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Surprised kitty is surprised by two posts in three days. Can't say as I blame it;)

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I have a *thing* that needs looking over. Mainly for spelling & grammar; but if you've seen both Torchwood and Zero Dark Thirty a) congratulations on having such eclectic taste! and b) you'll get the gist!

Leave a comment etc.

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In other news, I think I should start up a list entitled 'Things I Have Researched In The Name of FanFic'.
In the last couple of days, it would include:
- The calendar for the year 2025
- The BBC World Service and how they announce the News
- Air Force One
- English Bulldogs
- Austrailian Meat Pies might also make the cut but I have that information from when I was doing research on an Inception fic from way back when. The perils of being a librarian - you remember *everything* and if you don't... you have to look it up.

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To be filed under 'Stuff that makes me spitting mad':

The (London) Guardian - 'David Miranda, schedule 7 and the danger that all reporters now face' - the basics of the story are that the partner of the Guardian journo, who broke the Snowden case, a Brazilian citizen, was held at Heathrow for nine hours, under 'terrorism' laws but not charged.

The UK has many things going for it - freedom of speech enshrined by law ain't one of them as this case shows. 'Horrified' springs to mind.

Also - LJ is borking my coding - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot! EDIT - as we say at work... there is an issue between the keyboard and the chair! ooops...

And now for 'Stuff that makes me very happy'

Which would be links to Neil Gaiman speaking about him writing another Doctor Who episode; Travis Beacham (writer of Pacific Rim) speaking about his joy at what his little creation has wrought and the comment that the film is edging over the 400 million mark regarding Box Office takings - which is a hell of a chunk of change and may signal a sequel. May please, O great goddess of geeks! Carry on.

If anyone sees any 'Hot Dads From Pacific Rim' icons, send 'em my way... Yeah, I think the 'new fandom klaxon' went off *weeks* ago and I didn't notice it... ahem!

And on that note - I shall leave y'all in peace!
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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So, that's me. How are you guys?
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Brave (2012) Japanese Trailer With English Subtitles

Regular readers will know that I love and adore Pixar's movies. Yes, even Cars 2 but this... I entreat you all to watch the above and come back here and squee with me.

This could be a thing of wonder and amazement - and that's just her hair!;)

I am hoping against hope that this turns up at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year as I desperately want to see this and waiting until mid-August would be a crime. Because you'll be hearing 'Is It August Yet?! How About Now?!' an awful lot!

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In other news, it's been a busy evening. On top of the usual shenanigans, we seem to have 'gained' a Christian prayer group in the foyer. Complete with a rather large poster. So long as they do not try to 'preach' to the students (or even worse, to the staff. Survivor Of A Catholic Education here!) - live and let live, say I, but I'll talk to the bosses in the morning, all the same.
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Brave (2012) Japanese Trailer With English Subtitles

Regular readers will know that I love and adore Pixar's movies. Yes, even Cars 2 but this... I entreat you all to watch the above and come back here and squee with me.

This could be a thing of wonder and amazement - and that's just her hair!;)

I am hoping against hope that this turns up at the Edinburgh Film Festival this year as I desperately want to see this and waiting until mid-August would be a crime. Because you'll be hearing 'Is It August Yet?! How About Now?!' an awful lot!

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In other news, it's been a busy evening. On top of the usual shenanigans, we seem to have 'gained' a Christian prayer group in the foyer. Complete with a rather large poster. So long as they do not try to 'preach' to the students (or even worse, to the staff. Survivor Of A Catholic Education here!) - live and let live, say I, but I'll talk to the bosses in the morning, all the same.
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Not ded, really, really boring at present.

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I haven't spoken about the Oscar Season 2012 - but the embedded video says a lot as far as I am concerned.

Posting this so a) I don't lose it. For someone who finds info for a living, I sure as heck have trouble keeping track of it sometimes (or at least, that's what I tell the students - it gets them to think about saving stuff. Pinboard is my friend, so let this be a secret between us, yes?)

b) I can watch it with sound. I have no speakers where I am right now and no headphones either



Snubbed 2012: An Oscar Tribute

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Also posting this here, because I'll forget it by October/November/When The Nominations Open...

Fandom to nominate for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide: Haywire (2012) (Dir: Steven Soderbergh)

Saw this in a *freezing* cold cinema earlier this month (no, really, it was, the heating had packed up! And it was on the tail end of Snowapocalyse 2012 too) but thoroughly enjoyed it. A spy/revenge flick with a female lead (the awesome Gina Carano) , who is *more* than capable of handling herself/whatever is thrown at her.

It also has a shopping list of gorgeous guys (including Baby!Obi-Wan and Baby!Magneto) in it as well, Small Spoiler Is Small ).

Simply put - I want the further adventures of Mallory Kane. Or possibly a story where Paul has a change of heart (and most likely, career) and well... Shallow monster is very shallow!
This is not news.

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So, that is me - How Are You Guys?
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Not ded, really, really boring at present.

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I haven't spoken about the Oscar Season 2012 - but the embedded video says a lot as far as I am concerned.

Posting this so a) I don't lose it. For someone who finds info for a living, I sure as heck have trouble keeping track of it sometimes (or at least, that's what I tell the students - it gets them to think about saving stuff. Pinboard is my friend, so let this be a secret between us, yes?)

b) I can watch it with sound. I have no speakers where I am right now and no headphones either



Snubbed 2012: An Oscar Tribute

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Also posting this here, because I'll forget it by October/November/When The Nominations Open...

Fandom to nominate for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide: Haywire (2012) (Dir: Steven Soderbergh)

Saw this in a *freezing* cold cinema earlier this month (no, really, it was, the heating had packed up! And it was on the tail end of Snowapocalyse 2012 too) but thoroughly enjoyed it. A spy/revenge flick with a female lead (the awesome Gina Carano) , who is *more* than capable of handling herself/whatever is thrown at her.

It also has a shopping list of gorgeous guys (including Baby!Obi-Wan and Baby!Magneto) in it as well, Small Spoiler Is Small ).

Simply put - I want the further adventures of Mallory Kane. Or possibly a story where Paul has a change of heart (and most likely, career) and well... Shallow monster is very shallow!
This is not news.

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So, that is me - How Are You Guys?
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Sometimes, it sucks to be in my profession and be in fandom as well. Think gamekeeper by day, part-time poacher at night (and during the day too;)) and you're *quite* close.

Yes, I've learned to balance out the demands of one with the other. Safer for all that way. I say nothing, pray that my fanfic, shared youtube videos and 'repurposed' posters are all covered by 'Fair Use' and leave everyone else to go on their way.

Until now.

All I will say on the 'boycott' that is being purported: Think carefully who you are 'hurting'. It's not the big companies - it's the creators of those works. It's also the 'under the line' folks as well. Such a 'boycott' should also include TV too. No 'get-out-of-jail' cards here people.

Also - any dip in numbers will be 'explained away' as being down to piracy by the big companies. Unless you stand up and say 'Hey! If your policies weren't so draconian, you would have gotten $X* from me' *currency of choice.

There are other things but I promised myself that I would say only so much. And I have said my piece. Yes, we are dealing with 18th Century rules in a 21st Century world but there are ways and means of getting what you want in a way that means everyone is happy.

It might not be free - but it is doable.

Now... Back to the squee.
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Sometimes, it sucks to be in my profession and be in fandom as well. Think gamekeeper by day, part-time poacher at night (and during the day too;)) and you're *quite* close.

Yes, I've learned to balance out the demands of one with the other. Safer for all that way. I say nothing, pray that my fanfic, shared youtube videos and 'repurposed' posters are all covered by 'Fair Use' and leave everyone else to go on their way.

Until now.

All I will say on the 'boycott' that is being purported: Think carefully who you are 'hurting'. It's not the big companies - it's the creators of those works. It's also the 'under the line' folks as well. Such a 'boycott' should also include TV too. No 'get-out-of-jail' cards here people.

Also - any dip in numbers will be 'explained away' as being down to piracy by the big companies. Unless you stand up and say 'Hey! If your policies weren't so draconian, you would have gotten $X* from me' *currency of choice.

There are other things but I promised myself that I would say only so much. And I have said my piece. Yes, we are dealing with 18th Century rules in a 21st Century world but there are ways and means of getting what you want in a way that means everyone is happy.

It might not be free - but it is doable.

Now... Back to the squee.

Ooook

Jan. 10th, 2012 09:00 pm
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I've already seen a professional 'comrade' on my flist post this but it bears repeating: No, we cannot just wave magic wands. Would be fun if we could!

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This popped up on my twitter feed this morning and I had to share



The artistry of the stop-motion animation is just breathtaking. Not forgetting, all those lovely, lovely books. And even though the 'professional' part of the brain is 'perturbed' by it - I would love to do the colour shelving of books one day;). Wouldn't be able to find a damn thing but it would look so pretty!

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For those of you who know the TERROR of me in real life, you may know that I have a thing for weird and wonderful jewellery. Nearly 90% of my collection comes from one London based company - Tatty Devine. They currently have a limited collection of items with Selfridges at present - you can see the full collection here but I just want to point out this piece to my fellow information specialists;)

Ooook

Jan. 10th, 2012 09:00 pm
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I've already seen a professional 'comrade' on my flist post this but it bears repeating: No, we cannot just wave magic wands. Would be fun if we could!

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This popped up on my twitter feed this morning and I had to share



The artistry of the stop-motion animation is just breathtaking. Not forgetting, all those lovely, lovely books. And even though the 'professional' part of the brain is 'perturbed' by it - I would love to do the colour shelving of books one day;). Wouldn't be able to find a damn thing but it would look so pretty!

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For those of you who know the TERROR of me in real life, you may know that I have a thing for weird and wonderful jewellery. Nearly 90% of my collection comes from one London based company - Tatty Devine. They currently have a limited collection of items with Selfridges at present - you can see the full collection here but I just want to point out this piece to my fellow information specialists;)
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Or should I say 'moved over to Pinboard. The final straw was logging into Delicious today, to find links I had put there for work... and seeing links that I had saved in 2007 on the front page. Links I'd saved recently were nowhere to be seen. So, tattybye Delicious, that was the final straw. I need a resource that's not trying to appeal to the 'cool kids' by breaking what I loved about you.

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Well, it's official - Wotsit is on their way. My sister went into labour earlier today. This now means that everytime the phone rings - *everybody* (including the cat) jumps. Either way - sooner (rather than later) I'll be sharing photos! And squee. All the Squee.

***

Allow me to present to you the most *awesome* thing I have seen all day:



Yes, even more so than the Avengers (2012) trailer. Because, if I'm honest - Miss Piggy acts the way I can only get to dream about. And be utterly *awesome* doing it;)
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Or should I say 'moved over to Pinboard. The final straw was logging into Delicious today, to find links I had put there for work... and seeing links that I had saved in 2007 on the front page. Links I'd saved recently were nowhere to be seen. So, tattybye Delicious, that was the final straw. I need a resource that's not trying to appeal to the 'cool kids' by breaking what I loved about you.

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Well, it's official - Wotsit is on their way. My sister went into labour earlier today. This now means that everytime the phone rings - *everybody* (including the cat) jumps. Either way - sooner (rather than later) I'll be sharing photos! And squee. All the Squee.

***

Allow me to present to you the most *awesome* thing I have seen all day:



Yes, even more so than the Avengers (2012) trailer. Because, if I'm honest - Miss Piggy acts the way I can only get to dream about. And be utterly *awesome* doing it;)
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Following on from the whole Delicious Debacle... much of what I use it for (as a notice board of shiny things and things I *might* find useful) seems to be restored.

Even so. Pinboard seems to be a slightly better option. Especially when they say things that inspired the above subject heading. Which was, and I am being *brutally* honest here, the third thing I thought of.

Don't ask what #1 and #2 were. 'Where can I find such a thing?, sort of counts! All I can say, is that someone groks. Or at least, they certainly grok Monsta Monsta Beckii

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...And in other news...

Not ded. Not an auntie yet. Enjoyed Doctor Who and enjoyed the company even more (although whoever had the good idea to close down the Northern Line as well as the Circle needs to be Gibbs!slapped). Work is batpoopoo insane and there are not enough hours in the week to spend in a darkened cinema. Or reading. Or writing. Seeing that [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo is back open for business - this could get messy...

So, in short? Same Stuff - Different Week
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Following on from the whole Delicious Debacle... much of what I use it for (as a notice board of shiny things and things I *might* find useful) seems to be restored.

Even so. Pinboard seems to be a slightly better option. Especially when they say things that inspired the above subject heading. Which was, and I am being *brutally* honest here, the third thing I thought of.

Don't ask what #1 and #2 were. 'Where can I find such a thing?, sort of counts! All I can say, is that someone groks. Or at least, they certainly grok Monsta Monsta Beckii

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...And in other news...

Not ded. Not an auntie yet. Enjoyed Doctor Who and enjoyed the company even more (although whoever had the good idea to close down the Northern Line as well as the Circle needs to be Gibbs!slapped). Work is batpoopoo insane and there are not enough hours in the week to spend in a darkened cinema. Or reading. Or writing. Seeing that [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo is back open for business - this could get messy...

So, in short? Same Stuff - Different Week
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Pinning this here for further perusal - Diigo.

Seeing as I've had to help 'firefight' a major systems change at work, I think I can safely say that Delicious?

U R DOING IT WRONG!

Unless someone tells me different - I am going to have to sort through 5 years/2,700 odd links and put them into You Tube style 'playlists' - in order to find a frakking thing. With no opt out and no overlap of service from one to another... If I was being *paid* it would be the work of a few days - as it is....

Oh and these 'playlists' look like they're going to be public by default... Even with the 'Church/State' divide between personal and professional that I do my damndest to cultivate - there is crap on there that means diddly squiffy to anyone but me. And I want to keep it that way.

Oy vey.

Oh and they're digging up the road outside of work. So much for 'Silence in the Library'!

EDIT - Pinboard and lookee - Delicious have roused the Librarian brotherhood of mutants Profession as well - 28 Alternatives to Delicious
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_library mistress quote)
Pinning this here for further perusal - Diigo.

Seeing as I've had to help 'firefight' a major systems change at work, I think I can safely say that Delicious?

U R DOING IT WRONG!

Unless someone tells me different - I am going to have to sort through 5 years/2,700 odd links and put them into You Tube style 'playlists' - in order to find a frakking thing. With no opt out and no overlap of service from one to another... If I was being *paid* it would be the work of a few days - as it is....

Oh and these 'playlists' look like they're going to be public by default... Even with the 'Church/State' divide between personal and professional that I do my damndest to cultivate - there is crap on there that means diddly squiffy to anyone but me. And I want to keep it that way.

Oy vey.

Oh and they're digging up the road outside of work. So much for 'Silence in the Library'!

EDIT - Pinboard and lookee - Delicious have roused the Librarian brotherhood of mutants Profession as well - 28 Alternatives to Delicious
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So... everyone knows that that 'certain' elements of Russian society are trying to silence LJ - the one free channel of expression available to many in that country?

Needless if there is one thing that *royally* p*sses me off (other than talking in cinemas while the movie is playing and bad customer service) it's censorship.

So - yes, I'll be here until the KGB drag my sorry arse out.

If the worst does come to the worst - I'm also over at Dreamwidth as beckymonster (yes, I lost the underscore - I feel so nekkid without it:( ). There isn't much to see but I am currently backing this journal up over there.

It's taking a while because as of Monday I've been here SIX FRAKKING YEARS! (o_O) and as you can well imagine, I don't want to lose all of that. Okay - not all of it... The emo whining can go - the rest can stay;)

I can also be found on twitter as well - as @becky_monster. I did have another twitter account but that's in my 'real' name and shall not be mentioned here. The Fannish and the Real stay as far apart as humanely possible, better for all that way.

SO - that's me - what about you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (general_f_censorship)
So... everyone knows that that 'certain' elements of Russian society are trying to silence LJ - the one free channel of expression available to many in that country?

Needless if there is one thing that *royally* p*sses me off (other than talking in cinemas while the movie is playing and bad customer service) it's censorship.

So - yes, I'll be here until the KGB drag my sorry arse out.

If the worst does come to the worst - I'm also over at Dreamwidth as beckymonster (yes, I lost the underscore - I feel so nekkid without it:( ). There isn't much to see but I am currently backing this journal up over there.

It's taking a while because as of Monday I've been here SIX FRAKKING YEARS! (o_O) and as you can well imagine, I don't want to lose all of that. Okay - not all of it... The emo whining can go - the rest can stay;)

I can also be found on twitter as well - as @becky_monster. I did have another twitter account but that's in my 'real' name and shall not be mentioned here. The Fannish and the Real stay as far apart as humanely possible, better for all that way.

SO - that's me - what about you guys?
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If you see something *more* nerdy than the above in the next twenty-four hours... do share;) The accompanying picture makes me more gleeful than I really should be. Though show me someone who calls themselves a Who fan who wouldn't be that... joyful and I'll show you a liar.

Talking of pictures - I am an absolute *sucker* for black and white photography. There is just something inherently *beautiful* about it. So with that in mind, I give you Professor Brian Cox contemplating the cycle of life at the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu. Just beautiful.

(Serkit message to [livejournal.com profile] torn_eledhwen - THANK YOOOU and I think I'll rewrite that bit - tighten it up a bit. Might even make it over the 20,000 word mark!)

In other news - 1st week of new term has been survived. Although it has been a close run thing - We've lost a member of staff today - she's (literally) moving onto bigger and better things. As in a project for my country's National Library. That and none of us have been able to move for people asking *questions*. Which is great... when they blinking well listen to the *answers*!

Oh yes, and the nursing intake starts on Tuesday... all 250 of 'em. Which just happens to be the day that I post my [livejournal.com profile] tw_bigbang story.

Nurses I can handle - five-ten 30 minute tours, niet problemski! Posting 20,000 words of a fic that is one part drawer-fic (movie references a go-go!) seven parts a fandom I've never written before (and given the plunging depths of my antipathy regarding the fourth series of said show, am likely to ever again!) and two parts a character who is *very* different (in a way that if I screw up I could cause a sh*t storm) from me and... Is it Thursday* yet?!

*Thursday is payday... and while October is going to be more batsh*t insane than September has been - I'll take it!

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