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Nov. 2nd, 2016

Halloween/Cosplay Wrap-Up Post

Just a quick one because I wanted all my costumes from this month in one post, especially the Clone Club. I promise it's the last!

How many of us ARE there?? )

Dec. 6th, 2015

Supanova Report

So last weekend I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Brisbane, after Dan Feuerriegel listed himself as a last-minute guest. Ergo, technically, all I need known about the weekend is that this happened:

(I'm not looking straight at the camera because he was holding my phone and I was staring at his hands. He has ridiculously beautiful hands. They are distracting, ok?? Also ridiculous: his shoulders. LOOK AT THEM THEY ARE A MILE WIDE.)

Con successful, report closed!

However, a lot of cool shit happened and I do want to get some of the details down because otherwise they'll fade far too quickly. So without further ado, rambly details under the cut!

Cosplay and actors and writers, oh my. )

Nov. 16th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: War of the Damned (full season)

I missed doing a detailed season 3 feels post on time because I had to go to a Big Gay Wedding over the weekend, which incidentally (apart from gay boys) featured actual goat farms and mines (the weekend, not the wedding, although the latter might have been interesting with goats), so it was all very a propos.

GOATS and feels )

Oct. 31st, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Vengeance (episodes 6-10)

Onwards with the random! I'm not sure I can remember exactly which bits go in which episode, so I'll just go by characters and storylines again.

Spoilers )

Oct. 30th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Vengeance (episodes 1-5)

First off, I am so happy the prequel exists, because it really helps with the Andy-Liam transition to have a buffer between s1 and s2.

Secondly, I still kind of almost wish that they'd had the time and option to tell the story in a way that involved the original Spartacus actually dying and another guy taking over, in an "it's the idea of the man that matters, not the man himself" kind of way. I know that for various reasons it would never have worked; I just love that kind of story (hello, Robin of Sherwood!).

I'm going to ramble by episode this time:

Spoilers )

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Gods of the Arena

(ahahahaha I am behind on these ALREADY because apparently [info]lilithilien and I have no lives and are spending two days max per season.)

Quick thoughts & feels spew on GotA in no particular order:

Spoilers )

Oct. 26th, 2015

Spartacus Rewatch Thoughts & Feels: Blood and Sand

The lovely [info]lilithilien and I have embarked upon yet another Spartacus marathon. Her second one, and my... IDEK, between fourth and, for some episodes, sixth, I guess (which sounds really sad, considering the first time I watched it was... 4 months ago? At most? lol).

Series 1 is probably the one I've watched the least often - once on my own, once with [info]alsha, once with commentaries. Not because I love it any less - on the contrary, it's fucking masterful - just because I'm more drawn to the rebellion era, and a lot of my favourite character arcs (Ilithyia, Spartacus, Oenomaus, Mira, Agron, Crixus, Naevia, to name just a few) don't unfold until later. Also, the very concept of slavery always squicks and appals me to a monumental degree, to the point where I'm not even very intrigued by s1 alt-canon slavery-based fic. It's cool that it's out there and I get that there's a lot to explore in it, but it's just not something I'm drawn to much. (Exceptions apply. I will give any Barca/Pietros a go, always. My poor doomed pigeon aficionado OTP :CCC)

Anyway, rewatch! I thought I might like to ramble here about random thoughts and feelings while watching, because I think my Twitter followers are probably thoroughly tired of my Sparty marathon spam, and this is a little more permanent :)

Here there be fangirling, and also spoilers )

Oct. 20th, 2015

Angsty gladiators ate my life.

I'm trying to make a semi-conscious effort to not just post every random thing that happens exclusively on Twitter. It's so addictive and easy and I do truly love it (well, caveat: the way I use Twitter is basically just like a private chat room, lol), but it's in the nature of the beast that things slide very quickly way down your feed and out of your mind. One of the things I've always loved (and lately missed) about the IJ/LJ experience is how easy it is to take a stroll down memory lane and cheer yourself up with some sparkly old thing when you're having a shit day. Well, provided you keep decently organised tags, which I really, really don't, lol. But I am trying to revive it a bit and get back into the habit of semi-regular posting. (It helps when you upload approximately seven gazillion new icons so you actually want to post just so you can use them.)

Right, so, I'm still stuck way hard on Spartacus. Poking at fic, bemusedly wading through Tumblr, meta-spazzing at [info]alsha and anyone else who will listen. It's pretty damn awesome. I've missed the days of only sleeping 4 hours a night because you're too busy tearing your hair out over some scene that won't come right or spending a ridiculous amount of time on researching crucifixion injuries (I have to say, Vikings really dropped the ball on this one, with Athelstan's unceremonious full recovery, lol).

Anyway, just taking a break to trawl more cast tribute vids. Unlike show-based fanvids, with these, I don't really give two shits about quality, I'm perfectly happy just ogling the unfairly gorgeous shiny people. (And vaguely regretting that Liam got to do humour on the show so rarely, because he is so freaking funny!)

Also? Lining up the We won't break, we won't die, it's just a moment of change" part of these lyrics with Andy footage is FUCKING EVIL. Arrrgh :CCCC

Oct. 18th, 2015

Shiny Spartacus fanvids *paws*

I'll put this out there first: I'm annoyingly picky about fanvids. I don't like talking heads. I don't like random kiss compilations with no actual story, set to a slow-mo ballad that has nothing to do with a character or pairing. I don't like heaps of text in fancy fonts or heaps of dialogue sprinkled throughout a vid. Basically I'm predestined to not like about 95% of all the fanvids ever. For this, I blame the people who have introduced me to fanvidding - all of whom were people with very high standards of vidding, who knew their shit, not just in terms of tech, but also in terms of what looks and sounds good, how pacing works, what engages the viewer emotionally, what puts a new spin on a storyline or pairing. CURSE YOU FOR MAKING ME PICKY, VIDDING FRIENDS. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE :p

So, ever since I fell head over heels with Spartacus, I've been wading through fanvids when I have time, with somewhat predictable results. There are a LOT of kissing and fight scene compilations out there, lol. There are a lot of talking heads and slow-mo ballads. Shockingly, there are a LOT of variations on "This Is War." (Not really judging here, actually - liking kissing and fight scene compilations is fine and I like This Is War as a song. I'm also too lazy to learn vidding but I know from watching others do it that it's an incredible amount of work. So, y'know, people should make what vids they want to make, obviously).

Anyway, I wanted to share a few Spartacus vids that I genuinely loved, and ramble about why. Let's go!

1. Time of Our Lives - Spartacus tribute by Zurik 23M

Time of Our Lives

This is my favourite Spartacus tribute vid ever. I love the song choice. I love how it spans all the seasons; how it gives equal focus to Andy's and Liam's Spartacus; how its main focus is on friendship and loss (ALL THOSE FUCKING ARM CLASPS! Y U NO HUG, GUYS!). I think it perfectly captures what the show is about, and it's incredibly moving. After I finished with the show the first time, I looped this an embarrassing amount of times.

2. "This love that I've found, I detest" - Spartacus/Ilithyia by ItsTheWonderfulAmy

This Love That I've Found, I Detest

I ship the crap out of these two and their glorious hatred, ngl. In general I think this show is pretty much perfect but there are a few things I wish it had had more time for, and one of those things is Ilithyia. I think she had more story left to tell. I liked Laeta and eventually got on board with her and Sparty's thing in s3, but not-so-secretly I always wished Ilithyia had lived and they'd delved more deeply into this fucked-up relationship and she and Spartacus could have had.

Enter this vid, which I think is just perfect. Firstly: Mumford & Sons! Can't really ever go wrong with that. Secondly: the editing is fantastic. I love how it actually tells a story that's different from what we see on-screen, rather than just compiling scenes we've seen. This creates new context, new emotions, and new character nuances, especially for Ilithyia. That's exactly the kind of vidding that I admire hugely: the kind that takes existing footage and creates something new out of it. Also, the colour filters are beautiful.

3. "I'm ready for you now" - Agron/Nasir by Mary_Bell

I'm Ready For You Now

OK, so this has dialogue lines at the very beginning, not to mention Nasir's name spelled wrong, lol. However, apart from that, I love it. I think the two big things that sell it are the pacing and the song choice. The cuts are fast and dynamic, which works great for this pairing (their lives are fast-paced, and their decisions - both rational and emotional - often spur-of-the-moment). There's a lovely balance of their beginnings and their later moments (yay for a smidge of Castus!!), and I think the song works really well, especially for Agron. He's such an utter scrambled mess after losing Duro, he's the kind of guy who just really needs to be somebody's everything (whether that somebody is a brother or a lover), and the whole "don't want to fight alone" thing is just him to a T. And I think the part about "Bring me out / Come and find me in the dark now" also resonates really well with what Nasir does for him. Basically, FEELS, is what I'm saying here.

4. Random cast appreciation vid because reasons.

Cast Tribute

Aaaand this is where I throw editing/vidding preferences out the window and just bask in how sparkly and lovely this cast is and how I adore them all madly :D

(PS: Does anyone know how embedding YT vids on IJ works these days?? YT has disabled the old embed code, and the iframe one still doesn't seem to work on IJ. Annoy! ETA: Solved! This handy tool will convert it.)

Sep. 6th, 2015

New Fandom, Let's Try This Again: Spartacus

*dusts off IJ* Time for that semi-annual HELLO I'M ALIVE LEMME PIMP A SHOW!! post! :p

I may have mentioned (read: endlessly spammed Twitter until everyone was thoroughly fed up) that I recently got into Spartacus. In a major way. In a "whoa, I don't think any other show grabbed me this way since AWZ" kinda way. Obviously, I've had fandom flings since then, like with Teen Wolf and Doctor Who and Hunger Games and Revenge and Vikings, but nothing has quite had me in this state of constant FEELS and major withdrawal after watching (and tbh, between original watch, insta-rewatch with the ever obliging [info]alsha, commentary rewatch, and random fic research rewatches, I've probably hit some episodes about 6 times by now, and each one at least 3 - have I mentioned it's only been 2 months since I started?)... well, it's The Thing. The obsession thing. The one that drags me in and puts me through the emotional grinder and makes me love every second and steals my sleep and makes me spend ~3 hours in one go researching Roman baths and the chronology of the Third Servile War, and has me sobbing in ridic woe that I don't have $3000 handy to go to Spartacon at a week's notice.

You know, the stuff of life :p

In a way it feels silly to do a pimping post, because I'm years late to the party and I even remember people flailing at the time, but EKP was still going when Spartacus was airing, so there was just no way I could have got into it at the time. Which sucks in some ways (where is the fandom now? How do I join? Wait, is it all on Tumblr because I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TUMBLR WORKS, ARGH!) and is nice in some other ways (I can't even imagine the torture of watching week-to-week!).

I started watching more or less on a whim, because I was craving something history-adjacent and lots-of-combat and slashy. Boy does it ever meet those criteria! I'd also been warned that the fist few eps are a bit ridic. I mean, yeah, there's so much nudity and gore, you can't help but laugh, right? I did do the amused mockery thing for... ~maybe 2 eps? Then I was INVESTED, man. I mean, I was still mocking for maybe another 2 episodes, but by that point I had realised that nothing here is gratuitous and visual style is deliberate (they shot it like a graphic novel, how cool is that?) and the story-telling and character development is actually really really ridiculously good, and UGH SHOW, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME.

So without further to-do, Why Spartacus Is Awesome And You Should Absolutely Watch It If You Haven't Already:

(putting this behind a cut because holy GIFness, Batman!) )

Sep. 2nd, 2015

Fic: Demons of Our Minds And Marrow (Spartacus; Spartacus/Ilithyia; NC-17)

Title: Demons of Our Minds and Marrow
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Spartacus/Ilithyia
Word Count: ~3600
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Dungeon-bound hatesex. And the lady is quite pregnant, if that is your squick.
Summary: They both dream of each other as their darkest demons, riding the edge of hatred and desire.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. More importantly, I don’t own Ilithyia. SOB.
A/N: Written for Bring Back The Porn. Thanks to Alsha for the ruthless beta <3

Demons of Our Minds And Marrow on AO3

Demons of Our Minds And Marrow )

Sep. 1st, 2015

Fic: Desperate Games (Spartacus; Barca/Pietros; NC-17)

Title: Desperate Games
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Barca/Pietros, Barca POV
Word Count: ~2700
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Angst. I cannot smut without angst.
Summary: In a life that requires deception to survive, Pietros is ever bent on truth, and Barca fears every day it might mark their undoing.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: Written for Bring Back The Porn. Big thanks to my lovely beta Alsha :)

~~~ Desperate Games at AO3 ~~~

Desperate Games )

FIC: Chosen Hands (Spartacus; Saxa/Belesa, NC-17)

Title: Chosen Hands
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus, Saxa/Belesa, Belesa POV
Word Count: ~1600
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Angst. Because I cannot smut without angst.
Summary: Belesa is free to choose, but choosing Saxa is never easy or without consequence.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. If I did, it would have gone pretty much exactly as canon, except I would have given all that screentime wasted on Sibyl to Saxa and Belesa (or Agron and Nasir and Castus) instead :p
A/N: My 1st Bring Back The Porn contribution this year! Basically this is one of my favourite barely-tertiary relationships of season three and I just want to play with it more! Big thanks and kudos to Alsha for her insightful beta <3

~~~ Chosen Hands at AO3 ~~~

Chosen Hands )

Aug. 29th, 2015

Fic: Walking Barefoot Into Fire (Spartacus; Saxa/Belesa; PG-13)

Title: Walking Barefoot Into Fire
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Saxa/Belesa (Saxa POV)
Word Count: 1300
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None.
Summary: Saxa is done with Gannicus’s fuckwittage. And Belesa has crap timing.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus, or Saxa. This makes me sad :(
A/N: Beta’d by Alsha. Thanks! <333

~~~ Fic is here at AO3 ~~~

Fic: We Were Strangers In the Snow (Spartacus; Castus, Belesa; Gen)

Hooray, my muse lives! Revving up for Bring Back the Porn with some non-porny Spartacus fics.

Title: We Were Strangers In the Snow
Author: [info]aldiara
Fandom/Characters: Spartacus; Castus, Belesa
Word Count: ~1400
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Summary: In which Belesa and Castus bond over their inconvenient crushes and some truly awful wine.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Spartacus. Clearly I’ve made the wrong life choices.
A/N: I got the idea for this when I noticed that in the scene in ep307 where Agron grumble-bluster-hate-frees Castus, the woman sitting next to him in the snow is Belesa. And I immediately wanted these two to become BFFs. Tertiary love-lorn woobie characters unite! Big thanks to Alsha for beta-ing <3

~~~ Fic is here at AO3 ~~~

May. 2nd, 2014

Vikings series 2 finale

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Awesome finale was awesome!

Stuff. Spoilers! )


Jul. 1st, 2013

Obsessions, Rambling, A Poll, Fic and Sundry

Insert the usual flailing about how IJ is too neglected etc., yadda blah blah introcakes.

Stuff I've been up to lately mostly involves telly and reading and then some more reading, and also a whole lot of hating on the concept of winter. WHO CAME UP WITH THAT SHIT. I want to be warm again, please! And yeah, I know, winters where I live are ridiculously mild, but that doesn't really help when all the houses are built like we're in the tropics and everyone around just shrugs and goes, "Eh, put on an extra jumper, you'll be golden." I DO NOT WISH TO BE GOLDEN IN AN EXTRA JUMPER. I WISH TO BE GOLDEN IN A TANK TOP WITH THE HEAT ON HIGH WITHOUT MY POWER BILL LEAPING BY 5000%.

Ahem. Yeah. Winter Is Not Hot.


Show-that-was marathon )

Talk about fandom behaviours, and also a poll )

Writing and fic round-up )

Jan. 3rd, 2013

My year on IJ (for 2012)

Until such time as I have something new and entertaining to post about, have yet another meme!

Instructions: Take the first sentence you posted from every month and add the first photo you posted that same month.

For science )

The theme this year was definitely mad fandom-hopping, many obsessions and the usual amount of procrastination!

Oct. 10th, 2012

Classic Doctor Who - A Thing That I May Want To Say Things About (unless I get distra- ooh, shiny

I may have mentioned that I recently got into Doctor Who. In a big way. I hopped on the bandwagon. I got hooked. I saw the light. I got on board.

The thing about me is once I am on board, it's very very difficult to get me off board again - even if you tie me to the mast and flog me or keep me chained in the hold and keelhaul me and then toss me to the sharks, I will just kind of stupidly doggy-paddle after you for a long long time, clinging to the barnacles, and maybe, maybe I will eventually give up once you've sunk or burned (hi AWZ, looking at you, kid)... is this nautical metaphor getting kind of out of hand? It is, isn't it. Anyway, you get the point. I obsess. I cling, I geek, I haunt, beleaguer, follow, search out and absorb, etc. I learn to write in Elvish, swear in fake Chinese, dress up, read up, follow up and all the other verb-ups.

So, Doctor Who! Why obsess about three when I could potentially be obsessing about eleven of them? :p


Twenty-six olden-day seasons, you say, BBC? Yeah, say no more. I am already all over it.

So after a lot of hunting around and trying to wrap my mind around the way the classic serials work and marvelling at the fact that entire serials are entirely missing because the BBC wiped them and then later realised that maybe they shouldn't have because they are now vanished, lost, poof, gone from the world (seriously, how mindboggling and weirdly appropriate is that?), and also wishing I had a Vince Tyler to guide me, I've been watching some of the First Doctor (wow, talk about old school), some of the Seventh (psychedelic 80s cheesefest ahoy!) and that abominable movie of the Eighth (oy vey, the badness, it burns), and... I figured I want to document this marathon somehow because I know I'll forget all sorts of things if I don't, and I'll regret it.

I wasn't sure how to go about format and I still don't really know - I was and am particularly interested in gender roles throughout the entirety of the show but I don't really want to write actual academic-type essays, so... IDK. I'll probably just do casual posts by season (or decade or Doctor, haven't decided yet), with random observations and special sections on areas of particular interest to me, like female characters' portrayal and slash factor (lol, so much of that already).

So, uh, spam is coming? Soz except not really because wheeeee I like my shiny obsession :D

Sep. 2nd, 2012

Stuff Wot I Did On My Hols (Part 1) - The Doctor And I

So I recently took time off from work. I realise normal people do this all the time, but I don't. Or if I do, it's for necessary reasons, like being sick or urgently having to go somewhere or attend something, etc. etc.

This was not that kind of Taking Off Time From Work. This was for purely selfish reasons, just so I could go to Wellington lots and sleep in and bum around and read books and watch telly for three weeks. You guys, it was glorious. I never wanted it to end. (Why are there no rich patrons anymore? Why will no one pay me to sit on my arse all day and drink wine while I watch ALL the shows? Honestly, careers are so overrated.)

I did mean to do updates about what I got up to, but I think I'm gonna split it into parts because I have trouble with conciseness. Hence, Part 1: telly!

Near the top on my agenda was catching up with Doctor Who before the new series started. And I did, oh did I ever. )

I'll be running out of hyperbole-adjacent adjectives anytime now, so I'll say no more other than I AM SO GLAD I DECIDED TO CATCH UP. And now, of course, having to wait for new eps to air will be torture. But oh so delish.



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