kaffyr: Dillons illustration of Nix's Abhorsen world. (The Old Kingdom)
So yes, I did write some stories for [community profile] fandom_stocking , and now that I know their recipients have read them, I can post them. 

Title: A Falcon at Stoke Field
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Fandom: Shadow of the Tower
Characters: Henry VII, Simnel the Pretender, two guards
Words: 926
Summary: One name had been left behind, the next was never his to begin with. In the aftermath of Stoke Field, Lambert Simnel chooses a new identity.
Author's note: This was written, with great affection, for 
[personal profile] thisbluespirit  for [community profile] fandom_stocking  2018. I thank her for luring me into yet another fandom, and with luck, this offering will be acceptable. My research is superficial at best, but the story's two central conceits lie in reports that the young pretender was called by the name he chose in some contemporary accounts (per Wikipedia at least) and that he eventually became a falconer.
Edited by: Unedited, but obsessively reread. Any mistakes are my own.
Disclaimer: I own nothing, particularly Henry VII or Lambert Simnel,  and take no coin. 
Read here, or at AO3.

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kaffyr: Thirteen looks at stars (She looks at the stars)
We Escaped 2018

... and I loved the Dr. Who New Year special. It solidified my feelings about this season; I loved it, for reasons that might run counter to those of other folks. 

I'm heading to bed right now, so I'll have to leave my explanation for another time. But I know what I liked, and I'll do my best to explain in another post. 

kaffyr: close up of Maia from book cover (close)
Hey, [personal profile] thisbluespirit !

I'm on Episode 3 of Shadow of the Tower. 

Just thought you should know. 

kaffyr: Thirteen looks at stars (She looks at the stars)
"Rosa"

I approached this one with a certain amount of trepidation. It's U.S. history, about America's particular, and particularly virulent, racism (which is not to suggest that there isn't virulent racism of various flavors damned near everywhere, but yes, this is in my wheelhouse, so I was worried that it could have been mishandled.) It's written by Brits. The story could have gone very wrong. It didn't, in my opinion. Comments that follow are both Doylist and Watsonian and are under the cut because, while I tried to keep them fairly spoiler-free and I think I was successful, I don't want to take that for granted.

Possibly spoiler-free, but I'm not sure. )

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 6 November 2017 07:46 am
kaffyr: The ninth Doctor (Pink Doctor)
November Start

I haven't been very active online since my last Phil-oriented post. That's a combination of inertia and real life combining to make posting incredibly difficult to assay. I'll try to be more present this month, if not altogether voluble. 

Just a few things to say (although I'm going to try to start collecting thoughts as they occur, for later posting.) And I'm going to try to comment on other peoples' posts as well. I can't continue to say that much of my social life is online, if I don't actually participate in that social life. 

I honestly can't remember if I mentioned that I went to see "Bladerunner 2049" or not, but I did, and I urge anyone who can, to head out and view it now, before it disappears from theaters. Its ticket sales sputtered at the beginning of its run, so the powers that be may well take it out of the theaters early. I think it's pretty close to a masterpiece from all angles - acting, directing, pacing, plotting, thematic strength, everything. The one thing I can find to nitpick is the sound track, and then only the volume. 

I've been slowly watching "Stranger Things 2" and I'm just as engrossed with it as I was with its first season. 

Condo blatherings )
And now I need to get to work, much as that is something I'd gladly avoid if I had the money to do so. 
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. 


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. 
kaffyr: (NaruOMG)
What Happens When a Drive Dies?

Stupid drive.... )

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*).


Dept. of Friday

Friday, 10 March 2017 10:03 pm
kaffyr: (Rabbit Mom 2)
Gintama Is Weirdly Addictive When It Turns Serious

I'll just leave that out there.  

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 6 March 2017 08:14 am
kaffyr: A happy smiling superintelligent Corgi (Ein is happy)
Starting Out Hopeful

I got up and into working condition really early today. I managed to write the letter we'll be sending to our condo unit owners, announcing a 3 percent assessment fee increase, and I'm actually posting this before I start to work on my business laptop. In my books, that counts as getting out of the starting blocks rather well. 

And to keep this post from being completely self-referential, is anyone out there on my f'list watching The Expanse? If so, do you want to geek out about it? I"m finding it to be destination viewing, and some of the best science fiction I've seen on television since Battlestar Galactica.
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
Things I Have Done Lately

1. Obsessed over every episode of Game of Thrones, without ever watching a single episode. Yes, I've watched every scene on YouTube that YouTubers can offer me, loads of reviews and responses. No, I don't have HBO, and ... it's stupid of me. But I'm going to be so upset at the end of the season next Sunday. 

2. Thrown out all the Marion Zimmer Bradley books I've had on my shelf for years. I'd thought I'd keep a couple of books of hers that were important to me because of how they shaped my love for SF&F, and for the sense of wonder they engendered in me. In the end, I couldn't keep any of them. It was a decision a long time in coming, and it was the first time in my life I have ever thrown books out. I don't believe I shall ever do it again. But for me it was the right thing to do. I couldn't stomach giving them to a second-hand store. 

3. Picked up the partly empty drink cup a well-made up gym rat had left on her seat as she headed out the L train door to get to a Cubs game, handed it to her (or her friend, the even more made-up gym rat) and "asked" her to throw it away in a garbage can once she got onto the platform, since "I believe it belongs to you." She did. I am ashamed of being petty about their looks. I
 should not be that way, since I support anyone's right to decorate their body in the way they see fit. I can only point to my upbringing and say it's hard to escape the attitudes I grew up experiencing when it comes to make-up. On the other hand, I am very glad I told her pick up her damn trash. Politely. 

4. Became an employee of tronc. Yes, tronc. tronc. tronc.  Mother of fucking god.

5. Wrote a little more of "Hearts & Moons." Go, me. 
kaffyr: Doc Yewl from Defiance (yewlyay)
Just A Thought on Fights on Film or Television

It seems to me that almost any fight, particularly comic-book fights, superhero fights, action film fights, would be shorter, less flashy, and more successful for whoever undertook the final move, if the person determined to win focused almost solely upon kneeing their opponent, hard, in the groin.

(I am reliably informed by those whose business it would be to be in the know that even wearing a cup is not necessarily proof against such a move, given that kicking, punching, or otherwise banging a cup hard enough would cause painful repercussions inside the cup.)

This might not work as well against a female opponent, I'll grant you. However, having landed on the cross-bar of what was once called a boy's bike more than once myself, and having experienced the breath-stopping impact of that, I'm willing to bet it mightn't be as ineffective against women as all that. 

As you can imagine, this has lessened my appreciation of even the most gloriously choreographed fights I've witnessed on the big or small screen lately.

Dept. of Scattershot

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 03:31 pm
kaffyr: (Bored in Porco Rosso)
These Things Occur to Me

It's bound to be a ... day ... when you start off by forgetting to put the top on the blender in which you are making your breakfast smoothie. 

A rant about age gaps in relationships.  )
My editor, let me praise her. She's a good editor. I really like her. 

The first MCU fic is edging toward 3,000 words. I wish I could wrap it up faster than I'm going to be able to. 

Have I mentioned lately that I love The Expanse? Have I mentioned how it manages to be as close to realistic hard science fiction as one can get, while still telling a multi-pronged and gripping story filled with real three-dee characters, a complicated and fascinating political plot, and thoughtful social extrapolations? I have? Well, you'll probably hear me gush over the series again. We've just watched the sixth episode in the first 10-episode season, and I am very glad that it got renewed by SyFy.

I am grateful that today I saw a cardinal (male, in all his red glory) on the greensward across the street from my window. 




kaffyr: (Badly Written)
Legends of Tomorrow

Based on trailers, and on reviews by TV types and also by people on my f'list,  and by my membership in the Arthur Darvill appreciation society, I watched the premiere of  the CW network's "Legends of Tomorrow."  I won't be watching it again. 

I don't know; I think it might be a case of "It's not you, it's me" when it comes to DC comic adaptations. I was never a DC comics fan, and that seems to have carried over to most of the live media DC adaptations.
Disorganized and half-baked thoughts below )




kaffyr: (Bored in Porco Rosso)
It's Friday!!!!

So, first off? The Best Friday Song EVARRRR. Which I will probably intermittently re-post because it always makes the end of the work week particularly wonderful. 




Second: I hope everyone is doing well, as November gets ready to start its slide toward December. I'd love to hear what folks are doing.

Third: Much to my own surprise, I actually was able to buy two little Christmas gifts for two friends, and that pleases me inordinately. I bought them from a small independent store, and that pleased me even more. Most of my gifts this year will be donations in peoples' names to various charities, but it's always great to find a little something personal. 

Fourth: I was, for the firs time this season, truly disappointed with a Doctor Who episode. "Sleep No More" was, for me, boring, despite a lot of sound and fury; both gormless and formless (something that I've found to be the case with most other Mark Gatiss scripts) and a waste of a lot of nice background world-building. To take an intrinsically interesting idea (lack of sleep and what that does for individuals and their society) and squander it so completely ... it would be a shame in any Dr. Who season, but this season has been, for me, so uniformly good that "Sleep No More" is particularly unsatisfying. Mediocrity, thy name appears upon too many occasions to be Gatiss. I still like "The Unquiet Dead" and "Robots of Sherwood" though. 

I am fighting a slightly upset stomach, and gearing up to do my exercises; the stomach might not be a good thing for the exercises - we shall see. 

Onward, to Big Ass Martini time!
kaffyr: Alak and Stahma Tarr from Defiance (Alak and Stahma)
I Just Remembered ...

... that "Defiance" is well and truly cancelled.

Damn. No, really; damn

I loved that show. And every character - every one - on it. 

Bring it back, SyFy ... why won't you do what I want you to do,
right now??!!!!???!

*grumbles*

Dept. of Defiance

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 10:35 pm
kaffyr: Alak and Stahma Tarr from Defiance (Alak and Stahma)
First Look at Defiance, S03

From a mixed gumbo of Doylist and Watsonian viewpoints on what I think were the first two episodes, which apparently ran as one:

Some spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the first two episodes )
kaffyr: Natasha Romanov, badass (Natasha turns)
 Final Day of Vacation

It amuses me, or pleases me, that I have had a vacation with two miserably painful days spent in bed, thus rather thoroughly bollocksing a large number of my plans, and can still say at the end that it was a good vacation. (Yes, I still have the weekend, but that's the weekend. Hush.)

I'm actually up and dressed today. While I can still feel the back muscle complaining, it really is not enough to keep me abed. And I swear that today I'm going to do the work mail recovery thing I'd pledged to do. Over the weekend, I am going to organize at least the top of my desk.

And I am actually writing some fic. Or, to be more precise, I've returned to a Brian, Gus and Tabetha post TATM fic in the canon worldview that I completely reject in my head.  My worldview has the Ponds, Eleventy and River going down the pub after their cemetery encounter, because River has come up behind that pesky Angel and bashed it to granite dust, having used her vortex manipulator to go and change the timeline because RIVER CAN DO ANYTHING HUSH. Still, it has the feel of a potentially good fic if I can figure out where the hell it's going.

(Why 
[personal profile] kaffyr  will never be a professional fiction writer. She Does Not Do Outlines, because she's an idiot, and doesn't mind remaining one.)

I think I mentioned I saw Agent Carter a couple of nights ago, but I didn't talk about it much. 

HERE BE SPOILERS

For those who haven't seen Episode 5 )

Dept. of Friday

Friday, 9 January 2015 09:09 am
kaffyr: Riddell, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, Doctor Who (It's a challenge!)
Getting a Start

As you can see, I've already fallen down on posting every day. But I can endeavor to endeavor.

I can say something positive today. Last night, BB found my great-great grandmother's tree ornaments, the ones I was a little worried had somehow been thrown out last year. They normally sit high atop our tree each year, because they are extremely fragile. They're made only of wire and a sort of cloth and tinsel covering, plus tiny balls and bits of gold thread. I hope to pass them on to FB so that he can have something from one side of the family that goes back well over a century. When BB discovered the little box we'd stored them in, and somehow failed to open this year, it brightened my entire day.

Another positive; people seem to be liking the 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  stuffers I provided for them, which tickles me.

And finally, people were particularly good to me this year. I got loads of wonderful recipes (including one for barbecued peaches, which means I want to go out and get peaches right this minute to try it out) and a couple of lovely cards, and stories. I'll thank everyone more personally a little later, but to all of you right now - thank you so much!

BB and I have watched the first two episodes of Agent Carter (apparently they were initially shown as a two-hour, two-episode presentation, but we watched the separate hours on two consecutive nights), and we are both very, very impressed with it. I like Peggy, I like the care shown with the period (certainly more than many television shows offer), although, as a consumer of old-time radio drama I have to say they overdid it with the camp. I can tell you that most radio dramas, even during the 1940s, even when they dealt with heroes or superheroes, were usually a lot less awful than that. Still, that's a minute cavil.

In considerably grimmer thoughts, I am still torn up about the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, (I may not be a fan of that kind of journalism, but they were journalists, so it hits even harder than it would otherwise) the horrific and stupid subsequent attacks at mosques or businesses near mosques, and the cornering and hostage-taking at the kosher delicatessen. I understand and support both #iamcharlie and #iamahmed, and I fear for further violence. I'd say that god must be weeping now, god and all their prophets and angels, but I don't think they have stopped crying for a long, long time.



kaffyr: The Twelfth Doctor as imagined. (Dashing Twelve)
Oh, Well Done, You!

I said "flash review," and I probably should say "flashlet." Is there a word that doesn't simply map out to "static electricity"?

But I digress.

Underneath - no spoilers, but just being polite )
kaffyr: The TARDIS at Giverny (TARDIS at Giverny)
Only a Few More Hours

At last it's only a few more hours for us; I'm rushing around trying to make the place a little neater, and dashing off for jammie dodgers and such (hush; I know they were Eleventy's, and I have no idea whether the Twelfth Doctor will like them at all, but still ... traditions!)

Two more S07 episodes rewatched )
All of this means that if I can get one or two more episodes in before we have the premier of S08, I'll be lucky. But that's OK; I can watch the others later. I'll focus on meeting a new Doctor at this point. Yes. I'm rather excited.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ....

kaffyr: Riddell, from Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, Doctor Who (It's a challenge!)
Because I'm Always Late to the Party

Everyone else has already long been embarked on their particular rewatches, but I've only decided in the last day or so that I wanted to try one of my own. I decided (with less than a week to go) that I'd at least rewatch S07, and started that late tonight with Asylum of the Daleks.

Boy, when you can have some interesting ideas, (Daleks of which even other Daleks are frightened), and some downright fascinating ideas (dead people who remain human, live people who aren't, the nature of humanity and the lack of it, and when and how that lack appears and disappears), and do as little with them as this episode did, you're really, really doing it wrong. Moff, I love you, but this one was saved by the actors, who sold even the most horrible scenes. I really got more out of Oswin this time, and she felt real to me in a way that she never did the first time, so I will add that to the plus side of the ledger. And once again, the reason that Moffat gave for Amy deciding she needed to "free" Rory are deeply problematic for me from a Doylist perspective, and pretty risible from a Watsonian perspective as well. Still, the ideas, and the solid acting gave it at least a C. Well, maybe a C-.

I decided to skip Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, because it's the one episode in S07 I've seen more than once (thrice, I believe.) I really, really like it, but all the dinosaurs and the fate of the Silurians make me deeply sad, and besides, I'm uncomfortable with liking a Chibnall episode. Well, no, that one's more or less a joke. More or less.

So tomorrow night, after the meeting I have to cover, I'll watch A Town Called Mercy, then gird my loins for The Power of Three.

Dept. of Defiance!

Friday, 8 August 2014 09:47 pm
kaffyr: Doc Yewl from Defiance (yewlyay)
So ... Defiance

This morning, I was going through my Twitter feed, as one does (and believe me, the idea today that I have a Twitter feed, and that I've been on it for almost precisely one year, is simultaneously amusing and horrifying), and I ran across a tweet that referenced a podcast from ... Slate? Yeah, I think it was Slate. And in the summary for the podcast was a comment that one of the podcasting bloggers wanted to talk about Defiance. And she mentioned her belief that, with the second season of Defiance, she was now watching a show of as high a quality as Battlestar Galactica.

As of tonight, having watched last week's Defiance, I'm thinking ... almost.

It's not there yet. It's got a football field's worth of way to go yet, as a matter of fact.

But.

But.

Damn me if it isn't getting there, surprisingly fast.

Also? Can I be the founding member of two new clubs? The Doc Yewl fan club, and the Datak and Rafe Road Show Appreciation Society? I can? Eeeexcellent.



kaffyr: Sapphire and Steel together (Sapphire and Steel)
Good, Challenging, and Confusing

It's about time, and inhuman personages of great but fluctuating powers, battling against incomprehensible dangers that are, again, largely time-connected, and about the results on humans caught in the wash of the battles, even when they are sometimes the cause of the battles.

Nope. Not Doctor Who.

Weird television show, ahoy! )

On abysses of understanding in TV skiffy )

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