AO3 meme!

Aug. 19th, 2013 12:00 am
kangeiko: (geek)
AO3 meme from [personal profile] selenak and [personal profile] ruuger , because I should be sleeping. I don't know how to do the average / per story thing, I assume I just have to do maths. It's late, so no maths.

Account name: kangeiko
Account created: 2009-12-02
Total stories: 350 (some locked to AO3 members only)

Total wordcount: 585,805
Average wordcount:
Longest story: The Plains of Esdraelon (ST: Avenger) (34,608 words) - a story I wrote as part of a collaboration with a writing group, where we wrote a virtual season of a new ship (USS Avenger) and their adventures. It even won an award, but upon rereading it, you can tell it was very much an early work.
Shortest story: Debrief (Babylon 5) (45 words)

Total kudos: 904
Kudos per story:
Story with most kudos: up, up the long delirious burning blue (Top Gun) (38) A [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic I wrote for Yuletide 2011 - after I defaulted on my assigned fic, no less. This is a short little fic, and I have no idea why it proved so popular.

Total comments: 222 comment threads
Comments per story:
Story with most comments: do zla boga (American Gods) (42) Another [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic, for Yuletide 2009 this time around. I was pretty proud of this one.

Total author subscriptions: 7
Total story subscriptions: 8
Story with most subscriptions: spilt milk (The World's End) (2) The story I am writing at the moment.

Total bookmarks: 197
Story with most bookmarks: Polyamorous Love-Knot Within; Cleaner Required (Clerks II) (11) I liked this fic. It was my one serious attempt at writing a happy, funny, smutty fic, and trying to write a poly fic with a threesome scene, to boot.

Stories with no comments or kudos: MANY. I have been transferring my old fic on here, including stuff from decades ago, and backdating it to its original posting date.
kangeiko: (wasting time online)
So, the Nine Worlds Geek Fest was pretty damn excellent, with a heavy emphasis on family-friendly fun. There were some adults-only sessions, focussing on writing erotica etc, but pretty much all other sessions were open access (and some were especially aimed at the younger attendees). The organisers therefore had a pretty heavy emphasis on safety and on making sure that people didn't feel threatened. I can't speak for anyone else, but I stopped going to conventions after it became patently clear that there was pretty much a free-for-all with respect to sexual assault and heavily coercive behaviour.

Potentially triggery cut for examples. )
At the time, I was too young to really understand what I was objecting to, other than knowing that I wasn't having fun anymore, and that I didn't really want to leave the safety of the hotel room. So I stopped attending: after all, there was no point paying for the privilege of being assaulted when it would happen walking down the street for free.

Nine Worlds was the first con I went to where I felt comfortable walking around on my own, wearing my own clothes. Previously, I'd wear elaborate, outlandish outfits - not cosplay, but something equally as involved - to ensure that I was visible (and that therefore people would notice if all of a sudden I wasn't in the room). At Nine Worlds, I was in jeans and a t-shirt, and a summer dress, and pretty much dressed as I would be to go to the shops. I was also comfortable being on my own. I'd convinced a work colleague to come along with me so I wouldn't be having to brave the sessions alone and be surrounded by people I didn't know, but actually, we separated for the majority of sessions and I was - shock! horror! - sitting in rooms with other fans, discussing things I was interested in and not feelign threatened.

I'm going to do a proper write-up of Nine Worlds later, and it's important to caveat that not everything worked, and of course my own feeling of safety doesn't translate to a universal feeling, but it's interesting that even someone as people- and con-phobic as me felt fairly comfortable staying up late in crowded, darkened rooms with strangers. I still stayed completely sober - my fear of being drunk and helpless in such crowded darkened rooms hasn't quite abated - but it was a step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire has featured done an amazing write up by Elise Matthesen of reporting sexual harassment at conventions. Go read it here. The contact and resource list for reporting sexual harassment in SF/F is here (also linked in Seanan's post). Carrie Cuinn also wrote on the experience of sexual harassment at cons and reporting it, here and here.

Also, you may have heard about the expulsion of odious Ted Beale from SFWA . NK Jemisin has written a blistering post on the racism and misogyny in SFF, including Ted Beale and the reactions of the SFWA board. Funny story - I recently unfriended someone on FB (someone I'd met at conventions) who started posting a long-winded and clearly pointless defence of 'traditional Britain' - i.e. he went off on one and started spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric. To which I responded by calling him out for the racist fuckwit he clearly is, and unfriended him. Job done? Well, some mutual friends continued posting on this status update, and so I continued receiving notifications of their comments... which included a heartfelt thanks that the SFF community was so together and so inclusive and so melting-pot-y...  I had to go and sit on my hands for a bit.

No, you know what, it wasn't a funny story at all.

Meme!

May. 30th, 2013 05:32 pm
kangeiko: (SQUEE!)
This appears to be doing the rounds:

I currently have 349 works archived at AO3.

Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 349 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like about it.

(please, for the love of god, don't pick one of the early ones.)

kangeiko: (wasting time online)
1. Chakotay/Seven, Voyager: hands down, the most WTF couple that ever appeared out of the blue. There was no build-up whatsoever, and the two characters barely shared any screen-time before they were abruptly thrust together. I still think it was a reaction against the Janeway/7 feeling that had slowly been building.

2. Martha/Mickey, Doctor Who: speaking of couples that shared no screen-time... I've read some interesting fic getting these together, and as I like both characters I've enjoyed the fic. But this was so abrupt it felt like a tacked-on "everyone gets their happy ending" sort of job.

3. Spock/Uhura, STXI: and here's where everyone hates me! But I never saw it in the original series (I saw friendly flirting, sure, but NOT anything that was sexual in nature), and if I was going to go the 'human female' route I'd have probably brought back Lelia whatsherface, the botanist he was supposed to have been vaguely seeing at Academy.

4. Spock/Saavik, ST:III/IV: speaking of not seeing it - and not wanting to - the whole Spock&Saavik relationship for me was a father/daughter one. So the ponn farr and associated pregnancy, if you go by the deleted scenes in the original IV script, was I suppose a practical solution but still one that nearly gave me whiplash from the double-take.

5. Tonks/Remus, Harry Potter: no explanation given, no actual relationship depicted. Did they have any dialogue before she was off turning mousy with unrequited love over him? Barf.

*disappears back into the recesses of the internets*

Link post

Nov. 20th, 2010 09:05 pm
kangeiko: (wasting time online)
- Link courtesy of[personal profile] monanotlisa : [personal profile] rivkat asks What's Wrong With This Picture?

- Feminism's Generation Wars: Katha Pollitt talks about generation unrest in the feminist front.

- Proposals for the reform in Legal Aid in England and Scotland - I've written a post on this for another site, which I will link to once it goes live. In the meantime, suffice to say that the proposed Legal Aid reforms will completely screw women in England and Wales. The consultation runs until 14th February 2011, please consider responding to the proposed changes in order to protect women's access to legal aid.

- Peta's latest anti-woman poster campaign.


kangeiko: (servalan is my evil overlady)
You guys, it has come to my attention that no one has yet signed up to write for the Seafort saga. UNACCEPTABLE, not least because it's one of my requests! I have realised that this is because no one has heard of it, so allow me to bring some sweet, unadulterated joy into your lives and tell you all about the brave Nick Seafort and his many ill-fated voyages.

Seafort Saga (aka the Hope series) by David Feintuch

First, let's have a look at our hero:

Midshipman's Hope

Isn't he just the most square-jawed young man you've ever seen?

Nick is born in Cardiff, at some point in the future (Wiki tells me it's 2177, but the timing is irrelevant in this series; suffice to say it is In The Future) into a world that is vaguely reminiscent of Victorian England, if Victorian England rolled out the Royal Navy across all institutions, whether on land or at sea. Nicky is, at fourteen, thrilled beyond belief to become a cadet at the Academy, and to eventually be shipped off on an interstellar voyage between Earth and several of its many dependent colonies. There are no aliens out there, as far as anyone knows, but space travel is difficult, time consuming, and eventually kills you: unless you start early enough and develop immunity to the plasma science, you develop melanoma. I suspect that this was introduced a hand-wavy reason to have a great many young men in neat blue uniforms, but I digress.

By the time we join Nick, he is seventeen and Senior Midshipman about HMS UNS Hibernia, which is not filling anyone with great confidence. He can't seem to wrap his brain around astronavigation, the second most senior Midshipman is older than he is, taller, better looking and more able to command a room, and Nick, we suspect, has yet to make the acquaintance of anything friendlier than his own hand.

And then a series of disasters robs Hibernia of all senior officers and leaves Nick in charge. He has to deal with rioting passangers, mutinous crew, a broken computer, ambushes and, finally, an alien life form no one has ever encountered before that he cannot understand. So far, so standard space opera. Where this one differs is just how gay-friendly the writer is. Those who have come across The Still - where a young prince must remain virginal and battle a variety of enemies, while being trained in mysterious ways by his mentor/lover - will not be surprised to read that Nick is similarly incompetent around women, and similarly unsure of whether he wants to have a relationship with one, or simply thinks it's the thing expected of him. The social and religious mores of Victorian England having been reproduced, and particularly amplified in the character of Nick's father (who appears to be a monk of some kind, to be honest), Nick is brought up to believe that homosexuality is wrong. However, his first love - his best friend, and the person he is most involved with as a pre-teen - is openly gay, and Nick is conflicted. Later on in the series, Nick spends a great deal of his time staring in wide-mouthed admiration at the various beautiful Midshipmen he has under his command, and a great many pages are devoted to detailed descriptions of just how beautiful and perfect they are.

This early on in the series, however, we have far less conflict and uncertainty. Nick is 17, he's trying to get laid - with a pretty schoolteacher - and meanwhile hijinks with his fellow bunkmates ensue. Sometimes, when they step out of line, they must be disciplined by being beaten over a barrel. It's, er, all very proper, I assure you.

Anyhow, once Nick takes command, he is torn between trying to remain friends with his former bunkmates - prettier than ever - or being the untouchable Captain. He quickly becomes exceedingly tortured and conflicted. He's kept in line by the brilliant Darla - YOU READ THAT RIGHT - who is the ship's computer, and isn't going to have any of his nonsense. Until things start to go wrong with her as well...

Basically, Midshipman's Hope is a fun, sexy romp, with some space operae thrown in. Nick is Very Serious and Earnest about things, and seems intent on self-flagellation. The world David Feintuch constructs is actually quite interesting from a post-colonial perspective, especially some of the self-justifications used to bring about regressive social rules (I'm looking at you, ConDems!). I do recommend giving it a shot, especially if you're a fan of slashy space operas, as it isn't hard going at all, and has some very endearing characters.

And speaking of AWESOME CHARACTERS -

Fisherman's Hope

OK, I don't actually have a picture of Edgar Tolliver, but I imagine that he looks something like this:



Edgar Tolliver is a Lieutenant in the God-damned Navy, and has no problems with bending you over the afore-mentioned barrel.

*cough*

I, er, had more coherent thoughts on him, but Tolliver and Nick roomed together at Academy and DO NOT GET ON when they meet again in the third book, Prisoner's Hope. Tolliver took too much pleasure in the hazing inflicted on earnest young Nick (being a sarcastic git even back then), and Nick is the type to bear a grudge. But after an accident leaves Tolliver demoted and sabotage leaves Nick crippled, the two must rely on each other to try to thwart a violent revolution on the biggest colony, Hope Nation. Tolliver is NOT IMPRESSED, especially aftr Nick pulls a spectacular stunt to try to prevent the annihilation of Hope Nation by the invading alien... fish. OK, no matter how many times I write that, it still looks funny. Why don't you look at the picture of Paul Bettany for a while.

Good? OK, then. Having accomplished that, Tolliver and Nick - on incredibly familiar terms (as in, Tolliver is by then allowed to touch Nick, which is a crime that normally carries a capital sentence, and to also talk back to him, occasionally call him by his first name, and any other number of little familiarities) - then have to spend several months locked together on the UNS Victoria journeying back to Earth.  Once there, Nick will take up his position as Commendant of the Academy, hence the spiffy white uniform you see above on the cover of the fourth book, Fisherman's Hope.

You guys, this book is worth the price of admission alone. Tollier is his sarcastic, mocking best, smacking Nick down when he gets too self-righteous or setting him straight when he wanders off. When Nick risks himself in a stupid Kirk-esque manner at one point, Tolliver goes berserk trying to find him. By this point there is not a single person in the universe who can convince me that they're NOT shagging on a regular basis. Nick even seems to have been miraculously cured of his uncertain sexuality woes. We never really have long, heartfelt descriptions of Tolliver, just his constant, comforting presence as he tells Nick that he's being an idiot. Bliss.

Here, have some quotes:

After the midshipmen manage to turn off the gravity at Lunar base (my meddling with the gravitrons), and Nicky has fired someone -

My tone was glacial. "Tell him you're no longer employed at Naval Academy. Get out! Now, before I call Mr. Tenere to help!" Adam had recent experience in removing uncooperative superiors. I wondered if he'd find a posting anywhere, if I allowed that into his record.

Crossburn threw his notes onto the table. "You'll hear about this, sir. I'm not done -" He saw my expression, and fled.

For a moment all was silent.

"Very instructive, sir. I must remember that technique next time a middy -"

"Edgar, shut up!" He was truly impossible; why did I put up with him?

Jeff Thorne asked in a plaintive tone, "What, exactly, does a systems and maintenance officer do?"

I growled, "There's a manual someplace. Read it."

Tolliver said helpfully, "His main duty is keeping the middies away from the gravitr-"

"EDGAR!"


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Later on, they're negotiating over some visiting VIPs. Tolliver is trying to reason with Nicky:

"Be reasonable. You can't tell them who to bring and -"

"Who runs this place?" I threw myself into my chair.

"I'm not quite sure, sir." Tolliver regarded me gravely. "Do we get hints?"

Jeff Thorne intervened before I could explode.


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And, finally, when the shit hits the fan -

"Am I relieved?" Tolliver.

"What?"

"You put Thorne in charge. What will you have me do?"

"Go with me."

His tone was bitter. " I thought so. I'm at your orders."

I said gently, "It wasn't an order, First Lieutenant Tolliver. "

[...]

"I'll go. We started together. It's fitting that we end together."


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Snark and loyalty - what more do you need??

Woohoo!

May. 6th, 2010 10:52 am
kangeiko: (LoM)

Simm and Glenister sign up for new series - I am so excited to see those two together on the screen again!

Meme time!

Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:38 pm
kangeiko: (Default)

Meme time! From selenak:
Pick 15 of your ships and write down a quote for each of them. Let your f-list guess. Looking them up on IMDb or Google is cheating.

Not all of these are romantic ships btw, some are familial relationships, and some are friendships. When I get 'shippy', I do so in a very restrained, Victorian sort of way. *g*

Love them or hate them... )
kangeiko: (Default)

1. Buffy: Buffy and Dawn
I love the Buffy&Dawn relationship, both in the early stages of Dawn being the whiny little sister and later on, when she starts to develop into an adult. I find Dawn fascinating as a character, partly because she has the reverse arc of your typical Scooby (who tend to start out normal and then develop powers) and starts out as the key and moves abruptly into a state of normalcy (or as normal as S6 gets). Playing off against this is Buffy having sudden demands on her time as a person as well as a slayer, in the absence of her mother. Dawn is what ties Buffy to the 'normal' world.

2. Carnivale: Iris and Justin Crowe
My entire list is going to be predictable, I feel! Also not a shock, I love how fiercely Iris loves her brother, and everything she is prepared to do for his sake.

3. Alias: Sydney and Nadia
Again predictable. The few episodes these two had together left me with an overwhelming of their happiness. Having the other exist is enough to make their world better.

4. Dexter: Dexter and Deb
I have only seen the first season, but what a cracking season it is - and how awesome are these two? I love Deb's absolute loyalty to Dexter, and how he may be a complete psycho, but don't you threaten his sister!

5. Dead Like Me: George and Reggie
I love this. Period. Reggie needs her sister so much, and it's only through George's death that George comes to understand this and to try to be there for her, in whatever disasterous ways that might be.

So who didn't make the list? Perhaps more interesting than who did!

1. Supernatural: Sam and Dean Winchester
Now, I'm not really, which probably doesn't help, but the sibling relationship here doesn't seem that strong to me. Or, rather, there is definitely a connection, but it doesn't quite convince me as a sibling one. Which may account for all the Wincest, I don't know.

2. Rome: Octavia and Octavian
Oh dear oh dear! Wonderful to watch, but sort of car-crash telly!

3. Fables: Snow White and Rose Red
Both for Red's attitude and behaviour, and for Snow apparently not giving a toss! Poor show on both parts.

4. The West Wing: Zoey, Ellie and Elizabeth
And if we ever saw them as sisters rather than daughters I might have changed my mind!

5. Harry Potter: the Weasleys
More of a family unit than a focus on siblings for me, although Fred&George come close.

6. Gossip Girl: the Van der Woodsens (and Bass...)
Eric, Serena and Chuck almost made it, but again I tend to think of them all + Lily as a family unit rather than singling out the sibling aspect (which admittedly is a major highlight for me).

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kangeiko: (Default)
I am slowly but surely moving all my fic across to AO3. It is taking a while. Now, the big question: do I move across all the really old, horrible early fic I wrote (and when I say 'early' I mean stuff I wrote in the 90s!) that has now been thoroughly Jossed in plot as well as character development and motivation? Or do I disavow all knowledge? It's still up on the Pit of Voles, so some people still see it occasionally. OTOH, there's something to be said for having all my stuff in one place, even if it's the horrible early poetry I wrote when I was - gulp - in my teens. Thoughs?
kangeiko: (Default)

Wow, this is a hard one. I can name a bunch of good (and not so good) fathers and father figures, but mothers seem strangely lacking on TV. Or perhaps not so strangely lacking - it's hard to get right, after all.

1. Gossip Girl, Lily van der Woodsen
Or, to be more accurate, Lily Bass. I didn't have a lot of patience for Lily to start off with, as she seemed to be very concerned with herself and her image. As the character developed, however, the parts where she is absolutely amazing come through. She really does care about her children, and that's all of her children. Not every woman would open her doors so readily to a problem child like Chuck Bass, or would be able to bring him into her family so easily. After the Chuck/Blair relationship (which I love because I am shallow like that), Lily's interactions with her children is the most interesting dynamic on the show for me. She gives up her chance at true love (several times) to put her children first. (Also, the way she outwits Jack Bass: awesome!)

2. Harry Potter, Narcissa Malfoy
It was a toss-up between Narcissa and Molly. I opted for Narcissa because she chooses to betray her Lord - who is by all accounts her only hope for victory - in order to protect her son... And thereby is instrumental in bringing about Voldemort's downfall. She plays for big stakes, and there is never any question that she does it for her family.

3. Buffy, Joyce Summers
Joyce doesn't have an easy time of it, raising a Slayer and a Key. I love how invested she is in them as people, as opposed to their functions, which is partly why Buffy retains such a strong sense of self (as opposed to a strong sense of purpose, I guess, which is what we see in Kendra). Put simply, Joyce's close links and love for her daughter are part of what makes Buffy different from the other Slayers we encounter. We see the impact of Joyce's loss in S6 and S7, where Buffy suddenly, abruptly grows up, and realises just how much she relied on the love and support of her mother.

4. ST:TNG, Lwaxana Troi
Another formidable woman! My impressions of Lwaxana are coloured by Peter David's Imzadi, especially her opposition to Riker. She gets it wrong a lot of the time, but she does that because she loves Deanna so fiercely and protectively. It must been terrifying to wave your only child off to the military (especially after having having suffered the loss of another child so early on), and to be helpless to protect them. For a woman as used to control as Lwaxana, of course she tries to figure out ways to make her daughter happy!

5. Fables, Snow White
Snow and Bigby make me melt helplessly. They make me so happy. And Snow's love for her cubs fairly radiates from her. She accepts near-exile to the Farm to raise them, and is separated from Bigby, and even covers up some murders one if them accidentally commits... She lives them fiercely and unconditionally, and of COURSE she would choose to wage a war that might result in millions of casualties and "throw a thousand worlds into chaos" - the Adversary threatened her world and, by extension, her children. Given the choice, for Snow White, there was no choice at all.

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fannish5

Dec. 4th, 2009 10:35 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
I am distracting myself from the realisation that, after writing solidly for over a week on trains, lunch breaks and the odd coffee break, I am not even halfway through the first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story. I've never worried about getting something done in time before, but...

Anyway. From [livejournal.com profile] fannish5, If you could resurrect/bring back five characters, who would they be?

1. Gan, Blake's 7
I could make comments about the toll in later seasons, but let's start with S1, why don't we. I watched S1 and was astounded that we lost a major character so early on, and for no apparent gain. The earlier episodes didn't really give us much of an insight into his character, and there weren't any retrospectives after his death. Frankly, thinking about the rest of the characters, having Gan there might have cut out a lot of the melodrama.

2. Talia Winters, Babylon 5
There can be debate over whether or not she actually died, but I'm taking Bester's word on this one. Plus, bringing Control out definitely killed the original Talia, and if it counts for Fred/Ilyria, then it counts here. I liked Talia. If she'd stayed on we could have had a proper relationship with her and Ivanova, as opposed to a retrospective throw-away reflection. More importantly, she could have handled a lot of the plot stuff that Lyta otherwise carried, and then maybe we could have done without Byron? *crosses fingers*

3. Cyclops, X-Men: Last Stand
Because killing him off off-screen is just insulting. Also, it was pretty obvious that the only reason they killed him off is that they didn't know what to do with him in a film with Dark Phoenix. If we'd had Scott having to go up against Jean the film might have actually had some heart.

4. Data, ST: TNG
The writers didn't seem too convinced about this one, either. Data's death serves no purpose, and feels oddly out of place in that film. You take that away, and the film instantly feels more throw-away, something that needs to pick up on several points and work harder.

5. Jack Bristow, Alias
Because he's not dead. Obviously.

and one I wish hadn't:

Arnold J. Rimmer, Red Dwarf
Rimmer's just much better as a dead man. Having him be human again basically pushed the reset button and try to go back to pre-series level of interaction, which was really problematic for me as the rest of the characters had moved on. Can we bring back the hologrammatic version instead?
kangeiko: (Default)
OK, so staying in feeling a bit crappy, and decided to indulge in some comfort reading - Snape/Sirius. There had to have been new fic written since I dropped out of the fandom several years ago, right?

And there was. OMG, you guys. OMG. I have never read so much badly written, OOC fic before in my entire life. A whole new spin on revisionist history where James is a rapist, taking advantage of poor Severus, Sirius is a noble spirit who rescues him, and twue wuve prevails - with the power of Sirius' magic cock, of course. Urgh. I feel sorta dirty now.

Anyone know of any good Snape and/or Sirius fics written in the last 3 years? I would be veer so grateful.
kangeiko: (londo/g'kar)
!! Leonard's expression is what makes it art. :)

(Srsly, I was briefly worried about the skeezy stalkery implications of RPS for Shatner and Nimoy, and then I see things like this. And, clearly, any judge in the country would rule that they are entirely complicit in this.)

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Meme responses #1:
God, you're a pervy lot. Aherm.

For [livejournal.com profile] leyenn: Delenn's 3 bits of sexual trivia

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For [livejournal.com profile] amatara: G'Kar's 3 bits of sexual trivia

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For amatara: Top Five clich├ęs used or reinvented successfully by a show and/or fandom. )

Memes!

Aug. 8th, 2009 10:06 pm
kangeiko: (watching tv)
Gacked from everyone:

1.comment with any character you know I've written.
2. receive three bits of trivia about their sexuality: practices, preferences, experiences, fantasies, kinks, etc.
3. Profit!


And also:

Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post. Possibly with pictures.

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I spent the day working today, boo. But tomorrow will be pilates and power-walking with [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky, which will be fun. (And then more work in the afternoon, boo.)

Monday will be hellish. In fact, all of next week? Hellish. Send me love and sweeties.

Meme time

Jul. 30th, 2009 12:15 am
kangeiko: (watching tv)
To combat the rage (and caffeine-fuelled insomnia), memes.

Choose your genre show, answer the questions using episode titles from that show--if possible, don't repeat any.

I choose Babylon 5.

The answers )

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List the first lines of your last twenty stories. See if you find any patterns.

20 First Lines )

Meme time!

Jun. 24th, 2009 12:07 pm
kangeiko: (Default)
I am stuck at home waiting for several people to turn up. I am ostensibly still working on the Multiverse fic still sitting in pieces on my hard-drive (I am up to version 5, now, and I still hate it. It's due by the end of today, bollocks.), but actually I want to be outside, cavorting in the sunshine or whatever it is the cool kids are doing these days.

Yesterday my daddy got discharged from hospital super-early, which is great. I went to see him, and he's doing well, resting at home. My brother and I then went to see Terminator, which was Not Bad (tm). Don't think about it too hard or the entire timeline collapses in a big limp pile, but other than that...

I am currently reading "Flood" by Stephen Baxter, which I picked up yesterday and am already 1/4 of the way through. I'm really enjoying it. It's a 'what if climate change causes huge amounts of flooding in low-lying places such as, say, London' type of book, much like Robinson's 'Science in the Capitol' series but with more emergencies. I guess I'm in an apocalyptic mood right now. (Also, horror short stories, but I don't know of any good anthologies. I've already read all of Stephen King's short stories. Recs, pls?)

From [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63, meme time!

List 10 platonic male/female relationships in fiction that you enjoy. Rules:

1. They interact in canon, preferably in a significant (apply your own interpretation of such) way.
2. They are not related. They can, however, view each other as surrogate family.
3. Neither has confessed or implied romantic love for the other in canon.
4. They have not dated, been married, had sex, or made out in canon, on purpose, and of their own free will.
5. A popular fanon ship is ok (though preferably not your ship) but a canon pairing you wish were just friends is out.
6. Try to avoid using the same character or series twice.


Hmmm, ok! )
kangeiko: (atia of the julii)
I've been watching I, Claudius, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] selenak, and it makes me happy in a variety of ways. My joy, let me show it to you... or, rather, let me warn you that I shall be frothing about this when I finish the run. Am currently on Episode 4, and I have to say, while I am loving everyone I loved in the book, I also have a remarkable amount of sympathy for Tiberius, which I was definitely not expecting. I hated him in the book, I couldn't understand what Livia saw in him. But here I do, sort of.

...

And I want to write Livia fic, don't hurt or poison me, pls.

So. Where are all the Livia icons, then??
kangeiko: (Default)
From [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhobbit, SFX's 10 most crucial British scifi novels.

Also, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] eye_of_a_cat, Total Sci-fi's 25 women who shook science fiction. An interesting selection, and not necessarily the ones I would have chosen. (Rose Tyler? I haven't seen the original Doctor Who, but shouldn't Ace be on there?) Actually sod it, read eye's post for an analysis instead, as my brother has just reminded me that I need to be out the door in ten minutes!

*checks passport & tickets*

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