nursedarry: (JFC those eyes)
Woohoo! Finally getting a chance to upload pics from the Sherlocked con. The ticket I had allowed me to meet and get autographs and photos from everyone, and I also spent time catching up with new and old friends, which was actually more amazing than anything else. In addition, I drank endless cups of tea and talked lots and lots of naughtiness with [livejournal.com profile] vix_spes, [livejournal.com profile] cleo_jay, and [livejournal.com profile] meredyth_13, whom I love and adore.

I won't bombard you with loads of photos of me and all the notables - you already know what they look like, and I'm that chick in the pictures with them. However, I have chosen a few that hold special meaning and make me smile each time I see them. If you want to see the others, just shout and I'll post them.

On the whole, the staff and the stars were lovely and all were having a good time. A couple of them were also very patient with me who, despite the theme, insisted on talking Trek and True Blood ...

(Also, I may have flirted with Lars. A lot.)

Summit of my modeling career below )
nursedarry: (Godric smile)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [livejournal.com profile] sati_lotus!

I spent the whole evening thinking about you and what you might like for your birthday.

And so I got you
this ) and
this ) and
this ) and
this ).


Er...upon considerable reflection, I realised I hadn't been thinking about you at all. Sorry.

Finally, I was able to vaguely remember you and came up with
this )

I'm sure that's more like it.

Whovever you are, and whatever you want, I hope you have(had) a fantastic day!

Lafayetter

I love you loads, girlfriend.
nursedarry: (Porn)

I'll preface this post by saying I just had to share the grateful-gleeful-embarrassed feeling I got tonight as I opened my latest PWP ficlet, recently returned from my beta. Her comments were particularly funny and fresh, as this poor girl doesn't know anything about the fandom (except perhaps the contents of the 5-minute video snippet I forced on her. She's lucky I sent her that bit - the beginning, as it were, rather than the end - but we're not going to talk about that.).

I love my betas. I have several, plus all those lovely random people I co-erce into reading and commenting on stuff before it gets posted (I'm looking at you, [livejournal.com profile] treacle_tartlet, [livejournal.com profile] nicevenn, [livejournal.com profile] noeon and [livejournal.com profile] sati_lotus). They know what I'm trying to say, rather than what I am saying, usually badly. Let's face it, unless there's an anvil falling on someone's head, I'm not a very convincing fic writer. I can and do like to make people laugh and I enjoy writing fanfic, so I'll keep on doing it. And thanks to my betas, I'll keep inflicting it on you.

Now as I find myself drawn into other fandoms where I want to explore greater romantic or darker themes, I need my betas more than ever. That's not to say I couldn't write those things in HP - I have done - but I preferred my cracky comfort zone, which I'm finding doesn't sit so well in the Iraqi desert or Bon Temps, Louisiana. Maybe it never sat well in HP, either, but I enjoyed reading it as much as writing it, so I reckon there's a place for any genre everywhere, just in differing amounts.

Smut is even more difficult for someone who writes for the Department of Health for a living, or at least, this someone. In my Day Job, not only do I usually write in the passive voice, I often use proper scientific lingo and big words, with simple themes and very little description. This does not ordinarily make for good smut. And never romance: my initial drafts typically sound like Planned Parenthood-meets-Mills & Boon. I pick up something by [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb or [livejournal.com profile] septemberoses or [livejournal.com profile] cjmarlowe and turn green with envy at how effortlessly I find myself happily sandwiched in-between their characters mid-coitus, their narratives brimming with emotion without sounding clinical or clichéd.

I cannot stress how much I value my betas' instructions in this. Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] delphipsmith's learned advice and hysterical comments had me feeling so good about the writing experience (as well making me giggle over how she can shoe-horn Lucius Malfoy into anything), I felt compelled to say THANK YOU to her and to [livejournal.com profile] cassie_black12, and especially [livejournal.com profile] groolover for their years of difficult service to me as betas, and more importantly, as friends.

Please excuse the grammatical errors in this post. I'm sure it also could have been sexier.

nursedarry: (AllanH)
Those of you who know me will know I have a thing for Allan Hyde. (Yeah, all right, shut up.)

Well, a few weeks ago, thanks to the wonderful staff at AllanHyde.com and the organisers of the Vampire Ball, the video-tastic [livejournal.com profile] jelly_baby23 and I got a chance to meet and interview him.

Clearly, I'm no pro: it's unlikely Mike Wallace ever asked about a favourite porridge recipe (luckily for you that's been edited from this version), and it's doubtful Kate Adie ever gazed into anyone’s eyes in order to see if all the fanfic authors got the colour right. (They did.) Thankfully, I also had some legitimate questions given to me to ask him.

So, here's the gorgeous Godric and my stupid transatlantic accent.

Note: spoilers for True Blood, Season 5

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