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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.

Apr. 2nd, 2018


Killer Cover Art for The Varlet! :-D

raven714 has done it again! She has created what is now one of my favourite pieces of cover art. Check out her phenomenal artwork for The Varlet:

I don't know how this cover art could be any better! Robin's expression is absolutely priceless, and I love that cloaked image of Gisburne. I'm also delighted that raven714 chose to include lyrics from both outlaw songs. Best of all is Yug the goat! This is exactly how I pictured him. Really.

Thanks again for creating this outstanding cover art, raven714! I'm extremely happy with it! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/169838.html


Feb. 27th, 2018


Happy Birthday, karen9! :-D

And I want you to have a GOOD (and very happy) birthday as well, karen9! :-D Very best wishes on this special day!

Apologies for not posting this sooner! I meant to post this last night (Toronto time) and it completely slipped my mind.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/168749.html

Feb. 24th, 2018


Cover Art for Robin Hood and the Sheriff's Mother!

raven714 has been kind enough once again to create cover art for one of my RoS stories. This time she was brave enough to tackle Robin Hood and the Sheriff's Mother with artwork that suits this fic perfectly:

We discussed the casting of Eleanor de Rainault during the Robert Addie birthday chat recently, and raven714 immediately came up with the brilliant suggestion of Maggie Smith! I have to admit that I hadn't pictured Maggie Smith when I was writing the story, but I probably will from now on! In any case, I think raven714 has done an excellent job of concocting the Sheriff's mother. I also love the images that she found for the Sheriff (who looks smug), Gisburne (who looks nervous and a bit panicked), Will (who looks confused), and Robin (who looks confident enough to beat Lady de Rainault at her own game). I was also impressed that raven714 incorporated an image of hands holding knuckle-bones. Great touch!

Thanks again for putting so much thought and effort into this cover art, raven714! As always, it's very much appreciated! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/168656.html


Feb. 23rd, 2018


Happy Birthday, avictoriangirl!

I just want to wish avictoriangirl a very Happy Birthday! :-D I know you've been going through a tough time, avictoriangirl, so no worries if you don't see this for a while or get a chance to respond. I just hope that you'll be able to enjoy this special day. May this be the year that brings you the health and happiness you deserve!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/168329.html

Feb. 15th, 2018


Cover Art for The Reckoning

The FABULOUS raven714 has struck again! As she was in search of inspiration, she was kind enough to ask me about creating even more cover art for some of my RoS stories! The first story that she tackled was The Reckoning and her brilliant artwork is below:

I'm thrilled that raven714 actually included the curse from the story in the cover art, and I'm impressed by some of the other elements that she managed to work in, such as the knotted rope. I was really happy to see an image of Marion included in the artwork as she plays such a pivotal role in the story.

Thanks again for all of your hard work and creativity, raven714! I really appreciate this wonderful and clever cover art for The Reckoning!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/167857.html


Dec. 20th, 2017


Happy Holidays, LJ Flist!

And for grondfic, a partridge in a pear tree two cardinals. :-)

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/166911.html


Early Christmas Prezzies!

Just had to share the Christmas presents that pyrateanny was kind enough to send me:

British telephone box that was surprisingly easy to assemble. I've
made it part of my kitchen/living room divider Christmas display,
but I think I'll probably move it beside my TARDIS after the holidays.

More pics under the cutCollapse )

Dec. 8th, 2017


New RoS Audio Adventures Have Been Released!

Spiteful Puppet has just released four new RoS audio adventures that are available as downloads. This is in advance of the 4-disc box set that is being released next year. Unfortunately, these new audio adventures are only available to UK residents at the moment (for some reason I can't fathom), but I'm really hoping that will change. Thanks to the generosity of two friends (one of whom I will pay back when circumstances allow), I was able to order the 4-disc box set and The Templars' Promise. I also received The Blood That Binds free with the purchase of the 4-disc box set. If you're outside of the UK and impatient to get your hands on one or more of the new audio adventures, you could try to make an arrangement with a British friend to purchase the downloads. Speaking of which, here are the new releases.Collapse )

Dec. 3rd, 2017


Hudson's Bay Holiday Windows Display

As my brother wanted to check out the Hudson's Bay holiday windows display, and I wanted to go to a talk on Christmas, Dickens and Conan Doyle in the Arthur Conan Doyle Room at the Toronto Reference Library, we decided to combine both activities. Pics, etc. under the cut.Collapse )

Nov. 12th, 2017


Snail Mail Christmas Cards

I think this only affects a few people on my flist, but I'm not planning to send any snail mail Christmas cards this year (with the exception of cards to a couple of older relatives). If any of you were intending to send me a Christmas card and would like to take me off your list, I'd completely understand. :-) Best wishes to you and yours during the holidays!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/165584.html

Oct. 31st, 2017


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! :-D Just thought I'd share a few pictures I took of some of the more creative Halloween decorations in my neighbourhood:

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/165292.html


Happy Birthday, thesmallhobbit! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/165099.html

Oct. 17th, 2017


Pop Sherlock Exhibit

I was fortunate enough to check out the Pop Sherlock exhibit at the Toronto Reference Library on Friday. And when I say “check out,” I really mean that I pored over every item obsessively. I’m pretty sure the Sherlock Holmes: Classic Themes from 221B Baker Street soundtrack was on its third loop by the time I finally left the exhibit. You’ll understand when you see all the pictures. Those of you who remember my post on the Adventures with Sherlock Holmes: Life and Times of the Master Sleuth exhibit will know what I’m talking about. But everything was so bright and shiny! Come! There are Sherlockian goodies afoot!Collapse )

Sep. 27th, 2017


Sherwood Treasures!

Well...Robin of Sherwood treasures at any rate. *g*

Although Nothing's Forgotten: A Robin of Sherwood Discussion Forum has been around since 2014, I only discovered it a few days ago. And I've only managed to read some of the many posts, but I've been having a lot of fun. :-) Nothing's Forgotten covers just about every RoS topic you could think of and even has TV and film rewatchs, convention and location photos, games, and posts about collectibles, including ones that fans have made themselves. The members are very friendly, and the moderators, Dennis and Lucy of Ravenscar, encourage people to participate in discussions and start new threads.

My second find wouldn't have come about if I hadn't joined Nothing's Forgotten. I've become a bit of a podcast junkie over the last couple of years, so I was thrilled to learn that there's a Robin of Sherwood podcast! :-D So far, Sytse and Andy have covered an episode of RoS in every episode of the podcast. I've now heard the first podcast and I really enjoyed it. Sytse and Andy had some really interesting comments and observations about "Robin Hood and the Sorcerer," Part 1. They also made some points that I hadn't considered before. I'm really looking forward to listening to the other episodes!

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/163751.html


Sep. 5th, 2017


Happy Tenth Anniversary, OTW! :-D

The Organization for Transformative Works celebrates its tenth anniversary today!

To learn about the activities taking place during the anniversary month, click on the badge above!

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/162905.html

Aug. 30th, 2017


EX Weekend 2017

Last weekend, my mom came to stay with me as it was time for our annual pilgrimage to the EX. She arrived on Thursday night, so we were able to have a really nice meal at Mexico Lindo and do some shopping in my area on Friday. We also went to see Dunkirk on Sunday. As some of you know, we always aim to visit the EX on the Saturday of the cat show, but this year there was the added bonus of some extra Canadiana because of Canada 150. Here be pics!Collapse )
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Aug. 16th, 2017


Survived the Move from Photobucket to Imgur

I think I managed to replace all of my Photobucket links in time. When I last checked, Photobucket hadn't got around to removing my access to third-party hosting, but I've seen some broken links (for cover art) on AO3, so Photobucket has started cracking down. Those of you who don't have Photobucket accounts may not have heard that Photobucket will only allow members to link to the photos in their albums if they upgrade to a paid account. The cheapest option is the Plus 50 plan at $59.99 a year. The most expensive plan (and the one Photobucket is trying to push on users) is the Plus 500 Plan at $399.99 a year. Any way you look at it, it's extortion. Okay, it's not as if Photobucket isn't entitled to charge money for some of its services, but even $59.99 a year isn't cheap, despite the 52 GB storage it provides. I think Photobucket currently offers 2 or 3 GB storage for its free accounts. I've only used 5% of mine. I obviously don't need 52 GB storage. I decided to be cheap, move all of my photos to Imgur, and go through the painstaking process of replacing all of my photobucket links on Dreamwidth, LJ and AO3. Well, everybody needs a hobby.Collapse )

Jul. 23rd, 2017


Happy Birthday, crimsoncorundum! :-D

This is coming later in the day than it should, but I would just like to wish [personal profile] crimsoncorundum a very Happy Birthday! I'm sorry I didn't remember sooner, [personal profile] crimsoncorundum. I hope your special day was fun, relaxing, and full of happiness! Very best wishes to you! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/162286.html

Jul. 21st, 2017


Happy Birthday, grondfic! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/161851.html

Jul. 6th, 2017


Canada 150: Some Toronto Sights

As this year was Canada’s 150th birthday, I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion other than popping Strange Brew into the DVD player (though I totally did that too, eh?). Cooo, loo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coo, coooo!Collapse )

Jul. 1st, 2017


It's Canada 150, Baby!

Happy Canada Day! Today marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and Canada's 150th birthday!

This is one year when I know I can't stay home. As it's me, I'll be engaged in suitably nerdy activities. I'll be attending a lecture on Toronto history at 11:00 at St. Lawrence Hall and then I'll be going on Muddy York's two-hour Canada 150 history walk at 1:00. We'll end up at Nathan Phillips Square, so maybe I'll take in some of the festivities there, though I'm not really into crowds or partying. A huge shock, I know.

If I manage to snap any interesting pics, I'll post them here. In the mean time, here's an absurdly Canadian vid that celebrates Canada's 150:

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/160497.html

Jun. 10th, 2017


Doors Open 2017

This year, my brother was brave enough to accompany me during this year’s Doors Open weekend. As usual, it was a challenge to narrow down the choices when there were so many buildings to choose from. In the end, we decided to focus on the area around Yonge and King and visited St. James Cathedral, Tom Jones Steakhouse, and the Commerce Court North. I think we managed to sample a good variety of buildings, each of which serves very different purposes. Sorry it took two weeks to post this. I'm hoping it was worth the wait.Collapse )

Jun. 2nd, 2017


Groundhog III: Revenge of the Groundhog

The groundhog has turned. The sweet, sociable Edwards Gardens' groundhog of old has become downright confrontational. I'll admit that I may have been partly to blame. I chose to bring a bagel with peanut butter for lunch. The smell of peanut butter alone might have been enough to entice the groundhog. I had been feeding some crackers to a black squirrel and hoped the groundhog would be satisfied with crackers too. It wasn't. My pitiful shrieks and frantic shooing motions wouldn't deter the groundhog either. It almost jumped up on the bench while I was sitting there. As I quickly packed away my lunch, it circled the bench and actually nudged my foot with its snout. It was at this point that I leapt up from the bench and beat a hasty retreat. The groundhog was trying to climb up the back of the bench as I fled to a new spot.

I think I was sitting on the same bench last year when I almost ended up with a squirrel in my lap, so I suppose it could be the location. However, I suspect that people like me are to blame. If you're going to feed animals, you shouldn't be surprised when those same animals begin to associate people with food and become increasingly aggressive and brazen, especially if peanut butter is involved. I know the groundhog was only interested in my bagel, but it still freaked me out. I enjoy seeing wildlife up close, but not that close. *g*

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/159714.html

May. 19th, 2017


Happy Belated Birthday, thegreenring!

And eating that little bird is the reason why I forgot [personal profile] thegreenring's birthday! *g*
I hope it was a good one, [personal profile] thegreenring! Very best wishes and many happy returns! :-D

Crossposted at http://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/158902.html

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