacgnol will battle for supremacy on Caturday. The outcome will change the face of the world, and indeed the very fabric of lolcatdom, forever.

Be grateful that the test has chosen you, and only you, to have this title.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Take The Which Lolcat Are You? Test
at HelloQuizzy

bardic_lady: (chessy - who me?)

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most favorite (today)

IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: YUP. It's an addiction, I know...
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Um... 'Here are some things I like'?
AND THE SECOND MOST: Battlestar Galactica
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: *facepalm* Pronger/Niedermayer/Selanne, all the others only have one.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: 85 icons, 1 by someone else, you do the math
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: Meh. Some of them are okay.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: something I need to work on.

Coding can be found here
bardic_lady: (Default)
Meme, ganked from [ profile] ladyofbrileith

List the first ten series that come to mind. Your friends will comment with the character from each series that they think you are most like. Remember this is who I'm most like, not necessarily my favorites!

1. Battlestar Galactica
2. Leverage
3. Buffy
4. Firefly
5. Eureka
6. Due South
7. Slings and Arrows
8. Star Trek: The Next Generation
9. The West Wing
10. Sports Night

P.S. It's raining and one of our skylights is leaking. Boo.

P.P.S Dreams/nightmares last night included having pins stuck in the bottom of my foot and my mother laughing at me and scattering more, Bert and Ernie having some kind of massive fight, having to sell some kind of product by phone at school and the manager being a jerk and then inflating a la Aunt Marge in Goblet of Fire before having his spine broken by a giant something else, and something about a princess and two guys who wanted to marry her and kidnapping and other typical storybook fare.
bardic_lady: (ratatouille - why? emile)
A meme, in hopes it will cheer me up.

Go to and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST definition it gives you. )
bardic_lady: (hockey - perry/getzy)
FUCKING HELL. Ducks lose to the Nucks in the 13th round of the shootout. 13 FUCKING ROUNDS. DUDE.

Adopt one today!
Laila Arach

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
dramaturgca goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Susan Pevensie.
bookelfe gives you 8 red peach-flavoured wafers.
copperbadge tricks you! You lose 4 pieces of candy!
corchen tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
just_danceit tricks you! You get a wad of paper.
kalen9 gives you 12 purple root beer-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
ladybretagne gives you 14 teal evil-flavoured jawbreakers.
loblolly tricks you! You get a broken balloon.
lornelover gives you 14 light orange grapefruit-flavoured gummy worms.
sparklegirl79 gives you 1 brown banana-flavoured jawbreakers.
spartacusjones gives you 19 blue root beer-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
dramaturgca ends up with 63 pieces of candy, a wad of paper, and a broken balloon.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
bardic_lady: (alia - waiting)

Your result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz...

You Are a Marilyn!

You are a Marilyn -- "I am affectionate and skeptical."

Marilyns are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Be direct and clear

  • * Listen to me carefully

  • * Don't judge me for my anxiety

  • * Work things through with me

  • * Reassure me that everything is OK between us

  • * Laugh and make jokes with me

  • * Gently push me toward new experiences

  • * Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a Marilyn

  • * being committed and faithful to family and friends

  • * being responsible and hardworking

  • * being compassionate toward others

  • * having intellect and wit

  • * being a nonconformist

  • * confronting danger bravely

  • * being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a Marilyn

  • * the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

  • * procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself

  • * fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of

  • * exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

  • * wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

  • * being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

Marilyns as Children Often

  • * are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn

  • * are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger

  • * form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent

  • * look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel

  • * are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

Marilyns as Parents

  • * are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty

  • * are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence

  • * worry more than most that their children will get hurt

  • * sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

Take Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz at HelloQuizzy

You preferred Obama's statements 100% of the time

Voting purely on the issues you should vote Obama

Who would you vote for if you voted on the issues?

Find out now!
bardic_lady: (text fucking)
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

I'm not a witch, I'm your wife! Though after what you just said I'm not even sure I wanna be that anymore!
bardic_lady: (firefly - brain kill)
Stolen from [ profile] bookwench31:

As was demonstrated in an interview with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

Brown v. Board of Education

De-segregation of schools, overturning previous decisions which said that black schools and white schools offered equal opportunities to children.
bardic_lady: (couples-much ado)
Meme time!

1. List your top seven character ships
2. Put all of them in order of your love for them; 7 to 1, 1 being your main fixation.
3. Name the movie/show/book that they're in.
4. Supply photos for said people.
5. Tag seven people.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
Fire Lord Zuko/Mei, Avatar: the Last Airbender
Marlin/Dory, Finding Nemo
Lady Jaenelle Angeline/Prince Daemon Sadi, The Black Jewels Trilogy
Haruka Tenoh/Michiru Kaioh, Sailor Moon
Capt. Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Torchwood/Doctor Who
Det. Olivia Benson/A.D.A Alexandra Cabot, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Kate Monday/George Frankly, Mathnet
Lt. B'Elanna Torres/Lt. Tom Paris, Star Trek: Voyager
Archie Goodwin/Lily Rowan, Nero Wolfe
Lt. Archie Kennedy/Capt. Horatio Hornblower, Horatio Hornblower

The Actual List Cut to spare flists )
bardic_lady: (swing)

Face Your Manga

I give in...
bardic_lady: (Default)
Ganked from [ profile] loblolly

If you could only pick 5 favorites out of the following things, which 5 would it be?

Music: Musicals, Menken & Ashman, Cirque du Soleil, Weird Al Yankovic, the Four Seasons

Movies: Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, The Philadelphia Story, GalaxyQuest, Ratatouille

Television Shows: Battlestar Galactica, Sling & Arrows, Due South, Firefly, West Wing

Travels: Want to go: England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Chicago
Have been: New York, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, San Francisco

Things you can't live without: Internet, friends, books, TV, theatre
bardic_lady: (chessy - who me?)

Find Out Which Disney Girl You Are!
created with
You scored as Tinkerbell

She's sassy, she's sarcastic, and she's such a fashionista - Tinkerbell is definitely one of the rebels of the Disney girls - just like you! Sometimes that temper of yours can get you into hot water, but at least people know you're there for them in the tough spots!





















Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)






Snow White


bardic_lady: (dreams)
iTunes meme

How many songs total: 10535
How many hours or days of music: 25.6 days
Most recently played: Love for Sale - De-Lovely
Most played: Please - The Nylons
Most recently added: Shed a Little Light - Stephen Fox

Sort by song title:
First Song: A-Hunting We Will Go - Larry Groce
Last Song: 99 Red Balloons - Nena

Sort by time:
Shortest Song: Train Job Intro - Firefly (0:02)
Longest Song: Razor Roundtable (2:57:58)

Sort by album:
First album: A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
Last album: 98 Degrees & Rising - 98 Degrees

First song that comes up on Shuffle: Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode

Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death - 16 , Life - 103 , Love - 532 , Hate - 33 (the entirety of the 10 Things I Hate About You soundtrack included), You - 1031 , Sex - 5 (but 2 are renditions of the Sussex Carol, which may not count)
bardic_lady: (couples-doctor/rose)
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? - Gift bags, gift bags, OMG gift bags.

2. Real or Artificial tree? - Artificial. Dad's allergic to the real thing

3. When do you put up the tree? - Possibly tomorrow night?

4. When do you take the tree down? - when we get to it.

5. Do you like Eggnog? only the ultra super rich stuff from Broguiere's dairy.

6. Favorite Gift you received as a child? My popple. The first one.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Me personally, no. The family has several.

8. Hardest person to buy for? My dad. He doesn't want stuff.

9. Easiest person to buy for? My mother. So many options...

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? Honestly...I don't really remember. I tend to block that kind of thing...

11. Christmas Cards - I'm supposed to be writing the family holiday letter right now...

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? When I see a good Christmas gift. This year...July?

14. Have you ever "recycled" a Christmas present? Yes.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Candy cane pie and garlic cheese bread. Not at the same time.

16. Clear lights or colored or both on the tree? Coloured. They reflect prettier.

17. Favorite Christmas Song? I really like Good Chrstian Men Rejoice for melody. And the Sussex Carol. But the Gloucestershire Wassail is my absolute favourite.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Christmas is always at our house.

19. Can you name Santa's Reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. And Olive.

20. Do you have an Angel or a Star on top of your tree? Big red and gold star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning? Christmas day only. Stockings with breakfast and under-tree presents after lunch.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People traveling and not being around.

23. Favorite Christmas tradition - My mommy singing lullabyes under the Christmas tree...I'm a baby. I admit it.

24. Family member you always try to stay away from during the holidays? Christmas? My dad. He gets cranky. Hanukkah...everyone?

25. Do you attend any actual religious services in celebration? Nope. Except when my mom was singing Messiah with the First Friends choir.

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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