Bird on the Wire

Sticky Introduction

This is an introductory post to give you some idea of who I am and what I do.

Writing: I mainly write fanfiction right now and my work can be found on AO3 where I’m known as Fictionwriter. I also write original fic, most of which hasn’t seen the light of day so far.

Me: I don’t post very often, something that I will try and remedy, but when I do it tends to be a bit heavily laden with photographs as photography is a passion of mine. So, if you like to see pictures of birds and animals and the occasional attempt at some ‘artistic’ shots feel free to drop by, new friends are always welcome.

Fandoms: Many and varied. I love to read fanfic so welcome any new offerings and recommendations by friends no matter what fandom it is.



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It's about time I posted

Things that have been happening:

Ir'a cold and miserable outside so I'm staying indoors where it's warm. 

I get my second COVID jab tomorrow. It was supposed to be next Tuesday but the surgery rang and asked if we could come in tomorrow instead. Yay, get it over and done with and hope there are no side effects. The first jab was fine, no problems, just a slightly sore arm so fingers crossed it's the same for the second.

Writing isn't happening - zilch ... nada ... nothing. A complete lack of will or inspiration. Ah well.

There was a total luna eclipse on 26th May. It was also a rainy/cloudy day but I did manage a couple of photos until the clouds covered it completely.
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Update

My last update was February and quite a bit has happened since then.

There’s been a trip to Victoria to visit daughter, son and grandchildren – the first time since 2019 we’ve been able to see our son and granddaughter. She’s grown a lot of course and so have the grandsons, the oldest of whom is up to my shoulder in height now. It won’t be long before he’s taller than me! He’s turned nine last December so I suspect he is going to be a big lad when he grows up.

Daughter and grandsons came our way for Easter and that was really nice, we had some gorgeous weather for it and got out and about quite a bit.

In amongst all that I have finally managed to fullfill my [community profile] fandomforoz  auction obligation and finish the marathon that has been the Lewis Steampunk fic, duly presenting it to my bidders [personal profile] moth2fic  and [personal profile] kat_lair . I admit to feeling a little lost now that it’s finally done and dusted. But no doubt inspiration for new writing efforts will strike sooner or later. If you fancy a look it’s up on AO3 here Death in Jericho

I will be posting some photos from the visiting in due course, once I’ve got around to sorting them all out. In the meantime here’s some pretty pictures from the park.

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Snowflake Challenge


Snowflake Challenge promotional banner featuring a snow-covered green bench in a snowy park. Text: Snowflake Challenge: 1-31 January.


I've missed several challenges, but this one was interesting.

Challenge #12

In your own space, resurrect an old meme. Have fun with it! Which is the goofiest meme you can think of? Put on your party hat and be silly!! Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I don’t usually do memes but I saw this on the list and it appealed so thought I’d give it a go.

I write like

Paste a few paragraphs of your writing into the box and see which famous author has a style most similar to you. It doesn’t have to be actual fic writing; you can post your latest blog post, but the longer, the better the tool works

As I often change my style of writing to suit the particular story/setting I decided to use three different fics, and came up with three different famous authors I write like, which is quite an achievement – I think.

No. 1: Shadows on the Wall

This is a short piece I wrote for The Professionals a while ago:

In which:


 

I must admit to be quite happy with the comparison because like his work or not he is a brilliant writer.

No. 2: Prey

An AU fic written for the Lewis_Challenge Fright Fest, a vampire hunter tale set in Victorian England

In which:


Happy with this one too, I must have got the atmosphere right somewhere there.

No. 3: This one is an excerpt from my current WIP: 

 

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In which:


I’ve never heard of this writer before but he seems quite famous, so now I’ll have to find his books and read them!

 

On an aside, a Snowflake Challenge seems oddly inappropriate in the Southern Hemisphere at the moment, especially as it’s currently 42deg Celsius.

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Snowflake Challenge #5

Snowflake Challenge promotional banner featuring a chubby brown and red bird surrounded by falling snow. Text: Snowflake Challenge: 1-31 January.

 


In your own space, promote a canon/talk about a part of canon that you love. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

To be honest, I haven’t watched any new shows for awhile but the old ones, like Stargate Atlantis, Hawaii 50, The Professionals (TV), Lewis (TV) are all still favourites, even when canon sends them into places I didn’t want them to go.

There’s one show I have been watching recently that pings not so much a love of canon as an appreciation. Mr Mercedes is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. Often when King’s work is transferred to the screen it’s a case of ‘dare I watch’, and usually a case of ‘don’t bother’. Mr Mercedes is an exception in that both the premise and feel of the book have made it to the small screen quite successfully. There are differences of course and I’m not totally convinced by the changes made to the finale, but generally I was pleased with the way the work has been handled. Of course I can’t speak to season 2 or season 3 as I’ve only watched the first season so far, but hopefully they are just as faithful to the novels.

Another thing with the series is the acting, which is superb. The characters are as I imagined them and the actors do a great job of bring them to life, especially Brendan Gleeson as the irascible retired cop, Bill Hodges, Harry Treadaway as a chilling villain of the piece, Brady Hartsfield and particularly Justine Lupe as the autistic Holly Gibney.

The story is almost typical serial killer evades cops while at the same time taunting them, but the characterisations and twists in the plot make it quite compulsive viewing, although having read the book I did know what was coming next, mostly!

I’ve enjoyed the first series and hope the next two are as good.

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Snowflake Challenge #3

In your own space, tell us who, from one of your fandoms, would you most want to have dinner with (or tea, or a random afternoon visit), And why? This could be a creator, an actor, a costumer, a set designer, a director, a character, a composer, anybody! What would you talk about? What are you dying to know? Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I’ve thought about this challenge and was unsure about answering it. I don’t think I’d like to so much meet the people of fame, because really, what would you talk about, their worlds and mine are completely divergent. Besides, I would probably be so nervous and self-conscious that I’d just stare open mouthed, which would not give the best of impressions.

What I would really like is to be a fly on the wall and go back in time to see history unfolding – ancient Rome and Greece, the Egyptians building the pyramids, Shakespeare’s London – see historical figures making history, but from the advantage and safety of being an innocent little fly on a wall;)

On the other hand, hanging out with fictional characters would be cool. Perhaps Sheppard and McKay could give me a tour of Atlantis and then I could have takeaway with Lewis and Hathaway. Sitting in the backseat of Danny’s Camaro and listening to him argue with Steve would be fun – the possibilities are endless*g*

 



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Snowflake Challenge #1 and #2


Snowflake Challenge promotional banner featuring a wrapped giftbox with a snowflake on the gift tag. Text: Snowflake Challenge January 1-31


With encouragement from [personal profile] kat_lair  I decided to try out the [community profile] snowflake_challenge  in an attempt to be a bit more socially active.

Challenge #1

In your own space, introduce yourself! Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Done with the posting of a brand new sticky introduction, only somehow I made it a Sticky: Sticky Introduction. Not sure how that happened but oh well. And I left a link on the comm to my bright shiny new sticky introduction.

Challenge #2

In your own space (or their own space) interact with someone new. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. No need to leave a link for this one, but if you’d like to invite others to join the conversation, please do leave one.


I managed this despite being a naturally reticent person, and have as a result gained some new and interesting friends on my f'list. Welcome new friends I hope you enjoy being here:)

Now to see what comes next!

In other matters, Christmas was hugely successful as daughter and grandsons were able to cross the border and land on our doorstep. We had nine days to catch up on everything from the last sixteen months - which is when we last saw them. There are thoughts and hopes of Easter together, either here or in Victoria but after a short and sharp period of all our borders being open to everyone to come and go as they pleased, New South Wales let COVID escape again the barriers have risen and there are border closures to contend with. This pestilence will just not go away. If New Zealand can do it, why can't we*sigh*. I feel for all my friends in the northern hemisphere though, we have it relatively easy. Am thinking of you guys and hope things get better for you.

I'm trying to get back into writing again after the chaos of Christmas and the resultant clean up after the tribe left, with limited success so far. Of course I took lots of photos during the visit but will have to sort them out before I can post some of them, there will be a pic spam eventually though - be warned!

And that's it for now.


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Update

It’s awhile since I did an update, not that much has been happening. We had plans for trips to see grandchildren, but of course they didn’t happen due to the closure of all state borders at one time or another. Daughter and grandsons were going to come to us in September, but again … closed borders because of a second wave in Victoria – just as things were looking quite good too.

Anywho, it’s now been 15 months since we saw the boys and 14 months since we saw our granddaughter. But! Borders have now opened and there is a planned family Christmas here with at least one daughter and grandsons. I’m not getting too overly excited – been there, done that before (damn COVID) but I’m sorting out the house in preparation, which is quite a lot of work as it has got very messy over the last twelve months or so, and getting the back in order. So, at least things will look a bit more shipshape whatever happens.

On another note, progress has been made on my Lewis fic, especially in the last month thanks to [community profile] ushobwri  and the November writing challenge MiFuNoSo. It pushed things along and I’m near the end now, hopefully finishing off by early new year, which I'm sure will please my auction bidders. They have been very patient.

Other than that, photo taking has been my usual standby occupation and here’s a few from the last couple of months, this first batch taken on walks in the park over spring.

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Some conversation

It’s June, how did that happen!? It came as a surprise, May seemed like it would be around forever, then suddenly it vanished and here we are, half the year gone already. And I feel like I’ve been standing still for most of it*sigh*

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That's about it for now.

Look after yourselves out there, the world seems a very dangerous place right now.