andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Title: Undercurrents (3/?)
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (MFMM)
Pairing: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Rating: T+
Disclaimer: I definitely do not own the characters herein. I'm only taking them out for a test drive.
Notes: My first dabble in the MFMM fandom. Many thanks to Sassasam (AO3) and Seldarius (FF.net) for their beta services and encouragement. Any mistakes you see now are my own!

Spoilers for most of series 1 and 2, but especially 2x12, "Unnatural Habits" Picks up sometime shortly after 2x13, "Murder Under the Mistletoe."

As was typical for a Thursday morning, Dot was the first awake, making her way into the kitchen for the first cup of tea... )
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Title: Undercurrents (2/?)
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (MFMM)
Pairing: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I definitely do not own the characters herein. I'm only taking them out for a test drive.
Notes: My first dabble in the MFMM fandom. Many thanks to Sassasam (AO3) and Seldarius (FF.net) for their beta services and encouragement. Any mistakes you see now are my own!

Spoilers for most of series 1 and 2, but especially 2x12, "Unnatural Habits." Picks up sometime shortly after 2x13, "Murder Under the Mistletoe."

A little more than an hour later, Constable Clifton Bowen stood in the parlor, regarding the senior detective inspector with his pencil poised over his moleskine... )
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Title: Undercurrents (1/?)
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (MFMM)
Pairing: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson
Rating: T+
Disclaimer: I definitely do not own the characters herein. I'm only taking them out for a test drive.
Notes: My first dabble in the MFMM fandom. Many thanks to Sassasam (AO3) and Seldarius (FF.net) for their beta services and encouragement. Any mistakes you see now are my own!

Spoilers for most of series 1 and 2, but especially 2x12, "Unnatural Habits." Picks up sometime shortly after 2x13, "Murder Under the Mistletoe."

A stillness had settled over The Esplanade as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson made his way up to the house at 221B... )
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Just caught up on Agents of SHIELD. Between that and Thor 2, I'm seriously contemplating Lady Sif. There's leather work, more worbla armor, and definitely a wig. I'd have to find something to stand in for the chain maille, too.

::headdesk::

I feel rather like Hook -- "Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't try to stop me this time, Smee. Don't you dare try to stop me this time, Smee, try to stop me. Smee, you'd better get up off your ass. Get over here, Smee...!"

Too many damned costumes I want to do, and not enough time to do them in!
andveryginger: (Default)
I've pretty much decided that Corellia is the galactic equivalent of Texas... )

Just some amusement to distract me from actually, ya know, writing. =D
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Flash Fic: Inflection
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Rating: K+ - Innuendo the kiddies won't get.
Summary: It's all in the inflection. (Implied May/Coulson.)
Note: A follow-on of sorts to "FZZT," I utterly and completely blame Ming Na for this one. Well, and Clark Gregg, because their scene at the end of the ep was just...charged. No real spoilers, though.

Definitely not betaed. You've been warned!
***

Grant Ward ascended the stairs to Coulson's mobile office, one hand on the guiderail, one hand holding the latest mission report... )
andveryginger: (at your back)
I finally got the shipment of goodies from home, and I'm working up the nerve to finally start construction on the bodysuits for Valkyrie and Black Widow. I hesitate because I know that, with a few more weeks left to work in the gym, I can make a real difference -- my arms are coming along nicely, so I know the waistline is next. The hips... eh, they're usually the last to be impacted by any activity, unfortunately. I was a total slacker this weekend, though, so I'm really looking forward to getting back to the reformer tomorrow.

Since I'm hesitating on the final bodysuit construction, I've at least been working on the accessories for the various costumes. I finished Clint's shooting glove; modified Clint's holster; shaped Valkyrie's half-gauntlets and shoulder discs; and pulled together a workable version of Black Widow's belt and belt keepers. I still need to smooth and paint Val's armor, and finish the last bit of Tasha's holster rig, but I'm pretty happy with what I've accomplished. I also need to motivate DH to help out with the cutting and sanding of the dowel rods for his arrows. What's Hawkeye without some ammo, right?

Tomorrow, I'm hoping to do a little paint testing, and get a layer of wood glue over my worbla samples. I don't have much time to screw up, so I figured it would be better if I didn't screw up the final armor. I'm thinking I may also start on Val's bodysuit later this week...whenever I happen to be feeling a bit more optimistic. =) She'll really be a decent trial run for the final Black Widow bodysuit.
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
DH and I have taken to saying that if you wait for the weather to accommodate you, you'll never do anything. So, with a gray sky, looming rain clouds, and insanely high humidity, I set out on Sunday to jumpstart my training again. I walked the neighborhood twice; ran the last 1/4 mile or so. For the first time in a very long time, the run felt good -- I just concentrated on breathing and the music piping through the headphones and cruised that last quarter mile.

On Monday, with another gloomy sky, I drove down to the nearby pond, where there is a 2.6 mi walking trail. I'd hoped to recapture some of that great feeling from Sunday, but it just wasn't happening. I managed about a mile run, off and on, and then a good, steady clip for the remainder. It really was nice to get off the asphalt and into the woods. I'm hoping I can repeat the same later this week.

Tuesday has been a day of rest... sort of. I spent all day running errands and collecting supplies and tools to help me finish up the props for D*C: heat gun, multi-tool, craft foam, rubber cement, and a few other things. I've made some good progress on Valkyrie's armor; I'm waiting for DH to get back before I start tackling Hawkeye's arrows.

So far, nothing accomplished today, other than breakfast, the dishes, and buying some new music (Jacob's Trouble, if anyone is interested =) ). Headed in a few minutes to trace out a pattern for my "Natasha civvies" -- red, orange, and brown tank tops -- for casual wear around the con. If anyone notices, awesome; if not, I'm not losing any sleep over it. I figure I'll try and tackle that for a bit before moving back over to work on the forearm portion of Val's half-gauntlet. With the weather, I should be painting. Unfortunately, I've not gotten to the point where I can yet. Still have to finish shaping and sealing the foam before I can jump ahead to painting. =\

Goals for this week: )

In-Progress, Courtesy Pinterest:
Hawkeye
Black Widow
Valkyrie
andveryginger: (10k Volt Man)
Yeah. I added another one. Valkyrie/Brunhilde from Fearless Defenders. I totally blame this gal who did Hippolyta from the same title. I saw several of her "in progress" photos and, when I came across the new Valkyrie costume on the cover of #8, I decided I found another one I could do. The good thing is that she practically uses the same pattern as Widow, with some minor alterations...which I've already done. I threw together a muslin to test it, using my serger. Went together fast, so I'm hoping the same will be said of the real thing. Ordered a few props the other day, too, including a 47" foam latex sword. Bwahahahaha....

Still trying to wait a little longer before I work on the final products...still trying to lose a bit of weight. The 7 day cruise I just got off probably didn't help! =)

So far, for Widow, I've done some fabric and stitch testing with some good results. I even found a new fabric to try, one that looks a lot more like the screen-used fabric. It's a little thin, though, so I'm reserving judgement until I can get some samples pieced together. If you want to take a peek at the work in progress, you can look here, where I started uploading things to link back from RPF.

Finished the quiver for DH's Hawkeye, and will be moving on to the shooting glove later this week. I need to pick up some elastic ribbon to applique to the fingers first. After that, it's a matter of getting the holster put together. Forgot the Dremel last trip home. Will either have to buy a new one, or wait till I go home at the end of July. =\

...and a lot of my supplies are currently in transit from the States. I had ordered a lot of things and had them shipped to my mother, who has shipped them to me. Annoyingly, I might have to pay duties/taxes, but we'll see. Some of it was personal items and Christmas presents from 3 - 4 years ago that never made it back to Texas. Mom labelled it "gifts and scrap fabric," with a value of about $100. I'm betting the "fees" will probably be $50 to get my stuff out of hock. Frakking import BS. Course, if this stuff were available in-country, I wouldn't have to resort to such measures. Then again, even when it's available here, it still costs a @#$% fortune to ship, even within Canuckistan...probably because I'm on an island. Meh.

Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with where I'm at -- aside from the weight loss. The gym has decided to close for two weeks for remodeling and rebranding, so I'm without my reformer classes for the next week and a half while they wrap it up. I finally got off my arse today and went for a walk/run. It felt strangely awesome! Hoping to continue the trend...though it's 12:15 right now, and I'm wide. friggin. awake. with too much excess energy. If I'm lucky, I'll start slowing down soon.

Till later, folks!
andveryginger: (Mackidockie Court)
Now that I'm sitting still for a little while, I'm definitely elbow deep in creating our Hawkeye and Black Widow costumes for this year. Since I'm trying to work my butt off -- literally, to lose about 6" -- I'm trying to wait till the last to complete the lower half of my Widow bodysuit. That means I'm focusing a lot of attention on props and Hawkeye at the moment.

A while back, I started collecting links and images to the various things I would need to buy for the costumes. The end result are two Pinterest boards -- one for Clint, and one for Natasha. I've been using these as I've been buying up a lot of things to get everything modified, prepped, and completed. VISA really likes me right now...

And this is why (snipped for epic listing)... )

So far, the only thing I've really gotten done is the modification to Hawkeye's vest. I needed to remove the velcro strips and trim the collar. Easy enough, and I think I did a decent enough job.

...and I've at least started the muslin of the bodysuit bodice. Putting the zipper in the first time proved to be a bust. I've since decided that the seams there won't stretch anyway, due to the zipper tape, so I'll interface the edges to stabilize them, and try again. I also won't be using an invisible zipper like the pattern calls for, so that will help, too.

Everything else I need is currently sitting at my mother's in Atlanta. I'm hoping everything will get there by the end of next week so I can get it all shipped to Houston and be able to work on a few things while we're home for Comicpalooza. This is partially because it was too expensive to have stuff shipped to Canuckistan; partially because some items could not be shipped here (like the airsoft pistols). And hey, why not make use of my Amazon Prime where I could, too? =D

Needless to say, I've been ODing on The Avengers, and soooo ready for these to be done. I want to be take my time and do this right, but OMGsoimpatient!

Speaking of impatient... Really, really impatient to get this extra 6" off my hips, and really, really frustrated that fatigue keeps bugging me, and keeping me from hitting the gym more often. Trying to do better about what I'm eating, and using my little FitBit to try and keep tabs on things. Easier to eat healthy at home than it is here, though. Meh. Ten pounds. I can do this.

For now, off to finish watching The Avengers again, and check in on my Thursday night RPG. Auf wiedersehen!
andveryginger: (Mackidockie Court)
....or keep your eye on the ball, Ginger!

Goal -- 36-26-36ish. Current -- 36-31-42. Been there before, can get there again. But the homemade chicken and beef nachos tonight with a beer probably didn't help. =\

Ah well. Pilates session tomorrow. Seeing some flab loss in the arm, the upper thigh; a bit of definition in the upper arm and shoulder, as well as just at and below the bra line; not quite so much pudge in the middle, either. Just gotta keep it up.

::sigh:: This is going to be the hardest 6 - 7 inches to lose.

Thinking about going to a dietician to help get a handle on the eating. I need some help up here, as the healthier foods I ate back home when I *was* at those measurements are just not as easy to come by up here. Need to get back on the water wagon, too -- I've been really bad about drinking iced tea this week.

One other thing I know will help -- a good night's sleep.

Zzzzz...
andveryginger: (Nat)
In the sewing room today, working on my Black Widow costume for Dragon*Con 2013. Have spent the better part of the past couple of days reading fanfic, and come to the following two conclusions:

1) There needs to be more Clint/Natasha (Avengers movie-verse) fic.
2) There needs to be more Sam/Quorra (Tron: Legacy) fic.

The first one, I'm working as part of the solution. The second... not sure I'm there yet. Or if I ever will be. For now, I'll simply have to re-read the good stuff I've found and keep creative in the sewing room. Maybe the muses will join the conversation soon.
andveryginger: (Braves)
Okay, folks... not sure who's going this year, but DH and I reserved a room at the Twelve Centennial Park, one of the overflow hotels, that we're not going to need. It's basically a one bedroom condo, with kitchen and such, booked 1 - 6 September, $194/night. At the moment, I can't recall if it's the standard king or the "deluxe."

So, if you need it, just drop a comment below. I've screened for some semblance of privacy. =D


You can find more info about the hotel here.
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For this week:

Cadbury chocolate, Anna Devane/Robert Scorpio, sweet tea, baseball games, and rabbit holes. )

And now sleep. Definitely not a guilty pleasure -- something I'm running in short supply of!
andveryginger: (Default)
Muuuch more fun than the last two, somehow managing to recapture the fun of the original. Possibly the absence of Will and Elizabeth has something to do with that.

I definitely like Penelope Cruz better than I thought I would, and she makes a good foil for Jack.

Lots of one-liners and double entendres. The whole thing felt a little more, well, adult than the last. The story seemed a little better under control, and I don't think there was too much confusing conflict with plot.

The "B" and "C" plots, BTW, weren't bad, and you can see where they've left themselves a few jumping off points. On that note, be sure to stay after the credits.

Ian MacShane was awesome as Blackbeard, if a touch more shallow than I know he's capable of playing. I wanna see that man do more!

And while Jack is leapfrogging between carriages, keep your eyes open for one of the dames of British theatre. DH argued with me till the end -- but her name is in the credits. =)

Overall, I recommend it -- a great fun, fluffy popcorn flick for the beginning of summer.
andveryginger: (Emma)
DH has been sorting through the 800+ photos we took during our trip. Some of those special interest photos -- focusing on the Enigma or inside jokes -- won't make the main photostream. Also not on the general list are the costume shots I took at the Doctor Who Experience. So I set up a few photosets up on Flickr for the costume geeks among us, with one caveat: These are the raw images. This means I haven't done anything to them, really, other than upload them from my cell phone. I'm going to try and clean things up a bit, but for now the quality on some of the full-size shots is better than others.

You can find the costume pics on my photostream here. There are sets for Amy, Rose, and River; sets for the Doctor will follow on the weekend, with detailed shots for Nine and Ten.
andveryginger: (Emma)
There are a few shows I love that don't have large fandom followings -- the Mrs. Bradley Mysteries are one of them. A character created by Gladys Mitchell, Mrs. Adela Bradley is a once-divorced amateur detective with strong interests in Freud and forensics, unconventional for even the Roaring '20s. In the series, she's played by the always-awesome Diana Rigg. Her trusty chauffeur, George, is played very well by Neil Dudgeon.

The series itself consisted of a 2-hour movie, "Speedy Death," followed by a short run series of four episodes. They were broadcast here in the States on PBS, during "Mystery," hosted by Dame Diana herself. Needless to say, there's not a huge following, nor are there usually any fanfics.

And then, after re-watching the series this week, I went digging today. I found three of the best written fics I've seen in a long time. All are written by [livejournal.com profile] thisiszircon.

"A Good Team," George/Adela. Set a few months after the final episode in the series ("The Worsted Viper"), George bends the conventions to offer a heartbroken Mrs. Bradley friendship and comfort.

"With Flowers," George/Adela. At the end of "The Worsted Viper," George places a single yellow rose in the vase at the back of the Rolls -- an assertion of friendship and apology, not the norm between a chauffeur and his employer.

"Fate and Firelight," George/Adela. Since divorcing her husband, Adela hasn't been one much to stand on convention. Left alone on holiday with George, she feels the pull to give in to feelings she has kept tightly bound over the years. The question then becomes whether or not he'll break convention himself to express what he feels.


The characterization on these stories is amazingly faithful to what is seen on screen, and the author manages to convey a depth of feeling that is equally as true; the emotional tension, mingled with the social tension of their separate stations is almost palpable. Just a really good job, all around.

So, if you get the chance, check out "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries," (looks like a few are on YouTube), and I highly recommend these fics as companion pieces. =)
andveryginger: (Emma)
It looks like DH and I are finally going to get a trip to London, to do a lot of the tourist-y stuff that one does while in London. I'll even get to complete my pilgrimage to Bletchley Park! Woo!

My question to you lovely folks is this: Do you have any recommendations for lodging in or around London? We'd prefer to avoid the chain hotels; be near a Tube station; have an en suite bath; and breakfast, if possible. Would prefer £100 - £120, max, per night. We've been looking and found some decent options, but I thought I'd toss it out here, as some of you have been there more recently.

Thanks!
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I peruse a lot of news sites and blogs in the mornings. It's a habit I picked up working in DC, and one I've consciously continued, keeping abreast of policy and analysis in the areas of homeland security, national security, and international relations. One of my more off-kilter haunts is The Jawa Report, which tends to focus on the cyber-information-warfare portion of our current fight against Islamic extremism. They're rude, crass, and frequently post NSFW content (under a cut), but the regulars are definitely out there making a difference. I'm always appreciative of the fact that Rusty and crew don't mince words.

Checking things out this morning, I came across a post from Howie, "Toche Station vs Anchorhead & Mos Eisley", which discusses some exchanges between columnist Ezra Klein and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. Apparently, Klein started by posting "Why We Still Need Cities," at the Washington Post. In it, he skirted the issue of reducing rural subsidies, and pimped a book by Ed Glaeser called Why We Still Need Cities. Secretary Vilsack contacted Klein, and they had something of a rebuttal discussion, focussing on the necessity of rural life as a balance to urban life. It was an interesting discussion, with Vilsack emphasizing not only the agricultural necessities, but also the necessity of the moral and ethical code which exists in rural communities.

There was a lot of repetition in the second discussion, but it got me to thinking. Urban versus rural has been a hot topic of conversation for me lately... )
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I love writing Martha Rodgers.

It's not beta read, not edited, and I'm not sure it will make it into a fic, but I had to share because I had so much fun! Written with my dear friend, [livejournal.com profile] padawan_aneiki.

All the world is a stage to her... )

A few liberties taken with the whole HIPAA thing, but it's more fun this way. =)

ETA: Ooh. And she's a ginger! I see an LJ revamp coming on!

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