So I made a thing

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:02 pm
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... mainly because I never can quite stop myself, even when I remind myself how many comms I already have:

[community profile] mystery_mansion






It is a comm for all things mystery, crime and detective-related! News, reviews, discussion, links, promotions, fests, fanworks of all kinds etc. etc. You know the drill. (Fictionally speaking, whether TV, book or other.)

I wondered if there was one when I wrote my Daisy Dalrymple ficlet and went looking, and found that, technically yes, but not only had it not been updated in 4 years, it had rules that didn't make it clear what it did and didn't cover, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a (hopefully) more general and open one anyway.

I will promote it presently. In the meantime you can feel free to join, and also please tell me obvious authors/detectives/shows I left off the profile (although I can't have them all). Also above is a handy banner for promoting in your own journals and communities (as appropriate).

If anyone is interesting in co-modding, that would be great.


Also there is a new prompt up at [community profile] b7friday! It is the inevitable spooky one, but spooky is good, right?

Random Doctor Who Picture

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:46 am
purplecat: The Seveth Doctor and Ace (Who:Ace/Seven)
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I recently listened to the Doctor Who Book Club podcast on Relative Dementias. They quite liked it but thought it wasn't completely in control of its themes, there was too much incidental stuff to bring up the page count and its descriptions of action were confusing. All criticisms that could probably be aimed at many of the Doctor Who novels.

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Oct. 20th, 2017 01:37 pm
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I had PT on Thursday, not Wednesday, as I discovered after a PITA trip (thank you, CTA :P) up there and a deeply apologetic look from the vv sweet receptionist. < sigh > But PT last night was excellent; I can lift my arm sideways all the way over my head with only a tiny bit of stick assistance at the transition point, and J promises that next week will be the last time I have to do the finger ladder, woot! (Sadly, it has been replaced by the hand bike. Gah.)

We are not discussing the Cubs, except that I hate being right. Still, we made it all the way to the NLCS, and there is no shame in being beaten by the 2017 Dodgers. I just wish it hadn't been so thorough.

Sleeping back in my own bed is going pretty well; the cats are confused and Jack is taking the opportunity to try to push boundaries, but we're dealing. My wake-up light didn't work the first morning, but I left it unplugged all day and it reset, so I'm good and have my little simulated sunrise every morning again. But one thing sleeping in the living room has done is confirm that nothing (non-feline) with a brain is ever allowed to be resident in my bedroom. The temptation to talk to Alexa when I should be trying to go to sleep is just too much to resist, and the way she occasionally responds to weird things with no prompting is too weird to risk happening in the middle of the night. Nope. Alexa stays outside. Honestly, I don't even bring my cell phone or tablet in unless I'm trying to sleep off a nasty headache and need something soothing like GBBO to distract me.

My tablet, by the way, is going back to Asus, and will hopefully be reborn as an identical, probably refurbished, replacement. Happily, it's still under warranty; I just have to fill out the RMA and get it mailed. Until it returns, I'm stuck with my Kindle Fire, which I only use for backup for a reason. The screen is too small, the home screen is annoying and uncustomizeable, and the limits Kindle places on the environment are way too frustrating. (Example: I can't log into Samsung Smart Things app, because it uses the default browser, which on the Fire is Silk. Which the Samsung website is not compatible with. No way to change the default browser. At all.) < sigh > Anyway, I shall suffer through it.

Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.
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From the [community profile] harvey_fanaid fundraiser for hurricane relief, I made a donation and [archiveofourown.org profile] merfilly kindly wrote a new Battlestar Galactica (1978) story for us all to enjoy:

"Acknowledging the Problem" (~1K words) (gen, G) (Cassiopeia, Starbuck, Apollo, glimpse of Adama)

I supplied a prompt about the redevelopment of civil society. We received a two-layered look at the shape of things: up close, a not-entirely-successful party, and at a distance, a road toward renewed civilization.

Thank you, [archiveofourown.org profile] merfilly!

b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )


* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?

New Edits

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:04 pm
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My newest edits (click to see in full size)... First one is McQueen from Space: Above And Beyond, and the second Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  

Also found the header of one of my old Star Trek site layouts, and thought I'd upload it too:

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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
I'm going to need all of the Jake/Amy fanvids and art now, please and thank you.
brightknightie: Nick, Natalie and Schanke looking at Nick's painting of his beast (Trio Nick Natalie Schanke)
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The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico fundraising auction to help Puerto Rico has begun! It closes on Monday 10/23. They have offers of fanfic, fanart, fancrafts, and even donated professional merchandise!

I'd love to support through this effort, but I haven't yet seen any offer specifically mentioning one of my fandoms. (Some offers do say "anything I've written" or "anything on my profile.") Of course I can support through other avenues! It's just nice to count in as a fan.

---
No fan-sponsored effort for the California wildfires?

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Strictly Week 4 results

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I haven't seen any ITT this week.

NCIS 4.18 Red pt 1

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007

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:28 pm
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@femdeku said: Hawke / Varric - "Unrequited."

Sometimes, when it was late and they were both languid and tipsy, he could get the sort of answers out of her that she would never have surrendered under other circumstances. Hawke was funny like that — you had to come at her sideways, with care, because she'd spook and bolt if you approached her head-on. It was like all the wariness, all the fear that she didn't ever exhibit in the thick of battle was saved up and brought out only when she was faced with a personal conversation. She'd be quite happy to let you think she never felt any emotions other than amusement, curiosity, and self-gratification. The rareness of it made her anger truly terrible to behold, and her grief even more terrible.

Which didn't explain how Varric had stumbled into this conversation.

It was late enough that the Herald's Rest was empty. Even Cabot had retired for the night, although not without a firm admonishment to the remaining pair still drinking by the fire. Most of the lanterns had been doused, making it seem like the only light came from the low red bank of the fire. Varric and Hawke both sat in chairs positioned before the hearth — bottle between them, legs stretched towards the heat — although Hawke's legs stretched considerably further than Varric's.

"Surely you're joking," said Hawke.

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What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am
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What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)


What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)


What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).

Random Fandom Meme

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm
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Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )


* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*

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Oct. 17th, 2017 01:07 pm
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I have been wearing my sling a minimal amount for the last four days (commuting and when I'm doing something physical like laundry or buying stuff at Target) and it's going very well. I'm a little sore today, but I think that's mostly due to the couch no longer being a good sleeping solution (more on that in a moment). PT is going extremely well; I have a lot of assisted flexibility (especially for only 5 weeks out), and yesterday, I was allowed to lay on my back and raise my arm over my head under its own power for a set of 20. :) Which sounds very simple, but is five weeks' worth of work paying off.

I am about to stop sleeping on the couch; I've stopped sleeping in my sling, and I think it was doing something to keep me in a comfortable position, because I soon as I stopped, I started waking up with heinous positional migraines from laying with my head in a non-optimal position. So, I'm going to try to go back to my comfy bed that is long enough, with its heated mattress cover and my wake-up light and a door between me and The Dreadful Duo (Jack and Chloe) getting the rips at 2am. Woe. :) (My only worry is rolling over on my arm, but hopefully, I've been subconsciously trained out of that by now.)

Also met with the neurosurgeon yesterday -- the Thing In My Head has not grown again, and we're going to let it ride until it does. I would also like to give Dr M massive kudos -- I have never, ever known a specialist who is not only on time for his last appointment of the day, but is actually a few minutes early. His nurse was like, "I KNOW, but he always manages it!" He was somewhat appalled to find out what my shoulder pain had resulted in, but in a very concerned and semi-adorable way. I got out so fast, I was able to hit my favorite thrift store a few blocks away and still be home in time for kitty cuddles before PT.

Heading for the shelter and a quick hit at Trader Joe's tonight; still not up to actually lifting anything with my right arm, so no animal handling, so no official shifts. But I can pet the h*ck out of Kevin and Tiny...

(Oh, and for unknown reasons, I watched Independence Day 2 on Saturday. Dudes, I could feel myself getting stupider as the movie went on; by 40 minutes in, I thought I could feel my brain trickling out my ears. I kept watching, because I figured surely it would get better? But it didn't. Ever. Now, I don't object to dumb sf (see my affection for such cinematic gems as Volcano, Battle: Los Angeles, and the first Transformers), but they know what kind of movie they're making. This crew thought they were making something good (possibly excepting Brent Spiner, who always seems delighted just to be getting paid for this ridiculous crap), and it made everything So Much Worse. Not even the presence of His Holiness Jeff Goldblum could make this movie not dreadful beyond watching. Wow.)

Ficlet: Fatal Error

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm
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Title: Fatal Error
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 693
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Letting the strangers go had clearly been a mistake…

For [personal profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 12. Why didn't we detain them? - Twelve & Clara Oswald (DW)

Here @ AO3 | Also @ the Teaspoon

Rest In Peace, Roy Dotrice

Oct. 16th, 2017 03:56 pm
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Roy Dotrice has passed away at the age of 94. May he rest in peace.

I wasn’t sure who he was at first, since I’m not interested in Game of Thrones. That is, I didn’t realize who he was until I checked IMDB and saw that he had played Roger Wyndam-Pryce in one episode (Lineage) of Angel. Now I remember him. Looking through the rest of his filmography, I have also seen him in Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989), Tales From The Crypt (1972), and two episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre. He was also Zeus in three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

I might need to track down his episode of Tales From The Darkside, wherein he plays "Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco."

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Oct. 15th, 2017 11:49 pm
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@musicalheart168 said: Anything Hawke x Varric, let’s be real

I hope you're enjoying this. I much prefer being written to (or about) to having written, but yes, all right, I'll concede that a near-death incident is enough to win you a proper response, if only because I apparently need to remind you that you aren't allowed to die yet. I have a signed contract saying so, and you dwarves are sticklers for contracts. Brief aside: I took great amusement in imagining your reaction at being lumped in with "you dwarves."

My hand already hurts, Varric. Why in the world would you do this for fun?

Hang on a moment -- there we go, back again. Carver was rooting around in my pack for something. Gave him a kick in the rear. Serves him right, the idiot; I knew someone was stealing my jerky.

Anyway, it's a good thing you provided me with this list of questions as a guide to letter-composition (Hawke said sarcastically). You can be a bit of a control freak, Varric, has anyone ever told you that? Other than me -- my memory isn't so bad I don't remember mentioning it half a dozen times.

Oh, fine. On with the letter.

1. Dear Varric,

(That was admittedly a bit belated, but I never really feel as though our conversations have beginning and ends -- it seems that even on paper, we're halfway into the discussion already.)

2. I live!

(Didn't you indicate this is the most crucial piece of information to convey? Vaguely recall something about "life and livelihood," perhaps paired with an admonishment about concealing injuries. In the interest of honesty, I offer a complete catalog:

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ST:D

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:05 pm
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For the record, I'm avidly watching Star Trek: Discovery every Sunday night. I feel no need for fanfic in Trekdom. But I am a Trek fan and the daughter of a Trek fan.

So: Know that you can talk to me about the new Trek, if you're looking for someone to talk to. :-D

All the noise, noise, noise

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:35 pm
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I've mentioned before that the property behind my house is a cow field. The cows had calves, as they do, and the calves frolicked through the field, as they do.

A couple of days ago, the farmer separated the cows and the calves, as they do. (Gotta wean the calves, sell them later, that sort of thing.) This particular farmer uses a fence-line weaning process, which is ... pretty much what it sounds like. The cows and calves are being kept apart by just a fence. Which means all those cows can still see and hear the calves.

Which means there has been CONSTANT MOOING for the past two days.

Now, it's less stressful for the calves to get weaned this way - they don't use up a lot of strength or lose excess weight by walking around looking for their dams. But the noise. The calling and calling. Allllll that mooing. Egads.

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