The particular references I tried to make are:
Seeds are a symbol of new life. Apple seeds in particular are interesting, as each seed in an apple would produce a radically different tasting apple if planted and allowed to fruit without grafting.
Asgardian apple seeds aren't poisonous at all, in contrast to Earth apple seeds. While there isn't enough cyanide in an apple's worth of seeds to poison a person, prolonged exposure isn't exactly healthy. It's more out of habit that Jane goes to dispose of the seed in the first slice, and apple seeds aren't terribly nice to accidentally bite down on either.
Contrast and interaction with Christian and Ancient Greek mythologies. Eve and the fruit of knowledge, Persephone and the pomegranate.
Both Even and Persephone, in most traditional renderings of their tales, were deceived into eating their fruit or at least that eating it would bring no harm.
Jane however is fully aware of what eating Iðunn's apples will do to her and what she does next is entirely up to her. L
There's also more fruit of knowledge parallels in that, yes, Jane will able to study the universe for a couple thousand more years, as well as possibly learning how to use magic.
The particular references I tried to make are:
Series: Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Inception
Character/Pairing: Dominic Cobb, Death, Dream, Daniel Hall
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for The Kindly Ones, warnings for character death and assisted suicide.
Summary:Dominic Cobb is old and dying. He slips into one last dream before he stops breathing - but his death is not the last of his dreaming.
Read at either forever_verdant or AO3.
Character/Pairing: Cave Johnson/Caroline
Genre: Romance, speculative
Spoilers/Warnings: The backstory of Aperture Science, Portal 2; implied historical sexism
Summary: Cave Johnson pauses between tests to ask Caroline something. She thinks he's gotten into one of the more psychotropic substances they've been testing.
Read either at forever_verdant or AO3
Not because it's unbelievable, but because there'd be too many OCs taking major roles like the district overseer person and someone who'd explain what this thing was.
( And then there are things that would HAVE to happen because they make perfect sense. )
( fanfictions (includes Torchwood, Doctor Who, Discworld, TRC, Harry Potter, Tortall series, xxxHOLiC, Naruto and/or crossovers of the above) )
( fun things (mostly online flash games, although there are a few odd ones out) )
(I will likely do another one of these sometime in the future. This was simply getting a little long.)
I ask because I have about seven fics open in Jarte (my new wordpad-like program which I love) which are at various stages ranging from "needs someone to push me into posting/telling me to alter things slightly" to "I am stuck and don't know what to do" and "the first paragraph is COMPLETELY different from the last" to "I like one bit of this, but not the rest, any ideas?". Oh and the ever present "There is an outline and I shall eventually flesh that out. But no, I don't really need any help, just encouragement".
There are two Bleach, three HOLiC and two Torchwood.
So yeah, anyone want to volunteer or tell me where I might find such a beta?
Also, I still need a term for background sexing up that isn't "background sexing up".
Although I'm not sure if the final score was 35 as there were some things that were on the marking schedule that weren't actually marked. So the out of may be slightly less.
Apparently need to work on my piping though, which yeah, I can understand, but this is pretty much the first week we've done any pastry piping...
So, happy for this week's assessment. Next week is fish, and the assessment seems easy. (Two items, although there is NOT two items on the marking schedule. It's more like four.)
Fun stuff shall have to be later.
In the meantime, I've settled on what pairing/person 'Bloody Game' is best suited for. Doctor/Master.
Yes, in that order and bonus points if it's genderswap for the Master.
I've also found that 'The Time it Takes' is the Doctor, and that even though the lyrics don't match up, 'Just be Friends' is GwenIanto.
COMPLETELY OFFTOPIC, but the sight of David Tennant in a red velvet jacket is hilarious. And makes me want that jacket.
I've just been very, very busy.
This weekend is, thankfully, mostly free, but the second weekend of October was my birthday, the weekend after that was DubDub's birthday party and the weekend after that was my mum's.
Couple with the fact this week I had my first proper driving lesson, that MONDAY is the last assessment for the diploma part of my course (and yeah... we need to do a lot. INCLUDING CANAPES, the most fiddly thing ever. Even if they are pretty.)
Uh... I also have some other things hanging over my head, like correspondance work that I should be doing and finishing and putting up fic and... just writing in general; sewing, although it's mostly altering, not crafty stuff :(
I should also make some ginger choc chip cookies sometime again.
A couple more birthdays coming up too...
Why does life have to be so full? *is doing displacement activities with Facebook games and crossover fanfiction*
( Which reminds me, I found some gems of crossovers and regular non-crossovered fanfiction! )
Also, I have new pyjamas (I do not look good in pyjama SHORTS but eee, new pyjamas!) and have Unseen Academicals and the new Audrey Niffenegger book to read. *is excited*
Oh and there may be a few secrets popping up on fandom_secrets that are very obviously me. If you pay attention to these entries that is.
Series: Doctor Who
Character/Pairing: The Doctor (10th), original alien
Theme/prompt: 29. howling at the far off sky
Author's Notes: I know almost nothing about ballet, except for a few technical terms and the stories, so I apologise for that. I would also like to apologise for this alien I've made up. Not at all sure if bird-evolved humanoid aliens could ever exist but I liked the image of a ballet dancing avian life form too much.
Please note that Passerine is the name of an order of birds and that 'Themadera' is a truncated form of Prosthemadera, the genus of the New Zealand tui, a bird which sings quite prettily although it doesn't dance.
( The Doctor watches the alien that is now dancing around the central console of the TARDIS... )
Character/Pairing: Clow, Yuuko; Clow/Yuuko
Theme/prompt: 28. real faith, my dear, is just a dream
( The sound as is he does so is like the rustling of silk... )
Series: Neil Gaiman's The Sandman
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for the Kindly Ones
Theme/prompt: 24. a vein of stars calling out my name
( The ladies can't give her wings and so, Lyta must walk. )
Character/Pairing: Watanuki Kimihiro, Ichihara Yuuko, brief appearances by Doumeki Shizuka and Kunogi Himawari; vauge DouWataHima
Genre: Speculative, AUish
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for most recent chapters I guess
Theme/prompt: 6. one night I dreamt I was a butterfly
Author's Notes: Every bad meta-horror ends like this, and I thusly apologise. Somewhat.
( There was a disquieting feeling, as if he were expecting something else aside from the usual.. )
But, seeing as how this hair dye didn't fix to my previously coloured hair, I think I can safely say that switching brands because one is on special may not be such a good idea. (And also, while my dad is lovely at doing my hair (in contrast to my mother, who has such a gentle touch I can barely even feel her doing anything to it when I ask her to) he is not so good at helping me dye it and I shall thus return to doing myself, in spite of possible streakyness and sore arms. I can live with bits of clumps not being dyed, not entire chunks.)
The reason I say this is my previously coloured hair, which usually goes a much brighter red than my undyed, just grown hair, is darker than the new hair.
And there are streaky bits.
Maybe I should just give up and fork over close to a hundred dollars to get a hairdresser to do it evenly. (Because I think it would certainly cost about that much with how long my hair is.)
But, it's late and I didn't want to talk about hair dye.
No, I have a fic writer rec for those so Torchwood inclined.
Either sort the fics they've written by category, or just look at the most recent ones. All the Torchwood fics are fairly short, don't seem to have overused (in the Torchwood fandom anyway) plot devices to keep Ianto with Capt. Jack, almost all of them are under M rated and all but one are Capt. Jack/Ianto.
Benign Smiles is my favourite of the lot, even if Ianto isn't quite that possesive. (Also, cariad, the only other Welsh word I know off by heart aside from sassenach, is much love when used by Ianto. That's in Hearts That Break btw. Is angsty, but cute and IC.)
Character/Pairing: Ichigo, Tatsuki, Orihime (hinted IshiHime)
Spoilers/Warnings: Inappropriate humour?
Theme/prompt: 9 - fuzzy circumstance
Author's Notes: I tried to do 31 themes of my own last year, but I failed spetacularly. Short, because any longer would've ruined it
( Admittedly, he had been rather rushed... )
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist
Character/Pairing: Ran Fuan, Ling Yao
Genre: Deathfic (but no angst!)
Spoilers/Warnings: Manga characters
Theme/prompt: 5 - the Chinese tombs (from "Missing Dates" by William Epson)
Author's Notes: I tried to do 31 themes of my own last year, but I failed spetacularly. This was written for that and then expanded a bit.
( From missing dates, at which the heart expires... )
Character/Pairing: Watanuki Kimihiro, Mokona (Ichihara Yuuko)
Theme/prompt: June 30 - a little fall of rain can hardly hurt me now
Author's Notes: Not betaed yet, still a little clunky in places, but it's late...
( ...trying to dispel rain that is not there. )
Series: Air Gear
Spoilers/Warnings: Behemoth battle?
Theme/prompt: Chain - Back-On (OP theme to the anime)
Author's Notes: Written on the train while it was being late.
( Scorches and skid marks score long lines... )