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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.

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 )

Sep. 23rd, 2018


Fic: The Doctor Must Die!

Happy Birthday, jackycomelately!Collapse )

Sep. 16th, 2018


Harry Potter Magical Train Ride and Wizards Festival

Last weekend, I went to the Waterloo Central Railway’s Magical Wizards Festival with some friends. Some of you might remember my previous WCR excursion from four years ago. This time around, there was a steam locomotive instead of a diesel locomotive and a whole lot of wizardry. It was a delightful event for any Harry Potter fan. Accio!Collapse )

Aug. 31st, 2018


Sherlock Gnomes

I finally got around to seeing Sherlock Gnomes. Cineplex has been screening kids' films as part of its Family Favourites series, so I was able to see Sherlock Gnomes this afternoon for $2.99. I'm, uh, kind of glad I didn't pay more than that. It's not that the film was bad. I just think it could have been better. The animation is excellent, but the story is kind of weak. Worst of all, I just didn't find it that funny. Based on the trailer, I thought it would be, but, mostly, it was just mildly amusing. I wondered if I was just too old to appreciate the humour, but I didn't hear any kids in the theatre laughing -- and kids usually laugh pretty loudly if they appreciate something. Maybe part of the problem is that I haven't seen Gnomeo & Juliet and just wasn't invested in the gnomes who weren't wearing a deerstalker hat or bowler. Bitch, bitch. Moan, moan.Collapse )

Aug. 29th, 2018


EX Weekend 2018

There was a lot to see this year at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). In addition to the annual cat show and sand sculptures, there were giant gnomes and an incredible indoor lantern exhibit. As usual, my mom and I had a good day at the EX. Let’s go to the EX! Click here for pretty pics!Collapse )

Jul. 23rd, 2018


Happy Birthday, crimsoncorundum! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/172839.html

Jul. 21st, 2018


Happy Birthday, grondfic! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/172632.html

Jun. 5th, 2018


Watch Classic Doctor Who Episodes for Free on Twitch!

From May 29th until July 23rd, Twitch is going to be showing classic Doctor Who episodes. Yes, I know we've missed the first few days on the schedule, but there are still a lot of episodes that have yet to be broadcast. You can find everything you need here:


I should point out that there are two schedules: one for US Pacific screening times and one for UK screening times. To be honest, it's going to be a struggle for me to watch most of the episodes, but I'll be happy if I can catch even a few of them. There are some episodes I've never seen or would love to rewatch.

I originally learned about all this through ganimede, so I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to her for sharing this information! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/172392.html

Jun. 3rd, 2018


New Cover Art From raven714!

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover this morning that raven714 had been kind enough to create some fab cover art for Boscage:

I'd been curious about how raven714 would tackle this story if she decided to create cover art for it. As usual, she didn't disappoint. I'm impressed by how many details she was able to work in from the story, such as Robin with his bow raised, the bars of a dungeon, and even a mystical touch with that little wood imp. I also love the text she used. It's a beautiful font.

Thank you very much for the time and effort that you put into this latest cover art, raven714! I'm truly grateful to have such beautiful artwork to accompany my fic! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/172105.html


May. 22nd, 2018


The Prompt Muse Has Been Busy!

Originally, I had only intended to read the prompts and fills from Obscure & British Commentfest 2018, but then I found a Robin of Sherwood prompt that was tempting and ended up writing Neither Fish Nor Flesh. I had a lot of fun working on that, so I thought I’d take a stab at a Maurice prompt and wrote Silver Strands. By that point, the whole process had become rather addictive, so I spent Victoria Day filling in my own Persuaders prompt with What Is There About Your Face That Causes So Much Trouble?.

I’m going to step away now. With any luck, I won’t come across any other enticing prompts. I certainly won’t post any more of my own. I don’t often write short works (e.g. fic under 1500 words), but I can definitely understand the appeal. It’s great to be able to write and post a story on the same day – or even in the space of a few days. As a reader, I still prefer longer works. That isn’t to say that I haven’t read some excellent shorter works, but, on the whole, I find longer stories more satisfying. It’s nice to have something you can really sink your teeth into. The problem I have with shorter works is that I often find myself wishing the story could continue. I guess that’s not always a bad thing. After all, they say you should leave your audience wanting more. Unfortunately, I don't think I've succeeded in following that adage with my fic fills! *g*

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/171978.html

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May. 18th, 2018


Happy Birthday and Very Best Wishes to thegreenring! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/171742.html

May. 15th, 2018


In Memoriam

To me, Margot Kidder is Lois Lane, but, obviously, she was so much more than that. She was an actress, a feminist, an activist, and a woman who had a very painful and public struggle with bipolar disorder. Kidder had the courage to speak frankly and openly about her mental illness and should be admired for that as much as any role she played.

At one point, as a kid, I'm sure I wanted to be her so that I would have a chance to fly around Metropolis/New York with Christopher Reeve:

I think I'll choose to remember Margot Kidder flying.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/171429.html

May. 7th, 2018


Obscure & British Commentfest 2018

I was happy to discover that the Obscure & British Commentfest is back! :-) This is a great opportunity to tackle some fic prompts if you have a love for the more minor British fandoms. I've never actually participated myself, but I love reading through the comments to see what people are requesting. Of course, there's the fic itself. I usually manage to find at least a few gems whenever this challenge is held.

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/170897.html

May. 5th, 2018


More Cover Art for Me! :-D

I'm thoroughly spoiled. raven714 has made yet more cover art -- this time for The Last Squire:

What I love about this cover art (other than the gorgeous colours and texture of the background) is the Arthurian/chivalric motifs and that fantastic quintain. It's also great to see Gisburne when he was a squire as well as a knight. I'm very happy with this cover art and I'd like to thank raven714 for doing such a fabulous job! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/170638.html


Apr. 30th, 2018


Thanks for the Birthday Wishes!

I just wanted to thank everyone who was good enough to create birthday posts and/or send me birthday cards and birthday wishes. It was very kind of all of you and it means a lot to me. :-D I'd like to give a shout out to pyrateanny for the Fifth Doctor cut out doll and other goodies that she sent me. The same goes for raven714, who created superb cover art for The Knight's Charges (Geriant and Collwen are very much as I pictured them) and some cool graphics for Gisburne's NASTY Knight Page in this entry.

Thanks again, everyone! I really appreciate your kindness and good wishes! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/170420.html


Apr. 22nd, 2018


Happy Birthday, raven714! :-D

Many happy returns to raven714! I hope you've been enjoying your birthday! :-D

Crossposted at https://rusty-armour.dreamwidth.org/170153.html


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