London

Aug. 1st, 2016 02:25 am
spatz: drawing of birds in flight, silhouetted against an orange-gold sunset (sunset birds)
I am leaving for two weeks to visit [livejournal.com profile] rainy_day in London! Mind the store, no fires (the usual trashfires of fannish consumption excepted, of course), etc. If I am on top of shit, I may attempt to post pictures while I’m across the pond, but no promises!
spatz: overhead shot of Steve surrounded by unconscious men in an elevator (Cap 2 elevator)
I've been terribly distractible lately, and keep dumping myself into new fandoms despite it being a really unwise idea. I did fail to do my usual SXSW marathon -- I only saw 3 films this year, being sadly curtailed by me starting a new job (yay) + not being able to take any more time off after my surgery (boo).

So far this month, I have spent way too much mental energy bouncing between:
Check, Please! (this is the closest I am ever getting to hockey fandom, though)
The 100 - EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE and I love it
World War Z (wow the book is nothing like the movie, the zombies don't even work the same. glad I read the book second, so I didn't have any expectations for the film, which a totally solid and completely unrelated Hollywood zombie thrillfest)
Foxglove Summer/rereading the series via Kobna Holbrook-Smith's magical audiobook readings (re-listening?)
return of The Walking Dead -- CAROL OMG

Also, I can't believe I didn't realize that 616 Bucky Barnes has the same birthday as me and [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits. Like, 91 years apart, but who's counting?

Coming not-very-soon-but-eventually by popular request: a photo documentation of my healing incision. And by 'popular request', I mean [livejournal.com profile] katieupsidedown. :D

update

Mar. 1st, 2015 12:22 pm
spatz: Clint and Natasha sitting shoulder to shoulder, looking at each other (spy BFFs)
Hey everyone! I'm alive, the surgery went well, I'm healing, etc. I'm still sleeping more hours than I'm awake and feeling pretty fuzzy -- it's a little disconcerting how tired I get at the drop of a hat -- so I don't know how much I'll be around for the next while. The stitches are coming out on Tuesday, so maybe after that.

Thanks to everyone who sent me well-wishes -- I really appreciated them all. ♥
spatz: x-ray of ribs with Enochian symbols carved on them (SPN xray ribs)
Hey everyone! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm going to have surgery tomorrow, so I'll be out of touch for a few days. If anyone wants to gory details, feel free to ask. The surgery should be fairly minor, but I'll be off work for a bit so I'd be happy for recs or links to anything interesting I miss while I'm out.

See ya'll in a few days!
spatz: bare feet kicked up, beach in background (beach kicky feet)
Today, I took my 93-year-old grandmother to vote for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. ♥ (this was actually a tad surprising, since she is *also* the kind of person who listens to Rush Limbaugh, but apparently the abortion debate cranked her off enough to take up the opposition. Atta girl, Granny.)

My other pasttimes lately have been avoiding my email and other forms of communication with people while watching the entirety of Lewis, and consequently falling prey to all the Oxford scenery and doing my annual re-read of Gaudy Night. I haven't even considered Yuletide yet. Ack.

I continued on to re-read Murder Must Advertise, which is my favorite of the non-Harriet novels, and was struck once again by how acutely, almost depressingly perceptive Dorothy Sayers was. Her cynical observations about advertising still ring true 80-odd years later, as do vast swathes of Gaudy Night -- the discussions about women and education, the scene where Annie's daughter proclaims her intention to run a garage and drive a motorcycle, Harriet's thoughts about partnership, profession, and marriage.... Aside from loving the cases and the shenanigans and Peter's piffle, I get something new out of her books every time.

Anyway. Lewis! spoilers through S7 (aka S8 US, because PBS is dumb) )
spatz: Charlie in silhouette facing away, looking at skyscrapers lit up by the sun, caption "Life" (Life Charlie skyscrapers title)
So, [personal profile] inmyriadbits managed to give herself a mild concussion this weekend! She is restricted from watching TV, reading, or computers until she’s feeling better. However, the doctor said audio stuff was fine, so if anyone has any podfic or audio fandom recs, I’d appreciate them! We’re already fans of Welcome to Night Vale, and I’ve got Cabin Pressure on the list, plus the Rivers of London audiobooks.
spatz: miniseries Alice approaches a vial of red liquid (Alice curiosity killed the cat)
Doing this a little early today, since we're throwing a party later and I fully expect to be drunk until the wee hours:

1) Picked up my pull-list at the local comics store. My favorite cashier was sadly not there to check me out -- she is an adorable gawky button of a human being -- but another lady with purple hair took care of me. We agreed that Kamala Khan is The Best, and pondered the question of why Wolverine is always teamed up with teenaged girls. If you're not reading Ms. Marvel, YOU REALLY SHOULD because spoilers for Ms. Marvel #6-8 ) The art is amazing all around, especially the tiny background text jokes: just in #8, there was the Pedantic Monthly article they get assigned for homework, a "Blerf Alley Boxes" logo on a box in an alley, "Beware of Racoons" sign, a hilariously mislabeled classroom map, and a shirt that reads "Keep Calm, I am Persian Like The Cat". And that's in addition to the fabulous character work. ♥

Which reminds me, is anyone else reading She-Hulk? I was trepidatious when Javier Pulido took over as series artist because I hated his work on Hawkeye, but his style works really well on She-Hulk. Bizarre! And I find it interesting to see the contrast between Clint and Jennifer's approaches to their non-superhero work: where Clint is pathologically incapable of asking for help, Jennifer is constantly networking and calling in old friends and doing favors. At first I thought it was just making for some great cameos, but a few have turned plot-relevant and it looks to be a series trend. spoilers for She-Hulk #8 )

2) Lindsey's Miss Fisher Blu-rays came in the mail today. Everyone's faces in extreme high-def! :D

3) Om nom nom half-birthday cake made of deliciousness and fudge. I've managed to resist eating any before the party, but it sure *smells* good....
spatz: sundial with fall leaves (sundial)
Ahem. Continuing the positivity meme:

1) I get a free facial earlier today! I've never had one before; it was nice.

2) Can You Slash Green Eggs and Ham? made me LOL.

3) Today I did my weekly shiatsu session/studying, vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, organized my closet, did dishes, made meatloaf, and did laundry. My feet kinda hurt, but my virtue level is sky high.
spatz: Charlie in silhouette facing away, looking at skyscrapers lit up by the sun, caption "Life" (Life Charlie skyscrapers title)
1. Treated myself to breakfast today, since it's my day off. A local diner with strong notes of hippie has this dish called the Paris, Texas platter (after the town), which consists of french toast and migas. Om nom nom, and there's always leftovers.

2. Went to see Maleficent finally - not a great movie by any standard, but Angelina Jolie with wings was *very* good for me. I stifled the urge to rewrite the entire narrative to make the pacing not suck. Upon checking AO3, I was happy to see that half of the fandom *also* ships Maleficent and her oddly-hot shapeshifting raven servant, and this modern magic AU was quite darling. ([livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade, I think you'd like it once the series is finished - all about a couple of emotionally fucked-up people becoming friends and rescuing each other in quiet ways and falling in love. Plus, the raven shapeshifter fellow likes to feed Maleficent, because raven courtship is the best. :D)

3. ...helped my friend with her migraine? We have a standing practice session to help me learn shiatsu, but she couldn't drive today so I went over to her and tried out a few migraine techniques to help. I guess it's a positive thing that she felt better when I left, but I just don't like seeing my friends in pain.

I have to stop posting these after midnight. Maybe tomorrow-- Today! I mean today. *facepalm*
spatz: bare feet kicked up, beach in background (beach kicky feet)
So apparently half my flist likes Lewis, even though I have never seen any of ya'll talking about it. Adding it to the queue!

Three things for today:

1) I got a massage tonight after my shift ended. Mmmm, best employee discount ever.

2) Wrote about 700 words of a fluffy Jack/Phryne story which immediately headed into PWP territory, because Leupagus has been bewailing the lack of porn in the fandom and I was moved by her pleas. Hopefully the sex won't suck when I finish writing it; at least I'm fairly confident that the banter is up to par. :)

3) [personal profile] philomytha wrote Blessings, a Peter/Nightingale mpreg story for Rivers of London -- yes, you read that right. Mpreg is absolutely not a trope I normally enjoy, but it's [personal profile] philomytha so I dove straight in regardless. The story had me muffling my hysterical laughter on a break at work, and features a fertility goddess with a remarkably pragmatic direct approach and Nightingale being unflappable. SO GREAT.
spatz: closeup of Ray's hand revealing detective badge hidden under his jacket, caption "Duty" (Due South RayK badge)
[personal profile] ignipes tagged me for this meme: The rules: during the next five days, post three positive things about your day and ask three people to do the same so the positive attitude can gain some ground.

I meant to do this before midnight, so let's just pretend it's still Tuesday:

1) As I discovered on my way to work. Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks! I was very well-caffeinated today.

2) I have several clients tell me how they were feeling better from my massages -- long-term, not just the usual staggering out of the room looking blissed out, which is also nice but much more common. Massage is a very rewarding job. :)

3) Watched the second episode of Endeavour with [personal profile] inmyriadbits, which was recced to us by a friend when Lindsey pimped Miss Fisher at her this weekend (said friend has been binge-watching period BBC dramas, apparently). Morse continues to be an endearingly awkward turtle with deadly cheekbones, full of obscure nerdery and occasional indignation that overcomes his quietness -- exactly how I like my detectives. His mentorship by Thursday is so great and gruff, and I could listen to Thursday's lovely resonant voice for ages. Plus, there are massive quantities of Oxford rooftop cinematography porn. I am easy.

Wondering a bit if I should check out Lewis, since I remember that having a tiny fandom recently. Anyone of ya'll watch that?

ETA: whoops, forgot to tag people. Um, [personal profile] inmyriadbits, [personal profile] philomytha, and [personal profile] icepixie!
spatz: Connor menaced by a giganotosaurus (Primeval Connor T-Rex)
My computer may have died, so if I have not replied to emails or comments, I apologize, because I am too busy frantically trying to retrieve my WIPs and then consoling myself with fic on my phone when it doesn't work. Argh. :(
spatz: green bird perched on a hand (Default)
FINALLY did my Yuletide letter, embarrassingly belated. [personal profile] inmyriadbits and I have an old friend -- *very* old, we've known her since kindergarten -- staying with us temporarily, and her boyfriend and their adorable whippet. It's great seeing her, but it's sort of put a hamper on my fannish activities. I'm now three weeks behind on Person of Interest, for example - I miss you guys! - and my inbox is a little terrifying.

Some things I *have* read and enjoyed recently:

Study finds TV shows with ethnically diverse casts, writers have higher ratings
This is *fascinating*, and makes complete sense to me, but it's nice to get some hard data to support what was just a personal theory.

Fan is a Tool-Using Animal
Lovely recording of a conference presentation by the guy who runs Pinboard, talking about how the fannish migration post-Delicious completely turned his opinion of us around. He's a very sincere speaker and his retelling of the Epic GoogleDoc of Doom made me laugh, plus he has some interesting observations about fandom as a user population in general.

Something Fishy by [archiveofourown.org profile] LiguisticJubilee: I was delighted to find last night that there are not one, but TWO sequels for this. For the uninitiated, it's a Clint/Coulson story where they first meet while Coulson is thought MIA/KIA, but has actually been turned into an octopus by the bad guy. Cracky candy, for reals, but perfectly tuned and heavily leavened with Clint feels and silly comic book science.

User Since by [archiveofourown.org profile] rageprufrock: I expect most people have read this already, but if you haven't, DO SO IMMEDIATELY. Bring kleenex, and all your feelings about fandom and community. You will not regret it.

Rule Two by [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell: someone finally wrote fake-dating fic for Sleepy Hollow, and it is *perfect*. Totally gen, totally in-character, and totally adorable.
spatz: Joan Watson clutching her head in exasperation (Elementary Joan headache)
Ugh. I was vaguely sick all weekend (again, thanks to inmyriadbits - how it is that she's giving all the viruses to me when I'm the one who works in a service industry?) with a sore throat and fatigue, and finally hit the point yesterday where I needed to call in. I was actually only awake for 8 hours yesterday, in between Nyquil dosings.

Anyway. I ran across A Beginner's Guide to Pinboard yesterday, and started thinking about how I bookmark, which is very very different from that person. From a lot of people, probably. and now I will ramble about My Process if anyone cares. Probably just the other bookmarking addicts. )

That's about it, and now 'bookmarking' has started to look like a fake word, so I'm off to sleep in front of the TV or something. Wish me luck.
spatz: Austin, TX graffiti of cartoonish alien/frog with caption "Hi How Are You" (Austin hi how are you alien frog)
As it is now 3:30 and I have been unsuccessfully trying to sleep for four and a half hours, I have decided to give up. Instead, let me tell ya'll about the funny thing that happened this evening. Apparently, it was a day for hilarious stranger incidents:

[knocking on door around 7pm]
ME: [opens door] Hello?
YOUNG WOMAN WITH PASTA SAUCE: Hi, can you open this jar for me?
ME: Uh, sure?
YOUNG WOMAN WITH PASTA SAUCE: I live next door, I was just trying to make dinner...
ME: [open jar easily, because I'm a massage therapist]
YOUNG WOMAN WITH PASTA SAUCE: Thanks! [runs off, literally, before I can ask her name]
ME: [closes door, starts laughing hysterically]

Kids these days, right? *g*

(Okay, she was like maybe three years younger than me, but I feel like an old old lady these days. Maybe I'll go over with some of the beer that survived the party and get her name, she was kinda cute.)

*****

The Big Bang saga continues:

Word Count: 8,843 / 10,000 minimum
Scenes to complete: 2
Montages Segues to write: 2
Scenes to write wholesale: 1. Still the balcony scene. *sigh*

triad

Sep. 10th, 2013 03:22 am
spatz: Finch peering into air duct (POI Finch peer)
I have just been re-reading Opacity of Paradise and was seized by a sudden, passionate desire to put Finch and Garak in the same room, so they can be dryly sarcastic and critique each other's tailoring while being secretive badasses.

*****

Today has been very quiet and scattered, possibly to make up for this weekend being supremely busy - [livejournal.com profile] inmyriadbits and I threw a spy-themed party, and there was so much alcohol. Seriously, we came out with more alcohol than we bought, and we had a *lot* to start with. But I am triumphant that we managed to throw three separate friend groups together and make it work, plus I managed to keep my red fedora on all night. (I had multiple people think I was Carmen Sandiego. Hmmm, maybe I can do that for Halloween.) And I was...uh, educated about The Fox. WTF, so amazing and ridiculous. I don't think I can ever watch it again for fear of permanently imprinting the tune on my brain, though. Three days later and I am still humming it, argh.

*****

Update on the big bang: I wrote half a scene today! Except oh god, still so much left. Why did I think this was a good idea. (Oh, right: Reese feels. He is a bad influence.) Naturally, my brain is wanting to do [personal profile] astolat's Ten in Ten Challenge instead, and I'm shoving a pillow over its face until after the 15th.
spatz: Dr Erskine flicking microphone to get attention (Erskine microphone)
Wow, people are getting very upset about the proposed changes to Yuletide nominations. I totally understand the reasoning, I'm just... confused because I thought that was already the rule. *shrugs* Go Yuletide, way to be more rare-fandom-y than I knew. Let's hope they do reconsider, as the post has been ETA'd to indicate.

Also: shit, time to start winnowing down my choices. Ack!

*****

Still a bit hungover from going to a David Bowie cover show with [livejournal.com profile] katieupsidedown and [livejournal.com profile] rainy_day, so naturally I agreed to go drinking again after work today. I am an adult! Mmmm, but alcoholic milkshakes are so good.

*****

Welcome to Night Vale, Episode 30: Dana )

Definitely eyeing the new September-exclusive t-shirts and this coffee mug covetously. Maybe a glow cloud t-shirt (all hail the glow cloud!), but I'm not sure I'd wear it.

*****

I'm liking this whole posting every day thing that people are doing! As much as I love Tumblr, it's hard to feel like a community there. Yes, you can make friends (*waves at POI people*), but I was just re-reading one of those fic AUs where everyone is in fandom (Merlin, this time), and was thinking: how could someone do this with Tumblr being the primary fannish place? Which is a fairly ridiculous litmus test, but still. It made me think about it.
spatz: Gene Kelly pantomiming ridiculously in period dress, caption "OH NOES!" (SITR oh noes)
I COMPLETELY forgot to say anything, but I am going to VividCon in Chicago this weekend! If any of y'all are going and/or would like to hang out outside of the con, say hi in comments? I'm going to be visiting [livejournal.com profile] junebug_waltz before and after the con, so I will be there from Wednesday through Monday afternoon. I am totally house-trained and adorable, I promise. :D
spatz: Joan Watson clutching her head in exasperation (Elementary Joan headache)
[as [personal profile] inmyriadbits set up to watch another episode of Leverage]

Lindsey: Let's go steal ourselves some Leverage! Oh, wait, we already did that.

me: You did *not* just say that.


ETA
Lindsey: I'm going to go get myself a tasty beverage for Leverage!
/o\

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