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24 March 2020 @ 09:43 am
I thought I'd better put something up top here, because there's not so much below any more.

For reasons that have nothing to do with anything online, most of my journal is now locked to private. Since it would have taken forever to do this individually, all the fic has ended up private as well.

Sorry if this has messed up your bookmarks. I'm working on getting all my fic up to the Archive of Our Own, and heretoutopia is still up and running. Recordings are still at the audiofic archive, and all the relevant links are below.

I'm shy, but friendly, so feel free to add me to circles/friendslists at will, and do drop in to say hello. The kettle is always on around here.

Where I live when I'm not here

Fic at the Archive of Our Own
Most of my stories are here now, apart from the Sic Transit Tempus ficverse.

Sic Transit Tempus masterpost
All my Torchwood stories live here, but the only unique content is the STT stuff.

Stories written by others (and me), read by me
Stories written by me, read by me and others
Sometimes I write, sometimes I read, sometimes I do both.

Just for the record, I give blanket permission for anyone to podfic, make art, remix and generally creatively re-use my writings and recordings. If you drop me a link, I will do my best to send everyone else there to squee at it as well.
13 June 2014 @ 03:10 pm
There are days when my job is basically sitting alone at my desk with my computer. Those are not good days.

Then there are days when I get 4 boxes of books for the second day in a row and kind of run out of room to store them all so they just get lined up along the windowsil.

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That's a better day (even if I did have to take the picture with my ipad because I left my phone at home.)
04 June 2014 @ 04:51 pm
A Linguist on the story of gendered pronouns

Including: Why It's Okay To Use 'They' for one person.

My linguistics is nowhere near good enough to critique this article (and there's good stuff in the comments that expands on it, thereby breaking the First Law of the Internet), but it makes really, really interesting reading, even if you only understand every other paragraph.
03 June 2014 @ 02:58 pm
Good lord, I wrote something. I mean, an actual something. With a beginning, a middle and an end. Which is good, because I just got my Star Spangled fic exchange assignment, and need to get back in the habit of, you know, writing.

We won't talk about the fact that this story hit me like a tonne of bricks (or a collapsing building: see story for reference) and kept me up half the night so that I feel like death warmed over today and just want to crawl under my desk and sleep.

Let's concentrate on the fact that I actually wrote something. Thank you, [personal profile] sholio for the perfect prompt <3 I feel like my brain just started working again for the first time in forever. The thing is, the prompt was about Natasha dealing with her fear of Hulk, which is one of the things that really, really stayed with me from the movie. So writing this came very naturally :)

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Link: Falling, with style
07 April 2014 @ 04:29 pm
Dear Internet,

I have a problem.

On Saturday, I need a film to show to a group of people with wildly differing tastes. As two of these people are my parents-in-law, I need something with no graphic sex. As one of these people is my husband, I need something with a happy ending (he won't watch anything else). As one of these people is his aunt, I need something with (more or less) no swearing or anything beyond 'cartoon' violence.

To put it a bit more in context, they like things like Toy Story, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and similar gentle, happy stories. It needs to be not too long, as we have a busy day before, and while it needs to be 'family friendly', it doesn't need to be for kids, as there won't be any present! I've come up with 4 that I think could work, which give you a flavour of the sort of thing I mean.

As you can imagine, choosing is proving challenging. Therefore, I give you a poll!

All assistance gratefully received.


PS If you don't know it, Jinni is a very cool site for film and tv recs, which I can see myself wasting far too much time on in the future!
15 January 2014 @ 04:27 pm
The thing is, I can't actually think of a good reason why someone shouldn't leave 2 punnets of mangoes in the lobby of the library.

But I'm almost dying of curiosity to know why anyone would want to.
06 January 2014 @ 12:53 pm
Tell me, oh wise and wonderful flist, do you like your computer?

I'm asking because ours went kaput last week, and to our considerable surprise, Amazon have agreed to give us our money back. The wretched thing is less than 2 years old, but we thought they'd just ignore us until we went away.

But we are now in the trying position of needing a new one. I have an iPad that is rather tempramental and likes to be synced rather than just DLing directing, and an iPod that doesn't have wifi anymore, so has to be synced. J has an iPhone and we both have Android devices as well. We buy our music on CD and rip it, generally speaking, so an optical drive of some kind is a must.

We've had PCs up to now, but are not opposed to the whole Mac idea, even if the prices are giving me the vapours.

Any thoughts/suggestions/recommendations? I understand the basics, but if you have a brand of PC you particularly like or hate, I'd appreciate hearing about it! Also, how long do Macs generally last for? Given their price, I'd be needing 5-10 years of use from one (whether an iMac, Mac Mini or MacBook). Is that realistic? Given we'll need a Superdrive as well, it's going to be quite the investment if we go for a Mac, and I jolly well want my money's worth!

Tell me all, people!
14 August 2013 @ 10:02 pm
So. If you were wondering what all the fuss over the last couple of months has been about, this is it:

Title: A Matter of Choice

Author: Jadesfire
Artist: Aaweth_edain
Pairings/characters: Gen (background Arthur/Gwen)
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~85,000
Warnings: Moderate violence, no worse than you’d see in the show.

Summary: Three years have passed since Arthur drew the sword from the stone and reclaimed his throne from Morgana, and Camelot is enjoying its golden age. Magic once again flourishes, and through his alliances with the druids, the kingdom has unrivaled peace and prosperity.

When Merlin disappears in the icy wastes of Ismere, Arthur sets out to find him. After all, he can’t leave his friend, court sorcerer and the last dragonlord as Morgana’s prisoner. But the stakes are higher than just Merlin’s life, and while Guinevere protects Camelot from a traitor at home, Arthur must prevent Morgana from finding the power she is looking for. Because if he cannot stop her, then it is not just Camelot, but the whole of Albion that will suffer.

AU of Arthur’s Bane, sequel to my story The Last Secret, but no knowledge of either is required.

Author's notes: [Below the cut. Abbreviated version at the story post]

Artist's notes: I want to thank jadesfire for allowing me to illustrate her story. She gave me a list of a few scenes she wanted photo-edited and then, after that she let me choose any other scene to illustrate. This is what I created. There are a few I particularly love, although I think they all turned out wonderfully! I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Please, feel free to ask me which ones became my favorites. Also, tell me which ones you, the reader liked and please review this lovely story!

Story link: A Matter of Choice on AO3

Art link: Art masterpost

Author's Notes: The director's cut versionCollapse )
23 May 2013 @ 08:50 am
There's been a few writing memes floating around LJ lately, but I like the randomness of this one:

I currently have 127 works posted on AO3. Choose a random number - no peeking! - between 1 (most recently posted/updated) and 127, and I will tell you three things I currently like about that story.

In other news...

I seem to have spent most of my research for my recent stories trying to untangle timelines. For Merlin, I've had to use a spreadsheet to count out days, and ignore the fact that in the show, a journey that takes one set of people 3 days takes another person less than 1 day. My maths is bad, but not *that* bad. I think I've managed to rationalise it now, but still. I really wish the showrunners could count.

Then there's Jack Harkness. I can't use a spreadsheet for him because I keep having to draw wibbly lines across the paper. It's fun, but frustrating, because the Torchwood and Doctor Who timelines don't line up the way I want them to! That is, they line up internally and make their own sort of nonsensical sense, but they don't quite match in the way I'd hoped, which means I have to rethink my plot. Terribly inconsiderate of them. But it's fun thinking about writing Jack again.

And of course:

Word count of the day!

35958 / 70000 words. 51% done!

Past 50%! All downhill from here :)
17 May 2013 @ 11:56 am
Hmmm, so things don't seem to have cross-posted properly from Dreamwidth. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

And while I'm over here being shocked, have the 3 birthday ficlets that I wrote this week:

For donutsweeper

Title: Five times Arthur didn't climb on the Round Table (and one time Merlin made him do it)
Rating: G
Warnings: Setting is between S4 and S5. Mention of canonical character death.
Notes: In a recent beta, Donutsweeper said I wasn’t allowed to have Arthur climb over the Round Table. She was absolutely right, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to try it.

Summary: Arthur is the master of self-control.

Read on LJ
Read on DW
Read on AO3

For zairaalbereo :

Title: Sunrise
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Words: ~3100
Notes: I almost never write kid!fic, but for Zaira? How could I not?

Summary: In Ealdor and Camelot, two small boys are up with the dawn and already getting into trouble.

Read on LJ
Read on DW
Read on AO3

For crimsonswirls

Title: Stuck
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Words: ~1500

Summary: Before you say anything," Merlin said, voice somewhat muffled, "can we just assume that you've already told me I'm going to spend the next three days in the stocks and move straight onto your helping me out of this thing?"

Read on LJ
Read on DW
Read on AO3