Yes, I've been away forever - first marooned on another planet, and now back in Stucky hell for the foreseeable - but you guys still remembered here and on Twitter, and WhatsApp, and yes, I'm THAT age this year, and no, I don't feel all that different, but I suspect my parents probably do :)))
I'm not doing anything too special now, but in August I'm off to celebrate another 50th - Star Trek's big birthday, so if you're in Vegas for the convention, please come shout at me. (Also, if anyone here is going to WizardCon in Philli next weekend, please kidnap a present for me. Ta:)
I had a lovely birthday full of long and strenuous treks up mountainsides, medieval ruins, and lots and lots of wine (I'm in the Pyrenees atm:).
All my love to everyone here and thank you again. ♥
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 )
It's a lovely heart-wrenching, sweetheart of a companion to my little ficlet, No Easy Thing, and pretty much says everything I would have wanted in a re-imaging.
I cannot squee enough over it, and I hope you will too!
Title: A Hunger That Never Dies
Series: AOS AU, with references to TOS and DS9 characters and episodes
Pairing/Moresomes: Chris Pike/James Kirk/Leonard McCoy, Leonard McCoy/??? *cough*
Word Count: ~20K
Summary: On an away mission, Captain Pike is…injured. Is he ill, is he mad? Is he even Chris Pike anymore? Can Jim Kirk find a “cure” or will he and Dr McCoy be swept up in the captain’s madness in an attempt to save him. And can the Klingons, Section 31, and the Vulcan Science Academy help them, or just make things worse?
Warnings: Creature, bloodplay/drinking, a bit of gore, discussion of PTSD, angst, dub-con, mind melds
Notes: This story would NEVER have been possible without my beta delphipsmith, who was more helpful than the VSA and S31 combined. Also, thanks to mildred_bobbin for proofing a fic containing (almost) no one she recognised;) And, of course my brother nicevenn, for the leap out of current fandom projects. Xx
I must also mention my wonderful giftfic, a beautifully-crafted Garak/Bashir story which can be read here: The Intervention of Time and Distance, by templemarker. ♥
The Barbican is currently running children's animation workshops/drop-in sessions, and my two got to make their own animated animals and learn about the filming process. I'm told their "feature" may be available on-line at some point, so will link to it if it is. (And when I say feature, I'm talking minutes, here:)
The divine cleo_jay joined us at the pub, where the kids were equal parts squicked and fascinated by the game hanging up in the place. The food was good and the prosecco inexpensive, so it was win-win for everyone!
Aaaaaaand, because we were right next to the Museum of London, we stopped in to say hello to this handsome fellow.
We then met the multi-talented joan_waterhouse, who'd been at RADA showing them her stuff, and we all caught up with the latest fandom gossip, exchanged early Christmas presents, and talked a load of shit for the next few hours, before the kids and I had to hop on a NW-bound train.
Can't wait to meet up with all the loonies again and do this some more over the next few months.
The viewing was made even more poignant - if that were even possible - knowing that along with the cast, Turing's family were in the audience with us.
We actually had tickets to the film the following day as well, and it was even better the second time around.
Had a brief, but nice exchange with The Man on the red carpet and again a little later after the show (and shook hands), and had the bestest time schmoozing at the after party.
( Here's a couple of photos )
Okay, it did occur to me that for the most part, the only celebs I mingled with were both
I tend not to tag people these days as many of my LJ friends aren't on here anymore (hell, I'm barely here), and the ones that are have done this already :)
1. Dune (Herbert)
2. The Hot Zone (Preston)
3. Moby Dick (Melville)
4. How to Travel With A Salmon (Eco)
5. Cosmos (Sagan)
6. The Star Trek Reader (Vols 1-4)(Blish)
7. The Door Into Fire (Duane)
8. Southern Discomfort (Brown)
9. Harry Potter (all of 'em)(Rowling)
10.The Jewish Book of Why (Vols 1-2)(Kolatch)
It's here, if you've got 15 minutes with nothing better to do: Too Late to Go Back to Sleep, ~3K.
...wait for it...
But you know me: there's booze, shit explodes, and although no one gets a piano dropped on his head, it's a close thing.
Am back and just want to say THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for the awesome stuff - I got wonderful birthday PMs, DMs, fic (thank you, mildred_bobbin, ithiel_dragon and lothiriel84), art (thank you, botanycameos), and RL goodies! Xx
Had a brilliant time in the south, visiting friends, visiting kids' friends, going to my friend Ali's art exhibition, and to the amazing Star Trek Live presentation of ID.
Can't wait to do it all again next year! Xx
Firstly, profound thanks needs to be given to mayfly_78 for the gorgeous animated In the Garden of Eden, which was gifted to me as a remix of my In the Beginning. It's simply stunning. If you've not seen it, I urge you to go have a look. Also, huge thanks to the hd_remix mods for running such a brilliant fest! Xx. I wrote a little something for megyal, called Anywhere is Here. It's a continuation of her very fun RPS If You Could Be Anywhere. I like to think that all actually happened, Y/y?
And if you're in desperate need of more fluffy smut, this time of a Trek slant, I updated my Perfectly Reckless (Khirk) series today with Hotel Medbay. It's not a long update, but an important one. There will be more. Promise. *wink* (LOL, sorry.)
In RL news, things continue to go well: still have a job I love, a big old Georgian house that's slowly getting a face lift, kids who mostly behave (they'll be 10 this year - WTF?), Mr Nursedarry continues to build wind turbines and still enjoys it, and our connoisseur cat, who's keen to supplement our diets with numerous birds and rodents, is enjoying the changing season immensely.
This weekend sees me down in London again, schmoozing with my gorgeous fangirl friends, and rubbing shoulders with T.Hiddy and the beautiful people on the red carpet at the Oliviers.
I'll leave you with a bit of randomness - borne of strange dreams and a couple vodka tonics. The other night, for absolutely no good reason, and with an enormous repertoire of fantasy men and women to choose from, my subconscious pulled out the Gilligan's Island episode where Mary Ann falls and bangs her head and thinks she's Ginger. I even woke up with the strains of I Wanna Be Loved By You tinkling through my head. Anyone remember that? It's not even my favourite episode! So, tell me, what was yours? I loved that show and would like to hear your fond memories (or hated ones).
I'm ready to sit right back and hear your tale...Oh yes...Professor...mmmmm....boopboopedoo.
Photo by Mirror TV cause mine aren't this good.
SQUEE! I had front row seats! I won't give away the plot, but the episode was BRILLIANT!
♥ Big squishy thanks to John Finnemore for a great night and the lovely chat. (I think I'm a little in love.)
♥ Big girly thanks to Anthony Head for the most surreal conversation ever (primarily a discussion about Gold Blend coffee and how much I love his audiorecordings of Greg Cox's The Eugenics Wars), and the nice cuddle. *giggles like an idiot*
♥ Big woolly thanks to Benedict C for the kind words and for letting me fondle the cardigan...'cause I do love that man in a cardi.
lijahlover made me do it...
I'll be brief.
1. Reply to this post and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.
My True Blood OTP, Eric and Godric ♥ This is detail from a gorgeous piece of art by galidor. I love switching with every one of my OTPs, and this icon demonstrates that nicely I think, depending on how I'm imagining them.
This, of course, is Monty Python. It was the perfect icon to use when I was unwell in 2012, especially when the docs were trying to figure out what was wrong with me. (After my diagnosis, I switched to heart-themed icons instead). This is pretty much how I felt most of the time. I usually now just use this icon during Wimbledon.
I do this a lot. Even more since getting a Tumblr account. *wishes Trek would come back to LJ...*
Ah, the TIE icon by wicked_visions. I don't know many H/D fans who haven't seen this. The action just sums up their relationship (although sometimes in my head it's reversed), and since I am huge fan of Hogwarts Era fic, this is tres appropriate.
This is the truest statement about me in the history of true statements. I live for fic. Whether it's writing it, or (more often) reading it, discovering new fic or reading old favourites makes me squee harder than anything. Also, I do like treacle tart (Waitrose makes the best) and as Harry Potter shares the same love, it's all the better.
Okay, so not so brief. Sorry.
In any case, here's the link if you didn't and you want some cracky Khirk: He Shoots, He Scores! Rated T, and pretty damn silly.