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3. For each of the fandoms from day 2, what were your favourite characters to write?

Okay, well, let's be a little selective.  Here goes:

Sherlock (BBC): Sherlock, John, Lestrade, Victor Trevor, Stanley Hopkins
Sherlock Holmes (ACD): Holmes, Watson, Lestrade, Mrs Hudson, Hopkins, oh and Mouselet and the Ocelot
Lewis: Robbie Lewis, James Hathaway, I'm also fond of DI John Garrett my OC
Spooks: Lucas North (no surprise there then!)
Robin Hood: Guy of Gisborne, Much
Life on Mars: Sam and Gene, but also Phyllis and Annie
The Hobbit: Thorin, Bilbo
Forever: Henry Morgan, Abe Morgan
Person of Interest: Finch, Reese and Bear
The Rake's Progress: Tom Rakewell, Nick Shadow
North & South: John Thornton
Almost Human: Kennex, Dorian
Winnie-the-Pooh: Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore

And while we're talking about favourite characters, can I put in a plug for [ profile] older_not_dead which is currently looking for prompts for Proptathon 22 "Elements", because it's those prompts I am using for Sussex Retirement my ACD Holmes/Watson retirement series.
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My last post ...

Day 94 – I hate clothes shopping, so was delighted to find the Matalan sale included five shirts that would be ideal for work this autumn.

Day 95 – Almost Human, and a lonely John Kennex at the end.  He really should have accepted Dorian’s offer to come to the bar and watch Kennex drink ;)

Day 96 – We went for a walk at our favourite spot in the evening.  After a really hot day it was great to enjoy the breeze.

Day 97 – I’ve been mulling over an idea for a couple of months now, until yesterday’s [ profile] watsons_woes prompts caused me to write a quick version of it.  I also sent a copy to my beta [ profile] scfrankles who made some very helpful comments – including the need to expand the story somewhat (which I knew really).  But the thing that really made me happy was that she liked the concept (as did a few on WW who had the first draft).  Also due to the sterling work of another of my betas [ profile] fortesomniare I was able to sign up for an early posting date for the Lewis Summer Challenge because she’s helped me to batter the thing into sense (or submission).  So basically this is a shout out to two of my wonderful betas.

Day 98 – Finished work and I now have a week’s holiday.  Hooray!  I’ve had long weekends but this is the first week off I’ve had since last Christmas.

Day 99 - The Globe Touring production of Much Ado About Nothing.  I posted about this yesterday, but it truly made me happy.

Day 100 - the reason this post is going up earlier than usual.  We are going away.  SM and I are going to Exeter for a couple of nights, with plans to get to the seaside tomorrow.  Then it's home for one night and I go up to London for two nights and three plays.  Holidays here I come.

Thank you to all my flist who have commented on my weekly Happy Days entries.  It will seem a bit strange to be no longer making them.  It has been good to find at least one happy thing per day, and although it won't be a regular posting from now on I shall aim to include many of the little things that make me smile from time to time.  If nothing else it's reminded me that it doesn't have to be a major event to make me happy, anything can give the day an uplift.
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and so, another week of finding the bright spots:

Day 87 – Writing was successful.  One drabble for [ profile] watsons_woes and my [ profile] lewis_challenge fic went to beta.  I should add that it came back with various questions, plus the comment that the victim changed his first way through - clearly his wife didn't like my choice of name.

Day 88 – My hour of escapism with Kennex and Dorian.  Karl Urban does have lovely eyes.  SM has realised that it is what is termed “buddy cop”.  Fortunately he hasn’t enquired any further as to where that can lead.

Day 89 – I had my eyes tested at the opticians today.  One of the girls in the office recommended them and the optician was really good, explained everything and I am considerably more confident about buying glasses from them, even if they are more expensive.

Day 90 – I ended up with three different fics to beta on one day.  Good job they were all different fandoms, or I could have got very confused.

Day 91 – It’s not often that you’re working in your office when someone arrives to ask you to cast off for the blanket they’ve just finished knitting.  Or you walk into a room full of people to have someone come rushing across to tell you how they’d picked some flowers for someone and wasn’t it wonderful.

Day 92 – Sherlock Holmes Annual Picnic in Regent’s Park.  As always it was good to see everyone.  But the best bit was sitting in the pub with my friends and playing a card game that involved each of us producing mini fics on the spot.  I have some great friends.

Day 93 – With a bit of time to spare before catching the train home I went to the British Library and spent an interesting half hour looking through their current First World War exhibition:  Enduring War, Grief, Grit and Humour.


Fic meme

Jul. 17th, 2014 09:06 pm
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I pinched this meme from [ profile] canonisrelative who posted it about six weeks ago.

12 characters meme

Pick 12 characters from any fandoms and list them before you read the questions that follow. I picked (listed in alphabetical order to stop me cheating):
1 – Guy of Gisborne
2 – James Hathaway
3 – Sherlock Holmes
4 – Stanley Hopkins
5 – John Kennex
6 – Greg Lestrade
7 – Robbie Lewis
8 – Much
9 – Lucas North
10 – Victor Trevor
11 – John Watson
12 – Wildcard (in practise probably Reese or Finch, but not necessarily)
All Sherlockian characters may be either ACD or BBC.  Any complaints, it’s my meme interpretation, I can do as I like.

Here are the questions )
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The past week was particularly difficult.  Part way through the previous week our manager, who we all like a lot, went in for a minor heart op.  On the Friday we heard that it wasn't quite as simple.  We went into work on the Monday to learn that she was going to have a double bypass op, sometime later in the week, which would then mean 8 to 12 weeks recovery time.  The three of us from the office went into the hospital that afternoon (the manager just sitting waiting so was continuing to work) to go through everything that needed to be done for the next couple of months.  You can imagine what a shock that all was to us.  However there was a couple of days to get a few things sorted before she had the op, which was good.  Only she had the op the following morning.  So we were left running the office between us.  The manager's husband also has a main position where we work, so he was out too.  And work became very stressful.  We work well as a team, so that isn't a problem, but given the circumstances it wasn't easy, dealing with all the expected and unexpected matters.

Nevertheless, here are the week's happy moments:
Days 80 to 86 )
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Some weeks, whilst not bad in themselves, have little to particularly recommend them.  But there's always something to be happy about.

Day 73 – Delivering the monthly news magazine I met an acquaintance and spent ten minutes talking about the theatre with her.

Day 74 – I’m going with Almost Human once more.  Maybe there will be fic written; I can feel something stirring.

Day 75 – There are days when it’s hard to find something in particular to be happy about.  Shared laughter at work, perhaps, but given what caused it maybe not.  So I shall go for being able to write about the ocelot for the [ profile] watsons_woes July Writing Prompts.

Day 76 – That glass of wine on getting home after Brownies.  Very welcome.

Day 77 – Fish and chips for tea, because we’re both tired.

Day 78 – I earned my name tag for [ profile] fan_flashworks.

Day 79 – We went to a performance of Pirates of Penzance.  It wasn’t a bad performance, but it was 50 miles away, and it turned out that Frederic, the leading man, was played by a female singer (apparently sometimes the role has a male performer, sometimes female, depending on their availability), which was disappointing and upset the balance of some of the songs.  Nevertheless the actor who played the main comic parts was excellent – truly funny without having to labour it.  And discussing the performance on the drive home I remarked that I thought the actor who took the secondary comic parts was also extremely good, to be told by SM that he’d been brought in at the last minute and had recently been in a West End production, which made sense.
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Happy days numbers 66 to 72:

Day 66 – After a very heavy shower at teatime, SM suggested we go for a walk since it had dried up.  We took the same walk we had on Day 31, down to the river.  The air was fresh and although the grass was wet the ground wasn’t muddy.  We watched the bullocks and sheep and the ducks.

Day 67 – Almost Human.  Once again, but I’m enjoying it.  I like Kennex and I like Dorian, and Rudy, and Maldonado.  It is a tad predictable, although I like the futuristic bits.  And while some things are really futuristic others aren’t which seems strange.  So I’m not as disappointed as I thought I might be that it isn’t being recommissioned.  But I can see myself writing the odd ficlet.  Although probably not quite as odd as this one Rudy didn't expect

Day 68 – In what turned out to be a particularly frustrating day for various reasons, it was sunny so I took the time to walk between the two sites at work.

Day 69 – The daughter has been offered the job she went for an interview for yesterday.  And it’s her birthday.

Day 70 – Under Milk Wood was excellent.  See my last post.

Day 71 – I posted Consequences and at least one person liked it.  John Watson has come back to 221B Baker Street, but the reasons for his return mean that it is not turning out the way he had hoped.  Finding the right ending proved challenging, but with [ profile] impishtubist’s encouragement I made it.  The pairing is Sherlock Holmes/Victor Trevor, although that’s mostly in the background, and implied John Watson/Mary Watson.

Day 72 - I was supposed to be going to a barbecue in the afternoon, but decided that since I didn't particularly want to go, I wouldn't.  Such a lovely feeling of relief at lunchtime.  And with SM out for the whole afternoon, doing his own thing (watching motorbike scrambling and listening to a friend's choir - not at the same time I hasten to add) that gave me several hours of chilling and writing and watching rubbish DVDs.  I even did a bit of weeding.
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Yes, it's Monday, so another week of happy days:

Day 59 – for [ profile] murphybabe – The trains ran smoothly!

Day 60 – I created a whole ‘verse for a Robin Hood AU in space in less than an hour.  Robin Hood in Space

Day 61 – Almost Human, which I watched a day late since I was out the evening before.  My daughter phoned part way through and I had to phone her back.  It's the one programme which I'm watching at the moment.  Okay, so the football's on, but I'm not watching that, just looking up occasionally when the commentator gets excited.

Day 62 – We imagined being evacuated in Brownies (I shall do a proper Brownie post later this week) and one of them managed to lose her suitcase, which was drawn on a piece of paper.  They only had to walk into the big hall for a few minutes and back.

Day 63 – We went out for a drink and a meal in our favourite pub to celebrate making it to Friday.

Day 64 – The Brownie birthday party went much better than expected.  And the glass of wine I had when I got home was greatly appreciated.

Day 65 – We went for tea and cake at my son’s house.  His garden is looking wonderful, about 15 roses, pansies, sweet peas, lots of bedding plants.  When they moved in eighteen months ago the back garden was all concreted and now it is a real garden, lawn, bushes, flowers, really impressive.
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The second episode aired here yesterday and I have to admit I'm hooked.  I've seen so many screen grabs of the first couple of episodes that I wondered whether there was anything new to see.  And yet there was.  And the gifs etc that I have seen make much more sense in context.

I realise I'm only two episodes in, so there's a lot of character development yet to go, but I am taken with John Kennex.  This may, of course, have something to do with being played by Karl Urban.  Possibly.  But the wounded guy with issues and with depths.  Is anyone truly surprised here?

I've read various comments saying that Michael Ealy's Dorian is the real star.  I like him, I like the repartee, I like the way he does understand people and that he calls Kennex out.  He just doesn't do it for me in quite the same way.

And then there's Mackenzie Crook's Rudy.  He's a good actor - I've seen him on stage.  Rudy's a quirky character, and I think he's great.  I like his humanity and his humour.

Will I read/write fanfic?  I'd need to see some more episodes before I decide.  At this stage I have no wish to read anything, but the idea of maybe writing the occasional comment fic has an air of possibility.


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