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What a Cliché!
A realistic treatment of cliches in Harry Potter


The popularity of the Harry Potter universe has given rise to a surprising number of clichéd ideas and other "tropes." Some of these themes have become extremely wide spread and have given rise to some spectacularly awful fanfiction based around them.

For that reason, and that reason alone, I am embarking on an attempt to realistically portray as many of these clichéd ideas that I can. Some of them will be easier than others, but I will not force myself to any specific posting schedule other than to say that I plan to begin posting the first story on October 1, 2010, and that I will take a break during November to attempt NaNoWriMo.

Insane? Me? Well, now that you mention it... )
alimsiemanym: College: a magical place where it is rumored that learning takes place. (funny text)
Title: Forgotten Witness
Author: Alim Siemanym
Rating: PG

Challenge: Describe, in about one typed page, a barn as seen by a man or woman whose child has just died. Don't mention the child, or his death, or even the incident. Don't even bring in the person doing the seeing. The result should be a powerful but disturbing series of images, a faithful description of some apparently real barn, but one from which the reader should get a sense of the parent's emotion.
Forgotten Witness )

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Feb. 7th, 2010 02:06 pm
alimsiemanym: College: a magical place where it is rumored that learning takes place. (Default)
Welcome to my new DreamWidth journal. In an effort to move away from LiveJournal (I've been trying to leave or the past few years and it hasn't quite worked out yet), have created this account here on DW.

There are several reasons, the best of which is that DW caters to content creators rather than content aggregators (and rather than spambots from Russia), and that was my biggest beef with LJ. Strikethrough '07, anybody?

Everything you'd possibly want to know about this journal: tags, fics, essays, hidden stuff, benefits of friending (none), and so on. )
alimsiemanym: College: a magical place where it is rumored that learning takes place. (Default)
or: Why Math & Computer Science Majors Should Not Go Near Computers After Spending Several Hours in a Hookah Bar

What follows is a statistical analysis of the number of reviews received by one-shots in the House M.D. category on FanFiction.Net. This was done by hand, using Firefox and Lotus 1-2-3. There will not be a repeat of this experiment. The results will be preserved here for posterity, and to serve as a warning about mixing hookah bars and math majors.
The Analysis )

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