Not posting

Dec. 4th, 2016 08:35 pm
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I've been putting off posting because I've been feeling guilty for not having really done anything. My productive writing October turned into not really writing November.

The story written for me for Public Call went live:
This Definitely Isn't Croydon (1196 words) by ginger_timelady
Fandom: Doctor Who & Related Fandoms
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Harry Sullivan
Summary: The Doctor has left Sarah Jane on Earth, and it isn't in Croydon. Yet somehow, it's where she needs to be.

I got through season 1 of The West Wing. And then took ages before I started season 2 and felt guilty for leaving Josh dying on the pavement for that long.

This weekend I went to the Albert Hall to see the tennis. The trains were horribly busy, which I seem to remember hating last year too. So the journey was horrible, but the tennis was fun. There was one particularly hilarious point with the exhibition doubles where all four players ended up on the same side of the net.

Hawkeye equivalent was everyone in the crowd holding up a sign saying In or Out and the umpire deciding which there was more of. Santoro was a bit miffed that the crowd were on Rusedski's side. They were even more on Bahrami's side, who successfully challenged a ball that was a long way out. He hit two balls up so high they didn't come back.

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Things

Nov. 20th, 2016 04:31 pm
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On Wednesday I sneezed and made my pulled muscle worse. And then on Friday it was suddenly so much better. At first I thought switching from paracetamol to ibuprofen had made the difference, but then it never got more painful after that.

I have had a busy weekend, getting lots of things done. I learnt that hoovering with my left hand hurts just as much as hoovering with my right, but hoovering with both was better. I went to the pet shop and wanted to take all the rabbits home. Especially one that came to see me when I spoke to them, and then licked the glass.

I bought Missy a toy that hangs up and has wooden things on it. It's the sort of wood she likes chewing, but she's spent most of her time with it on the string - she doesn't like hanging things, she always takes them down. It's safety pinned to the sofa, so it'll take her a little while as she can't spend the whole night working on it.

I got my Public Call fic done, which was just as well given that the deadline is this evening. I've also finished my Yuletide fic, for a given value of finished, given that I keep tinkering with it.

And I've started rewatching The West Wing. Since my pulled muscle means it hurts to laugh I had to find something that wasn't funny. And since I've been watching a lot of funny stuff on catch up, I keep using up my internet, so it had to be something I didn't need to stream. I've been wanting to rewatch The West Wing since I introduced my parents to it a few years ago and then caught an episode when I was home one weekend. I keep racing through it, partly because there's not a lot on at the moment, partly because I want to get to the bits I vaguely remember, but don't know when they are (and I am avoiding episode guides because I don't want to know in advance).

It was only after I started that I looked at my DVDs and thought that I should have considered The Bill - I have quite a few DVDs of half hour episodes from the 80s that I haven't watched. Or The Avengers - I have all the Emma Peel episodes and I've seen all the ones 'in color' but I can't remember which black & white ones I've seen. But now I've started The West Wing, I'll finish it first.

Of course this week has been tennis. I am disappointed that they won't show the doubles (of course) or the evening matches, and that Jamie and Bruno got knocked out in the semi-finals. But it is exciting that they're the number one doubles team this year. And Andy is the number one singles player this year. There's just the match in a couple of hours to decide who ends up number one in the rankings. I am hoping for a Murray victory of course, but I'd like either a decisive Murray win or a very close match with either winning. And come February there'll be another round of Murray vs Raonic when we play Canada (away) in the Davis Cup.

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What I Just Finished Reading
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold. I know everyone else has read it, but I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, which is just has. It wasn't terrible and once I got halfway through I read the rest in one sitting. But nothing happened in it. It improved once Miles turned up, but I like Cordelia perfectly well on her own and Vorkosigan books don't need Miles to make me happy. And the other big thing I had a problem with was Oliver Jole suddenly appearing, but having known the Vorkosigans for years... yet has never been mentioned. I know we were only getting Miles' point of view then and he wasn't important to Miles, but it still felt like he was being parachuted in. But having only realised recently (but before reading this book) that Sergyar was the planet Aral and Cordelia met, reading this one really made me want to read...

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. So I did. It was good. I accidentally read the whole thing in one morning. And since my copy of it is in the Cordelia's Honor omnibus I told myself I wasn't going to then carry on and read...

What I'm Currently Reading
Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold. Boy did I fail there. At first I thought I'd just read the beginning. And now I'm halfway through. Fortunately reading other Vorkosigan books requires me to go and get one off a bookshelf.

What I'm Reading Next
After Atlas by Emma Newman. This is a sequel to Planetfall, that I read a couple of months ago. I knew nothing about this until I read the back and it sounds interesting. Part of me isn't 100% sure about the idea of a sequel, because Planetfall worked fine on its own. But I really liked the writing and I'm interested to see what new mystery is in this book.

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Tennis

Nov. 13th, 2016 05:13 pm
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After a week's 'rest' my pulled muscle seems to have settled down to a low level pain and I'm getting used to doing more things with my left hand. Although if it still hurts next weekend I'm going to have to try hoovering left handed - which I have attempted before and found it really hard.

But there is tennis this week, which makes everything more exciting. And it is more exciting than usual - Murray could be back down to number two a week on Monday. And Jamie & Bruno could end up the number one doubles team. Who knows!

Although this afternoon's match didn't live up to the promise of the first set. However, it was interesting to see Dominic Thiem play because I'd heard of him, but never seen him play before.

Although I wish they'd make players wear different colours - I spent half my time being confused as to which was which, especially in that long tie break. The only way I could tell was that I can recognise Djokovic's playing style.

Before it started I wished I was going to the O2 to see it. And then once it had I remembered why I was glad I wasn't: it's expensive and you only get to see two matches, you have to sit in the dark, it takes ages to get there, and they got silly about taking food and empty water bottles in there. I am instead going to see the old gits at the Albert Hall next month. Far more fun.

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Cabin fever

Nov. 9th, 2016 08:51 pm
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After being out four nights last week it was good to have a weekend in. Since then I've only been out of the house to go to Sainburys (and Tesco since Sainsburys never seem to have any bread). This is because I've pulled a muscle coughing. Something I've previously heard of, but didn't think could really happen. Nor did I realise how painful it is. I mean, the muscle hurts if you use it, obviously, and also if I touch it. But there are a lot of things you use it for, it turns out. It hurts if I turn over in bed, lie wrong in bed, get out of bed, sit wrong, yawn, blow my nose, cough, breathe too deeply, take my inhaler, reach up to anything (unless I use my left hand, which it turns out I don't do by default). In summary, pretty much everything. Which is why I'm writing this now and am not getting sweaty in a dance studio doing ballet.

The NHS website's advice on strained muscles is to rest it (tricky), elevate it (it probably is my default) and put ice on it (not fun in the winter, plus touching it hurts it). So, in summary, not a lot of use. Paracetemol helps, but as I already knew, it takes an hour to kick in, then only works for two hours, and you can only take it every four hours. I could take twice the amount, but experience with other painkillers tells me that it won't lessen the pain at all, but will make me feel sick. So I'm not going to try that.

On the plus side, it is definitely getting better. It feels more like an ordinary hurt than being stabbed. And I am getting better at not doing some of the things that make it hurt.

Of course the annoying thing is that it's fine sitting up in a chair at a computer, which means I can still work...

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This week has been a busy week - I was out four nights in a row. Work was frustrating and having just had half term where I had nothing on any evening, it was good to get out and do something else. I had very little that I needed to get done this weekend, so I have been doing it today - yesterday I did pretty much nothing at all. It was nice for a change.

[info]femslashex all happened this week. I've been wanting to try it once and this year it was nicely timed and I just about managed to find the minimum number of offers and requests.

I got this lovely Sarah/Kate fic from [info]selenay:
The Clean Up Date (2830 words) by Selenay
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005), Sarah Jane Adventures
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Kate Lethbridge-Stewart/Sarah Jane Smith
Summary: “It’s whatever you want it to be,” Kate said quietly, her usual note of mild amusement absent. “It can just be dinner, if you want.”

I wrote this Missy/Clara fic:
Double Desolation (2281 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Missy/Clara Oswald
Summary: Clara has dinner with Missy. Of course Missy has an ulterior motive, Clara just has to find out what it is.

It was a bit strange to write as every time I put "Missy" I think she's my hamster. Who is not too dissimilar from the character. There was a point in the betaing when Sel wrote something along the lines of "that's just like Missy" and I thought "It is just like Missy", and then realised Sel was talking about the fictional character, not my hamster.

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Let's not talk about how I've now had this cold for a week and a half (it's going away, but yesterday I got out of breath walking to the car and opening the garage and it wasn't that cold). Let's instead talk about the interesting, fun things I did when I wasn't ill.

We spent one day at Windsor Castle. The station had a huge Patisserie Valerie, where I had a very nice gluten free chocolate muffin. And at lunch we went to a burger place that have a gluten free menu. I had to get the chips off the ordinary menu, but the bun was definitely gluten free: it was very dry and fell apart. But still, it was quite exciting to have a burger in a bun when out.

On the non-food front... It was quite expensive, but you could get your ticket stamped and use it to come back again within a year. We found they do tours of other bits in the summer, so we'll try and do that (and get our money's worth!). We weren't allowed to take photos indoors, so spent quite a bit of money in the shop on postcards instead. The state rooms were pretty typical really. They were interesting, but I've seen quite a few. The best room was one that was filled with weapons. There was an amazing sword in one cabinet. The sword itself was wavy and the handle was white and completely impossible to hold. It depicted a small scene with a person and a horse and there were no straight bits. They did say on the multimedia tour (which was free at least) that those weapons were just for display. I wish I could have taken a photo of it - and of course it isn't on a postcard because most people wouldn't be that interested.

There was a doll's house that was amazing. It was never designed to be played with and it was a replica of a posh house of the time. You could walk round all four sides. The front had a garden and the back had the cars parked underneath.

And then there was the chapel, which had an amazing ceiling. They put an angled mirror on a table, so you could look at it without having to crane your neck. So that was a good day.

We had another day in Oxford. We did a Bodleian Library tour, which was really interesting. I didn't know that the copyright law means that every book printed goes to the Bodleian (or Swindon, since they've run out of space). I had an idea that they had every book, but I didn't know that mean every book. And magazine. Even digital books (which at least don't take up so much space). And they burnt a lot of books when Henry VIII decided not to be Catholic any more. The best part was finally finding out why the Radcliffe Camera is called a camera, when it's a (round) building. Turns out camera is Latin for room. So there you go.

After that we went to the Castle. Which is less castley than Windsor and also a jail until really recently. I want to say that I wouldn't want to be in jail in an old castle (nice to visit, but a bit cold) but then I wouldn't want to be in jail to start with. The shop was a bit disappointing, but the tour was very good. And I hadn't considered before that spiral staircases go round the direction they do because invading armies going upstairs don't have space for their swords (since they were all (forced to be) right handed).

Although it was warmer this week, at least it didn't rain, which was something.

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I think my cold might finally be getting better. Although this might be because last night I felt awful. And this morning I don't feel like my face is going to explode from the pressure.

It's been frustrating - I thought this week I'd get lots of things done around the house. Maybe even get the spare room cleared so I can get to things. I did drop off a load of stuff at the charity shops, so I can now get to the curtains even with washing drying on the airers in there, which is a definitely improvement. But that's about all I've had the energy to do really. The house needs cleaning and that's not done, but since I'm the only one who'll see it, it can wait.

I had thought about going swimming this weekend, but obviously that's not something you can do with a cold (even if I had the energy to).

But it has been nice to just sit on the sofa, play on the internet, watch TV and read, and have it feel like it was endless. It's not though: I have to go back to work tomorrow.

In amongst that I've been enjoying writing. It makes a change not to be trying to fit it in around everything. The evenings that I'm in I only have about an hour free, in between dinner and Missy. So I can either write or watch TV or read forums or reply to emails etc. It's pretty much just one of those and not all. Then at weekends I try to get a lot of other stuff done. I used to sit down in the evenings and write then, but that doesn't work so well now I have Missy.

Although it doesn't feel like I've been productive, because I'm still living in a bit of a mess, I have got myself ahead on Public Call and Yuletide. If I can get them (mostly) done before things get busy in the evenings (the week after next - everything stops for half term next week) and before things get busy at work (late November, probably) then I won't have to worry about them when I don't have time to do them. And will maybe have more time for treats when things calm down (about a week before Christmas).

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This week I am on holiday from work. I haven't gone away anywhere, the plan was to go out on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and stay home and recover/get things done the other days.

It started out well: Monday we went to Windsor Castle, which was good, but tiring. Tuesday I got a cold, but was still going. Wednesday we got up early to do a tour of the Bodleian Library (very interesting) and Oxford Castle (fun!).

Thursday my cold was worse, today it's even worse and since my friend is also ill, we ended up not going anywhere today. Being ill on holiday is crap because I'm not going anywhere and I'm not getting a lot done. But it beats working, which would just wear me out more.

Being in today meant I got some writing done. I have more words on my Yuletide fic, although some of them are: stuff goes here. I did some canon review for my Public Call fic and have written the first draft. And I finished off my DW Minor Characters ficathon fic:
At Last a Dragon (983 words) by paranoidangel
Fandom: Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Chesterton, Tenth Doctor
Summary: John Chesterton doesn't believe in Father Christmas, the Tooth Fairy or the Doctor.

(And yes, I did steal the title from an episode of Press Gang)

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What I Just Finished Reading
Peter Davison's autobiography: Is There Life Outside the Box?. It wasn't just about his time on Doctor Who, which was good because that would have been boring - which he agrees with at the beginning, talking about writing the book. It was interesting, hearing about his life and jobs he did and how and why they came about. There was an amusing bit when he met the real-life Siegfried and Tristan for tea and there was an incident that was just like how they were in the books and the TV series. It says everything about how little I read description that he mentioned that the books describe Tristan as being short and dark (like his real-life counterpart). I had no idea...

What I'm Currently Reading
The Sadlers Wells books, backwards. I started because I was tired and wanted to read something easy and since I've read the late books less often, I started at the end. I'm halfway through and it's getting a bit samey now. It's a pity it's not in the Yuletide tag set, as I'd be all set for writing it!

What I'm Reading Next
Swim, Bike, Run by Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee. I like autobiographies and I'm not quite over the summer of sport yet. Or the summer yet. Even the tennis season has nearly finished and they stop for less than two months!

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Writing

Oct. 18th, 2016 06:07 pm
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I kept meaning to post, but I seem to either be busy or recovering from being busy. But I have crossed off quite a bit on my to do list.

The other thing I've been doing is writing. My Femslash fic is pretty much finished, aside from beta changes. And coming up with a title. I think the latter will be harder...

For Yuletide I got the fandom I was hoping I would. And then immediately wondered why I signed up for it because I couldn't possibly write it. And I didn't know what to write. I now have two bits of scenes and a vague idea of a plot and some notes for bits that'll come later.

But Public Call is due first, although the assignments for that only went out Sunday night. I had been looking at the signup summary to guess what relationship I might get. And then when I got my assignment, realised that I know more characters than the ones I signed up for and can in fact write a relationship I didn't sign up for. Which didn't help decide what to write... But then I woke up earlier than I needed to on Monday morning and now have a (very rough) idea of what I might write. Which is a start, at least.

And this is all much more writing than I've done all year, pretty much. It has done what I'd hoped and spurred me on to work on some of the (many) things I've started this year and next and not finished. I keep feeling like my writing is crap, so first drafts are fine, as they're supposed to be crap, but finishing things off, not so much. Even having had lovely comments on some (older) things with people saying how much they like it doesn't help. It just makes me think that I could write once, but can't any more. And by definition people can't say my current stuff is good because I don't have any current stuff that's finished.

But I have nearly finished my [info]dw_guestfest fic. It's only six months after the deadline and two months after the summer mini-round, but still a lot further than I thought I'd get two months ago. Maybe I'll even finish it...

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I used to play quite a bit of computer games. Technically I still do, but they tend to be quick games on the iPod or iPad. I have a Wii, but I haven't played on it for a while. I should though - I'd borrowed my sister's copy of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and was quite a way through it. I just never seemed to be able to find the time.

And then I've been watching Go 8 Bit on Dave, which is where they have comedians (mainly) playing video games. The last round is always a way of playing differently and for the first episode they played Tetris using people as controls (touch the person on your left, the piece goes left etc). So that's quite fun.

But Marcus Brigstocke said that his favourite game was Portal 2. I'd heard of it, but literally all I knew about it was the title. He explained that it's a first person puzzle solver and although you have a gun, it's used for making portals. It sounded like just the sort of thing I like - one of the things I like about the Lego games is the puzzle solving (and the silliness), but I hate when things are trying to kill you (which in Lego Star Wars is every level).

So I looked up Portal 2 on Steam and found it was a rare one that works on Linux as well as Windows. And I'd happened on it when it was on sale, so I got it dirt cheap. And I've been really enjoying it. At least after I watched some walkthrough videos where they explained what was going on - I did not understand how portals worked at all at first and there's no explanation.

I just need to try and make time for game playing.

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Ficathons

Oct. 7th, 2016 07:56 pm
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This is the time of year when I don't get much done. My evenings tend to be:
Monday: food shopping
Tuesday: Rotary
Wednesday: ballet
Thursday: choir
Friday: work/fall over
So my weekends are for all the other things I need to do. Plus going out and doing other things.

I have signed up for [info]public_call. There is some Classic Who in there (yay!). I dithered about my sign ups because writers can write relationships as shippy or gen. I considered only asking for ones I don't mind being shipped or only asking for ones I don't want to be shipped and putting something in my dislikes (which writers have to abide by). I ended up picking some of each and specifying for each. Hopefully people won't completely ignore what I've said and ship things I'd rather not (although if anyone ships Luke/Sky I'm going to be worried). I did discover why sometimes people write letters - it turns out that the 5000 characters you get in the prompt box is not much. At least not when you have 8 relationships and write a paragraph about each of them...

I've been dithering over my Yuletide offers. I put some safe ones in and wondered whether I wanted to write something new. I went through the tag set again and pulled out everything I knew, looked at the letters and made my decision. And when I went to edit my sign up I found that the fandoms I wanted to write most were the ones in my sign up. So I should probably not touch that then...

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Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt.

For these fandoms my requested characters are Any. That's because I find all of the nominated characters interesting and I'd equally like to receive fic about any of them in any combinations. Feel free to write other characters in the fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms too. Just because I've waffled more about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Relationships other than those in canon (except when I've specified otherwise in my prompts - and for a certain definition of canon when it comes to The Last Leg RPF) - but you can never go wrong with gen
- Non canon (permanent) character death

Prompts:

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It's been a while since I did one of these too...

What I Just Finished Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. I really enjoyed it. There was a secret that gradually came out and although I guessed some of it (okay, maybe sometimes only a page in advance) some of it completely surprised me. I really liked her writing so I went to look at some of her other books, since I didn't know anything about what else she's written. I discovered that another book in the same universe is out soon, so I am looking forward to that. I am less excited about the Split Worlds series, though, because it's fantasy and about fairies and doesn't really sound like my sort of thing.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. This is space opera without the military, which is exactly the sort of thing I've been wanting to read. From the title I thought it was going to be sillier than it was, so I spent the first part of the book being disappointed that it was so serious. But after a while I got into it and really enjoyed it. The characters were interesting and the world was interesting. I got excited about the sequel being out next month until I discovered that's the hardback, the paperback's not out until April.

What I'm Currently Reading
Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson. As the tag line says, this is about women's lives during WWII. I'm not far in it enough to say how good it is - it's written chronologically through the war and so far it's only just been declared.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably some fiction, since the above non-fiction book is quite a big book, and non-fiction takes longer to read than fiction.

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I didn't mean not to post (or comment) for so long, there were just too many other things going on. First there was the Paralympics (and US Open tennis and Davis Cup). Then once that was all over and I was wondering what to do now there wasn't any sport on I ended up going out four nights in a row and Saturday. And getting into a pattern of staying up late watching the Paralympics and waking up early and just getting tireder. Missy also got used to playing late, especially when I didn't get in until 10pm most evenings last week.

Much as I enjoyed the Paralympics, Channel 4's coverage was just not as good as the BBC's with the Olympics. There was half an hour in the evenings where there was no Paralympics on any channel. There was so much chat: even on the final day I ended up needing to watch the Wheelchair Rugby online because they were too busy recapping everything to show any actual sport. To say nothing of the marathons that I was looking forward to and they barely showed. There were a lot of sports that barely got shown - it was mostly swimming, athletics and cycling. Much as I enjoyed the swimming (especially as it wasn't on as late at night as the Olympic swimming). It didn't help that there was tennis on at the same time. Much as I got used to the adverts, I am glad not to have to watch any any more. They got very samey very quickly.

I went swimming on the last day of the Paralympics. I had a morning free, so I went. Last summer I tried the first day of the couch to 5K where, in 30 minutes, you run for 8 minutes in total, a minute at a time. I hadn't been swimming since before I got dizzy (nearly eight years ago) and I spent most of 30 minutes swimming. Very slowly, but I enjoyed it far more. I didn't half ache after that. I thought I'd got better by the time ballet went back, but then I discovered I hadn't really. And then I went out stewarding for a sponsored walk and bits of my legs have really not recovered at all.

In some spare minutes I have managed to write a first draft of my [info]femslashex fic. It is terrible, but it is above the word limit at least. I have managed not to sign up for the Stargate Atlantis secret santa this year. But I am thinking of signing up to [info]public_call instead. I worked out my Yuletide requests some time ago, now I just need to narrow down my offers. But I am glad two (or more) people nominated SJA - I thought about it, but having worked out what three fandoms I wanted I nominated those in order to make sure they were there.

Of course, it being September, lots of TV started up, even though there was still a lot of sport on TV. The only thing I'm up-to-date on is Red Dwarf XI. In fact, more than up-to-date because I've been watching it on UKTV Play. I liked the second episode better than the first. I am still taping them, so I can watch them again, although I'll be asking for the DVD for Christmas or buying it myself anyway. It is Red Dwarf, after all.

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The Paralympics is on, which is why I don't really have the time for anything else. Despite there not being as much to watch as the Olympics all the good stuff is late at night, which has meant I've been staying up later than I intend to. The adverts are a pain, although I am getting used to them. But not so much that I will watch them any time before the next Paralympics.

Technically this weekend is my only free weekend this month, but since it's also the Davis Cup, I don't know how I'm going to fit all this sport in, even without going anywhere. To say nothing of needing to clean the house and do some gardening.

In other news, I got the exact fandom and pairing I was hoping I'd get for femslash. I have some ideas, I'm just waiting for the sport to stop so I have some time to write. I also did well in my assignment - there weren't many people I could have matched with but all the others had no prompt and/or letter.

There is so much on TV now it's September. I haven't watched most of it, what with there being sport on TV. But I am more used to watching TV around Missy playing in the evening (largely because her idea of playing consists of sitting in her cornflake box, but still), so maybe I'll actually catch up with some on weekdays I'm in. But since next week is my first week of going out three nights, I don't know if that'll happen...

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What I Just Finished Reading
I went to the library to take some books back and as I have plenty to read I didn't look on the shelves. Except then Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal and John Carlin called to me from the biography shelf (which is just behind the machines for checking out/taking back books).

It is a hardback, which makes it hard to read in bed. It was alternating chapters of Nadal and then John Carlin explaining some bits. It was really interesting. Although it was interesting to hear about his life, what was most interesting was him saying how he thought and felt at various points in the 2008 Wimbledon final (which he won vs Federer) and 2010 US final (which he won vs Djokovic). I've never seen/heard/read that level of insight anywhere.

Although the book is now out of date - it was talking about how Nadal had won all four Grand Slams and was number one and how Djokovic was good and was starting to challenge the Federer/Nadal positions...

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman. Which I have at least started this time. I am enjoying it so far. There's clearly something interesting that happened at planetfall and we're getting it in bits and pieces. So I'm hoping it'll all make sense by the end of the book.

What I'm Reading Next
Hopefully something from my to read shelf and not another library book...

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Dear Femslash writer*,

Thank you for writing a story for me. The optional details are optional. I've just tried to give you some ideas of what I might like to see, but if none of them are your thing feel free to disregard them. They are just ideas for people who find it easier to write something when given a prompt. Feel free to write other characters in these fandoms too - I like all the other characters in these fandoms. Just because I've waffled more or written more prompts about some fandoms than others doesn't mean I want it more - I want these all as much as each other, I just waffle more about some than others.

General things I like:
- Stories that explore the relationships between characters
- Stories that explore characters
- Scenes/fic that is like it could be (part of) an episode
- Stories that make me happy or make me laugh or make me cry
- Fun stuff that leaves me feeling happy
- A touch being more sexy/touching than a whole sex scene

General things I dislike:
- Sex scenes, so nothing over PG-13 please - generally sticking to the tone and details of sex/humour/peril etc of the original is good.
- British people using Americanisms and American people using Briticisms
- Non canon (permanent) character death

(all my requests are for fanfic)

For reference, here are my prompts:

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paranoidangel: PA (PA)

What I Just Finished Reading
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue The Best of Forty Years which was a result of me going round the non-fiction shelves in the library (which I don't usually, when I'm looking for something to read). It was a compilation of answers to some of the non-word based games. And a few of the introductions to places where they recorded. It was funny, of course, but some of the games (like late arrivals at the ball) were just too hard when I was tired. Although at least that told me I needed to put the book down and go to sleep.

What I'm Currently Reading
Planetfall by Emma Newman At Nine Worlds I went to a panel which the author was on. She talked about this book being about a character with a psychological illness being a 3D printer engineer on a new colony world. It sounded interesting, so I thought I'd try it. I can't say what it's like as all I've read so far are the acknowledgements, since I've only just finished the ISIHAC book.

What I'm Reading Next
Something in my big pile of books that need reading (or filing). It'll probably be The Chalet School and Rosalie by Elinor M Brent-Dyer, since I got round to buying it from GGBP recently.

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