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Het Swap
Saturday 18th March 2017 11:54 am

Het Swap authors were revealed on Wednesday and this is the first chance I've had to talk about it since then. The whole ficathon has been kind of hilarious, in ways that will shortly become clear. Read more...


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Things
Sunday 12th March 2017 1:50 pm

I've been busy, no surprises there. But after being out three nights, playing with Missy when I've got back and not going to bed until late, then waking up annoyingly early on Friday, I ended up too tired to do anything yesterday (and Friday). So I did the two things I had to get done this weekend and then just read, watched some TV and dicked about on the internet. It was nice. I'm looking forward to two weeks time when I have four weeks off where I only go out twice on weekday nights. Of course I'm then busier at the weekends, but that's not nearly as tiring. Although on the nights I'm in Missy gets up after dinner (if I'm lucky, sometimes it's during) and that's my evening gone.

Although Missy hasn't forgotten about her desire to live in the sofa. She's just got more crafty about it. She doesn't fill her pouches up so much before attempting to run to the sofa and avoid me catching her. I have got similarly crafty and wait until she's busy stuffing her pouch (rather than chewing) and attempt to catch her. I am amazed what big pieces of cardboard she can fit in there. In her cage she absolutely stuffs her pouches full of bedding, so then I don't let her out. After a while she empties one and I still don't let her out. She gets to come out when both are empty. At some point in this process she throws a strop because I'm not letting her do what she wants.

It wasn't just tiredness that led to me not doing much yesterday - I've also hurt my feet, so I'm spending the weekend resting them. I think what I've been doing is wrapping my feet around the legs of my wheely chair at work (even though I have a footrest). And then I went to ballet, which finished them off. After standing up quite a lot at choir, I then attempted to limp on both feet on my way back to the car.


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VR
Monday 6th March 2017 9:16 pm

I've heard loads about VR and seen it on BBC Click a lot, but given that I've also heard it gives you motion sickness, I thought I was doomed to never trying it out. Until Redemption...

There was a VR panel, which was really interesting. They said that the more expensive VR headsets were better for motion sickness because they have a frame rate that matches films etc, whereas the cheap ones have fewer frames. Although they weren't kidding about the price - Google Cardboard is a few quid, but the Oculus Rift is the best part of £1000. And then you need a computer that costs more than that to run it.

I got to try the Oculus Rift, courtesy of Gaspode who left his setup in the room for anyone to try. The headset includes headphones, so although you can hear the outside world, what's in the VR is louder. And unless you put the headset on loosely, you can't see the outside world either. It's very disorientating sometimes.

It is cool to be able look around in every direction and see the virtual world. It's even more cool when you move your hands and see your hands moving in the virtual world. I think that without being able to manipulate stuff in that world it's something that would get boring after a few minutes.

I played a starship game. Well, the first tutorial on how to fly it. I was fine while I was stationery, but as soon as the ship travelled in the game, then it gave me a bit of motion sickness. Everyone else who tried it seemed to be ok, but then I also find the beginning credits of Doctor Who make me dizzy.

I then played one where you shoot things. There was one point where the zombie (I think) was right up by me and I had to remember to whisper my surprised, given that Wobblevision was going on in the room at the time.

So in summary I enjoyed it and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. I sort of knew what it was going to be like, but it's not quite the same as experiencing it for yourself. But I definitely don't need it - I have a game I bought on Steam for about £3 and haven't got round to playing it since about November.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – March
Saturday 4th March 2017 5:32 pm

This month for I've Never Seen Star Wars I'm going to Aldi. I've never been to an Aldi or Lidl, because I've never lived near one. Until recently (where recently is a couple of years ago now...) when an Aldi opened up nearby. We're already fully stocked with a range of supermarkets and cheap shops, so I wasn't exactly desperate for another one. And it's in a really annoying place that's made the traffic jams worse.

But having never been, but learnt a bit about what sort of things they sell, I'm intrigued to know what's it like. I know the search on their website is crap because I looked for chocolate spread and it returned over 100 items, most of which had nothing to do with either chocolate or spread.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Feb wrap-up
Tuesday 28th February 2017 4:31 pm

This month I was reading The Martian by Andy Weir. And by this month I mean I started it on the train on Friday and finished it on Saturday. Which is partly because it was a long train journey, so I got a lot read and partly because I liked it.

If there is anyone left in the world who hasn't read it or seen the film, it's about a man (Mark Watney) who is left behind on a mission to Mars. It starts off with his log entries about what happened and what he does in order to stay alive.

I struggled with it a little at first because through the log entries it really felt as if I was all alone, despite being on a train full of people. And then just as it's looking like it's going to be one thing, other problems get thrown in, so rescuing him/him getting rescued is never quite sure. Until the book ended, I wasn't sure whether he was going to be rescued or he'd die (and I am not going to spoil it here).

It did feel a bit convenient that he was a botanist and engineer and consequently had all the skills needed to survive. But I can forgive that because if he hadn't had those skills he'd have died early on and it would be a much shorter, less interesting, book.

There were a few things that never really came up: how he dealt with being on his own, and how he and the rest of the crew dealt with all the radiation from being in space for so long. The second one was just never mentioned, despite a lot of detail about how supplies got to Mars and how they had some Mars gravity on the spaceship. The first one was vaguely mentioned, but only vaguely because the only stuff we got from Mark Watney's point of view were his log entries and he didn't really discuss it.

I'd quite like a companion book that went more into the emotional side of everything, than the practical side.

But aside from that, I liked it. I'll give it 8/10 - that 2 off is because of those bits above that weren't mentioned and because I think it ended too early (I understand why it ended where it did, but I still wanted some of the aftermath).

I'd like to see the film, mainly because I want to know how they dramatised it, but I will save watching that until I've forgotten the book a bit. Otherwise I'll just get annoyed with changes and bored with what's the same.


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Chocolate Box
Tuesday 21st February 2017 6:58 pm

Reveals have happened so I can talk about Chocolate Box! Well, most of it I could have talked about before, but just didn't have the time anyway.

Interestingly, it felt like most people responded to comments before reveals, so I have no idea who wrote anything. I left mine until reveals because it just feels odd to me to reply to comments when no one knows who I am.

I did comment on everything I read and liked and did manage to come up with more than just "I liked it" although I found it hard with short fics.

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Where did the week go?
Sunday 19th February 2017 5:26 pm

This week was half term, which meant I had nothing on in the evenings. I felt sure this would mean I'd be able to get lots of writing and TV watching done. On Monday I did some work on my hetswap fic and watched the earliest of the four Cats Countdown episodes on my PVR. And then it all went to pot.

Missy was ill. She's fine now, but she was sleeping a lot. So theoretically I had more time to get stuff done, but in reality I was too busy worrying about her. And being distracted by the internet.

And then once she was better I decided that I'd do some of the house cleaning in the evenings so I wouldn't have to do it all at the weekend. So between playing with her and cleaning that was my whole evening.

And then work was busy and I didn't have enough sleep so of course I then kept waking up before my alarm. And not much later today and yesterday. So even though I've had a quiet week, I am tired.

This week I'm out every night. But it's fine that I have four weeks of TV recorded, plus stuff from Christmas I haven't watched. And writing deadlines are for watching them whoosh by...


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Busy
Sunday 12th February 2017 3:17 pm

This week has been busy. I had one of those weeks where I was out Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Monday I went food shopping and Wednesday I played with Missy until I was struggling to keep my eyes closed. So Friday I watched TV and played with Missy and that was pretty much all I had the energy for.

I have three more of those weeks between now and Easter. But this week is half term, so I have nothing at all on any evening.

An I have my hetswap fic to write. I started late because I had Chocolate Box treats to finish. I now have three first drafts of my hetswap fic - I hope the third time is the charm because if I don't get it finished this week I'll be back to having no time to do it in.

And after that, no more exchanges for a bit. I want to be able to write for myself, talk about what I'm writing and not have to have this unbreakable deadline. And work on my WIPs. I have signed up for the Doctor Who Minor Characters Ficathon, but I am writing one of my WIPs for it and it's not the end of the world if I miss the deadline - as evidence by last year when I finished my fic about six months after the deadline.


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Fic WIPs
Sunday 5th February 2017 7:03 pm

I have a whole load of half-started fics around the place, so I am hoping that [info]onedeadplotbunny might help with that. So here's a list of my WIPs:

  • 40-Love year later
  • The Librarian: Charlene fic
  • Doctor Who: Harry and Sarah and Martha
  • Hunting Venus fic
  • Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor and John Chesterton
  • Lynda Day at the Chalet School
  • SGA: Elizabeth/Ronon
  • Doctor Who: SJA & UNIT
  • Spooks: Where's Dimitri in The Greater Good
  • Spooks: Dimitri and Erin
  • Doctor Who: The Adventures of Missy and Clara
  • The Librarian(s): Charlene's cats
  • TPM denial fic
  • Enterprise: Trip & T'Pol post-Terra Prime
  • Ugly Betty fic
  • Wizards vs Aliens: Michael's dog
  • Wizards vs Aliens: Tom's sister

Some of those are more likely to happen than others. Some of them I don't even remember what they're about. I opened one, skim-read what I'd written and I have no idea where I was going with it.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – February
Saturday 4th February 2017 11:50 am

This post is a bit later than intended due to being dead of work.

This month I'm going to read The Martian by Andy Weir. I first heard about this book on an unrelated forum where someone was asking for SF book suggestions. Amazon had the read inside bit on this, so I read it, thought it sounded good and intended to read it sometime.

And then the film came out.

I have trouble reading anything or watching anything that everyone is into. I am so bad with it that after I'd read A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and it felt like everyone had read it, I wished I hadn't. Even though I'd liked it. And intend to read the sequel (once it's out in paperback).

So with The Martian it felt like everyone had seen the film, so I lost all desire to read the book. Or see the film. So I am using I've Never Seen Star Wars to actually read it, given that I wanted to once. It's handily available as an ebook from my library, so I will be reading it later this month when I have a long train journey.


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars Jan wrap-up
Wednesday 1st February 2017 9:34 pm

This is not about the films, it's about trying one new thing a month. In January I tried Instagram.

When I set up my account I had to find people to follow. It suggested some and when anyone on Twitter posted anything from Instagram or mentioned they'd just got an Instagram, I followed them. I think whether it's interesting to depends a lot on who you follow. On Twitter I follow a lot of comedians who make jokes and tell you when they're on telly or on tour. On Instagram they're not as interesting or as funny. It's fine, but I'm not really missing anything by not following them.

I got lucky because two weeks of my trial included the Australian Open and the Tennis Podcast posted lots of related things that I found interesting. I briefly followed the Australian Open and then had to unfollow them after a day because it was a lot of random photos of players in the night. And it's not like on Twitter where I can have a column just for that sort of thing and therefore either read it or mark it as read depending on time.

It took me a little while to work out that the new posts were the ones above the suggestions of people to follow. But I found the website easier to use than the app because it showed you the whole of the comment related to the photo or video.

I posted 11 photos or videos overall. Although I started with it set to private, mainly because my Twitter is, it seemed silly when I'm just posting the same Missy photos that I post in public to Flickr. So you can see all the things I posted at https://www.instagram.com/paranoidangel42.

I wanted to try out all the things, so I posted photos and videos and a set of photos and I used the filters. The filters are not easy to use because their names are completely random. They might as well have just numbered them, for all the good the names are. You can add additional filters, but since there's no way to tell what they do that's not very useful. Initially I thought they were pretty useless, but I did use one to brighten up my snow photo, taken on a bit of a dark morning. And looking at the one of Missy I put a filter on, it does really bring out the colour of the floor.

I liked the odd thing (probably as many posts as I've liked on Twitter, and I've been on Twitter for years). I wanted to comment on something, but couldn't find anything where I had something worth saying.

I tried using IFTTT to cross post my Instagram posts to Twitter - just doing it from Instagram posts a link to Instagram, so you have to go to Instagram anyway, which is a bit pointless. But I couldn't get it to work, I don't know why. Admittedly, I couldn't quite be bothered spending a lot of time on it. I feel like I should post more Missy photos to Twitter and I could do that via Instagram if IFTTT cross-posted to it. Except that posting photos to Twitter is the same amount of work.

So overall, I don't know. This is why I put off writing this post for a day because I just don't know if I like it. I've still been looking at it today. And I did get excited about the QI Elves getting Instagram because the two things they posted were Quite Interesting. So how much I'll post to it I don't know, but I'll continue to read it from time to time, and maybe put some more effort into working out who I really want to follow.

Since people on the series had to give everything a mark out of ten, I'm going to say 6/10.

Tomorrow (ish) I'll post about what I'm going to try in February.


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Tennis and other things
Sunday 29th January 2017 4:03 pm

I am sad that the Australian Open is now over. It was good, although people had a tendency to interrupt at work on matchpoint. At least this morning's final was uninterrupted. If only because I didn't get dressed until after it was over - it was just too exciting to miss! It was good to see Roger vs Rafa again and I wish they could both have won.

Next weekend is the Davis Cup, but it's annoyingly in Ottawa, which means it'll be in the evening and night. If it goes to a fifth rubber staying awake will be hard.

I really want to go to Wimbledon. It's been years since we got anything in the ballot - if we don't get anything this year we might just go and queue on a quiet day.

I should be spending some of the weekend writing or catching up on TV. I haven't been doing very well on that, but I have done a lot of random surfing and YouTube video watching. Which weren't really on my to do list...

My Chocolate Box fic is finished and in beta. I uploaded it then couldn't think of a title, so it's still in draft format on AO3. I have some treats I have ideas and bits of fic for, I just need to get round to writing them.

For Het Swap there are two people I can write for. I have bits of ideas for both of them, so hopefully I can make one of them into a whole idea, whichever one I end up getting assigned to.


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Missy
Thursday 26th January 2017 8:47 pm

Missy is a hamster who knows what she wants and is determined to get it. Which is why she's been chewing up my back door mat - she think it'll get her out the back door. One place there is no way she is going ever.

She hasn't chewed it for a while because she's had more important things to do in the evening: she wants to live in the sofa.

Missy

It started when she found a gap between the sofa and the material across the bottom of it. She had a great time in there - I don't know what she does but I saw her climb and heard her jump. I found where she got in and patched it up.

And then she found another way in. I don't know where because she didn't either - she chewed her way out. I can't patch that up (yet) because she went in there while I was cleaning her out. She 'helps' me clean her out and one of the ways is that she pouches her food store so I can't throw it away. Which actually is helpful because her food store is where most of her pooh is. She went in the sofa with pouches full of food and came out with empty pouches. Since it's dried food it'll be fine in there for a while but I don't want to patch up the hole and have hamster food living in there for years.

Missy

Since then she's filled her pouches with her bedding and asked to be let out of her cage. And come out, filled her pouches with cardboard and then I've had to catch her and put her back in her cage so she can't put that cardboard in the sofa and use it for bedding. Fortunately I've got good at catching her. After that she gets all stroppy.

So I currently have a nightly battle with a hamster, which I'm really hoping will end with her taking the food out of the sofa...


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Dear Het Swap Writer
Tuesday 24th January 2017 9:25 pm

Dear Het Swap writer,

Thank you for writing a story for me. I've tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt. Feel free to write other characters in these fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms. Just because I've waffled more or written more prompts about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Stories that explore characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry
- Fun stuff that leaves me feeling happy
- A touch being more sexy/touching than a whole sex scene
- Complicated relationships
- Epistolary fic

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good.
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Non canon (permanent) character death

For reference, here are my prompts: Read more...


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Fandom Snowflake Day 5
Saturday 21st January 2017 8:36 pm

In your own space, post recs for at least three fanworks that you did not create.

I decided for this to not post more than one per fandom or ficathon.

The West Wing: His Will To Make Known by ETraytin. While CJ is out with the flu over Thanksgiving, her traditional duties fall upon other members of the staff. Leo is left to make an important decision.

Stargate Atlantis: Operation Making Christmas by nagi_schwarz. Someone in the science department taught the Athosian children about Christmas. John Sheppard has a plan to bring them Christmas, complete with Christmas trees, reindeer, Santa, presents, and an elf. Rodney is along for the ride.

Doctor Who: Side Quest by Annariel. Harry is collecting equipment for the Doctor when he runs into an adventure of his own. Can he foil the evil Dr. Richards, while at the same time helping the Doctor and Sarah fend off an alien invasion they somehow never quite have the time to explain properly to him?

Vorkosigan: The Huntsman's Reel by Philomytha. "Somewhere in this party," said Captain Illyan, "there are four Cetagandan assassins."

The Librarians: A Boy and His Gargoyle by honorat. Jacob notices how Ezekiel feels about Stumpy’s demise and recruits Cassandra to do something about it. Because someone needed to write this.


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Fandom Snowflake Day 7
Friday 20th January 2017 7:00 pm

In your own space, create a fanwork. Make a drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. Arts and crafts. Draft a critical essay about a particular media. Put together a picspam or a fanmix. Write a review of a Broadway show, a movie, a concert, a poetry reading, a museum trip, a you-should-be-listening-to-this-band essay. Compose some limericks, haikus, free-form poetry, 5-word stories. Document a particular bit of real person canon. Take some pictures. Draw a stick-figure comic. Create something.

I wrote a very spoilery fic set immediately after this week's Librarians episode:

Dismantle the Sun (518 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: The Librarians (TV 2014)
Characters: Cassandra Cillian, Flynn Carsen
Summary: After And The Fatal Separation (season 3, episode 9), Cassandra and Flynn talk. Major spoilers for that episode.

It shows the craziness of the fandom that it had 16 kudos after 24 hours. Especially crazy given that lots of people won't have seen the episode yet and it's gen.

After I wrote it I was curious about my Librarians fic stats. I've written six, four of which have Flynn in and four of which have Cassandra in (not all the same four).


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Fandom Snowflake Day 3
Thursday 19th January 2017 7:00 pm


Fandom Snowflake Challenge banner

I am doing this all topsy-turvey in a random order after it's all finished.

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I've been thinking about this since [info]just_ann_now posted her goal. Mine is going to be the same: to comment on everything I read. The corollary being, if I get to the end of it and I like it.

I started doing this years ago, in LOTR fandom, when I was new to fanfic. I did largely keep it up (as far as I can remember) but AO3 made me lazy. If I like something, but can't think of anything to say, then I just click the kudos button. Or if I like it and can't be bothered to think of something to say then I just click the kudos button. I felt slightly guilty that I read most of the SGA Santa fics and just kudosed them all. And yet when it was all on LJ, I did comment to everything I read and liked, so it's not hard.

And Teaspoon doesn't help by not emailing you to tell you when the author replies and I don't always remember to go back and do that.

I've been doing it since [info]just_ann_now posted it, in fact. I've already realised that I do need to think of something to say other than "I liked this" or words to that affect.


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What I am reading Wednesday – Australian Open
Wednesday 18th January 2017 7:00 pm

I am excited about the Australian Open. it feels like the tennis season has really started now. But what's made me particularly excited is that I bought a digital radio, so I can listen to the evening session on 5 Live Sports Extra in the mornings at work. As much as it's good that The Tennis Podcast is doing daily episodes, it's not as exciting as listening to it at the time when no one knows who is going to win.

What I Just Finished Reading
Into Exile, A Proper Place and Hostages to Fortune by Joan Lingard. These are the Kevin and Sadie stories set after they leave Belfast in Across the Barricades. I read them in a weekend, which tells you how much I liked them (plus how short they were...).

It was interesting to see how they were surviving on their own in England and how the pressure from their families, and their lack of money and stability affected them and their relationship. I was rooting for them to stay together, but it could have easily gone another way at quite a few points.

This is set in the 1970s when it was written, so it was also interesting to see that time, where telegrams were the best way of getting a message to someone quickly, for example. And Sadie does all of the cooking and housework, despite them both having jobs (at least to start with, until she complains at Kevin about it).

The thing I struggled with was that I found it hard to relate to because they get married between books 2 & 3 when Sadie is 17 and Kevin is 19 (I think). I can't imagine being married at that age.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Twelfth of July by Joan Lingard. I decided to leave the first book until last, to see how they first met. I am rationing myself with this one, to make it last. So far it's interesting, but since Sadie's only 13, there's not going to be romance in it. But there is more of the religious troubles and fighting and bits that I liked in Across the Barricades.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm trying to resist re-reading Across the Barricades. I discovered there's a trilogy of Librarians books, although only the first is out. It's $21 for the hardback on amazon.com or £22 for the hardback on amazon.co.uk. So that's not a rip-off at all... Not that the paperback is out yet, but it's £8, which is a bit steep for a book, even a new one.


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Things falling apart
Sunday 15th January 2017 3:29 pm

My computer's AC adaptor is being a pain and sometimes acting like it's not plugged in. Which happened before and I bought a new one, not that long ago. I could buy yet another AC adaptor, but my computer is also annoying me with how slow it is. I tried to do a bit of work stuff this morning (our software is online) and it made my appreciate how powerful my work computer is, even thought it takes 20 minutes to turn on and be usable. I can't open any links in Tumblr - it used to be ok and then Tumblr would put other posts you might like on the same page and that killed it. I open them on my iPod, which is much quicker. So a new computer is on the cards. And as much as I hate setting them up, doing it while the old one is still alive is much easier. Even though I like the KDE flavour of Linux, which is designed to be as hard as possible to set up.

My hamster thinks that chewing things is the way to get out of the back door. My back door mat has plastic spokes and she's been chewing them off. And then she started on the mat itself. And then she started on the laminate floor in the corner by the back door.

Although she doesn't chew cables, she was obsessed with the Sky cable. But that was easily fixed by chopping it off and filling the hole in the wall with Polyfilla. I now have a cable going from a satellite and ending in the wall, but if someone later buys this house and decides they want Sky that's their problem.

That was fine, the router cable was not. She had a couple of evenings of being really interested in the wall it was plugged into - presumably my neighbour was doing something she could hear and I couldn't and she wanted to get the other side of the wall. She was mostly trying to climb the wall, but also chewed the router cable. I thought I'd got to it before she could make a hole in it, but then my internet went down... I now have a new cable.

And then she got in the sofa. I'd noticed it wasn't looking great - I've had it about seven years and it was second hand and looking a bit worn when I got it, so that's not unexpected. But she found the bottom had come away and would have happily spent all evening in the sofa. When she finally came out I moved something in the way. I have now velcroed it up. Since one day I'd like to move I'm hoping the sofa will last until that day, since I might end up wanting one that's a different size.

So that was my week. You wouldn't believe that Missy has plenty of toys (I currently have bits of egg box around the floor) but of course chewing the house is more fun.


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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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