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Fic Masterlist

Okay, so apparently the fic-writing retirement wasn"t as official as I thought, so this list keeps growing. *g*Collapse )

Jul. 1st, 2015


Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day to all Canucks and non-Canucks alike! :-) I thought I'd start off by sharing this fabulous vid a friend sent me on Facebook. It's so absurdly Canadian that it seems perfect for the occasion:

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Jun. 23rd, 2015


James Horner

I was very sorry to hear the news about James Horner. It's probably not a surprise that I'm a fan of his work considering that I'm a soundtrack junkie, though, surprisingly, I think I only own two of his film scores -- Well...three if you count the tape cassette of The Patriot Games soundtrack that is buried somewhere in my parents' house. Despite evidence to the contrary, I do have a soft spot for Horner. One of the first soundtracks I ever bought (if not the first) is the soundtrack for Willow, which I still love. I think it stands up very well for an eighties soundtrack and doesn't sound dated at all:

I'm sorry that James Horner will no longer be able to create beautiful film scores,
but I appreciate and admire the wonderful music he was able to leave us before he was gone.

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Jun. 8th, 2015


Working From Home Seems Like a *REALLY* Good Idea This Morning!

Despite the issues I've recently had with a couple of my neighbours, working from home seems like a really good option today. This morning around 6:30 am the subway system had to close down. And I'm not talking one line or two lines. It was ALL four lines. The TTC had to close the subway because their subway communication systems completely shut down. People had to be evacuated from all the stations and left to take shuttle buses -- shuttle buses that weren't arriving because there was no way to contact them. However, even if the TTC had been able to send out some shuttle buses, it wouldn't have been enough. Half a million people travel on the subway during rush hour, so it would have been impossible to transport everyone. Fortunately, around 7:30, all of the lines were back up again, but I know everything must have still been chaos. I've seen the aftermath of delays affecting just one line and it's not pretty. Of course, a lot of people do have a Plan B, but not everyone can have one that's entirely reliant on buses and/or streetcars. Did I also mention that it's been raining? The timing really couldn't have been much worse.

I really feel sorry for everyone who's had to commute on the TTC this morning. Yikes! What a mess!

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Jun. 2nd, 2015


Doors Open Toronto 2015

I should have posted this over a week ago, but I'm hoping it was worth the wait. My mom, sister and I took advantage of Doors Open Toronto again this year and visited three fabulous locations in Scarborough. I'll provide a bit of background on each place, but this entry will mostly be made up of pictures. Pretty pictures of pretty places!Collapse )

May. 18th, 2015


Happy Victoria Day!

Happy Victoria Day! :-) Not my most productive day. I'm recovering from a migraine, so I'm still in my pyjamas and have been awake for less than an hour after taking a two-hour nap. So how is this any different from the way you usually observe public holidays?Collapse )

May. 3rd, 2015


Fic: The Feint

Title: The Feint
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Sir Guy of Gisburne, Robert of Huntingdon, Tuck, Little John
Category: General, adventure
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,984
Summary: Some plans are more foolproof than others.
Spoilers: Brief nods to “The Witch of Elsdon” and “The Greatest Enemy” and more significant spoilers for “Herne’s Son,” Parts 1 & 2 and “The Time of the Wolf”.
Notes: This was written for Addie Faction’s RA Magazine. It was also written in, like, three days and I’m sure it shows. However, I’m hoping that at least the Guy Groupies will get some enjoyment out of it.

This takes place some time after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

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Apr. 30th, 2015


Mucho Gracias!

I just want to thank everyone who was kind enough to send me birthday wishes on Facebook and LJ! I would like to thank the following people in particular: pyrateanny for the homemade card (with the excellent watercolour painting on the front), karen9 for the beautiful card sent all the way from South Africa and her birthday post on LJ, grondfic for the LJ birthday post with the wonderful photo, jackycomelately for her brilliant birthday card, and raven714 for her fantastic birthday vid.

My birthday has been pretty quiet and low-key as I worked today. However, I'm going out with my mom and sister tomorrow and staying overnight at my parents'. As my sister's birthday was ten days ago, and my dad's birthday is in a week, we're going out for a family celebration on Saturday night.

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Apr. 21st, 2015


Happy Birthday, raven714

I'm afraid this will pale vastly in comparison to raven714's wonderful artwork, but here goes...

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Apr. 14th, 2015


Ebooks Tree - Good News!

Thanks to lil_shepherd on primeval_denial, I discovered an excellent resource ( covering all of the Ebooks Tree issues. While on this site, I read that Ebooks Tree had removed at least some of the stories it had stolen from AO3. I did a search under my own fic pseud and found that my two stories had been removed. :-)

If you have any works on AO3, I would suggest that you search for your AO3 pseud (and maybe any other creative aliases you use online) on Ebooks Tree. If you find any of your work there then send a message to Ebooks Tree asking them to remove it. There's a helpful email form you can use.

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Apr. 13th, 2015


Attention AO3 Users

I just learned through killerweasel that has been stealing people's work from AO3 and making it available on their website without getting permission. I did a search under my fic pseud and found two of my stories. I just sent an email to Ebooks Tree asking them to remove the fic. From what I can tell, this service is free, but I deeply resent having my work taken without my permission all the same. It's a shitty thing to do.

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Apr. 9th, 2015


Easter Cats!

During Easter weekend, I managed to take pictures of some adorable bunnies cats. Thankfully, my sister is around to document family events as I didn't exactly get any human snapshots... Fuzzy wuzzy widdle kitties!Collapse )

Apr. 3rd, 2015


30 Reasons to Love the Granada Sherlock Holmes Series

To be more accurate, this post is actually 30 reasons why I love the Granada Sherlock Holmes series – and, to be really accurate, that would be the episodes that were filmed before 1992. I’ve tried my best to block out the episodes that came after 1991. For those of you who didn’t read my previous LJ post, I let the 30th anniversary of the PBS debut of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series pass without marking it. Even worse, I allowed the original original debut broadcast date (April 24, 1984) pass without any kind of fanfare either. It looks like I’m just managing to squeeze in this post before the 31st anniversary of the ITV airdate, which saves me a bit of work (and a 31st reason). In any case, whatever way you look at it, my recognition and acknowledgement of this remarkable series is coming later than it should. I hope this post will help rectify that situation and serve as a homage to the Granada series.

I must give credit where credit is due. I used The Television Sherlock Holmes, Peter Haining’s excellent book about the Granada series, for research and fact-checking purposes. I also ended up saving some time and effort by re-watching certain scenes with the help of YouTube. Other information came from Wikipedia, the IMDB and the original stories, of course. Hey, it’s not just me babbling. There are images and vids as well. You should at least skim this post to figure out how I worked "phosphorescence" into my list of reasons.Collapse )

Mar. 26th, 2015


Tenth Anniversary of New Who!

I only just realized (thanks to an email from the BBC Doctor Who Official Shop) that today is the tenth anniversary of New Doctor Who, which debuted on March 26, 2005. I can't believe it's been ten years! I still remember tuning in to watch that first episode, excited but trepidatious after the previous attempt to resurrect the franchise (that awful 1996 TV movie). Happily, I didn't have to get too far into the episode before I realized that New Who was good. Really, really, really good. Thank Rassilon!Collapse )

Feb. 26th, 2015


Birthday Fic: The White Stag

Title: The White Stag
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Robert of Huntingdon, Herne, Nasir, Will Scarlet, Little John
Category: General, mystical
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1408
Summary: When Robin struggles to decipher his latest vision, he receives help from an unexpected source.
Spoilers: Slight allusion to “The Betrayal”. Otherwise, only references to the show in general.
Notes: This is a birthday present for karen9. I managed to finish the story on time this year because it’s much shorter. I hope karen9 enjoys it.

The idea for the white stag actually came from a synopsis of the Look-In comic strips 1984/25 – 1984/30 provided by Andrew Orton in Hooded Man: Volume Two. In this particular story (titled “The White Stag” by Orton), the outlaws come across a white stag in Sherwood that they try to protect. I loved the idea of the white stag (especially given its association with Herne the Hunter), so I decided to borrow one for this fic. Stole the title as well. *g*

This story takes place some time after “The Time of the Wolf”.

Disclaimer: This story is based on Richard Carpenter's series Robin of Sherwood. The characters are the property of Richard Carpenter, Robin May, Anthony Horowitz and the RoS production team.

This story can also be found here on AO3.

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Feb. 23rd, 2015


Happy Birthday, avictoriangirl! :-D

Happy Birthday, avictoriangirl! I hope your special day has been purrfect! :-D

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Feb. 15th, 2015


National Flag Day / Fiftieth Anniversary of the Canadian Flag!

I'm ashamed to admit that I've only just remembered that it's National Flag Day and, more importantly, the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag! It figures that I would manage to remember International Fanworks Day and forget an important Canadian milestone like this one. I'm such a geek and a bad Canuck. *g*

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International Fanworks Day!

I'm very happy to say that today is the first annual International Fanworks Day! :-D This is a celebration of fanworks of all kinds! The Organization of Transformative Works (OTW) is hosting a number of fan events, which is wonderful to see. I'm not sure how much time I'm going to have today to celebrate (other than in my usual fashion of reading some fic), so I thought I'd share two RoS fanvids I came across recently. The first one is this FANTASTIC fan-made trailer for "The Swords of Wayland," which Fueled by Apples included at the end of her review of that episode:

The second awesome vid was made by raven714 for a friend's birthday. This friend is a massive fan of both Robert Addie and Excalibur, so raven714 created a vid that essentially tells the story of Mordred's very short life. The timing of this vid was also good because the recipient shares a birthday with Robert Addie, who would have turned 55 on Tuesday:

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Jan. 18th, 2015


The Cartoon that Got Away...

One of the members of Addie's Faction put together a newsletter recently called RA Magazine to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Raconteur, the original Addie's Faction newsletter. In any case, various members (such as yours truly) submitted items. A very short fic I wrote made it in, but a cartoon I drew didn't. Ink supplies were an issue, so I know it's nothing personal. However, I did spend some time on the cartoon, and it's an idea I've had in my head for over ten years. In other words, I'm determined that the cartoon should be published posted somewhere, so it looks like the poor RoS fans on my flist are going to suffer. As if your flist doesn"t suffer through ALL of your posts!Collapse )


Jan. 17th, 2015


Mine at Last! Woo hoo!

Thanks to Intrada, a store/record label that specializes in more obscure TV and film scores, I was FINALLY able to get my hands on the soundtrack for Young Sherlock Holmes. To put this in perspective, I've been wanting the music for this film since I was 15, which is more years ago than I'd care to admit. Yeah, a whole helluva lot of years!Collapse )

Jan. 11th, 2015


Mr. Turner

I just saw Mr. Turner and thought I'd share some thoughts on the film. This is mostly for karen9's benefit as I know she's a fellow Turner fan -- and this is definitely a film for Turner fans. The sun is God! Ha ha ha!Collapse )

Jan. 9th, 2015


Sharing Vid I Snatched

Thought I'd share this amusing Robin of Sherwood vid I found at the end of Fueled by Apples' incredibly vicious (but totally hilarious) review of "The Enchantment":

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Jan. 3rd, 2015


Happy New Year (Three Days Later)

No, I didn't lose track of time completely or just wake up from a three-day hangover. I'm just posting this entry later than I intended. Originally, I was going to post it shortly after Christmas, but I was busying cleaning my apartment for New Year's Eve, reading fic and Stephen Fry's More Fool Me, and slacking off in general. Then, for a couple of days after New Year's, I had mini-migraines because of my period (and possibly the weather), so I didn't feel like posting either. However, today, I've been migraine-free (so far) and feeling pretty chipper (e.g. my hormones have levelled out), so I'm blogging instead of napping (like the last two days). Wow. This sounds absolutely fascinating. Please, do go on.Collapse )

Dec. 21st, 2014


Happy Holidays!

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Dec. 10th, 2014


An Article That Actually DEFENDS Enterprise

dubghall kindly sent me this article on Enterprise last week and I'm finally getting around to sharing it with my flist...Well, those two or three people who are actually Enterprise fans. Come on. I know there's at least a couple of you and it's not like I'm looking for a show of hands. *g* Actually, I would recommend this article to those of you who aren't fans as well because Dan Roth provides some good arguments for why he thinks a) Enterprise didn't kill Trek; b) why the show wasn't so bad; and c) why Enterprise was basically doomed from the start.

While this article is great, I think Roth should have included this clip when addressing the show's selling points:

The Reed/Hayes fight is what got me to write slash for the very first time. The moment I saw this fight
(and then re-watched it several times), I had to slash these two. Resistance was, like, totally futile. *g*

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