I'm doing my best not to think about having paid $1,658 for car maintenance & repair on Friday. Gah. ( Read more... )
I watched a pretty good docu about climate change that didn't tell me anything new, but did do a great job of providing a veritable smorgasbord of apocalyptic story ideas! Once we reach the 2 degrees celsius rise in global temperature (having already reached 1 degree), you got your fire-ravaged world, your flooded world, your earthquake-devastated world, your pandemic world, your starvation world....
19-2: The final episode of this show airs tonight. S4 has been tying up a bunch of loose ends as we approach the end. I'll miss the Ben & Nick partnership; also the new gay sarge & Bear & Tyler. I cheered when Bear finally got her promotion to sergeant! My 2 major hopes for the final episode are... ( Read more... )
Outlander: I'm only watching this show because I heard the gay guy might turn up some time during this 3rd series. Is he called John Gray or something like that? I haven't read the books so I have only the vaguest of notions.
The best things about this show remain the opening credits; the Scots accents & music; & the production values. My major reaction to 301-02 is: OMG, Frank, stop wasting your life being devoted to a woman who doesn't give a flying fuck about you! Wake up! Move on!
Teen Wolf: my watch for Derek & Stiles in the show's final few episodes continues. ( Spoilers 618 & 619 )
Upstart Crow: the other show about Shakespeare is back for its 2nd series! This one's the comedy rather than the (slightly) more serious Will that debuted this year. Only 1 episode into the new series so far, but I laughed several times, so it's promising.
The Knuckleduster Cowtown Creator by Forrest Harris (1999)
I'll give you three guesses which fandom I had started dabbling in when I saw this in a post by an online acquaintance and had to track down (luckily second-hand) for myself :)
Obviously, it was written for RPG enthusiasts to help them create their Old West towns: less for reading, more for reference. All manner of good stuff like the typical businesses in town, floor plans for buildings, goods available in all kinds of stores and suggested prices, typical character types and the jobs they might do, medical skills (and what doctors couldn't do), livery prices, stagecoaches and robberies, morse code and restaurant meals, fancy house euphemisms and gambling games, and of course lists of names (people, horse, stores, towns and so on)... not what an expert on the period might want but for someone who wanted to get their game right, it's wonderful.
And for a humble little fanfic writer who has a complete fascination for domestic detail and wants to get her stories to at least sound right... it's been a treasure :) to the point where I scanned what I found the most valuable bits of the town/character stuff and keep the scans on my hard drive so I can take the information with me wherever I might be scribbling...
Unfortunately Stitchers, which I posted about several times, was cancelled as well, and on a rather big cliffhanger. *sigh*
The Midnight Texas finale will air this Monday. It's been a decent enough watch, but I'm not sure I'll care if there's a second season or not. (It's also possible it won't make sense for their to be another season, it kind of looks like it might be more of a 'television event' kind of thing rather than seasonal tv show.)
Yuletide is ramping up (nominations close soonish). I made my noms and am crossing my fingers one thing I nommed gets in (it's weird and rare and whether or not it's considered a fandom could be up for debate). One of the best things about yuletide is seeing the tagset and reading letters and discovering all sorts of new or forgotten fandoms. I doubt I'll be able to match the output I made last year, but I'm hoping to at least write my average of 10 fics or so. *crosses fingers*
(Okay, maybe it's 'unBiblical', but there were reasons people lived in clan groups then. And while sometimes I think would be great if more Americans took up the family clan living style, it should be an individual choice.)
Anyway, here is her hurricane Harvey story...
Dominion Creek: A Western w/ a couple of twists:
1. it's set in Canada instead of the ubiquitous US, during the Yukon gold rush of 1897-98;
2. it's an Irish show, the 1st Western the Irish film industry has made, apparently.
It's in 3 languages: Irish, English, & the local 1st Nation tribe's dialect, but has hard-coded English subtitles. It's astonishing how many Irish folks, men & women, were in the Yukon! Heh. It seems like 90% of the Dominion Creek denizens are Irish. They speak Irish continually amongst each other, but slide into English when it's an outsider, or occasionally throw some English phrase into the middle of an Irish sentence. The Irish title of the show seems to be An Klondike, anglicised into Dominion Creek for some reason.
At 1st I thought Dominion Creek was Dawson Creek renamed because famous Mountie Sam Steele is in charge w/ his no-nonsense rule of law, which includes not allowing any guns except his own within the town. But he departs a few episodes in for Dawson Creek (ETA: by which I actually meant Dawson City, which is in the Yukon & was the heart of the gold rush; Dawson Creek is a town in BC, nothing to do w/ the Yukon or the gold rush :), so apparently not!
It's a gritty, well-done, non-romanticised Western that focuses on the adventures of 3 Irish brothers who are all distinct personalities, but close-knit (when not fighting each other!): Tom, Padraig, & Seaumas Connolly. I like the show, except....
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Strike: Cuckoo's Calling: 1st series of 3 episodes was ultimately disappointing because the solution to the mystery was the least untwisty conclusion ever. From the 1st episode, I kept thinking, "I hope it isn't going to turn out to be so-&-so," so when it turned out to be so-&-so, I rolled my eyes. I'm not even a well-read mystery reader or watcher; I mostly only imbibe mysteries if they happen to be set in space, or occasionally some interesting historical time, like Cadfael. So it's not like I'm familiar w/ the genre, yet it was still so painfully obvious. I guess I can see why Robert Galbraith's books didn't make much of a stir until he was revealed to be J. K. Rowling!
There's also the continuing issue of the very uninteresting relationship between Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke) & his sidekick/helper/PA/trainee, Robin (Holliday Grainger). Just your typical, no-surprise male-female pairing. The only thing about this relationship that would be surprising is if they don't end up romantically involved. That would at least be refreshing. I have no expectations of its defying the well trodden route it's on.
The show's now into its adaptation of the 2nd Galbraith book, whose title I've forgotten. I'm only watching for Tom Burke. I still find him very enjoyable w/ his limp & his stubble & his down-&-outness. :)
Tin Star: I've only seen the 1st episode of this show so far (it's streaming on amazon prime, which I don't have), but I'm hoping for more. The title refers to the lead character's status as police chief. Jim Worth & his family (wife, teenage daughter, little boy) have just emigrated from London, England, to a small Albertan town at the foot of the Rockies called Little Big Bear. Magnificent scenery!
Which is under threat by tar sands development & big business hopes of profit via destruction. That's the Big Bad. Most familiar actor to me is Canadian Christopher Heyerdahl (Todd in SGA!), always excellent. He, naturally, plays an ominous guy. Though I should probably know Tim Roth, who's playing Chief Jim Worth.
So we have outsiders adapting to an entirely new culture & a small town on the cusp of catastrophic change. I particularly like the teenage daughter, who is very into the environment & protesting & bucking convention; also, she's not thrilled to have been ripped from her life in bustling London to be stranded in the Canadian wilderness. Heh. Nothing remotely boring-emo-teen about her.
But then the unthinkable happens.... So, good start. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Teen Wolf: As the show airs its final ever few episodes, they're pulling out all the stops in bringing back old characters! ( Spoilers )
There's only one story in the collection right now, but I want more!
Imagine Draco and Harry, in their 80s, being put in a Storycorps booth. (Though Hermione might be a better choice.)
Darn, I have not been watching any series on a regular basis.
Elderly Cassandra (from Stargate) in a StoryCorps booth, after the Stargate program has been long declassified, talking about... what would she talk about?
I haven't seen Airwolf in a while.... very eldery Archangel talking about some of the previously classified rescues the Airwolf team(s) did?
That time someone put Princess Diana into a StoryCorps booth, with an eldery Congo woman. (In my new headcanon, after WWI, Diana ended up in the Congo, and kicked out the Belgians.)
Who else got put in a StoryCorps booth? (For some reason, I keep picturing the characters as elderly, like a very old Jim Gordon, talking about his early days in Gotham, and the Batman.)
Or an elderly Lois Lane, or even Lex Luthor, talking about their impressions of Superman?
Why am I stuck in comics fandom right now?
Hello all, I’m trying to raise money for my LIS master’s thesis defense, and I’m opening commissions.
I spent most of this year in chemotherapy, and while we have universal healthcare, My pay was cut since I was on medical leave, and I couldn't work at my second job. As a result, I had to use my savings to pay for additional meds and bills.
I offer handmade items: handbound sketchbooks and printed planners, and genuine & faux leather traveler’s notebooks.
The techniques I use are Coptic stitch, vellum and case binding. I also plan to add calligraphy and watercolor commissions soon; page updates will follow.
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The way she pursued the truth, over years, is the fascinating part of this account for me. It revs up all the old delight in unravelling the mysteries of family history that hit me when I was 16 & found a family tree & some old photos in a box I'd never seen before in the guest room closet. DNA testing, however, opens up all new vistas.
I admit I was a bit nervous when I took the DNA test in case it ripped apart everything I'd discovered & thought I knew about my family background. Not because my identity is handfast to what my explorations had established, but at the thought of possibly having to give up a whole sheaf of research I'd done if the DNA results undercut what I thought I knew.
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Fandom: The Librarians
Word Count: 1,892
Summary: Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Jake the last morning of their weeklong vacation. (established relationship)
Notes: Beta read by meridian_rose. Thank you so much! This fic was written for the 2017 Librarian Shipathon, Jassekiel week. Title from the song North by Sleeping at Last, and is everything I would want for the three of them.
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I uploaded everything to Flikr, then later remembered I have a DeviantArt account. Bah. Oh, well....
So two cup-n-saucer sets. Two chocolate pot sets. The chocolate pot is different from a tea or coffee pot. Tea or coffee has the base of the spout low, but chocolate pots are supposed to have the spout by the top. Plus they have the handle on the side. I tried this on one pot, and I don't think it really works right. Anyway......
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I'm taking pottery class again this semester. I'll see how things go, as we are doing a lower firing, cone 6, rather than cone 10.
But no redness, swelling or seepage, or anything else unpleasant.
I have to wear a boot, and he says I can put weight on it now, but no 'overdoing' it. I'm supposed to still keep it elevated as much as possible.
Stitches come out next week Thursday.
I took a picture, just in case anyone wants to see a picture of my stitches.