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( Jul. 30th, 2016 03:57 pm)
Somebody recommend me something eerie? I don't mean terrifying, necessarily, it's atmosphere I'm looking for, something like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" or "Mushishi" or Herzog's 70s remake of "Nosferatu". You know that slow, drifting, ambient sort of strangeness or horror? Things like that. Eerie. Anybody got any recs?
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( May. 14th, 2014 03:44 pm)
So my contract was always limited to a year. I've known this was coming all along, but it still feels so weird.

Yesterday was my last day at my job. The past month has been crazy, trying to figure stuff out and get things organised. I had a job interview, which fell through, and I've been tying up loose ends, and all that stuff, but essentially ... essentially I am now, once more, unemployed.

And I was just getting good at the damn thing, too.

*sighs* I'm gonna be maudlin for a while. I've pencilled that in on my schedule. Even when I know it's coming, I hate it when things end, especially things that've been giving life structure and challenge and reason. It goes and it goes and it goes, and then it stops, and I just have to take a little while to be depressed about it.

And, also, find another job. Joy of joys.

*rubs face* Someone recommend me a fandom, to take my mind off things? A new one, I mean. I've been watching bits of Poltergeist: The Legacy and a few random things, but I think I want something current that I might feel inclined to write for. If anything springs to mind?
I'm browsing around for things to watch, and I wouldn't mind some recs? I'm looking for:

- Old TV series, meaning ones that are already completed or as completed as they're going to get. Anything you think I might enjoy.

- Black & White movies. I've got a craving, and I want to broaden my film experiences. I'm particularly interested in old horror or thriller movies.

Anything spring to mind?
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( Jun. 2nd, 2013 11:56 pm)
Somebody recommend me something decent with vampires in? (And by 'decent' I mostly mean 'not a porno in disguise'). Fic, books, whatever, but I think I'm in the mood for visual right now, so movies/shows would be good.

If not vampires, I'll also take other urban fantasy or extra creepy humans.

Anyone have anything?
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( May. 12th, 2013 07:23 pm)
Okay. So. Today took a nosedive into the dirt. Starting with my aunt's condition apparently deteriorating (she's now in hospital), and ending with my sisters being involved in a car crash (minor injuries, thankfully, but severe shock and totalling the car). So. Yes. I'm ... I'm not well, right now.

*rubs face* Rec me things? Tell me happy things? I don't know. What's good in the world, right now? What's not made of panic and shock and injuries, right now?

Also, can I have ... could I have like, four months off? Four months of no crises, would that be possible? Could I just have one long stretch where nothing bad happens, could we maybe do that, please? Come on, universe, splurge a bit. We've had half a decade of crises strung together, could we splurge on like, half a year of good? Solid, I'm holding out for solid, I'm not talking a few weeks at a time. Could we have a solid half a year's worth of things being fine?

*shakes head* I'm going to go off and read about space battles and crazy plans now, maybe watch some tv shows from the 1970s. I am taking the evening off. Fuck.
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( Mar. 13th, 2013 07:30 pm)
I've never been very good at this, but okay. I have six and a half thousand words of an original fic that I'm supposed to be writing for a project. Urban Fantasy, sort of, mixing primarily Irish and Catholic myth/folklore, and a touch of Norse. Um. Is there anyone who might be willing to give it a read through for me, and see if it ... makes sense? To start with?
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( Feb. 15th, 2013 01:48 am)
Tonight is the night for random things. Heh. But. I've been noticing a lack in my icon selection, and was wondering if anyone had any recs?

I use icons more for moods than fandoms, you see. And I don't have an icon that's ... strident, martial, defiant? (Think Henley's Invictus, maybe). Has anyone seen anything that might fill that gap? Preferably something non-fandom-specific?
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( Sep. 26th, 2012 06:06 pm)
I watched the pilot episode recently (no, I'd never seen X-files before, though I distinctly remember the theme tune, so ... *shrugs*).

And it was ... not bad, actually, but there was one thing that bugged me:

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( Sep. 9th, 2012 11:45 pm)
Does anyone have any TOS or AOS fanfic recs involving McCoy being awesome? I have mild preferences for Spock/McCoy or gen, but I'll take anything. *smiles faintly* I've just been trying to find decent Bones fic for a while.

Anyone know anything?
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( Aug. 29th, 2012 04:14 am)
Does anyone know why Situational Analysis isn't linking forward to Hand Under Sword in the header? I mean, it lists itself as Part 4 of Creation-Connection and Part 7 of JARVIS, but doesn't acknowledge that Hand Under Sword exists as Part 5/8, even though both series count HUS as part of them. Um. Does anyone know why?

Although, this is only in the header. The series continuation at the end of the fic does link forward to HUS. *shrugs, baffled*
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( Aug. 27th, 2012 12:05 am)
*rubs bridge of nose* Okay, so today has been a long day (visiting family in hospital is never fun, particularly when he's in a ward just down from the one where his wife died two years ago), and I'm a little shook. So.

Firstly, can anyone rec me some good movieverse Nick Fury fic?

Secondly, meme:

Give me the name of a fictional character from any fandom and I will write them a short love letter.
*tilts head* This is going from a comment I saw somewhere, which has a point, I think.

I'm trying to think of supernatural or horror shows that kept up a sustained creepy/eerie/tense vibe throughout. Not blood, gore, or action. Just slow, seeping horror (maybe interspersed with the others).

Of the ones I've seen, I'm actually coming up with very few:

There's the cancelled show Miracles, which had a very low key, pragmatic horror seeping through it (amid sorta more cheerful episodes).

There's Carnivale, which I only saw part of, but appeared to be superbly creepy even while we're heading for apocalypse (could have been the Dust Bowl, Depression vibe had a strong hand in that, too).

There's two anime series, Mushishi and Mononoke, both of which feature a mysterious protagonist drifting through the world dealing with supernatural beings (and both of which I adore). Of those, I think Mononoke gets the edge on creepiness, despite it being far more actiony, while Mushishi was more drifting and calm. That could just be because the Zashiki-warashi arc of Mononoke sorta horrified me, though. *smiles faintly*

There's also the anime series Ghost Hunt, which could be a bit hit and miss, but the "Doll House" and "Forbidden Pastime" arcs were pretty creepy, "Silent Christmas" was kinda heartbreaking, and "The Bloodstained Labyrinth" was freaking scary.

Arguably, there's also the first two seasons of Supernatural, back when the YED was a distant, terrifying figure, and most of the villains were ghosts and other single monsters. There were some fabulous creepy episodes back before the overarching plot took real hold (and some after, too, but they sort of weren't the point anymore then).

*muses* I also remember Kingdom Hospital being quite creepy, but it's been a while since I've seen it, so I'm not sure anymore.

On the sci-fi end, both The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits tended towards creepy and slow-building suspense a surprising amount of the time. Then again, they were anthology shows, and could afford to.

ETA: My Dad wishes to remind me that, if we're mentioning really, really creepy sci-fi, I've been remiss in not mentioning Sapphire & Steel. He is, of course, entirely correct (Assignments 1-4 in particular).

Speaking of anthology shows, on the more kiddy end, there was the surprisingly good Are You Afraid Of The Dark?, which I did, in fact, watch when I was a kid, and remember having the pants scared off me a number of times (then again, I was a jumpy kid).

There's also the (not anthology) show Millennium, which I've seen a few episodes of, but I'm not sure if it's meant to be supernatural or just straight up crime yet. Mind you, it's pretty creepy either way.

And ... after that, I'm sort of coming up blank. I mean, I can think of any number of movies or books that creeped me the hell out, but suspense and atmosphere are easier to maintain over the course of single stories. A series has to hold it longer, and I don't think it works, a lot of the time. Could be wrong, though.

Can anyone else think of others? I'm not looking for action or angst. I'm looking for creepy, or eerie on the calmer end, and holding it relatively successfully. (Bascially, think ghost story more than vampire slayer).

And yes, I am looking for recs. *grins faintly*
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Steampunk)
( Aug. 7th, 2012 02:05 pm)
*panics slightly* Um. Anyone reading this who's a strong Clint Barton fan (movieverse) ... Was I unfair to him in Report, As From A Gun? I mean, was he more-or-less in character, making actions people think he'd make? And, um ... I haven't made him out to be a horrible human being betraying his friends for no good reason, or anything? *panics faintly*
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( Jul. 20th, 2012 12:48 pm)
... This may sound like a slightly bizarre question (it's coming from a couple of comments recently), but ... what character(s) do you most associate with me, fanfic-wise? As in, what characters would you remember me for writing?

... Yeah. That sounds bizarre said out loud. *shakes head*
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( Jul. 15th, 2012 09:23 pm)
Right. So. I am sort of, maybe, thinking about expanding Vision in Green/Vision in Blue into a 'verse.

Before I do this, I am aware that I've at least one other verse (All the Way Down) in progress, and a couple of other stories that should probably be continued. However, I am tentatively considering putting them aside for the moment for this one.

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( Jul. 3rd, 2012 12:50 am)
This is bugging the hell out of me, because I can't remember what it was in. Anyone recognise the scenario?

It was a scene/episode/subplot of some longer work. Someone in a position of authority (pretty sure male) had been subject to a review of their unit/whatever by higher-ups, looking to see if they were ... fit for command? The character in question was busy with the main plot of the book/episode/whatever, and couldn't keep track of the investigation themselves. But every last person under their command, including those known for being by-the-book, took it upon themselves to quietly and unobtrusively stone-wall the investigation.

Cut to the end of the book/whatever, when the findings of the investigation are presented, and the stone-walling pointed out. The commander attempts to apologies for his people, figuring that such blatant disregard for the rules is going to get them, and him, in trouble. Turns out, though, that the uniform loyalty of his people convinced the investigator that, if nothing else, this person was probably the only person who could command the unit, having inspired that much loyalty from them. I think at that point the investigator tears up their findings.

That's what I remember. I have a suspicion it's Pratchett, or possibly just something I was reading/viewing while also reading Pratchett, but there's some association there. *grins sheepishly* But I cannot for the life of me remember what the hell this was from.

Um. Does it ring any bells for anyone?
Right. I'm not really having a good week. So. I'm basically just going to ask for all the recs. *shrugs, smiles sheepishly*

Does anyone have any recs, new or old, fic or vids or canons or what have you, for the following things:

* Sherlock Holmes, particularly ACD/Granada or Guy Ritchie versions, though I like BBC Mycroft too.
* Spock/McCoy, TOS or AOS, though former favoured
* L.A. Confidential fic/vids of any stripe (though I'll love you for Jack Vincennes)
* Any fic in the Age of Sail and/or 18th century canons (POTC, Aubrey/Maturin, Hornblower, Scarlet Pimpernel, the Pyrates, Swashbucklers, etc). Actually, any canons for that era, as well
* Any decent noir-style story: canons, original fic, fanfic, au, straight, whatever (including any films you think I might not have seen)
* Any fantasy canons/aus/fic, preferably in the low/urban/political flavours, that I might conceivably be able to get a hold of (anything with rules and structures of magic would be golden)
* Your good, old-fashioned adventure stories, any and all (dashing rogues and tricksters always a bonus, ladies who can actually do shit doubly so - any era, genre, fandom, canon and/or medium welcome)

For the latter four, if it's a fic, I probably don't even need to know the canon. *grins sheepishly* And yes. I am just basically asking for all my comfort genres/styles/canons/what-have-you. Probably they explain quite a bit about me, but, as ever, I blame Jules Verne. And the 'adventure' part of the kids section in the library. And cartoons. And just basically my childhood media experience, okay? Heh.

Happy endings favoured, right now (except in the noir, because it's noir, if you're coming to noir for a happy ending you've probably missed the point a little bit - though if you've got one that works, that's perfect too. Heh). They can work for it first, though. Slash, gen, het, femslash, poly, other, all of the above, I don't mind.

Preferably things I can get a hold of with a minimum of fuss. Just ... I want some stories. *smiles lopsidedly*

And. Um. Sorry for the splurge, and thank you in advance. *ducks sheepishly*
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (Phileas Fogg)
( May. 24th, 2012 05:52 pm)
So. I got linked to a Tron: Legacy fanvid, which is a little lost on me, since I haven't seen the movie (only the original Tron), but is fairly awesome regardless (and according to my sister, who has seen the movie, both awesome and really funny in places).

And I bounced from it through a couple of DW vids, onto a couple of Granada Holmes vids (I'd forgotten how much I loved Jeremy Brett as Holmes. Also, how occasionally ridiculous his Holmes was). And, actually, this one, by the same vidder as the Tron one, is awesome, and heartbreaking on some lines (Switzerland as 'the promised land', 'you never returned that call' as John is screaming over the falls), and so funny on others (to reiterate, Brett as Holmes was occasionally gleefully absurd, and both Watsons got in on it). I love this one for the sense of partnership, and for how much Holmes visibly needs Watson (quite a lot of vids/stories go exclusively the other way on that), and it's reciprocated.

And, um. Okay. While I'm in the mood. Anyone have any other fanvid recs? I've no preferences for fandom, I'm very fond of multifandoms, I don't even necessarily have to have seen the source (see T:L, above). *grins sheepishly* My only preference is for streaming, if at all possible (I don't download things, usually). Heh.

Anyone have any favourites?
icarus_chained: lurid original bookcover for fantomas, cropped (ankle)
( Apr. 10th, 2012 09:23 pm)
I'm tired, bored, distractible, and so peopled-out it's not funny (people are exhausting, why are people so exhausting?). Um. So. My usual distraction, I think:

Comment with a story I've written, and I will tell you one thing I knew, learned, or wondered about while writing the story that didn't make it onto the page.

Keeping in mind that me and research is ... hmm. An interesting juxtaposition of terms. *grins sheepishly* But writing fanfic is actually fabulous for broadening your horizons.

Also? I've been thinking for a while about joining AO3. Ah. Is it worth my time?
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( Mar. 21st, 2012 06:57 pm)
*breathes* Right. I have been ... approaching the idea of taking up some form of martial arts recently, on the advice of someone close to me. But I have, for a variety of personal and possibly triggery reasons, some problems with the idea. Um. I'm going to explain below, and if any of you have any experience in the matter, may you could give me some advice?



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