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Aly's Book of Thoughts

Semi-irregular scrawls about life, the universe and everything. Ingredients: Random rants, unattributed icons, rambling, lectures on various topics, exasperation, philosophy, book lists, some links, eye-rolling and general pointlessness. Serves 3

Read to Live; Live to Read

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A room without books is like a body without a soul.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

I cannot live without books.
-Thomas Jefferson

If you have enough book space, I don't want to talk to you.
-Terry Pratchett

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
-Ernest Hemingway

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.
-Desiderius Eramus Roterodamus

So many books, so little time.
-Frank Zappa

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
-Groucho Marx

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
-Ray Bradbury

Quotes on Writing

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
-Henry David Thoreau

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
-Ray Bradbury

One always has a better book in one's mind than one can manage to get onto paper.
-Michael Cunningham

I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.
-Theodore Geisel

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
-Frank Barron

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
-C. S. Lewis

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
-Lewis Carroll

Dream Avatar

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I tag my tektek avatars with my username here and here.


Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.
-Terry Pratchett

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
-Terry Pratchett

If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember.
-Terry Pratchett

Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove.
-Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Reality, Illusion & Truth

The future is unwritten. there are best case scenarios. There are worst-case scenarios. both of them are great fun to write about if you' re a science fiction novelist, but neither of them ever happens in the real world. What happens in the real world is always a sideways-case scenario.
-Bruce Sterling

Reality continues to ruin my life.
-Bill Watterson

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-Albert Einstein

If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
-Albert Einstein

It's still magic even if you know how it's done.
-Terry Pratchett

Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
-Abraham Lincoln

There is a line between Genius and Insanity. I have erased this line.
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The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
-Oscar Wilde

Snape is a Ravenclaw

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The Girl

User Image - Blocked by "Display Image" Settings. Click to show.I last put any effort into maintaining/updating my Gaia profile when I was about 16. Right now, I'm an atypical near-18-year-old (when did that happen?!?), fandom-loving, geeky homeschooled girl taking classes at the local community college for her final years of high school.

I don't like to talk about myself, especially in front of large groups of people. I'm fairly quiet in general, but I love reading well-put together opinions, and friendly debates about Life, the Universe and Everything.

I took Latin for my foreign language because I wanted to learn a dead language, and am sort of trying to regain basic Mandarin. I positively adore fandom, especially reading fanfiction. I would kill for spellchecking on the internet. My favorite colors are black and blue, with purple and green close seconds. I'm not really into music, but I like listening to it.

My favorite authors (and books) are Tamora Pierce (Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen) and Terry Pratchett (all of the Discworld books, but The Science of Discworld series especially). My favorite two series (discounting the Discworld series) are probably User Image - Blocked by "Display Image" Settings. Click to show.S.M. Stirling's Novels of The Change and Jim Butcher's Codex Alera. A fantasy book I'd recommend to pretty much anyone is Diana Wynne Jones' "The Dark Lord of Derkholm".

Favorite Harry Potter Fanfictions

I've collected some of my favorite fanfiction together to make this incredibly abbreviated list. It is an astoundingly short list of a very few of my recommendations, as I know so many fantastic fics that I could never hope to list them all. This list is composed of Harry Potter fics, with a second list of other fandoms since when I first worked on this list, I has spent the most time in that fandom, and so had some particular favorites already in mind. Without further ado, and in no particular order:

Light of A Fading Star
Basically, it starts out at the beginning of Book 5, as if Sirius had just been acquitted, and then moves on from there, taking into account Book 7. It's utterly hilarious, and pays a lot of attention to minor characters. Finally finished, it's definitely a story you can reread multiple times.

A Black Comedy by nonjon
This is another take on the Harry-follows-Sirius-through-the-Veil-and-they-end-up-in-another-Universe story. It starts many years after Sirius fell through, after Harry has defeated Voldemort and is now conducting research on the Veil. This fic is a cut above the norm for its theme, and takes a number of highly unpredictable turns, some of which I haven't seen elsewhere. Very humorous and enjoyable.

Contemporary Magical Innovations
This is a slightly-funny-but-not-exactly-humorous SSHP fic, interspersed with sections of a "non-fiction" history text. A funny and thoughtful fic set in an AU during a post-Voldemort time.

Make A Wish
This is the start of a trilogy of "Mr. Black" stories. Starts out a little cliched and slow, but once you're off, you're off. It's a hilarious story. The two sequels (The Hunt For Harry Potter and Back in Black) are great, if shorter than the first story. On the other hand, they've got a bit more of a plot, and are slightly less "random wanderings". There's also a great number of continuations, most of which can be found in the Caer Azkaban Yahoo group. The best of these is Terminal Justice, which really ought to be some where more accessible than that yahoo group.

Where in the World is Harry Potter by nonjon
Another "Harry-goes-on-vacation" story, but this one from the Hogwartians' point-of-view, as they try to track him down. There's also a killer twist that I won't even allude to, as I truly don't want to spoil its epic-ness. There are two sequels, both complete: The Untitled Cheekquel and You Did What!.

Big Name Death Eater
A humorous and amusing fic about how Snape is conning Dumbledore about his spying duties (really not as painful as you thought), how much Hermione likes being used as an unpaid teacher by Dumbledore (not at all), and how the Death Eaters aren't so bad really (as long as no one lets Smudger play darts). Set after the Trio have graduated, but before Voldemort has been defeated, this a Snape/Hermione fic, which portrays most of the Death Eaters as really not all that evil. There are also two short sequels, Big Name Death Eater Part deux, and Big Name Death Eater Three, which deal mostly with pairings that came up in the first story.

Harry Potter of Baker Street
This is a crossover of Harry Potter and the BBC series Sherlock, wherein Sherlock Holmes ends up raising Harry/Sherrinford. It's very funny, without being a constant stream of slapstick. It is also posted here on Livejournal.

Conspiracy of Silence: First Impressions
This is a bit darker than the rest of the stories here. It is the story of Severus Snape's first year at Hogwarts. It's mildly-AU as of Book 7, but other than that is fine. In it, Snape is a brilliant kid, if very cold. It's a very enjoyable series, of which there are (of course) seven stories.

Albus Potter and the Misspent Youth
This is a oneshot, the first one written by this author, on Albus Potter. The author has written a number of other (also great) stories about him, but this was the first. In this incarnation of ASP, he, Rose Weasley and Scorpius Malfoy are a trio of brilliant socialites. Just read it, it's totally worth it.

Backward With Purpose Part One: Always and Always
This is sent-back-in-time fic. It starts after the Final Battle, where Voldemort was destroyed. But pretty much everyone's dead. Years later, Harry, Ron and Ginny finally get their act together, and send themselves back in time to fix everything. It's well thought out, with the various effects of every change they make considered. A very nice change from the poorly done renditions of this topic. There is a very VERY happy ending; not your fade-into-the-sunset ending, but a realistic and satisfying one. There is also a sequel, which is completely different, and utterly marvelous.

Dating Remus Lupin
A slighty AU Sirius/Remus romance set during their Hogwarts years. Funny, complete, and has a bunch of really great lines and scenes.

Dumbledores Army and the Year of Darkness
The mainly cannon story of what happened to/with the DA in Neville's seventh year. The story is good, but very long-- over 250,000 words, and just 25 chapters. There are a number of spin-off fics by the same author, including Praeclarus Merde, a personal favorite.

Anger Management
A funny oneshot of what would happen if, years after the war, both Harry and Snape ended up in the same anger management class.

Living with Danger
The first story of a rather long series. If I had to summarize it (which I kind of do), I'd say it was a Remus-and-Sirius raise Harry story, but there's a lot more to it than that. I really couldn't do the story justice, so you'll just have to read it if you want to know more.

Favorite Fanfictions

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This second list is made of my non-Harry Potter fic recommendations. This list is significantly shorter not because Harry Potter is my favorite fandom, but because it was my first fandom, and I still occasionally stumble back to it. In this list I have fanfiction from the following fandoms: BBC Sherlock, Good Omens, White Collar, and Doctor Who.

Manchester Lost
A fan-written sequel to Good Omens (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend all of Terry Pratchett's books, particularly those set in Discworld). Very funny-- you get to meet all of Aziraphale's angelic relatives, and Crowley and Aziraphale get together. There is a sequel (trequel?) to this, titled Paradise Thwarted, in which you have a second Antichrist, and an Apocalypse. Again.

The Republic of Heaven
A BBC Sherlock fic set in a universe with daemons (as from The Golden Compass). Very well done. The daemons and their interactions with humans are believable, and I love the forms she's picked to match with each character.

Two Doctors A Nurse A Detective and A Scot
This is a story where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson get picked up by the 11th Doctor. First in a series of 4, very nice. This is not the original Sherlock Holmes, but the BBC series set in modern times.

How to Accidentally Summon a Demon
A one-shot, wherein Sherlock is possesed by a demon, and John takes a frankly stunning amount of time to realize it. This says more about Sherlock's habits than John's observational skills, or the demon's ability to interact with the world.

A Brief Account Of Life With Zombies
A humorous "What if the characters of Sherlock had to deal with a zombie-apocalypse/incursion" story. Which as you know, is such a hugely common genre that it gets its own title. Told primarily via Mycroft's notes, MET emails and texts. Very funny.

Bored Games
Sherlock is bored, and John pulls out Cluedo. It goes downhill for John from there... This was written before series 2 of Sherlock came out.

Paper Chase by Sam Storyteller
Summary: One criminal consultant. One consulting detective. One serial killer. And one perhaps inadvisable bet...
A crossover between White Collar and Sherlock bbc. Sherlock goes to New York City to consult on a serial killer. There he and John meet Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke. After finishing the case, Neal and Sherlock decide to have a contest to see if Sherlock can catch Neal. There is also a sequel, Rematch, set in London.

What I Most Enjoy Reading (In the context of Fanfiction)

I'll read fic set in just about any universe I've read/seen. I also have a weakness for stories with daemons.

I'm also currently looking for more (complete or currently updating) fics about Harry (and/or company) being summoned/accidentally traveling to alternate realities, where they preferably try to hide their identity, and try to kill Voldemort. I'm also wishing I could find some more good mentor!Snape fics.

I do have some requirements for my fic. I need it to have some sort of plot, or I'll simply go mad. I prefer well written works (who doesn't?), but will make exceptions for really good plot. I also need it to seem like someone's taken a stab at proof-reading it. I can't stand it when something is filled with typos. And finally, there need to be paragraph breaks. I really don't want to get into a rant about punctuation or formatting, but really, it makes all the difference to have paragraph breaks, because I simply will not be able to read it, no matter how perfect it may otherwise be.

Who I Ship

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I read and support a lot of different ships, and I will enjoy just about anything at all, so long as it's well written and not pure fluff or smut.

More specifically however, here is a list of the ships I support in the Harry Potter-verse: Both Remus/Sirius AND Remus/Tonks, Snape/Lily, Hermione/Snape, Neville/Luna, Harry/Draco, Hermione/Draco, and comedic Luna/Anyone.

In other fandoms, I strongly support Crowley/Aziraphale(Good Omens), and Sherlock/John (especially the BBC versions). In romances, I particularly enjoy domestic scenes, and daemon interactions (both daemon-daemon and daemon-human).

In the Avengers(movie-verse only), I've found a love of Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, though I also enjoy Clint/Natasha. I also love Tony-Bruce science bros. In this fandom, I've also discovered a previously unknown weakness for Coffee Shop AUs and get-together fics.

Funeral Blues

Funeral Blues by Wystan H. Auden
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

I've never killed a man, but I've read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.
-Clarence Darrow

I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.
-Mark Twain

Welcome to Discworld; Terry Pratchett Quotes

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In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.

God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players, to be involved in an obscure and complex version of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

The three rules of the Librarians of Time and Space are:
1) Silence;
2) Books must be returned by no later than the date shown; and
3) Do not interfere with the nature of causality.

Wizards don't believe in gods in the same way that most people don't find it necessary to believe in, say, tables. They know they're there, they know they're there for a purpose, they'd probably agree that they have a place in a well-organized universe, but they wouldn't see the point of believing, of going around saying "O great table, without whom we are as naught." Anyway, either the gods are there whether you believe in them or not, or exist only as a function of the belief, so either way you might as well ignore the whole business and, as it were, eat off your knees.

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.

I was merely endeavoring to indicate that if we do not grab events by the collar they will have us by the throat.
-Lord Ventinari

Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying "End-of-the-World-Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH", the pain wouldn't even have time to dry.

There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.

The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?

And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's eye.
-From The Truth

Some things are fairly obvious when it's a seven-foot skeleton with a scythe telling you them.

I love the Tardis

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In my opinion, the TARDIS is the best thing to happen to this universe. "The best Bang since the Big One," to quote a certain Guide, and it was in fact the Big One, Take 2. It's big and little at the same time, and brand new and ancient. And the bluest blue ever! Really, if I had to pick one thing from the entire series to even just see, it would without a doubt be the TARDIS. My favorite TARDIS was the Ponds' TARDIS (Eleven's early TARDIS).

And it makes that whiring thump noise. Unless River's parking.

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Elsewhere on the internet...

I have a cyclically-used Tumblr. It's mostly reblogged stuff and quotes, with occasional thoughts, commentary or link-lists when I'm using it. Most recently, it's been composed of architecture pictures and teen wolf fandom.

More often, I am on Archive of Our Own under the same name. I'm an avid reader, but haven't posted any works of my own, so it's mostly a monster list of bookmarks.

I am on OMGPOP, a games site, here. If you'd like to sign up, I'd appreciate it if you used this recruitment link.

Armor Games is another brilliant games site. I have a profile here, since I finally figured that I spend enough time there to make it easier to fav all my games, then spend time searching for them. (I can't remember names very well.)

Finally, I had a delicious page, virtually abandoned. The vast majority of the links are to fanfiction, but there are some other links mixed in. I try to tag things usefully, but I don't tag with ratings.


Getting an education was a bit like a communicable sexual disease. It made you unsuitable for a lot of jobs and then you had the urge to pass it on.
-Terry Pratchett

It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.
-Andrew Jackson

Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.
-Terry Pratchett

If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.
-Albert Einstein

#12 from The Evil Overlord List:
One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
-Woodrow Wilson

The Theory of Narrative Causality-- A Meta Fic

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A brilliantly written and coded metafic. Set in LJ posts and chatlogs, a Sherlock/John romance.

People aren't my favorite people

I love mankind, it's people I can't stand.
-Charles M. Schulz

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
-W.C. Fields

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
-Albert Einstein

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
-Arthur C. Clarke

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
-Douglas Adams

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.
-Douglas Adams

The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.
-Douglas Adams

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
-E.E. Cummings

Quotes on Religion

Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
-Mark Twain

In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.
-Friedrich Nietzsche

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God?
-George Deacon

If God existed (a question concerning which Jubal maintained a meticulous intellectual neutrality) and if He desired to be worshiped (a proposition which Jubal found inherently improbable but conceivably possible in the dim light of his own ignorance), then (stipulating affirmatively both the above) it nevertheless seemed wildly unlikely to Jubal to the point of reductio ad absurdum that a God potent to shape galaxies would be titillated and swayed by the whoop-te-do nonsense the Fosterites offered Him as "worship."
-Robert A. Heinlein

Yes, reason has been a part of organized religion, ever since two nudists took dietary advice from a talking snake.
-Jon Stewart

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.
-Edmond De Goncourt

Ponder Stibbons was an atheist. Most wizards were.
-Terry Pratchett, The Science of Discworld

More Quotes, Mostly from that infamous philosopher Anonymous

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
-Oscar Wilde

Threesomes are kind of like communism. They sound pretty good on paper, but nobody gets everything they need and they hardly ever work out.

I'm not shy, I'm just quietly examining my prey.

When someone says a quote is by "unknown," it means they don't know how to spell anonymous.

Some WebComics

Girl Genius Humorous and adventure-y steampunk webcomic.
Order of the Stick Webcomic parody of Dungeons and Dragons.
Dominic Deegan Webcomic about a geeky Seer and his friends and family. Art improves from first few comics, and gains plot. Lots of puns. Complete, though I fondly remember waiting for updates.
Narbonic A complete comic! A very plot-y comic about a group working for a mad genius.
Xkcd Geeky jokes, and amusing thoughts. I'm not quite good enough at math to get all the jokes, but it's still a lot of fun.

Misfile Webcomic about a non-angelic angel and two unfortunates who he affected. I haven't looked at it in years, but I remember enjoying it.
Looking For Group Webcomic about a naive adventurer, an evil(ish?) necromancer and various others. I haven't looked at it in years, and can't quite be bothered to catch up.

The extent of my rebellion is quotes on rebellion

It's not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing it.
-Terry Pratchett

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
-Albert Camus

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
–Ralph Ellison

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
-Christopher Reeve

Whenever you find yourseslf on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
-Mark Twain

Every now and then I like to do as I'm told, just to confuse people.
-Tamora Pierce