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I have fallen woefully behind with Snowflake.  Ugh. I hate playing catch-up.  (Expect days to be posted out of order.)

 Day 9
In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Here is an extract from a story I've been working on sporadically for the last couple of years.  One of the UK cable channels was repeating Due South from the very beginning and I got totally sucked back into it, and then discovered the immense fandom following it had.  I'm a definite Fraser/Ray K fangirl.    

Words for Snow (Due South ficlet) )

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 Here's an updated picture of my Dalek cross stitch.  I can't believe that it's been almost a year since I started it!  Wonder if I can get itfinished by the 29th?

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 Just watched How To Cook Like Heston.  I fucking love Heston.  He's mad as a stick, innovative and self-taught which I admire intensely.  I have spent a happy half-hour learning all about how to cook beef better.  This is how exciting my evening is :P  

It was actually fascinating stuff.  Much better than Heston's last programme, the disastrous foray into reality TV, which I think proves that Heston is best when he's allowed to be himself.  Geeky and excited about food!

Now to try the Star Anise Trick---not quite as cunning as Pratchett's Gingerbeer Trick, but probably more delicious---with my next stew or chilli,   I probably won't grind my own meat and lay it out neatly to form burgers, but I might well try his salt-binding technique

And now we're watching Tamara Drewe which is actually pretty good.  I couldn't get into the comic strip collection, but the film is much more accessible.  And fun!

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 Day 5
In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I like to make things.  I'm not very prolific, but I love knitting, crochet and cross stitch.  I've dabbled in all sorts of crafts but always return to those three.  I've been knitting and crocheting since I was six and used to knit a lot of my own sweaters back in the day, but I much prefer smaller things now.  Baby clothes are pretty much ideal :)  It's taken me ages to track down some pictures, so please do clicky!

Crafty stuff this way... )
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In a fit of efficiency (or possibly a state of confusion, who knows) I have imported my LJ entries to DW and will hopefully be rocking the cross-posting,  
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I have just spent an hour going through my memories and deleting all---well, I hope I managed to get them all---the dead links.  Such a tedious deletion process!

In other news, we watched Paul tonight which surprised me by being amusing and quite fun.  (I actually really like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but the trailers for this left me absolutely cold.  Hence my surprise.)

Also! We watched s2 ep1 of Hawaii Five-0 which was awesome!  Lovely twist at the end, and I'm really looking forward to ep2. Last night we watched the return of Sherlock, which was brilliantly clever and thoroughly enjoyable, even if I did have to get Dave to read out loads of the on-screen text.  It is a sucky show for people with low vision, but fun all the same.  And, hee!  Recreational scolding.  Much love to Steven Moffat.

It's been nice to have an evening of 'normal' tv.  We've been watching a lot of UFC lately, which isn't an actual problem and one can never overdose on sweaty mostly-naked men fighting, but almost every night?  Don't be surprised if I start writing cage fighting stories...

I'm looking forward to the return of Castle, Suits s1 airing at last and Grimm.  January is shaping up to be a great month for TV.

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And so... to day two:

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

Okay, this turned out to be harder than I thought.  Looking at the number of comments on my various bookmarked stories, it turns out that I do run with the herd on a lot of things.  And I thought I was such an individual!  Here are my underappreciated/rare recs

CRAFT A knitted K-9!  I grew up on a steady diet of Doctor Who and adored K-9.  Someday I'll track down a copy of the pattern book and knit my very own K-9.  Go admire him!  Isn't he gorgeous?  

FIC When LOtR RPS was huge it always bemused me that more people didn't write Bean/Dom.  One year, after patiently listening to my plaintive moans, my friend [ profile] feelforfaith wrote me this amazing birthday fic.  Realign. <3 <3 

FIC Burn Notice is a small-ish fandom, and I was quite surprised to find myself shipping them halfway through the second season.  Michael/Victor is way more popular, and I can see the appeal, but I like the almost cosy feeling of M/S.  Ark's Steam Heat is perfectly them

FIC I'm not sure how to describe this one.  An AU Crossover is probably the best way to go: DC Comics/House M.D..  Change Is The Only Constant  When Bruce Wayne becomes Dr Gregory House's newest patient drama ensues.  I have a lot of love for this story and I'm pretty sure you will too!

FIC Luther was one of the BBC's little gems in 2010.  Creepy, terrifying, brilliant and cracktastic in equal measures.  I loved the cat and mouse game between Luther and Alice.  This very short (~400 words) fic captures them perfectly.  Outside.

VID I have a real soft spot for this Supernatural/J2 fanvid.  It's set to a Justin Timberlake song which is so totally not my thing, but the sentiment totally fits the boys.  And I'm quite happy to sit and watch three minutes of blinding smiles :)  Supernatural: Sexy Back

VID This vid is made of awesome.  It's a Supernatural/Doctor Who crossover, set to Enter Sandman.  Naturally I adore it.  Doctor Who/Supernatural: Enter Sandman.  Interestingly enough an "Amy Pond" character has subsequently popped up in a s7 ep of Supernatural!

CRAFT And... this isn't strictly fandom-related, but since fandom would be nothing without the internet, you should all take a look at the fabulous Internet Cross Stitch Sampler.  I keep meaning to get around to making my own... maybe this year I will!

(When I showed Dave the sampler, he liked it but totally didn't get the "1111one111eleventy1111one" part.  And I found myself completely unable to describe what it meant.  Was this just a LJ/fandom_wank thing from back in the day?)

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Happy New Year, y'all! 

I was going to make a huge laundry list of resolutions but then I read a tweet from Stumptous, one of my favourite bloggers from days of yore.  

If you're a "self-improvement" junkie, resolve to do a "fixit fast" this year. Just stay with the awesomeness you ALREADY have & are.

This struck a bit of a chord with me.  So, this year I will mostly be maintaining my current levels of awesome.  Which isn't to say that I'll be sitting on my arse doing nothing.  I'm going to gild the lily a little but not utterly kill myself (or make myself feel like a failure) by making lofty goals.

Here's to awesomeness!

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So, Day One of the Fandom Snowflake Challenge.

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

Things Not Taught (Teen Titans v3, Tim/Kon)  Also, at AO3.  I hated the way Robin left things with the Titans after Robin: A Hero Unmasked, especially with Kon, so wanted to fix things a little.

Synesthesia (Metallica RPS, Jason Newsted/James Hetfield)  I love the concept of synesthesia and wanted to play with it a little in a slightly porny fashion.

Another World (Metallica RPS. Jason Newsted/Kirk Hammett)  Two boys in a closet...

My Christmas Nightmare (Scrubs JD/The Janitor) I went through a a huge Scrubs phase and this was the result.  Seasonal, too!

I had fun picking these!

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I like this idea a lot!  Multi-fandom recs over a fortnight.... a very good thing :)

On the subject of recs: [ profile] glammetalkitten recommended this Batman Beyond Yuletide fic to me, and now I am recommending it to you all!  Blue Monday (gen).  A lovely plotty story with great characterisation.

And a belated Merry Christmas, a cool Yule and Happy Holidays to my lovely flist :D
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Ahh... there's nothing like new people coming round to ensure that the house gets cleaned from top to bottom!

I invited one of Lucas's friends from school round on Thursday for mince pies and fun (Lucas is convinced that it will snow so that they can build a snowman together) and now I am tidying and cleaning to make sure that his mummy thinks that I am A Good Person :P

On the plus side, I've found 76p which I am claiming as my own and have also unearthed some resistance bands that I was looking everywhere for a few weeks ago.  It's like pirate treasure!!

I am wondering if I should have a pre-emptive chucking out session before Sunday.  I have heard worrying (but lovely) things about sackfuls of presents for Lucas...

Big Bang!

Oct. 9th, 2011 11:24 pm
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I signed up for [ profile] smallfandombang last month, did I mention? I'm not sure I did.

I've never done a big bang before---I can remember being seriously confused when I came back to LJ after many years of absence and saw all these stories tagged with bigbang.  I thought for a couple of days that people were really, really into The Big Bang Theory!

As big bangs go, this one is nice and small.  To go along with the name, I suspect.  It's 10k, which would make the finished story the longest thing I've written since my attempt at NaNo in '03.  (I think I managed about 20k before giving up.)

Today I junked my original idea and embarked on a new and slightly crack-tastic one.  I'm blending Hawaii Five-0 with various and diverse fairy tales.  There are talking mice (who would rather learn police procedure from 80s cop movies than a manual), poisoned pineapples, an unlikely Sleeping Beauty, troll bridges and more!  I've managed 3k today, which has absolutely stunned me.  I can't remember the last time that words poured out like this... it's brilliant!

(This is also my first foray into H50 fandom.  I am slightly nuts, I think.)

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Hola!  I am [ profile] glam_ang   on LJ.  I figured that it was about time I migrated to DW...  

Apparently I am incapable of getting the account name/tag right, so if anyone actually cares, here is ze link:
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I am re-watching s3 of due South.  The more I watch it, the more I see distinct similarities between RayK and Danny from Hawaii Five-0.  Those two bicker as easily as they breathe.  Epic snark.  I wonder if there is a crossover lucking out there...?
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So... for the last couple of years I've had a weird almost-numb patch on the top of my right foot.

I've mostly been okay with it... it was a nice reminder not to be so fucking stupid.  I mean, how stupid do you have to be to fall over an extremely large toy, fuck up your back and crack yourself a good one on the head in one fell swoop?  Followed even more dramatically the next day by cartwheeling down the stairs just as you snap, "Be careful, otherwise you'll fall" to your small child, who must surely be part mountain-goat. The almost-numb bit was a hangover from the resulting two-week long compression of my sciatic nerve, and since then I've been pretty good at not falling over dramatically or even ironically.
But of late, that little weird bit has been getting bigger, and now the whole top of my foot feels like that.  There are edges to it, and if I scratch over them I can feel the difference between normal foot and weird foot.  And there's a bit on the back of my calf which is going the same way, too.  And then there's the All-New! thing going on with the front of the ankle joint where it hurts every time I flex my foot.  Joyous.
The upshot of this whinge is that I am getting an MRI to look for nerve compression, damage and whatnot.  I'd be thrilled if it was something easily fixed, but since my GP went oooooh, interesting, I suspect I am doomed. 
(I can't believe that it'll take 10 days for the results!  House always has a diagnosis mid-MRI!!)


Jun. 16th, 2011 01:45 pm
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In case anyone is interested, I have started slowly archiving my writing over at AO3:

I remember reading rumblings about AO3 years ago, so I'm pleased to see it has come to fruition!

Also, this morning I got up horribly early after next-to-no sleep, dragged my carcass onto the bus and went to the eye hospital for my screening for a drug trial that was supposed to be a shoe-in (or however you spell that, my American fails me), and promptly fell at the first fence.  My right eye has insufficient vision to meet the criteria for further screening tests, so it really begs the question of why my doctors got my hopes up in the first place.  And between dealing with that bitter disappointment and a child who will not stop fucking WHINGING about EVERYTHING, I am about ready to put my fist through a wall. 
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Lucas discovered a stage in Barnes & Noble when we were on holiday.  Once we explained to him what it was, he took to it like a duck to water!

Our little drama queen :)
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Wow, it's been an absolute age since I last posted on LJ.  I don't even know if anyone still uses LJ apart from [ profile] glammetalkitten 

Lucas is growing like a weed, despite going through phases of eating bugger all.  We're waiting to find out what school he'll be going to and should find out in a month.  It's crazy to think that in a few months he'll be starting primary school!  (And at some point I should try to get my head around the English educational system which makes no sense whatsoever to me.)

My brother and his girlfriend had their first baby this month---Caitlin Lily---so I am a proper Aunt for the first time, and I will shortly be an aunt-by-marriage for the second time as Dave's sister is about 32weeks with her second.  I have been crocheting some cute little baby things and not feeling broody at all, it has to be said.  I am grumpy enough with one child, so I hate to think what I'd be like with two!

I've been catching up on loads of TV series that I missed at the time.  I finally got around to watching S1 of Alias which I loved, despite the rather predictable ending.  I started watching S1 of Supernatural yesterday after watching most of S4 (or was it S5) on-demand and really enjoying it.  I must say that Sam has not improved with age, whereas Dean has.  I was also quite excited to discover that Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays their dad.  I love that guy!  Dave and I have also started watching Sanctuary via LoveFILM and we're trying to unearth the Battlestar Galactica miniseries so that I can start re-watching the whole thing; I dropped out mid S2 I think and I'd like to find out how the whole thing ends.

I have also been crafting little bits and bobs for around the house.  Neither Dave nor I are particularly keen on emptying rooms to have them painted, although we will have to at some point, so I have taken to making bits of wall art.  Of course, it would be even better if I could get them hung up :P  I may have to get busy with a hammer and nails... I am still waging an intermittent war on clutter but I suspect that I might need a total personality transplant to achieve a clutter-free existence.  I think I am just a messy, messy person.

Incidentally, in case anyone has spent two years worrying about whether I got Dave's cake mended and completed, yes, yes I did.  And it was awesome.
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So, I missed Christmas and New Year. Hope that everyone had a lovely time and that 2009 is a most excellent year, sans illness!!

We're all mostly better. I have an occasional cough--like an occasional table, but doesn't leave the room so cluttered--bad jokes, and an ear infection. Dave has a much worse cough, but no ear infection. Lucas has a tiny occasional cough and I've managed to improve his social graces by teaching him to cover his mouth when he coughs. It is seriously cute :)

As a bonus, I have bugger all appetite, so have missed out on so much lovely food. I've undoubtedly lost weight, but as I was scales-shy before December even started, I can't even crow about that :P I'm hoping to regain a certain amount of interest in cooking before we all turn into ready-meal boxes. You are what you eat, they say...

And now I go to practice being an action hero! LEGO Indy on the Xbox beckons :)
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Lucas is very excited. Batman has collapsed on the windowsill. (He's not a party-person.)

"Bertie buuusssssss!" says Lucas. Phew. It really does look like a bus.

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