kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
A Productive Saturday

After feeling uncomfortably down by the end of Friday night, and after worrying about having to clean up the storage basement so early Saturday morning, I found that it worked out quite nicely. I rolled out of bed, staggered to the grocery to buy some bagels, orange and grapefruit juice for whatever laboring condo owners were going to turn up to help clean, and discovered a nice little group of them ready to go. That was a relief, since one of my worries had been that no one would show up (I was supposed to put out a pre-cleanup notice by email and forgot; that, too, made me feel down.) I did discover that yesterday was one of the days where I couldn't drink grapefruit juice, which was a shame, since I love the stuff, but by the end of the cleanup, I felt a lot better than I had going to bed Friday night. 

My mood temporarily tanked when I came into the house and found that I'd forgotten to put the lid down on my work laptop; Phillip immediately got on it, and managed to turn on a function that I couldn't turn off, and which made working on the laptop progressively more difficult. I reached the point of screaming at the computer, because doing that prevented me from actually slamming the thing into the floor. I'm not kidding. When I get furious, physical action is something that often happens, and is often the stupidest thing I could do (i.e. tossing everything out of a dresser drawer when I can't find something I want, or physically hitting a piece of machinery that's acting up. It's a serious and dangerously immature habit of which I've never quite broken myself.) Hence the screaming, which damaged nothing except, possibly, my husband's sense of calm. 

All hail, therefore, to 
[personal profile] owlboy , for answering my plaintive cry for help; he correctly ID'd my problem, and led to the brightening of my world. (And since my own laptop is still in the shop, this is even more important.) I told him he deserved a sonnet, but I didn't have the mental wherewithal to write him one. I may yet do it, although I'm not sure whether that's a threat or a promise ....
kaffyr: Animated rain falls on the bathhouse from Spirited Away (Bath house in the rain)
Friday

BB and I went to see "Spiderman: Homecoming" tonight. If you can get to see it, do so. It's the best superhero movie I've seen since, well, "The Avengers," and I loved all the other MCU movies, so that's saying a lot. It's funny — I haven't laughed out loud in a theater for quite some time — and smart, and has a villain who's both villainous and perfectly understandable, with a work ethic and a sense of responsibility to his staff and family. I found myself cheering him on in a couple of instances, a little to my surprise. Michael Keaton does villainy right. Tom Holland as a 15-year-old Peter Parker is so good that I can forget that he looks more like a 17-year-old kid. Sure, that's only two years' difference, but it's a difference. And that may be the only thing I can find to nitpick about. 

I'm glad I went to the movie, but I'm still fighting the Black Dog. In my case, it's probably more of a Black Puppy, but he (or she, who can tell with these little demonettes?) keeps dashing out of the shadows and nipping at my emotional ankles. Fucking puppy.  

So perhaps it's time to go to bed. I have another working weekend; helping clean out the condo storage basement, something I completely forgot until this morning, and then one of two separate union meetings, neither of which I want to go to, on Sunday morning. 

Fucking puppy. 

Oh, I said that already. 

Down, boy. 





kaffyr: (See the Sky)
I Just Finished the Second Season of Sense8 ... 

... and I am already counting down to the wrap-up movie that Netflix has promised. The show really deserved a third season, but that cabbage has already been chewed too many times On the Internet, so I won't take it on. 

But my guess is that they'll need significantly more than 2 hours to wrap the stories up properly. 

I'll say it was very satisfying to see 
Spoilery things )

At least this finale is scheduled to show in 2018, so I won't have to wait until 2019, as I might have to do with Game of Thrones. 


Dept. of Birthdays

Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:30 pm
kaffyr: Animation of a Ghibli film scene, water rolling into shore. (Anoesis)
Very Quick Birthday Wishes ...

... on Aug. 27, to the long-silent [livejournal.com profile] silverstarlune, whose comments I always enjoyed. I hope she's doing well, potentially still in California, and still enjoying life. If you ever poke your head into LJ, it would be great to "see" you again!

... and on the day before that, Aug. 26, to 
[personal profile] janie_aire , who I haven't seen for some time, but whose incredible meta for Doctor Who always left me breathless with admiration. May your birthday have been an excellent one!
kaffyr: Keep Calm and Carry on At Length poster (Carry On)
Doing It Via Game of Thrones

Because I have thoughts about the most recent season of Game of Thrones, which just ended Sunday, and because I've listened to too many vloggers talking about the episodes WITH WHOM I DISAGREE AND THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY WRONG ON THE INTERNET, and because it appears to be the one thing that can jolt me into writing. 

Really.

By "writing" I mean disjointed thoughts presented in rather lazy and unpremeditated fashion, lacking the benefit of intellectual discipline or an editor. 

And of course, I judge the season with my Watsonian goggles on, because
I can't be trusted at all to be Doylist with books or live series that I love. More, I work with the faan's and fic-writer's eye for filling in plot holes. I love making sense of things that don't make sense, by figuring out how to make those things logical within the world I love. I love creating the necessary context to do so. I am, thus, a completely ridiculous and ultimately Cheap Date, when it comes to buying into the universes I love.

Also, I've read all the books (although I need to reread them over the next year), and have kept up obsessively with the show via recaps, reviews and YouTube clips until this season, so anything I say can be greeted with an extremely jaundiced eye. 

Plus, since I've already used the word "also," I might not be grossed out by things other people are grossed out by. Make of it what you will. 

So here we go:

'Ware! SPOILERS for all of Season 7 of Game of Thrones )

Well, that was satisfying. Thank you for your patience. 

Dept. of Argh

Saturday, 26 August 2017 08:29 pm
kaffyr: (Deficiency weekly)
Being Human Sucks

God, I hate nausea. And anxiety. And depression. And headaches. 

And did I mention nausea?

But, uhm ... here's something I really liked, and I think I have 
[personal profile] clocketpatch  to thank for turning me onto it. Both the song and the really well-edited fanvid. Thanks!. 

So that's something that didn't suck. (The guy who did the music has a pretty decent music vid for the song, but I'm doing well to put this in the post.)

Also, I saw the eclipse - 90 percent here in Chicago - and that didn't suck, either. 
kaffyr: The OT3 together, before PotW (Jack and Nine and Rose)
Title: Hearts and Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 27
Previous Chapter: 26 here, or here
Characters: the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
Rating: PG-13
Author's Note: In which homecomings give way to leave-takings, and Rose says what has to be said.  I thought this was the penultimate chapter, but have since realized it was not. Not quite. But soon, soon.
Edited by: the irreplaceable [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh, without whom none of this would be possible. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I take no coin or credit, but do thank the BBC for letting me play in their sandbox. 
Note: Because this is a long chapter, Live Journal may eliminate paragraph breaks, so you might want to read it over on Dreamwidth. 

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tbc

Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 30 July 2017 02:42 pm
kaffyr: The ninth Doctor (Pink Doctor)
A Bouquet of Birthdays

BB and I first met 
[personal profile] gerisullivan  in 1982 during Chiccon, in a basement room filled with fannish musicians - not a filk room, because there wasn't much filk being played, just a room full of musicians and music lovers enriching each others' lives - and it was one of the most serendipitous meetups ever. BB and she kept eyeing each other, and it eventually turned out they'd come from the same home town. We were immediately struck by her friendliness, her energy, her unstinting generosity, her creativity, and her love of life. Our respect and affection only grew over the years, because Geri was, yes, just that wonderful a person. She no longer lives in the Midwest, having made the East Coast her base of operations for lo, these many years, but we are still lucky enough to see her once and sometimes twice a year. When that happens, we are once again reminded of how amazing a human being she is. She celebrated her birthday on July 21, and I hope it was The Best Birthday Ever. Take care of yourself, my dear, and we'll see you soon!

[livejournal.com profile] britgeekgrrl was among the first fans I met on the internet, and she was kind and helpful to me as I and some friends mounted a small campaign to get Dr. Who recaps resumed on Television Without Pity (of blessed memory.) I soon learned that she was a vibrant and lovely person, and I am very glad that she played a part in my discovery of how wonderful online fandom could be. I don't think she's around here much these days, but I send out belated birthday greetings to her - I hope your July 22 birthday was spent with loved ones and friends, and that both the past year and the year to come were and will be good.


[personal profile] hamsterwoman  enjoyed her most recent birthday on July 28. She it was who introduced me to "The Goblin Emperor," which is my favorite comfort read, bar none. She shares my enjoyment of the Vorkosiverse. She writes about her life and her family, and invites those she knows to partake just a little in her world. I am glad to have made her acquaintance her on the internet, and in fandom. I  hope her birthday was wonderful, and I hope the rest of this year is equally so. 

On July 19, a very thoughtful and gentle person, 
[personal profile] oswulf , celebrated a birthday. This is a person of considerable faith and intellect, and I wish they were around more so that I could enjoy them (selfish, I know.) I hope their birthday was a very good one, and that the year to come is also good to them. 

And way, way back on July 16, 
[personal profile] medie , fellow Canadian and the indefatigable creator and maintainer of the fandom_stocking community, celebrated her natal day. Happy birthday to you, and many, many more!
kaffyr: She's at a typewriter; is she legal? (Are Girls Legal?)
YESS!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes we CAN have nice things. 

Here, and here



Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 9 July 2017 04:20 pm
kaffyr: (Porco Rosso friends)
Natal Felicitations to [personal profile] masakochan !

It's always so much fun to know someone online that shares not one, but many of my particular affections, and 
[personal profile] masakochan  is one of those people. She's a fellow traveler in the Whoniverse, and she knows and loves anime and manga; she shares many of my real world sympathies, and can therefore put up with my intermittent rants about the world. 

She loves animals as well as anime, is determinedly making her way through life even when it gets rocky; she's really a lovely person to know, and I'm glad she's part of my online world. 

I hope your birthday has been good so far, and I hope it signals a good coming year for you. And one of these days I'll rope you into a discussion about Shingeki no Kyojin's second season. You don't have to spoil me about what's coming, I just want to squee with you over the art (which has gotten even better this season), and the pacing and ... and ... well, this is a birthday wish, not a fangirl squee, so forgive me - and Happy, Happy Birthday!

Dept. of Birthdays

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 07:36 pm
kaffyr: (Bacon!)
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] laurel !

Years ago, now, when I still went to SF conventions in Minneapolis, I met a remarkable young woman named Laurel at a Minicon music party. She was smart, funny (Hey! Bacon Dispensers!), knew more about the Internet than I ever could, loved science fiction, baseball - especially the Twins - and television, and cats, and I was very glad to have met her. 

Fast forward more than a few years, and it's been too many of those years since I last had the pleasure of her company. I know life's been less than optimal from time to time for her, but I also know that she's still the smart, funny, Internet-savvy, television knowledgeable, science-fiction and baseball-loving woman I met at that Minicon music party. 

Laurel, here's to you, and may this year be chock-full of only the very best things!
kaffyr: Clara looks determined (Clara sees)
June, I Hardly Noticed You. 

And that meant I failed to note a great many birthdays. 

Happy Birthday, back on June 2, to 
[personal profile] cassie_faith , who keeps soldiering on through tough times, and looks to music and fandom with optimism and hope. May the coming year be better than you ever dared to hope! 

Happy Birthday, on June 8 to 
[personal profile] acciochocolate , who is a fan, an icon maker of great taste, someone who, I suspect, adores aromas in perfumes and oils as much as I do, and whose stories (both Real Life and fannish) I always enjoy reading. I hope to see you around in the coming year - and nay that year be a good one for you. 

Happy Birthday, on June 9, to 
[personal profile] livii , one of the first people to tell me my fic was readable, and whose fic encouraged me to write, and write well. She also wrote beautifully about Real Life challenges and successes, and I hope to continue to see her on These Intarwebz for a long time to come.

Happy Birthday, on June 11, to 
[personal profile] time_converges , who shares my love for Donna (and whose fic about The Best Temp in the Universe always seemed to have Donna's voice perfectly). Wherever you are, playing Mass Effect, enjoying Elementary, and life in general, may your birthday have been excellent, and may 2017-2018 be very good to you. 

Happy Birthday, on June 12, to the long-absent (on LJ/Dreamwidth at least) 
[personal profile] dark_aegis . I hope life is treating you kindly, and I hope one day to see you again in pixels. 

Happy Birthday, on June 25, to 
[personal profile] joking , who shared my life of the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness, and who also understood my love of the TARDIS and Her relationship with that particular OT3. Once again, it's been some time since she's been around on the social platforms where we first interacted, but I hope your birthday was a good one, and I hope to interact with you again in the future.

And finally, Happy Birthday, again on June 25, to 
[personal profile] autographedcat , whose song "Second Movement" I just read, and snorfled over, who enjoys The Doctor, and filk, and science fiction, and who I'm very glad to have met here in the virtual world. May the time between now and your next birthday be very, very good. 

kaffyr: Sapphire and Steel together (Sapphire and Steel)
I Still Exist In Pixels, And Elsewhere

It's been rather a long time. So what have I done lately?

Hearts and Moons stuff )
Union )
Rediscovery No. 1 )
Rediscovery No. 2 )
S&S. And Dr. Who, of course )

Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 14 May 2017 12:34 pm
kaffyr: (Liz questions that.)
Hurrah for People Who Have Birthdays!

Back on May 5, the most estimable 
[personal profile] jjpor  had a birthday, and I hope it was well celebrated. There are certain people that you wish you could meet in real life, and he's one of them. He's also one of the best writers of Who fanfic it's been my pleasure to read.  (And I'm sure he'll finish "Battlelines" Real Soon Now *cough*pleaseohpleaseohplease*cough*) I hope your birthday went well, and that the coming year will also go very well for you!

Moving forward a bit, to April 9, many delayed returns of the day to 
[personal profile] calapine , whose stories I've enjoyed and who's now occasional posts have also made me smile over the years. I'm glad to see you an Dreamwidth, and hope to interact with you from time to time. 

On May 10, 
[personal profile] deathpixie , a fellow Canadian celebrated her birthday. I hope the coming year includes travel, if you want it; friends, happiness at work and at home, and I hope to see you occasionally, here on the Interwebz. 

Finally, today is the birthday of the lovely 
[personal profile] lost_spook , another of those people who I would love to meet in real life (and you'd best believe that once I've come into my fortune, I shall cross the ocean and take you out to tea!) You are a delight to know; you have a delicious sense of humor, both sharp and gentle; your writing is top notch; your love of all things old television opened up worlds to me - and, in line with that last, you gave me Sapphire and Steel (and Silver!) for which I can't thank you enough. Many happy returns of the day!

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 8 May 2017 09:43 pm
kaffyr: (Dalek ballerina)
I Swear I'm Gonna ...
  • Be a more cheerful person for the rest of this week; 
  • Comment on posts about Who episodes ([personal profile] promethia_tenk  and [personal profile] elisi , I feel like I'm missing out on all kinds of chewy goodness, because I'm so spoonless. So, yeah, soon.) 
  • Say things of import. Perhaps not vast import, but at least a modicum of import. 
  • Get more fic writing done - although here, I can say that I've gotten the first half of Chapter 27 of Hearts and Moons completed, which means I"ll soon have two completed chapter to post, and only 1.5 or 2 more chapters to go. If I can just get past the Zeno's paradox of never being able to get to the end because one is always half-way there, that is. 

Dept. of Birthdays

Wednesday, 3 May 2017 08:21 pm
kaffyr: (Rose smiles)
 Happy Birthday, [personal profile] sunnytyler001 !

May this year have more joys than sorrows, may your dog be gentle, may life be easier for you, and may you look back on the next 12 months and smile. I'm glad I met you on the internet, and I hope to see more of you in the coming 365 days. 

(no subject)

Saturday, 15 April 2017 04:26 pm
kaffyr: Close-up of manual typewriter (Typewriter)
I Am Bemused, As One Might Expect

I've been blogging on LJ and/or DW for more than a decade.

I've been online for far longer - BB and I figure we've been sailing the sea since 1996, well before the Web. Back then, my connection with fandom was Old School, and Usenet was my lifeline. RASFF*, of blessed memory, kept me busy well into the night every night, back in the days when we couldn't be online and get phone calls at the same time. (I still recall the song of the modem, something you youngsters might not recognize.) Today I can't even access Usenet, and the last time I did, RASFF was shell filled with spam. 

Getting involved with online fandom, first via TWoP and then through LJ and (eventually) Dreamwidth, more than filled the void. It introduced me to some amazing, talented, kind people. It was where I picked up a pen and started writing fiction again. It was where I learned to be less self-congratulatory in matters of this world - politics, identity, and other issues - and at least a little more willing to learn, to stretch beyond my comfort zone. It has been truly far more rewarding than I ever expected it to be. Thank you all for making that the case.

I don't expect to maintain my LJ after a few more weeks, but I'm so glad I came here in the first place.

*rec.arts.sf.fandom 

Saving bandwidth since 2006 .... )

Dept. of Questions

Sunday, 2 April 2017 01:50 pm
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
I Am Binge-Watching "Stranger Things"

Is this a good thing? I mean, I think it is, and now I'm trying to convince BB to watch it so that we can talk about it. But I'd love to hear from any of you who have seen it (I'm on the 7th episode and will probably just go through and watch the 8th today before I do ... you know ... housework or sewing or stuff *cough*).


kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
Achievement Unlocked

I've finished Chapter 26 of Hearts and Moons. After *thinks* more than a year. 

I'm writing this with as few exclamation points as possible, in order to be as maturely pleased with myself as possible. But please imagine the entire post littered with the little things. 

w00t111

I'm not going to post it yet. I'd actually like to get another chapter done, so that I can post them consecutively. 

I'm so close to the finish I can taste it, folks. 

Ten years. GRRM levels of slowness (at least in the realm of fic. Don't worry, I'm not comparing myself to him.) And maybe the end in sight? 

As I said. 

w00t!1!

(OK, two exclamation points. That's still mature, isn't it?)

Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:25 pm
kaffyr: The Doctor, his wife, her mother and father (Wedding)
Sending Out Wishes ...

... into the Internet void, for the supremely gifted [livejournal.com profile] lyricwrites, who wrote some of the most powerful and beautiful Who fics it's ever been my pleasure to read (as well as a fantastic meta about Amy Pond's wedding that you should all go read, either for the first time or again.)  After being gifted with twins a few years ago (good lord, they should be about four years of age now - go you, amazing Mom!) she found other things to do than hang around on LJ. But I remember her with fondness and with more than a little awe from a writerly point of view. I hope you're doing well, wherever you are, and that someday you'll be back in these parts - and may your family have given you a birthday that was simply superb.  

Dept. of Birthdays

Saturday, 25 February 2017 07:45 pm
kaffyr: The Polar Bear from Polar Bear cafe (Polar Bear-san)
Natal Duo

Happy Birthday to 
[personal profile] maruad , a fellow Canadian. He's from the province and city where my Nana was born, and he, like me, is a science fiction fan. There's two points of congruence, but they aren't necessary for me to enjoy knowing him. He has a wry sense of humor, a good eye for art (he's also a dab hand at painting himself), and in short, has always been a pleasure to know. I hope today was a good day for you!

A second birthday person is [livejournal.com profile] jessalrynn, and I am very glad I've had the chance to meet her via pixels, if not in real life. She is an excellent writer, and she shares my love of the Ninth Doctor, of the Whoniverse from First to Twelfth, of democracy, of resistance to tyranny, and deserves the best birthday, and the best year possible. I hope 2017 is good for you!
kaffyr: (My Doctor)
Two Lovely People

Happy birthday, one day late, to the talented [livejournal.com profile] wendymr, who was one of the first Dr. Who fic writers I ever read, and whose work ,therefore, convinced me that fic - of which I'd heard very little - could be quality writing. I like to think she helped me become a better writer in Who fandom, because of her gentle, but firm, Britpicking. We may not agree on eggnog or Steven Moffat, but we do agree that the Doctor in general is fanTAStic! We also agree on many things political and labor/labour-related, and I am very glad to have met her on These Here Intarwebz. I hope your birthday was a fine one, and that your 2017 is equally excellent!

Happy birthday, too, to the very delightful 
[personal profile] marence  (again, one day late.) She is not around here these days, but I like to think that she'll get some good vibes from Chicago. It would be delightful to see her again some day, to chat about rock and roll and fandom. I hope her birthday was a good one.  
kaffyr: (We used to dream)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] lyricalviolet!

I should send you a birthday greeting on FB, which is where you hang out most these days. And I should keep in contact more often, which is something i say every year around this time. I'm bad at it - I'm sure you've noticed. I should be a better friend.  It's been a long time since we talked the art, science, and frustration of fic writing, or fangirled about Who or BSG. In fact, your life has moved on from those days - you have a family that includes one of the cutest little red-heads I've seen in a long time. 

But I'll always remember that you were one of the people who impressed me with her wit, and bravery, and creativity, all those years ago on TWoP, in LINDA. And I'll always be grateful to you for urging me on when I began writing fiction again, after decades away from it. I remember our efforts to bring back Jacob's Who recaps on TWoP - and we were kind of successful at that, weren't we? 

You deserve a fantastic life, and I know you're having one. I'll drop by FB to say happy birthday one day late - but I grew to know you and cherish you far from FB, so this is where my birthday wish stands. All the best, my dear. 

MamaK
kaffyr: The OT3 together, before PotW (Jack and Nine and Rose)
Title: Remedial Risibility
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Rose Tyler, Jack Harkness, The Ninth Doctor
Words: 3,382
Summary:  Why do I always get these rubbish mental pictures at the worst possible times? Rose Tyler learns the crucial art of defensive silliness.
Author's note: After a month or so spent lamenting my inability to write stories for the one fic event in which I take part, 
[community profile] fandom_stocking , this story happened. Alas, fandom_stocking 2016 is now in the rear-view mirror, but the story is done. If you, like me, would love to have Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness action figures, because you know that the Doctor needs his own personal SWAT team from time to time, you might enjoy this. These are my OT3, and one or two sentences in the story reflect that. One can blithely ignore those and see them as simply friends.
Edited by: my own Best Beloved, [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh. Thank you!
Disclaimer: Much as I wish it were otherwise, nothing in the Whoniverse, save for the occasional original character, is mine. All others belong to the BBC and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin. I do, however, love them and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.

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kaffyr: Natasha Romanov, badass (Natasha turns)
Title: Conversation on the Verandah
Author: [personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Lila Barton
Summary: Peace and self-forgiveness can start on a country verandah, especially if you have the right guide. Aunt Natasha Romanov discovers she has an excellent one.
Author's notes: I wrote this for 
[personal profile] such_heights  for the 2016 [community profile] fandom_stocking  fun; she is a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe, as I am. Although she didn’t mention it,  I think —   I hope — she would enjoy my interpretation of one of the two relationships mentioned in this story.  I hope she also enjoys the other relationship. Chronologically, this takes place between the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and "Captain America: Civil War.” One further note: the two bits of Russian I include roughly map out to "dangerous beloved," and "Oh, my God." I apologize to Russian speakers for my Google Translate imperfections.
Edited by: the most excellent [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh. Thank you, beloved. 
Disclaimer: No characters are mine. They are the sole property of Marvel, Marvel Studios, Paramount Studios, ABC, and their respective creators. I intend no copyright infringement and take no coin.


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