eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
eleanorjane: The Enterprise at warp speed (vroom)
I haven't watched Discovery yet, but I know Trek has been on peoples' minds as a result of its launch.

I have rediscovered, back in 2009, a series of posts I wrote summarising material gleaned from the Star Trek RPG then published by LUG and Decipher, as a primer to help people new to Trek pick up a bunch of canon-ish background material relatively easily.

As it's eight years old, I thought I'd give it a bump since Trek is back in the collective consciousness again.

The posts are on my canon: star trek tag. They generally haven't been updated to incorporate anything relating to AOS (except one bit), and refer almost entirely to the prime universe/timeline. Re-linked, since someone out there might find it useful.

fic rec!

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:25 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I have been jonesing for good HP longfic lately, in something of a nostalgia kick, and I do have a particular fondness for H/D.

I saw this linked on Tumblr and lost three hours of my life last night as I ripped through this when I should have been sleeping for work because I couldn't stop reading:

What We Pretend We Can't See (131279 words) by gyzym
Chapters: 14/14
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Hermione Granger/Ron Weasley, Neville Longbottom/Ginny Weasley

Seven years out from the war, Harry learns the hard truth of old history: it’s never quite as far behind you as you thought.

I didn't know people were still writing HP fic like this. I'm so happy. ♥

(recs for anything else in this vein gratefully appreciated; I've reread Transfigurations and the collected works of Blamebrampton a ridiculous number of times at this point and would love something new.)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I got another commission back today :)

art under the cut! )


(I'm posting all the art I've commissioned under the character art tag - there's another one of Aspen in there so far, and some other characters, and more to come. :))
eleanorjane: john crichton on a beach (john crichton)
I read this on tumblr today, and it made me cry at my desk. Twice.

So good.


Jan. 10th, 2017 12:23 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I know it's unlikely, but are there any Dreamwidth or compatible apps for iOS?
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I feel really kind of guilty, in some ways - 2016 was such a dire year for so many people, and yet mine was... pretty great. As my housemate says: "Out there, 2016 sucked. Inside this house, it's been a good year."

So, my 2016:
- I started the year working for a community services non-profit employed through an agency. They liked me and wanted to keep me, so at the end of February they put me on a contract, which was gratifying.

- At the end of March, my partner moved out and dumped me, in a not particularly elegant way. The breakup was painful, which wasn't very surprising as he was not a communicative man even at the best of times. However, I have always done just fine on my own, and after an Easter weekend of wallowing at my parents' house, I was pretty much fine. We have remained cordial albeit distant friends.

- This prompted me to make an offer to G, one of my closest and oldest friends - G had split with his long-time partner at the end of 2015, and was visiting family in another state for six weeks before returning to Brisbane to find somewhere to live. (The week before Easter was a bad week - G left for six weeks, my partner dumped me and moved out, and my only real friend at work went overseas for three months. I felt a bit abandoned!) So I said to G, "well, I've got this spare room empty..." and got back "...I'll be back in next weekend." \o/

- So my domestic situation is pretty damn great. G is a great friend and I absolutely love living with him. And as the absolute icing on the cake, G is also the only person I know who is as keen about (tabletop roleplaying) gaming as I am, and thus has been running a frigging amazing one-on-one Exalted game for me for the last eight months. SO HAPPY. 😍

- Meanwhile, in May, I was offered a year-long promotion from August 2016 to August 2017, acting as the team leader for our region's Admin team. There was some awkwardness about how that happened, but basically from August onwards I've been loving my job. I really enjoy leadership, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity -- I had no leadership experience on my resume to date, so this has been very valuable.

So to sum up, in 2016 I: am far happier out of my previous relationship; have acquired an excellent housemate which has also strengthened our friendship even more; am able to access my favourite hobby whenever I want, instead of having to wait for the moons to align; have stepped into a work role I genuinely really enjoy; have significantly strengthened my resume for my next job search.

I sort of feel like I stole all the good fortune everyone else should have had in 2016. Sorry people! *sheepish*

I hope 2017 for you all is as awesome as 2016 was for me.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
If you're here from the friending meme, hi! I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. If I haven't already responded to your adding of me, do feel free to drop me a message if you like :)

If you aren't here from the friending meme, and you haven't already checked it out, and you'd like to meet more people, do check it out -

Do it for the giraffes!


In other news, I will shortly be winding down my venerable and long-time LiveJournal, [livejournal.com profile] ladyjestyr (and my secondary fandom LJ, [livejournal.com profile] eleanorjane, and let's just confuse things by making that my primary username here on Dreamwidth, good job Eleanor). Much of the content there has been crossposted from here since I moved to Dreamwidth, and I'll be investigating import options to capture the earlier stuff and the LJ-specific comment threads. I really don't check LJ any more at all, and with the brouhaha over the servers moving to Russia, it seems like a good time.

If you're a LiveJournal user and I haven't already connected with you on Dreamwidth, please do let me know your DW username so I can read you over here instead. If you're a LiveJournal-only user and you haven't yet checked it out, I do recommend Dreamwidth -- it runs very stably* off a fork of LJ's software, which is much improved from the base IMO, and Dreamwidth is generally an ethical and very user-responsive company. There's no advertising, basic accounts are free, and premium/paid features are very reasonable.

* Is stably even a real word? I sort of think it should be stablely, but that's just as weird. I dunno.
eleanorjane: Chiana (call me pip)
With the proviso that I'm terrible at these things because I can never remember what happened in which year:

1. Your main fandom of the year?

Probably Marvel Cinematic Universe at the start of the year, migrating to Star Wars? Honestly, I tend to go where the recs go. :)

2. Your favorite film watched this year?

Deadpool! ♥

Rogue One would be close behind, though, and I also really enjoyed Star Trek Beyond, and Doctor Strange.

3. Your favorite book read this year?

I didn't read much new-to-me published fiction, so unless you're counting rereads (in which case the oeuvre of Guy Gavriel Kay will win every year), I'd have to say Valour's Choice by Tanya Huff, which reminded me how much I love military sci-fi.

4. Your favorite TV show of the year?

This was the year I really gave up on TV. Pretty much the only stuff I made time for was QI (SANDI ♥) and Mock the Week, so I'd have to say one of those.

5. Your favorite online fandom community of the year?

Fandom. :)

6. Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

I... don't actually know that I made any fandom discoveries this year? I have had a lot less time for reading than in past years, which definitely affects that - I haven't had time to keep up with my AO3 subscriptions, let alone go looking for new stuff.

7. Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

I would say Captain America: Civil War, except I knew going into it that it would be that bad. But it could have been so good! *sigh*

8. Your TV boyfriend of the year?
9. Your TV girlfriend of the year?

It's weird, I don't tend to fixate on specific characters the way other people do - I might love to read about them or watch them, but they're usually not my type at all.

10. Your biggest squee moment of the year?

Probably the Sabotage scene from Star Trek Beyond. "I have the beats and shouting." Hee! ♥

11. The most missed of your old fandoms?

I miss the early heady days of MCU fandom, where everything was possible. :) I also had a major HP-verse nostalgia trip this year and reread a bunch of beloved fic which still holds up really very well.

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

I must admit, as a long-time gaming nerd, Critical Role has been piquing my interest. :)

(Having said that, one of the reasons I have a lot less fandom time these days is that post-breakup, I have a new housemate - a long-time close friend and the GM of my gaming group, who's running an utterly awesome one-on-one Exalted game for me. Why watch other people roleplaying when I could be doing it myself? :))

13. Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Star Wars: Episode VIII. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Mass Effect: Andromeda. (I'm trying to get the Mass Effect trilogy played, finally, before its release - hampered by my PC's new overheating issue, grr!)

More art!

Dec. 28th, 2016 11:28 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
The first commission turned out so well that I went on a bit of a spree :)

This one's of Cathak Korin and Cathak Avila, Fire Aspect Dragon-Bloods and partners in crime. Avila's one of my favourite characters ever and Korin likewise for J.

yaaaaaaaaaay! )

eleanorjane: Holtzmann, licking her guns. Unf. (holtzmann)
I was hi-lariously amused at work today when a colleague talked about having seen the new Ghostbusters and how she really liked Jenny McCarthy in it. Wait, what? But she confessed that she too had an epic crush on Holtzmann, so I'll forgive her.

Honestly, I thought Ghostbusters was fucking great. The editing was a bit shaky, I thought - you could see the holes where scenes had been and weren't any more - but the movie was better without the scenes they took out, and honestly you could have just given me two straight hours of Holtzmann licking her guns and being better than everything and I'd have been happy.

And oh, god, KEVIN. I feel like a bit of a traitor for going to see a movie whose defining feature in the zeitgeist is its female cast and then delighting in the male bit part, but honestly, Kevin was a fucking treasure and basically a rather daffy pet in human skin and I will fight you if you don't agree. (Okay, I won't, I'll just be sad for you.)

It is not often I get a movie that's exactly what I wanted from it. Ghostbusters hit that mark again and again, so I am perfectly content.

Also, jesus, HOLTZMANN. ♥

(Edit: also, I really want a Holtzmann vid to "Timber". That would be aces.)

so, imzy.

Aug. 3rd, 2016 07:53 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Does anyone know how long the queue for signups/invites is taking at the moment?

(Also, I saw Ghostbusters, and like everyone else I now have an epic crush on Holtzmann, omg.)


May. 24th, 2016 06:51 pm
eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
Back from Civil War with the housemate.

spoilery )

At least we have fic!
eleanorjane: Korben Dallas, smirking and pointing a gun. (amused)
An online clothes shopping order arrived recently, and it included this lovely plum-coloured wool-blend poncho.

The hang-tag talked about the knit blend, and included the immortal line “…with a hint of alpaca…”.

Now, call me crazy, but when your fibre mix includes a small amount of a particular fibre, you usually list it as “5% alpaca”, or similar. “Hint of”, to me, says RECIPE.

So I can’t help but imagine that at the sweatshop, the poncho is lovingly handcrafted and then finished off with a delicate garnish of grated alpaca over the top.

I mimed this out to my housemate, complete with alarmed bleating to simulate the alpaca being grated, and he laughed and suggested “Six letters, starts and ends with A.” I looked a bit blank – “Hint of alpaca!” he pointed out. “Do you not do crosswords or something?”


In other news, my new housemate is pretty great. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I know at least a few dwircle-adjacent peeps use IFTTT and Pinboard; this may be useful or relevant information.
eleanorjane: fabulous space princess (leia)
For those of you who have been reading the new runs of Star Wars comics and tie-in novels recently, which ones are particularly worth looking at?
eleanorjane: Daisy Bagley as Rey (rey)
I liked it a hell of a lot. I don't think I'm able to unconditionally love Star Wars movies any more, because I'm not seven, but this was pretty fucking awesome.

Some thoughts, various levels of spoilery. )
eleanorjane: fabulous space princess (leia)

I don't even know how I feel. I will make a more sensible reaction post when my brain is less like a ferret on pixie sticks.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Life has been pretty much uneventful.

Mostly. I'm working at a new job; it's only a temporary contract, although I was told otherwise when I was recruited - still, it's valuable experience in a growing industry I'd been hoping to enter, so it's definitely worth doing. It's a hell of a slog; there's more work there than I can handle, so I've been working a lot of unpaid overtime* and being very stressed. For all of that, though, I actually really enjoy the job itself and not hating my job is a delightful novelty.

(* that's 'a lot' by my standards, not by 'crunch time in the videogaming industry' standards or anything)

Other than that, though, life continues as it always does. Gaming three times a week - D&D with Chris's group on Tuesday nights, Exalted and/or Shadowrun with my long-running group on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Raiding in WoW on Sunday and Monday nights. When I put it like that, it's no surprise I've been a ghost around these parts, I guess.

I've noticed a real tendency to disengage from social networks lately - I still read everything multiple times a day, I just ... find it hard to get up the wherewithal to comment. I shall attempt to rectify that.
eleanorjane: Hope van Dyne, looking over her shoulder at the camera. (hope)
First, let me preface this by saying that I have almost no awareness of any of the Ant-Man characters in canon, although I've enjoyed the versions of Janet I've seen popping up in various MCU-fic, and I'm aware of Hank Pym's general unpopularity at least in the circles of fandom I frequent (right along with the Everyone Hates Reed Richards meme).

So, given that I came into Ant-Man with no real feeling about how things ought to be: my thoughts, positive but non-specifically spoilery )

I had no major complaints and a lot of fun. More like this please, Marvel.


Jul. 15th, 2015 11:30 pm
eleanorjane: Hope van Dyne, looking over her shoulder at the camera. (hope)
...I enjoyed that a LOT more than I expected.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So, hooray, I'm being made redundant.

That's along with about 85% of my department - our roles are being moved overseas. We had the opportunity to apply for one of the retained positions, but like almost everyone else, I decided to take the package and go.

It's a new experience for me; I've never been made redundant before. I'm fortunate in that my employers are providing a lot of support, including access to an excellent career transition service, and the package is pretty damn generous. I have heard horror stories from those not so fortunate with other redundancies - this process could be a lot worse.

I have seriously mixed feelings about it all. On the one hand, this is a good prompt to go out and find a position that'll be perfect for me, and I'm in a better position to do so than I've ever been before, and I've learnt a lot in my current job about what I do and don't want from future jobs. On the other hand, I genuinely am going to miss this place; it's been hands-down the best place I've ever worked, with good leadership and colleagues.

We were notified in March that this was happening; I volunteered to stay on during the transition, so I've still had a job up until now. That ends this week; I finish Wednesday. I've applied for a few jobs so far, but haven't had any nibbles, and to be honest I don't mind the idea of taking a few weeks off and just relaxing (and working on a few projects). But the uncertainty is getting to me, especially given that I'm hoping my next job is going to be a step up, not just more of the same.

Fun times.
eleanorjane: Korben Dallas, smirking and pointing a gun. (amused)
The four dozen eggs I understand, but what possessed me to order six cans of assorted cannellini beans and chick peas?

I really need to stop doing my online grocery orders after midnight. Clearly I get very strange ideas.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Apparently I've only posted twice in the last six months. Whoops. >.< (In my defense, I've spent half of the last few months doing a new role at work, which is more challenging - and a lot more interesting, and I'm glad to have the opportunity! - but it does tend to leave me rather tired and I wind up staring dumbly at WoW all night instead of doing anything constructive.

Anyway, one benefit of my new no-longer-working-from-home lifestyle is that I tend to go to the cinema a lot more often. Tonight, we saw Jupiter Ascending. My thoughts under the cut:

spoilery: )

I don't really have much other news. I saw Kingsman last week as well, but I am more conflicted about it. (I loved it! but I feel sort of guilty about that!) I saw Big Hero 6 a few weeks back and enjoyed it a lot, although I saw the "twists" coming miles off.

Next cinema trip for me may well be Penguins of Madagascar, because I am easy. Chris wants to see The Seventh Son, but we'll see; the trailers haven't inspired me in the slightest. Home is coming in a month; I'm very ambivalent about it. It's not the True Meaning of Smekday; if I can make myself remember that I should be fine. And then it's a dry spell until Avengers: Age of Ultron on April 23rd - about which I am also ambivalent, but at least if it turns out badly there will be several metric tons of fanworks doing it better. :)
eleanorjane: Elwood Blues, staring out his bedroom window at the L. (pensive)
Well, I just got home from the Annual Traditional Boxing Day Watching Of The Middle-Earth Movie - on this occasion, the third Hobbit movie.

thoughts: )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
It is always sad to see someone have a sudden attack of being a colossal raging jerkbag. (At least, I hope it's a sudden attack. It would be even more disappointing if he's been this much of a jerkbag all along.)

This is possibly my only regret about the Internet - I find it almost impossible to consume the things I love any more without that consumption being coloured by my knowledge of the people behind the things I love. I'm not going to say that I liked it better when authors were just a postage-stamp-sized headshot on the flap of a dustjacket, but I'm thinking about it.


In other news, I'm super tired. I'm so tired that I bailed on the Pentatonix concert I was meant to go to last night - for which I'd bought tickets and all - and said "screw this, I'm just going home". It's not a lack of sleep, per se, it's just a total lack of "me" time, chill-out-at-home-and-do-nothing time. This weekend is going to be full of that sort of time and I will stab people in the eyeballs if they try to make me do things.


Aug. 7th, 2014 04:47 pm
eleanorjane: Filmstrips with frames from vidding source, captioned "Vidding". (vidding)
I swear I remember a scene in an MCU movie with Captain America's frozen body, on a bed or operating table. (I seem to recall it was fairly dimly-lit, blue-toned, and only very brief.) The only remotely similar scene I can find is from the start of Captain America, when the rescuers find Steve's frozen shield.

Was it a deleted scene? Am I just imagining it? Can anyone help?
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Signs you've been in fandom too long (or, perhaps, just long enough):

Someone says "Oh, it's a movie with Clint!" and your first reaction is "well, Marvel hasn't made a Hawkeye movie yet, and his appearance in Thor is blink-and-you'll-miss-it, so they're probably talking about Avengers", when you realise they're talking about Eastwood, not Barton.
eleanorjane: Korben Dallas, smirking and pointing a gun. (amused)
So they've adapted The True Meaning of Smekday into a movie, Home. It doesn't look much like the book, although it might be fun regardless, but wow, is their voice casting weird.

For instance, Hollywood has always had an issue with casting older actors to play younger characters (eg the mid-20s actors playing teenagers in the original Beverley Hills 90210). However, Home takes this to ridiculous extremes: Tip, the main character - who is nine years old in the book - is being played by Rihanna.

Rihanna does not sound like a nine-year-old, people.


Jun. 14th, 2014 07:35 pm
eleanorjane: Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, onstage, head thrown back and arms wide to the crowd. (elation)
And now, a meme!

(p.s. i'm very tired!)

You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your media player and write down the first 20 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.

Well, I disagree that someone's musical taste tells you much of anything except their background, and I don't do the tagging thing, but here goes:

1. Storm Large - Ladylike
2. A Perfect Circle - The Fiddle and the Drum
3. Depeche Mode - Hole to Feed
4. Tom Jones with Heather Small - You Need Love Like I Do
5. Paul Mac feat. Peta Morris - Just The thing
6. A Perfect Circle - Vanishing
7. Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
8. Robbie Williams feat. Rupert Everett - They Can't Take That Away From Me
9. Sir Mixalot - Baby Got Back
10. Portishead - Sour Times
11. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
12. Juno Reactor - Rotorblade
13. Tori Amos - China
14. Brian Tyler & Klaus Badelt - Deo et Patri
15. Supergrass - Alright
16. Paul Kelly - To Her Door
17. Screaming Jets - Shine On
18. N.E.R.D. feat. Lee Harvey & Vita - Lapdance
19. Sarah McLeod - He Doesn't Love You
20. House of Pain - Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Seems appropriately eclectic...
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Jesus Christ, it's like fandom is actually trying to kill people with cuteness at this point.

To wit, a rec:

You Know How I Feel, aka, The Adventures of Bucky and Muffy the Dinosaur (4511 words) by ifeelbetter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Avengers & Bucky
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, original dinosaur

Bucky saved a tiny dinosaur and took her home to Avengers Tower and on the way remembered how to laugh and sleep in soft beds.

eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
Memery, because I'm braindead, with adjustments from the original:

Who is your Doctor?
Nine. I have great fondness for Eleven, too. I didn't much enjoy Ten - I have no objection to David Tennant, but I disliked the character and his arc and generally lost interest in the series around that time. I've never been into classic Who (though I did get a letter from Peter Davison when I was a little girl) because I'm allergic to visibly bad special effects (I don't watch classic Trek, either).

Who is your Doctor's companion? AMY POND ♥♥♥ (and, okay, Rory is alright too ;))

Who is your Batman? I... kind of dislike Batman, to be honest, partly because he's canonically a dick (caveat: not a highly educated opinion here) and particly because he's such a fanboy favourite that his existence exerts logic-defying reality-bending powers on the DC verse.

Who is your Cat Woman? No strong feelings here. (Why can't there be a Who is your Wonder Woman? question here? Stupid DC. (My answer would be Gina Torres. Or, these days, if they insist on someone younger, Gina Carano.))

Who is your Sherlock Holmes? Jonny Lee Miller.

Who is your fictional female federal agent? My own RPG characters don't count, right? ;) I'd have to say Kensi Blye, then, with an honourable mention for Sydney Bristow.

Who is your Bond? Would that I could say Idris Elba here. Daniel Craig makes an adequate substitute, though I have a great fondness for Pierce Brosnan's Bond, too.

Who is your fictional female assassin? Natasha Romanoff ♥

Who is your captain of the Enterprise? Picard. (Though Sulu's brief acting captaincy in STID was a pretty freakin' awesome cameo in the Captain role.)
eleanorjane: Filmstrips with frames from vidding source, captioned "Vidding". (vidding)
Two nights of work and I actually have thirty-eight seconds of timeline that I'm mostly happy with.


(Dear non-vidders, yes, this is actually a victory. :))
eleanorjane: Filmstrips with frames from vidding source, captioned "Vidding". (vidding)
It's days like this I really wish I had vidding friends in my city, so I could go and watch how they work their magic. It's not the technical aspects of using vidding software (that stumbling block comes later!) so much as trying to make decisions that's stumping me, and it's something I just haven't done enough vidding to have practice in.

(This thought brought to you by the realisation that I have spent all evening fucking about with this and I have exactly two clips on the timeline that I'm actually happy with. :))
eleanorjane: Filmstrips with frames from vidding source, captioned "Vidding". (vidding)
Yay! Awesome fanvid idea! Woo!

...now I have to wait for source material. Boo.

(Also, buying all the source material on iTunes is going to cost me about a hundred and fifty bucks. Maybe I should refrain and just wrangle with DVD-ripping instead. :/)

Anybody got up-to-date tips for DVD ripping (for vidding with legit DVDs I own, not for piracy, ie HQ viddable output required) on a Mac? It's been ages since I dealt with that.
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
What I just finished reading

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I enjoyed this in the same way I enjoyed the Burn Notice tie-ins by Tod Goldberg (which I've been thinking about rereading) -- it's a slice of the show. There were a few odd notes (see below) but by and large, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to more.

And before that it was Broken Homes, the latest of the Peter Grant books, a couple of days ago. I did not expect the thing at the end! I should have, but I didn't. Probably my second-favourite of the series, after the first book, and I'm looking forward to more.

What I'm reading now

Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone, on the recommendation of [livejournal.com profile] incandescens and [personal profile] bryant. I'm not far in, and enjoying it so far, although I nearly put it down in Chapter 1 when the book did the foreshadowing thing of "X did this thing, but little did they know it would turn out to be a terrible mistake". (That thing usually makes me totally unable to read any further.) This time I persevered, with a bit of page-skipping involved.

What I'm reading next

Probably Two Serpents Rise, if I finish and enjoy Three Parts Dead. Alternatively, The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, about which I have heard good things.


more about veronica mars, mildly spoilery for movie and book )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Well, today I finished Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, the fourth Peter Grant book. I have really enjoyed the entire series, and loved the sense of place in all of them -- it's clearly written by a Londoner who is writing what he knows, which means that the sense of place is effortless rather than the writer working hard for it. (I remember an Oklahoma native saying that about the TV series Saving Grace, and my understanding of what they meant had always been academic until I read these books.)

Of course, now I don't have anything lined up to read next. I have a ton of books on my iPad, but none of them are really leaping out at me; I've been idly dipping into a whole bunch of memoirs but the fact that none of them are sticking rather suggests that I'm in a fiction mood. I've been thinking about trying the Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan, purely on the strength of her fanfic, but I suspect that whatever I read next will have a hard time living up to the Peter Grant books.

Which is a problem, because I find I need books to make the workday bearable.

Any recommendations? I'm looking for stuff that's going to be readable in chunks and doesn't require a huge amount of brainpower, preferably with a good sense of humour and minimal angst. Preferably without stupid characters who do stupid things in the name of plot devices. :)


Apr. 10th, 2014 11:11 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
So I gave up doing the Wednesday reading meme after weeks and weeks of "um, all I read this week was fanfic, please don't judge me" delays, because I just wasn't reading.

However! New Job has left me with lunchtimes and breaks to occupy, my iPad mini is stuffed full of iBooks, and there's no wifi to be had. So I've been reading. :)

In the last couple of weeks I've ploughed through three of the four (so far) Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch, and I have loved them. I mean, I really wanted to just sit down and read ALL OF THEM AT ONCE as soon as I got home from work on the first day I started reading them, but I've been forcing myself not to do that so I have them to enjoy at work. I have enough other things to entertain me at home, after all; I don't need to use up the best thing about my work day.

They're really great books, is what I'm saying. I probably wouldn't have done more than dip into the first one had I not remembered [personal profile] musesfool commending them in a recentish post, but I'm so glad I did. They're set in London, in a world where magic exists but is hidden from the common man. The main character is PC Peter Grant, a black London copper, and reading it feels like watching a slightly AU episode of The Bill, which is no bad thing. It's dry and funny and I've had to restrain myself from laughing my head off in the tearoom, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. They're the kind of book that you want to recommend to everyone you know -- except in my case I'm not sure my dad would appreciate the mystery side of the stories, my mother doesn't like fantasy, and almost no-one else I know in RL reads any more.

So instead, I recommend all of them unto you, since I know you lot read. ;) Two thumbs up from me.
eleanorjane: Natasha Romanoff, looking intent. (natasha)
The last trailer before the movie was for Guardians of the Galaxy, and it got a lot of laughs and appreciative noises. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

My thoughts, point form, because I'm not sensible enough right now to write coherently:

Spoilers! )


Jan. 24th, 2014 03:39 pm
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
I love AO3 - I use it all the time as a reader and on the rare occasions I write, I'm glad it's there. I'm truly grateful for its existence, and the immense amount of work that AO3 and OTW volunteers put in.

I can't help but wonder, though, at what the AO3 might have been if it had been launched as a commercial venture, using the same kind of model as Dreamwidth. What might it look like today?
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
The new Veronica Mars trailer is out.

I dunno. On the one hand, new Veronica Mars YAY. On the other hand... a love triangle? Really? As one of the core tensions of the movie? I'm so done with love triangles, and that's when the movie or show in question isn't based on them.

I'll watch the movie, of course - hell, I've already paid for it; it'd be silly not to. And it looks from the trailer as though there's a lot to love about it. I just wish they hadn't taken that path.
eleanorjane: Mako Mori will kick your ass. (mako)
Swiped from [personal profile] anoel:

What fandoms did you acquire in 2013?

Sleepy Hollow, Elementary (I can't remember if I started watching it in 2012, but let's say not), and various movie adoration (primarily Pacific Rim). Apparently "who cares about the plot, give me awesome characters and their interactions" is my thing; who knew? Oh, and Agents of SHIELD, which I'd have given up in two episodes if it weren't for the MCU tie-in, but it's improving now.

What fandoms did you let go of in 2013?

I don't know that I'd say I've "let go" of any fandoms, but I've fallen very behind on a lot of the shows I used to watch: NCIS (both flavours), Castle, Burn Notice - I have a full season or more of each of them waiting for me. I'll catch up at some stage, I'm sure.

What fandoms did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

I don't know about "mean to" - if I mean to get into a fandom, I do. About the only thing I'm interested in that I haven't watched, at this stage, is Orphan Black. And honestly, I doubt it'll push my buttons long-term. I'm also kind of curious about Nikita, though again I suspect it won't hold me for long.

What fandoms do you intend on checking out in 2014?

Intend to? Well, I'd like to at least try out Nikita. Other than that, it really depends on what the new TV year brings.

And Captain America: Winter Soldier, of course, but really that's just part of the larger MCU fandom, I think.

At some stage, hopefully Chris and I can finish watching Babylon 5 (we ground to a halt in Season 4 due to my distaste for betrayal storylines) so we can move on to Burn Notice - I want to do a rewatch, and Chris is interested in watching with me.

What fandoms do you think you might let go of in 2014 unless things significantly improve?

I suspect I may wind up giving up on NCIS and maybe Castle - recent developments in NCIS have substantially reduced my interest in the show, and Castle's storylines post-Castle-and-Beckett-getting-together were making me uncomfortable, so we'll see how it goes.

What fandoms do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?

I'm not so faithful that I'll stick with something if it's truly crappy.

That said, there's a difference between the source material being crappy and the fandom being crappy. Even if, say, Elementary became boring rubbish, I might stop watching the show, but I wouldn't leave the fandom unless people universally followed the show's slide into crapness.

What show impressed you most in 2013?

Sleepy Hollow. Because the premise is ridiculous, and yet it's so incredibly watchable anyway - and they've thrown themselves into this ridiculous premise. This show starts where other shows jump the shark. And the strength of the characters, and the respectful casting and writing, is just a surprising joy to me.

What show impressed you least in 2013?

Agents of SHIELD. It seemed like a shoo-in for AWESOME, and yet it started out very weakly and still hasn't really hit its stride yet. I'm not giving up on it, but I don't expect much from it right now.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Captain America: Winter Soldier. I'm sure there's other stuff too, but everything else pales next to that right now. :)
eleanorjane: Joan Watson, looking awesome. (Default state.) (my dear watson)
I am home, Internets! I had a lovely Christmas with my family (now with bonus Chris!) and it was generally relaxing, apart from the actual travel portion, thankyou holiday traffic. (That thankyou was a lie.)

Things are back to normal now - Chris is back to working from the office again, which means I have the house to myself during the day, which means I can be productive again. (Chris working home was entirely lovely, but it was way too easy to distract myself with his presence. :)) I have a looot to catch up on, so it'll be valuable.


I saw The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug at the cinema on Boxing Day with Chris and my dad. Thoughts behind the cut: mildly spoilery. )


Other than that, I got a lovely Elementary story for Yuletide:

1, 2, 3, 4, tell me what you're looking for (1180 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes

otherwise known as: 10 moments from Joan Watson's new life as a consulting detective, with occasional guest stars.

Entirely recommended. Thankyou, thankyou, mystery author!

I have not done any other Yuletide reading yet, apart from two or three recs of the "drop everything and read this" variety. I hope to rectify this soon!


And finally, I owe one more post for the December talking meme, but I am behind on things, and it still needs a bit of thought to articulate what I mean to say, so I shall leave that for next post. :)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
December 20: Your strangest fandom (interpret this how you will) (from [personal profile] plasmoids)

When I first thought about this, I was thinking of "fandoms for unusual or obscure things" (which generally I've not been in), and then "fandoms who behave strangely", but let's face it, every fandom is capable of doing shit that just does not make sense when viewed from outside that specific fandom. (Citations: ship wars, fandom_wank, tinfoil hattery, CrystalWank, showing fic to the actors, and all the other headdesky stuff we collectively do. Oh, fandom. ♥)

Really, though, the only way I can interpret the question to actually yield a meaningful answer is to see it as "which fandom experience has been the least typical for me?"

The answer would have to be Constantine (which is, I think, the fandom where I first met [personal profile] plasmoids). Not because there was anything unusual about Constantine itself, or the fandom, but because I was so active. I joined comms. I helped run a comm. I read everything I could find. I threw myself into every discussion I saw, and squee'd madly over the (extremely awesome) fics the fandom was producing.

Hell, I even wrote fic for it. (Not that I ever posted it.) Now that is strange. :)

Because I don't tend to write fic often, and struggle when I do, I often feel isolated from fandom - I will happily meta until the cows come home, but mostly fannish conversations happen through fic, and because I'm just a reader, I don't tend to get to have those conversations. So Constantine fandom was a very unusual (and memorable, and enjoyable) experience for me.

(And why the hell don't I have any Constantine icons on DW?!)


List of questions/days for the talking meme; prompt away!
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December 15: First fandom? Or first fannish thing you shared? (from [personal profile] st_aurafina)

This one's actually really hard for me to answer, because I'm having trouble defining "fandom". :)

I was personally fannish about stuff I loved from a young age - I remember competing with Dad on Middle-Earth trivia as a pre-teen, for example - but I didn't have many peers to be fannish with, and I didn't have the kind of aspirations that would have seen me coming up with self-insert fannish fantasies by myself (which seems to be the other common path into fandom).

[The first things I was solo-fannish about: Star Wars, LotR, Star Trek, Anne McCaffrey's various early works, and Julian May's Pliocene & Galactic Milieu series.]

And then came the internet (I'm in my late 30s, so my first access to the internet was via my father's academic staff access in my late teens, and then from my own University shortly thereafter). I found newsgroups for things I loved, of course, but for various reasons I never really got involved.

Blogging, actually, was what got me into fandom. I knew [personal profile] cupiscent from an Aussie blogging group, and followed her on LJ when she mentioned it, and she was writing in and talking about X-Men Movieverse fandom at the time. And, obviously, reccing the other good stuff she came across.

This was a revelation to me; I'd never encountered people who engaged with their fannish loves like this before. I was hooked. I loved the "what if?" nature of fanfic, the way you could pose interesting questions about characters and settings. I hadn't been fannish myself about the movie (although I'd enjoyed it a lot) until this point, but the fandom made me a fan.

So, honestly, I'd have to say X-Men Movieverse was my first fandom, in the mainstream sense, although I was fannish about a lot of other things before that. (Mostly sf/f books/movies/TV, unsurprisingly.)

In many ways, that set the tone for my engagement with fandom: with a few exceptions, I've generally entered a fandom because of the fandom, not because of the source material. Provided I know the source material well enough to understand what's going on, I'm much more likely to follow a fandom based on the kinds of fanworks you can find there - the popular fanons, the kinds of stories people like to tell, et cetera - rather than my own engagement with the source.

[The biggest exception: Avengers/MCU fandom, where I'm just as engaged with and excited by the source material as I am by the fandom.]

This is largely because I'm mostly a fannish consumer rather than producer, though, and in that light it feels more understandable. And, too, the fandoms in which I've produced fanworks (or in the case of vids, half-produced some which now languish unfinished on various hard drives) don't have substantial overlap with the fandoms I consume most avidly.


List of questions/days for the talking meme; prompt away!


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