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Holiday
Monday 21st May 2018 11:42 am

I've just got back from my holiday to Edinburgh. Which I enjoyed. It's just a pity it's a long way away. It's a nice city, small enough to walk around, pretty and friendly people. And a castle. Most of my photos are either of the castle, views of the city from the castle or views of the castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

While there I discovered Boots does gluten free sandwiches. Not meat free or milk free, but I am surprised it's taken this long, given that whole gluten free thing going on at the moment. Of course it's possible they've existed for a while but I've never looked - I haven't been able to eat pre-packaged sandwiches since I became lactose intolerant (which was before I became wheat intolerant) because they all have milk or lactose in them.

It was also nice to be away from anything that I have to (or feel that I have to) do. But now I'm back I have to go back to work, I have to finish off my Fandom 5k fic and I have to do something about the mess in my spare room so there's space to have people to stay in it. And so I can get to stuff in my spare room, now that I have the door open (in the winter I close the door and turn the heating off and pretend it's not there).


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – May
Monday 7th May 2018 3:16 pm

This month I'm going to read a Jeeves and Wooster book. I know my sister likes them and I've been book shopping with her before where she's tried to persuade me to try them. And I can't remember any more why I wasn't keen. I haven't seen the Fry & Laurie version, just clips, so I don't really know what to expect.

I have borrowed the first book, Carry On, Jeeves, from my sister. It's red, which I like. Although obviously the colour of the cover doesn't affect the contents.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars April wrap-up
Sunday 6th May 2018 2:11 pm

Last month I watched The Death of Stalin. I saw the trailer ages ago, liked it, then failed to see it at the cinema. Turns out that was ok because I didn't like it as much as I thought I would.

It wasn't laugh out loud funny, but it was silly. The biggest problem I had was that although they introduced everyone by slowing the action and putting up their names and positions, I immediately forgot their names. So when they were plotting against one of them I was confused about who they were plotting against. And I just found it a bit slow.

I'll give it 5/10.


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Ill (again)
Saturday 5th May 2018 11:36 am

I've been ill this week. But since I only felt terrible for one day, the rest of the time I was fine if I was lying down, I managed to work on my fandom 5k fic, albeit in small bits. I now have 5000 words and am more confident about getting it done. The reason I didn't blog before I was ill was because I was busy working on my fandom 5k fic.

Weekdays day time is quite good for old TV. Old TV is good because it doesn't move much. So I watched some Star Trek and The Bill (from 2000, so it moves, but not too much). And listened to podcasts, read some stuff that didn't require a brain and I can't even remember. And I've nearly caught up on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, which I was very behind on.

Its made it hard to get excited about a three day weekend when I've already not done anything for a week and am not well enough to do too much yet.


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Fandom Questions Meme
Friday 20th April 2018 8:00 pm

All the writing questions. Read more...


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Fandom Questions Meme
Friday 13th April 2018 9:00 pm

I skipped some questions that are just not applicable. These are all apparently supposed to be about my current fandom, but since everything is current I just answered generally.

18. What ship have you written the most about?
Sarah/Harry, for which I have written 21 fics. Next highest is Ian/Barbara at 13. Nothing else gets into double figures. It doesn't surprise me, I wrote a lot of Sarah/Harry back in the day. There's a lot of unrequited shipping on Harry's side, but not so much on Sarah's side (in fact, I don't remember any). So that's still something I want to write.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
I'm not sure why this question says them - I'm sure it should be it. But regardless, I don't think there are any. There are ships that I hate that are big or hate the way they're written as fluffy when they should be complicated, but that includes ones I ship as well as ones I don't.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Yes, a few. Missy/Master, because I never thought I'd like any pairings involving the Master. Thirteen/Missy because I don't ship the Doctor. Although I think it's because we haven't seen the Thirteenth Doctor yet. I suspect that once we do, I might go off it. Or not, who knows. Riker/Crusher, because I am very pro-Riker/Troi and I couldn't see it at all, until someone requested it in an exchange and their prompt convinced me.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 11th April 2018 9:03 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Oi Cat! by Kes Gray & Jim Field. It's my nephew's book, but I really liked the previous two books in the series, Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! so when I was at my sister's recently I read it. And this time my nephew didn't give me a funny look for reading his book. These books are all about what animals sit on based on rhyming (mules sit on stools, storks sit on forks, etc) with a funny twist at the end. Although I must be getting used to them by now because I saw the twist coming on the previous page. I just love all the silly things they come up with for animals to sit on, with accompanying pictures.

The strange thing is that I've just discovered it's available on Kindle. It's a children's book!

Superfluous Women by Carola Dunn. I liked it, but it was all about a small community who looked down on the 'superfluous women' who house shared and had jobs. Even though at the start of the series that's what Daisy and Lucy were doing and no one blinked an eye (except Daisy's mother, but that's a different problem). So it was a bit weird that this was suddenly a thing. And I was surprised to find Tring having retired - I didn't know he was that old. There was a point when it came up that one of the suspects lived in Hazlemere - I've been there! (this is becoming a theme in Daisy books...)

What I'm Currently Reading
Little Men which I had been reading at a chapter a night and then stopped. I am back to reading it before bed again.

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon. It's a sequel to a book series I previously read, but don't really remember. It keeps referencing those events and some of it is coming back. But so far I am partway through chapter one and nothing has happened yet. Which is mostly why I'm not further through chapter one. I am assuming it will improve, it's just hard work getting there.

What I'm Reading Next
At this rate those two will take a while.


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Ikea and Hobbycraft
Sunday 8th April 2018 9:30 pm

I went to Ikea and Hobbycraft this weekend. I haven't been to Hobbycraft for years, which is just as well: it's a dangerous place. I spent more money than I did in Ikea and can not say I don't have enough card making stuff (it only just fits in the drawer). And I also now have plenty of Aida, as I am close to finishing my last cross stitch kit and then will do some from patterns using up the approx 70 million threads I have.

Ikea is lovely and empty at opening time on a Saturday. That's the only good thing I can say about it... I've never been on my own before had to be told by the cashier what to do with everything I had. I didn't bother with a trolley and although I happily carried a bag of cross stitches that needed framing, some frames, a lamp shade, a back door mat and a 10kg 100x50 cm table to the till, afterwards I couldn't work out how I'd done it. I had to go on a mission to find a trolley without dropping anything.

I managed to cut my thumb open in the middle of Ikea: I had a frame with broken glass courtesy of the window men. Since the glass was sitting in there and not moving I thought it would be fine to take it like that. I should have known that a) that's not a good idea and b) if I can break something/injure myself I will. Fortunately I had plasters with me, but I was miles from a toilet (probably).

And then there was the car park. I've only ever parked in one multi-storey car park before and that was in the evening when it was pretty empty. I'm not really fond of going up ramps in multi-storey car parks as a passenger and I think I've only done it once as a driver. This one required me to go up a spiral ramp. Theoretically it's fine once you have the wheel turned correctly because it's all the same. But I went up on level to a closed floor, decided I couldn't manage another level, got most of the way there and then hit the side. Going down was much better, although I was glad I was behind someone because you pretty much had to drive round the whole car park to get out and I'd have got lost. When I did get out I ended up in the wrong lane, as I assumed that on a roundabout with two exits the left lane would go left and the right lane would go right. Which it didn't. And I knew that from looking at Google Street View in advance, but was so freaked out from the whole experience I had forgotten.

If I ever decide I need anything from Ikea again I am only going if it's with someone else who is driving or I'll get it delivered. £7 seems like a small price to pay (and probably what it costs in petrol to get there anyway).


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Other things
Wednesday 4th April 2018 9:09 pm

Every time I think work's calmed down it calms right back up again. It is currently calm, and with choir having stopped for Easter I am enjoying having more free time and energy to enjoy it.

I signed up to Fandom 5k. My self-imposed deadline on my 25k fic was so that I could sign up. Given that I wrote a 5k fic for Yuletide and a 5.5k fic earlier this year because I was a bit sick of the endless long thing and wanted to write something short(!) I think I should be able to do it. So far there's one person I could write for, a few more days of sign ups and some other possibilities I might yet offer.

I finally managed to work through [info]b2mem at the weekend. Somehow it's become traditional that I don't have time to read any of it in March and then as soon as April hits I do it all in one go.

I am used to watching non-fictional things on TV or saving them up. So when I watched Episodes on Friday (series 5 finally on in this country) it felt strange that I'd have to wait a whole week to find out what happens next.

The Commonwealth Games starts tonight! On the other side of the world, again. I looked at the schedule, couldn't tape all of that, so I am hoping the BBC will make it easy to watch things later (especially the swimming). And then I'll catch up at weekends. Hopefully.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – April
Tuesday 3rd April 2018 8:03 pm

After finding last month a bit busy trying to fit everything in, and the Commonwealth Games starting this week, I'm going for something that doesn't take too much time. I'm going to watch a film - specifically The Death of Stalin. It's an Armando Ianucci film that I wanted to see at the cinema, but I didn't realise was only going to be at my local cinema for one weekend. I thought of it every time I watched an episode of Discovery, because it's also got Jason Isaacs in it.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars March wrap-up
Sunday 1st April 2018 8:25 pm

This month I was learning AngularJS. Although it turns out to be more complicated than that. Version 1 is called Angular.JS, version 2 and above is called Angular. I googled to find a free course and ended up at codeschool. Mainly because they started by telling me what it's for. So I now know some Angular.JS and have established it's no use for work or me. It's okay, generally, but I'm not sure what all the excitement is about it.

Now I'm found an Angular course. Apparently it's quite different, but the basic principles are the same. And hoping at some point I'll discover what's so amazing about it.

In terms of learning it, it's so far not been massively different from any other programming language I've tried - I don't really learn it until I try programming in it. So I'll give it 6/10.


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Dear Fandom 5k Writer
Sunday 25th March 2018 3:14 pm

WARNING: at the bottom of this letter is THE LIBRARIANS SEASON 4 SPOILERS

Dear Fandom 5k Writer,

In this I have tried to give some ideas of what I like, but they are mainly the things that I've remembered I like. As long as it's not on my dislikes list, then I probably like it. I've given prompts and ideas in case you're the sort of person who finds them helpful. But feel free to disregard them if you want - as long as you write something that features the characters I've requested I'll be happy. I like all the other characters in the fandoms I've requested, so feel free to add in anyone else you want.

Likes
- Stories that feel like a piece of canon
- Stories that make me laugh
- Stories that make me cry
- Stories that give me warm, fuzzy feelings
- Banter
- Friendship
- Time travel/playing around with time
- For shippy things: feelings conveyed with just a few touches or meaningful glances

Dislikes/DNWs
- Non-canonical (permanent) character death
- Anything that requires an adult rating (aside from language, if it's appropriate to the canon)
- Bodily fluids described in detail
- Any relationships not explicitly stated at some point in canon
- AUs that change the setting
- For shippy things: power imbalance

Read more...


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Fandom Questions Meme
Saturday 24th March 2018 6:23 pm

Things are busy at the moment (in a good way, ie with things I want to do rather than with work), so have some more meme questions.

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Fandom Questions Meme
Wednesday 21st March 2018 8:04 pm

This seems like the sort of unimportant thing I feel like talking about today.

1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
The Bill. When we first got the internet in 1996 I came across the official site and the forum. And then when they changed the forum design and decided I'd come back when they put it back to how it was... I forget when I did go back, but it was after I had a pseudonym to use on the internet. I only left when MikeB's site shut down (it had become the alternative forum when the official site got rid of its forum).

2. What is your latest fandom?
It's a toss-up between Carry On (Simon Snow) and Victoria (Drummond/Alfred). With the former I wrote a fic for Yuletide and I have been reading some fic. I keep meaning to read more but there never seems to be the time and I am really behind on B2MeM reading. With the latter I got into it late last year when I watched the second series of Victoria quickly before the Christmas special. I have written a couple of fics and started reading most of the fics on AO3, but they're pretty much all terrible (like missing capital letters, missing punctuation levels of terrible). Judging by the author's notes, I am not touching the fandom beyond that with a bargepole.

If I count things where I've read or written at one fic but nothing else, then I could also count Daisy Dalrymple, Taskmaster, Discovery and Belinda Blnked. I don't know what the bar is for saying you're in a fandom.

3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
I think it would be The Bill. I'm still friends with people I met in that fandom and they live on the other side of the world. It was when first used a chatroom (on the official site) - we used to have chats at 12pm on Sundays and after an hour the UK people would go to lunch and the Australians to bed.

And I enjoyed what we called London Trips. They started off as trips to the studio, to hang around outside and accost actors and crew, and then go to the pub. As time went on we spent less time outside the studio and more time in the pub.

4. Do you regret getting involved in any fandoms?
No. But they've either all been nice or I've just read some stuff occasionally and then that's not something you regret in quite the same way. They haven't all been great. I was in Stargate fandom when it was ridiculous and people literally couldn't understand how I could be friends with Jack/Daniel shippers when I was a Sam/Jack shipper (I later also became a Jack/Daniel shipper - I imagine shipping both would have blown their minds). The Bill fandom got a bit horrible during the soapy era (with accusations of homophobia and the coining of the word heterophobia). I ended up only going to the off topic side of the forum, but then it turned out that was the best part anyway. So I don't regret being involved in either of them.


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A week off with sport
Sunday 18th March 2018 6:24 pm

I took this week off from everything that wasn't work and sleep (ie the things I have to do) to watch the Winter Paralympics. Mostly wheelchair curling, because there are only so many times you can watch someone sky down a hill before it gets samey. Although, as with the Olympics, I preferred the snowboarding to skiing.

I don't know what I'm going to do with myself next week. Aside from catching up with everything...


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The monster is slain
Sunday 11th March 2018 5:19 pm

I have finally finished my long Last Leg fic. On the one hand, I've been living with it for about 8 months, so it's hard to leave it. On the other hand, I spent three hours (with breaks when my eyes started gazing over) reading through it this afternoon and I never want to read it again. I don't care any more if anyone reads it or it's any good, I just care that it's done.

Strictly Romance (25,277 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Last Leg RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Jonnie Peacock/Josh Widdicombe
Characters: Josh Widdicombe, Jonnie Peacock, Alex Brooker, Adam Hills
Summary: A year after their holiday romance in Rio, and as Jonnie starts on Strictly Come Dancing, Josh and Jonnie have another go at a relationship.


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Stuff and nonsense
Wednesday 7th March 2018 3:14 pm

(I can't keep titling posts "Things")

While I didn't have a hamster I thought I'd get some holidays in. I was going to Chester anyway for a wedding and I'd already made some tentative plans to go to Edinburgh. Said plans got less tentative and then I thought I could go somewhere else. The only weekend I had free when it wasn't the Easter holidays was last weekend. I then discovered that staying on a Friday or Saturday night was twice the price. Which worked out well because I ended up going to Bath on Sunday when there were trains running (if not all of them).

I've heard a lot about the snow elsewhere in the country, but it wasn't as bad where I was. It still wasn't great, but we didn't have the 7 inches of snow they apparently had in Bath. I worked from home on Thursday because although there wasn't enough snow to completely cover the ground, the weather forecast said it was going to get worse. I was at the point of deciding the forecast was wrong when people at work went home because it was so bad there. Work is only 10 miles away!

After being out in -4C (in seven layers, not including coat, scarf, hat and gloves), 5C (ish) felt really warm. Bath was good, although I did loads of walking. The Waterstones there didn't have a separate social history section, but their 20th century history section had quite a few books I'd got or read, which was pretty good. I looked in the crime section for Daisy Dalrymple, because having read ebooks I'd never seen any covers in person. They had three, very brightly coloured, one of which was Superfluous Women.

One of the things that has bothered me about the books is the way all the women are married off (or about to be). Yet after the war there were a lot more women of marriageable age than men. Which turned out to be a good thing in the end because no longer were women expected to just get married. They could have jobs and no longer was spinsterhood something to be pitied. Turns out this is the book that does deal with this. And in the acknowledgements, the author has read the same book I have on the subject. On the basis that money spent on books when you're on holiday doesn't count, I bought it.

While I was there I went to a comedy club that had a few new stand ups doing short sets. Some of them were funnier than others. Some of them were better than others. Although the best ones were the ones that were confident. The nervous ones didn't come across as well. It was interesting that quite a few had notes written on their hands to remind them of their jokes.

Between my cold and the cold I've been in a lot, so it was good to get out and about. Although I seem to have ended up going out nearly every night this week. And I like Bath: it's pretty and you can get to everything in the city centre. I was sad to leave until I was walking home from the station and it was so quiet. And then I realised how much I missed the quiet. I like cities to visit and they're handy to have nearby, but I couldn't live in one.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – March
Thursday 1st March 2018 8:17 pm

This month I'm going to learn AngularJS.

It was frustrating me a bit that work has been so busy with project work that I haven't had time to do any programming. My programming to do list never gets shorter. And then I remembered years ago I was just starting on jQuery and I was talking to someone who was starting on AngularJS. Both of these are programming languages that could be described as Javascript (a programming language) with knobs on. This person said that Angular was better and that was pretty much the gist of the conversation from what I remember.

Having looked it up, I discovered that actually although they're both Javascript with knobs on, they're different knobs. With similar grammar but different words. I'm not sure how much I can learn in a month, given how much (little) French I (re-) learnt in a month, but I won't know until I try.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars February wrap-up
Wednesday 28th February 2018 9:29 pm

This month I've been listening to podfic. To find some I started off with the podfic tag on AO3 and put in a few fandoms that came to mind as unlikely to give me too many works to wade through. And then a bit of googling found me [info]podfic-love. Between the two I downloaded a few things from a few different fandoms.

I started with the shortest one I found and although I got to the end I lost interest. I ended up going to the original fic to read that to see what happened and it didn't grab me either. I tried another, didn't get very far through and was tempted to stop there. And I was struggling with the American accents. You can't tell what accent the podficcer has before you try and I find American accents really hard going on audio, for some reason.

But then it got to last weekend, I thought that it's close to the end of the month, I've got a load of podfic downloaded and I should try some more. It's just as well I did because I came across two I enjoyed!

(if you knew what i know) [PODFIC] by bessyboo
Fandom: Sarah Jane Adventures
Relationships: Clyde Langer/Luke Smith
Summary: And it really isn’t Luke’s fault that his best friend has a hugely inappropriate and aching crush on him, so Clyde should probably stop taking it out on him.

This isn't a fic I'd normally have read because I don't ship Luke & Clyde. And I wasn't sure about listening to someone with an American accent read it, because SJA is British. And yet I liked it anyway. I think it helped that it wasn't a strong accent. The only weird bit was the pronunciation of biro - I only knew what the word was supposed to be from the context.

[PODFIC] Not Exactly a Ring by kerravon
Fandom: The Librarian (Movies), The Librarians (TV 2014)
Relationships: Charlene (The Librarian)/Judson (The Librarian)
Summary: Author: "Charlene had always thought she was ready to give her all when the time came to protect the Library. Some things, though, there really is no way to prepare for. Giving her heart and soul to seal the Library doesn't turn out quite the way she expected, and Librarians, to a body, have the worst senses of timing in the universe. Judson/Charlene, tag to episodes 1x01 and 1x02."

I downloaded this one because I thought it sounded familiar - turns out I read it, back when The Librarians first started. So I knew I already liked the story. The American accent was stronger in this one, but it seemed to fit the fandom and the characters. Even if I kept laughing every time "library" was pronounced with three syllables. I think in the episodes I'm distracted from dwelling on it so much.

I've concluded that to like a podfic I have to like the fic and like the voice. With the former you have the summary to go on, just like fanfic. But there's generally no clues about the latter. And even then I'm clearly still fickle and don't know what I want. And although I can see times when it's useful to listen to podfic, they're the same times when I listen to podcasts. Except that podfic you have to concentrate on more because it's easy to miss things and then be completely lost. So despite having enjoyed two podfics, I don't know that I'll listen to any more.

I'll give this a 7/10.


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Where did all the sport go?
Monday 26th February 2018 8:32 pm

If there was ever a good time to have a cold that made me feel crap and set my asthma off so I spent a week and a half working from home, during the Winter Olympics is that time. There was sport on TV for the whole time I was working (and before and after it too). And a lot of it is sport that doesn't require too much effort. I find that once you've seen one person go down a track on a tea tray, or down a hill on a skis, or do acrobatics on a snowboard you've seen them all.

Except for the curling, obviously. I found I liked working with curling in the background. Until it got really important (men's tie-break, women's semis and bronze medal match) so then I taped them and watched them only when I could concentrate on them.

I think the only sports I didn't watch at all were the ice hockey and figure skating. Ice hockey because it's like one giant game of spot the ball. I saw a bit of a penalty shoot-out on one match and I couldn't tell whether they got a goal or not. The figure skating because all the movement and direction changing of the skaters and the camera makes me dizzy. Although I did watch our pair in the ice dance free program. I noticed that he was spotting during the twizzles. The rest of the time I listened to music punctuated by Robin Cousins telling me what jump they'd just done.

I also loved snowboard cross. Otherwise known as let's have a snowboard race where everyone falls over. And I am here for people falling over. The ski version is not as fun - hardly anyone fell over. I felt the same about the halfpipe and slopestyle. I can understand the snowboard version - it is a bit like skateboarding after all. But doing all that stuff on skis just seems a bit odd.

Fortunately the Winter Paralympics starts end of next week. I will be at work for that and catching up will be harder because 4OD has adverts, but it has curling and sports that are more crazy than in the Olympics.


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