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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars January wrap-up
Wednesday 31st January 2018 6:28 pm

This month I've been listening to the My Dad Wrote a Porno podcast. The premise is that a bloke called Jamie has a dad who wrote under the name Rocky Flintstone, a book called Belinda Blinked. Each week he reads a chapter, with comments from his friends, James and Alice.

And I've listened to the whole book in a month.

The book itself is self-published and you can buy it on Amazon. But it's awful. The way Alice described it is the way I feel about listening to it: between episodes I was keen to get to the next one, but as soon as I start I wonder why I'm putting myself through it.

The sex is written by someone you'd assume had never even seen a naked woman, let alone had sex with one, if it wasn't for the fact he has a son and therefore disproves that. It's definitely someone who doesn't understand anatomy at all. Quite apart from the sex, the dialogue is awful, the punctuation is awful and the plot is non-existent (so by definition is the only part that isn't awful).

If I was reading this book myself I probably would have made it to the end of the first chapter because I couldn't believe what I've reading. But there's no way I'd have made it further than that. It's the comments from Alice and James (and Jamie) that really make it fun to listen to. They point out the particularly awful bits in a way that's funny.

The best thing is that there are two more books worth of podcasts for this, so it'll keep me going for a while. I'm giving it 10/10.


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What I’m writing and what I’m not
Sunday 28th January 2018 7:40 pm

I am still working on the 20,000 word Last Leg fic. It is going to take forever (it's already taken forever). I sort of just want to be done with the thing. I finished a round of edits on Friday, so yesterday I went to read through it all, because I keep changing minor plot points. I got three paragraphs in and couldn't take it any more. Perhaps leaving it alone for a while would help.

Because it's so long I wanted to write something shorter. So I started something shorter: it's currently 4500 words. And I my next round of edits is the word choice and adding description one. On the plus side, at least it's shorter than 20,000 words and is fulfilling my goal of writing longer things.

This is the reason I haven't signed up for any ficathons. In 2016 I had writer's block for a long time, Yuletide broke it, I got exchange-happy and then ended up with exchange burn-out. There were exchanges I quite fancied last year but am still not doing this year because I want to finish these things first. But since last year I quite enjoyed picking up pinch hits if there was anything I liked, I might do that, depending on how everything else is going.

I am thinking that since last year I did Het Swap and the year before I did Femslash Exchange, I should do the Gen Fic exchange and a slash one, to complete the set. The tricky part of that is that the only slash one I have seen is for rare pairings and I either like pairings that are really popular or so tiny I'll be unmatchable. So we'll see with that.

Last year I thought there was no way I could do Fandom5k because writing 5000 words is a lot and writing 5000 words for someone else to a deadline would be really hard. But then I wrote a 5000 word fic for Yuletide last year, and the year before I wrote a 4000 word fic. So I think it might be do-able and I'd quite like the challenge. Assuming I can get the 20,000 word thing done by then.


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Dancing
Sunday 21st January 2018 12:29 pm

There was a point last autumn when I was attempting to go out three week nights in a row: for choir, ballet and morris. Which is hard enough anyway, but harder when I had to spend time with Missy when I got in, making them very late nights (and she really wasn't happy about me being out so much). I spent the rest of the week and the weekend recovering. To make it harder, trying to do the steps at morris is hard enough as it is, without having aching legs from ballet.

Something had to go and I hoped something would make the decision for me. And something did: the point to book for ballet this term was when Missy died and I was not feeling like making any decisions.

So I am currently not doing ballet. It's not the first time I stopped. After an autumn where I bought a house, had labyrinthitis and was busy at work, I then needed some time to relax in the winter, so took a term off.

I hate to stop because it feels like I keep taking things up and then dropping them. The trouble is that there are so many things I want to do and only so much time to do them. I can't remember when I started ballet, but it was before 2011. So I've been doing it a long time. I originally started to help me with my balance. And then in summer I found I have better balance than normal people who don't have a balance problem. So I think it's safe to say it's worked.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 17th January 2018 8:09 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Little Women. I discovered that actually Little Women + Good Wives should be one book. But in this country it was split into two. I don't know why, but I can see the logic, given that the last paragraph of Little Women is:

So grouped, the curtain falls on Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Whether it ever rises again depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama, entitled "LITTLE WOMEN".

Which is a paragraph that feels very book-ending.

I like Little Women best out of all four books in the series. It always seems such a shame they have to grow up (well, except Beth). I think the mini-series captured it pretty well in a book and a half. Although the part I remembered the best (no idea why) wasn't in the series: it was Beth sitting on a medicine chest informing Jo about scarlet fever, but it was fine because she'd taken some medicine.

What I'm Currently Reading
Good Wives. I wasn't going to, because I Beth's death is just so hard, but reading Little Women reminded me of all the bits in the first book and then I wanted to read the second to see how similar it was too.

One of the reasons I probably like Little Women and Good Wives is that my books are red - they're little red hardbacks. And I say my books, but they used to be Mum's - I can tell because she wrote her name and class in the front of Good Wives.

What I'm Reading Next
Little Men, very probably. I don't remember it at all really, except for being disappointed it's not as good as Little Women.


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Commenting on fic
Sunday 14th January 2018 8:03 pm

Last year, as part of Fandom Snowflake (I think) I said I would comment on every fic I read and liked. I did. And now that I've made myself feel like kudosing is lazy, I'm going to continue doing it

It has changed my fic reading habits, though. I do have a tendency not to get round to reading things for a while because I know that if I like it, I'm going to need to comment. So if I don't have the energy for commenting right then, I don't read it.

Initially some of my comments were just "I like this" or something along those lines. But after a while I told myself I have to think of something in particular I like. But how much I comment is less to do with how much I like the fic and more to do with how much time I have and how much I've read.

I always said that kudosing (for me) was like saying "I like this but I don't have anything in particular to say". Except that there have been occasions when I've read something, thought it was all right, but not much more than that. In those instances I might have kudosed it. Now I don't allow myself to use the kudos button. And having discovered that it does mean that in some instances, I now can't use it at all because although the authors might not know how I mean it, I do. And I just don't feel like I can damn them with faint praise.

So continuing commenting it is then.

In unrelated news, the person who wrote the crossposter I'm using suddenly re-appeared after not having done anything to it for years, and updated it to work with Dreamwidth's https. So if you're reading this on Dreamwidth it should be back to normal paragraph gaps again.


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2017: the year of babies
Sunday 7th January 2018 7:48 pm

It feels like everyone had babies in 2017. Although in reality it's only three and only if you count the beginning of this year as 2017. Which isn't that much of a surprise in some ways, because I went to a lot of weddings a few years ago (where four counts as a lot). But it's had a terrible effect on my social life.

When I went to the tennis or to see comedians, I used to go with my sister. Which was fine until the end of 2016 when we saw Adam Hills. And then she very selfishly had a baby this year (who I plan to use to go to things that would be odd to go to without a child when he's old enough, but that's not going to be for a few years yet). Between that and other babies and illness (and weather) I haven't been to any tennis, the only time I went to the theatre was to Harry Potter, which I booked in mid-2016, and the only comedian I saw was Ellie Taylor, when the local theatre emailed that week to say she was on. Amusingly, her set was all about how she was in her 30s and everyone was having babies...

But this year is going to be different. I've decided that if I want to go to something I will just book it and go. Then it doesn't matter what anyone else is doing. So I am already going to see Lucy Porter and Dara O'Briain in the spring.


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 8:24 pm

Trying to get back into the swing of Reading Wednesdays.

What I Just Finished Reading
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard by David A Goodman. I enjoyed the Kirk one that I read last year, so I was excited to read this. And it was good - it was interesting to read about him growing up and his time on the Stargazer. That took up a lot of the book, which was fine because I was enjoying it. But then his time on the Enterprise felt a bit rushed in comparison to the Kirk autobiography. And the ending didn't match up with the books at all. Which I suppose is fine, the books can all exist in parallel universes, but I was disappointed it was different.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Book of the Year by No Such Thing As A Fish. They'd been plugging this book on their podcasts for a while and posting extracts on Twitter, so I was starting to succumb and thinking about buying it. And then a friend bought it for me, which solved all those problems. It's all the little stories of the year, sorted alphabetically. The fact that sticks in my mind at the moment, is that an atmospheric phenomenon was discovered, the public got to name it, so they called it 'Steve'.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably Little Women, because I've been watching the adaptation that was on over Christmas and it's making me want to go back and revisit it, and read all the bits they missed out.


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2017 fic roundup
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 7:46 pm

Summary: This seems to be the year of writing in new fandoms.

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Yuletide 2017
Monday 1st January 2018 5:25 pm

Yuletide happened and I got two fics and a game. Which I am so excited about, but waited to talk about until I could say what I wrote, for reasons which will become obvious. Read more...


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