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Apr. 9th, 2017


[sticky post] A Note About Friend-Locked Posts

I've decided to stay on LJ for the time being. However, I followed the example of one of my flisties and friend-locked any posts with more questionable content (e.g. fic belonging to a genre beginning with the letter "s"). Maybe I'm being overly paranoid about the possibility of censorship, or maybe these measures won't be enough if LJ does start censoring its content, but I figure it can't hurt.

If you're already on my flist (those of you still left on LJ), the friend-locking isn't going to make any difference. If you're just a casual visitor, you can find all of my stories (with the exception of Action Figure Theatre and some jackycomelately birthday fic) here on AO3. ALL of my fic is available on or through Dreamwidth. You're more than welcome to friend me on LJ, Dreamwidth or both -- if you haven't done so already.

I seriously need to revamp my Dreamwidth Fic Masterlist as it was imported from LJ and a lot of the links are to LJ. I've also done a lousy job of updating it. I'm going to try to revise it soon.

Sep. 22nd, 2019


Fic: Puppy Dog Kisses and Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday, jackycomelately! I’m posting this a day early because I know jackycomelately has been swamped at work, and I thought she might find it more convenient to receive this on the weekend. Of course, she’s welcome to read this insane fic anytime she likes. :-)Collapse )

Sep. 8th, 2019


Glorious New Cover Art from raven714!

I just wanted to give a quick shout out to raven714 for creating such amazing cover art for me once again:

As usual, raven714 has managed to find the perfect images for each cover, especially the ones for Neither Fish Nor Flesh and The Feint, which both have great touches of humour as well. raven714 has also used such vibrant colours and some beautiful textures. I think this is especially true for the cover art for Boscage.

I should point out that the cover art for Neither Fish Nor Flesh was actually created back in July, so this is a much overdue thank you!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/180367.html


Aug. 30th, 2019


Robin of Sherwood Novelizations Now Available in Digital Format

I just learned through my Facebook feed that the Robin of Sherwood novelizations, The Meeting Place and The Red Lord are now available in digital format. You can buy these books through Amazon Kindle for £2.99. Oh, and for anyone who's interested, there is apparently one copy of The Red Lord still in stock at Spiteful Puppet.

I don't think I can resist picking up a copy of The Red Lord. The price is right and there's a long weekend coming up. It will make great reading during my trip on the TTC to and from Scarborough. For that matter, it will make great reading at my parents' house. :-)

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/180051.html


Aug. 16th, 2019


A Great Place to Find Some Retro TV

I recently stumbled across the Shout! Factory TV website and thought I would share the link. Shout! Factory TV has released a number of retro TV shows on DVD over the years, and these shows can be watched on their website. These shows include Space: 1999, The Prisoner, The Saint, Sapphire and Steel, and Secret Agent.

I came across Shout! Factory TV while watching a British show from the seventies called Thriller. My brother found the DVD in a little library and showed me an episode with Jeremy Brett called "One Deadly Owner". I was immediately hooked and wanted to watch the entire series. I started watching the series on YouTube, but then I discovered that I could watch commercial-free episodes on the Shout! Factory TV website. Well...I actually had two commercials pop up the last time I watched Thriller, but it wasn't nearly as annoying as the multitude of commercials that appear on YouTube. Anywaaaaaaaay, I can recommend Thriller to anyone who enjoys mysteries and/or supernatural tales with a twist. The show actually reminds me of Sapphire and Steel, only not as strange. All of the episodes can be found here.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/179734.html

Aug. 10th, 2019


Guild Park and Gardens 2019

Last weekend, I stayed with my parents. On Sunday, I visited the Guild Park and Gardens with my mom, sister and brother. The weather was beautiful, and I took a lot of pictures. When don’t you take a lot of pictures?Collapse )

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Jul. 23rd, 2019


Happy Birthday, crimsoncorundum! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/179345.html

Jul. 21st, 2019


Happy Birthday, grondfic! :-D

I hope you have a wonderful birthday, grondfic!

I have started writing your fic, so there's a good chance I'll finish it. *g*


Jun. 14th, 2019


Recent Cover Art by raven714

raven714 was kind enough to create this fabulous cover art for Many More Miles a couple of days ago, so I just wanted to share it:

And I neglected to share the stunning cover art that raven714 gave me for my birthday, so apologies to raven714 for that. I ended up adding the artwork below to The Reckoning and Muninn:

Thanks again for all of this AMAZING cover art, raven714! It's very much appreciated!


Jun. 3rd, 2019


RIP Paul Darrow

I was sad to hear that Paul Darrow passed away after a short illness. I got into Blake's 7 not long after I became addicted to Sherlock Holmes and Robin of Sherwood, which is probably why Blake's 7 has an enduring place in my heart. Of course, Blake's 7 wouldn't have been Blake's 7 without Paul Darrow playing the fantastically complicated and acerbic Avon. Like so many other women (and probably quite a few men), I fell for Avon and fell for him hard. I re-watched Blake's 7 not that long ago and still found that I was captivated by Paul Darrow's performance. It was hard to focus on anything else when he was on the screen.

I know many Blake's 7 fans are heartbroken by the news of Paul Darrow's passing, but I think we can take some comfort in the wonderful memories we have of Avon and other Paul Darrow roles.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/178479.html

May. 26th, 2019


New Robin of Sherwood Novelization

For any RoS fans who haven't heard, Spiteful Puppet/Chinbeard Books is releasing their first novelization based on their Robin of Sherwood audio adventures. At the moment, the book is available for pre-order. This first book is based on The Meeting Place audio adventure, which was also a part of the recent Robin of Sherwood -- A New Adventure box set. The great thing about the novelization is that you can order it outside the UK. It's a limited edition paperback.

I really enjoyed the audio adventure, but it is very Much-centric, with only Much (Peter Llewellyn Williams) and a couple of original characters -- not that there's anything wrong with that. However, for £8.99, I really can't justify the purchase. That's about $20 CDN (before shipping and handling). If money wasn't tight, I'd be tempted because the book looks beautiful and would be a welcome addition to my bookshelf. Oh, well. I've got the audio adventure, which suits me just fine. :-)

There are two more titles that are going to be released in the near future. One is based on Sanctuary and the other is based on The Red Lord. I haven't heard either of these audio adventures, but I may not be able to resist the novelization for The Red Lord. I'll have to see what my finances are like when the book is published.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/178210.html


May. 18th, 2019


Happy Birthday, thegreenring!

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] thegreenring! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/177922.html

May. 17th, 2019


Fic: Many More Miles

Title: Many More Miles
Author: Rusty Armour
Fandom: Robin of Sherwood
Characters: Guy of Gisburne, Robin of Loxley
Category: General
Rating: PG-13ish
Word Count: 4,153
Summary: Loxley struggles to find purpose in his new life and to understand just who he and Gisburne are anymore.
Spoilers: Some spoilers for “Seven Poor Knights from Acre,” “Alan a Dale,” “Herne’s Son,” “The Sheriff of Nottingham,” “The Cross of St. Ciricus,” and The Knights of the Apocalypse.
Notes: This is a sequel to Dissolution and a late birthday present for raven714. This probably won’t make much sense if you haven’t read the first two stories in the Sanctuary series.

This takes place after The Knights of the Apocalypse.

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 is also based on “The Knights of the Apocalypse” audio adventure, which was based on an original script by Richard Carpenter, directed by Robert Young and produced by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, not to mention the novel written by Jonathan Green.

This story can also be found here on AO3

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Apr. 22nd, 2019


Happy Birthday, raven714! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/177362.html


Feb. 27th, 2019


Happy Birthday and Best Wishes to karen9! :-D

Wishing karen9 a truly wonderful birthday!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/176969.html

Feb. 24th, 2019


Any Recommendations for Photo-Hosting Sites?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good photo-hosting website? I found out last weekend that Imgur doesn't allow users to create folders anymore, which kind of sucks when you're trying to back up photos from different events, outings, etc. I feel especially bad because I was using Imgur to back up my dad's photos and told him what a great option it was. Thankfully, my brother was around to explain to Danna why Imgur wouldn't work anymore. "It's shit now," he said.

I'm hoping to find a photo-hosting website that is a) free and b) allows users to create folders. A decent amount of space wouldn't hurt either, though that's not necessarily a deal breaker. I may or may not add the pictures that are on Imgur to the new site. I certainly won't be removing my pictures from Imgur altogether because I have too many of them linked to Dreamwidth and LJ entries. My sanity won't survive if I have to replace all of those links again. It was bad enough the first time. *g*

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/176792.html

Jan. 6th, 2019


Femme Friday is Now Available in eBook Format!

I was thinking that I should do something to mark Sherlock Holmes's 165th birthday, and the Baker Street Babes have helped me in this endeavour. I'm happy to say that Femme Friday: Celebrating the Women in the Sherlock Holmes Canon and Transformative Works is now available in eBook format! Yes, this is a very selfish and self-indulgent post considering that I wrote the Annie Harrison essay, but Sherlock Holmes has his moments of vanity too, and the eBook has been released on his birthday. *g* Both a free sample and the actual eBook are available at Smashwords.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/176409.html

Jan. 5th, 2019


An Overdue Thank You to Grondfic

I only received the beautiful Christmas card and present that grondfic was kind enough to send me yesterday, which is why I didn't acknowledge her generosity sooner. Due to the aftermath of rotating Canada Post strikes at the end of 2018, a lot of overseas mail is just trickling through now, though I'm happy to have received my card and present within the Twelve Days of Christmas. :-) In any case, grondfic sent me a copy of Matt Hartley's play Eyam. She had seen the play at the Globe and wrote an excellent review in October. I mentioned in my comment that I have a fascination for the seventeenth century and really loved the premise for the play. grondfic obviously remembered my enthusiasm and was sweet enough to buy me a copy of Eyam. I'm really looking forward to reading it!

I also owe grondfic a big thank you for sending me a copy of Brian Friel's Translations (along with a stunning J.R.R. Tolkien postcard). Once again, grondfic was kind enough to send me a copy of this play because I had expressed an interest in it. After reading her fabulous review of Translations, I mentioned how interesting the play sounded because I was taking a linguistics course at the time. Of course, it was interesting for other reasons as well. Anywaaaaaaay, grondfic thought I should read the play, and I'm very grateful that she went to the trouble of mailing me a copy. I really should have acknowledged her generosity at the time. I'm also ashamed to admit that I still haven't read Translations, but I'm going to start it this weekend. Believe it or not, I made that decision yesterday morning -- and then found grondfic's Christmas package in my mailbox that evening! *g*

grondfic, thank you very much for thinking of me and for being such an amazing friend. Over the years, you've fed my soul both intellectually and spiritually -- often when I've needed it most. Your friendship means more than I can say.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/176374.html

Jan. 1st, 2019


Holiday Photo Round-Up

Happy New Year once again! I thought I’d post some of the photos I took over the holidays...

You know the drill. Click for the pics.Collapse )

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Yuletide Fic Rec

Happy New Year! And what better way to start a new year than with a fic rec? I'm a tiny bit biased because I was the Canadian-picker on this story, but I would really like to recommend scfrankles' The Appealing Pirate Life. This story is not only fiendishly clever but it is so utterly Canadian in terms of its humour and characters. It really is a delightfully funny and uplifting story that is worth adding to your Yuletide reading list. You don't need to be familiar with either The Arrogant Worms or "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" to appreciate this fic.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/175741.html

Dec. 26th, 2018


Holiday Haul

I just want to thank everyone for their kind season's greetings, Christmas cards and prezzies. I'd like to give a shout-out to karen9 for getting her beautiful Christmas giraffe card to me from South Africa on time despite the aftermath of the rotating Canada Post strikes. Then there's the fantastic Christmas fanart that raven714 created for me for the Sanctuary series (Thrall and Dissolution) and Silent Knight:

Thanks, everyone!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/175554.html


Dec. 21st, 2018


Happy Holidays, Everyone! :-D

I would just like to wish everyone all the BEST for
the holidays! May your 2019 be all kinds of wonderful!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/175334.html

Dec. 8th, 2018


AO3 Invite Codes Up For Grabs

I think most of my flisties already have an AO3 account, but, because of the Tumblr exodus, AO3 has issued eight invite codes to people who have been members of AO3 for at least six months. I actually have nine invites -- possibly because I've been a member for a lot longer. *g* Anywaaaaaay, if there's anyone who's been thinking of creating an AO3 account, I'm happy to send you an invite. Just leave me a comment or send me a private message.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/174864.html

Oct. 31st, 2018


Happy Birthday, Small Hobbit! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/174664.html

Sep. 28th, 2018


The Enola Holmes Mysteries

I recently read Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed each of the six books in the series. The books have been around for a number of years, so I’m not sure why I didn’t read them before now. Maybe it was because I felt they were for children or because I was suspicious of this alleged sister of Sherlock Holmes. Maybe it was a combination of both. It was only after listening to the Baker Street Babes’s 221B Con interview with Nancy Springer that I felt this irresistible urge to read the series. Although I still found a Holmes sister a bit suspect (which seems strange since I was able to accept a wife in Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series), I put a hold on the first two books at my local library. I hadn’t made it very far in the first book before I knew that I would definitely be reading the whole series and would need to reserve the four remaining books. Stars and garters! The game is afoot!Collapse )

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