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Hello, [ profile] ceridweyn_lin! Thank you SO MUCH for offering to write Math Girls fic, even if you haven't read the book yet! I am so insanely excited about this, you don't even know.

I realize you probably haven't read the book yet. Go ahead and take your time to do so; read it a few times, until you get a hang of the math involved, too. You'll probably notice the math really does tie into the plot, rather beautifully; it's really quite deftly handled, which is the real beauty of the book.

Now, you could just write me more of where that came from - basically explain another concept the Math Girls way, in a way that would be fine to give to the Bento Books contest. (Yes, I'm entering that contest too - I'm going the probability route, with a discussion of moment generating functions.) If you can do that, that's awesome.

But here's the thing - that's TOTALLY NOT NECESSARY for my fic request. Heck, you probably could do my fic request without a perfect grasp of the math, though the math helps the plot make better sense. >.>

So here's my real request - tell something in the Math Girls 'verse in the eyes of someone who isn't the narrator, and explore the non-math parts of their lives.

I'm a Tetra fan - I love her tenacity and her passion, and her crush on the narrator is ADORABLE. I also share her fascination with foreign languages, though not her skill. Perhaps Tetra offers to help the narrator with English after a semester of him helping her with mathematics? Perhaps she finds herself in a bookstore picking up an original English copy of Gödel, Escher, Bach or The Fractal Geometry of Nature (or whatever other math book carries your fancy; it doesn't even have to be in English, as I don't think the author ever specified what language(s) Tetra studied). GEB of course can lead to a discussion of self reference and recursion; and fractals are indeed awesome (feel free to get inspired by everything Vi Hart has ever done).

But I'm not exclusive at all; I did ask about threesomes when I talked to you, after all. >:3 Miruka is awesome, one part fierce mathematician, one part tsundere, one part normal teenage girl. What possesses her to kick Tetra when they first meet? Does she actually have some feelings for our narrator? What's her relationship with Ay-Ay? And yes, her musical skill and knowledge intrigues me too (again, I share her fascination but not her skill - music, language, and math is a very logical combination!) To play on the GEB theme, perhaps she and Ay-Ay perform a crab canon or a sloth canon? Or to look again towards Vi Hart, what are her thoughts on the science of sound itself? Will she imagine a world where music is structured differently than an octave, much like she imagines a world with only two primes?

I did say that music, language, and math are a pretty logical combination, and that all of them fascinate me. If nothing else I've said above inspires you, how about origami? Origami and its math - whether it be using paper folding as an alternative to straightedge and compass, or the axioms of flat folding, or the intricate planar graphs that make up a crease pattern - all of these are dear to my heart, and anything where the Math Girls characters fumble around with paper would make me squee as well.

No matter where you go with it, as I said, tell me more about these characters, their interests, and their lives beyond math. I'm so excited to hear what you have in store for me. <3
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So! Application of the Scientific Method has finally been released as part of [ profile] cornerflag's Issue 8. It's something I've been looking forward to for a very long time and I'm glad it's been recieved well! Check out the comments too for information on what sort of drove me to write it.

The other cornerflag fics has been excellent too! I haven't gotten through them all yet, though I plan to do so. I realize I'm usually a fairly strict my-clubs-or-the-highway kind of person, but I'd like to start changing that a bit, especially with the quality cornerflag tends to produce. But a number of them are great fics! Really, it's been a delight participating.

I'm planning to write some form of continuation of "Application" for [ profile] footie_bang. It should be fun and pretty fascinating! It's already going in unexpected directions, to say the least, which is a strange and thrilling feeling.

I've gotten my assignment for [ profile] valentinesplay and it should be exciting! Maybe! Perhaps. XD

I am, uh, not going to talk about results. Considering how it's gone the last few games I hope that's understandable. >.>

In non-football news, I've finished Math Girls, which is excellent. The math can be dizzying even for a seasoned mathematician, but the romance is very sweet, and the two tie into each other very neatly. Seriously, anyone who can describe a dance with a discussion of the unit circle and make it work gets major kudos in my book. It's as much a book about exploration and proof and the joy of learning as much as it is about Taylor series and generating functions, which I also highly appreciate. I really hope they translate the rest of the series!

Bento Books is actually doing a thinly veiled fanfic contest - writers present math topics at the appropriate level, using the characters and style of the book, and the best entries will win a copy of Wolfram Mathematica 8. I'm planning something involving moment generating functions. It should be fun. ;)

Also, I've been playing a lot of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup lately. I am still a sucker for roguelikes after all this time. You can catch me at CAO playing (and by that I mean dying) under the name 'kawatan', and sometimes I'm at ##crawl on with the same name, because I am a big ol' nerd.

My post on the place you call home is still open for discussion, btw.



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