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2/9/14 12:33 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Click here to permanently switch to the new feed? No. No no. Where do I click to never see the new feed again? It is very means of you to do this to me after I come back from holiday, livejournal.

End of the Road was nice. Bit chilly during the day - three days of solid wind and constantly changing weather - but gorgeous on the last day. Bands were a bit variable, but the food was lovely as always and for the first time I finally found the woodland disco. The gardens are gorgeous after dark; all these light installations and interesting places to explore. All the teenagers perched in the trees and pretend to be peacocks (there's a ton of peacocks on the site) like another extra installation. There was a karaoke shower cubicle and a photobooth with an artist inside and a bear made of straw. Popped down to the comedy stage a couple of times. We saw Sarah Bennetto and Ryan Coffey during the day, as well as Knightmare Live after midnight (and got told off for being too loud). What else? Oh, a Q&A with Ben Wheatley and Andy Starke in the cinema, which was in a building this year, which was weird. Looked like it was built for weddings.

I think it was busier this year, though the camping seemed about the same the stages were much busier from much earlier on and the bars kept running out of booze, which was odd. The local cider was limited to one barrel per bar per day, so was usually gone by lunch, while the ales were running out by about nine. The gin and tonic bar ran out entirely and flogged their tonic water to one of the main bars that had run out, then did a supermarket run to restock. Only place that didn't have a problem was the cider bus, because this year's cider was shit. The medium had a vinegary tang and the dry was so harsh. In previous years I've loved the cider bus, so I don't know what's going on beyond a really bad harvest.

Music-wise: British Sea Power were pretty boring, as were Wild Beasts. Good year for concept albums: Gruff Rhys's American Interior was a lot of fun (we missed the showing of the film sadly) and the Gene Clark No Other Band was great. tUnE-yArDs have got a bit more mainstream since last time they were there, which was a good thing (it's more musical now, rather than just playing with sounds) and a good summer afternoon sound. Jenny Lewis was good too, and Rosie Lowe was a glimpse of groundroots pop (she was mixing her own vocal track as she sang, but not in a tUnE-yArDs way). There were two post Low Anthem bands, of which I preferred Arc Iris and J preferred Futur Primitif. My favourites of the weekend were The Wave Pictures, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and St Paul and the Broken Bones. I wanted to buy St Paul's album pretty much as soon as I heard the track on EotR's website, so that was no surprise. The BBC Radiophonic stuff was really cool; experimental 60s electronica, AKA the soundtracks to a lot of BBC Sci Fi. We missed Dr Who, but saw a bit of H2G2, and a whole bit of music to watch nuclear testing too.

Best discovery of the weekend was the Crump Monsieur, courtesy of @goodpropertea. Crumpet, mustard butter, ham and melted cheese. Going to be making a lot of those.

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27/8/14 04:44 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
We are off to End of the Road tonight. We hadn't realised that you can't get onto the camp site until 3 tomorrow, or we'd have booked a train tomorrow. Instead after a day when we've both been working trundling down via London with epic backpacks, to reach Salisbury at ten to midnight. Happy third anniversary to us! I have bought a little bottle of champagne and some chocolate cake to drink in the forty five minutes between J getting home and us leaving for the train.

I am freaking out more than usual about packing. Partly because of my anxiety issues this year, and partly because last time we went to this festival I forgot the tickets. J's mum has the tickets this time, which helps. But now I'm poking about the house getting unreasonably upset that I can't find my pyjama top and worrying about eating everything in the fridge (I'm really hungry, but all we have is half a pot of live yoghurt and some old wensleydale).

This is a small apartment. Where the hell is my pyjama top if it's not in either of our drawers, the washing machine or the drying racks? Is it on a bookshelf? In the oven? The lego castle?
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I meant to be all organised about this, but suddenly it's my day and I haven't done anything and I'm afraid LJ gets the most half-arsed promo because there's only about five people reading this.

(oh my god lj has pinched wordpress's add picture widget and it is so much better than the old way!)

Sex Scene Banner

Go vote for the sexiest sex scene*, and potentially win a bunch of prizes! Yay prizes! Yay sex! There's forty eight hours per round and two rounds a day to start with, but it'll slow down once the first knockout round is complete. It's like the world cup, but with even more sexy bums (in your imagination).

*by which I mean mine.

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8/8/14 09:28 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
The volume of that thunder, and the fact it apparently stopped the storm, makes me think lightning hit something. It was certainly as loud as when it hit the station and woke me up (I want to say a few years ago, but it was 2006). Work is going to be a swimming pool tomorrow anyway, but maybe it'll be fried too!

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22/5/14 02:57 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
I have mixed feelings about the lj update. Visually, I kinda like it, but it's a lot harder to find everything than it was before. it seems like lj is still trying to decide whether it wants to be wordpress or tumblr, and is trying ever so hard to be both (it's your Friend's List, lj, not your Feed).

Having poured tea in my laptop a couple of weeks ago, a few days ago I dropped it in a washing up bowl of salty water (I'd been soaking my feet post work). So, yeah. I let it dry, and I cleaned it, but I think the epsom slats may have done for it. My insurance excess is £150, and they do like for like (it being just barely a year old means the same model is probably still available), but if I send it off they won't return it or get the harddrive data off it for me, so whatever happens I have to pay someone to do that first, so I might as well see about just paying to get it repaired anyway. The important stuff is all backed up, but there's holiday photos and stuff I'd prefer to get back. The thing is, even if they do repair the water damage, the keyboard will still need the tea damage repairing - it's got an onscreen keyboard, so it was still functional until I dropped it in the water, but I can't type at any speed on there.

Both Tease and Flirt are on sale today, as part of a shapeshifter Daily Deal on Loose Id's website. The third book is about halfway done, but then I got distracted writing an opening scene for a sequel to Inescapable, so who knows.

I need to go look up some stuff about candidates before I go vote today. So far all I know is one of the BNP candidates is banned from teaching for life after he ran over two students. Oh, and our UKIP guy is the Bongobongoland guy (or was - I think he's not running this time). Yorkshire racists: the racists other racists make fun of! There's also a Yorkshire First party, proving that even being part of England is a bit much for some xenophobes.

need advice

22/4/14 08:53 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
so i fed my laptop tea and now the keyboard doesn't work; i'm typing this on the on-screen keyboard (yay for touchscreens!). it's still in warranty, but that doesn't cover accidental damage. should i take it apart and try and clean it (or if cleaning doesn't help, buy and install a new keyboard) or should i take it to a computer shop? i took apart my old netbook, but that was secondhand and simpler. i'm less confident about this one.
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So, I'm on the UK terrestrial schedule, so I know I'm not completely up to date, but this was prompted by a conversation at work (museum staff are incredibly geeky!).

I don't like 'introduction' characters. Characters who are new to their world and need everything explaining to them. I think they're kind of lazy, to be honest. There's a variety of dynamics, some which work better than others (I'm watching Castle right now, and though he's a introduction character to police work, his experience and the way other characters respond to him make it work).

Skye is a quirky hacker girl. Her skills make her invaluable so she's included in the new world of Shield, and everyone gets on with her and make exceptions for her and go out of their way to help her out, and she's also got a super special secret backstory that makes her working with Shield an important path to her self discovery.

No one else even gets a back story.

She's just so boring. She's someone we've seen over and over. She's an outsider everyone embraces.

What about the insiders who feel like outsiders?

I want to see the story told from the point of view of the science twins joining the team. Having spent most of their acquaintance competing against each other, suddenly they have to learn to work together, to force their skill sets into complimentary patterns. They've been sheltered, they've been allowed to think their intellects are enough to solve any problem, but now they're thrown into situations were sometimes there is no solution. Sometimes violence is the solution. Sometimes their solutions aren't used the way they'd like them to be. They're scared of the more militaristic side of the team, of the agents whose skills are more physical. They need to relearn how to fit in a world they thought of as theirs, and decide if they want to.

I want to see the story of the agent who was traumatised by the actions asked of her. Who has a reputation as a fearsome killer that she'll never be able to shake. Who has people making racist assumptions about her skills and her desire to exercise them. She's persuaded to join a team in a non-combat position by a superior she trusts, but increasingly she finds herself thrown back in precisely the situations she wanted to avoid, using the skills she wanted to put behind her. She has other skills, but no one wants to make use of them. Can she really trust her superior? Can she persuade her team to see her as more than a mysterious asian stereotype without stepping over her personal boundaries?

I want to see the story of punchface (seriously, he has so little personality I still haven't learnt his name), the guy who was content to be a faceless agent, trusting his higher ups to know best, who's found himself on a team of misfits. He questions whether he's a misfit as well, or whether it's all a mistake. He wonders whether he should report the breaches in procedure. He feels stupid when the other members of the team are proved right repeatedly and questions his own worth as an agent, but thinking outside the box just isn't his thing. What's his role? Why is he here?

I want to see Coulson's story, but not urgently. His story should drive the series arc, but all of the characters should have emotional arcs. Not just Skye. Who, for the main character, is still a one note character - "newcomer with more links to the organisation than she realises" - like PunchFace, Science Twins, and Mysterious Asian Stereotype. And fun as Agents of Shield is, until any of the characters develop, well, character, it's always going to be hard to emotionally engage with the show on any level.

(also, is next series just going to be "Agents"?)

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21/3/14 09:30 pm
minervasolo: (Animal)
So I've been followed on pinterest by a guy with a load of dick pics (I quite enjoyed ratemydickpic.tumblr.com, but unexpected dick pics is not cool), then someone called vendetta on twitter followed me and favourited fifteen random tweets. Reported the pinterest guy - their T&C is actually pretty liberal in terms of nudity, but it's obvious he's just fishing for sex. Wary of blocking the twitter guy in case it escalates. Doesn't look like a spambot.

On the one hand, this has ramped the low level anxiety running through me up a notch, but on the other I know I'm in the right on pinterest, so it's kind of satisfying to click that flag and deal with it.

ETA: I do regret saying a funny thing on twitter now, since I'm not really dealing great with all the favourites/retweets from strangers so well.

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26/2/14 10:34 pm
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
I feel like I've been nothing but crazy for two months, and on here that's nothing but crazy after a very long silence. I still read LJ every single day, though I'm shit at commenting. Just, I'm still here, honest.

I just wanted to post something that isn't about being the obsessive crazy thoughts, so I thought I'd repost the flash fic I wrote for a Valentine's blog hop. It isn't great - partly it's the length, and partly it's because writing it was like pulling teeth. Write a sweet romance thing while being terrified of thinking about love? Anyway, since I'm less constrained here, have a slightly longer version.

If you haven't read Flirt yet, there's no real spoilers in this (apart from the protagonists get together, because hey, it's a romance). All you need to know is Toby is deaf, while Flirt is mute. And a selkie, but that's actually not massively relevant here.

Read more... )

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29/1/14 07:50 am
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Off to Naples today! I'll have my phone and the hotel hopefully has wifi, but otherwise it'll be radio silence until sunday.

To do list

21/12/13 10:43 am
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
- learn to knit on dpns (Saturday)
- knit four or more pairs of wrist warmers on dpns (Sat and Sun)
- post presents to family (Saturday)
- buy pannacotta ingredients (Saturday) (where pannacotta is now prosecco jelly)
- make pannacotta (Saturday) (jelly)
- make mince pies (Sunday)
- sew elastic into hat (Sunday)
- wrap presents (Sat and Sun)
- write cards for work colleagues (Saturday)
- write promo piece to appear while on holiday (Sunday)
- update writing blog with new of upcoming release (Sunday)
- wash clothes to pack (Saturday)
- attempt to dry clothes to pack with wishful thinking (Sunday)
- pack (Sunday or Monday, depending)
- acquire lego minigfigs? (likely impossible)
- get roaringly drunk and cook christmas dinner (Sunday)

ETA
- sub short to Dreamspinner
- upload Whitby to pinterest

- realise I only have enough of that wool for one wristwarmer, have to start again.
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Because I am far too lazy to write this all up as fanfic, so it's just a summary, really.

basically setting up my dream team )

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16/9/13 11:43 am
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Contract from Loose id for the second selkie book :) Nice way to start a day off sick.

in other news, I've swapped tumblr for pinterest, which probably has something to do with me posting here again more often )

I'm kelly4176 (I'm not sure if you can change username on pinterest?) on pinterest. I'm also solelyfictional on ralvery, if any of you guys are on there. I'm most active on twitter these days (solelyfictional as well); but I still read livejournal every morning without fail. I'm just sorry I don't post or comment more often.

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31/7/13 06:46 am
minervasolo: (redundant intimacy)
Spent the last few days thinking lj was even quieter than usual. Turns out I was just logged out. Whoops!

Quick me update? Sleepy. Not braced for summer holidays at work. Knitting a tea cosy, writing another selkie story set in Norfolk, reading a paper book about football statistics and have a m/m pirate anthology queued up on my ereader (kobo glo, birthday gift, lovely). BF is good, applying for a PHD research job down in Plymouth. Parents have moved across the country so my childhood home is no more (sad goodbye to it on my birthday, was very sad). Am trying to grow things on the balcony. BF has a food blog http://colonelmustardinthekitchen.wordpress.com that is doing nothing to dissuade people that we eat like this all the time.

Oh, and still reading lj daily. Honest. I know I don't comment often, but I'm still here.
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Soo... who's got the time and inclination to do some beta reading for me?

Flirt is 40k m/m erotic romance, a love story between a deaf sailor and a selkie, set in North Yorkshire. It's basically done and I just want someone to pass their eyes over it before submission.

Untitled evil baby story is 6.5k ghost story, about a man who finds a possessed wallet. It needs work on the pacing and I'd love some more thorough crit on it.

Any takers?

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21/6/12 03:11 pm
minervasolo: (SW imperial march)
I owe whole posts about holidays and so on, but the bf and I are currently playing "crew your imaginary spaceship" after seeing Prometheus a few days ago and I wanna share.

Captain Me
Second in Command: Ripley (Alien)
Pilot: Leela (Futurama)
Engineer: Kaylee (Firefly)
Medical Officer: Dr Bones (Star Trek - the new film)
'Security': Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
AI: GERTY (Moon)
Robots: Scutters (Red Dwarf)

My crew will have the dullest adventures possible, in which they fly sensibly, arrive places on time, and never break quarantine laws. And they'll all live happily ever after as a result.

Captain BF
Second in Command: Ripley (Alien)
Pilot: Wash (Firefly)
Engineer: Kaylee (Firefly)
Science Officer: Corazon (Sunshine)
Medical Officer: Rory (Dr Who)
Handyman: Christopher Johnson (alien from District 9)
Robot: Eve (Wall-e) & R2D2 (Star Wars)

The bf wanted a more diverse crew in terms of species, which means his list is a little longer. Also, he didn't want anyone from Star Trek, which leaves you surprisingly short of sci fi doctors that aren't completely nuts. He couldn't think of a good brawn guy/gal, so it's pretty much a team of nice, sensible people, who are all going to get shot dead.

I did consider an all female crew: Ripley, Leela, Kaylee, Martha Jones (Dr Who), Private Vasquez (Aliens), Ed (hacker from Cowboy Bebop) & Eve. The bf thinks it should be Starbuck rather than Leela, what with the advantage of depth perception, but I feel Starbuck is more of a maverick fight pilot rather than sensible cargo ship pilot, and I fear she'd get the rest of the crew killed. Or just punch some of them.

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5/3/12 07:41 am
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I've moved! And as a result i shall be without internet for a good couple of weeks, apart from on my phone. I bought extra internet for my phone, but either I've used it up already or it hasn't kicked in, so i sharn't actually be interneting much through that, either.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] anjak_j at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
If you are going to do this, you need to do it before March 1st. It has been said that users will not be able to do anything about this after that date.

With reference to Google's policy changes and how everything you do with your Google account will be tied together into their super-cauldron of information, you will probably want to clear your Google Web History out - if you turned that feature on - before month's end. After that, you won't be able to clear it, and everything you search for will be connected with your account.

To check settings and/or clear out your Web History:

1. Go to Google. If you aren't signed in already, do so.
2. In the top right-hand corner you'll find your email address or name, perhaps an icon if you have a Plus account, and a little downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up.
3. Click to 'Account Settings'. This will take you to a page called 'Accounts'. (If you have a Plus account, you might go via a Plus sign-in page.)
4. Scroll down to a section called 'Services'. Here you'll find an option called 'View, enable, or disable web history', which has a link next to it. Click on the link.
5. If you never turned web history on, you'll get a page asking if you want to turn this service on. Just click 'No Thanks' and all is good. If you did turn it on, you should have a list of your searches. At the top there is a button that says 'Remove All History'. Click this and follow the instructions which will remove all items from your Web History and pause the feature so nothing else will be added in future.


Also, you can completely remove Web History as a service from your account by clicking THIS LINK, checking the tick-box and confirming you want to remove Web History. To be safe, it is probably best to do the steps above first to remove any history that might have already been collected.


Edit: I don't know if this will spread to the journals that have already posted (probably not) but with reference to the 'invalid' page upon clicking the link. I only just managed to replicate that and since I did not have the Web History service turned on for the account in question, I can only assume that you only get that page if there is no service to remove - most people who have reported it said they knew they didn't have the service turned on (this can easily be checked by going through the earlier steps to clear the history) - obviously you cannot remove something that isn't there, thus making the page redundant for that account.


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First TV show I had self-insertion fantasies about:
Captain Bucky O'Hare, when I was three. Also Superted. I don't think I really self-inserted into many fandoms as I got older, though I did have a lot of 'a bit like me but it's an original character honest' fantasies.

First fandom in which I interacted (online and in person) with other fans:
Star Wars

Pairing in the first slash fanfiction I read:
Spike/Angel

First RPS/RPF I read:
I'm leaning towards [livejournal.com profile] apiphile's bandom stuff, though I think some of the BtVS writers I used to follow dabbled in popslash, so I may have read that earlier.

First fanfiction I read that made me think, YES, this is exactly the kind of fanfiction I'd like to write.
There was a Spike one by someone calld Zero, which was essentially a short horror story about picking up hitchhikers (and being picked up). Been looking for it a long time since.

Pairing in the first fanfiction I wrote:
Probably Buffy/Spike.

First OTP:
Buffy/Spike, though Jaina/Kyp (Star Wars EU) was the first one that had me arguing fervently in favour of it online.

First fannish friend I met in person:
Either [livejournal.com profile] apiphile or Mistress of Tales (who has since changed lj handle and I can't remember what to!)

First character I, formally roleplayed:
None.
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