The Lindor Strategy (15082 words) by aralias
Fandom: Blake's 7
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Vila Restal, Cally (Blake's 7), Tyce Sarkoff, Sarkoff (Blake's 7)
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship
Worried that both Tyce Sarkoff and her father are out to date him, Blake concocts a cunning plan to thwart their misplaced affection. All he needs is a boyfriend - and he knows exactly where to find one...
Doctor Who ; PG-13 ; Amy/Rory, Eleven/River ; 45k
After the Doctor is kidnapped, Amy, Rory and River embark on a long journey to find the only thing that can save him - a mysterious artefact called the Aetherion.
Content notes: deals with depression and recovery from trauma.
Many thanks to purplefringe for a heroic amount of handholding, and to pocketmouse for the beta.
Read at the AO3
Gummi Bears (TV)
- Grammi Gummi
- Gruffi Gummi
- Gusto Gummi
- Sunni Gummi
Hand of Isis - Jo Graham
- Charmian (Hand of Isis)
- Dion (Hand of Isis)
- Emrys (Hand of Isis)
- Iras (Hand of Isis)
Kara: a PS3 new technology (this video, if you haven't seen it before)
- Kara (Kara: a PS3 new technology)
- Operator (Kara: a PS3 new technology)
I'm very curious to see what other fandoms get nominated this year. Hopefully there are at least a few that I'd like to request, since the number of fandoms we can nominate has gone down.
--It probably says something that when I found the bedroom fan in the bathtub this morning, my first thought was "How the hell did the kittens get that in there?" (What it says is probably that I wasn't awake yet, but I'm more entertained by the thought that it says how highly I think of my kittens' capabilities.)
--When I hit a certain point in my rewrite script, I can stop work for the day and get back to rereading Untold. Yes, I'm aware of how sad it is that my work is going slowly because I'm too distracted by thoughts of the thing I want to do and can't until I get my work done. *facepalm*
--I now have beta notes back on two fics from wildpear (first notes on one, second notes on the other), and I wonder what the odds are that I can get one of them posted before going back to the office on Thursday.
--It would be really good if the BPAL Weenie update went up tonight. (It's now late enough that I'm worried something's actually wrong with Beth or her family, even though I expect that if something were that wrong, she or someone on staff would have mentioned it by now.)
--I'm thinking of growing my hair out for a while, which in practice would likely mean "until I get sick of it", since I've essentially given up on the idea of ever having actual long hair again. (Wow, it's been over ten years since I cut it off.) Being friends with the Elf has transformed my notion of "long hair" to the point that I no longer feel my hair's maximum growth length really counts, anyway. (Hers is down to her knees. Mine maxes out at something like elbow length.)
----->I miss being able to put my hair up, despite knowing that when it's long enough to do so I mostly get frustrated by my inability to do anything interesting with it. ("Put it up" usually means "twist it off my neck and into a clip. Messily.")
----->I want to be able to put BPAL in it. At chin length it's long enough that I can do that, of course (at any length it's long enough, really), but I like pulling it back and then having all the lovely smell around my head when I take my hair down for bed.
----->It's been two years now since I buzz-cut my hair. O_o And the haircut I had before that was a pixie cut, albeit briefly, so I can barely remember how long it's been since the last time I had my hair longer than a bob.
--I remember having notions of catching up on Agents of SHIELD (read: seeing past the series pilot) before going back to Casual Job. My past self is hilarious.
--I don't plan to make any Yuletide nominations (IIRC you can even if you don't intend to participate officially, but I feel weird about the thought of doing so), but I'm watching the unofficial spreadsheet with interest. And hoping Newsflesh gets nominated again; surely it will? *fidgets* October Daye has been nominated already, which is all to the good. ^_^
Needless to say, I'm not at work right now. It's kind of hard to be on the phones all day when you can't talk above a whisper. Hopefully it will be better by tomorrow, though, because I only have about a day's worth of PTO saved up. Any days I miss after today will most likely end up being unpaid leave, which I would really rather avoid if possible. :-/
- Watching, a docu-drama about suffragette Annie Kenney, 1hr 16min youtube, from the 1974, six episode, docu-drama series Shoulder to Shoulder, about selected leading figures in the Women’s Social and Political Union before the First World War. The series was originated by Georgia Brown, who portrays Kenney, and was one of the first mass media representations of women’s history in which women creatives had significant degrees of control over the production from beginning to end, specifically actress Georgia Brown with script editor Midge Mackenzie and producer Verity Lambert (and co-directed by Waris Hussein and Moira Armstrong). This episode was written by Alan Plater and presumably needed less editing out of ma(i)nstream prejudices than in some of the other episodes. Midge Mackenzie said: "They were very gutsy ladies who were treated with enormous brutality and who have been blatantly ignored by historians. I find it hard to understand why I wasn't taught about this at school. The issues of the vote united women in a way that no issue had ever done before and is likely to again." Of course, the subsequent increased study of the histories of women’s suffrage mean that some aspects of Shoulder to Shoulder could be nitpicked but it’s a drama series from 1974 and it’s survived the tests of time better than most (and has become an interesting example of how something can be both "ahead of its time" and "a product of its time" simultaneously in addition to being stirring drama). Worth 75mins of your time if you’re interested in suffragette dramas, or 70s telly history, or the history of women’s studies: all of which you should be (hypothetically, if you have 75mins and nothing better to do with it). There’s an episode focussing on Sylvia Pankhurst too but it had a less sympathetic author and I’m not sure want to watch it, heh.
- Watching, art: a statue of the probably fictitious Abbess Kyneburga of Gloucester, in the south aisle of the cathedral.
- So, what are you doing, thinking, wondering about, reading, watching, making, or writing, that you don't usually post about?
In better news, all the teevees return to my screen this week! Well, some of them. And others are being added in the next couple of weeks. So it seems like a good chance to catch up on what I'm watching and what I'm considering picking up.
( Cut for length )
So, what is everyone else watching/picking up this year?
My take is here; there's a reblog that offers a few corrections if you check the notes.
The POV of the song is deliberately ambiguous, I think; sometimes this was Gerard picking Mikey up and helping, sometimes it was Mikey picking Gerard up and helping, so it's really about their relationship as a whole instead of one POV. I like that.
also Waycest. obvs.
...and we realized that if we lived in an apartment, the outer hallway would be a total nightmare for Claudia. Because there's very little that frustrates our girl more than a closed door, and to her, such a hallway would be nothing but a vast array of closed doors, and beyond each one there would be an entirely different assortment of intriguing smells and sounds that she would be unable to investigate. THE HORROR.
( a bit more about the kittens and closed doors )
Today I overslept, and when I finally escaped the bed's gravitational pull a little before noon (my alarm went off at 10:30; scruloose was up by 9 and prepping chili in the slow cooker) and realized that Kas and seolh would be over for Into the Woods in under six hours, I decided to abandon the notion of doing any freelance work today. It was, after all, my last weekend day before Casual Job resumes (and during the weeks that Casual Job's on, my weekends are usually devoted to freelance work and desperately trying to catch up on sleep and manage my burnout levels).
So before their arrival, my day consisted of having breakfast and tea, vacuuming the house, taking a long (even by my standards) shower, making more tea, and starting to reread Untold (which I got about halfway through before it was time to switch gears to socialization and beloved theatre). The evening, as planned, was devoted to Into the Woods (seolh had seen it before, but Kas hadn't), with a break for chili and fresh bread (hail the Doughbot!) at intermission.
Having both Kas and seolh here at once is like having a playdate for the kittens. ^_^ They're two of the kittens' very favorite guest!monkeys (they also love it when wildpear visits). So the kittens got to play hard tonight, and were clearly delighted. They were toted around in their favorite bag! (The one we use to weigh them.) seolh did her "look, your tail is a TOY!" trick that Jinksy loves so much--he curls up on his back in her arms and plays wildly with his own tail, going at it with teeth and forepaws, wide-mouthed with sheer excitement in between attacks. It is excruciatingly cute.
And now we have an impressive amount of rain falling, which will be lovely to fall asleep to. (The forecast claims we're expecting 50-70 mm by sometime in the morning.)
Well, now I think that I'm getting sick. I've noticed several signs the past few days, and they're getting worse instead of better. The question is this: has the insomnia caused me to get sick or has the getting sick caused the insomnia?
And I ended up liking the movie better, both because it by the nature of film breaks out of the tight POV of the white man in pain that the book has, and because that character is played by Jason Bateman, who brings enough self-awareness and self-loathing to the performance to undercut it a bit.
I really liked the family feel of the ensemble; there were very sibling-y scenes for every combination. Rang very true. And I had no idea how much the universe needed Tina Fey and Jason Bateman playing siblings until I saw them playing off each other. Yay.
Timothy Olyphant is in the film in a small but lovely role; that subplot lost some of its heft from the book but is still well-done.
The plot basically hinges on the family being Jewish (the reason they are together in one place is sitting shiva for their father), there is some queerness though it's not handled spectacularly (not BADLY, but... yeah), and many parts of the plot do involve cheating, so consider that a content warning, though the ending has a positive beat for pretty much everyone.
Other players in the cast include Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, the guy who played Jean-Ralphio on Parks & Rec, and Connie Britton.
I will probably pick up the DVD for comfort viewing, for what that's worth. My two cents.
( Previously linked here on my journal )
Also written for this year's pthon and posted on the AO3
Title: Live by the Sword
Ships: Annis/Gwen (other pairings mentioned)
Contains: Reference to canon character deaths, grief, object insertion
Summary: If ever there was a time to take a young ruler under her wing, it is now.
Title: Trading Day
Ships: Gwen/Morgana, offscreen Arthur/Gwen
Contains: nonmonogamy, can be read as infidelity
Summary: He can't begrudge her a kidnapping or two, not with so little else to stand out from the flatness of life on the colony. (FEMSLASH IN SPACE.)
Title: Build a Better Bicycle
Contains: slight dubcon due to mistress/servant power dynamic
Summary: Morgana can trust Gwen to make the necessary adjustments.
Title: This Is a Recording
Ships: Arthur/Gwen/Merlin and subsets
Contains: spanking and a teensy bit of D/s
Summary: This is new for her, Merlin thinks. She only half believed him when he whispered that they were lovers first.
( Thoughts )
Ooh, I was just going to say I hope merlin_holidays runs again because I'd like to participate again, and it looks like signups open tomorrow! I need to think about what I want to request ack. Also gosh that deadline is going to come up quickly. But anyway yay Merlin!!!
Sign-ups for merlin_holidays begin Sept 22 at 10 am Eastern
I haven't posted for a while mainly due to work being really busy. It completely sapped my energy this week, although I did go on a first aid course on Thursday. Friday afternoon was suddenly quiet for a little while and I had to do someone else's work because without that to distract I realised just how tired I was. I could really do with another day on this weekend, but I at least have a three day weekend next week - although I am going to a wedding, so I won't be good for anything on Sunday.
Last weekend was busy. On the Saturday I went to Big Finish Day 6. It was really easy to get to, but really hard to park. I went all round the hotel's tiny car park to find there were no spaces - and you couldn't get out without a token from the hotel. Fortunately the person behind me at the barrier knew the code. I drove around Slough a lot looking for a nearby place to park before I ended up back at the hotel, went to ask them where to park and it turned out that it was ok to park where it say "no unauthorized parking" and threatened you with clamping. The actual thing was all right. I was excited about meeting Peter Purves and he was lovely.
I have been watching a lot of Stargate Atlantis, in order to decide whether to sign up for sga_santa. I have come to the conclusion that I really like Elizabeth and don't really care about watching episodes that she's not in. Which shouldn't have come as a surprise because she was my favourite character, I just had to get used to her not being in the last two seasons when it was on.
Mirrored from my blog.
Things I have noticed:
* The comic makes it explicit that Fantomex can summon E.V.A. - aka his "external nervous system" ins the form of a spaceship with an AI - at any time and that she pops straight out of his brain. Just. What?
* ( spoiler )
More thoughts no doubt forthcoming as I continue to read.