clo_again: (Monkton - Where are we going?)
This post was originally going to be a Merry Christmas and then Happy New Year and then that New Year meme that does the rounds every December/January...

...and then I thought it'd got a bit past all that and I'd talk about getting fanfiction printed into bound books instead. (And then I left this post sitting half-written for about two weeks and I'm finally posting it in a rush just to get the damn thing off my to-do list.)

So on New Years Eve I was being somewhat sad and stuck at home with family + guests and, as I seem to end up doing quite often around Christmas and NYE for reasons of a nostalgic nature, I was idly re-reading some of the fanfiction that I've loved almost longer than any other fic: BagEnders. (For those of you yet to encounter the wonders of BagEnders, it essentially follows the premise of 'Let's make the original Fellowship from Lord of the Rings immortal, assume they've all lived through history, and stick them together in a three-bedroom house in the year 2000, with all the ensuing psychological, social and lack-of-personal-space issues you'd expect from being several millenia old and still having to live with Gandalf. It's rough and typo-filled and ridiculous, and still one of the best things I've ever read on the internet). It was written way back in internet terms - around 2001 - and it's been gradually disappearing from the internet over the years; the website crashed back in 2004ish and some stuff got put back up, but only the first series is really accessible on there these days. Various efforts have been made to save it but there's a general feeling that one day in the not-to-distant-future, it's going to vanish.

With some widespread Googling and much c&ping, I collected the last few chapters on series III on NYE, and sat back with a glow of contentment. Now it'll be mine forever! I'll always have BagEnders!

Until a snide little thought said, my computer breaks. Until they're no longer on the internet and replaceable. Then what?

Side-track: when I went backpacking around Australia a few years ago, I invaded the house of [livejournal.com profile] chickybee32, a long-term (maybe my longest actually!) internet friend. We met a long long time ago because of an epic-length fic she'd written called Bitter Wine and, while I was staying with her, she showed me a paperback book - Bitter Wine, neatly formatted and printed into an actual bound paperback by another mutual friend as a present. It was fic! In a book! With chapters and actual pages and collected stories in the same 'verse at the back!

In short? It was super cool. Fic in an actual book format. I can't be alone in thinking that's pretty nifty.

Ever since I've sort of hovered around the vague idea of getting my favourite fics printed into books because honestly, I re-read all the time. I read new books constantly too but if I'm cleaning my teeth or stirring the pasta or just want something to occupy my brain for half an hour without having to process anything beyond letters on a page, I pick up old books. I open them to random pages, I re-read paragraphs and lines or entire chapters, in pieces and snatched minutes. I've re-read my entire Tamora Pierce collection dozens of times and constantly have at least one of them on the go; I'm currently heading towards the end of Squire for the umpteenth time, after reading odd paragraphs while cleaning my teeth for two weeks.

I would love to do this with fic, but. It is tricky impossible to do this with a laptop. For a while I clung to the idea of getting a Kindle and filling it full of fic but that's hardly a safe thing to have near a running tap in the bathroom and I quickly realised it wouldn't be any sort of assurance of safety for much-loved fic in the long run; a Kindle is, basically, just a mini-computer and we all know what computers do in the end - break. Usually at the most inconvenient moments ie, when you've lost your backup/s.

So I'd been sitting on this idea of fic-books for a long time, without really ever getting around to researching it. I thought it'd be expensive, maybe, or there'd be copyright issues if the company noticed what they were printing (not that I'd have any intention of selling fic-books to anyone other than myself because hey, no and also not mine to sell and did I mention no? - but it kind of bugged me. So, I'd left it.

But with the thought of BagEnders graually vanishing, and it being the start of a shiny new year and also fic-books would be really really cool, I Googled for printing services. First option up was Lulu.com and, after browing for a few reviews on the service, I thought it looked promising. I spent about a day trying to format my BagEnders chapters into something approaching consistent - Lulu asks for .pdf files with all fonts embedded etc. which is super-easy to do with OpenOffice (on Writer, just go File -> Export as .pdf and hit save. Lulu has a step-by-step gide, although you may have to open an account with the site to read it - accounts are free and easy though!) but it's way more important for a book to be consistently formatted than a collection of chapters posted on separate webpages - chapter titles had to stand out, Author Notes to be italicised, footnotes etc.

Towards the end I was sick of staring at the thing and I figured I'd save what I had - which was almost a completely-formatted version of series I and II complete with all the comic strips originally drawn for the fic by Calima that are still available on the website - and upload it to Lulu just to see. I wasn't intending to print it yet - I still wasn't sure it was a great idea - but I wanted to test the Lulu process and so, I hit publish and followed the steps and I'd designed a cover to fit the A5 format using another one of Calima's illustrations and-

-and yeah, I got to the final step and it was there looking at me in all it's shiny temptingness - and I clicked publish.

(Aside: Lulu claims that you are "publishing" these books and will go some way to make it seem official, offering you the option of an ISBN and prcntages of sales etc., but during the creating process they offer you three options: publish outright and make available to buy, complete with ISBN; publish privately for only you to view/purchase; and another option that I've forgotten and probably isn't that important since the other two are the ones we want. For fic-books, I'm pretty sure the option will always be "PUBLISH JUST FOR ME" because you get royalties or some such if other people buy something you've 'published' and even if it's your own fic, that's getting into pretty sketchy territory legally. I can't stop you doing it, but I recommend you don't. Seriously. Don't.)

So I'd published the damn thing, formatting errors and all, and when it took me to the private-to-me book page after, I ordered a copy. With series I and II included plus illustrations (I didn't think I could fit III into Lulu's 740-page limit), it came to 612 pages for an A5 paperback which cost £10.34, plus £2.99 p&p. If you order multiple items - as far as I've tested anyway - p&p goes up by £1 per item; there may be a limit on this or there may not. For 612 pages though, I figured that was pretty good.

Three days later, it arrived (image heavy) )

A few days after BagEnders arrived, I got twitchy with the knowledge that I could create fic books. This time I wanted to test things I'd learned from BagEnders (smaller font size, margin sizes etc.) but I didn't want to spend another entire day formatting, so I looked for a fic that was already formatted pretty perfectly and that would c&p as such. Plus, it had to be something I'd re-read enough to justify the money, and long enough to justify the book. With all that in mind I went for The Student Prince, a modern-day Merlin AU by FayJay. I re-read it fairly regularly, it's a proper book-length at 147,000 words, plus it wasn't too NC-17-rated (I'm still not entirely comfortable sending anything too dubious off to some company somewhere to print because hey, they might not read anything they're sent but then again, they have to check the printing and such; I didn't want to risk them banning me before I've even got started) and it had the nice bonus of, on the surface, looking like just another King Arthur story that anyone could've written without reference to the TV show. Formatting was mostly a simple matter of c&p, making sure the chapters started on a new page, and finding a cover design. Published it all up, ordered - £8.51 + £2.99 p&p; it came in at 525 pages of US trade paperback size, which is larger in surface area than A5 so they probably charge by page count instead - and ordered. In the same thee-day turnaround, it was dispatched and arrived.


The Student Prince by Fay Jay )

So, that's Lulu.com and fic books. I like Lulu a lot; the step-by-step process is easy, and the print inside the book is sharp and perfect. Even the comic strips have printed beautifully. Aside from a few hiccups like the cover type and margin size - which I guess is why they recommend you order proof copies of everything you 'publish' - I have no issues with the two books. I love them and I'm going to keep them for a long time; I've already formatted several other of my favourite fics into .pdf files waiting to be printed, along with an anthology of all my favourite Stargate: Atlantis fic because it all seems to be around the novella-length instead of novel. Someday in the future I'll have a bookcase full of my favourite fic, bound and shiny and free from the threat of computer malfunctions.

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Other stuff is happening. Today I went to a wonderfully unexpected old-fashioned Penny Arcade in Southport; I lovedlovedloved the third episode of Sherlock; Silent Witness is hopefully going to be on again next month which I'm super-excited about; I'm still working at the hospital a a temp, although I'm feeling like that may not last too much longer; I've read many wonderful non-fic books; I'm going with [livejournal.com profile] jesse_kips to see the marvellous Propeller perform Henry V in February and I can't wait.

But all that will be another post, because I should've been in bed an hour ago. :)


eta: Oh dear god that was an epic amount of html!fail to fix. NOW I AM GOING TO BED.
clo_again: (Harry/Nikki - Comfort)
So thanks to tennis and house guests, I just got around to watching this week's Merlin.

More mood spoilers than plot specific. Sort of. It might be quite plot spoilery actually )

I can't believe I watched that just before going to sleep and now I have to sleep and go to work in a terrible mood. It was an incredibly stupid idea; don't watch that episode just before sleep.

Or you know, at all.

eta: Pretty much every comment on the SFX review of the ep goes on about how "brilliant!!" that episode was (although actually reading on further, there are a few that echo the way I feel). So, some people liked it. (I still don't).
clo_again: (Monkton - Where are we going?)
A thought on Gwaine and Merlin (spoilers for tonight's Merlin ep )


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Just so this entry wasn't oh-god-she's-rambling-about-that-bloody-wizard-show-again, I did this meme what I stole from [livejournal.com profile] kindoftrouble and [livejournal.com profile] mayakitten:

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod or mp3 player and write down the first 20 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful. That is the fun!

1. Someone Like You - Adele (Radio 1 live version)
2. Center of the Universe - Built to Spill
3. About Today - The National
4. For the Reunion - Nobuo Uematsu (instrumental)
5. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
6. Lovina - Maria Kalaniemi & Aldargaz (instrumental)
7. Letters From the Sky - Civil Twilight
8. Heard It Through The Grapevine - DAAS (live)
9. Secretariat - Jeffrey Foucault
10. Saturday - Chris Garneau
11. Something's Gotta Give - Kane
12. Bleed American - Jimmy Eat World
13. New Song - Terra Naomi
14. Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
15. Starlight - Muse
16. Africa - Toto
17. Honey - The Hush Sound
18. Pop Music of the Future - Say Hi To Your Mom
19. All the Umbrellas in London - The Magnetic Fields
20. If I Wrote You - Dar Williams

Considering I have all my random Halloween music on my iPod shuffle, that could've gone a lot worse.

One day I will actually make a proper RL post again. Hhmm.
clo_again: (Hot Fuzz - Dorkitude)
One more Merlin-related thing (hey, NaNo starts on Tuesday; I have to get all this urge to internet!stalk Eoin Macken and Rupert Young out of my system by midnight tomorrow); on an idle 'oh look, press stuff that Eoin and Rupert did together!' watching of a Youtube vid, I was half-watching the montage of Merlin clips at the start of this interview here and at about 11 seconds into the vid cutting this in case you're super-avoiding ANY potential Merlin spoilers )

You may now return to whatever useful thing you were doing before reading this, and I'll try to stop watching the same three seconds of film over and over so I can actually watch the interview. Oh internets. How did people find such joy before you existed?
clo_again: (Shaun - Shock/Horror)
I'm only about halfway through this fic (god I hope there's links to a million multiple parts when I reach the end) but I laughed so hard in the first three paragraphs that I accidentally whacked my forehead on the keyboard when I bent over, and by paragraph six or so I announced to my empty room "This is too good not to enjoy properly! Fetch a coffee!" and now I'm at the bit in the parlour and I have to rec this immediately because it's been so utterly brilliant this far that I'll be too heartbroken to rec if the second half is horrific and that'd be terrible waste when the first half is hysterical:

Mrs Belchly and The Sloe Gin Massacre by [livejournal.com profile] junkshop_disco, R, Merlin RPS, Eoin/Rupert and Colin/Bradley, with a summary of 'Bradley suggests a boys’ weekend, and much to Colin’s dismay the hotel is not amongst Trip Advisor’s top-rated. When a painting takes a fancy to them Rupert turns to gin, while Eoin has to rely on his horror movie experience to get through it. Will any of them make it out alive?' but it's so beyond good right now that I'd suggest just ignoring all other factors and reading it. The first half is pretty light on the slash and pretty high on the hilarity.

I love Halloween fic. I really do. :D

eta: Okay, maaaaaaaaybe hold off the "oh so hilarious!" fic until I reach the end because suddenly it's venturing into actual horror movie territory. Or just read up to the bit in the parlour.

eta: Scratch that, it is actually that amazing. I promise, everything will be fine and breathing will be an optional extra after laughing. Totally not un-reccing.
clo_again: (Roger/Mirka - So Hail to the King)
Oh dear, why has LJ made my default font when typing an entry into the posting box, so terrible? Didn't it used to be Verdana or Arial or something you know, that didn't hurt your eyes to read? My browser default font is still Verdana. This is most perplexing and I do not approve. I'm typing on the Rich text option just to make the font readable but I know from experience that I tend to forget and put my own HTML tags in and that confuses it terribly. Hhmm.


What I was originally going to say before LJ perplexed me so: did anyone else find Merlin somewhat pointless tonight? I was really looking forward to it and it started so interestingly with the pre-credits opening, only to fall into boredom. I spent most of the second half reflecting on how much my foot itched and it was frustrating that Casper was sitting on me so I couldn't reach to scratch it, which I suspect indicates the extent to which I was gripped by what was happening onscreen. I can't even be bothered to put a cut in because I have nothing really pressing to say about it that deserves spoiler-cutting. Just, oh Arthur. You are not this much of a prat anymore. Why do they keep feeling the need to hit the reset button every series and wipe out all the common sense you've spent the previous series learning?

I also spent much of the episode protesting that they were pronouncing 'Caerleon' wrong, because I've always pronounced it 'Cai-ar-lee-un' as in 'Caerdydd' (Cardiff in Welsh, which I've always heard pronounced as 'Cai-ar-dyth' as in the second pronounciation here) but a swift Google after it ended proved me wrong: according to this, it is actually pronounced Car-lee-un', similar to how Merlin had it (although Bradley James seemed to insist on saying it "Carleeon" or "Care-leeon" depending how much of a hurry he was in). I like it when Merlin proves that it's smarter than I've given it credit for, though it doesn't happen often.

The weekly shout-out to the slash-fans is getting a bit bizarre at this point though. Once or twice, fine. Every week, a bit odd. Seriously. We get it; y'all read the internets. Could you read the bits of the internets that want more of the knights please? Though at least they got lines this week. Oh wait, I realised something I need to spoiler-cut )

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What else did I mean to mention (99.9% of my posts seem to be Merlin-related recently; I'm nothing if not obsessive). It was my birthday this last week for which I took two days off from work to have a four day weekend but I spent the day being stalked by a bad mood brought on by idiotic Parcelforce (this is a polite request to all of you: please, never use Parcelforce. They steal and lie and overcharge you, and generally need to be wiped from existence) and not getting a kitten and argh, I don't know. I like to do things on my birthday, go to new places or fun places or exciting places, but this year with work and general lack of money and the parental working on the day, I sat around at home feeling old and sorry for myself. It was a terrible plan. So, next year I'm going to have to do something pretty spectacular to make up for it I think.

But on Friday me and the parental went to Glasgow, somewhere I've heard many good things about re. shopping but I've never got around to going before. The shopping is most certainly excellent and we got lost in the five-floors of Debenhams and I mourned over the beautiful Desigual shop where I couldn't afford anything (£49 for a scarf!) and I braved the busy horror of Primark to stock up on long-sleeved tops which I desperately needed and generally, a good time was had. Not as good as if I'd actually got the kitten I wanted for my birthday but I finally found a pair of boots I liked enough to buy after looking for about five months. Minor victories! I spent a little more money than I should've but I got paid slightly more than I expected and I had birthday money and oh, it's only money. At some point I'll have enough of it to stop worrying about shopping overspends.

In conclusion have a picture of the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone on his head (and some other things) )

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I am going back to Tamora Pierce's Mastiff now. It's very good but there's something about it that's making me wonder if she's going to kill off characters I love before the end. Just a feeling. (I hope I'm wrong.)
clo_again: (Monkton - Where are we going?)
So I have Feelings about tonight's Merlin but they mostly take the form of incoherent squeaking sounds of mingled distress and joy, which is rather hard to type up (I liked it. I think. I'm not sure 'like' is the word for "Bradley James' sad!acting is making me want to leave the room so I don't have to watch the heartbreak anymore". It was certainly good, though I think it deserved to be a double parter really).

So instead of my Conflicted Feelings, have two most excellent Merlin-related things to watch!

First, Colin Morgan, Katie McGrath and Eoin Macken (WHO HAS CUT OFF HIS GWAINE HAIR, WHAT. THIS BRINGS MY DISAPPROVAL) were on the RTE Late Late Show yesterday (that's a link because I'm too tired to work out how to embed that vid. I hope it's watchable everywhere. They show up at about 1:11 in; the vid just let me to skip to that point wihout buffering which was...nice). Colin has an adorable cold-voice and Katie is stunning (I love her top so much) while talking about her massive crush on Han Solo, and they jointly mock Eoin for his modelling and ask THE MOST HILARIOUS QUESTION ABOUT ACTION LOL WHAT (I'm watching it as I type this, with pauses to flail madly at the air in joy that the internet exists to bring me these things. Stick around after the Merlin bit too because Tim Minchin sings a special RTE song! \o/ Clearly a GENIUS put together the line-up for this show.)

Eoin also (guiltily) lets slip that he and Rupert (Sir Leon) get to have a proper fight at some point which I can't quite form words of coherence over; I adore Leon and he still slightly gets lumped with the 'expendable' knights despite being there the longest and he needs more action. Especially with other pretty knights. ESPECIALLY. I can't wait for this episode (oh Merlin, why are Saturdays so far apart?)

Second thing to watch is the Gay Times shoot/interview with Rupert (Leon), Tom (Percival) and Eoin, which cuts between them prancing about being shirtless and giggly and exceedingly pretty and the three of them answering questions together in a hilarious bantering testosterone-filled way, with much mockage and Rupert trying to be sensible and Eoin not trying to be sensible at all and just, awesome. Also, I actually have the embed code for it yay!



(I have a shameful confession: after watching this interview, I walked into WH Smith's the next day with every intention of buying the Gay Times magazine. I made it as far as the magazine section, as the right shelf, and I was eyeing the cover admiringly - it dawned on me it was on the top shelf with the porn and I honestly could not bring myself to reach up there and take it to the till. I AM SO ASHAMED OF MY LACK OF COURAGE. AND CARING WHAT IMPRESSION I MAKE ON A CASHIER WHO WON'T EVEN REMEMBER ME. Fail, self. I've had knowing looks from male cashiers while buying chocolate and ibruprofen, which was actually a dumb move since he obviously suspected I was PMSing and should've been wary of being punched in the nose. I went to see the first Pokemon movie when I was in high school and we got laughed at by the ticket guy! Nothing should be embarrassing after that. But apparently, this is. Sigh.

I'm meeting [livejournal.com profile] jesse_kips for what should, it has just occurred to me, be a special joint-birthday dinner in a week so I may drag her along for moral support if the magazine is still there. Dammit, I will own my own shirtless!Knights of Camelot.)

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And so this isn't just another yet-more-Merlin rambling in an LJ post-post, have some pictures from a walk over the fell today (I had a lot of fun finding interesting mushrooms, most of which I'm sure are massively poisonous but pretty! )

In conclusion: I am very tired now and wishing it wasn't already Sunday. Work is somewhat stressful right now (you have no idea. No, really) and I could do with a three day weekend. Someone, please sort that for me, thanks.

Alternatively, change the two numbers I got on the lottery ticket I hopefully bought today into seven and let me never have to get up to work a Monday morning ever again. This would also be lovely.
clo_again: (Pigs Might Fly)
This isn't really finished - I got lazy after all the Gwaine/Merlin rec coding, so there's minimal Arthur/Merlin - but you can find a few more things under the Fic Recs: Merlin tag in my memories.

These links vary between LJ, A03 and individual websites; authors have been linked wherever possible. Pairings include: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Merlin/Gwaine, Merlin/Gwaine, Merlin/Gwaine/Lancelot, Lancelot/Gwaine and Gwaine/Leon, plus various background pairings such as Arthur/Gwen, Gwen Lancelot etc.



click for recs (it got slightly over-long )
clo_again: (Emilia - aimless)
A probably-AU thought/fairystory/wtfisthis on the ending of Merlin 4.02 - SPOILERS. AGAIN. YES, I KNOW; BROKEN RECORD ETC )

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There, brain. Now stop thinking about it.
clo_again: (Melpet - Good Day)
I'm slowly assembling together all my meandering Merlin readings from the last few weeks into a proper rec post, but it's shamefully heavy on the Merlin/Arthur and Merlin/Gwaine (especially Merlin/Gwaine) , with a forlorn scattering of other pairings. Anyone have any good Merlin recs to share involving Lancelot, Leon, Gwen, Morgana, general knightly chaos etc etc? I love rec posts - they're so wonderfully useful - so the more fic links I can assemble into one place, the better.

Also I'd personally really love to find some good fics involving more Lancelot and Leon (or the knights as a group, or anything with well-plotted Morgana to balance the evil pantomime villain the show seems to be making her into, since trawling even A03 takes time and I've spent about two weeks just hop-skipping between Merlin/Gwaine fic).

In the course of working on this rec post and reading a whole lot of fic today, I gave myself two Merlin/Gwaine fic ideas that amused me and that I'd love to write just so I'd get to read them because one deals with something that's slightly bugged me in the two episodes of series four so far, and another one is just something I would really, really love to read if done well.

Sadly, this is me so I hold out no great hope of actually ever finishing anything. There's another eleven episodes of Merlin to come for inspiration though (despite NaNo falling so-helpfully smack in the middle). Never say never.

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For my actual rec, I'm not reccing a fic at all but rather a podcast: if you haven't been listening to /report (or 'slash report') by [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock and [livejournal.com profile] mklutz (along with other fandom guests every so often) and you're involved with fandom at all, I heartily recommend a catch-up listening session. I've been downloading the new reports as they post on Sunday nights to listen to on my train ride on Monday morning, and it's like having fangirls travelling to work with me, laughing and joking and discussing major - and plenty less-major-but-interesting - issues in fandom. It feels almost like having a Fandom radio show to tune into; it is, naturally, limited in the number of shows and things they can cover each time but so far they've hit on Hawaii 5-0, Suits, Castle, Fringe, The Good Wife, Bones, The Mentalist, NCIS, The Avengers, the Delicious debacle, Nick Fury's bitches, kinks in fandom, briefly - so far - Merlin and a whole crapload of other stuff too. It's interesting and funny and informative, and it's great to see them developing it into something better week-by-week.

Yes, the show discussions involve spoilers but because they section it carefully and announce what they're about to discuss, it's perfectly possible to fast-forward past the show you don't want spoilers for and listen to the rest (I should know; I've been doing it for Fringe). It's really awesome. I hope they keep going and developing it and involving more people, because it's great to hear from across fandom and about things you wouldn't necessarily hear otherwise, or just to listen to fangirls having a really great time discussing things we love.

They also have a Twitter where they provide links to anything they rec in the podcast or update about the recording process, or post funny cut snippets. You can also subscribe to their RSS feed or download the podcast via iTunes (which I haven't done because I'm too lazy to update my iTunes but it seems to be working fine).

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I should really do something more useful than going back to read yet more Merlin fic now. Mmmmmm. Really. Really really.

...or not.
clo_again: (Pigs Might Fly)
EPIC EPIC SPOILER FOR TONIGHT'S EPISODE OF MERLIN. AN E-POILER IF YOU WILL.  )

All in all, how bloody good was that episode? Wow. Just wow, Merlin.
clo_again: (Default)
I have two fics I should be working on, six train tickets to price/buy, two lots of cupcakes to bake, a proper LJ post to make, S1 of Fringe to finally start watching, two betas and a crit comment to do, 1000 words of original writing to get done and posted before tonight and I really need to spend some quality time on the WiiFit today. Oh and I'm watching a S3 Primeval marathon that made me want to reread Connor/Becker fic, so I've had this open in a tab for about an hour.

But instead I'm reading this. Because it's rather spectacularly awesome.

eta: Try here for a much more convenient link to the whole thing. I love kinkmemes a lot but god the whole comment-structure thing is annoying.
clo_again: (Pegg/Frost - Bondage)
Oh Merlin, you just balked at the last fence. I don't believe it.

What was up with that ending?! Obviously spoilers for tonight's episode of Merlin and much ranting within )
clo_again: (DAAS - Want)
I have a question for all Australian peeps who put me up and fed me and generally made sure I did not get eaten by any of your massive population of Animals That Eat/Poison/Stalk People for Funsies; have any of you moved house since I was there? Because your Xmas presents are getting posted tomorrow and I want them to go to the right place.

[livejournal.com profile] chickybee32, I'm only posting you Tristan's because yours & Lee's present is coming via email (it is not fic. sorry) closer to Xmas as it's hard to resist opening an email before December 25th. :) Is your usual email still the one you had when I was there?


Everyone else; I am - shockingly - not dead. I am planning a post of epic win involving pictures of London and tennis players and giant pigeons. However, it may have to wait a bit longer because I'm finding that I write better if I limit myself to Twitter. There's minimal time you can waste on 140 characters. Possibly I need to set aside an LJ hour every day in which I don't feel guilty for writing LJ posts instead of writing fic and such.

By the way, I failed at NaNo again but I did hit 9,000+ words which is better than I've ever done before. Then I wrote 5000+ on something else entirely and as it's still November 30th, I feel I've had a productive writing-November even if NaNo didn't pan out.

Now I am going to watch Merlin from Saturday because I was too engrossed in tennis to remember it and I've written enough for a bit that I feel I can take some time off. Also I'm really craving popcorn. Mmmmm.

Normal LJ service will probably be resumed soon. I'll try to work out how to write LJ posts and fic concurrently, possibly by growing a second head and two more arms. Hurrah for cunning plans!
clo_again: (John Simm - Made of awesome)
Wow. I really enjoyed tonight's Merlin! Lots of Morgana, some utterly delicious Arthur/Merlin moments, some moments that I really, really hope are followed up on later in the series because they were so. awesome.

In short; MOAR OF THIS PLZ. I'd ask for more Arthur/Merlin but if we get any more moments like this week, Arthur will actually be pinning him against the wall and kissing him to make the point that Merlin is his. And then Merlin would spike his wine with pepper for the next week to prove that he's not an object and can't be owned and eventually Arthur would apologise without actually bringing himself to say the words and...

...and it would be an entirely different series to the one I think we're going to get. Which doesn't mean it wouldn't be awesome. But it's probably not where the BBC is planning on going right now, which is a shame for but slashers the world over but not so bad considering we're getting a pretty damn shiny series anyway. :D We just get to make up the not-series in awesome fic.

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Right now I'm watching Iron Man and I'm torn. Half of me wants slash between Tony Stark and Nathan Stark from Eureka because they're so goddamn alike (Nathan's character was based on him after all). And the other half can't imagine slashing them because they're so damn alike that they'd have to be related. So part of me wants to put Tony in Eureka and watch the pair of them drive Jack crazy. Or possibly watch Jack and Tony drive Nathan crazy. I can't imagine either of them driving Tony crazy, because movie!verse Tony Stark doesn't seem like the type to let anything drive him crazy.

If I thought this hard about real-life, I'd have a job I actually like right now. Huh.
clo_again: (Spaced - omgyay!)
EVERYBODY. DID YOU KNOW THAT MERLIN SERIES TWO STARTS TOMORROW AT 6:40PM?

I DID NOT. I AM SO VERY EXCITED. OH MY GOD.

...HOW CRAP IS THEIR ADVERTISING THAT I ALMOST MISSED THIS?


Merlin. Tomorrow. 6:40pm. Yes. WHY DIDN'T ANY OF YOU TELL ME?
clo_again: (Hot Fuzz - Dorkitude)
MERLIN.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. THERE IS TOO MUCH TO THINK.

...

I DO THINK THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH MERLIN/ARTHUR.

...

*FLAILS BECAUSE TYPING COHERENTLY IS TOO DIFFICULT*

(Also: CANNOT WAIT A WHOLE YEAR FOR MORE MERLIN. BEEBEESEE YOU BASTARDS FOR ONLY HAVING THIRTEEN EPISODE SERIES. *dance of rage*)
clo_again: (Hustle - WhileYouSleep)
I was filled with glee last night when I discovered that [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock was writing Merlin fic, because Merlin fic that I know will be good before I even start it is like gold. So, have some recs:

Starting with the delightful WiP AU that is Drastically Redefining Protocol (that's part one; part two is here. It's cracking me up with the whole MODERN BRITISH ROYALTY angle which is so oddly, hilariously, insanely well-done and Merlin-the-exhausted-med-student may be my new favourite thing with the moments of heartbreak interspersed with his fangirlish love of the crown prince and oh, I am obsessively checking for part three even though part two was only posted this morning. So much love.

And if WiPs put you off (they usually do me but [livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock and Merlin, there was just no way to resist it) try August. Sweet like thick honey, a softer, lazier look at Merlin and Arthur than the show has time to give us, with a wonderful Arthur-voice and jokes about what Merlin's mother will do when she finds out her son was despoiled in tree. This is going to be one of my happy fics that I reread to cheer myself up on bad days. It really is.



Since this appears to be a post of recs, Now For Something Entirely Different when I recommend the sheer insane genius that is [livejournal.com profile] athousandwinds' fic of... well, a snippet of fic arising from Ben Jonson and Shakespeare solve crimes; Marlowe haunts them and gives snarky commentary! which is staggeringly hilarious when put into fic. It made my hellish day yesterday so much better. Go read and marvel (and beg her to write more).

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In less exciting News of Real Lifeness, it is the work's Christmas party tomorrow. I am expecting- well, I don't really know what I'm expecting except that I'm looking at it with more trepidation than anticipation. And then there's our Leaving For the Lake District party on Saturday. I expect I'll be quite relieved come Sunday when I can sit in my PJs and watch Top Gear safe in the knowledge that it's all over.

I do love my dress for the party tomorrow though. As much as it makes breathing a little bit more of an issue than it should really be, it is a fantastic dress. So that's a plus.
clo_again: (Monkton - Where are we going?)
I just recognised the music on the Sky Sports December advert as being from a movie I'd seen recently but couldn't work out which. It took me three rewinds&plays to realise it was from Stardust which I rewatched last week; my music memory used to be pretty good but three relistens is pushing it. Woe for my oldness/job boredom killing my braincells. Maybe I should rewatch Top Gear in work and make it my mission to identify all the music.

In other tellybox news:

Michael Shanks being on Atlantis when I'm channel-surfing past it still throws me. Dear Daniel, stop being in different galaxies to Jack/Mitchell/Vala/Sam. YOU ARE MORE AWESOME TOGETHER. What do you mean problems with character copyrights (except Jack, who should be 'WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WANT MORE TIME OFF RDA, DAMN YOU FOR NOT HAVING CLONES)? Though that was like five seasons back, so I wonder if they sorted that now?* Hm. Anyway, quit it. It's confusing and also I'm three series behind so I don't understand what you're doing there so I can't enjoy extra Daniel-time. You're a very annoying space monkey.

ITV2 were showing The Mummy Returns earlier. I forget how big a fangirl-crush that movie gave me for Oded Fehr. Mmmmm. He was not as pretty in Resident Evil 3 (it was too bad for me to remember what it was actually called) and I was sad (and then annoyed when they did something I won't mention in case there's anyon who still wants to see it and be surprised at something other than how bad Mila Jokovich's airbrushing really is). I should look up his other movies because he is pretty, especially with long hair.

On this week's Merlin:

Own up. Who else thought of Harry Potter when they were in the labyrinth? And then probably facepalmed like I did. Yeah.

I would say more (more about the ARTHUR/MERLIN YAY, ARTHUR/MERLIN/RAT BWAHAHA!) ut Casper is glaring at me to demand food and after that I kind of want a nap. Just because there are no 'rents here to tell me not to.

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They've decided to rent the house they saw today in the Lake District. Apparently the room I'll be in is on the third floor (plus; better view) but has the hot water boiler in there (downside; I shall be demanding a pretty screen to put in front of it, not that I'll actually be there that long hopefully). There is a third small bedroom next to mine which I'm going to make into my library. My parents don't know this yet but they will.

I must go feed Casper before he eats my feet. We haven't told him he's going to the Lake District yet. I'm pretty sure he won't be impressed.

eta: * Obviously they have sorted it because I know Sam wasn't allowed to be in the pilot but she's been on it as a regular since. Although after SG-1 finished. Hm. This is when I would like to work on TV shows, to know what went on behind the scenes.
clo_again: (Hot Fuzz - Dorkitude)
I just went to let Casper out, thought 'that rain sounds very odd', and stuck my head out - into snow. Well half-snow, enough to leave a thin layer on the table outside which has already gone so it must've turned to rain. The BBC is informing me that it's the eastern side of the country getting the snow (surprise surprise; you damn easterners always hog it all) but I'm mainly gleeful that we're having more snow so soon after the last lot. This winter is actually looking promising.

I doubt Casper would agree; he took a look, hesitated, ran outside to hide under the nearest bush for all of three seconds before sprinting back through the door. I can only imagine what he'd be like if we had a good foot or so of snow like we did when I was younger; no doubt we'd have to buy him a litter tray. Or little cat-sized wellies for each foot, which would have the added benefit of being totally hilarious.

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I am still awake at 4am for no logical reason; I fell asleep on the sofa watching Dave's QI marathon then the parental woke me at half two when she came down for a drink. Then I decided to watch The Sarah Connor Chronicles instead of going straight to bed because I've been trying to record this week's episode since Thursday night, when both the normal and +1 showings failed to record. Thankfully Virgin has nothing else to show so it's repeated every night and the fourth attempt finally stuck. Don't know what the hell is going on with Sky because other stuff recorded that night fine, and not amused since it's one of the few remaining things I'm watching with any enthusiasm. Heroes, I'm at least three episodes behind and finding it hard to care, while Spooks is doing its best to keep me interested but there's a limit to how much even shirtless Richard Armitage can do.

Merlin is still excellently, wonderfully, fabulously gay though. I loved tonight's episode so very much that I may have to buy the DVDs when they release the series together (I refuse to buy 'volumes' on account of them just being the BBC's way of cashing in and being ridiculously overpriced) if just for the promise of commentaries. Commentaries.

Also, people? Quit whining that it doesn't follow 'history'. If everything the BBC made followed the same 'history', we'd just be watching the same shows over and over again. It Would Be Dull. They have a dragon living under the castle. Arthur and Merlin are practically sleeping together onscreen. Seriously. This show is just fantastic as it is thank you very much. Stop giving it 'only three stars even though it's really good' just because of history. Boo hiss.

(I'm both worried and intrigued by the episode summary for the finale on Wikipedia [obviously that link contains spoilers]. It could either be fantastic or very very dreadful. Or, considering I can find no mention of a second series anywhere, very depressing. Maybe Arthur/Merlin is too wonderful a thing for the BBC to let it survive to a second series. Alas.

...Actually, I have more faith in the BBC's greed than anything. There'll be a second series. It'll be fine. *handwave*

*touch wood*)

I need Merlin icons but first I need to make Photoshop work. Dammit.

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It's now gone 5am and I should actually go to bed. I can't believe I'm up this late but still haven't done anything useful. Sigh. Weekends should be longer.
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