quinara: Spike drinking from a blood bag. (Spike blood bag)
So, something came up and I was inspired to write a fic. It may or may not be humorous! Giles POV, sort-of Spuffy, 1300 odd words, PG-13 for suggestiveness. It's the sequel/companion to Deliciously Self-Centred, which you may remember was about Jaffa Cakes, right at the end of S7...

Credit to [livejournal.com profile] hobbituk for the title...!

Dark and Fruity... And all mine!

The end of days was due, but Giles was a man on a mission. It had been three months since his last Jaffa Cake, and the time had come. When the groceries had first been brought back, he’d resisted in the name of decorum, but now he had the chance to make good on the promise to himself that he would have one last moment of pleasure before the apocalypse.

... )

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quinara: No Kicking Penguins (Penguins)
Well, it seems to have taken me nearly four hours, door to door, but then having a snooze on a sunny train with the windows open is one of the more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon, in my opinion. It was a lovely end to a lovely weekend; I feel so relaxed now, like I've been on a lovely holiday that did what holidays are supposed to do! Considering I've spent the week frazzled and sleepless and ill (as I've been telling everyone for the last couple of days, in my croaky voice, pitching in and out, I'm iiiiiiill...!!!), I feel very much rejuvenated.

Although, now I'm back inside after being out/on a ventilated rather than air conditioned train, I can feel the first scratchings of hay fever round my eyes... But I'm ignoring that for now.

We had many great talks/chitchats, including a workshop where we wrote an exciting bad!fic, complete with songs, for which I spent far, far too long playing with [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee's iPad in my own little world. I'll put up the fruits of that when the whole of the fic-stravaganza can be enjoyed, but here also is something else: inspired by [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs' talk on death in fanfic, a Beowulf-style epic-heroic death scene for Pingu (ish). (Although, now that I've looked up the episode which scarred me as a child and was clearly the inspiration for this - see below - I feel like I've been horrifically cruel...)

Pingu vs. Ice Dragon.

So Pingu ventured from his icy home
To waddle through the snow, Antarctic mist -
But there he found a dragon, claws like knives
To freeze and tear the flesh of penguins brave.
Still Pingu fought, with beak and magic spells:
Great fire flared to burn the air with flame.
And yet - the dragon roared, reared up, his eyes
A charcoal black, too dark against the sky
Before he fell upon the penguin, caught
In fear, his feathers stiff. One strike, and then
It was no more again that Pingu saw
His mum and dad at home, the igloo's warmth;
His body fell, its final KARK a sigh,
Which whispered softly on the icy breeze.
quinara: Rinoa from FFVIII watching petals fly. (Rinoa petals)
I'm gearing up for the Shakespeare Globe to Globe festival at the end of next month, so have finally started working through the logistics of it all. Most importantly, of course, is the weekend of the 25th-27th May!!!

WriterConUK!  Where Legolas looks at the Harry Potter trio askance.
Banner by the dazzling [livejournal.com profile] ningloreth, who I think has perfectly captured the moment before Legolas and the HP trio called for a dance off.


Yep, [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk is back with the 2012 event at the end of May. I'm going to be there and clearly you should be as well, dear flist. For there will undoubtedly be much exciting chat and disparaging remarks about the speed with which the hotel bar fails to make cocktails and laments over the old chairs and extravaganztastic talks about fannish things aplenty. With heckling! There will also be a lot of time sitting around with laptops and working out whether casual games that revolve around horses are better or worse than tower defence casual games, and potentially mine and [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch's jaw-droppingly-accurate-not-at-all-sarcastic-or-in-any-way-resembling-Eastenders portrayal of Tara and Willow in Once More with Feeling. And did I mention the interesting fannish talks?
quinara: Cartoon Giles cleaning his glasses. (Giles cartoon)
The podcasts for [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk have been put up, by the wonderful Audio Video! It's all very exciting. If you want to know what WCUK is like, or just listen to people talking about fandom, do check them out!

I'm on there with my Fanpoetry Talk, in particular. When I get home, I'd like to make a video with my Powerpoint Presentation, but for now I've uploaded the .ppt file here, which you might like to follow along!


[Quinara - Fanpoetry Podcast, WCUK 2011]

(Massive shout outs to [personal profile] mere_ubu's Spaiku, [personal profile] sobsister's sonnet and [personal profile] fulselden's ballad in here!)

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quinara: No Kicking Penguins (Penguins)
I'm just back from [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk which was absolutely fabulous, as usual, with a lovely mix of interesting and funny new people, familiar old hands that it's always nice to catch up with at conversational pace (even if they spent a considerable portion of the weekend telling me how much was going to go wrong with my body as it got older... Cheers again, gang!), tasty food, tasty drink, comfy hotel furniture and extra specially informative talks! Having got back, also, I have found myself in the WiFi-enabled cafe down the street and am being constantly informed by menus to 'make myself at home', so I intend to.(I feel very cool though; this is the sort of cafe that only appears on TV, with loads of random tables and rickety chairs, with nice people serving you stuff and a whole library's worth of old books to read. I feel like a proper student or something... ETA: I should probably explain this with an extra comment that I currently have no internet in my house, and so have been using my phone as a WiFi hotspot, but do not have anywhere near enough data allowance to properly surf the net, so that's why I've been somewhat absent, and will probably continue to be until I go to France via my parents' house at the end of this week.)

I'm a bit tired so I'm not sure I'm up to recounting everything at any sort of length at the moment, but I did do a fanpoetry talk involving a workshop where we collectively wrote a poem in the style of Blackadder (from the Blackader III era - written to Amy Hardwood in Amy and Amiability, aka The Shadow, before she screws him over), and I have promised Gill repeatedly that I would post it, so the two versions are below the cut. There should be a podcast of the talk at some point (scarily!), so I'll post the rest of the presentation then, because the slides aren't very informative on their own and all else I have are the scribbles in my notebook.

Poemy Poem. )

I learnt many things over the weekend, so I'll have to get on those at some point. I think the main points are, though, that my vids are vastly more amateur than it's quite standard for vids to become (I have this horrible feeling I might have to learn some software); I have a worrying tendency of picking up on [personal profile] sueworld's accent and vocal mannerisms if I talk to her for more than five minutes; also that Tara in OMWF is actually enjoyable to play when putting on a mildly(?) David Bowie voice. And when having an EastEnders style row with [personal profile] bogwitch as Willow.

Oh, oh, oh, though my Docs also won an award for Cutest Shoes (I may have been ungracious about the 'cute' label, but was chuffed nonetheless) and I won an apparently authentically patterned Fourth Doctor scarf in the raffle, as knitted by [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh! I am much pleased with it, and look forward to wearing it in the autumn/winter. (Yes, with my anorak parka! At least until I need a thicker coat. :P)

Hope everyone got home OK, or is stiil OK at the hotel! I'm already looking forward to the next meet up. :D
quinara: 'You may be silent, but this will shut you up,' says Andrew. (Andrew ninja)
I have just signed my life away up for this year's [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk event thing, which anyone who's around in the UK (or could be) for the 5th-7th August should most definitely come to also. You get to meet everyone, and sit around chatting with them, and drink the hotel's booze in its fancy chairs, and have rows about the most productive way to procrastinate through your writer's block, and build paper TARDISes. It's very entertaining, and newbies are always welcome (I know I certainly felt like an oldbie after only one weekend, and I think that's generally the case??).

One thing I have to say I was completely remiss about doing last year, and can't believe it's now got to May, is post my write-up of the event. There is an explanation for this! In 2009 [livejournal.com profile] peasant_ asked nay demanded detailed reports because she wasn't able to come. And so I wrote a detailed report! And got top marks for it! Unfortunately, I spend my life trying to outdo myself, which meant that I was working with an entirely new definition of 'detailed' for 2010 and realised I'd got to practically 2000 words of stuff before even the talks had started... And then I convinced myself even I didn't care that much, so I gave up. :/

But it is a surprisingly vivid account (at least for me!). So if you want to know what happened in a fateful Friday last August, read on (it ends on Saturday's breakfast):

There is a serious meta point about halfway through this, if you can spot it. (Also people deciding something is a meta comment, but that's not it.) )
quinara: Sheep on a hillside with a smiley face. (Default)
[Last year's ramble.]

Faboo all round, I thought! Though, of course, I won't leave it there because I lack the ability to shut up. Especially at 1:30 in the morning when I'm mildly inebriated, as [livejournal.com profile] gillo and [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch found out, but more on that within my supermassive recap ramble. )

Well, blimey, did anyone get to the end of that? I should really have gone with COME TO WRITERCONUK, FANDOM PEEPS, IT'S ACE. [livejournal.com profile] just_sue, [livejournal.com profile] thismaz and [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1 did an amazingly wonderful job. In any case, apologies for all the typos etc. that will almost certainly have crept in during my brain dump. To use a phrase of the weekend, I quite possibly need a beta...

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