Tags: the fall

lost in your eyes, so many different directions, i believe in love, bellissimo mon amour

*blows kisses*

Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to wish me a happy birthday! I had a nice, quiet day - writing a story for tenaciousmetoo (birthday twin extraordinaire) and fighting with lj (trying to post pictures of my apartment as I had promised so very long ago). And now I'm going to make the most of my last day off from work and get some more writing done (John Watson, you own me completely) and maybe watch The Fall again to luxuriate in the most gorgeous film ever made.

Have a great day, everybody!
lost in your eyes, so many different directions, i believe in love, bellissimo mon amour

thank you & theater

Hi, everybody!

I know I don't use my lj as a place to talk about all the things that happen in my life - I'm not consistent enough with posting - but I wanted to make a space to talk briefly about something that just happened. On Saturday, a really ugly fannish/personal situation occurred that upset me greatly. I didn't post about it when it happened and I don't want to get into it now because I have no interest in naming names or raking things over again, but here's what I do want to say: to all of you who reached out to me and made sure I felt supported and safe, thank you so much. It's really extraordinary, that we've built this community of people who will go out of their way to help each other out, and I'm so pleased that I'm part of it. You're fantastic.

And there are awesome things happening all the time, like doing favors for friends and catching up on stuff that makes you happy. I spent a recent weekend addressing envelopes for my BFF's wedding (I can fake calligraphy and he and his fiancee both have atrocious penmanship) while we ate delicious snacks and watched Northanger Abbey and North & South and Pushing Daisies (BFF stayed for the first, skipped the second, and returned for the third). I've got dinner with some awesome fangirls happening in less than a week. I'm reading some fascinating books and rereading some favorites. I keep jotting down notes for my next long Sherlock fic and I've started both my story for sherlock_remix and a birthday story for a friend. I've left prompts for oxoniensis's latest Porn Battle. I've perfected the recipe for a delicious lemon-blueberry cake that doesn't require eggs. And there's always theater!

A few weeks ago, I saw Stick Fly, which I enjoyed a lot, and then Million Dollar Quartet, which needed more story to go along with the music. And then last night I saw Seminar and was about ten feet away from Alan Rickman doing his best sneery intellectual. He was magnificent. Actually, the whole production was really cooking - every person on stage (Lily Rabe, Hettienne Park, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O'Connell) was sharp and focused - but then again, I have a weakness for stories about storytelling (I think everyone should read Wonder Boys and watch The Fall). The show explored some really interesting ideas, all in ninety minutes. (Only a few people on my flist will get why this amused me, but the two male students in the play are named Douglas and Martin; no prizes for guessing which one suffered from a lack of confidence and which one was just a touch pompous.) In the next few weeks, I'll be seeing four more shows (War Horse, A Man of No Importance, Total Bent, and Porgy and Bess) and then I think I'll cool it for a while until it gets warmer. Though I did note that the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors is coming soon (was it worth seeing?), and I do still want to see Other Desert Cities and Wit.

Off to clean the apartment (got a friend spending the weekend at my place) and make some dinner. How are you guys doing?
family, gorgeous, woman

catching up

Hi, everybody!

A few people have poked me to make sure I'm still alive, which reminded me how very overdue a post was. There's been a lot going on, not much of it terribly exciting, but still.

HOME: a plumber I've been chasing for over two months is deigning to visit later this morning. Let's see if he can fix my guest bathroom sink, which will not give me water no matter how the faucet is adjusted. The boiler, meanwhile, still keeps shutting itself off (even after a second "let's try replacing the motherboard!" fix), which means my washer and dryer are still in the middle of the hall (to give access to the boiler) and I haven't been able to do laundry for more than two months. The laundry service I've been using isn't as expensive as I'd feared, but they have zero idea about customer service and all my bras come back mangled and/or torn. They're supposed to do another pickup tonight and I currently have my bras soaking in my kitchen sink; I've learned my lesson.

STUFF: Saw Jerusalem with tenaciousmetoo several weeks ago. - Saw my first Sweet Soubrette show (the lead is a friend) at the Folk Art Museum last night and left a little early to catch a dreadful production of Patrick Marber's Closer. I walked out at intermission, which is the first time I've done that, because the two male actors seemed to be doing nothing more than robotically reciting lines. The female actors seemed to have more of a grasp of acting, but the whole thing felt depressingly amateurish. - Went to the US Open twice - once for a night session that wasn't particularly exciting, and again for the men's semifinals, which was an amazing day of tennis. I only wish my boy Rafa could have pulled out the win from Djokovich, but I do admire him for being so gracious in defeat. - I've been reading a lot, on the train as I commute, and have read some really good stuff lately. Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? was a stunning read. - Waiting for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to open over here. Waiting to see if the release of The Immortals prompts anyone to show The Fall, because I'm dying to see that on the big screen, as many times as I can. - Tried and failed to get tickets to next weekend's Arrested Development reunion event.

JOB: No access to lj or gmail at work, so I'm feeling a little out of the loop, but I am busy at work, which is always appreciated. There's stuff to do and I'm on my way to being good, really good, at it. I still like the people I work with, though there's not very much contact; the work is very individual. I did just find out that I could ask to work out of our London office, and that wouldn't count as time off, so I might need to do that soonish. Hopefully the offices there are not as brutally air-conditioned as the ones in New York. - I'm still doing freelance editing for an online press. I like the author I'm working with now, but don't particularly want to keep doing this work for the money they're paying. I think my contract with them ends in a month or two, so they might say that they don't want to keep me anyway, which would be fine.

FANDOM: I've been meaning to make a post over at sherlock_remix to get a sense of whether there's interest in a second round, and also to ask for input on some of the ground rules. - I'd like to do some writing, but I'm either busy, exhausted, or sick every time I try to give myself a few hours of free time. - John Finnemore's birthday is next week and I'd meant to organize a Cabin Pressure drabble-thon or something for the occasion, but I've lost all energy. I did sign up for oxoniensis's Fall Fandom Free-for-All and am hoping that that gets me going. - I also need to write myself a birthday story, and it's odd that while I've had no inclination to actually write, I've been coming up with a lot of story ideas - all Sherlock and Cabin Pressure and To the Ends of the Earth. Usually coming up with an idea is like pulling teeth with me, but suddenly they're popping up like mushrooms. - Very pleased to hear the Frankenstein DVD is coming soon. Waiting on the edge of my seat for the next series of Sherlock. - Got a copy of SPN's premiere, will most likely watch it today. So excited Community came back two nights ago after I marathoned season 2 on my very timely DVD. So excited The Good Wife is coming back tomorrow night!

So, that's me, or at least everything I can remember right now. How about you?
heat, trembling before self, the fall: precarious, lee is lovely

Yuletide letter

Hi!

I should say first off - thanks! I think you're nifty to write something in a tiny fandom we share!

I'm fairly catholic in my tastes; I read and write all of the following: gen, het, slash, humor, horror, angst, character-driven pieces, plotty pieces, AUs, canon-compliant fics, and more. I swoon for humor. I adore quietly sorrowful stories. And I quite enjoy romance (and prefer it to smut, though I don't have a problem with smut that's in character). I'm not terribly fond of crossovers - the ones I do like are ones that stay fairly true to both canons, and the characters are thrown together more for plot reasons than just for PWP reasons (also not a fan of PWPs). I don't really enjoy unremittingly dark fic, and I don't want anything with a terribly unhappy ending, threesome, or heavy kink, please.

Here's my master fic list, if you'd like to see the kind of things I write. I've got an "on writing" tag that might also be useful.

Please don't stress over the details - I'm crazy about these four shows/movies - just think of the characters I requested as mostly suggestions. Details follow.

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Thank you so much! I know I will adore whatever you send my way! Just so you know, I'll be away when the stories are posted, so I'm going to be slow to respond. Don't fool yourself into thinking I'm not saying anything because I'm struggling to come up with something nice to say - I'll have the opposite problem of not having enough room to say all the thanks I'll mean!
the fall: trust, his voice & her heart, love

The Shapes a Bright Container Can Contain (The Fall: Roy & Alexandria, PG)

Hi, everybody!

I watched the most amazing movie a few months ago because I wanted to see more of Lee Pace, who has blown me away with every single character he brings to life. That movie was The Fall, and I cannot say enough to praise the loveliness of the film, the performances of Lee and Catinca Untaru, and the ways in which the movie explores the inner workings of stories and storytellers. (Admittedly, I have a weakness for that subject matter, and everyone should run off and read Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys, his best book, after they've seen this movie.) It's hard to describe this film without giving too much away, or making it seem like something it's not, but probably the best way I can pitch it is if you picked up The Princess Bride and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, shook them together, and plunked them down into the most beautiful places on earth, both natural and constructed. I only wish I'd seen this on the big screen. Trust me, you will want to see this movie. Go!

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As always, I'd love to hear what you think.