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Ruby Scarlett
20 July 2030 @ 10:21 pm

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+ Have you read my profile? Please don't add me if you have any problem with the 'Sibylle' section - it's me, take it or leave it.

+ This journal is semi-friends only. Fandom posts are public and feel free to drop me a note here if you added me to follow those. My personal life is personal and therefore only my friends have access to it (I grant this access myself on a case-by-case basis, there's no need to ask for it.). I recommend a lot of fanfictions (they all go on my master list at some point), I talk about TV shows (see profile for which ones) & about stuff I care about (again - see profile for more extensive overview).

+ Every day is amnesty day here - if you want to unfriend me at any time, do so, and please understand that I'll do the same if I feel we don't have enough in common.

Ruby Scarlett


by fandom & genre

A Note: I'm very gen-centric. Romance for the most part really bores me. My tastes are reflected here.
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Ruby Scarlett
13 July 2011 @ 11:40 am
I'm off to see Deathly Hallows. I'm listening to Harry's Wondrous World at the moment. Don't really know what to say, there's too much. I'm moving to London in September and yes, it's because of the woman on my icon.
Hope you're all having a wonderful, wonderful month of July. I don't think I'll be posting here anymore as I feel completely disconnected from LJ but I really cherish the friendships I've had through it. Thank you all.

Take care,
Ruby Scarlett
23 December 2010 @ 09:46 pm
A friend of mine has just been kicked out of her house with her sister (their mother kicked them out). My friend is 20, her sister is younger. They're in the Los Angeles County in California.
If any of you on my flist have any tips for them, any places they should check out, money they can get to support themselves till life picks up, or people they should see, anything, please let me know in the comments and I'll send everything to them. I can't be of much help myself, not knowing the first thing about The System and it's really awful feeling this powerless.

Thank you all very much.
Ruby Scarlett
04 December 2010 @ 08:06 pm
We've been here too long
Tryin' to get along
Pretendin' that you're oh so shy
I'm a natural ma'am
Doin' all I can
My temperature is runnin' high

Cry at night
No one in sight
An' we got so much to share
Talking's fine
If you got the time
But I ain't got the time to spare


Do you wanna touch (Yeah)
Do you wanna touch (Yeah)
Do you wanna touch me there, where

Don't it turn you on
Can't you see we're wastin' time
Do you wanna touch (Yeah)
Do you wanna touch (Yeah)
Do you wanna touch me there, where

I love Joan Jett so much.

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Ruby Scarlett
07 November 2010 @ 11:57 am
Someone remind me to make a separate post about Boardwalk Empire once the first season is over. This is not related to what follows but here it is anyway.

I think I want to talk about books more on this journal. As some of you may know, I already have a separate book blog but I think I need a place to talk about my bookish life in a more informal manner (having a blog is nice and all and I've already met wonderful people through it but I'm not sure the book blogging community is for me... it's so, well, formal and proper and apart from the people I met it's a bit hard to find like-minded people).

Anyway, I have a Goodreads account which I really cherish - if you don't have one already, I suggest you have look around, it's a really good way of 1) organizing your book collection 2) keeping track of the books you've read & plan to read 3) motivating you to leave your thoughts on each book you finish 4) finding good recommendations 5) checking out what people you know are reading/plan on reading and get even more recommendations. Goodreads also has groups but since my taste is a bit eccentric I don't feel like I belong to a specific group of readers (like fantasy readers or mystery readers or whatever).

My favourite reads recently have been:

- Soulless by Gail Carriger, which is a steampunk/comedy of manners novel taking place in Victorian London with a great heroine who's soulless (which means she can kill supernaturals, such as vampires). It's hilarious. It's the first in a series of 5 books, 3 of which have been released thus far: Soulless, Changeless and the latest Blameless. The series is called the Parasol Protectorate series. Goodreads link

- A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee, which is about girl spies in Victorian London. It's the first in a trilogy, two of which have been released - A Spy in the House and The Body at the Tower. Feminist.  Goodreads.

- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E.Lockhart, which is a stand-alone novel about a 15-year-old girl called Frankie who attends Alabaster, an elite prep-school and who's going to, to put it plainly, disturb the peace and rebel against this elitist system. Feminist. Goodreads link.

- Unnatural Fire by Fidelis Morgan, which is the first in a series of five novels, all released. It's funny (very funny, think bawdy humour) mysteries set in Restoration England. The series is called the Countess Ashby de la Zouche series (after one of the main characters). Goodreads link.

I look forward to reading Moonshine by Alaya Dawn Johnson, which is about Zephyr, a teacher & social activist in New York in the 1920s. It's urban fantasy with vampires and other creatures (everybody knows they exist in this world). It's the first in a series but the second one hasn't been published yet. Goodreads link.
I also bought a copy of Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, whom a lot of my favourite people seem to love. Goodreads link.

Other things I want to buy but really can't afford:

- Downton Abbey box set, according to Amazon there are audio commentaries, which is also my favourite extra so I seriously look forward to that. GO SYBIL.

- Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, which is a book about Atlantic City in the 1920s and was the starting point for the new HBO series. The author just published another book, The Northside, which is specifically about African-Americans at that time and which I'm eager to read too.

I find it so hard to find good books. You wouldn't believe the number of books I try when you see how few I finish. I think for about one really good book, I have to try (and in my case trying means buying so you see how this is going to be the death of me) at least 4 or 5. It's that dire. I still have no idea what 'group' I belong to and I think I'm actually alright with that, even if it makes it incredibly difficult to find new books to read, I enjoy the challenge. Sometimes non-fiction seems like a safer bet because I do know I'm interested in the 20s and in screwball comedies and in LGBTQ and in feminism and in humanism and in academic essays about my favourite TV shows so chances are if it's about any of these topics, I'll at least not be bored.

How do you find new books to read? How long do you spend making sure it's a book you want to read?

Current Music: Deed I Do - Ben Pollack
Ruby Scarlett
29 October 2010 @ 10:04 pm
Fanfiction recs! Squee! I keep my master list up-to-date, mostly, so don't hesitate to head over there if you want more recommendations sorted by fandoms. In fandom news, I'm really excited about Yuletide because some of my favourite obscures have been nominated - Downton Abbey, Lip Service, Boardwalk Empire, and even Fidelis Morgan's awesome & hilarious Restoration mysteries series (talk about small fandom, I thought I was the only addict!) . You may see the entire list here and eagerly await with me.
In the meantime...


Mrs Stanwood's Birthday Party (Poirot/Hastings, G, 20,000+ words) This reads like another Christie book, to put it plainly. Even if ultimately it's about Hastings and Poirot (and that was very well-written), I loved Edna in this, she's a really awesome female character and I was very pleasantly surprised to see the mystery enfold. Very clever.

The Wire
Five Ways Omar Remembers Brandon (Omar/Brandon, NC-17, 2010 words) Omar was the best thing about The Wire (though the show itself was kind of the best thing about television too so we're talking quality anyway). It's a simple fic, kind of what you expect from the title but I had a really good time reading this because I miss this show so and it hits the right notes.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The First Year After the Sisterhood (Tibby/Brian, Tibby/Lena, mentions Lena/Leo and Lena/Kostos, 13,905 words, PG-13) This was beautiful. I personally saw the movies and I really enjoy them because I can't think of that many movies about the friendship between artistic or driven teenage girls that pass the Bechdel Test. This fic is about what follows the second movie - I loved how detailed this was, how deep the author went into each personality and I was very interested in what Lena and Tibby were doing artistically and it was lovely to see their friendship blossom as well. Besides, the language is really exquisite at parts, which is always precious.

Finally, I hope everyone has tons of fun this weekend - I love Hallowe'en and wish I could dress up & play properly. I also wish I had more spooky recs for you this week but I didn't stumble upon any recently, which is a real shame!
Writers on my flist - wish you all a smashing success with all your Nanowrimo endeavours, and to all, a fabulous month of November :)


Ruby Scarlett
29 October 2010 @ 04:24 pm
THIS SHOW! You HAVE to watch it, it's such a thing of beauty. I haven't been talking about it as much as I should on my own journal and this is a CRIME. It's so well put together, everything makes sense and falls into place and OMG the cinematography and the plot and the one -liners. It's a seriously Good Show. I love it so much PLEASE WATCH IT SO I CAN SQUEE WITH MORE PEOPLE!

Also, it was nominated for Yuletide. Yuletide, you guys! One of my favourite exchanges. PLEASE pick it up - you know I'm no writer but please please please give this show a chance and join the fandom, please please please. You may watch it all here to your heart's content, I beg of you - DO IT NOW ESPECIALLY (but not only!) if you write fic (I HAVE LOTS OF WRITERS ON MY FLIST I BEG OF YOU I'LL BAKE YOU COOKIES BE VERY NICE TO YOU IN EXCHANGE.) I need fic for this fandom like yesterday.GEN SYBIL, Sybil/Branson, Sybil/Gwen, Sybil/Anna, GEN VIOLET! The possibilities are endless!

Ok so - I love this show. You know what I love most about this show? SYBIL. That's right! And Tom! Crash course - Sybil is the youngest daughter  of someone rich. It's 1912. She's the rebel of the family - SHE'S A FEMINIST. And Branson? BRANSON IS A SOCIALIST. I LOVE THEM BOTH THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL. GO WATCH THIS SHOW NOW. So this is a picspam of Sybil because I find her beautiful and inspirational and because Branson and her are soulmates. Along with Matthew. And Gwen. And Anna. Ok, you can have the rest now but I'm claiming them. Episode Four was amazing, my favourite so far. 



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Ruby Scarlett
28 October 2010 @ 07:56 pm
This is mostly for myself, so I know what worked. I kind of need a folder actually but until I can purchase one, you're it.

Fish in Foil

On a metal sheet, put a piece of white fish (I think any kind of white fish would do, I had the cheapest I could find, which I think was cod) & randoms of your choice. I surrounded it with cherry tomatoes and a good chunk of canned green beans, 'cause they were there. I don't think using anything that isn't already cooked/doesn't need to be cooked through to be enjoyed would work. 
Drizzle with olive oil and add dried herbs of choice - I think I sprinkled dried shallots, parsley and thyme. Throw in a slice of lemon if you're feeling fancy, wrap it all up, toss on a oven-safe dish and stuff into your oven. Check after 20 minutes (mine took 30 mins but it was a very extravagant piece of fish) and remove when the fish is white inside.

I Need Garlic Bread Now

Grab a loaf of bread and cut into slices. Mix some garlic cloves, fresh parsley (mine was dying in the fridge so it was really a rescue mission) and a good chunk of butter till it's a spread. Spread on slices and stuff into your oven for about 10 minutes. This took me fifteen minutes from idea to mouth.

Apples and Bananas Made a Little Less Boring

Slice an apple and a banana, sprinkle cinnamon on top, toss & eat :)

Ruby Scarlett
27 October 2010 @ 10:28 pm
Would anyone be interested in swapping sweets/candy with me? :) A small envelope will do, I'm not talking a huge parcel here. Just something nice and tasty to get in the mail. Stole the idea from Yuletide's Candy Extravaganza. I'm thinking of a one-off thing, $5 of sweets tops, really.

You may comment here or PM me directly :) I don't think I'll get more than one reply, if any, but I can only afford postage to one person so I'll pick at random should there be more interest.

ETA: Found a swapping buddy :) Thanks for reading!