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Star Trek
Wednesday 5th April 2017 8:12 pm

Re-watching bits of ST:TNG for my Het Swap fic got me all interested in Star Trek again. To the point where I now own all of it on DVD except the Animated Series and Voyager. The only reason I don't own the Animated Series is because it's expensive (ie over £10). I've only seen it once, when the BBC used to show a few episodes in half terms and school holidays during the day.

When I re-watched bits of TNG, I went for the Riker/Troi bits, since I was mostly writing them. But I got distracted by Patrick Stewart. I briefly thought "why is a Frenchman being played by a Yorkshire man?" and then remembered we'd done this in the 90s and I'd just have to live with it. Although then I thought that if he was French he wouldn't pronounce it Picard.

And then I got distracted by something that really annoyed me. The Enterprise D bridge is very pretty. Doesn't need a seat just for the counselor, but I didn't see any episodes where she stated the obvious, so I let that go. It does have plenty of seats... except for Worf. When I started watching it, back in the 90s, it was in series 5. At the time I had no idea Tasha Yar existed and just accepted that Klingons are happy standing for their whole shift when everyone else gets to sit down.

(As an aside, maybe they should have all had sit-standing/treadmill/some sort of crazy futuristic work stations)

Except that what sort of designer thought that was a good idea?

I'm still not over that. But I went and looked at Star Trek books. And there are loads. There's a series set on Picard's old ship, Stargazer, there's a series set between Insurrection and Nemesis to explain the inconsistencies (none of which I noticed). It's pretty much a case of you name it, there's a series of books about it.

The amazing thing are the number of Star Trek books I found in the county's libraries. I've seen one or two in my local library, but it is only small and it never occurred to me that there might be more out there. Obviously they only have recent ones, but it's the recent ones I'm interested in. I read enough TOS and TNG books in the 90s and I want to see how they've carried things on since the end of TNG & DS9.

And then I made my most exciting discovery - there's a Kirk autobiography. Suddenly £1 to get it from another library in the county seemed like a small price to pay and when I eventually got it, I read it in a day. I loved it. They described why certain things happened the way they did in various TOS episodes - or at least I think they did. It's been a while since I've seen any of them. Amusingly, they made The Final Frontier fictional. But I discovered how much I've forgotten even of the films - although I remember the line "Everyone remember where we parked" from The Voyage Home, I didn't remember that was in a Klingon ship.

I ended up rewatching it. And it wasn't as good as I remembered. I think part of the excitement at the time was seeing the crew in the present. But now the 80s is a long way away. And wow. I'm used to seeing 80s fashions from Press Gang, but TNG and The Voyage Home shows how America took that to a whole new OTT level. I just can't get over the size of the hair.

But I did like seeing Sulu in his element flying a helicopter, Scotty showing how good he was at his job, and Chekov's "nuclear wessels". According to Kirk's autobiography Scotty ate most of Kirk's pizza, which doesn't surprise me.

I had a moment of being convinced I must be going mad when I recognised one of the Starfleet personnel - and then when I looked it up I discovered he was Sisko's father.

I found that Picard's autobiography is out in the autumn, so I am really looking forward to that. And in the meantime, catching up on other Star Trek books the library is providing me with.


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Five Things
Sunday 8th January 2017 5:27 pm

1. I finally got round to seeing which Gen Prompt Bingo squares my Yuletide fics might fit on. And I now have four lines with three squares filled. You think it would be easy to get a line from there...

2. Looking through the Chocolate Box requests I found a person who has loads of the same fandoms (and likes the same relationships) as me. I sort of hope I get matched to them, but also sort of not because how will I decide which to write? Chocolate Box is a min 300 word exchange based on relationships - but unlike Public Call it splits them into gen and ship. If anyone wants to write treats the requests are at http://archiveofourown.org/collections/chocolatebox2017/requests

3. After [info]lost_spook mentioned it, I have now watched all four episodes of Timeless that are on Channel 4's catchup. I like it so far but it feels a bit formulaic. So, for example, my favourite character is Wyatt (despite hating his name) because he's a good looking hero who's been hurt emotionally. Which makes me feel like I'm being emotionally manipulated into liking him because of this past hurt. I want to dislike it because of this, but I don't.

4. I have so many Big Finish audios to listen to at the moment. November and December were months with a lot of good releases. I saved The Avengers (Steed & Peel vol 2) for Christmas and I loved it. I like how silly they make it. I know they were based on old comics and they've done them all now, but I am hoping they'll do some more anyway.

I'm onto Counter Measures now which I love. At least now they've back to doing individual stories again. I only got into these audios because they brought the first one out as I was writing a story where Ian and Barbara land just after they left, rather than in 1965, and get caught up in the events of Remembrance of the Daleks. I'm glad I did - they might be my favourite Big Finish audios.

I also have the latest UNIT box set, which will be tough straight after Counter Measures. Much as I love Kate, I love Rachel more. Plus I don't care that much about the other UNIT characters (even Oswald - I don't like her nearly as much as the rest of fandom does).

5. So far all the Fandom Snowflake things have been repeats from previous years, so I haven't been that excited about doing it yet. I may change my mind, but going back to work last week was just so hard (but it got easier to wake up before dawn as the week went on). I usually go back to work on the first working day of the year because no one wants to work. And this year we spent most of the day chatting and talking about how unmotivated we are were. By day 2 anyone who's had an extra day off gets no sympathy.


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Names are important
Monday 12th December 2016 8:25 pm

This is the post that I haven't had time to write, but have been reminded about by The Librarians and reading a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis fic for SGA Secret Santa.

Names are important. What names people use to call each other, more so. This was interesting when I was in LOTR fandom and read and wrote Aragorn, aka man of many names. For the first two years of his life he is Aragorn. For the next eighteen he is Estel. After that it all gets a lot more complicated. Read more...


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Distracted by sport
Wednesday 24th August 2016 7:51 pm

I might have been a bit distracted by the Olympics and not posted. And by might I mean was. And still am - since it finished I've watched the men's triathlon, diving, BMX. I still have plenty to catch up on - I should be finished by the time the Paralympics start...

I have managed some non-Olympics things in the past couple of weeks. The weekend before last I went to the Nine Worlds convention. Last year I generally wasn't impressed with it, but loved the Whedon Singalong enough to go back. This time they only sang a selection of songs in the Whedon Singalong, which didn't include my favourites. And I liked the rest of the con less. So next year I might just be going to the Whedon Singalong, if they return to singing all the songs.

While I was there, Missy was having a holiday with my sister. They both enjoyed it, except for when my sister had her in-laws round and Missy wasn't happy that there were people in the house and she wasn't being played with.

I went through a whole load of my cards. Back in uni, when we had Wednesday afternoons off for sport, I spent it playing the Star Trek customisable card game. I haven't played it since I left, but I have a lot of cards. Also, quite a few Magic cards, Young Jedi (which I don't even remember playing), Attack of the Clones cards, the Dilbert card game (which at least is just a normal card game), a pack of Original Series Star Trek cards. And a booster pack of Harry Potter cards. The TOS cards are confusing because they're in a box that states it contains 65 cards including Kirk, Spock, McCoy & Enterprise + a rulebook. It actually contains more than 65 cards, none of which are Kirk, Spock or McCoy and no rulebook. I don't remember playing this one either.

Going through my Star Trek cards brought back memories of playing it. I'm pretty sure in one of the boxes was the deck I last played at a tournament where I assimilated Earth. Which is pretty much all I remember of how to play it. I just have to decide, with all of these cards, whether to sell/get rid of them, keep them as a collection (and get rid of the duplicates) or keep them and play them. But right now I'm enjoying cataloguing them and putting them in order. And trying to convince myself that I don't need to buy any more...


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Science geeks in media
Sunday 31st July 2016 6:08 pm

This is sort of the opposite to my last post. I've been listening to Big Finish's UNIT box set and it just annoyed me as the episodes went on. I know lots of people like Osgood, but I've never been that much of a fan. One of my problems is her asthma, which is never that well portrayed in TV anyway. The other problem is her glasses. It's as if there's a rule that says that any scientist must wear glasses. The asthma's a bonus. It's like being a scientist must mean there's something wrong with you.

The other reason it's been grating recently is I had a sudden urge to rewatching some Wizards vs Aliens. Benny is a scientist, which means he wears glasses (the actor does not). And when there's an episode with one of the alien scientist appearing human, he wears glasses.

Stop it with the glasses. It doesn't automatically mean they're clever. It means they can't see very well. The two things are not linked. Well, as far as I know. But unless someone's done some counting and worked out the percentage of glasses wearers is much higher among clever people, I'd expect to see the same number of clever glasses wearers and less-clever glasses wearers. And there's not many non-scientists wearing glasses on TV...


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Lis Sladen in The Bill
Friday 13th May 2016 7:42 pm

Thanks to one of Network's sales, I have a whole lot of late 80s half hour episodes of The Bill on DVD. And I realised that one of them has Lis Sladen in it. In one scene. But I took screencaps aka photos of the telly. The quality isn't brilliant because it's from 1989 and goes a bit fuzzy when I pause it. Read more...


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The Avengers and The Guild
Sunday 1st May 2016 6:32 pm

Game of Thrones started again last week and I still haven't seen the last series. But instead I've been watching two old things with 'The' in the title.

The Avengers
I went to my parents last weekend and Dad mentioned The Avengers is on weekdays. So we watched a couple of Steed & Peel episodes. They were the beginning of the colour ones, which I have seen all of. I can't remember which black & white ones I have seen any more - and sometimes looking at the descriptions on the backs of the DVDs makes me want to rewatch ones I know I have seen, which isn't helpful for getting through them.

It was well timed because I've just been listening to Big Finish's audio adaptations of Steed & Peel comic strips. Which were good and gloriously ridiculous and whimsical, which is what I like about The Avengers. The first one was (sort of) a follow up to an episode that I didn't remember. And then I discovered that's because I've seen the other two episodes on the DVD, but not that one. Or I hadn't at the time - I've seen it now.

They're also showing Tara King episodes, which I would tape, since I've only seen a few of those. But there are two every weekday and I'd just never get through them. I already have a load of stuff I haven't watched.

The Guild
I'd heard of this - I knew it was a web series that Felicia Day had done, but nothing else. But then I read her book and found out it was about people playing an MMORG and it sounded interesting. I've never played one myself because I know I'd get sucked into it, but I have some idea of what they involve. Not that it mattered much for watching The Guild. Which I got through the whole of in less than a week. It was good - I liked it. And now I'm trying to stop myself from re-watching it all with annotations (which are interesting).


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TV watching
Monday 4th April 2016 8:48 pm

I've been gradually working my way through all the stuff I have taped on my PVR. I've done all the hour long documentaries and now just have the TV series to go. Which feel like the harder bits...

But then I got distracted yesterday and watched an episode of Quantum Leap - The Americanization of Machiko. It had been on my mind after I'd watched a documentary about time travel in sci-fi that mentioned Quantum Leap. The episode is about a sailor who returns from two years in Japan, with a Japanese wife. Who his mother doesn't approve of. Because it's Quantum Leap of course it all turns out all right in the end.

It just reminded me how good Quantum Leap was. And how much I should resist the urge to watch (nearly) all the rest of the episodes (I've never felt the need to rewatch Lee Harvey Oswald, the Evil Leaper stuff or the last episode).

It is a lot easier to have time to watch these things at the weekend. Partly because I can watch them during the day, while Missy is asleep. In the evenings she wants to play (and I want to play with her too) or she'll be noisy drinking or chewing the bars. Sometimes it can take me a whole evening to watch something an hour long.

But I can't blame her for building up a massive load of things to watch on my PVR because most of it was from last year (and some from the year before), and I only got Missy after New Year.


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Fandom snowflake day 7
Monday 8th February 2016 8:29 pm

In your own space, share a favorite piece of original canon (a TV episode, a song, a favorite interview, a book, a scene from a movie, etc) and explain why you love it so much.

When thinking about what to do for these, the piece that stood out for me was the first scene of the first episode of The Librarians. Which I managed to find on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNdBKqjPprc

When I first saw it I knew very little of what it was about. The first couple of minutes of this are not that exciting, with some military people and bad guys shooting at each other. And then the Librarian falls into the scene (literally). And is unconcerned about all the people standing around holding guns and is more worried about a magical artifact. At the end of the scene he introduces himself and I wanted to know more about what a Librarian did. And what sort of person he was.

There are some TV series it can take a while to get into it. Having watched all thirteen episodes of Dark Matter, I still can't decide if I like it or not. But with The Librarians, I knew I was going to like it by the end of that scene. Which is why it stands out so much.

And as a bonus, here's a [info]festivids fanvid for the first two series of The Librarians:

http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/273911.html

It shows how fun The Librarians is, but also fits the action to the words (which is how I think all fanvids ought to be). (warning: it is set to a Taylor Swift song - although I enjoyed it anyway)


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More things
Saturday 3rd October 2015 5:24 pm

I didn't mean to go a week between posts, but I've had the lurgy. Still got it, really, but at least some of the symptoms have gone. I was off work with it, which meant I had lots of time to watch stuff and read books and then discovered I didn't have enough energy for it. In this week I have watched:

The Thick of It
This would be because Doctor Who is back on. I went for the episode where Malcolm Tucker was very unlike himself after getting fired. It turns out that Thick of It is really hard going.

Wimbledon
I wanted to re-watch this after Wimbledon and didn't get to it. A bit on the long side, but much more my brain-level last week. It was so weird seeing Centre Court looking like it did in 2004(!) - no hawkeye, digital scoreboard (rather than screen), no roof. What's amusing is that back then the whole idea of a British man in the final at Wimbledon was a fantasy...

Downton Abbey
I wish there'd been more of this than just the two episodes I needed to catch up on. It was just right for mindlessly watching without making me tired. Plus the usual complete and utter ridiculousness you expect from Downton Abbey.

Humans
I got a bit behind on this after the first two episodes (of eight, I think). I ended up watching about five this week, I think. I enjoyed it, although I had to watch it with the subtitles on because they keep whispering. At the end it looked like they were saying there's going to be another series, which I don't think there should be. It's the sort of thing that works great for one series, but can go OTT if they try and spin it out.

Stargate: Atlantis
Turns out this was about my brain-level too. Although having seen it before could have helped with that. At least watching bits of it made me feel like I was doing something towards my SGA Santa fic. It reminded me how much I like Elizabeth's hair in season 3.


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Tennis (and a bit of Doctor Who)
Sunday 20th September 2015 10:33 am

I say things, it's going to be mostly tennis, let's be fair. This weekend is the sort of time we're used to seeing Davis Cup matches. What usually happens is we lose in the first round of the World Group in March, then play in September to try and get back in the World Group. Except that somehow (James Ward unexpectedly beat John Isner in the first round) this is our third match this year and it's the semi-finals. The team that wins the world group wins the Davis Cup proper.

Getting this far has meant that all the media are basically assuming we're going to win. Which is a bit counting chickens/crossing bridges/too many eggs. At both press conferences so far they've asked Andy Murray how he'll feel at getting into the final and not unreasonably he's replied that he'll answer that if and when we do.

(To any Australians reading this, ignore the above paragraph: we're going to thrash you this afternoon and there's never been any doubt about it)

Yesterday was the doubles. I like doubles - it tends to have more exciting points where players are volleying on reflex and rallies are shorter. This was one of those matches where you couldn't tell who was going to win until someone did. Which is exciting in a grand slam final where you don't care too much who wins. It's agonising when the players are representing their country. Good tennis, though. Lleyton Hewitt might have been around for a while and past his best, but he still knew his doubles. And it once again confirmed that Jamie is my favourite of the Murray brothers.

Doctor Who was back yesterday, but frankly, after four hours of exciting, agonising tennis, 45 minutes of half a story can't compete. I don't like two parters - I'd have saved it until next week if I could, but then I'd have had to avoid the whole internet and whole world and that's just not possible.


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Ficathon season
Friday 11th September 2015 8:22 pm

It must be autumn... Sign ups for people wanting to write a remix are open in [info]dw_remix, [info]sga-secretsanta has sign ups open and Yuletide has started discussing nominations. I haven't written anything since Remix, so being forced to do it will get me back into the habit.

The trouble I have at the moment is that watching things leads to me watching other things. I have seen Dark Matter, which I think I have finally decided I like (except for the first two cliched episodes and a few boring ones). It had Torri Higginson in a couple of episodes, which made me miss Elizabeth (from Stargate Atlantis). Just as I was thinking about it, [info]sga-secretsanta popped up. With a two a half month writing period, which I'll probably need, if last year is any indication.

I watched some Star Trek: Enterprise, which made me want to watch Quantum Leap. And now Quantum Leap is on my potential nominations list for Yuletide.

Since I was thinking about The Librarian/The Librarians for Yuletide, and getting excited about season 2 starting in November, I watched a few bits. Which made me want to watch Ugly Betty. Which was why I ended up rewatching it earlier this year (I am not rewatching it again).


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What I’ve been up to
Sunday 31st May 2015 7:54 pm

Working mostly. This week had four working days in it and I did more than five days worth of hours just in those four days. That sort of thing doesn't really leave much time or brain for anything else.

I have been watching Red Dwarf, on the basis that it's short, doesn't require too much brain (since I know it all already) and it's funny, so cheers me up. I actually started with X - Lemons to be specific, because the Jesus joke is still funny. Then I went onto IV, V and VI. Which was the right way round to do it. And then I decided to watch some of them with the commentary turned on instead.

The commentaries seem like they put the actors in a room and left them to it. They mostly discuss the guest actors and the lighting. They do sound like they're having a fun time watching them together. It turns out that Chris Barrie doesn't remember most of the episodes, apart from being oiled in Terrorform.

I also rewatched a one-off thing from 1999 called Hunting Venus. When I originally saw it I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack (I've never really bought much music). But I bought it on tape, since I didn't own a CD player at the time (I've also always been behind the times on music formats). I wanted to get it on CD, but it was long since discontinued. And then earlier this year I looked it up on eBay and found it cheap. Listening to it in the car made me want to rewatch it. It's not out on DVD (unsurprisingly) but various people have put it up on the internet.

It's about a band called The Venus Hunters who had a hit in the early 80s. Fifteen years later they're brought together to perform one last time. It's full of 80s music and I really like their hit (which was written by Jools Holland). It stars Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey, which was probably why I watched it at the time. But it also stars Ben Miller, who I'd never heard of back then. Oh, and Neil Morrissey plays a woman, which I'd forgotten. He's very good at it as well. It was a fun thing that doesn't require a brain either.


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Red Dwarf and fanfic
Saturday 16th May 2015 2:33 pm

I just read today, in the TV guide of all places, that Red Dwarf has two more series! One next year, one the year after. I am very excited about that because X was good. Theoretically I have the reddwarf.co.uk news feed in my RSS reader, but it's refused to update since February. And the twitter account hasn't been updated since 2012.

Remix ([info]remixers_lounge) is happening. Well, sign-ups are happening until the end of the weekend. I like that they have the signup and request summaries visible, so you can see who you're likely to be remixing. It will only finish two months before [info]dw_remix starts, but I can't move that any later, as otherwise it ends up clashing with Yuletide.

Starting this weekend is [info]lost_spook Obscure and British commentfest. Obscure and British is what most of my fandoms are, so hopefully I will manage some fills this time round.


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Elections and Spooks
Saturday 9th May 2015 7:56 pm

On Thursday night I stayed up for two and a half hours. By the time I went to bed the birds were singing and there were so few seats declared it was obvious nothing was going to happen for a while. Annoyingly I still woke up at 7am, despite having the day off. I could have slept all night and got up at 4am - I'd have had more sleep and seen more excitement. Still, it was exciting that we were down to the last 7 seats, near lunchtime, before there was a result. Even if it was a depressing result. To make it worse, one of my local results was all Conservative and the other was six-sevenths Conservative. But the UKIP candidates on the first all came bottom. And, for once, considering that I live in a Conservative safe seat, I actually felt like my vote counted.

I decided to go and see the Spooks film yesterday, to cheer me up. Then I realised that wouldn't work, so I went to keep myself awake and take my mind off things. It did, but it was depressing. It was good though. I liked that the main character was a 60 year old man - how many films can say that? And it had Harry being Harry, only without Ruth, even more so.

One of the things that depressed me was that they'd changed the Grid. I'd been watching series 10 to remind myself of the non-Harry and Ruth characters and in the film it has a completely different atmosphere. But then I watched some earlier series and it has a completely different atmosphere in those too. So it is very Spooks-like in that everything changes (except Harry).

I was going to say that watching older Spooks is less depressing because you can choose what to watch. So in series 10 I skipped all the Elena bits and both the deaths. And fell in love with Dimitri and watch series 9, minus the Lucas secret bits and deaths. But then I decided to go back to my favourite episode, I Spy Apocalypse. And now I'm depressed. It's such a good episode - I know it's not the end of the world, but it still feels like it.


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Fanfic nostalgia
Sunday 3rd May 2015 7:45 pm

I woke up at 6am yesterday (so annoying, on a Saturday) and something made me think of Sarah Jane of the Chalet School. So I re-read it in bed and then made my way through the other Doctor Who/Chalet School crossover I'd written, and the one [info]hhertzof wrote. I thought it would be useful for getting me in the mood to go back to Lynda Day at the Chalet School. Which it sort of was, but then I liked the relationship between Sarah and Harry that I wrote in SJ of the CS so much that I've spent quite a bit of the weekend re-reading old Sarah & Harry fics.

Those were the days! It seemed like there was loads of it being written and it was great. Even going back and re-reading the stuff I'd written wasn't bad. There are things I'd change, if I was writing them now, but nothing massive. Which either means I wasn't too terrible when I wrote them or I haven't improved since. I don't really care which - I like them and mine's the opinion that's most important, after all.

I was moved to start a Sarah & SJA team up with Kate and UNIT fic. Although I have no idea of the plot, UNIT turn up at Sarah's house. Which then meant I had to go and watch Death of the Doctor, where UNIT turn up at Sarah's house at the start. And since I've been listening to some Jo Big Finish audios, Jo being in it was a bonus and not an excuse to watch it at all.

One day I'll finish a fic I started for a prompt-based ficathon. I currently have 7000 words of part 1, where the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry turn up at UNIT while Martha is working there. And because a lot of fic seems to involve Harry having a crush/being in love with Sarah, this one has Sarah having a crush on Harry. (In Death of the Doctor she says she loved Harry, but I don't think she meant it in that way)


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Doctor Who anniversary aka Australia
Thursday 26th March 2015 6:12 pm

Today is the 10th anniversary of New Who. Or for me, it tells me it was ten years ago that I went to Australia (where did the time go?). The fact that there's been no way I could get on a plane for the past six years that makes it more poignant.

I left on Maundy Thursday and arrived early on Easter Saturday, after travelling for about 24 hours. I spent Saturday trying to stay awake, playing with my aunt's dog and marvelling at how quiet the city centre was on a Saturday (Adelaide is a small city). So I was asleep (just about - the unfamiliar dawn chorus was hard to sleep through) on Sunday morning when Doctor Who was on, on the other side of the world. When I spoke to my parents in the evening they told me it was funny and they'd keep watching.

I was in Australia for three weeks, so I had four episodes to watch by the time I got home.

I want to go back one day, but I get travel sick on planes at the best of times, so I don't know. However, some investigation of the Eurostar website tells me that I can get to most of Western Europe in the same time I can get to Scotland by train. From here, Paris and Brussels are only about three hours away, and Munich (where I have two friends living) involves changing twice (not including London) and only takes about seven hours. Which ok, is a long time to be travelling, but if you have to change trains, you might as well stop off.

The Eurostar website gives you train times to France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. They included non-Eurostar trains, so even from there you could change and go somewhere else. Plus being able to get on a train and get off in another country is a novelty when you live on an island.

My passport runs out this year, having not been used for nearly six and a half years. But it turns out there are reasons to renew it.


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New fandom
Sunday 8th February 2015 7:27 pm

I currently have one finished story and two started ones for The Librarians. Back when Fandom Snowflake was going on and I'd started watching it, I thought I could maybe write something for the challenge of doing something in a new fandom. But I dismissed it because I didn't have any ideas. At least, I didn't at the time...

I might have found a new fandom (because I never quite let go of old ones, I need new ones like a hole in the head). And another American ones means needing to write in American 🙁 Although on the plus side, at least I don't get annoyed by all the rampant Americanisms in fanfic (unless they're being said by any of the non-American characters - but then I don't really read those characters). I think it could be a fairly popular fandom - at least if it gets another season. Or it's just a desperate fandom. The story for it that I posted a couple of weeks ago is my most kudosed story on AO3. Even though I didn't post it for a ficathon. And it's not in the top ten of hits.

It is, for me, yet another gen fandom, judging by the stories I've started so far. There is, perhaps, more of a desperation for gen. There are more stories marked with the most popular pairing than there are marked gen - and on the first page I could see two stories that were marked both shippy and gen (which I would think are mutually exclusive).

It all seems very weird to me, coming from a culture of 'if you don't post it on LJ in a relevant community or for a ficathon, no one reads it'. The fandom seems to be on Tumblr, from what I can make out. I considered joining Tumblr to interact with it, until I read stuff on searches on it and established that everyone either is a teenager or sounds like one. So I think I'll stay in my nice little bubble. And keep writing the gen (plus this one pairing I don't ship and there's no fic for but is fun to write. No, I don't know either).


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Real life
Tuesday 13th January 2015 8:42 pm

A break from fandom snowflake stuff for some real life TM. Mainly because I came over dizzy last night for no reason. I'm not that bad - I made it into work and worked all day - but can't be doing with too much thinking. It's really frustrating because I was doing really well after a rest at Christmas and I definitely haven't overdone it. What's really annoying was that I was going to go and play board games tonight. But now it'll have to wait for two weeks.

Fortunately on Sunday I finished the first draft of Lynda Day at the Chalet School. It's 1800 words off the minimum length, but given that, on a read through, I can see more that needs adding than needs taking out, I don't think that will be a problem.

I've been watching Broadchurch (spurred on to watch the first series by the second starting last week). The westcountry accents are great, David Tennant said "mudder" which is a pronunciation you want to hear from all Scottish detectives (unless perhaps you are Scottish), and the scenery's very nice. Also there is bonus Jack Meadows. However, after five episodes they are nowhere near working out whodunnit and so far pretty much all that's happened is someone's been murdered. I think it's supposed to be a drama rather than a murder mystery, which explains why it takes them four times as long as Lewis to solve it. It is slow, though.

On a less slow, less depressing note, I started The Librarians, which [info]hhertzof recommended to me. It's made by the people who did Leverage (which [info]hhertzof also recommended to me). So far I've only seen two episodes, but I knew I'd like it after the first scene. It involves worryingly clever people, libraries and magic. And Christian Kane, who seems to be on a contract with these people, or something. And various other people I recognised but needed to go to imdb to find out why (the same could be said of Broadchurch in this regard).

I spent a lot of my weekend on house-related stuff. It's amazing the number of reviews you can read on curtain poles and how reluctant I am to buy from ebay sellers with 'only' 99.7% good feedback. I did buy a shower curtain. The old one was a bit tatty and falling off and plasticky. Also, vaguely blue, which doesn't do much for my colourless bathroom. The new one is fabric and colourful and I've put it on so that it goes all round the bath, rather than just halfway up. At some point I will take photos of my house, once it's tidied and I've made a few improvements.


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End of holiday
Sunday 19th October 2014 3:08 pm

I thought I was doing well last weekend, sleeping for about nine hours, and then last night I slept for eleven hours. I didn't know I was that tired. I did have bad dreams about work, which involved the computers having been changed to TVs mounted on the walls and it was very hard to work when you had to keep looking so far up and use a remote control, rather than a keyboard. I am not looking forward to going back to work on Monday.

Since my holiday has involved quite a bit of driving I've got through one and a half Evelyn Big Finish audios and now I remember how great she was. In her first one, The Marion Conspiracy, she basically spends her time pushing the Doctor around, decides what she's going to do and doesn't listen to him and pretty much takes the idea of time travel in her stride.


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