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I'M STILL HERE!

That is, if anyone is actually reading my drivel... Anyhow - I'm here, I'm posting so now is as good a time as to fill in what's going on, albeit in bullet points.

- Spock passed his MOT! Okay - he had to have this windscreen wipers changed but ZOMG! he passed!! I have never had a car pass it's MOT on the first attempt in the coughtwentyoddcough years I've been driving.

- It's summer and boy howdy is the weather making up for the appalling winter the UK had in 2012/13. Being a monster who prefers temperate climes (this is what you get when you're half Irish!) I'm not doing brilliantly in any environment that does not include shade *and* air con. The worst thing? According to the weather peeps it should stay like this for another week or so. All those stereotypes about we Brits and the weather? All true! All of them!

- Movies I have seen in recent months that I have loved and would recommend to all and sundry include: Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim even on first showing has now made it's way onto the 'Films-To-Show-Shinzon-When-He's-Old-Enough' list. Yes, it really is *that* awesome!

- Fannishly... the really short version is that I'm not at the moment. The longer version needs another post... Which I'll do in a moment.
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Trundling forward - or at very least, trying to trundle forward. In a literal sense on Friday as I go to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Film Festival. They're showing Brave, which, is not released in the UK until mid-August. We may have gotten Avengers and Prometheus a week before the US but this is taking the urine somewhat.

Even so - it's going to be a weekend in one of the loveliest cities I can think of, so there is that.

* * *

In other news - work is undergoing one of it's periodic 're-structures'. Usually the ones who get 're-structured' are the pay grade above me. Not this time, not so much, but the main thing is that I will still have a job and I will get on and re-apply for my professional exams as this time I need to have the paperwork as of my qualifications for my job.

My main reasons for not getting them done before has been that I have had no incentive to get them done (what can I say? I'm goal orientated;)) but now? I have. So, consider this fair warning that there will be whining ahead.

* * *

Mr Spock (my much beloved car) went in for his first MOT test last week. And true to form, for me anyway, he failed. But in comparison to other failures, it was relatively minor (brake pads were worn down - which is a *good* thing!) and not as 'expensive', I've had to buy new cars before!

Could have done with a little more notice regarding the failure - the garage didn't phone and if I hadn't called and just gone to collect the car.... I would have been stranded 20 miles from home, having missed the last bus. Thankfully, the crisis was averted but the meltdown would have been spectacular, mind.

* * *

In more 'fannish' news - currently working on a story for [livejournal.com profile] xmenreversebang - I've not finished it but I am over the lower limit, so it's a goer. The art is a thing of *joy* - it's just a shame that the muse decided to go on a monumental walkabout at the same time. Still - it's words on a page and I'm hoping that more will follow.

* * *

So, that's me. How are you guys?
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Trundling forward - or at very least, trying to trundle forward. In a literal sense on Friday as I go to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Film Festival. They're showing Brave, which, is not released in the UK until mid-August. We may have gotten Avengers and Prometheus a week before the US but this is taking the urine somewhat.

Even so - it's going to be a weekend in one of the loveliest cities I can think of, so there is that.

* * *

In other news - work is undergoing one of it's periodic 're-structures'. Usually the ones who get 're-structured' are the pay grade above me. Not this time, not so much, but the main thing is that I will still have a job and I will get on and re-apply for my professional exams as this time I need to have the paperwork as of my qualifications for my job.

My main reasons for not getting them done before has been that I have had no incentive to get them done (what can I say? I'm goal orientated;)) but now? I have. So, consider this fair warning that there will be whining ahead.

* * *

Mr Spock (my much beloved car) went in for his first MOT test last week. And true to form, for me anyway, he failed. But in comparison to other failures, it was relatively minor (brake pads were worn down - which is a *good* thing!) and not as 'expensive', I've had to buy new cars before!

Could have done with a little more notice regarding the failure - the garage didn't phone and if I hadn't called and just gone to collect the car.... I would have been stranded 20 miles from home, having missed the last bus. Thankfully, the crisis was averted but the meltdown would have been spectacular, mind.

* * *

In more 'fannish' news - currently working on a story for [livejournal.com profile] xmenreversebang - I've not finished it but I am over the lower limit, so it's a goer. The art is a thing of *joy* - it's just a shame that the muse decided to go on a monumental walkabout at the same time. Still - it's words on a page and I'm hoping that more will follow.

* * *

So, that's me. How are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_Hobbes back)
Posting this as part memory and part 'I AENT DED!'...

Snow covers much of UK - which, as the article notes, led to travel chaos.

Such as one of the main tube lines being shut down and leading to a two hour door-to-door journey taking SIX hours. I'd prepared for most eventualities - just not *that* one

I went from a David Lynch double bill (Dune - where I *finally* noticed that Gurney does have a scar! Don't ask how long it's taken to realise that - it's embarrassing) and Blue Velvet to a Lynchian horror story of trying to get back home. All I will say on the matter is that London Bus Drivers are superstars, you would have been able to find Unicorn manure but not a taxi and Fiat Pandas are joys to drive. And seeing a poster for this movie just as I finished the half hour trudge back to Mr Spock was the thing I needed at that point.

For reals. Though I may wait a week or two before I go see it. Or wait for it to be released on DVD and see it in the Summer....

So, that's me - How are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_Hobbes back)
Posting this as part memory and part 'I AENT DED!'...

Snow covers much of UK - which, as the article notes, led to travel chaos.

Such as one of the main tube lines being shut down and leading to a two hour door-to-door journey taking SIX hours. I'd prepared for most eventualities - just not *that* one

I went from a David Lynch double bill (Dune - where I *finally* noticed that Gurney does have a scar! Don't ask how long it's taken to realise that - it's embarrassing) and Blue Velvet to a Lynchian horror story of trying to get back home. All I will say on the matter is that London Bus Drivers are superstars, you would have been able to find Unicorn manure but not a taxi and Fiat Pandas are joys to drive. And seeing a poster for this movie just as I finished the half hour trudge back to Mr Spock was the thing I needed at that point.

For reals. Though I may wait a week or two before I go see it. Or wait for it to be released on DVD and see it in the Summer....

So, that's me - How are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_star trek_spocksquee!)
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Those of you who have known me for a while, know about Mr Spock. In short - he is my little car. He is freedom, independence, sanity and worth every penny I've spent/will spend on him.

What I haven't explained, is the reason *why* my beloved little car is so named...

The Ballard of a Panda called Spock )

I refuse to justify my craziness but given how much money I have spent/will spend on my car - it's perfectly reasonable to 'name' it because ships and children are named - and they cost a hella lot more than he ever will;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_star trek_spocksquee!)
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Those of you who have known me for a while, know about Mr Spock. In short - he is my little car. He is freedom, independence, sanity and worth every penny I've spent/will spend on him.

What I haven't explained, is the reason *why* my beloved little car is so named...

The Ballard of a Panda called Spock )

I refuse to justify my craziness but given how much money I have spent/will spend on my car - it's perfectly reasonable to 'name' it because ships and children are named - and they cost a hella lot more than he ever will;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (general_Birthday!geek)
Some may remember that I mentioned a while ago that I had spent the budgies for this year?

Um - TPTB don't quite agree - from *somewhere* they have found £15,000 (for all schools - mine is getting about £3,000, that's about $5,000) to spend on 'certain' resources by FRIDAY (or near enough).

Anyone who is thinking that this is *easy* - there are strings attached. They have to be electronic academic texts, preferably reading list material.

As Eleven would say... 'Squeaky Bum Tiem!'

[livejournal.com profile] nialla42 any sage words of advice would be greatly received. [livejournal.com profile] celandineb - are you *sure* you want to do academic?!

DAY TWENTY TWO - A WHO RELATED FANSITE

Mainly because it is possibly one of the best sources of info out there, I humbly advocate [livejournal.com profile] who_daily for all your Doctor Who related needs.

It covers *everything*, I usually just scan it for the news (of which there is oodles of the stuff) but it does fic, art, meta and everything in between. You name it, it's likely to be on their radar.

That and having been a news editor myself ([livejournal.com profile] ncis_newsletter '07-'09) I can only bow down to the *scale* of their efforts. On a *bad* night of about 25 items+ it would take me about an hour, hour plus to code the newsletter. These guys must take nearly five hours on their *bad* nights (usually right after a new episode broadcast).

So - I cite these as today's entry.

TARDIS stops - past and future )

And to finish off... One year ago today, I went to a car dealership across the town from where I work and I handed over the keys to my (then) current car my fiscal freedom for the next five years! and I was given the keys to a beautiful little blue Fiat Panda, whom I fell in love with the moment I clapped eyes on him.

Yes, my beloved Mr Spock is a year old today. So...



Yes, this is slightly crazy to wish my car a happy birthday but my journal, my rules!
beckymonster: Becky icon (general_Birthday!geek)
Some may remember that I mentioned a while ago that I had spent the budgies for this year?

Um - TPTB don't quite agree - from *somewhere* they have found £15,000 (for all schools - mine is getting about £3,000, that's about $5,000) to spend on 'certain' resources by FRIDAY (or near enough).

Anyone who is thinking that this is *easy* - there are strings attached. They have to be electronic academic texts, preferably reading list material.

As Eleven would say... 'Squeaky Bum Tiem!'

[livejournal.com profile] nialla42 any sage words of advice would be greatly received. [livejournal.com profile] celandineb - are you *sure* you want to do academic?!

DAY TWENTY TWO - A WHO RELATED FANSITE

Mainly because it is possibly one of the best sources of info out there, I humbly advocate [livejournal.com profile] who_daily for all your Doctor Who related needs.

It covers *everything*, I usually just scan it for the news (of which there is oodles of the stuff) but it does fic, art, meta and everything in between. You name it, it's likely to be on their radar.

That and having been a news editor myself ([livejournal.com profile] ncis_newsletter '07-'09) I can only bow down to the *scale* of their efforts. On a *bad* night of about 25 items+ it would take me about an hour, hour plus to code the newsletter. These guys must take nearly five hours on their *bad* nights (usually right after a new episode broadcast).

So - I cite these as today's entry.

TARDIS stops - past and future )

And to finish off... One year ago today, I went to a car dealership across the town from where I work and I handed over the keys to my (then) current car my fiscal freedom for the next five years! and I was given the keys to a beautiful little blue Fiat Panda, whom I fell in love with the moment I clapped eyes on him.

Yes, my beloved Mr Spock is a year old today. So...



Yes, this is slightly crazy to wish my car a happy birthday but my journal, my rules!
beckymonster: Becky icon (dw_jack_alonso_eotii)
'F' standing for 'Football'. Yes, I have no love for The World Cup. Added note - look at the bottom of the page;)
Simply because a) England will be out by the 1st week of July and more importantly b) *everything* seems to stop because of it. No decent films (Toy Story 3 - is out in the US next weekend - 23rd July in the UK), no decent telly (bar Doctor Who) and the news is all about the bloody subject. ARGH!

Anyway - have this picspam of hot guys from all the teams playing. All ethnicities (call me shallow but the Korean and Japanese players are verra cute) represented and who knew that New Zealand were a) playing and b) were sending *amateurs*. Seeing as Ireland aren't playing because of a French Handball (nothing kinky, though it does sound like it), can I change my allegiance? Pls?!

***

In happier news - today is the last day of term and I have spent my book budgets for the year \o/. This is easier said that done when one of the budgets can only be spent on children's books - same amount of work - less money spent than textbooks.

Also - less students but still tonnes of stuff to do. Oh well, it keeps me out of mischief and Mr Spock on the road;)

***

And in honour of it being 'Who Day' tomorrow - Neil Gaiman's 'Who' Episode is 6.03!

***

DAY 11 - YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON (CLASSIC OR NEW)

In short? Anything from 2005 onwards. Because even when it's not at the top of it's game, it *still* beats the living poopoo out of nearly everything else on TV. Apart from Being Human and Wonders of the Solar System that is.

Next silly question?

TARDIS stops - past and future )
beckymonster: Becky icon (dw_jack_alonso_eotii)
'F' standing for 'Football'. Yes, I have no love for The World Cup. Added note - look at the bottom of the page;)
Simply because a) England will be out by the 1st week of July and more importantly b) *everything* seems to stop because of it. No decent films (Toy Story 3 - is out in the US next weekend - 23rd July in the UK), no decent telly (bar Doctor Who) and the news is all about the bloody subject. ARGH!

Anyway - have this picspam of hot guys from all the teams playing. All ethnicities (call me shallow but the Korean and Japanese players are verra cute) represented and who knew that New Zealand were a) playing and b) were sending *amateurs*. Seeing as Ireland aren't playing because of a French Handball (nothing kinky, though it does sound like it), can I change my allegiance? Pls?!

***

In happier news - today is the last day of term and I have spent my book budgets for the year \o/. This is easier said that done when one of the budgets can only be spent on children's books - same amount of work - less money spent than textbooks.

Also - less students but still tonnes of stuff to do. Oh well, it keeps me out of mischief and Mr Spock on the road;)

***

And in honour of it being 'Who Day' tomorrow - Neil Gaiman's 'Who' Episode is 6.03!

***

DAY 11 - YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON (CLASSIC OR NEW)

In short? Anything from 2005 onwards. Because even when it's not at the top of it's game, it *still* beats the living poopoo out of nearly everything else on TV. Apart from Being Human and Wonders of the Solar System that is.

Next silly question?

TARDIS stops - past and future )
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The beloved Mr Spock (my little car and love of my life - stop looking at me like that!) got scratched up today at work. It was another driver trying to fit into too small a space. Yes, I was in the car at the time. No I wasn't best pleased. I have their details but I'll see how much it will cost to repair before I consider calling on the insurance.


In other news - These came in the post for me today. I make no apologies for the geekiness (as worn by Timelords everywhere dontyaknow!) of my choice!

The maroon is a standard colour in both men's and women's sizes if anyone knows of other like minded geeks who need geeky shoes;)


On the same subject - Free Doctor Who Audio Books with a UK newspaper from Saturday
I'm buying the Saturday paper, as Matt Smith has a lovely voice. Yes, I am a perv, you're all just twigging this?!
beckymonster: Becky icon (dw_firefly)
The beloved Mr Spock (my little car and love of my life - stop looking at me like that!) got scratched up today at work. It was another driver trying to fit into too small a space. Yes, I was in the car at the time. No I wasn't best pleased. I have their details but I'll see how much it will cost to repair before I consider calling on the insurance.


In other news - These came in the post for me today. I make no apologies for the geekiness (as worn by Timelords everywhere dontyaknow!) of my choice!

The maroon is a standard colour in both men's and women's sizes if anyone knows of other like minded geeks who need geeky shoes;)


On the same subject - Free Doctor Who Audio Books with a UK newspaper from Saturday
I'm buying the Saturday paper, as Matt Smith has a lovely voice. Yes, I am a perv, you're all just twigging this?!
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_a_traintor_borntobewild)
SIGN ONE
Driving to work and not having to put my headlights on. First time this year;) Admittedly I had to put them on for the drive home - but I'll take it for now;)


SIGN TWO
New Doctor Who trailer to premiere on Saturday on BBC1. Because nothing says Springtime like New Doctor Who;)


Now all we need is the daffs and the snowdrops to put in an appearance!;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (art_a_traintor_borntobewild)
SIGN ONE
Driving to work and not having to put my headlights on. First time this year;) Admittedly I had to put them on for the drive home - but I'll take it for now;)


SIGN TWO
New Doctor Who trailer to premiere on Saturday on BBC1. Because nothing says Springtime like New Doctor Who;)


Now all we need is the daffs and the snowdrops to put in an appearance!;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
Temperatures expected to drop to -18 in parts of the UK as the cold snap carries right on!

It's not the snow that's crazy-making but ice. Neither Mr Spock or I take very well to slip-sliding all over the place!
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
Temperatures expected to drop to -18 in parts of the UK as the cold snap carries right on!

It's not the snow that's crazy-making but ice. Neither Mr Spock or I take very well to slip-sliding all over the place!
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BBC Highlights for the Christmas period SPOILERS FOR DOCTOR WHO

Please note - no dates attached, so your guess is as good as mine regarding the airing date for the second Who episode (other than sometime before 2/1/10 or 2/1/10 - ymmv). Dates etc. will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.

***

[livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo continues apace. No, I haven't written today's 100 words yet. I'll do that when I finish this (because, this? Does Not Count!) The main issue seems to be picking one story and sticking with it! Finding the words is not an issue, sticking to one story is.

Right now, I am trying to get all my stories to a point where I know where they are going and can let them curl up like cats in sunbeams and just concentrate on one of them. As to which one to concentrate on... ahahahah! If anyone wants to put in orders:

x1 Superman Returns post-movie
x1 Doctor Who OT3 (Nine/Rose/Jack)
x1 Torchwood pre series Cyberwoman AU
x1 Torchwood/Doctor Who post 'Children of Earth' story of DOOOOOOOM

There is a fic that's almost ready to go... when I finish the damn beta that is!

***

Work is... work. Despite dealing with students who think that Anti-Virus software is too technical for a mere enquiry desk librarian to handle. No, I am not posting this from the nearby police station, why do you ask?

The end of term is in sight and so are the deadlines. May the 'verse have mercy on my soul!

***

My life is terribly boring but Spock is still my bebee. I am also looking forward greatly to the Christmas holidays - not least because I have about 10 books in my to read pile (and that's not including the ones I'll get for Chrimbo!) but my delicious list is full of big bang fics and other sundry recs to read.
The weather is being unseasonably 'mild' around here. The North Sea is trying to reclaim the mainland by air drop but mild. This is not the way Winter will end, I can tell.

***

I am behind in my tv watching and my movie watching. I can just about manage to catch Strictly Come Dancing of a weekend, (voting for Ali and for Lallia atm). Merlin is a nice, easy watch but not inspiring fannishness.

I have been watching Dexter on DVD - very enjoyable! Although I do think this has a lot to do with the fact that I've read the first two novels, so I know what I'm letting myself in for! Next up is The Big Bang Theory. Since the flist rate it so highly, I am giving it a go.

The great Doctor Who watch has stalled at 'Boomtown'. Mainly because I am too much of a great wussafuss to woman up and watch the final three - because losing Ten will be hard, but I loved Nine first.

If there is anything else, I'll post it tomorrow! I have 100 words to wrassle...
beckymonster: Becky icon (dw_tw_ten_ianto_suits)
BBC Highlights for the Christmas period SPOILERS FOR DOCTOR WHO

Please note - no dates attached, so your guess is as good as mine regarding the airing date for the second Who episode (other than sometime before 2/1/10 or 2/1/10 - ymmv). Dates etc. will be forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.

***

[livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo continues apace. No, I haven't written today's 100 words yet. I'll do that when I finish this (because, this? Does Not Count!) The main issue seems to be picking one story and sticking with it! Finding the words is not an issue, sticking to one story is.

Right now, I am trying to get all my stories to a point where I know where they are going and can let them curl up like cats in sunbeams and just concentrate on one of them. As to which one to concentrate on... ahahahah! If anyone wants to put in orders:

x1 Superman Returns post-movie
x1 Doctor Who OT3 (Nine/Rose/Jack)
x1 Torchwood pre series Cyberwoman AU
x1 Torchwood/Doctor Who post 'Children of Earth' story of DOOOOOOOM

There is a fic that's almost ready to go... when I finish the damn beta that is!

***

Work is... work. Despite dealing with students who think that Anti-Virus software is too technical for a mere enquiry desk librarian to handle. No, I am not posting this from the nearby police station, why do you ask?

The end of term is in sight and so are the deadlines. May the 'verse have mercy on my soul!

***

My life is terribly boring but Spock is still my bebee. I am also looking forward greatly to the Christmas holidays - not least because I have about 10 books in my to read pile (and that's not including the ones I'll get for Chrimbo!) but my delicious list is full of big bang fics and other sundry recs to read.
The weather is being unseasonably 'mild' around here. The North Sea is trying to reclaim the mainland by air drop but mild. This is not the way Winter will end, I can tell.

***

I am behind in my tv watching and my movie watching. I can just about manage to catch Strictly Come Dancing of a weekend, (voting for Ali and for Lallia atm). Merlin is a nice, easy watch but not inspiring fannishness.

I have been watching Dexter on DVD - very enjoyable! Although I do think this has a lot to do with the fact that I've read the first two novels, so I know what I'm letting myself in for! Next up is The Big Bang Theory. Since the flist rate it so highly, I am giving it a go.

The great Doctor Who watch has stalled at 'Boomtown'. Mainly because I am too much of a great wussafuss to woman up and watch the final three - because losing Ten will be hard, but I loved Nine first.

If there is anything else, I'll post it tomorrow! I have 100 words to wrassle...
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