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Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:50 pm
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I only see cardinals occasionally here, so it was a nice treat to get a few pictures yesterday...

5 pics under the cut Read more... )

a few from yesterday

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:13 pm
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I have more photos to edit from yesterday (plus today's) but for now here a few from yesterday...

The husband got me a couple little purple basil plants, so cute...


Photos under the cut (a skunk, sparrows, a robin, and a squirrel)
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Brainstorming For Yuletide

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I am compiling a list of things I would want to see nominated (or might nominate on my own) when Yuletide nominations do open in September. These are what I am currently taking into consideration:

-Makt Myrkranna | Powers of Darkness - Valdimar Ásmundsson
-The Haunting (1963)
-The Innocents (1961)
-The Uninvited (1944)
-Dark Shadows (1991)
-Dracula - Bram Stoker
-Dracula (TV 1968)
-Count Dracula (1977)
-Nosferatu (the 1979 remake) -Hammer Horror Films
-Universal Monster Movies
-Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fright Night (1985)
-Ghostbusters (Movies 1984-1989)
-The Last Unicorn (1982)

At the moment, I suspect that I’ll be nominating Makt Myrkranna (the Icelandic version of Stoker's Dracula that I discussed a while back) in that first slot. Either Dracula (TV 1968) or Dracula - Bram Stoker would go in the second slot unless someone else eventually nominated either one of those.

If it were going to be being released sooner than December, I would be able to add Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water to my list of potential things to throw in there.

Oh, and on a note that doesn’t involve Yuletide: I finally watched Jack The Ripper (1988), and I loved it.

"Close enough for jazz"

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:13 am
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Vacation to-do list/wishlist summary: not too bad! Especially given that today was totally eaten by stressful unexpected circumstances. (Everyone is fine now.)

Things without deadlines (fun):

* Watch Voltron: Legendary Defender and do some knitting
* Stroll in the Botanic Gardens (I didn't do this but did go read in the park near our house)
* Maybe steal the baby from daycare early one day and get extra baby time
* Read (three books! in one week!)
* Cook
* Lunch with my mom
* Sleeeeeeeep

Things without deadlines (productive):

* Shower and dress in real clothes every day (mostly)
* Tidy room enough for vacuuming
* Unpack
* Vacuum (well, I swept, but it's pretty clean underfoot now)
* Catch up on laundry
* Celebrate the 1st anniversary of Story Hospital (!)
* Call insurance company about that bill
* Call doctor's office about that prior auth
* Finish setting up Tinybeans
* Remake OT appointment for next week
* Do a family Readercon debrief/postmortem

Deborah Watling

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:41 pm
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Some more sad news for Doctor Who fans (well, of the Classic variety at least): Deborah Watling has died, aka companion Victoria Waterfield. A lot of people have linked to the clip from Tomb, but it is such a beautiful scene, so I'm going to do it as well:



(Forgive the embed outside the cut this once.)

Victoria was a companion that I always liked the idea of more than what they actually did with her most of the time, but Debbie Watling always seemed pretty lovely, and she had a very good relationship and rapport with both Patrick and Frazer. My old telly adventures have also led to me watching her (at least briefly) appear in The Power Game, along with her father, Jack, who was a regular (a favour which she returned in DW, getting him cast as Professor Travers in two of the Yeti stories).

Rest In Peace, John Heard

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:14 pm
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John Heard has passed away at the age of 72. May he rest in peace. He was found dead in his hotel room yesterday, two days after having minor back surgery. He might be most well known for the role of Peter McAllister (Kevin’s father) in the first two Home Alone films. I also vaguely remember him from Cat People (1982).
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Title: No-Tell Motel California
Fandom: Marvel Comics/Supernatural
Characters: Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Kate Bishop, America Chavez
Rating: Teen
Length: 3,479 words
Content Notes: no warnings apply. written for [community profile] fan_flashworks 
prompt: Loud
Summary: Sam and Dean find themselves in a world other than their own and need a little help finding their way home. Kate Bishop is hanging out in a motel in California and may just be able to lend a hand.
Ao3 Link

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Friday's Photos

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:20 pm
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It's been too hot this week. In the 90s and humid. Not a great mix. So my mood is starting to drop, a lot, especially when combined with other issues. So, I ended up taking a lot of pictures today because it tends to cheer me up, or at least calm me down a bit.

The squirrels were not loving the afternoon heat from what I could tell and I managed to snap several pics of a few lounging in the trees. I even stepped off of the porch and took some of the pics from the ground under the trees. I also snapped several pics of sparrows and one of a robin. Oh, also a dragonfly up at the top of the dead tree.

I think this is my favorite picture of the day:

Squirrel snug in a tree.

The rest of the pictures (11 of them) are under the cut...Read more... )

WHERE MY GIRLS AT

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:46 pm
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It's ON.

Rest In Peace, Deborah Watling

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:09 pm
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Deborah Watling has passed away, at the age of 69, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. She played the role of Victoria Waterfield, companion to the Second Doctor, on Doctor Who. Unfortunately, most of her episodes were destroyed.

The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Enemy of the World managed to survive from her tenure on the series, along with the second episode of the serial The Evil of the Daleks.

Freely Given

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:06 pm
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Title: Freely Given
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Explicit
Genre: PWP, missing scene
Word Count: 1017 (Oneshot)
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: BDSM, spanking
Summary:I liked everything you did to me. Everything. Even when you hurt me.
AN: This fic takes place immediately after A Bewildered Heart. It is, in fact, a direct continuation of the last scene in it. At the time I wasn’t in the mood to write smut, so I decided to finish the fic, and make this into a missing scene-fic instead. It seems what I needed to prompt me to get into the smut, was to pause from writing angst…

If you haven’t read the previous fic, this works very well to read as a PWP. The first bit is lifted directly from the end of A Bewildered Heart.

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Happy Birthday...

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:46 am
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... to [personal profile] grondfic and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014! I hope you both have an excellent day!

The end of an era.

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:26 pm
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Well, fuck.

Considering the spate of musician deaths in the last couple of years, it was only a matter of time before it claimed one I considered my own.

I was a late comer to the Linkin Park bandwagon; it wasn't until "Faint" from their 2003 album Meteora that I sat up and paid attention. I still remember my reaction to hearing that song for the first time, because hearing it now, fourteen years later, I have the same reaction.



IDK. It just got into my blood.

I've often said that music is the lifeblood of my creativity, and never has that been so apt as to when it came to LP. Their songs are all over my stories; hell, in my Daria universe, Mystik Spiral basically takes LP's career path. Both of my Daria stories feature LP songs; all of the fic I've written for that series (quite a bit of it unpublished) was originally named after one of their songs.

Early LP was the perfect fit for Inuyasha's anger and frustration with the world, and I had, once upon a time, planned to do a collection of stories based off of songs from Meteora. As the band's sound evolved, so did their ability to spark my inspiration. The last album I purchased was 2010's A Thousand Suns, the making of which more or less served to cement my 1000% crush on Mike Shinoda.

Learning that Chester is gone still doesn't feel real. I didn't believe it until I saw Mike's statement on Twitter, and I was absolutely crushed, especially for him. In all of their making of clips, you can see that they had a pretty special bond as the creative forces of the group. Chester was the soul of the band, and now that he's gone...

IDK. I don't know what they're going to do, how they're going to react, what's going to happen to their seventeen years of bandom togetherness. How can LP exist without their charismatic frontman? I found them late, but they have meant the world to me, even if I'm perpetually 5 years behind the times. I would listen to Chester sing the damned phone book - his talent was that phenomenal.

He was so young. SO young. I hope that he didn't take his own life, or that if he did, it was accidental, like Scott Weiland's sudden overdose. I have no expectation that this will bear out, but I just can't stand the thought of someone like him, who was so warm and positive and just really fucking amazing, in that sort of anguish and pain. He had a really difficult childhood, one that haunted him for the better part of his life, but he'd turned the corner over the last couple of years. The cycle was supposed to end with him, not end him.

My heart goes out to his family and his bandmates and to my fellow fans, a lot of whom relied on LP's music to bring them out of their own dark places. It was nice to be on social media when the news broke, to see the outpouring of grief and love alongside the slack-jawed astonishment. It helped, knowing I wasn't the only one whose day came to a sudden, abrupt halt, who sat there numb and fighting back tears. I read the responses to Mike's tweet confirming the death and almost came to tears again.

I hope Chester is at peace now. There will never be another one like him.

Nope I'm totally overwhelmed

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:49 am
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Okay we have 8 days left in Japan and I'm still trying to scan pictures so I can bring memories digitally instead of big stacks of albums and sell stuff. We aren't even started packing our suitcases. And we have so many bucket list people to see one last time and things to do and eat one last time. And now my kids are done school and expect entertainment. This is like The Perfect Storm. I'm sorely tempted to just get on the plane and LEAVE. ALL. THE. CRAP. BEHIND. So what if we lose a couple years of photos, right? siiigghhh 

In fandom news:
Game of Thrones is back and I'm suddenly shipping Missandei/Grey Worm like whoa. Those little glimpses in the trailers have got me so excited! They've had just the sweetest ~longing looks~ relationship where they've both vocalized how much they desire the other and yet have dutifully refused to act on their feelings. JUST DO IT ALREADY DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT SHOW YOU ARE ON. Like, other characters keep going on and on about how he has no equipment, and I'm like... that's not technically true? The way he shut down Daario on that with just a withering look last season was just A+++ XDDD Seriously they can have all the joys of a loving relationship with none of the childbirth/rearing stress! I'm feeling this is a fantastic life choice decision especially now. XD I love how much he *hearteyes* over her, how she's always the one making all the moves because he won't
Awesome premiere ep though. It was very much like setting up pieces on a chess board- you can probably see how it's all going down...but you're likely to be completely crushed by your expectations when things go absolutely sideways instead! "The Great Game is terrifying" and absolutely riveting teeveeeeee! :DDD

Here is my fandom giftbox if any of you are interested! I don't know if anybody else has one, but reply with a link yours if you do! I love stuffing, but I will obviously be doing it post-move!

Shadowhunters continues to delight more and more! I think it's Sebastian|Jonathan, but I'm waaay more interested in 2B than 2A or S1? I just wish there was more Izzy and less Clary, but fine, fine plot. (Why do I always glom onto non-main characters to stan in TV shows? There's got to be a psychological reason for this.) 



Birds and a Skunk

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:02 pm
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There were a bunch of sparrows and a robin or two in the dead tree the other day, all at the same time. There were a lot more than I could get a pic of. It was like they were having a meeting. It didn't last very long, but it was a bit noisy.



Yesterday I was able to take a few not too blurry pics of a skunk in the yard around sundown. Picks of that and also a robin I took today under the cut... Read more... )

Rest In Peace, Trevor Baxter

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:20 am
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Trevor Baxter has passed away at the age of 84. May he rest in peace. For Doctor Who fans, he played Professor George Litefoot in the episode The Talons of Weng-Chiang. He reprised the role for Big Finish Productions, in Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers, and a series called Jago & Litefoot.

Having looked through his filmography, I see that he was in two episodes of Mystery And Imagination*--The Body Snatcher and Feet Foremost; I believe those are in the portion that are sadly lost. He was also in Jack The Ripper (1988) in the role of Lanyon--that one also starred Michael Caine, Lysette Anthony (Angelique from Dark Shadows 1991), and Susan George (Lucy in Dracula 1968). I have always meant to watch that one, so I’ll track it down. I think I spotted it at DailyMotion earlier, divided into parts.

*Come to think of it, that's two from Mystery And Imagination that have died in the last two months. Peter Sallis was the other one.

Writing and Whatnot...

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:38 pm
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I finished and posted my fic that I was writing for [community profile] fan_flashworks . It's not awesome, but it is done and I did enjoy writing it, mostly.  
I did not enjoy editing it though. I hate that part. A lot.
This is probably one of the longer fics I've written if not the longest. Not that I've written tons of fic or anything.

Okay I checked...this fic at 3,478 words is 1350 words longer than my previously longest posted work. Hmmm... wacky.

Very hot and humid today. Blah. I could really do with cooler days. I find it hard to motivate myself to do much of anything when it's like this. 

Oh, the latest issue of America (America Chavez solo comic from Marvel) has her teaming up with Kate Bishop (the other Hawkeye) for the issue (and next issue to it seems!) Very cool!!!
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To start at the end, as it were, before I forget everything. The theme for this week in my old telly adventures seems to have mainly been Bad Stuff Happening to Planes.*

Ransom, Secret Army & Department S )

Import In Progress

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:02 am
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I am in the process of importing my older fanfic to Ao3. A large portion of it is probably Doctor Who, from the Tenth Doctor days. So if you suddenly notice a new story* from me, it's not new. It's so very, very old and fluff more than anything in most cases. Looking back now, quite a few are not that great, but they're going up for the sake of completion.

*There were two occasions as I started the import where it accidentally made it post to today's date, but it was eventually fixed. I learned that trying to import from Teaspoon does that for whatever reason, while importing from Dreamwidth does not, and gives the original date without me needing to change it.
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