Feb. 27th, 2008 02:43 pm
soulstar: (Bzuh?! (Headtilty Sam/Gene))
[insert dullest stream of consciousness post evah about why I'm not eating lunch, deleted for your sanity and mine]

Um.  Torchwood tonight.  Yay!  Ashes to Ashes tomorrow.  Which... I like, I really do.  But I don't love like I did Life on Mars.  Come back Sammy!  But I'm ♥-ing Ray more than ever before.  And, urgh, I still can't think of anything not-boring to write, so I'll shut up and go away now.  I think my brain is just having a bit of a coasting day today, because I swear I had all sorts of interesting and insightful stuff that I've been meaning to post.  It's just hiding somewhere at the back of my cerebellum.  Yep, that'll be it.

Or perhaps I'm just hungry?...
soulstar: (Joyously on my own)
Thank you to everyone who's sent me birthday wishes :-D It's been a good one - I went for lunch and shopping with my Mum, who bought me a watch for my present. I had originally asked for a set of Boye Needlemaster interchangeable circular (knitting) needles, but d'oh, they were out of stock at the only shop I know of that does them. Then a couple of weeks ago, my watch died. Serendipitous timing! So it's a shiny new one of those for me, and hopefully the needle set will be back in stock for Christmas! I should email them to find out.

I also got an awesome book from my brother: The Rules of Modern Policing (1973 Edition) by DCI Gene Hunt. Bweeeeeeeeeeeee!! I already have a booklet / extract of this that I got at the LoM con, and now I have the real thing. Hee! It's done just like an old, battered book that looks like it's been knocking around from the 70's - all aged looking paper, and many many brilliant scribbles and doodles from the various characters. The book 'belonged' to Chris, but of course Ray managed to scrawl a few things in there too. I love it! (And hey, I just noticed that there's a LoM 2008 calendar! It shall be miiiiiiine!)

The only other thing that I've had so far (I'm told there are other things coming, but the postal strike has delayed some, and something my bro is getting isn't available til the end of the month, apparently - a new release dvd, maybe? I'm not going to wonder more than that, because I like surprises) is a mystery gift! I actually suspect it's from my SP11 pal, unless I sleep-ordered it because it was something that I did particularly want. Heh :-) Anyway, in the post today was the latest issue of Yarn Forward. Which was so bizarre, because literally last night I'd decided I was going to subscribe. Good thing I didn't! Or at least, I think I didn't.... *g* No, obviously this was sent a few days ago, and I think it must have come via my swap pal, Janey - I'm going to email her to ask, because there were no clues with the magazine, which came straight from the publisher :-) It's a mystery!
soulstar: (No no no ....the pub?)
So, I successfully did the Blogathon.  Go me!  And huuuuuuuuge thanks and hugs and all to my sponsors, among whom are [ profile] darlas_mom, [ profile] liek_omg_, [ profile] dioxin and [ profile] seeksadventure.  I raised a fabulous $199.66, or approximately £100.  Yay!

And as well as that, I even managed to write my first complete ficlet in just about forever in the course of the day.  It's a Doctor Who one, set at the end of (new) Season 3, and it's called Black, Gold and Red.  It was for [ profile] fandom_helps, so other than a read-through by [ profile] darlas_mom, it's pretty much unbeta-ed.  So if you notice anything glaringly awful.... :-)

In other exciting news, I'm going to the LoM Con organised by some of the The Railway Arms people, at the start of next month.  Wheee!  I can't wait :-D  I'm going to stay in the Manchester YHA, and then go and visit my friends in Hull for a couple of days afterwards as well.  But would you believe this - when I tried to get train tickets up to Hull last month so that I could meet [ profile] elen_ancalima and [ profile] clarey_h in York as well, the cheapest fare I could get was £90.  Ninety quid!  So funnily enough, I didn't go.  My train fare to Manchester and back?  £22.80.  Seriously, I can't even begin to comprehend how they work these things out.  Insane!
soulstar: (Head go boom)
Right then... after a week, I think I've finally achieved some degree of coherency.  How good was last week's Who?  Totally awesome, that's how.  Liek reallyreally etc (Spoilers for 3x11 (a teensy bit), 3x12, speculation for 3x13) )

And they should end the season just like this. )
soulstar: (Hee!)
My little brother is in the local paper this week.  No, not for anything Bad and Wrong.  But for the mini-documentary he did for his degree course, Jedi By The Sea - he was producer and co-editor.  His is the only name given (it actually says him "and four other students"), maybe because he was mostly in charge of sorting it all out - the uni rang him about the paper thing, anyway, and I'm not sure if they did any of the others.  They want to use the film / him / them for the uni prospectus / publicity stuff, too. :-D  Anyway, you should totally all go and watch and have a giggle, and if you can find the time, sign up to the FourDocs site to rate it.

Next year, when they have a proper studio at the uni (it's being built over the summer, apparently), he's intending to do something set in the 70's.  And while quizzing my Mum for set dressing ideas, she realised that as well as having various pairs of curtains and so on still knocking about (and hey, I hope she's still got the light fittings that she only just changed), our lovely lime-green - alright Mum, chartreuse - classic 70's kitchen cabinets are still in use in one of my Dad's sheds at the bottom of the orchard.  Hee!

In other news, I've mainly missed the last few weeks, but I think it's getting better now.  Oh, the joy of getting used to new meds!  And, you know, the old pit of dooooom thing.  Well, bah to that.  Pfft, depression: it's so 1930's.  Or something.  Anyway I'm feeling lots better, just conking out a lot, and as I say, that is improving.  Would be nice if it would hurry up a bit more, but you know.  Such is life!

And in the meantime, I'm binging on podcasts.  So, rec me some?  Good music ones, perhaps, or something you think I might be otherwise interested in?  Are there fandom related ones?  Um?  Help me, flist!  Feeeeeeeeed meeeeeeeeeee (and my mp3 player)!

Finally..... Doctor Who: bweeeeeee!  Life on Mars: BWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!  And there shall be (hopefully) more coherency and detail on at least one of those sometime later.  Yesyes.  But right now, I'm off to knit some more sock.  It's nearly heel time.  I should come back and post some pics of that, too.  Maybe. :-)
soulstar: (Word in your ear)
So, the new series of LoM started this evening - I watched the second ep as well when it was shown on BBC4 - and I noticed something that struck me as interesting.  Because I'm a dork, and all that.  Also, I must remember to ask my brother if he noticed too, because he does take note of that sort of stuff - that's part of what his degree is all about.  Or perhaps this is only the kind of thing you'll spot if you're an obsessive fan who has watched the first season seventy billion times, and spent hours looking at screencaps and making icons, etc etc etc.

Anyway, my point is, I think lots of people commented last year that they seem to have a very specific way of framing shots on the show.  But from watching just the first episode of the second season, it seemed to me that they're not only framing shots the same way as last year... they're using the exact same set-ups.  If you took a screencap, you couldn't tell it from certain season 1 screencaps.  The actors are dressed the same, posed in the same way, standing or sitting in the same way in relation to one another.  It's downright spooky!  And then there are verbal repetitions from season 1 as well.  Spoilers for 2x01 and the trailer for 2x02 )

I do wonder if this is a really sneaky way of harking back to Sam's original idea right back in the first episode that he should walk out of the police station and just keep going until his brain stopped being able to make up new details.  Because it threw me while I was watching 2x01 - gave me just the tiniest moments of "hang on here, which episode am I watching?!" - and it was reinforced all the more in 2x02 when the visual repetitions from the first season seemed to continue.  Another subliminal way of questioning the reality of the 1973-verse, perhaps?  So, definitely something I'm going to watch out for over the rest of this season.  And try not to be too freaked out by, because, woah stoppitnow, dizzy! ;-)

Huh, check that out... did I actually make some meta observations that I got around to typing up and posting?  I think I might have done!


And now general squeeage for 2x01 (do I have to warn for slash goggles?) )

Yup, this show pretty much fills my little heart with fannish joy, both on the character love and shipper level.  It's all good as far as I'm concerned.

I may have more to say when I can watch it again.  Happily, I've had a call from the aerial man about coming to fit the TV point, so hopefully by next week, I'll be able to video it to watch again at my leisure.  Don't ask me why I can just about get the telly tuned in but not the video, but I'm just thankful I've got that much since I had no signal at all to start with.  It's taken much dragging around of the telly, addition of extension leads, and precarious balancing of the booster aerial to get this much.  But anyway.  Shutting up now!
(Why yes, I am listening to my unofficial complete LoM S1 music soundtrack.  Wheeeee!)
soulstar: (Feeling lost)
Actually, the subject line pretty well sums it up.  I'm kind of bored, really quite cold, and I'm posting here because.... actually, I don't know.  Because I expect that if I went and found something to do, I'd be less bored and cold (computer desk is in a freezing draft).


What I should probably do is put more layers on and drag myself off down to the Co-op to get some sausages or something equally unhealthy, so I can make dinner.  Maybe I could also watch telly (what's on? Casualty?) this evening, or catch up on my Stargate watching.  Also, I could turn the heating up a notch if I really need to.  I have that little jumper that needs sewing up, though I want to take a 'progress' picture of it before I actually put it all together.  Although at this rate, by the time I've decided, it'll be too late to do anything, and I'll have frozen into a block of ice on the computer chair.

Oh, now Mum's phoned, so I can't go anywhere for a while.  Also, yuck, it's raining.  Staying in after all, then.  No sausages for me.  I'll be healthy and have a jacket potato instead.  Then wrap myself up and watch SGA, woohoo!  Possibly also SG-1.  Because Life on Mars starts again on Tuesday, and if my fandoms overlap, my head will explode!!!111!!  Alright, not really, but I do want to watch those last two SGA eps so that I can yatter about them on [ profile] mcshepisodes (*cough* subtle plug *cough* (No, I can't resist a bad pun, but it was totally Sann who decided to use it for a comm name so I take no responsibility!  Well, ok, maybe a little.)).  So I'd better get going.

Valentine thing again, because I'm needy, damnit.  Or not ;-)
My Valentinr - soulstar
Get your own valentinr
(Hee I have nine!!!  Seriously, that's more than I've had in the last decade altogether, I think.  Whee, thank you flist.  I looooove you!)
soulstar: (Whoo! Yay!)
(Because I am nothing if not creative and non-literal in my subject lines.  And matching post icons. Yup.)

So, if yesterday was getting it all off my chest, I've decided that today shall be about the nice shiny things.

  • OK!  There might still be some work to be done, but I'm getting to move into a newly refurbished flat that has new kitchen and bathroom suites, new double glazing, new boiler and central heating, new door entry system, new fire / smoke alarms, is newly carpeted and painted, and is generally all pretty damn new.  Other than being in a converted Victorian house, of course! *g*

  • Plus, the communal areas (that's the hall & front door, to you and me) are also being refurbished.  Hoorah!

  • I spoke to my lovelynice phone company, and yes, no problem, they're going to keep my phone line running to my old flat until 9th Jan so that I can run the extension lead to the new one (as I am doing now, in fact, in this temp flat), thus giving me an uninterrupted phone service.  Well, maybe there will be an hour or two, but you get the point.  I shan't be phone-less!  Broadband isn't quite that simple - I'm not going to go into that because it doesn't fall under the category of 'yay' - but I will have it for a few more days before the changeover period kicks in.  But I'll still have dial-up (this reminds me of my brother staring at the back of my 'puter the other day, looking like nothing so much as an archaeologist who's just unearthed something old, slightly unexpected, but interesting, and saying "you still have a dial-up modem in there??"  Yes, M, and it's for emergencies just like this!) so yay to that!

  • Char got us tickets for Wicked! next Thursday for my Christmas pressie.  Wheeeee!!

  • And speaking of Christmas pressies:  From the gorgeous desktop wallpaper [ profile] legoline made me, to the Real Actual Stuff [ profile] urbanfae sent (my Mum has it to wrap - wheee, surprises!), I'm chuffed beyond words about everything I've received. *beams*  And now the even more fun part (no, I'm not being sarcastic) - the getting of pressies for everyone else.  I have a couple of things for you guys, and I've got most of the rest of my things for the local friends and family.  What I don't have yet, I have planned.  *bounce*

  • My hair colour.  I still have plans for it, but a nurse at the hospital on Wednesday actually came in to the room to tell me she loved it, and ask where / how it was done (DIY "LIVE colour", love!) and then on Friday, while I was down town browsing in a Shop of Awesome Tat, a little old lady accidentally stroked my hair because she was going along stroking all the things on the clothing rails that she thought looked pretty.  And, um, mistook me for something that was for sale? O.o  To be fair, I had my back to her, and my hair was loose and therefore covering most of my back.  However, she then went "Oh! Oh, sorry, I didn't realise you were... but isn't it pretty?" And stroked my hair some more.  LOL!

  • SGA.  I just have so much love right now, and I'm very very happy in my fannish bubble.  (Can't touch this (breakitdown)).  And other assorted fandoms, of course - Torchwood, Who and LoM, I'm looking at you.  You're cracked in the head (like me), and I love you.

  • The Thing wot I'm doing with liek_omg_Sann.  Oh, we're having fun.  (We are having fun, right? *g*)

  • Knitting!  I'm making a little jumper at the moment, and I'm on course to get it all done in time for Christmas, along with a couple of other things.  I really do love physically creating things - I mean, I love designing websites, and writing, and singing and playing instruments and all that other "creative" stuff.  But I'm ending up with a physical object here that I can give to someone and have them know that I put time and effort and thought into it.  Or, you know, I can make something for myself and have that kind of satisfaction.  Also, I can do it while I'm watching TV (or other media).  Double bonus!!

soulstar: (Word in your ear)
I've finally finished a fic.  *gasp*  So here we have my first Life on Mars effort.  Be nice (or, you know, if it's crap, tell me) ;-)

TITLE: Tigers on Vaseline
AUTHOR: Soulstarsinger (soulstar[at]
FANDOM: Life on Mars
SPOILERS: Only very vaguely for season one - nothing specific.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine, more's the pity. Sam, Gene, & Life on Mars in general belong to Kudos and The Beeb.
NOTE: The title is a line from Hang onto Yourself by David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust, 1972).
Many thanks to [ profile] liek_omg_ and [ profile] clarey_h for their invaluable beta help.
SUMMARY: Who is Sam Tyler really? Gene has his very own theory...

(Follow the fake cut)
soulstar: (ARGH!!!1!!)
My broadband connection is down (some problem at my ISP's end that they're "working very hard on"), so I'm online via dial-up.  Wah!  Which means that I'm only zooming through, and now that I've grabbed my email, I'll be dropping back offline again.  Am hoping my proper connection will be back soon!  Grr.

I should probably use this offline time to finish editing my Life on Mars fic so that's it's finally post-able.  But then other people will see it!  Oh noes!  Lalalala, avoidance!  (Yes, I'll pull myself together and get it done in a minute.  I'm just having a idiotic five years minutes.  Don't mind me.)

And because I've really done sod all today, have a meme:

Swiped from [ profile] kabukivice

Which of my icons:

1. is your favorite and why?
2. is your least favorite and why?
3. would you like some context for?
4. have you never noticed I even had before?
5. do you most associate with me?

... and I guess that's all from Post Every Day Week.  It was worryingly easy to post random crap every day!  I might even keep it up without having the meme as an excuse.  Well, maybe.  But I think I probably will start posting more frequently again.  It's been fun! :-)  Especially seeing regular posts from the others on my flist who were doing it too.
soulstar: (Post every day week)
Today I have....

  • Sorted out a load of recycling and put the bins out.

  • Remembered to send back the fic that I'd betaed (duh, that part generally helps).

  • Spoken to the DEA person and arranged to get a form to register for permitted work.

  • Spoken to Craig and sorted out about future work stuff.

  • Knitted another section of one scarf that I'm doing, decided to scrap the scarf I've been making for my aunt Mary (in the yarn that the 80's threw up on) and chosen which yarn to use instead.

  • Burnt Lost 2.15 & 2.16 to disc for my brother.

  • Plotted out my fic for the LoM Ficathon.  Well, I say "plotted".... 

  • Refrained from taking a sledgehammer to the bloody boiler.  Because I don't have a sledgehammer.  *sigh*

And finally, have a meme:

If my life were a high-concept movie, it would be Every Which Way But Loose (1978) meets The Sound of Music (1965).

Take the What Is Your High-Concept Movie? quiz.


Mar. 25th, 2006 07:01 pm
soulstar: (Word in your ear)
Just thought I'd pimp the Life On Mars Ficathon 2006.  Because the more people sign up for it, the better.  Yes, I have.  Go on, you know you want to.

Meanwhile, the fic that I mentioned writing (and asked for which-bit-to-write help on) the other day is still in progress.  Probably will be for a while yet because it's got quite long.  I have a shorter one as well, though.  I'm going to concentrate on that for a bit and see if I can actually get it finished soon.  Won't that be a turn up for the books?


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