Oct. 3rd, 2015

Fannish Saturday

My lovely three-week holiday is drawing to a close. Brb, crying forever :CCCCCCCCCCC My clients, naturally, have cottoned on that I am back and are trying to give me work for the weekend. A WORLD OF NO.

BUT next week is far, far away *bends time* and I have so many fannish things to do today!


1. Joining the fabulous [info]omarandjohnny in a game of Every Saturday Is Halloween, so it's cosplay time! I *think* I'll start off with Amy from In the Flesh, but I already have so many ideas that some of these Saturdays may need to become Wednesdays or Sundays, lol. We'll see how much stamina I actually have.

2. 12-ish hours until Drabble Day starts! Words cannot express how excited I am. Holy fuck tho, I have no coffee in the house, this needs to change pronto! (Last time we did it, I napped for a few hours at some point but felt utterly shattered after, so I'll try to just stay up this time.)

3. Fic to write! I need to get my arse in gear and finish my cracky plotbunny about Barca teaching Nasir how to use a spear (and being a leering asshole about it, natch *cuddles his wanky self*). I *was* having heaps of fun with it until I got sidetracked by the threesome fic that would not end and I'm totally in the mood for something light and funny after that, so LET'S DO THIS.

YIKES I HAVE HAD 4 HOURS OF SLEEP AND NOW IT'S DAY SO OF COURSE I'M NOT GOING TO SLEEP AND THEN I'LL HAVE TO STAY UP FOR 24 HOURS STARTING MIDNIGHT! *hyena cackle*

Oct. 2nd, 2015

Drabble Day tomorrow! Come plaaaaay!



I AM SO EXCITE YOU GUYS!!!

Aug. 19th, 2015

BBTP! *pokes around* Anyone?

Anyone doing anything for... *drumroll*



I am trying to, but I've forgotten how to 1) write 2) smut. Not helpful! (not to mention my Spartacus obsession, though satisfactorily rapid and all-consuming, is about 5 years too late to feel properly involved in fandom, so now I feel like that awkward person who is super-late to the potluck with, like, a casserole, when everyone is having fancy desserts, lol).

Anyway, if anyone's inclined to poke at things, let's commiserate/encourage/enable/ drown our writing-related woes in booze together! \o/

(i got a new computer since i last used IJ. HOW DOES ANYTHING EVEN WORK.)

Aug. 17th, 2013

A quick bookshop pimp!

Book prices in Kiwi bookshops are pretty much atrocious, even in second-hand places (no, I will not pay you $15 for a yellowed, back-broken, hard-worn, stained paperback, tyvm!), so I've pretty much had to order books from online for years. Since I order a LOT of books, I've tried a lot of online booksellers, especially this year when [info]alsha and I more or less stumbled into collecting rare-edition hardcovers of some of our favourite hardcovers, which, btw, let me take this opportunity to brag that I FINALLY HAVE ALL OF ROBIN HOBB'S FARSEER/LIVESHIPS/TAWNY MAN/RAIN WILDS BOOKS IN SHINY HARDCOVERS, OMG! BEHOLD:



Ahem. Sorry about that. Back to topic! I haven't been using Amazon in years, partly because ugh, big corporate moloch, but mostly because their international shipping is utterly atrocious. Frequently seeing that taunting "this order qualifies for free shipping!" button and knowing it will never, never, never apply to me has made me pretty cranky! There are only so many times you can excitedly click on "checkout," then stare at the shipping rate in shock, realise the shipping is more than your entire order, and cancel the whole thing in disgust, before you go looking for your book-buying needs elsewhere.

There's AbeBooks, of course, and I do use them for rare books and editions I can't find anywhere else, but in general the various sellers' shipping rates are pretty hefty too, so usually even if I get a used book for $0.50, I still end up paying like $16 with shipping, which is a bit ridic.

So I thought I'd share my three top favourite places to order books from - cheaply, hassle-free, and either with free or very cheap shipping!

1. The Book Depository
This UK-based site has been my standard go-to place for books for several years. If you're keen on new rather than used books, I cannot recommend these guys highly enough.

Basic features: They have worldwide free shipping, a huge selection (I've only very rarely not found something I wanted there), and they ship super-fast (I usually receive my order within 10 days, which to New Zealand is just amazing). Plus their prices are really really good and they always have heaps of sales on.

Extra goodies: They also do regular fun super-sale campaigns, like the "24 books in 24 hours" campaign, where a different book goes on a ridiculously cheap sale every hour and you can get some awesome bargains for presents and such (if you're fast! Part of the fun is keeping up with the selling madness for 24 hours :D). It's well worth signing up for the newsletter.

Customer service: Rocks. In the unlikely event that your order gets lost (happened to me once in several years) or arrives damaged, they will replace it immediately with no fuss. My copy of Code Name Verity arrived with a small tear in the back cover, not at all affecting the reading experience, but when I asked them about a discount, they promptly refunded me the full amount so I essentially got a brandnew book with a small flaw for free! Basically they are fabulous.

2. AwesomeBooks:
Also UK-based. I've been using them for a year or so and am loving their large used-books selection for very reasonable prices.

Basic features: They ship for free in the UK, for free if you order more than one item to Europe/US/Canada/Aus/NZ, and for a £2.99 flat rate to anywhere else. They have three sections, new books (reasonably priced), used books (cheap) and bargain bin (extra-cheap). Even the cheapest of their books is in good condition, you won't get anything grotty-looking. Shipping time seems to vary between really fast and quite slow, so that's not super-predictable but oh well.

Extra goodies: They regularly send out coupon codes via newsletter, Twitter and FB so you can often knock an extra 10% or so off an already cheap rate. They're also great for grabbing up cheap used hardcovers without having to worry about the weight for shipping! The only thing I don't recommend them for is if you're after a specific edition - if it's used books, they'll usually send you whatever edition they have on hand.

Customer service: Lovely. They respond quickly and are very helpful. Had an incident once where one book didn't arrive for ages so I contacted them and they promptly sent me a replacement, only then the original finally trundled in a few weeks later, lol. Oops.

3. Better World Books:
I started using this US-based site a few months ago when they turned out to be the only place on the internet that had a hardcover we really really wanted (Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn, so out of print it's not even funny!) for less than $1000, lol. And now I love them because reasons.

Basic features: Worldwide free shipping. New books and used books, a sliding price scale depending on the book's condition, but again, all the conditions seem pretty good.

Extra goodies: They support several literacy and book donation programs like Books for Africa and Feed the Children, and for each book you buy, they donate a book to one of those programs, which I LOVE. (and yes, yes, there are many people all over the world who probably need food more than they need books but I don't know, there's something beautiful to me about feeding the mind and soul as well. Books are totally an essential need).

Customer service: MADE OF WIN. They answer questions immediately, are helpful with looking for specific editions if you need them, and are just on the ball. Also, their various communication templates are freaking hilarious.

Behold a basic shipping confirmation: )


That's pretty much it. I wanted to pimp these because I love the way they make books affordable and accessible worldwide, because you can tell they care about what they do, and because I want smaller places like this to stay in business despite the overwhelming presence of Amazon & Co. So next time you're looking to order a book, maybe consider one of these guys instead :)

Nov. 14th, 2012

Drabble Day pimp

free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.com

(is this font obnoxious and tacky enough? I just can't tell, you guys.)

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Come join! Come friend the comm! Come flail! (I'd say "start plotting" but no plotting is required, like, at all. It's effing DRABBLES. They're the fun, dirty and commitment-free one-night stands of fic writing, so you have literally no excuse :p)

TELL EVERYBODY AND COME BOUNCE WITH US!

May. 30th, 2012

Fancasting & long-winded book rec: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

The other week, while I was running and desperately needed something to occupy my brain (something that wasn't "oh god oh god, I am going to die" or "a pox on all those bloody liars who claim this gets easier or fun"), I thought of Tad Williams and wondered what he is up to these days.

Specifically I wondered if he ever feels cheated when he sees stuff like A Game of Thrones and those terrible Terry Goodkind books scored telly adaptations in the wake of the Lord of the Rings-inspired fantasy craze, and his own work didn't. He's probably way too cool for such tacky thoughts but I'm not, so I'm more than happy to munch some sour grapes on his behalf ;)

Who the hell is Tad Williams and why should you care? Tad Williams is one of my long-standing favourite fantasy authors and an all around Very Cool Dude.

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He's written some excellent "traditional" high fantasy (those quotation marks are there because he's great at putting a fresh spin on traditional things), as well as Otherland, a fantastic series about virtual realities, and War of the Flowers, a steam-punky novel about a fairie realm that's moved on into the industrial age and beyond.

His fortes are character depth and world-building; whether the setting is medieval fantasy, gothy/urban/retro folktale or highly sophisticated virtual reality, his characters are always layered and their development throughout their stories is real and engaging. He's fantastic at putting you in his characters' shoes, and especially accomplished at doing it with diverse cultures. Whether it's the ageless hauteur of an elf society, the tribal memories of the Bushmen or an Inuit-based people, or a consciousness embedded solely in artificial intelligence, he puts you in their heads and hearts; he does away with the concept of "other". It's a remarkable talent that not many writers have; off the top of my head, the only other two who I think do the same as well or better are Neil Gaiman and Robin Hobb.

Tad was also one of the first authors to fully embrace online fandom and the possibilities it opened up for telling stories in new media. Long before the rise of Facebook and its ilk, he was interacting with fans on now-ancient message boards, kept them updated on his current projects, personally answered emails and encouraged active fan participation. His Shadowmarch novels began as an online interactive project where he would post new chapters of the first novel as he was writing it, while encouraging and using fanart for the project, constantly engaging with fans as the story evolved, and being an active part of building the community surrounding it. The project was subscription-based, and unfortunately it eventually petered out (due to lack of funding, if I recall correctly), and the Shadowmarch novels were later published the traditional way; but I'm a sucker for artists who try to do something new with every new project they take on, and I admire Tad hugely in this regard.

Which is why I can't help feeling a little sad/miffy at seeing the current hullabaloo over the Game of Thrones adaptation and the ensuing renewed attention for the books. Not because I think A Song of Ice and Fire isn't interesting - it's good, solid entertainment, or at least it was before George R.R. Martin got so bogged down in detail - and I am genuinely pleased that one of my favourite genres is getting mainstream attention. I don't think GoT was the best choice for a TV series, however; not while there were better-quality options around.

And that's where I think Tad Williams, among others, got robbed. His Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series (The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower), written a number of years before A Song of Ice and Fire, has all the elements that presumably landed GoT its TV deal - medieval setting, large-scale supremacy conflicts between a multitude of royal houses, battles and politics and magic and dragons and wolves, sinister religious/mystical happenings including an extended summer/winter conflict, a vast diversity of settings and cultures, an intriguing set of characters and relationships, and even (oh-so-importantly) a throne made out of unconventional material (dragon bone here instead of swords, lol).

Let's look at pretty covers: )

In addition to those things, the books have excellent pacing and momentum (something that especially the later books of GRRM's series lack), greater depth, humour and poignancy and some fantastic friendship stories, and OH LOOK AT THAT, THEY'RE ACTUALLY FINISHED. What they don't have is massive amounts of sexploitation and gratuitous porn (there are sexytimes, but Tad generally fades to black).

So yeah. I'd love to be able to not compare and not feel a little annoyed, but the parallels are just too there to ignore. I love that the Lord of the Rings movies opened up fantasy as a genre to screen adaptations that appeal to a wide audience, but I do wish the projects that were filmed in their wake had been chosen for more than what essentially boils down to "oh look, there's battles and kings and DUDE, ALL THE TITS! SIGNED!"


That... was a much longer intro than I had planned. Actually, during that half-hour run I was mostly daydreaming about who I would love to see cast if MS&T ever did get adapted to the screen, because I love those books and I think they're eminently filmable. So I, like a proper nerd, ended up fan-casting a bunch of the characters and wanted to put it somewhere I could remember, and then somewhere along the way I apparently got wrapped up in a Tad Williams pimp campaign instead.

It happens.

Anyway, here is the actual purpose of this post:

Fan-casting MS&T (dopey kitchen boys, tomboyish princesses, evil priests and tortured noblemen, oh my) )


There's a whole host of other characters that I didn't get to or didn't have anyone in mind for (the other Sithi, all the Norns, Ineluki, Deornoth, Isorn, Vorzheva's father, Camaris, Strangyeard, etc etc) but there's no way I can do all of them. I had fun matching up faces in my head, though. Procrastination: ACHIEVED!

May. 17th, 2012

Shameless pimping: Revenge

Yeah, yeah, I know. SO MUCH TO WATCH ALREADY. I don't care, you guys - I still need to introduce you to my new show!crush. I think it's time my friends knew about us. I mean, it's not like we're *dating* or anything. This isn't the kind of show for a steady relationship. It's the kind of show that you watch and mock and tease and make out with a few drunken times, and then before you know it, you're having FEELINGS and you know you're fucked. Because you know the FEELINGS will be used against you. You know you're losing ground. You know you should turn back, that you're already in too deep. But you can't stop.

So I don't know what exactly it is we're doing, and I know whatever it is might end up destroying me, but I know I don't want to stop.

Friendslist, please meet my beautiful, fucked-up, funny, soapy, gritty, issues-ridden crush...

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Schemes and plots and all the feelings )


So, yeah. I REGRET NOTHING. The show is currently nearing its season 1 finale (episode 22 airs next week), and it's been tight and engaging and suspenseful throughout, with plenty of humour and emotion to keep it real. And unlike certain other shows I could name *coughcough RINGER coughcough*, there is plenty of life left in this premise - I could easily watch another 3 seasons of this, and I am so glad that there's going to be more.

Jan. 9th, 2011

Fic: Slayer – Love Hurts (And Then The Mop Goes Into The Dragon) (DeRo, Marc, Isabelle, Tom; NC-17)

The reveals for HoFest went up, so I can finally claim & repost this leviathan fic! On Archive of Our Own, mind, because it's way too long for IJ. FTR, I've done some final tweaking on it because I was looking at it during HoFest and found a few mistakes so this is a slightly cleaned-up version.


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Title: Slayer – Love Hurts (And Then The Mop Goes Into The Dragon)
Author: [info]aldiara
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Roman Wild, Deniz Öztürk, Marc Hagendorf, Isabelle Steinkamp, Tom Reichenbach, Vanessa Steinkamp, Florian Wild, Marian Öztürk; Deniz/Roman, *Roman/Marc, Marc/Tom* [highlight for hinted-at other pairings]
Summary: Being an account of what transpired at the Öztürk/Wild household and elsewhere after certain events inconveniently recalling the recent past. A story involving ice musicals, skating games, bitchy skaters, clueless computer nerds, stage drama, porn, dragons, horses, untimely revelations, need for closure, questionable likelihood of attaining closure, and Many Many Issues.
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): Excessive musical cheesiness. Defilement of sacred kitchen appliances.
Word Count: 44,000
Author's Notes: Originally written as a gift for [info]ktbob (<3333333333) during HoHoHo Fest on [info]no7_awz and posted here. Diverges from canon sometime past episode 1020, although Jenny's disappearance still happened. For the purposes of this fic, Katja never returned from Halle, and the Frank=Franziska reveal took place earlier than in canon. All ludicrous flaws regarding descriptions of skating, localities and ice show production belong to author.
Special thanks: 1) To my wonderful brainthird [info]lilithilien for agreeing to beta this monster and offering some incredibly useful and necessary suggestions. 2) To DG, for the dragon, for the musical plot (modified by me, because every GBWI story needs a totalitarian overlord complex bitch queen), for the title and the inspiration. 3) To [info]alsha, for the cheerleading, for helping with that dratted scene, for a dragon named Yuri. 4) To [info]ktbob, for ranting in the comments of ep915 that the only acceptable answer to the question "What changed?" should have been "I did."

~~~

Read "Slayer" here @ AO3


Aaaaaaaand here's the playbill, lovingly designed by the fabulous Lil! *explodes in spontaneous bursts of squeeeeeeeeee and love* )

~~~

Sep. 13th, 2010

Quick pimp

Hey f-list - any Botineras fans among you fine people? There's a new asylum on IJ waiting to be filled with yummy fic: [info]botinerasfanfic

I've never followed the show myself (no time, although, daaaaamn, those boys are pretty! /shallow), but I know all about the efforts involved in trying to get a tiny DIY fandom off the ground, especially when the fic that does exist is generally in the same (foreign) language as the show. So if there's anyone who's interested in contributing (or already has something written for that fandom, IDK), go lend a hand!

Sep. 3rd, 2010

Free time? OMG what's that??

Exciting times. We're taking an EKP break. I'm not sure I know how to do that! EKP rambling )

LotR rambling (with picspam to prove Sean Bean and Timo Hübsch are long-lost brothers) )

Fingersmith rambling (with trailerspam) )

And of course, hair talk! )

Right. Off to explore the [info]bbtp_challenge masterlist some more, scowl at my work, and oil my very rusty original-material writing skills.

*squishes the lovely f-list*

May. 22nd, 2010

PIMPING MY GIRLFRIEND. HMMMM, SOMETHING WRONG WITH THAT? WHATEVS.

[info]alsha IS DIPPING HER TOES INTO IJ SPARKLEDOM. GO FORTH AND MOLEST HER SAY HI, F-LIST! *TYRANNISES*

\o/!!!!!!

Feb. 14th, 2010

Voting strategies 'n stuff

Just noticed Igor's down by several percent and Dennis' score has stayed the same for a couple of days... guys, I don't think it's safe to vote Igor down yet. They're at 46% and 51% right now and yes, while the next guys are in the mid-30s, that's still an unsafe margin. We have 2 weeks to go, and a lot of stuff can happen in 2 weeks, including rabid hordes of GZSZ fans copping on and going into a voting frenzy (yes, I am paranoid about them discovering what we've done to their pretties. Paranoia is healthy!). We don't have enough insurance against that yet.





I think we should keep focusing on getting BOTH Dennis and Igor up and keep getting the potential GZSZ competition down. Once they're in the 70s or so (ideally), fine, go with your favourite... but right now if we give Igor Geht so or Nicht mein Fall, it's not gonna help Dennis, just the other people who may be rating Igor down. Let's keep them close and up, can we? It's also harder to jump %'s now, which means more people are voting - let's not help the ones who're voting our guys down!

And keep voting on RTL.de too! I worry about that one *glares at hidden results*

Damn, where's a free case of Maximum when you need one? CONSTANZE!!!!!!!!!!

*squishes the awesome hordes*

(lololol, this mood icon cracks me up - THEY ARE FRANTICALLY VOTING FOR THEMSELVES ON THEIR TINY CELL PHONES. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA)
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Feb. 3rd, 2010

Sexiest Soapstar 2010!! (how far have I sunk...)

Alright peeps, shall we embrace some real high-style soap trashiness and vote for people PURELY BASED ON PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

Of course we shall. Never let it be said that EKP has class.

Voting for the Sexiest Soapstar 2010 has just begun - go forth and wallow in the shallow! (see what I did there? with the rhyming? yeah, I think I'm HI-LA-RI-OUS).

All the candidates can be found here. Representing for AWZ are Jörg Rohde (Ben), Silvia Maleen (Jenny), Dennis Grabosch (no idea who that is), Anna-Katharina Samsel (Katja), Francisco Medina (Maximilian), Ulrike Röseberg (Annette), Sam Eisenstein (Marian), Nina Bott (Celine), Igor Dolgatschew (someone's son, I think) and Juliette Menke (Lena). Only one man and one woman will win.

Step-by-step instructions for the Germanically challenged:

1. Click on "Vote for [Whoever]"

2. On the next page, enter the code that pops up into the field next to it (if you can't read the code, click on "Code neu laden").

3. To send your vote, scroll down and click on the red "JETZT ABSTIMMEN" button.

(If you enter your name and email addy and click the "Agree to terms" box underneath, you enter into a draw to win a dinner with the sexiest soap stars and a visit to a show set of your choice, but since RTL won't pay for travel costs or accommodation, I'm assuming that's of no interest to most international fans. But if you can swing the travel costs, go for it!)

Also, yes, it looks like you can vote more than once, LOL. Have fun! Go forth and be shallow!!

Apr. 12th, 2009

The Longest Day

Oh wow, this week was utter, blissful madness. The lovely [info]sdk and I essentially ignored the rest of the world and went to live in Eskimo Kiss Land around the clock. We basically stayed up four days in a row (slept two hours out of each, hahahaa), CAPSLOCKED at each other 24/7 and uploaded a stupendously huge shitload of vids. We've got less than 30 left to go on the old timeline now and then we can join it all up and zoom ahead on the new one! It was so much fun I can't even begin to tell you.

In fact, our week was pretty much this:

Yes. That's exactly what it was like. Gay sparkly insane fantasy land = home. Muahahahaha.

Among other things, we got up one vid that I'm particularly proud of, because it showcases the awesomeness of Ulrike Röseberg and André Dietz (contains spoilers for current eps):


(the screenshot & caption happen to be pretty damn perfect too!)

Sometimes I am just floored about the massive amounts of fun everyone on that set seems to have. I mean, I'm sure there are plenty of sucky days too, but you can see that they mostly get on swimmingly and have such a great rapport, and it really adds extra depth to the show. Granted, I don't find the show currently terribly interesting, but they so completely lucked out with their cast. I'll even watch shite plots just to see some of these people act. I love my very messy fandom.

Shelly and I also worked on a bunch of other awesome things and went completely crazy. And I'm not talking normal people crazy. I'm talking utterly batshit insane. Small children would have been whisked to safety, so I guess it's a good thing there weren't any around. It was glorious.

Also, because we have so much time on our hands (and because I very rudely stole all the subtitling), Shelly randomly went and learned video editing, AHAHAHAHAH. YES. Like, in a day. HER MAD SKILLZ TERRIFY AND DELIGHT ME.

And so, within a day, she's made this glorious thing:


It's a belated birthday present for Lil and a companion vid to her beautiful ficlet Wahr, which is still my favourite Roman character study ever and so gorgeous it hurts. And Shelly's vid captures that mood so beautifully... plus, SO MUCH PRETTY SKATING, OMG! (I found some of it, wheeee!)

So yes, that was my week, lol. Things have been NUTS and I am so out of the loop on everything else. I just continue to be amazed at how well the three of us work together and how hugely rewarding and fun this project is. It's fabulous to see people get invested, and we get a bunch of lovely appreciative comments and messages (in addition to a whole tonne of YT's usual ilk of "HAI THERE, I HAVE NO BRAIN", lol) that are a joy to read, and we treasure that...but the thing is that we're doing it first and foremost because we enjoy it so damn much. I love that to a truly silly degree.

I've slept normal hours this weekend, and my body does not like it. It's all confused and groggy and wants to go back to its nice pattern of 2-4 hours. One of these days I will eliminate the necessity of sleep entirely, I swear it!

I also haven't had time to watch the show this week, so I just raced through the four newest eps today. They were largely boring and there's no way I'm doing in-depth recaps, but I'll probably throw up a quick summary or something. And I need to work on my fic, OMG.

Mar. 31st, 2009

Go vote!



Voting on the 2009 SEXYs has started! If you're remotely into either VL or AWZ, go vote and use this as an excuse to explore a hell of a lot of fic! Otherwise, as the lovely and insane [info]graspthethorn has stated, "we'll all end up voting for what we nominated and everything'll be a draw!"

Mar. 24th, 2009

Concerts, movies, fannish exploits & the rest

This weekend, I did stuff, for a change!

Auckland-bound )

It was the first time either of us had actually spent any time in Auckland (previously we'd just whizzed through), and it was nice to taste a bit of big city life again. We explored a bit of the downtown and gorged on massive amounts of shopping, which was bloody good fun. Then had lunch in a lovely park, and in the early afternoon went to check in and get ready for the concert.

Counting Crows and The Who )

After the concert, Alsha and I made it back into town after some bus-related issues (the free public transport thing back wasn't nearly as well organised as getting there, so there was lots of milling about in giant crowds and stupid bus drivers giving wrong instructions) and pretty much just fell into bed, we were that tired.

On Sunday, we slept in, had a huge breakfast and went to the zoo in the afternoon. Moar )

Our flight back was on Monday afternoon, so we had some time to kill, though not loads of money, so we went and saw a movie. Our options were either Slumdog Millionaire or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. We were slightly more interested in the subject matter of the latter and also knew that Asa Butterfield, the little boy who played Mordred in Merlin, was in it, so we ended up going with that.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (dear British/American movie industries, why are you so hell-bent on appropriating the Nazi stuff? You're lovely, but you fail at being German! )

After the movie, we went to collect our bags and went to catch the plane home. Arrived last night to needy cats and piles of work that I'll somehow have to vanquish this week. DO NOT WANT. Let's have some fandom pimping instead!

[info]graspthethorn is doing the 2009 SEXY awards over on [info]seifen_slash! Go forth and nominate, I command you! AWZ stuff especially... I doubt Verbotene Liebe needs any help, hehehe. SUPPORT OUR TINY FANDOM! Go and nominate fics or art you liked! It won't take a minute :D


NOM-NOM-NOMINATE


I hope to surface a few times this week to do EKP stuff (Christmas and New Year's episodes coming up soon!) and maybe watch the show, though recaps will probably have to be shorter this week.

In other telly-related news, I've recently started watching Torchwood season 2, and holy wow, it is good! I gotta admit, I wasn't too floored by season 1 - I liked it but it seemed a bit random and didn't really capture me enough to make me want to have more! now!, but I'm definitely getting that vibe with season 2 so far. Awesome plots! Great side characters! JAMES MARSTERS! Massive amounts of boykissing! Ianto ruling with the witty one-liners! It is beautiful. And further saturating my happy little slasher heart. Really, the amount of slash I HAVEN'T had to make up this year is mind-boggling. The canon boylove, it overwhelms me!

Aaaaand I also really enjoyed the latest episode of Dollhouse! I hope they keep going like that, because that was noticeably better than the previous ones. I approve!

Now if only I could bend the space-time continuum enough to have time for all my fannish exploits, writing (In This Home On Ice will have to be put on, well, ice... for the rest of the week at least), work, eating, trimming my hedge & mowing my lawn (hahahahaha) AND the occasional sleep! But it will all work out somehow as usual, I'm sure. I DON'T KNOW HOW. IT IS A MYSTERY.

*poodles off to see what atrociousness AWZ has been up to in the latest eps*

Mar. 7th, 2009

Happy skating day!

The lovely [info]lilithilien, as she is prone to do, just made my entire week. Possibly my month. Not only did she grab Roman and Jenny's fantastically gorgeous skating scene from today's episode, but she went and wrote fic about it!! and it is beautiful beyond belief.

For those who care, the ficlet is spoilery (but you should read it anyway because your life will be the poorer if you don't!), the vid is not - it's just gorgeous skating. Watch, watch!



And now I've got a HUGE boost of inspiration for chapter 3 of my angst-ridden WIP, YAY!

Dec. 15th, 2008

An itty bitty RL update, and a whole lot of fandom ramble

(X-posted from LJ)

It's summer! When the hell did that happen? [info]alsha took me to a barbecue with all her ambulance people the other night, which was lots of fun and everyone was very nice (well, except for the one girl I already knew was a bitch, who stared at me from her little table of bitchdom and then whispered to her friend and made her stare at me too and got very embarrassed when I stared right back, lol). Lots of yummy food and lovely conversation with lots of the requisite Kiwi snark. Ok, so we got rained on, but it was fun anyway!

Before that, we had [info]slk230 stay with us for a few days, and it was great to have him here again. We went driving in the rain and watched him hop around between rocks and sheep taking pictures; we went to the beach in the sun and watched him taunt seagulls and take pictures; we went shopping and found that there's a curious dearth of bandanas in Nelson; we went to feed eels, which was entirely mad, as they seemed determined to come hopping out of the water and eat our toes; we went to a vineyard run by Austrians (eek); we had lunch in a little enchanted fairy tale garden; we went to the top of the hill and took pictures of all the houses Davvi wants to buy (heheh); we hung out lots petting cats and having good conversations. It was fun!

Now it's only a few weeks until our next visitors get here, eeeeee! Can't wait to see you, [info]twilightdweller and [info]flyingburrito1!! Fair warning: I will be squeeing about my show a lot, lol.

Speaking of (you knew we'd get here sooner or later ;)), here I go pimping.

Eskimo Kiss Project, fanfic, fandom love (with vidspam!), and my frighteningly stupid sense of optimism )

I have not kept a normal sleeping schedule in about three months now. Oddly enough, it is working amazingly well. I've pulled more all-nighters than I did in my student years, and there are weeks when I sleep a total of ten hours. It's weird, but it works!

Unfortunately, I still have to squeeze in silly things like work, which I utterly disapprove of. We need a Fandom Fund that will just let us focus on pretties 24/7. Why isn't anyone onto that yet!

That's it for now, I'm sure I've forgotten a million things. Apologies to those who are utterly sick of listening to be ramble about my fandom *ducks*

Tooooor!

I pimped us on LJ again, which I feel silly double-posting to here, because my entire f-list consists of people who already know these things, heheh!

ETA: Ok, I double-posted after all. But go look at LJ anyway and watch my f-list get sucked in *evil grin*

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