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Nov. 14th, 2015 03:00 pm
nuraicha: (Matt & Dom live)


Nov. 1st, 2015 11:17 pm
nuraicha: (Doctor & Master)
I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year!

I don't know what got into me to take up this crazy challenge; I blame [livejournal.com profile] matturemuser for firstly planting in my head the seeds of it, and mainly [livejournal.com profile] elewenfm for definitely pushing me into this madness with her example. To be honest, I had considered the idea before, but I guess it wasn't realistic to do it until now, when I have enough free time (or that's what I like to think) to write.

So, what's my novel about? No idea yet, because I'm a pantser: this is, I'm starting from scratch with a barely there idea. So far I can only tell you that the cover of In The Flesh DVD and Drones (the album, not the song) by Muse are very vaguely guilty of the first stone of plot; apart from that, no idea. I met my first leading character and a bunch of antagonists today, and I can tell you that she (my heroine) so far looks interesting. Let's see how she evolves.

My wordcount today has been 3236 words: not bad for someone who isn't used at all to write original stuff! I'm very happy of myself and I hope I can follow this good rythmn; my plan so far is writing up to 3000 words on weekends and 2000 on workdays. Crossing my fingers that I'll be able to stick to it.

Good luck to all the fellows wrimos around the world! And please, do tell me if you're doing NaNo this year as well so we can be buddies in the web :)

PS: I don't have a title yet (I usually find the title of my stories when they're finished), so the provisory one is "Thieves Project".
Our story started in a morning of October, or maybe November. I don't remember if it was a cold one, but I like to think that it was chilly and I was tightly wrapped in my scarf and coat, although it's highly unlikely. It must have been around 8:30 AM and Mariano had just entered the room with his permanent half smile. Mariano was my Spanish teacher, and that was the first lesson of the day. I was 15 years old, and that was my fourth year of high school (in Spain, high school lasts 4 years -ESO- plus 2 voluntary for those who want to access superior education -Bachillerato-). Mariano was a new person for me, I didn't even recall seeing him in the corridors, but that was probably because my memory is bad with faces. He was a calm person, his voice was soft as honey (terrible cliche, I know), profound and low, and an absolute delight to listen to; what a pity it also was the kind of voice that made you want to sleep, therefore not a good combination for the earliest lesson of the day.

That was the second year we had literature. We were just starting with the Romanticism, a period I was very interested in but knew very little about. My class was terrible: we were nearly 40 people (the only Humanities class of our year) and many of them were insufferable teens who were talking all the time; it especially bothered me when it was Mariano's time, because I really loved to listen to his voice and, if I didn't pay close attention, it could barely be heard above the background noise. In the literature days was even worse: just stop talking, this is my favourite part of the subject!

Mariano announced that he would read to us; it was the best way to understand, right in the first class, what Romanticism was about. He said he'd read to us El Monte de las Ánimas ("Mountain of Souls"), one of the Legends written by Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

"Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer in his death bed", by Vicente Palmaroli
(Museum of Romanticism, Madrid).

I fell in love, just a little. With Mariano, with his voice, with Bécquer, with his words, with his works. That out-loud reading changed me, changed the way I approached to poetry (even though Legends is prose), to Romantic literature, to Bécquer and to my own writing. Nowadays I can still see the influence that fascinating tale of knights, lost souls, dark nights and graveyards made on my poetry and my own sensibility.

I had to wait until June to have enough free time to read Legends, and before that Rhymes, Bécquer's poetry corpus. I had never read something that had moved me so deeply before. His words became a lullaby during my nights, a warm blanket over my heart; his poems a work of art I could only dream of achieve. He taught me not to be afraid of not following strict verse composition rules, to just let my feelings run free and pour them on paper.

Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer is considered by many the best Spanish poet of Romanticism, although most of his work was written when the movement had worn off a bit in Spain. His life was the typical tragic one of the poets of that time: a wife who didn't love him back, a love interest that ignored him, poverty, disasters regarding his works (most of Rhymes was burnt in a fire in his editor's house), etc. However, recent studies have proven that this Romantic image was created after his death by his friends, probably to hide his conservative views on politics and to help make a myth out of his figure: his life wasn't as tragic as they made it sound like.

Despite all of this, no one can deny that Bécquer is one of the most important writers Spain has had. Whether his life was a "Romantic" one or not, his words are, his poems possess a stunning beauty and sensibility, his prose is rich and powerful, and his newspaper articles and other works reflect the reality of the whole country.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because he deserves it. Because he is one of my favourite writers and someone I admire. Because he's known mostly only in Spain, and I believe that should change: his works should be praised internationally, as Cervantes, Lope de Vega or Lorca are (at least I hope they are). Tradutore traditore, Latin says ("translator, a traitor"), and I bet part of his talent will be lost in translation, but the sensations he can produce will remain.

Therefore, I recommend to all of you to read his works. You can learn more about him on Wikipedia, and you can read for free a very complete compilation of his works (mine is more complete and the most recent :P) translated to English here. For Legends, apart from the already mentioned "Mountain of Souls", I recommend "The Miserere" and "A Ray of Moonlight". As for Rhymes, there are so many I *love* that I can't choose one, but I'll copy a escerpt of one of my favourites:

"Madness that excites
and inflames the spirit;
the divine intoxication
of creative genius…
This is intuition!"

(Although I would translate "intuition" like "inspiration", as this rhyme is talking about the differences between reason and heart, in the context of creative writing).

Give Bécquer a chance, and I'm sure you won't regret it.

Monument to Bécquer in the Park of María Luisa, in Seville (the city where he was born).

PS: If I talked about Mariano so much it wasn't only for my obvious crush on him, but above all because he was the teacher that made me love Bécquer and one of the best human beings I have ever known. Besides, the complete works of Bécquer that I own? It was a present from him, so I can't help but being reminded of him everytime I read the book. Great, great man <3
(Yes, at some point I'll answer your comments. I suck at keeping up with more than a social network, oh dear).

Spoilers! But TBH it's only two screenshots because I'm too tired to think )

Trope meme

Aug. 20th, 2015 02:53 am
nuraicha: (Doctor & Master)
Hello, I'm not dead! \o/

My dissertation is so close to completion I can nearly smell victory in the air :D So here I am procrastinating a little bit! I saw this meme at [livejournal.com profile] snowgrouse's and absolutely loved it so, after three tries (the two first ones didn't reflect me at all, believe me, so at the third try I really got into choosing and not just going "both" or "no opinion"), here are my results:

1 High School/Uni AU
1 Role Reversal AU
1 Rivalmancy
1 Selfcest (possibly due to time travel)
1 Age Difference (possibly due to time travel)
1 Magical Connection (telepathy, etc)
7 Trapped in an Elevator/Snowed-In Cabin/etc
8 Seemingly Unrequited Pining
8 Actually Unrequited Pining
10 Enemies to Friends to Lovers
11 Friends to Lovers
12 Vampires/Werewolves AU
13 Fake Dating/Fake Marriage Accidentally Turns Into Feelings
14 Amnesia
15 Hurt/Comfort
16 Sex Pollen
17 Fake Out Make Out
18 Loyalty Kink
19 A/B/O
20 Espionage AU
21 Reincarnation/'25 Lives' AU
22 Coffee House AU/Food Service AU
23 Royalty/Arranged Marriage
24 Incest
25 'Groundhog Day'/Karmic Time Warp
26 Adopting/Raising a Baby
26 Soulmate Identifying Marks: Tattoo, Red Thread of Fate, etc
28 Found Families

(yup, I don't know how to make charts)

The ones who rank 1 are so me it's hilarious, honestly. Anyone surprised about the High School/Uni AU? I haven't written many, but I have read *thousands* (I mainly blame my student/teacher kink... I really don't care that much for student/student relationships, even if I like them too). And the rest of them (except Role Reversal perhaps) are so timecock it hurts; in fact, I have written all of them except selfcest... but I can't be 100% certain I don't have a Ten/Eleven or Ten/Handy WIP somewhere :D
Today I did the last exam (Classic Iconography) of my degree. I'm one essay (Sardinian nuragic culture in the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age), one report (on the excavation I worked in last summer) and a dissertation (The barges shrines and chapels of the god Amun in Ancient Egypt) away from becoming a graduated archaeologist.

Most fascinating 4 years of my life.

Today I stumbled across this post on Tumblr and I thought some of you would be interested in reading it. It's about the importance of leaving feedback to the writers so they can know people are reading and liking/disliking their stories. It's mainly applied to Tumblr (and frankly, I've tried Tumblr as a fic platform and I think it's *awful* for interacting with the writer, so I can't understand why this post has been made in the first place because, if I wrote something like this, the first thing would be: read/write in platforms that allow you/the reader to have easy means of giving you feedback... But well, that's another matter alltogether), but it has several points that I agree with and I find interesting. I especially like the point about specific feedback; yes please! There isn't anything better that knowing *exactly* what worked for each reader. Of course, you can't ask each reader to give you a complete and thorough analysis on your style (god knows I don't do that as often as I would like) but, if there's something you really liked and want to talk about, do it!

However, on the specific feedback matter I don't agree with this line: "Want to influence our next fic? Tell us what you liked about this one and I bet you it will keep showing up!". That sounded to me like if you *have to* write the things as your readers like them. Yes of course, many things can influence in your writing, but just by telling me "I loved X thing" doesn't mean I have to include it the next fic if I don't think it worked. After all, it's our story, isn't it? We can't be complete slaves of our readers.

And now I want to quote the last paragraph fully:

"We can’t do this writing thing without you guys. So thank you so much! Without readers, we’re just talking to ourselves. We love and appreciate you for reading- but we need to know you’re doing it. We need feedback like we need air. Don’t let your favorite writers suffocate! :)"

Opinions and thoughts? I would like to see what my flist thinks of this. And yes, I know I have like tons of messages in my inbox and some are comments here in my LJ that I have to reply, and some PMs, and *hides in shame* I'll get to them, I promise. I'm so sorry for being so absent and not coming back to you at all, but I usually check LJ on my phone and I don't like writing there, so I always tell myself to wait until I get to the laptop to reply to things and... Not enough time to do so. That's the reason why I mostly just read fics (and not many, sorry MS friends) and leave very short comments, because 95% of times I'm on the phone. I'm really sorry, but as you know I graduate in June *maniac laughter of horror* and I'm SO stressed.

Hope you are all okay x


Apr. 16th, 2015 10:13 pm
nuraicha: (Timecock Anthem Master)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoilers )

PS: I'm so sorry for being this absent. University is being crazy and I'm still procrastinating way too much (like, writing this post).
Hello everyone!

Firstly, I must apologise because I have had comments on my inbox for weeks that I haven't replied yet. I will come to it, I promise, I'm just too lazy right now because I'm giving myself a week of (more or less, as I'm currently trying to work on my thesis anyway) relax, and usually I am around LJ only when I have to procrastinate.

So, I wanted to share with you this hilarious article about Spain. If you have me on Twitter or you know me even the tiniest bit, you already know how much I criticise my country, but this article was just spot on! Some bits I loved:

Years later, it still surprises me when I’m walking down a street in Spain and I hear an old lady spitting out the word "coño" (think four-letter English swear words starting with ‘c’ and you get the idea). Old ladies and those who are only 21... :D

Morning coffee is always at eleven, lunch comes around at 3pm, and don’t even dare suggest going out to a club before 1am. CRUCIAL! I know people who has lunch around 1pm (???) but the normal here is 2-3pm or even 4, as I do with my parents when we're home on the weekend. And really, never ever go to a club before 1am because it'll be dead.

I always feel like I’m in the Wild West when I see restaurant floors covered in everything from tooth picks to ketchup sachets. Sadly it's true. In fact, last weekend I was in Seville and I was surprised to find how *clean* the floors were! Madrid must be the worst, I believe.

Spaniards don’t like criticism — from outsiders. True! Even if I consider myself *very* dettached from any kind of national pride, it really pisses me off seeing certain kind of comments from outsiders. I guess "la tierra es la tierra", isn't it? :P

Right, I really recommend the article, because it's very funny. That site also seems very good for tips about anything related to Spain, so if you ever plan to visit, take a look! And also, please ALWAYS remember most Spaniards don't know how to dance flamenco ;)
I don't have much time because I'm still in exams period (only two left!) and if I'm on the laptop it's because I was supposed to be working on a thing but I needed to watch this again and I needed to share it here:

It's incredible what effect another person's happiness can have on oneself, isn't it? I was studying for my second exam when this happened and inmediately my Twitter exploded and nothing hurt anymore: I was really nervous about that exam but, the moment I saw David's face when they gave him the Special Recognition award... all was gone. He really made me happy, he really made me cry with joy and all my worries stopped mattering for a few hours.

He deserves this award so much. He's one of the best actors of his generation (even if I think he has starred in several things that aren't good at all, but his acting is always top notch) and, as his dad said, a gentleman and a good human being. I owe him so much, because it's thanks to him that I fell in love with the Doctor for real, and that's something that I'll always be thankful for. He has made me laugh, cry and suffer with his work and I only hope he will get so much many awards for his acting. Congratulations, David <3

PS: I might be studying most part of the day, but in these two weeks I have written *two* fics! Holy fuck! And one is for Merlin! :O I'm happy with myself, it seems the muses won't stop nagging me, even if I have to study a shit ton of pages, the fuckers :D

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Jan. 12th, 2015 02:23 pm
nuraicha: (Clara)
Quick update from my phone: play was a total success! Teacher loved it, class mates loved it (they even laughed), teacher said everything was realistic and she could see we had done lots of research, the video looked good (however the sound wasn't the best) and the final mark is... 10/10!!!! We did it! Full marks! I'm so proud of the work me and my friends did, it was hard but it was worth it! I'm also very happy because the teacher seemed to like my writing and, even if that wasn't the most important part, I think it helped a lot (the other group wrote several stories about their polis and the writing style was a bit wonky in some cases, IMO) (they didn't get more than a 7 anyway so...).

For those who can read in Spanish, I can send you the play in February because RN I am very busy. I'd like to show all of you how the thing looked on video but it's so huge and most of you don't speak Spanish so...
I just finished the second section of my Amun essay, aka The One Who Looked Easy And Short And Has Become a 40 Pages Monster (25 written, the rest are pics and bibliography thank god) That Keeps Growing And Will Suck The Life Out Of Me. I'm so proud. This second section was historical and political context and its relation with Amun and it's... um... 12 pages. So yeah, you know. A monster right straight from the Amduat. Next (and last) section is Amun's cult and ritual and I only hope it's shorter. This thing already could be my final degree thesis (that has to be between 30 and 50 pages), so I am... speechless. And I feel very, very stupid for working this hard and long in something that isn't as important as the thesis but... Once I have started, I can't stop. Teacher really liked the way this essay was going and I'm hoping to get a 10/10. Thankfully, I'll be able to use chunks of this essay in the thesis, as it's on Amun's bark shrines and I can use the historical context and his mithology and basically everything I have talked here, but shorter.

But still, 25 pages and growing. Holy fuck. Can I consider myself an Amun expert now? At least I was able to gush about Hatshepsut for a bit because she was awesome and also her divine daughter and awwww <3

And this weekend I end this, I swear. I have to, I need to start studying for exams on Monday. This weekend this shit is done, do you hear me, Lord of the Two Lands???? DONE.

PS: I'm sorry I'm so absent from everywhere but, as you could see, I really don't have time for social networks. I will reactivate Twitter once this madness of a month is over. Hope everyone is alright xx
It's that time of the year again!

Fics I've written (posted and private):
And, even if it isn't a fic, given that it has been my biggest achievement this year I have to mention the play I had to write for uni: Los Hefestiónidas (The Hefestionids). If you're interested and you speak Spanish, tell me so I can give you a link to read/watch it!

Long meme is long )

And, even if it's quite late for this, Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you have had a wonderful time and may the new year be awesome for you!
My plan was writing a life update but while I was writing my assignment about Amun I read this:

Slightly NSFW quote and pic )

I love Egypt. I do it with my whole soul and being and heart. I just love this culture. Beat that, people, beat that.

A lifetime of Original British Drama )

Master List

Oct. 19th, 2014 03:17 pm
nuraicha: (Belldom drums)
Long time ago, I made a master list with all my Muse fics, because I like keeping my work organised. Although I won't post English fic anymore, I thought it could be useful to have it here in case someone wanted to read the old fics, especially the drabbles and oneshots. I might not be 100% happy about how they were written, but I don't want to completely forget them: I can learn a lot from my mistakes and this list can be a personal reminder to not let my guard down and keep improving.

For those who can read in Spanish, I recommend keeping an eye on my AO3 account, as I'll post any new Spanish Muse fic there. // Para aquellos que pueden leer en español, recomiendo estar atentos a mi cuenta en AO3, puesto que publicaré ahí cualquier fic de Muse en español.

Master List over here )


Oct. 18th, 2014 03:37 pm
nuraicha: (Benedict)
Today I read this interview of Benedict Cumberbatch for Out magazine. It's a very enjoyable one, full of interesting opinions of Benedict on homophobia and homosexuality (as this magazine is a LGTB one), but it hit close to heart when the interviewer, as they sometimes do, threw to his face the fanfic issue:

And from here there is a cut )
Matt was on a Twitter spree yesterday again and he posted this pic that I loved:

How can he be this nerd? HOW? Seriously, what is that machine? I'm scared, I keep saying he's the Doctor (and he is) but sometimes he looks like the Master and he being closer to super intelligent machines that apparently have a "mind" on their own... *coughs* Yeah, you know what I am talking about *looks around nervously searching Pertwee*

And now that I mentioned the Doctor and the Master, yesterday I came across this on Twitter too and LMFAO:

So I am procrastinating (how new!) and I discovered this on Youtube:

And isn't the best thing in the world?! I mean, we all know Bellamy is a lost regeneration of the Doctor (between Tennant and Smith, for sure - it has the cock sucking hability good looks of Ten and the awkwardness of Eleven), and this video is hilarious! You'll laugh a lot when you see who Kirky is ;)


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