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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Random fluff
I find that I want to update and have nothing whatsoever constructive or erudite to say. So, randomness abounds. It's fairly dull; skip unless you have some interest in aimless stream-of-consciousness.

I've been a mod at three sites now, and I have to say, my favorite site about internet communities is Flame Warriors--great cartoons of most of the common internet types. I think I'm probably Nanny, though I have a few aspects of most of them somewhere.

Weather: Looking for a high in the single digits, with a "RealFeel" temp of -18, last time I checked. Blech. The sky is so clear and pretty, like crystal, and it looks like it should be so nice out, but the air just slices at the skin.

Over on deleterius, we got into a talk about real life Mary Sues, from a Mary Sue litmus test designed for real life. Happily, I am safely un-Sue-ish. At any rate, we got sidetracked into a discussion of names and what they mean. My first and middle names translate into "Stranger Bright," which I think is a terrific Mary Sue name.

I love meanings of names. They don't actually connect, but hey.

On my own name--real name, Barbara--I just have never much liked it. I don't hate it passionately, I'm just bored with it. (So naturally, when given a chance, I gave myself the only name even more boring, Fern; I'm sure that says something about me). Coming from Western New York, where "r"s are hit with accentual Mack trucks, doesn't make a name with two of them any more appealing. Maybe if came from Dixie, and was "BAH-ba-rah," it would be different, but "BaR-brra" just doesn't do much for me... and it's the way I say it, too. Give me a little longer in New England. Maybe I'll pick up a Yankee twang on it.

At any rate, what I like about it is that I know exactly how I came by it, and thank heaven, it was not a passing pop culture fad in 1970--bless my mother's practical Yankee heart, no amount of tie-dye, paisley, and angel-wing shirts could make her name a child Moonbeam or Flowerpetal. So she named me after an ancestress who immigrated from Alsace-Lorraine as an indentured servant. She came over, I have been told, with nothing but a set of dishes and her parasol. I'm hoping she also had a trunk with some clothes, but that's never been mentioned. The parasol is mine, since I got her name. It's pretty.

I got to pick my Hebrew name, and I picked one of my favorites--Elisheva, the Hebrew form of Elizabeth. After my great-grandmother, Edna. (I love contemporary Jewish naming patterns. I can honor Grandma-Great without being an Edna.) At any rate, I do love the name Elizabeth--no matter how trendy it is at the moment, it will still be a classic in fifty years, or a hundred, or more. The patronymic part of it is "bat Avraham Avinu," daughter of Abraham our father. In English, it says, "daughter of Abraham and Sarah," but I like the old way better, meaning no disrespect to the matriarch.

Today's story, hopefully more interesting than my rambling, is another Star Wars. It's kind of my "signature story" in the fandom, Father's Heart.
Summary: During Princess Leia's teenage years, she discovers a friend in an unlikely -- and disturbing -- person: Lord Vader.

Here's Sean Cooke's gorgeous art for it.
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lannamichaels From: lannamichaels Date: January 14th, 2004 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
I love your icon. Might I steal the idea behind it? I'll credit. :)
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC) (Link)

I love it!
lannamichaels From: lannamichaels Date: January 14th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! Source picture's from Virtual Chocolate, which is a verrrry delicious site.
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I've got hungry...
lannamichaels From: lannamichaels Date: January 14th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. It can have that effect, yes. Lucky me, keeping a stash of real chocolate by my computer.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Steal the icon if you like it--the idea (character kvetching about OOC-ness)... well, I think I stole it from lots of people, especially the great marksykins
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 11:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I like that one too. I'm tempted to say some sections of fandom need going Tusken on. >:-(
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
And Fern, your icon is great too, and long-needed. :-D
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 14th, 2004 11:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Just coming in late on the bandwagon of worshiping your new icon - I love the ones like this I've seen other places for Harry and Luke, but I officially adore this one. 'Tis about frigging time someone did an icon like that for her. If I had the program for it I'd do one for Ani...

*steals icon* :)
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I made the Luke one. :-) Does that surprise you? If you want an Ani one (less than about 11 frames, cos my animator is crap), I amy be able to help out. After I have my finals, part a, over with at the end of the month.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm doing ones for Ani and Vader both tonight. And maybe Obi-Wan.

Glad to be liked! :)
thewhiteowl From: thewhiteowl Date: January 14th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, goodo. i'm sure you'll no them much better than I could.

Obi-Wan: Which part of 'A Jedi shall not know love' did you miss? Specially not with my Padawan's illicit wife!

Luke and/or Leia are not my kids. Seeing as how they both look like Anakin and his mother. Might be a clue there.
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 14th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, yay! :) (Granted, many of the Ani-related rants I have were nicely addressed by this Padme one, but unfortunately there're still plenty of available snarks to put on an Ani-specific one.)

And an Obi-Wan icon would be hilarious. :D
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: January 14th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nope, I knew you did that one. :-)

'Tis okay on the Ani one - I won't ask for one unless you really want to do it. ;-) I actually have a multimedia class this semester; maybe I'll actually be able to do one of my own. *g*
mafdet From: mafdet Date: January 14th, 2004 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll add to your chorus of icon-fangirling. Now if only I had the talent and program to do one for Tonks. I could say things like "I am NOT Lucy Ricardo." "I have NO INTEREST in sexually 'initiating' Harry." "Or Ginny."

I didn't peruse the particular deleterius post, but I can assure you my first name is about as Mary-Sueish as they come. /huge, smug grin
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2004 11:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll do that one, too. These are fun.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: January 14th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you need/want help with a list of dumb-ass Tonks cliches then I'm your girl.

And a comment on your name: "Barbara" is a classic name itself. It was quite popular in Renaissance Italy, and was also the name of a Queen of Poland, Barbara Radziwill. King Zygmunt of Poland married Barbara for love instead of marrying a dumpy Austrian princess, and someone - cheesed off on behalf of the Austrian princess, or out of jealousy of the Radziwill family, I am not sure - poisoned Barbara a year or so later. The King never really recovered from her loss.

This I found out from visiting an art exhibit called "The Splendor of Poland" at the Museum of the Legion of Honor in SF. Mom is a member and that means I've seen lots of good shows (Eternal Egypt, Georgia O'Keeffe, the treasure of Assisi, I cannot choose which one I loved best!). This show was more about the art collection of various Polish rulers and nobles but a good dose of Polish history was added.
ashtur From: ashtur Date: January 14th, 2004 11:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... that Flame Warrior site is quite amusing :)

Of course, after going through all of them, I'm still not sure where I fit.. (at different times I've sort of been Nanny, Philosopher or even Royal).

Also, must agree with the others, that icon is great! I'm not really into SW, and the movie Anakin was painful IMNVHO, but knowing the silliness of HP fandom (among others) I would imagine the same sort of dreck has appeared in SW about Padme and Anakin.
themorningstarr From: themorningstarr Date: January 14th, 2004 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
<3 your icon. I've seen a similar one for Draco that CRAX me up every time, where he says that leather makes funny noises and Malfoys do NOT make funny noises.

Oh... and the Flame Warriors was TOO funny. On UR.net, I'm Admin, apparently (with my own Sychopants). I'll need to find myself on the Quill. But I was laughing so hard.
themorningstarr From: themorningstarr Date: January 14th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Incidentally, my name, Kellie, means warrior. Unfortunately, most Kellies, Kellys, Kellis, Kelleys, do not live up to the meaning, and there are tons of us. Most of us, however, are upper middle class blondes. And the ones on T.V. (Kelly Kapalski (sp) from "Saved by the Bell," and Kelly Taylor from "90210") CERTAINLY don't come across as warriors. Well... until Kelly in 90210 was in the fire. Then she became a bit warrior-like.

calico321 From: calico321 Date: January 14th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey, I'm a Kelly, too! My middle name also translates to 'Warrior Maiden', and boy do I live up to those names. I'm about as far from upper middle class blonde as you can get.

My favorite TV Kelly was always Kelly Garrett from 'Charlie's Angels'.
calico321 From: calico321 Date: January 14th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just have to weigh in and say that that icon rox my sox!

I haven't read much SW fanfic, but I'll definitely check yours out :)
lazypadawan From: lazypadawan Date: January 14th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great icon!

I love the Padmé icon...classic! I can't wait to see more. I'm definitely going to save it.
gehayi From: gehayi Date: January 14th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love meanings of names. Always have, always will.

I'm not into Star Wars fandom (and didn't see The Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones), but I read your story and I just adored it. I could understand and believe in both Vader and Leia, and I ended up sympathizing with and pitying both of them.

Superlative job.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 14th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Strictly prequel-based characterization of Vader, so I'm glad it still worked with someone who's only seen the Classic.
selenak From: selenak Date: January 18th, 2004 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)

that was the first story of yours I read...

...and I have been a fan ever since.

Oh, and the Padme icon? Classy. Can I steal it, or is it un-shareable?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 18th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: that was the first story of yours I read...

Steal it if you want it. I hold no rights. :)
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