out_there: Mycroft Holmes (SH: Prim Mycroft)
[personal profile] out_there
These days, to get me reading a series you have to sneak it in. It has to start with a good story that stands on its own, that makes me want to read more and that can be read in relatively small chunks. While this series is 200K, the longest story is the first at 38K and the rest are a very comfortable 5K - 20K per story. I enjoyed the Greg POV mostly used for this story, the insight into living around a job that comes with a security detail and secret overseas trips, and I always love stories where Lestrade plays a meaningful role in younger Sherlock getting clean and staying clean.

I've been reading this series for the last week, on and off, and really enjoyed it.

Puppet on a String (38518 words) by kazvl
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft/Greg
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Gregory Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, OCs, Anthea
Additional Tags: references to drug abuse, case files
Series: Part 1 of Fire and Ice

"Afraid I'll embarrass you?" mocked Sherlock, looking up suddenly, his stare spearing Mycroft where he sat.

Sherlock was too thin, too dirty - it was always a bad sign when he neglected personal hygiene - and he looked as if he hadn't slept for a week.

"Oh, that ship sailed some years ago. You've been vocal enough about what you don't want. So tell me, brother dear, what is it you do want?"

"You to leave me the fuck alone," said Sherlock venomously.

Several heads turned. Mycroft ignored them. He took such incidents for granted when he was with Sherlock and had never cared what strangers thought - unless required to do so by his job.

china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
[personal profile] china_shop
This was my weekend (in no particular order):
  1. fed chickens in a hailstorm
  2. discovered my tv has died1
  3. failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
  4. saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
  5. started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
  6. started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
  7. had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
  8. only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
1 I have sound but no picture; it's only 4 yrs old; I am cranky about the mayfly lifespan of electronic goods these days.

ION, [profile] jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.

1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.

It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.

I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.

The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.

Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.

제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.
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[personal profile] china_shop
Still reading Whispers Under Ground. Enjoying it, but not racing through it (obviously).

Two episodes into Chicago Typewriter. I'm intrigued but not yet fully hooked.

Mystery Queen seems good. I'm enjoying it so far.

J and I started My Girl (2005) last week. I like it, but the script and production values are very dated, and J is less convinced. We're hoping it's not just going to be repetitive love triangle shenanigans, and they're going to do something more interesting with the characters. *fingers crossed*

Chief Kim is still on hold.

Other TV
We're up to s7 of Parks & Recreation, but last night we just watched Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mayor (may turn out to be a bit too mainstream for our tastes, in terms of comedy), and the first two episodes of Rosehaven, an Australian sitcom with Celia Pacquola.

I really enjoyed get/together (local mini fan con) this year. In some ways, there not being a mega-fandom consuming the majority of attendees worked in my favour, because I've never successfully been part of that, so having everyone be in smaller fandoms evens things out a bit. I showed a clip reel of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, focusing on the slash side of my OT-V, and I think it went over pretty well, and I contributed a couple of rounds to the quiz. And ate too many (delicious, Knope-inspired) waffles. Good times.

I'm already planning another Kdrama clip reel for next year.

This afternoon I listened to an episode of Stay Tuned with Preet, and it was excellent. I'm not sure I'll listen to more, because there's only so much US politics I can take (I really should be paying more attention to NZ politics!), but it's always good to hear smart good people's take on things.

2195 / Star Trek: Discovery, 1.04

Oct. 9th, 2017 02:04 pm
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[personal profile] siria
I was away at another conference this weekend, and so much travelling and networking and generally being On in a short space of time is telling on me. Oh for time I don't have to just let myself exist without doing stuff. (Over on academic Twitter, there are some very well-meaning senior academics decrying a Tweet in which someone talks about how "real" academics never stop working, even on the weekend. Work-life balance, the critics say! Which I agree with in principle, but then said senior academics continue to be implicit in the maintenance of a system which means that I need to work 60-70 hour weeks in order just to keep my job, let alone ever have hope of career advancement.)

At least the one bright spot of this weekend was getting to see [personal profile] trinityofone in person for the first time in almost a decade. We got to eat some delicious brunch food, walked through three boroughs, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge while having some intense feelings about Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter, et al. Yay friends!

I've signed up for the [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico charity auction, to benefit those affected by the hurricane (and the vicious, unrelenting, sociopathic incompetence of the current administration). I'm offering one fic of at least 5,000 words; you can find out more info about my offer over here. Sign-ups are still open; bidding goes live on October 17.

Star Trek: Discovery, 1.04, The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For The Lamb’s Cry )

Dear Yuletide Author!

Oct. 8th, 2017 12:06 pm
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
Dear Yuletide Author, thank you so much for writing for me! Mainly, write what comes to you, and I will be happy. Please no gore or horribly sad endings!

The Witcher, Geralt, Emhyr
Read more... )

Dracula: the Series, Alexander Lucard
Read more... )

Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon, Eric the Cavalier
Read more... )

Dragonriders of Pern, Menolly, Robinton
Read more... )

Dune, Paul Atreides, Feyd-Rautha, Stilgar
Read more... )

Rome, Octavian, Pullo, Vorenus
Read more... )

Yuletide letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:51 pm
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[personal profile] issenllo
I honestly can't remember if I am eligible for Yuletide this year.

ETA: I am!

Dear Yuletide writer

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a fic for me. Please take my rambling thoughts below as inspiration and not as requirements cast in stone.

I am not keen on gratuitous violence, exploitative power relationships/interactions and explicit sex scenes, but overall it depends on the fic and what is required.

Nirvana in Fire )

Goblin )

Tokyo Babylon )

Thank you again for writing for me!
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
[personal profile] china_shop
Made my way through the caseficciness of Moon Over Soho and didn't care very much until the last line, which filled me with delight and propelled me straight into Whispers Under Ground. (The last line is: "Fuck me," I said [to Leslie]. "You can do magic.") I'm not far into Whispers, but I think I'll enjoy it more.

I still have the Cary Elwes one lined up* and want to try Six of Crows.

*I started out this year with the plan to see at least as many non-US movies as US ones, and one of my friends said, "Why not equal numbers of female and male directors, too?" Which I dismissed as impossible, given the number of films I go to and the small proportion of films by women that get a theatrical release. But it did make me determined to read a lot more books by women than by men, and these RoL ones and the Cary Elwes are throwing off my stats! ;-P

Just finished Fight My Way, which was fine. I enjoyed it, didn't love it, will probably never revisit. I think the thing about the "young adults with crappy jobs" genre is that it paints a (probably accurately) bleak picture of the world, full of petty tyrants and uncaring bureaucracy, and I want more optimism and kindness in my dramas. I did like that it was fairly relaxed about sex while dating, and I loved the fact spoiler ). That's new! Also, I was relieved when the leading man's younger sister, who was disabled, finally got some dialogue and a little agency, though surely there was room for much more. As the show progressed, there were some fairly bloody Mixed Martial Arts fights and injuries, which is not so much my cup of tea.

Don't know what's next. Maybe Chicago Typewriter, so I can read [profile] skygiant's write-up.

Other TV
Still mostly Parks & Rec, but last night we watched:

- The Mayor 1.01, about an up-and-coming rapper who accidentally gets elected mayor, which was a lot of fun
- Ghosted 1.01, starring Ben Wyatt (P&R) and Doug Judy (B99), which was ehhhhhhhh (but may eventually find its feet?)
- Will & Grace 9.01, which is much too broad-comedy for me
- Brooklyn Nine Nine 5.01, which was up to B99's usual standard.

Will be continuing with The Mayor and B99, and also Speechless, which we're already behind on.

Went to a free screening of Okja organised by the Korean Embassy to celebrate (I think) National Foundation Day. Okja is about a young Korean girl and her best friend, a gentle "superpig" about the size of a large hippo, who is huge and adorable and utterly believable. The film's great: inventive, funny, touching, ridiculous and gruesome -- plus I always like it when fantastic animals end up careening around urban environments. (I spent the first 2/3rds of King Kong waiting to get to New York.) Warning for graphic animal harm and being explicitly anti-industrialised farming (there's a horrific slaughterhouse scene). Stars, among others, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and Jasper from The 100.

On Monday, the boy and I saw The Changeover, which is a NZ film based on the YA book by Margaret Mahy, about Laura Chant, a teenage girl whose little brother gets possessed; Laura has to decide whether to become a witch to save him. The casting was excellent (Melanie Lynskey as the mum, Lucy Lawless and Kate Harcourt as the Carlisles, Timothy Spall, and a really well-cast Erana James as Laura), but I found it hard to see beyond my knowledge of the book to the actual film. It's quite a loose adaptation -- for one thing, it's set in post-earthquake Christchurch -- and the deviations distracted me. Idk, I'm not a particularly visual reader, but this might be one of those books I have such strong feelings about, it feels weird to see it play out differently on a movie screen.

/o\ /o\ /o\

Our local mini fan con, get/together, is happening this weekend. I'm frantically throwing together a promo reel for a Kdrama while my arms complain vociferously and time runs out. Ouch.

2194 / Star Trek: Discovery, 1.03

Oct. 3rd, 2017 08:27 pm
siria: Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice, facing away from the camera (p&p - lizzy turn)
[personal profile] siria
I was out of town this past weekend at a conference, at which I mostly felt awkward and out of place, and got no feedback on my work. All of this would have made it a mediocre if unexceptionable experience if not for the horrific case of food poisoning I contracted thanks to the conference dinner. It was absolutely the worst bout I've ever had. Nothing like 4a.m. bouts of vertigo and hallucinations to really concentrate the mind on professionalism.

Star Trek: Discovery, 1.03, Context is for Kings )


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