Buffy - sanity

Winter (of Discontent) is Coming

There is a serious shitstorm approaching in the next couple of days at work and it's far too long and complicated to condense into a tweet-thread, so unfortunately I'll have to post about it here. I didn't want my first post of 2019 to be a work rant but here we are...

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TL;DR: we suck at implementing changes in a stress-free and seamless manner and I am tired.

In more positive news, I really want to do a celebratory post about Farscape turning 20 (even though that makes me feel So Old), which I will probably create on Facebook in the first instance and then maybe copy over here as well. Watch this and that and all the spaces. (If I'm not dead by then from sheer incompentence.)
Photo - leaves

2018 in Review

I started drafting this in November, much the same as last year, in the hopes I wouldn't forget anything. Such being the case, I apologise in advance for the length. :P

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Right, I've quickly checked this for formatting errors but not necessarily for typos, so apologies in advance for any I might have missed. I'm updating during a lunchtime lull before catching up on my backlog of distributions prior to going on leave.

Happy New Year, y'all!
Random - Oblivion wheels

The Great Christmas Lunch Drama of 2017

I briefly mentioned this on Twitter and promised to do a post about it, so as there's a bit of a lull at work (finally) it seems a good enough time to get around to it. I should have updated about this at the time, but honestly it was so petty and exhausting that I couldn't be bothered, and it probably wouldn't have been this coherent. :P

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Like I said - petty and exhausting. This year, to try and mitigate against any potential drama, I set up a document on the shared drive asking people to indicate what they were interested in out of four potential options (meal out, bring-and-share, "posh" chip butties and Secret Santa), because there's no reason we can't just do four separate things if we can't come to an agreement. Yvette then took over organising the actual meal and Secret Santa. (Interestingly, Pat did not fill out the document; whilst I hope that's because she's feeling guilty about what happened last year, I suspect it's because she actually likes causing drama.)

The thing is... there's enough politics going on without something as simple as a Christmas get-together causing all this pointless stress. What was supposed to be an effort to reclaim the Christmas lunch we'd been denied for the past two years turned into unnecessary bickering and pettiness. Fingers crossed this year it will go without a hitch.

Next update will doubtless be the traditional Year in Review meme, which I will probably start drafting very soon....
  • Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Daffyd - Wide Eyes

Health Update

Meh, I never did get around to either of those two impending Sunset write-ups/flails. I haven't forgotten, and I do still want to flail about the 2017 Broadway show in particular, so I will do them soon - hopefully during my fortnight off in June/July.

I have been doing semi-regular health updates on Twitter but with the constraints of the character limit, I thought it prudent to do a proper LJ update about it as well...

Hopefully the final health update in this protracted saga...Collapse )

TL;DR - I think we've found the answer. FINALLY.

That's it for now. Hopefully my next post will be another fandom flail. :)

I should also say, I've been tentatively poking at a couple of my Plotbunnies, but don't expect them to see the light of day any time soon. :P
  • Current Mood: optimistic optimistic
SB - Norma - broken

Long Overdue Flail Write-Ups

So, on Easter Sunday commoncomitatus and I finally got around to watching the bootleg footage of Sunset Boulevard on Broadway from last year - essentially the same version as we saw in London, starring the same three leads (Michael Xavier as Joe, Glenn Close as Norma and Siobhan Dillon as Betty) and pretty much identical staging, but with added Broadway spangles. I really have a lot I want to say about the production, but before I can do that I need to do the write-ups of our two other YIM flails, namely the Michael Ball/Petula Clark Radio 2 concert from 2004, and the Alan Campbell/Betty Buckley Broadway bootleg from 1994.

These write-ups are essentially a way to firm up some of the Thoughts and Theories we came up with in the process of watching/listening, if only so they're recorded for posterity and the furtherance of my headcanons. So, be warned, I will be quoting our doubtless incoherent flail at various points. :P

I intended this entry to be a twofer because I thought I'd have less to say about the Radio 2 version, but, er, well... you can probably predict how that went. I'll try and get the 1994 Broadway write-up done this week as well, hopefully tomorrow.

Incidentally, I have seven X-Files season 11 recaps to do as well, but those will have to wait until I can do a rewatch. I livetweeted "The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat" at the time, but Channel 5's doubling-up of episodes and terrible scheduling has resulted in me forgetting basically everything I would have put into a write-up.

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So, there we go. I didn't expect this to be quite so long, and on that basis I imagine the 1994 bootleg recap will be even bloody longer, because there are Specific Things in there that I desperately need to flail about before I can flail further about the 2017 bootleg. And honestly, the only feasible way I can see of recapping that is to embed the video and flail at it in line with timestamps. :P

One of these days I might run out of headcanon. But I doubt it...
  • Current Mood: determined determined
TXF - PMP - dreams

Some (Hopefully) Brief X-Files Recaps

I have a pile of distributions to get through this morning so hopefully I can break up the tedium by putting this entry together... :P

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Meh, I'm sure I would have had more to say if I'd done the first two write-ups straight away and wasn't perpetually knackered.

In brief health news - I am waiting on an ultrasound appointment of my gall bladder (and liver and spleen) as the GP has concurred the pain is in the right general area. Waiting waiting endless waiting... and back in the NHS referral machine now but if I have to wait more than three months for said scan then I'm going to ask to be referred back into the BMI.

That'll do for now. Over and out!
  • Current Mood: tired tired
Ed Wood - Lugosi hand

Year in Review Meme for 2017

I decided to start this early and work on it over the course of November/December, so I didn't have a mad rush to get it posted, for once... also because by the time I get to the end of the year I've basically forgotten everything that happened in the preceding 12 months. Also because Paul always moans that my Year in Review posts are negative, so I tried very hard to think of Good Things that happened in this very strange year...

As it transpired, it was probably for the best I started this early, considering I spent the entire of Christmas with 'flu and had no inclination to do anything except sleep / feel sorry for myself.

Such being said - onward!

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If you managed to get through all of that, I commend you!!

I have no idea what 2018 will hold for everyone, either individually or on an international scale, but let's hope 2017 was the final scrapings from the bottom of the barrel and now we can finally open a fresh one. Which is a rather clumsy metaphor of "it can't get any worse, right?" Here's hoping...
  • Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Farscape - Stark - hidden talents

Addendum to Sunset Write-Up

Paul reminded me a couple of days after the event that I'd omitted something from my Sunset UK Tour write-up(s), which in turn also jogged my memory for another tiny thing I'd forgotten.

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In almost-related news, I think I'm almost inspired to make a start on my epistolary AU story after re-reading the outline yesterday. I've also made a start on my other, soulmate AU, at least on paper, but it needs a lot of tidying up. I've been pottering about with various bits and pieces lately and should really start typing some of them up...

Nothing else to report, except that I didn't get the job I went for. Got feedback this morning and it was very close, points-wise, between everyone - all the things I apparently should have said at interview I literally remembered about two hours after the event. I was struggling with a really bad sore throat and fighting off an inevitable cold on the day, so my brain wasn't functioning as highly as it should have been.

They advised me at the interview (and also today) that there were supposed to be three roles, but HR would only agree two initially. They have now agreed to recruit to the third post so it should reappear at some point, and they urged me to reapply if it does. I'm currently debating whether or not I will, but I'll see how I feel if/when it rolls around, and in any case start job-hunting afresh in January when all the Christmas stress is out of the way...

TBF, I kind of suspected I hadn't got it because I didn't get a phonecall about it (I was off sick Thursday/Friday with the aforesaid cold and subsequent migraine), so I didn't find out until I checked my emails this morning. Regardless, getting to interview achieved what I set out to do, which was to prove to myself that I do, in fact, have transferable skills.
SB - Glenn Close Norma

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour 2017 - part two

Okay, dinner is done so I'll tackle Part Two. Without further ado...Collapse )

So, that was that.

According to the programme, the film version is pencilled in for next year - but honestly, I'll believe that when I see it, since that rumour has been churning the mill for about ten years now. :P In the meantime, I will continue to hold out hope for a massive-scale 25th anniversary production, and a cinematic release that's as beautifully shot/edited as the recent Miss Saigon production was. That would make my heart very happy indeed.

(In other, unrelated news, I have an interview for that job on Wednesday. Eek!)

Over and out.
  • Current Mood: productive productive
SB - Norma - broken

Sunset Boulevard UK Tour 2017

Right, having spent the past I-dont-even-want-to-know how many minutes trying to get Semagic to work with LJ and DW to make cross-posting easier, here's a write-up from Friday night, when Paul and I went to see the new UK tour production of Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones and Danny Mac. I'm hoping to do this in one go, but it may well end up being two separate entries (one for each Act, as last time) because it is, of course, an Eternal Onion and some of the stuff I wanted to mention will probably end up being quite wordy once I start properly thinking about it...

Anyway, for the uninitiated, Ria Jones was the person who originated the character of Norma (as she appears in the musical) in the original production of the show back in about 1992 at the Syndmonton Festival. She was also the understudy for Glenn Close in the London production last year, which is probably all you really need to know - except that from her programme shot she looks like the Norma in my head, though oddly not so much when actually in costume!

Danny Mac was a runner up on Strictly Come Dancing and other than that I know nothing about him, but he was appropriately pretty so that'll do for me. :P

Such being said, the audience seemed to comprise mostly Strictly fans and Ria Jones fanboys and a fair few Sunset fangirls - which is a vast improvement on when we saw it in London and the audience was mostly people who were only there to see Glenn Close in her West End debut with no concept of the actual show. (The same people who subsequently threw a hissy fit when Glenn Close was off sick and Ria Jones took her place, walking out before the show even started - but fie on them because they have no idea what they were missing.)

I very much suspect the reason for the sudden UK tour, so close off the back of the London show, is because (a) it was so popular (as it always is whenever it rolls back around!) and also (b) next year will be the show's 25th anniversary, so I'm hoping the tour is a run-up to a great big London show which will (fingers crossed!) be filmed and/or broadcast live and thus released on DVD. Because HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE? I'd love to see Ruthie Henshall as Norma, actually...

Right, that was a bit of a digression, so here's the actual write-up. I will tackle this in the same way as the last one, scene by scene. I have made some rough (mostly illegible) notes to work from, scribbled down when I got home Friday night, so hopefully I won't forget anything!

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Right, it took me far too long to get around to this and (of course) it's taking me longer than anticipated, so I will post this first part now and tackle the rest after dinner - or possibly tomorrow.

Watch this space!
  • Current Mood: thoughtful thoughtful
Random - Garbo

Job Stuff

I had the minute-taking test for the job I applied for yesterday. They finally emailed me to confirm I'd been shortlisted, a month after the closing date.

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I'm trying to update semi-regularly because I have so much going on in the run-up to Christmas, and I don't want the Sunset write-up in particular to fall by the wayside due to lack of energy/motivation. :P Also it saves me having to do massive word-dumps every four months.
  • Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Buffy - sanity

"Nothing can break me down..."

I was going to post this on Facebook, but it ended up too long so I'll put it here instead. Paul and I went to see the Killers at Genting Arena yesterday and I have a lot of Thoughts about it.

So, yesterday was A Day, and particularly a day where I went through every conceivable extreme of emotion over the course of 15 hours or so.

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Now that's over with, I have about a week to recover before seeing Sunset Boulevard in ten days' time. Hopefully that will not also be A Day of overwrought emotions. (The day after that we will be going to the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC, but I will try and get a write-up post done as soon as I can so it doesn't all fall out of my head!)
  • Current Mood: refreshed refreshed
Derren Brown - Oracle

Just a meme

Still trying to decide what to do with my LJ, given everything that's been going on. I'd literally just renewed my paid account so I need to look into maybe doing the same on Dreamwidth if I decide to fully migrate over there (/here, depending on where you're reading this!), if only so I don't lose all my icons. I really wanted to have finished retrospectively tagging my LJ, but I may have to give up on that...

Nothing much to really update about. I have finally uploaded my Sunset Boulevard fic, "Precious Illusions" to both FFN and AO3, for all the good that'll do in a minuscule fandom. Work continues to be a massive pit of management-related stress. There's a snap election coming up which I am anticipating with a constantly fluctuating state of hope / sheer dread, and I'm still debating what to do about that, mental health-wise. Cannot cope with any more politics, particularly when those politics are literally killing people.

Anyway, in the meantime, have a meme, as stolen from cloudsinvenice.

Comment with one of my fandoms and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed

  • Current Mood: restless restless
Derren Brown - blank

Just a Little Update

So much for updating once a month. Actually, this might not be such a little update after all. :P

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That was basically the long version of my Twitter rants lately. I also need to do a health update, though I put most of this on Facebook already.

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In other, slightly more exciting health-related news... on 28th February I went to get my daith pierced. I had been intending to get it done for some time, but finally bit the bullet thanks to my colleague and our line manager deciding to get theirs done. One of our East colleagues had it done specifically for medicinal purposes and confirmed the magic, migraine-healing properties, so we figured we had nothing to lose and all booked Tuesday afternoon off to go and get it done.

My migraines have been getting worse lately - more frequent and occasionally more intense, and painkillers do nothing to relieve them. £30 for a daith piercing seemed a small price to pay if it actually worked.

You're supposed to pierce the side where you get migraines; mine tend to occur on both sides (when I get a three-day migraine they start on one side and migrate to the other by the third day) but I went for my left ear as on Saturday I had a bit of a migraine on that side.

This will sound crazy, but about an hour after getting it done it felt as though there was less pressure in the left side of my head. I hadn't even noticed there was pressure at all until it was gone. The ultimate litmus test, I guess, was actually the day after (yesterday) as we had to attend a funeral (Lynn, Andrea's [Paul's sister-in-law] mother, a lovely lady who we last saw at Christmas). This was an understandably stressful and upsetting day (we were both fine until we saw Andrea in pieces and that set us both off; she's one of the strongest people I know and it was awful seeing her so broken), though for me my reasons for being upset were somewhat more selfish: basically, I miss my mum. Obviously, I have come to terms with the emigration, but sometimes it just hits me like a punch in the face.

(It's also likely I've become That Person who cries at funerals. And weddings.)

(Also, the wake was lovely - the family pulled the stops out to cater for everyone and I think Lynn would have been proud of their bravery and resilience. Unfortunately, I ran out of spoons pretty rapidly because Paul's dad (Brian) is hard work at the best of times, and it didn't help that his opening comment was regarding the piano - he and his other half had given Noel and Helen a lift to the funeral and she'd told him that they wanted to decorate the room where she's kindly storing the piano for me, so Brian's first comment was that we had to move it or it would be "going on the scrap heap". Admittedly, he isn't aware of all the drama surrounding the piano issue, but I'm sure Helen would have asked about it in a more subtle / less dickish way. Brian is also hard work when he's drunk and I decided it might be best to leave before I got snappy and upset someone, as the spoons deficit had obliterated all my social niceties.)

Anyway, even though the stress did cause a migraine, it was interestingly only constrained to the right side of my head, and on getting home later I took a Naproxen which was actually effective (on its own, without the addition of paracetemol) at easing the pain.

Clearly, it's too soon to say if the daith piercing has been a success, but the evidence so far is promising. I had a feeling I would need to get both sides done because of how my migraines manifest, so I'll leave it a couple of months and see what happens, then probably get the other ear done as well.

If this improves my quality of life even a little bit, I'll call it £30 well spent - and one less health issue to worry about whilst I resolve my mystery kidney problem.

Anyway, I think that's about everything.
  • Current Mood: hopeful hopeful
Random - ficcing

Updated List of my WIP's

Arising out of a conversation with [personal profile] commoncomitatus on Saturday on AIM (which, as an aside, we ended up using due to having issues with YIM - my old contacts list was a gut-punch of nostalgia!), I thought it pertinent to update my list of works in progress / to-be-written stories, as I'm pretty sure it's gotten bigger since the last time I did one of these posts...

These are in no particular order but I will at least attempt to cluster them together under separate fandoms, and I'll do the fandoms alphabetically. Pretty sure at this juncture I don't actually have to denote what the pairings will be. :P

Hopefully I haven't missed anything.

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I was also going to list the amount of things which are finished and pending sharing online (FFN and/or AO3) but frankly this is long enough already. :P

My brain is a massive filing cabinet. I'm beginning to suspect this is why my short-term memory is so shoddy...
Christine - I can't escape


Just so people know: I am not fully migrating to Dreamwidth, and LJ will remain my main blogging space, but I've been cross-posting to both since backing up my journal during the last DDOS attack and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

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That's all.