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([personal profile] istia Oct. 18th, 2017 12:34 pm)
Haven't read anything much to report on since I'm still having problems w/ concentration, which is also hindering my attempts to write & vid, both of which I really want to do.

To help the writing along, I've signed up for the annual November challenge at [community profile] mini_wrimo. I've pledged to write 100 words a day next month. Since I'm now on my 597th day of daily writing at, writing 100 a day will be a breeze! But I intend those 100 to be specifically creative fic, not just my stream-of-consciousness life babbles & to-do lists that gets. So fingers crossed that next month will be at least somewhat productive!

Minor me )

More media I've been consuming.

Alias Grace )

Speaking of Canadian content, Eric McCormack's Travelers is back for its 2nd season. It's a team show about 5 time-travellers who come back to our present from a dystopic future to try to change how things will go. Along w/ McCormack, the cast includes fannishly known Cdn actors Enrico Colantoni (Elias in Person of Interest), Ian Tracey, Teryl Rothery (SG1) & Amanda Tapping. Pretty good 201 to start off the new season as things get ever more complicated for our group. Cdn show, but aimed at the US market, so it's set in some vague US city, though 201 does have an amusing, inexplicable shout-out:

DAVID: The Indian lady who lives next door [said] that the person who came to her apartment was a stocky, bald man w/ a thick Canadian accent. [pause] Those Canadians, man, you gotta watch out.

& in yet more Cdn content, whee, Frontier returns tonight for its 2nd season! I'm looking forward to the further adventures in Rupert's Land in the 1700s as the Brits, 1st Nations, & Americans fight for the lucrative fur rights held by the Hudson's Bay Company. Also looking forward to hopefully more of the great slashiness in S1.

Speaking of extreme slashiness, Exorcist is airing S2, but I'm saving the episodes till I can binge watch them later. Marcus/Tomas, don't let me down!

Supernatural 1301 )

Movies & Specials )

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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am)
What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)

What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)

What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 17th, 2017 09:35 pm)
Randomly memed from [ profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )

* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*
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([personal profile] blueswan Oct. 17th, 2017 10:22 am)
John Dunsworth, A Canadian actor, has passed away. He was hugely popular as Jim Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, but to me he was Dave Teague on Hven. Condolences to his family and friends.

Last night I deleted Supergirl from the pvr. I felt a little bad about it, but I havent watched in episode since middle of season two.

I turned the furnace on for the whole night last night, not just a jolt of heat to take the damp out, but heat all night if needed. I woke up sweating so I guess we aren't quite there yet. Hurray.

Why are surprise real estate signs never on the lawns of those you would love to no longer have as neighbours?

I'm on book four of The Dark Tower series. It has sat unread on my bookshelf since it came out. I decided after book three to wait for the rest of the books to be written and I'm just now getting around to them. I'm all hey "thinnies!".

I was giving the animals their monthly dose of revolution (or whichever one we are using this year) when Dutchess bolted. I was about halt-way throughh emptieing the pippette on her, so I had to chase her about shouting things like "Do you want to be a mangy flea-bag, do you?" (If all goes well, this should be the last month I have to do that for a while.)

[personal profile] gingerpig will be here for her visit in less than a week. It's beem too long since I saw her last. I'm excited!

I am enjoying the hell out of Discovery. Compain if you must. Look, I am currently on season two of The Next Generation, and have skipped many episodes cause NO. Just NO. TNG is not my Trek. Although Guinan has finally put in some appearances, so things are looking up.

The Good Place is makeing me laugh and being terribly clever. I though Ted Danson had had his day, but I was wrong. Watching him as Michael is a joy. He has no shame, and it so much fun to watch.
I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm)
Title: Fatal Error
Author: [personal profile] lost_spook
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 693
Characters/Pairings: Twelfth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: None.
Summary: Letting the strangers go had clearly been a mistake…

For [personal profile] persiflage_1 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 12. Why didn't we detain them? - Twelve & Clara Oswald (DW)

Here @ AO3 | Also @ the Teaspoon
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 15th, 2017 05:35 pm)
This has taken me so long to do, I feel almost embarrassed to post it, because unlike some of the more detailed ones I've done, this one was straight-forward, but it was lingering just because I couldn't work out who to cast as one character. (I'm still not sure who it was I must have had in mind, but I found a suitable stand-in. After, er, nearly all year...)

From the [community profile] isurrendered meme, [personal profile] john_amend_all gave me this prompt. If I had remembered that he threatened to do this several years ago, I would have tried to ward it off, but I didn't, so here we are:

One of those obscure centuries-old cults has a ritual: Once every hundred years, on the night of the winter solstice, the chosen one must stand at a particular place (where ley lines converge) and will become an inspired bard and prophet.

... Except that since the last ritual, an office block has been built on the site, and the mystic powers end up being bestowed on the coffee machine. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.

Which is coming to an LJ near you some time soon as:

Coffee and Curses )
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([personal profile] istia Oct. 14th, 2017 09:32 pm)
Yesterday's [community profile] thefridayfive questions

Sing sing )

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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 13th, 2017 09:25 pm)
1. The world out there seems set to get worse and worse in every way at the moment. I feel bad that I have nothing to offer, but frivolous fannish things, but so it is.

2. I have my Yuletide assignment, but obv. can't talk about it. I have mixed feelings about whether I can do it proper justice, but it is a fandom I love and wanted to get, and hopefully I'll manage something decent in the end.

3. In the department of inevitable irony or something, the GRO have resumed their test pilot of offering PDFs for (some) historical certificates online for £6 instead of £9.20. I had been saving birthday money for this moment since May in case it ever came. Guess who finally gave up on that ever being a thing and spent the last of the money on Sunday? Yes, me. (The wretches! The rotters!) Anyway, for those also into UK family history, it's running for three months or so this time, so don't miss out.

4. I wrote a frivolous thing for no reason at all for the first time in forever. It was, of course, still stupidly obscure. Whoever it was - at least two people, I think, or maybe three - recommended me the Daisy Dalrymple books for light mystery reading, I blame you. All/both of you. Ficlet of pure froth: Foiled (G, 490 words, Alec/Daisy.)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 12th, 2017 06:04 pm)
I've been trying to finish off a few [ profile] runaway_tales things, including another AU. This one was also written for [community profile] genprompt_bingo square "Happy Endings" and [community profile] hc_bingo square "grief" and is a modern coffee shop AU. I am so proud of myself, even if maybe the coffee shop is probably too incidental. But a while ago, [ profile] oonaseckar said to me that it would probably be impossible to do a modern Edward/Julia AU and, of course, if someone says that it's impossible to write something, obviously I have to write it. (I wrote Six/Rose and Steed/Baldrick once for the same reason. Edward and Julia managing excuses to have a fake relationship and then be awkward about it in the 21st C was no problem at all.)

But I crossposted it to AO3, as I think it's a fun/sweet enough standalone piece; also it's for two other comms, and also because LJ's word limit forced me into posting it in two parts over at RaTs, which annoyed me, because clearly it isn't a work that's meant to be in two parts. I hoped I'd done enough amputation, but apparently not. (Dammit, LJ.)

Substitute (13480 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Julia Graves (OC), Edward Iveson (OC)
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés, Romance, Grief/Mourning, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Brief mention of car accident, Community: runaway_tales, Fluff, Humor, Angst
Summary: Julia Graves has perfectly reasonable motives for fake-dating a customer – it’s all about interior decorating, honestly…
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([personal profile] istia Oct. 9th, 2017 11:54 pm)
The tail end of a bright, sunny, warm Thanksgiving Day! I got sufficient sleep (for once) & have eaten too much, including some sugary stuff, which I haven't had for a couple of years. In all, a good day.

Has anyone seen the film 6 Days (2017)? It's about the hostage taking at the Iranian Embassy in London in the 1980s, during Thatcher's reign. I watched it because it stars Jamie Bell &, tra la!, MS! (MS's role is small, but it's always fun to see him & hear that voice.)

I really enjoyed it. Pacing is great & it's told from several povs: the negotiator's; the terrorist he communicates & forms a bond w/; a BBC reporter (female); & the SAS assault team, including Jamie Bell's character. I don't recall much about that incident, so no idea how accurate it is, but it really held my attention as an good actioner, including the SAS scenes hitting my competency kink over & over.

Quick, scrambled thoughts on a few shows I'm currently watching, or have sampled:

The Good Doctor: I'm enjoying this hospital drama about an autistic resident, Shaun Murphy. The acting is good all round & I'm enjoying getting to know all the characters. Even the less pleasant ones are becoming rounded, now into the 3rd episode. But the show's lynchpin is, of course, Shaun, & he's darned appealing.

The Brave: also enjoying this action show focusing on a team. Very team-y. Very nice secret ops team w/ Anne Heche playing their commander. :) I like every single person on the team, which is my idea of success.

SEAL Team: similar action show focusing on a team led by David Boreanz. Not nearly as much to my personal taste as The Brave. Too much focus on their family life, which bores me. When I watch an action show, a team show, I want the team.

The Inhumans: yet another superhumans show, but I tuned in just in case it appealed to me. Then I discovered it stars Ken Leung & Iwan Rheon & got all excited! I've liked Iwan Rheon since The Misfits; Simon was my favourite character. And while I've seen & enjoyed Ken Leung in various shows, various characters, he's always Miles in my head (in Lost).

Unfortunately... Read more... )

Outlander: for anyone, like me, watching only for gay Lord John Grey, episodes 303 & 304 are ace. Lots of interaction between him & Jamie, his crush. Unrequited, of course.

But 305 is a dead loss on the Jamie/John front, & since-- Spoiler )

What else have I tried of new shows? Oh, The Gifted, yet another show about select individuals w/ superpowers. Not that I'm against all such shows! I loved The Tomorrow People, for instance. But The Gifted focuses on self-centred people who only suddenly care about something when it directly affects them. Read more... )

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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 7th, 2017 02:07 pm)
[community profile] b7friday is opening up again! We have a new prompt and everything and I have made banners to promote it. If you want to use them to pimp it somewhere yourself, the code is in the text box:

I have also made a rebloggable tumblr post here.

(I stole these pics from the B7 Image Library, and basically every single B7 group shot on it seems to be everyone looking seriously unimpressed/bad-tempered, so I choose these where they also looked kind of vaguely interested as well as unimpressed. Ish. Oh, B7... <3)

(Sorry if you've seen this several times already - I'm nearly done!)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 6th, 2017 09:37 am)
1. Yuletide sign-ups are still open for anyone thinking of taking part. (I believe they close on the 9th, but check the link.)

2. For those of you in the UK who don't mind a bit of old telly, I checked the Drama channel, and guess what their next run of ancient TV on Saturdays is? It's the BBC's 1976-77 historical (Edwardian) drama The Duchess of Duke Street! It has a very slow start (even for ancient telly), but Gemma Jones is so fabulous throughout, and I recommend it. The bit where Julian Fellowes turns up and swipes the plot for use in Downton is also entertaining, and S2 has bonus Lalla Ward. (And then write me Louisa/Mary, because I never could manage it, though I tried.)

(And when I say Saturday, I mean tomorrow.)

3. Fall Equinox went live the other day. Lots of lovely fanvids! (The theme this time was 'based on books.')
The Perfect Wife - How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

Because sometimes you (and by "you" I mean "I") need to remember that the world isn't a huge trash fire, here's a beautiful (and sometimes sad) article about the case declaring DOMA unconstitutional. Even though we're dealing with the backlash now (and there's always backlash, but we'll get through it together), I am still so glad and so relieved that we all in the United States have the ability to get married, regardless of gender.

(I've had a pretty horrific 2017, so this is not the post to leave pessimistic comments about how terrible things are now. If you feel the desire to be pessimistic, please be understanding of my needs for positivity and take it to your own space.)
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([personal profile] lost_spook Oct. 5th, 2017 05:29 pm)
Only one day late!

What I've Finished Reading
The Mauritius Command, and the series continues to be solidly excellent. Then, slightly to my own surprise, I managed to read The Goblin Emperor, which I enjoyed very much (I can see what people mean about it being a very reassuring read and why some other people also find that annoying, but it suited me just fine right now) but stupidly did so in only about three or four days and was sick for the following three days as a result, which does dampen enthusiasm somewhat. (I don't know why I did it; I think I get a bit panicky that my reading ability might vanish, leaving me stranded halfway through a book).

So, after that I didn't read properly for a week, and then read the v light Daisy Dalrymple mystery I got from the library, Damsel in Distress, by Carola Dunn.

What I'm Reading Now
I'm technically reading Desolation Island (the next in the Aubrey-Maturin series), but not really much at the moment, as I think I was reading too much of them and having less brain than I should have done.

I am also beginning to work my way through my random Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror, starting with the first, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. It's very random and its heroes are terribly saintly, but this makes me laugh, especially when some of the other characters would rather be hanging around with less saintly people, or somebody has a moment of sarcasm. (Matilda's maid Bianca would obviously prefer to be in a Shakespeare comedy, but Matilda won't oblige her with even normal curiosity, let alone shenanigans and scheming.) There is also a spooky giant helmet with plumes of doom, and it's only 100 pages long.

I also enjoyed the particularly OTT bit where a Helpful Friar who has turned up to reason with Villainous Manfred accidentally causes Manfred to order the execution of the suspiciously Noble Peasant Theodore and is midway through begging for Theodore's life when he pauses to realise (via a handy birth mark) that Theodore is in fact his long-lost son (and he was formerly the Count of Falconara, because obv. you can't actually have a Noble Peasant. How he carelessly lost his son and her mother, hopefully I will find out before it's done.)

I am (family history) note-taking from Boyd Hilton's A Mad, Bad and Dangerous People: England 1783-1846, but I don't know if it counts as reading, as it is one of the Oxford History of England so more political and so on, so I am doing a lot of skimming through it. (It's a large book. When I'm not using it, I am trying to flatten some paper with it. It's multi-purpose.)

What I'm Reading Next
I think the library has the next Daisy Dalrymple book, so I might get that next week, but otherwise I think it will be something else off my TBR pile. There are several possibilities! If I can be sensible this time, that is. And at some point, presumably the next 'Gothic Masterpiece,' The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve. (It's longer, though - all of 134 pages!)