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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 14th November 2018 9:19 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills. I was waiting for this to come out on paperback, but I saw it in the library and got it anyway. And then read it in about two days. It was interesting to read about how he got into stand-up and how it was getting started. But mostly I just found it very uplifting.

What I'm Currently Reading
Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens. A first for me in this series - it's an actual book, rather than an ebook. So it took me a while to find it in the library - it was in the children's section which is another room. It is short non-murder case files and things from the Junior Pinkertons and others as well. I'm enjoying it - especially as I like the stories set at Deepdean best and some of these are set at Deepdean.

What I'm Reading Next
I should really read the next Jeeves and Wooster book that I've borrowed from my sister.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – November
Monday 12th November 2018 8:39 pm

I didn't intend to post this a third of the way through the month. But I had intended to watch The Last Jedi, but it's been so long that you can no longer rent it, only buy it, and I don't want to buy it. I had an alternative, but then I didn't put writing this post on my to do list, so it didn't get done.

What with this month being a busy one at work, I'm going to watch another film this month. It's going to be Swimming with Men. Which I meant to see at the cinema, but it didn't make it to any near me at a useful time. My TV in my lounge, one weekend this month is a much easier time and place.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October wrap-up
Wednesday 31st October 2018 7:59 pm

This month I watched The Martian. I read the book in February last year, so I thought I'd forgotten enough to watch the film.

I think I timed it just right - I'd forgotten a lot of the details, so I was still entertained, but remembered enough that it explained the bits of the film that didn't get explained. The film was good enough that during the "will he get rescued" ending I was on the edge of my seat, even though I remembered how it ended.

I had no idea that it had Sean Bean in it and he was one of the people explaining why a secret meeting had been called "Project Elrond", which I found amusing.

I liked that the film helped me picture everything, because I am terrible at reading description and some of it I just hadn't got my head round at all. But on the whole I preferred the book - it felt like you were more inside Mark's head and it explained more of what was going on. Although if I hadn't read the book, I might not have spent the film going "but th4ey haven't explained why that happened" or "they missed that bit".

I give it a 7 out of 10.


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Silly things
Sunday 28th October 2018 8:57 pm

1. A few weeks ago I lost the part of my sat nav lead where you plug it into the car charger. I had it on the way and on the way back it wasn't in my bag, wasn't in the car and wasn't in the hotel room. I suspect it's in the same place missing pens go.

When looking up where to buy a new one from I discovered Halfords sell general USB to car adaptors, so I bought one, tried it and it didn't work. So I took it back and bought a branded one for twice the price, which also came with two cables. I assume one of them is for something different and I assume I have one of those in my sat nav box that I've clearly never needed. Well, now I have a spare.

I plugged the sat nav in one morning when I went to work and it charged. I unplugged it, it told me it was switching off, so I put it back in its bag and set off. It waited until I had set off to tell me to turn right (my sat nav not only doesn't know where I live, it doesn't even believe my house exists). I then had to listen to it telling me to turn round at every roundabout until I had the opportunity to stop and turn it off.

What made it all the more annoying is that usually as soon as it finds satellites it forgets the route I have planned. I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and yet the one time I would have been happy for it to forget, it remembered.

2. On the subject of my sat nav, I discovered it really doesn't understand a big roundabout near me. As I neared it it told me there was a right turn ahead...

3. Gone to the same lost pen place, is my fiddle ring. I had it on when I left the house and then later I didn't. I don't think it helped that it was a bit big and now it's colder my fingers are smaller. I have bought some more (so this time I have spares) half a size smaller, so they still fit on the fourth fingers of both hands.

(I read somewhere that the fingers on your dominant hand are slightly bigger than the fingers on your other hand. For me it's the other way round)

4. I've already written the first draft of my Yuletide fic. I read my assignment on Monday morning and had the basic idea by the time I left for work. But I need to get it done soon as work goes crazy in November, until a week before Christmas, and when it does I won't have the time or energy for writing. Or anything.

5. I accidentally ended up completely happily on GMT today. I overdid things a bit the past few days and stayed up too late. Then at 5:30 this morning I was woken up by my neighbours slamming their back door a few times (not the first time I've heard them do that in the middle of the night, I have no idea why). Having been woken up I was therefore really hot*, so got up to go to the toilet to cool me (and the bed) down a bit.

And then I thought that it was really cold and the heating should be on by now. My heating is set based on when the house is coldest and stopping Sammy from getting too cold, rather than when I might need it. At which point I realised that although my clock said it was 5:30, it was actually 4:30 and my heating knows when we change the clocks. So I ended up having to go downstairs to turn the heating on, because there wasn't much point in it coming on just before dawn on a day that was due to be sunny.

I took a while to get back to sleep after that (not least because I was still hot, despite having gone down to the kitchen, which is the coldest room in the house). When I woke up it was a lot later than I usually wake up, although I usually wake up earlier than I want to.

I tried feeding Sammy an hour earlier, as it might mean he is still on BST and would get up an hour earlier, but I think it's on whatever time zone I am.

*I remember learning in biology at school that when you sleep your temperature goes down. Mine really doesn't.


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Things
Sunday 21st October 2018 2:23 pm

I have totally got out of the habit of posting and commenting. I must try and get back in it. So here are some things I've had going on recently.

1. I had a flu jab at the start of the month. Usually it just makes me feel like I've been punched in the arm. This time my arm swelled up and was hot to the touch and hurt so much that I really didn't want to be using or moving it at all. It also made me feel really ill, so I spent some time catching up on TV. I caught up on Midsomer Murders, which included an episode about a small pet show and was all about the rabbits. Obviously I loved it, aside from the rabbit cages being too small, and for some reason they were kept in a tent on site overnight, which makes no sense. But now I am being stalked by the murderer - he popped up in Doctor Who and then in Johnny English. He's everywhere!

2. I've been watching a lot of hamster videos and got into the crafty DIY side. It's possible to make nearly everything in a cage with wood and lolly sticks - and if you're good with DIY you can even make a cage. I'm not quite that good, but I did make a log cabin (out of 15 toilet roll tubes), a small rainbow bridge (that isn't rainbow because I couldn't be bothered to pain it) and a climbing frame. Now I've got the hang of the glue, and a lot more lolly sticks in three sizes, I might try making more things.

3. Sammy is still cute. He'll happily put two feet on my hand (even if there's no food) but won't put a third on (even for a treat). I've got into the habit of giving him some of my boiled egg at breakfast at weekends (sometimes in bed, sometimes he gets out of bed for it).
Sammy

4. I had the last big thing done on my house (where big means getting workmen in to do things). All(!) I have left is getting rid of stuff and deciding which cross stitches to put on the walls where.

5. Dancing - but I've been meaning to write a whole post about that for the past couple of months, so I will save all of that for its own post.


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Dear Yuletide Writer
Monday 15th October 2018 8:25 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer,

This year this letter is just a copy of my sign up, in case it helps to have it in this format. Fandoms I have requested are:
Belinda Blinked (Any: Belinda Blumenthal, Bella, Giselle)
Daisy Dalrymple (Any: Daisy Dalrymple, Alec Fletcher)
The Avengers (John Steed, Emma Peel)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (Any: Jeff Randall, Marty Hopkirk, Jeannie Hopkirk)

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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October
Monday 1st October 2018 7:00 pm

This month I'm going to do something that doesn't take up as much time. I'm going to watch The Martian (film). I read the book last year, for Never Seen Star Wars, happened to notice this was on Film 4 a while back and it's now sitting on my PVR, taking up space. So I will watch it this month.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars September wrap-up
Sunday 30th September 2018 12:17 pm

This month I've been watching Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). Last time when I watched something for Never Seen Star Wars I watched one episode and decide that was enough. This time I watched an episode of the original and an episode of the Vic & Bob remake, bought both sets of DVDs and watched all 26 episodes of the original and 13 episodes of the new. This, and work being crazy, is the reason I haven't posted much this month.

In other words, I liked it. I liked both, in fact.

Going between them, it was obvious how much more dizzying camera movement is in the remake. I think it's more obvious when going from old TV to new, but is also something my dizziness makes more obvious.

There's all sorts about the famous people in the remake, but there are some really famous people in the original too. I knew David Jason was in one, but failed to recognise him at first. He looked the same, just younger, but was doing an RP accent, which I was not expecting. I also failed to recognise Brian Blessed. I had to look up the name of his character and then pay attention to see who he was. Even then, I could sort of agree it was him only when his character started shouting, and I paid attention to the sound and not how he looked.

Nicholas Courtney and Roger Delgado were easy to spot. I spent most of an episode (When the Spirit Moves You) thinking one of the characters looked familiar. And when I looked him up on imdb I found he was Anton Rodgers - who I know from Fresh Fields/French Fields and May to December. Although these were twenty years later, and I haven't seen either since they were on TV, there was still something about him that was recognisable.

And then there's Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave. Wikipedia tells me exactly who Andrew Sachs plays, but he's just so different from Manuel that I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't Andrew Sachs. And the gardener turns out to be Onslow from Keeping Up Appearances. Once I knew I could see a resemblance, but he doesn't look different in a shirt.

Famous people aside, I just generally enjoyed it. Quite a few of the plots were a bit samey and I liked when Marty got Jeff out of trouble by some means other than finding someone who could hear him. I liked that the remake did more interesting things with the whole ghost idea. Of course, it helped that by then they could do more special effects. I liked that the remake went a bit silly with the plots - but I also liked that the original was more sensible.

I found the friendship between Jeff and Marty was easier to believe at first in the remake, but that's because I know Vic & Bob are friends. I've seen them do Shooting Stars together. But I could see it in the original too, after a while.

I like that the remake gave Jeannie more to do (in the making of, Annette Andre does point out that The Avengers was the exception in those days). At first, I disliked having the whole thing about whether she'll get together with Jeff. But then I was reminded of something in the first episode of the original, where Jeannie says she doesn't see Jeff because Marty gets jealous (it sounds to me like Jeff and Jeannie are friends outside of their relationship with Marty). That would be really iffy in 2000, so I don't mind that they kept Marty's jealous side, but gave him a respectable 21st century reason for it.

In common with everyone else, it seems, I also really love the music.

So, 10/10. I wish I'd seen the original earlier.


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Tennis
Wednesday 12th September 2018 9:19 pm

I haven't recovered from the US open yet. I stayed up late watching/listening to the tennis on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and my body hates me so has been waking me early for weeks. I am tired. I was tired by the time the men's and women's finals started, never mind after two sets!

I dislike commentators generally, and the rubbish they spout. I like the 5 Live ones better because they talk about interesting things. Plus I think I've just got used to listening to a lot of tennis while I'm at work. So for the US open I watched on Amazon Prime and listened on 5 Live. When I listened on the radio the radio was a point ahead. When I listened on the internet, the radio was a point behind. It only occurred to me in the middle of the second set of Djokovic vs Del Potro that I could have tried listening on the telly - and if was head, but not close enough, taping it so I could listen on a short time delay.

I should point out that at 3-4 in the second set I thought I'd go to bed after that game, and finish the set in bed. That was a 20 minute later bedtime than I was expecting...

Most of my viewing was some early Murray and Edmund matches and then the men's and women's finals, mixed doubles final and Nadal vs Del Potro semi-final. The latter was an expectedly short experience. I watched the first set, then went to bed, assuming I'd be spending quite a bit of Saturday getting it in before the mixed doubles final. I opened the replay part A and found that was just set 1. B only appeared to be 52 minutes long. I assumed that either I hadn't noticed there was a part C (and D and E) or someone was horribly injured during the second set. The commentators were talking about Nadal's knee, but I thought his leg would have to fall off before he retired. So it must have been really bad.

The mixed doubles final was fun. Jamie is now well ahead of Andy in grand slam wins - as it should be, since he's the eldest.

The women's final of course is still being talked about. The terrible thing is how sorry I felt for Naomi Osaka on the stage, in tears and not because she was happy to have won. You shouldn't be feeling sorry for the champion. What particularly annoyed me was Pat Cash and Jeff Tarango in the commentary complaining that the umpire was just doing it all to draw attention to himself. Okay, so you're entitled to believe that and maybe it was true, I don't know, I've never interacted with any tennis umpires. But it didn't feel like the right place to sat it.

And the most tacky part of the whole thing was announcing they were giving a cheque for $3.8 million to the champion. But I think that's the difference between Brits and Americans. Also, surely they pay by bank transfer?

The men's final was pretty close. Although once Djokovic won two sets I knew I just needed to watch the third set on Monday and that would be it. Although it turned out that Amazon would only let me watch from 3-4 in the second set and not fast forward. So I ended up listening to it through the iPlayer instead. Which probably worked out better given that this was while I was getting dressed and breakfasted etc. At least it meant I knew the result before I went to work - the year Andy Murray won I had to avoid everything until I finished the match on Monday evening. It worked - I had no idea he'd won - but it was hard work.

I would have watched Alfie Hewett's final, but they kept updating me on the score during the men's final.

This weekend is the Davis Cup. It should have been our World Group qualifying tie, but they changed the system and now we're in the World Group, it's just a question of whether we're going to be seeded or not. But it will be good to see Cam Norrie play, and Dan Evans back again, and some doubles.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – September
Monday 3rd September 2018 8:43 pm

This month I've going to watch Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased).

I've been meaning to, for years. I knew the premise before I saw the Vic & Bob version, which I watched when it was on TV. I think I liked it (I only remember Emilia Fox was in it an nothing else) and wanted to watch the original, but never got round to it.

So now I will.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – August wrap-up
Friday 31st August 2018 8:00 pm

This month I did something I hadn't even considered at the beginning of the month: I tried out hair styles.

While it was really hot I was putting my hair up every day and I got bored with doing the same old thing all the time. So I searched about on YouTube, found some hair tutorials and gave them a go. They were always harder to do than they looked and some of them I found didn't suit my hair. Some of them I had to practise. When it got less hot I looked up styles where you didn't have all your hair up.

I really enjoyed it. I don't think I've gone with the same style twice, except for practise. Doing my hair differently has made me feel different. And I've finally learnt how to do a french plait, which I always wanted to do when I was younger and never could.

So I'm giving it 10/10.


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Not summer any more
Wednesday 29th August 2018 9:08 pm

While it was summer and hot I got used to not doing lots of things, including posting here. It got less hot, but then I did some of the things I intended to do over summer, but it was too hot to do. Except for when I was too busy working - we had a couple of weeks of it being crazy busy.

But it really feels like it's not summer any more. It's nearly September, the weather is very autumnal and the things I do in the evenings are about to start up again. So I should get used to posting here again.

I bought two amazing things this month: a shower head and a fidget ring.

My old shower was a bit like a dribble. I did some research and came up with one that most people said was more powerful than what they had before. And bought a new shower hose as well, as the old one looks old and dirty, plus one of the rings is coming off, which made me wonder how long it would be before it sprouted a leak. It turned out to be a good decision because when I took the old shower hose off, green stuff came out... And the new shower head is so much more powerful. I can't believe how much cleaner my hair is. I possibly don't need to wash it as often any more. I should have done this years ago!

Fidget jewellery was something I learnt about on Ask a Manager, of all places. I am incapable of sitting still. I used to have Russian wedding ring type rings, but then it became impossible to find new ones cheaply (because I always lost them) and I just had ordinary rings, which I couldn't play with as much. Now I have a fidget ring from etsy. It's just two beads on a band, which doesn't seem like it's that exciting, but I very quickly found there were an awful lot of things you can do with two beads that really keep my hands occupied. It is great.

In non-buying things, Sammy continues to very slowly mostly get less scared of things. I am still on step 1 of hamster taming, which is putting food on your hand, so they have to put their feet on your hand to get at it. He does it quite happily and is really interested in sniffing my hand, but the slightest hint of any movement and he's off. He was toilet trained, then he moved his bed and now doesn't wee in his toilet. He is anti-toilet trained...

In a new record for me, within the space of a week I managed to injure both big toes, bruise both knees and burn two fingers and a thumb. Plus plenty of other bruises. Housework is bad for you.

And that's pretty much the highlights of my news.


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AO3 average stats meme
Tuesday 31st July 2018 9:32 pm

Since I sort of suggested it and [info]lost_spook did it. When it says average, maybe median is better, and mode for some of them, but I have 198 fics on AO3 and I am not counting those up. So mean it is.
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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars July wrap-up
Monday 30th July 2018 7:20 pm

This month I watched The Americans. It's a series that was recommended to me years ago, back when there wasn't too much of it. Now there's loads of it.

It's about two Russian spies who have been living in America as Americans for years. They have children who have no idea their parents are not who they saw they are. I only saw the first episode and as far as I can tell these spies are sometimes amazingly good at their job and sometimes so awful I wonder how they've got away with it. I read somewhere that it's not about the spying, it's about their relationship, which was more interesting than the spying aspect.

I found it was all right, but I could take it or leave it really. I wasn't desperate to watch another episode. I saw a vague summary somewhere about some of what happens with their relationship in future series and that seemed like enough information really. I think knowing that there was a lot of it was part of what made it easier to not be bothered about watching more.

I'll give it 6 out of 10.


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Still hot
Sunday 29th July 2018 5:20 pm

I haven't posted or commented much or done much at all the past few weeks. It's just been too hot, most of the time. Plus there was Wimbledon and then I got a bad cold afterwards. This weekend has been 'cold' (low 20sC) so I'm getting everything in now before going back to mostly just watching TV and reading because that's all I have the energy for (plus being on a hot laptop is hot).

I did go to Wimbledon (probably where I got the cold from) for the first time in five years. Our seats on Court One were really far forward - usually we're at the back. Of course the back was in the shade and we weren't. Fortunately it was a less hot day ('only' about 25C) and cloudy, so the sun did keep going in. But I struggled in the sun and had to miss some because I couldn't concentrate.

We did less than I expected because Federer vs Anderson went on so long. After that we had dinner and a walk and then got Centre Court tickets to see the last set of Nadal vs Del Potro. That was a very good set of tennis and we were even closer to the court! At least by this point the sun had gone down enough that I needed to wear a jumper. Although it was annoyingly on the side, so I had to move my eyes to follow the ball, but managed to move them as little as possible. I was on TV, because I found me on the iPlayer, but it was in the background as the camera panned across. We weren't sitting far from where Nadal ended up in the first row of the stands or from where someone caught a ball that he mishit up into the air.

I have nearly 90 photos on Flickr, although it's helpfully put them in a slightly random order. I can see it's random based on how bright the photos are.

I am going to post about Never Seen Star Wars for this month, while it's not so hot. I'm just skipping the saying what I'm doing part first. I had a plan for August, because I have less going on, but it's not something I want to do in the heat, so what I do for August depends on the weather. So I might well not be announcing that beforehand either.

I umm'ed and ah'ed about signing up for [info]remixrevival because I really like Remix, but if the weather stays hot all summer I don't want to have to write something during that time. So I decided not to, but if it cools down and something strikes me in Madness, then I might do that.


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Too hot for this
Sunday 1st July 2018 9:25 pm

I was fine with the hot weather when I didn't need to go out in it (we have air con at work) and the worst part was my seatbelt getting hotter than the sun on my drive home. I'd be cold in the mornings before work and the house would be not too warm when I got back. Until today. It was particularly hot and humid today and not cold last night. And I was so tired I went to bed early and then slept late. So at no point when I was awake was it colder outside than it was in. I am tired of the hot weather.

I have been procrastinating on my Unconventional Courtship fic, which is why I haven't done anything else. I sit down in the evening, intending to write it, dick around in the internet and go to bed having achieved absolutely nothing. I have been listening to some First Doctor audios in the car in the mornings and it's been good to re-listen to them (and justify having kept the CDs).

But tomorrow Wimbledon starts. I'm looking forward to not quite wall-to-wall tennis due to the football. But I am glad I have a digital radio, as 5 Live Sports Extra is pretty much constant Wimbledon. But I have my Fantasy Wimbledon team sorted and my finalists prediction in: Federer vs Djokovic in the final. I'm not feeling terribly confident about that, but all the people I thought could get to the final are in Federer's half of the draw.

Sammy has been fine in the heat. I still don't see much of him and he's still unsure of me when he realises I'm in the room. But when he surprises me, he's much better, coming to the front of the cage for food. Although he only takes a few bits before going back to his bed and store/eat them.

I need to post about Never Seen Star Wars for July, but since I'm not doing anything for it until after Wimbledon, it can wait.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – June wrap-up
Saturday 30th June 2018 8:52 pm

This month I was listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack. Which I ended up listening to twice. I listened to what I thought was the first few songs earlier in the month, then finally got round to listening to the rest this week. And it turned out I'd listened to all but three. By the time I'd listened to those I couldn't remember how the rest went, so I listened to the whole thing again today.

And I quite like it. I certainly didn't mind listening to it all twice. I have heard one song before: Rewrite the Stars. I liked the last song best: From Now On, mostly because it didn't sound the same as all the others, at least at the start.

Listening to it today I discovered the playlist I'd bookmarked on YouTube included videos with two of the songs. So it gave me a bit of an idea what was going on in the film - the song themselves gave me no idea. And I didn't realise until then that it was a film - I'd thought it was a stage musical. Despite it saying it's the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which you'd have thought would be a clue.

I want to see the film now, to see how these songs all fit in. Although I feel like it's really popular among teenagers (I don't know where I got this impression). Maybe next year's Never Seen Star Wars should just be a film every month.

Overall I give it 8 out of 10. I would listen to those songs again.


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Fandom 5k
Wednesday 27th June 2018 8:49 pm

Fandom 5k happened. I waited to talk about my gift until I could talk about what I wrote because they are very related.

First, I got this lovely Will Riker/Beverly Crusher fic:
the love that lies beneath your skin (5073 words) by A Magiluna Stormwriter
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/William Riker
Characters: Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi, William Riker, Jean-Luc Picard
Summary: "I got a communique a couple of days ago from the Trill home world." He stiffens ever so slightly at that one word, but she can tell he's trying to play it off.

And then I wrote the other TNG fic in the collection... for the person who wrote for me:
The Thing's The Play (5992 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Beverly Crusher/William Riker
Characters: Beverly Crusher, William Riker, Deanna Troi
Summary: After Frame of Mind Will Riker is learning what is real, Beverly Crusher is figuring out what her feelings for him are, both while debating a 22nd century play.

If they seem a bit similar there's a reason for that, My recipient pretty much said they'd like anything and I initially had an idea. And then once I'd plotted it I realised it would be too long for me to write in the time. So I mined my prompts for something that I could write that would be about 5000 words. Since my writer also used my prompts I also got something I liked with the same ship, so win-win (for me - my recipient also liked their fic). And although you could summarise both fics the same way, they are different in the way they do the thing.

At some point I hope to write the longer fic I had plotted out for this.


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Fandom Questions Meme
Monday 18th June 2018 9:59 pm

The last set!

43. What ship do you feel needs more attention?
I want to say, all the really tiny ones that have very few fics, but I have a tendency to get into ships because they're tiny and have very few fics. So perhaps the answer should be none of them

46. Archive Of Our Own, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net or Tumblr - where do you prefer to post and why?
My website, for everything. Stories of Arda for LOTR stuff, Teaspoon for Doctor Who stuff, Wraithbait for Stargate Atlantis stuff, Archive of Our Own for exchange stuff because I have to, and rare stuff which people are unlikely to look anywhere else for. I stopped posting on fanfiction.net a very long time ago because it meant having to format everything differently and I seem to remember you had to upload a whole file, you couldn't just paste in the text.

I stopped crossposting from my site to LJ and DW a while back, when DW went https and the crossposter stopped working, on the basis that the only people following the LJ one don't use LJ any more and no one was following the DW one. So it was the simplest way to fix the crossposting problem.

I have a Tumblr account, but I don't log into it, it's just a copy of the Tumblrs I'm reading by RSS. And my Tumblrs, I mean Clients From Hell.

47. Do you leave reviews when you read fanfiction? Why/Why not?
I'm assuming that by reviews it means comments. In which case, I do. For everything that I get to the end of and like. I started doing this years ago, when I was in LOTR fandom, then got out of the habit when AO3 made it easier to just press the kudos button instead. I got back into writing comments instead a year and a half ago.

I don't remember why I did originally, but I remember being persuaded by some reasoning, I forget which. When stuff was posted on LJ it was good for getting a conversation going (sometimes - fics didn't always lead to that). But AO3 is an archive not a discussion (at least that's how it feels to me). It just feels normal to me, that if I liked a fic I read, I say so.

48. Do you care if people comment/reblog your writing? Why/why not?
I'm interpreting this question on people commenting on my fic. If they're reblogging it something has gone wrong somewhere. I like people to comment - if they liked it. If they hated everything about it then I'm happy for them to keep it to themselves. It's just nice to know that someone other than me has read it and liked it.

49. How did you get into reading and/or writing fanfiction?
I don't really remember. I remember being in the Bugs fandom and I feel like I must have written fic, but I don't think I did. I just remember wishing I was interested enough in the post-series 4 fanfics to read them because I'd have liked the cliffhanger resolved. Whether I read anything in it before then I don't know. I mostly just visited the locations and took photos.

I think it was in the Star Wars TPM fandom, in the day of mailing lists seeing other people's fic and reading a lot of it that made me think I could write it too.

50. Rant or Gush about one thing you love or hate in the world of fanfiction! Go!
Not a massive rant, really, but I hate that exchanges have got so big and there isn't much in the way of fests, where you can sign up to write whatever you like, rather than for someone else. I feel like there used to be more prompt fests. But, of course, it's always possible that they're going on elsewhere and if they're not advertised on Fandom Calendar then I wouldn't know they exist.

To balance it out, on the love side, I like that fanfiction can give you more of the thing you like. Because there's never enough of the thing I like! And it can go places where the original canon couldn't. You can kill people off, you can resurrect them, you can change an event and explore the consequences.


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Various things
Monday 11th June 2018 8:53 pm

All the things I've been meaning to post and haven't got round to.

1. There was an interesting episode of Timeless this series where they went back to 1919 and it was all about women's suffrage. Which was interesting because there's been so much about a hundred years of women's suffrage in this country. I never considered what it was like in America. The answer, when I looked it up, was complicated, because different states had different things going on. But Alice Paul, who was in the episode, really existed.

2. In May my morris side started dancing out one evening a week. Although due to illness and holiday and a clash with choir, I've only made it to three so far. Given that I don't hate driving to places I don't know, it's been a bit nerve-wracking. Especially to one pub in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, and I only knew the first five minutes of the route. I am very glad of my sat nav and Google Street View, so I can do the route the night before and know what I'm looking for. Although Google's directions were a bit interesting one week when they told me it was right by the dual carriageway, so all I had to do was to turn off it. Completely ignoring that I can only come off it at a junction.

We dance in clogs, which made things interesting to start with. There's a lot going on underneath, so it's a bit like walking in platforms, which I've never done before. At first I felt like I was going to fall over just walking, never mind dancing. But now I've got used to them and my only problem is going too excited and ending up on tiptoes. And dancing on ground that turns out to be uneven, which can make things a bit interesting.

3. After looking through a load of summaries for [info]unconventionalcourtship, when I came to sign up I picked the first one I have saved. I have 800 words on it so far and I know where it ends, just not quite so sure on how to get there yet. Some of the wording still might change a bit, but the summary is:
Coming home to the country offered Barbara Wright the chance to make a settled, secure life for herself. But there was a complication – in the shape of her ex-fiancé, millionaire ex-colleague Ian Chesterton. He was still the gorgeous man who had swept her off her feet before – and the attraction between them was electric!
It would have been easy for Barbara to let Ian seduce her seduce Ian. But not so simple to explain the secret she'd kept hidden for years she was keeping hidden. If Ian learned the truth, would he be so keen to reclaim his runaway bride colleague?

4. I have a hamster - his name is Sammy. I've actually had him for three weeks, but he's scared of everything. It's only in the past week when he's started to take food from me. Although that can take a while because he's scared of the rustle of the bag of treats and scared of the noise the box of food makes... The cage is in a bit of a dark corner, but I managed to take a photo one morning, when he got out of bed when I was having breakfast.

Sammy

Sammy


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