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Current reading project:
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
After reading The Silmarillion and The Hobbit for my Inklings class last semester, I decided I might as well read The Lord of the Rings as well. I'm now in Book V of that epic story, joining the brave soldiers of Minas Tirith as the forces of Mordor close in on all sides. This is the fifth or sixth time reading these books, but they never ever get old. I'm currently loving the relationship between Gandalf and Pippin.

Current original fiction project:
"The Beautiful Kingdom"
I'm almost finished with this fairy tale I'm preparing for a friend's birthday at the end of the week. It's just a simple fairy tale about an orc who is brought to the king's judgment for the crime of being ugly. I'm using Warcraft music for mood music ;)

Current fanfiction projects:
(FMA) Till I'm a Hundred, You Idiot - http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6489651/1/Till-I-m-A-Hundred-You-Idiot
This project is still going strong, and is just as enjoyable as ever.

(Sherlock) kid!Sherlock AUs
I've got two written so far; the latest was "Marooned": http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9162587/1/Marooned
I have at least two more planned - one which will be the end of John and Sherlock's friendship when Sherlock goes off to university (at the ripe old age of twelve or so), and one that I'm still trying to figure out the details for, which I've decided to call "A Study in Pink Nail Polish" XD
I've also got an idea bouncing around for a Sherlock/HP crossover, which I'll probably write eventually, involving John and Sherlock's first meeting in Hogwarts. I doubt I'll pursue the crossover any further than that, though.

(FMA/HP) Fused Souls outline
As soon as I finish touching up "The Beautiful Kingdom," I'm going to start outlining one of the big fanfic projects I'm excited about: a crossover of FMA and HP that replaces Harry with the Elric brothers. Many other things are replaced or combined, but the plot will follow roughly the same track as the HP books. It's going to be epic and so much fun, but it needs a lot of planning ahead of time because it's so complicated.

Revitalization

Three and a half years after my last post, I've finally decided to use this thing again. I'm not expecting anyone to read this, nor am I going to try to garner popularity with this account - after all, it's a journal, so the primary audience is me. As I originally intended, I'm going to use this to talk about the novels I'm mongering - the books and shorter works of fiction I'm reading and writing. I also intend to occasionally put up my thoughts on various fan-related things: reviews of movies, games, shows, attempts at analysis, and just generally thoughts I have about the more interesting part of my life. My hope is that this will allow me to focus my thoughts and express them better, which will be good practice. And it'll just be fun, too.

Current reading project:
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven't read this book since I was eleven. I started reading it last semester for my Inklings class, but ran out of time to finish it, so now I'm taking it along to read at work. I'm currently about halfway through, and thoroughly enjoying immersing myself in the world I've always loved. I especially like being able to actually understand it now that I'm ten years older ;)

Current fanfiction projects:
(FMA) Till I'm a Hundred, You Idiot - http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6489651/1/Till-I-m-A-Hundred-You-Idiot
This is a Parental!RoyEd 100 Themes, using the EdWin 100 Themes for no particular reason. I'm currently working my way through the 60s, and still going strong. I really love these 100 Theme projects; they provide prompts that force me to think outside the box and come up with scenes and storylines I would never have thought up otherwise.

(FMA) The Essence of Existence
I'm just about ready to start posting this "novellazation," as I like to call it. For a long time, I wanted to novelize the only change I actually liked in the first anime - the way they made Lust into a sympathetic, tragic character. So I decided to novelize the last few episodes that focus on her, and chronicle her struggle to figure out her own identity. It was a good exercise, and not quite as onerous as a full-blown novelization.

(Sherlock) scattered kid!Sherlock fics
It started with "Inception" - http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8890419/1/Inception
Well, technically it started with this cool video someone made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsGMqCNx_o
And it was received so well and so many people wanted more...that I seriously started considering what else I could conceivably write about in this AU where John and Sherlock meet as children. And I've actually got another couple of ideas that I can pursue! I'm not going to even try to somehow recreate Sherlock's cases in this prospective miniseries of fics, because I'm just not smart enough to make the mysteries worthy of Sherlock Holmes, even as a child. But I know I can tackle emotions, so that's what I'm going to focus on.

(Death Note) The Lost One
I'm still working on the outline for this one, but it's coming right along. This is a rather major project of mine, one that's been going on for something like four years now. Basically, it's the story of L's childhood, including how he becomes the world's greatest detective, how he meets Watari, and where he got so many strange quirks. It's going to be soooooo much fun to write once I've got everything all planned out. And it really does take a lot of planning out, because I am attempting to do a little bit with the mysteries, so it's no wonder it's taken so many years to figure it all out. But I'm definitely not a mystery writer, so again I'm going to be focusing way more on the emotions. I also just find those more interesting anyway. Mysteries should be vehicles for characterization and emotion.

So, hopefully knowing that I've started this will hold me to regular updates. I don't care if no one's reading; I've had quite a bit of practice talking to the wall.