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It occurred to me it might be quite interesting to share the audio books I've been listening to on my journeys to and from work.  I don't listen all the time, if the traffic is flowing I tend to sing along with Classic FM, but in the more tedious hauls (generally on wet term days) I am very grateful for something to occupy my brain.  As ever, I shall be interested in hearing others thoughts and recommendations.  I know some of my flist aren't great audio book fans, so feel free to skip this post.

In approximate listening order:

Georgette Heyer's Venetia, Sylvester and The Convenient Marriage.  I enjoyed these - the plot never went quite as I expected, which was good.  Of course, the fact the narrator was Richard Armitage and I spent a significant amount of time imagining him as the brooding male hero has nothing at all to do with it.

Robin Hood (BBC), audio versions of the first four episodes of series one.  Basically rubbish.  But read by Guy of Gisborne.  No further comment needed.

Cabin Pressure - the first three series.  I listened to a few episodes each week, interspersing them with other books.  As entertaining as ever.

The Night of the Triffids by Simon Clark.  A sequel to John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids.  Narrated by Bill Mason's (the narrator of The Day) son David, played by Sam Troughton.  I'm not a great sci-fi fan, but I was taken with this - and especially driving home on a dark December evening seemed very appropriate.

Doctor Who: Dead Air read by David Tennant, and Ghosts of India read by David Troughton.  I enjoyed the latter more.  Both featured the Tenth Doctor, but the second also had Donna being awesome.

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde, read by Rupert Graves.  One of those stories which I vaguely knew, but had never read.  This was an abridged version.  I enjoyed listening to it, but am glad it wasn't the full length book.

Hamlet - a BBC Radio 4 production.  With Jamie Parker as Hamlet, Tom Mison as Laertes and Carl Prekopp as Guildenstern.  It was interesting to listen to the play, rather than watch it.  I found I was considering rather more why the characters were acting as they did.

Under the Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy.  Unabridged version read by Jamie Parker.  JP's characters were great, the story far too long and wordy.  And bizarrely the breaks between CDs weren't structured, so the CD would end mid-scene and then, because that's what my car CD player does, go straight back to the beginning of the CD, leading to some very strange conversations.

New Goals

Apr. 10th, 2016 04:03 pm
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Right, well the time has come for me to set my new goals for the next twelve months.

Goal No 1: Write all the things.  Yes, I do realise this has been my goal for the past two years as well.  And I have indeed written lots of the things.  But there are many more to write and it doesn't hurt to try writing new things, even if I decide against them.  Whatever it is will give me a wider experience.  Following Friday's discussion on [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri I realised I've never written a fight scene, so that needs to be done.  I also gave myself a complety cracky plot bunny, which needs to be written before it breeds with anything else.  And there are badges on [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks which I have done very little for, but which I could work for (there are some I'm not interested in).  And if I want to achieve 120,000 words by the end of the year, then I need to keep writing - currently I'm at 36,000 which is ahead of target, but that allows some breathing space.

Goal No 2: Read more and widely. Simply a continuation of last year.  At this stage I think it would still be possible to slip out of the reading habit - or at least reading widely, rather than a few select titles.  So I shall continue with this goal.

Goal No 3: Post a purely photographic post each month.  I enjoyed posting the natured-themed pics last month and I think by making a post of this sort each month I'd widen my horizon a bit.  This doesn't mean I won't be posting pics of Granny's pig, or Brownie craft, or even holiday pics, but in those cases they are illustrations of the theme, rather than the theme itself.  I'm not a great photographer, and they'll be taken on my phone, but they should at least encourage me to look around.

So, let's see how I get on.  First review should be mid-June.
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I posted my Small Fandom Big Bang today: Early One Morning, Just As The Sun Was Rising

It's Lewis casefic and comes chronologically after the one I wrote last year.  Which means I again used DI John Garrett, as well as a couple of new OCs.  I finished it a couple of months ago, but on rereading it this morning, prior to posting I'm still happy with it.

And I'm delighted with the artwork by [livejournal.com profile] deinonychus_1 and urge you all to go and admire it Here.  There's an ebook cover, a scene divider, and two illustrations from scenes, which capture what's going on.
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If you are my son then this:

pig

It's made of wicker, on a metal frame.

I feel it says a lot about my family!
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I've just been looking back at previous posts and realising how useful setting goals has been.  Because, yes, I have done things.  And looking back to this time last year has shown me how much having achievable goals has encouraged me to do things.  So yay!  Therefore, without further ado:

Goal 1 - Carry on writing all the things  Definitely still doing that.  As ever [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks has encouraged this.  (My badge total has now reached 65!)  I've just posted Mouselet and the Genie.  It's also encouraged me to write more poetry, something I would not have expected this time last year:



Then there's [livejournal.com profile] sherlock60 where Round 5 began today, with The Private Journal of Dr Watson being serialised by the Marylebone Monthly Illustrated (subscriptions still available); [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor has a monthly prompt, and will be beginning a mid-month activity (Additional Charges - broom cupboard fic); and [livejournal.com profile] watsons_woes has their monthly prompt, which I have yet to write.

And I have plans for the next part of Sussex Retirement, the first chapter of my Lucas North/Adam Carter follow-up fic has gone to [livejournal.com profile] vix_spes; and [livejournal.com profile] scfrankles has looked at the first chapter of Watson1918 and made various helpful comments. So there's plenty to keep me occupied.

And lastly I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] ficmountain which is a small fandom exchange.

Several different fandoms, and different genres, so goal achieved.

Goal 2 - Read more and widely As far as I am concerned this has been a brilliant success.  My last review of the year will go up later this month - I'm still reading my final books.  Once that is done I shall have read at least one book which was suggested by every one of my flist who commented last year, so thank you all.  It will bring my total of books read for the year to 26 and will have covered a wide variety of fiction, plus some non-fiction.  After which I shall make a start on the 15 books which are lined up on my shelf and in my book basket just waiting for me.

Goal 3 - More theatre An extremely enjoyable goal, easily achieved.  24 plays in the last twelve months, with one to come at the end of the month.  Much as I enjoy going to the theatre, and, surprise, surprise, I will continue to do so, I am not going to include this in next year's goals.  I am not in the position, either timewise or finance wise, to concentrate on theatre going, so it seems reasonable to find another goal, especially as I have one in mind.

Hamlet

Mar. 27th, 2016 08:15 pm
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When my friend said she was going up to Stratford to see Hamlet I thought it would be a nice idea to join her and her friend.  It wasn't a performance I would have gone to see by myself, and it turned out I was very pleased I'd decided to do go.

Spoilers for the current RSC version of Hamlet (and of the play itself, but I am assuming this won't concern the majority of my flist).

Hamlet )
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It's been Lonely Prompts week over on [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic which has been fun.  Today's theme was as many lonely prompts filled for either one fandom or multi-fandoms (one prompt for fandom).  Me being me, I decided to spend most of the day - it's Good Friday, I have the time - writing for it.  I managed 12 prompts for different fandoms, including Winnie-the-Pooh, Call the Midwife, and a number of my more usual fandoms.

And on [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks I achieved my 100 works badge:


Last Friday [livejournal.com profile] blythechild posted the following writing meme, so I thought I'd have a go:

Writing meme )
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A short half term, but with Easter rapidly approaching and next Thursday being the end of school term (with one of our main schools finishing the day before), it felt like a good idea to finish early.

Last week we had a games night.  As ever we began with Pink Knickers and then we split the Brownies into two teams.  Each team had to cross the hall using four sheets of newspaper and getting all 9 in their team across.  It took them some time to work out how to do it.  And then we took out one of our Thoughts Balls.  The balls have thoughts on them like "I feel sad when .." or "I like doing .."  It's a good way of getting them to listen to each other as they throw the ball between themselves.

We finished with enrolling two new Brownies, both of whom are keen and had learnt their Promise and Law, even though one was nervous, so we said the Law altogether.

This week we made Easter Bunnies out of socks and I demonstrated why I'm not very good at crafts.  Nevertheless the Brownies all made a bunny, even if some of them refused to stand up (the bunnies that is, not the Brownies).

Easter bunny

And now we have three weeks to recuperate and recharge!
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This is a meme [livejournal.com profile] solosundance posted about four weeks ago and which I held onto until such time as I was looking to blog but didn't know what to write.  So here goes:

What was the last film you watched: The DVD of a Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes story.  The DVD has since gone to the charity shop and I can't remember what it was called.  A quick google search and it turns out to have been Dressed To Kill.  Clearly memorable.

What was the last song you listened to:  Probably me singing "Happy Birthday" to SM this morning.  The last music I listened to was part of Beethoven's 9th, on the car radio, but it hadn't got as far as the singing by the time I arrived home.

Last TV Show you watched: Grantchester on catch-up, whilst doing the ironing.  I'm not enjoying this series as much as the last so far.

Last Book you read: A Good Parcel of English Soil by Richard Mabey is the last book I finished.  Currently reading The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Ate: Birthday cake.  Will be eating roast beef, chips and Yorkshire pudding later.

Where would you be if you could be anywhere in the world: Going on a long leisurely tour of Europe.

What decade would you visit if you could travel in time: 1650s but I'd want to watch from a safe distance.

First thing you’d do if you won the lottery: Try not to wake up.

Pick a fictional character to hang out with for a day: Temeraire the dragon.

Last fandom joined: Probably ACD Holmes.  I still dip my toe into the Lewis fandom occasionally.  And my BBC Sherlock fandom interaction is mostly with people I meet and do non-fandom things with (e.g. wander round London Zoo wearing a tiara).  In truth the activities which I do now which most closely ressemble fandom activities are multi-fandom with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri and [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks and general flisty comments.

So there you have ten answers to ten questions.  If any of you fancy having a go, I shall be interested to read what you post.
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Yesterday I went up to London because it was my friend E's birthday.  As it had fallen on a Saturday she had wanted to celebrate in style, so we went to London Zoo.  There were 11 of us in total and E had very kindly made up party bags for each of us.  And within the party bags were tiaras.  So we walked around the zoo wearing tiaras.  And what started out as a bit of fun became very useful when keeping track of the rest of the group - it's actually very easy to spot a number of adults walking round the zoo in tiaras.  Even if various people assumed we were a hen party.  One of the group decided E should have a crown instead of just a tiara, and her quick trip to the zoo shop produced something even better - giraffe ears, which go really well with a tiara.

Zoo pics )
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Last week [livejournal.com profile] norfolkdumpling finished her seven days of nature-themed photos and challenged any of her Instagram follows to do the same.  I thought I'd have a go.  All the pictures were taken during the course of a normal week and therefore reflect life on an estate on the edge of a city.

Nature-themed photos )
It's been a really interesting exercise.  Very little which could be termed 'pretty' and although this is early March there are few signs of spring.  I've decided to repeat the process in two or three months time and see how things have changed.
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Another mixed bag over the past six weeks.

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Recommended by [livejournal.com profile] canonisrelative this is a young adult book and an easy read.  Which isn't to say it's not enjoyable.  I read it quite quickly, because I kept wanting to know what happened next.  The twist was brilliantly executed and was very satisfying.  A great adventure, I enjoyed the descriptions and the world building.  As far as I was concerned, the author had the balance right, definitely my sort of book.  I promptly ordered the next in the series.


Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling

I continue my way through the Harry Potter books.  I find the characters simplified and frustrating.  And completely at odds with my competency kink.


Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

This was recommended by [livejournal.com profile] fortesomniare I wouldn't say I particularly enjoyed the book - I'm not a great sci-fi fan.  But I read it every night and progressed through the story.  It wasn't something I would have wanted to read quickly (others may well differ), but the idea was interesting and I was gripped by the last few chapters.  It was a slow and menacing build up with a very satisfactory end.  If this is a genre you like, then I'm pretty sure you would enjoy it - if you haven't read it already.


A Good Parcel of English Soil by Richard Mabey

[livejournal.com profile] laurose8 recommended Richard Mabey's writing - he's a writer and broadcaster on nature and culture.  I don't have much knowledge of plants and when I was looking around for one of his books I found this one, which is slightly different.  It's part of a series written about the different London underground lines.  This one is about the Metropolitan Line and Mabey looks at how the new line cut through the countryside and how plant life is taking it back and how plants are growing in all sorts of unexpected places.  It's an interesting small book, covering both social history and nature.
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Some of our Brownies are keen too.

But firstly, last week we looked at Thinking Day, the day when Brownies, Guides, Girl Scouts etc etc, celebrate their founders' birthdays and think of Girl Guiding members around the world.  This year we had asked each six to choose a country in advance and come and tell us something about it.  Whilst some of the sixes didn't manage, two of the others made a real effort.  So we learnt a bit about Italy, with each member of the six bringing facts; China, with two good contributions; one of our new Brownies had drawn the French flag; and one Brownie, who had been ill when the plan was discussed, told us a little about Greece.

And then this week was badge night.  About once a year we encourage the Brownies to work for a badge individually, as opposed to doing them as a pack.  This gives them the chance to choose something they are interested in.  We weren't sure how good a response we'd have, but in the end, two-thirds of those present achieved a new badge.  Inevitably, to a certain extent we rely on parental support, but also the Brownies themselves need to have a level of enthusiasm in order to want to do something.

Brown Owl and I split the testing between us.  I had a Cook, who had produced a poster showing all she'd done, complete with poetry from Grandad, who'd helped with cooking breakfast.  She's only seven, and yet her understanding of safety in the kitchen, food hygiene and correct use of utensils (which I asked her about) would have been a credit to a much older girl.  She also brought in her banana bread for us to share.

I also had a Stargazer, who had been out looking at the stars with her Dad.  She'd had assistance from him to complete some of the activities, but was easily able to list the planets, tell me about the constellations and what she'd learnt about Greenwich Observatory.  She's just eight.

There was a Booklover, who had carefully written about all the books she'd read.  She's made a poster about the local library.  I'd explained to her she would need to show how to use a reference book last week and she brought in a book to demonstrate her use of contents and index.  And then she presented the bookmark she'd made to Brown Owl.

And we had Craft, two Toymakers, an Entertainer, one Home Safety (complete with booklet), one Hostess and one Hobbies (gymnastics).

While we were testing everyone made a Mother's Day card, so no-one went home empty handed.
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23.  Holmes_Minor.  SCFrankles and I have been discussing running a new ACD Holmes comm since before Christmas and now [livejournal.com profile] holmes_minor is almost ready to go live.  Frankles has done the work and I have helpfully made suggestions.  And as of tomorrow there will be a new LJ comm for fanfic and poetry for works of 500 words and less, for all the characters in the ACD Sherlock Holmes ‘verse.


24.  Cake. How can I possibly have got this far through without mentioning cake?  Victoria Sponge, chocolate cake, Swiss roll, fruit cake, walnut and coffee cake, Battenburg, cherry cake, lemon drizzle cake, carrot cake.  To name but a few.


25.  Deutschen Welle. I’ve found a new course for learning basic German.  Very interactive and visual, so ideal for my learning style.  Harry gefangen in der Zeit. http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/harry/s-13219


26.  Conducting loud music. Verdi’s Dies Irae, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the end of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  The last one while sitting in a traffic queue – although possibly the arm action was a little too obvious, but at least the police car which had been behind me had turned off by that point.


27.  The Welsh Rugby Team. World Cup or Six Nations, I’m happily cheering them on.  I’m not even Welsh, but where we are Wales feels closer and friendlier than London.


28.  The smell of clean sheets dried in the fresh air. I’d have them every day if I had enough bed linen, staff to do the washing, and rather better weather than we have here.


29.  Decent cider. Proper draught stuff, not this funny strange berry stuff which comes in bottles.  One of the advantages of living in the West Country.
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Nope, nothing to do with football, just my last interim post for the year.  For those who I've friended recently (hello!), in the middle of April I set three goals for the year and then review them roughly every two months to see how I'm doing.  I find it helpful in order to keep myself on track and my flist very kindly provide encouragement, plus at this time of year when I'm starting to look at my goals for next year also make helpful suggestions.  So, without further waffle:

Goal 1 - Carry on writing all the things  Still going well - Lots of [livejournal.com profile] fan_flashworks plus various other fics.  More parts to the Sussex Retirement series - my plan is to complete a full year, so three more to go there; and then the series will be left open for extra parts as they occur.  I've just started Watson 1918, and hope to have chapter one to beta by the end of this month.  I'm expecting it to end up as about 10k, which is rather longer than my original plan.  I'm also intending to begin my Lucas/Adam follow up to Finding A Way Forward next month, so will have enough to occupy myself for the next few months.  I shall certainly have a writing goal for my next year, so any suggestions gratefully considered.

Goal 2 - Read more and widely Such an enjoyable goal this year.  Still reading all sorts.  I had originally planned to ask for a new round of suggestions, but I currently have 11 books in my book box and book shelf (not including the two I have left from this year's suggestions).  So this goal will continue as it is and I will begin by reading my way through the 11 which have been recommended to me throughout the year.

Goal 3 - More theatre  This was never going to be a difficult goal to achieve.  It was suggested by the beautiful [livejournal.com profile] moonlightmead and every time I consider how I'm progressing I think of her, so my success here is dedicated to her memory.

So yes, this should be a successful year and I look forward to my final post in April.  As for new goals: Goal 1 - possibly looking for something specific, as well as the general writing I always enjoy; Goal 2 - will be a repeat of this year; Goal 3 - as yet totally undecided.  As always, all comments will be read and considered, but I make no promises.
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We interrupt our normal rather waffly service for me to post my entry for February Fandom Fest or why I love fandom.  To be honest I'm not really 'in' a particular fandom, but just wander around vaguely, waving at people as I go.  But, to sum up, FANDOM, or you lot and this is why I love being here.

Friends: People who've become RL friends, those I doubt I'll ever meet, and those somewhere in between.  You're essential.

Activities: There are all sorts of ways we can be involved, whatever our particular abilities are.  I write, others draw, others make icons, the list is endless.  And it isn't just about producing things.  We read, we comment, we leave silly messages.  We all take part in our own way.

New things: For me that's the communities which have encouraged me to widen the scope of my writing.  Or when someone has recommended something and I've been hooked.

Daily: Not in the sense of having to do something everyday, but with the thought there's always something there, whatever sort of day you've had.  Inspired to write (or whatever your forte is) there are comms with prompts and challenges; had a hard day there are fics and artwork to help relax.  And people to chat with.

Opportunities: Things that you never imagined doing a year ago (or five years ago).  For me the pinnacle was going to the Reichenbach Falls with a group of eight fangirls last year.

Many Splendoured Thing: Whatever your preference, I like hurt/comfort and humour, you like porn and dark!fic, there's something for everyone.
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16.  Chocolate.  With apologies to those who are abstaining at the moment.  I am not averse to receiving a box of chocolates, but by preference I will have straight milk chocolate: bars, Aeros, Twirls, Flakes, Chocolate stars, Chocolate buttons, Freddos.


17.  The colour Blue. Given the choice I will always head for blue clothing.  Apart from when I’m deliberately choosing something bright – see point 8, socks.  Also point 6, raspberry drinks – but then raspberries should not be blue.  Most of my work clothes are blue.  A lot of my leisure clothing is blue.  My favourite colour has always been blue.


18.  The colour Red. There are certain items of clothing where I don’t choose red.  My winter coat – wool, duffle-style with hood plus zip – is bright red.  Cheerful on a dull day.  My waterproof is red – I had to buy a man’s because women apparently don’t wear red.  Cheerful on a wet day.  And so are my winter pjs.  Also cheerful.


19.  Animal Bags.  I have a handbag, generally for when I’m away somewhere and just want to carry my phone and wallet (and passport if it’s that sort of place).  I have a bigger handbag for going out for the day in the car.  I have a cross body bag (satchel style) for going up to London or where I’m going to need to carry stuff all day.  And I’ve just bought a new backpack for overnight stops.

Bags


20.  Returning television programmes. Mostly American, so technically I suppose shows.  Person of Interest and Sleepy Hollow are both back this week.  Hooray!  And Grantchester is back the week after.  Although it’s scheduled to run immediately before the double episode of PoI, which isn’t idea.  I may have to watch it on catch up.


21.  Earning badges on Fan Flashworks. Now up to 58.  Here are the four I’ve earned this year, included the Gold SBIGTTS (Writing) which I’ve been trying to complete for ages.




22.  Call the Midwife. Perfect Sunday evening viewing.  A strong female cast and although there is a feel good nature to the programme, it doesn’t hesitate to include the realities of life.  And there’s humour too.  This week Briony Hannah was brilliant.
 
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I've been looking forward to the current RSC season since booking tickets last autumn.  The first play on the list was Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, in the Swan Theatre.

Unfortunately, although interesting to see, it failed to capture us.  The play begins with the two main actors, Oliver Ryan and Sandy Grierson, both striking a match.  Whoever's match goes out first gets to play Faustus, whilst the other plays Mephistopheles.  When I originally heard about this I liked the idea, but in fact I think it was just one in a series of innovations which weren't really necessary.  Initially I was pleased Oliver Ryan was Faustus, since I've seen him in a number of other plays, but for whatever reason it didn't work.  Both actors were encouraged to use their natural accents, and Ryan is Welsh which made it difficult for a number of the audience to understand him.  Grierson is Scottish and was clearer.  The director had cut the play so it had no interval and Faustus was on stage all the time - again for me an unnecessary personal decision.

The actors, including Ryan, are good, but for me they weren't served by the production.  There was quite a long scene in which Faustus prepares the stage for summoning the devil - painting on the stage with his shirt.  We were sitting in the Upper Gallery, which was fine, but anyone in the Stalls wouldn't have been able to see what was happening.  And I suspect I wasn't alone in wondering how long it would take to clean the stage, rather than concentrating on what was happening.

The Seven Deadly Sins were stylised and impossible to work out which was which until they told us.  The original audience would no doubt at least have a familiarity with the names of the sins, but apart from Gluttony any of them could have been any of the sins.  Normally I enjoy seeing dance used in a performance to convey a message, but again it didn't work for me.  Maybe, had I not been outside the performance already it would have been better, but it all seemed very insular.  Certainly, there was little contact with the audience,which my understanding of plays from that time led me to expect.

I know Jamie Lloyd is putting on a production in London with Kit Harrington as Faustus.  I doubt I'll see it, but I shall be interested to read the reviews of anyone who does.
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9.  Audio books. Until I changed job I wasn’t a particular fan, but now they make the drive to work so much more bearable.  If I have to sit in a queue of traffic, then I might as well be entertained.  Richard Armitage reading Georgette Heyer was lovely – oh, the adorable dark brooding hero.  Currently it’s a production of Hamlet, with Jamie Parker as the Prince of Denmark.  (Plus Tom Mison as Laertes and Carl Prekopp as Rosencrantz.)  I’ve also got his narration of Under The Greenwood Tree to look forward to.  (These two thanks to Waterstones vouchers from MIL.)  After which it’ll be back to Ebay I suspect.


10. Sam Troughton. You didn’t think you’d get through a whole month without mention of my favourite actor, did you?  From the minute I saw him as Brutus in the RSC production of Julius Caesar I was captured.  This is the only time I’ve come out of a production and said to myself ‘I must find out who that actor is so I can see him again.’  I’ve travelled to Sheffield and to Liverpool to see him, as well as several plays in London (and dragged SM/friends along too!)  And soon he’ll be Clarence in the second series of the BBC’s Hollow Crown production.


11.  A Glass of Wine.  I do like sitting down in the evening and having a glass of wine.  Sometimes, depending on what we’re both doing, we’ll begin the glass during dinner, sometimes it will be later.  Occasionally we’ll have a couple of glasses.  Nothing expensive, just a quiet glass of wine.


12.  Writing on Trains. It takes just under two hours to travel from home to London and it’s ideal for writing.  The scenery isn’t stunning – the Stroud valleys are pretty, but not spectacular, the journey from Swindon to London is tedious.  So no outside distractions, just me, my pencil tin and a notebook.  Okay, not all the words are legible when I come to type them up, but overall that doesn’t matter (and it means no-one else can read it!)  And yes, this was originally written on a train :)


13.  Live theatre. Yes, I know you all know this is my great love.  But I’m not going to leave it out.  There is something so immediate and real and wonderful about going to see a play.  And I’m delighted the daughter is also taken with the theatre bug.


14.  Chocolate Box Comm. This is a comm, based on AO3 and run from Dreamwidth.  It’s a multi-fandom exchange (fic/artwork) with a minimum wordage of 300 words.  The reveal is on Valentine’s Day.  It’s not just for ships, but also for gen fic, where the love is not of the romantic nature, but more friendship.  I have received three gifts (one main and two treats): Bear’s Life as a Dog, Person of Interest, an ideal story for me starring Bear in a variety of BAMF situations; Under the Mountain, The Hobbit, in which Bilbo gets lost and Thorin does something about it (and they kiss, of course); and The Care and Feeding of a Watson, ACD Holmes, a sweet tale of Holmes and Watson.  I wrote my main exchange plus a last minute treat, but if I said which fandoms that would give it away, since author reveals have not yet happened.


15.  Shopping with the Daughter. We don’t go often, and my credit card normally sighs, but it is fun.  I’m very lucky in that she doesn’t expect me to spend major amounts on items – we picked up a few excellent sale bargains.  She has good taste and will encourage me to buy things when I might hesitate, but I’ve not regretted the purchases (even if it does mean I now have two t-shirts I probably didn’t need!)
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My good friend Emmy wanted to see Goodnight Mister Tom and asked if anyone else would like to go.  I knew it was one of the daughter's favourite films, so contacted her and we arranged for the three of us to go together.  The daughter decided we could stay over the night before (the theatre ticket was my Christmas present to her), so with a Friday evening in London I looked around to see what else was on.  I'd been thinking of see The Curious Incident for some time, so she and I went to that too.  We also went shopping in Oxford Street, courtesy of my credit card.

The Curious Incident )
Good-night Mister Tom )

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