thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Bowie lyrics hot tramp!)
Last week I bought myself Richard Ellman's Oscar Wilde biography on Google Play Books, and have been reading it at work while hiding from everyone and ignoring the fact that I'm in this field. The book was kind of my birthday present to myself, and being able to discreetly read on the phone at work is amazing. Of course I'd used chapters/parts of that biography for various papers back in happier days, like in high school and college, but I'd never done the whole cover to cover reading thing, and I'm so glad I am, even if Ellman peppered it with some occasional facts which were later proved inaccurate.

I'm also on a roll for finding quotes that were in Velvet Goldmine and that I didn't even realize were Oscar Wilde references. (For some, I initially figured they might be Wilde quotes, then, after reading more of his work and not finding those lines, I figured they were just Todd Haynes trying to sound Oscar Wilde-esque but not actual quotes.) I have literally found at least one reference every single day of the week; some days, it's been more like three at a go. Monday I read quite a bit, didn't find a reference and thought my winning streak was ending; as soon as I thought that, I turned the page, and there it was. That was one of the happiest, most fun moments of my week. (My dreams are very small...) Today the Velvet Goldmine OW reference was on the second page I read, at about 11:00 am. I've actually started betting to myself on the lines that are going to turn up. I preempted my reading to Google a few... and was right about 2 on 3. (One is in Ellman and I will probably come across it tomorrow or Friday: my Google search turned up the biography in Google Play Books, bringing everything full circle.)

So, yes, so far my winning streak has lasted the whole seven days I've been reading (I'm wondering if it's even going to end at all) and it's made me really happy. It perfectly marries two things I love so much and that changed my life so much.
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So I actually signed up for Yuletide (about 5 minutes before the end of sign-ups, and I was literally unsure whether I wanted to do it up to the very last minute). I'm not thrilled about my assignment - it's something I've never written before, did not expect to be assigned, and really only listed for make-weight, so I could participate. I'm so not cut out for something where you have to offer to write for, like, 5 things - remember, every few years I get inspiration to write for one fandom, and that one fandom lasts me a six month to three year period in which I write it exclusively. I keep going back and forth between "This is so cool and I'm in the "in group" of cool people doing Yuletide and I can totally write this and broaden my horizons!" and totally kicking myself for getting into this.

Also, I haven't done a fic swap in precisely one million years so I have to re-figure-out how they even work. I had this urge to go find my recipient and be all "Hi, nice to meet you! I'm writing X fandom for you for Yuletide!" Totally the opposite of the point, right? And thank God I'm not organizing this, lol. You just know if I had to run something like this I'd be all "Hmm, Rebecca requested Velvet Goldmine and Rebecca really seems to want to write Velvet Goldmine, so Rebecca can write Velvet Goldmine for Rebecca! Wait, something seems off here..." Yeah, that would be me running one of these things.

Seriously, I hope this works out. It's my birthday a week and a bit before the fics are due, and it's gonna be a boring, lonely birthday, so I at least hope this works out well.

In other news, I am crazy inspired by an original fic idea that I don't know what to do with, either...
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Bowie lyrics hot tramp!)
So remember how a few months ago, I said there needs to be a line of *something*, like Etsy nail polishes or perfumes or Adagio teas, with Velvet Goldmine themed names? That needed to be a thing asap?

Well, it’s now a thing. Check out the Velvet Goldmine collection; if you’re a fan you’ll get a kick out of the names. They’re good tea blends too. I know my tea…

Also started up a classic rock collection. Check it out!

In unrelated news, my partner's coming in this weekend. Yay! I'm totally baking cookies from Loblaws refrigerated dough; I like to surprise him with baked goods when he comes in. I totally did NOT just eat a fuck ton of raw cookie dough, either, of course... *shifty eyes*
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Arthur)
So, I am a sucker for products with cool names, especially when those names reference things I love… And it just occurred to me that there needs to be a line of something, like Etsy nail polishes or perfumes or Adagio teas, with Velvet Goldmine inspired names. You could even make them really lawyer-friendly, like:

- Make a Wish
- Rooftop Scene
- To Change the World
- Tracy and Hepburn for the ’70s
- Camp Isn’t Just a Row of Tents (though that one, admittedly, might be a bit long)
- [You Could] Be My Main Man
- Honestly, Darling
- Mr. BBC

Seriously, that needs to be a thing right now - and I could do this all night with the quotes. That movie is one of the few that I could practically recite to myself if I ever *really* needed to see it but wasn’t equipped to do so.

It just makes me sad that practically no one but me remembers it or thinks/talks about it anymore…

(This post was partly inspired by the fact that I have been obsessing over nail polish, and loving the ones with fun names. You see a lot of fannish ones on Etsy, but I bought some Essence ones at Pharmaprix with good names, too - like Space Queen, in fact, or Modern Love Romance...)

Other, sadder news: I have literally the worst exam of my life tomorrow, for a field that I do not and have never wanted to be in, and have to get up at 5:00 am for this crap. Ugh...
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Arthur)
1) So, instead of marathoning TV shows, my new obsession seems to be marathoning the Dan Savage archives. This is actually a kind of bad obsession as it's getting awfully time consuming - but so interesting, and he's just so funny and flippant...

2) I haven't done one of those "outfits inspired by" posts in a while, so, in keeping with my last post here, I'm paying tribute to Velvet Goldmine with some Polyvore creations.

Apparently I couldn't shut up about this movie so, um, fashion inspired by Velvet Goldmine plus commentary on the film (and even footnotes!) because converting people to this fandom is totally one of my life's ambitions )
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thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Curt/Arthur something wi)
Title: Days in Summer
Pairing: Curt/Arthur
Part: 5/5
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4
Words: ~2600 (~3200 with epilogue)
Rating: PG13 for some language
Warning(s): None for this part
Disclaimer: Velvet Goldmine and all associated characters and trademarks are the intellectual property of Todd Haynes and Miramax. This is a work of non-commercial fan fiction commentary on the film; no ownership is being claimed and no profit is being made.
Author’s note(s): First, this follows immediately after the end of part four. Second, the title, which is dropped into the last line, is a reference to a line in The Picture of Dorian Gray; the lyric “I miss you – you’re beautiful” comes from David Bowie’s song Five Years. Third, I felt iffy about the epilogue but included it anyway for the sake of clarity; I guess you can think of it as "optional".

Part Five )

Epilogue )
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Curt/Arthur something wi)
Title: Days in Summer
Pairing: Curt/Arthur
Part: 4/5
Part 1 is posted here.
Part 2 is posted here.
Part 3 is posted here (and was originally posted as a separate, one off piece, entitled Give and Take, before I realized it was actually a part of a longer narrative – i.e. this one).
Words: ~ 3200
Rating: R (mentions of drug use, sex)
Warning(s): Very brief mentions of past drug abuse. Some angst as well, if that counts.
Disclaimer: Velvet Goldmine and all associated characters and trademarks are the intellectual property of Todd Haynes and Miramax. This is a work of non-commercial fan fiction commentary on the film; no ownership is being claimed and no profit is being made.
Author’s note(s): In keeping with the unifying theme of Oscar Wilde references in this movie and this story, this part is peppered with several quotes/paraphrases from The Picture of Dorian Gray. (If you want the complete spotter's guide, just ask.) As well, this story has not been beta read, but feedback/concrit are absolutely treasured.

Arthur has never meant anything to anyone in his life, but sometimes, he really thinks that's changing. )
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Curt/Arthur something wi)
Title: Days in Summer
Pairing: Curt/Arthur
Part: 3/5
Part 1 is posted here.
Part 2 is posted here.
Words: ~1400
Rating: R (mentions of drug use, sex)
Warning(s): As noted above, mentions of past drug abuse.
Disclaimer: Velvet Goldmine and all associated characters and trademarks are the intellectual property of Todd Haynes and Miramax. This is a work of non-commercial fan fiction commentary on the film; no ownership is being claimed and no profit is being made.
Author’s note(s): First, I posted this piece under the title Give and Take on September 1st, when I had only a vague idea for the longer narrative it could fit into. With some minor tweaking, it has now morphed into Part 3 of Days in Summer. Second, in keeping with the liberal use of Oscar Wilde quotes in this movie, the quote about regretting the loss of one’s worst habits is a paraphrase from The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Curt knows that just a few years ago, he would have destroyed someone like Arthur in about two months. )
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (Velvet Goldmine Curt/Arthur something wi)
Variations on a Theme
Pairing: Curt/Arthur
Disclaimer: Velvet Goldmine and all associated characters, plots and trademarks are the intellectual property of Todd Haynes and Miramax. This is a work of non-commercial fan fiction commentary on the film; no ownership is being claimed and no profit is being made or sought.
Author’s notes: Here are three short, somewhat interconnected C/A vignettes all exploring the theme of reminiscence (and pillow talk, apparently). These have also been cross-posted around to a couple VG comms.


“Oh No Love, You’re Not Alone”
Words: ~420
Rating: PG
Warnings: Implied references to internalized homophobia/ self hate.
Author’s note: The title comes from a lyric in David Bowie’s Rock and Roll Suicide. The line sort of inspired this piece...

“Oh No Love, You’re Not Alone” )

“Look What They’ve Done to the Blues”
Words: ~360
Rating: R
Warnings: Do I need to warn for not particularly explicit m/m sex? Really?
Author’s note: The title comes from a line in the original Steve Harley version of Tumbling Down.

“What was it like, that day on the roof?” )

"Love That Doesn’t Know What It’s Dreaming Of”
Words: ~430
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Brief reference to past drug use
Author’s note: The title comes from an Iggy Pop song, Something Wild.
“You know I seriously considered taking you with me” )


Still trying to get all my plot bunnies for this ship out of my system. Also, do not ask about the epic war I just fought with LJ's Rich Text Editor mode of posting...
thegirlwiththemouseyhair: (The Doctor ch-ch-changes)
So last night, my brain actually dreamed up a Velvet Goldmine/Doctor Who crossover... Yeah. My brain has, like, been spending too much time with me.

The hilarious thing is that I'd probably totally have written that if I were a few years younger...

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