From the [community profile] harvey_fanaid fundraiser for hurricane relief, I made a donation and [ profile] merfilly kindly wrote a new Battlestar Galactica (1978) story for us all to enjoy:

"Acknowledging the Problem" (~1K words) (gen, G) (Cassiopeia, Starbuck, Apollo, glimpse of Adama)

I supplied a prompt about the redevelopment of civil society. We received a two-layered look at the shape of things: up close, a not-entirely-successful party, and at a distance, a road toward renewed civilization.

Thank you, [ profile] merfilly!

19 October 2017 @ 07:46 am
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico fundraising auction to help Puerto Rico has begun! It closes on Monday 10/23. They have offers of fanfic, fanart, fancrafts, and even donated professional merchandise!

I'd love to support through this effort, but I haven't yet seen any offer specifically mentioning one of my fandoms. (Some offers do say "anything I've written" or "anything on my profile.") Of course I can support through other avenues! It's just nice to count in as a fan.

No fan-sponsored effort for the California wildfires?

18 October 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Geraint Wyn Davies, along with six other individuals, will be performing a dramatic reading of C. Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Stratford Festival in the Festival Theatre.  This reading will be for one night only, 1 Dec 2017, at 7:30pm.  Proceeds for this show will benefit the Stratford Perth Rotary Hospice.

Info about this performance can be found here: A Christmas Carol.

Info about the Stratford Festival in Stratford, ON, Canada can be found here: Stratford Festival.

Additionally, an announcement has been made for the 2018 Season and will feature musicals (The Rocky Horror Show and The Music Man), other performances (like To Kill an Mockingbird and An Ideal Husband), and four plays by Shakespeare (like Julius Caesar and The Tempest).  More info about the 2018 season can be found here.  Of note, for the Julius Caesar and The Tempest, the lead male characters have been switched to female characters.  More info can be found on this Toronto Star article here

Current Mood: blank
18 October 2017 @ 07:03 pm
Recently finished
Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell

Currently reading
Still reading Virtual Histry, but have not made much progress. Started The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory as it was at hand as Kindle book on my tablet when I finished Stonehenge and Ivanhoe by Walter Scott (another SantaThing pressie) on the train yesterday.

Reading next
Not sure
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15 October 2017 @ 12:05 pm
For the record, I'm avidly watching Star Trek: Discovery every Sunday night. I feel no need for fanfic in Trekdom. But I am a Trek fan and the daughter of a Trek fan.

So: Know that you can talk to me about the new Trek, if you're looking for someone to talk to. :-D

15 October 2017 @ 09:00 am
My third and final London Film Festival film was The Battle of the Sexes, about Billie Jean King ending up to play Bobby Riggs. I didn't really know anything about her or the story of the match beyond the brief description in the programme. It was a fun film to watch—the tennis was fun to watch, the female characters were great and Billie Jean's husband was sweet, but I found the constant, casual sexism depicted in the film quite shocking. And I don't know if the real-life Bobby Riggs had any redeeming qualities but the film version certainly didn't.
14 October 2017 @ 08:17 pm
I somehow didn't see this until [personal profile] elistaire pointed it out just now, but [community profile] hlh_shortcuts sign-ups have been open since 10/06, and will be open through 10/15 — tomorrow!

Coming to it this late, I doubt there's enough time for me to make up my mind whether to play and to compose a sign-up. (You've seen me agonize through these things, right? And I have a lot of hesitation in HL fandom.) But I always read in this exchange fest, and look forward to that reading very much!

14 October 2017 @ 02:03 pm
As mentioned in the last monthly bulletin, [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is fundraising via fanwork auction to help Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Creator sign-ups remain open through tomorrow (10/15). The auction is now scheduled to start on Tuesday 10/17 and close on Monday 10/23.Skimming, I see such fandoms as Agent Carter, Wynonna Earp, Teen Wolf, Supernatural, Stargate, all the Treks, MCU, DCU, HP, BtVS, XF, PoI, Star Wars, and many, many more. (I don't see FK, HL, D&DC, or YB, or any creator names I recognize. Yet?)

Has anyone seen a fan-sponsored effort for the California wildfires? I know that we're all feeling disaster-fatigue at this point! But I'm breathing that air. This latest disaster is no less real than the first. ♥

So just a few quick updates on the FK movie. 

On 7 Oct they were doing some more filming and in the morning had a quick live Q&A while finishing getting ready for the shoot.  It was an unscheduled, quick last-minute idea so probably explains why there were not any questions.  Sean is still planning to release a longer trailer/demo on Halloween, potentially being around 8 or up to 10 minutes.

On 10 Oct new promo photo stills were released, which include their characters of Nick & Natalie (below), Vachon, LaCroix & Lily, Jason (a werewolf), and Nick & the new red and white car.  So far, no vampire is wearing any of the face prosthetic makeup or plastic Photoshop effects like they had in the last ones, so I am glad about that.

For more info and updates check out the FK Move Facebook Page.   

Current Mood: sleepy
11 October 2017 @ 06:56 pm
Recently finished
The Barracks by John McGahern. At first, I wasn't sure I'd get into it, but it surprised me by how much it did grip me.

Currently reading
Still reading Virtual Histories but I didn't make much progress last week. Also reading Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell.

Reading next
Not sure, but I know there'll be some reading to do related to my Yuletide assignment.
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08 October 2017 @ 09:17 pm
This is probably the right time to mention that I'm not signing up for Yuletide this year.

I've been doing Yuletide since 2006, with the only gap being in 2007 when I was busy submitting my thesis (and even that year, somebody wrote me an NYR, so I feel that I participated in spirit). My love for Yuletide is, in theory, undimmed. But.

Work has been utterly mad recently, and is likely to stay that way until mid-November at least. More importantly, my love for Yuri!!! on Ice is still flaring, and I seem to be in the middle of a fic that's likely to be 25k+ when it's finished. (I've just posted chapter 2, go and read!) I am absolutely positively not letting anything get in the way of finishing this fic, including Yuletide. It needs to be finished by Christmas, ideally by the end of November, and without a doubt by the time that the 2018 Olympics actually happen.

Finally, I have to admit that I feel a little relieved at the notion of flying home for my Christmas holidays this year with absolutely nothing hanging over my head, not even a Yuletide story to be posted.

I'll be cheering all of you on; I'll be reading and bookmarking letters; I'll definitely hang out in chat from mid-December on; and if the fates align, I'll try to pick up a treat or two. But as for the rest of it... maybe next year. Alas.
08 October 2017 @ 09:02 am
I saw two films at the London Film Festival yesterday (both at Hackney Picturehouse): A Moment in the Reeds and Mudbound. The former was good, the latter was confusing: it felt like it didn't quite know whose stories it wanted to tell, so it tried to tell everybody's and didn't do it very effectively. And it had a bunch of pretty unpleasant characters that it sometimes felt like the film wanted you to root for—I couldn't muster any enthusiasm for Jamie, for one.

A Moment in the Reeds reminded me a little of God's Own Country (which I ended up seeing a second time in between) with its two main characters having moments almost in a world of their own for a while, here in the apparently isolated summer cottage in the height of summer rather than up the hill in the lambing season. I found the character of Tareq compelling (and at the Q&A at the end with the director and the actors playing Tareq and Leevi, someone in the audience who said he was Syrian said the character definitely chimed with his experiences) and Leevi mostly infuriatingly selfish. He had his better moments and while I don't really think I've ended up in the UK in an attempt to find somewhere where I've got greater freedom to be who I am, there were various bits about what Leevi said and did that I recognised as something I've thought or felt or done. What the film did in contrasting Tareq feeling Finland was giving him the freedom to be who he is and Leevi feeling it was so suffocating and conformist so he'd escaped to study in Paris and felt much freer there was interesting, even if it came across a bit flat. I also felt that making Leevi's relationship with his dad so strained made them both a bit flat as characters: it was obvious that they didn't really share interests and had unresolved issues but the film didn't give them any chances to try to build bridges. At the end, I felt sort of hopeful for Tareq, but Leevi seemed doomed to not getting along with his father, suffocated by his surroundings and running away.