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I was tagged by [personal profile] xochiquetzl...

5 things you’ll find in my bag: pens (always lots of pens!), ibuprofen, mobile phone, wallet, hand sanitiser
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom: books, hot water bottle, a silk wall hanging from Uzbekistan with hoopooes on it, pairs of shoes I should put away, a bag of fencing gear
5 things I’ve always wanted to do: go to the Galapagos islands, sea kayaking in Scotland, try cycling on an indoor track, become a better/stronger swimmer, sand-yachting
5 things that make me happy: students who do their homework, whenever I can get off my arse and go to the gym, the perfect parry-riposte, pizza, finding a parking space at the supermarket straight away
5 things I’m currently into: fencing, books, passing my course without dying of boredom, prevarication about lots of things, not being able to think about a fifth thing for this list
5 things on my to-do list: get more organised in terms of meals, buy a new carpet for my hallway, buy a new pair of walking shoes (since my last ones fell apart under warranty), paint my bathroom ceiling, get all my paperwork done for work

I'm actually hoping to get one of my 'always wanted to do' ticked off next summer - I need to look at the dates for something else I want to do in Scotland in July or August, as well as Nine Worlds, and then it's either kayaking or sand-yachting too, depending on how it all falls together.

I'm not so into the whole tagging thing, so anyone who's interested...

Day 30

Sep. 30th, 2013 09:50 pm
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The fandom meme )

Day 30 - Saddest Most infuriating character death

Either way, no contest but that it's Daniel Jackson - first off, you have PTB who can't stand that the character involved has a massive amount of fans and so when it comes to writing him out of the show for reasons, there has to be an element of spite that you give him a painful, lingering death of radiation poisoning that has his insides turning to soup while none of the characters who supposedly care for him can touch him.

Still bitter? If that had been the end of things, I probably would be, but we all know how that little tale turned out... ;)
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The fandom meme )

Day 29 - Current TV show obsession

While it's true that Tumblr is excellent for enabling anyone's obsession, I think I've managed to avoid getting completely sucked in by anything in particular. Part of that is comparing my viewing/engagement with shows to how I was with Stargate SG-1 and also wondering whether the fact I'm not writing for any of these shows (yet, I have to always say yet, just in case) helps with that.

There's something different about a show you write for, I think, in terms of the engagement you need or the engagement it makes you have, I'm not sure which. You might, after all, need to know exactly how someone's apartment is laid out or just where the characters were standing in relation to one another in a particular scene. That sort of devotion to detail sets up a real obsessional feedback loop if you're not careful. In comparison, getting dialogue or character names right is much easier, all there at the click of a search engine.

So, current obsession? Nothing like it - there's a lot of shows I like, some I really like, but obsessive? No way.

Three fics uploaded on AO3 for [community profile] trope_bingo so far:

  • Maker - WWW fic, prompt 'au: apocalypse

  • A Proper Sense of Decorum - Mag7 WIP, prompt 'rivals to lovers'. I've wanted to write Nathan/Rain/Ezra for some time and I've got a plan to make it work. ;)

  • Hinterland - Man from UNCLE, prompt 'mind control'

    I'm currently working on finishing the WIP, still writing my 1930's UNCLE AU (now almost 21,000 words!) and no actual sign of anything resembling a pattern on my [community profile] trope_bingo card in sight! :P
  • Day 28

    Sep. 28th, 2013 07:56 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 28 - First TV show obsession

    While my first TV show love (and certainly longest lasting!) was Man from UNCLE, I have to admit my first TV show obsession was Stargate SG-1 - it is, after all, the show I have to blame for being in online fandom in the first place. It was a search for information about season 2 when season 1 was first airing in the UK that led me onto the internet, then down the rabbit hole of fanfic. Let's not talk about my first experience of slash, which it also gave me, since I'm lucky it didn't psychologically scar me for life. ;)

    It was that show that has given me a wide range of experiences over the years, not to mention online friends who I've also had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with face to face on two continents. It taught me about the power of denial, as well as making me write thousands of words about characters I came to know better than I know members of my own family and certainly like a great deal more. And now, even if there are episodes of the show I'll never see that don't actually exist and I don't feel I have any further stories to tell about those characters, I can't deny the effect it's had on my life.
    graculus: (Snape)
    The fandom meme )

    Day 27 - Best pilot episode

    A solid pilot episode is a must for me - if I can't even make it through that, then I'm never going to watch the show. I think I'm going to have to go with Person of Interest for this, with honourable mentions for White Collar and Life - it does a really nice job of setting up the characters of Reece and Finch, as well as their relationship, while teasing for some of the things we now know about them and the world they inhabit.

    In other news, I had a trip out earlier this week for what was supposed to be a job interview but was more an informal guided tour of a possible workplace, leaving me really uncertain about whether or not I'd hit the right note with the guys I saw. However, I just got a call from the agency who were arranging this to say that I've been made an offer and so I should be starting work mid-October!

    Basically, it's student wrangling in one of the libraries of a local university - the money's not great and the hours are crazy, but it's a foot in the door if I decide I want to go into this line of work in general as I need practical experience for the MA I've been looking at. It's also experience for applying for similar jobs with better pay and less crazy hours, so we'll see how things work out as we go along.

    Meanwhile, I've also started that preparatory adult teaching course (which is 14 weeks) and there may be the possibility of some work via someone I met there too. Because it's shift work, we'll see how knackered the odd hours leave me and go on from there...

    In other, other news, I've also just purchased my ticket for Loncon next August, so I'm sure I shall see some folks from my flist there - this year is the first since the very early years of me being in fandom proper that I haven't been to a con and I don't like it. How could I miss going to an actual WorldCon when one's so close(ish) to home? Meanwhile, regardless of that, this con will be made possible by a substantial and extremely unexpected cheque from my former employer, who apparently has to pay me for the annual leave I didn't get to take... ;)

    Day 26

    Sep. 26th, 2013 10:42 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

    Oh, so now it's 'season' is it? Make your bloody mind up.

    *thinks* I think it's probably going to be Grimm for which the season finales have seen respectively spoilers for season 1 ) and spoilers for season 2 ). Both developments, and others, done with a significant degree of apparent glee by TPTB.
    graculus: (Snape)
    The fandom meme )

    Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

    In this case, it's new rather than old, with an honourable mention for Almost Human (Michael Ealy, how are you so fine?) but top of my current list is Masters of Sex, a Showtime series about the sex researchers Masters and Johnson. I was already intrigued by the idea of this as the basis for a drama and then they cast Michael Sheen as Dr William Masters and I was definitely sold. US premiere is Sunday 29th September, UK premiere is Tuesday 8th October.

    In related other news, so far I have watched the pilot epiodes of The Blacklist (since I love me some Spader) and Agents of SHIELD as well as the first two episodes of Sleepy Hollow and while this view may get me actively shunned, I think Sleepy Hollow does the better job of introducing the characters and getting you to engage with them.

    Spoilers for The Blacklist )

    Spoilers for Agents of SHIELD )

    Spoilers for Sleepy Hollow )

    Day 24

    Sep. 24th, 2013 10:58 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 24 - Best quote

    "No man is free who works for a living. But I'm available." Illya Kuryakin, 'The Bow-Wow Affair'.

    Day 23

    Sep. 23rd, 2013 11:20 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 23 - Most annoying character

    Chances are, if I find a character that annoying it's probably enough to make me not watch/stop watching something or other but then it also depends on why they annoy me.

    The main reason I'll find a character annoying is if it's clear that TPTB have a hard-on for them and yet there's no apparent reason for it in terms of either how interesting/well-written the character is or the quality of the actor's performance - a case in point, Rachel Zane on Suits, about whom I have previously ranted at length. It got to the point when my liking of that show was on the wane, for me mostly because of that character, that I couldn't even tolerate pictures of her turning up on my Tumblr dashboard. That's when I know it's time to pull the plug.

    Day 22

    Sep. 22nd, 2013 08:34 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 22 - Favourite series finale

    Hmm. Stuck here on whether this means 'series' finale (as in the end of the show completely) or 'season' finale (as in the end of a part of a show that then returns for another 'series', as US-ians call it).

    If it's season finale, I'm not really sure I have a favourite; often shows get canned and don't know it so they don't get to wrap everything up and that's really frustrating, but when it works well... okay, I have to admit that I've been impressed with both the mid-season and end of season finales from Grimm this year, complete with faux-apologetic end credits. Guys, we know you're not sorry to do this to us, so don't pretend you are, okay? Can't wait to see how season 3 works out now spoilers for s2 of Grimm ).

    Day 21

    Sep. 21st, 2013 07:53 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 21 - Favourite ship

    Oh, this is an easy one, it has to be HMS Surprise. Though I have a soft spot for that old scow HMS Polychrest, 'the carpenter's mistake'.

    Day 20

    Sep. 20th, 2013 10:33 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 20 - Favourite kiss

    Say what now? Struggling with this one to even think about television kissing scenes, since I have been known to fast forward past those bits and on to more plot... so, pass. Sorry. Next question?
    graculus: (sarcasm)
    The fandom meme )

    Day 19 - Best TV show cast

    At the moment (though ask me again tomorrow and my answer could be different), I think it's between Elementary and Orphan Black for this one, though I guess the presence of multiple Tatiana Maslany characters could balance things out a little too far in other direction?

    What I really like about Elementary is its non-tokenistic diversity, the fact that they've managed to cast a trans-sexual to play a trans-sexual, that Lucy Liu's portrayal of Watson has her character easily punching at the same weight as Holmes rather than being the bumbling sidekick and then there's Clyde. Oh, and Alfredo, whose actor has been an absolute revelation to me, having also enjoyed him very much in Copper.

    Where Orphan Black is concerned, even once you take away Ms Maslany's performance(s) you still have the awesomeness that is Jordan Gavaris as her foster brother Felix, a real scene-stealing turn from him and a bunch of solid supporting performances from everyone else we come across.

    Meanwhile, in other news I am still looking for work, which I fully expect to be the state of play for some time. Given that I was last actually unemployed in 1991, it's fair to say that things have changed a little when it comes to both dealing with the job centre and looking for jobs, though I wish there was a bit less duplication across the various websites I've been told to use. Been sending stuff off as directed but no joy so far except that...

    I got an unexpected phone call late this afternoon after I sent in a CV this morning and am off to sign up properly with that agency tomorrow, after which I should apparently expect a proper interview with actual employers. It's for a job at one of the local universities so I can see why they'd want someone in post asap and hopefully that someone will be me! *crosses fingers* ;)

    Day 18

    Sep. 18th, 2013 06:02 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 18 - Favourite title sequence

    Do shows have these any more? Most of what I watch seems to have a single title card, if that, otherwise it's live action with names appearing at the bottom of the screen... For me, in terms of sheer inventiveness, I have to say Fringe for this - the titles were different depending on which universe or timeline you were in, they even had some charmingly retro ones for when the action in the episode took place in the 1980's.

    Day 17

    Sep. 17th, 2013 07:20 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 17 - Favourite mini series

    Ignoring the fact that most US fans probably think all UK shows are mini series, given our predilection for 6 episodes rather than 22, I'm going to go with a show that has (so far) only aired 3 episodes but was fortunately so well received it's been commissioned for a second series...

    The show in question is called In the Flesh and first aired in March this year - essentially, it's about what happens after the zombies start appearing, looking specifically at how individuals who have now been treated for PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) are rehabilitated back to their communities. These zombies just 'happened', with a mass rising from the dead at a specific time, rather than as a result of being bitten.

    For Ren, one of those returning home, there are all sorts of additional issues, with both flashbacks to the things he did while he was afflicted and also that he had committed suicide before unexpectedly returning to life. The village to which he returns had taken a very militant stance and his younger sister had been among those hunting and killing zombies, which understandably causes additional tension.

    There's a fairly substantial wikipedia entry on the show, with substantial spoilers for season 1 and also an official website (though I'm not sure how much of that is accessible to anyone outside the UK). You can probably pick the series itself up from your usual internet sources for those kind of things... ;)
    graculus: (Snape)
    The fandom meme )

    Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

    I'm not sure it counts as a 'guilty pleasure' if you don't feel guilty about it (and hell, why should anyone feel guilty about what they enjoy, f*** other people if they make you feel that way, even if they/I think what you like is dumb...) but the show I got completely hooked on unexpectedly is a reality show called Catfish. I've also got quite a soft spot for Ramsay's Hotel Hell, which is real car-crash TV, but there's just something about Catfish that makes it the winner of this category.

    Basically, it's a show following on from the premise of a 2010 documentary of the same name about online relationships - it's hosted by the guy who was the subject of the original documentary, who now basically goes around the US meeting people who are in online relationships and investigating whether or not the person they think they're involved with is actually the person in real life.

    Anyone who's ever been online can probably figure out what the answer to that is going to be, with some really gullible people out there and also some who are clearly not wired up correctly (it's amazing how the 'oh, I had low self-esteem so I pretended to be someone prettier/more successful' line gets trotted out). Also, people, do you not use Google? If your online boyfriend tells you he's a successful rapper and is touring, wouldn't you just be a little curious to see what's online about him? Anyway, yes it's all faked but that doesn't stop it being entertaining as all hell.

    In other news, I'm trying to make some headway on my [community profile] trope_bingo card and have posted the first story (Maker, a Wild Wild West fic) on AO3 - I'll do a proper post here and on [community profile] trope_bingo when I have a few more done. I'm also still working on my 1930's UNCLE AU fic.

    I'm applying for jobs, though getting a bit frustrated by the amount of duplication on the various websites I've been asked to use, have signed up for some volunteer work (waiting to hear back on that) and am due to start a couple of courses next week. Since I'm getting JSA, I thought I might as well benefit from stuff where I don't have to pay course fees and am starting a preparatory course for teaching adults (I've run training before but have no formal qualifications so this is step 1 in getting those, as an option) as well as trying out Tai Chi. Since I am the least coordinated person I know, the latter should be very interesting!

    Day 15

    Sep. 15th, 2013 03:14 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    day 15 - Favourite female character

    This one was actually quite easy, which probably says something about the female characters in many of the shows I watch and fandoms I follow...

    I don't think I've mentioned Fringe so far in this meme, so it's probably time that it made an appearance, with Olivia Dunham being my favourite female character. Or should that be characters, since we get more than one of her over the series run - first off when they swap universes and then when there are various time-lines being affected by what they have done/haven't done/need to do.

    Initially, I have to admit I wasn't overly impressed by Anna Torv's acting, as she comes across as quite wooden in season 1, but as the show goes on and Olivia herself changes we also see (imo) Anna's acting improve, so I can easily be persuaded to think that her portrayal of Olivia initially was a conscious choice.

    One of the things that really bugs me about procedurals in general and the women who act in them is when female characters either aren't physically convincing in the role or the show makes them do stupid things (i.e. taking forensic samples with their hair blowing all over the place and no masks or suits, yes Catherine Willows of CSI: Las Vegas I am looking at you...). I've always been convinced where Olivia Dunham is concerned, so that's definitely another point in her favour.

    Day 14

    Sep. 14th, 2013 01:09 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 14 - Favourite male character

    Illya Kuryakin. That is all.

    Except for those days where it's Daniel Jackson, Ezra Standish, Monroe, Artemus Gordon, Stephen Maturin, Archie Goodwin, Harold Finch, Max Blum, Alfredo Llamosa, the Monkey King, Zhu Irzh, Robert Morehouse, Phil Coulson or any of a dozen others.

    Day 13

    Sep. 13th, 2013 12:05 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 13 - Favourite childhood show

    No contest for this one, given that when I got into fandom I chose my pseudonym from one of its characters - the show in question is, of course, Noggin the Nog.

    First aired before I was even born, Noggin the Nog was made by the same folks who are also known for creating Ivor the Engine, Bagpuss and The Clangers, all of which deserve an honourable mention in this category. But for me, despite the other shows' many charms, Noggin the Nog surpassed them all.

    The style of the show is heavily influenced by the Lewis chessmen and they're essentially saga stories, where our eponymous hero has adventures and is ably assisted by his friends, including the great green bird Graculus.

    If this all means nothing to you, then here's the first part of the episode 'The Ice Dragon'...

    Day 12

    Sep. 12th, 2013 12:45 pm
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    The fandom meme )

    Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

    I'm pretty sure there's been episodes I have watched and re-watched, sometimes because I was just that smitten with them and sometimes for fic research - for example, the Stargate SG-1 episodes 'Forever in a Day' for the former and 'Torment of Tantalus' for the latter. Whether I've watched them more than 5 times what with their original airings and rewatches, I don't really know.

    The only shows I'm pretty certain I have done this with would be stuff like Black Books, Spaced and, latterly, The Middleman, which are major comfort viewing standards for me. Leave it just long enough between re-watches and you almost don't recite the dialogue along with the characters... ;)

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