Days 22, 23, and 24

  • 25th Aug, 2014 at 10:53 PM
hello kitty armed
Day late, but hey. I was too full of new DW last night.

Scene for a kids' book, summer holiday, two catsCollapse )

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Days 19, 20, and 21

  • 21st Aug, 2014 at 10:01 PM
here we go again
August is more than two-thirds over; aren't you glad?

Beach house room in summer, fruit, bottlesCollapse )

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Days 16, 17, and 18

  • 18th Aug, 2014 at 10:57 PM
nikau (NZ!)
I suspect every three days is still too often. Oh well. As usual, click for a bigger version.

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Days 13, 14, and 15

  • 15th Aug, 2014 at 8:54 PM
Halfway through! As usual, click for a bigger version.

Winter tree, comic-style Axl Johnson, super moonCollapse )

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Days 7, 8, and 9

  • 10th Aug, 2014 at 11:32 PM
A day late, but hey!

Lily, ocarinas, cat in a windowCollapse )

The icon BTW is from a drawing I did in a previous August, of a magnolia tree outside a friend's house. That was one of the places I went yesterday and the tree is just as stunning as that time, laden with flowers against a brilliant blue sky.

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Days 4, 5, and 6

  • 6th Aug, 2014 at 11:16 PM
LJers, I only just realised that days 1, 2, and 3 didn't get cross-posted. It's there now if you want to see a selfie, a cat on a mat, and a footballer.

Now for the next three days.

Glass beads, Roman sword, what Vilakins is wearingCollapse )

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Days 1, 2, and 3

  • 5th Aug, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Huh! I just realised this post didn't cross-post to LJ. I hope it works this time.

The poll had a slight majority for posts every three days, and I'm already behind so I'm going with that.

As I have a hard time thinking of topics, this year I looked for 30-day art challenges. I found three which gives me a choice of 2 or 3 topics each day. Click on any image to see a larger version.

Selfie, a cat on a mat, and a footballerCollapse )

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Jasmin is 6

  • 28th Jul, 2014 at 9:44 PM
It's Jasmin's 6th birthday today; it really doesn't seem that long since we got her. It was also Ashley's 6th in May but I never got round to posting, so here are photos of them both, taken over the last few months.

There was tuna for all three. :-)

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Trope bingo story: Little Red Lobster-Suit

  • 29th Jun, 2014 at 7:07 PM
Title: Little Red Lobster-Suit
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: au: fairy tale / myth
Characters: Kerr Avon, Roj Blake, Servalan, Travis
Length: 2,290 words
Summary: One day Little Red Lobster-Suit sets off into the woods to bring Blake a basket of food, drink, and his latest gadget.>Notes:</b> I once wrote a B7 version of Hansel and Gretel (Avon and Vila) and remarked in passing that at least I hadn't written Little Red Lobster-Suit. This gave me the chance to do so.

Little Red Lobster-Suit (on AO3)

Or right here:

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Another storm

  • 11th Jun, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Last night Auckland was lashed by the worst gales in 40 years, up to 145kph - and I managed to sleep through most of it (with the help of earplugs, admittedly). I'm glad I did as I'd have been lying there rigid with nervousness about living on the top of a hill.

Trees came down, houses were damaged, they even closed the harbour bridge for a time because a truck and trailer were blown over and the bridge was swaying too much, and 90,000 houses (according to the latest report) in the area lost power. I'm glad to say we were fine; I've woken up before a tree in the driveway which had to be cleared before I could get the car out.

Photos here.

Today however was amazingly sunny and calm, though I had to negotiate fallen branches and wheelie-bins as I walked to work. Then in the afternoon the power went off for the whole suburb with no explanation - it can't have been weather - and when my laptop battery gave up, I was released early. Bonus!

I might even have done some writing.

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What's my Blake's 7 name?

  • 3rd Jun, 2014 at 9:35 PM
loose cannon
According to this, I'm Ginka the Beserker, Warlord of the Forbidden Zone.

I like it!

Tell me who you are! :-)

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Trope bingo story: A Chemical Bond

  • 31st May, 2014 at 11:45 PM
Title: A Chemical Bond
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: AU: college / high school
Characters: Vila Restal, Kerr Avon, lots of others
Length: 1,918 words
Summary: One of Vila's pranks brings him to the attention of a senior boy called Avon.
Notes: I've never written a high school AU before so this was a new one for me.

A Chemical Bond (on AO3)

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A Chemical BondCollapse )

And yes, I'll have to post the remaining three to make up a bingo line during the amnesty period.

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Happy birthday!

  • 28th May, 2014 at 7:03 PM
me with cat and wine
Happy birthday to quabazaa!

I hope it was a good one with plenty of yummy food you didn't cook yourself!

Trope bingo story: Sleer and Back Again

  • 26th May, 2014 at 9:54 PM
galactic hero
Title: Sleer and Back Again
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Trope: futurefic
Characters: Vila Restal, Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin, others
Length: 5340 words
Notes: Thought up after seeing The Desolation of Smaug

Sleer and Back Again (on AO3)

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Trope bingo

  • 26th May, 2014 at 9:44 PM
I signed up for trope bingo back in January, and here we are in May and I haven't posted anything yet. I've been writing a story which turned out to be 10 times as long as the minimum length, but that doesn't really explain my slackness. The fact is, I've been finding it hard to write or post because work's been stressful and I haven't been feeling that great about stuff, so I've been immersing myself in other people's fiction instead, a great escape from reality.

Anyway I finally made myself finish the first story in the weekend, so I'll be posting it right after this. As for the other four, I now have 5 days instead of months to write them but they're not going to be as long as that one anyway, and two are pretty much written in my head anyway.

Talk about doing things just in time (if I manage it)! Oy.

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Happy birthday!

  • 24th May, 2014 at 5:07 PM
xmas, party
Happy birthday to sallymn! I hope you're having a great one. And lucky you for managing it on a Saturday!

Happy birthday!

  • 14th May, 2014 at 9:48 PM
xmas, party
Happy birthday to lost_spook!

Have an excellent one!

Wild weather and a rat

  • 18th Apr, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Whaddaya know - another post!

We had a company planning day yesterday, held down at Westhaven Marina. When I woke, I could hear howling wind and rain, and suspected it wouldn't be the pleasant seaside day we were hoping for. I'd intended to travel along the waterfront via Tamaki Drive but I could see the traffic heading that way wasn't moving so tried another route down toward the sea. That was blocked too so I had to take to the motorway. And that was scary enough in driving rain and 130kph winds that rocked the car. I took an hour to get to the marina; it should have been 20-25 minutes. The company directors however had started a lot earlier and actually made it to the waterfront, a mistake which made their journey two hours. Some of us spent the morning barefoot as we'd got soaked from the knees down just getting inside even though we'd parked right outside the building.

Yep, this was the sort of storm they predicted recently that was a bit of a fizzer. Where were the warnings this week?

What was happening on Tamaki Drive that caused traffic chaos?

This!Collapse )

The day started an hour late but we got everything done, then had dinner at Billfish; cajun spicy fish and salad for me; yum! I was exhausted after storm and full-on talk and presentations and was looking forward to bed, but when I got there, the almost solid smell in the kitchen/dining area (which I had to pass to get to the stairs) drove me back into the living room.

It was Jasmin's rat. She brought in a big one about three nights ago and released it in the kitchen and it promptly ran behind the dishwasher. We'd hoped it had got out the hole in the floor for the pipes but no. Greg had the dishwasher out, then the fridge, and finally found it behind the oven. Ugh.

Today is sunny and calm. I hope it stays that way; I know two lots of people who are camping out over the break.

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Murderous pensioners

  • 18th Apr, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I've been slack updating, but work's been somewhat stressful since I had to get heaps done before taking next week off, what with the new website launch approaching. We couldn't resist the chance of taking the three days between Easter and Anzac Day to get 10 days off, and I suspect a lot of the country has done the same.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago on the way to the library, I passed a classic crime scene: police tape, cars, and a guy standing there in one of those white non-contaminating outfits. The first one I've actually seen. It was by some pensioner housing, and I heard a few days later that a 77-year-old had killed a 70-year-old. I don't know what it was about but the killer had anger issues and not much English which might have made it easier to communicate with a knife.

Daylight saving went off around the same time and that always makes me feel sad. Even though it's still warm, coming home in the dark drives it home that winter is coming. Long, grey, wet, lacking in bright festive spots, its only advantage is the absence of flies and mozzies.

But: ten days off! Maybe I'll even write my trope bingo stories.

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Happy birthday!

  • 16th Apr, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Happy birthday to imhilien! I hope there was chocolate involved. :-)

A storm in a teacup

  • 15th Mar, 2014 at 10:24 PM
Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my last post. Rather than reply to you each saying much the same thing, here an update.

Cyclone Lusi, despite the scaremongering on the news for the last few days and even last night, wasn't at all bad here in Auckland. There was only a third the expected rainfall and we've experienced stronger winds, though Greg said that when he went out for Indian tonight and started to open the car door, the wind almost sucked the door out of his grip. A friend once had her car door damaged and almost ripped off like that. It's still windy tonight but really, despite some trees down, it's a fairly standard storm and steadily getting weaker.

As for my finger, I half cut the top off and it started bleeding copiously again when I changed the sticking plaster last night. I put a really tight one on and it was OK today at the gym (though I didn't do the biceps pull-down) and salon, but I wasn't happy about it so I went to the local White Cross medical centre. The triage nurse said that mandolins should be banned (though I've had that thing at least 12 years and this is the first accident). The doctor said I should have come in last night but that it should heal up nicely.

Then another nurse gave me a tetanus shot and cleaned the finger and put a huge, intricate, bulbous dressing on it (Greg says it looks like the end of a ray gun), chatting away all the time about what she was doing. She had a button reading "Not all autistic people are quiet. Some can't stop talking." I asked her if she knew someone autistic, and she said, "Me, but Asperger's to be exact." We had a chat about obsessions; I admitted to fandom, and she said hers was wound management - and she did a bloody (umm...) good job too so it's more useful than mine. Then we talked about how pedantic we both get about word use and grammar, and she said she once refused to go to a nurses' party because the invitation read "Your invited". A woman after my own heart, says the one who has sometimes corrected signs in passing.

I have to go back on Monday for a new dressing (I hope I get the same nurse), but I now feel much happier about the whole thing. I'm also buying a kevlar glove for future kitchen chopping and slicing - thanks for the suggestion, executrix!

Thanks again for your concern, lovely people.

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Cyclone Lusi

  • 14th Mar, 2014 at 10:04 PM
I was telling Astro about this and thought maybe I should actually post because it's been weeks.

Tonight I sliced my finger to the bone on what's weirdly called a mandolin. I've had the thing for over 10 years, used it heaps, and haven't done it before. Not a pretty sight.

Neither is the huge cyclone (this hemisphere's name for a hurricane) is due to arrive tonight or tomorrow. It's already killed 3 people in Vanuatu and is now lashing Northland. There've been all these extreme weather warnings and admonitions not to make unnecessary journeys but I have to go to the gym tomorrow, then get my hair cut (it's hard to get Saturday appointments so I can't reschedule) when I'd much rather stay home safe and dry (and possibly cowering). We live on a ridge and it's breezy at the best of times.

Oh joy.

I found however that I can type which is good because I thought I really should get round to writing the trope bingo stories in my head.

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Happy birthday!

  • 9th Feb, 2014 at 10:47 PM
A happy birthday to katriona_s and kernezelda!

Have a great day!

Linkety links

  • 2nd Feb, 2014 at 2:57 PM
gladiator cow, cool stuff
I don't have much to say about my life as it's very humdrum and samey and I can't even easily go anywhere interesting unlike most of you. However I've accumulated some links for you.

Two Auckland cats
Merli has decided in his old age to move to a bus stop.
Oscar the cat burglar nicks socks, even from kids' shoes at the local school at playtime.

Alice X Zhang does gorgeous fanart: Virtuoso, Study in Pink, Ghosts (Sherlock and John). There are more, plus art for Doctor Who and other fandoms in her gallery.
And Nichola Battilana put the 221B living room in a tiny tin. There's even a minuscule skull.

Star Wars
I want this for my car, even if  the decals don't go with the LIBR8R numberplate. There are some other good ones linked in the customers also bought section.

Star Trek
TOS cats. Only three, but hey.

Elena Shumilova lives on a farm in Russia and takes lovely, atmospheric photos of her children with animals.

Beach art
Andre Amador does beautiful and intricate  beach art with a rake.

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Neil Perryman, whose blog Adventures with the Wife in Space followed his wife Sue's reaction to Doctor Who, has started a new blog. This time he's getting Sue to watch Blake's 7 with him.

Adventures with the Wife and Blake is only up to Space Fall, so now's a good time to follow. Their pets are already named after B7 characters, which I'm surprised Sue allowed before she knew their namesakes. :)

Check it out: Sue's comments are so funny and interesting - and the posts look longer than they are because of readers' comments. And the cartoon of them watching (with a B7 cat) is brilliant.

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Trope bingo again!

  • 7th Jan, 2014 at 10:27 AM
I'm doing [community profile] trope_bingo again as it was responsible for about half the fic I wrote last year, and made me write things I wouldn't normally have.

Here's my card. Strangely, unlike last time, I've already written the majority of these over the years. I'll have to try to avoid as many of those as I can or think up new twists. At first glance I think I'll go for one of the three rows branching from the top right corner as they seem to contain a decent number of untried tropes.

power dynamics forbidden fruit holidayfic au: college / highschool language and translation
rivals to lovers time travel mind games futurefic fork in the road
telepathy / mindmeld hurt / comfort FREE

curtainfic fake relationship
soul bonding / soulmates sex pollen celebratory kiss au: fairy tale / myth presumed dead
au: fusion epistolary au: supernatural character in distress kidfic

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Sherlock: The Empty Hearse

  • 3rd Jan, 2014 at 12:25 PM
sherlock and john
I've been looking forward to this for so long, and it was fun!

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What I wrote last year

  • 1st Jan, 2014 at 2:27 PM
I don't usually do this but I wrote more than I thought.

A Surfeit of Tarrants (Blake's 7) - Vila runs into an unexpected Tarrant. Written for trope_bingo, the trope mentioned in the end notes.

Mistress for a Million (Blake's 7) - for a Mills and Boon challenge with the summary: "For one million dollars: mistress at his mercy! Jobless, homeless, and penniless, Soolin seeks a new contract - all good offers accepted. Billionaire Del Kline seeks beautiful woman for business contract on the luxury planet of Gardenos. Terms: mistress for a month. Salary: one million credits. Training will be given." It's gen despite the summary. :-)

A Matter of Time (Blake's 7) - Vila has a weird device and he's going to use it. Another trope_bingo one, trope in the end notes.

What to Wear to a Prom (SG-1) - Sam hadn't worn a dress for years and she sure wasn't going to wear one to the prom. Third trope_bingo.

Expert Advice (Once Upon a Time / Blake's 7) - Snow decides that she needs the advice of some rebels to help her and Charming get the kingdom back. Fourth trope_bingo, using the free space on my card.

A Closed Mind (Blake's 7) - Avon is proud of having one. Last trope_bingo.

Guess the Universe! (Blake's 7 / Big Bang Theory) - Vila Restal walks into a bar and meets... Raj Koothrappali, and geekiness abounds. For a ficathon walks into a bar (intoabar) challenge.

Reunion (Blake's 7 / Harry Potter) - Vila Restal walks into a bar and meets... Draco Malfoy! Another ficathon walks into a bar challenge, this is set post Gauda Prime and about 3 years after Draco's graduation from Hogwarts.

I've also been writing a largish B7 AU ad though the end's in sight, it will have to count for 2014. However, have a bonus from 2012 in honour of new Sherlock:

Electrical Contact (Downton Abbey / Doctor Who / Sherlock) - Something odd is happening at Downton Abbey. Then someone odd turns up. This was inspired by a comic strip, link in the end notes.

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Happy New Year!

  • 1st Jan, 2014 at 12:20 AM
We're 20 minutes into 2014 here and have not just seen the fireworks on the Sky Tower but also let off a multiple one of our own that one of Greg's clients gave him: very loud but not enough pretty aerial explosions.

Anyway, all the best to all of you in 2014!

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