tellitslant: helen magnus with a big gun (sanctuary - helen - carry a big gun)
I thought, oh, I'll have a beer, that'll make it much easier to watch this week's Scott & Bailey

WRONG

(good beer though)


I'm a fetish! )

Also if you took the brother in this, Anthony, and added about a hundred pounds or so to his weight, you'd have one of my DPhil supervisors. It's a bit eerie.
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
So, here's my problem: I watched the first three seasons of Scott & Bailey on [profile] sophiagratia's rec, meaning that she'd watched them all and I knew that even though terrible things happened, none of those things were things that would make me want to stop watching the show. And now that s4 has started and I'm watching it blind, I am really stressed out that something is going to happen that will destroy the show for me forever.

(I, ah. Upon reflection, I may have some slight trauma from the end of Warehouse 13. OH GOD I WILL NEVER TRUST TELEVISION AGAIN *ahem*)

Anyways so apparently I should just plan that my Wednesday nights for the next two months are going to be completely taken up with this show, what with the pausing and the whimpering and the hiding-in-my-hoodie breaks that meant I just spent nearly three hours watching the 45-minute ep. And now I'm going to re-watch it, like, of course I am, because now I can enjoy it without stress. Commentary behind the cut; also includes some stressing about a point that has not yet been revealed in the show but was teased in the trailer. I'll put that behind an extra cut on DW, but if you're on LJ you'll just have to deal, now won't you.

no bombs, no lunatics )
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
It occurs to me that having written fic where Franklin's hand shows up in Warehouse 13, I've basically set it up for a long and involved due South crossover. :P
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
I am in a war of attrition with a squirrel.

Here's the thing: it is not wrong to say that this is a conflict that has spanned generations, because I clearly remember my grandfather fighting this fight nearly two decades ago, and I feel it's pretty safe to say that I'm not battling the same squirrels today. So it's an enduring antagonism passed down upon death. And I admit that I'm coming from a place of weakness, since because my grandmother didn't plant flowers this summer we've pretty much ceded the front flowerbed to the squirrels. But.

Outside my kitchen window are two birdfeeders. I had been filling them both until about two or three weeks ago, when one of them suddenly started emptying out practically the day I filled them. I was starting to wonder if I had a prowler, but I think it's the squirrel. So I stopped filling that one.

The other one... suddenly started getting filled up with leaves. Not falling leaves, either; fresh leaves that something was pulling off and stuffing in there. Which is kinda creepy. So I have been pulling the leaves out, sometimes multiple times a day.

I'm pretty sure you can see where I'm going with this.

The squirrel, I think, believes he is burying the seeds in the feeder for his winter cache. He's shoving them all back into the box part and layering leaves to 'keep' them. I, on the other hand, would like the birds to be able to still get in there. So I leave the house in the morning, clean out the feeder. Come home after work, clean out the feeder, have an exchange of opinions with the squirrel (yes, out loud, what?). Have dinner, clean out the feeder.

Eventually, one of us will get tired, right?

Alternately, ideas for how to scare off a squirrel but not the birds gratefully accepted.
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
If you don't follow me on Tumblr, you may have missed my precipitous and complete descent into the Scott & Bailey fandom. If you do follow me on Tumblr... I'd say I'm sorry about the massive pic- and gifspams, but really, we all know I'd be lying.

Scott & Bailey is a Sunday-night-drama buddy-cop show off ITV; I've seen it described as a more realistic, Mancunian Cagney and Lacey, which given what I know about some of the original feminist undertones of C&L seems fairly apt. It'd been on my radar for a while, but then [profile] sophiagratia started writing fic for it, and that so often spells my downfall. :P What really did it for me, though, was that I put on the first ep, watched the opening credits, and noticed that all the names (save a few actors) were female: creators, producer, director, writer. Not to mention the characters! By s3 (s4 starts airing... soon... ish), we have: two main characters, detective constables (DC), female; one main character, detective chief inspector (DCI), female; one regular character, detective superintendent (DSI), female; one recurring character, forensic pathologist, female; one minor recurring character, assistant chief constable (ACC), female; several recurring characters, male, who pretty much never get the POV position.

...they do whole long, important scenes in the women's toilets. !!! <333

It's also very well made and beautifully shot (I didn't know Manchester could look so pretty... kidding, kidding, I love Manchester *g*). The direction is fabulous, especially in some of the most recent episodes, and while occasionally some of the stories are a bit heavy-handed, the dialogue and the character interactions are always just golden. They're extremely good at building up narrative arcs that sweep through not only multiple episodes, but multiple seasons, often surprising me by bringing back something that I hadn't realised was going to be important.

The Scott and Bailey of the title are Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey, our two detective constables - best friends, brilliant coworkers, competent and capable and occasionally really fucked up (and who occasionally really fuck up, which is different). The marketing sells them as the competent mum (Janet) and the wild child (Rachel), but that's far too simplistic and superficial. Their DCI is Gill Murray, who is this tiny ambitious force of nature and who I kind of want to grow up to be. This holy trinity is occasionally expanded by Gill's bestie, Julie Dodson, also a DCI, five foot ten and still wears fuck-off-high heels to work but is horribly afraid of the ACC. :P I want to squish them all.

I'm particularly amazed just how much I adore Janet, because that sort of... steady... character is rarely my forte. Like so many of the rest of the characters, though, Janet is much more than what we originally see, and the way she (and everyone) develops is realistic and brilliant. I feel a lot of occasionally uncomfortable, occasionally pleasant sympathy with Rachel, and want to smack her about equally often. And like I said, I want to be Gill in a lot of ways; despite being nominally the third-billed character, I just love her arc, from what we learn of her background through the second season to how we see her excelling - and failing - in the DCI job.

The full trailer for the fourth season just came out and I am slightly worried about some of what it shows, but I am trying to trust that the showrunners who gave us such an incredible show so far, with almost no emotional slips, will be able to keep that up. (I'm also considering suggesting it for teevee club, because I would like to a) share it and b) be forced to watch it in a more measured way).

It's interesting - I'd been thinking lately that I haven't been reading nearly as much crime/mystery fiction as I used to, and then I read the S&B tie-in novels and now I'm full-on back into yessss, mysteries, yessss. Recs appreciated! The nice thing about this hiatus, though, is that loads of the series I used to read have published multiple books in the interim. :P
tellitslant: (sugar rush - brighton)
Title: Beating the Bounds
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Characters/pairing: Rachel Bailey & Janet Scott
Rating: G
Word count: 1800
Notes: Written in response to a prompt by [personal profile] chaila for a fic where Rachel takes care of a drunk Janet for once. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill for beta and titling assistance.
Warnings: None. Set late s2; no real spoilers.
Summary: Role reversal: the changing of positions between the protagonist and a significant other.

Or, another night out, another pub, only this time it's Rachel's turn to be the responsible one. Set late season two; no major spoilers.

Read it on AO3!
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
Pamphlets on how grief has layers, like an onion (no, really), left on my dresser on top of some rubbish they want me to put away somewhere for them.

Bless.
tellitslant: amanda tapping in a field of flowers (sanctuary - a-tapps - flowers)
I'm listening tonight to a compilation album I bought years ago and have played many, many times, but for some reason I only just paid attention to the title of one of the songs, "L'adorable femme des neiges" (it's here if you want to listen to it). For no reason, really, to do with the song, I am just bowled over by the idea of an adorable snow-woman, instead of an abominable snowman. Setting off avalanches when skiers get too close to her cave! Wearing iceflowers in her hair! Secretly flirting with Jadis, the White Witch from Narnia!

There was a 2003 TV movie of the same name that I can only imagine was inspired by the song, but it sounds uninspired and frankly a little creepy. Mine would be much more fun.

[huh]

Jul. 27th, 2014 11:33 am
tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
Here's a thought I just can't get rid of: Scott & Bailey zombie apocalypse fic.

...so that might be a Yuletide request then.

(I mean, specifically the apocalypse part. S&B is definitely going to be a Yuletide request.)

(I keep trying to stop consuming texts set in England, because they just make me homesick.* I keep failing. Worth it.)



*the sentiment is apt even if the terminology is lacking.
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
I've been idly rewatching The Good Wife and reached 4x01 this afternoon, which sent me looking for the great discussion we had in [personal profile] sophia_gratia's journal when it first aired. Re-reading the comments on her analysis of one of the Kalinda scenes pointed out that when we see Kalinda's notebook, we can actually see Archie's lines in it, which I of course had to pause and see for myself. And then I laughed like a loon for about five minutes, because along with her lines, what else can we see on the page?


(click to embiggen)

The word 'about,' written four or five times, circled, with arrows pointing to it.

Given some discussions I've been having lately about Kalinda's accent slipping... this cracked me up.
tellitslant: (good wife - alicia/kalinda - office)
One of the things I love about The Good Wife is how it presents sex on screen.

let's talk about sex baby )
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
Some of you may be interested to know that i am not busy enough and thus running a W13 ficathon. See details at the tumblr or follow the feed: [syndicated profile] theholidayaisle_feed. :D!
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
Title: one warm line
Author: [personal profile] tellitslant
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Characters/pairing: H.G. Wells/Myka Bering
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 7500
Disclaimer: Characters are property of SyFy etc. This is a transformative work; no infringement is intended.
Notes: Many thank-yous to [tumblr.com profile] thiswildernessismyhome for cheerleading and beta duties. This is a stand-alone fic, but shares an ethos with my fic "Zip It" (LJ version; AO3 version).
Warnings: None. Set after 2x09, Vendetta.
Summary: Trapped alone in the Warehouse with no prospect of immediate rescue, Myka and Helena examine the unexplored terrain of their relationship.

Remember, nothing ever really dies; it just changes shape. )
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I was really amused by Elementary basically mirroring one of the core elements of my Yuletide story, and then it went on to say that this ep was sponsored by the album from which the fic title came. Hee. But I am quite pleased that I got into Moriarty's brain enough to guess a few things )

I need a better tag for this show. And where does one even go to discuss telly around here any more anyways? *looks vainly for a reblog button* WHERE ARE THE GIFS.
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
fandom year in review
I was not really tremendously fannish this year but I am doing this anyway (even though I'm not doing the fic year in review, because wow, I did not write very much fic; resolution for next year, write more fic).

Your main fandom of the year?
I don't really know! I was probably most active in Warehouse 13, but I'm not terribly into the tumblr fandom. Still, I wrote some fic and enjoyed it quite a lot, even if I've drifted a bit in the last half of the year. I guess it should probably count, though, since it's the only one where I crashed the studio on the final day of filming? :P

Your favorite tv show of the year?
It has to be The Good Wife, which came back from a good-but-not-great fourth year to blow me the fuck away throughout all of the first half of its fifth year. Every aspect of that show is just AMAZING. Shoutouts to Bomb Girls and Lost Girl, though, because homegrown Canadian awesomeness with brilliant ladies! They're tooootally different shows, and neither of them is nearly as quality as TGW, but they're good and fun and I have been really pleased to watch them.

Your best new fandom discovery of the year?
That I could still care about a character played by Mia Kirshner even after hating her as Jenny in The L Word? :P I was surprised that I liked Kenya in Defiance as much as I did – and very pleased, because it made the events I knew were coming much more engaging and interesting. So, yay for that! She is no longer tainted in my eyes! *g*

Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?
Oh, the DC Universe. I cannot. I am still so sad and angry about the whole state of the reboot. I'm doing my best to read more non-DC Comics (and if you read indy comics but are not reading Sex Criminals you are WRONG IN THE FACE), but I really miss being able to care about those characters. I was whingeing on twitter about missing my identity-touchpoint characters and Gail Simone told me that one of the characters from her series The Movement reminds her of me and I still haven't been able to bring myself to read it. Ugh.

Your fandom boyfriend of the year?
Pete from W13. I mean, it just has to be Pete, because he has the BEST brotp with Myka ever and I adore it. (IDK, movieverse Tony Stark could probably go in here too.) Oooh, or I have a massive braincrush on Matt Fraction, who writes Hawkeye and Sex Criminals (though lbr, I fancy his wife waaay more *cough*).

Your fandom girlfriend of the year?
I suspect this was my answer last year, but Helena Wells! At least, I think she's the only character where I randomly text people just to tell them I'm having some feelings about her (hi, [profile] sophiagratia!). I still want to write all sorts of fic about her and hug her and give her a happy ending.

Your biggest squee moment of the year?
As a feminist, a pop culture critic, a fan of the Laurie R King Mary Russell book series, a semi-fan of the original canon, and someone who was massively hacked off at the mistreatment of the character in Sherlock... I was beyond thrilled to hear that Elementary's Moriarty was going to be not just A Woman but The Woman. The whole Moriarty arc made me just so delightfully happy. And then I really fell for her character while I was writing my Yuletide fic and oh MAN have you seen the promos for her return? WHICH BTW AIRS TOMORROW. I have a lot of feelings about her brain and her emotions and her evil plans (and, let's be honest, her face).

The most missed of your old fandoms?
I drifted away from my Stargate watch, which makes me sad. But really, hanging out with [personal profile] cyborganize at GeekGirlCon kind of made me miss BSG, not just for the people (most of the people) but for the fantastic community that was built around that show.

The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?
Although I've written in Elementary twice for Yuletide, I haven't paid much attention to it fannishly in between – I didn't even really keep up with it as it aired this autumn. I would like to do that more! I am also really looking forward to starting to watch Orphan Black and at least being able to read the fic, even if I don't get super-fannish about it.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?
More Moriarty! New Captain Marvel! New Black Widow series! More Defiance! The Captain America movie!
...oh, let's be honest: MALEFICENT COMES OUT THIS YEAR PLEASE WRITE ME ALL THE FIC.
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
At last, the moment of truth. ;) I wrote two stories this year and thoroughly enjoyed both of them, which was very nice. I did have some... fun... writing a) one character in two different accents and b) one character in her first and second language when we don't actually get to speak her first language. :P

My assignment:

got a lot to not do (let me kill it with you) (3395 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Jamie Moriarty | Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes
Summary: I dearly hope you'll write soon.

I had kind of hoped to get a Joan/Moriarty prompt, because I would love to write them but didn't particularly have any useful ideas, but instead my recip asked for anything about Moriarty. I wrote a series of Holmes/Moriarty scenes interspersed with letters from prison; finding Moriarty's voice for the letters was great fun. (However: every single time I went to write 'Jamie,' as in 'Jamie Moriarty,' it came out 'Jaime,' as in 'Jaime Murray.' I do hope I caught those. *facepalm*) And now I want to write more Elementary fic and I do kind of have a Joan/Moriarty idea, so yay!

I still feel a bit silly about stealing a title from my latest favourite singer, but I do think it's perfect, so. I also wish I had had more time to do more research on London's East End, but that bit didn't come together until after the upload, so it's largely personal experience and google, which I feel meant it suffered a bit.

I am a bit sad that this didn't get more hits, when last year's Joan-fic got quite a few, but I think I should have given it a better summary. Oh well, I enjoyed it.

And a treat:

Light Gets In (1564 words) by kathryne
Fandom: Defiance (TV)
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Kenya Rosewater/Stahma Tarr
Characters: Kenya Rosewater, Stahma Tarr, Datak Tarr, Alak Tarr
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Stahma does a colour study.

The recip (ellabell) is on my tumblr dash, so when I saw her go out on the pinch hit list in a fandom I'd been meaning to try writing in I stuck it aside for later, just in case. If I'd expected anyone to guess one of my fics, this would be the one; I thought it was incredibly in my voice and style, and there is a lot of overlap between the Defiance and the Warehouse 13 fandoms.

This one desperately needs a last edit, but I wrote it on the 24th and uploaded it about half an hour before the archive went live (I was actually still awake when the archive opened, though I chose to wait to read till the morning), so I'm okay with a couple of typos. I also really like how it turned out in terms of a character study. The summary is perhaps the worst (again! note to self: write summaries first next time), but I do really like the title: there is a crack in everything, and Kenya might be the one in Stahma's composure.

Overall I really enjoyed writing for Yuletide this year! Next year I will possibly not offer Elementary (three years in a row might be a bit much) and will, as always, try to get a requests/offer list done early and my writing done early. I expect to be just as successful on those as I always am. :P
tellitslant: Helen Magnus walking away from an explosion with a gun (sanctuary - helen - walk away from)
There was a lot of fantastic fic in the archive this year. Here is a collection of my favourites.

First off, I'm surprised I haven't heard people flailing about this one, because I feel like it should be this year's standout. I clicked through because I was side-eyeing the fandom and I am SO GLAD I did:

The Velvetskynn™ Rabbit (3540 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sex Toys (Anthropomorphic), Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
Rating: Mature
*flaily hands* LOOK AT THAT TITLE AND THE FANDOMS AND THEN READ THIS DO NOT EVEN STOP. Don't read the tags, though, or you'll spoil the surprise crossover at the end.

As for the rest: brief recs in Addams Family, Avengers Assemble (comics), Batman (Nolanverse movies), Defiance, Elementary (including Elementary/Batwoman), Slings & Arrows, and Bomb Girls under the cut )

I maintain the offer: guess one of my two Yuletide fics and get a drabble or a ficlet or something.
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Darling YT writer, this is my official "I might not be here" post - I am off to a land of little wifi for the next few days. I will hopefully be able to read and comment on my phone, but if not (fun fact: my aunt's house occasionally roams to another country in terms of mobile access): it's not you, it's me.

<3!

(My own Yuletide update: less 'bears,' still 'bear cubs.')
tellitslant: (batwoman - blood red)
[personal profile] zulu asked me to suggest comics with interesting art that would be suitable for junior high-age students, and though it wasn't technically part of my December meme thing (request more topics!), I thought I'd share. :P

A lot of the stuff I find most interesting currently is creator-owned work that I'm not sure would be age-appropriate, but I did come up with two comics that I think would be really interesting in terms of pushing the comics art envelope.

The first is Batwoman - but please note that I cannot countenance recommending anything in the current DC universe, so I specifically mean the pre-reboot Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, collected in Batwoman: Elegy.

J.H.'s art is... magical. What I love most about his work on Batwoman, though, is his incredibly creative work with panels and page layouts. A lot of traditional comics thinking relies on a certain number of panels and/or flow, but J.H. subverts that and creates incredibly intricate, organic, beautiful full pages, double pages, and panels. For example:
Batman and Batwoman – speech not needed to convey the tension or the progression
Batwoman in a fight – this is post-reboot, but such a great example of not needing defined panels to move the action
Batwoman drugged – even in pencils and not coloured, the confusion of the drugging comes through
Batwoman and Alice - parallels! panel structure! gorgeousness!
J.H. also switches between art styles and creates new panel styles for each of them. Highly recommended, and not just for Zulu's class. :P

The other comic that sprang to mind was the current run of Hawkeye, by Matt Fraction and David Aja – particularly issue #11, which is told entirely from the POV of Hawkeye's dog. I'm actually way behind on this comic, but I know that the issue also retells events from a previous issue, only from different angles and without the use of human speech. The way that the narrative progresses mostly without speech bubbles and the ability to see the same events told by the same writer and artist from two very different perspectives might be quite neat.
Pizza Dog perspective | Two
Pizza Dog solves murders

(Actually his name is Lucky, not Pizza Dog)

Those are my thoughts – if anyone else wants to chime in for the edification of Zulu's classes, I'm sure your thoughts would also be welcome. :P
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
I almost never listen to the radio, and haven't for a very long time, but I've had to the last few weeks to find out where the fewest car crashes are on my commute to work. *g* (In a 30-block stretch on the Whitemud on Friday - after rush hour - I counted three SUVs that had gone not only off the road but several car lengths up the fairly steep bank. Edmonton, how.)

Anyways, although I have discovered secret weaknesses for the new Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus songs (I know don't judge), I also ran across a new artist whose stuff I really like. Lorde is a 17-year-old NZ artist who just got nominated for a bunch of Grammys. The song that caught me on the radio is "Royals," though I don't love the video:



"Team" is, I think, her newest song, and I like the video much more:



What are you listening to lately that's new-to-you? What should I check out that's not on the radio?

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