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12 February 2013 @ 11:13 am
LJ Idol Exhibit A: "Fornax"  
Fornax
LJ Idol Exhibit A | week 4 | 375 words
Ultra Deep Field

Note for the visually impaired: there are many links below, but a few of them just lead to pictures.

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So there I was just minding my own business, planets turning and stars all nice and shiny. Then that snippy little tramp Eridanus tells me I'm all over the news like some attention-whore of a neutron star on the verge of spawning an event horizon. The nerve!

Would you like cameras sneaking in from the other side of the universe and trying to look up your skirts? And not just a quick peek here and there—we're talking multiple time-spans of extensive stalking! Yes, I have an abundance of dwarf galaxies, and a rather shameless and alluring spiral galaxy. I have my own little exoplanet (not that I trust it—it probably wandered in from next door), and a glorious, purple planetary nebula. Not every constellation can claim that! My Fornax A is a radio galaxy, if you like that sort of thing. I'm afraid I can't be held responsible for its actions—if it wants to eat a spiral galaxy once in a while, there isn't much I can do about it. I've tried scolding, but it doesn't listen. Those two supernovae not long ago? Macho posturing. Really, it makes me tired.

They tell me it's something called "Hubble" that's spying on me—a code name for a pervert if there ever was one! Eridanus says he's bothered her in the past, but you know how she goes on, as if the universe just can't get enough of her bragging about her meteor showers or that darned supervoid. You never hear Sculptor or Phoenix talking like that, and Phoenix has one of the most massive galaxy clusters of all!

I can hardly think now, knowing that sicko is out there. What does he want from me? Unique nebula types? An explosion of quasars? I already have Caelum breathing down my neck and sending me mash notes every millennium, and he's such a creepy little thing—hardly there, half the time. I'm sure he's up to something.

Well, that nasty Hubble will be back again, I just know it, and I'll have no say in the matter at all. I can't exactly move, or even close the curtains to protect my privacy!

Oh, where's a good Oort cloud when you need one?



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audreybuttercupaudreybuttercup on February 12th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
something called "Hubble" that's spying on me—a code name for a pervert if there ever was one!

I love that line!! Great take on the topic!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
It's amazing how a word that's just "in the background" for us can take on a whole new meaning if you remove its usual context.

So glad you liked it!
alycewilsonalycewilson on February 12th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
I love how creative this is. Your mind definitely went deep!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
It's funny how that impulse to take the topic really literally sometimes surfaces. Knowing what the prompt means, the first thing I thought of was, "Well how would you like to BE the place that the Hubble telescope has been focused on?"

Crack-- you never know when it will happen!
(no subject) - alycewilson on February 13th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - halfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - alycewilson on February 13th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
whipchickwhipchick on February 13th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
"Hubble" totally sounds like some short pudgy guy in a raincoat and thick glasses looking through the curtains!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Doesn't it? It's just unsavory!
Kristenpixiebelle on February 13th, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
something called "Hubble" that's spying on me—a code name for a pervert if there ever was one!

Oh that made me laugh! Very fun take on the prompt!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! Funny, I didn't think it would be that particular line that people noticed so much, but I can't complain. :D
cindy: worlds enough and timetsuki_no_bara on February 13th, 2013 05:04 am (UTC)
i love that you anthropomorphized a celestial object. well, objects. fun and creative and really cute. something called a "hubble", hee.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
It's surprising how much more work it is to anthromorphize a constellation instead of just a galaxy. There's a lot of stuff in them that somehow needs to reflect background or a personality.

I can completely understand how Fornax feels, all those billenia and more of nothing and then suddenly under a microscope. Gah!

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be even weirder, to have actual life on those other planets (perhaps far more advanced than ours)suddenly notice that, "Hey!" I know that WE wouldn't take kindly to that, if we found someone spying on our solar system!

Some of those links lead to just fascinating things. I couldn't figure out a good way to pull in a reference to a cartwheel galaxy (in Sculptor, I think), but the pictures of that were gorgeous and unusual. :)
Echidna Media Organization project S.N.A.L.: Trogdoremo_snal on February 13th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
Lol love it ;D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
TROGDORRRRRRRRRR!

Sorry, knee-jerk reaction. Carry on with the burnination! :D
(no subject) - emo_snal on February 14th, 2013 08:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
baxaphobiabaxaphobia on February 13th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
Smile. Thanks for letting me know that some of these were pictures or I would have been confused! haha. Fun entry!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed this-- and I made it to crack in this round after all!

Some of the links describe really interesting things, though you can easily get lost "hopping" from one Wiki link to another once you find yourself over there. *grin*
blahblahblah, whateverkathrynrose on February 14th, 2013 03:09 am (UTC)
Brava! Very creative. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! Boy, my love of crack takes me to the weirdest places sometimes!
Sometimes I'm Inspiredoccasionally on February 14th, 2013 03:31 am (UTC)
Definitely not an approach I would have come up with myself! But quite creative.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
I thought I'd have an opportunity to write some drama or something this week, but as soon as the prompt registered... crack was what actually made the most sense! :O
Vice Captain of the Universe: elyssiumsweeny_todd on February 14th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
haha! love it! gorgeous and irreverent!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
The Hubble telescope: dedicated to science, or the universe's most egregious Peeping Tom? :O
Myrnamyrna_bird on February 14th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! What a creative take on the topic. I loved the whole feel of Fornax being so annoyed. It was just adorable!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2013 07:18 pm (UTC)
If I were in Fornax' shoes, I imagine I would feel much the same way!

So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!
Shadow Wolf Byrd: LOLshadowwolf13 on February 14th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Ha!! Awesome! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 14th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! :D
Jemima Paulerjem0000000 on February 15th, 2013 09:11 am (UTC)
Aw, poor galaxy!

I love this! Such a wonderful take on the topic -- and a very galaxy-sympathetic one.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 15th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's probably wrong that my first impulse is to empathize with the target constellation, but it's the Devil's Avocate in me or something-- I tend to immediately see the flip side of a situation.

Thanks for reading!
(no subject) - jem0000000 on February 17th, 2013 06:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
Laura, aka "Ro Arwen": Daniel Jackson - Intergalactic Baberoina_arwen on February 15th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Very cute!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 15th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Nothing like a crabby constellation to start your weekend. :)