Discworld fic rec

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! by thezeppelins
Fandom: Discworld
Pairing/Characters: Mostly OCs, plenty of mentions of Sam Vimes, brief appearances from Anoia (Goddess of Things That Get Stuck In Drawers) and Dorfl the golem
Rating: not rated by author; general audiences
Words: 4855

Author's summary/notes: No summary given, but have a quote re: the premise: It felt to Lance-Constable Mangas as though everyone knew this news before it was spoken. By the time it came through the door of the Peristeri Street Watch House, it was already olds. His Grace, Sir Samuel Vimes of Ankh was dead.

My comment: "I was linked to this by a post on Tumblr, believe it or not. It’s awesome! Thanks for a great read. Pterry would be proud. Vimes would be…er… well, you know old Stoneface."

Quote:
She knelt down next to the small pile of ash. “Count Lucien Xavier Willem Mordecai Von Damascene, you are under arrest.” she said. Then she remembered Mister Vimes was watching. “Er, I mean… Consider yourself nicked, sunshine!”
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I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.

Anyway.

'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )
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This month I listened to Ed Sheeran's album, Divide. In fact, I listened to it last week when it was too hot to do anything else.

I liked that it had different styles on it. I was put off by the first one being rap, because I don't like rap - I like music to have a tune. But then there were two rap songs, there were a couple of slower ones, and generally a variety. Which was unexpected - a lot of artists have songs that all sound the same.

Otherwise, though, it was nothing special. I knew one of the songs and quite liked that. But there was nothing exciting in it - nothing that really grabbed me as having particularly interesting lyrics or a really nice tune. It was just blah and non-offensive.

I suppose being middle-of-the-road is why he's popular. But otherwise I wouldn't mind either way if I listened to him again or didn't. It's like most of the music I listen to on the radio - it's not something I love or something I hate, it's just there and it's all right, but nothing special.

I'd give it a 7/10.

Mirrored from my blog.

PSA

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html


*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*

Things

Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:30 pm
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It's been hot the past few days, so if I hadn't needed to do anything during that time, I didn't do it. If I was in, I just read or caught up on TV and was hot. As was Missy - hamsters don't do well if it's too hot and they don't like the humidity either. But she's enjoyed frozen peas and frozen carrots and she's been outside. Because it's been so hot I've had the back door open while she's out playing, so of course she went out onto the doorstep and then fell off. After a few times falling off she was happy about where she was and tried to wander off. At one point she found a pebble and decided she wanted it.

Monday I had one of my (on average) two days a year when I wished my car had air conditioning. I did some stargazing from my back door, where I was sat because it was cooler and I could keep an eye on Missy escaping. Not that I could see many stars because even by the time I went to bed late it still wasn't properly dark.

Now, though, the weather is much better, I have a couple of days off work and I am catching up on things.

Tennis is crazy. Queens sometimes has those years when all the seeds go out in the first couple of rounds, so we were probably overdue one. But I feel like the third, second and first seeds all going out one after the other must be some sort of record. And a whole load withdrew due to injuries. But it'll be interesting to get a winner outside of the usual suspects - although a few former champions are still in the draw.

Unconventional Courtship is on again. I spent some time at the weekend with the Generator and ended up signing up with this summary:
310) Night of the Living Wed by Michele Hauf
Dayna Mellanby and Del Tarrant's evening turns deadly when some uninvited guests show up at their friend's party — a horde of hungry zombies. The couple is in a fight for their lives when a new, heroic side of Tarrant emerges, and he vows to protect Dayna no matter the cost….

Obviously explosions will follow. I will probably change the zombies, but I went with this one because it was just so perfect for them. And will be different to what I've written for it before.

Mirrored from my blog.

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Based on nothing but hunches and madness, but still tucked under a spoiler-cut, because I suppose it is vaguely possible:



Spoilerful speculation under here )
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It all started when a friend of mine happened to mention the language-learning site Duolingo (www.duolingo.com). I was immediately drawn to how addictive it was, how fun it was, and how free it was. Ironically, I first wanted to improve my Spanish, as that is the foreign language I had been using (trying to use) the most. But I also took French in high school, and soon I couldn't resist using Duolingo to find out how much French I remembered. I quickly discovered that I had lost a lot of it -- in fact, Duolingo's test took me right back to the beginning, "Basics 1" -- but I also discovered that it started to come back to me, and the more I progressed through Duolingo's lessons, the more lessons I was able to test out of. I am now two lessons away from completing all of Duolingo's French lessons, and I am at least as good at French as when I took it in high school, and possibly even better.

Besides Duolingo, I have been able to practice my French with lots of other free resources on the internet. In fact, it's amazing how many resources are out there if you go and look. Here are my favorites so far:

-- Watching episodes of a French anime series, "Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir" (The Adventures of Ladybug and Black Cat). I have [personal profile] primsong to thank for this; she recommended this show and it is both charming and addictive to watch. I watch in French with English subtitles, although I sometimes watch without the subtitles just to gauge how good I am at picking up the French without the translation. (Not too good yet, but improving.) The episodes can be found on youtube.

-- A site that has you watch French music videos and fill in pieces of the lyrics. Sometimes there are technological hiccups (asking for the word before the video played the word; not allowing you to type in apostrophes while requiring apostrophes for the correct answer), but it's so much fun, I have to list it here. Also, the site has introduced me to the French musical group "Carrousel," and I now love their music, especially the song "Le Manque De Place." Here's the site: http://www.bonjourdefrance.com/karaoke-fle/index.php/fr

-- Reading fanfic in French on AO3. So far, I have read several French Doctor Who fanfics and a few Marvelous Ladybug fanfics (i.e., Les Aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir). I have also managed to comment on the fics in French, although you'll have to ask the authors how comprehensible I was. Anyway, it's another great way to strengthen my reading comprehension with material that I'm actually interested in reading.

Network Sale!

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:33 pm
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I am having rl this week; it is rubbish. (Or at least, it was hot and now there is a Thing I have to go to tomorrow; everything will be at least better once the Thing is over and I have recovered, or more or less; it's a multi-part Thing, as so often in life. Stupid Thing.)

And then just now I happened to look and Network are having a 45% sale again!. And guess who still has nearly all her b'day money? Oh, yes, I do. Now I just have to decide what to spend it on, so at least that will be some sort of an antidote.

If you are in R2 or can play R2 discs, you too can snag yourself obscure old British telly! (Mostly ITV, it tends to be other companies that release the BBC stuff.) I have been poking through to see what's on offer from my wishlist (lots! \o/) and can tell you that you can also get Press Gang, Enemy at the Door, Public Eye and Sapphire and Steel at bargainous prices! (Also Manhunt, The Power Game, The Sandbaggers and Mr Palfrey and Undermind and Zodiac). So you should go out and buy them and then write me all the fic, obv.

Anyway, I thought I'd give the heads up and enable my like-minded souls on my flist. ([personal profile] liadtbunny, I am shocked that you did not already tell me this! I rely on you for these things! ;-D)

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Jun. 19th, 2017 02:57 pm
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If you are interested in Takin' Over the Asylum, I have posted some exciting news over in my lonely little community [community profile] weareloonies.

Unconventional Courtship

Jun. 19th, 2017 02:15 pm
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[community profile] unconventionalcourtship is running again! It is the fest where you take a romance novel summary and kill it with fanfic write your own story from it (actual romance not necessary). It's always a lot of fun. There are banners, those are fun too. (I don't have one to hand right now, but there are lots at the comm. Some of them are even proper ships and things and not ones people made for the lols because of the tempting nature of the template.)

In the meantime, because of that, and because it's being summer, which is always unreasonable, have some summaries from the Unconventional Courtship Random Generator:

Cut for the usual ridiculous )

Hurt/Comfort Bingo

Jun. 17th, 2017 06:51 pm
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Even though I really need to do something with my [community profile] tic_tac_woe card before starting a new bingo, [community profile] hc_bingo is like crack to me and I can never refuse it when it calls. Maybe this will be the year when I manage to finally chase down the elusive 25 in 1 achievement. The prompts are very nice. I'm thinking maybe something about the Twelfth Doctor's extended stay on Earth?

My hc_bingo card )

Speaking of Twelve... I was wondering if there would be any interest in having an exchange or fic fest at the end of this series?

Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:05 am
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.

Guys.

That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )
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Haven't done this in a while, but there are enough of you on my flist that I know will enjoy this piece, and it's super duper short and possibly easily overlooked, but it's also brilliant so I'mma point it out just in case you missed it. Love, That Loosener of Limbs by amatalefay. Bill meets Sappho.

arthuriana and announcements

Jun. 17th, 2017 11:19 am
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i finally bestirred myself to re-open [community profile] unconventionalcourtship. as usual the new banner that i choose to make reflects whatever i'm watching at the moment. this year - it's a medical romance. tee hee.



very near the end of brett!holmes - just two more episodes to go, and then theoretically i have to go back and watch 'The Eligible Bachelor', which is another short story they've blown up into a film. i couldn't bear it at the time, since the two previous ones (master blackmailer and the last vampire) were almost unwatchably bad. turns out almost everything on the first boxset is spectacularly wonderful and perfect ... and everything on the second boxset is... not. the nineties have a lot to answer for. i've also been reading the stories - now most of the way through 'the return of sherlock holmes'. v good, v readable, but had to take a break and read something else for a while as all pretty similar.

i read ishiguro's 'the buried giant' as we owned it, and a lot of people i know have read it, and i knew it was something to do... with arthur. having read it, i don't know how i feel about it really. i liked the ending a lot - i tend to like endings that draw lots of past threads together, which this did; i thought it was very little to do with arthur - he just stood for the idea of a man who had been a myth, and perhaps for chivalry (really, as we all know, what i like about arthuriana is arthur - and white's arthur through 'camelot' - which means that while i can respect people trying to trouble the idea of arthur's goodness, i do not like it). gawain might as well have been anyone, and in fact it's a bit weird that he's such a famous one when there's very little of gawain's story in here. the prose is effectively blanket-y, given the idea of everyone living inside a mist. i probably wouldn't read it again.

i also recently saw 'king arthur - legend of the sword' aka the guy ritchie movie. i dont think i've talked about this before on my LJ, have i? if i have, please forgive me, as we must try and forgive guy ritchie. this was a very bad movie, composed of a number of bits of different movies (very few of which had much to do with any known versions of arthurian legend). some of those stitched together movies could have been ok, and some (most notably the most CGI sections where giant elephants fought eric bana) were objectively bad. to my great amusement it re-united nathan and stuart from queer as folk as arthur and smirking yet somehow emotionally resonant mentor figure. also - morgana from merlin was in it as jude law's wife who gets murdered for plot (by him) 5 minutes in. these things amused me enough, and of course i laughed til i almost cried when i described the plot of the movie later. it was mostly just bemusing during the actual watching of it, but when you think back... eric bana as uther fought giant elephants conjured by mordred while jude law got a nosebleed for no reason. i was very funny, and worth the price of admission.

since i started this post with an announcement, here's another one: the hammer to fall/bang and blame move is official, and is officially happening... some time. i guess it will be happening at the beginning of july (though the text is very vague), and whether it will be done automatically or whether i will be doing it by hand is still something i do not know... i'm not mentioned at all in the announcement so maybe i don't have to do anything. we will find out!
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I never can resist [community profile] hc_bingo. I mean, between free interpretation, metaphor, choosing hurt-only, hurt/comfort, comfort-only, the multitudinous means of getting a bingo and the fact there are no penalties even if you don't even post one fill in amnesty, and a year-long period of writing altogether, what's to be afraid of?

Well, save the card itself. (I look at everyone else's cards and so many of the prompts and go YES YES YES and then get mine and go: 0_o for a few hours until ideas start arriving. This one is particularly scary, I feel, but has possibilities. And, you know, it's pretty, and it's not as if h/c and apocalypses aren't likely to overlap here and there...)

My hc_bingo card )

Ideas welcome! Also I am ridiculously tempted by writing the 12,500 word 25-in-one special achievement, except I cannot imagine how that would go or how I would pull it off and survive/keep a straight face.

Once more, with tags

Jun. 15th, 2017 10:52 pm
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I'm obviously far too obscure for my own good. The fandom was actually Babylon Five (though there's also a nod to The Man Who Was Thursday). Here are the headers:

Title: Recruit
Author: [personal profile] john_amend_all
Fandom: Babylon Five
Characters: OCs, Ulkesh Naranek
Rating: All ages
Word count: ~1900
Disclaimer: Ulkesh was created by J. Michael Straczynski.
Summary: In Victorian London, a working girl finds she's on the side of the angels.

(AO3 link)

Fannish links

Jun. 15th, 2017 02:32 pm
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1. [community profile] fic_corner is still taking nominations, for those who are interested!


2. A couple of months ago, I tried to rec a B5 vid, All Is Not Lost, but the link had died - but the vidder kindly let me know that it's now back, so let me attempt to rec it again (probably a repeat rec anyway, but always worthwhile) - see here.


3. Another vid which I just saw this morning: an amazing Minerva McGonagall vid.


(I feel like there have been more things I meant to link to lately, but that is all for now.)

Fic: Recruit

Jun. 14th, 2017 11:59 pm
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This isn't any of my WIPs, but it wanted to be written.

Also, I'm not including headers or tags, because it'd be interesting to know at what point you recognised the fandom / characters (if you did).

Recruit )

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Jun. 14th, 2017 10:32 pm
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What I've Just finished Reading

Frances Brody's Dying in the Wool, the first of the Kate Shackleton mysteries. I did like this, but the title, cover and first person narration promise a lighter tone than is actually the case - they seem quite serious so far. Kate Shackleton is another ex-VAD detective, and they're set in Yorkshire, which is a nice bonus, and seem pretty well-researched. (In the case of the first one, I'd say maybe too well-researched or too inclined to share it here and there, but it's better than the more common alternative.)

I also finished note-taking from Maureen Waller's The English Marriage, which was very readable, with plenty of examples and quotes from letters, diaries and court cases from the middle ages to the twentieth century, mostly of terrible marriages (but not always).

I think maybe one highlight is the super-sarcastic sentence of a 1845 Judge (Mr Justice Maule) on a labourer convicted of bigamy:Cut for lengthy sarcastic summing up )

And then I also went back through The Rise and Fall of the Victorian Servant by Pamela Horn and now I have notes from it, too. Not magically, but not too painfully either.

I also finished reading Alison Light's Common People, her history of her very 'ordinary' family. It was very interesting. I think the best bit was the Road to Netherne section, following a maternal line (which had a narrower, more distinct focus) but it was very good overall.


What I'm Reading Now

Still not really read much more of HMS Surprise. I tried the other night, but they went on about eating rats, the same day as next door's rats came back, and I was also stressed so I had my Doomwatch-inspired evil rats nightmare and when I woke I knew there actually were rats nearby (even if not irrationally terrifying dream rats; it doesn't help at 4am). I am now eyeing it warily, and instead reading:

A Medal for Murder, the second Kate Shackleton mystery. It is still not light, but it is interesting. (The misleading covers and titles are very misleading! I am not able to shake them off and accept its seriousness yet. I will persevere, because they are otherwise good and it's not Frances Brody's fault if the publishers set about misleading people. Mind, I think I resent the flashbacks. It's a detective story, I'm supposed to have it unravel courtesy of the detective; don't give me flashbacks!)

For note-taking, I have now returned to Jerry White's London in the 19th Century: A Human Awful Wonder of God, which I was forced to abandon six years ago due to illness. I triumph at last! Also, it's very readable and interesting as well as useful. (I have the 20th C and 18th C ones, too, which I am now looking forward to as well, at some point.)


What I'm Reading Next

Who knows? Possibly the collection of Gothic novels I picked up in the free bookshop. Otherwise, I have mostly just started things, so it's a bit early to say.

What I am reading Wednesday

Jun. 14th, 2017 08:41 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading
The Chalet School and Rosalie, and Trials for the Chalet School by Elinor M Brent-Dyer. These are both books I've read before, but I don't own, so haven't re-read. Or in the case of Trials, have only read the paperback with big cuts. I was really tired and didn't have a brain, so I looked at my to read shelf and thought this was the situation Chalet School books were perfect for. And they were. My only trouble was with Trials because it was very heavily Mary-Lou and I can only take her in small doses.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us: Women's Lives During the Second World War by Virginia Nicholson. Iv'e been reading this on and off for a while. But it is at least up to VE and VJ Day, so while it's not all rosy, at least no one's finding bits of people who have been blown up in the blitz. It was interesting reading about the 1945 election while the election was going on here.

One particular interesting bit is about Nina Mabey, who had joined the Labour Club, while at Oxford university:

'Our duty was to make sure, when the war ended, that a new, happier, more generous society would take the place of the bad, old, selfish one.' And this was the line she had argued, vehemently, one evening in 1944, with another undergraduate in her year-group who, she discovered, was steering an opposite course by joining the Conservatives. The young woman in question was chemistry student Margaret Roberts, later to become Margaret Thatcher. [...] How on earth could one want to be associated with such a stuffy institution as the Conservative Club, when the Labour affiliates were all so much more fun? All the really interesting people were members.

"Margaret smiled, her pretty china doll's smile. Of course, she admitted, the Labour Club was, just at the moment, more fashionable - a deadly word that immediately reduced my pretensions - but that, in a way, unintentionally suited her purposes. Unlike me, she was not 'playing' at politics. She meant to get into Parliament and there was more chance of being noticed in the Conservative Club just because some of the members were a bit stodgy."

Sisters at the Chalet School by Amy Fletcher. What's been interesting about this one, for me, is that it's set in 1944. There's a moment towards the beginning of the book when one character mentions how they're glad bread isn't rationed. And I'd recently been reading about the shortages in the shops in 1945 and how bread began to be rationed in 1946.

What I'm Reading Next
Given that I've still got 100 pages of Millions Like Us to go, I think it'll be a while before I have to answer that question.

Mirrored from my blog.

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