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Not going out
Friday 21st October 2016 7:23 pm

This week I am on holiday from work. I haven't gone away anywhere, the plan was to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and stay home and recover/get things done the other days.

It started out well: Monday we went to Windsor Castle, which was good, but tiring. Tuesday I got a cold, but was still going. Wednesday we got up early to do a tour of the Bodleian Library (very interesting) and Oxford Castle (fun!).

Thursday my cold was worse, today it's even worse and since my friend is also ill, we ended up not going anywhere today. Being ill on holiday is crap because I'm not going anywhere and I'm not getting a lot done. But it beats working, which would just wear me out more.

Being in today meant I got some writing done. I have more words on my Yuletide fic, although some of them are: stuff goes here. I did some canon review for my Public Call fic and have written the first draft. And I finished off my DW Minor Characters ficathon fic:
At Last a Dragon (983 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor
Summary: John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor.

(And yes, I did steal the title from an episode of Press Gang)

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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 20th October 2016 11:11 am

What I Just Finished Reading
Peter Davison's autobiography: Is There Life Outside the Box?. It wasn't just about his time on Doctor Who, which was good because that would have been boring - which he agrees with at the beginning, talking about writing the book. It was interesting, hearing about his life and jobs he did and how and why they came about. There was an amusing bit when he met the real-life Siegfried and Tristan for tea and there was an incident that was just like how they were in the books and the TV series. It says everything about how little I read description that he mentioned that the books describe Tristan as being short and dark (like his real-life counterpart). I had no idea...

What I'm Currently Reading
The Sadlers Wells books, backwards. I started because I was tired and wanted to read something easy and since I've read the late books less often, I started at the end. I'm halfway through and it's getting a bit samey now. It's a pity it's not in the Yuletide tag set, as I'd be all set for writing it!

What I'm Reading Next
Swim, Bike, Run by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. I like autobiographies and I'm not quite over the summer of sport yet. Or the summer yet. Even the tennis season has nearly finished and they stop for less than two months!

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Tuesday 18th October 2016 6:07 pm

I kept meaning to post, but I seem to either be busy or recovering from being busy. But I have crossed off quite a bit on my to do list.

The other thing I've been doing is writing. My Femslash fic is pretty much finished, aside from beta changes. And coming up with a title. I think the latter will be harder...

For Yuletide I got the fandom I was hoping I would. And then immediately wondered why I signed up for it because I couldn't possibly write it. And I didn't know what to write. I now have two bits of scenes and a vague idea of a plot and some notes for bits that'll come later.

But Public Call is due first, although the assignments for that only went out Sunday night. I had been looking at the signup summary to guess what relationship I might get. And then when I got my assignment, realised that I know more characters than the ones I signed up for and can in fact write a relationship I didn't sign up for. Which didn't help decide what to write... But then I woke up earlier than I needed to on Monday morning and now have a (very rough) idea of what I might write. Which is a start, at least.

And this is all much more writing than I've done all year, pretty much. It has done what I'd hoped and spurred me on to work on some of the (many) things I've started this year and next and not finished. I keep feeling like my writing is crap, so first drafts are fine, as they're supposed to be crap, but finishing things off, not so much. Even having had lovely comments on some (older) things with people saying how much they like it doesn't help. It just makes me think that I could write once, but can't any more. And by definition people can't say my current stuff is good because I don't have any current stuff that's finished.

But I have nearly finished my [info]dw_guestfest fic. It's only six months after the deadline and two months after the summer mini-round, but still a lot further than I thought I'd get two months ago. Maybe I'll even finish it...

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Video games
Tuesday 11th October 2016 8:11 pm

I used to play quite a bit of computer games. Technically I still do, but they tend to be quick games on the iPod or iPad. I have a Wii, but I haven't played on it for a while. I should though - I'd borrowed my sister's copy of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and was quite a way through it. I just never seemed to be able to find the time.

And then I've been watching Go 8 Bit on Dave, which is where they have comedians (mainly) playing video games. The last round is always a way of playing differently and for the first episode they played Tetris using people as controls (touch the person on your left, the piece goes left etc). So that's quite fun.

But Marcus Brigstocke said that his favourite game was Portal 2. I'd heard of it, but literally all I knew about it was the title. He explained that it's a first person puzzle solver and although you have a gun, it's used for making portals. It sounded like just the sort of thing I like - one of the things I like about the Lego games is the puzzle solving (and the silliness), but I hate when things are trying to kill you (which in Lego Star Wars is every level).

So I looked up Portal 2 on Steam and found it was a rare one that works on Linux as well as Windows. And I'd happened on it when it was on sale, so I got it dirt cheap. And I've been really enjoying it. At least after I watched some walkthrough videos where they explained what was going on - I did not understand how portals worked at all at first and there's no explanation.

I just need to try and make time for game playing.

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Friday 7th October 2016 7:56 pm

This is the time of year when I don't get much done. My evenings tend to be:
Monday: food shopping
Tuesday: Rotary
Wednesday: ballet
Thursday: choir
Friday: work/fall over
So my weekends are for all the other things I need to do. Plus going out and doing other things.

I have signed up for [info]public_call. There is some Classic Who in there (yay!). I dithered about my sign ups because writers can write relationships as shippy or gen. I considered only asking for ones I don't mind being shipped or only asking for ones I don't want to be shipped and putting something in my dislikes (which writers have to abide by). I ended up picking some of each and specifying for each. Hopefully people won't completely ignore what I've said and ship things I'd rather not (although if anyone ships Luke/Sky I'm going to be worried). I did discover why sometimes people write letters - it turns out that the 5000 characters you get in the prompt box is not much. At least not when you have 8 relationships and write a paragraph about each of them...

I've been dithering over my Yuletide offers. I put some safe ones in and wondered whether I wanted to write something new. I went through the tag set again and pulled out everything I knew, looked at the letters and made my decision. And when I went to edit my sign up I found that the fandoms I wanted to write most were the ones in my sign up. So I should probably not touch that then...

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Dear Yuletide Writer
Sunday 2nd October 2016 12:50 pm

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just 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.

For these fandoms my requested characters are Any. That's because I find all of the nominated characters interesting and I'd equally like to receive fic about any of them in any combinations. Feel free to write other characters in the fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms too. Just because I've waffled more 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
- 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

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
- Relationships other than those in canon (except when I've specified otherwise in my prompts - and for a certain definition of canon when it comes to The Last Leg RPF) - but you can never go wrong with gen
- Non canon (permanent) character death

Prompts:

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 28th September 2016 7:00 pm

It's been a while since I did one of these too...

What I Just Finished Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. I really enjoyed it. There was a secret that gradually came out and although I guessed some of it (okay, maybe sometimes only a page in advance) some of it completely surprised me. I really liked her writing so I went to look at some of her other books, since I didn't know anything about what else she's written. I discovered that another book in the same universe is out soon, so I am looking forward to that. I am less excited about the Split Worlds series, though, because it's fantasy and about fairies and doesn't really sound like my sort of thing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This is space opera without the military, which is exactly the sort of thing I've been wanting to read. From the title I thought it was going to be sillier than it was, so I spent the first part of the book being disappointed that it was so serious. But after a while I got into it and really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the world was interesting. I got excited about the sequel being out next month until I discovered that's the hardback, the paperback's not out until April.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. As the tag line says, this is about women's lives during WWII. I'm not far in it enough to say how good it is - it's written chronologically through the war and so far it's only just been declared.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably some fiction, since the above non-fiction book is quite a big book, and non-fiction takes longer to read than fiction.

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Unintentional radio silence
Tuesday 27th September 2016 7:51 pm

I didn't mean not to post (or comment) for so long, there were just too many other things going on. First there was the Paralympics (and US Open tennis and Davis Cup). Then once that was all over and I was wondering what to do now there wasn't any sport on I ended up going out four nights in a row and Saturday. And getting into a pattern of staying up late watching the Paralympics and waking up early and just getting tireder. Missy also got used to playing late, especially when I didn't get in until 10pm most evenings last week.

Much as I enjoyed the Paralympics, Channel 4's coverage was just not as good as the BBC's with the Olympics. There was half an hour in the evenings where there was no Paralympics on any channel. There was so much chat: even on the final day I ended up needing to watch the Wheelchair Rugby online because they were too busy recapping everything to show any actual sport. To say nothing of the marathons that I was looking forward to and they barely showed. There were a lot of sports that barely got shown - it was mostly swimming, athletics and cycling. Much as I enjoyed the swimming (especially as it wasn't on as late at night as the Olympic swimming). It didn't help that there was tennis on at the same time. Much as I got used to the adverts, I am glad not to have to watch any any more. They got very samey very quickly.

I went swimming on the last day of the Paralympics. I had a morning free, so I went. Last summer I tried the first day of the couch to 5K where, in 30 minutes, you run for 8 minutes in total, a minute at a time. I hadn't been swimming since before I got dizzy (nearly eight years ago) and I spent most of 30 minutes swimming. Very slowly, but I enjoyed it far more. I didn't half ache after that. I thought I'd got better by the time ballet went back, but then I discovered I hadn't really. And then I went out stewarding for a sponsored walk and bits of my legs have really not recovered at all.

In some spare minutes I have managed to write a first draft of my [info]femslashex fic. It is terrible, but it is above the word limit at least. I have managed not to sign up for the Stargate Atlantis secret santa this year. But I am thinking of signing up to [info]public_call instead. I worked out my Yuletide requests some time ago, now I just need to narrow down my offers. But I am glad two (or more) people nominated SJA - I thought about it, but having worked out what three fandoms I wanted I nominated those in order to make sure they were there.

Of course, it being September, lots of TV started up, even though there was still a lot of sport on TV. The only thing I'm up-to-date on is Red Dwarf XI. In fact, more than up-to-date because I've been watching it on UKTV Play. I liked the second episode better than the first. I am still taping them, so I can watch them again, although I'll be asking for the DVD for Christmas or buying it myself anyway. It is Red Dwarf, after all.

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Tuesday 13th September 2016 7:52 pm

The Paralympics is on, which is why I don't really have the time for anything else. Despite there not being as much to watch as the Olympics all the good stuff is late at night, which has meant I've been staying up later than I intend to. The adverts are a pain, although I am getting used to them. But not so much that I will watch them any time before the next Paralympics.

Technically this weekend is my only free weekend this month, but since it's also the Davis Cup, I don't know how I'm going to fit all this sport in, even without going anywhere. To say nothing of needing to clean the house and do some gardening.

In other news, I got the exact fandom and pairing I was hoping I'd get for femslash. I have some ideas, I'm just waiting for the sport to stop so I have some time to write. I also did well in my assignment - there weren't many people I could have matched with but all the others had no prompt and/or letter.

There is so much on TV now it's September. I haven't watched most of it, what with there being sport on TV. But I am more used to watching TV around Missy playing in the evening (largely because her idea of playing consists of sitting in her cornflake box, but still), so maybe I'll actually catch up with some on weekdays I'm in. But since next week is my first week of going out three nights, I don't know if that'll happen...

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 7th September 2016 7:05 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I went to the library to take some books back and as I have plenty to read I didn't look on the shelves. Except then Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin called to me from the biography shelf (which is just behind the machines for checking out/taking back books).

It is a hardback, which makes it hard to read in bed. It was alternating chapters of Nadal and then John Carlin explaining some bits. It was really interesting. Although it was interesting to hear about his life, what was most interesting was him saying how he thought and felt at various points in the 2008 Wimbledon final (which he won vs Federer) and 2010 US final (which he won vs Djokovic). I've never seen/heard/read that level of insight anywhere.

Although the book is now out of date - it was talking about how Nadal had won all four Grand Slams and was number one and how Djokovic was good and was starting to challenge the Federer/Nadal positions...

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. Which I have at least started this time. I am enjoying it so far. There's clearly something interesting that happened at planetfall and we're getting it in bits and pieces. So I'm hoping it'll all make sense by the end of the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Hopefully something from my to read shelf and not another library book...

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Dear Femslash writer
Sunday 4th September 2016 5:58 pm

Dear Femslash writer*,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just 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

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

(all my requests are for fanfic)

For reference, here are my prompts:

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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 31st August 2016 7:00 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue The Best of Forty Years which was a result of me going round the non-fiction shelves in the library (which I don't usually, when I'm looking for something to read). It was a compilation of answers to some of the non-word based games. And a few of the introductions to places where they recorded. It was funny, of course, but some of the games (like late arrivals at the ball) were just too hard when I was tired. Although at least that told me I needed to put the book down and go to sleep.

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman At Nine Worlds I went to a panel which the author was on. She talked about this book being about a character with a psychological illness being a 3D printer engineer on a new colony world. It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it. I can't say what it's like as all I've read so far are the acknowledgements, since I've only just finished the ISIHAC book.

What I'm Reading Next
Something in my big pile of books that need reading (or filing). It'll probably be The Chalet School and Rosalie by Elinor M Brent-Dyer, since I got round to buying it from GGBP recently.

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Imzy and writing
Friday 26th August 2016 7:43 pm

Imzy is suddenly the new big fad. I have an account there that means I have a shitload of invites, should there be anyone left in the universe who doesn't have an account, but wants one. It's created by a former Reddit person to be the anti-Reddit (ie nice). It's a bit like LJ and Dreamwidth, but currently has all the lack of functionality of Facebook. But it is in beta, so maybe at some point they'll add some features that make it usable. At which point I might then use it. Although since you can import feeds, I have set my blog over there up to pull in my WP feed. I'm hoping that at some point this post will show up there. It will be at

(Dealbreaker usable features = RSS feeds and notifications that tell you more than just that you have a notification)

As with last summer I have done no writing for a while. In my defence it was a) hot, b) Olympics and c) both. It is still Olympics (as far as my watching of it is concerned) and then there'll be the US Open and Paralympics and Davis Cup all at once (although US Open is not on TV and Paralympics is not on the radio, from what I remember from four years ago).

But I am thinking of signing up to [info]femslashex. I've been meaning to do it for a while, just to give a go, really, but this is the first year I've remembered about it early enough to get some nominations in, so there'll be enough fandoms containing relationships I'm willing to write/read for me to sign up.

And then there's [info]dw_remix, which is running again this year. Go and sign up if you've written some fic in Doctor Who and related fandoms and would like/wouldn't mind someone remixing some of it. Or if you'd like to remix something in a Doctor Who or related fandom. I've made it easier this year, so you just choose what you want to remix and write something that's at least 100 words.

And then there's Yuletide. I have two fandoms I definitely want (Wizards vs Aliens and 40-Love) but beyond that I can't think of anything else. But I'm sure once it all gets going I'll be reminded of other fandoms and then have too many other things I want.

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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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Sunday 7th August 2016 2:31 pm

It's the Olympics! Although annoyingly, so far Kyle Edmund's first match was not on the TV or BBC Sport website anywhere. And the only way to find out who is playing when for tennis is on the official website - the rest will either just tell you the country and/or try and tell you the time. I want to know who from what country is playing and work out for myself when they might be playing. Although the answer to today's interesting matches is 'at the same time as everything else I want to watch' (ie gymnastics and fencing).

It hasn't all been about tennis. Tennis is a bit of an odd sport at the Olympics because tennis is rarely about which country you play for and matches go on for such a long time you could just watch tennis and never see anything else.

There is also swimming. The finals are annoyingly in the middle of the night, due to American broadcasters. But it is at least on the website (and repeated in the mornings). This morning I saw Adam Peaty's 100m breastroke semi-final three times, so I am sure I can manage to watch the final before work. As long as I can also avoid knowing the result...

And there's fencing. Which is never on TV outside of the Olympics. And was never on TV before the last Olympics. Last time it made it to BBC3 (which no longer exists). This time it is on the red button and we have male foilists who are actually good. Who knew? So it's possible some of their fights could make it to BBC4 later, you never know.*

The trouble is there are so many sports it's sometimes hard to know what to watch. Day 2 has only just started and so far I've seen swimming, tennis, fencing, gymnastics, cycling, water polo and beach volleyball. I'm loving it. I only wish I didn't have to work during it (listening on the radio isn't quite the same).

*Edit: And then it was on BBC1. BBC1! They were pretending it was live, 45 minutes after it actually happened, but still. BBC1!

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What I am reading Wednesday… on a Thursday
Thursday 4th August 2016 7:56 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Doctor Who: Royal Blood by Una McCormack. I liked that not getting round to buying it for a while meant that it was in paperback. So did Missy, who tore a strip off the spine... I actually started reading it a while ago and struggled until I realised I just wasn't in the mood for reading fiction, let alone Doctor Who fiction. I restarted it with a bit of trepidation, but then read the whole thing in two days. It would have been one day if I'd started it earlier in the day. Given that it says it's the Glamour Chronicles makes me think it's part of a set where the Doctor and Clara are dealing with Glamour, but the adverts for other books in the back don't mention it and I don't particularly feel the need to seek out any others.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (ish). I actually didn't want to read this because everyone was talking about it/reading it/going to see it. It's the same reason why there were four books out and a film about to come out by the time I read any of the Harry Potter books. But then I went to Tesco to go the chemist yesterday and it was there and I remembered that I'd liked Harry Potter despite everyone liking it and bought it. I read it in two days as well, although mainly because I was awake stupidly early this morning and it was easy reading. I actually liked the script format - the stage directions were interesting and I could imagine how it would look on stage.

On the whole, though, I didn't like it that much. My trouble with Harry Potter is that I like the whole magical boarding school bit and don't care about any of the other bits. Including having a massive problem with one house being 'evil'. Which meant my favourite book was the first and this one was not like the first. Despite there being a lot of stuff I wasn't interested in and some stuff I actively hated, and it feeling incredibly derivative and a way to make a cheap buck, I did enjoy going back into the Harry Potter world. And I can imagine that it would look really good on the stage.

What I'm Currently Reading
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman. It's a short story collection and I'm only about two stories in. It's good when I get into it but I just don't feel like reading it at the moment. I don't know what else I feel like reading, off my to read pile, so I'm persevering with it on occasions.

What I'm Reading Next
Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship by William Shatner (ish). I found out about this book on BBC News. We have a telly up at work in reception and I can see it from my desk. But we don't have the sound on or subtitles on. So I worked out there was something about William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and then had to go and search the BBC News website to find out what it was. And then I forgot about it until I was thinking about what ebooks to read at Nine Worlds (since it's easier to read them in bed and not wake your roommate up with the light) and I remembered this one. My county library ebook collection is very good for biography and autobiography (not so great for anything else) and it turned out they had this one. So I'll be reading it at Nine Worlds.

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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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Representation in fiction
Tuesday 26th July 2016 8:19 pm

I've seen various things in various places about people who are members of minorities talking about how important it is to them to see their minority on TV/in films etc. Which has never really applied to me because I'm not a minority. And then I remembered I am.

I got very excited when Big Finish's UNIT box set arrived. But because I was ill I didn't get a chance to listen to it before Counter-Measures arrived. Which I listened to first because I was more excited about Counter-Measures than UNIT (much as I love Kate, I love Rachel, Allison & Gilmore more). In it was a scene that reminded me Rachel was Jewish. In fact the scene suggested that her parents were really religious, but she doesn't seem to be. It reminded me that you don't get many Jewish people in books/TV etc in this country (you do in American series, but then there are more Jews in America).

Of course, you have no way of knowing what most people's religions are since most people in this country are not religious. There's a default assumption that everyone's Church of England, where churches are for baptisms, marriages and funerals, Christmas is for presents and arguing with your relatives and Easter is for eating chocolate. And the religious make-up of the country says that you'd probably be right if that's what you assume. There are just non-religious people of other religions about and it was nice to realise I was listening to one on audio.

A side-note about minorities, because this amused me at the time and I never said anything about it then. But last year (I think) I was looking at a ficathon about women and one of the criteria for characters you could nominate mentioned the women in question considering themselves a minority. I thought that rules out Lynda Day...

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Too hot to do anything
Friday 22nd July 2016 8:12 pm

I looked at the weather forecast for the beginning of this week and decided I wasn't doing anything. So I didn't. It was too hot too. And definitely too hot to be turning computers on. So I haven't Things have improved now, though. It comes to something when I get excited about being able to close the windows at night (hayfever is bad at the moment and keeping the window open means waking up not able to see or breathe). I've actually wanted to go to work because we have air con.

But today I had a day off to go and see Star Trek Beyond. I've got into a habit of seeing new Star Trek films on the day they're released and I hate going to the cinema when it's busy, so I went during the day. I managed to time it perfectly, as just after I sat down there was a trailer for Finding Dory. Which I wasn't expecting - I don't remember the last film I went to which had a trailer for a film I actually wanted to see.

Overall I enjoyed it. It was still a bit too actiony for my tastes, but it was better than the last one. I came out feeling excited about Star Trek. But every time Chekov was on screen I couldn't help thinking that this is the last time we'll see Anton Yelchin. It's very sad. I was expecting to see a 'in memory' of something like that at the end of the film, but there wasn't.

I still don't like the new Enterprise. I also didn't like the way they felt the need to swing the camera round and circle it round the action. It wasn't even that it made me dizzy, it just made it very hard to see what was happening. It should be interesting enough that you don't need to do crazy camera tricks.

There was one moment that made me want Scotty to punch Kirk, and that was the moment that was too much like work for me. Kirk asks Scotty to do something, Scotty says it's can't be done. Kirk tells him to do it anyway. Which I realise happened all the time in the original series, but I think it was having the same thing happen at work yesterday that really drove me mad.

That's pretty much all I've done this week! I've got some story ideas written down on paper. I still haven't done any fanfic reading - I have loads starred/bookmarked, waiting to read. Sometime I will get through them.

Mostly I've been dealing/playing with Missy. I moved her into the hall for a couple of days because it was the least hot place in the house. She was not impressed. And kept me awake. We're both glad she's back in her usual corner in the lounge. And now she's being a pain, so it's clearly time to post this and give her attention...

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Not Prime Time
Sunday 17th July 2016 5:54 pm

I'm so behind on everything I should be doing. I meant to get some stuff done this week and didn't. And then thought I'd get it done around the tennis, but there one of Friday's matches was on Saturday and now it's too hot to do anything. I do at least have a clean house (after not cleaning it for five weeks it was awful).

So I'll get to one of the things on my list and talk about what I wrote and received for Not Prime Time.

I got a lovely Qui-Gon & Obi-Wan fic, which I enjoyed in more ways than I could describe. Especially as I'd forgotten that I was getting a fic out of things and couldn't remember any of the fandoms I'd asked for.
Unconventional Approaches to Conflict Resolution (2882 words) by weakinteraction
Fandom: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy
Characters: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn
Summary: A mission to a remote planet goes wrong for Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.

And I wrote an Enterprise fic - my first proper one (the only other one is a Farscape crossover drabble).
Fire to the Finish (2076 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Star Trek: Enterprise
Characters: Jonathan Archer, Malcolm Reed
Summary: Archer and Reed take part in a race.

I saw the request for this in a letter and almost took one of the characters off my offer because I hadn't considered writing those two characters with each other. But then I realised that one of the things I like about exchange ficathons is writing something I wouldn't usually, and then I really wanted this assignment. My recipient wanted slash, which wasn't going to happen, but they were happy with friendship, so I wrote that and put in some bits that hopefully can be read as pre-slash, if nothing else, with the right rose-tinted glasses on.

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