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Here is the Head Canon Meme, borrowed from st_aurafina, and used even though I haven't been doing much fandom stuff lately, because I actually really miss the fandom stuff.

Any fandom you think I might have an interest in is fair game. If I don't know enough about the fandom I'll just have to make something up...

1. Pick a pairing or a character
2. Ask me my particular head!canon regarding something about them
3. Post to your journal to share your own head!canon!


I'm worried about Postman Pat. He's not been himself at all since the Post Office gave him the push in 2000 for not fitting in with their corporate image. Even though he's managed to get another job with the Special Delivery Service, it's like the heart went out of him when he left the Royal Mail, and it's really miserable to watch. We usually give the wee one a cartoon or two off BBC's iPlayer around teatime, and they've been on the Special Delivery Service episodes for a couple of weeks now. I used to enjoy the Postman Pat cartoons in a sappy, harmless kind of way, as he trundled round Greendale in his red van, delivering post and saving the day. But no more. These days I find myself muttering "please,Pat, please don't screw up today!" when the theme music comes on. But he usually does screw up. He always just about gets the job done in the end, but the Special Delivery Service episodes are full of worried people looking at watches and phoning the depot, and a lot of the time due to avoidable human error, which would have been unthinkable in his old job. He even mislaid a teddy for a baby, and lower than that you can't go.

I was going to say a lot more on the subject, but I find that this blog entry by Grumpydaddy says much of what I wanted to say, in a lot more detail. Though personally I think the stuff about Sara and her "evening other job" is a bit over the top myself, and missing the point besides, as so often happens in fandom once man-woman stuff gets dragged into the discussion.

What matters is this: the one true love of Pat Clifton's life was the Post Office, and they threw him away and broke his heart.

What is to be done?
I would love to have a new and wonderful long SF or fantasy book (series of books would also be fine) that I've just discovered and could wallow in.

What I really want is to read something like Harry Potter, Alastair Reynolds's Revelation Space series, Robin Hobb's Assassin series or A Song of Ice and Fire - and not just reread it either, but discover it for the first time and immerse myself in something new and wonderful.

Trouble is, new writers and series like that don't come along every day - perhaps a couple a decade if you're lucky. So it looks like I'm going to have to wait, or find something less good but still acceptable to enjoy.

Or am I being unfair?

In which I Procrastinate with Polls

Because I'm developing a grey streak, which on the whole I rather like. I was just wondering what other people's thoughts on the matter might be.

Found any grey hairs yet?


What do you do with your grey hairs, if you have them?

Dye them
Pluck them
Ignore them
Cherish them
Disguise them with cunning arrangements of pins
Something else, which I will mention in comments

Does grey hair in other people bother you?

Not sure
Not interested

Does grey hair bother you when it's your grey hair?

Not sure
Not interested


Jun. 28th, 2011

The only annoying thing about going to China for a month (YAY!!!) is that I'm going to miss A Dance with Dragons, and just by a couple of days. Very vexing - not that I feel Betrayed or anything silly like that, but I've been waiting for years for this, and I'm going to be spending a month dodging spoilers here. 

So, while I can still speculate as well as anyone else, I'd like to hear all your crackpot Song of Ice and Fire theories. To set the ball rolling, here are three of mine:

Cut for spoilers, even though none of this may ever happenCollapse )

Your thoughts?

In which Life Imitates Art

 Was I the only person who thought of mina_de_malfois  - not to mention dreamer_marie 's famous Pseucide Games - on reading this story?Especially the bit where he gets his sockpuppet arrested by the secret police because he's realised he's got all out of his depth?

Not really a funny story, and I certainly don't endorse behaving in that way.

Do your patriotic duty, folks

Go forth and vote! Even if you don't think you know enough about the options, there's still time to find out. Even if you don't greatly care for any of the choices on offer much, it's still a chance to make some small part of your voice heard. It has to be better than silence, at least.

Otherwise, if you decide you don't like the outcome, you will have nobody to blame but yourself.


Summary: Ron is struggling with his identity after leaving the Aurors and setting up a detective agency. A woman needs his help but seems reluctant for him to learn the truth. To complicate matters, Fenrir Greyback is on the loose, and Ron must face the Forbidden Forest and his own fears if he is to unravel the mystery.

This is a story that contains a lot of my favourite things: private detectives, what happens after happy endings, mystery, action and a thoughtful and sympathetic take on a despised group that few fanfic writers get right.

It's about 15000 words long.

 Here is the link you need to follow.

Something Brilliant

A link to Star Wars if Dr Seuss had created it 

Thanks to coyotegoth  for this.

And it goes without saying, but I still aten't dead.

A merry Christmas to all our readers

I've been reading you and enjoy you a lot more than you have been seeing me recently. Nonetheless am thinking of you, and the good wishes are heartfelt.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, dolorous_ett sent to me...
Twelve aeramas drumming
Eleven pandorasblogs piping
Ten grrms a-leaping
Nine ms_wanderlusts dancing
Eight jin_fenghuangs a-milking
Seven owls a-swimming
Six mars a-singing
Five li-i-i-indsey davis
Four garden birds
Three alastair reynolds
Two sherlock holmes
...and a spaceflight in an astronomy.
Get your own Twelve Days:

In 2011, dolorous_ett resolves to...
Put fifty sherlock holmes a month into my savings account.
Backup my tea regularly.
Tell my family about mars.
Volunteer to spend time with owls.
Give up singing.
Find a better spaceflight.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Compliments of the season, my friends.


Happy Birthday

... nineveh_uk !

I hope it's a good one, and not too cold.
God, I'm useless. I mean, really, seriously useless. There I was, getting myself all hyped up for Yuletide... and I missed the deadline for application. I didn't even find out it had opened till it was closed, if you know what I mean. OK, there was other stuff going on in my life... but there will always be stuff going on in my life from now on, and I have to get used to it. *kicks self*

Anyway, to divert myself from pointless reproaches, I thought I would just have to see if, with the goodwill of my flist, I can't at least organise a challenge for myself.

Here's the idea - I've put a list of fandoms below the cut, and am hoping some kind readers will offer prompts - even one word will do. I'll try to do as many as I can, though realistically I won't get through them all unless everyone ignores me... 

The fandoms I am offering: 

Cold Comfort Farm
Wilkie Collins - The Moonstone
Wheel of Time
Vorkosigan Saga
Elizabeth Moon - the Serrano books
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Archers
Dalziel & Pascoe
Emma's Diary
Charles Stross's Laundry series
Georgette Heyer: The Grand Sophy, Regency Buck
Lindsey Davis's Falco series
The Gruffalo

Odd crossovers are a speciality of the house - the odder the better!

Food help, anyone?

Can anyone tell me an idiot-proof way to make a cake? Rather foolishly I said I'd make Q a birthday cake. The only snag is that due to a wheat-intolerant person in the family, I haven't made a cake for probably two decades.  


For the language geeks on my flist

Seeing how many people who read this journal have thought about learning Klingon, I thought some of you might also be interested in this:

Someone has invented the Dothraki language for the Song of Ice and Fire TV series!

I'd love to know more about this language. You?

Almost had me going for a moment

I don't normally post April Fool jokes, but this one by Charles Stross really tickled me...


Belated thanks

... to Lazy Neutrino for sending me an LJ gift of balloons! Cheerful! Bright! Fun! Thank you!

For the rest, I'm still not dead, just permanently exhausted. But I promise to update properly soon.


Mine is fine so far.

I'm not dead, and I have lurking on LJ, meaning to update for ages, I'm just not sure where to start. I will rectify this soon, I promise, now I do actually have things to talk about...

Anyway, have a really good Year of the Tiger!

Happy...er... last day of Christmas!

Whoops, missed all the major festivals. Sorry about that.

Nonetheless, a very happy New Year (or festival of choice) to all our readers.  


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