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Welcome to Night Vale

it is a thing I am hooked on.

It is also a thing that makes me want to cosplay for the first time in my life.

Unfortunately, I was working and couldn't go to ComicCon so who knows when I will ever get the chance. But I am still looking up trousers on ebay I can adapt to make Eternal Scout shorts.
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So I had a great time at lycoris' birthday party weekend. We hung out with cool people and not just any cool people but fannishly cool people, the kind of people I could spend my life hanging out with and not get bored with. This has made coming back to the Real World (where nobody wants to listen for more then ten minutes about waxing lyrical over fannishness, and not everyone knows or has considered what house they'd be Sorted into etc) somewhat difficult. Oddly, real life is compensating for this for me by being crazily busy. Seriously. This weekend I am going to a Viking Medieval Fayre (I KNOW. APPARENTLY THERE IS A CAKE IN THE SHAPE OF Mjolin, Mjonirr, Mudgm THOR'S HAMMER!) and I have also been invited to a Zombie Walk in a few weeks, then am going for a weekend to Sheffield to see Priscilla again, and then the week after that Rachel Stamp are playing.


In addition to this, I just got my first email from the Prof who is going to be my dissertation supervisor. Urk! So nervous!

And also I am so pleased Channel 4 are playing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. only a day after it shows in America. It makes being online a lot easier, especially as last night I wasn't online at all but was puppy-sitting. So yes! STUFF! What has happened there? I now have a whole THREE telly programmes to watch during the week (The Dresden Files, The Great British Bake-Off and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as well. I never used to have any of this. It's crazy.

(And okay, when house or puppy sitting also Big Bang Theory but that can't really count if I don't NORMALLY PLAN to watch it. It just has a catchy theme, okay?)
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Despite not collecting Astonishing X-Men (apart from owning number 1) it was practically a given that I would be purchasing number 51. Aside from just general Northstar love ("I am GAY!"- trufax quote) my purchasing it was guarenteed for two major reasons, the first being the irrational collector desire to not miss out. I don't spend half my time watching the auctions for Incredible Hulk #181 ticking up to £500.00 without sighs of regret that I was not even alive in the 70s. Honest. Okay yes I do and damn it I was not missing out on this one! The second is of course my passionate love of all things gay. I listened to the first gay sex scene in The Archers with open mouthed adoration, despite not regularly caring about either I watched a week of Coronation Street just to see the first gay kiss (disappointing) and tuned in to The Archers at Uni just to hear the First Gay Wedding. It kind of had to be.

...time for the small, petty, disappointed ramble, because although the story is lovely...I was a bit deflated:

localfreak: (Wolverine)
Me: Hey, you have some shares somewhere don't you? How do shares work?
Them: I do have shares. But not exactly. They're not mine.
Me: Er?
Them: They're in my name but they are units under subsection S I G.
Me: So they're not shares?
Them: They're units.
Me: *taps ear* I think my babel fish has died. I have no idea what you just said.

And thus ends my lesson in the confusing world of financial thingummies.

The week has been crazy, we've been facilitating the student exams (that was Wednesday and Thursday but the day before was setting up the ward and the day after was catching up on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's work), and then Friday was also a staff-awards-ceremony-thing so have had no room for collapse. In a few weeks C is leaving us for her new job. *sob sob sob* I don't know how we'll manage without her, and the pressure is on too because I need to write a poem for the occasion. Anyway there's going to be a whole thing and these girls are glam-our-us. So I've been trawling for clothes because most of my old stuff is too big and I've cleared out a load. I don't really like clothes shopping but today was pretty damn successful. Either I've managed to get an outfit for the thing OR if the one I have in mind is too casual I have the main bones of said outfit and am sure I can find something in the wardrobe to make it posher, and the planned outfic will be my Pride outfit.


Ahem. Yes. I was furious because the past two years I have wanted to go and have been in work and when I looked up the calendar this year I am also in work. BUT because the library now shuts at 1pm it looks like I can go home get ready and catch the train in and will only have missed the first couple of hours. Sent Shaunie a message and he has rough plans with his harem of various lgbtq & straight peeps to go so I shall be tagging along. I'm hoping to find more people I know to go too but there's still plenty of time.

August 4th people- if you're coming pride tell me and we'll meet and stuff. It'll be awesome. I've never been to a pride or anything before and I will be all sociable and stuff. There were some guys fundraising for it today in the city centre who were lovely.


I also spent an obscene amount of money on clothes including a Primani Batman T-Shirt= FTW. Sadly, they didn't have any Marvel in only Thundercats which I never watched. Then I went to worlds apart, manfully resisted buying a Daredevil T-Shirt....and then spent that money on MORE WOLVERINE instead. I bought: Wolverine #306, #307 UK Essential X-Men #32 and the book Wolverine Weapon X - Adamantium Men. Mwahahahahahah. Also I've ordered Astonishing X-Men #51 with the wedding between Northstar and Kyle because I HAVE TO OWN IT YES.
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I was having a conversation with [personal profile] still_lycoris about genderswitch fanfic- mostly the type that just randomly has one of the characters be a different gender to what they are in the books. I haven't read much in this field (mostly in its ballpark I have read FtM/MtF/Genderqueer variations) but recently I've read two, in which Lestrade in BBC!Sherlock fandom is female. And they were awesome. After some thought Lycoris and I concluded that the reason that these work are down to a combination of amazingly good writing (because when the writing is good things you usually wouldn't go for become suddently awesome) and that Lestrade is a good, interesting and well-rounded character in his own right.

So I thought I'd reccomend them, along with some other fics and bits that I have been watching/reading

Title: Bunnies and Brollies
Author: Anonymous
Fandom: BBC! Sherlock
Ship: Mystrade GL/MH with f!Lestrade
Summary: for the prompt: Lestrade has Mycroft love child/children. They get kidnapped during a case. Sherlock is called in to find the kids.
Bonus points if Mycroft doesn't know about the kids (maybe coz it was all a power game to him?).
Make it long and angsty with happy ending please?

Linky: http://sherlockbbc-fic.livejournal.com/13188.html?thread=72521860

Why it's awesome: This is a long fic and, distressingly a WIP which as you know I rarely rec. It may even be abandoned *sob* but you should read it still because Lestrade is very very awesome, the Bunnies are adorable and so, in a way, is Sherlock. The characters are compelling and it is sad and hilariously silly in turns and the whole thing just sucks you in forever.

Title: The Least of All Possible Mistakes
Author: rageprufrock
Fandom: BBC! Sherlock
Ship: Mystrade GL/MH with f!Lestrade
Summary: If ever a people deserved tasering, it’s Holmeses. It's basically a 'how they got together and were rather awesome' story

Linky: http://archiveofourown.org/works/330685/chapters/533662

Why it's awesome: Another WIP- although this one was updated yesterday so it's still looking promising. It's hard for me to describe why I completely buy into female Lestrade in this, when usually I'd be all "O.o but he's awesome as is? Why?" but I just do. She's cool, she's kick ass and the author manages to not make her a totally new person and yet at the same time she's not just Lestrade with an 's' in front of the 'he'. She's very kick ass and kind of sweet and fun (well let's face it someone gets tasered in the first chapter, that's a definitely good way to start!)

I would also, in a Mystrade sense, like to draw your attention to this adorable video by duchesscloverly:

watch on youtube here

Which clevely using several films shows a Mystrade relationship through the ages which is lovely and marvellous and footage of Mark Gatiss crying. Yes. *incoherent blurbling*
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Went on Fandom Wiki for Savage Garden today. In some ways it was always going to bring back the most melancholy of memories. So many friends gone, so many fics and people disappeared into ether (Cally, if you are reading this I would still love just a tiny note telling me you are alright...). I am also vaguely amused to find that, despite it being my most active fandom ever, and so many of the fan-names being ones who I knew, and knew me, I have no mention in the annals of history. I didn't expect to, but when I saw the list with some of my old friends email penpals and the like it was strange to find I remained a ghost.

Perhaps some people are just born to be lurkers.

My copy of Secret Codes and Battle Ships arrived yesterday. So very beautiful!! <3

In other news I went arse-over-tete today down a ramp. Yowch! This merited my first trip over the road to A&E as, although I wasn't actually seriously hurt, with it being on work premises it needed to be noted. Bit bruised and achy but I'm otherwise okay.

Then of course I had to write my own Incident Report for the system. Which was something I could have done without.

Now I'm trying to motivate myself to do some studying. I actually enjoy most of it once I get into it (or will after Garfinkel Week is over.) It's just trying to motivate myself to keep going and not get distracted by, for example, shiny sherlockholmesfanfiction. Which I totally didn't spend yesterday night reading when I should have been working. Honest.
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Went to see Darren Hayes in Liverpool last night. He and his voice are absolutely beautiful

I didn't take pics because I felt it would distract me from the actual experience, and also because I was wearing extremely tight jeans which were already bulging with the necessity of carrying my phone, ID, rail card and an enormous amount of tissues as I have a headcold.

So here are some from my accumulated stash of Fanyboyishness pics under the cut )
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Wow! Just...wow! I've had three fics on Archive of Our Own for barely a couple of days and I've had Kudos, a comment and probably more hits than my blog has ever known. Amazing. Thank you so much anyone who snuck on there to stroke my ego. It's all very exciting. I'm not used to feeling like anyone's reading!

Very tiring day. It's Mum and Prawn's birthday tomorrow, and also my last day in work this week (I booked some leave to do stuff with Mum etc) but I've got A LOT OF SHIT TO DO before I can make my escape tomorrow- and I have to go on time because we're going out for a meal and it doesn't behoove the one footing the bill to be late, I'm pretty sure there's a rule about that somewhere. Lol.

X-Men:First Class fic is slowly devouring my life. But I like it. It's just so delightful to see good X-Men fanfiction (and yes, I can be shallow, Xavier/Magneto slash is FTW. Although, honestly? It always was. They were practically template Dumbledore/Grindelwald in subtext alone. Even when Magneto's batshit insane and has his own (equally batshit, by the way, Marvel I do hate your space-love) asteroid and pulls the adamantium from Wolverine's bones through his pores (OOOWWW! But awesome!) he's still pretty damn groovy (ahahahah).

No idea what's going on in the real world. I'm going to go read the paper now to try and find out and also to write Prawn's card out.
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Awesomely chilled-out day today. I didn't go out shopping (huzzah!) instead rebelled by staying home, taking the opportunity to wrap mum's birthday present and hoover through the house.

I also may have killed the vacuum cleaner in the process. But I will insist that all I did was turn it on- the fact that two seconds later there was the smell of burning plastic and the room was full of smoke is DEFINITELY not my fault. So there.

I also received my invitation for my account on Archive of Our Own. You can find me there as, ever, your localfreak. I've only put three stories up so far- two that are already posted on my List of Fanfiction on my blog and one I hadn't got around to posting yet. All of them have been tidied up a bit since, too, with any belated errors fixed etc.

It's all part of my drive to be at least marginally more active in making friends online. It just seems ridiculous that I've been in fandom for over ten years and yet I still suck quite so much at making (and keeping) friends. I'm trying to be a bit more sociable.

I chose Archive Of Our own only after several months contemplation. It may not be the biggest or most popular, but it has a lot going for it. I like the large font (even if, when worried about people reading over your shoulder, it can sometimes seem Rather Too Large), and I rather likethe tagging system that makes crossovers so easy to find, and the fact you can filter by wordcount > is just quite awesomely useful. I weighed up the pros and cons against other fic archive sites I use, and really it just wins hands down.

So yes.

I did mean, after sorting all of that, to get back to my editing software and put some hours in on the video I'm making. But I may, perhaps, have got distracted once again by awesome X-Men fanfic. If I have anything to thank X-Men: First Class for (apart from being adorably awesome) it is that since people have started to produce good X-Men fic. When I first got into fandom there were perhaps three non-crack X-Men fics that were any good that I could find. The rest was mis-spelled, stomach churning, or just didn't appeal to me in anyway. (There are only so many times Gambit can be turned into a woobie helpless pwincess before you start to cringe inside.)
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I've just bought my ticket to go and see Darren Hayes in Liverpool on 12th 15th(!) October. Shauny has mentioned he and his boyf might go but I'm cautious until I know for definite. I've decided that I'm being stupid to be afraid of going places just because I may not have anyone to go with. Watching recent interviews for his new album, my fanboyish love of his work (and my immense crush on him) has proven itself strong as ever and I would be a fool to miss out on such a chance just because of Other People. So yes. WOOOH! :D It won't really be real to me until the ticket is in my hand. Then will come the exceptionally camp question of: What do I wear?

Anyway. It shall be made of awesome.

I was exceptionally cunning today and instead of my usual yomp I did so in the direction of the shops to get my mum's birthday card. Her birthday is on Tuesday but Nanny hasn't been well so there's no way of me sloping off this weekend without her coming with me. SUPERSTEALTHY!IHAZIT.


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