tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Hello, lovely writer! I'm excited to see what you write for these little fandoms of my heart. If none of my prompts interest you and you have an idea of your own, please do run with it: I've listed some dislikes below but otherwise am more than willing to read what you want to write. If you want to know more, I'll try and give you a general sense of what I like as well as some more specific things I enjoy about each canon. I hope you have a good Yuletide!

FYI, my fic on AO3 is listed under kathryne.

do not wants )

things I like )

last tango in halifax )

dublin murder squad )

killers kill, dead men die )
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Never Tried Wondering (1600 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Last Tango In Halifax
Relationships: Caroline Elliot/Gillian Greenwood
Characters: Caroline Elliot, Gillian Greenwood, Alan Buttershaw, Celia Dawson
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: A posh pub, a family meal, and Gillian on edge, worrying about the future.

This was meant to be a little ficlet for a tumblr prompt ('Caroline/Gillian, a stolen kiss'), but it got a tiny bit out of hand.
tellitslant: helen magnus with a big gun (sanctuary - helen - carry a big gun)
Things I learned by reading the entire Chalet School series in a month (thanks, [personal profile] soupytwist):

  • Everyone in the Commonwealth is related to everyone else. No, really.

  • If you have your hair shaved off, it may grow back in curly.

  • Curling is known as 'shinny' in Canada. (This might be my favourite.)

  • Hump your mattress to keep it fresh.

  • Having a high fever as a child can make you taller.

  • Canadian children grow up faster and are more serious than English children.

  • Snow blindness makes you see red.

  • Twisted ankles and/or wrenched muscles will not only make you faint but leave you bedridden for months.

  • Eleven is not enough children.

  • Don't underestimate the possibility of natural disaster.

  • Never, ever, ever cross Matron.


I never encountered the series as a child, but as an adult they were - despite being very much a product of their times at points - interesting and enjoyable. But oh, at points they sure were funny.
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As you may remember, [personal profile] dafna and I went to see Paul Gross and Martha Burns in "Domesticated" last November, and the consensus was: great performances, pretty great production, lousy text.

I woke up from a dream this morning that we'd attended a preview performance instead, where they were still trying out different endings and then polling the audience for opinions, and the ending in this case involved Paul Gross improvising an interpretive dance as the rest of the characters complained about him.

(When they were polling audience opinion, I pointed out that the problem was the text being unwilling to make a firm statement about his character, and interpretive dance wasn't really the way to resolve it. I stand by that.)
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slow and steady (2427 words) by kathryne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scott & Bailey
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julie Dodson/Gill Murray
Characters: Julie Dodson, Gill Murray
Additional Tags: Post-4x08, Friends to Lovers
Summary: After Gill's retirement, she and Julie must negotiate the balance between Julie's continuing career and their relationship.

That brings this year's word count up to a paltry 4927. Ouch. Here's to more words in 2016, or at least no fewer.
tellitslant: (renee - home with daria)
...I am really excited about the WEIRD SHIT that comics are getting into lately. I visited my comics store today and finally picked up a copy of INSEXTS #1, which i knew about because the writer, Marguerite Bennett, is currently writing the DC Bombshells WWII AU. Anyways, this one, well, the blurb I'd read was 'Victorian lesbian insect shapeshifters,' and that is... basically what it does on the tin, but with a small helping of gore. Not usually my thing! But this is creepy enough to be very interesting, and I'll definitely be following it through at least a few issues.

Be aware: it is definitely not safe to read in public, like, say, in the lobby of a movie theatre, for example. *whistles innocently*

[fic rec]

Dec. 26th, 2015 10:59 am
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (Default)
I haven't had time to look through any more of the Yuletide archive, and I'm not sure when I will, so I wanted to plug my gift fic before too much more time had passed:

et faisons la grasse matinée (1597 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Phryne Fisher/Elizabeth MacMillan, Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Characters: Elizabeth MacMillan, Phryne Fisher
Summary: "I do love you," Mac says. She's not fond of saying it.

This is a really lovely Phryne/Mac piece that just makes me feel warm and happy all over. *g* I love the shape of their relationship here and how its history informs every line of the text. If you're a MFMM fan, you should definitely check it out - I am very pleased to have received it and it made the early morning of my Christmas Day a good deal brighter. :D
tellitslant: (lfn - madeline - ooh shiny gun)
Christmas is a very bad time to be having short-term memory issues. This is your slightly-panicked PSA from the gal who picked out presents for a bunch of people and then... stopped there? /o\

FOLLOW-THROUGH. IT'S IMPORTANT.
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1. Your main fandom of the year?

This has been a very weird year, fannishly! I haven't participated nearly as much in terms of content-creation – the only fandom I've posted fic for, not counting my Yuletide fandom, is Last Tango in Halifax. Yeah, I guess that would be it (with sidebars in Nicola Walker's Face and Sarah Lancashire's Face), but I haven't been very... participatorily fannish. Just privately.

2. Your favourite film watched this year?

You know, I thought Room was going to take this, and it very nearly did, but oh, Carol. It's just so beautiful. I mean, Room too is technically an incredibly well-made film, but there's something about the visibility of technique in Carol that, combined with its flawless execution, really added to the experience for me. Maybe even just that it was actually shot on film, and so everything down to the grain was so deliberate. The weight of the filmmaking added a necessary weight to the story it was telling, I think.

3. Your favourite book read this year?

I haaaate this question. I've been doing a lot of very mindless reading, so it's hard to pick out particular things from that. I eagerly anticipated and really enjoyed the latest Robert Galbraith mystery; I was fascinated by Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels (but stalled out partway through one... but still, so good!); I devoured Naomi Novik's Uprooted. Oh, Seraphina and its sequel, back in April, those were great (god that feels like a loooooong time ago – did [personal profile] silly_cleo or [personal profile] cosmic_llin rec those to me?). And I've been loving the Dorothy Sayers novels much more than expected (thanks for the final push, [personal profile] dafna).

4. Your favourite TV show of the year?

I'm coming up against that dichotomy between 'favourite' and 'best' [personal profile] jae was talking about here. I think River was the BEST show I watched, but favourite? It might've been too harrowing for that. For all its flaws, Agent Carter might've been my favourite. PEGGYYYY.

5. Your favourite online fandom community of the year?

I kind of didn't really do that this year? There's a bit of a Nicola Walker group cohesing on tumblr, but... mostly this was a year of yelling in semi-private about different stuff with different friends. Which is fine, because there's been a lot of yelling, but it is strange.

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries! Thanks for the intro, [personal profile] dafna – gosh, you've done well at rec-ing me things this year! This was delightful fun, gorgeous, well-made, NOT as disappointing as it could've been, and got me gifted with a crossover femslash foursome fic. Yowza.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I was not very happy with s3 of Last Tango in Halifax, and not just because of Dead Lesbian Syndrome – I thought the worst of that narrative decision was how it invalidated some character beats that the story was setting up to be quite interesting. I also had some issues with other characterizations this season. Perhaps Sally W has taken on too much? It was not up to her usual standards, anyway.

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year??

No. (I think this was the year of I Will Tolerate That Annoying Dude I Guess.) Ooh – Jarvis? I would take Jarvis. He can cook!

9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

I have a lot of very complicated feelings about Caroline and Gillian from LTIH, but 'girlfriend' might not cover them. So perhaps in a more straightforward way, Phryne Fisher. (Let's get you out of those clothes – slowly – and then introduce you to the vibrator technology of 2015, my dear.)

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Does meeting Nicola Walker count? I'm totally gonna count it.

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

mmmm... I miss there being a Wonder Woman I want to read enough for me to be fannish about. (There kind of is now, in the limited series The Legend of Wonder Woman that's just started, but it's digital and limited and... yeah.)

12. The fandom you haven’t tried yet, but want to?

I am thinking about dipping a toe in the Supergirl fandom. I'm enjoying the show immensely, much more than anticipated; not sure whether I want to fic for it, though. We shall see!

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Well, s2 of Happy Valley just wrapped, so that'll be coming soon; I anticipate that with joy and also terror. Agent Carter s2 – I hope it will improve on some of its issues and keep up with Peggy being awesome.

And, oh, god, Wonder Woman is gonna be in a movie, which... *gulp* That comes out in March and I am trying NOT to anticipate it so I won't be horribly disappointed.

[i know.]

Dec. 18th, 2015 09:16 pm
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STAR WARS

I haven't read anyone's posts, so please comment/link me in the comments/whatever! No matter your opinions!

major spoilers with squee )
tellitslant: (lfn - madeline - ooh shiny gun)
When I was young, I spent long weekends at my dad's, and it was a real treat because we had three nights to watch films together. We'd always watch one of two trilogies, one film each night: either Indiana Jones or Star Wars.

I loved the movies as a kid, and then in late elementary school and early junior high years I read the books voraciously. I remember doing a book report in grade seven on The Courtship of Princess Leia, an exercise that involved making a poster with a very large pop-up Leia head. *g* And Carrie Fisher was such a hero of mine; I absolutely fell in love when I read Postcards from the Edge.

I never really thought of myself as a sci-fi fan, and weirdly I don't think I ever engaged in Star Wars fannishness online. And late in grade seven, early in grade eight, I fell into a friend group that got really excited about that other Star show - Star Trek - and kind of drifted away, into a more social fandom practice, and then into online fandom. I kind of forgot about Star Wars - I can't remember the last time I watched the films.

Dad and I went to see the first prequel in the cinema, but I was so unimpressed, I never bothered to see the other two. But then earlier this year, when I went to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, I went to a talk by the actor who played C-3PO, and when they started playing the theme music I actually teared up, which I hadn't expected at all! And now, the new film comes out this week. I haven't deliberately been getting fannish about it, but the more I hear the more excited I get, and I finally gave in and bought a ticket to see it Friday. It's a strange and interesting kind of fannishness: a little detached, a little nostalgic, a little lonely.

I just hope the film is good.
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I was aware before I moved that CFL football is much bigger in western Canada than it is in the east, but, wow, is it ever true. The bar I watched the Grey Cup in was full of other Edmonton fans, for example, and in chatting with my dad this weekend I learned that the Toronto team are being moved to a new stadium with a smaller capacity, less than half of Edmonton's. I have no idea what the reason behind this is - I mean, in Saskatchewan the Roughriders are the only pro sports team, I think, but Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver have hockey as well. It makes me kind of sad, but it does help explain how hard I found it to get people together to watch the games.

I guess that if the crowds are smaller, it'll be cheaper to get tickets to games here. And I'll feel less worried about wearing the opposing team's colours. There are a lot of teams I'd root for over Toronto. *g*
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In the new year, pending jobs and stuff, one of the things on my to-do list is to start looking into the type of home I want to buy. I suspect I'll rent for another year or so in a different area of the city, but I'd like to be on the lookout, you know? However, I am so not up on the latest in house financing - or, well, condo financing. *g*

Those of you who are property owners, particularly of a condo or a flat or some such, or particularly in Canada: if you have any resources that have been useful to you, would you let me know? If you've had or heard of any experiences that could be informative? Thanks. :)
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
I usually really enjoy Christmas shopping, but oh, boy, this year is a royal pain. I am super disorganized to begin with, which means I've been making vague gestures in the direction of wandering around shops without much to show at all. Some of the things that I thought were great ideas - ie getting my grandfather a Grey Cup Champs tshirt - have totally not happened and now I'm worried about shipping time. The people I'm shopping for are Very Hard to buy for. Nobody wants things (this is great; I don't want things either) and it is difficult to sort gift certificates from a different city. The one confirmed thing that was on my aunt's list does not yet exist. And I have to figure out how to get anything I do buy to Vancouver Island, plus then to Edmonton for friends there with whom I do gift exchanges, and I really don't want to have to check bags during the Christmas travel season.

Plus whatever I get for my dad and his wife, I need to send their cards, like, NOW, since they're in Arizona. And I think it might be her birthday today, too - I sent a card, but I should probably call, but I'm not 100% sure of the date.

CRANKYFACE.

Maybe I will buy everyone a goat for a farm charity or something.
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I don't think I mentioned here that though I checked out a few gyms and eventually joined one, I haven't found a trainer that I like and so I haven't been lifting of late. This is really frustrating, because I was enjoying weight lifting so much. I am still going to the gym, but much less regularly and with much less enthusiasm. Bah.

The nice thing about this gym membership is that it covers all the gyms in the Toronto area, so if I end up regularly in a different part of the city I could look into checking out the trainers they have there. But man, where am I gonna find another woman who is geeky about Doctor Who and Star Wars and lifting?

I have downloaded a few training exercises and stuff to try out on my own, but I feel so much more comfortable with someone keeping an eye on my form. I'm naturally fairly strong, but that means that the weight I can lift could really hurt me if I'm doing it wrong.

In the meantime, at least I can carry large boxes up four flights of stairs for random neighbours.

[ficlet]

Dec. 6th, 2015 11:30 pm
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
I wrote a very quick, very tiny River ficlet over on tumblr, for the prompt 'Chrissie Read, one missed call.' Find it behind the cut )
tellitslant: Helen Magnus of Sanctuary, seen from the back pointing a gun (sanctuary - helen - waistcoat)
I have seen a couple of things lately - one play and one tv series - about which the best I could say in review was that the casts had deserved better. They both had pretty bad scripts, decent to good production values, and good to very good casts; in both cases, I was very critical of the writing. And yet I enjoyed them, for the most part, and with the tv series I watched it all the way through. Granted in both cases I was also watching for specific performers, so I had reason to stay, but still.

And yet I was thinking afterwards about what makes me give up on texts, and I think I'm more likely to stick out something with bad writing and good acting than vice versa. This kind of surprised me - as a writer, you'd think I'd be deeply offended by poor work, but possibly being able to pick it apart and laugh at it makes me able of getting some entertainment out of it. Bad acting just bores me, for the most part, but I think I'm most likely to drop a show or leave a play if it has bad production values. I just find that so sloppy - lighting, cinematography, sound: there's no excuse for fucking those up. And good production values can elevate the mediocre.

What's your make-or-break?
tellitslant: (tos - uhura - smiiile!)
Hello, lovely writer! I'm so excited that you've offered one of these little fandoms, and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you write! If you've already got an idea, feel free to ignore all this: I'll give you a couple of dislikes, but everything outside of that is fair game. But if you want to know more, I'll try and give you a general sense of what I like as well as some more specific things I enjoy about each canon. I hope you have fun this Yuletide!

FYI, you can also check out my fic on AO3 under kathryne.

do not wants )

general likes )

And if that's not enough, a few more canon-specific thoughts, in reverse alphabetical order because why not:

miss fisher's murder mysteries )

last tango in halifax )

killers kill, dead men die )

Thanks for reading, writer dear. I can't wait!
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what I just finished:
The week I missed: I finished the last eight V.I. Warshawski novels in time to pick up the most recent only a day after its release date, last Wednesday. Finished that on Thursday, then, hmm. At some point I went to the store with a gift card and picked up a couple of books, including one by Libba Bray, but immediately got sidetracked into Beauty Queens, a different one of hers. Surely I read more than that. Maybe not, though - I spent a lot of the weekend packing stuff.

what I'm reading now:
The aforementioned Libba Bray novel, the first of her new (trilogy? series?), The Diviners. It came out a good three years ago and I'm astonished I hadn't read it yet, since I love the Gemma Doyle trilogy. (Aside: how the FUCK did The Sweet Far Thing come out in 2007, jfc didn't it come out like yesterday, how even.) This one's set, not in Victorian England, but Prohibition-era New York City. Loving it so far, and the next one comes out later this month, so my timing is perfect.

what I'm reading next:
No idea. The Diviners is a rather large physical book, so I need to find some kindle books to get me through folkfest weekend. Light. Fluffy. Good. Thoughts?
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what I just finished:
In the last two weeks, since I missed last week: Broken Harbour by Tana French, which didn't creep me out this round as badly as it used to. I started re-reading French's Secret Place but got sidetracked by the discovery that there's a new Sara Paretsky book out next week, so I'm re-reading all the V.I. Warshawski novels in advance. I've finished the first eight so far.

what I'm reading now:
Tunnel Vision, the ninth Warshawski novel. I really love these books, but I haven't re-read the whole series in a very long time. I'm finding it interesting to re-read them and think about their feminism as related to the era in which they were written. It's also quite interesting to read them adapting with the times - I re-read all the Kinsey Millhone novels earlier this year and they are resolutely grounded in the 80s, while these keep up with the calendar and the technology even as I think they keep V.I. at an acceptable age to continue detecting. I'm also enjoying thinking about the times at which I originally read these - when I started the series, which books I picked up as they were coming out. I think I started reading them in high school, so it's been a while.

what I'm reading next:
I have eight more Warshawski novels before the new one comes out on the 28th. I'm spending a bunch of time in airplanes and airports over the weekend, so who knows, I might make it. :P I also seem to have missed one novel in the group, or at least I don't remember it from the synopsis, so, yay, it's like two new ones!

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