Aug. 28th, 2017 12:04 pm
ellieet: (Sherlock and John: Christmas cancelle)
 I've ended up having to call in sick today from work as I was up half the night feeling hot and coughy. While I was unable to sleep I decided, on the spur of the moment, to check out the webcomic Check Please after spotting the fandom on Ao3; some of the Sherlock fans have been writing for it.


It's wonderful. I know bugger-all about ice hockey (or any sport) but you don't necessarily have to understand it, because the characters - who are all fucking awesome and none more than darling Bitty - are the crucial point and make everything obvious on an emotional level. There's one comic when they come back to the dressing-room following an important game and there's no dialogue; it's obvious what's happened and it packs a powerful punch.

And Jack and Bitty. JACK AND BITTY.

First, I love how there's no bullshitting and that these guys are a canon same-sex couple; delicious, loving kissing for one thing and Bitty having all sorts of adorable nicknames for Jack, the most common one being 'Honey.' I love how there's no agonising on Jack's side; he realises he wants to be with Bitty, and that is that and their first kiss is so swoonworthy. Sure, they experience many of the problems that same-sex couples do - telling people in the sporting world about the relationship, for example - but it's all so wonderfully done. There's no room for mucking around or wasting time; there's a real sense of 'we're going to get the hell on with it.' And Bitty's character-development; dear God, I came away feeling so humbled and wishing I could feel as confident as him. In fact, I wish I could be more like Bitty full-stop; not giving up easily despite the hurdles, blending his passions of sport and baking together, healthy self-esteem and just being so beautifully himself that he makes another guy with a fuck-ton of personal issues fall head-over-heels in love with him. I have fuck-all self-esteem these days and feel empty. But I want to be like Bitty so bloody much.  

I don't know if I'll write fanfiction for it; I feel I don't 'get' the characters yet and I must admit, I could do with re-reading some of the stuff again to gain a better understanding. Plus, being British, I don't have the first clue about the American school system or even the sport itself.

Also: I went to Evensong last night. I almost didn't but I felt I needed to go, as have had quite a few OCD/depressive moments over the last week. I'm glad I went; it was extremely calming. Then I went home and made a roast, which was great, but screwed up on the gravy - too many granules, which made it too strong. Still; leftovers.
ellieet: (Sherlock and John: Christmas cancelle)
Had a wonderful two days with Dad and J. We went to a posh restaurant in town I'd never had the courage to venture into alone and the food was to DIE for. We hadn't seen each other since last month and it was good to have a reunion. Today, we drove out of town to a National Trust manor where we had high tea and a gorgeous Labrador over at the next table came to say hello to me. We sat by the lake and J and I had a chat. I'm about to start the last two weeks of my job, before my workplace closes and she advised me not to worry and just enjoy it, which is pretty good advice.

The manor itself gave a little tour and information about the place and obviously like many historical buildings it had an emphasis on the world wars. In one room, there was stationary for people to write down their experiences of war and a board to pin it up on. I read a really awesome anecdote about two women in the war, once whom was forbidden to go to the docks by her mother and went anyway to be courted by an American soldier and another woman who went to work in France as a nurse, as that was where all the young men were. There was also an utterly adorable slip, obviously written by a child, stating 'Hello, we are thingcing of you alwis.' It was so sweet.

In other news, I've started working on an original piece of fiction and I think I might have found a way to finish my 2011 fic, Going Anywhere because I feel incomplete. I think I've been starting and working on other fic just for something to do, just to prove to myself that I'm still doing it and that I'm keeping busy; running on neutral without going anywhere. Enough of that, now. I have actually orphaned some of my fanfic - that which felt like dead wood - and I wonder if people have been put off by my doing that, as well as the fact that it's been several years and I still haven't finished Going Anywhere, but am writing other projects that let's face it, really aren't as good and lack the confidence of my early days. I don't think I've inspired confidence in my readers, even though I'm grateful for people's support and kudos. Maybe this is another incentive to start what I finish.

I've also started one big project on Ao3 to drop all my 221b fics into, to give me an excuse to write when I need inspiration and hopefully to help me figure out what works for me. It's making me feel less scattered and more organised; there's no romance though, and it's all hurt/comfort and gen - there's no slash or het or in fact, any shippy romance thus far and I don't know if I'll add any in or not, but anything goes and I'm happy to see where the inspiration takes me. I'm worried that my writing is actually kind of boring; I haven't written slash for years and I can't really write het fic very well. Right now, all I can seem to manage is platonic, hurt/comfort and family. I just feel there are so many bold writers and I'm not very bold at all.

I kind of want to try writing Dirk Gently fic, to celebrate the new series coming out, which I'm really excited about - however, the show is so crazy, I don't think I could do it justice. In any case, between Dirk Gently and Danger Mouse, and Doctor Who's Christmas special, it seems I'm going to be unemployed, but entertained.
ellieet: (Fandom Canyon!)
So, slight fangirl problem.

I got Sherlock Series 3 on DVD last week and really, it's taken me a while to work up the courage to sit down and watch it properly. Such a wuss. I don't know, Series 3 really took me, emotionally, to the cleaners. I'm considering maybe watching Series 1 again because of the nostalgia. But, I bucked up tonight with a glass of Appletiser and decided to break it in. Honestly, I need to grow up bit. Anyway, His Last Vow is playing in front of me as I type.

Last night, I fell asleep in front of Young Sherlock Holmes (when I woke up, it took me an embarrassingly long time to come around and I had to crack open a bag of Minstrels to help me out). Really, my basic reaction was TGINC: Thank God It's Not Canon. I know it's not anyway and I know it's just a version of, just another piece of speculation and maybe I'm just judging it by BC!Sherlock standards, but...yeah. Need to delete that from the Sky Box.

And have you ever had one of those days where you have a fangirl conversation with someone who just completely 'gets it'? I got on a Robbie the Reindeer kick this week (an Aardman-style cartoon with an impressive voice-cast) partly because I remembered it from when I was a kid, partly because Ardal O'Hanlon was the voice of Robbie and I'm also a Father Ted fan - although I only found that out recently. So I recorded Hooves of Fire and The Lost Tribe on the Sky Box because for whatever reason they were on at two o'clock in the morning and I was up watching it by six.

When I was at volunteering later on in the day, a girl I knew from school and Uni came in with her partner and while she was choosing clothes we were chatting. When I mentioned I was tired because I'd been up early watching Robbie the Reindeer, I expected a typically mystified reaction but she grinned and said 'Ardal O'Hanlon?' and then added she was also a Father Ted fan. Cue a high-five. :D Yippee.

I watched the League of Gentlemen last night and had to switch off after about ten minutes. Sorry, beautifully acted, beautifully written, but the humour... yeah. Not for me.

Also, grumpy old fangirl time ala the Hobbit (spoilers) )
ellieet: (Fandom Canyon!)
I watched Atlantis tonight on BBC1 with my parents and honestly, watching it makes me pine a bit for the days of Merlin - which is why I've dug my old DVDs out and am watching the first episode with Mordred, which isn't all that different to what was going on tonight with Jason, Pythagoras and Hercules trying to protect a baby with a forbidden fate (although I kind of freaked out when I realised what that fate was).

With Atlantis, perhaps I recognise a little more of what's going on in the wider story as it's slightly more familiar, as I was always rather out of the loop with the legends of Merlin; all I knew beforehand was one or two stories here and there and the bulk of my knowledge came from The Sword in the Stone. I don't know how Atlantis will last; perhaps it will meet the same whimpering end as Merlin, perhaps not. We'll see.

Yay, though, new Who trailer! I'm still holding out for Sherlock most of all - I think they will do what they did before and broadcast it on New Year's Day, or maybe around Christmas. Personally, I don't mind that, because it's nice to know at least they've finished filming and I'd rather it came in fresh with the new year. I feel the fandoms are doing a winds of change thing right now; I'm going to be sad to say goodbye to Matt Smith and Sherlock's formula is probably also going to be different (especially if there is a new director) but that's what fandoms do.


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