Intro Post

Sep. 27th, 2020 02:22 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, art and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others.
things you should know about me )
other sites of mine )
Transformative Works Policy

If you wish to transform my work, I have Transformative Works Policy to clarify stuff in advance!
http://www.katspace.org/fiction/stories/kathryn_a_info/Transformative_Works/


Other stuff
If you want to write fic for me, here is my Generic Ficathon Elaboration Post.

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kerravonsen: Jarod investigating ice cream: Genius at work (icecream)
Deep in the darkness, the pounding beat is heard...
Igor! Pulverize that mint! )
kerravonsen: Second Doctor about to type in the Land of Fiction: "Fanfic: everyone does it" (Doc2-fanfic)
[community profile] fandom_stocking is live! Currently I've been trawling through as the stockings have been posted, giving book-recs and recipes and crochet tips.

And now my stocking is hung! Please put stuff in my stocking!

And if you have a stocking, mes amies, please comment with a link to it - there are a lot of stockings.
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Freeform Crochet has been described as "random" and "anything goes", and "crocheting without a pattern", but it isn't, not really.

1. There are lots of step-by-step tutorials on "how to make a scrumble", which kind of goes against the whole "random" idea, doesn't it? Mind you, I think part of that is because some people are scared of not having a pattern to tell them what to do, so they need a guide to help dip their toes in. Presumably they either spread their wings or retreat.

2. It isn't actually random, because there is design. Correction: the good stuff has design. The crappy stuff is truly random.

3. There are patterns too - at least if one is making a garment, you have to have a (sewing) pattern to conform to in order to make something garment-like. And if your garment is lined, then there's definitely a sewing pattern happening, for the lining, and to make the rest of it line up with the lining.

4. There's also the tricky bit of trying to ensure that each scrumble is flat rather than bunched up.

There exist some absolutely fabulous artists in this field, and also others who Just Don't Get It, and make stuff that I consider to be pretty ugly.
examples )
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)
I just saw Les Miserables for the first time.

WOW.

Intense.
kerravonsen: TARDIS, clouds: Dream (tardis-dream)
Doctor Who 8x11 Dark Water

Very belated.
spoilers will not be cremated )

Doctor Who 8x12 Death in Heaven

Oh wow. I'm speechless. Oh my oh my.
spoilers will rain down )
At least there is Christmas to look forward to.

I need a twelfth Doctor icon, darn it!
kerravonsen: Martha on the moon: "Sense of Wonder" (Martha-sense-of-wonder)
Yes, I'm having a bit of a marathon.
spoilers will be shot )
kerravonsen: Methos holding a gun: "dangerous" (Methos-dangerous)
I'm not reporting on every episode, but this one is worth remarking on.
spoilers will be hung upside down )
kerravonsen: Vila, worried, Avon, both looking off to the right: "We're lost, aren't we?" (Avon-Vila)
Winning is the Only Safety has been translated into Russian: Только победа принесет безопасность

This isn't the first time someone has asked to translate one of my works, but it's the first time anyone has actually completed the translation. So yay!
kerravonsen: Sydney with VR glasses on: "Lost in cyberspace" (lost-in-cyberspace)
I enjoyed this episode, it was action-packed, clever, with character stuff too.

Unfortunately, something about the plot-logic has been bothering me, something that most people wouldn't notice at all, but, alas, it is my profession. Something to do with the computer programming. Mind you, the writers get double kudos for (a) avoiding Obvious Computer Fail, which very few shows do, and (b) making the computer stuff something that bugged me afterwards, rather than during. So I'm not exactly complaining... it's just a puzzle that I needed to work out.
spoilers SPOILERS and possibly TMI )
kerravonsen: "Are you challenging my ingenuity?" (ingenuity)
It's interesting to compare Elementary and Sherlock; they are both good, but both quite different. Sherlock is basically AU fanfic set in the modern day; that is, it takes the characters and the plots and translates them into a universe where they take place in the modern day; some of the plots closer than others, but the characters very close to the spirit of the original; not just Holmes and Watson, but Le Strade, Mrs Hudson, Mycroft, Moriarty, Irene Adler...
Elementary, by contrast, is much more of an "inspired by"; it takes the original concept of a brilliant observant detective and his doctor sidekick, and runs with it into uncharted territory. In that way, it's much more of its own show, and needs to be judged on its own merits, not on its merits as Sherlock Holmes fanfic. That makes the two shows quite different beasties.

I've now seen six episodes of Elementary, and am still enjoying it: intriguing mysteries mixed well with good characterisation; I love how both Watson and Holmes make insightful observations about the other, observations that can be painful in their accuracy. As I said, good characterisation.
Alas (alas?) now that I've seen six episodes and sat back and thought a little, it has happened: I have discerned patterns in the plots, and thus they may well end up becoming more predictable.
spoilers will be MURDERED )
Still, I don't think that will prevent me from enjoying it.
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor, relaxed, eyes closed: "Breathe deep" (Doc8-breathe)
I did bad things to my wrist/arm/shoulder with all that scale-mailleing yesterday, so today I have to stay away from temptation and not do craft.

So I'm watching Elementary on DVD.

I liked it. The setup enables Holmes to wander around poking his nose in things, and Watson to come with him. I liked how Holmes is brilliant, easily bored, manipulative and a jerk. I liked how Watson eventually cuts past Holmes' bullshit with observations of her own.
I like it.

8-)
kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
I did it!

After much experimentation, I found a method of combining scales and loom-knitting that I was actually satisfied with. This method will likely work with needle-knitting and crochet as well. Unfortunately, it is rather time-consuming.

The secret is: knit the item first, then add the scales by doing scale-maille, with two important differences:
1. The instructions given by TRL link the scales together from the back, going from the top to the bottom. This method links the scales together from the front, going from the bottom to the top.
2. As well as linking the scales to each other with the rings, link them to the knitting, by putting rings through the stitches at the same time as one is putting them through the scales.

The tricky bit is that the gauge of the stitches is likely not to match the spacing of the scales, so you will have to figure out some sort of compromise while still trying to keep the attachments at regular intervals. Fortunately, it isn't necessary to attach every ring to a stitch; every second ring will still work, so long as you pull up the scales so they're stretched out. This works with both large and small scales.

Some would ask "If you're going to do traditional scale-maille anyway, why bother with the knitting?"
The answer to that is that the knitting provides protection for bare skin, is more comfortable to wear, and fits better because of its elasticity.
Another reason is that it is actually more stable to work with than straight scale-maille, since the scales are resting on the knitting instead of flipping over while you're working on the maille.

So, I made myself a long fingerless glove (bracer)!
cut for PICTURE )
I did it!
kerravonsen: The TARDIS: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (tardis)
Finally caught up!
Oh, this was a good one.
spoilers will be flattened )
kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)
Because I felt like it.

* Chop up one apple.
* 6 tablespoons of brown sugar (because brown sugar is yummy)
* 1 teaspoon of Mixed Spice (because I don't know what spices are in it)
* 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon (because cinnamon is my favourite spice)

Put in microwave-safe dish and nuke on high for 3 1/2 minutes.

Spoon/Pour over vanilla ice cream.

Eat. Yum.
kerravonsen: An open book: "All books are either dreams or swords." (books)
Here follows more of my very SPOILERY notes, ponderings and speculations about "This Crumbling Pageant", written as I am reading it.
This section is for chapters 10-15.
there be SPOILERS here! )
kerravonsen: cover of "The Blue Sword": Fantasy (Fantasy)
For the first time in a while, I've started reading a novel as soon as it arrived in my post-box, rather than adding it to my to-be-read pile. More of a matter of timing, really, the fact that I'm on holidays and had just finished re-reading "The Twenty" when it arrived.

This fantasy novel was recommended as something that an SS/HG fan would like, and I can certainly see the resemblance.

Vespasian Wyltt (aka Vespasian Jones), dark, despicable, thin, ugly, bastard (literally as well as figuratively), brilliant, driven, wielder of dark magics.
They would all be kindling to the fire of his ambition, and he would glory in their burning.

Persephone Fury, thin, plain, bluestocking, defiant, brave, troubled by dark and powerful magic that she cannot control.

This must be good, because I am only up to chapter nine, and I want to make notes!
So here follows my very SPOILERY notes, ponderings and speculations about the book so far.
there be SPOILERS here! )
Has anyone else around here read this novel? What did you think?
kerravonsen: TARDIS in a field: "Somewhere Else" (tardis-somewhere-else)
Yes, I'm still behind.
I got the impression from (spoiler-free) reactions around the net when this originally aired, that it was rather controversial; some liked it, some hated it.
Me... mixed.
spoilers will be blown up )

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