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|Sunday, December 8th, 2013|
|December meme: B7 Fancast
lunabee34 asked for my fancasting suggestions for a B7 remake. As I say, I feel ambivalent. Like the invaders ordering destruction of the library on the grounds that either the documents supported the conquerors' religion and were unnecessary or contradicted it and were heretical, I feel dubious about posting things that are either waaaaay out in space or chuffin' obvious. I know there should be photos, but I don't know how to do that...(Cut for length)( Read more...Collapse )
*Hey, we could have Blake come back in S301 and skip Tarrant altogether. Yay!
|Saturday, December 7th, 2013|
|December meme: The Cake Sphere or, Gateau Fabulous
entropy_house/feng_shui house asked for Cake! (Or, rather for me to talk about cake, the limits of the Web being what they are).
Her request included "childhood bakery memories." I used to live right near an Ebinger's--a much-mourned chain of bakeries in Brooklyn. One of their specialties was the blackout cake--chocolate layers with chocolate frosting, filled with chocolate pudding and sustainably sprinkled with cake crumbs. (cut for length)( Read more...Collapse )
|Friday, December 6th, 2013|
|Climb-By: I Am 1600 Going on 1700?
The TV Club informs me that last night's live broadcast of The Sound of Music cast Stephen Moyer as Captain Von Trapp. So, it's been hours...where's the Sound of Blood vid?
|Thursday, December 5th, 2013|
For people who don't have HBO, Six by Sondheim is being shown at the Quad Cinema (on 13th St off Sixth Ave) BUT at 1 pm and 3 pm only, starting tomorrow and running through Dec. 12. In one sense it's pretty nervy of them to expect a person to pay movie prices to see a TV show (...although I just did that to see the National Theatre 50th Anniversary special, which was a TV in Britain...) but it's certainly cheaper than getting HBO just for this.
|Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013|
|Giving Tuesday Report
This year's gifts on behalf of Fangirls Everywhere (just assume that you got the thank-you card) are:
*Heifer International as usual. This year, since I'm sort of in the methane business*, it's a biogas stove that runs on methane! Tree seedlings! And bees! All vegetarian-friendly, especially considering that I *am* one.
* Well, Typhoon Haiyan is as dominant this year's charitable giving as Sleepy Hollow is to fandom, eh? So you get "one complete water system pipe, faucet, and drum for the toilet" from GlobalGiving's low-cost sanitation for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors project.
* Special for Fiona and Verity: Nicholas D. Kristof wrote in the NYTimes about the Afghan Institute of Learning. Kristof said that "there's nothing more threatening to Taliban values than a girl with a book." If you put it that way...so, you got a year of literacy classes for a girl or woman.
BTW, I like to think I'm too sophisticated to fall for this, but I'm also a complete shopping degenerate, so the fact that Heifer sends out actual catalogs makes me say, "Gotta have one!" for several of the items, so I end up donating more than I planned.
*I'm doing some volunteer work for Food and Water Watch--just finished a Memo of Huge Tedium for their anti-fracking project.
|Monday, December 2nd, 2013|
|For Karmageddon: The Bard of Avon
Ah, yes, aaargh, December already.
Karmageddon asked for "Shakespeare" for the December Question Time meme.
Some rather misguided person contacted me, because of an A03 story of mine, to discuss my participation in "Romeo and Juliet fandom." I told her that I don't think there actually *is* a Romeo and Juliet fandom, and if there is I'm not in it. (Cut for bloviation)( Read more...Collapse )
BTW I'll be seeing a broadcast of the National Theatre 50th Anniversary special this afternoon, so I daresay some Shakespeare will be on view.
|Friday, November 29th, 2013|
Ganked from inlovewithnight who got it from likeadeuce...
Anyway, if you want a peroration, pick a date in December and a subject you want me to talk about and you will get...talked.
|Monday, November 25th, 2013|
|Drive-By: Cosplaying My Own Fic
Soon I will head out to a Yuletide meetup in Greenwich Village, thanks to the organizational auspices of alizarin_nyc. I have a very large sweater collection, mostly because they cost an average of $2 a pop. As a dotty middle-aged lady I have numerous purple garments. I am now wearing a grape-colored, long sleeved merino polo shirt. I also have a printed velvet scarf, purple with green leaves. I am wearing it thrown backwards over my shoulders, according to the Mode Revolutionnaire of a B7 story I may even finish in 2013! (It's about 7,500 words now, and I just added an authorial-narration frame as well as buying Blake a dog.)
But I am not wearing the colors of the Enterprise Party, because their scarves are striped, not flowered.
|Sunday, November 24th, 2013|
|Intobar: What Childs Is This
Finished my intoabar fic and posted it before I had time to brood about it. Had to send an anticipatory apology to the mod, because I couldn't get the stupid cut tag to show up, but she very kindly wrote back to say that it doesn't necessarily show up in preview mode.http://intoabar.dreamwidth.org/33093.html
(also posted to the Intoabar collection on DW).
4,200 words, Orphan Black/Continuum. As usual, the smaller the fandom and the Venn diagram intersection between them, the closer my fic hews to the two canons. Sort of like my working at home seeing glorious sunshine blaze through the office window...only to turn to stygian darkness the minute I decide to leave the house.
As it happens, both canons are set in Vancouver (not just filmed there) at more or less the same time, so they certainly *could* meet each other.
I'd like to thank Google, for stopping me from misspelling major character names...
|Sunday, November 17th, 2013|
|Om nom nom: For the Canning Square of Kitch Bingo
Loaf of oatmeal bread is ready to go into the oven. While it was rising, I cooked off most of a bag of peaches and three leftover apples from the dollar bin at the greengrocer (i.e., lots had to be trimmed off...ah, if only I had a compost heap). I also had a bag of decidedly pallid tomatoes with the same provenance. I was going to make a fruit ketchup, so I toasted some spices: two elderly dried chilis, some star anise, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. By the time I finished cutting up the fruit, I decided to say the hell with the tomatoes and just make chutney. So I sprinkled some sugar over the cut-up fruit, let it melt, and poured in a little cheap balsamic vinegar. (Can't see the point of putting in a lot of liquid and then having to reduce it.)
After awhile I got the potato masher and Hulk Smashed. Eventually I used the side of the wooden spoon to cut down some of the larger chunks, and cooked until I had a spicy, chunky condiment that I suspect will make a delicious ploughman's with the bread and some cheddar cheese that needs using up.
I ended up with enough to fill a quart jar, and I actually had the right size disk and ring for it, but it's not actually canned--when it cools down, it'll go into the fridge. Some of it is likely to turn up at Thanksgiving dinner, too. Hmmm--maybe I'll mix it with some lightly poached cranberries instead of making a cranberry coulis to serve with the sweet potato/pot cheese blintze recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
|Friday, November 15th, 2013|
Tonight (Friday the 15th) at 7 pm, "Thar She Blows: Whale Tales, Sea Shanties, and More Melvillainy from Moby-Dick Marathon" at WORD bookstore in Bklyn, Greenpoint to be exact (126 Franklin St at Milton St.). Free. The NYTimes' Mary Pilon is on tap to talk about exploding whales, Lincoln Michel does a Moby Dick book report, and Brigid Harmon discusses whaling logs. See mobydickmarathonnyc.org.
Saturday the 16th at Supercollider, also in Brooklyn (409 4th Ave in Park Slope, between 17th and 18th Sts), 7 pm, "Don't Blink: A Doctor Who Quiz" ($5). Teams of up to six, questions focus on the 9th-12th Doctors.
|Tuesday, November 12th, 2013|
|Fellow Verizon Victims: Help!
I just downloaded IE 11, and it doesn't seem to be *more* useless on Verizon than previous versions, except that all the e-mail folders have disappeared--the area on the left where I previously accessed them is blank, and I've clicked all over the site but can't find any help getting them back.
|Friday, November 8th, 2013|
|Drive-by: Well They've Both Spent a Lot of Time in Scotland
So far I've seen only episodes 1 and 3 of Agents of SHIELD (I made the mistake of waiting too long, so 2 dropped off Hulu and abc.com) but today I was musing, as one does, that although Harry Potter is a matter of great indifference to me I don't think Hermione should have ended up with Ron because she's brilliant and he's as thick as two planks. But then, who is the appropriate Really Smart Guy for her?
So are there already 100k FitzMione epics out there?
|Monday, November 4th, 2013|
|Writing Meta: Symbolic
Usually, one of the first things I have in a story is the title, but sometimes I have to open up the file as [Fandom] Untitled and then rename.
I think it is of symbolic importance that I reached two milestones tonight on my Intoabar story. I'm now over the 500-word minimum, although that's not the first 500 words, it's, well, 533 words from various parts of the story. Including the last line and the set-up for the last line.
And now I have a title. Which would be perfect if it were for Yuletide but still pretty cool for Intoabar. It's Orphan Black x Continuum, and the title is...(cannily fumbles envelope to create suspense)..."What Childs Is This."
|Sunday, November 3rd, 2013|
|Drive-By: Stop Me Before my Bunny Kills Again
Based on the Law of Audience Reduction (not everybody in either of those two rare fandoms knows or cares anything about the other canon) I could probably muster almost four readers for this one...
Hey, there's a play about convicts en route to Australia putting on a play. And, as noted elsewhere, Blake and Avon are already rival directors for the mission, so if you throw in an actual play, and possibly Bran Foster's talking skull, it really would be Slings and Arrows.
I may go to Exbar, they understand me there...
|Saturday, November 2nd, 2013|
|Writing Meta: Oh Dear I Think It'll Have to Have one of those Plot Things
When I was a kid, the usual family response to coming home from a day of shopping and wondering what the HELL was in all those shopping bags was "What did Abraham Lincoln say after a three-day bender?" "I freed the WHAT?"
My first response to my Intoabar assignment was somewhat similar, and of course I offered those fandoms, so, although I didn't get the fandom and character I already had ideas for, I can't really disavow responsibility.
My Intoabar assignment is a crossover with, as it happens, my Yuletide fandom, which I suppose happens fairly often. Because probably most of the people doing Intoabar are also Yuletiding (...although there are 50 times as many of the latter as the former...) and there would tend to be overlap between offerings. Although of course for Yuletide I have less autonomy because the prompt came from the donee.
And, although the Yuletide minimum is 1,000 words and Intoabar minimum is 500 I suspect Intobar will end up being the longer of the two, because I think I'm going to drag in more of the crossover cast and have some Action stuff go on.
|Wednesday, October 30th, 2013|
|Drive-By: Undercover Academics
I don't watch Sleepy Hollow, but not only do I think it would be awesome for Ichabod and Kiera Cameron from Continuum to Fight Crime! by going undercover at an academic conference about pop culture...they're both married to temporally unavailable people! She really is a cop! His cover is as an academic! And I bet Abbie and Carlos would be a cute Pair the Spares.
|Sunday, October 27th, 2013|
|Drive by: 50 Shades
I haven't seen (and probably won't) the new Dracula, but I am amused to discover that not only does it share DNA with Revenge by ripping off The Count of Monte Cristo, but Dracula's nom de fang is "Grayson."
What with Revenge's evil Grayson family, not-evil original!Robin, and evil Gracen Corp. in Profit, and I'm sure many more that I can't think of offhand, there is surely enough material for a ficathon.
|Saturday, October 26th, 2013|
|Friday, October 25th, 2013|