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Jan. 9th, 2016

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Yuletide: better late than never

Hello internet! I kind of avoided you between December 15 and last Monday, when I finally got to see the Star Wars movie. I guess it was sort of strange to be so spoiler-phobic, but I saw all of the first trilogy completely blind (because I was something like 7, 10 and 13 when they came out; I remember walking out of Empire and complaining loudly to my father about how we wouldn't know what would become of Han Solo for ages, and how could they leave the story hanging like that?) As a side benefit I also got to see the Dr Who Christmas special with no preconceptions.

But anyway, I had to default on Yuletide myself; this was a good decision, especially because the next day my computer turned into a solid lump of nothing (it got better). But I still received this really excellent story. I don't think it will make much sense if you haven't see Humans, the show it's based on (but this is a show that many of you would like, since it is basically about AIs and what it means to be human, with a sideline in feminism, and is very well-acted and well-written and comes to a satisfying conclusion.)

Existential Issues (2818 words) by Black_Knight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Humans (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leo Elster & Niska, George Millican & Niska, Niska & Anita/Mia, Niska & Joe Hawkins, Niska & Laura Hawkins
Characters: Niska (Humans), Anita | Mia (Humans), Joe Hawkins (Humans), Laura Hawkins, George Millican, Leo Elster
Summary: Four times Niska talks with a living being, and once with a dead being.</p>

I loved all the characters, but Niska was one of the most interesting to me -- arguably she went through the most and traveled the furthest of all of them. This story does a great job moving her forward again.

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Dec. 6th, 2015

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Doctor Who! This season!

I do not usually post about Doctor Who anywhere but spoilers for the whole most recent series, whatever number it isCollapse )

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Oct. 20th, 2015

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Star Wars

... was my actual first fandom, when I was in high school and just finding out what fandom was. I would go to Creation Cons back in the 80s, and sometimes there would be some zines for sale under the table in the dealers' room. Oh, the epic Mary Sue romances, and novel-length stories about the fall of Anakin Skywalker! The plotty fics about that bounty hunter Han ran into on Ord Mantell! And of course this was before there was any hint of the EU or the prequel trilogy, so there was so much blank space to fill in. In fact I never really took to the EU, and none of the prequel trilogy characters or relationship sreally spoke to me, and the whole thing became really sprawling, so by the time I got back into fandom after a long gafiation, I considered myself a SW fan, but not fannish about it.

And I learned some useful lessons, which stood me in good stead when my next fandom turned out to be the X-Files. But apparently not letting hope spring eternal was not one of them, because the trailer is out! And I am not going to get to see the movie until January, unless I go to see it dubbed into Spanish while in Mexico. Which I have not entirely ruled out.

and now that I've seen the trailer I really can't wait to find out some spoilery thingsCollapse )

But I really have to remind myself to stop trying to make sense of all this, because it is a Star Wars movie, and it is going to break my heart and disappoint me. But I don't want it to! I want it to be great! I want a new high point to enjoy -- like the one in the fight with Jabba, when Luke jumps off the landspeeder, somersaults, and catches the lightsaber that R2D2 just shot out to him. I was in the theater for ROTJ on opening day, for an afternoon showing, and the whole theater gasped and cheered, all together. I want my Star Wars feeling back.

What I mean, is that I have a lot of emotion invested in all this Star Wars stuff, and a history of disappointment and fear. I just want it to be good, OK?

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Oct. 18th, 2015

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Yuletide Letter!!!!!

Dear Yuletide writer,

Hi! And thank you for offering to write a story for me! I am really excited to see what you come up with – I love all these canons, and I hope you love whichever one we matched on. I’ve tried to give some guidance in what’s below, but it mostly boils down to “I want a story about these characters!” so if this letter doesn’t seem useful to you, don’t worry – write what you love, and I will probably love it too.

general likes and dislikesCollapse )

Falco Series – Lindsey Davis
Character: Helena Justina
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Humans (TV)
Character: Niska
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Nashville (TV)
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And now for something completely different...

Strike Back
Characters: Michael Stonebridge, Damien Scott
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Oct. 17th, 2015

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'Tis the season

I am writing my Yuletide letter already! This is a huge step forward in terms of organization for me! And in a couple cases, I am even requesting things I nominated!

... is it OK if three of my requests are basically "here, tell me a story about the women!" and one is old-school m/m slash?

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Sep. 28th, 2015

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::leaping back in::

Doctor Who is back! Yay! spoilers, sweetie, below the cutCollapse )

No one reading this cares, I expect, but this looks like it will be a very competitive season on Strictly Come Dancing -- it's only Week 1 and already most of the dancers look competent! On further reality TV news, I am hoping that Nadiya wins GBBO, nd I just finished watching a really amusing show called Time Crashers in which a bunch of celebrities are "transported through time" and discover that the past is a really crappy place to live and work. I am always amazed by how many TV shows can be made from this simple observation!

Because I watch things slowly and legally, I am only now seeing S3 of Orphan Black -- up to episode 2 now! But it's all up on iplayer and I expect we'll have finished it in a week or so. (Because iplayer is not very intuitive, the first episode we tried to watch was Episode 10. Luckily we realized during the "previously on"s that this was not the start of things, but for a minute there we were both really confused.)

I have been re-reading things, too -- the first Rivers of London book (there will be a new one, soon!), and Neil Stephenson's Reamde. What I realized the second time through with that one is that Zula's story is far more interesting to me than anyone else's, so I kept having to stop myself from skipping ahead to her next section whenever the story broke away from her, and also that the final confrontation was disappointing for two reasons, which are spoileryCollapse )

Also re-reading in preparation for a new installment: Ancillary Justice etc. I found the first 50 pages or so of that book a real slog, and am picking up much more detail the second time around, now that I have a better sense of what is going on. My problem is that I'm a fast reader, but I don't retain well, because I'm always wondering what will happen next -- this is why re-reading is to important for me.

Anyway, that is enough of an update, at least for now! I might do a RL post too at some point. Maybe.

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Jul. 17th, 2015

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Whoops!

Dear [community profile] history_exchange author,

I will be away from the internet for a little while! I am really sorry but it may take me longer than usual to read and comment on the story you wrote for me. This is very frustrating, because I am really, really looking forward to it.

Thank you for writing for me!

* * *

In other news, we have been having a fruitful summer -- I made cherry jam, and half the cherries were wild ones I picked from a couple nearby trees. From a friend with an allotment we have so far had redcurrants (for jelly), blackcurrants, and green and pink gooseberries (used to make ice cream and fool). We broke out the ice cream maker earlier this year, and have so far made (in addition to the gooseberry) cherry, strawberry, redcurrant and rhubarb ice cream, and a pineapple sorbet. Fresh fruit ice cream is oddly difficult to find, but it's my favorite kind.

Judging from the trees, we're also going to have a lot of apples to use up.

* * *

Today was Spartacus' last day of school. Tomorrow, holiday!

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Jun. 28th, 2015

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two drabbles for The 100

It's kind of shame that the days of the drabble community are done, because there could be one for The 100, and it could be called The 100 100s! I would have laughed, anyway.

Here are two drabbles, both set post season 2. I would really appreciate some comments before I release them into the wilderness of tumblr, especially as I am only now starting to catch up on Season 1.

Both gen, both suitable for all.

Kane povCollapse )

Lexa povCollapse )

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Jun. 23rd, 2015

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since i have taken an actual day off from work...

...and am procrastinating about mowing the lawn.

I am still going back-and-forth on the idea of signing up for [community profile] crossovering; some of my fallback crossover fandoms did not make the list and I'm just not sure I could pull together enough requests and offers to make it worthwhile. There is also the fact that I have not written anything since Yuletide, although I have signed up for the History Exchange, so I will have to write something soon.

Meanwhile we are reaching the end of a television cycle here -- Game of Thrones is over, and Penny Dreadful and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell will be wrapping up soon. On the subject of the Game of Thrones finale...Collapse )

On the "needs more cannibalism" front, Hannibal is back, but I still don't like it very much. I am enjoying Strike Back: Project WNGWJLEO. I am the only person in fandom who has only seen the non-Richard Armitrage seasons of this show, but I absolutely love it. They have reached the "everyone assumes the two protagonists are married" stage of things.

And finally, Nashville has come back to my TV -- we are now up to episode 6. How I love the increasingly poor decisions of every single character on this show! It is the evening soap of my heart. let me babble about it under the cutCollapse )

Damn it, I am going to have to put on shoes and socks and go mow that lawn.

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May. 27th, 2015

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further updates

...Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell continues to be very good indeed! And I cannot wait for Strange's adventures in Portugal and Spain, which were one of my favorite parts of the book.

...I have realized that my problem with this season of Game of Thrones can be boiled down to: too much rape, not enough cannibalism. I just want my Frey pie, is that too much to ask?

...Also, my internet gave up the ghost (or rather, ground to a crawl) about 40 minutes into this week's episode of Penny Dreadful. Which was less gripping than last week (a really great hour of television), but had plenty of amusement to it.

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