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I woke up in the middle of the night, and suddenly had the idea for this drabble. I was wanting to post another one for the Stain-Challenge over at grangersnape100 anyway, but completely forgot about doing so. Until, yeah, last night.


Teacher and Student

"Make sure you cut them with the grain, not against it," Snape muttered as he adjusted the flame, "I don't want another stain on the table."

The girl nodded and turned the roots.

"Now... tell me why you have to use a copper knife for Potentilla and not a silver one?" he asked looking over to her.

She had to think a moment for the right answer, chewing her bottom lip. Snape couldn't suppress a soft chuckle – she was so much like her mother.

Hermione, watching them from the door, felt her heart warm at the sight. Teacher for life.

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A/N: Lip-chewing is baaad (in every sense, but especially in relation to Hermione)... but I couldn't resist.

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Crossposting for the win :-P ... Here's the first drabble I wrote (tonight) for the grangersnape100-community, this week's challenge being "stain". I think I could get back into this :)


Return


"...Dead..."

"...No body..."

"...All that blood..."

Echoes of words. She had to know. After all this time, she finally found the courage to return.

The stain on the floor of the Shrieking Shack was the first thing that caught her eye, brown with age. Strangely, no dust seemed to have settled on it. She fell to her knees, hot tears falling freely. Tears of love, long lost. Hermione turned her head and shut her eyes briefly to stop the flow.

And then she saw it. Another stain on the opposite wall. Brown with age.

The tears returned. Tears of hope.


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Been listening too much dark stuff the last few days, I blame Nine Inch Nails (and friends) for the above.

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There was this fanfiction I read back in 2002, a WIP which I for whatever reason didn't carry on reading or stopped tracking as I thought it got abandoned. I've rediscovered it a few days ago and realised that it got picked up again.

The author's name rang a (good) bell, so I delved back into it - and after all those years I actually still remembered parts of it! Now, that might be a good thing, but I was struck by how OOC everyone was (of course, the story is AU having been started before OOTP, and yes the author warns that it's AU and OOC) and how I just couldn't enjoy it. And I wonder whether I simply didn't care about such things back then when I started reading fanfiction, because I just wanted to read anything that was SS/HG, or if that was the reason I stopped following the story in the first place. Or maybe it was just the overuse of the word "bat" ;).

With all 7 books being out now and the characters having grown up/old/dead, I want to see them written like that - I don't want to read about a 25+ old Hermione with the same characteristics of a 14-year-old, because that's all we had back then. I want the main characters in a story to have some depth, to have "lived", and not have their age doubled with their personality left unchanged.

I hope I'm not asking too much....

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Recent reads:
  • I read GeeLicious on The Petulant Poetess:
    That was a rather enjoyable semi-PwP challenge response. I definitely could read more of that!

  • Also, I had a read of Heart's Desire on OWL:
    Very much down my alley, too, and written by miamadwyn. I like the twist in it, and I'm intruiged how it will be continued (I assume it's not finished yet, as it's flagged as "not completed" ... aye?). Nice work so far!

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Hey, does LJ not store all your threads back to god-knows-when? I just been going through some old stuff, changing my privacy settings and adding tags... and I noticed that there are no entries further back then August 2003 ... and I'm pretty sure I started writing earlier than that.

Pffff.

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... ok, I'm not overly thrilled by it, but I was looking for one that also shows the tags. Maybe if I'll fiddle around with it a bit, it will look more... girly. Right now it's rather bland. *sigh*

I don't really want to fork out cash to customize the whole layout, especially as it's something I don't regularly use anymore.

edit: well, it's starting to look more representable. Nice.

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I wasn't too sure to start with whether I should enter Cat's Birthday HP Drabblethon 5, and once I had actually put my name down, I was worried that I might get some wacky prompt I couldn't work with (like Snape/Giant Squid...). Luck was on my side, I got a SS/HG prompt which was rather open.

Which, of course, left me with the dilemma that it was so open, I didn't know where to start.

It turned out fairly well in the end, though, me thinks... for that I haven't written anything for 6 years - and I even managed to stick to 100 words!


Recipient: [info]kizzy7
Prompt: Snape/Hermione, when darkness falls
Word count: 100 (wohoo!)
Rating: pretty clean


"It's ok" he whispered, tightening his embrace.

She shuddered – not because of the cold, but because things definitely weren't ok.

"They think you're dead... we all thought you were dead!" Hermione breathed, holding on to him. She wasn't willing to let him go just yet.

It was a blessing and a curse. He was safe yet had lost everything. He knew he couldn't stay any longer – not here, not now. As the sun finally settled over the lake, he bent down to kiss her one last time.

"Find me" he told her before stepping back, disapparating.

The darkness kept falling.




.... edit: ah yes, and this is what I got from cordelia_v, my prompt was "There's a potion Snape repeatedly failed to brew. He isn't one to give up, though.": Click meeee ... love it!

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Yay, finally I got rid of the LotR one!
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I've just finished Second Life (loved it!) after having read The Love You Take (wow, juicy...) over on The Petulant Poetess. I'm now looking for other really really good reads of equal quality, but have yet to find anything I like. I *could* reread Fire and Rose or the Roman Holiday series, but I wouldn't actually mind something new (new as in not read yet).

I had a look at "Care of Magical Creatures", "Triumph Out of the Bitter Taste of Ashes" and "For the Potions Master's Amusement" as they were suggested to me... but none of those are really down my alley.

Need. Fanfiction. Nao!

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Heck, so maybe I'll rewrite my story ("Der Klang der Stille" [Sound of Silence]) after all. I already prewarned my husband that I might be talking about nothing else while working on it ;).

I've reread it last night and it's not really my writing style (anymore), I know I can do better than that... at least I think I can. I've also reread some older stories and think they're absolute junk, but some people liked them nonetheless - so they can't be all that bad. It just bugs me that this one sits there unfinished, I had such grand plans with it.

Sadly, I've never made any notes about it (I should have, really) and some of the side-plot-bunnies are either cheesy or I can't recall them anymore... and some are nothing else but lame. I shouldn't be measuring my stories by words (thinking that I'm wasting my time if it gets longer than 50'000 words... ok, I am wasting my time writing fanfiction, strictly speaking, but then again it's also for my own pleasure) but by content. So if something takes more than 1 chapter to develop, I will have to give it the time and space to not sound like an instant message.

And I also want to rewrite it because it doesn't fit in with the last HP-books, and I think that bugs me even more than just the silly style it's written in. So there will be a prequel to "revive" Snape and get him in the place where I want him to be, before I go back to the original storyline. Dumbledore needs to be removed from the story somehow as well *sigh*.

Basically (once and should I ever get past writing the prequel), it's about Hermione being cursed and loosing both hearing and voice (deaf-mute, is that the word in English?). So of course, it will eventually be SS/HG (I'm such a sucker for it) with a good ending (I hate depressing endings), but I'll be giving them plenty of time. Originally it was that Snape cursed her accidentally during the Final Battle (tm) [how lame] and she was "talked into" becoming his assistant by Dumbledore [even lamer]... that's about as far as I got; 10 chapters. Some aren't all that bad, especially where I took my time, others are just embarassingly OOC.

Not sure if I'll write it in German only or German and English... my English has improved quite considerably over the last few years, but I don't think I'm really up for it considering all those fab stories out there by native speakers.

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Oh wow, people still write here! .... Can't believe it's been more than 4 years now since I wrote an entry here on LJ. The only reason I'm back (well, not really back back, but back as in logged on) is because I was talking about fanfiction yesterday at work with someone from London, and that made me think back to the time when I had a real blast writing my own HP stuff and also reading tons and tons of SS/HG-fics.

So I started with logging on to Fanfiction.net, checked out WIKTT (over 10'000 members now!!!) and darcsarcasm on Yahoogroups (login still worked, yay) and added some stories to my bookmarks for later read. I really feel like reading fanfiction at the moment, I might even go back to some stuff I had read in the ol' days and reread them :).

... Or I might go over the top and finish that darn fanfic I had abandoned halfway through, because the next book came out... and the next.... and she let Snape die. Bah.

How do you guys handle it, that Snape is dead? Do you just completely ignore the fact that he got killed (and maybe even everything else from the last book in the series), along with Dumbledore being dead too, or do you start your (newer) stories with him coming back somehow?


.... oh, and I need some new mood-icons, this LotR stuff is getting a bit... meh.... 2005? ;)

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The wedding invitation cards got finished today and we were able to collect them after working hours at the printer's home (ok, he lives just next to his store....)

... gosh, they look FANTASTIC! If it was for the cards, I could get married over and over again (to the same man, mind you).

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Xmas pressie predictor
Big wooly jumper knitted by wolfempress
Pair of Socks from twoformirth
Bottle of Whiskey from hermine
Cd from ehann
Something Cuddly from ozratbag2
Something Intoxicating from lysrouge
Something Silly from irr4tional
Something Funny from jstockert
Lump of coal from vulgarweed
Something Pretty from fleable
Something Shiny from resmiranda
Something Naughty from zeni
Something Smelly from snapeswench
Something Breakable from leogryffin
Something Useful from shirasade
Something not useful from madamsprout
The Black and Decker Tool Kit from bubonicplague
Livejournal account from rhitroadkill
The Make-up Bag from lillithj
Stack of DVDs from coldcoffeeeyes
Something Geeky from evilshell

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... now that was something I hadn't expected at all! Gosh, am I happy!

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.... of my User Info. At least something new on here ;-) It was time to change it, really, the information on there was completely outdated.

I also wanted to update my LJ with a proper post... Unfortunately (as you can see from the time I'm posting this), it's really too late now to come up with a nice, long LJ-entry. Maybe I'll get around to write something tomorrow. Maybe. Lots of things have happened, and even though I find it hard to sit down for 30 mins or so to write it, I feel like I should.

Oh, and I've been deleting some of my old userpics (and will continue to do so, especially the HP- and the LotR-ones) to replace them with new ones, which I hope to get round to create sometime in the future. I'm also thinking about creating my own mood-theme, but I'm not sure where to get the time from. Has anyone got some spare time for me?

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I am flower named faris_eirin !
I consist of my friends!
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Yesterday morning, a 56-year-old guy from our bank ran amok and shot various people of his department before killing himself. Two senior members of the management (41 and 45 years old, both married and with kids) were so seriously injured that they died in hospital.

It happened on the other side of town, so I only heard and read about it through rumours, intranet and newspapers/radio. What shocks me more than the fact that it happened within the same company is, though, that I used to work with one of the two who got shot and killed. It's not as if I spent much time thinking about him in the last five years (not at all, even) - it's that in my memories he's alive and laughing about his own crappy jokes and I just can't imagine that he'll never do that again. And I think of his wife and kid(s?) and feel so sorry for them.

Why does something like this have to happen? What drove that man so mad as not only to kill himself but deliberately and intentionally harm other people/his colleagues and thus their families? Could this happen to anyone? What about you?

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