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List of Completed Fics:
Ten Alternate Universes: Bernice Summerfield (481 words; Doctor Who & spinoffs)
Ten Alternate Universes: Kay Harker (606 words; The Midnight Folk et seq.)
Ten Alternate Universes: Havelock Vetinari (1062 words; Discworld)
New Flowers Bloom (100 words; Snow-white and Rose-red)
A week next Saturday at the Stork Club (401 words; Captain America: The First Avenger)

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Book meme

May. 29th, 2016 08:13 am
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(via [ profile] swordznsorcery)

1. Can you remember the first book you read?

I find this question utterly bemusing. Apart from people who had deprived childhoods and didn't become literate until they were grown up, can anybody remember the first book they read?

2. What was the last book (electronic or otherwise) you read?

Hellspark by Janet Kagan, for the umptieth time, to celebrate it being released as an ebook. (Complete with a few exciting new typographical errors, as seems to be inevitable with ebooks.) It's still just as good.

3. Do you read for enjoyment, work or both?


4. What is your favorite genre of book to read?

My fiction reading is almost entirely science fiction, fantasy, and detective novels. Occasionally historical novels, possibly because there's a similar sense of visiting a strange and different world. You'll have gathered that I'm not much interested by fiction set in an unmodified version of the real world; I'm not sure why -- possibly on Marvin's principle that reality is bad enough without people inventing more of it.

My non-fiction reading tends toward popular history and biography, with occasional diversions into things that look like they might expand my understanding of acting and/or directing. (It probably says something that I'll read for self-improvement when it comes to my hobby, but not when it comes to the work that actually earns my living. Not sure what, though.) I recently finished Jung Chang's biography of Empress Dowager Cixi (which was amazing, and I'd be telling everybody they should read it if I were the kind of person who told people things like that), and currently I'm reading Adrian Goldsworthy's biography of Caesar Augustus.

5. If you could visit your younger self, what book would you tell yourself to steer clear of?

There aren't many books that I'm prepared to state without qualification that I'd have been better off not having read; usually I get something out of even really bad books.

But there is one, and it's in Piers Anthony's "Space Tyrant" series. Really, best just to skip the whole series, to be on the safe side.
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(via [ profile] lost_spook)

1) What was the first Shakespeare play you read or seen performed?

First live performance would have been a local amateur production of Twelfth Night. I can't remember whether that was before or after we did Romeo and Juliet in school, so the first in any format might have been Zeffirelli's R&J that we watched then. Either way, I think R&J was the first one I read.

2) What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

At the moment, As You Like It is my favourite for pure enjoyment, but that's because it's the one I most recently saw a good production of; it'll change again next time I see a good production of one of the others.

Hamlet is the one I find most fascinating, and keep coming back to, partly because I've never seen a version of it I've found entirely satisfactory. Every new production I watch, I see something new that I'd never thought of before, and always, always, I learn a lot from the things that I look at and go, "No, that's obviously wrong." It's the one I most often tell myself I'm going to direct one day, since that's the only way I'll ever see it done Properly. (And presumably, if that day ever comes, somebody will come out of my production muttering about the things I got Obviously Wrong, and so the cycle will continue.)

3) What is your least favorite Shakespeare play?

I'm not fond of his comedies, on the whole; I don't share his opinions on some of the things he finds funny and particularly on some of the things he considers to constitute a happy ending. That said, the amount I actually enjoy any given comedy depends a lot on what the production at hand is doing with it: the first production I saw of As You Like It made it one of my least favourite Shakespeare plays, and then the second made it one of my most favourite. So I'm not going to name a single least favourite play, because it's not necessarily worse than the others, it's just the one where I haven't yet seen that one really good production.

4) Who do you think wrote Shakespeare; are you a Stratfordian or Oxfordian?

Stratfordian, like all right-thinking people, though I admit to a brief flirtation with Oxfordianism when I was a teenager and the idea that Shakespeare might not have been Shakespeare seemed new and interesting.

5) Which Shakespeare plays have you read or seen or seen performed?

I have definitely seen As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night on stage or screen or both.

I can't at the moment recall whether I've actually seen The Tempest or Othello all the way through. (Forbidden Planet presumably doesn't count.)

I own a copy of the Complete Works, but somewhere along the line I picked up an aversion to reading plays on my own time if I haven't seen them first, so if it's not listed above I haven't read it either.
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For the "One letter, six questions" meme, [ profile] lost_spook gave me the letter B.

Something I hate: Bitter flavours. In particular, there's a cluster of flavours which seem to be related by being derived from nuts or stone fruits, that taste unpleasant to me in a similar way: marzipan, pistachio ice cream, any sweet thing that's supposed to be cherry flavoured that isn't actual cherries. Used to be I couldn't stand them at all; now I can eat them if I have to, but I still really don't like them. (While writing this entry, I got curious and started googling, and it appears the culprit may be a compound with the thematically-appropriate name of benzaldehyde.)

Something I love: Ben Aaronovitch's novels. Not just his current series of detective novels, which is excellent, but also quite a lot of his early work. His first novel contains the only implementation of a particular plot device I've ever liked, and a point-of-view character I think there should be more of; his third novel is one of my favourite novels by anybody ever.

Somewhere I’ve been: Bavaria, where we spent a large amount of our trip to Europe at the end of last year. We saw Neuschwanstein, the castle that Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle was inspired by, from a distance, but by the time we got there the tours had ended for the day because we'd come the scenic route through the mountains. On the whole, I'm good with that; the scenery was really nice. On a more serious note (and not on the same day), we made a snap change in our itinerary when we realised we'd be passing within a few miles of Nuremberg, and went to see the permanent exhibit at the Nuremberg Documentation Centre, and that turned out to be, if this isn't a weird way to put it, one of the highlights of the trip.

Somewhere I’d like to go: Britain.

Someone I know: I have a friend named Bertie, and whatever mental image appeared in your head when you read the name is almost certainly wrong.

A film I like: You may be interested to learn that the three films currently at the top of my to-watch list are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Big Trouble in Little China, and Belle. But of course I don't know yet that I like any of those. The first one to come to mind that I have actually watched and can therefore pronounce on is Blazing Saddles.
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For the AU writing meme, [ profile] lost_spook requested Bernice Summerfield, [ profile] daibhid_c requested Kay Harker, and [ profile] john_amend_all requested Havelock Vetinari.

Bernice Summerfield )
Kay Harker )
Havelock Vetinari ) 
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(via [ profile] lost_spook)

Give me a character/pairing and I will write snippets of ten different alternate universes for it. One line, ten lines, a ficlet if you're lucky.

  1. Wild West
  2. Coffee Shop
  3. Shapeshifters
  4. Pirates
  5. ...In SPACE!!
  6. Born Another Gender
  7. Schoolfic
  8. Police/Firefighters
  9. Urban Fantasy
  10. Regency
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(via [ profile] lost_spook)

Because this year, between various Yuletides and the fact that a few months ago I went through my collection of old fic and uploaded (and backdated) everything I was still willing to expose people to, there's actually some chance of being able to provide meaningful answers.

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(via [ profile] john_amend_all, out of several available options, because he linked to a handy template)
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(via [ profile] daibhid_c)

I put my iPod on shuffle and post the first lines of 25 songs. Spoken word tracks and instrumentals are skipped, but spoken words in instrumentals aren't.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is then to identify the songs without the aid of search engines.

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(via [ profile] john_amend_all, who also links to a handy template)


List of Completed Fics:

Bring Out the Lady (441 words)
Fandom: Chess (Board Game)
Characters: Queen (Chess), King (Chess)
Summary: The queen moves fast. The king can't keep up with her. There's a reason for that.

Uncommon Readers (232 words)
Fandom: Unusual Dragon Hoards - iguanamouth
Characters: Original Dragon Character(s)
Summary: There are many treasures to be found in the Hoard of Random Scraps of Paper.

The Question of Caroline Louisa (477 words)
Fandom: Kay Harker Series - John Masefield
Characters: Caroline Louisa, Eduardo da Vinci
Summary: "Do you ever miss it?" Edward asks suddenly, interrrupting his own description of his latest plan to raise the statue of St George from the ocean bed. Caroline Louisa takes a sip of tea while she considers the question.

Plus a couple more stanzas of last year's filk song, a few comment fics whose locations I can't now entirely recall, an [ profile] isurrendered entry, and a reasonably substantial involvement in an LJ roleplay.

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Memed from [ profile] john_elliott:

1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedural, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal. (And [ profile] isurrendered / [community profile] isurrendered, too, if you feel like it.)

[ profile] john_elliott gave me 'Sitcom in a Victorian steampunk setting' )
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Here are the answers to the lyrics meme, including several I'm astonished my friendslist didn't get:

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(memed from [ profile] justice_turtle)

1. Open up your music player. Hit shuffle.
2. Record the first few lines of the first thirty pieces of music that come up, with the title, if it appears, redacted. Skip instrumentals, but don't skip the embarrassing ones.
3. Make hapless internet denizens guess the song names and artists. Google is cheating. For musical songs, the name of the musical is acceptable in place of the artist. Leeway is also given for traditional ballads, jazz standards, etc.

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WIP meme

Nov. 21st, 2013 10:47 pm
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via [ profile] lost_spook: Post a line or a snippet from each of your WIPs, and invite people to ask questions about them.

My own personal rule for WIP memes is that anything I haven't touched in more than three months doesn't count as "in progress" no matter how much I intend to finish it. On that basis, I have four works in progress, of which one is my Yuletide piece, so you get three snippets:
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1. I wear a bow tie now.

No, let me rephrase that: I am wearing a bow tie now. Which I tied with my own hands, unlike the clip-on in the wardrobe.

It's a skill I had to learn for the play, because there's a scene in which my character takes his tie off and lends it to someone else, and more importantly a subsequent scene in which the tie is returned and he puts it back on in full view of the audience. Consequent of which, having learned to tie a bow tie, I need to practice until I can do it quickly, without a mirror, while carrying on a conversation. Now that I've got the basic skill down, I actually don't think it's going to be the most difficult thing I'll have had to do for this play.

2. [ profile] musesfool's post about Star Trek Into Darkness says a lot of the things that I might have said if I could have been bothered to write at length about it.

3. Just when I decided I was done with Arkham City, they've started releasing trailers for the prequel, Arkham Origins. And I'm... not all that interested, actually? I enjoyed Arkham Asylum, but City bumped me in sensitive places that Asylum had managed to avoid, and the trailer makes me suspect Origins will do the same.

I do like what they've done with Deathstroke's outfit, though.

4. Pretty much everyone on my friendslist with a space in the Archive Of Our Own has done the "randomly pick one of my works and I'll tell you three things about it" meme by now. I don't think I'll bother; I've only got 5 works on AO3, and only one of them is over 200 words long, so I don't think I've got much to talk about.

5. The way we count seasons here, Winter is still a week away, but it's definitely on the doorstep: we've already had the First I-Don't-Want-To-Get-Out-Of-My-Nice-Warm-Bed of Winter (followed by the First I-Don't-Want-To-Get-Out-Of-My-Nice-Warm-Shower of Winter), and I've started making use of the heating capabilities of the air conditioner in the office.

Which led to me having to go back into the office on Friday night to turn the air conditioner off, so it wouldn't be running all weekend. It wasn't that I'd forgotten; it was that the batteries in the remote control died just as I was about to press the Off button, and I needed to go get some new ones...
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1. Wreck-It Ralph is a wonderful, wonderful movie. It hits a lot of familiar plot beats for a children's movie about the outsider who just wants friends (not that children are likely to notice or care) but it hits them really well, with a lot of humour and warmth and heart.

"Paperman", the short film that runs in front of it, is also really good.

2. I still haven't seen The Hobbit or Les Mis yet.

3. [ profile] scarfman, a cartoonist whose hobbies include mapping periods of time onto other periods of time, is marking Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year thus: He has mapped the show's 50-year history onto a single year, and on each date corresponding to a milestone like "first appearance of the Daleks" or "first companion departure" is blogging a series of one-panel cartoons marking the event.

4. Not going to do the fanfic year-in-review meme this year; it hardly seems worth it when I finished exactly one fanfic this year. (A definite winner for the "What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January?" question, though.)

Once again, all the unfinished stories I had the first year I did the meme remain unfinished, though some of them did stir in their sleep. (One has actually progressed from "This needs completely rewriting but I have no idea where to start" to "I have a pretty good idea of what is needed now". Not that that means it's going get done any time soon.)

5. If anyone asks me if I did anything noteworthy this weekend, I may mention that the most noteworthy thing was something that I didn't do. (In fact, I'm not doing it right this moment. I'm not feeling any great sense of occasion about not doing it, which tends to confirm my feeling that it was the right thing to not do.) I probably won't be inclined to go into detail about it, though.


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