Jun. 16th, 2010 11:02 pm
toujours_nigel: (writer)
on offer.

Harry Potter (grand-parents, Marauders, Harry, next-gen)
Bollywood (every SRK film ever, things you know I've watched)
Mythology (Hindu, Greek)


Jan. 31st, 2010 12:10 pm
toujours_nigel: blueboy (kanai)
so I've gone and signed up for [livejournal.com profile] au_bigbang and will be writing The Iliad (or some of its events) set in nineteenth century India, after the 1857 Mutiny but before the formation of the Indian National Congress in 1885.

Names, as of now:

Agamemnon: Agastya.
Menelaus: Manoj.
Clytemnestra: Kalyani.
Helen: Hemangini.
Odysseus: Ullas (though this'll mean, possibly, that he's from a different region? idk.)
Penelope: Pratiksha.
Achilles: Akhilesh.
Patroclus: Pratap/Partha, still waffling.
Paris: Parimal.
Priam: Priyam (courtesy [personal profile] fireshowers )
Hector: Meghnad (working title, because, well, he is, subject to change)

more to come as inspiration strikes.

details under the cut )

*breathes* Hold me? Also, can someone please beta for historical details (er, not that there will be many, but general screwing-up) and names/wording?

toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
a.k.a. comment here with the name of any fictional woman you believe me conversant with, (the fandoms this is tagged with all apply.)
 and I'll either write a drabble about her, or at least talk about why she strikes me as wonderful.

I'm off to the Book Fair. Ta, all.
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
or, there's a meme going around that involves (re)casting your fandom: this has the most comprehensive links.

Being as how I'm a sheep, and this is an amazing idea, I've followed suit. Also, I'm being alphabetical, because I'm bad at organising, mkay.

So, er,

the Iliad, Bollywood-ishtyle. yanno, like it says on the header? )

Also, should you be unfamiliar with these actors, and wish to learn about them, below the cut reside links. )

toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (greekness)
I always cry at Patroclus' death, and no other time in the Iliad, with all its massacres, not even for Hektor, nor even for Priam, kissing the hands that killed his sons. But always, inevitably, for Patroclus, even though I was, this time, reading to find out whether my idea of the wonderful number of men he kills in Book 16 is in fact correct. I bought my first Iliad ten years ago, more or less, and in all my innumerable perusals, I've never wept for anyone else, nor failed to weep for Patroclus. Can't explain it.

In other, related news, Robert Fagles is love.


Jan. 13th, 2010 12:12 pm
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
I'm justifiably bunking uni today. I cite bandh, lethargy, horrible classes, and parental aiding and abetting. Also, IS and IC's school got cancelled for the day.

I'm going to be miserable once I graduate (lo, in July), though this last year anna half hasn't exactly been brilliant. I'll miss the place and the profs.

I'll also miss what [personal profile] fireshowers calls my clandestinely studying Greek texts. I've bought Fagles' translations of the Oresteia and Sophocles' Theban plays, not an expense I can at all justify, since we're devoting something like a week to each lot (part of a Tragedy course) and the only other text I've purchased is The Tempest, which is sort of the main text for a different course. I've also acquired from Xerxes Fagles' Iliad, and am tempted to buy it, since, really, it's at a reasonable price. But I already have two Iliads and not sure whether I can justify buying a third, when I don't really need it.

I won't, y'know, hard as that is to believe. I've a small set of Greek or related books, very few in physical form, few more as e-books. Mostly they aren't novels--only Greek-related novels I have are Renault and Manfredi's Alexandriads--they aren't volumes I read obsessively. I just like the comfort of owning them.

Which is all extremely wasteful. I'm not going to study the Greeks; I haven't the training. And if I just stop thinking of it in terms of loss, I'll be easier reconciled to the fact. It isn't, after all, as though what I plan on studying isn't also an obsession, and one started at an younger age, at that, and one I have as much knowledge of as it possible, at this point. I can read Middle English pretty well, and write it; I know my way through at least the stories of most of the Arthurian legends. I can even mostly decipher Old English, given enough time and possibly a glossary. And I love Arthur, I do, I'm the kid who took up courses most people take only when obliged to, and begged interesting papers, and did quite well, considering. It's more a love for Arthuriana than Middle English, actually, whatever Grendel might say.

It's just that so close to choosing, the path (that'll remain) not taken generates a new longing.


Jan. 6th, 2010 10:20 pm
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
me: omg the greeks are creeps.
never mind

dearlyderanged: and this is new?

cut because long and rambly. )

Yeah, I have no life, why do you ask? I had a twenty-page paper on Sophocles' Electra, back in first year, that consisted largely of the geneology of the Tantalids. I had a family tree and everything. The lecturer's eyes crossed, I'm not even kidding, most people turned in three sheets hand-written in sparkly pens. I've lost the soft copy, dammit.


Jan. 3rd, 2010 05:17 pm
toujours_nigel: BFT (Default)
I wrote over a hundred fics last year, here and elsewhere. (elsewhere being [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics, [livejournal.com profile] lgbtfest, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, and [livejournal.com profile] fandomcommerce.) *happy*

Now to start off the count for 2010. Prompts, anyone? In a drabbling mood. Fandoms are anything in the tags. (Or, alternatively, anything I can read up on, or am likely to know.)
toujours_nigel: BFT (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide  reveals are up, I see.

So, I wrote Some Man's Scheherazade for [livejournal.com profile] easilymused1956, and I whined and moaned about it on g-talk to everyone who would hear (esp. [livejournal.com profile] 22by7 and [livejournal.com profile] dearlyderanged) because I was having some species of writers' block and, also, omg, hard. However, she liked it, which makes me happy, and I liked it, which surprised me.

And I wrote, for treats:

O that you were yourself! (Shakespeare in Love) for [livejournal.com profile] aurilly,
Pinjre Mein Chand (Kaminey) for [livejournal.com profile] applegnat,
Crying Blood for Vengeance (Iliad) for skazka (who I cannot trace)
Dasrathi (Ramayana) for [livejournal.com profile] steelehearts
Panch Kanya (Ibis trilogy) for [livejournal.com profile] dhobikikutti .

Excellent haul, if I say so myself. *radiates smugness*

Utterly beaten by the gift I got, though: Pyrrha, which is Fire from Heaven Alexander, and made me catch my breath, quite.

I've had a rotten couple days, but better now. Hopefully 2010 will be better than this last year.
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
I have just finished Nature and Culture in the Iliad. Yes, I'm not sure wtf I was reading it, either. Anyhoo. I hadn't really thought about it that way, quite, but Akhillos comes back to humanity not in his own community, but at the hands of his enemy, no? Which is creepy, yes, and poignant, and breaks my heart every damn time. But it means that he never comes back to community, not really, because, well, Priam is a Trojan (why, yes, I am Captain Obvious) and he goes, and the entire scene is set outside human circles, really, and only happens because, since Akhillos is a goddess' son, they can't just steal Hector's corpse, and it's such a different scene, for all its beauty, than all the others where men or corpses are ransomed.

When Akhillos and Priam weep together and eat together, they aren't sharing anything save a sense of desolation, one's a father who's lost the son he most depended on, the other will never be someone his father can depend on. He doesn't come to life, not really, he just, i don't know, lets go of his rage, finally. He knows he will die, but he's known that anyway, it's how he'll die that's driven him. And now the dead call to him, and, god, Patroklos asking for his funeral is another of the scenes that breaks me, because he's ready to go, all he he wants is to have his ashes mingled with Akhillos' and Akhillos can't let go. He can't even let go after the games, and that whole ceremony is supposed to make him loose his hold on the dead--he gives Patroklos all his hair, dies metaphorically on his pyre, and still can't let go. Patroklos is what keeps him human, because he isn't really, goddess mother and near invincibility and all. In a way (kill me now, before I descend into sap) Patroklos is to him what Hector is to Andromache, his only real connection to society, at least once he withdraws from battle. Patroklos brings him news, Patroklos hears him talk, he gets angry when Patroklos runs late on errands, etc. Patroklos is his human self, greatest of the Myrmidons (save him), the man who is to go to Pthia and be a comfort to their fathers and help raise his son--because Akhillos, of course, will die. And so Patroklos must live.

Patroklos dying cuts him off from human contact entirely--his friends cannot console him, his wife (and I love how Briseis mourns Patroklos, and the idea that he consoled and comforted her during her captivity just brings forth the gentleness in Patroklos, the man who weeps for death while dealing death) is distraught--as it draws him closer to the human fate of mortality. Godlike Akhillos becomes beastly, but he's, well, he's given himself over to death by now, hasn't he? He has a few aims, yeah--he wants to kill Hector, and to hold Patroklos' games--but it isn't that he's expecting to go home. Which, of course, is what makes the scene with Priam so achingly beautiful.
toujours_nigel: BFT (Default)
and so I've been doing the thing where I laze around, forget to return my books on time (thereby accumulating a library fine it will be a bitch to pay off), and read my way through a ton of old books.

Have some observations:

1. In The King's General, is Dick Grenvile gay? Or am I succumbing to the then-prevalant ideas of presenting as masculine? ) IDK, but Dick does present as what we'd still rate as slightly left of straight, meh.

2. When does 'u' drop into English as spoken in England? I mean, "color", and "honor", etc are all older spellings, right? So, when does it change to "colour"?

3. One of the loveliest scenes regarding Hephaistion is, oddly, in Funeral Games. And is such a shock to the system, too. ) I love seeing Hephaistion through Ptolemy's eyes, especially after the Bagoas-coloured lenses that are all we got throughout The Persian Boy.

4. And then we go back to Arridaios, and the whole horrific scene, and I feel physically sick. I feel sick throughout Funeral Games, more or less, actually, it's such a nightmarish book. Not that FFH and TPB are bereft of horror, of course, but, well, bildungsroman, love story, deathdeathdeath. The elephants. The babies. Stateira and Drypetis. Kynna. Sisygambis. Eurydike. Olympias. Alexander IV. Kassandros, gah.

5. This isn't to do with a book, but has anyone written the creepy bad Maham Anga-baby!Jalal fic? Because I watched Jodhaa-Akbar today, and, boss, that vibe is so there.

6. My copy of Maurice (third re-read, just about done) takes issue in the preface with Maurice's appearance in the film. And, yeah, a large dark-haired man has a very different impression than a large, fair man, esp. when, as in the film, he is more than awkward. Clive is the one who is small and fair. Incidentally, what does Alec look like? Do we ever know, other than the bright brown eyes?

7. I was planning on reading Forster, anyway, but have got sucked into reading A Room with a View solely because of Helena Bonham Carter ). Baby Bella! With that hair! awww.

ETA: 8. I was watching an old Friends episode, where Chandler says, "You're the one who kissed my mom!". The whole cafe turns around. Ross says, "We're rehearsing a Greek play." They all nod and look away. I found this funny for about two seconds. And since then, I've been wondering what play they're talking about. I embrace my geekery, yes, haha, but, is Ross simply misremembering Oedipus Rex? Or is it some other play?
toujours_nigel: Dali (procrastination)
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English (Middle-Modern, can fumble through Old), Bangla, fair bit of Hindi.

Greek, specifically ancient Greek. Could've done it at uni, but am too lazy to learn Latin as requirement (ADG, sirbosslord, wai these blocks?).

Because I desire to fumble through Sappho and The Iliad in the original at least once.
toujours_nigel: Dali (procrastination)
I am on AOOO, here. Well, have been a while, but now I'm trying to upload stories. What fun.

What should I do with the stuff on [livejournal.com profile] scenes_of_lives? That's pretty huge, and complete, i.e., the main stories are done, I was padding out the universe, not something I'm likely to finish, but it's done, unlike, say, [livejournal.com profile] hermioneregis.

As of now, planning to post my Potter one-shots, the few Kaminey stories I've finished, and the ones on [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics. And, I suppose, the various drabbles that are a bit fannishly scattered.

Procrastinating on [livejournal.com profile] yuletide? Who, me?


Also, this is what I've been waiting for, since I first stumbled upon The Iliad, lo, these many years ago.


Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm
toujours_nigel: BFT (i'm late)

Title: Adoration.
Fandom: Greek myths
Pairings: Narcissus.
Disclaimer: notminenotminenotmine.

he sees by the forests, the boy he will love. )


Jun. 16th, 2009 10:51 pm
toujours_nigel: (omgewwww)
Title: Kleos
Fandom: Greek myth.
Pairings: Akhillos/Patroklos
Disclaimer: notminenotminenotmine

very, extremely bad. sorry )



Jun. 8th, 2009 11:01 pm
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)

Title: Ephebe
Fandom: Greek Mythology
Pairings: none.
Disclaimer: notminenotminenotmine

Nymph raised and nymph loved, son of Aphrodite )
toujours_nigel: Greek, red-figure Rhea (Rhea)
For [livejournal.com profile] schribaere, who asked for it, here, a drabble about Odysseus. Thanks, I re-read a lot of the Odyssey, and Tennyson's 'Ullyses' for this, so glad to have the excuse. Hope you like it.

I cannot rest from travel... )
toujours_nigel: BFT (Default)

Because only two of you asked for anything, here, I've made my own list *is disappointed in f-list*

mah topics, let me show you them )

Anyway, expect at the rate of one each day, not yet sure as to which when.

And now I venture off to write an exam. Ciao, all


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