A Question

18/02/2017 06:00 pm
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
In the 1968 TV Dracula, Bernard Archard's Van Helsing uses this to hypnotise Jonathan, but what is it?

Image under the cut )

[personal profile] calliopes_pen was curious. I hadn't really thought about it, because it seemed kind of familiar to me - but actually, I don't know what it is, either. Some sort of disc on a chain, only with a little arch to make the disc/coin part lie flat. However, I said that my flist know everything and I would ask you all and find out. Does anybody have any idea?

ETA: In terms of size, it's not that big - this is a close-up.
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Just a reminder that an flister [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon is still badly in need of help (you can find all the details here). If you can donate or signal-boost in any way, please, please do!
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[livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 and I are running a ficathon! It is a terrible time to run a ficathon, because the internet in the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere tends to be deathly quiet, but that bit is my fault, not [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2's, because I decided it was now or never, and then the now moved forward a bit because Remix might actually still happen before Yuletide. (I used my DW Minor Characters ficathon as a model while [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 has promised to write something so I don't have to if I get stressed.)

Anyway, it is a Once Upon A Time ficathon based around Storybrooke itself, and we would appreciate all the help you can give us in reaching the people who might be interested, as it's a newer fandom and mostly tunnelled down into its respective ships on Tumblr and less active on LJ and Dreamwidth. So if you know of a good place to pimp, or know of flisters who might be interested, if you were willing to pass on the news that would be awesome. (There are details at the comm ([livejournal.com profile] storybrookelife) and on the Tumblr post for how to join in if people don't have and don't want an LJ account. I am also happy for people to prompt/sign-up post by pm-ing me on Dreamwidth.)



You can find the LJ banner with coding all done for you here and I have a rebloggable Tumblr post here.

It is open for leaving prompts now and sign-ups will open from Saturday. You don't have to be taking part to leave prompts, so do feel free to drop some off to inspire someone else. Posting will run from 10th Aug to 7th September. The main requirement for fic is that they be 500+ words and are set in Storybrooke.

(This ficathon brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2 and me spending far too much time wondering about the people who make heritage trails in the middle of the Second Curse (for a town that's only existed since 1983 and spent its first 28 years experiencing effectively the same day over and over, frozen in time) or who runs the carpet cleaning services and do they have Opinions about getting scorches, blood etc. etc. out of our Heroes' (and Villains') carpets? Are they also Magic Carpet experts? But it is very much also for those who want to write about anything happening in Storybrooke of any kind, including OTPs being shippy and characters doing their stuff. Anyway, it is a thing! We hope to have more than one person signing up! \o/)
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[livejournal.com profile] liadtbunny asked: What would you recommend as a good, amiable fantasy or not very sci-fi sci-fi novel?

Now, I am so out of date on reading generally, let alone SF and Fantasy, that it would be laughable if I even tried to answer this question. However, I am pretty sure that you, my marvellous, book-loving flist will be able to, and with ease!

So, people... what do you reckon would be good? Prove to me that my confidence in you all is not mistaken and find Liadt some splendidly amiable genre reading matter!

Thank you! ♥


(And, Liadt, I know you said you'd heard of Terry Pratchett and that sounded as if you didn't want him recced, but seriously: Guards! Guards! - no silly fantasy names, a parody of all the detective/noir stories and with bonus dragons. I mean, it might as well have your name on it. Beyond that, I'm mostly highly out of date or stuck in the YA section as of five years ago.)
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1. [livejournal.com profile] clocketpatch has some friends needing help with their imigration fund


2. Another user has collected really helpful links for how to help with the Syrian refugees & to try and get governments like the UK to try and actually respond (we're being shamingly terrible about it). Anyway, links here and some for US-ians, too, here)
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Please feel free to go forth and pimp (the coding will give you the banner linking back to the comm), & also leave prompts. (You can sign up from tomorrow). Or, alternatively, patiently ignore me while I spam everywhere with this, of course, always an option.


Oh, and, does anyone have/know of anyone who has made icons of New Who including minor characters and wouldn't mind me using them to make another couple of banners (mixed and New Who only)? It won't really matter, but I haven't any & won't exactly manage it over the weekend. *looks hopeful* *goes away to rest*
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The very lovely [livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon is looking for help (funds!) to prevent her family being evicted. You can find out more about the situation and help here. Hopefully some people can help or pass it on.

(She's one of the most encouraging and enthusiastic members of the DW fandom & my flist, and never fails to try and help other people in any way she can - I really hope she can get the amount she needs ($1400) now. <3)
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My long-time online friend [personal profile] justice_turtle is in need of a place to stay - all details here. Any help or further signal boosting will be much appreciated, if you can.
lost_spook: (b7 - deva)
(I stole the title of this post from TV Tropes, but it was hard to resist). Anyway, [personal profile] seriesfive and I are going to run an Apocalypse mini-bingo! Soon/soon-ish!

So, first off, how many ways of ending the earth/a planet/universe are there? Flist, we need your help!

Via Wikipedia, TV Tropes, my own head, various SF novels and the inventive heads of other people, we have a list as follows:

Cut for multiple ends of the world(s) )

So, what have we missed, which prompts could be combined into one square, and what would be the best names for the tropes/prompts? What do you think? (Please, do link this post around - we'd like to gauge interest as well as get people's thoughts on this.)

(We're thinking mini-bingo - 3x3 squares, probably. People will be able to have vetoes, so it's okay to have some fairly specific scenarios in the above list, although obviously most would need to be reasonably generic.)

This is just an extremely rough list as yet - many things are probably badly phrased, and not everything has to be included in the final list. If you object to either phrasing or a scenario, that's one of the things we want to know about here and why we're making this post, but please be nice to everybody when discussing the impending apocalypse, or comments will be screened or deleted. Thank you.
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[community profile] trope_bingo has been being rather lovely in terms of giving me reason to type or make things, tying in with already existing prompts and so on, but not in being stressful. So I got tempted into also signing up for [community profile] hc_bingo - Hurt/Comfort Bingo.

Which may seem a little odd (the complete list of prompts is such a mix of things that really interest and attract me and things that terrify me to death and paralyse my muse), but I do like hurt/comfort, even if I think my definition in my head is not always the same as other people's. And there's a lot of room for interpretation (literal or metaphorical etc. etc.) and it doesn't have to be hurt/comfort, it can be hurt or comfort, and it doesn't have to be shippy. So... could be very interesting. I like working through bad stuff in fic (or at least certain kinds), although not necessarily "fixing" it. I do tend to find it cathartic/helpful. (I was listing what to veto and then realising that some I'd already written - I've got two fics that contain possible suicide attempts, for instance. It just looks much weirder when it's a prompt. "Ooh, let's write a nice torture fic, why not?")

And this morning my card turned up

My hc_bingo card )
lost_spook: (dw - wee!amelia)
1. I have been a little stuck with the 500 Prompts fic(let)s, even though I have about six more in rough, because of one being really awkward and me refusing to type up any others till I'd worked out what to do with it - and I have just now cracked it! Not by doing anything special, but adding one bit last week and deleting another this week and suddenly, it works, whereas it didn't before. Also, of course, I was a wee bit distracted by the S&S 100 Element prompts. I am, it has to be said, always so easily distracted by any mention, thought or basically anything to do with shiny Elements.

2. Words learnt in the course of writing it (and, [personal profile] seriesfive, this is one you may find useful): anatidaephobia - the fear of being watched by a duck. Not that there are any ducks in my fic; it's just amazing what you find out when you were looking for something else.

3. There is, it turns out now a [livejournal.com profile] b7_kinkmeme! I've not played with many kinkmemes before, but it looks like being fun. And, really, how come there never was one before, because, B7...? :lol: (I did once dabble with the Downton Abbey kinkmeme, which was very vanilla and generally non-anonymous. I'm not much good at being anonymous. I mention this only because it has the best name: [livejournal.com profile] dakinkmeme, ha.) Anyway, more B7 fic = a good thing, right?

(For those just getting into B7, after all the recent oppression, there are quite a few comms for it, and though they may seem quiet, they all have actual people on and are worth playing with: [livejournal.com profile] b7friday, [livejournal.com profile] blakes7, [livejournal.com profile] b7fic, [livejournal.com profile] b7recs [livejournal.com profile] b7icons and my own misguided attempt, which does have lots of prompts and no one's even done Blake/Avon for it, you know... [livejournal.com profile] b7love_250 and others. And [community profile] blakes7 on Dreamwidth. Sometimes LJ is more fun, sorry Dreamwidth. ;-p)

4. Also I think I am on the verge of finishing the vid I've been sort of making on and off since August and at the moment, I may even be really pleased with it? I still have some final clips to add. I have a low-quality test version up on YouTube as private, but would anyone be kind enough to take a look at it? I'd need someone who ideally didn't know very much about the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon and preferably a little bit about vidding, if anyone was willing. Just to know whether a) I'm right and it does work and have some progression and I shouldn't mess with it too much now, or b) I'm wrong and it's an incoherent mess with no sense of progression, which it could well be, and I should fix it. (And - fingers crossed - I don't seem to be making myself go dizzy and hyper-sensitive to noise with it at the moment, either. \o/)

Two things

23/02/2013 05:12 pm
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
1. A question for any other Chalet Schools fans (that probably I should post to freudesheim, I know, but anyway): I've just finished The Chalet School Does It Again and there's a really odd bit at the end I've noticed before, but I usually forget where it came before I ever think to ask.

Basically, during the Welson play (the Willow Pattern one), in the audience, Madge Russell hears a stranger commenting on it, as does Miss Wilson, who turns to look and thinks the speaker is slightly familiar. And... nothing. So, either this is an odd little Elinorism, or else the conclusion (who the speaker actually is) has been edited out of the revised pbk edition. (My collection, barring one book only is entirely comprised of the Armada paperbacks.) Anyone round here have the hardback/GGB edition and can tell me? It's just a couple of pages from the end, in the middle of the Willow Pattern play. I'd be grateful, because it's definitely odd.

ETA: apparently it is a slight anomaly in the full-text version too. (My flist knows everything. ♥)

Talking of Elinorisms, wouldn't it be hilarious if CS was a really large fandom. We could have wars about what everyone's names really are. Is Matron really Gwyneth Lloyd, or Matron Gould? Is Mademoiselle Therese or Elise or Therese Elise and is she Le Pattre or La Pattre? Is Rosalie Browne the same person as Rosalie Way? Is Mr Barras Adrian or Miles? Verity-Ann or Verity-Anne? And etc. etc. Other fandoms would not know what to make of us. We'd never get past the spellings to have ship wars.

Or maybe this actually happens on the forum and I don't know because I don't ever look at it...


2. [community profile] gen_battle is now a thing. Of course, at the moment I have 500 prompts already (well, no, really I have about 200 *cough*) but I think that will be relevant to various people's interests?


Oh, and 3. I feel a bit less tired again now. :-)
lost_spook: (OUaT - red)
Skipping ahead a day or so again, because I'm tired and I wanted to do this today:

In your own space, ask for recs. Something as simple as "I like XYZ (where XYZ is a kink, a pairing, a trope, etc) - please rec me some." Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

Well, here are a couple of specific things that I'll never find on my own, so let's see if someone can help!

1. I'm relistening to the BBC's Radio LOTR and I'm sure at the end I'll be wanting what I did last time - which is I'd love to read some Legolas and Gimli friendship fic.

Which there must be somewhere, mustn't there? But there's so much LOTR stuff and much of it in unfamiliar archives that I just run away. (Well, after pausing to giggle at summaries involving Legolas, because the writers were picturing Orlando, but I'm thinking of David Collings and such things amuse me.)

Shorter is best for me, if possible, but if it's long (and I somehow suspect length is a thing in Tolkien fandom), I can bookmark it for later (or print it off even) and I don't mind when it's set, although bonus points if anyone knows fic that is post-Return and also involves Merry and/or Pippin as well. (I love it when those four are together, and the Radio version, same as the film, cuts out some of their sections when needing to lose something.)

Anyway, any Legolas and Gimli fic you know would be lovely.


2. Once Upon a Time! I finished S1 and I very much enjoyed it and it's definitely the sort of thing I can see myself being fannish about as well as liking. But S2 is well under way and I want to avoid spoilers, so I can't go look for things myself!

a) good series 1 vids. ♥

b) any good shorter (non-explicit) fic. Really! I am here, liking it all, and not even having a clue about ships and things I would like - I'd just like a reasonable taster of what's out there, if that's possible. If I like a thing, I tend to like it all, and good fic is good fic, anyway, so...


Er. That does seem a bit specific and fussy, doesn't it? Anyway, I'd love recs for either of those things. Self-recs are fine. I know well by now how talented my flist are. ;-)
lost_spook: (ww - donna)
Stretch yourself a little and try something new. Go play in a new fandom or with a new pairing. Try working in a new medium. Or consume different fanworks. Give that new fandom a go. Listen to a podfic or watch some vids if you haven’t before. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it.

And now I'm kind of stumped, because I do try out most fanworks, and often new fandoms (and there's been Yuletide lately, which I'm still poking around in and which is fab for that sort of thing) and I'm not averse to trying any pairings I think look at all interesting/fun. The only thing I don't do is listen to podfics, but there's a reason for that.*

So, help me out, if you will -

Please rec me something in a fandom I don't know that's non-spoilery. (Non-spoilery is so hard to be sure of when you're poking around looking for stuff yourself.) A fanvid would be perfect, or a very short and accessible fic would also be great. I'll either make another post or edit this one to review said recs a little. (Hopefully positively, but can't be guaranteed in advance! :lol:)

Oh, and if it's fic, I'm no good with explicit pr0n, I'm really not.

Thanks in advance! :-)

*Basically, I think podfics and podficcing are marvellous and there should be much more - I spent enough time in libraries having to think about ways to get things in as many different formats not to appreciate the importance of that. However I don't do audio books; I just can't and therefore not podfics either. Full cast audio plays are fine, but I just... can't listen to audio books, even when I can see there's been a temptingly perfect match-up of reader and book. Maybe one day. And I also have major embarrassment squick at the idea of having to listen to my recorded voice. *shudder*

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