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Aug. 8th, 2015 05:05 pm
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Is this thing still on? Bit dusty around here but nothing that a feather duster (and possibly a lightsabre) couldn't fix.

I've no idea what my presence is going to be like... [livejournal.com profile] yuletide is coming, so I am *hoping* to be around for that (my SEVENTH time around... that can't be right?!) who knows... I might even get my Sunshine fic...

And meat might fly etc.

Anyhow - how are you guys?
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Despite evidence to the possible contrary... I'm still here!

I don't know what else to say (other than the cat is trying to help me type this!) but I'd thought I'd at least say *something* as proof of liff.

Also as it's getting to that time of year again (yay! Yuletide!) so, with luck, this might not be a one off...
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To: The Universe

Subject: Closing the Loop

Dear Universe, as much as I love being out and about and being social and stuff... Can I please have a couple of days to re-charge my batteries and generally tie stuff up in a neat bow? I'm not asking for much - just a day or two at work where there are no demands on my time, bar finishing off projects that are nearly complete bar a few details.

Ditto, my personal life. Being social with family and friends has been awesome as has the London Film Fesitval, but I'd like a day to spend in a local cinema just catching up on movies before [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo eats my life;)

If you can do that I'd be most grateful.

Lots of love,

Your mate,


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Future attractions:

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide - I can has an assignment?! YES I CAN!
I always try to do something I've never tried before when it comes to this challenge and this year, it could very well be a doozy. I have to check both my recipient's letter and the canon to see if it's a goer but... I am hopeful and pleased with progress so far.

[livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang - well, the good news is, I have a first draft in the can. The bad news is that due to circumstances, I've decided to drop out. Which makes me feel like a heel but I have to be sensible about these things (which is a lot harder than it sounds...) and to put my sanity before 16,000 words of Hot!Dads pron. That's not to say that it won't be finished, it will, it's just it will be at my pace, not someone else's.

London Film Fesitval - yes, I have been watching ALL THE FILMS, so I shall be reporting back. So far, (I have one more to go) I've not seen anything that I would consider a waste of my time, which is good. I have seen a top five film of the year, one that will destroy Tumblr and two that were worth the hassle.
More details to follow.

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So, that's me - how are you guys?
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Guillermero Del Toro directs the opening titles for this year's 'Treehouse of Horror' episode for The Simpsons and it's a nerd's delight

I lasted all of three seconds before I was squeeing over some of the references in this ('top left corner of the Springfield panorama' is all I'm saying on the matter!) but others are just sublime - Chief Wiggum and Mr Burns especially.

If you're not quite sure you saw what you think you saw... let Empire give you a hand

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In other news - the first cold of the year is early. I'd normally expect it in about a week's time but no... it's here now. Bah. I have things to do! Students to teach! Films to watch! Rangers to get laid!... so yeah - same stuff, different year!
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I keep meaning to post on a regular basis but... as with everything else, Real Life laughs hysterically at such plans. However as it's the Father Unit's birthday, there is cake, so there is a sort of balance.

- Work - is a disaster of epic proportions. And that's all I have to say on the matter right now. Just don't 'kaythanxbai.

- Writing - [livejournal.com profile] yuletide! I've nominated Sunshine (2007), John Carter (2012), Alien (1979) and The Wolverine (2013) for this year. I'm not quite sure if I'm going to ask for all of them but it really depends on whether they're all accepted or not.

- [livejournal.com profile] pacrimbigbang - is nearly at 6k! No, I don't learn but it is *only* 10k after all. Believe that, I have a bridge to sell you...

- I don't have a title and boy am I glad that this is only the first draft because I am going to need to REDRAFT ALL THE THINGS before too long.

- Also t's so far in 'not-just-a-river-in-Eygpt' territory that it's scary but hey!I get to imagine this guy naked so... yup!

- I'm seeing four films at the London Film Festival this year. I would have made it six but there was an almighty bugger up with the system, so four it is. Twelve Years A Slave, Jorodosky's Dune, The Congress and Locke. Which is not a bad haul at all.

- The BFI have announced the line up for their 'Gothic' Season - it only covers October and November but just after a cursory look through I was going 'I'd like to see that, I'd love to see that...' and I'm not even a horror nerd. Horror nerds I do know think Christmas has come early! I can see some strategising in my future....

- TV. As in I'm watching some! I have Orphan Black piling up on the ol' DVR and I still have Agents of SHIELD to programme in. Though I do wish that the rest of the Internet would realise that there are other countries than the US and we don't get the same programmes on the same day as everyone else. In short? SPOILER WARNINGS PEOPLE!! My flist are awesome but Twitter and the internet in general is not.


Anyhow - that's me - How Are You Guys?
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I've achieved nearly *everything* on my 'To Do' list for today... which doesn't usually happen! Okay, I think I might be less surprised by this if I hadn't had to face the horrors of automated phone services!

If there is a more heinous scourge on humanity than those, I've yet to meet it! Anyhow - I still have one thing I have to face them down over... It can wait until tomorrow.

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Still mulling over my choices for London Film Festival - now taking into consideration mundane things like 'logistics'. Still surprised that with a birthday, a wedding and possibly one of the busiest periods of my year all colliding with the LFF - I may (if the goddess of geeks smiles on me! the ticket sale is a bit of a bunfight!) get to see the following:
12 Years A Slave, Gravity, Jodorowsky's Dune, Only Lovers Left Alive and Locke.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, so will keep you all posted.

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In more fannish news, I'm writing! Both 'work' stuff and 'not!work' stuff. I wish I could say more at the moment but once I have the current, talky/exposition scene in the bag, then maybe I'll say something more.

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Hope you guys are good!
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_Hobbes back)
A 'I've been stomped on by a Kaiju' sort of day. I've been doing what I do for 20 years (training and working) in about three weeks and for the last 18 odd years, it's been worth all the hassle and grief. Now? I'm not so sure.

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In happier news - The line up for the London Film Festival has been announced. I've had a chance to have a good look through the line up and by my reckoning there are about 8 odd films that I want to see.

Which considering I only made two (and the surprise film) last year - this is saying a lot. Also add in these are films I can actually *attend* given that I have a hyper-busy teaching schedule, a wedding and a birthday party to attend during the 10 days that the festival is running... this feat approaches astonishing!

We shall not speak of the spreadsheet I've created to organise all of this (it exists). Now I just have to do battle with the box office to buy them all but it will be better than it was last year. As I was in the doctor's surgery being told 'Yep, you've got Brighton Beach in your gall bladder and hey! you're going to have to have surgery to remove it!'.

Good times!

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Oh and I put in my holiday card for the 'BIG' holiday I'm going on next year. It may have been a day to forget but there have been some silver linings. Not many but one or two.
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Does anyone know where I can find an Aussie-picker? Add this to the list entitled 'Things I Have Researched For Fic'.

I know I should make life easIER on myself by using the canon British Character as the main voice but... there you go.

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In related news... Casting has been announced for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Call me utterly *crazy* but given the 'quality' of some of the names that this project is attracting - this might be okay. I'll explain my reasoning...

From what I've read of the book (I didn't get far at all - the whole 'inner goddess' schtick got very old, very fast!) it needs the same thing that Tolkien needed (and I can hear [livejournal.com profile] torn_eledhwen and [livejournal.com profile] celandineb sputtering all the way over here;)) - a damn good editor who's prepared to fillet out the crud and keep the good stuff.

Tolkien had that in Jackson, Boyens and Walsh for the trilogy. The Prestige is only half the book that Christopher Priest wrote and it's (arguably) one of Christopher Nolan's finest films. So - I'm a *very* long way off of 'cautiously optimistic' but I'm not writing it off yet.

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For those of you who may have missed this - some of the 'new' rules for Yuletide' have been (thankfully) scrapped. Leading to much rejoicing in the land.

FWIW - I'm thinking of nominating the following: Alien (1979), The Wolverine (2013), Sunshine (2007). There may be a 4th, but I can't think of it right now. These are my definite *wants*.

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File under 'useful to someone' - Bleeding Cool is reporting that Agents Of SHIELD will begin showing in the US on 24/9 and the UK on 27/9 - which is a Friday. How this will work out in the long run is *anyone's* guess.

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One class done - (seemingly) 500 still left to do!;)
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So, I, er, fell off the planet for a few days... Same stuff, different week.

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Welcome To Night Vale has piqued my curiosity. I'm still ploughing through the podcasts (I think my last one was 'A Story About You') and it gets both a recommendation and thumbs up from me.

I don't know so much 'All Hail The Glowing Cloud' but all hail [livejournal.com profile] nialla42 as she only ever recommends the good stuff.

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In other news - my family is 'growing'. Sibling Unit 3 is getting married and we've been 'adopted' by a stray (not feral) cat, who has the bossiest meow going and will happily eat zie's own body weight in wet food given half a chance. The family are calling zie 'Midnight' - I think 'Noisy Hoover' would be better... even though that makes zie sound like a Jaeger.

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It's the start of the new academic year tomorrow. Let it be better than the last in some ways please!

And in 'Other Signs That It's Autumn/Fall' - here is the schedule and opening gambits for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. Now begins the 'oh gawd - what am I going to *ask* for this year' angst. Other than Sunshine (2007) - because I always ask for that and ONE YEAR I WILL GET MY FIC!!!.

*ahem*. Carry on!

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That's me - how are you guys?
beckymonster: Becky icon (DW_dalek_fanfic)
Just not today...

So, yeah! Still here - about to embark on something really stupid but then again... what else is new?

More details when possible!

Hope you guys are all aokay
beckymonster: Becky icon (Books_discworld hexcheese)

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.


Feb. 19th, 2013 08:26 pm
beckymonster: Becky icon (books_hhgttg_ohnoes!)


Watching Movies.

Reading My Friends Page.

Very, very boring. So what else is new?
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
Um... HI! Yes, I am still (by the grace of the Flying Spagetti Monster) still here.

I'll do the RL version before I do the Grand Wrap Up For 2012 as this will be a lot quicker than the Not RL stuff. I wrote four stories for various fandom holiday exchanges as well as looking at the films of the year....

And that's before getting to unveiling (at long bloody last!) the [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang story I've been working on. Productivity? Thy name is Beckymonster!


Christmas was quiet - Shinzon is growing like the proverbial and is also * ambulatory*. So guess who spent quite a bit of his stay trundling after him, making sure that he didn't get into harm's way or owt. I may have brought him a knitted stegosaurs, called Steve for Christmas; which I've been told, he adores. He might prefer his grandad but I'm winning the cool auntie war so far;)

Then - there was the keyhole surgery...

Cut as this is likely to be icky )

Admittedly, it's taken nearly a week to get back to a semblance of good health but I'm feeling okay right now - bit cold but we do seem to be having the yearly cold snap right now.

Which, when you think about it, is just the right time for me to get 85% of my hair cut off. Going from shoulder lenght curls to a wavy pixie cut. 'Short' doesn't even *begin* to cover it. It's something that I've wanted to do for at least a decade and I'm glad I did. Even though I now have to use a hairbrush (rule one of life with curly hair? Do Not Use A Hairbrush on it. Not unless you want to go for the 'electric shock' look) and a hairdryer to style it!
One thing is certain - I draw the line at straighteners!

So - that is me - how are you guys?
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Taking a moment to say

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photo rating

2012 has been, in the words of Charles Dickens, the best of times and the worst of times could have been better of times. I just hope for all concerned that 2013 performs slightly better;)
beckymonster: Becky icon (tv_MST3000_random)
- Y'know, I am going to have to either schedule in posts or set myself a goal to post every day ala [livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo else I just let it slide something terrible.

Anyhow - I am here mores the pity!. And I don't have videos to share neither. Oops.

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Health Update or 'Mick' Update )

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In happier news - I saw Lawrence of Arabia on a BIG screen with SERIOUS sound (and very comfy chairs - long film is *long*) yesterday afternoon. Wow, possibly one of the most beautiful cinema experiences I've had this year. If you've never seen the film, block off half a day, find the best home cinema set up (blu-ray would be a must) and enjoy.

Yes, it has flaws (no women characters at all, some 'questionable' casting calls) but still it's a corker of a film. And I might have to go find the Lawrence/Ali slash on AO3 when I'm not so run over with fic... *sheepish*

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The UK has already had it's first snow - '3 hours 20 minutes journey time to work' is all I will say on the matter. My usual commute? 45-60 minutes, albeit dependent on traffic. Yup.

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So, that's my news - what's yours?
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2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011

Yes, traditional post is very traditional!

In addendum to the usual things (family, fandom, job, creativity, friends, films etc.) I'd like to add the NHS to that list too. For Reasons.

Oh and I'm 545 words off 30,000 words for my [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang story. That's not so much giving thanks as being scared silly!

So whatever you, oh lovely flist are doing today - have fun, don't argue and save some pie for the rest of us;)
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320 words today. Things done and planned for. Onwards! I have [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang 1st draft to hand in tomorrow - so there will be flailing!
beckymonster: Becky icon (B5_Delenn_rebirth)
To: The United States of America

From: The Rest of the World

Subject: Congratulations

Thanks for choosing wisely in so many ways. We still love you.

PS - Go see Skyfall this weekend as it's awesome
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[livejournal.com profile] mini_nanowrimo total for the day - 1263 words. Yes, it's supposed to be 100 words a day but there *will* be days when I'll just scrape across that barrier... Just not today!

Moved some of my icons over to my dreamwidth account. I'm Beckymonster over there. Not that I'm planning to move from here anytime soon; it's just a back up of this account at present. No 'original' content. Make your own jokes about what you see here;)
I must be one of the only people on LJ that's relatively okay with the new friends 'feed'. I prefer black text on a white background, the neverending scroll doesn't break my computer... Would prefer that some things are left well alone but not my call to make.

Even so - the whole 'no more paid accounts' hoohaa did peturb me but I'll wait and see on that matter. Said it before, say it again.... I leave when they carry me out!

I have an idea for my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant story. I want to do some research first but I think it's a goer. Will try to get the first draft done once I've handed in the 'requisite' amount for [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang. It won't be finished but at least it will be over the 80% mark!

Add in getting a number of boring but necessary errands and it's been a productive day.
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I'm going to second Den Of Geek's warning here... Don't watch this in a public place, *especially* if you had an 'allergic' reaction to The Angels Take Manhattan. I didn't but I did to this.

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The less said about today's teaching sessions, the better. Six classes, seven flouncers, four v. supportive colleagues (and counting), two students defending me and one very sore voice.

Yeah, it's been a hell of a day. Bring on the weekend and the family DRAHMAZ (It's Shinzon's birthday today, there will be picspam) and his party is at ours on Sunday. Perhaps it will be okay...
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