Roy Dotrice has passed away at the age of 94.
May he rest in peace.
I wasn’t sure who he was at first, since I’m not interested in Game of Thrones. That is, I didn’t realize who he was until I checked IMDB and saw that he had played Roger Wyndam-Pryce in one episode (Lineage) of Angel. Now I remember him. Looking through the rest of his filmography, I have also seen him in Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989), Tales From The Crypt (1972), and two episodes of Faerie Tale Theatre. He was also Zeus in three episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
I might need to track down his episode of Tales From The Darkside, wherein he plays "Vampire Count Jeffrey Draco."
So it turns out I'll be home for Thanksgiving for the first time in almost a decade after all!
I live half a continent away from my family, and I only get four weeks of vacation per year. (More precisely, four SUNDAYS of vacation per year.) It generally works out to one at Christmas, one in early spring, and two in late summer. Between Thanksgiving being murder for flying, and how close it is to Christmas, I generally just stay at home. And because going to someone else's family holiday dinner, particularly when you are their pastor, is hella awkward and cooking a holiday meal for one is just depressing, I generally don't have any kind of celebration that day.
Well! This year, I have a new niece, who is SO PRECIOUS, FOLKS, and who had the good taste to be born on my birthday. Given that her father (my brother) does shift work at a power plant, and my parents own their own business which has a very irregular schedule, and my own schedule is rather complicated, arranging dates for such an event is ... difficult. So in late August/early September, we were discussing things, and there were not many Sundays that would work for everybody, and none at all until November. Then it occurred to me that if it were scheduled for either the Sunday before or the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I could be home for Thanksgiving! And said as much. And Mom said she would check if the Sunday before would work, but that sounded good, and she would let me know, and if it couldn't be then, they should probably just see if they could schedule it for the Sunday after Christmas when I am normally home anyway.
I heard nothing. For a month and a half. I assumed that it hadn't worked for November, and would be after Christmas.
In a phone call today, my Mom asked me if I had my plane ticket home for Thanksgiving yet.
"You know, for the baptism."
"We're doing it in November?"
"Of course we are!"
"Does ... does [brother] know? Does [sister-in-law]?"
Apparently, after getting everybody's responses that yes, the day would work, she just assumed that everybody knew that it had been scheduled for that date, without telling everybody that yes, it worked for everybody. I love my Mom, but she does this. She will schedule things and not tell people. She knows how everything fits together, and so she just assumes that everyone else knows too. Even when you ask her directly, sometimes she'll leave out crucial information because she'll assume that either you don't need to know it or you already know it because it should be obvious.
My Dad loves Google Calendar. It's the first time in their marriage that he's been able to figure out what's going on ahead of time, because Mom uses it religiously and now everything is in one place. Instead of in five different places, one of which is inside her head.
This is definitely an emotional labor issue, but at the same time ... scheduling is not the exclusive province of my mother because Dad doesn't want to help and participate, okay?
Anyway, now I have a plane ticket home and the good news is that I will be home for Thanksgiving!
Title: FierceArtist: gossRating:
MCU, Thor: RagnarokCharacters/Pairings:
: Created for Inktober - Day 14, word prompt: Fierce. Drawn with a grey and black marker. This one is based on a promo pic of Valkyrie from the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok
, but is also somewhat inspired by Beyoncé. *g*
Preview:( Click here for entire artwork )
This past week has been SUPER busy, but I'm glad I got the chance to at least work on a couple pieces. Hope to continue with these next week, but I'm thinking maybe I should switch up from marker to another form of inking - maybe do some brush work...
This has taken me so long to do, I feel almost embarrassed to post it, because unlike some of the more detailed ones I've done, this one was straight-forward, but it was lingering just because I couldn't work out who to cast as one character. (I'm still not sure who it was I must have had in mind, but I found a suitable stand-in. After, er, nearly all year...)
From the isurrendered
gave me this prompt. If I had remembered that he threatened to do this several years ago, I would have tried to ward it off, but I didn't, so here we are:One of those obscure centuries-old cults has a ritual: Once every hundred years, on the night of the winter solstice, the chosen one must stand at a particular place (where ley lines converge) and will become an inspired bard and prophet.
... Except that since the last ritual, an office block has been built on the site, and the mystic powers end up being bestowed on the coffee machine. Hilarity, as they say, ensues.
Which is coming to an LJ near you some time soon as:( Coffee and Curses )
This is always a good fest. It's small but solid, proud but humble, and the lifeblood of the fandom, which is too quiet these days.
Join in! It'll be a blast!
Man, I got SO HIGH ON BLACK SHARPIE MARKER colouring the background. :bTitle: ShatteredArtist: gossRating:
The Flash (TV 2014)Characters/Pairings:
Captain Cold (Leonard Snart)Content Notes
: Created for Inktober - Day 12, word prompt: Shattered. Drawn with a grey and black marker. Continuing from the day before, with the second half of my m/m ship. I wanted to try to get an icy texture with marker. Turns out it was a lot harder than expected. I got tired halfway through and just kinda half-assed the rest of it. So I'm not 100% happy with the result, but at least it was an interesting texture exercise.
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1. The world out there seems set to get worse and worse in every way at the moment. I feel bad that I have nothing to offer, but frivolous fannish things, but so it is.
2. I have my Yuletide assignment, but obv. can't talk about it. I have mixed feelings about whether I can do it proper justice, but it is a fandom I love and wanted to get, and hopefully I'll manage something decent in the end.
3. In the department of inevitable irony or something, the GRO have resumed their test pilot of offering PDFs for (some) historical certificates online for £6 instead of £9.20
. I had been saving birthday money for this moment since May in case it ever came. Guess who finally gave up on that ever being a thing and spent the last of the money on Sunday? Yes, me. (The wretches! The rotters!) Anyway, for those also into UK family history, it's running for three months or so this time, so don't miss out.
4. I wrote a frivolous thing for no reason at all for the first time in forever. It was, of course, still stupidly obscure. Whoever it was - at least two people, I think, or maybe three - recommended me the Daisy Dalrymple books for light mystery reading, I blame you. All/both of you. Ficlet of pure froth: Foiled
(G, 490 words, Alec/Daisy.)
*tries blacklisting The Good Place everywhere because it stomps nearly every single one of my buttons hard,
especially paranoia† and derealization and 'everything is a trick'*
Oh, apparently it ate Yuletide?
Just fucking great.
(This is not even 'consistent.' I love Shirley Jackson and Philip K. Dick and other mindbending works about what is real and what isn't and how do we tell and how can
we tell and so on. But every so often there's something that lines up too well with the cracks in my head, I guess is a way to put it, like the wolf sections of Kiernan's Drowning Girl
or bits of Donnie Darko
and my brain's like WHA HUNH NO WE'RE FREAKING OUT NOW PREPARE FOR PANIC PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR TRAY TABLES ARE IN THEIR FULL UPRIGHT POSITIONS RIGHT UP YOUR ASS. It's one of those things that is so idiosyncratic but also hits me so hard I don't really know what to do.)
†Yeah I have had actual paranoia. It is not funny. Mental illness is not quirky and cute. -- Also yeah, I tried to watch some clips of it to see if I was just being silly and the effect would lessen. SPOILER: IT GOT KIND OF BIGGER
Rhiannon Giddens, one of the winners of this year's "genius grants" performing the great Rosetta Tharpe song "Up Above My Head":
STUNNING live version on Jools Holland:Meet Rhiannon Giddens, Newly Minted MacArthur 'Genius' (NPR)In her recordings and live performances, Giddens has mined the history of the African American string band tradition, introducing new audiences to the black banjoists and fiddlers whose influences have been left out of popular narratives of the lineage of folk and country music. Giddens is a native of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and she trained as an opera singer before returning to North Carolina to immerse herself in traditional American roots music through study of archival recordings and the mentorship of the octogenarian fiddler Joe Thompson. Having honed her skills on the fiddle and 5-string banjo, she co-founded with two other bandmates the Carolina Chocolate Drops in order to share this tradition with a new generation of listeners. More recently, Giddens has released two solo albums. Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) offers riveting interpretations of songs that were written or made famous by women, spanning folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, jazz, Celtic, and other genres. Freedom Highway (2017) consists mainly of original compositions by Giddens, and the album traverses the experience of African Americans from slavery to the present. Drawing inspiration from slave narratives, early twentieth-century songwriters such as Mississippi John Hurt, and even a rap about police violence written by her nephew, Freedom Highway is at once a recuperation of suppressed voices and a history lesson.
- (MacArthur Foundation)
I stumbled upon a whole bunch of Flash/Captain Cold fic recs
over at recs
, and IDK just fell down a well. LOL. Just read these two fic by the same author, with a word count of 178K and 276K, back-to-back. O_OTitle: RunArtist: gossRating:
The Flash (TV 2014)Characters/Pairings:
Barry AllenContent Notes
: Created for Inktober - Day 11, word prompt: Run. Drawn with a grey and black marker. I saw this photo of a girl running
and just loved the effect with the perspective distortion, and apparently I have Speedsters on the brain, so this was the result. *g*
Preview:( Click here for entire artwork )
I'll try to post more catch-up drawings later this afternoon...
I've been trying to finish off a few runaway_tales
things, including another AU. This one was also written for genprompt_bingo
square "Happy Endings" and hc_bingo
square "grief" and is a modern coffee shop AU. I am so proud of myself, even if maybe the coffee shop is probably too incidental. But a while ago, oonaseckar
said to me that it would probably be impossible to do a modern Edward/Julia AU and, of course, if someone says that it's impossible to write something, obviously I have to write it. (I wrote Six/Rose and Steed/Baldrick once for the same reason. Edward and Julia managing excuses to have a fake relationship and then be awkward about it in the 21st C was no problem at all.)
But I crossposted it to AO3, as I think it's a fun/sweet enough standalone piece; also it's for two other comms, and also because LJ's word limit forced me into posting it in two parts over at RaTs, which annoyed me, because clearly it isn't a work that's meant to be in two parts. I hoped I'd done enough amputation, but apparently not. (Dammit, LJ.)Substitute
(13480 words) by lost_spook
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Julia Graves (OC), Edward Iveson (OC)
Additional Tags: Community: hc_bingo, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés, Romance, Grief/Mourning, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Brief mention of car accident, Community: runaway_tales, Fluff, Humor, Angst
Summary: Julia Graves has perfectly reasonable motives for fake-dating a customer – it’s all about interior decorating, honestly…
- Tags: au, beatrice eliott, big finish, blake's 7, cally (b7), doctor who, evangeline eliott, fannish nonsense, fannish scribbles, house of eliott, liv chenka, meme
is opening up again! We have a new prompt and everything and I have made banners to promote it. If you want to use them to pimp it somewhere yourself, the code is in the text box:
I have also made a rebloggable tumblr post here
(I stole these pics from the B7 Image Library, and basically every single B7 group shot on it seems to be everyone looking seriously unimpressed/bad-tempered, so I choose these where they also looked kind of vaguely interested as well as unimpressed. Ish. Oh, B7... <3)
(Sorry if you've seen this several times already - I'm nearly done!)
Practicing some more with water - this time with ocean waves. Drawn with ballpoint pen, with a very slight Photoshop tint.
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I did get in a tiny bit of drawing for Day 5, but it was just a bunch of random doodles on a page, while watching tv. I'll probably post the doodle page whenever it gets totally filled up.
You know I do the flu shot out of desire to protect you. Yes I know there are things in it that slightly annoy you, canary that you are in all things, but the last thing I needed this week was to wake with a full blown migraine.
Really. Get your act together soon this am please.
1. Yuletide sign-ups are still open
for anyone thinking of taking part. (I believe they close on the 9th, but check the link.)
2. For those of you in the UK who don't mind a bit of old telly, I checked the Drama channel, and guess what their next run of ancient TV on Saturdays is? It's the BBC's 1976-77 historical (Edwardian) drama The Duchess of Duke Street
! It has a very slow start (even for ancient telly), but Gemma Jones is so fabulous throughout, and I recommend it. The bit where Julian Fellowes turns up and swipes the plot for use in Downton is also entertaining, and S2 has bonus Lalla Ward. (And then write me Louisa/Mary, because I never could manage it, though I tried.)
(And when I say Saturday, I mean tomorrow.)
3. Fall Equinox
went live the other day. Lots of lovely fanvids! (The theme this time was 'based on books.')
Is anyone else having issues when it comes to editing their Yuletide sign-up? I wanted to add a couple of other fandoms in there, as well as more characters I was willing to write in another. However, when I tell it to save, I end up with an error. “502 Bad Gateway. The server returned an invalid or incomplete response.”
It’s like that in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. The only workaround I’ve come up with at the moment is jotting down everything I already have, and that I wanted to add, deleting the current sign-up, and doing another sign-up form with the corrected content. I just worried I would end up with that error again.
Speaking of Yuletide, damzel
had the idea of gathering together a list of the gothic horror/gothic romance fandoms that were nominated this year. That’s currently unofficially underway
. If there are any that were missed, (I’m certain there must be) feel free to add them there.
I didn't think I'd ever live to see the unexpurgated journals of Sylvia Plath published (for....a number of reasons, heh) and then BAM, there they were not even fifty years after her death,
a complete surprise (to me anyway). But I despaired over ever getting her letters. And then BAM, not even twenty years after the Journals, here they are or volume 1 of them anyway, and I found out I could get them earlier from Amazon UK -- some brouhaha over the covers say what? I don't care, GIVE THEM TO ME, EVEN IF IT'S ONLY A DAY EARLIER. I NEED IT. So the book came and I was excited for the first time in weeks, months it felt like. T says I tore the package open on the couch and was insensate for a couple of hours afterwards. A bomb could have landed and I wouldn't have been touched.
-- Yeah yeah, the cover, the cover. I raved about it some
at poor oursin
's blog but really, I don't honestly care,
except my honest and probably Terrible Feminist reaction is IT'S NOT A BIKINI FOR CHRIST'S SWEET SUFFERING SAKE. If someone's going to get something that wrong right out of the gate I don't pay attention to them. It's a character flaw, what can I say. But like I said over there I honestly don't give a damn because you open it up and the first
letter goes:Monday 19 February 1940
I am coming home soon. Are you as glad as I am?
Over in Frank's work room I got some ink on my fingers which never comes of! I had to rub them with a stone. And the stone took it of.
....My letter is not very long.
....Mummy likes me to wright in red. But nearly everybody likes me to wright in blue or black.
Written to her father -- she was sent away because of his fatal illness -- whose death nine months later, less than two weeks before her own eighth birthday, would haunt her until her own....about how a father-figure taught her to take indelible ink off her fingers "with a stone" and the incredible correspondences with her poetry, her work, her life-art already piling up -- The trees of the mind are black. The light is blue,
"black fingers" of yew trees, the red of "Cut" and "Poppies in October" and "Poppies in July," her constant references to stones and skulls and the moon who was "my mother. She is not sweet like Mary" and Hughes's poem on how she "painted hearts" on everything -- even her posthumous reputation! with "everybody likes" either "blue or black" -- it was dizzying. Hand to god I had to put the book down for a second. And that was the FIRST letter. Talk about a telegrammatic precis of a life, right there, unfolding through all the rest of her years like a cup of flowering tea, but all right there from the start. It was like a punch.
So that made me happy. (too happy probably, but even hypomania is preferable to glum doom sometimes)
Only one day late!
What I've Finished Reading
The Mauritius Command, and the series continues to be solidly excellent. Then, slightly to my own surprise, I managed to read The Goblin Emperor, which I enjoyed very much (I can see what people mean about it being a very reassuring read and why some other people also find that annoying, but it suited me just fine right now) but stupidly did so in only about three or four days and was sick for the following three days as a result, which does dampen enthusiasm somewhat. (I don't know why I did it; I think I get a bit panicky that my reading ability might vanish, leaving me stranded halfway through a book).
So, after that I didn't read properly for a week, and then read the v light Daisy Dalrymple mystery I got from the library, Damsel in Distress, by Carola Dunn.
What I'm Reading Now
I'm technically reading Desolation Island (the next in the Aubrey-Maturin series), but not really much at the moment, as I think I was reading too much of them and having less brain than I should have done.
I am also beginning to work my way through my random Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror, starting with the first, The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole. It's very random and its heroes are terribly saintly, but this makes me laugh, especially when some of the other characters would rather be hanging around with less saintly people, or somebody has a moment of sarcasm. (Matilda's maid Bianca would obviously prefer to be in a Shakespeare comedy, but Matilda won't oblige her with even normal curiosity, let alone shenanigans and scheming.) There is also a spooky giant helmet with plumes of doom, and it's only 100 pages long.
I also enjoyed the particularly OTT bit where a Helpful Friar who has turned up to reason with Villainous Manfred accidentally causes Manfred to order the execution of the suspiciously Noble Peasant Theodore and is midway through begging for Theodore's life when he pauses to realise (via a handy birth mark) that Theodore is in fact his long-lost son (and he was formerly the Count of Falconara, because obv. you can't actually have a Noble Peasant. How he carelessly lost his son and her mother, hopefully I will find out before it's done.)
I am (family history) note-taking from Boyd Hilton's A Mad, Bad and Dangerous People: England 1783-1846, but I don't know if it counts as reading, as it is one of the Oxford History of England so more political and so on, so I am doing a lot of skimming through it. (It's a large book. When I'm not using it, I am trying to flatten some paper with it. It's multi-purpose.)
What I'm Reading Next
I think the library has the next Daisy Dalrymple book, so I might get that next week, but otherwise I think it will be something else off my TBR pile. There are several possibilities! If I can be sensible this time, that is. And at some point, presumably the next 'Gothic Masterpiece,' The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve. (It's longer, though - all of 134 pages!)
Prompt was "Underwater", which gave me a chance to practice liquids some more. I sort of started falling asleep while working on this one, so it's only half done. It's a ballpoint pen drawing, with a blue digital tint, because I'm too sleepy right now to finish tonight. Funny enough, I kind of like the thumbnail of this more than the large piece. Close up just looks like a scribbly mess, but small and far off, it actually looks like something! So weird. :b
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In lieu of focusing on current events, when I'm not at work, I'm focusing on fact that fall TV is back.
Boreanz's new show -- SEal team i think -- is so very clearly trying to be hurt locker + seal team 6 (history channel) but omg it fails on so many plotting and pacing levels in first episode. And dudes, Mamet already did 1000x better with The Unit.
so on to NBC's The Brave which I have to admit I had NO EXPECTATIONS for based on hokey over patriotic promos I saw. However, I am pleasantly surprised. Pilot was tight and not 1000percent predictable. the various team chemistry are great. Second episode was better than the first.
Bonus: they have a female sniper on the team -- unclear if this is meant to be delta force or seal team -- but it definitely works without seeming like a ploy, while they also acknowledge fact. Also, second episode focused on rescuing female CIA agent who also did a very good amount of self rescue.
So kudos to the Brave writing teams and NBC, because this show has quickly become my only new must see TV for me.
Will try out SWAT primarily due to Shawn Ryan attachment.
Other than that, I'm primarily back with Lucifer, Lethal Weapon, Chicago Fire as eye candy, and then waiting on final season of Major Crime (boooo).
After many years, I've also finally started watching the Orange is the New Black -- oh thank god it's not as "office-y" as I'd thought. Though I am sick of the male fiance story line. Also mainlined the first 3 seasons of Wentworth in a full week a bit back. Not as depressing as Oz, but wow. Though i am now really tired of psycho warden in all her incarnations, thank you very much, and so taking a break from it.
Australia Rush 2008 series went off hulu finally :(:(:(:(:(:( I hadn't gotten up to doing a full second rewatch yet so i may have dropped too much money on buying the dvds. need to hook up my international dvd player that I got when same thing happened to sea patrol and make sure it works.