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Another year

Today is my birthday, the big THREE-OH. To celebrate, here are 30 things about me that you may or may not know.

1. I absolutely detest running water on my face. Even in the shower.
2. If I could live in any other period of time, it would be Britain during the Age of Sail.
3. My favourite flowers are irises, daisies, sunflowers and white freesia.
4. I have tetrochromatcy.
5. I share a birthday with Gregory Peck, Booker T Washington, Joseph Lister, and Agnetha from ABBA.
6. I am on a lifelong quest to discover what the piece of paper in the tin/box of chocolates is called.
7. I have no desire to travel to anywhere in the world except Botswana.
8. My heroes are; Eric Liddell, my parents, Elvis.
9. I became a Christian when I was nine.
10. My favourite romance trope is Passionate Longing. I blame reading The Scarlet Pimpernel at an impressionable age.
11. My first "grown up" book was Pride and Prejudice, a Christmas present from Mum and Dad.
12. Run your tongue along your top teeth and find the bit of flesh that joins your lip to your gum. Got it? Cool. I don't have one - a side-effect of tripping and smacking my face off a hard surface when I was small. Probably accounts for the scar on my chin too.
13. I collect cactii.
14. When I die, I want to be buried by the sea.
15. I've supported Spurs FC since I was in P6.
16. I like words for the way they sound, not what they mean - dissonance, milieu, cadaver, legacy, cinematography, sulphur.
17. Because Brother the Third will never let me forget it, I cried the day he was born because I didn't want another baby brother. What he *doesn't* know is that the minute I saw him, I was fine with that.
18. My favourite smells are - freshly-cut grass, tarmac drying after a rain shower, wet soil, old books, Nanny's house.
19. I really wish cloaks would come back into fashion.
20. The first time I met Sister-in-Law the First, my immediate thought was, " how on earth did Brother the First manage to get this gorgeous girl to go out with him?!?" (still don't know) Because I'm an equal opportunities big sister, I thought a similar thing when I met Sister-in-Law the Second for the first time too (sorry Brother the Second).
21. My favourite pastime is reading a book with a cuppa to hand.
22. When I was little, I wanted to be; an astronaut, but I wasn't good at maths; a ballerina, but I didn't start classes young enough; and an archaeologist, until I realised that Time Team digs are only 0.1% of the job.
23. I really dislike one-armed hugs. Whether literal or figurative, you have two arms - use them!
24. My favourite films are; Brief Encounter, Superman, LA Confidential.
25. I would really like to learn to play the piano and speak Russian.
26. My sense of humour was influenced by 70's British television, Veronica Mars and Calvin & Hobbes.
27. My favourite painters are; JMW Turner, for the way he painted the sea; Cannaletto, for his use of light; and the Dutch masters, for being true to life.
28. I'm fascinated by spiders, bugs, beetles and all other kinds of creepy-crawlies.
29. When I walk through a door frame, I always reach up to tap it, just to prove that I can.
30. My list of injuries to date are; wrecking my knee on an ice rink; breaking my nose; breaking my collarbone; losing a fingernail in traumatic circumstances; and losing a chunk from my knee falling over barbed wire.

TL: DR - I'm as weird as everyone else!

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Hello there, LiveJournal. It's good to see you again, old friend.

Over the last year or so, I have rediscovered my love of fandom as a concept. The latter seasons of Smallville disheartened me so much that I even lost interest in the show itself, and so, I left all message boards and forums that I had been a member of.

Recently, however (and I blame The Flash for this), I dreamed of a meeting between Lois Lane and Iris West, accompanied by the hapless-if-superpowered men in their lives, and it got me rewatching Smallville. It was like meeting someone who was once dear to you, but circumstances and distance intervened and they went away for a long time.... and then when you meet them again, you realised they are still as dear to you than they ever were. Clark will always have my heart, though I didn't know it.

As I watched seasons 8, 9 & 10, I remembered the memes and hashtags that were created after various episodes, the squeeing, the ~feels, all of it. Maybe it was nostalgia, or maybe a recognition that as I become increasingly alone in my personal life - a deliberate choice - there are other ways of connecting to people, and fandom is one of them. The downsides can be awful, but I think - I know - that the good parts of fandom are worth all of that.

To that end, I have looked up all the old sites I was once part of, and LJ was at the top of my list. To my delight, most of my old friends are still here. Even better, there is a thriving Outlander community that I was unaware of until now, and since I have adored the book since I was 13, and the show since it started, I can feel the pull of that community, inviting me in, and the same is true of The Flash (Barrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy <3).

I must say, it's nice to be back :)
I haven't posted on my LJ for a while; I think it's mainly because Twitter suits my random stream-of-consciousness thoughts better than having to organise them into something more coherent.

It was my birthday yesterday, and I can honestly say that it was one of the best that I can ever remember having. My birthday is the one that always gets ignored in our house, as it usually falls during the Easter holidays when other things are going on. My brothers are fortunate in that their birthdays are near each others, meaning their celebrations become an Event. However, this year, I was so touched by what I received by way of presents and cards; also, Brother the Second came home from work with a giant Easter egg for me, and Brother the First rented a DVD - The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn - just for me to watch. I was taken out for the day by Mum and Dad and had a lovely meal with them.

Game of Thrones is back on TV, which is very exciting. Stannis Baratheon is probably my favourite character in the whole books series, so I was really looking forward to seeing how he was portrayed by Stephen Dillane, an actor I admire already. I was pleased with how his character was portrayed, and thought that Melisandre, played by Carice van Houten, was perfect. I'm just so glad to have it back on my screen again - I didn't realise how much I missed it until now.

I've also had a bit of fangirl excitement this week. I discovered that Gail Carriger is on Twitter and mentioned her in a tweet; imagine how squealy I got when she tweeted me back! Joy Unconfined doesn't even begin to cover it. She's such a fabulous writer, who is too talented for me to be envious of her.

Speaking of writing, I sent a friend a link to a story of mine - the one of which I am least ashamed, to be honest - and he liked it! He said the only fault he could find with it was that it wasn't long enough, which was quite flattering. I've been working on my writing for a while now, reading the advice of other writers and trying to straighten my method out into something that I can actually hang a story on. I've also realised lately that I want to write stories that are not fandom-related; so far, all I've written has been for Smallville, Merlin, Doctor Who and X-Men: First Class, so I'd like to branch out into something else. I've set myself a target of writing some stories set around Celtic myths and legends during the summer, but I think there will have to be a lot of research done before any writing actually occurs.

While I'm on the subject of writing, I'm in the middle of hashing out another X-Men: First Class fic. For someone who has only ever managed to write short stories, or long one-shots, the idea of writing a four part story and actually completing is ambitious to say the least. The scope of the story is also quite ambitious, and I can't shake the feeling that I'm setting myself up for a spectacular fall. However, I'm really enjoying writing it, which is more than I can say about other things that I've written.

.

I haven't written anything in what feels like a very long time. Partly because I was stressed and ill over my nursing training, which is now finished, and partly because I wrote a crossover fic that was demanding and rather taxing at the time, and I lost all inclination to write.

However, now, I feel like writing again. I spent yesterday in a coffee shop doing some people watching and wool gathering, and a fic plot developed and grew in my mind to the point that I was compelled to write it down. When I had finished scribbling like a madwoman, I felt - well, I'm not really sure how to describe my feelings at that point, but suffice to say, it was like welcoming an old friend home after not seeing them for a while.

As someone who has always been able to write, and wants to one day write children's books, it was a relief to read back over my hastily-outlined plot and see a story that makes sense and will, hopefully, be enjoyable to read. I haven't felt this inspired in a long time, and I have the XMFC fandom to thank for that.

Hopefully I will find the time in the next week or so to actually type up the story and post it somewhere that people will read it.

Fic: Of gods and machines

In which two fictional worlds collide; Superman and the Doctor join forces against a common enemy.

LJ is being a pain and won't let me post it here, so have a link instead: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6826223/1/

fangs are great until you run out of floss

Thanks to some cool people that I know, and because I'm very easily influenced, I've recently had a marathon of The Vampire Diaries all the way from the beginning of season one to the most recent episode that aired in the US. I've been looking for a television show that might fill the gap that Smallville will leave behind when it finishes, and I think I might've found it.

My love of anything vampire related is not all-consuming, but I do love shows like Buffy and Angel. I didn't know anything about Vampire Diaries beforehand, except that it was based on a series of books whose author was recently fired (I was confused too), and that it was nothing like Twilight (for which I am eternally thankful), so I started watching it with a fairly open mind.

I'm not going to give a blow-by-blow account of my series watch, but I'd like to post some general impressions about the show that have formed over the past week. I love the girl characters much more than the boys, which is unusual for me; in a show with an ensemble cast I usually like both boys and girls equally. I didn't even end up as a "shipper" either (although there is one relationship that I love - of which, more later).

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Fic: Perfect Fit

I got more peeved than y'all can imagine after reading far too much nonsense following 'Luthor', so I decided to write to distract myself. Seemed to work, so all is well. I figured since we didn't get to see Clark going ring shopping, I might as well fic it.



In Your Arms, I Fly

I wrote smut! *hides* It's not very long or, really, all that good.

And it's not all my fault that I wrote it either. Honest.

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Fic: Words unspoken

Some more Arthur/Gwen goodness.
 

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