Writer's Block: The name game

Have you and/or your friends ever picked nicknames for people without their knowledge? What was the funniest, and why did you choose it?

Yes, as a matter of fact. At con once, there were these people who kept talking to me that I didn't know, so I picked out a defining characteristic of each to use when referring to them (I.E. complaining about them not leaving me alone) to people I did know. My favourite had to be "Bucktooth". The reason why? I shall reiterate: defining characteristic.

[Fic] Tags

Title: Tags
Author/Artist: nagirinara 
Characters/Pairings: RussiaxGDR!Prussia
Rating: T
Warnings: Innuendo, moderate violence, Prussia's mouth and the excessive use of the word "Ruski", also snatches of Russian and German, lack of human names due to the initial prompt
Summary: Russia decides to put a collar on the GDR when East Germany finally requests to become an official satellite state.

Cross-posted to hetalia , komradeship , vodkaandflowers ,  and easteuropesanta 

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Dear Readers:

I am going to need a beta reader for a fill I'm doing for the 2010 Eastern European Secret Santa exchange. The thing is, no one but ME has posted so far in offering to be a beta reader for that specific service on that community.

I'll explain things to the potential betas, otherwise I will not be giving out any information pertaining to the fic or prompt. All you can know until then is the following:

+ I am a Grammar Nazi, so I try really hard to make sure things are properly written.
+ My Russian and German are not great, but I'm semi-fluent in German. I will use bits of both in the fic, so any help is appreciated to make sure it is polished.
+ The fic is SO FAR twice the length required by the community, and it is not finished. Please have time to read that much.
+ It is a RusPru prompt rated teen for almost sexual situations and innuendo. If this bothers you, then please do not offer.
+ I have used historical articles as sources and I have a bazillion footnotes that aren't counted in my fic length so far.
+ This is the community. easteuropesanta 

If anyone has read my first fics, I've been working very hard to improve... to the point of being utterly ashamed of my first steps.

Writer's Block: Time for a reboot

Which phrase would you choose to replace the ubiquitous "Have a nice day" phrase?

I have to admit that I'd vote the following, which I acquired from an old German instructor:

Saug Staub und sterb.
(( Zowg shtowb und shtairb = rough pronunciation that will get you by))

It literally means "Suck dust and die," for those of you who don't speak German. He initially meant it as a joke statement because he was playing around with words and announced to the class "THIS IS A BRILLIANT INSULT I JUST MADE UP, NEH!" I think of it as more of a statement that could be used without anger.

For those like me, who are logical and mildly pessimistic, it is a statement of the following facts:

1. There is dust in the air that we all breath. Welcome to Earth's atmosphere. Depending on the pollution in your area, this could be a curse. XD

2. We are all mortal and will one day die.

These are just statements that are unanimous for all humans. It's kind of a leveler for the playing field and also damn fun to say.

Memes will get me every time...

Let me be the first to admit that I jacked this from [info]alatherna . It amused me.

Also, I do not do ship wars nor do I care what others ship... This was done for the amusement because unfortunately... when I'm sleepy, I get "purple-minded". :3

---»  six pairings i like (no order):

01. Russia/Prussia (OTP)
03. England/China
Germany/North Italy
05. Spain/South Italy
06. Cheese/Noodles (Shut up, I couldn't think of another one...)

---»  three ships i've abandoned:

07. Russia/China
08. Prussia/England
09. England/Japan

---»  three ships i've never liked:

10. Russia/America
11. Russia/Ukraine
12. Japan/China

---»  two ships that have piqued my interest:

13. China/America
14. Rome/China

1. Why do you dislike #11 so much?

Incest doesn't really sit well with me. The thing with Belarus is that it is amusing, while Ukraine just makes me feel like no matter what she is getting taken advantage of. She's just... too cute and innocent for it, especially since her brother has absolutely no social skills and used to a life where no one tells him "no".

2. Who do you know that ships #13?

Nobody that I can think of, but it was mentioned to me at one time or another... because of the sheer amount of debt America is in to China... :3 China would totally top in that situation.

3. What would be your ideal scenario for couple #3?

Something to do with the Opium Wars probably. I blame my beloved Jessica and Emily for this. :3

4. What is your favorite moment for #1?

Honestly, it's between the partitioning of Poland, the Battle for Berlin, the erection of the Berlin Wall, or the annexation of the DDR as a Soviet Satellite State. It's hard for me to pick.

5. How long have you been following couple #6?

As long as I've been eating~

6. What's the story with #8? What made you stop caring?

Well, honestly... I found RusPru... and then letting anyone else touch Prussia kind of made me go "Beh... this feels weird..." :3

7. Which ship do you prefer - #2 or #4?
(France/England) (Germany/North Italy)

I... have to say Germany/North Italy because it's classic and cute. One is OCD, one is unabashedly cute... It's a win-win.

8. You have the power to make one ship non-existent. Choose from #10 or #12.
(Russia/America) (Japan/China)

I would make Japan/China non-existent for historical reasons in the context of romance. Having friends who are China fangirls while I fangirl for Russia kind of teaches you things, especially when one of them is part Chinese. XD I would also love to remove the romance aspect from Russia/America because I really prefer them to be at each others' throats all the time. It's something I call a "Favourite Rivalry". :3

9. What interests you about #14?

Again, blame the friends who are also educated... As my friend Emily describes it, which I find hilarious, China looks at Rome and goes "Aw, that's so cute~ Now go play with your little armies, aru." I may have misquoted that, but I tried my best not to. Emily, don't hurt me.

10. When did you stop liking #7?

A few months ago, I suppose. For the longest time, I thought it was absolutely cute, but then I RPed with a really, really good China and discovered that we couldn't get them to get along for longer than ten minutes. I (Russia) got the crap beat out of me more times than I can count in-game time of a few days... It just... does not work, as much as I enjoy stalking Yao for the funny reactions.

11. Did your waning interest in #9 kill your interest in the series?

Nope, not at all~

12. What's a song that reminds you of #5?
(Spain/South Italy)

Hmmm... This one is tough... I actually don't know other than the obvious "Delicious Tomato Song". On this question... I shall pass. TJT

13. Which of these ships do you love the most right now?

Russia/Prussia. Next question please. :3

14. Which do you dislike the most?

I can't pick. It's between Russia/America and Russia/China... Well, it'll have to be Russia/China because I can tolerate Russia/America for plot, while I will not touch Russia/China with a 33 and a half foot pole.

15. If you could have any of these pairings double date, who would they be?

I will pass because double dating makes me scream on the inside... Something about it makes me very, very uncomfortable but I cannot put a finger on it.

16. Have #2 kissed yet? Elaborate if yes.

Depends on what fic you read... Canonly, I don't think so even though France tried to force England into marrying him that one time...

17. Did #4 have a happy ending? Do you think one is likely?
(Germany/North Italy)

Well, they're still countries, aren't they? They tend to be one of the more successful pairings in fics and canonly (depending on if you read any yaoi into it) so happy endings are very probable! They're so fucking cute... :3

18. What would make you start shipping #14?

I already told you! Read Number 9.

19. If only one could happen, which would you prefer - #2 or #6?
(France/England) (Cheese/Noodles)

I choose Cheese/Noodles, because I absolutely love food. Sorry, FrUK~

20. You have the power to decide the fate of #10. What happens to them?

I would like to put them in an eternal power struggle (Cold War?) that neither can win nor lose. Backing out of the conflict is also not an option. :3

Writer's Block: Be true to your school

How do you feel about public versus private schooling?

Honestly, I hated private schooling. This is probably more based on the ones I went to though. My mother forced me to go to fanatical Christian schools where neither academics or social skills were fostered. They demanded only strict belief in their ideals. Also, the money spent for tuition was wasted, considering I could have gone to public school for FREE. The money could have been saved up for college or spent on food and other important supplies. Also, the lack of social interaction kind of made me... misanthropic for the most part.

On a side note, most everyone at either type of school was a complete idiot. The only difference was whether they were ignorant and fanatical, or just plain stupid. -end blunt-

I Have A Store

Yes, I have a store... through Amazon. Currently there are Death Note and Hetalia items selected in there that I handpicked for you guys. I get a small commission if you guys make a purchase, but I don't expect anything unless you love me enough. XD

Either way, feel free to browse through it. I want to select good products from the list for you guys so you don't get junk. I will periodically cleaning up the lists to make sure everything is, well, awesome.

Also, you can get Funimation's Hetalia dubs through this store as well! The first two seasons! I'm thinking, however, these are pre-orders... since they haven't been released quite yet. There is also the cute little Niholoid plushie~

Look around?

Writer's Block: Please don't call it a comeback

Which famous or infamous historical person would you bring back to life, and why?

Adolf Hitler, just for the controversy and the hopes that he might start his own talk show. It would help me feel less bored. I would like to make it clear that I am not racist in anyway, I just enjoy being both educated and politically incorrect. :)