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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


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

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