Yes.
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People like to tell you
what you're gonna be.
It's not my problem if you don't see what I see;
and I do not give a damn if you don't
believe.

- "Are You Satisfied" by Marina&theDiamonds

Adele
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The scars of your love remind me of us.
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless;
I can't help feeling... we could have had it all.
(You're gonna wish you never had met me)
- "Rolling in the Deep" / Adele

Love Songs
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In light of unnecessary_ 's friend wanting Love song recs I give you my ten favorite love songs, plus an instrumental bonus. Enjoy.

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11) "Once Upon Love" - William Joseph

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just in case
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I don't think anyone on my f-list is dumb enough not to assume this - but DO NOT crosspost ANYTHING from my livejournal to twitter OR facebook.

Thank you.

Like Fools: Chapter Eleven
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni



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Like Fools: Chapter Ten
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter Nine
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni

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Like Fools: Chapter Eight
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni

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Like Fools: Chapter Seven
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni

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Like Fools: Chapter Six
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter Five
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter Four
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter Three
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter Two
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.



On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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Like Fools: Chapter One
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Title: Like Fools
Author: Kimberry531/Clandestinelle (same person)
Rating: R
Pairing: Al/Scorpius
Word Count: 52,207 total; ~5k this chapter.
Summary: In the middle of his quest to find and master the Elder Wand which his father didn’t want, Al finds his family in the midst of a second Wizarding war. While in hiding, Al finds himself struggling to fight against feelings for one of the other refugees – blonde, sweet, innocent Scorpius Malfoy. However, when the war takes a turn for the worse, Al finds that he suddenly has bigger problems than his heart, and the two must embark on a frightening adventure fit only for Gryffindor idiots.
Notes: This fic is COMPLETE and will be updated every Monday and every Friday.
Dedication: Rosa, blaqkheaven, for getting me out of my two-month pit of despair of the last chapter and setting it straight within thirty minutes. Owe her my soul. And this fic.

On me dit que le destin se moque bien de nous
Qu'il ne nous donne rien et qu'il nous promet tout
Parais qu'le bonheur est à portée de main,
Alors on tend la main et on se retrouve fou


I’m told that fate makes fun of us,
That it gives us nothing and promises everything,
When happiness seems to be within our grasp,
We reach out and find ourselves like fools
- Carla Bruni


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MY BOYFRIEND IS SUCH A CREEPER.


YEAH, LOOKIN' AT YOU, JAMES MICHAEL.

K so
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I'm just going to say this nicely once.

If you friend me without having interacted with me at all anywhere, I'd like to know who the heck you are and where you found me and why you want to see my locked entries.

If the above applies AND your account is less than a day old, you have no entries, no other friends, no communities... then that just looks really sketchy and I'm going to ignore you.

I'll be friends on LJ with whoever, but randoms - especially sketchy randoms... - need to at least... communicate with me a little here.

That's all I'm sayin'.

Books of 2010: 002
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Moving right along! At this rate, I'd go ahead and set a goal for myself, but you all know me - I don't like to fail at things. So if I don't set a goal, I can't fail to meet it. And no, making a goal won't make me reach harder. In this case, anyway. Shush.

Anywhoo.

"The Sand Fish" by Maha Gargash.
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Overall rating:

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Seriously, just read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and "The Handmaid's Tale". They're much better, and the same idea.
 


Books of 2010: 001
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First book of 2010.

Because I'm a huge stickler about reading the book before seeing a movie when a book goes movie, I read The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.

Pros:

1. Seriously interesting storyline. I was totally engrossed from start to finish.

2. Well-done prose. There were several passages which stood out as exceptionally beautiful or insightful or both.

3. Fun range of characters. From Susie, the narrator, to lesser characters like her schoolmates Roy and Ruth, they were all unique and interesting.

4. I just mentioned characters, but I feel that two deserve a special mention - Lindsey, the younger sister, and Grandma Lynn. These two characters were strong and fabulous and very well-done. I cheered for Lindsey the whole way through.

5. She (Sebold) handled the rape and murder tastefully while still giving the reader the facts they need for the story.

6. An interesting and fresh take on "heaven' and the afterlife.

Cons:

1. I sometimes found the narration unrealistic for a fourteen year old who had just died. Sometimes too old sounding, often not sounding at all like someone who was DEAD. No sorrow at all. No anger or shame at what was done to her.

2. There were several threads to the story that I just didn't *get*. Maybe that's my fault and not the author's, but I just felt like they either didn't fit the story, didn't add to the story, or kind of just... petered off without really getting wrapped up. 

3. There were a few characters and plot-lines of their that felt half-assed. Roy and Samuel could have been the same person as far as I'm concerned. Samuel had zero characterization and had zero purpose except to be in Lindsey's life and have an older brother who could drive. Roy was *almost* there... almost. Like we got 70% of him but she didn't give us that last 30%. All of his moments in the book sort of blur with Samuel. just Nice Male. That's it.

4. Next is Ruth. I think Ruth's story could have been 50/50 with Susie's. It was just as interesting, and definitely could have been delved into. Instead we got an 80/20 and we just got a glazing over of what Ruth went through. I'm almost angry for her character, for the story she didn't really get to tell.

5. Finally, Jack. I feel like he could have been - and was supposed to be - as heartbreaking as Brian Fitzgerald in My Sister's Keeper. But, like most of the book, I feel like his hurt and heartbreak was simply glazed over. A brief mention, the read supposed to fill in the slack. Or even in scenes where it was evident, such as when he smashed all of the boats, we're seeing him reacting to what he's feeling, but it still felt half-assed. Even as the character is raging and breaking things and very evidently making actions to go with what he's feeling, it still doesn't have the depth I've come to expect from the books I read. There was just some missing element. We see what he's doing yes, but why make us work so hard to connect it to feeling? Saying he felt it isn't enough. We need to feel it for him, see him feeling it every day - not just in this moment - see it so much more, feel it ourselves.

Overall, I'd give it a 4 of 5. I really did enjoy it.

=D =D =D
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And now, behold...

BRITTANA'S BABY

yes, it's not really scientifically accurate. don't care. I sail Brittana.



The kids over at gleeclub  are having a field day with this baby thing. I started a phase =D
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Story of my Life; a Mix
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So I had to cut this down from 83... which was hard. So we're missing some songs that I'm really addicted to at the mo', but I wanted to pick the ones I thought other people would enjoy and that had good lyrics, too.

So here we go - Story of my Life, a mix of songs with really good music that I adore and that mean something to me emotionally and have really good lyrics.

So, without further ado, and in no particular order, I present you with.... music.


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Next fic!
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Which to write first?

1. Draco Malfoy's dying wish is for Scorpius to pay the Life Debt their family owes the Potter family. Scorpius attempts to keep Al Potter alive through the newest war, but it's a mean feat when Al is a ready soldier, chomping at the bit to fight. To keep Al out of the fray, Scorpius takes drastic measures - specifically to throw Al from the top of Wizarding London's tallest tower, which looks to the rest of the world like a murder attempt, not like a rescue mission. Hiding from the Ministry, Scorpius has to nurse Al back to health. Romance ensues, but who didn't see that coming? Based on images and themes of Icarus.

OR

2. After that pesky stinking war (the one that makes everyone's parents turn quiet and solemn at the very mention of it), things are run a wee bit differently at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Muggle Studies is no longer just an optional elective. Hell, it isn't even just a class. It's an entire program, tons of Muggle-Awareness stuff. One of which is the option to try out for one of several "muggle" Hogwarts sports teams - a rugby team, for example, and a swim team, which is what we'll be focusing on. Al Potter is on the team because he's discovered that he's bollocks at flying but fantastic at butterfly. Scorpius Malfoy is on the team because that's the punishment he was bestowed after being caught bad-mouthing "mudbloods" and he stayed past his punishment time because he likes all the half-naked boys. And, okay, maybe a little because he's actually quite good and he rather likes to win. And because, fine, it's nice to get that kind of work-out and get all those frustrations out through healthy means. Maybe.


VOTE! Go!

Which Fic gets written first?!

The Icarus War-Fic
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The Swim-Team Fic
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Writer's Block: Book review
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What (if any) books would you ban from a high school library? Are there certain subjects that you feel are inappropriate for teenagers regardless of literary merit?

Well my facetious answer is the Twilight series because maybe we can save our youth from corruption (certainly if I have daughters, I won't let them read them after they hit sixteen, and when they read them we're going to have a big long talk about REALISTIC relationships and stuff like that).

But my serious answer is NOTHING, EVER. Censorship is absolutely the worst thing. I get more irate over this issue than any other issue ever. It's one of the main reasons I loathe Sarah Palin as much as I do - she did some book banning in her day.

I can understand parents not wanting their young children to see, like, porn. Kind of. I mean. Hell, I was reading Judy Blume probably way before I should have been, but I didn't turn out to be a whore.

But my sympathy for it stops there. Let children learn what life is like! Hiding them from it won't do anything! Reading more adult themes when they're younger just teaches them at a younger age how to deal. I swear, the most socially awkward and naive kids ar ethe ones who were super sheltered. I always feel bad for them, because they have no effing clue how the world works. Let them learn!

And JESUS, when books like HARRY POTTER are banned because like... OMG WITCHCRAFTS... stfu. I won't stand for that. I bet bible-y books aren't banned! How is that fair?

HEY PEOPLE, NEWS FLASH. THIS IS AMERICA. WE'RE DIVERSE.

And then you have the books that are banned because they're fucking REVOLUTIONATORY, they have such an AMAZING message and it scares the shit out of people - don't ban it, READ it! Learn from it! Open your mind a little!

Grawwwwwwwwwwr.

Also...
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I'm totally going to spend the whole time pretending I'm at Hogwarts =D


Writer's Block: What is your name?
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If you were to have another name, what would it be?
Until the nurse went to write down a name and my mom said, "Well how about Kimberly Jo?" I was Stephanie Christine. Which I don't think fits me at ALL. I'm so glad for my name. I really do love it. I am more comfortable being called Kim, because Kimberly is my IN TROUBLE name, but in writing and in theory I hate the name Kim and love Kimberly. And I lovelovelove having an unusual middle name.

I like the name Leah, and think it'd fit me well. I've also taken the alias Elle online, but I don't think I'm girly enough to live up to it.

If I had been a boy, I'd be Michael. =D

It's weird to think about if my mom hadn't blurted out Kimberly. I don't think I'd like being a Stephanie. Maybe I'd go by Steph. Meh.

I go home tonight! Yayayayayayay!




It's Hereditary!
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Title: It’s Hereditary!
Author: kimberry531 
Beta: abusing_sarcasm 
Rating: PG
Summary: Al inherited more than Harry’s eyes, and it’s starting to be a problem.
Word Count: < 1800

A/N: Thanks SO much to Cam for the beta and the hand-holding! And feedback is MUCH appreciated =)

You're the one
You're the one
You're the one, that's making me crazy
- Sugarcult


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Writer's Block: In a Former Life
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Do you believe in reincarnation? If your answer is "yes," describe some of your past lives.
Yes. Very strongly. But I believe this question was posed somewhat incorrectly. Just because we believe doesn't mean we know. I mean, most people never do unless they seek out a hypnotist.

I've always believed it - how do you explain away that group of small children that could recount specific Holocaust details, or the people who get put into a trance and can relay a man's life from the 1800's which is then research and found to be accurate?

Beyond that, I believe in it because I get these feelings at certain places, an affinity for a place or a fear or a place or thing that doesn't make sense. I get them so strongly, it's almost as if something inside me is screaming out. Lessons I've learned in past lives? Perhaps. Coincidence? Also perhaps.

It is said that energy cannot be destroyed. When we die, where does our essence go? Our energy must go somewhere. Most people say Heaven or Hell. My theory has long been that perhaps this God takes our soul/energy/essence/whathaveyou and places it in a new life. Maybe this new life has friends, success, love, happiness. What more from Heaven could you want? Perhaps this life is full of poverty, anger, sorrow. What more could hell promise? But that's just my theory.

It is interesting, though - early Christian teachings taught reincarnation. These were the "heretical" teachings that were destroyed, like the Gnostic teachings. Anyone here a Jodi Picoult fan? Read her newest, "Change of Heart". You learn all about the Gnostics. I think it's tragic how all of these things were destoyed - I think we could all find the real truth through them and perhaps stop a good amount of this religouswar. But alas, I'm on a tangent.

It's been scientifically proved that strong feelings, fears, affections, are genetically passed down, so some of these strong pulls to a time period or place we may feel can be explained that way, but that in itself is just as pleasing to me as reincarnation - I may be hearing the secret longings of my ancestors. But this doesn't explain everything.

When I was in seventh grade, I went through a few months where I continuously had the most bizzare dreams. Dreams that I was very vividly seeing a tree, feeling its rough wood under my finger, feeling the summer wind ran through it. Dreams that I was screaming, pleading, making myself hoarse, screaming "I'm innocent, I'm innocent!". I had always been a bookworm and had read about the Salem Witch trial many times before, and had always been particularly interested in them. I felt that these dreams were related to the topic, so I did some reasearch online and stumbled across a list of name of the persecuted. The name Bridget Bishop stuck out so I clicked it. Several of my friends agreed that the picture looked like me and the description of her fit my personality - she was a spit-fire who didn't take shit.

I still, to this day, don't know how much of that was because we were thirteen and wanted desperately to beleive. I don't put that much weight on it - I was young and dumb.

But it's all enough. I believe.


Now I have to go to speech class. Boooooooooooo.


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Writer's Block: Peevish
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Too many LJers to list have submitted this question—what is your biggest pet peeve?
WHOA FREAKY. I was JUST about to post this here anyway!

I FRICKEN HATE GIRLS WHO ACT STUPID TO LOOK CUTE. YOU DON'T LOOK CUTE. YOU LOOK STUPID. WHAT IS APPEALING ABOUT BEING A COMPLETE AND TOTAL AIRHEAD? NOTHING.


My italian class is like 98% girls who act like they can't read or think. And then they just giggle and flip their hair like "Oops, silly me, aren't I cute?"

Sorry, but some of us can look good AND be smart. Uggghghghghghghg.


Writer's Block: Open Arms
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Have you ever spontaneously hugged someone you didn't know? Or received an unexpected embrace from a stranger?
Not because of Free Hugs thing or National Hugging Day or anything, but yeah, I have. It was actually a huge deal in my life, something I still think about all the time.

When I was young, I went to youth retreats every summer for a weekend. By the last one, I was starting to wane in my religion, leading down to the slope to where I am now, which is completely agnostic and confused at all.

But anyway, this one summer, I was probably twelve. Maybe thirteen.

Anyway, there were a lot of kids there, and I didn't know anyone. However, the kids who all came together from big churches all knew each other and had like a billion friends there. There was one kid who was older, sixteen at the youngest, possibly eighteen, who was from one of these big churches.

On talent show night, someone sang one of those country songs about soldier that came out after 9/11. And this kid was really upset and his friends took him away. Later I went to the bathroom, and I heard him talking to them and he was saying, "I just never know when it's going to hit." They were positively fawning over him, and he was pretty well taken care of.

I still, to this day, don't know if he has a family member in the service, or if he was eighteen and was going to join. But on the last day, he came in wearing a green uniform. I don't know what it was (as far as Army, Navy, whatever), at that point in my life I couldn't tell them all apart, and I don't remember now.

Anyway, I was seated near the back. We were all singing the same verse of a song over and over again, "Open the floodgates of Heaven, let it rain... let it rain" again and again, and the mood was very somber, and I glanced back, and he was kneeled on the floor, completely alone, sobbing.

I wondered where his group of fawning fangirls had gone. They were nowhere. Not there for him, like they should have been. I didn't know his name, where he was from, where he was going, or why he was sad. I had never spoken a word to him, but I got up from my chair, knelt next to him and put my arm around his shoulders.

"You look like you need a hug," I said, and in my memory he smiled a very small smile, but my brain might have added that later.

I don't know where he is now, or who he is. But I hope he remembers. I hope I made a difference to him. More than anything, I hope I did.




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Yay! New LJ!

Haha. Oh, I certainly live by my whims.

So yes. Anyone who's confused? This is the old [info]elle_s_shadow. Yah.

So I'll be moving my fanfiction over to this LJ. I apologize in advance for raping the bejesus out of your friends pages.






 
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